Entertainment News Archives for 2021-05

Indiana Forest Alliance to host Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Skyline

The Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA) is once again hosting its popular Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in a COVID-friendly format.  This year’s event will be held at the Skyline Drive-In Theater in Shelbyville, on Thursday May 20. 


Land preservation, environmental justice, water and wildlife are just a few of the topics to be featured in the 14 short-length nature films to be screened.  The event kicks off with Onward Ever: The Becoming of Indiana’s White River, by Brandon Walsh, which examines the future and potential of Indiana’s White River. 


“The goal of the film festival is to promote advocacy and education on environmental concerns

that affect us all,” said Morgan Whitacre, IFA's Director of Development. "After having to cancel the festival last year, due to COVID, we are happy to provide a socially-distanced format which will allow  Hoosiers who love Indiana forests to come together for an entertaining and inspiring evening.” 


The film festival, which benefits the IFA, is an exciting opportunity to “engage with like-minded people who care about Indiana nature,” said Brown County resident David Seastrom, a member of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival steering committee, and current President of the IFA Board.


Tickets for the event are priced at $40 per car, and $10 for student vehicles.  They can be purchased ahead of time by visiting  www.indianaforestalliance.org or at the Skyline Drive-In on the night of the festival.  Gates will open at 7:30 for outdoor socializing, a raffle and concessions; the screening begins at 9:00 pm.


Sponsors for the event include:


Title Sponsor:  Integrated Program in the Environment at Indiana University Bloomington

Marquee Sponsors:   Wasatch Lake, Caesar’s Entertainment

Feature Sponsor:  Mary Kay Rothert and Tom Zeller; Wild Tecumseh Friends

Media Sponsor: WFHB Bloomington


The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, presented by the IFA, is organized by the South Yuba River

Citizens League in California. 2020 marks the 18th year of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival nationally.


The Indiana Forest Alliance is a non-profit, statewide organization founded in 1996, dedicated to

preserving and restoring Indiana’s native hardwood forest ecosystem for the enjoyment of all.


Jim Gaffigan announces 2021 The Fun Tour; November 19 at Bankers Life

Jim Gaffigan announced today his 2021 The Fun Tour will tip off August 14 in Wilmington, with a stop at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on November 19.


Tickets can be purchased at www.BankersLifeFieldhouse.com or at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office, which is open Monday-Friday from noon-5pm. Presale begins Tuesday, May 11 at 10am and will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 14 at 12pm local time.


Gaffigan’s tour itinerary also includes a number of rescheduled shows from 2020 that were moved due to the pandemic. For rescheduled shows, all previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates listed below.


Gaffigan is a six-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, two-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life.


A top ten comedian according to Forbes’ 2019 comedy list, Jim recently released his 8th stand-up special, The Pale Tourist, on Amazon which was nominated for a Grammy. He was also recently awarded for being the first comedian to reach one billion streams on Pandora.


Up next, Gaffigan will be seen as the lead in the Sci-Fi dramedy, Linoleum, and will star as the role as Mr. Smee in Disney’s Peter Pan and Wendy, opposite Jude Law and Yara Shahidi. He will also be heard in Disney/Pixar’s highly anticipated film, Luca, opposite Jacob Tremblay and Maya Rudolph which is premiering June 17th.


On the silver screen, his many credits include Three Kings, Super Troopers 1 & 2, and Chappaquiddick. 2019 was Gaffigan’s biggest year to date with an astonishing eight films releasing, three which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival including Troop Zero with Viola Davis and Alison Janney, Them That Follow and Light From Light – with many festival goers and press calling Gaffigan the “King of Sundance.”


In addition to two seasons of the critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical The Jim Gaffigan Show, which he wrote and produced with his wife Jeannie, and his widely popular stand-up comedy specials, Gaffigan has guest starred on many television comedies and dramas, ranging from Portlandia and Bob’s Burgers to the HBO cult hits Flight of the Concords to dramatic roles in Law & Order.


Gaffigan has won two Emmy awards for his humorous commentaries on CBS Sunday Morning. In 2015, Gaffigan had the great honor of performing for Pope Francis and over 1 million festival attendees at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia.

Lineup announced for Shelbyville's 2021 Music in the Park summer event series

The City of Shelbyville will present its annual free admission summer events series for 2021 known as Music in the Park. The live shows will once again be held at Blue River Memorial Park located at 725 Lee Boulevard in Shelbyville.


This year’s lineup is a celebration of music genres across the board – including Indiana jazz legends Gordon Bonham Blues Band & The Rob Dixon Trio, 80’s nostalgia band Heart and Soul (The Premier Tribute to Huey Lewis and the News), and Brazil, Ind., native and Indiana legend Henry Lee Summer – as well as a night of classic theatre with the 10th Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park.


The annual Music in the Park summer event series is a local family favorite and a chance for the City of Shelbyville to give back.


“We are excited for another great summer,” said Karen Martin, Director of Shelbyville Parks & Recreation. “The City of Shelbyville is dedicated to its community and Music in the Park is the perfect way to show it.”


All shows are family friendly, ideal for those on a date night or spending time with family or friends. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for each evening packed with fantastic entertainment.


Events are free to the public.


Shows for the 2021 Music in the Park Summer Event Series Include:

Saturday, June 12Gordon Bonham Blues Band & The Rob Dixon Trio - a night of blues and jazz will light up the summer night when two Indiana legends hit the stage. Gordon Bonham Blues Band and the jazz greats the Rob Dixon Trio are two of the most popular acts on the scene that will bring their blistering live performances to kick off the summer concert series in grand fashion.


Saturday, July 24 – 10th Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park – a night of classic theatre in the park. Brown Box Theatre Project’s tour of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” depicts the story of a group of soldiers that are reminded that life and love are not so black and white as they return from war. Through witty banter and dastardly deception, “Much Ado About Nothing” debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust.


Saturday, Aug. 7 Heart and Soul (The Premier Tribute to Huey Lewis and the News) – a night of 80’s nostalgia. Heart and Soul was formed in August of 2018, assembled from some of the best musicians that Northeast Ohio has to offer. Heart and Soul recreates the experience of a Huey Lewis and the News concert, striving to duplicate the sights and sounds of the beloved group.


Saturday, Sept. 11 Henry Lee Summer - a night of country, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and blues. Expressing a raw and impulsive style of rock ‘n’ roll, Brazil, Ind., native Henry Lee Summer always adds his own voice and style. Rocking crowds since 1982, Summer’s sales over the years have toppled over one million, with such crowd favorites as “Sweet Love,” “Til Somebody Loves You,” and “Forever Just Ain’t What It Used to Be.”


For more information, please visit shelbyparks.com. All dates and acts subject to change without notice.