He did it! Last night's finale of 'The Voice' ended with Indy's Josh Kaufman being named "The Voice"! After a grueling season on the show, he came out on top. Representing Team Usher, Kaufman brought the Voice Coach his first win. Kaufman is married and has three children. Before "The Voice", he played local gigs and worked as an SAT test tutor. His ambition is to be a full-time musician. As the winner, he will receive $100,000 and a recording contract with a major label.
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Hamilton Town Center Chalk Art Festival will welcome artist of all ages this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Spectators can enjoy artists as they make their masterpiece and vote for your favorite! Kids are welcome to join our community mural with their favorite chalk drawings, too! The mall event will include vendors, live music, and colorful art from 10:00am-6:00pm on Saturday, May 17. Rain date will be the following day, Sunday, May 18. Artists or vendors can register by email.
It's the biggest month in racing here in Indianapolis and if you're a fan, you won't be bored. Some of the biggest events in the city take place this month. Plan your trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with this handy list of Indianapolis 500 Race Day Information. And if you want to take in some of the other fun events surrounding the big day like the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade or Carb Day, check out this list of Indianapolis 500 Festival Events. Plan ahead so you don't miss out on any of the fun!
This Saturday, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will celebrate the unveiling of two new exhibits - both celebrating China's past and present. Enjoy special festivities this weekend at the museum as both exhibits open.
Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor's Painted Army
Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor's Painted Army will run from May 10 - November 2. When the first emperor of China died, over 8,000 terra cotta warriors, 130 chariots and 600 horses were buried to guard his tomb. The warriors were brightly painted - all with unique expressions. Archaeologists have discovered these masterpieces and even found some that still have the paint. The tomb is 5 acres in size (four football fields) and took over 30 years to be constructed by over 700,000 labors! Don't miss a chance to see this unique exhibit. Cost for tickets to this special exhibit are $10 per adult and $5 per child! Tickets are selling out quickly so be sure to plan ahead!
Take Me There:® China
Take Me There:® China will open May 10th as well. This exhibit will immerse visitors into the Chinese culture. Board a modern Chinese airplane and go over the Great Wall of China. Learn about Chinese Zodiac signs, children's birthday celebrations, dining etiquette and much more. Opening weekend, there will be a lot of special events including Chinese dancers, tea pouring ceremonies, traditional lion and tiger dances and Chinese music. This exhibit is free with admission to the museum.
Indianapolis singer Josh Kaufman has reached the semifinals on the hit TV show, "The Voice". Week after week, Kaufman has delivered strong performance and is a fan favorite to win. On Tuesday night's episode, he advanced on to the final five after his performance of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" rocketed to No. 2 on the iTunes singles chart. Kaufman was originally coached by Adam Levine but when Levine favored Delvin Choice's performance over Kaufman's during a duel, he was saved by R & B star Usher. Today, Kaufman is the lone surviving member of Team Usher. Things are looking good for Kaufman as he goes into the semifinals.
Kaufman is married and has three children. Before "The Voice", he played local gigs and worked as an SAT test tutor. His ambition is to be a full-time musician. The winner of "The Voice" will be receive a major-label recording contract.
Academy Award Winner Geena Davis is scheduled to speak at the Power of Women's Philanthropy dinner event in October. As the keynote, Davis will explore the topic of "taking aim and empowering our daughters and ourselves," which aligns with the mission of Women's Fund to create options and opportunities for women and girls in central Indiana. The event will take place on Thursday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Tickets are currently on sale. Tickets are $150 for a cash bar reception and dinner. If that's too steep for your wallet, a $50 ticket will get you a balcony seat to hear Davis speak. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 317.634.2423 or visit the Women's Fund website.
The Indianapolis Zoo will celebrate Memorial Day weekend in style! The zoo will celebrate its Grand Opening of the brand new orangutan exhibit on Saturday, March 24th. The Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center has already received national buzz for its innovative design. The center is designed to stimulate the apes' physical health, intelligence and social interaction. It houses eight orangutans, making it one of the largest groups of orangutans in the country. During Opening Weekend, guests will enjoy live entertainment, family photo ops, and of course, up-close interactions with the orangutans themselves. Children will also receive limited-edition orangutan trading cards. The exhibit is included in regular Zoo admission. Adult admission is $17.95; Children ages 2 - 12 are $13.70, Seniors are $16.20. Children under 2 are free. There is a $6 per vehicle parking fee as well.
The Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day has become one of the most popular events related to the Indy 500. The event is the largest free outdoor festival for kids in the state and features tons of activities and entertainment. The event takes place this Saturday on Monument Circle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fifth Harmony presented by 99.5 WZPL and Visionworks, will headline the 2014 Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day entertainment stage. Fifth Harmony is a musical group formed of five girls between the ages of 16-20. They came into the national spotlight when they finished 3rd on The X-Factor entertaining crowds by singing pop and R&B hits.
Kids' Day activities will include:
- More than 10,000 prizes from dozens of exhibitors - No one leaves empty-handed!
- Mini car racing
- Race-themed arts and crafts to create, Princess sashes with the 500 Festival Princesses, pop can race cars, and more
- Games, face painting, clowns, and your favorite local mascots
- Gobs of great entertainment, food, and so much more!
If you're looking for other fun things to do this month, don't forget to check out the May 2014 Calendar of Events!
In case you haven't watched TV, listened to the radio or read Facebook lately, Mother's Day is this weekend. And if you like to give Mom a break from cooking on Mother's Day, you're in luck. This list of Mother's Day restaurants all take reservations and are planning something special on Mother's Day. Be sure to make plans today before all reservations are taken!
If your kids love Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird, they are in for a treat this weekend! Sesame Street Live arrives this weekend at the Old National Centre. "Elmo Can't Stop Singing" will have your little ones tapping their toes and singing along with Elmo and all the Sesame Street gang. There are several shows this weekend, starting on Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27. Tickets to the show range in price from $18 to $46.