More from the July calendar: Bicycle festival / ‘Riverside,’ the play / 

Items that came to Urban Times after the July edition went to press

July 12-13: Bicycle racing returns with Mass Ave Crit and more

One of the nation’s biggest cycling weekends for racers, casual cyclists and spectators returns Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, as the IU Health Momentum Indy hits Downtown streets.

The event consists of two criterium (or “crit”) races with pro and amateur racers from across the U.S.:

* the Mass Ave Crit, one of America’s premiere races and a stop on the American Criterium Cup professional series. The course includes two corners greater than 90 degrees, making it technically difficult and fun to watch.

Races will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. July 12, with the start-finish line in the 400 block of Mass, with the course involving the 400 and 500 blocks of Mass Ave. The course includes the 300 block of Vermont Street, the 400 block of New Jesey Street, the 400 block of Michigan Street and the 500 block of East Street.

* The Indy Crit, a family-friendly day of pro and amateur criterium racing from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 13. The day-long event involves cycling and fitness activities, food trucks and drinks for all ages. At 12:20 p.m., kids 3-12 can participate in the Kids Race. Register at https://runsignup.com/kids-race. The Indy Crit is sponsored by Riley Children’s Health.

* The Major Taylor “Fondo,” is a ride for beginner to advanced cyclists through Indianapolis, including sites relevant to Major Taylor. Distances are 14 miles, 30 miles and 62 miles (a metric century ride). Teams can compete for honors including most miles ridden as a team and most team members. All are welcome to ride at their own pace.

The “Fondo” will begin at 9 a.m. July 13 at 240 N. Meridian St. Registration is $95 at

https://runsignup.com/Race/IN/Indianapolis/MajorTaylorFondo.

July 18-27:riverside’ to be performed (where else?) at riverside Park

The Indianapolis Shakespeare Company will present Riverside, a play by ML

Roberts,  at the Taggart Memorial Amphitheatre in Riverside Park. Doors will open

at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets are free. VIP tickets are $25. An ASL-interpreted performance will be staged on Thursday, July 25.

Under the direction of Rudi Goblen, the ensemble cast will include Milicent Wright, Kayla Carter, Malik James, Anthony Holiday, Akili Ni Mali, Terra Chaney, Olamide Asanpaola, Ed Moreno, Clarissa Todd, Josiah McCruiston and Jamaal McCray.

Backstage Drama: An Experiential Phoenix Fundraiser

SATURDAY, JULY 13: PHOENIX PLANS A UNIQUE FUND-RAISING EVENING

The Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre invites central Indiana arts lovers to an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at Backstage Drama: An Experiential Phoenix Fundraiser. The event offers a rare opportunity to explore the inner workings of the Phoenix Theatre, engage with artistic directors, and get a first look at our upcoming season. Attendees will get three unique experiences: 

* The Headliner – Step inside the minds of the artistic directors from the Phoenix Theatre, American Lives Theatre, and NAATC. Enjoy a fun interactive presentation in the Russell Theatre and be the first to discover the 2024-25 season lineup.

* The All-Access Tour – Go backstage and get hands-on with our scene shop, costuming, lighting, and sound teams as you explore the technical skills that make the onstage magic of the Phoenix come to life.

* The Centre Stage – Join us for some fun and games as well as an opportunity to meet the community partners that make the Cultural Centre such a special asset to the downtown community.

The evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres from The Flatiron on Penn, along with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks. Proceeds benefit the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre, the home of seven theater companies. Organizers said the event is not only a unique date night but also an essential fundraiser to support the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre’s mission to bring innovative and diverse performing arts to the community.

Tickets are available for $125 per person at https://phoenixtheatreorg.vbotickets.com/event/backstage_drama_an_experiential_phoenix_fundraiser/128923.

PHOTO ABOVE: The Mass Ave Crit is one highlight of the IU Health Momentum Indy.