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March Brings Beauty, Basketball and Big Time Fun in Downtown Indianapolis

Spring flowers add vibrancy Downtown
Vibrant color will enhance Downtown's landscape this March. More than 10,000 orange, royal blue and pink annuals, including pansies and snapdragons, will be planted in nearly 200 planters throughout Downtown in time to welcome thousands of visitors. In addition, hundreds of Downtown businesses plant pansies to enhance their properties and the entire Downtown neighborhood. Planting begins mid March.

Basketball bonanza!
Downtown has a full roster of sporting events during the month of March (and April)! The month tips off with the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament March 3 – 6 and the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament March 10 – 13 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The IHSAA Boys State Basketball Finals take place March 26 at Conseco Fieldhouse. The NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four Championship will be at Conseco Fieldhouse April 3 & 5 with Tourney Town offering fans a chance to play with the best and see FREE concerts at the Indiana Convention Center April 1 – 3. Check out all the fun activities for Big Ten and NCAA basketball fans at Indiana Sports Corporation. The Indiana Pacers have seven home games throughout March as well.

Get into the action and go for a run with the 500 Festival Mini Marathon Training Series presented by OrthoIndy – 10K March 5 at the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Big Ten Hoops Day 5k at Conseco Fieldhouse March 13.

Sounds of the Circle City
Did you see her in Glee, the movie Enchanted or maybe even in Wicked? Award-winning actress Indina Menzel will be performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra March 2. Be sure to come back for Dvorak 8, Spano & Currie, Choruses of Hollywood & Broadway and more. Legendary James Taylor comes to town March 4 at the Old National Center. Have a night out at the Rathskeller and see live entertainment by Black Voodoo March 26 and other artists throughout the month.

St.Patrick's Day on tap Downtown
St. Patrick's Day takes over Downtown March 12 – 17. March 17 is the Greening of the Canal presented by the Hoosier Lottery with Mayor Ballard at 6 am as well as the St. Patrick's Day Parade. If you're looking for more Irish adventures, take part in the IAC Shamrock Run / Walk March 12 starting at Monument Circle or the AOH St. Patrick's Day Breakfast Walk March 13.

March is Women's History Month
Celebrate Women's History Month by attending the Radmilla Cody lecture and performance at the Eiteljorg Museum March 19. Learn how Radmilla dealt with identity issues after becoming the first biracial Miss Navajo. Also visit the fifth annual Women in Art Market March 26. The exhibit celebrates creativity from a woman's perspective and is FREE with general admission.

March movies
Like fashion? Stop by the Indianapolis Museum of Art to see Valentino: The Last Emperor March 3. The documentary follows designer Valentino as he prepares for one of his last couture shows. Enjoy Vintage Movie Nights at the Garfield Park Arts Center. See Kovacs! March 5 or Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts March 11, 12, 18, 19 and 20.

Loosen up your green thumb!
Get an early taste of spring at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's 'Art of Gardening' event March 26. Beginners to experienced gardeners can attend six, one-hour classes to learn about the plants and techniques that will be useful in gardens for 2011.

t's Greased Lightening
March brings a variety of great performances to Downtown stages! Broadway in Indianapolis presents Grease March 22 – 27 at Clowes Memorial Hall. Wrestle with tensions between memory, history and redemption in The Gospel According to James at the Indiana Repertory Theatre March 22 – April 10. See a musical comedy about divorce, grandchildren and dating at the Theatre on the Square's presentation of The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What? March 25 – April 16. WWE Raw presents Road to Wrestlemania at Conseco Fieldhouse March 27. Take the kids to Madagascar Live! at the Old National Centre to see all your favorite characters come to life March 29 & 30.

New Exhibits at the Indianapolis Zoo and Indianapolis Children's Museum
See Batman's Bat suit, Darth Vader's helmet or the Wicked Witch of the West's hat at Incredible Costumes from Film and TV opening March 12 at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. On March 18, two new exhibits will open at the Indianapolis Zoo: Warthogs and Bats. The rough and tough warthogs will be a permanent addition to the growing Plains Biome and two varieties of bats, the straw colored bat and the flying fox, will appear in the new Forests exhibit.

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