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You might assume the Talbot Street Art Fair will be the epicenter of the Indianapolis art world this weekend. But that easily could be debated, depending on the creative talent you crave.

Sure it will draw huge crowds both days with all its meticulously etched college campus renderings, fantastic photography, quirky lawn ornaments and hand-wrought jewelry, but you might consider taking in Talbot's on Sunday or first thing when it begins Saturday morning. That way you'll have the time and energy to enjoy the more au courant art that takes the stage a few blocks south.

The Independent Music + Art Festival will take place Saturday at the Harrison Center for the Arts. - COURTESY OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC + ART FESTIVAL
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  • The Independent Music + Art Festival will take place Saturday at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

Perhaps the hipper event this weekend is the Independent Music + Art Festival, or IMAF, from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St.

The 14th annual festival provides a stage to local and regional musicians in the courtyard of the Harrison Center, and it's paired with the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, which features works from more than 100 vendors offering everything from knitted caps, plush animals and un-ironic Western wear to a steampunk sketch of Mothra destroying 19th-century Indianapolis.

Legendary rapper and deejay Rusty Redenbacher, a dreadlocked staple on the Indianapolis music scene for more than 20 years, will emcee the music for the second straight year.

Musicians from a wide range of genres will perform at IMAF, including Paul Smallman & Friends, the Pork & Beans Brass Band, Coolidge, Jenn Cristy, Sweet Poison Victim, Tony Styxx, Shivering Timbers, Dream Chief, The Breakes, Bonesetters, James & the Drifters and Last IV.

James & the Drifters is an underground folk pop group with deep Indiana roots, while Last IV is a local supergroup with Redenbacher singing, Vess Ruhtenberg playing guitar, David "Tufty" Clough of Radio Radio fame on bass and Devon Ashley on drums.

Crafters, visual artists and food trucks shine at the annual event, which has been around since 2002. If you're craving curry, paleo meats or sandwiches and soup, you can try the Spicebox, Caveman and Duos Indy food trucks respectively. And if you're thirsting for craft beer or mead, you can tipple libations from Sun King Brewery or New Day Craft from Fountain Square.

Inside the gallery, there's a lot of new work on display, including that from many of the studio artsits who will open their workspaces to visitors. Chat with the artists in their element. Amy Falstrom's "Weather Polyphony" will be exhibited in the Harrison Gallery, and Indiana Downtown Artist and Dealers Association member Katrina Murray, a painter and installation artist, will demonstrate some of her skills down in the Hank & Dolly Gallery as part of IDADA’s 10th anniversary celebration. Murray's most current abstract works are think pieces that represent particle physics re-imagined and captured on canvas.

Murray, along with artists Taryn Cassella, Anna Martinez, Addie Hirschten and Andi Malone will create large-scale works on paper with charcoal and dry tempura paint, a process known professionally as “mark making.” Each of the artists will work one at a time for 10-20 minutes throughout Saturday’s festival. They’ll be mark making in response to music performed by Classical Music Indy. CMI's Charles Stanton curated the musical selections specifically for each artist.

Additionally, the Art Bank (811 Massachusetts Ave.) will be open for its Second Saturday event, and some of its artists will also be on hand. A perfect stop for "Bohemian fun and friendship" following a morning of Indy Pride Fest, this old, historic bank (complete with a vault that now houses a cool collection of books for sale), stands as an oasis of art at the far end of Mass Ave. Filled with good energy and great works from local artists, it definitely should be on your list.

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