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December 19, 2012
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Two venues open Dec. 20, both promising entertainment as well as food. Drake’s, 3736 E. 82nd st., will feature live music in its mix. Meanwhile, at 4016 E. 82nd St., Latitude 39’s lineup includes comedy shows, an opening-in-February dine-in movie theater, and a 400-seat theater. Details on Drake’s here.  Details on Latitude 39 here.

Vocalist Jeannie Logan sings at Chef Josephs at the Connoisseur Room Dec. 26. Details here.

Actors Theatre of Indiana stages “An Old Fashioned Christmas” at Oak Hill Mansion Dec. 21-22. Includes dinner and a show, plus photos with Santa. Details here

Karlton D. Turner, Dave Ruark and Vicky Richmond are among the performers in the musical revue “Country Christmas,” Dec. 2-22 at the Athenaeum. Details here

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir offers “Festival of Carols” Dec. 22 at the Palladium. Details here.


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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.