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Harry joined IBJ in 2006, having previously served as editor-in-chief of Indy Men’s Magazine and, prior to that, senior editor of Indianapolis Monthly.  A native of Wildwood, N.J., Harry has written for more than 50 publications including Variety, InTheatre, TheatreWeek, Dramatics and Mental Floss. His 30 published books include The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures, Kid Culture, Creative Block, and The High-Impact Infidelity Diet: A Novel. The latter, co-written with Eric Pfeffinger, has been translated into Russian and Portuguese and optioned by Warner Bros. He once took a pie in the face from Soupy Sales. A playwright and former professional stand-up comic, Harry is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and has hosted events for Indy Reads, Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He can be seen discussing arts and entertainment Thursday mornings on WXIN-TV Channel 59.

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DINING: Pub brings Irish fare to Mass Ave

July 5, 2014
Nine Irish Brothers brings bangers and mash to Mass Ave. New pub also features live music.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A bang and a whimper end two trilogies

July 5, 2014
Reviews of the final volumes of Ben H. Winters' end-of-the-world detective series "The Last Policeman" and Walter Wangerin Jr.'s "Dun Cow" books.
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TRY THIS: Water coasters at Splashin' Safari

June 28, 2014
You can have roller coasters; I’ll take these wet rides. Plus, what's new at Camp Rudolph.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Feinstein and company raise funds, pay tribute

June 28, 2014
The Feinstein initiative’s Great American Songbook Hall of Fame brings Johnny Mathis and Shirley Jones to the Palladium. Also honors Nat King Cole and Linda Ronstadt.
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DINING: Marsh markets lunchtime meals

June 28, 2014
No fine dining establishments in central Indiana is likely to have as much of an impact on the dining habits of local residents and workers as the new downtown Marsh Cafe.
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ISO sees surge in ticket sales, led by subscriptions

June 25, 2014
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra enjoyed a nearly 19-percent surge in ticket sales during the 2013-14 indoor concert season, which ended this month, the ISO said Tuesday.
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LOU's VIEWS: ‘Cock Fight’ turns Phoenix into barbed-wire arena

June 21, 2014
Minimal staging starkly contrasts with rich characters in "The Cock Fight Play." Local premiere runs through July 6.
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DINING: North End Barbecue brings local farm flavors to Nora

June 21, 2014
The main event, of course, is the meat. The mounds and mounds of meat.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Neo-Impressionist show impresses at IMA

June 14, 2014
They shimmer. And that's just the surface appeal of many of the works at this new exhibition.
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DINING: New Anchor at Ambassador could turn around troubled spot

June 14, 2014
Plow & Anchor is the latest eatery on the ground floor of the Ambassador. The pleasures start with Salt Cod Croquettes.
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DINING: Mass Ave diners finally have opportunity to study Pizzology

June 7, 2014
Airy atmosphere and friendly service, combined with relatively simplistic combinations built from largely farm-fresh ingredients, help keep this pizzeria from being intimidating.
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Author John Green sees earnings boost as movie debut nears

May 31, 2014
Indianapolis author John Green has sold more than 10.7 million copies of his novel "The Fault in Our Stars," suggesting royalty earnings of more than $6 million, before the movie deal and merchandise sales.
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DINING: Locally owned, fast-fired Coalition comes together in Carmel

May 31, 2014
I never tire of pizza. And there are enough subtle and not-so-subtle variations on the American/Italian staple that it never seems to get boring.
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Recent Blog Posts

REVIEW: "Hair" at the Athenaeum

July 11, 2014
There are worse problems to have in theater than an audience so enthusiastic about what they are seeing and hearing that their hooting and hollering dampens the emotional impact of the end of your show.
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Emmy nomination thoughts

July 10, 2014
Praise for "The Normal Heart, categories in flux, and Matt LeBlanc nominated for playing Matt LeBlanc. Plus the best awards-show number ever.
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'Swarm Street' sculpture not worth the wait

July 8, 2014
Had it been ready along with the rest of the commissioned artwork, the latest addition to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail might be seen in a more positive light.
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Notes on nudity: Splitting hairs on 'Hair'

July 3, 2014
Yes, "Hair" is set in a world where "free love" was one of the mantras. But that's not what the infamous scene is about.
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Lichtenstein installation to be part of the IMA landscape

July 1, 2014
"Five Brushstrokes" to be unveiled at event in August. Five elements range from 19-40 ft. tall.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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