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LOU'S VIEWS: Record-breaking artist offers the vinyl word on music stars

July 24, 2010
Lou Harry
Seen from a distance, Lobyn Hamilton’s work might seem like something you’d find in a music shop—simple, faithful re-creations of familiar portraits of the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. Get a little closer, though, and the medium becomes part of the message.
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DINING: Blu lunch just pretense for dessert

July 24, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
At Blue Moon Cafe, the difficult-to-resist pastry case is right inside the front door.
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HETRICK: Hoosier thrillers should stay on the pageRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Reading Indiana crime fiction is great for vacation. Learning of true Indiana crime isn't.
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Indianapolis City Ballet organizers proceeding slowlyRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local arts patrons Jane Fortune and her longtime partner Robert Hesse started City Ballet in the spring of 2009, but it was more of a pitch than a reality. More than a year later, organization leaders are still not sure when they will hire their own dancers.
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International Violin Competition of Indianapolis releases iPhone app for virtual front seat

July 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The app will feature news, past laureate recordings, videos and access to the 2010 schedule, IVCI officials said.
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City inks long-term deal with motorsports show

July 21, 2010
Scott Olson
An agreement with the International Motorsports Industry Show will keep it in the city indefinitely. Attendance for the three-day December convention is expected to top 20,000.
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STYLE: Virginia Avenue goes vintage with four new 'old' shops

July 17, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Indianapolis' Virginia Avenue is quietly becoming a sort of vintage clothing district. Owner Tammy Dyson is planning to open the newest "old" store, Harloh's, on Aug, 1.
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Children's Museum plans neighborhoods' revitalization

July 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is about to expand its role in urban redevelopment. It has already invested more than $1 million in the half-dozen blocks around its campus on North Meridian Street, and now plans to help create a comprehensive plan for an area that encompasses six nearby neighborhoods.
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LOU'S VIEWS: LaBute's new play 'Pretty' impressive

July 17, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, "Reasons to be Pretty" at the Phoenix Theatre, plus Famous Monsters and InConjunction conventions.
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DINING: A chorizo line forms for Westfield Mexican eatery

July 17, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
There was nothing fancy about the neighborhood restaurant, but Queso Blanco was packing them in despite nearby competition from two of the nearly ubiquitous strip-mall chains.
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Kansas City arts executive named general manager of new Carmel center

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Douglas Tatum, former executive director of the Arts Foundation of Kansas City, will start at the Center for the Performing Arts July 26.
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IndyFringe Festival show spotlights teen relationships

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The festival has added a play called “don’t u luv me?” that explores how signs of affection can morph into controlling abuse through text messages.
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IMA plans arts installations along White River

July 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will receive a $200,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for a series of installations along a six-mile stretch of the White River.
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LEADING QUESTIONS Not-for-profit prez: 'Take a breath'

July 14, 2010
Mason King
Amstutz_watchvideoKeira Amstutz of the Indiana Humanities Council has counterintuitive advice for fundraising pitches, plus counsel on finding balance and avoiding overthinking.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Best of the Fest ... and more

July 10, 2010
Lou Harry
Baseball doc and drama from Finland among strongest offerings.
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DINING: Eye has new Broad Ripple focus

July 10, 2010
Lou Harry
The new edition of The Red Eye is only a short designated-driver ride from most Broad Ripple night spots.
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Ad firm unit studies impact of social media on movie biz

July 10, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
At a time many local advertising agencies are struggling, one firm is growing with an unusual new division aimed at measuring the effects of social media on movies and actors. Bradley and Montgomery late last summer launched Fizziology as a stand-alone enterprise.
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SPORTS: Sports suffer even as participation, attention growRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
Bill Benner
Will we ever return to the halcyon days dominated by the likes of Foyt, Andretti, Rutherford, Mears and the Unsers?
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HETRICK: We'll have our reunion, but you can't have yoursRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Throughout our 234 years, each wave of immigrants feared the one arriving before it.
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Civic Theatre gears up for capital campaign

July 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Actress and former Indiana Repertory Theatre staff member Megan McKinney has been hired to prepare for the three-year fundraising initiative.
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Super Bowl Host Committee beefs up its staff

July 8, 2010
Three of the six additions are executives on loan from the Indiana Sports Corp. and the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The King without kitsch and other Brown County pleasures

July 3, 2010
Lou Harry
It didn’t occur to me on the drive down Interstate 65 for a Brown County getaway that I’d be returning with praise for an Elvis impersonator.
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BENNER: Blown calls aren't a tradition worth preservingRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Bill Benner
When glaring, outcome—or history-altering—gaffes can be almost immediately rectified, why wouldn't anyone want to get it right?
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SURF THIS: Two sites meet demands of meeting planners

July 3, 2010
Jim Cota
E-mail is a great communication tool. But sometimes, it simply falls flat on its face. TimeBridge and Tungle help users get down to business.
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New Conner Prairie exhibit could be set in 20th century

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Work is starting at the former site of Liberty Corner on a new exhibit that will be announced in late summer or early fall.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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