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Museum of Art expects boost from fall Warhol show

April 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art expects its upcoming Andy Warhol exhibit to draw 40,000 people, helping it offset a drop in funding from its endowment.
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Arts Commission to share duties with regional groups

April 19, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Arts Commission revamped the way it allocates money out of concern about future state budget cuts, which would further reduce grants available to arts organizations.
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Hendricks County scales back hospitality plan

April 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The convention bureau has shelved its plan to attract a full-service hotel and instead will boost spending on tourism marketing.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Chicago joins the 'Billy' club

April 17, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, the Broadway sensation “Billy Elliot” dances into Chicago for an extended run. And, closer to home, the Phoenix indulges in some conspiracy theorizing.
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DINING: Ice House offers cold comfort

April 17, 2010
Lou Harry
One of the advantages of our month-long restaurant themes is that it gives us an excuse to visit old favorites, and this landmark certainly qualifies.
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Indiana's number of arts-related businesses declines

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Washington, D.C.-based Americans for the Arts says the state had 9,950 arts-related businesses last year, a five-year low and down 3.9 percent from 2008.
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STYLE: Should we knock the knock-offs?

April 17, 2010
Gabrielle Poshadlo
In light of the copyright infringement lawsuits Coach has brought against two Indianapolis retailers, I find myself wondering if my purchase would be an ethical one, especially as someone who appreciates apparel (and accessories) as an art form.
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Live Nation seeks dismissal of Murat lawsuit

April 16, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Beverly Hills, Calif.-based entertainment company says lease gives it the right to change venue's name to Old National Centre.
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Centaur's junior lenders press for bankruptcy liquidation

April 13, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Unsatisfied with the Hoosier Park owner's reorganization plan, hedge funds represented by Wells Fargo Bank petition for conversion of Chapter 11 bankruptcy into Chapter 7.
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Indiana Design Center lines up tenants

April 13, 2010
Tom Harton
The $25 million project, which is the cornerstone of Carmel's Arts & Design District, has signed 11 interior design-related tenants and a restaurant.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Tara Donovan at the IMA and thoughts on 'spoilers'

April 10, 2010
Lou Harry
In this artist's world, millions of cups blend into massive waves, pencils become an alien landscape, and stacks of tar paper evoke the apocalypse.
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DINING: Barbecue joint offers smoked Southern comfort (food)

April 10, 2010
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Second in our month-long series of "House" restaurant reviews.
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BENNER: Winners and more winners from the 2010 Final FourRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Bill Benner
Praise for Brad Stevens, the Butler seniors, and more.
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Centaur bets on risky restructuring planRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Bankrupt Hoosier Park owner Centaur Inc. has offered its creditors a risky reorganization plan. For it to work, dozens of hedge funds must stay in the game, in return for a chance to buy a big chunk of the company later.
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HETRICK: Much more than economic impact from a Final FourRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
This year's events delivered a return on investment far more powerful than the estimated economic impact.
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INSIDE DISH: Harried chef at R bistro tries to keep it fresh

April 9, 2010
Mason King
InsideDish_Rbistro_WVIn IBJ's new video feature on front-burner business issues that vex restaurants, Regina Mehallick of downtown's R bistro mulls the financial and personal demands of running a chef-owned eatery with a menu that changes every week.
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Indiana high court hears casino card-counting case

April 7, 2010
Associated Press
An Indianapolis man sued the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort after it banned him from the blackjack table in 2006. The casino won the suit, but the state appeals court reversed that decision. The casino asked the high court to weigh in.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Bottoms Up Burlesque offers a strip down memory lane

April 3, 2010
Lou Harry
Retro event proves more playful than provocative.
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SURF THIS: Foursquare attempts to corner walk-in business market

April 3, 2010
Jim Cota
Why would you want to check in at various locations on your smart phone?
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DINING: Scotty's spin-off offers pier-less dining at Lakehouse

April 3, 2010
Lou Harry
There's no water in view, but Scotty's Lakehouse is true to its subtitle: A Burger Joint.
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BENNER: Hey, Hink? You'd be proud of this Butler teamRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Bill Benner
Itâ??s all about the whole, not the parts. They cut and move, move, move on offense. They defend like their scholarships depend on it.
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Downgrade a red flag for Indiana Live casino

April 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
New York-based Moody's Investors Service has downgraded its credit rating for Indiana Live horse track and casino, a warning signal that the Shelbyville facility may soon follow its Anderson counterpart Hoosier Park into bankruptcy.
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Madame Walker Theatre hires CEO

April 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Terry Whitt Bailey, former director of Muncie’s Cornerstone Center for the Arts, will join the Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis April 12 as president and CEO.
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Local ballet company folds

April 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A professional ballet company that formed in the wake of Ballet Internationale's collapse has closed its own doors.
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Answer to Murat's naming-rights fight likely to be found in lease

March 30, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Murat Temple Association, a Shriners affiliate that owns the iconic building, is suing Live Nation and Old National Bank over a naming-rights deal announced March 16.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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