Arts & Entertainment, etc.

Indiana casino owner declares bankruptcy

November 23, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Majestic Star Casino LLC owns two casinos and a hotel in Gary, a casino-hotel in Tunica County, Miss., and a casino in Black Hawk, Colo.
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HETRICK: Let's make Thanksgiving a year-round conceptRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Few of us fare well on our own accord. So when as the last time you surprised someone with gratitude?
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Pizza restaurants in works; wine shop heading to Fishers

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Hot Box Pizza plans to open a downtown location in the Harness Factory Lofts building, and WineTyme, a new local shop selling wines, craft beers and gourmet food, is coming to Fishers.
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Heavyweights may vie to manage venues for troubled CIBRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
An aide to Mayor Greg Ballard says he hopes a private operator can find “operating and maintenance savings in the millions."
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LOU'S VIEWS: A new attraction wants to drum up business

November 21, 2009
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Rhythm! Discovery Center and Bands of America.
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DINING: Taking a chance on a casino buffet at Indiana Live!

November 21, 2009
Lou Harry
Indy's closest casino has revamped its dining offerings. We take a taste.
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BENNER: Looking forward to 37 basketball games in 35 daysRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Bill Benner
Indy's month of March, 2010, will produce a basketball madness few cities can duplicate.
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Indianapolis looks to Cleveland, Philadelphia for City Market examples

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The troubled Indianapolis City Market is looking East for a new direction. This summer, its executive director, Jim Reilly, visited Philadelphia and Cleveland to observe their successful urban markets and seek pointers that might be applied here.
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Indianapolis lawyer to open bar and lounge in 3Mass building on Mass Ave

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The bar, which isn't yet named, will be Baker & Daniels lawyer Trevor Belden's first bar.
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Hotel TV program touts Indianapolis, helps businesses reach travelersRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Indianapolis Visitors Channel, which airs on closed-circuit networks in more than 6,400 area hotel rooms, highlights some of the city’s most popular attractions and promotes local businesses—both through traditional advertising and sponsored features.
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Financial flexibility drew Civic Theatre to Carmel center

November 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Civic Theatre could take as long as 20 years to pay the $10 million fee it agreed to as part of a deal to relocate to the state-of-the-art Regional Performing Arts Center in Carmel.
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Conner Prairie reports rising attendance, revenue

November 18, 2009
Scott Olson
Conner Prairie is ending 2009 in relatively better health than last year, as attendance and revenues are up at the same time donations are lagging, executives of the living history museum said Wednesday.
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Civic Theatre confirms plans to relocate to Carmel

November 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Civic Theatre will move from the campus of Marian University to the Regional Performing Arts Center under construction in Carmel. The theater and Carmel Redevelopment Commission released a joint statement Tuesday announcing a long-term deal that calls for the Civic to pay $10 million to be the center’s primary occupant.
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Symphony reports record shortfall of $2.8 million

November 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra CEO Simon Crookall said he's expecting a smaller but still significant gap of $1.3 million in the 2010 budget year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lurie-ing arts audiences to downtown Carmel

November 14, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, thoughts on exhibitions at Evan Lurie Gallery in Carmel and a new revue at the Cabaret at the Connoisseur Room.
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DINING: Warm, inviting Italian dining with a Tyler that binds

November 14, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
I’ve driven by countless strip-mall eateries without giving them a second glance, but there always has been something about Carmel’s Mangia! that has drawn my attention. Maybe it’s the exclamation point.
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STYLE: Hats off to those in the millinery

November 14, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Hat-maker Emily Clark faces challenges with her nearly lost art.
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Indiana tourism sites staying busy despite soft economyRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Norm Heikens
Hoosiers are shrugging off hard times and heading out on vacation, so much so that some of the state's top attractions actually are seeing attendance boomlets. But the travelers are sticking close to home, and they're clenching their dollars tightly.
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Local convention leaders wine, dine crucial meeting planners

November 14, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Behind every convention that rolls into Indianapolis is a tedious sales effort as intense and invisible as a riptide. Sometimes the sale cycle lasts as long as six years.
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Indianapolis Zoo attendance clipped by weather, economyRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Norm Heikens
Indianapolis Zoo attendance is down in 2009, but poor weather may be to blame as much as the weak economy.
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City Market gets OK to evict anchor Constantino's

November 14, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The cash-strapped, half-vacant City Market is playing legal hardball with five current or former tenants that are behind on rent, a move that’s led to the imminent eviction of Constantino’s Market Place.
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Art Center trims staff to head off long-term problemsRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Art Center laid off its full-time curator and cut one other position this month in an effort to pay down short-term credit and deal with reduced income from its classes.
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BENNER: Baby Boilers and their coach are all grown upRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Bill Benner
It seems like just yesterday that Matt Painter was playing for Purdue University basketball. Now he’s the Boilers’ coach, and he has emerged from the long shadow of his mentor and predecessor, Gene Keady.
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MILLER: Travelers still want experiences despite proliferating technologyRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Denise Miller
Consumers are using technology to look for the greatest value, not necessarily the lowest price.
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ICVA: Ad campaign helps draw more visitors to region

November 12, 2009
Scott Olson
A summer advertising campaign launched by the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association helped produce more visitors and dollars for central Indiana, even though the organization spent less this year marketing the region.
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