Arts & Entertainment, etc.

Fort Wayne lures long-time conventions from Indy

September 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Fort Wayne's expanded convention center and a planned downtown hotel are proving attractive to conventions, including at least four events long held in Indianapolis.
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Slots revenue revives hopes of state's horse breeding industryRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Purses at Hoosier Park in Anderson and Indiana Downs in Shelbyville have swollen since the two tracks added slot machines in June 2008.
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NCAA, city haggle over Final Four rental dealRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A little more than six months before the 2010 NCAA men’s Final Four is set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium, the NCAA has not yet finalized a rental deal for the facility. While officials for the NCAA and Local Organizing Committee, the group charged with operating the event in Indianapolis, downplay any problems, sports business experts say it is unusual not to have an agreement pinned down in the months leading up to the event.
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LOU'S VIEWS: City Ballet off to stunning start

September 19, 2009
Lou Harry
The would-be Indianapolis City Ballet raised the bar high with a star-studded gala that brought together some of the top young dancers in the world.
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DINING: New IMA eatery keeps things new

September 19, 2009
Lou Harry
The menu changes weekly at the Indianapolis Museum of Art's new eatery, Nourish.
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STYLE: Does Indy stock what Vogue touts?

September 19, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
In New York, the word September is synonymous with fashion. What about Indy?
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BENNER: Can we keep the franchise the Simons saved?Restricted Content

September 19, 2009
Bill Benner
The passing of Mel Simon adds more uncertainty to the Indiana Pacers’ future in Indianapolis.
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Super Bowl Committee adds vice president of event operations

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The 2012 host committee recently hired South Bend native and Indiana University graduate Michelle Raines, who previously served in senior management roles for four Republican national conventions.
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More layoffs, furloughs possible for cash-strapped CIB

September 14, 2009
Scott Olson
The financial condition of the city’s Capital Improvement Board, though improving, is still dire enough that employees of the Indiana Convention Center could be subjected to more unpaid furloughs or layoffs.
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Symphony musicians reject contract offer

September 12, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians and librarians unanimously rejected a new contract offer, suggesting they might not easily accept the same deep pay cuts seen at major orchestras around the country.
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This year's Indy Jazz Fest to focus on music puristsRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indy Jazz Fest’s new promoters are taking a bold step with an already-risky venture. They’re turning the 10-year-old event into one for jazz purists.
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New Columbia Club general manager trying to reverse membership slideRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
James Rentschler hopes to restore the Columbia Club’s luster, and its membership roster, by returning the institution to its gilded roots.
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Airport looking for college students to serve as greeters

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis International Airport is looking for a new class of “airport ambassadors,” those helpful volunteers in the red vests who help passengers and visitors get their bearings.
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ICVA unlikely to seek loan to pay for enhanced marketing

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The idea of the not-for-profit Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association taking out a loan was not warmly received by city officials. And financial institutions were less than thrilled with the idea given the ICVA’s diminishing revenue and increasing costs.
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DINING: Soup is center stage at revamped downtown eatery

September 12, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cafe Zuppa fills in for the departed Gabriel's Cafeteria, offering an ample—and ambitious—menu.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A strong 'Wind' in Bloomington

September 12, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, three plays add up to a terrific start for the central Indiana performing arts season.
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BENNER: Respect shouldn't be a college-football noveltyRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Bill Benner
Just as it's probably unwise to make too much nice out of a pre-game handshake, it's also over the top to paint with too broad a brush the unfortunate incident that occurred at Boise State.
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Indianapolis Zoo won't be only not-for-profit to benefit from coupon book

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
After several years of supporting the Indianapolis Zoo with the proceeds from its “Discover Indy” Savings Book, Delphi Specialty Publications Inc. will give to different charities.
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HETRICK: To teach your children well, put away the parachutesRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Asking our kids to take responsibility sometimes has unexpected consequences.
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Civic Theatre considering move to Carmel

September 11, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Civic Theatre, one of the city’s oldest and largest cultural organizations, is considering a move to Carmel’s new performing arts center. Civic informed its current host, Marian University, yesterday of pending negotiations with the Carmel Performing Arts Foundation.
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Music Mill to reopen again under new owner

September 11, 2009
Jeff Newman, Scott Olson
The Music Mill, a local concert venue, restaurant and bar that has been closed down twice this year by different operators, has new life. Local entrepreneur Ravi Chopra, 44, who owns the 6 Lounge & Restaurant downtown, announced last night that he has purchased the Music Mill and plans to reopen it Oct. 12.
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Museum of Art hires chief operating officer

September 11, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced this week that it has hired a veteran of the New York City arts community to fill its chief operating officer position.
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Community Fair promotes volunteerism

September 10, 2009
The city of Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana will host the eighth annual Community Fair on Monument Circle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11.
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Backstagers play big role in what you'll see in coming arts season

September 5, 2009
Whitney Smith
As part of this year's A&E Season Preview, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the people behind the people on our cultural front.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 7&7 + B&B = remarkable footwork

September 5, 2009
Lou Harry
It might make some top 10 movie musicals lists, but it’s unlikely that “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is on anyone’s list of favorite stage musicals. Which is why Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s current production of the show (running through Oct. 4) is so remarkable.
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