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Recession forces casinos to go all in with pricey expansion projectsRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
In a saturated gambling market, Indiana casinos increasingly rely on expanded entertainment options to attract patrons. The upshot is that an industry once considered “recession-proof” is asking the General Assembly for lower taxes and hopes to eliminate expensive regulatory requirements like maintaining engines and crews.
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State arts commission budget down 20 percentRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A 20-percent budget reduction for the Indiana Arts Commission will affect as many as 400 grant-dependent organizations across the state. The agency’s overall budget will shrink from $4 million in 2009 to $3.2 million for the next two fiscal years.
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HETRICK: It's hip to be simple, so let's take advantageRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
A gentleman from Fort Wayne died last month. The cancer caught up to him just a few days before his 80th birthday. Like many of us native Hoosiers, this fellow was born of working folks. His dad was a traveling hardware salesman, his mom a homemaker.
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BENNER: Time for some perspective on Tony George's legacyRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Bill Benner
Reports of a Hulman-George family feud proved dead-on accurate when matriarch Mari Hulman-George issued a statement June 30 confirming the ouster of her son, Tony, as CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the family business empire. Shortly thereafter, Tony George also resigned as CEO of the Indy Racing League.
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DINING: (Piz)'Za made for the middle of the night

July 13, 2009
Lou Harry
If you’re in Broad Ripple and hungry for pizza, you’ve got lots of options. But what do you do if it’s the middle of the night on a Thursday and you and your entourage have the munchies? Well, for that very specific demographic group of pizza eaters, there’s now ’Za, which is open until 4 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Here's the best from International Film Fest

July 13, 2009
Lou Harry
This year’s Indianapolis International Film Festival gets rolling later this usual, with a bump to summer precipitated in part by the moving on of its founder to the Nashville Film Festival and in part by the move of most of the fest (minus parties) to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. We’ve spent the last few weeks reviewing most of the features in competition.
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State, city agencies get new round of federal arts funding

July 7, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana and Indianapolis arts agencies will receive more than a half-million dollars in federal stimulus money to help save jobs at local organizations, the National Endowment for the Arts announced today. A second round of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding includes $250,000 for the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
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SURF THIS: Let's just back up ... with a Drobo

July 6, 2009
Jim Cota
Hard drives fail—almost all of them, at one point or another. Back-ups are a little clunky to set up and keep up with, so most people I know ignore it. I finally decided I couldn’t avoid it any longer.
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BENNER: Indiana Fever are adding a little sizzle to summerRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Bill Benner
Last week’s column about the wide array of events on our July sports calendar in Indy was glaringly lacking in one aspect: The Indiana Fever. As of this writing, they are the hottest team in the WNBA, reversing an 0-2 start and racing to six straight victories.
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Indianapolis 500 movie racing toward big screen

July 6, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A locally born initiative to make a movie about the first Indianapolis 500 has cleared a major obstacle to getting its project to big screens nationwide by May 2011—in time for the race's centennial.
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Legislature snubs casinos, but forms study committeeRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana's struggling gambling industry didn't get the relief it sought during the special session of the Indiana General Assembly. But embedded within the budget bill approved June 30 is a provision creating a gambling summer study committee. Its recommendations, due by Dec. 1, may make or break several of Indiana's casinos.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Breaking with the past at Tut show

July 6, 2009
Lou Harry
I entered "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharoahs" (at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis through Oct. 25) with a limited knowledge of Egyptian history—and by limited, I mean loose threads picked up from a handful of Mummy movies, the Bible, and a few too many productions of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
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DINING: Backward-named eatery, forward-thinking fusion

July 6, 2009
Lou Harry
Search the Web for Naisa and you may come up with the North American International Auto Show or the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Neither has anything to do with the new Naisa Pan-Asian Cafe (1025 Virginia Ave., 602-3708), where the name comes from simply reversing the letters in the word Asian.
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DINING: Upscale eatery makes its mark on Shelbyville casino

June 29, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
One of just three Maker’s Mark restaurants in the country—the others are in Louisville, Ky., and Kansas City, Mo.—the upscale eatery would have been a good fit in downtown Indianapolis or in one of the suburban dining-and-shopping meccas.
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BASILE: Following in the footsteps of Darwin in the Galapagos

June 29, 2009
Frank Basile
There's nothing like following the wildly influential thinker Charles Darwin's own footsteps, which I had the pleasure of doing by visiting the beautiful, mysterious, isolated and enchanted Galapagos Islands.
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BENNER: July events rely on big names to draw a crowdRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Bill Benner
For all the heat and sunshine, July can be a cold, dark hole in the Indianapolis sports calendar. Other than the ever-beloved Indianapolis Indians, sometimes there's not much going on.
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King Tut crowds not necessarily bonanza for Children's MuseumRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The gilded exhibit, a happy byproduct of the museum's close relationship with an Egyptian institution, is more of a gift than a major moneymaker.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Must-sea Phoenix drama

June 27, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, catching "Octopus" at the Phoenix and opening night on the Prairie.
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DINING: Game on at food-and-play spot

June 22, 2009
Lou Harry
When you play Skee-ball and aim for the 100-point hole, you miss most of the time. However, if you aim for the 30, you have a much better chance of scoring. You might not get a high score, but you'll win enough tickets to want to play again. How does that translate into my dining experience at the new Dave & Buster's?
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DINING: No waffling, Maxine's delivers

June 15, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
It felt weird to pull into a gas station parking lot in search of lunch. But we forgot we were in a former auto repair shop as soon as we walked into Maxine's Chicken & Waffles, attached to the Citgo station at Ohio and East streets.
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Arts backer Efroymson returns to contemporary museum he helped start

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jeremy Efroymson recently agreed to return to the financially flailing Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art as its executive director and work for free. Efroymson, one of the museum's early leaders, has a strategy for seeing IMOCA through a financial rough spot, but what remains unclear is how the museum will wean itself off his support.
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DINING: Binkley's Kitchen & Bar reclaims former drug store site

June 8, 2009
Lou Harry
Binkley's Drug Store occupied the corner of Kessler and College from 1928 to the early 1970s. Its namesake now occupying the same spot, Binkley's Kitchen & Bar, seems equally built to last—a friendly neighborhood joint that glances back without wallowing in nostalgia and stays progressive without being trendy.
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White River park passes on balloonRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Conner Prairie has $2.2 million riding on a ballooning exhibit that opened June 6. One thing that won't stand in the way of its success is a competing ride--at least not at White River State Park.
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Stitcher is more than just Pandora for news junkiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Jim Cota
Stitcher bills itself as "a leading mobile audio company that provides a revolutionary media service which allows audio content to be easily aggregated, organized and shared on mobile devices." It's sort of like DVR for radio.
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Fireworks show fizzles under financial constraintsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
If you don't get your fireworks fix on July 4, you'll no longer have another chance this year to be awed by the colorful displays.
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