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LOU'S VIEWS: Quality time on the Fringe

August 28, 2009
Lou Harry
By definition, the non-juried IndyFringe festival has a crapshoot quality. My advice to new Fringe-goers is usually to go to at least three shows and be fully prepared to hate at least one of them.
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State gambling revenue expected to stay flat

August 24, 2009
Scott Olson
Indiana’s share of tax money generated by the state’s 13 casinos is expected to remain relatively flat for at least the next few years, a state fiscal analyst told Gaming Study Committee members this morning.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Trying out the games of Gen Con

August 24, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, reviews of new games found at Gen Con and a nostalgic misfire from Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.
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ICVA might take out loan to market city for conventionsRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is so desperate for more marketing funding, the organization charged with promoting the city as a convention and tourism destination is considering taking out a loan. While that would be the last resort, ICVA CEO Don Welsh said it is one he will have to consider if the money can’t be raised through local taxes.
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Director of Carmel performing arts center says venue will be 'amazing'Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Steven Libman believes he’ll have no trouble raising money for a $3 million operating budget, and says he plans to pack the calendar with big-name acts.


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Columbia Club hires Cincinnati native as GM

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
James B. “Jim” Rentschler, former general manager at the University Club of Cincinnati, has been named general manager of The Columbia Club.

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DINING: Tomato fare at the fair

August 17, 2009
Lou Harry
How do the five finalists in the Indiana State Fair signature food competition hold up for our taste-testers?
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Pump Boys,' the IMA's 'Memory Cloud,' and Tarantino's latest

August 17, 2009
Lou Harry
A musical returns with local cast intact, new lobby artwork at the IMA invites revisits, and Tarantino's new WWII movie disappoints.
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IBJ STYLE: Scott Schuman: From L.S. Ayres to 'The Sartorialist'

August 17, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
A quarter century after graduating from Warren Central High School, Scott Schuman is a top fashion blogger.
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Northwest-side theater closes after 25 years of operation

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Locally based Sandor Development Co. is looking for a new tenant for the old AMC Loews College Park 14 movie theater, after the screens went dark for good in July after a 25-year run at West 86th Street and Michigan Road.
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Western art buyers gear up for Eiteljorg show

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The museum's annual sale for collectors, one of its biggest annual fund-raisers, is seeing strong advance registration. The Eiteljorg also has a new head of fund-raising.
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Artists expanding presence in western suburbsRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Several arts groups are expanding their presence in Hendricks County, undeterred by tight budgets and a perception that residents need to travel to Indianapolis for cultural offerings.

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Plethora of candidates likely for symphony postRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's messy split with Mario Venzago is not expected to hamstring its search for a new music director.

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EDITORIAL: Partisan games plague councilRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
The City-County Council wisely averted disaster for the Capital Improvement Board Aug. 10 by voting to raise the city’s hotel tax from 9 percent to 10 percent, but the razor-thin vote was another disappointing case of elected officials making decisions based on partisanship rather than good judgment.
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BENNER: Time will prove the wisdom of building stadiumRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Bill Benner
A year ago, we opened Lucas Oil Stadium. We've been arguing about it ever since.
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BENNER: No 'new era' for Colts as long as Manning's hereRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Bill Benner
Coach Caldwell knows that his success rides on No. 18’s taking the snaps.
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HICKS: Indiana State Fair offers fun kind of economic stimulus

August 10, 2009
Mike Hicks
The Indiana State Fair is a great treat, but there’s a lot more to it than the food and fun. In 2008, more than 859,000 folks visited the fair. According to our estimates, spending at the fair last year led to more than $63 million in total economic activity.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Leguizamo tries out Indy

August 10, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, a film and theater star uses Indianapolis as a test market, Shakespeare holds a rain-soaked mob, and a somber ISO plows through a Beatles afternoon.
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DINING: Iaria's name may provide jokes, but Italian classics satisfy

August 10, 2009
Lou Harry
Iaria’s Italian Restaurant has been around since 1933, but that’s no reason to feel guilty about making fun of its name. Go on, chuckle about how it’s only a slightly better name than “Isintary.” You are forgiven.
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HETRICK: A health insurance beneficiary pleads for reformRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
As a hearing-impaired, migraine-suffering, diabetic cancer survivor who's also the father of a cancer survivor and the widower of a cancer victim, I've experienced more than my fair share of American health care.
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Brownsburg car detailer lands link to upcoming movie

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Mike Shumaker's Brownsburg firm Driven Auto Detail spiffed up a Porsche for the upcoming movie "Whistleblower," starring Matt Damon.
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Corn dogs, elephant ears and spas ... at the fair

August 7, 2009
Kim Puckett
The Indiana State Fair brings to mind images of deep fried foods and carnival rides, but fair-goers sometimes buy big ticket items—like hot tub spas.
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Lawmakers cut state tourism office's budget in halfRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Scott Olson
Destinations throughout Indiana no longer can count on a state marketing campaign to help drive summer crowds. Lawmakers who passed a budget during the special session at the end of June sliced the state’s annual contribution to the Indiana Office of Tourism Management in half—from $4.8 million to $2.4 million.
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Small town, budget hotels hold own in difficult economyRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
While the local hotel industry is being rocked by the current economy, budget hotels and those in the small towns surrounding Indianapolis are actually seeing gains. Properties affected by the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and Big Ten Tournament are among the losers.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In 'Smoke on the Mountain,' Sanders family shines

August 3, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, more smoke on the same mountain at Beef & Boards and time going slowly at the Phoenix.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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