Arts & Entertainment

Not your typical corporate retreat spots

September 27, 2014
Norm Heikens
You know the drill—find a place where a contingent from your organization can fall back and talk about something important. (Or unimportant.)
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DINING: Washington Street staple rises again under new name

September 18, 2014
Lou Harry
Javier's Hacienda takes over the spot formerly occupied by El Sol. And, yes, the donkey is still there.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Actors Theatre creates a loverly ‘My Fair Lady’

September 18, 2014
Lou Harry
A good production needs to treat these familiar characters as people instead of icons and the songs as spontaneous bursts of emotional truth, not as a greatest-hits package.
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DINING: Sandwich shop pleases with cheeses

September 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Thanks to a "Shark Tank" score, Tom + Chee is spreading. Thoughts on its first Indy location.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Eiteljorg show evokes many stories

September 13, 2014
Lou Harry
Annual "Quest for the West" exhibition stresses the familiar over the innovative. And that's just how collectors like it.
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DINING: In the outpost of Zionsville, a trailblazing Cowboy gets cooking

September 6, 2014
Lou Harry
While it might sound like a naughty "Blazing Saddles" villain, Salty Cowboy is actually a worthy addition to the town's dining lineup.
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LOU'S VIEWS: New/old Lichtenstein sculpture dominates IMA front yard

September 6, 2014
Lou Harry
No question about it, "Five Brushstrokes" is bold. It's also playful and welcoming.
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DINING: DIY restaurant Sushi Boss creates new roll model

August 30, 2014
Lou Harry
It seems like every month, a new "pick-your-own-ingredients-and-move-down-the-line" eatery is opening, putting the pressure on diners rather than a chef to get the combination just right.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Contradictions key to ‘bad feminist’ author Roxane Gay

August 30, 2014
Lou Harry
Her harrowing first novel "An Untamed State" and essay collection "Bad Feminist" together send a clear message that the new Purdue University assistant professor is one of Indiana's leading literary lights.
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Small schools, big football expectations

August 30, 2014
Hoosier football thrives away from the spotlight. Paying visits to Franklin College, University of Indianapolis, and Wabash College.
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LOU's VIEWS: Great game hunting at GenCon 2014

August 23, 2014
Lou Harry
GenCon has left behind a trail of games acquired by more than 56,000 attendees...including me. Here are my favorites, with options to please the game aficionado without scaring off the Apples to Apples crowd.
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DINING: A Utah-based chain deli piles on the meat at CityWay

August 23, 2014
Lou Harry
Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen fills in the empty spot vacated by Orange Leaf.
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DINING: Bar should be set a little higher on promising new taqueria

August 16, 2014
Lou Harry
At BarRio Taco & Tequila Bar, the elements are in play but the recipe doesn't quite work yet
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TRY THIS: A caving adventurer discovers the upside of the underworld

August 16, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
We're a three-person caving group about to enter Sullivan Cave. Our leader locks the gate behind us.
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DINING: State Fair finds

August 9, 2014
Lou Harry
Yes, some of it is deep fried. And it won’t be mistaken for health food. But this year's new culinary offerings at the Fairgrounds showed surprising range.
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DINING: Chicago-based Yolk changes the way CityWay does breakfast

August 2, 2014
Lou Harry
Its Chicago prices could use a little modification, but this newcomer shows style.
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LOU'S VIEWS: At the Cabaret, Karen Irwin’s Janis Joplin tribute transcends

August 2, 2014
Lou Harry
Sans wig, sans period costumes, sans impersonation, Irwin found the beauty in Joplin's not-pretty styling, filtering it through her own persona and sensibilities. What emerged was a show celebrating two artists
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BOHLER SMITH: Forsaken vacation hits business two waysRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Jamie Bohler Smith / Special to IBJ
There is truth in the old adage that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but it also makes Jack unhappier, less healthy and not as effective of an employee.
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DINING: Cultural Trail lands quirky hops stop

July 26, 2014
Lou Harry
A strip of restaurants has turned a previously anonymous stretch of real estate into a culinary destination. The latest neighbor: Chilly Water Brewing Co.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Discovering a new festival—and new musicals—at Ball State

July 26, 2014
Lou Harry
Thanks to the Discovery New Musical Theatre Festival, an uphill climb for new tuners has gotten just a little bit easier. Not easy, mind you, just easier.
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BASILE: For more fun, invite serendipity into your summer road trips

July 26, 2014
Frank Basile
No matter what our plan, we are always flexible about modifying it if we come across some unexpected sight or event. Frequently the most interesting experiences are unplanned.
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Q&A: Ron Spencer

July 19, 2014
Lou Harry
After more than 250 productions, Theatre on the Square's executive artistic director exits with a look back.
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DINING: Newcomer Union 50’s creativity marries cuisines

July 19, 2014
Lou Harry
Mass Ave around the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and East Street has been bursting lately with new dining options. Here's the latest.
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DINING: Pint Room taps into Carmel's burgeoning burger market

July 12, 2014
Lou Harry
Is it better than Bub's? Livelier than Scotty's? I dodge both questions.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy International Film Fest 2014 flick picks

July 12, 2014
Lou Harry
Favorites this year include harrowing drama, amoral comedy, intense historical doc, and much more. Festival begins July 17.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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