Arts & Entertainment

UPDATE: Symphony seeks maestro with local presence

July 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new maestro, and CEO Simon Crookall said he wants Mario Venzago's replacement to have more of a local presence.
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BREAKING: Venzago out as symphony maestro

July 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new maestro. CEO Simon Crookall announced to the symphony staff this afternoon that Music Director Mario Venzago would not return for the 2009-10 season.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Thrill parks offer rides of our lives

July 27, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, three of my fellow IBJ scribes join me in picking our favorite area amusement park rides
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BENNER: French Lick could become wealthy golfers' paradiseRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Bill Benner
On the eve of the U.S. Senior Open Golf Championship that will be played at Carmel’s Crooked Stick Golf Club, designer Pete Dye’s first great masterpiece, I was fortunate to be invited to play his latest creation and maybe one of his greatest.
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DINING: The Eiteljorg cafe where soup is always on

July 27, 2009
Lou Harry
If all outdoor dining were as comfortable and stress-free as Sky City Cafe's, maybe I'd do it more often.
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HETRICK: Visiting Alaska, and sticking final pin in the mapRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
In my parent's basement hangs a map of the United States stuck with multicolored push pins showing where they've lived and visited. Until a few weeks ago, there were pins in every state but one.
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BENNER: Mom and Lance Armstrong had cancer in commonRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Bill Benner
A few years ago, when cyclist extraordinaire Lance Armstrong was in the midst of his phenomenal seven straight Tour de France titles, those yellow Livestrong bands seemed ubiquitous. But when Armstrong left competitive cycling, gradually those rubber yellow bands faded from view. I kept wearing mine, however, to remind me of the courage of my mother, Emma.
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STYLE: New retailers add dimension to canal-side shopping

July 20, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Along with the debut of this new column, focusing on style in Indy and beyond, comes a Broad Ripple shopping shuffle, where the reorganization of two mainstays has given way to new life along the canal.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Abe Lincoln is back at Spencer County theater

July 20, 2009
Lou Harry
After I discovered it one summer, Lincoln Amphitheatre quickly became one of my favorite theaters in the state. Nestled in a state park in Spencer County, the covered-but-still-outdoor theater’s anchoring attraction was a show about young Abraham Lincoln, who spent his formative years just yards away.
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DINING: We'll take sushi over cigars, now and Zen

July 20, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
This week, our exploration of the city’s cultural district dining took us to Mass Ave, where the culinary cultural offerings just might outnumber the artsy fartsy stuff. Our destination: Bu Da Lounge (429 Massachusetts Ave., 602-3643), which bills itself as an Asian-inspired cigar bar but is generating buzz for its sushi selection.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Clean air strategy: Some nightspots opt to tighten smoking rulesRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Coaches Tavern, MacNiven's Restaurant and Bar, and The Jazz Kitchen are among Indianapolis bars that recently limited or banned smoking. Those establishments join a short list of bars that already buck the trend in Indianapolis. Smoking in public places, including restaurants, has been banned in Marion County since 2006, but it's still OK to puff away in places that don't admit minors.
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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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