Arts & Entertainment

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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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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Skyline Club gets behind local artistsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
The Skyline Club has reserved one wall of its main dining room for local artists and will also host a series of artist receptions for its members and the general public.
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Carmel Community Players retools after lost grant; group facing $75,000 debt, loss of longtime venueRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kim Puckett
Cash-strapped theater group Carmel Community Players has nixed its summer musical, canceled its Summer Camp for Kids, and pulled out of Carmelfest 2009 after being denied the public funding it has received for years.
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Arts Council faces grants-divvying dilemmaRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis faces the unenviable task of divvying up less than $1 million in city grants for the arts, compared with $2.15 million that was awarded last year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IRT's 'Interpreting William' needs rewriting

June 1, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, William Conner on stage at the IRT and another chorus of  "Tomorrow," courtesy of Beef & Boards.
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IMA, $3 Bill, symphony and opera deliver drama, comedy, fine music

May 25, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, challenging work at the IMA, an impressive operatic collaboration, and laugh-out-loud silliness.
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In tough times, remember the arts as a civic dutyRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Attend arts events, visit our cultural organizations, and support our sports teams. If you don't make regular donations to arts and cultural organizations, there has never been a better and more important time to give.
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DINING: Cobblestone Grill offers tasty lunch until 5

May 25, 2009
Lou Harry

One of the pleasures—and there are numerous ones—of Zionsville’s Cobblestone Grill (160 S. Main St., Zionsville, 873-4745) is that its lunch menu is offered beyond the traditional midday-meal hours.

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Birth, death and living in betweenRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Bruce Hetrick

The problem is, we don't get to choose our exits—the natural ones, at least—and we don't get to choose the timing.

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Theater satellite feeds help groups boost revenueRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
National CineMedia, the dominant player in movie video feeds, has worked with Indianapolis-based Drum Corps International and many other nonprofits to allow people to view the organizations' live shows in a theater setting.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Rickey's sculptures, Phoenix's 'Zoomerville' advance Indy's art reputation

May 18, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, art in the wind and an original musical.
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Iran: A peaceful sojourn into the 'Axis of Evil'Restricted Content

May 18, 2009
Frank Basile
Iran is a magnificent and historically important country. It contains nine World Historical Sites as designated by UNESCO. Only 20 countriesâ??including Greece, China and Italyâ??have more.
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Stone Creek Dining Co. offers delicious variety to Hamilton County's restaurantsRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis

We were happy when this month's quest for restaurants that "rock" sent us to Stone Creek Dining Co. (13904 Town Center Blvd., Noblesville; 770-1170), the latest addition to Avon-based Cunningham Restaurant Group's stable of suburban dining meccas.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway is still our 800-pound gorillaRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Bill Benner
In the big picture of Indianapolis, we should never forget that the Speedway and its events—the Indy 500 in particular—remain the 800-pound gorilla in our little corner of the world.
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Whole-hog health scare: A deadly double standardRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Because secondhand smoke is a longer-term health threat—rather than something quick like the flu or food poisoning—too much of society, including the media, overlooks its danger with nary a second glance.
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DINING: East-side retro diner serves up the classics

May 11, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
With a fading classic car painted on the side of the building, Rock Cola 50's Cafe looks a lot older than its 16 years. But that's the idea.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Rate expectations ... reviewing without stars

May 11, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, two community theater productions reinforce my decision not to give "star" ratings.
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City built on leadership, cooperation is in dangerRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Bill Benner
No matter how the Capital Improvement Board funding mess plays out, we're left with resentment coming from all directions and an unprecedented splintering of the long-standing bipartisan cooperation that helped propel our city forward.
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Swine of the times: An epidemic like no otherRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Jim Cota
Why discuss the swine flu in a Web column? Well, with information regarding the current situation changing on a daily, even hourly, basis, the Centers for Disease Control is working hard to keep people informed, including "broadcasting" updates via Twitter.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Booking art on the library's pedestals

May 4, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, new artwork in front of the Central Library, and a Pulitzer-winning play at IRT.
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DINING: Granite City is a chain champion

May 2, 2009
Lou Harry
People will always make the case that Indianapolis doesn't need any more chain or franchised restaurants. I understand the big-picture argument. I understand the desire for a greater regional culinary identity and the wish for a more adventurous restaurant clientele. To be honest, though, a good meal can temporarily dismantle my regional pride.
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Will local paper keep covering your favorite team?Restricted Content

April 27, 2009
Bill Benner
As a (former full-time) ink-stained wretch, witnessing the demise of the daily newspaper is heartbreaking. I can't imagine a day without the "morning miracle" in my hands over a cup of coffee.
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DINING: At this Fishers find, bacon dominates the menu

April 20, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Bacon—it's not just for breakfast anymore. At the Old Town Ale House in Fishers, in fact, it's practically the main course. What's not to love about that?
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