Arts & Entertainment

DINING: Ember attempts Cultural Trail culinary spark

January 4, 2014
Lou Harry
Former chain pizza place transforms into neighborhood eat/drinkery. First in a month of theme-free restaurant reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 50 years, 50 shows

January 4, 2014
Lou Harry
Broadway's "Ragtime," Butler's "Lamentations," and two Icemen among half a century of theater-going highlights
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BASILE: Visiting Vegas (while steering clear of the tempting slots)

December 28, 2013
Frank Basile
A beyond-high end car dealership? A mobster museum? On a recent trip to Sin City, I experienced another side of Vegas.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lou Harry's year-end A&E bests

December 28, 2013
Lou Harry
The Eiteljorg Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis all get props in IBJ art critic Lou Harry's recap of 2013.
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New Heartland prez wants to add staff, national sponsors

December 24, 2013
There are big things in the wings for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, which this month elevated COO Stuart Lowry from supporting player to headliner. Coming attractions include new sponsor deals, expanded programming and, potentially, a bigger staff.
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Ball State-birthed big-top musical graduates to big time

December 23, 2013
Lou Harry
"The Circus in Winter," which began its theatrical life as a student project, is headed for an East Coast theater considered a stepping stone to Broadway.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Hefty books weigh in on Columbus and Crown Hill

December 21, 2013
Lou Harry
Reinforced coffee-table legs might be required if you are giving these impressive Indiana-focused books
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DINING: Carmel adds Mex to Main Street mix

December 21, 2013
Lou Harry
Review of Agave Bar & Grill. Fourth in a month-long series of new-in-2013 restaurants that we hadn’t previously reviewed.
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DINING: One lunch in Bangkok (OK, two)

December 14, 2013
Lou Harry
Reviewing Bangkok Restaurant and Jazz Bar. Third in a month-long series of new-in-2013 restaurants that we hadn’t previously covered.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Holiday Xtremes via ISO and NoExit

December 14, 2013
Lou Harry
Holiday offerings range from the pious to the perverse. A review, of sorts, of "Yuletide Celebration" with Sandi Patty and a twisted "Nutcracker"
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HETRICK: You can’t achieve velocity with one foot on the brake

December 7, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
People want not only to visit downtown, but also to live there. But if we are not regarded for livability, how can Indianapolis thrive?
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DINING: Getting sauced at Speedway's Barbecue and Bourbon

December 7, 2013
Lou Harry
Second in a month-long series of new-in-2013 restaurants that we hadn’t previously reviewed.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Farce the herald angels sing

December 7, 2013
Lou Harry
Holiday spirit, solid acting, and a great Christmas song, populate this year's installment of "A Very Phoenix Xmas."
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LOU'S VIEWS: No bones about it, State Museum mounts a mammoth show

November 30, 2013
Lou Harry
No bones about it, State Museum mounts a mammoth show. Thoughts on the exhibit that focuses on beasts that once roamed Indiana.
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DINING: Shoefly lands on near North side

November 30, 2013
First in a month-long series of new-in-2013 restaurants that we somehow missed in previous months.
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COTA: Credit-card-consolidating Coin seeks to change how you spend

November 30, 2013
Jim Cota
New device lets you store information from up to eight different cards. The simple idea packs a surprising amount of technology.
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DINING: Hamming it up at new Broad Ripple Cuban sandwich spot

November 23, 2013
Lou Harry
if you eat its delicious 2-foot sandwich—loaded but not overstuffed with roasted pork, ham and cheese—by yourself, you get your photo on the wall. I brought a friend
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LOU'S VIEWS: Life after ‘Wicked’: What to do once you’ve seen the blockbuster musical

November 23, 2013
Lou Harry
The national tour of “Wicked” continues to draw crowds to the Murat Theatre, where it runs through Dec. 1. If you’ve already seen it this time around, you might be wondering what to do now to maintain your Elphaba fix until the show flies back into town in a few years.
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DINING: Name change leads to discovery of healthy Asian eatery

November 16, 2013
Lou Harry
Pho 54 is the new name on the sign of this Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant. Third in a series of full-flavored dining reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Eiteljorg show is a go

November 16, 2013
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the Eiteljorg's biennial contemporary art show. Plus reviews of ATI’s ‘Odd Couple’ and John Lithgow’s solo show.
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DINING: Currying flavor

November 9, 2013
Lou Harry
Curries & Chutneys serves Indian favorites, quickly. Second in a month-long series of reviews of full-flavored restaurants.
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LOU'S VIEWS: ‘How do you pick what you review?’

November 9, 2013
Lou Harry
"Don't you hate it when people disagree with your opinion?" …and other frequently asked questions.
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LOU'S VIEW: A pair of trios with DK and the Phoenix

November 2, 2013
Lou Harry
Three choreographers make magic while three couples mine marital misery.
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DINING: A biggie-size Yats is back on Mass Ave

November 2, 2013
Lou Harry
The menu is familiar, but the space is significantly expanded at Yats’ new Mass Ave digs.
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LOU'S VIEWS/DINING: Studio Movie Grill makes reel changes to moviegoing experience

October 26, 2013
Lou Harry
Since it’s selling itself as both an entertainment venue and a dining spot, I thought I’d take its lead and combine my A&E and dining columns this week.
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  1. What became of this project? Anyone know?

  2. Scott, could you post an enlarged photo of the exterior of the building? This will be a great addition to Walnut Street. This area will only continue to develop with additions like this. Also, please give us more updates on the "Cultural Trail light" expansion. Also a great move for the city, as long as there is maintenance money set aside.

  3. Great story IBJ! Citizens don't have a real sense of the financial magnitude of supporting Indy's sports and tourism sector. The CIB was a brilliant idea for creating a highly integrated public-private partnership to support this sector from the economic activity it generates. Unfortunately, most folks think the benefits of that economic activity accrue directly to the City budget, and it doesn't. So though the CIB is facing lean times (covering its costs while maintaining minimally acceptable reserves), the City is operating with deficit - less tax revenue than expenses each year - with a very fragile reserve balance. That's why it's so challenging for the City to fund basic needs or new intitatives (e.g. pre-k education; new jail), and some credit rating agencies have downgraded Indy from it's past stellar AAA status. More reporting on City finances would be welcomed.

  4. Sure, I'll admit that it bugs me to see that the IBJ.COM censors it's blog posts almost as much as the D of I does when someone points out the falsehoods and fabrications. _____But I think it bothers me almost as much that Captain/Defender/Disciple get his yanked too. You see, those of us with a sense of integrity, humanity, compassion, and a need for fact based opinion WANT to see all of his screeds posted. It makes our point so much better than we can do it ourselves.

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