Arts & Entertainment

LOU'S VIEWS: Indy Fringe for first-timers

August 17, 2013
Lou Harry
The annual summer event continues to grow even as it continues to baffle the uninitiated. Here's a guide to help you navigate
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DINING: More than popcorn at the Indiana State Fair

August 10, 2013
Lou Harry
Food vendors get creative with burger and donut variations. Plus newcomer MCL and the latest from the Dairy Barn.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Glass Barn farming exhibition among fair’s best newbies

August 10, 2013
Lou Harry
We know what the Indiana State Fair does well. But every year, there are a few new attractions to explore.
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HETRICK: Throwing the book at civic illiteracy

August 10, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
If assigned comparison-and-contrast lessons between Zinn's history and other texts, students might enter college better able to question, discern, reason, shape opinions, defend those opinions and compromise.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Arts no exception to Indy’s competitive streak

August 3, 2013
Lou Harry
Student singers, national authors, feature films and more square off here regularly. Could Indy be the competitive arts capital of the U.S.?
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DINING: Flavor missing from mall sushi

August 3, 2013
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series (with time out for a State Fair trek, of course) of new-mall-restaurant reviews.
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COTA: Status Board brings order to office desktop chaos

August 3, 2013
Jim Cota
It provides the impression that there are a bevy of programmers back in the office coding your specific solution. The reality is that all the work has already been done.
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Indiana tourism spending is fraction of nearby states'

July 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
As Indiana slashed its tourism budget, Michigan increased its widespread Pure Michigan ad campaign from $17 million to $27.4 million. Illinois, where budget problems have earned the state the nation’s worst credit rating—A3 by Moody’s Investors Service—spends more than twice as much as Michigan.
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Indy tourism officials take aim at close-in target

July 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
New program is designed to lure Indiana residents to capital city with large discounts at hotels, attractions
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Indy attracts more visitors than much-larger Houston

July 27, 2013
A comparison of convention and tourism cities.
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DEGARIS: Ballard’s cricket plan makes good business senseRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Larry DeGaris / Special to IBJ
The mayor’s $6 million plan to renovate an east-side park to accommodate cricket, rugby, hurling and lacrosse has generated a lot of controversy, with the idea of cricket in Indianapolis receiving particularly close scrutiny.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Chicago's 'Jungle Book' goes beyond ‘bear necessities’

July 27, 2013
Lou Harry
Disney's latest stage show effectively captures the charm of the animated movie classic while also broadening its artistic focus, making it sumptuously theatrical.
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BASILE: Getting to Cuba isn’t easy, but rewards are worth it

July 27, 2013
Frank Basile
The Cuba we found was quite different from the Cuba of 1958, frequently portrayed in books and movies. Instead, of neon and casinos, we found crumbling buildings and functioning 1940s and 1950s American cars.
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DINING: Sandwiches are aces—and the fish is golden—at Irish pub

July 25, 2013
Lou Harry
At the Golden Ace, you don’t have to spend much time thinking about what you are going to order. But limited menu yields pleasures.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indianapolis International Film Festival offers [pop]cornucopia

July 20, 2013
Lou Harry
10th annual event includes an animation nightmare, the worst basketball team in Indiana, and more. Screenings held at IMA and beyond.
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DINING: Ciao-ing down in Greenwood courtesy of Cannoli Queen

July 13, 2013
Lou Harry
Don't let its name fool you: There's more than treats here. Third in a month-long series of reviews of game-piece restaurants.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Where there's 'Smoke,' there's fervor

July 13, 2013
Lou Harry
Gospel musical "Smoke on the Mountain" once again a dinner-theater highlight.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In two recent novels, a cop copes with apocalypse

July 6, 2013
Lou Harry
"The Last Policeman" and "Countdown City," by Butler U.'s Ben H. Winters, both provide page-turning pleasures.
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DINING: At Pawn Shop Pub, the smoke has cleared on good bar food

July 6, 2013
Lou Harry
Second in a month-long series of reviews of game-piece restaurants.
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COTA: Thanks to the latest technology from Nike and others, you can get fit bit by bit

June 30, 2013
Jim Cota
Those odd bracelets aren't avant garde jewelry. They are the latest in wearable tech designed to track your every move. And that's a good thing.
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DINING: Rook doesn’t go by the book

June 29, 2013
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of game-piece restaurant reviews.
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COTA: Cutting through clutter of online product reviews

June 29, 2013
Jim Cota
Two consumer websites address product reviews in a helpful, fanatical way.
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LOU'S VIEWS: I'm no fan of the movie "Avatar"...but the exhibit is another matter

June 29, 2013
Lou Harry
Most of the Children’s Museum’s core under-10 audience may not be interested in the movie props, but the interactives are outstanding.
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DINING: The food truck stops here

June 22, 2013
Lou Harry
Last in a month-long series of D-restaurant reviews.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The Once and Farcical King rules in tuneful 'Spamalot'

June 22, 2013
Lou Harry
The extremely silly musical, based on 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' gets an extremely satisfying local production.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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