Arts & Entertainment, etc.

Promoters of arts trail recast vision

July 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A mural slated for one wall of the Broad Ripple parking garage will be the first new artwork within view of the Central Canal Towpath, which a group of north-side institutions would like to rebrand as the Art2Art trail.
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Fairgrounds becoming running Mecca for races, fundraisers

July 3, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
What started with a call out of the blue last year has turned into a six-figure revenue stream for the Indiana State Fairgrounds. And that revenue stream could get a lot bigger.
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Actor who played ghoulish TV host Sammy Terry dies

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Bob Carter's Sammy Terry character was a fixture of Indianapolis television from 1962 to 1989, beginning each episode of "Nightmare Theater" on WTTV-TV by climbing out of a coffin with a trademark fiendish chuckle, wearing a blood-red cape and skullcap, and green makeup on his face.
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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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BENNER: Trainer hall of famer makes his mark across many sportsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Bill Benner
Serendipity and a Pacers legend put Ralph Reiff at the pinnacle of his profession.
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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: 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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Powerball sales drive Hoosier Lottery revenue to record high

June 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The state lottery expects to pull in $945 million for the fiscal year ending June 30. Meanwhile, lottery operator GTECH Indiana plans to start televising Powerball and Mega Millions drawings this summer.
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Indiana Arts Commission pledges $2.9M in grants for 2014

June 27, 2013
Lou Harry
Recipients in central Indiana will include the Indianapolis Children's Choir, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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Indianapolis symphony gives away old theater seats

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is taking out some 1,700 seats dating as far back as the 1930s as part of a renovation of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, with The Strand Theatre in downtown Shelbyville taking enough to redo its 377 seats.
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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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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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HETRICK: Mundane matters of middle-class homebuyers

June 22, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
The twisting, turning, maddening tale of our broken oven doesn't quite measure up in the grand scheme of things.
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Symphony conductor Urbanski, wife settle in at CityWay

June 22, 2013
Sam Stall
The Indianapolis abode of Polish-born conductor Krzysztof Urbanski and his wife, Joanna, is nice but a bit on the small side—a 1,376-square-foot apartment inside downtown’s new CityWay development.
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Glass magic coming to end for venerable Fox StudiosRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Scott Olson
Fox Studios Inc., the venerable stained glass company whose work is on display at countless churches throughout the state and even the Indiana Statehouse, is closing.
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Building for game maker Fundex set for July auction

June 17, 2013
Scott Olson
One of the last remnants of the bankrupt game maker and distributor is set to be sold at auction next month. The parent of the company that makes the iconic Slinky bought Fundex in December.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Going for seconds at Carmel gallery walk

June 15, 2013
Lou Harry
Carmel's Arts & Design district has grown to represent nine galleries. It's Second Saturday walk has grown into a popular social event.
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DINING:A two-handed sandwich highlights south-side menu

June 15, 2013
Lou Harry
Third in a month-long series of D-restaurant reviews.
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BENNER: Group bringing golf to the masses lands alum at U.S. Open

June 15, 2013
Bill Benner
The First Tee is making golf accessible to kids who will benefit from the game regardless of whether they ever make the tour.
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Hamilton County wants squirrels on parade

June 15, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Inspired by more than 100,000 migratory squirrels that swarmed through Westfield and Fishers in the 1820s, a group of up-and-coming Hamilton County leaders is working on a public-art initiative celebrating the bushy-tailed rodents.
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State selling Coliseum seats for grand each

June 13, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair Foundation says 100 pairs of platform-mounted seats are being sold for $1,000 each. All the money raised from the sale will help pay for the ongoing $63 million renovation of the 1939 Fairgrounds Coliseum.
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IDI’s Velocity project plumbs urban neighborhoods

June 12, 2013
Scott Olson
The strategic planning project is holding a series of neighborhood roundtable meetings this month in hopes of having final recommendations for the future of downtown by the end of the year.
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Bike sharing lined up for downtown Cultural Trail

June 11, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city is prepared to award $1.5 million in federal funds to Wisconsin-based B-Cycle LLC, which would provide the service along the 8-mile route downtown.
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New tax break reduces Indiana share of casino revenue

June 11, 2013
Associated Press
Total tax receipts from casinos fell nearly 18 percent last month compared with May of last year, according a report released Monday by the Indiana Gaming Commission.
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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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