Arts & Entertainment, etc.

Flurry of renovations upgrade downtown Indianapolis hotel scene

April 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Trend driven by hyper competition, pent-up demand from the recession, opening of JW Marriott.
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MORTON: Indy's road to Oz will end soon for sports team owners

April 26, 2014
David B. Morton
The seemingly endless yellow brick road to Oz, or what residents of central Indiana have come to accept as privately owned professional sports franchises seeking financial sustenance to build and upgrade, is nearing a tipping point of practical expenditures.
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LOPRESTI: Pacers fans get two teams for price of one: Good and BadRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
The Good Pacers will be facing Miami in a couple of weeks ... the Bad Pacers will be playing golf.
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DINING: Will Nameless Pizza make name for itself?

April 26, 2014
Lou Harry
Fountain Square pizza joint opts for secret location and simple pricing. We gathered some nameless reviewers for a taste.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Harry Potter star leads a Broadway stunner—plus more from NY stages

April 26, 2014
Lou Harry
Reviews of "The Realistic Joneses," "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," "Les Miserables," and "Violet."
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NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

April 24, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its convention of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ.
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Fairgrounds officials pushing for coliseum sponsorship

April 24, 2014
Jeff Newman
The Fairgrounds Coliseum, which reopens Thursday after a $63 million renovation, is likely to receive a new name soon, an Indiana State Fair Commission spokesman said.
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City beat steep odds to land NRA convention

April 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
City tourism officials worked for years to bring second-largest convention ever to Indianapolis.
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UPDATE: Indy 'unlikely' to seek 2016 party conventions

April 22, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Despite an invitation from the Democratic National Committee to bid for the party's nominating convention, Mayor Greg Ballard says Indianapolis has too many commitments on its plate.
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Changes in store as Indiana Beach plans 88th season

April 22, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana amusement park is retiring its 42-year-old roller coaster, but is adding seven new attractions.
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NEA awards nearly $854K to Indiana arts groups

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's funding includes about $729,000 for the Indiana Arts Commission, a statewide arts-advocacy group.
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500 Festival Mini Marathon might not fill field

April 20, 2014
Associated Press
With less than two weeks to go, the 38th 500 Festival Mini Marathon might not have a full field for the first time in 12 years.
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LOPRESTI: Happy Birthday, Wrigley Field, a stadium with Hoosier roots

April 19, 2014
Charles Weeghman's baby is going to get a lot of love come April 23.
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DINING: Indian restaurant offers twist on traditional buffet concept

April 19, 2014
Lou Harry
The former Sushi on the Rocks location downtown now houses Haveli, a worthwhile Indian buffet with unique menu options and warm Naan delivered to your table.
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TRY THIS: Feel the wind beneath your feet at Sky Zone

April 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
My quest for a fun fitness activity led me to indoor trampoline park Sky Zone for its Skyrobics exercise class, conducted on trampolines, and learned a valuable lesson while catching air.
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LOU's VIEWS: Print Newcomer pens poems, essays

April 19, 2014
Lou Harry
Since her first album in 1991, I’ve been listening to Carrie Newcomer sharing her musical reflections on the ordinary, lending her rich alto to songs less interested in stories than in moments.
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Dora Brothers affiliate loses downtown hotel in bankruptcy

April 14, 2014
Scott Olson
The Fishers-based company lost the Comfort Suites City Centre near Lucas Oil Stadium in a bankruptcy reorganization filed by one of its affiliates, which owed a creditor about $12 million.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Pulpit fiction

April 12, 2014
Lou Harry
Three spring theater productions address the ecclesiastical. Thoughts on "The Mountaintop," "The Christians," and "Anything Goes."
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LOPRESTI: North Texas wins battles, but Indy wins Final Four warRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Comparing this year's host to next year's reveals city's big advantage.
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DINING: Tow Yard Brewing hooks up beer and grub

April 12, 2014
Lou Harry
Do such dated references as the Tonya Harding and the Sonny Crockett really belong on the menu of such a handsome new drinkery?
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Colbert to replace Letterman in late-night slot

April 10, 2014
Associated Press
The Comedy Central star will take over for the Indianapolis native on CBS, dumping his phony conservative persona for an approach with wider appeal.
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Councilor: ACLU settlement won't deter panhandling proposal

April 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Councilor Jeff Miller said the city's settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union over panhandling enforcement shouldn't deter a City-County Council effort to pass a more restrictive ordinance.
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Firefighter convention expecting record attendance

April 9, 2014
Associated Press
A record-breaking 32,000 firefighters are expected at the annual event, which started Monday and runs through Saturday at the Indiana Convention Center.
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LOPRESTI: One Indy 500 race car will be covered with poignant stories

April 5, 2014
So maybe you’ve heard of Cutters Race Team. That’s the new idea where, for a few bucks, you can help sponsor an Indianapolis 500 race car.
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DINING: Hidden hospital eatery offers calm dining retreat

April 5, 2014
Lou Harry
Café Soleil on the Eskenazi Hospital campus offers a peaceful, inexpensive lunch that transcends stereotypical hospital fare.
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