Arts & Entertainment, etc.

City refocuses on targets, ramps up goals for tourism

January 21, 2011
Scott Olson
Tourism honchos outline aggressive goals for 2011, including increasing hotel room nights for conventions from 650,000 to 725,000, and targeting leisure travelers from Chicago and the United Kingdom.
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Statewide smoking ban bill clears House committee

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House Public Health Committee voted 9-3 to endorse the bill prohibiting smoking in public places and indoor work sites—after it exempted casinos and pari-mutuel horse tracks from the ban.
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Bill would make Indiana schools start after Labor Day

January 19, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel said it makes sense to start school after Labor Day because families would have more summer vacation time together.
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Titanic buoys state museum attendance

January 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" attracted 88,465 paying visitors during its 103-day run and boosted overall museum attendance by 45 percent.
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STYLE: Business isn't ugly thanks to Xmas sweater designs

January 15, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Judging by photos I’ve seen on Facebook, ugly-Christmas-sweater parties ’re all the rage, not to mention pretty hilarious. But to Jared Ingold of Varagen T-shirts, they're all business.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A trio of world premieres at ISO, DK and the Phoenix

January 15, 2011
Lou Harry
In a single weekend, three Indy professional arts groups offered first looks in dance, music and drama
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Peace gardens slated for downtown

January 14, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail being built through the heart of downtown will include sculptural gardens dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, an extension of the $2 million Glick Peace Walk.
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Local Superman auction to take flight this month

January 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The collection of superhero memorabilia, once displayed at a downtown Indianapolis museum, is being auctioned to satisfy a court order.
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ICVA executives sharing leadership duties

January 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Three hospitality industry executives are holding down the fort as the ICVA board searches for a new leader to replace outgoing CEO Don Welsh. Directors are on no timetable to name a replacement.
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Bill would lift ban on booze at Indiana State Fair

January 11, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Robert Cherry of Greenfield says alcohol sales could provide needed revenue to the State Fair and allow the event to showcase Indiana wine and beer.
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Palladium not alone in playing up acoustics

January 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel and other arts organizations are promoting the quality of their venues' acoustics, but does the paying public really care?
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Top museum honor goes to Conner Prairie

January 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The living-history attraction is the second Indianapolis institution to win the prestigious National Medal for Museum Service.
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Convention Center expansion is high-stakes gamble

January 8, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
With the $275 million Indiana Convention Center expansion built and set to open Jan. 20, one major question remains: Will enough conventions, trade shows and corporate meetings come here to make the big-dollar investment pay off?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Under its spell

January 8, 2011
Lou Harry
Beef & Boards' production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' further establishes it as one of the most durable--and hilarious--contemporary musicals.
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DINING: Getting the royal treatment at Thai Castle

January 8, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Second in a month-long look at restaurants within easy reach of Carmel's new Palladium.
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HETRICK: Why this public-school baby fears school reformRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
I am a product of the public school system in Fort Wayne. Not charter schools. Not parochial schools. Not private schools. Not home schooling.
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Super Bowl organizers not concerned about lockout

January 5, 2011
Associated Press
Host committee chairman Mark Miles said he believes the city would get another Super Bowl even if an NFL labor stoppage canceled the game.
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UPDATE: Convention leaders prepare for business without Welsh

January 4, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Don Welsh was seen as a revolutionary force as CEO of the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association. Now he may be one of its biggest competitors as he takes the top job in Chicago.
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Local hotel bookings fell in 2010, projected to rise in 2011

January 3, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Weak economy blamed for 5-percent decline. With Indiana Convention Center expansion set to be complete this month, booking should be on the rise.
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Arts endowments bouncing backRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The stock market’s recovery has lifted endowments that provide major support to local arts groups, but managers are keeping the conservative attitude they were forced to adopt two years ago.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Book takes kaleidoscopic look at Butler hysteria

January 1, 2011
Lou Harry
Thanks to Susan S. Neville's new book, "Butler's Big Dance," I have a better idea of what the campus hysteria was like.
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DINING: Jersey's Cafe satisfies a Jersey boy

January 1, 2011
Lou Harry
First in a month-long series of looks at restaurants not far from the new Palladium in Carmel.
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Eiteljorg, Indianapolis Symphony pull in new visitors

December 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Exhibit, grant power audience development initiatives.
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Hoosier Park parent set to emerge from bankruptcy

December 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s parent company could emerge from bankruptcy early next year if creditors approve a reorganization plan that’s set for a court hearing in Delaware on Feb. 1.
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Art museum closing design-centered gift shop

December 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will close its design-centered gift shop next year to make way for a display about the Miller house and gardens in Columbus, Ind.
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