Arts & Entertainment, etc.

Downtown upscale eateries cancel their lunch plans

October 30, 2009
Mason King
While fast food remains a favorite for value-minded patrons, several higher-end restaurants in the Mile Square and its nearby environs have decided in the last year to pull the tablecloth out from under their lunch service.
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Developer buying Fountain Square building; museum lined up as tenant

October 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Architect and developer Craig Von Deylen hopes to close by next week on the purchase of the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square and is in the process of signing new tenants, including the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art.
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Hoosier Park owner misses $13.4M loan payment

October 29, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis-based Centaur LLC, owner of Anderson's Hoosier Park horse track and casino, missed a $13.4 million interest payment due Tuesday on its more than $400 million in outstanding debt, putting the company in default with its lenders.
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Hendricks County offers land for hotel development

October 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau said Monday that it is asking for proposals to develop a full-service convention hotel on up to 18 acres in Plainfield at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Highway 267.
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Ousted Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conductor Venzago finally speaks out

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Venzago said the abrupt dismissal has affected his ability to work this season, and that he received an outpouring of sympathy from Indianapolis and the classical music world.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Phoenix show shipshape/Marxing time in Chicago

October 24, 2009
Lou Harry
The Phoenix Theatre's "Shipwrecked!" and "Animal Crackers" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre offer two kinds of stage pleasures.
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DINING: Beyond the bread at new Northside bakery

October 24, 2009
Lou Harry
We finish off our 86th and Ditch month of reviews with treats from Great Cooks: The Bakery.
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BENNER: Pacers revival has to happen on the hardwoodRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Bill Benner
"This is not a year to make excuses," says Pacers President Larry Bird.
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WTHR, WISH in dog fight for 11 p.m. news ratingsRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
The disappointing debut of “The Jay Leno Show” at 10 p.m. on NBC has hammered ratings for the 11 p.m. newscast of local affiliate WTHR-TV Channel 13, cutting its average audience by nearly half. But the Indianapolis NBC affiliate says it will rebound in the fight with its CBS rival because the Leno show has fresh programming year around.
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Haunted houses avoid recessionary letdown because they offer escapeRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Cory Schouten
Even in bad times people want to be entertained.” Nationwide, roughly 2,000 haunted houses, hayrides and other attractions rake in $1 billion annually of the $7 billion consumers spend on Halloween, according to St. Louis-based trade group Hauntworld Inc.
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HETRICK: My Washington day in the war for health reformRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
I awoke long before the alarm sounded Tuesday. It’s not every day one testifies before Congress, so I was eager and anxious.
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Circle City Classic director resigns after 4 months

October 19, 2009
The director of the Circle City Classic announced his resignation Monday, just four months after taking the job.
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Cash-strapped Hoosier Park racing to restructure $400M in debt

October 17, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Despite rampant speculation, Anderson’s Hoosier Park is not facing imminent bankruptcy, according to its owner, locally based Centaur Inc.
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Symphony's CEO trying to steer through challenging timeRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Simon Crookall is trying to hire a maestro who will excite audiences at the same time he’s trying to pull the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra out of a financial tailspin.
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Funding cut jeopardizes popular Indiana Artisan programRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
A state-run program aimed at boosting business for local artisans—ranging from painters to syrup makers—and turning them into a draw for tourists is in jeopardy because of dramatic funding cuts.
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City trying to land headquarters of storytelling organization

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The National Storytelling Network will consider Indianapolis, along with eight other cities, as it looks to move its headquarters from Jonesborough, Tenn.
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DINING: At 86th and Ditch, a revamped pearl among bistros

October 17, 2009
Lou Harry
Third in a series of reviews near the north-side intersection.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Graven image conscious

October 17, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, Spanish artists explore the sacred and the IRT’s playwright-in-residence presents a haunted Abe Lincoln.
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STYLE: Add Refind to the reduce/reuse/recycle trilogy

October 17, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Anita Hopper's got a brand new bag ... made from an old leather coat.
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BENNER: Bad news hard to come by as Colts take a breakRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Bill Benner
Here we are at the bye week of what is looking like another exceptional Indianapolis Colts season.
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Governor to merge state museum into new agency

October 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is planning to merge the Indiana State Museum, 12 historic sites and state library under one new agency, according to sources close to the museum.
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Art museum imposes unpaid vacations to save cash

October 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will furlough its staff of 270 for one week this fiscal year in an effort to trim $1.4 million, or 5.5 percent, from its $25.5 million budget.
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Indiana State Museum chief Dressel abruptly resigns

October 14, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Barry Dressel has resigned as the president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum, the state's Department of Natural Resources confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Heartland fest's bests ... and the rest

October 10, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger, Lou Harry
We review this year's Heartland Film Festival offerings. Check back often as we add entries throughout the event, which starts Oct. 15.
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Downtown public art campaign loses fundingRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The organizations that spearheaded the city’s public art campaign are crippled for a lack of funding. While other public art efforts are under way in Indianapolis, no one organization has the money to commission an exhibit large enough to fill downtown.
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