Arts & Entertainment, etc.

LOU'S VIEWS: Rickey's sculptures, Phoenix's 'Zoomerville' advance Indy's art reputation

May 18, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, art in the wind and an original musical.
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Eight former employees who say firings were racially motivated agree to $2.75M settlement from LotteryRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Hoosier Lottery has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by eight black former employees who claim racial discrimination motivated their firing four years ago.
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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Lilly team up on I-70 landscaping projectRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Some of Indianapolis' main entrances from Interstate 70 are in line for a $2 million makeover.
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Iran: A peaceful sojourn into the 'Axis of Evil'Restricted Content

May 18, 2009
Frank Basile
Iran is a magnificent and historically important country. It contains nine World Historical Sites as designated by UNESCO. Only 20 countriesâ??including Greece, China and Italyâ??have more.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway is still our 800-pound gorillaRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Bill Benner
In the big picture of Indianapolis, we should never forget that the Speedway and its events—the Indy 500 in particular—remain the 800-pound gorilla in our little corner of the world.
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Whole-hog health scare: A deadly double standardRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Because secondhand smoke is a longer-term health threat—rather than something quick like the flu or food poisoning—too much of society, including the media, overlooks its danger with nary a second glance.
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DINING: East-side retro diner serves up the classics

May 11, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
With a fading classic car painted on the side of the building, Rock Cola 50's Cafe looks a lot older than its 16 years. But that's the idea.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Rate expectations ... reviewing without stars

May 11, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, two community theater productions reinforce my decision not to give "star" ratings.
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City built on leadership, cooperation is in dangerRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Bill Benner
No matter how the Capital Improvement Board funding mess plays out, we're left with resentment coming from all directions and an unprecedented splintering of the long-standing bipartisan cooperation that helped propel our city forward.
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Swine of the times: An epidemic like no otherRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Jim Cota
Why discuss the swine flu in a Web column? Well, with information regarding the current situation changing on a daily, even hourly, basis, the Centers for Disease Control is working hard to keep people informed, including "broadcasting" updates via Twitter.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Booking art on the library's pedestals

May 4, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, new artwork in front of the Central Library, and a Pulitzer-winning play at IRT.
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DINING: Granite City is a chain champion

May 2, 2009
Lou Harry
People will always make the case that Indianapolis doesn't need any more chain or franchised restaurants. I understand the big-picture argument. I understand the desire for a greater regional culinary identity and the wish for a more adventurous restaurant clientele. To be honest, though, a good meal can temporarily dismantle my regional pride.
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Will local paper keep covering your favorite team?Restricted Content

April 27, 2009
Bill Benner
As a (former full-time) ink-stained wretch, witnessing the demise of the daily newspaper is heartbreaking. I can't imagine a day without the "morning miracle" in my hands over a cup of coffee.
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Redefining community in virtual and political realityRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Last week, I made a presentation about social media to several hundred people at a Carmel Chamber of Commerce luncheon. We talked about Facebook and Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, LinkedIn, blogging and more. I didn't answer the "how-to" question. I answered the "whether-to" question. With some important cautions, my answer was "yes."
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DINING: At this Fishers find, bacon dominates the menu

April 20, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Bacon—it's not just for breakfast anymore. At the Old Town Ale House in Fishers, in fact, it's practically the main course. What's not to love about that?
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New cabaret theater is a different animalRestricted Content

April 20, 2009

I think it is a mistake to call this American Cabaret Theatre when it really is in the piano bar tradition of cabaret that is popular in New York and Las Vegas, and not the vision that Claude McNeal brought to his American Cabaret Theatre when he first came to Indianapolis in 1990.

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LOU'S VIEWS: Two ambitious shows yield mixed results

April 20, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, two ambitious shows—a new musical at Beef & Boards and magic realism at the Phoenix
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A Persian Gulf excursion gives hint of locals' opinions of AmericaRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Frank Basile
Throughout our visit to five countries in the Mideast, we found the people friendly and helpful.It is not our purpose on these trips to argue with the locals or try to convert them to our way of thinking, but simply to learn about them, their culture and ideas.
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General Assembly is shame of IndianaRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Morton Marcus
When we read that all the Democrats in the House voted against all the Republicans in the House on a given issue, we know independence has been cruelly killed by the leadership of each party. The same applies to the Senate.
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Indy Gen-X group to tout city to out-of-town recruitsRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyHub, the city's young professionals network, will launch a new Web site, circlingthecity.com, to pique the interest of out-of-towners who are being recruited by local companies.
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Hopeful news about the nukes aimed at your headRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Because President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev have now dared to raise that tired and trivial matter of nuclear disarmament, you must focus on mundane matters of mass destruction.
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Feature filmmakers ready for local shootRestricted Content

April 13, 2009

 A feature film—written, produced and financed by a locally based production company—is gearing up to roll cameras at numerous locations downtown.

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LOU'S VIEWS: IMA's artbabble.org offers visual art videos

April 13, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, an online visit with a new Indianapolis Museum of Art, plus a local take on "Forbidden Broadway."
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Progress on the PrairieRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
It's good to see Conner Prairie thriving after the rocky years it endured earlier in the decade.
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Central Canal needs green spaceRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
The Indiana War Memorials Commission's proposal to build a USS Indianapolis submarine memorial on the east bank of the Canal just north of the existing USS Indianapolis (cruiser) National Memorial would unwisely occupy nearly the last piece of green space on the Canal.
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