Attractions

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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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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Eiteljorg, Indianapolis Symphony pull in new visitors

December 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Exhibit, grant power audience development initiatives.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Mixed bag of 2010 bests

December 24, 2010
Lou Harry
The holiday happenings are behind us. The 2011 offerings are yet to come. That means its time for my annual trek through the IBJ archives for reminders of A&E events that I enthusiastically recommended during the past year.
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Houston-based company purchasing Gold Club

December 15, 2010
The deal, expected to close by the end of the year, is valued at $1.6 million, including real estate. It will be Rick's Cabaret International Inc.'s first location in Indianapolis.
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New commission could run state museum

December 14, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Interim leader is hoping that a more streamlined governance will help the struggling, state-supported museum be more successful in raising private donations and keeping CEOs.
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IMOCA settles in at Murphy Arts, calls off move

December 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, which faltered in the summer of 2009, is on stable footing at its year-old location in Fountain Square—so much so that it won't move closer to downtown, as it had planned.
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Conner Prairie to open interactive Civil War exhibit

December 1, 2010
J.K. Wall
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park will open a Civil War exhibit in June, hoping for a similar bump in membership and ticket sales as it got from its Balloon Voyage rides the past two years.
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Audio recording history on display in dealer's HQ

October 16, 2010
Sam Brattain
Van Ausdall & Farrar got its start when innovator Thomas Edison selected it as an Ediphone distributor. Since then, the company has been proud of its association with the American icon, and now Van Ausdall has its own in-house Voice Museum to pay homage to its history.
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Indiana pumpkin patches, orchards see visitors swell

October 3, 2010
Associated Press
Attractions like apple orchards and corn mazes are reporting bigger crowds this year, especially with cooler temperatures and dry weather.
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Cultural Trail to hire first executive directorRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new not-for-profit organization will try to raise more than $700,000 a year for the trail’s ongoing maintenance, and it will market the trail as a tourism and economic-development engine.
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Big Car bringing arts events to eight Indianapolis neighborhoods

October 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The arts collective in Fountain Square is embarking on a series of neighborhood events that include storytelling, drawing and installations.
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Hiring students to replace guards may violate federal rules

October 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art's plan to employ 100 students through a federally funded work-study program is on hold, pending a compliance review by IUPUI.
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Circle City Classic organizers look to boost 27-year-old event

October 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A management shift and a renewed marketing effort that includes new attractions and increased advertising in key markets has Circle City Classic organizers optimistic about the annual event's future.
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Art museum replaces gallery guards with students

September 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art fired 56 gallery attendants Monday morning and will replace them with 100 IUPUI students on a federal work-study program. IMA also will employ 14 reserve police officers to patrol its campus.
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Museum group recognizes 'Indiana Experience' exhibit

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Association of Midwest Museums recognized the attraction for bringing history to life.
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Eiteljorg Museum's Western art show generates more than $1M in sales

September 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The sale is the only one of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
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Symphony on the Prairie sets attendance record

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s popular outdoor concert series set an attendance record this summer, surpassing the 100,000-mark for just the third time since 1982.
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A&E PREVIEW: Dozens of events that should be high on your priority list

September 4, 2010
Lou Harry
From Mary Poppins to Tyler Perry, and from Liza to the Leisure Kings, there’s a lot to fill up your A&E calendar. Get your planners out and start circling dates. Here are some of my early must-do front-runners.
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Fitch gives ‘A’ rating to Indiana Historical Society

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A strong balance sheet, experienced management, and conservative debt and investment policies contributed to the strong rating.
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Museums can't change canal alone

August 28, 2010
As a longtime downtown resident and property owner, and frequent user of the Central Canal, I read with great interest the [Aug. 16] article “Missing the action: Museums struggle to capture foot traffic from busy canal."
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Vonnegut memorial library to open this fall in Indianapolis

August 18, 2010
Associated Press
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library scheduled to open this fall in downtown Indianapolis will be part library and part museum.
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Eiteljorg to launch new attractions, strategy

August 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is trying to raise $4.5 million to fund a new strategy aimed at boosting attendance.
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Vendors unsure of benefits from more State Fair days

August 6, 2010
Scott Olson
Many say it's too early to tell whether last year's decision to extend the Indiana State Fair schedule by five days is resulting in stronger sales.
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New Conner Prairie exhibit could be set in 20th century

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Work is starting at the former site of Liberty Corner on a new exhibit that will be announced in late summer or early fall.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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