Events

Heartland Film Festival leader Sparks stepping down

September 17, 2013
Lou Harry
Jeffrey L. Sparks, who has led the Heartland Film Festival since he founded the internationally known movie event more than two decades ago, is bowing out of his leadership role, he confirmed Tuesday morning.
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Conner Prairie rolling out adults-only programming

September 14, 2013
Lou Harry
The inaugural Prairie Plates event Sept. 20 represents a big step in the Hamilton County living history museum’s increasing effort to target grown-ups—a trend happening around the country as once-staid institutions look to expand audiences and increase revenue.
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IndyFringe Festival breaks attendance record

August 26, 2013
Mason King
Wrapping up Sunday, the 11-day performing arts festival downtown sold a total of 17,286 tickets for the 64 productions mounted.
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A&E SEASON PREVIEW: Lou Harry's critically selected highlights

August 24, 2013
Lou Harry
I’m happily overwhelmed by the number of events I anticipate attending and reviewing during the coming arts season. Take a look.
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Good weather helps Indiana State Fair set crowd mark

August 19, 2013
Associated Press
Fair officials announced Monday that the crowds for the 17-day fair totaled about 4,000 more than the previous record in 2009.
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IUPUI to show off elaborate game at Gen Con

August 13, 2013
Associated Press
The entire Indiana Convention Center will be the stage for the game, which uses video mapping and projectors that will create a large crystalline display showing the game results. The four-day Gen Con event begins Thursday.
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Fairgrounds becoming running Mecca for races, fundraisers

July 3, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
What started with a call out of the blue last year has turned into a six-figure revenue stream for the Indiana State Fairgrounds. And that revenue stream could get a lot bigger.
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State selling Coliseum seats for grand each

June 13, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair Foundation says 100 pairs of platform-mounted seats are being sold for $1,000 each. All the money raised from the sale will help pay for the ongoing $63 million renovation of the 1939 Fairgrounds Coliseum.
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500 Festival hires Atlanta marketing exec as CEO

May 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Bob Bryant, a veteran sports marketing executive from the Atlanta area, has been named president and CEO of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis-based organization announced Wednesday morning.
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Extra security set for Indianapolis mini-marathon

May 3, 2013
Associated Press
The expected 35,000 runners and walkers have been told not to have backpacks or duffel bags, and to bring personal items only in the white plastic bags they received at their registration pickup in the days before the race.
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Race for the Cure participation declines again

April 22, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
This year's Komen Race for the Cure in Indianapolis fell to 21,380 participants—a 22-percent drop from a year ago—a top organizer said.
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Indiana stage-rules extension approved by legislators

April 17, 2013
Associated Press
State lawmakers have given final approval to a two-year extension of regulations on temporary outdoor stage rigging developed after the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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Safety chief says more security likely at events

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis will increase security at upcoming events such as the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Komen Race for the Cure, but spectators likely won't notice the changes, Troy Riggs said.
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Officials express confidence in Indy 500 security plan

April 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials and Indiana State Police feel good about their security plan for this year's Indy 500 and won't remove trash cans from the track in response to deadly blasts at the Boston Marathon.
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City's pianist competition makes key changes

April 9, 2013
Lou Harry
This year's event includes more promotion, more prize money—and an art installation of pianos on Monument Circle.
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Indianapolis Air Show called off; organizers cite sequestration

February 26, 2013
The air show was set for June 15-16 at Indianapolis Regional Airport near Mount Comfort east of Indianapolis. It has taken place annually since 1996.
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Colts trying to tackle proposed ticket-tax hike

January 16, 2013
Cory Schouten
The Indianapolis Colts are playing defense as city leaders move to hike a ticket tax on downtown events by 67 percent. The team says raising the tax on tickets from 6 percent to 10 percent will harm its bottom line and that of local businesses that rely on Colts fans.
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Pence inaugural events to draw thousands of people

January 10, 2013
Associated Press
Thousands of people are expected during two days of public events leading up to the inauguration of Republican Mike Pence as Indiana's 50th governor.
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500 Festival chief heading to AAA Hoosier Motor Club

January 2, 2013
Kirk Hendrix, who has served as president and CEO of the 500 Festival since 2003, is stepping down to take the same positions at AAA Hoosier Motor Club, the club announced Wednesday.
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Clowes to get $2M upgrade for 50th anniversary

October 30, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University will get a $2 million makeover that will involve replacing 2,200 seats and carpeting, Butler announced Tuesday.
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Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies

October 1, 2012
Associated Press
In a speech in Indianapolis, Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a sharp defense Monday of the Federal Reserve's bold policies to stimulate the weak economy, while cautioning Congress to respect its private discussions.
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Lawmakers seek stage-safety rules that small events can handle

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers pondering new rules governing the type of temporary outdoor stage rigging involved in the 2011 State Fair stage collapse say they want to make sure the state doesn't overwhelm smaller events like county fairs with regulations.
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Rain threatens weekend activities, including big NHRA race

August 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials say they hope the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac won't force them to postpone weekend festivities at Lucas Oil Raceway. Another big weekend event, Rib Fest America at Military Park, will be held rain or shine, promoters say.
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Downtown Indianapolis gearing up for big visitor weekend

August 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Gen Con Indy gaming convention and the MotoGP race are among several events the city is hosting that could produce an economic impact of $150 million, according to the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Music promoters grow gig schedule

August 15, 2012
Mason King
LQ MOKB Presents
                           Watch Video iconIn four years since begging indie acts to hit Indianapolis, MOKB Presents has become a ubiquitous name on the city's marquees. The concert-promoting duo expects to have a hand in 150 shows this year, a 50-percent increase from 2011.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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