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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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State fair opens with attendance increase

August 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana State Fair attendance is officially up so far this year thanks to a pair of opening-weekend concerts. Those concerts, however, took place in downtown Indianapolis, so crowds at the state fairgrounds actually may be down a little.
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Lilly Endowment gift aimed at Walker Theatre renovation

July 17, 2012
Lilly Endowment's $500,000 gift will help fund needed maintenance to the historic building on Indiana Avenue. Center directors say the theater needs a new HVAC system, in addition to electrical wiring, lighting and sound equipment.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy International Film Fest favorites worth the weight

July 14, 2012
Lou Harry
A bodybuilder looking for love, high-wire walkers and super heroines are among my favorites at this year’s Indianapolis International Film Festival, set for July 19-29.
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QUICK VIDEO: 500 Festival Parade in 3:26

May 27, 2012
Mason King
500 parade watch videoWith temperatures flirting with the 90s, did you take a rain check on this year's parade? Here's a time-lapse version of the festivities.
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Indy speedway replaces stage following inspection

May 25, 2012
Associated Press
A temporary outdoor stage set up to entertain race fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been replaced after it failed to meet new safety standards enacted by the state following last year's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.
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Fire won't stop Shelby County fair, organizers say

May 22, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers plan to put on a central Indiana county fair as best they can despite a weekend fire that destroyed its 133-year-old wooden grandstands.
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500 Festival Mini-Marathon preps for storms, winds

May 3, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers of the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon have taken extra steps to keep participants and spectators safe if the weather turns dangerous on Saturday.
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Indiana panel approves new stage-rigging rules

May 2, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana commission has approved the state's first rules governing the type of temporary stage rigging involved in last summer's deadly state fair stage collapse.
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Indiana fairs, festivals await stage rigging rules

April 26, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers of some of Indiana's county fairs and small festivals are anxiously awaiting new rules governing the type of rigging involved in last summer's deadly State Fair stage collapse.
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Daniels: Indiana moving to adopt outdoor stage rules

April 23, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels told an entertainment industry group pushing for safer outdoor events Monday that Indiana has learned from last year's deadly State Fair stage collapse and is moving to approve emergency rules for outdoor stages.
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State fair rolls out concert lineup, strategy

April 23, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fair hopes to preserve attendance that’s traditionally tied to big-name concerts even though the events will take place downtown this year.
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Participation in annual Komen event off 28 percent

April 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Participation in Saturday's Central Indiana Race for the Cure in downtown Indianapolis dropped about 28 percent from last year's event, to 27,126. Last year's race, held on a cold, rainy day, drew 37,450 people.
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Tour manager may be key to stage collapse lawsuits

April 16, 2012
Associated Press
The tour manager who was widely credited with saving the lives of country duo Sugarland before a deadly stage collapse at last summer's Indiana State Fair has become a central focus of lawyers seeking millions in damages for the families of seven people who died and dozens who were injured.
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City hopes for big splash from NCAA swimming events

March 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
NCAA swimming championships being held at the IU Natatorium this week kick off six years of collegiate swimming championships that are expected to generate millions of dollars for the local economy.
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Study finds $124M in visitor spending at fairgrounds

March 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fairgrounds generated $124 million in visitor spending in 2011 and has an annual impact on the local economy similar to a factory employing 500 people, according to a study released Wednesday.
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How to score a seat in a studio audienceRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Lou Harry
Did Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" tapings at Hilbert Circle Theatre during Super Bowl week make you want to be a part of other studio audiences? Here are some tips on scoring seats in Chicago, New York and L.A.
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IU success spurs Big Ten tourney ticket sales

March 8, 2012
Scott Olson
Officials are confident attendance at the Big Ten men's basketball tourney will top last year's total of more than 86,000 and could surpass 90,000 for the first time since 2006.
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Little Nashville Opry manager charged with arson

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
The manager of a concert hall that hosted some of country music's top acts was arrested on an arson charge Tuesday in connection with the September 2009 blaze that destroyed the hall, authorities said.
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Bill requiring stage inspections heads to governor

March 1, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate voted 41-5 Thursday in favor of the bill giving the state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission the power to regulate stages and other temporary structures.
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State Fair Commission breaks ground on 'Glass Barn'Restricted Content

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The $2.9 million building on the 250-acre fairgrounds campus will feature interactive exhibits focusing on new technologies used on modern farms.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Debriefing with Super Bowl chief

February 9, 2012
Mason King
LQ_Melangton_Watch_VideoHost Committee CEO Allison Melangton opens up about the last three years. Why is she called "The Binder Whisperer"? How did she react to pushback against "super scarves"? When did she need to get tough with the NFL?
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Company: Sugarland resisted delaying state fair concert

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Sugarland resisted delaying the start of a concert at the state fair despite threatening weather that caused a deadly stage collapse, the fair's top official testified against the company that built the stage rigging.
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Indianapolis Children's Choir lands big Super Bowl gig

February 2, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Forty-five members of Indianapolis Children's Choir will sing the national anthem along with recording artist Kelly Clarkson at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday.
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