ISO struck tentative Venzago deal before ouster

July 31, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Mario Venzago had reached an agreement in principle on a new contract before the deal recently unraveled, an official with the musicians' union said this morning.

UPDATE: Symphony seeks maestro with local presence

July 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new maestro, and CEO Simon Crookall said he wants Mario Venzago's replacement to have more of a local presence.

LOU'S VIEWS: Come (back) to the Cabaret

April 6, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, the reborn American Cabaret Theatre and a symphonic circus draw packed houses.

NFP of NOTE: Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis Inc.

April 6, 2009
The Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis inspires passion for classical music across central Indiana through broadcast programming and outreach.

Five pianists put their pedals to the medalRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Whitney Smith
This week, one of the Midwest's most unusual music contests swings into high gear with the start of the final round of the American Pianists Association's 2009 Classical Fellowship Awards.

Chase foundation decides to stop funding violin competitionRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis has lost a major corporate gift less than two years from curtain time.

'Pirates' anchored by strong performances

March 23, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, pirates take over Indianapolis Opera, and a trio of plays isn't the half of it at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Lawsuit shouldn't spook artists, attorneys sayRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
The legal tussle between artist, Associated Press raises doubts about artists' drawing inspiration from the work of their peers.

Digital boosts local music and labelsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
These days, local musicians can record cheaply at home and distribute their music inexpensively, and tracks can be sent digitally to critics and bloggers.

Enjoy the latest wit from Bob & Tom on CD; relish the voice of Claire Wilcher at 'Cabaret'Restricted Content

December 8, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, another stocking stuffer from the Bob and Tom crew and holiday-country music fusion at American Cabaret Theatre.

MusicCrossroads initiative aims to draw not-for-profit performing arts groups

May 19, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis' success at living up to its self-proclaimed status as the amateur sports capital of the world is legendary. Now city and civic leaders are trying to build a similar hub of not-for-profit music organizations through a lower-key initiative dubbed MusicCrossroads.

Low-key guitarist's 'workaholic' approach helps Margot gain fame

April 21, 2008
Louis Jones
Andy Fry has played in five bands in the past 10 years or so, serving in various capacities, including singer/songwriter. He and his seven bandmates of Indianapolis-based Margot and the Nuclear So and So's have just recorded their second album, "Animal!"
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.