Performing Arts

Indianapolis Opera hires Stolen to help assess future

August 9, 2014
Lou Harry
Steven Stolen, a former managing director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre, will work as an independent contractor for 25-30 hours per week until the target Oct. 1 completion of the evaluation.
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REI Investments agrees to buy site of former GM stamping plant

August 4, 2014
Scott Olson
The local developer plans to purchase the entire 102-acre property, which has been earmarked for a 15,000-seat outdoor concert venue and the city's new criminal justice complex.
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Tech entrepreneur launches Indy Visitors Channel

July 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Folksy chief cements deals with handshakes, promotes tourism spots with video network in hotels.
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Street performers to make debut in Indianapolis

July 24, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
A special project aims to foster the art of street performance in downtown Indianapolis. The project is being promoted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. and arts group IndyFringe.
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New downtown concert venue to seat 15,000

July 16, 2014
Scott Olson
A music amphitheater soon will take center stage on the site of the former General Motors metal-stamping plant on the western edge of downtown, sources tell IBJ.
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ISO sees surge in ticket sales, led by subscriptions

June 25, 2014
Lou Harry
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra enjoyed a nearly 19-percent surge in ticket sales during the 2013-14 indoor concert season, which ended this month, the ISO said Tuesday.
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Anderson's Paramount Theatre seeks donations

June 1, 2014
Associated Press
The landmark Paramount was saved from demolition 25 years ago, but the man who saved it left $800,000 in mortgage debt when he died last month.
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Indy's musical roots remain alive at Jazz Kitchen

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
For the past 20 years, the Jazz Kitchen has offered live jazz seven nights a week, serving as an incubator for local acts and touring musicians alike.
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Indiana State Fair announces Free Stage concerts

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair says its Free Stage during this summer's fair will include performances by several rising country performers and some well-known Grammy-nominated Canadian rockers.
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Longtime Indianapolis Opera director resigns

April 30, 2014
Lou Harry
Artistic Director James Caraher has tendered his resignation after 33 years with the Indianapolis Opera, the general manager of the struggling arts organization said Wednesday afternoon.
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Company fined $50K for Indiana State Fair collapse

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The company that owned the stage involved in the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair rigging collapse has agreed to pay a $50,000 fine for safety violations.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The Cabaret at 5

March 29, 2014
Lou Harry
I’m not usually big on anniversary stories, but the fact that the Cabaret's creative gamble paid off—and that its first half-decade has brought so much pleasure—warrants a birthday shout out.
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UPDATE: Opera confirms cancellation, 'challenges'

March 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Confirming an earlier IBJ report, Indianapolis Opera officials said they didn't want to risk the possible financial strain of a fourth and final production of the season.
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Indy Opera planning to cut final show, sources say

March 25, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Opera plans to cancel the fourth and final show of its season amid ongoing financial issues, multiple sources close to the organization said Tuesday morning.
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Jury acquits music venue manager in 2009 fire

February 1, 2014
Associated Press
A Brown County jury on Friday acquitted James Bowyer of Morgantown on all charges in his arson trial. He was accused of setting the fire that destroyed the Little Nashville Opry in September 2009.
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Fairgrounds Coliseum project ahead of schedule

January 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Fair officials are expecting to open the renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum in April, three months ahead of schedule.
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New concert venue proposed for GM plant site

January 25, 2014
Scott Olson
A concert venue rivaling the size of Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville has emerged as the favorite in a bid to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant on the western edge of downtown.
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Trial set to start over burned Brown County music hall

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
A trial is set to start this week for the former manager of a central Indiana concert hall on charges he set the fire that destroyed it more than four years ago.
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Ball State-birthed big-top musical graduates to big time

December 23, 2013
Lou Harry
"The Circus in Winter," which began its theatrical life as a student project, is headed for an East Coast theater considered a stepping stone to Broadway.
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Symphony reports first budget surplus in 6 years

December 9, 2013
Dan Human
A big boost in donations and hefty cutbacks pushed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s annual budget into the black for the first time since 2007.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Life after ‘Wicked’: What to do once you’ve seen the blockbuster musical

November 23, 2013
Lou Harry
The national tour of “Wicked” continues to draw crowds to the Murat Theatre, where it runs through Dec. 1. If you’ve already seen it this time around, you might be wondering what to do now to maintain your Elphaba fix until the show flies back into town in a few years.
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LOU'S VIEW: A pair of trios with DK and the Phoenix

November 2, 2013
Lou Harry
Three choreographers make magic while three couples mine marital misery.
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Indiana contestants getting heavy airtime on 'Family Feud' game showRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
At least eight central Indiana families are contestants this season for the syndicated television show "Family Feud," according to WNDY-TV Channel 23, where the show airs locally. But that number belies the real interest in the show.
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Urbanski extends contract with ISO

September 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The 30-year-old music director will remain on the podium at least through the 2017-2018 season, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra officials said Thursday.
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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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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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