Performing Arts

Carmel performing arts center raises curtain on new name

February 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel's new 1,600-seat concert hall will be called "The Palladium," part of a marketing effort designed to generate more financial support for the city's performing arts center.
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Basiles give big gift to Carmel performing arts center

January 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The center will recognize the donation by naming the cafe and gift shop inside the 1,600-seat concert hall after the Basiles.
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City's once-thriving stand-up comedy scene fades

January 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Crackers' Broad Ripple and downtown locations are the only remaining comedy clubs in Indianapolis.
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Carmel's performing arts center hiring key staff

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
With a year to go before completion of a 1,600-seat concert hall, Executive Director Steven Libman added Jeremy Hatch as development director.
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Symphony ousts maestro, reports historic budget gap

December 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra experienced a year of financial and leadership shocks, as it reported a $2.8 million budget shortfall and abruptly dismissed Music Director Mario Venzago.
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Visions for ailing City Market include arts venue, YMCA

December 3, 2009
Riley Area Development Corp. is pitching the idea of building a performing arts center in the City Market. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, meanwhile, is in talks with the city about building a full-service fitness center on the site.
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Cabaret Theatre moving to downtown's Columbia Club

November 25, 2009
Scott Olson
The troupe will relocate from its temporary location at the Connoisseur Room in time to present a holiday show that runs Dec. 10-12.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A new attraction wants to drum up business

November 21, 2009
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Rhythm! Discovery Center and Bands of America.
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Civic Theatre confirms plans to relocate to Carmel

November 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Civic Theatre will move from the campus of Marian University to the Regional Performing Arts Center under construction in Carmel. The theater and Carmel Redevelopment Commission released a joint statement Tuesday announcing a long-term deal that calls for the Civic to pay $10 million to be the center’s primary occupant.
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Symphony reports record shortfall of $2.8 million

November 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra CEO Simon Crookall said he's expecting a smaller but still significant gap of $1.3 million in the 2010 budget year.
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Ousted Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conductor Venzago finally speaks out

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Venzago said the abrupt dismissal has affected his ability to work this season, and that he received an outpouring of sympathy from Indianapolis and the classical music world.
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City trying to land headquarters of storytelling organization

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The National Storytelling Network will consider Indianapolis, along with eight other cities, as it looks to move its headquarters from Jonesborough, Tenn.
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Symphony musicians, management take big pay cuts

October 7, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians will take a 12-percent pay cut this year, saving the cash-strapped organization $4 million. Management-side salary reductions should save another $2 million.
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Carmel performing arts center betting big on fund raisingRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel’s $137 million performing arts center is still a year from completion, but Executive Director Steven Libman already is pounding the pavement for donations.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Of 'Glee' they sing

October 3, 2009
Lou Harry
Fox's musical high school comedy is generating buzz in the A&E world.
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Carmel officials confirm Feinstein appointment

September 28, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Singer Michael Feinstein will make as much as $400,000 in a single year to serve as artistic director of the Regional Performing Arts Center that’s still under construction in Carmel, officials confirmed this morning.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Searching for the best in Eiteljorg's West 'Quest'

September 26, 2009
Lou Harry
This year's edition of the annual show and sale offers variations on familiar themes.
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LOU'S VIEWS: City Ballet off to stunning start

September 19, 2009
Lou Harry
The would-be Indianapolis City Ballet raised the bar high with a star-studded gala that brought together some of the top young dancers in the world.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A strong 'Wind' in Bloomington

September 12, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, three plays add up to a terrific start for the central Indiana performing arts season.
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Civic Theatre considering move to Carmel

September 11, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Civic Theatre, one of the city’s oldest and largest cultural organizations, is considering a move to Carmel’s new performing arts center. Civic informed its current host, Marian University, yesterday of pending negotiations with the Carmel Performing Arts Foundation.
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Backstagers play big role in what you'll see in coming arts season

September 5, 2009
Whitney Smith
As part of this year's A&E Season Preview, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the people behind the people on our cultural front.
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Carmel arts foundation adds directors; Stutz names residents

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel Performing Arts Foundation has appointed its first independent board members, Rollin Dick and Rosemary Waters. In downtown Indianapolis, two local artists will receive free studio space in the Stutz Building for the next year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Trying out the games of Gen Con

August 24, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, reviews of new games found at Gen Con and a nostalgic misfire from Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre.
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Director of Carmel performing arts center says venue will be 'amazing'Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Steven Libman believes he’ll have no trouble raising money for a $3 million operating budget, and says he plans to pack the calendar with big-name acts.


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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Pump Boys,' the IMA's 'Memory Cloud,' and Tarantino's latest

August 17, 2009
Lou Harry
A musical returns with local cast intact, new lobby artwork at the IMA invites revisits, and Tarantino's new WWII movie disappoints.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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