Indiana State Fair

August 4, 2010

Aug. 6-12
State Fairgrounds

Headline performers at the Indiana State Fair include Rascal Flatts with Kelly Pickler on Saturday the 7, Kiss on Monday the 9, Rick Springfield on the 12 (a free show), Drake on the 13, Keith Urban on the 14, Selena Gomez on the 15, Jeff Dunham on the 18 and Sugarland on the 20.

What? You still don’t see anyone that appeals to you? Then consider a visit to the new Tribute Town event on Aug. 19 featuring bands doing their versions of music by the Rolling Stones, the Eagles and John Fogerty. For all your fair details, click here.



August 4, 2010

Aug. 5-8
Indiana Convention Center

Yes, there will be lots and lots of people—in fact, tens of thousands of them—hunched over tables of games you’ve never heard of. But this year’s massive gaming convention also includes “Hamlet vs. MacBeth: the Shakespearean SmackDown,” “Lloyd Kauffman Make Your Own Damn Movie Class,” featuring the head of Troma Entertainment, and midnight screenings of “Tank Girl,” “Tron” and “Clerks.”

Also on the schedule: a talk by Wil Wheaton of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The Big Bang Theory,” an all-weekend auction—including a portion on Saturday night where all proceeds benefit the Pajama Program for poor children, an outrageous costume contest and much, much more.

And did I mention tens of thousands of people hunched over games you’ve never heard of (but might want to try)? For details, click here.


"Two Gentlemen of Verona"

August 4, 2010

Aug. 6-8
White River State Park

When it comes to Shakespeare plays, I have a personal rule that may upset many an English major or teacher: I won’t read one until I’ve seen it on stage or film for the first time.

Reading a play by Shakespeare, particularly a comedy, without having seen it first in its three dimensions, feels like an academic exercise, not like the joyful experience that it should be.

I say that because Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre is returning to White River State Park this weekend with a free production of “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” The cast includes Ryan Artzberger (fresh from Phoenix Theatre’s “Reasons to Be Pretty”), Robert Neal, Sam Fain, and Phebe Taylor.

Alas, since I’ve never seen the play, I can’t honestly tell you what characters to watch for or where it ranks with “Love’s Labours Lost” or “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or “As You Like It” –to name just three of Shakespeare’s comedies that I have seen and loved.

Come to think of it, HART has yet to stage any of these three. Here’s hoping that a successful run this year means more Bard in years to come. For details, click here.


Also this week

August 4, 2010

Time for Three sits in with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Aug. 6 at Conner Prairie. Details here.

Brown County Playhouse presents Alfred Uhry’s “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” Aug. 6-22. Details here.

Cedric the Entertainer entertains Aug. 7 at the Murat Theatre. Details here.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra plays Conseco Fieldhouse for the first time with the latest installment of Video Games Live on Aug. 7. Details here.

The American Pianists Association presents 2009 Classical Fellowships Awards Finalist Igor Lovchinsky Aug. 8 at the Athenaeum’s Biergarten. Details here.

Cyprus Hill performs at The Vogue Aug. 9. Details here.

The Indianapolis Art Center offers samples of its classes at its annual Open House Sept. 10. Details here.

Eight comics, including Mike Trainor and Tony Boswell, perform for a taping of Comcast’s “Who’s Laughing Now” series at Morty’s Comedy Joint on Aug. 5. $5 and two cans of food get you in for this Gleaners Food Bank benefit. Details here.



July 28, 2010
Aug. 2
Hilbert Circle Theatre

The Heartland Film Festival doesn’t get rolling until Oct. 14. But that hasn’t stopped Heartland Truly Moving Pictures from arranging for Rob Reiner’s latest film, “Flipped,” to get a special screening here before its national opening. The director, along with actors Penelope Anne Miller, Anthony Edwards, and John Mahoney, are expected to attend.

A Q&A session and dessert reception will follow the presentation.

The nostalgic PG film about first love also stars Aidan Quinn and Rebecca DeMornay as well as teens Madeline Carroll (“Swing Vote”) and Callan McAuliffe.
For details, click here.


Crossroads Repertory Theatre's "Terre Haute"

July 28, 2010
July 29-31
Indiana Repertory Theatre

One of Terre Haute’s most notorious residents was Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Playwright Edmund White, fascinated by the correspondence between the killer and writer Gore Vidal, created a fictional drama in which two similar men meet. The result: his 2006 play “Terre Haute.”

Crossroads Repertory Theatre—a company based in the real Terre Haute—is bringing its Midwest premiere production to Indianapolis for a one-weekend run.  Details here.


"Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony"

July 28, 2010
July 30-31
Conner Prairie
Symphony on the Prairie returns to the classics with Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko and cellist Zuill Bailey sitting in for a set that includes Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Saint-Saens’ First Cello Concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Easter.” Details here.

Also this week

July 28, 2010
The Summer Nights Film Series continues with “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” July 30 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Details here.

Deb Mullins performs “Bebop, Boogie & Blues” July 30 at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club. Details here.

The Bodeans perform July 30 at the Vogue. Details here.


July 28, 2010

Clarian Health has appointed Chris Van Pelt as chief information officer. Van Pelt, who has been part of Clarian Information Services since October 2004, has held the position on an interim basis for nine months.

Community Home Health Services, a unit of Community Health Network, named Dr. Waqas Ghumman its associate medical director for cardiovascular services, to help Community’s staff care for heart-failure patients in their homes.


Company news

July 28, 2010

Riley Children’s Foundation received a $1.5 million pledge from the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation to create a cancer research fund. The gift will create a $1 million endowment to fund collaborative research at Riley Hospital for Children and the Wells Center for Pediatric Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The remaining $500,000 will address immediate research needs at Riley hospital.

Indiana Spine Group will break ground on a 60,000-square-foot facility in Carmel on Aug. 2. The Indianapolis-based physician practice says it will be able to provide care for any spinal disorder at the center. Located just south of the St. Vincent Carmel Hospital, the facility will open in the fall of 2011. Indiana Spine Group will relocate its practice, which is currently near St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.

Eli Lilly and Co.’s profits spiked 16 percent in the second quarter to $1.3 billion, or $1.22 per share, handily beating expectations of Wall Street analysts. Revenue at the Indianapolis-based drugmaker rose 9 percent to $5.7 billion in the quarter. The company raised its year-end profit forecast by a dime a share, to a range of $4.50 to $4.65, excluding special items.

Zimmer Holdings Inc. also topped Wall Street expectations for second-quarter profit. The Warsaw-based maker of orthopedic implants turned a profit of $165.5 million, or 82 cents per share. But it spent $86.5 million on legal claims and an acquisition. Excluding those costs and special tax savings, the company would have earned $221.2 million, or $1.09 per share—four cents above analysts’ expectations, according to Thomson Reuters. Sales rose 3 percent to $1.06 billion.



July 28, 2010

Clarian Health won approval to extend its network of contracted providers to 15 new counties as part of an expansion of its Medicare Advantage insurance plan for seniors. A story in last week's Health Care & Reform Weekly implied the geographic expansion was part of a different Clarian effort to launch a new health insurance plan for employers.


Sales & acquisitions

July 27, 2010
-Bryton Corp. bought a 13,500-square-foot building at 4011 Championship Drive in Park 100. The price wasn’t disclosed. The buyer was represented by Ted McClure of McClure Commercial Real Estate. The seller, US Centrifuge, was represented by Keith Dedrick of Corporate Commercial Group.

-Circle City Rebar LLC bought a 16,855-square-foot light manufacturing building located at 4002 Industrial Blvd. The price wasn’t disclosed. The buyer was represented by Bill Brennan of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co. The seller, K&E Properties LLC, was represented by Kevin Kempf and Patrick Lindley of Cassidy Turley.

-Shriya Properties Inc. bought a 7,000-square-foot office building at 6960 Gray Road. The price wasn’t disclosed. The buyer was represented by Diana Elmore of Turtle Creek Realty. The seller, Patels N Amin Inc., was represented by  Bob Lindgren and Rick Jones of Grubb & Ellis Harding Dahm & Co.

Leasing/leasing contracts

July 27, 2010
-Jones Lang LaSalle has been named exclusive leasing and management agent for Meridian Corporate Plaza One and Two, at 301 and 401 Pennsylvania Parkway, by Inland American Real Estate Investment Trust. The 66,000-square-foot Meridian Corporate Plaza One is vacant. The other building, at 135,500 square feet, is 96-percent leased. John Robinson and Adam Broderick will oversee leasing and Jeff Reynolds will oversee management of the buildings.

-Earnest Machine leased 89,719 square feet at 5130 West 76th St. The tenant was represented by Dustin Looper of Colliers International. The landlord, Duke Realty, represented itself.

-Durham School Services leased 24,000 square feet and eight acres at 1777 S. Belmont Ave. The tenant was represented by Mark Stephenson of Sigma Group.  The landlord, Belmont Terminal Inc., represented itself.

-Coinmach Inc. renewed its lease for 20,000 square feet at 2450 N. Shadeland Ave. The landlord, Shadeland South Business Park LLC, was represented by Mark Stephenson of Sigma Group. The tenant was represented by Latt Purser & Associates of North Carolina.

-Durham School Services leased 9,600 square feet and six acres at 2525 N. Shadeland Ave. The tenant was represented by Mark Stephenson of Sigma Group.  The landlord, Western Select Properties LP, was represented by Greg Folz and Michael Weishaar of Cassidy Turley.

-Cellular Connection leased 4,235 square feet at Greenwood Springs, 1133 N. Emerson Ave., Greenwood. The tenant was represented by Jamison Downs of Sandor. The landlord, Regency Realty Group Inc., was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate.

-Infinias LLC leased 4,098 square feet at 857 W. Carmel Drive in the Carmel Tech Center. The tenant was represented by Thomas Willey of Mathewson Willey Realty Advisors. The landlord, Atapco Properties, was represented by John Vandenbark and Dan Richardson of CB Richard Ellis.

-Wha-Laa Coupons LLC leased 3,000 square feet at 5155 N. Shadeland Ave., Suite 200. The tenant and landlord, JMMC LLC, were represented by Keith Dedrick of Corporate Commercial Group.

-Traders Point Creamery leased 1,800 square feet at Park 100 Industrial Center, Building 30. The tenant was represented by Ross Reller of Colliers International. The landlord, Prologis, represented itself.

-Madame Royale LLC leased 1,750 square feet at Southport Pavilion, 5325 E. Southport Road. The landlord, Southport Pavilion LLC, was represented by Donna Hovey and Shannon Hicks of CB Richard Ellis. The tenant represented itself.

-tHAIRAPY Hair Salon leased 1,600 square feet at 5537 E. Washington St. The landlord, 5535 E. Washington Associates, was represented by Keith Kleinmaier of Retail Realty. The tenant represented itself.
-Roll With It Bakery LLC, leased 1,600 square feet at 5539 E. Washington St.  The landlord, 5535 E. Washington Associates, was represented by Keith Kleinmaier of Retail Realty. The tenant represented itself.

-3 Angel’s Haircare & Beauty Supply leased 1,400 square feet at Shadeland Corner Shopping Center, 4554 N. Shadeland Ave.  Keith Kleinmaier of Retail Realty represented the landlord, Shadeland Center LLC. The tenant represented itself.

-Estetica Adela’s leased 1,200 square feet at Plaza Las Palmas, 3350 N. High School Road.  The tenant was represented by Kelli Membreno of Libertad Real Estate. The landlord, Pentak LLC, was represented by Keith Kleinmaier of Retail Realty.


July 27, 2010
-Craig Hays has joined CBRE’s Valuation & Advisory Services team as a senior appraiser.

-Rosemary Seaborne has joined Exit Realty One, Greenwood, as an agent.

-Jodi Milto has joined Midland Atlantic as a retail specialist.


July 27, 2010
TMG Construction Management Inc. has started construction on a tenant build-out at 15 S. Main St., Zionsville, for Prudential Indiana Realty Group.


July 27, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity increased 7.6 percent for the week ended July 16, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages fell to 4.59 percent from 4.69 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages dropped to 4.05 percent from 4.12 percent.


July 21, 2010

Hendricks Nephrology Associates opened recently in a medical office building on the Danville campus of Hendricks Regional Health. Dr. Robert Fialkow and his son, Dr. Jared Fialkow, will treat patients with kidney problems.

Batesville-based Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. hired Martha Goldberg Aronson as president of its North American division. Aronson, who will start Aug. 2 at the maker of hospital beds and furniture, most recently headed business units at Minnesota-based Medtronic Inc.

Hill-Rom also hired Perry Stuckey as chief human resources officer. He was most recently vice president of human resources at Wisconsin-based Rockwell Automation. Stuckey also starts Aug. 2.

CEO Jim Bickel and his fellow executives at Columbus Regional Hospital were named the top leadership team for community and midsize hospitals by Massachusetts-based HealthLeaders Media, which publishes a magazine for health care executives.


Company news

July 21, 2010

It may be the health care world’s version of a popularity contest, but it’s still fairly prestigious. It’s the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of hospitals. Eleven clinical programs at Clarian Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine were ranked among the top 50 programs nationally. The rankings focus on high-volume hospitals and are driven in large part by reputation surveys. No other Indiana-based hospitals were named to the list. Clarian placed 13th for urology; 14th in gastroenterology; 25th in both geriatrics and ear, nose and throat; 29th in orthopedics; 32nd in lungs; 38th in kidneys; 40th in neurology and cancer; 48th in diabetes; and 49th in cardiology.

In the latest online matchmaking service, Bloomington-based Cook Medical and Indiana University have created an online portal where medical inventors and health care entrepreneurs can find each other. The website,, allows users to search a database of medical companies by keywords or disease categories. i2iconnect is partly supported by a stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Health to the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, which is based in Indianapolis. In 2008, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. tried to start a similar portal for entrepreneurs of all kinds.

Indianapolis-based BioCrossroads, a life sciences business development group, received a $1.25 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, also based in Indianapolis. Fairbanks gave BioCrossroads $2.5 million to fund various educational and public health efforts.

Eli Lilly and Co. told employees July 15 that it’s cutting 340 information technology positions in Indiana as part of its march toward 5,500 job cuts by the end of 2011. The Indianapolis-based drugmaker eliminated 140 IT jobs in June through retirements, resignations and some cuts. Another 115 cuts will be made this month, and the remainder by the end of the year, according to an e-mail from Janice Chavers, a Lilly spokeswoman. All displaced workers will get a few months to find another job within Lilly, although those opportunities are few. Workers who leave Lilly will receive severance based on their pay grade and time served with the company. Lilly employs about 1,250 IT workers in the United States.

Three Indianapolis hospital systems were named “most Wired” hospitals by Hospital & Health Networks magazine. Clarian Health, Community Health Network and the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center all made the list of the top 100 hospital systems in the country using information technology to boost quality, customer service, safety and business operations.


"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

July 21, 2010

July 22-Aug. 7

I could sit at the typewriter for a year without coming up with a better description of the musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” than the one contained in its own opening number. In “Comedy Tonight,” the cast sings “No Trojan horse. No royal curse. And a happy ending of course.”
It also says “Bring on the liars, lovers and clowns.”

And “Morals tomorrow, comedy tonight.”

The show, subtitled, “A scenario for vaudevillians,” contains arguably the funniest musical book ever (co-written by Larry Gelbart, of “Tootsie” and TV’s “M*A*S*H) and a remarkably playful score by Stephen Sondheim.

Here, in the role made famous by Nathan Lane, will be actress Claire Wilcher. This won’t be the first time a woman has played the role of Pseudolus, the enterprising slave who sets the ancient-Roman-by-way-of-vaudeville plot in motion in “Forum.” Whoopi Goldberg inherited the part from Nathan Lane in the most recent Broadway incarnation. Wilcher leads a cast that includes familiar locals Scot Greenwell and Karlton D. Turner. Details here.


Indianapolis International Film Festival winners

July 21, 2010

July 25
Indianapolis Museum of Art

The final day of the Indianapolis International Film Festival is reserved for a screening of each of the features and shorts in the Documentary, World Cinema and American Spectrum categories picked by their respective juries as the best in its category. The Audience Award winners, too, will be screened.
What are those films? I’m sworn to secrecy (but I’ll tell you that the winners I know about will make for a terrific day of moviegoing).

The winners will be announced at the Saturday Eve. party, at Creation Café. For IBJ’s reviews of this year’s films,click here. For details on the festival and the final day of screenings, click here.


Ensemble Viscera

July 21, 2010

June 26
Indiana History Center

The Indianapolis Early Music Festival presents a free outdoor concert with Ensemble Viscera. The family-friendly show focuses on music that Henry VIII and Elizabeth I would have grooved to. Details here.



July 21, 2010

July 26
The Vogue

Once upon a time, in the 1970s, disco ruled the airwaves. Which meant that, when you went to a dance at your school, the majority of students stuck to the walls while a few Travolta-wannabees went out and did their thing. It was fun for the few, but a boring time for those along the wall.

Then came Devo, with songs like “Whip It” and a flipped-out cover of “Satisfaction.” And suddenly, skill didn’t matter. The dance floor welcomed those who could do no more than bounce around.

A problem came along, and Devo whipped it.

Details on the concert, which includes four of the five core members of the band, here.


Vintage Movie Night

July 21, 2010

July 24
Garfield Park

The night starts early at this month’s installment, with an 1880s baseball game featuring the Indianapolis Hoosiers. What does that have to do with movies? Well, the evening’s cinematic entertainment includes Buster Keaton’s “One Run Elmer,” concerning a business rivalry that leads to a baseball game climax.

Also on the bill: Keaton’s “The Three Ages,” which will be accompanied by an original score by the Indianapolis band Tonos Triad. Details here.


Also this week

July 21, 2010

Debra Mullins performs “Can’t Live Without It,” a cabaret mix of standards, blues and jazz, July 22 at the Indiana History Center as part of its Concerts on the Canal series. Details here.

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents “Church Basement Ladies,” July 22-Sept. 3 Details here.

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers perform, July 22 at Verizon Wireless Music Center. Details here.

Jack Johnson takes the stage, July 23 at Verizon Wireless Music Center. Details here.

Angela Brown premieres her show “Opera from A Sistah’s Point of View,” July 30 at IU Musical Arts Center. Details here.

Dance Kaleidoscope offers a free performance as part of the Family Art Series, July 23-24 at White River State Park. Details here.

Summer Stock Stage presents “Ragtime,’ July 22-25 with a local teen cast, at Park Tudor School. Details here.

The Artists’ Studio presents a youth production of “Hair,” through July 24. Details here.

Singer/songwriter Brandi Carlisle teams up with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, July 23-24 at Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. Details here.

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art presents a free screening of “Building for Meaning: The Architecture of Evans Woollen,” July 23 at the Murphy Arts Center in Fountain Square. Details here.



July 20, 2010
-Polaris Commercial Investments purchased a 25,000-square-foot office building at 5455 W. 86th St. The price wasn’t disclosed. The buyer was represented by Scott H. Lindenberg of Echelon Realty Advisors. The seller, Riversource REO 1 LLC, was represented by Jim Logan of Colliers International.

-Hana BK LLC paid $960,000 for a 2,675-square-foot, freestanding building at 2122 E. 10th St. that houses a Burger King Restaurant. The buyer was represented by Kevin McCrann and Thomas McConnell of the New Jersey office of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. The seller, TI Investments LLC, was represented by Brian T. Southworth and Nathan D. Whalen of Marcus & Millichap’s Indianapolis office.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.