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Handel’s "Messiah"

December 7, 2010

Dec. 18
Clowes Hall

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir raises the roof on the oratorio that has become a holiday classic. For the record, it was actually composed in summer and premiered in April. Details here.
 

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"Jabberwocky"

December 7, 2010

Dec. 14
IndyFringe Theatre

One of the more creative and fun additions to the local arts lineup has been Jabberwocky, a collaboration between Storytelling Arts and Indy Fringe that combines the sensibilities of the two groups. At each monthly event, a few “experts” on a given subject are invited to share a short, personal story. Then the audience is invited to join in with five-minute-or-under variations on the theme. The cover charge includes appetizers, and there’s a cash bar to help loosen lips. This time out, the theme is the December holidays, which, besides the obvious, could include Pearl Harbor Day, Frank Sinatra’s birthday, National Maple Syrup Day and Boxing Day. Details here.
 

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Also this week

December 7, 2010

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra does double duty on Dec. 18. In addition to its “Yuletide Celebration” performance, it’s also offering “Classical Christmas” at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Raymond Leppard conducts, with the Apollo’s Voice choir. Details here.

The Indiana Wind Symphony offers “A Holiday Happening,” Dec. 12 at Arsenal Tech High School Auditorium. Details here.

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa at the Vogue Dec. 9. Details here.

Chris Isaak headlines WTTS’ Rock to Read Dec. 10 at the Murat Theatre. Details here.

On Dec. 9, the Indianapolis Museum of Art screens “Marwencol,” a documentary about an eccentric who photographs fantasy worlds populated by Barbies and G.I. Joe dolls. The film won a Grand Jury prize at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. Details here.
 

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People

December 1, 2010

Reid Hospital in Richmond has hired Jim Puffenberger as its chief financial officer. He spent the past 10 years in Arizona as CFO and then CEO of Northern Arizona Healthcare. An Ohio native, Puffenberger, holds both a law degree and an MBA.

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Company news

December 1, 2010

Hey, it worked for the U.S. Army, why not for hospitals too? According to the Zionsville Times-Sentinel, the Witham Health Services Foundation is offering to give out school loans to aspiring medical professionals that can be paid off simply by working for the Lebanon-based Witham hospital for at least one year after graduation. Otherwise, the student must repay the loan with interest. It’s a way for Witham, a growing but small hospital system, to compete for workers in a crowded Indianapolis-area hospital market. Students can obtain $2,000 through the loans, or $1,000 per semester. Only Boone County residents can apply.

Roche Diagnostics will develop a tool to use alongside the Tarceva therapy for lung cancer patients, a drug made by Roche’s pharmaceutical business. The companion diagnostic tool got the green light last month after Swiss firmRoche negotiated a license of intellectual property from Massachusetts-based Genzyme Corp., which will help it identify patients with gene mutations that activate EGFR, the epidermal growth factor receptor, leading to cancerous growth of cells. Roche wants Tarceva approved as a first-line treatment for such patients. The test, which is being co-developed with OSI Pharmaceuticals, would use the Cobas system that Roche sells to hospitals and other health care providers. Roche Diagnostics runs its North American sales and marketing out of its Indianapolis campus.

Indianapolis-based Home Health Depot Inc. has continued its recent growth by expanding into Michigan, with locations in Brighton and Grand Rapids. Earlier this year, the company added stores in Lafayette and Greenwood; Chicago and Bloomington, Ill. The company now has nine locations, and its workforce has grown to 120, from 18 two years ago. Also, in October, Home Health Depot acquired a home health care subsidiary from Arcadia Resources Inc., which is also based in Indianapolis. The company provides in-home medical equipment to patients.

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A Holiday Extravaganza with the Leisure Kings

December 1, 2010

Dec. 3-12
The Cabaret at the Columbia Club

As crowded the holiday A&E season gets, there’s always room for another fun, alternative event. This one features the nutcase duo (which has built a reputation for alternative arrangements of popular songs) joined by Red Barron and his 13-piece big band, The Midtown Blowers—including Brent Wallarab and members of the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. No matter how frightful the weather turns, this should be delightful. Details here.
 

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"A Year with Frog and Toad"

December 1, 2010

Dec. 3-5
Pike Performing Arts Center

Actually, last year was a year without Frog and Toad: The licensing company for the low-key Broadway musical wouldn’t grant rights to Actors Theatre of Indiana because of an under-the-radar visit by a touring company of the show to Clowes Hall. And the holidays weren’t the same without the seasonal stories of the most soulful lily-pad-dwellers since Kermit.

That was then, though, and the rights have been worked out. Which means audiences will once again get a chance to see Bradley Reynolds and Don Farrell as the titular green guys, with support from Jon Lambert, Kyra Jeanne Kenyon, and Jessica Murphy. Once again, I’m leaping at the chance to take family to see it. Details here.

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"Yuletide Celebration"

December 1, 2010

Dec. 3-23
Hilbert Circle Theatre

Sandi Patty is back as hostess for the downtown tradition, but this isn’t a complete redo of shows from Decembers past. This time around, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s holiday extravaganza has added an Irving Berlin tribute, with music from the classic film “White Christmas.” Plus, Les Arnold and Dazzle, seen in the ISO’s magical pops show “Mysterioso,” will attempt to bring a different kind of holiday magic to the proceedings. Details here.
 

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Elmore Leonard

December 1, 2010

Dec. 6
Clowes Hall

Lest you think all of Indianapolis is holly and ivy, here’s a decidedly edgier evening: Legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard will be speaking as part of the Butler University Visiting Writers Series. In addition to such novels as “Get Shorty,” “52 Pick Up,” and “Mr. Majestyk,” the prolific Leonard is known for his no-nonsense approach to writing, as spelled out in his “Ten Rules of Writing.” (Example: “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”) Details on his visit here.
 

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Also this week

December 1, 2010

United Artists Circle Centre hosts a Dec. 2 screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” benefiting downtown beautification. The $5 tickets include pre-show refreshments and a silent auction. Details here.

Butler Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 2-5 at Clowes Hall. Details here.

Irish storyteller Niall de Burca is featured Dec. 3-4 at the Basile Theater at the Indiana History Center—with drinks to follow at Zing Restaurant. Details here.

Bobdirex presents “Silver Bells … Silver Screen,” Dec. 3-17, featuring holiday tunes and music from the movies, sung by a cast that includes Karlton D. Turner and Phebe Taylor. Details here.

John Prine performs Dec. 4 at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. Details here.

Trombone great Wycliff Gordon is just one of the guests in a Dec. 5 show headlined by tenor sax player Gust Spenos at The Jazz Kitchen. Details here.
 

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Housing

November 30, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity increased 2.1 percent for the week ended Nov. 19, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages increased to 4.5 percent from 4.46 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages fell to 3.83 percent from 3.87 percent.
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Construction

November 30, 2010
-Kort Builders has completed a 25,000-square-foot space for the Indiana Baseball Academy at 9760 Mayflower Park Drive, Carmel.

-Kort Builders has completed a 1,300-square-foot restaurant space for The Bakery at Geist at 8150 Oaklandon Road.

-Shamrock Builders-Commercial has started construction of a 3,000-square-foot office build-out for Morical's Castle Mortgage Corp. at 11501 Cumberland Drive, Fishers.
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Sales/acquisitions

November 30, 2010
Dr. Idella Simmons bought a 4,000-square-foot building at 946 N. Alabama St. The price wasn’t disclosed. The buyer was represented by Ralph Balber of Halakar Real Estate. The sellers, Brent and Beverly Precious, were represented by Brad King of Colliers International.
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Leasing/leasing contracts

November 30, 2010
-The Indiana Department of Revenue renewed its lease for 50,200 square feet of industrial space at 5252 Decatur Blvd. The landlord, ProLogis, was represented by Luke Wessel of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.

-Davis Wholesale Supply Co. renewed its lease for 25,600 square feet of industrial space at 5845 W. 82nd St. in Park 100. The tenant was represented by Patrick Lindley of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, ProLogis, was represented by Andrea Hopper of ProLogis.

-D’Amore, a division of Thomas Caterers of Distinction, subleased 15,231 square feet on the 48th floor of Chase Tower, 1 E. Ohio St. The tenant was represented by Debbie Shumate of Alliance Commercial Real Estate. The landlord, JP Morgan Chase, was represented by Nick Arterburn of CB Richard Ellis.

-Sigma-Tau Pharmasource Inc. leased 13,750 square feet at 6815 Guion Road. The tenant and landlord, TCA 6815, were represented by J.D. Graves of CB Richard Ellis.

-The Indiana Private Industry Council leased 12,335 square feet at Parkstone III, 9002 Purdue Road. The tenant was represented by Tim O’Brien and David Ponader of Colliers International. The landlord, Parkstone Office Center LLC, was represented by Nick Svarczkopf and Dan Richardson of CB Richard Ellis.
 
-Product Development Corp. subleased 12,000 square feet at 5201 Park Emerson Drive, Suite N. The subtenant and sublandord, Wheel Pros LLC, were represented by J.D. Graves of CB Richard Ellis.

-EMP Technology LLC leased 8,120 square feet at 15309 Stony Creek Way, Noblesville. The tenant was represented by Fritz Kauffman of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, Gulf Shores LLC, was represented by Chris Black of CB Richard Ellis.

-ZHU LAN sushi and prime rib buffet leased a freestanding 7,062-square-foot building at Merchants Point, 2293 E. 116th St., Carmel. The tenant was represented by Jun Liu of Carpenter Real Estate. The landlord, Darden Restaurants, was represented by Steve Delaney and Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate.

-Happy Hour Foot Spa leased 1,665 square feet at Willow Lake Shopping Center, 2658 Lake Circle Drive. The landlord, USRP Willow East LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The tenant represented itself.

-Jet’s Pizza leased 1,651 square feet at Willow Lake Shopping Center, 2658 Lake Circle Drive. The tenant was represented by Kurt Meyer of Baseline Commercial Real Estate. The landlord, USRP Willow East LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate.

-Rice Cooker leased 1,640 square feet at Willow Lake Shopping Center, 2658 Lake Circle Drive. The landlord, USRP Willow East LLC, was represented by Keith Fried of Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. The tenant represented itself.
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Company news

November 24, 2010

Eli Lilly and Co. said that next year, for the first time, it would hire an outside firm to search for state disciplinary actions against its hired speakers and advisers, after reporting by New York-based ProPublica found that Lilly was paying more than 100 physicians who had been under state sanctions. Indianapolis-based Lilly and British firm GlaxoSmithKline plc had the most state-sanctioned physicians among their speakers and advisers out of the seven pharmaceutical companies that ProPublica scrutinized. For example, Lilly used cardiologist Ali Sherzoy as a speaker, paying him more than $4,300 in the first two quarters of this year. But Sherzoy had his license suspended in New York and New Jersey early this year after he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual contact in 2008. Sherzoy said the matter involved his family's nanny and not his practice. He said he pleaded guilty on his lawyer's advice to put the matter behind him.

A trade group of health insurers, which includes Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc., gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce $86.2 million in August 2009 to wage a campaign against the health reform law being debated by Congress, according to Bloomberg News. The bill eventually was passed and became law in March 2010. The money came from America’s Health Insurance Plans and exceeded its entire budget for the previous year, according to Bloomberg. The $86.2 million paid for advertisements, polling and grass-roots events to drum up opposition to the bill. The Chamber said in a statement it used the funds to “advance a market-based health care system and advocate for fundamental reform that would improve access to quality care while lowering costs.” A WellPoint spokesman declined to comment to Bloomberg.

Teams of researchers at Indiana University and Purdue University both made striking medical breakthroughs recently. Purdue researchers found evidence that an environmental pollutant may play an important role in causing multiple sclerosis and that a hypertension drug might be used to treat the disease. They noticed that the toxin acrolein was elevated by about 60 percent in the spinal cord tissues of mice with a disease similar to multiple sclerosis. Acrolein is found in tobacco smoke and auto exhaust. Previous studies by this research team found that neuronal death caused by acrolein can be prevented by administering the hypertension drug hydralazine, also known as Apresoline. At the IU School of Medicine, researchers induced a complete remission of metastatic melanoma in mice when they introduced a potent anti-tumor gene into the stem cells in bone marrow that produce all blood and immune system cells. IU’s research has now led to a small clinical trial of 12 patients in late 2011.

L.H. Medical Corp. will add 65 jobs in Fort Wayne by 2013 as it expands its production of custom medical-device components for the orthopedic implant industry. The company will move to a new facility and begin hiring manufacturing workers and engineers early next year. Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered L.H. Medical up to $550,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $60,000 in training grants. Also, Allen County officials will consider an additional property tax abatement.

Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc., which operates three hospitals in the Indianapolis area, has decided to change its name to Franciscan Alliance. The Mishawaka-based system, which has 13 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois, announced the decision of its board of directors Monday morning. The announcement comes after months of consumer research—and six months after rival system Clarian Health said it would change its name to Indiana University Health. Beginning in early 2011, all St. Francis hospitals will have the name Franciscan added to their logos, with the previous name of each hospital written below it.

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People

November 24, 2010

Dr. Heather Maria Greist, an internist, has established a practice with St. Francis Medical Group Rheumatology & Osteoporosis Specialists, located on the St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis campus. Greist earned her medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine; she also holds degrees from Purdue University and Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Robert Prince, an anesthesiologist, has joined the St. Francis Medical Group Spine Specialists, located on the St. Francis-Indianapolis campus. He is the former chief of the Department of Anesthesia and Pain at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital (Virginia) and at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham, Ill.

Dr. Cindy De Neira has established a practice with St. Francis Medical Group Plainfield Family Medicine. De Neira earned a doctorate in osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University in Iowa. She also holds degrees in nutrition and chemistry from the University of Florida.

Timothy Gee has been appointed director of cardiovascular practices for St. Francis Medical Group. In that role, Gee will oversee operations at Indiana Heart Physicians and Vascular Surgeons. Previously, he was a business consultant for Indianapolis Medical Management.

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Corrections

November 24, 2010
Arcadia Resources Inc. employs pharmacists who call patients to help them comply with their prescription drug regimens. The Nov. 10 edition of IBJ Health Care & Reform Weekly incorrectly reported that Arcadia uses nurses to coach patients.

Karen Porter will lead the construction of St. Vincent Health’s strategic plan. Her duties were described incorrectly in the Nov. 17 edition of IBJ Health Care & Reform Weekly.

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Sales/acquisitions

November 23, 2010
MJK Indiana LLC bought 2.02 acres of industrial land at 1102 W. 16th St. The price wasn’t disclosed. The seller, Canal Realty Inc., was represented by Bill Brennan of Lee & Associates. The buyer represented itself.
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Housing

November 23, 2010
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the pace of mortgage loan activity fell 14.4 percent for the week ended Nov. 12, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. The rate for 30-year mortgages increased to 4.46 percent from 4.28 percent the previous week. The rate for 15-year mortgages jumped to 3.87 percent from 3.64 percent.
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People

November 23, 2010
-Tracey Holtzman has joined Midland Atlantic as a retail specialist.

-Carol Rice has joined Midland Atlantic as administrative manager.
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Construction

November 23, 2010

-Alt Construction has finished construction of a 4,408-square-foot Teddy’s Burger Joint at 2222 W. Southport Road.

-Alt Construction has finished construction of a 5,033-square-foot Jason’s Deli at 4026 E. 82nd St.

-Alt Construction has finished construction of a 3,750-square-foot Original Pancake House at Bridgewater Shoppes, 14631 North Gray Road, Noblesville.

-Alt Construction has been hired to build out a 12,000-square-foot space for Knowledge Services at 5875 Castle Creek Parkway. The project is scheduled to be completed next month.

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Leases/leasing contracts

November 23, 2010
-Henry Schein leased 243,200 square feet of industrial space at 5645 W. 82nd St. in Park 100. The tenant was represented by Patrick Lindley of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, ProLogis, was represented by Luke Wessel of Cassidy Turley.

-nFrame leased 52,824 square feet at 701 Congressional Blvd., Carmel. The tenant was represented by Sam Smith and Yumi Prater of Colliers International. The landlord, Technology Center Associates LP, was represented by Mike Napariu of REI Real Estate Services.

-Culture Lighting Co. Inc. renewed its lease for 7,200 square feet at 5329 W. 86th St. The landlord, Forester Properties, was represented by Kyle Powell and Bryan Poynter of Cassidy Turley. The tenant represented itself.

-McAlister’s Deli leased 6,400 square feet at Allyne Park, 1011 N. State Road 135, Greenwood. The tenant was represented by Bill Talbott of The Talbott Group. The landlord, Allyne Park Dynasty, was represented by Liz Yoho of Providence Development.

-MCPC Indianapolis LLC leased 5,711 square feet in the Carmel Technology Center, Building 2, 12336 Hancock St., Carmel. The tenant was represented by Brian Buschuk of Jones Lang LaSalle. The landlord, ATAPCO Carmel Inc., was represented by John Vandenbark and Dan Richardson of CB Richard Ellis.

-Indianapolis Osteopathic Hospital Inc. leased 4,244 square feet at 3750 Guion Road. The tenant was represented by Brian Meeks and Jon Owens of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, Hoosier Motor Mutual Insurance, was represented by Nick Svarczkopf and John Vandenbark of CB Richard Ellis.

-MS Consultants leased 3,627 square feet at 8900 Keystone Crossing. The tenant was represented by Nick Svarczkopf and Dan Richardson of CB Richard Ellis. The landlord, Keystone Investors LLC, was represented by Abby Cooper and John Robinson of Jones Lang LaSalle.

-Freight Masters leased 3,192 square feet at 2629 Waterfront Parkway, East Drive. The landlord, New Boston Jacaranda LP, was represented by Gus Sevastianos and Brian Fitzgerald of Citimark Management Co. Inc. The tenant represented itself.

-Safe Sitters leased 2,281 square feet at 8604 Allisonville Road. The tenant was represented by MaryBeth Kohart of Cassidy Turley. The landlord, Castle Creek Office LLC., was represented by Gus Sevastianos and Brian Fitzgerald of Citimark Management Co. Inc.

-Utili-Comm South Inc. renewed its lease for 1,550 square feet of industrial space in Greenwood Oaks Business Centre, 500 S. Polk St, Greenwood. The tenant and landlord, Greenwood Oaks Investments LLC, were represented by Cathy Richards of Lee & Associates.

-Meridian Group leased 976 square feet at 8604 Allisonville Road. The landlord, Castle Creek Office LLC, was represented by Gus Sevastianos and Brian Fitzgerald of Citimark Management Co. Inc. The tenant represented itself.

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"A Christmas Carol"

November 23, 2010

Nov. 26-Dec. 26
Indiana Repertory Theatre


In with the new: After 12 years of directing “A Christmas Carol” at the IRT, Priscilla Lindsay has moved on to academia, leaving the holiday standby in the hands of Richard J. Roberts. At the same time, long-standing Scrooge Chuck Goad has turned over his role to actor Ryan Artzberger (recently seen at the Phoenix Theatre in “Reasons to be Pretty”—now that’s range.)

That’s not all that will be different this season. Early-birders attending in November can take advantage of the IRT’s new $25 deal. Also added this year: a series of “Oh What Fun” events tied to each performance, such as a pre-show concert by the Indianapolis Symphonic Band on Nov. 28 and Dec. 18; live reindeer on Dec. 4, 11, 18 and 26; ComedySportz doing holiday improv on Dec. 22; and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir performing Dec. 23. Details here.
 

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"A Very Phoenix Xmas 5: Regifted!"

November 23, 2010

Nov. 26-Dec. 19
Phoenix Theatre


Over at the Phoenix, it’s beginning to look a lot like previous versions of “A Very Phoenix Xmas,” as the theater offers a greatest hits redo of sketches and songs from previous editions. Each scene, the Phoenix promises, has been tweaked for the current show—with new material added.

Returnees include “Disco Nativity” and “Death of a Snowman.” Details here.
 

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"The Santaland Diaries"

November 23, 2010

Nov. 24-Dec. 12
Waldron Auditorium, Bloomington
Dec. 2-12
IndyFringe Building


I’ve often wondered why small-scale productions don’t do more traveling around the state. After all, a show staged in West Lafayette or Bloomington or Fort Wayne isn’t likely to have much of an overlapping audience with Indianapolis.

So here’s an experiment I hope will work. Cardinal Stage, Bloomington’s professional theater company, is staging the one-elf show “The Santaland Diaries” at the Waldron Auditorium in Bloomington this weekend—then shipping it up to the IndyFringe Building for an additional two weekends.

The piece, in case you aren’t familiar, is based on humorist David Sedaris’ adventures working as a department store elf. Details here.
 

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