News and notes from the arts and dining fronts:
— USA Today singled out Harry & Izzy's at our very own Indianapolis International Airport for the Best U.S. Airport Food. Sounds about right to me. But I'm always interested in methodology in these things, so here's how it came to that conclusion. First, travel columnist Harriet Baskas nominated 20 places based on food, service, views, location, uniqueness, friendliness and ambiance. Then online voters chimed in. For those flying in to this blog from out of town, Harry & Izzy's is a spinoff of Indy's signature steakhouse, St. Elmo.
— While we're talking about the airport, if you are curious about the work of artist James Wille Faust after reading so much about the ups and downs of his work at the IIA, mark your calendar for Oct. 4 for the debut of a solo show by the artist at the Arts Council of Indianapolis' Gallery 926.
— GreekFest has biggie-sized to three days and will be happening two weeks earlier than usual this year. Look for it Aug. 23-25.
— Think you can sing but have no desire to be in the solo spotlight? Encore Vocal Arts is looking for new recruits. Info here.
— Dr. Who fans take note: The fifth doc, Peter Davison, will be in town for GenCon, Aug. 15-18.. Also visiting will be Janina Gavankar from "True Blood" and Walter Koenig, the original Chekov from "Star Trek."
— IU Cinema is pulling together a major celebration of the work of writer William Burroughs for his 100th birthday year. Details to come. Also, for a separate IU Cinema event, look for the announcement of an appearance by perhaps the most honored living actress in America.
— Speaking of actresses, congratulations to Sigourney Weaver, whose performance in "Avatar" is no longer the worst by a major actress in a science fiction epic. That title, in my opinion of course, has now been taken by Jodie Foster in "Elysium." It opens today.