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RECYCLEFORCE TRANSFORMS HUMANS AND ELECTRONICS ALIKE The workers at Indy’s RecycleForce are people who understand the underappreciated value of discarded objects. Society cast them off, too — into the criminal justice system. After squaring up with the law, they all need a second shot — they are finding it among ex-offenders mining e-waste at RecycleForce. B Y REBECCA TOWNSEND
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People know a good muffin when they taste one. It’s a good thing, too. Because one of the concerns for Cindy Hawkins, head pastry chef and owner of Circle City Sweets, when she decided to move into a storefront at Indianapolis City Market back in May 2010, was that some from the market’s broad range of customers might balk at her price point (a scone will run you $2.50 — comparable to Starbucks, yet never frozen). BY KATY CARTER
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Comment on Girl, in Transit, our blog series about riding the bus:
Ashley is my carbon offset to my car. Now I can drive my SUV feeling great. Cars are still the best personal mobile vehicle on the planet and give you the greatest freedom of travel over prescribed and official rigid routes of travel.
— roger that
Comments on Neil Charles’ review of Coal Pizza:
I love the food at Coal Pizza and it helps to fill a much needed gap in the Downtown restaurant landscape, providing an affordable, tasty, locally owned dining option in an area flooded with chains, bad bar food & overpriced steakhouses... I urge everyone to give it a try for themselves!
— Kyle Long
I saw The Roots there at least 4 times in the super bowl week. It’s good for worldly rock stars but not good enough to Neil. What are you thinking?? I wouldn’t be surprised if he gave 4 stars to the Olive Garden in the westside. The alternative voice of Indy against local business, great job NUVO, you’ve done it again.
Here’s a lively discussion about Charles Fox’s review of Voir Art’s “The Study of Light”: In my opinion, the show was an interesting representation of some of light’s aspects. To try to encompass everything to to do with light in a one-night show would be difficult and require more resources than were available. So, what it ended up being was an experimental, creative and playful treatment. As such, I think the website description was accurate to the overall event.
— Izaak Izrok Alexander
The show was successful. It was presented as a fun step out of the ordinary and thats exactly what it was. I was personally inspired by the experiments of Justin Cowan and Drea Mendoza, and I had other people mention to me that they were inspired by the artwork in the show. The artists did a great job and we had a great time. We will keep doing free themed shows monthly for our community.
— Andrew Severns
I don’t see the point of reviewing this work and this venue from an academically critical perspective. NUVO now has one critic raving and one denigrating what is essentially an outsider aesthetic. You need some common sense and flexibility about approaching more alter-
native art venues and work. As for all the calls for more critically “brave” reviews, I think it would be courageous to take on, and call out, the rehashed 90s conceptualism that currently gets an automatic thumbs up.
Thank you for FINALLY being one of the only NUVO reviewers brave enough to actually be critical of an exhibition instead of praising it needlessly just to coddle artists and be politically correct. If our city’s artists knew there was going to be a critical eye watching from now on, they may start to actually think about their presentation and concepts, instead of foisting off low-quality art on our citizenry. Any fool can mount a show and this show proves it.
A comment on Rebecca Townsend’s story, “Barefoot crusade against veteran suicides”: An “estimated” over 70,000 Vietnam Veterans committed suicide in the US. It wasn’t until 1980 that PTSD was defined in the DSM (the manual for psychologists) Although the VA had participated, they didn’t like the results because they created “guidelines” that supersede sound medical practice. There is no logic involved in the VA process, it is a Federal Bureaucracy and that’s all that needs to be said. They are accountable to no one; God, Congress, or the President, let alone it’s “clients?”
— Jacques Daspy
Regarding Steve Hammer’s column about deciding not to take an-out-of-town job:
Nah, Steve, you should have made the move to Milwaukee. 1. The beer capitol of the world. 2. Cheese curds. 3. Major league baseball (think of summers at the ballpark). Dallas? Those Zapruder films would be going through my head. And Southern Baptists. And the Bushes. But I am glad you are staying, Steve, because you add a lot to civic discourse. God bless you, bro.
You made the right choice by avoiding Milwaukee. Jeffery Dahmer did his best work in Milwaukee. Your fans like your weekly column much too much to see you served up with some fava beans and a nice Chianti to some fledgling cannibal.
— John Simmons
In Neil Charles’ review of Coal Pizza, we mistakenly said the address was 36 West Washington; in fact it’s 36 East Washington. We apologize for the error.
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HAMMER Contempt of freedom
Court stops newspaper from printing truth
BY STEVE HAMMER SHAMMER@NUVO.NET
ndiana continues to find ways to embarrass itself and sully its national representation, undoing years of effort and millions of dollars spent to rehabilitate the state’s image as a haven for unsophisticated hillbillies. Recently, State Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, accused the Girl Scouts of promoting Planned Parenthood and glorifying communists and lesbians. The rest of the country LOL’d at Indiana. This past week, Indiana found itself in the spotlight again when the Indiana Court of Appeals issued an order preventing the South Bend Tribune from publishing records it received from the state Department of Child Services regarding the death of a 10-year-old child. The furor around the Girl Scouts remarks can, in fact, be attributed to the comments of an uninformed, conspiracy-believing hillbilly lawmaker. But the effect of the state’s courts ordering a newspaper to not publish a story — well, that’s another area altogether, placing the Hoosier State alongside such enlightened places as the former Soviet Union, Cuba and China in terms of its regard for freedom and liberty. The government stopping a newspaper from publishing a story is known as “prior restraint,” and it’s almost always considered illegal. It can only be invoked when national security interests are involved during a time of war. I spent most of my journalism law class freshman year at IU in a smoke-filled haze, yet even I remember the landmark case Near v. Minnesota. In that 1931 case, a newspaper had printed several sensational accusations about local politicians — often false or at least overblown. The Supreme Court rightly struck down a Minnesota law that tried to stop the newspaper from printing certain stories. The Court basically said that the First Amendment protects even untalented or inaccurate reporting, a fact that has given me no small amount of comfort over the years. Fast-forward to 1971, when The New York Times acquired a stolen copy of a top-secret government study about the Vietnam War. It contradicted many of the government’s statements about the war and harshly criticized the decision-making process that got us into that godforsaken war.
Richard Nixon and his Justice Department saw red and objecting to the Times and The Washington Post from printing excerpts of the massive study. They even succeeded in getting a lower-court judge to issue an injunction. The Supreme Court laughed at Nixon and, in a 6-3 decision, told him to go to hell. Citizens consumed stories of the material, now known as the Pentagon Papers. Forty years after that decision, and 80 after Near v. Minnesota seemingly closed the book, so to speak, on overt prior restraint, Indiana has decided to become the nation’s leader in censorship. A hearing was set for March 12, so it’s quite possible a more reasonable court will throw out the Court of Appeals decision and allow the Tribune to publish its information. However, the decision of the Court of Appeals doesn’t apply to me, nor apparently to Google, which still had a cached copy of the story on its site as of Sunday night. (There’s a link to it on my Facebook page, facebook.com/stevehammer777.) Why did the court want to squash this story so badly? It’s evident from the first paragraph that it makes our state’s child protection division look incompetent. The story, written by Virginia Black and Mary Kate Malone, begins, “An anonymous caller to the centralized Department of Child Services hotline spent 20 minutes on May 27, 2011, detailing horrific abuse to 10 children at 1130 W. Washington St. — nearly six months before police found 10-year-old Tramelle Sturgis tortured and beaten to death in that home.” The chilling story quotes the phone call: “If they go there right now, they’ll see how them kids is beat if they go there right now because I don’t want it to get on the news and the boy died and then everybody come forward and they gonna say, ‘Well, why did nobody come forward from before?” Even though the information was given to the Tribune by the department, the court ruled Friday that the confidentiality of phone calls to the hotline makes the newspaper story illegal. It had only been on the newspaper’s website for an hour prior to being yanked under court order. It took me less than five minutes to find it on Google. The Department of Child Services did nothing. The anonymous caller then contacted local police, who went to the house and didn’t have enough probable cause to enter the house. Six months later, Tramelle Sturgis was murdered in his home. An investigation backed up the caller’s claims. This is a story the public needs to know and the State of Indiana has no business keeping it from the public. The Court of Appeals can hold me in contempt if they want. The feeling is mutual.
Why did the court want to squash this story so badly? … it makes (the) child protection division look incompetent.
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HOPPE Green investing Can money buy enough time?
BY DAVID HOPPE DHOPPE@NUVO.NET
recent report on environmental grantmaking is bound to have anyone who’s ever written a check in support of an earth-saving cause tearing their hair. “Cultivating the Grassroots: A Winning Approach for Environment and Climate Funders,” is, in spite of its upbeat title, an indictment of green philanthropy. Written by Sarah Hansen for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, the report argues that the environmental movement is not keeping up with the current pace of social change. “At a time when the peril to our planet and the imperative of change should drive unyielding forward momentum, it often seems as if the environmental cause has been pushed back to the starting line,” writes Hansen, noting that that the movement has failed to score any significant Federal policy changes in the United States since the 1980s. Hansen asserts that this lack of impact has been due to environmental funders’ predilection for a top-down approach. “In 2009, environmental organizations with budgets of more than $5 million received half of all contributions and grants made in the sector,” writes Hansen. “In short, environmental funders are expending tremendous resources, yet spending far too little on high-impact, cost-effective grassroots organizing.” Hansen’s solution is for environmental funders to increase funding for “grassroots communities that are directly impacted by environmental harms and have the passion and perseverance to mobilize and demand change.” History, she says, supports this strategy, and she cites the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements. She notes that on February 1, 1960, there were only four African-American students who chose to sit at the “Whites Only” lunch counter of a Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina. “Although those may not appear to be impressive metrics, consider the scale and scope of the movement they helped launch.” Hansen offers four ideas to correct this topdown bias and “create broad public demand for change.” She notes that by 2042, a majority of Americans will be people of color; half of all U.S. children today are black, Latino or Asian American. She calls on environmental funders to dedicate 20 to 50 percent of their total giving to these communities. Hansen thinks a quarter of environmental grants should go “for social justice purposes, specifically with a focus on grassroots advocacy, organizing and civic engagement led by the communities most affected by environmental ills and climate change.”
Hansen also suggests that funders support the creation of a supportive intellectual infrastructure to share strategies, develop leadership and communicate their message. Finally, Hansen urges funders to take the long view and embrace “the slow, patient process of movement building.” It is tempting to look away from Hansen’s report and say, “So that’s why things keep getting worse, instead of better! If only the fleece-clad activists learn to reach out to a different crowd, everybody would benefit.” There is some truth in this. Our society is expansive and diverse and, given the magnitude of our environmental problems, the more kinds of people mobilized to effect change, the better. It is also true that funding institutions are, by their nature, inclined to talk and, yes, give their money to people that look and act like they do. This undoubtedly limits the scope and effectiveness of how monies are used. But it might also be instructive to take a moment to consider the funding story of a parallel universe — the arts. The arts and the environmental movement actually have a lot in common. Both have spiritual dimensions and carry hefty cultural freight. They stand for values that transcend market assessments. How we, as a society, treat the arts and the environment says a lot about our priorities, how we relate to time and tradition, and what passes for our collective wisdom. Twenty or so years ago, the arts were getting hit. The federal government was cutting funding and, worse, the field was beset by concern about aging and elitist audiences. Since then, arts institutions and funders have undertaken countless initiatives aimed at reaching underserved audiences, broadening constituencies and building grassroots support. In some cases this has meant reimagining missions and challenging the purpose of art itself. These tactics have certainly sharpened many individual arts initiatives. Nevertheless, the arts’ larger struggle for public relevance continues, with no end in sight. Concern about the arts’ institutional future, of course, lacks the urgency of calculating the likelihood of contracting an environmentally borne disease like lung cancer in a neighborhood down wind from a coal-burning power plant. This is why supporting grassroots efforts like those called for in Sarah Hansen’s report makes immediate sense. But what we see in both arts and environmental stories is that a larger crisis is upon us. This crisis is cultural. It has to do with what we consider important and whether we’re willing to model our behavior to fit the size of the challenges bearing down on us. While grassroots organizing is necessary and, in specific places, effective, how much time must “the slow, patient process of movement building” take? What will be standing when it’s done?
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If the 4,000 people participating last fall in Butler’s Earth Project series are any indication, free, multi-disciplinary programming focused on the environment draws a big audience in Indy. World changers, it’s time to tune in again. The challenge this time: living within 100 square feet. This spring’s Earth Project series opens with a founding proponent of the tiny house movement, Jay Shafer, author of The Small House Book, who will expound on the concept during a discussion of sustainable living and the design. His talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. March 20 in Robertson Hall’s Johnson Room. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call (317) 940-6506.
ON THE STREET WITH AIDS
On the January 2011 night at least one of the 1,567 homeless people advocates identified on the street disclosed HIV infection. The number doesn’t count couch surfers or the many people who subject themselves to vulnerable situations (where roommates steal food stamps, for instance) to secure a roof over their heads. Local service providers have made unprecedented strides in collaborative outreach and will discuss the path to continued improvement at March 16 panel. The National AIDS Housing Coalition’s Nancy Bernstine will keynote the event, which is set to run 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friday at Herron School of Art’s Eskenazi Hall, addressing how housing can be a platform for self sufficiency, health, wellness. “It’s a 200-seat auditorium,” says Julie Fidler, a city grant manager working to stretch housing resources for the HIV/AIDS community.. “I’d love to have a line out the door. If you care at all about someone with the disease or someone at risk ... people who are interested should come.”
DITCHING YOUR DRUGS
Indiana wildlife already absorbs untold amounts of trace chemicals that leach into the environment as people flush the pharmaceutical buffet that sustains the American way of life. While there’s no stopping the Prozac and heart medications that take the urine trail to the wastewater treatment plant, efforts are underway to collect old, un-used prescriptions overthe-counter meds, supplements and needles. Marsh and MainStreet Market Pharmacies will accept these items for proper disposal this Friday, March 16, though Monday, March 19. Items must be fully identifiable and in their original containers with personal information blacked out. Needles should be sealed in safe container, such as a laundry detergent bottle.
THOUGHT BITE By Andy Jacobs Jr. 10
“Crush” Limbaugh didn’t just start his mean attacks on young females. When Chelsea Clinton was a little girl, he called her a “dog.” But when Limbaugh said he was sorry the other day, he really was – about losing the sponsors.
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the rights of individuals who own property in Indiana, and I think Indiana is still a part of the United States and still governed by the constitution,” said Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg.
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A C O M PI L A T I O N O F S TO R IE S B Y TIMO T H Y CO X , S A M M Q U IN N A N D LESLEY WEIDENBENER Editor’s note: NUVO would like to thank the students and faculty at The Statehouse File for their excellent reporting this session. We appreciate your hard work to keep the people informed about the performance of their public servants. A special acknowledgement of Managing Editor Lesley Weidenbener, whose work ethic, insight and quick reporting skills are an asset to the Indiana. We’re glad you are there to guide the next generation of journalists. Thank you. The Indiana General Assembly concluded the 2012 legislative session Friday — advancing several bills on to Gov. Mitch Daniels, who has final say over what to sign into law. Among the items up for his consideration: a bill funding full-day kindergarten and offering $6 million more to victims of last year’s Indiana State Fair stage collapse (with bonus last-minute language from the GOP on turn-around academies that takeover “failing” schools); a bill putting some bite into Indiana’s otherwise toothless open records laws; a bill expanding homeowners’ rights to defense against police officers entering a home illegally; and a statewide smoking ban.
Thank you for NOT smoking
Indiana will become the 38th state to prohibit smoking in most workplaces if Gov. Mitch Daniels signs into law an exemption-packed bill narrowly passed Friday by the Senate. The bill excludes bars, private clubs, casinos and some home-based businesses from the ban, which would go into effect July 1. The final legislation passed the House 60-33 Thursday and the Senate 28-22 Friday. It’s a compromise between the stricter ban originally crafted by the House and one full of exemptions that the Senate originally passed. The bill “is an incredible balance, and we worked very hard to get there,” said its author, Sen. Beverly Gard, R-Greenfield. “I can’t think of anything more important than legislation that’s going to protect the health and perhaps the lives of hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers.” It was Gard’s final bill before she retires and caps seven years of efforts from anti-smoking groups to put a statewide ban in place. But the final legislation was a bittersweet win for supporters and a frustrating loss for those who argued that the bill restricts the freedom of individuals and businesses. “We have a terrible infringement upon
The Indiana House and Senate passed HB1003 Friday that gives judges the ability to fine public officials who intentionally violate Indiana’s public access laws. The votes – which sent the bill to Gov. Mitch Daniels to veto or sign into law – came shortly before the General Assembly adjourned for the year. “We’re only asking folks to obey current law,” said Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle. “This is good law, folks. I think our constituents demand it. There have been cases where we have had folks, citizens, tax payers, who have been denied access.” The legislation – pushed by the Hoosier State Press Association – had passed the House earlier this year before dying in the Senate. PHOTO BY LESLEY WEIDENBENER, THE STATEHOUSE FILE
Refunds, kindergarten and victim compensation
The House voted 76-17 and the Senate 40-10 to HB1376, which would revamp the state’s taxpayer refund program, boost full-day kindergarten funding and add greater stage collapse victim compensation. It was the last on the calendar in the House after more than two months of work on legislation. If Daniels signs the bill into law, Hoosiers are still likely to receive a refund for taxes paid this year. That could be about $50 per taxpayer, depending on the amount of money in the state’s main checking account and reserves at the end of the fiscal year. “The bill has probably nearly $200 million dollars in tax payer refunds,” said the bill’s author, Rep. Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale. “Some people say: What’s 50 bucks to the average person? My guess is they’re probably going to be happy to have that $200 million in their pocket.” Going forward, however, the bill will tweak the taxpayer refund formulas so that it will be less likely the state issues refunds in the future. They would also be issued only for taxes paid in odd-numbered years, which is when lawmakers write the state’s two-year budgets. Under the current law, which the General Assembly passed last year, the state pays refunds when its reserves – or surplus – equal more than 10 percent of the following year’s budget. That calculation will next be made on June 30, the last day of the current fiscal year. Half the money in excess of the 10 percent trigger goes to taxpayer refunds. The other half is transferred into the state’s under-funded pension accounts. The legislation the General Assembly sent to the governor will raise the trigger to 12.5 percent. If that trigger were in place this year,
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Sen. Beverly Gard, R-Greenfield, urged senators on Friday to vote for a bill to ban smoking in most Indiana workplaces. She had hoped for legislation that would include no exemptions but the compromise she offered excludes bars, private clubs, casinos and some home-based businesses.
Hoosiers probably would not be getting a refund. The excess revenue would continue to be evenly split between taxpayers and refunds. The $80 million boost in funding for fullday kindergarten is expected to allow the program to be offered in all districts and the bill would prohibit schools from charging parents for the classes. “I can’t stress enough how vital it is to the children in our state that we support full-day kindergarten,” said Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville. “With the passage of House Bill 1376, Indiana will now provide approximately $80 million in new financing for full-day kindergarten, fully funding the program for the first time in history.” Daniels, who is expected to sign the bill into law, said “full-day kindergarten for every Indiana 5-year-old, after all our years of effort, is certainly a highlight for me.” The additional $6 million for state fair victims comes on top of $5 million the state has already paid. Seven people died and dozens were killed when the stage collapsed in a storm before a Sugarland concert. Of the new $6 million in payments, $2 million would be reserved for victims suffering from long term disabilities cased by the collapse. Several Democrats voted against the bill. Rep. Bill Crawford, D-Indianapolis, said he was frustrated that the Republicans put language about the so-called turnaround academies – which are takeovers of failing schools – into the bill at the last minute. Crawford said he saw the final language just a few hours before the vote. “We can’t have to keep running up against these deadlines where we don’t have a chance to fully understand what’s in the bill,” he said. Girl, in Transit: Chicago adventure by Ashley Kimmel Seismic signals produced by tornado by NUVO Editors
House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, said the addition of the schools language cheapened the bill. And Bauer also said the state probably could have spent the $200 million on something more meaningful than taxpayer refunds. He suggested preschool programs or additional spending on child services. “A lot of people in this state would give $50 back,” Bauer said, “if they could save even one child’s life.”
Death to the “death tax”
The Indiana House and Senate approved a bill that will phase out Indiana’s inheritance tax. The bill would cut the tax in the first year for immediate family members and phase it out over nine years. The tax phase out will cost the state about $13 million each year for nine years after the first year and it will take effect for deaths that occur after January 1 of this year.
Help funding low-income utility bills
Also in its final week, the General Assembly sent Gov. Mitch Daniels a bill that will mean more money for a program that helps low-income Hoosiers pay their utility bills. The bill – which Daniels can now veto or sign into law – will put about $3.7 million to $4.4 million more into the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program annually. The StatehouseFile.com, is a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students and faculty.
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Slideshow: Tornado – one week later
Tornado: One week later STORY AND PHOTOS BY MIKE ALLEE A powerful F4 tornado blew through Southern Indiana on March 4, leaving a path of destruction all the way to Ohio. Especially hard hit were the towns of Henryville and Marysville, although many small communities and outlying areas were seriously damaged as well. High school groups, church groups, disaster relief organizations and even prison work crews were on the scene Saturday in both Henryville and Marysville to help with cleanup. The sound of pounding hammers re-securing rooftops could be heard in the air. Power has been restored in some areas and utility trucks were busy laying cable in others. Cleanup efforts will continue throughout the summer before any hopes of rebuilding can occur. Many estimate this will take years. American flags are seen frequently as one walks the small town streets, posted in front of someone’s half standing home almost in defiance. There is much work ahead for these Indiana communities; speaking to residents, one senses that the tragedy has been realized, and now it is the time to re-begin.
A tally of the devastation
Clark County: 1 fatality in Henryville Jefferson County: 4 fatalities in Saluda Township near Chelsea Ripley County: 2 fatalities from the Holton area
Scott County: 1 fatality in Lexington Township (southeast Scott County) Washington County: 5 fatalities in New Pekin
The Salvation Army says the quickest way Hoosiers can make a difference is with monetary donations. Donors can make a fast $10 donation by texting “HOOSIER” to 80888 via text. The American Red Cross is also collecting donations for its tornado relief efforts. Aside from online collections, interested donors can also call (800) RED CROSS (800733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Left: Many homes were totally destroyed, others suffered varying degrees of damage. Below, left: Henryville Junior/Senior High School suffered extensive damage from the storm. Classes had fortunately been dismissed early in the afternoon based on weather reports of a dangerous storm approaching. Below, right: Willie Stoffregen stands in front of his former two story home, destroyed by the tornado. When asked how it all began, Willie replied, “Calm. It began just like any other day.” See nuvo.net for a slideshow of the damage.
United Way: To make a cash donation or to volunteer as an individual or group, please contact the United Way Volunteer Service at 812-287-0519 or online at metrounitedway.org. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security recommends checking the comprehensive list of legitimate locations to donation collected at aidmatrixnetwork.org. The Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security caution Hoosiers that while legitimate sources may make door-todoor collections, “more often than not, money given to door-to-door collectors is often diverted to personal gain and does not go to the stated cause. Know before you donate!
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BY REBECCA TOWNSEND RTOWNSEND@NUVO.NET
he workers at Indy’s RecycleForce understand the value of discarded objects. Society cast them off, too — into the criminal justice system. After squaring up with the law, they all need a second shot — to be redeemed from frameworks in which the craziest realities somehow make sense. Realities in which selling drugs on the streets at 12 years old evolves into larger criminal operations, which can include murder, battery or rape. Or realities in which one ditches one’s kids or sells one’s body to feed addiction. One of RecycleForce’s top workers found himself homeless upon his release from prison, facing fees of $84 a week so Marion County Community Corrections could GPS monitor him under a downtown bridge along the interstate and an additional $40$60 in outsourced, court-ordered counseling and polygraph fees. As a registered sex offender, Andrew King’s options to find employment or housing were even more limited than other ex-offenders. “It was very difficult,” King recalled in a recent interview. “I was homeless living under a bridge, I couldn’t figure out what to do. I applied to be a dishwasher, but they wouldn’t hire me. I would have been the best dishwasher ever.” But he did have a woman at community corrections who took an interest in his case. She helped connect him with the Veteran Administration’s housing services and an interview at RecycleForce, a local reclamation firm that has guided hundreds of exoffenders’ re-entry process. With success after success notched to its credit, the firm has grown from two employees in 2006 to employ 16 full-time staff and around 50 ex-offenders cycling through its training programs on a given week. The program is designed to train them for the private-sector workforce and help them overcome any number obstacles
that may prevent successful re-integration into society. RecycleForce has grown steadily more efficient in its process and effective at identifying new markets. Its team has recycled more than 11 million pounds of recyclable materials since its inception. More than 200 ex-offenders have found permanent, unsubsidized employment jobs through RecycleForce.
Becoming a person, not a number As Calvin Houston, the firm’s job development director, puts it, RecycleForce “is the only place in the whole state where you’re more accepted if you have a criminal past.” He’s had his own “brushes” with the law, which, when he deals with people emerging from the criminal justice system, adds to his credibility. Houston manages the flow of services for all new clients, including the arrangement of a host of various training sessions, personal development, housing, probation negotiations and transportation assistance. “We identify their barriers and eliminate them the best we can,” Houston said during an interview in his office. The goal is that after four months of the program, they’re economically viable, set with a plan to handle their obligations to the courts, their children, themselves and society. Houston estimated that as many as three-quarters of program participants have never held a straight job and none of them have been back in (relatively) free society for more than 180 days. The classes cycle through phased training to affect basic behavior modifications to shed the habits they used to survive incarceration (such as dragging one’s feet when approaching someone else from behind to make them aware of your presence). Instead workers focus on solidifying habits that coincide with success in the
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Top: Antwuan Lawrence’s uniform displays an old RecycleForce logo, much to the marketing director’s dismay. But to Lawrence, the uniform is a symbol of pride. “When I come to work everyday, I have something to look forward to,” he said. “And my family looks at me differently.” Bottom: Calvin Houston helps each ex-offender size up the challenges threatening successful reintegration into society and helps connect them with services necessary to surmount the obstacles. He also builds relationships with outside employers looking to hire trained workers from the RecycleForce team.
workplace such as arriving to work and returning from break on time and minimizing personal calls on the job.
How could you let them out? “People are asking constantly what do we do,” RecycleForce President Gregg Keesling said in a February interview. “I think as much as anything we’re just believing in people and empowering them.” The public often makes the mistake of believing that RecycleForce is responsible for the release of people with such colorful criminal pasts, Keesling said. “We don’t bring them out,” he said. “ …
These people can be walking around and you wouldn’t know … it’s better for people to be engaged in work and productive activities — especially when they’re early release.” RecycleForce aims for 60-70 percent of its revenue to be generated by the sale of recycled material, according a report on nonprofit social enterprise funding models by Green For All YELL Working Group. In the fiscal year ending June 2010, the firm hit that goal, reporting that sales of recycled material supplied nearly $400,000, or 60 percent of its income. Still, grants and donations are critical as proven by the pay cuts coming due to a national Catholic group’s recent refusal to
honor the final $20,000 payment of a $40,000 Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant agreement to RecycleForce. The group cited AmeriCorps’ offering of free condoms to RecycleForce workers, who face higher-than-average risk for HIV, STDs and Hepatitis due to incarceration. [See sidebar.] The U.S. Department of Labor, however, recently awarded a $5.5 million grant to track the successful re-entry of RecyleForce members compared to a control group. Child support compliance, reducing recidivism and job placement are major parameters of what officials will measure. RecycleForce will host 300 workers throughout the course of the grant. Two Christian ministries will also participate, NewLife Ministries, a home rehab service, and Changed Life, which is engaged in enterprises such small engine repair and manufacturing of items such as disposable communion cups. Each of those groups will take about 100 ex-offenders a piece. Another 500 study volunteers will be placed in the control group to test exoffenders progresss without additional support services. The first class, which started in November, will graduate on March 16. One member already has a job. About eight new team members will start each week as the classes cycle through. Six people have already found permanent, full-time, unsubsidized employment. “My goal is to make relationships with employers willing to give people a second chance,” Houston said. “I think we’re giving them a great skill set for a warehouse professional.” In addition to forklift certification, team members can tackle certifications in the safe handling of hazardous materials, warehouse safety, and prevention of sexual harassment. Some examples of advancement include people earning commercial drivers’ licenses, learning to read and entering a welding apprenticeship. “I know who’s got baby mamma drama, who’s got a bus pass, who’s gonna show up on time,” Houston said. “When an employer calls, I want to give them the best I’ve got — I want to keep the line of communication open so when they call again, the employer won’t have a problem trusting that I’m going to send him a great guy.”
The arrival of The Beast The Beast — or the Andela 150 CRT Crushing Machine — rips up old electronics, plastics, e-waste and sorts it into smaller piles. [See sidebar.] The Beast helps reduce landfill loads and groundwater contamination. It increases efficiency and profitability. It may also help nurture the development of domestic businesses critical to the nation’s economy and security. As a March 12 Wall Street Journal article about China’s dominant control of rare earth metal processing firms underscores, the U.S. has become dependant on foreign metal processing when it was once an industry leader. The article quoted Ed Richardson, president of the U.S. Magnetic Materials Association, as saying “the U.S. is already ‘dangerously dependent on China’ for rare-earth-magnet materials, including to supply its weapons systems.” Japanese businessman Tesuyuki Koizumi, president of Philo Urban-Metal Technology Corp., understands the value of reclaiming metals from the U.S. refuse stream. It’s his business and it’s why he traveled to Indiana to find RecycleForce and support its efforts with a $365,000 loan to help purchase the Beast. RSF Social Finance and the Sisters of Charity also chipped in six-figure loans to enable the purchase. The Beast rips into the valuable guts of trash and allows RecycleForce to collect more effectively precious metals such as silver, palladium, copper and aluminum. The capacity to strip products down to the essential building blocks of new materials stretches beyond the Beast and enables an ongoing discovery of potential new partners. The crew is working with People for Urban Progress, for instance, on stripping the fabric from the Hoosier Dome into materials to be re-used in endeavors such as functional fashion. “We’d love to be involved with more organizations
like that; to be a source of labor for the arts community,” said “Big” Ed Stites, the firm’s community outreach and mentoring director. “We’ve created jobs processing our waste, finding viable markets.” Part of RecycleForce distinguishing itself in the developing marketplace involves certifying that its practices don’t contribute to the black market for recycled goods, which, INTERPOL reports, streams hazardous materials to countries with lax or nonexistent labor and environmental laws. “Certified electronics recyclers have demonstrated through audits and other means that they continually meet specific high environmental standards and safely manage used electronics,” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s overview of certification programs. RecycleForce is working with one of the two EPArecognized certification programs, Responsible Recycling Practices (R2). The firm is now R2 compliant and is on the way to R2 certification.
Radical Hoosier For founder Gregg Keesling, the changes brought on by RecycleForce involve releasing his inner hippie after years of stuffing himself into the mold of successful, Republican businessman. Don’t misunderstand: He’s still a Republican — “from a long line of progressive, Republican Quakers” that settled around Richmond, Indiana, with Jeremiah Cox and other “free-state” advocates responsible for the founding of Earlham College. He’s also a dual Jamaican-American citizen married to a native Jamaican. His career path never fit well within existing labels. He is defining new possibilities for the post-yuppie era. Just as his hero, Frank Zappa, called him to do. In fact, Frank Zappa was playing when Keesling’s son, Chance, reminded Keesling about the importance of being honest with one’s self. Keesling was concerned about Chance returning to Iraq for a second tour of duty. “I’m a soldier, Dad; it’s what I do,” Chance said. “You’ve got to be who you are.” He told his dad not to stuff himself within other people’s frameworks, but to let his spirit shine – even if it meant trading in his close-cropped hair and business suits for a less rigid style more in line with his natural personality. These words Keesling will never forget. Chance committed suicide while deployed — one of more than 450 soldiers to do so in Iraq since War on Terror operations started. Scores more succumb to suicide upon discharge — about 18 a day, according to some estimates.
Offspring of the wars on poverty, drugs Listening to Earlhamites debate The Other America had a profound influence on Keesling growing up. His father painted Breaking the Color Barrier of a black woman’s silhouette and hung it prominently in the home. Years later, Keesling brought home a woman who matched the painting’s profile exactly. He watched as Republicans joined the War on Poverty and then redefined their platform to embrace the War on Drugs. “Those two wars have defined my generation,” he said. By the ‘80s liberals had to admit welfare was enabling and eventually the right had to admit that the war on drugs was not working, that aggressive incarceration created more social problems than it solved, he said. This dynamic shaped the ethic that led to RecycleForce. The process has been a long time coming. During the ‘70s, Keesling ran an inn in pre-electrified Negril. He also served as president of the Rotary Club, chair of the Hotel Association and secretary of Negril Coral Reef Preservation Society. Cutting his hippie hair coincided with meeting his wife Janet, a Jamaican native, and winning his
Catholics yank funding over condoms A bowl of condoms placed in an AmeriCorps outreach post in the RecycleForce warehouse just cost the nonprofit recycler $20,000 in revoked grant funding. The federal service corps is one of several organizations that partner with RecycleForce to provide services to the ex-offender community. AmeriCorps provided STD/HIV education and testing. Given the goals of prevention, treatment and eradication, the idea of providing condoms to a community of high-risk individuals – offering a means of preventing transmission during sex – is a recommended best practice among epidemiologists and AIDS practitioners. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development felt the condoms represented an affront to Catholic teachings and pulled the final $20,000 installment of a $40,000 grant commitment. In a letter of explanation, a CCHD official noted how important the ex-offender ministry was his church — as long as the HIV services offered focused on only abstinence. “Individuals exiting prison have much higher incidences of STDs, HIV and Hepatitis C,” RecycleForce President Gregg
Keesling wrote in his letter of appeal. “Untreated health issues are a significant barrier to escaping poverty. Our partnership with AmeriCorps was focused on health issues. It is to this latter partnership that our local grant officer objected.” Even after AmeriCorps removed the condoms, CCB refused to reinstate its promised grant. The funds were slated to pay salaries, Keesling said. Not wanting to ask his workforce in training to take cuts — many probationers and parolees pay more than half of their meager salaries in myriad fees the criminal justice system has invented to raise revenue — Keesling’s full-time staffers will be asked to shoulder a portion of the burden caused by the evaporated CCHD support. The team’s resourcefulness has found ways to grow and blossom in uncertain times in the past. And with a growing group of partners shipping recyclables and offering exoffender support, RecycleForce continues to create opportunities to build new markets for reclaimed materials. Grants, donations and partnerships will all continue to be necessary to support the burgeoning workforce while it does the tedious work of picking, sorting, shredding, loading and unloading. Still RecycleForce’s resource-based revenue stream is poised to grow. The arrival of the Beast allows the recovery of a higher percentage of the precious metals locked away in various e-waste elements. More metals, more money!
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mother-in-law’s approval. Soon they had kids. But Indiana came to Jamaica in the form of Don Moreau, whose son, Bill, had been Evan Bayh’s chief of staff. He and Keesling became friends. Moreau told him that Bill Clinton’s welfare reform held business opportunities. He suggested that Bill and Gregg could work together to help spearhead some of the new initiatives. These evolved to become Workforce Inc., Keys to Work and RecycleForce.
Promising probationary partnership Cathode ray tubes can leach lead into the environment without proper disposal.
RERUN: TELEVISION TRASH BY THE NUMBERS PHOTO OF ED STITES BY STEPHEN SIMONETTO
4 pounds of lead in an average TV’s glass and cathode ray tube. 20.6 million TVs to U.S. landfills in 2006-2007. 6 million TVs were recycled during the same period. 99 million TVs now in storage awaiting disposal. Source: EPA figures cited in RecycleForce’s 2010 annual report.
Top: RecycleForce workers sort through materials heading into the Beast. Bottom: A video monitor allows workers to monitor the Beast’s digestion process; Ed Stites, community outreach and mentoring director.
THE BEAST Refuse for reclamation.
POUNDS OF MAJOR MATERIALS RECYCLEFORCE RECLAIMED IN FEBRUARY Steel - 151,480 pounds Plastic - 37,924 pounds Copper - 35,725 pounds Precious Metals - 22,971 pounds Aluminum - 8,878 pounds
Potential employers should know: - Hiring ex-offenders can bring tax credits of up to $2,400 tax credit for each person hired. - RecycleForce can bond employees heading into new private-sector opportunities. - RecycleForces employees are backed by the RecycleForce. For questions about hiring RecycleForce staff, contact Calvin Houston at 317532-1367 ext. 31 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beast — or the Andela 150 CRT Crushing Machine — rips up old electronics, plastics, e-waste and sorts it into smaller piles. It rips into the valuable guts of trash and allows RecycleForce to amass precious metals such as silver, palladium, copper and aluminum. “That’s why we call ourselves urban miners,” Big Ed said. “We saw the opportunity.” According to the EPA, “One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the US.” The Beast eats lead-heavy cathode ray tubes (CRT) encased in old televisions and its keepers send the leaded glass on to smelters in Missouri. If not dissembled and reclaimed, stockpiled spent TVs present a leaching risk to groundwater without appropriate control. Electronic items such as printers, faxes, DVD players and keyboards are favorite meals of the Beast, according to the 2010 RecycleForce annual report. “By shredding these materials, Workforce will be able to more effectively recover recyclable materials,” the report said, thanking investors such as Japanese businessman, Tesuyuki Koizumi, president of Philo Urban-Metal Technology Corp., who supported RecycleForce with a $400,000 loan, RSF Social Finance for its $460,000 and the Sisters of Charity with a 100,000 loan. “Workforce believes that this investment will permit it to hire 80 additional employees over the next two years,” the report said.
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The Marion County Probation Department and RecycleForce are growing on each other. Officers feel truly bummed when a candidate for the RecycleForce grant winds up in the control group, Deputy Chief Probation Officer Christine Kerl said in an interview last Friday in her City-County Building office. “Having the RecycleForce team does make a difference to the clients – that’s what they’re reporting… having someone to work with them more as a support than as an employer … the clients have shared with us that’s a benefit for them,” she said. Officers feel free to drop in at RecycleForce anytime and the groups work together to track and support the participants’ progress, Kerl said. “We call it parole and probation compliance monitoring,” Keesling said. “ … We’re helping and we’re often playing a positive role.” As the criminal justice system embraces evidence-based sentencing, the idea of productively engaging people within the system and adjusting consequences to increase the odds of their success is meeting with greater acceptance. Chief Justice Randall Shepard, for instance, has been a long-time advocate of such practices. “The evidence-based practice concept has been something we’ve seen expand from in the criminal justice system whether it’s been in sentencing to supervision to treatment …” Kerl said. “We are listening to what the research is telling us. … Helping them identify what got there in the first place is helping them so they don’t back.” The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office did not return an emailed request for comment on staff members’ observations of RecycleForce advocates in action in court. Chief among the homegrown RecycleForce grassroots court liaisons is Shawn Hendricks, son of Indy civil rights leader Charles “Snooky” Hendricks. Hendricks is a real-life, ex-jailhouse lawyer. He does not hold esteem for degrees. He does not have a law degree. But he has read enough Indiana Code to be able to successfully negotiate his client’s cases. At RecycleForce, these negotiations often involve technical probation or parole violations of some sort or another. When appearing before a judge “we try to communicate how much time and money we’ve invested” in the person’s progress, trying to make sure that a team member would not have to return to prison based on a technicality, Hendricks said. Jailhouse lawyers and re-entering clients are all well poised to critique the multifaceted system of fees involved with staying on the right side of the law. They say they know of cases where men are forced to pay child support even after negative paternity tests.
Filling the Hole Defining successful re-entry is tough. “It’s not how you fall, it’s how you get back up,” Houston said. Team members began to touch on it as they discussed the meaning of love during the morning circle a few weeks ago before Valentine’s Day. The circle is a daily ritual that brings the group together for announcements and community building. Team members move around the circle as they gain experience and prepare for graduation. The first seat to the left is held open for new people coming in, the
Workers start each at morning at The Circle. The ritual marks their progress through the program.
seat farthest to the right is left open for those who have gone on to another job. “Doing something for others without ulterior motives,” said one person. “Helping each other out (with) patience and kindness,” said another. Then Tamika Williams, a woman who is nearing graduation, added: “The staff shows kindness every day … Five years ago when I was where I was, my mom didn’t give up on me. She saw something I didn’t; my kids didn’t give up on me — because of love.” The circle is powerful — anyone who’s spent much time around the firm will attest to it. The diverse mixture of ages and backgrounds allows the community to benefit from its collective experience. Calvin Houston, for instance, is used to addressing all kinds of problems to help the program clients find balance. But he remembers one man who would not talk though he seemed to shoulder heavy emotion. He wouldn’t open up until one day in the circle he said, “My son called last night looking for a gun.” “I had nothing,” Houston recalled, but then, he said, another older man spoke up. “That boy didn’t need a gun, he needed his dad,” the old man said. “It’s a Friday. When you get off work, go get your son and stay together for the whole weekend.” This bit of truth likely resonated around the room. For Anthony Smith, who served long stretches of time as a result of leading multiple criminal activities for profit, he can remember well the empty feeling that began to engulf him when he lost his stepfather. In junior high, Smith was a promising athlete, though the school did not nurture his academic career, he said. Around that time, he witnessed a violent conflict between his mother and stepfather. It ended in divorce. Family dinners also ended as his mother had to work overtime to support her five boys. A dead feeling began to sink in. Smith said he began to act up in high school to avoid having to admit his ignorance of problems the teachers would ask him to solve at the blackboard. Soon, he only came to school to sell drugs. It wasn’t long before he found himself in a juvenile correction facility where he said he learned how to be a better criminal. Before long, he was back in action, supporting multiple people through his various enterprises and drinking Seagram’s Seven at 7 a.m. to dull any doubts. “You have to go back in time and find that gap,” he said. “I didn’t have my momma to do it for me.” He needed direction upon his release, guidance as to how to survive in a world where he could hold his demons at bay. His family and friends were expecting him to return to his old ways, supporting the
criminal enterprises on which they’d come to depend. Instead he went to work for RecycleForce. He found a mentor in Mr. Cross, a former RecycleForce employee — also an ex-offender, who “had a way of making you feel down and encouraging you to do right, too.” In short, he was hard on Smith. But, he said, “I don’t think I’d have admired a guy on the straight and narrow… I don’t think I’d be able to do what I do now unless I took some lessons from him.” Over the years he said he also found that helping others helps him to fill the gap inside, the emptiness inside that for years led him say “screw it” as he downed another drink before another day in the life of a gangster. Smith is now the RecycleForce director of operations and events. He’s been with the company almost five years. He provides a core leadership function to the entire crew. His motto: Keep it on the real. “It works better, he said. It’s hard..and sometimes…I’ve lost some but I think I won more than I’ve lost.” Each morning as the circle concludes, he leads the chant: When you win, don’t lose the lesson. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. The blessin’ is in the lesson. I ain’t looking back because I ain’t going back. I’m looking forward because I’m going forward.
New ghettos, new opportunities Andrew King, the man released to live under a bridge, has been with RecycleForce about three years now. He applied the analytical skills he once dedicated to the Navy as a nuclear engineer to counting and weighing the materials processed at the warehouse. Soon he was able to make predictions about production and offer suggestions to increase efficiencies and develop new markets, creating for himself the position of quality control manager. He is also in the midst of analyzing the challenges facing ex-offenders such as what he describes as “new ghettos,” in the sense that Nazis used ghettos to separate their enemies from society. These areas now collect scores of registered sex offenders re-entering society without places to live and work. King recently attended the Former Incarcerated People’s Movement conference in California. Of the “tons of issues” facing the community, the fact that “the average person pays a little more than $400 a month in fees (when) these guys make a little more than minimum wage,” emerged as the top-priority problem for ongoing focus work, King said.
RecycleForce President Gregg Keesling
So far they’ve identified four tiers of fees many ex-offenders must fund: 1) Administrative, court-ordered fees required by law (“We’re not questioning these,” King said.); 2) Fees for probation and community corrections services, such as GPS tracking; 3) a variety of outsourced counseling fees including anger management, addiction issues and sex-offender treatment; 4) Fees that the outsourced contractor can require, such as psychological evaluations and polygraphs. “A lot of those technical rule violations (that send people back to a cell) are because the person’s poor,” King said. “If you don’t have $10 to pay for the drug lab fee, it’s considered a dirty drop and you can be violated for noncompliance. “They’re a debt collection system.” He said at one point the system sapped 55 percent of his check to pay for fees, not including taxes. King makes clear he advocates for people who have paid their debts to society — not people who have resorted to such animalistic behavior that they cannot be trusted to roam free. “There are people that belong in prison,” he said. “We are not saying that everyone is good. Let’s do this on an individual basis. People need help — all kinds of help. They
need jobs. They need to pay their bills. They need to take care of their family. “I’ve seen guys hyperventilate because they need to pay their fees and they need the money for rent.” Seeing such stories play out on a daily basis steels King’s resolve to bolster RecycleForce sales and build the domestic market for reclaimed materials such as plastic. In fact, he’s hoping to find a U.S.based manufacturer to produce plastic pellets from the Beast’s plastic excrement, which he now ships to China — a rare instance of RecycleForce exporting. “The more money I can sell stuff for, the more people I can help,” he said. King estimates he has found markets for more than 60 different types of reclaimed products. Any recyclable batteries are good candidates for reclamation. While RecycleForce collects alkaline batteries and particle board, those materials are examples of materials for which new life has yet to be found. But King continues his exploration. “It appeared to me that nobody wanted to give me the opportunity (upon his release),” he said. “I hope by my actions people will see that if you give people coming out of prison an opportunity, they’ll run with it.”
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feature Hurling: A Gaelic tradition for over 3000 years Now with helmets BY K A T E S H O U P E DI T O RS @N U V O . N E T What do you get when you cross hockey, lacrosse, and baseball? Besides a mulleted East Coast prep-schooler with a penchant for chaw? If you guessed the ancient Gaelic game of hurling, then, as they say in the mother tongue, “Ta an ceart agat.” Translation: “You’re right!” “It’s very old,” notes Nate Roberts, a member of the Indianapolis Hurling Club, the championship-winning locus for all things hurling in the city. The former soccer player was introduced by friends to the game three years ago, and has since studied it extensively. “It’s Druidic, not necessarily Christian. It goes back to the ancient days.” Indeed, some say hurling dates back more than 3,000 years, making it older than the recorded history of Ireland itself. Perhaps former Irish player PJ Devlin said it best: “The men of Ireland were hurling when the gods of Greece were young.” As Roberts explains, the object of hurling is for players — there are 15 on each team — to strike a small, hard ball between the opponent’s H-shaped goalposts using a wooden stick. The stick, called a hurley or camán, is about the length of a baseball bat, but thinner, with a flat, paddle-like end called a bas. The ball, known as a sliotar, looks a little like a mini baseball, with a cork center and a stitched leather cover. When a player strikes the sliotar over the crossbar between the goalposts, he earns one point; a sliotar struck under the crossbar, into a net guarded by a goalkeeper, is good for three. A hurling pitch can be as large as 158 by 98 yards — a football field and then some. To convey the sliotar from one end of the pitch to the other, players can use the hurley to strike it in the air, like in baseball, or on the ground, like in field hockey. Feet and hands can also be employed to kick and slap the ball, although throwing is verboten. In addition, the ball can be carried (although not for more than four steps, and only twice per possession) or balanced on the end of the hurley.
Shattered testicles So ponder this: You have a hard ball, which, when struck, can reach speeds of 100 miles per hour. “In mere seconds, it can go 90 yards,” observes Roberts. (This considerable ball speed is why hurling is
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thought to be the world’s fastest game in terms of speed of play.) You have a wooden stick, which players wield like a bat or a cudgel in an attempt to hook you from behind or block you from the front. And you have, including you, 30 players on the pitch, all of whom might be reasonably classified as lunatics and generally eschew protective padding of any kind (although as of 2010 — a mere three millenia after the sport’s inception — helmets similar to those used by hockey players are required). That means even though the full-body tackling you see in sports like rugby and football is forbidden, there are plenty of ways to be injured — and badly — while hurling. “The most common injuries are broken hands,” notes Roberts, although “the worst injury our club has ever seen is someone splitting their head open. While wearing a helmet.” (I suppose that’s preferable to the injury sustained in the late 1990s by Irish goalkeeper Joe Quaid, who shattered a testicle when he took a sliotar to his gentleman’s area.) “It’s uniquely Irish,” Roberts adds, who, despite being a mere 1/16th Irish himself, identifies strongly with the culture. “It’s somewhere between a sport and a faction fight.” He adds, “It’s war. It’s that kind of game.”
The Irish diaspora Although hurling has existed since the Iron Age, it wasn’t until 1879 that a formal, written set of rules was developed. Five years later saw the founding of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), which remains the sport’s governing body even today. (The GAA also governs Gaelic football, handball, rounders, ladies football, and camogie, which is a game for women that is similar to the hurling matches played by men.) It was the GAA that organized the first all-Ireland hurling championship in 1887 — an event that is still held every year in Dublin’s Croke Park. Today, all 32 counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland field hurling teams. “It’s all amateur,” notes Roberts. “The great players in Ireland are not idolized for their money. They’re idolized for what they’re good at, and that’s playing hurling. They don’t get paid, even though at least twice a year they fill up Croke Park with 85,000 people. They all do it for the love of the game.” The GAA parlays all the money generated from those big matches into creating new clubs and buying grounds for pitches all over Ireland. According to Roberts, “There are 2,500 clubs on an island the size of Indiana.” Thanks to the Irish diaspora, hurling is also played in such locales as the United Kingdom, North America, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, and Argentina. Although the sport was originally played only by Irish immigrants, recent years have brought increased interest in the sport among non-Irish players. Indeed, in the U.S. — thanks to exposure through satellite television and the Internet as well as ongoing promotion by
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the GAA and its local governing body, the North American GAA — older hurling clubs in large, heavily Irish cities such as New York, Boston, and Chicago now face competition from smaller markets, including Indianapolis.
Hurling grocers The Indianapolis Hurling Club (www. indyhurlingclub), of which Roberts is a member, logged its first official season under the GAA in 2006; just three years later, in 2009, it claimed its first national title. College students are also converting to hurling; both Purdue University and Indiana University boast club teams, with the Hoosier hurlers becoming the first-ever National Collegiate Champions in 2011. “Hurling takes a lot of time to develop,” notes Roberts. “In America, we’re all just learning.” Fortunately, Roberts says, the Indy Hurling Club has a few bona-fide Irishmen on the team—including coach Ciaran Connery, who hails from County Killkenny. “You can tell they grew up with a stick in their hand,” Roberts observes with a wry PHOTOS BY MARK LEE Above: Action at the Winter League Championships smile. Led by these Irish standouts, the at the Sportzone. Below: Indianapolis Hurling Club team continues to improve. “It’s gotten member Nate Roberts. a lot more competitive in the last years, where not every guy can make a team.” year’s summer league.) Of course, with all running involved, Interested in seeing some hurling in players must be quite fit. To keep up, action? Don’t bother turning on your TV; Roberts logs three brisk runs a week, there are no matches broadcast in the plus two practices with the club, which area—not even on satellite. Instead, turn take place every Wednesday and Sunday to YouTube. For a primer, look for a video at Broad Ripple Park. (A visit to Broad Ripple’s Connor’s Pub, title sponsor of Indy called “Hurling: The Fastest Game on Grass.” You’ll get a gander of some of the Hurling, is a post-practice custom.) basics—as well as a sense of how deranged In addition, Roberts takes every chance these guys really are. For info about live he can to work on his stick skills. Somehow action, check Indy Hurling’s website (www. he fits all this in, despite a demanding day indyhurling.com); the club’s schedule will job as general manager of the near East side food co-op, Pogue’s Run Grocer. (The heat up with the advent of spring. grocery will sponsor a team during this
Freud’s Last Session review by David Hoppe ISO’s ‘The Planets’ review by Tom Aldridge
Steel Ponies by Brandon Knapp Spring Equinox by Paul F.P. Pogue
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Five of six Divafest playwrights: from left, Dija Henry, Tiffanie Bridges, Julie Mauro, Denise Warnsby and Claudia Labin.
@ IndyFringe Theater Now in its third year, DivaFest gives upand-coming woman playwrights the opportunity to have their work fully produced on the IndyFringe stage. Six playwrights are responsible for a total of five plays this year, which will be featured in rotation during a two-weekend run that kicks off Friday night. Here’s the lineup: In Julie Mauro’s Strip for Change , idealism and politics go head-to-head when students shed their garments to aid women in need, only to be shut down by their university. Tiffanie Bridges’ Voice of Angel sees the world’s most celebrated gospel singer sitting outside the pearly gates with a piano man, crooning the audience toward glory.
Dija Henry and Denise Michelle Warnsby’s Sweatpants and High Heels ,
inspired by a mother’s comic views of pregnancy, depicts the hell that breaks loose when substitute teacher takes over a “what to expect when you’re expecting” class. French-born playwright Claudia Labin’s No Place Like Home centers on a vicious property battle between the recently widowed Kat and her ruthless children. The story explores greed, sibling rivalry and elderly care at the hands of merciless children. Finally, Canadian playwright Christel Bartelse returns to Indy with Chaotica, a fractured re-telling of Alice in Wonderland where Alice is sentenced to hard time in the dystopian netherworld. Indyfringe executive director Pauline Moffat’s pitch for Diva Fest centers on the unique perspective of woman playwrights: “The humor that these women bring to the stage about everyday things, about the dramas of life, about things that effect family and the influences that people have had on them is delightful and thought-provoking.” We put a few question to Julie Mauro, who is presenting her second DivaFest show this year. — Katelyn Coyne NUVO: Why have you continued to submit work to DivaFest?
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JULIE MAURO: I enjoy writing, and the humbling and really exciting experience of seeing your work on stage. I really appreciate how much Indianapolis has grown as a city that is into supporting local art and local playwrights. IndyFringe has been a major supporter of that. NUVO: Do you think you’ve faced discrimination in the theater as a woman? MAURO: Certainly working as a director. It can be difficult for men, and even other women, to take direction from a woman. As a playwright, I’ve been pretty fortunate. My first real experience was one where I felt pretty supported. But it is difficult for people to accept women coming into their own, beyond the traditional pretty actress role on stage. Sometimes, even women playwrights give the “meatier” or more complex roles to male characters and leave women characters the dregs. Why is that? I don’t think there’s a simple answer. NUVO: Tell us about Strip for Change. MAURO: It started as an inside joke among friends. We were talking about how much non-profit organizations struggle. The number of non-profits that are founded each year is increasing, but there is so much competition that it can be hard to get started. It’s sad when a non-profit loses a sense of their vision, their original purpose, in the mad dash to try to get recognized. Somehow this really ridiculous idea of stripping for attention and to raise money came up, and I thought it was hilarious. NUVO: What do you hope people will take away from all of the plays in this year’s DivaFest? MAURO: I hope that people are inspired to go out and do more work, women especially. Not just women playwrights, but women artists, musicians, poets, etc. I hope all women are inspired to get back to their project that they’ve been keeping in their desk for a little while. March 16-18 and 23-25 @ 719 E. St. Clair St.; showtimes 4:30 to 9 p.m.; $10 per show (more info at indyfringe.com)
Freud’s Last Session @ Phoenix Theatre
When last we wrote about Freud in these pages, it was concerning David Cronenberg’s film A Dangerous Method, which chronicled, in part, the relationship between Sigmund and his protege turned bete noire, Carl Jung. That was, as they say, based on a true story; Freud’s Last Session, which opens Thursday at the Phoenix, is more a counterfactual affair, imagining what might have happened if C.S. Lewis, the Chronicle of Narnia author and Christian apologist, had met with Freud in London on the cusp of World War II, shortly before the psychoanalyst took his own life. Such a meeting might have happened; according to the study that inspired Mark St. Germain to pen Freud’s Last
Session, the historical record shows that an unidentified Oxford professor visited Freud after he immigrated to England. Lewis would have been in his early 40s at the time, on the cusp of his great works; Freud, an 83-year-old dying of mouth cancer. Germain’s account of the meeting has Lewis fearing a stern talking-to from Freud, whom Lewis had satirized in a recent book, only to find that the psychoanalyst is, rather, legitimately interested in why Lewis has adopted a Christian belief system. Two theater professors are among the principals in this production: Butler theatre department head William Fisher directs, with Purdue assistant director of theatre Gordon McCall playing Freud, in his debut on the Phoenix stage. Phoenix mainstay Scot Greenwell plays Lewis. March 15-April 15 @ 749 N. Park St.; Thurs., $15; Fri.-Sun., $25 (ages 20 and younger, $15); phoenixtheatre.com
Urbanski conducts ‘The Planets’ @ Hilbert Circle Theatre
He’s back! Krzysztof Urbanski: the indefatigable Polish phenom, the spiky-haired sensation. We all knew going into this season that the newly-named ISO music director would be conducting a fraction of concerts here Urbanski and the ISO during this season; because conductors book so far in advance — and because Urbanski is also chief conductor for a symphony in Violin Concerto , No. 2 (performed by ISO Trondheim, Norway — he won’t lead a music concertmaster Zach de Pue ) and Barber’s director’s typical share of concerts until the Adagio for Strings . 2013-14 season. But why complain; Urbanski is back for two programs this month, kickMarch 16 and 17, 7 p.m. @ 45 Monument ing off with this weekend’s presentation of Circle; $20-80; indianapolissymphony.org
Holst’s The Planets , Szymanowski’s
Ibex Puppetry practices “Celebration of Flight.”
Spring Equinox @ Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres
The IMA , which puts together some kind of programming for 100 Acres with the passing of each season, is bringing in a kite performance troupe, Ibex Puppetry, to mark the arrival of spring. The team will put on a 12-minute performance, Celebration
of Flight , which tells the story of how, to quote a press release, “the intangible spirits of wind and flight visit a young crane and lead it to its destiny.” Guildworks manufactured the kites and flags; the music is by Paul Rudolph. Audience participation is built into each performance; attendees will have a chance to build their own kite at an on-site workshop, then fly it during the show.
March 17 and 18, noon-4 p.m. (performances and workshop times vary) @ 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park; free; imamuseum.org
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Madoff expert Diana Henriques
@ Center for Inquiry-Indiana New York Times senior financial writer Diane Henriques, who specializes in investigat-
ing white-collar crime, market regulation and corporate governance, has been on the scene following several our country’s recent financial disasters — the near-collapse of hedge fund Long Term Capital Management, the Enron meltdown, the Bernie Madoff scandal. Leader of the Times’s Madoff coverage, Henriques published, last April, a book-length study of the Ponzi scheme and its ringleader, The Wizard of Lies , which included Madoff’s first interviews for publication following his arrest. Henriques’s talk at the Center for Inquiry is titled “Lessons from the Madoff Scandal.”
March 18, 6 p.m. @ 350 Canal Walk, Ste. A; $10 public, $5 Friends of the Center; centerforinquiry.net/indy
Boobquake founder Jennifer McCreight @ Center for Inquiry-Indiana
What if Jennifer McCreight had been proven wrong by Muslim cleric Kazem Seddiqi? What if his claim that immodestly garbed women cause earthquakes had come true — and by extension if McCreight’s Boobquake project, which encouraged women to dress in their “most immodest clothing” on April 26, 2010, had caused some manner of massive temblor? Would we have had to then believe that the earth is comprised of some manner of erectile tissue that might be stimulated by wanton harlots? The possibilities boggle. In any event, the Earth was still that day in April, and McCreight, has gone on to become a ph.D. candidate in genome sciences at the University of Washington. She returns to Indy this week to present a talk called “The Indiana Theocracy.” March 19, 7 p.m. @ 350 Canal Walk, Ste. A; $10 public, $5 Friends of the Center; centerforinquiry.net/indy
Tiny House advocate Jay Shafer
As Jay Shafer puts it, “I’ve lived in houses smaller than some people’s closets for over a decade.” His first house, Tumbleweed, took up just 89 square feet; later projects have ranged larger, depending on needs, with floor plans on his site, tumbleweedhouses.com, going up to 884 square feet for a multi-bedroom cottage, and down to 65 square feet, the footprint of his extra-small portable cabin. Shafer began to consider how to build a better, tinier house during a trip to Japan when he encountered a sixteen square foot bathroom; from there he began applying his art school training to the problem, with the notion that, as he told the blog Closer to Home in 2009, “composition in art is always about what is necessary, and eliminating everything else; if it’s not contributing to the composition, it’s weakening it.” His Tumbleweed houses are modular — a Japanesestyle shower is optional, as is the kitchen — and designed to create a sense of spaciousness via forced perspectives (a tight doorway leading to a wider room) and efficient use of materials. Shafer’s visit kicks off a series of events organized by Butler’s Earth Project , with programs on the way concerning hard cider (its history, properties and use in political campaigns), The Land Institute (rethinking the prairie since 1976) and Butler’s apothecary garden (including art installation and choir concert).
Jay Shafer and Tumbleweed
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March 20, 5:30 p.m. @ Johnson Room, Robertson Hall, Butler University; free; butler.edu
Theater of Inclusion’s Rebecca Hutton and Dante Ventresca.
Theater of Inclusion’s PETAL Project @ Indiana State Museum
“I like taking photos because I can find new things in the neighborhood.” This quote, by a young photographer, hangs amidst an exhibition of photographs on the ground floor of the Indiana State Museum . The PETAL project — Photographing Eastside Transformation and Legacy — is a work facilitated by Theater of Inclusion and commissioned by the Super Bowl Host Committee as a way of documenting the Legacy Project on the Near Eastside. The Near Eastside Legacy Project — a constellation of efforts aimed at revitalizing this long-struggling neighborhood — helped win Indianapolis its bid to host the Super Bowl. Theater of Inclusion’s PETAL Project became part of this initiative last summer. TOI’s Rebecca Hutton and Dante Ventresca worked with a dozen neighborhood teens through a process that used photography to engage the young artists in an ongoing dialogue about themselves and how they relate to their community. This process exemplifies the art of social engagement practiced by TOI. “We’ve constantly explored how collaborative structures play themselves out in community. And how you develop a response to community needs through dialogue,” says Ventresca, who has worked in partnership with Hutton for the past 12 years. In the case of the PETAL Project, this meant listening to young people and creating opportunities for them to express themselves through photography, writing and public discourse. “What was really important to us was that these young people had a chance to reflect on what they wanted their own
legacy to be,” says Hutton. From the outset, TOI made it clear to the Super Bowl Legacy Committee and the Arts Council of Indianapolis that while they wanted a show that would conform to professional exhibition standards, the process involved would transcend the products Ventresca describes TOI’s process as “inquiry-based.” In working with the teens he says, “I realized these kids wanted to have a conversation. They wanted to talk about a safe place to live, to talk about their lives, to put their lives together, to talk about the relationships they want to have and how that’s place-based in their minds.” The kids were equipped with small digital cameras and encouraged to take lots of pictures, often of the same subjects. Hutton says this amounted to a lesson in perspective. “There’s room to explore and it’s not wasteful to look at things from different angles. You can acknowledge you didn’t see something somebody else did.” Hutton says that, in many ways, photography served as the project’s “MacGuffin,” a pretext to get the kids actively engaged with where they live. None of the kids, for example, had ever set foot in the new Indy Food Co-op’s Pogue’s Run Grocer. They didn’t know if they were allowed to enter the brightly painted building, or what its rules might be. “They were intimidated by this space,” says Hutton. This led to the kind of group discussion that Hutton says formed “the heartbeat of the project.” The kids, says Ventresca, “see their geography from the standpoint of access and permission.” They were struck by the discovery they were welcome in the new grocery store. On another day, the kids were encouraged to talk about what they wanted their own legacy to be. Hutton says they agreed they wanted little children in the neighborhood to feel safe outside, walking on the sidewalk. “There was this moment,” she says, “when everything stopped and I asked, ‘Well, who are those little kids afraid of?’
Students took photographs of the near Eastside last summer as part of the Theater of Inclusions’s PETAL Project.
And you saw a light bulb go off. These teenagers knew the information, but they hadn’t figured it out. They said: ‘They’re afraid of us.’” Hutton then asked the kids what they could do about this. “Not the right answer, but what can you really commit to doing?” The kids decided they could smile at the little ones and make way for them on the sidewalk. “That goes to the heart of our work,” says Hutton. “Which is you can’t focus on changing the world. You have to focus on what you can commit to doing every day. Let’s peel off the gloss and the slogans and right answers and ideals and say, ‘This is
really simple but I can do it every day.’ Let’s see if we can get to a place we want to go, rather than just talking about the place we want to go.” Ventresca adds: “The community at large is hungry for ways to affirm that what they do does count. We created this space for those kids to occupy and they made something with it. The evidence of it is in this collection of extraordinary writings and photographs. Art takes us back to the beginning and asks us to start over again.” — David Hoppe The PETAL Project is on view at the Indiana State Museum through March 25.
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Defending state champion Kenny Thomas Jr. with his coach and father, Kenneth Thomas Sr.
Golden Gloves @ Tyndall Armory
March brings its own form of madness for local boxing fans with the return of Indiana Golden Gloves . According to George DeFabis, former president of the Indiana Golden Gloves, this year’s tournament, kicking off March 15, promises to be a good one. Two defending champions, Kenny Thomas, Jr. and Malcolm Jones , are returning; both fought in the 2012 Olympic Boxing Trials earlier this month in Colorado Springs. Thomas, 17 and a sophomore at Lawrence Central High School, won the 138 pound
state championship last year. In 2010, he won the National Jr. Golden Gloves and the National 132 pound Silver Golden Gloves Championship. He fights for the Sarge Johnson Boxing Club in Indianapolis. Kenneth Thomas, Sr. acts as his son’s coach. He says that they plan to drop back down to 132 for this year’s tournament. “He just competed at 132 in the trials and that seems to be a good weight for him. We moved up to 138 last year but he performs better at 132.” Thomas, Jr. began boxing when he was ten. He also runs cross country and track for Lawrence Central. He looks forward to stepping in the ring again in his hometown. “I want to spread my fan-base here in Indy.” Also having just returned from the Olympic
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trials, Malcolm Jones will defend his 178 pound title. Jones, 18, represents Sarge Johnson, too. Last year, Jones fought in the national championship, losing a disputed decision in the quarterfinals. Coach Archie Chambers describes Jones’s style as “very aggressive.” He adds, “He’s one of the hardest workers in the gym. He goes to school [Ivy Tech] all day and works out every night. He also manages a Taco Bell on the weekends.” Jones says, “I try to stay busy in and out of the ring.” After coming back from the box-offs, he doesn’t see the local scene as a step-down. “My goal is to win the state again this year and go to the nationals and take the 178 pound title. I’ll turn pro after that.” In addition to Thomas and Jones returning this year, Steven Perry, fighting for Broad Ripple Martial Arts, will defend his 141 pound championship title. Since 1930, Indiana has produced 24 national Golden Gloves champions, two of whom became world champions, including three-time light heavyweight champion, Marvin Johnson. (In 1976, Cincinnati’s Aaron Pryor represented Indiana and later became the light welterweight champion, from 1980 to 1985.) The former World Boxing Organization Heavyweight Champion and Indianapolis native, Lamon Brewster, won the Indiana State Golden Gloves title. The Indiana team is due: The last national champion from Indiana was Lafayette’s Darnell Wilson, who won the 156-pound championship, in 1993. The National Golden Gloves has produced a who’s who of boxing greats, including Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd
Mayweather, Jr. among others. But this tournament produces more than boxers. Through this competition, the Indiana Golden Gloves award five $1,000 scholarships, to its fighters. Boxers need not win fights to win scholarships. The Gloves reward boxers who maintain good grades and show an interest in pursuing an education. In fact, Jones attends Ivy Tech, where he is studying business construction, thanks to a scholarship he won at last year’s tournament. The Golden Gloves take place each Thursday at the Tyndall Armory, from 7:30 p.m., beginning March 15 and ending April 19, the championship night. The senior boxers, ages 17 to 34, will compete in the usual divisions: Open, Junior Open, Novice and SubNovice. The Open champions will compete in the national tournament in Mesquite, Nevada, from April 30 through May 5. This year’s tournament will once again include the Junior Gloves, a tournament involving young boxers, from ages eight to 16. These fights will be interspersed within the regular tournament. Each night will feature approximately 15 fights. In an age of sky-high prices for sporting events, the Gloves’ tickets are hard to beat. Ringside seats are $12 and $10 for general admission. As a bonus, for $60, fans can purchase ringside seats for the six sessions. DeFabis adds that the ringside seats for the final week sell out in advance. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds box office or through Jason Spears (317-838-7436) or Jasgoldengloves@ sbcglobal.net. — David Alan Beck
BY E D JO H N S O N - O TT EJO H N S O N O T T @N U V O . N E T There was an episode of the original Star Trek TV series set on a planet where the Roman Empire had never fallen. When Captain Kirk and his crew visited, there were still battles to the death in the Colosseum, but they were broadcast on TV, with glib emcees and interruptions for car commercials. Star and first-time feature director Ralph Fiennes has done something similar with Coriolanus, one of Shakespeare’s lessloved plays. The story has been moved to contemporary Rome, with soldiers in battle fatigues using tanks and modern weapons while soliloquizing all over the place. It’s jarring at first, this mix of Shakespeare and testosterone-soaked war movie. Listening to commentators on television using Shakespeare’s words is clever, I guess. Does it work? The answer is yes, within the limitations of the play. There are some glaring problems maintaining the integrity of the contemporary setting, which I’ll get to in a bit, but the film is as successful as one can expect a truncated adaptation of a flawed play to be. About the play: Fiennes plays Caius Martius, a fierce military leader just returned to Rome after after a major victory (packed with lots of quick-cut battle scenes and big-ass explosions) at the Volscian town of Corioles. He is quickly groomed for a career in politics, with support from his wife, Virgilia (Jessica
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Chastain), his ambitious and very determined mother, Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave), and political insider/family friend, Menenius (Brian Cox, playing nice for a change). Alas, Caius Martius Coriolanus (thus dubbed after the big victory) is, to put it mildly, not a people person. After a meteoric rise to power, he crashes just as fast and gets exiled from Rome, basically for his hubris. Angry and rattled, he splits town and decides to join forces with his nemesis, the warrior Aufidius (Gerard Butler) and attack Rome. Coriolanus is consistently interesting, with great acting by most of the cast, particularly Fiennes and Redgrave. I liked Ilan Eshkeri’s music choices, but wasn’t crazy about Nicolas Gaster’s modern war flick editing, which seemed forced. Fiennes and his creative team try hard to be as visually striking as possible. Sometimes it works, as when you get a moment like the one where Fiennes and Butler’s characters are fighting hand to hand. After much grunting and charging, they end up in the dirt, Fiennes on top of Butler, their foreheads and noses pressed against one another with such pressure it looks like their skulls might crack. It’s an effective image, but it looks so damn planned. And then there’s the campaigning scene I complained about earlier. Although every other aspect of life in modern Rome is televised, when Coriolanus reluctantly campaigns for the approval of “the people,” he does so not with ads and high-profile TV appearances in town hall meetings. Instead, he goes outside and talks to a group of locals, with no microphones or TV cameras in sight. He wins them over easily, but in what seems to be minutes later, his political opponents visit the same group, pointing out that Coriolanus
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failed to bare his torso and show them his battle wounds, apparently a mark of disrespect. Plus, they remind everyone that he’s a dick. The crowd turns on him in seconds. The biggest problem with Coriolanus is the lack of insight. The lead character
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doesn’t grow, he doesn’t learn. He starts off as a ferocious, prideful warrior and a social lunkhead and he remains just that. The movie is engaging — blunders and all — but despite all the action and duplicity, the emotional payoff is muted. CHUCK WORKMAN RETROSPECTIVE
Jonah Hill and Channng Tatum star in an action/comedy based extremely loosely on the old undercovercops-in-high-school TV series that starred Johnny Depp. Hill and Tatum’s characters, who attended high school together, are now screwed-up cops whose boss assigns them to go undercover at a local high school because of their youthful appearances (a running joke involves the fact that Tatum looks way too old to be a student). The team tries to be accepted by the kids, with both getting a second chance to do high school right. Despite some sloppy moments and underwritten and/or underutilized characters, the movie pays off with big laughs (Rob Riggle gets one of the funniest and most shocking gags I’ve seen in quite a while) and a thin, but satisfying story arc for the leads. Hill is good, but the big surprise is how funny Tatum is. 109 minutes. - Ed Johnson-Ott
No, our longtime NUVO jazz columnist hasn’t been moonlighting as a movie director all these years. This Chuck Workman has worked in many a capacity across the film industry during 30-plus years — as documentarian, theater director, trailer and industrial filmmaker and producer for Academy and Emmy award ceremonies. This weekend’s retrospective of his work at Bloomington’s IU Cinema includes a short film program (March 22, 6:30 p.m.) and documentaries about the Beat Generation (The Source; March 22, 9:30 p.m.), Andy Warhol (Superstar; March 23, 6:30 p.m.) and Jonas Mekas and American avant-garde film (Visionaries; March 23, 9:30 p.m.). Workman will give a free talk March 23 at 3 p.m. and will be in attendance for all screenings. Tickets: $3 public, free for IU students. More at cinema.indiana.edu. ALSO OPENING: Jeff who Lives at Home and Rampart
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MUSIC OPERA GOES TO THE MOVIES INDIANAPOLIS OPERA; MARCH. 9 AND 11 AT CLOWES MEMORIAL HALL w Opera is already a hybrid of theater and music. What happens when we further combine it with motion pictures? Last weekend, Indianapolis Opera did an altogether outstanding job of blending the two, with a host, seven singers, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra conducted by James Caraher and short excerpts from 21 classic films projected onto a big screen above the performers. Sometimes we heard singing from the movie tracks, other times from our live complement: sopranos Rachel Gilmore, Angela Gribble and Stella Zambalis; mezzo Davia Brandy; tenors Jon Jurgens and Mark Thomsen; baritone Mark Gilgallon; and the IO chorus. Comedian and monologuist Phil van Hest served as host to the proceedings. This production’s marvel was the seamless transitions, including blending of the films with livescreen video of the performers from front and side angles. Among the singers, Gilmore’s vocalism showed the best control, but the others were close, as these comparisons go. Appearing often, the chorus was exemplary. Van Hest’s comedic remarks occasionally went over the top. Otherwise this unique production proved an unqualified success. — TOM ALDRIDGE
THEATER MURDER ON THE RADIO Q ARTISTRY; THROUGH MARCH 24 AT IRVINGTON LODGE y The experience that is Q Artistry’s Murder on the Radio begins from the moment of entry, when volunteers explain to audiences that they’re about to take a ride in “Q Industry’s” time travel machine, back to 1930. Upon emerging from the elevator-like machine, audiences get to marvel at a set — overseen by director Ben Asaykwee — that highlights the antique elements of the Historic Irvington Lodge. A collaboration between Q Artistry and the Indianapolis Senior Center, Murder on the Radio features a super-sized cast of twenty. Staged as a live radio play, each actor takes on an archetypal role from the time period: Latino
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band leader, big bosomed bimbo, jaded writer, conservative Catholic, gun-slinging tough gal and the list goes on. But with so many characters, the script gets bogged down in exposition; it takes nearly forty minutes to finally get to the murder. The ending of the play changes each night, with audiences given a chance to compete for tickets to another of Q’s productions by correctly fingering the perp. The result is a convoluted script that relies too heavily on a time-travel device instead of delivering an engaging murder mystery. However, the boisterous cast and the authentic atmosphere almost make the story unimportant. — KATELYN COYNE
MUSEUMS STEEL PONIES EITELJORG MUSEUM OF AMERICAN INDIANS AND WESTERN ART; THROUGH AUGUST 5 t You don’t have to ride a motorcycle to understand the hold these machines have on the American imagination. With this in mind, White Wolf James — the Eiteljorg’s assistant curator of Native American art, history and culture — has assembled a handsome array of 23 iconic cycles, dating back to a 1902 Indian Camelback, a ride that looks more like a bicycle with a motor attached than today’s thunderous hogs. With a few notable exceptions (a gleaming four-cylinder Pierce, for example), this exhibition focuses on the tit-for-tat competition between Indian and Harley-Davidson brands that ran throughout the better part of the 20th century, until the original Indian company — at one time, the largest maker of motorcycles in the world — went bankrupt in 1954. If Steel Ponies is any indication, it appears Indian was often first with new improvements, only to be trumped by HarleyDavidson a year or two later. Be that as it may, the design savvy both companies brought to bear upon their bikes is in abundant display here, as are the more recent efforts of contemporary customizers like Daniel Sanchez, Troy Vargas and Paul Teutul, Sr. There are also signature pieces from pop culture, including Peter Fonda’s Easy Rider and Wild Angels bikes, and one of Evel Knievel’s daredevil mounts. The show is accented by ledger drawings by Jim Yellowhawk, large-scale photographs, supplementary photobooks and video. — DAVID HOPPE
A&E REVIEWS PERFORMANCE ART ALLORA & CALZADILLA, “BODY IN FLIGHT (DELTA)” INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART; THROUGH APRIL 22 u Taken as a whole, Allora and Calzadilla’s exhibition at last year’s Venice Biennale, Gloria, might have packed a satiric wallop about the state of America’s national soul. There was the full-size army tank that doubled as an exercise machine, a pipe organ that functioned as a cash-dispensing ATM. Popped from the this context and parachuted into the IMA’s Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion, however, “Body in Flight (Delta),” a cartoonish representation of an airliner’s business class seat fabricated from wood, is dismayingly slight. It seems meant to be a commentary on the banality of our high-flying brand of capitalism, but it’s really little more than pretext for a strenuous, 17-minute gymnastics routine, choreographed by Rebecca Davis and performed with technical mastery on opening night by Sadie Wilhelmi. The result was impressive but not truly interesting. But then, that seems to be Allora & Calzadilla’s point. — DAVID HOPPE
VISUAL ART SLOW MOTIONS: A VIDEO INSTALLATION BY JORDAN BERNIER SPACECAMP MICROGALLERY; THROUGH MARCH 31 t There’s a second-generation quality to the centerpiece video in this installation by the Baltimore-based Jordan Bernier. In “Computer Lab” you see — on a small screen — a darkened room glowing with twenty-four computer monitors.The videos on these
screens cycle through the hues of the color whee, each video in a different sequence. And the wheels keep spinning around, as it were, because the video’s on an infinite loop, given infinite electricity. Accompanying this video are bells that chime as randomly as if they were being blown back and forth by the wind. There’s thought behind this seemingly randomness, but if you were to rearrange the placement of the TVs around the gallery, the overall effect would be much the same. Bernier’s choices of different media lead to different kinds of disorder, which is interesting on a conceptual level. And while it doesn’t exactly grab you by the lapels, at least it creates its own offbeat ambience. — DAN GROSSMAN
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT MT COMFORT, THROUGH MARCH 23 e Austin Radcliffe, a Herron student well known for his Tumblr page Things Organized Neatly, has taken up curatorial reins at MT COMFORT with an exhibition that serves mostly as an introduction to his taste in visual art, which happens to be quite good. Under New Management doesn’t revolve around a concept or theme; all of it is art for art’s sake, and all of it is excellent, beautiful and often forceful. Mileage will vary, based on personal taste. The work is bound together by a focus on and appreciation for re-contextualized objects, with many pieces rendered in bright, gaudy colors reminiscent of the 1980s. There is an appealing simplicity inherent as well; none of the pieces in the show feel like they have too much going on. Case in point, Courtney Reagor’s still life photographs depict unexpected pairings of items that interact with each other in interesting and visually appealing ways, against brightly colored backgrounds. It will be interesting to see what Radcliffe brings to MT. COMFORT; based upon his first outing, we have a lot to look forward to. — CHARLES FOX
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I’VE GOT SOME KIND OF FRIENDS SHARED HERITAGE, MARCH 2 r A group show featuring selections of recent art by a group of friends and artists associated with Fountain Square, I’VE GOT SOME KIND OF FRIENDS was the final exhibition at Shared Heritage, a vibrant space that presented music and community workshops along with First Friday exhibitions. It’s sad to see a young space expire just as it began to gain momentum. But on to the show: Benny Sanders’s prints have a primal, rustic feel to them and deftly use negative space, shading and strong lines to create simple but memorable images. Allen Bannister’s art shares a similar sensibility, with a blocky ink-and-watercolor aesthetic and a feel somewhat similar to Sanders’ work. Kyle Herrington’s darkly humorous works place recognizable consumer products in strange situations to execute the artist’s witticisms. — CHARLES FOX
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Circle City Sweets Freshly baked, locally minded BY K A T Y CA RT E R ED I T O RS @N U V O . N E T People know a good muffin when they taste one. It’s a good thing, too. Because one of the concerns for Cindy Hawkins, head pastry chef and owner of Circle City Sweets, when she decided to moved into the Indianapolis City Market back in May 2010, was that some from the market’s broad range of customers might balk at her price point (a scone will run you $2.50 — comparable to Starbucks, yet never frozen). But then they tasted her muffins, cakes and cookies. Hawkins gets very few complaints now — and if she does it’s usually from a customer who hasn’t yet had that
first bite, doesn’t yet realize that everything in her store is made from scratch. “I didn’t know what a cake mix was until I was in high school,” Hawkins explains. She grew up baking with her mom, Janet Law, who now works for her in the City Market kitchen. “Anyone can buy a muffin from Costco and resell it — if we don’t make it, we don’t sell it.” Customers mulling dessert choices can watch all the action; for instance, croissant dough being folded with butter, rolled and re-rolled, to create those famous layers of tender dough so hard to achieve by a home cook. They might see this work being done by Hawkins, or by her sous-chef, Allison Hardy, from the French Pastry School of Chicago, where Hawkins was also formally trained. Hawkins’s love for baking started long before her stint at the pastry school. In her previous business life, she worked in the insurance field, even loved her job. She baked as a hobby — her husband (Roger Hawkins, now owner of the adjacent Circle City Soups) was a local chef, so baking
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for friends in the evenings was a natural way to spend her time away from a day job. But then her business grew, she took a few short classes at the Pastry School, and found herself enrolled in their 6-month program in the summer of 2008. Hawkins continued to work for local chefs on weekends, driving to Chicago during the week for her classes. “It was crazy,” she laughs, shaking her head at the exhausting memories. But it seems to have been worth it. After a few years on the Farmer’s Market scene, she’d been thinking about building out a storefront at the repeated request of her customers. In the end, it was financial consideration that won out: She could build a commercial kitchen at City Market for about half the cost of renovating a stand-alone space. “I had friends say to me, ‘Are you sure you want to go to City Market?’” And part of this might have been the stigma attached to the market in previous years, that of a “big food court.” But that reputation is changing, in part due to the presence of local-
ly-minded vendors like Circle City Sweets. Hawkins was the first of a new group of local vendors to enter the market, and she’s loved watching the changes that have occurred under new management. “We support each other, and each other’s businesses — I bake all the bread for Circle City Soups, and make granola for Natural Born Juicers. It’s been great to develop relationships with both vendors and regular customers. I love being able to support downtown and and be a part of the community.” “I think the fact that people can watch us making the food, talk to us about it, that’s huge.” And for customers who can’t get enough watching during their lunch hour, or feel an uncontrollable urge to get their hands on that buttery croissant dough, Cindy offers classes, taught at City Market (check circlecitysweets.
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NUVO also stopped at Sun King for its Ring of Dingle tapping.This Irish stout with its creamy head, dark roast body and clean finish is a smoother version of last year’s more aggressive St. Patrick’s Day offering. ISIS Double IPA, on the other hand, is a vixen of a brew. Its strawberry blonde hue belies the power of 9% ABV and 91 IBU content. Dominator Dopplebock nicely presents layers of spices throughout.
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Brugge Brasserie owners gained approval from Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) to move their Terre Haute brewing operation to the northwest corner of North St. and Park Ave., a site in the Chatham Arch and Massachusetts Avenue Historic District. Brewery plans are to broaden offerings beyond Brugge’s Belgians. A restaurant will open adjacent to the brewery with chef Greg Hardesty and brewer Ted Miller collaborating for a specialty cuisine. NUVO visited newly opened BoomBozz Pizza Taproom, 2430 E. 146th St., Carmel, and savored a wide range of craft brews including an Indiana lineup, all well matched to the menu. A prime example is the Mediterranean plate, with items pairing perfectly with an introductory flight ranging from lowest alcohol and least hoppy to the highest. Ambiance and service are commendable; cost is moderate.
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music School of Rock opens in Carmel BY K A T H E RI N E C O P LE N K CO P L E N @N U V O . N E T Editor’s Note: This week, we’re spotlighting two organizations that get kids and young adults making music.
enerable Hoosier guitarist Larry Crane will smash a guitar for the opening of the first Indiana School of Rock. The new music lesson school is the first of its kind in Indiana; it teaches kids and teens from ages 8-18 instruments including guitar, drums, keyboard and vocals. Part of a national chain, the School of Rock will kick off its spring season with grand opening ceremonies this Saturday, March 17. Throughout the courses, participants take weekly private lessons and join in group rehearsals to prepare for a concert they’ll put on at a local venue at the end of the session. This session’s concert will take place at The Earth House. “We are a unique option for kids who truly want to learn music and develop a passion by actually playing it—for real, not just by sitting in their room strumming their guitar or playing “Bah Bah Black Sheep”
Red Bull Academy seeks local artists BY K A T H E RI N E C O P LE N K CO PL E N @N U V O . N E T The Red Bull Music Academy is making a stop in Indianapolis this week to entice young musicians to join its ranks. Music makers can register to participate in two 14-day intensive programs in New York City this summer. Nick Saligoe, known professionally as DJ MetroGnome, is a key organizer for the Academy in Indianapolis. “It’s a really, really amazing opportunity. The program is based out of Europe and has been going on for around fifteen years,” said Saligoe. “They take two groups of 30 musicians of all backgrounds. Traditionally, it was just producers and DJs, but they’ve branched out.” The two groups of musicians represent all different kinds of music styles and methodologies. During their term at the
with their piano teacher,” said Elyse Causey, general manager of the new location. School of Rock invites professional musicians to act as guest professors at their institutions all over the country; some of those august instructors include John Freese (Nine Inch Nails, The Offspring, Guns N’ Roses), Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), Jean Paul Gaster (Clutch, The Bakerton Group), Steve Howe (Yes, Asia) and many more. Students of the School have the opportunity to increase their involvement through summer camps and the All-Stars program, which selects the best of the crop of current students to perform on a national tour. These advanced students have performed for over 100,000 people at storied venues including CBGB’s and The Kitting Factory and festivals including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. Causey said the School of Rock is great for any kid looking for a fun place to hang out with friends, but that parents will feel the benefit too. “That’s one of the great things about our performance-based program; the kids learn to love to play rather than simply learning to practice,” said Causey. “But the great thing is that once they begin to fall in love with performing and with playing their instrument, they’ll begin to want to practice and to want to do well, especially when the have an upcoming show to prepare for.” At the grand opening, student musicians from Chicago’s School of Rock will perform with their band The Bajas. The Academy, they attend lectures with professional musicians, record new music together in custom studios and perform in venues across their host city. Previous Academies have taken place in Madrid, London, Toronto, Cape Town and other cities across the world. Saligoe has handpicked approximately 25 Indy-area musicians to participate in two workshops this week. The first is with electronic producer, performer and label owner Starkey, who is influential in the street bass world. He’ll present a lecture and workshop to the selected group at Deluxe at Old National Centre on Friday, March 16. Questions about the Academy, the application process and more will be answered at the event, which will conclude with a performance by Starkey, Cool Hand Lex, El Carnicero and the Grime Time Collective. The lecture is closed to the public, but doors will be opened at 9 p.m. for the public performance by these artists. Next Wednesday, the Academy will present a lecture by California-based experimental drum and bass producer Exile and legendary Indianapolis funk musician Lester Johnson of The Ebony Rhythm Band for the same small group. Again, doors will open later that evening for a public performance by Johnson and Exile. “I choose the producers/musicians for the events, but obviously anyone is welcome to apply to the Academy. The artists invited
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Scratch Street Food will be on site, serving the crowd modern comfort food. Indiana guitar legend and original Mellencamp band member Larry Crane and his band will be the last act on stage; they’re scheduled to perform beginning at 2 p.m., concluding with a guitar smash around 3 p.m. Between the Bajas and Crane, a teacher band made of instructors from Carmel High School will perform. During the concert, attendees can tour the new facility and try out different instruments. There will also be a guitar give-away during the event. range from various production backgrounds (hip-hop, house, dubstep, downtempo, etc.) to singers, drummers, multi-instrumentalists. All would be strong (hopeful) candidates for the Academy,” said Saligoe. Saligoe is designated as Indianapolis’ “Mr. X.” “We’re basically the direct connectors between the artists and scenes in our respective cities and the Red Bull Music Academy,” said Saligoe. The Academy features workshops like the two held this week in over 50 countries annually during the application process. Many attendees of the Academy benefit from the “Mr. X” influence from those involved like Saligoe. “Most people make music isolated in their own rooms; they don’t share the creative experience with anybody. It’s pretty amazing to watch what happens when you take a drum and bass producer from Scotland with a girl that plays guitar from Mexico, and see what happens,” said Saligoe. Those interested should begin preparing. Saligoe’s got a word of warning for those procrastinating about completing their applications. “The application is no joke. It’s 40-45 very intense questions that make you dig into your creative side.” Editor’s Note: Look for our interview with Lester Johnson in next week’s NUVO.
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For those wondering about the connection to a 2003 film, Causey has the answer. “Yes, School of Rock starring Jack Black is loosely based on the company,” said Causey, “but no, unfortunately we aren’t expecting a visit from Mr. Black any time soon. We wish!” GRAND OPENING OF CARMEL’S SCHOOL OF ROCK Saturday, March 17 School of Rock, 626 S. Rangeline Rd. 11 a.m.,- 3 p.m., free, all-ages
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Fela lives on As the touring Broadway production of Fela! makes its way across the Midwest, I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the legacy of Fela Kuti and his musical creation – afrobeat. A singer, composer, saxophonist, keyboardist and human rights activist, Fela Kuti had an unusual career. Born in Abeokuta, Nigeria in 1938 to a family of teachers, Fela left Africa in 1958 to study medicine in England. But the young student had an insatiable desire to play music, and he transferred to the Trinity College of Music in London against his parents’ wishes. Fascinated by the free expression of jazz and the sweat-drenched funk of James Brown; Fela decided to pair these sounds with the propulsive rhythms of Nigerian highlife, thus pioneering a powerful new style of music called afrobeat. While in California, he came into contact with the radical ideas of the black power movement, and began studying the work of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. Fela incorporated these concepts into his lyrics, taking aim at the corrupt military regime that ruled Nigeria. Political dissent became a permanent feature of afrobeat, turning the genre into a musical powder keg. Fela’s defiant lyrics enraged the Nigerian government, eventually setting off a brutal military attack on the singer’s home, resulting in the death of his mother. Afrobeat immediately caught fire in West Africa, spawning dozens of copycat bands. But the sound wouldn’t catch on outside of the continent until after Fela’s death in 1997. The first decade of the new millennium ushered in a resurgence of interest in Fela’s work. Record store shelves started overflowing with Fela reissues and afrobeat bands began popping up around the world, from Tokyo to Chicago to Rio de Janeiro. I was curious what prompted this sudden explosion of interest in Fela’s music, so I decided to ask the musicians who are leading this new afrobeat movement. What makes Fela’s music so universally appealing? I asked Ray Lugo first. Lugo’s band Kokolo helped kickstart the current afrobeat revival alongside fellow New Yorkers Antibalas. “Afrobeat is universally appealing because it carries the unabashed weight of resistance behind it,” Lugo said, adding, “Afrobeat speaks directly to the shared struggles the common man faces today, as he did yesterday. Wherever greed, corruption and abuse exists, afrobeat
is there to address it, confront it and expose it from out of the shadows.” Saxophonist Kola Ogunkoya grew up listening to Fela in Nigeria and frequently jammed with Fela’s band during the ‘80s. Ogunkoya told me about Fela’s universality. “Fela was able to cut across all races through the music. But that was not just because of the sweetness of his rhythms or because he was the only one playing afrobeat at that time. It was because he used his brand of afrobeat to fight the political class in Nigeria and Africa,” said Ogunkoya. Leo Nanjo is bassist for the premier Japanese afrobeat band Kingdom Afrocks, who put a unique Japanese twist on Fela’s Nigerian afrobeat sound. When I spoke to Nanjo he acknowledged the importance of Fela’s message, but insisted that the appeal of Fela’s music is primarily musical. “It’s simple, the rhythm of afrobeat is easy to dance to,” Nanjo explained. I wanted to get an opinion from someone closer to home, so I spoke with David Glines, guitarist for the Chicago Afrobeat Project, one of the first afrobeat bands in the Midwest. “After untangling all that spins out of Fela’s music, from the brilliant use of street wit to the horn melodies that chill your spine and the clever criticisms of political leaders, what’s left is simple: a rhythmic pocket so deep that it’s impossible to fight,” Glines said. “The sound builds and captivates the listener, and then delivers a message about solidarity against government corruption. It’s easy to see the universal appeal. These themes cross continents and today are as relevant and danceable as they were 25 years ago.” Fela has taught me many lessons, both political and musical. His daring fusion of traditional African rhythms with funk and jazz has inspired my musical experiments as a DJ. While his use of music as a form of protest has challenged me to use my own music as a weapon for positive social change. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan rage on indefinitely and our civil liberties slowly disappear, we need afrobeat’s defiant voice of opposition more than ever. So, here’s to Fela. Let’s hope his musical revolution continues. Catch Fela! The Musical at the Oriental Theater in Chicago from March 27, 2012 to April 15, 2012. This column is dedicated to Prince Julius Adeniyi, who spent many years educating Hoosiers about Nigerian music and culture. Kyle Long creates a custom podcast for each column. See this week’s online at NUVO.net.
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Hi, I’m Duncan. I play guitar in Hotfox. I’m going to South By Southwest and I’m going to tell you all about my experiences in Austin and all of my anxieties about life. This will be my first trip to Austin for this widely celebrated festival. I have no idea what to expect and I am not even going to act like I know what I’m doing. You’ll stumble along with me as I learn everything from experience. Hopefully I won’t have to use the $500 bail AAA is willing to pay as a part of my premium membership. Wednesday is the first day of our Austin adventure and we’ve got a pretty full schedule right off the bat. We are fortunate enough to be a part of a project called the State of Music, headed up by our new UK friend, Dom. The project profiles a band from every state in the US and releases compilation records to benefit homeless artists and musicians in the UK. The State of Music turned enough heads to be asked to host an unofficial showcase in Austin during SXSW season and we’re fortunate enough to have been invited. We’re also meeting up with local music documentarians The In Store for an acoustic performance to be videotaped somewhere in Austin at some time on Wednesday. On Thursday, we’re doing a Jam in the Van video session with some heady dudes from Cali in their Winnebago. Our official SXSW performance is on Friday for the Sonicbids/ Jansport Showcase at Maggie Mae’s. We’ve
lined up a house show in San Antonio for Saturday night with some area bands, and then we leave for home on Sunday morning. As a fan, my trip is fairly open for exploring. The few bands I want to catch in Austin include, but are not limited to: Built to Spill, Youth Lagoon, the War on Drugs, Fanfarlo, and Hellogoodbye. Make fun of my list, but it’s my list and I can do what I want to. —DUNCAN KISSINGER
By the time you read this, I’ll no longer be in the state. I’ll be joining Duncan in Austin on Wednesday for a week of getting lost, eating tacos and seeing lots and lots of music. I’ll be sure to catch the MOKB Presents showcase featuring Free Energy, Brother Ali and Hotfox (!). I’ll also be at the Secretly Canadian showcase featuring Sharon Van Etten, The War On Drugs, Bear in Heaven, Gauntlet Hair, Exitmusic and more. In between, I’ll be biking furiously to make shows on time, standing in lines, watching helplessly as my phone dies and catching between 35-75 bands live. You can check out longer blogs online throughout the week. And, yes, Mom, I remembered my earplugs. — KATHERINE COPLEN
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The Curious Mystery BY JU S T I N S P IC E R M U S I C@N U V O . N E T Though stationed in the green wilds of Seattle, it’s time Indiana got to know The Curious Mystery. This is not due to their March 20th show at The Bishop Bar, but because they’re about to take over the world. The band began as most do. “Nic [Gonzalez] and I started the band as a duo, we have pretty similar taste in music; especially ‘60s blues and soul, Eastern music, and we’re into some of the same classical composers and jazz. We like a lot of the same rock groups too, but we probably differ about rock music more than any other genre. Then, eventually, we added a drummer and bass player so Nic could focus on shredding,” said vocalist Shana Cleveland. “We’ve been a fan of Johnny’s [Goss] bass playing for years as part of Cock and Swan, and The Pica Beats; Marian [Li Pino] also plays drums with Johnny in the Pica Beats, she’s the newest member and she’s amazing.” The strange brew of sounds Cleveland touches upon find their way into The Curious Mystery’s odd motif; a combination of modern pop layered with decades of musical influence. “Nic’s into more experimental stuff while I go more for catchy garage nuggets, the Stones, the Velvets,” said Cleveland. But how do four individuals playing quirky, experimental pop go from quaint Seattle secret to global power? A large part of that falls in the hands of the band’s equally unique videos—notably ”Night Ride Reeling” from last year’s We Creeling, and recent single ”Be Still” from the band’s forthcoming 7-inch on K Records. “If I’m really into a band’s visual aesthetic, I usually assume I’ll like the music, or I’ll at least be more likely to give it a listen. For all our videos so far we’ve been lucky to have our friends at So Spun We Spun
West put them together. My artistic knowhow does not extend to video and my video ideas are usually limited to trying to recreate an episode of The Monkees,” said Cleveland. “For the ‘Night Ride Reeling’ video, the concept was to kind of cover the New Edition video for ‘Cool It Now’ but with a character called Space Worm in place of the pretty girl.” And when Cleveland isn’t writing fan fiction dedicated to Guns ‘n Roses, she’s hard at work on the band’s visual aesthetic. “I do a lot of drawing and painting, so I end up making most of our posters and designing things that need designing. It’s pretty important to me. I’ve bought records before based entirely on their covers and song titles,” said Cleveland. The Curious Mystery sustains a heavy tour schedule, which includes a month-long residency at New York City’s Ace Hotel. “We played a show at the Ace on our last tour; it has this beautiful lobby and they have a Sunday music series which is booked and DJ’d by this guy Chris who dug our band and asked if we’d be interested in coming back to do a residency for a month,” said Cleveland. “So we choose April so we could stop by SXSW on the way. In between Ace Hotel shows, we’ll be touring around the East coast and a bit of the South, playing a string of shows with Calvin’s band The Hive Dwellers.” They’ve got good memories of the Ace, too. “Last time we were there, Tre Cool was throwing a birthday party for his girlfriend at the hotel and it was ‘pimps and hoes’ themed. We’re hoping to meet lots of famous people there who will give us money and buy us meals,” said Cleveland. Clever pop musicians willing to tour much of the U.S. and accept free meals whenever they can—The Curious Mystery is indeed a frightful foursome hellbent on taking over the earth, or maybe just rocking out for people looking for some fun. THE CURIOUS MYSTERY Tuesday, March 20 The Bishop, 123 S. Walnut St. 8 p.m., $5, 21+ 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO // 03.14.12-03.21.12 // music
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Wednesday ROOTS DR. DOG Deluxe at Old National Centre 502 N. New Jersey St. 8 p.m., $17 advance, $20 at door, 18+ Dr. Dog bassist Toby Leaman recently talked to NUVO about the recording process for the band’s new album, Be the Void. “It sort of encapsulates the attitude of the record,” Leaman said. “The songs that are on the record are pretty much the ones that were the most fun to record, and hopefully that translates.” Dr. Dog is a six-man rock band that’s feeling the heat right now. After releasing Be the Void, they’ve enjoyed critical and commercial success that has left the band feeling powerful. “You will be rocked because we’re on fire,” said Leaman. METAL WHITECHAPEL Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 502 N. New Jersey St. 6:30 p.m., $17.50 advance, $20 at door, all-ages This brutal death metal band from Tennessee was formed in 2006; their name is inspired by the London district of the same name, where Jack the Ripper murdered women in the 1880s. Want a taste of what kind of deathcore you’re in for at a Whitechapel show? These lyrics are pulled from their track “Section 8” from the Recorrupted EP: “Fuck your lives. I hate everyone / Look through the eyes of a madman/The skeletons in your closet, have rotted to the bone/They’re your families, your loved ones/ They’re never coming home.”
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IRISH AMA SUPERCROSS TENT PARTY Tent across from Homewood Suites 230 S. Meridian St. 10 a.m., 21+ This all-day party starts at 10 a.m. and goes all night long. In the spot occupied during the Super Bowl by the Fantasy Tent, help fill the 5,000 square feet space, watch college basketball, play flip cup and pong, get airbrushed Irish tattoos and dance, dance dance. Schedule of performers is below. DJ Mass Appeal: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Why Store: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Radio Echo: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. DJ Slater Hogan: 9 p.m. - early morning IRISH CLADDAGH’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY TENT PARTY Claddagh Downtown, 234 S. Meridian St. 10 a.m., $5, 21+ The Claddagh is in the midst of a four-day St. Patty’s Day celebration. Thursday will bring Claddagh’s Got Talent (do with that what you will), a singing competition not limited to Celts. On Saturday, join other revelers for kegs and eggs at 8 a.m. Venture out after into the heated tent, which will hold five different musical acts (as of press time, these have not been announced) and Irish dancers. Sunday will include a silent auction benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check online for other celebrations in other Claddagh locations. JAM INDYMOJO ST. PATTY’S TENT PARTY Mousetrap, 5565 N. Keystone Ave. 6 p.m., $5, 21+ There’s a jam stage and a dance tent at this St. Patty’s Day party, but don’t worry: you can eat homemade corned beef and cabbage in either venue. Attendees will
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The royal family of Qatar, apparently striving for art-world credibility, purchased a Paul Cezanne painting (“The Card Players”) last year for the equivalent of about $250 million, which is twice as much as the previous mostexpensive painting sold for. (Qatar is vying with the United Arab Emirates to become the Middle East’s major intellectual hub.) At the same time that Qatar’s purchase was made public in February, artwork of the probable value of about $200 million became news in reports of the imminent Facebook initial public offering. Graffiti artist (“muralist”) David Choe stood to make about that amount because he took stock instead of money to paint the lewd themes on the walls of Facebook’s first offices. Even though Choe was quoted as saying, originally, that he found the whole idea of Facebook “ridiculous and pointless,” his shares today are reportedly worth up to one quarter of 1 percent of the company.
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• Last year, the Cape Town, South Africa, “gentlemen’s club” Mavericks began selling an Alibi line of fragrances designed for men who need excuses for coming home late. For example, as men come through the door, they could splash on “I Was Working Late” (to reek of coffee and cigarettes) or “My Car Broke Down” (evoking fuel, burned rubber and grease). • Bipartisanship: White supremacist Richard Treis, 38, was arrested in February in St. Louis, along with his alleged partner, black gang member Robert “Biz” Swinney, 22, and charged with running a huge methamphetamine operation. The two, who had met at a prison halfway
house, had allegedly meshed their unique talents -- Treis as a meth cook and Swinney as a skilled street seller who recruited people to buy restricted pseudoephedrine products from pharmacies. Said a deputy, “They put away their differences to get the job done.”
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• Can’t Possibly Be True: “(A) growing number of scientists” are at work on biocomputer models based on movements of slime to solve complex-systems problems, according to a December report in London’s Daily Telegraph. Though slime molds are single-cell organisms lacking a “brain,” said professor Toshiyuki Nakagaki of Japan’s Future University Hakodate, they somehow can “organize” themselves to create the most direct route through mazes in order to find food. Said professor Atsushi Tero, of Kyushu University, ordinary computers are “not so good” at finding such ideal routes because of the quantity of calculations required, but slime molds seem to flow “in an impromptu manner” and gradually find the best routes. • Medical Marvels: (1) Claire Osborn, 37, of Coventry, England, was diagnosed in October with an aggressive, inoperable throat-mouth cancer and given a 50 percent chance of survival. However, less than a month later, during a severe coughing spell, she actually coughed out the entire tumor in two pieces. Subsequent tests revealed no trace of cancer in her body. (Doctors hypothesized that, fortuitously, the tumor was growing on a weak stalk that was overcome by the force of the cough.) (2) In January, doctors at North Carolina State University performed kneereplacement surgery on a cancer-stricken house cat. Such surgery on dogs has been done, but because of cats’ smaller bones and joints, doctors had to use micro techniques usually employed on humans. CONTINUED TO PG 46
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• In February, a jury in Thousand Oaks, Calif., acquitted Charles Hersel, 41, of molesting children. Though Hersel admitted through his lawyer that he paid high school students to spit in his face and yell profanities at him, and had offered to pay them money to urinate and defecate on him, jurors found that he must have done those things for reasons other than “sexual gratification” and therefore, technically, did not violate the statute under which he was charged.
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