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SUMMER FUN GUIDE
NUVO presents a Cityguide replete with upcoming events around town to keep you amused during even the muggiest of months.
10 COVER STORY
39 FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
100 YEARS OF THE INDY 500
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the greatest spectacle in racing, we’re offering a diesel-fueled package of 500 coverage: a look back on the history of the race, an interview with “Swiss Missile” Simona de Silvestro, expert predictions of who’ll come out on top, and details of Honda’s involvement under the hood.
06 HOPPE 26 MUSIC 22 MOVIES
BY LORI LOVELY
COVER PHOTO OF THE INDY 500 BORG-WARNER TROPHY BY STEPHEN SIMONETTO
35 WEIRD NEWS
A LEGACY OF LEAD
One of the greatest obstacles to promoting gardens in city settings, lead contamination in Indiana soil has made urbanites reluctant to get with the agricultural times. But with the proper precautions, say researchers, domestic produce and family health need not suffer. BY ANGELA HERRMANN
from the readers Praise for Urbanski
“(B)ecause music can release incredible emotions, making our everyday lives disappear and moving us to different worlds (“The dawn of the age of Krzysztof Urbanski,” A&E, May 18-25).” This is exactly why I listen to classic music. Every time I hear something really profound like Beethoven’s 7th or a really good interpretation of Bach’s Chaconne, I am transported to another world and granted a cathartic release of the doldrums of daily human life. How very lucky we are to have an old soul like Urbanski that sees the passion, pain, joys, etc., expressed by the composers and yet has the youth and energy to pour them out
through the instruments and into our ears and hearts. Thank you ISO!
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I fail to see the point of this article (“Mitch Daniels can count,” Hoppe, May 18-25). There have been plenty of studies done around the world and nearly all, if not all, show that highspeed rail is not self-sustaining. Why not use the money to fund research grants for alternative energy or next-gen hybrid technology?
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HAMMER The ultimate sacrifice Memorial Day’s true meaning
BY STEVE HAMMER SHAMMER@NUVO.NET For most Americans, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend means nothing more than a chance to grill hot dogs and burgers, drink beer and enjoy a rare paid day off. A few will attend services honoring the men and women killed during our country’s many wars, and TV news channels will interview old soldiers, but that won’t interfere with most folks’ leisure activities. The reality of Memorial Day is that it’s one of the saddest holidays we have, whose honorees are in their graves after having died years before their times, often for causes little understood by them or even the generals who sent them there. I saw and met quite a few soldiers a few weeks ago in El Paso, Texas when I traveled there on business. El Paso is home to Fort Bliss, one of the Army’s largest bases and training grounds. Everywhere I went, soldiers were eating next to me at restaurants, standing in line with me at Starbucks and
7-Eleven, waiting beside me at the airport. They were all strong, proud young men and women with looks of determination in their eyes. Even for a jaded old pacifist like myself, seeing them was inspiring and evoked patriotic feelings. In the El Paso airport, recorded messages from the mayor and governor played on the public address system, constantly urging civilians to approach the soldiers and thank them for their service. Unsurprisingly, people did in fact thank them — and the soldiers invariably were polite and humble in response. I’ve never fully bought the notion that our soldiers in Vietnam or Iraq or Bosnia died to “protect our freedom.” That was perhaps true during World War II, when Germany or Japan would have loved to invade and occupy America, but not now, when the wars we fight aren’t about defending our freedoms but rather justifying our foreign policy and interference in other nations’ internal affairs. Osama bin Laden didn’t order the 9/11
attacks because we cherish freedom, but rather to bring to America a taste of the misery and destruction that our wars have brought to the Middle East and to protest our policy towards Israel. But I most certainly don’t blame the young men and women in military uniforms I met in Texas for the botched foreign policy of the Reagan/Bush and Clinton/Obama eras, no more than Vietnam vets bear the sins of Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, the architects of that failed war. What I do cherish about the soldiers I’ve spoken with in my life is not their dedication to America — that’s unquestionable. What makes them admirable is their loyalty, devotion and protection of their fellow soldiers. The same kind of loyalty plays out on a smaller scale for many people at their jobs. If it really came down to it, most rank-andfile workers couldn’t care less about the millionaire CEO whose portrait hangs on the wall. But they’d fight almost literally to the death to protect their coworkers from harm. Amplify that feeling 10,000 times and
The men and women in our armed forces will do whatever it takes to protect their friends and immediate superiors, even if it costs them their lives.
you start to understand why our military men and women deserve all the praise we can give them. With stakes far higher than any workplace, those in our armed forces will do whatever it takes to protect their friends and immediate superiors, even if it costs them their lives. I’ve heard it over and over from former soldiers. They’re far removed from the generals and politicians making decisions. They afford no particular loyalty to the president or the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But place them in harm’s way and they’ll sacrifice their lives if it means their friends and colleagues will be saved. They don’t consider that to be the act of a hero even though such bravery is the definition of heroism. When it came down to it, they died to protect their friends. Examine the stories of most of the 1.4 million Americans estimated to have died in battle since 1776 and you’ll probably see the same story over and over. This is why we celebrate them this weekend and why we should hold their memories dear. They have made the ultimate sacrifice, not for political reasons or even military ideas but rather the preservation of their fellow soldiers. May God bless them, their families and this wildly imperfect but still amazing nation in which we live.
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HOPPE Indiana in ‘The Times’ The crossroads of America — really
BY DAVID HOPPE DHOPPE@NUVO.NET
hey call Indiana “flyover country,” a part of the nation where the action isn’t. Truth be told, many Hoosiers like it that way. A fair number of us take pride in saying we wait for people in other places to work the kinks out of new ideas before we try anything new ourselves. So it was a bit of a shock to pick up a recent copy of the Sunday New York Times and find Indiana featured prominently on the front pages of not one, but three different sections — four if you count a mention of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Travel. On the front page was a story about Richard Lugar facing his first primary challenge since 1976, “Running on Moderation in Immoderate Times.” In Week in Review, there was a piece featuring Cheri Daniels and husband Mitch (as in our governor), called “Marital Matters and the 2012 Election,” dealing with how the complexities of candidates’ marriages might
play into upcoming political campaigns. Finally, when you turned to Arts & Leisure, you found a large composite image of an upside-down army tank with a treadmill on top, a work of art called “Track and Field” by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. The picture showed the piece being installed outside the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale in Italy. In this case, the Indiana connection accounted for that upside-down tank’s being in Venice — the Indianapolis Museum of Art and its senior curator of contemporary art, Lisa Freiman, were selected by the U.S. State Department to represent this country at what amounts to the art world’s Olympics. The story was titled “War Machines (With Gymnasts).” What accounts for this convergence of Indiana-related stories? Many here in Indiana take stubborn pride in a heedlessness to whatever is going on in the rest of the country. We seem, nevertheless, to have followed our noses into the nation’s vortex. Thus we have the dismaying spectacle of the 79-year-old Richard Lugar, a man long considered a sage of the U.S. Senate,
jousting for his political life with Richard Mourdock, a reactionary opportunist who appears to be making the most of the Republican party’s current rage for purity. Right-wingers, who for years sneered at what they considered liberal political correctness, have adopted a political correctness of their own. Republican candidates have to be for gutting the government and cutting taxes, and above all else against anything to do with Obama. Lugar, who has based his career on being a party loyalist while maintaining a pragmatic approach to policy, must be wondering what hit him. The same might be said of Mitch Daniels, an Indiana politician who, until last Sunday, was considered by many to be Republicans’ best hope to defeat President Obama in 2012. Until he signed a law defunding Planned Parenthood, Daniels’ dilemma had been his reluctance to make social issues part of his platform. It turns out that part of the reason for this could have been the social issues in Daniels’ own life. His wife, Cheri, left him in 1993 for a man in California — the kind of place usually featured in The Times. But that didn’t work out; the Daniels remarried in 1997.
We seem to have followed our noses into the nation’s vortex.
For most people, the Daniels’ story is, as Mitch has said, about a happy ending. But most people aren’t Republicans. For a significant number of Republicans, marriage — a particular kind of marriage, no gays allowed, for instance — is an important part of the presidential package. They want their candidates straight and uncomplicated by the sorts of experiences that might suggest a nuanced view of right and wrong. Funny that something that actually made Daniels interesting might have been considered a liability in his party. Which brings us to Venice and the IMA’s vision for the American pavilion. The museum is proving there’s more than a right-wing identity crisis in Indiana. Given the chance, we can also do avant-garde audacity. Don’t let the glitz of the Biennale fool you — Freiman and her chosen artists have taken this international stage to raise searching questions about what’s become of America, questions that are no less disturbing for being elaborately satirical. Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla juxtapose military and corporate imagery with athletic exertion to ask what happens in a culture where winning, as Vince Lombardi so famously said, isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. Americans are trying hard to keep up appearances of normalcy. But as that treadmill on the tank suggests, these are desperate times. Maybe that’s why Indiana’s making news. So let them call this flyover country — it really is the country’s crossroads.
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn must be saying to himself oh I M so F-ed too late, Ohio, to reverse union curbs, you voted GOP Bloomington stands up telling I-69 to go and screw itself anti-NATO raid protest continues to kill as rally adds more Ron Paul could add heft to his campaign naming Ru Paul as running mate a kindergartner from Pittsburgh brings heroin to show, tell and blow can’t somebody stop these terrible tornadoes from running amuck? those continuing studies students will have to continue elsewhere under Ryan the safety net would be nothing but a cold hard floor the American dream was always nothing more than our earth’s nightmare
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THUMBSUP THUMBSDOWN BRHS TO GRILL BENNETT
Times are tough for Indianapolis schools. Broad Ripple High School in particular has been hit hard, and the PTA is rallying the public for support. They’ll hold an informational meeting Tuesday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Superintendent Tony Bennett arrives at 6:30 to answer questions regarding the fate of magnets, whether a corporate partnership is a good idea and the future of Broad Ripple’s teachers. It’s hard to feel optimistic about Indy’s education troubles; speaking out and asking the hard questions is about all we can do.
DANIELS BOWS OUT
In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced via email that he would not run for president in 2012. After delivering a serious blow to his party, it’s unclear what the future holds for Daniels — rumors of a cabinet post are flying. The governor cited concerns for the privacies of wife Cheri and their four daughters as explanation for his decision. Nice to hear Mitch is considering women’s well-being for once.
Purdue University and environmental advocates settled over an energy source dispute last week. The Sierra Club and Hoosier Environmental Council filed an appeal in 2010 with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after the school announced plans to invest more than $28 million in a new coal-powered boiler for its campus. The project was shelved in February because of budgeting and regulatory issues. Purdue has agreed to hold a 30-day public comment period and a public hearing on a new energy plan. We’re glad PU has come to its senses, but this seems like a pretty weak deal for the treehuggers.
SUPER BOWL SECURITY CUTS?
Hoosiers are in a frenzy over this weekend’s 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, but officials are preoccupied with another greatest spectacle in sport: the Super Bowl. Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub announced Monday that Marion and surrounding counties have been denied between $5 and $7 million in a grant program from the Department of Homeland Security. The loss in anticipated funds raises concerns about security at the football extravaganza in 2012. Straub has assured that event security will not be affected, but we’ll still bring our own helmets, just in case.
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Urban gardening’s biggest obstacle BY A N G E L A HE R R M A N N A H E RRM A N N @ N U V O . N E T
ust south of Downtown on Meridian Street, steam billows from two heaping piles of tree mulch on the 3-acre site of South Circle Farm, Indianapolis’ latest urban agriculture enterprise. Though April showers slowed their work, volunteers and farmhands managed to level the mulch piles into beds, about a foot thick with a 24-inch-high berm. Now, they’re topping the beds with 12 inches of topsoil, mined and trucked in from another farm site beyond city limits. Pointing west of where we’re standing, Amy Matthews, an Indy native and urban farm entrepreneur, says, “That’s where the berries are going.” Behind me, rows of robust greens and herbs stand tall, seemingly emboldened by the season’s rains. Some are still covered with a lightweight Agribon cover to provide protection from late-season frosts. The precautions do more than provide shelter from the conditions — they protect both plants and people from hazards in the soil. South Circle Farm is surrounded by crumbling industrial infrastructure and scrap yards; contamination of the soil is a significant threat to the work done onsite. Luckily, farmhands have a veteran of the agricultural trade leading their efforts. Matthews developed the methods she uses today over the course of 12 years’ experience in Illinois, Ohio and, most recently, Alaska. Her work caught the eye of Steve Rock, an environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development. “I have not seen an urban site that would not benefit by what [Amy’s] doing,” said Rock as he toured the farm with a group of city officials, urban gardeners, and landscape architects. They had gathered for the informal Phyto-Forum Indy 2011, a daylong conference to discuss phytoremediation, in which producers use plants to mitigate soil contamination on brownfield sites. According to EPA urban gardening sources, phytoremediation doesn’t remove lead from soil — plant roots can’t absorb it. So, the lead lingers. To prevent direct exposure to the toxic element, Dr. Gabriel Filippelli, a professor of earth sciences and director of IUPUI’s Center for Urban Health, recommended capping South Circle Farm’s growing site with six inches of topsoil. Filippelli explained that the lead threat doesn’t come from the plants themselves, but rather exposure from dry soil dust or contamination of crops by soil residues. This typically affects people through either ingestion or inhalation.
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Following Amy Matthews’ precautionary methods, farmhands have laid topsoil over mulch beds at South Circle Farm.
Chris Harrell, Indianapolis’ brownfield redevelopment coordinator, agreed. “Research shows that heavy metals are not readily absorbed into plants,” he said. “Researchers have spent years of trying to get trees to suck things out of the ground… It’s hard. Growing fruit trees [on lead-contaminated sites] is not a problem.” In other words, don’t eat the dirt.
“It makes… a little more work, but what you come out with is so much better.” —Amy Matthews, South Circle Farm
Urban agriculture has historically waxed and waned in cities as conditions shift. For now, Indianapolis finds itself in a period of urban agricultural expansion, but this has ramped up soil contamination concerns. Lead tops the list of those concerns, in part because it’s the most studied contaminant, according to Harrell.
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Dr. Filippelli identified three primary sources of lead contamination: leaded paint, used to paint homes; leaded gasoline (which was finally banned in 1996 by the Clean Air Act); and lead emissions from smelters. “Cities have a long legacy of lead deposition,” said Filippelli. His research in urban soils has shown contamination levels 10 to 100 times what they should be. “Natural levels are 20 parts per million,” he noted. Drawing from 1,000 yard sites and 60 urban gardens, Filippelli found that the pattern of lead contamination radiates from the city center like a bull’s-eye. The highest concentrations are near the center, expanding to the 2000 and 3000 blocks in all directions. The next radius extends to I-465. Near his Broad Ripple home, levels are 10 times higher than normal, though “not a level most would consider unsafe,” he said. Still, he’s constructed 8-inch-deep raised beds in his yard. Just as important as knowing the content of soil is knowing a property’s past use. For example, if your home is located on or near a former dry cleaner or gas station, this information can be helpful in predicting what kind of contaminants might be found around your home or urban garden. To that end, the city is creating an inventory website with online tools to determine past land use. “The closer you are to the urban center, the more historic records are available,” according to Chris Harrell. The website is currently being tested and will be available later this summer. Additionally, Dr. Filippelli
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said a guide for gardening in urban settings will be available in a couple of months.
Filippelli, Harrell and their fellow advocates worry that fears of soil contamination will drive Hoosier urbanites to abandon backyard garden plots. In this case, knowledge is power.
GARDENING IN LEADCONTAMINATED SOILS • Review the EPA’s Contaminated Site Clean-Up Information here: www.clu-in.org/ecotools/urbangardens.cfm. • Know your soil’s lead concentration, pH, and the amount of organic matter. • Plant vegetable plants at least six feet away from buildings and busy streets. • Cap contaminated soil with layers of landscape cloth, mulch, and new soil to avoid direct contact. • Construct raised beds from untreated wood, or other materials that won’t leech contaminants into new soil. • Avoid overly dry conditions to prevent dust inhalation. • After mulching heavily over contaminated soil, plant flowers instead of vegetables in areas with higher concentrations, or build raised beds and fill with clean topsoil. • Always avoid exposing children to lead-contaminated soil. • Avoid growing root crops, leafy greens or any plants that have direct contact with lead-contaminated soil. • Wash all food from the garden before eating.
For residents who want to grow food on property within city limits, Filippelli recommended testing soil for nutrient content, organic matter and lead contamination. As part of his research, he’s offered free lead testing to the public since early 2010. “I will ask you to take your own samples and send them to me,” Filippelli explained. “I will then send your results back via email with some suggested guidelines for planting. You will need only things you already have in your house for the sampling.” He added that since lead is common in the top five inches of soil, it’s nearly impossible to submit a bad sample. These tests provide feedback on what may be helping or hindering plant growth such as organic matter and the pH balance. According to the EPA’s Steve Rock, knowing your soil’s pH is important. “Keeping soil pH in the neutral range
means heavy metals are bound up in the soil so that they are not available to plants to take up through the roots,” he said. So whatever you do to mitigate lead in soil will address other potential heavy metal contaminants. Indiana soil tends to be alkaline, or have a high pH, often above 7.8. A neutral range would be around 6.5 to 7. Ultimately, knowing your soil conditions, taking appropriate action, and understanding what conditions your plants prefer will ensure not only safer soils but also healthier plants and more produce for city-dwelling families. These measures can seem like a lot to expect of the average Indianapolis resident, and the city’s urban growers are sympathetic to that. But they also say the work is worth it. Back at South Circle Farm, Amy Matthews has done what was necessary to reduce the lead exposure so that she could feel confident about her growing conditions. “The way lead was spread across the site, we had several areas of high concentrations scattered across two acres. Doing it this way, we’ve increased our barrier without increasing the cost of our growing. All of the mulch comes for free,” Matthews said. “It makes building the site initially a little more work, but what you come out with is so much better.”
TEST YOUR SOIL
• Visit www.umass.edu/soiltest/ for $10-$15 soil tests. The standard soil test with organic matter ($15) is recommended. • Free lead testing is available through IUPUI’s Center for Urban Health. Visit the links tab at indytilth.org for instructions. Response times are around five weeks.
GRAPHIC COURTESY OF DR. GABRIEL FILIPPELLI
The highest lead concentrations, according to Dr. Filippelli’s research, are found near the center of Indianapolis.
Left: Dr. Gabriel Filippelli
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Indianapolis 500 Centennial Race Sunday, May 29, noon (gates open at 6 a.m.) Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4790 West 16th Street For info, tix: 492-8500 or www. indianapolismotorspeedway.com
(Left) The Borg-Warner trophy on view at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
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ne hundred years ago, the owner of the track located on the corner of 16th and Georgetown decided to take a gamble by exchanging multiple short events with one major attraction: a 500-mile race. His hope was to create a unique experience that would draw participants from around the world and generate unparalleled attention from the media and the general public. The 328-acre Pressley farm west of Indianapolis had been converted into a race track by local entrepreneur Carl Fisher and his three investors, James Allison, A.C. Newby and Frank Wheeler, in 1909. Nicknamed “Fisher’s Folly” by the press, the innovative, two-and-a-half mile oval, its initial surface of crushed stone replaced by brick paving after several racing fatalities, was the site of multiple racing events for cars and motorcycles at various times throughout 1909-1910. But Fisher had bigger dreams for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Noticing that attendance for the Memorial Day weekend races set records near 60,000 but fell throughout the season, Fisher decided to replace threeday events throughout the year with a single big race on the spring holiday, designed to draw an equally big audience. After briefly considering a 24-hour event, Fisher announced the “500-mile International Sweepstakes.” In order to attract the best drivers, cars and teams – as well as newspaper headlines – he offered an unprecedented purse of $25,000. Fisher’s plan worked. Forty cars started in the first Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day, May 30, 1911, with 85,000 spectators looking on for the six hour and 42 minute race.
Controversy, changes and cash prizes But the plan had to overcome some preliminary challenges.
Several drivers protested the length of the race, claiming it would become boring since the eventual winner was expected to be decided in the first 200 laps. The winner of the first Indy 500, Ray Harroun, initially didn’t want to compete, stating, “Five hundred miles is too far for anyone to drive at high speed.” Hoping to appease disgruntled drivers, Fisher implemented the use of relief drivers during the race. To address other safety concerns, he mandated a qualification requirement that each car must be able to run a quarter of a mile at 75 mph. Before the race, he held a driver’s meeting, instructing drivers and riding mechanics on their duties. He also led the first mass rolling start, paced at 40 mph, in a Stoddard-Dayton roadster, in order to avoid a cloud of smoke, typical of standing starts, which decreased visibility. Car numbers and starting positions were assigned according to the order in which entries were received. The entry fee was $500 before March 1, and $750 by May 1. The cars were painted alike in groups of 10 for scoring purposes, with large discs attached to their tail fins to display their numbers. One hundred timers and 50 relief timers were chosen from a vast spectrum of prominent manufacturers and former racecar drivers. It was a cool, partly cloudy day. General admission tickets sold for $2, box seats for $7. Nine rows of five cars lined up at 100-foot intervals. Daylight bombs exploding 250 feet in the air accompanied the waving of the green flag to signal the start of the race. The bombs ensured that drivers at the back of the extended field who couldn’t see the green flag were aware of the start. The car starting in the 28th position was of particular interest. A move was launched to ban the Marmon Wasp driven (and designed) by Ray Harroun and relief driver Cyrus Patschke. Many participants considered the peculiar-looking car a hazard because it had no room for a riding mechanic, whose job was
to check the oil pressure and let the driver know when traffic was coming. In response, Harroun installed an adjustable rearview mirror, an early example of innovative automotive technology. While most of the cars entered in the race were stock models, the Marmon was frankly and openly a special-built racecar. The single-seater, 6-cylinder, 477 cu. in. automobile featured a central steering column and driving position. The stern drew to a long, sharp point, extending four feet back from the cockpit. Its tapering, streamlined tail earned it the nickname “Yellow Jacket.” In 1912 a rule change would outlaw single-seater cars: riding mechanics were mandated from 1912 until 1922.
The first race Despite Fisher’s careful preparations, timing and scoring problems occurred … as did fatal accidents. When Arthur Grenier’s Amplex blew a tire on the backstretch of Lap 12, his riding mechanic, S.P. Dickson, was thrown into a fence and died instantly. The crowd swarmed across the infield to view the accident. Because the militia couldn’t control the crowd, a special police force used their guns to club spectators in order to clear a path for the ambulance. The hysteria generated by the scene caused the crowd to run across the track during each subsequent incident. One spectacular accident that didn’t cause any deaths did cost one man the fame of winning the first Indy 500. At the 240mile point, on the front stretch, Joe Jagersberger’s Case broke a steering knuckle and swerved. Having hit the judges’ stand, the car spun down pit lane and came back onto the track, throwing riding mechanic C.L. Anderson onto the racing surface. Harry Knight veered to the left to miss Anderson, but crashed into the pits and demolished the parked Apperson of Herb Lytle, who had stopped for a tire change. The
Apperson overturned, throwing Lytle 25 feet and injuring his riding mechanic. Knight’s car flipped end over end, finally coming to a rest atop Caleb Bragg’s Fiat, also in the pits for a new drag rod. The judges’ stand emptied with the first impact, as everyone either ran for cover or rushed to see the accident. No one remained to keep track of the cars still racing. Later, drivers protested that some of their laps weren’t counted. Complaints were also lodged against the sophisticated timing device employed by the track; the wire connection was out for repair more than once for as long as an hour. In addition, Ralph Mulford claimed that a scoring error occurred when four cars crashed on the starting line, placing him second instead of first. Similarly, David BruceBrown claimed that his Fiat finished second behind Mulford, and the Lozier team supported his claim with a scoreboard showing Mulford ahead of Harroun. Three cars took the one-lap flag: a Fiat, a Lozier and a Marmon. Bruce-Brown, in the Fiat, broke down. Mulford, in the Lozier, took the checkered flag alone, then did three extra “safety” laps. When he finally stopped, Harroun was already in Victory Lane. Due to the protests, AAA, the sanctioning body, delayed posting of official results until the next morning. They admitted that inexperienced timers had “fouled up” during the caution laps and regretted that the lap and scoring charts had been destroyed. Although they credited Harroun with the win, the order of some of the other cars was changed. Harroun’s official finishing time was also corrected to 6:42:08, one mile an hour slower than the unofficial time posted at the track the previous day. Years later, IMS officials publicly, but quietly, credited Ralph Mulford with leading the race at its conclusion. However, the driver refused to embarrass Harroun, so the general public is largely unaware of the identity of the true winner of the first Indy 500.
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Despite suffering severe burns in a crash last week Simona de Silvestro will be racing on Sunday.
Second year for de Silvestro The Swiss Miss returns
t’s all about speed with Simona de Silvestro, aka the “Swiss Miss” or the “Swiss Missile.” Talking nearly as fast as she drives in the Izod IndyCar series, the 22-year-old driver from Switzerland looks forward to her second attempt at the Indianapolis 500. “Indy is a special place,” she reflects. “It’s a tough race … but last year went pretty well.” Last year went well enough to earn de Silvestro Rookie of the Year honors. Qualifying 22nd and finishing 14th for HVM Racing started attracting media attention. Displaying no trace of ego, de Silvestrto points out the benefit for her sponsor, Nuclear Clean Air Energy/Entenergy, the second largest owner and operator of U.S. nuclear energy plants. “It’s all coming together.”
Through the gears Born in Thun, Switzerland, in 1988, de Silvestro has dual Italian and Swiss citzenship – a birthright duly commemorated by a double flag design on her helmet. Because motor racing was outlawed in her home country after the horrific 1955 crash in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (a ban which was lifted in 2007), the aspiring young driver began her karting career in Italy at the tender age of 6. Honing her skills as she moved up through the ranks of the French Formula A Championship and the Formula Renault 2000 Championship in Italy, de Silvestro came to America to compete in the Formula BMW USA championship in 2006. Despite a victory and several podiums in that series, it was her performance in the Atlantic Championship that drew widespread recognition from the
racing community. De Silvestro was the second woman to win in the series (at the Long Beach Grand Prix in 2008), but her record-breaking success in Atlantics came in 2009. She became the first woman in series history to have earned the most wins and pole positions, and the most laps led in a single season. Displaying maturity beyond her years, de Silvestro brought the same determination, focus and skill to the IRL IndyCar Series in 2010 when she joined HVM, founded by Keith Wiggins in 2001. Suitably persuaded by de Silvestro’s initial test, Wiggins signed her, telling reporters, “She’s got natural ability and is very good at feeling the car and telling us what it’s doing.” Her impression on HVM engineer Michael Cannon was equally impressive. Cannon called her “unflappable, professional and just a delight to work with.” “It was a big jump from Atlantics,” de Silvestro recalls. Accolades such as the Tony Renna Rising Star Award and Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year indicate she made the jump successfully. “The first year [in a series], you don’t know what to expect. But the second year, you’re more confident, more prepared.”
Preparing for success De Silvestro’s preparations for the 2011 season began long before the opening race at St. Pete. “I work out most in the off-season so I can be ready physically [for racing],” she says, estimating that she spends 4-5 hours a day in the gym in Switzerland, where she spends the winter with family and friends. She concentrates on
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cardio and weight training. “It’s tougher as a female; the wheel gets heavy, so I do a lot of weights.” Here in Indianapolis, she continues her training at St. Vincent Sports Performance. Recognizing that racing is a team sport, the eager and animated driver spends a lot of time with her team. “We’re a big family,” she says. “Everyone is working hard for the same goal. We’re all in the same boat and it’s important for us to cheer each other up.” De Silvestro’s enthusiasm and sense of fun permeate her approach to racing, but she’s all business when it comes to performance. Despite a surprise last-minute pre-season change of engineer, with Brent Harvey picking up the reigns and the radio, her performance so far this year has been impressive. “Your relationship with your engineer is important,” de Silvestro says. “It’s important for a driver to know what
Recognizing that she she wants and communihas to prove herself, the cate to the engineer what talented young driver, you want. As the season who is fluent in three goes, you start to feel languages, expresses no what you like and undercomplaints. “I’m lucky stand the car.” to be where I am. Not The chemistry works many get to achieve this and de Silvestro is happy, level. It’s a lot of work, adeptly communicating —Simona de Silvestro but I get to drive all year. her “seat-of-the-pants” I’m lucky.” feel for car set-up – without the benefit of a teammate. “It’s a little bit harder without one, Indy expectations but we’re a strong one-car team,” she says. “We would like to share data [with another With a year of experience under her driver]; it helps with testing when time on belt, the sophomore driver has her sights the track is limited, but it is what it is and on improving her results – and she served you make do with what you have.” notice of those intentions during an Being realistic about her current situintense battle with KV Racing Technologyation in no way diminishes her career Lotus driver Tony Kanaan in the waning laps at St. Pete. aspirations. “I’ve been dreaming of F1 A friendly smile and relaxed demeanor since I was a little girl,” she confesses.
“The second year, you’re more confident, more prepared.”
he’s familiar with the track. If the situation falls right, the Newman/Haas driver has the maturity to pull it off. Justin Wilson: The lanky Brit with the endearing lisp has talent but has been plagued by bad luck and hampered by budget teams – although giving Dale Coyne his first victory in 2009 and driving with an injured wrist demonstrated his tenacity to overcome any obstacle. Dreyer and Reinbold Racing will be stretched with five drivers, but Wilson is a pro at getting the most out of his car.
Thirty-three will race to become the Centennial face
rivers and teams will compete to win the centennial edition of the Indianapolis 500, but at the end of the month, only one face will be added to the prestigious Borg-Warner trophy, commemorating the winning driver of this landmark race. Anything can happen at Indianapolis, as demonstrated by topsy-turvy qualifying results that saw some small and May-only teams at the front of the grid while the “big three” of Penske, Ganassi and Andretti struggled.
Best bets Will Power: Seemingly unstoppable, the aptly named driver has won four poles and two of the races this year and leads the points standings. Don’t be surprised if the amiable Aussie ends up in Victory Circle. Dario Franchitti: Last year’s winner, the smooth Scot would probably like to see the checkers at Indy unaccompanied by a yellow flag for once. Second in the points standings, the Ganassi driver is consistent, smart and backed by a powerhouse team. It’s no wonder there’s a “target” on his back – but back-to-back wins are difficult to come by. Scott Dixon: Bad luck and a couple of uncharacteristic (but graciously admitted) driver errors rank the quiet Kiwi lower than expected, but the 2009 Indy 500 winner is always a strong contender, especially behind the wheel of a Target Chip Ganassi Racing car.
Strong contenders Oriol Servia: A solid third place in the points with two Top-5 finishes announce the comeback of the educated and photogenic Spaniard with championship team Newman/Haas Racing after a sponsor-less year on the sidelines. A front-row starting position could position Servia for another Top 5 finish. Tony Kanaan: Despite the set-back of losing seats on two teams during the off-season and landing the KV Racing Technology-Lotus ride just days before the season started, TK is settling in with his new team, always runs strong at Indy, is due and determined to prove something. Starting near the back will only motivate him more. Ryan Briscoe: Perhaps the most under rated of the Team Penske drivers, the Aussie drives smart, works hard and never loses his cool, a combination that has propelled him to 5th place in the standings and could take him further up the line at the end of 500 miles.
belie her focus and resolve, which helped her qualify for this year’s race a day after suffering severe burns to her hands after a hard crash that left her car upside down and damaged beyond repair. Reminiscent of another fiery crash in the Firestone 440 at Texas Motor Speedway last June, which also resulted in a burned hand, this accident didn’t deter her. Poise and patience balance her drive and determination. Demonstrating the wisdom of much more experienced veterans, the astute racer says, “We spend so much time at Indy, it’s easy to get confused and go in the wrong direction. You can overthink things, make too many changes. During the race, there are a lot of pit stops; things can go wrong.” Fortunately, she says, her engineer has a lot of oval experience and she tends to “go with the flow,” relying on communication and trust. “We usually figure it out.”
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Drivers; top left moving clockwise: Will Power, Dario Franchitti, Oriol Servia , Tony Kanaan.
Outside chance Graham Rahal: As the youngest-ever winner of a major open-wheel race (St. Pete 2008), the all-American son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal knows how to get the job done. Fresh off a second place in Brazil, he’s eager to continue his father’s legacy, but is the Service Central Ganassi satellite team on par with the first string? Takuma Sato: Considered a sleeper until his near-win in Brazil, the Japanese ex-Formula One driver has upped his game since TK joined the KV stable. Benefiting from data shared across the four-car team, and fit from cycling and driving with a purpose (Pray for Japan, a campaign started in the wake of that country’s multiple catastrophes), Sato has a realistic shot from P10. Alex Tagliani: Relieved of the pressures of team ownership, the French-Canadian can once again focus on the business at hand: driving. Leading the Sam Schmidt Motorsports lineup in its entrée into IndyCar and leading the field from pole position, Tag has been impressively competitive, launching himself into seventh place in the points. Helio Castroneves: The emotional Brazilian has lost his mojo this season, collecting more of his competitors’ cars than points. A series of errors – sans penalties, to the dismay of the rest of the field – in each race has placed the Penske driver a distant 17th in the points. He needs to regain his confidence and balance if he wants to make that fourth climb up the fence. James Hinchcliffe: A likely contender for Rookie of the Year honors, the Canadian “Mayor of Hinchtown” impressed with a strong run at Long Beach. Although a rookie in the “big” cars at Indy, he is a graduate of the Indy Lights series, which also races at the Brickyard, so
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Tomas Scheckter: The buff and witty South African is fast, but has a reputation for crashing. Still, he could bring good things out of KV in a one-off for May. Ed Carpenter: The Butler grad didn’t turn a wheel for Sarah Fisher Racing until May, but ovals are his thing – and this one has family ties. A strong qualifying run bodes well. Danica Patrick: No longer Andretti Autosports’ top driver, the still-popular Go Daddy girl has struggled this year – perhaps due to her attention being diverted by her NASCAR career. Marco Andretti: Legendary name, legendary lack of luck. His only win is now five years ago, but he managed a last-minute qualification with father Michael calling the shots. He could be more style than substance. Paul Tracy: Part-timer for Dragon Racing during the season, PT stretches Dreyer & Reinbold’s resources in a fifth car at Indy. Now past 40, he’s more familiar with Memory Lane than Victory Lane. Vitor Meira: The Brazilian has been driving for A.J. Foyt since late 2008, which coincides with the descent of his stats. Simona de Silvestro: An impressive battle with TK in the season-opener doesn’t cover the fact that the Swiss Miss needs more aggression and experience on the track. Burned hands may be an issue in a long race. John Andretti: The always-jovial Andretti is an experienced journeyman driver running with cousin Michael’s team, but it’s hard to cherry-pick a win at Indy. EJ Viso: The Venezuelan is fast, but tears up equipment with far too many crashes. This month his times have been slower, but he’s kept it off the wall and could bring home a respectable finish.
Off the radar JR Hildebrand, Panther Racing; Charlie Kimball, Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing: Sebastian Saavedra, Conquest Racing; Simon Pageaud, Ana Beatriz, and Davey Hamilton, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing; Wade Cunningham, Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
Honda powers 100th Indy 500
onda has been involved with U.S. open-wheel racing since 1994 – the longest unbroken streak of any engine manufacturer. Racing is important to Honda. “Everything we do on the race track affects how people think of us,” explains Roger Griffiths, technical director for Honda Performance Development. “Racing helps put the Honda name out there. It builds the HPD brand and promotes the growth of the company and our ability.” HPD includes a fully integrated research and development center where the staff designs and builds engines for several series, including IndyCar. Acknowledging that the engine isn’t as glamorous as some other components, Griffiths only half-jokingly says they consider it the most important part of the car. After all, he says, “We power the race!” In all seriousness, he continues: “Reliability is a boring story, but it’s important to us.” Consulting the statistics, he reports that Honda hasn’t had an on-track engine failure in IndyCar racing since Sonoma 2009, and the one previous to that was at Kansas in 2007. “We logged a quarter-million in-race miles between engine failures.” Another important statistic he quotes is five consecutive Indianapolis 500s without an engine failure. “We’re shooting for our sixth straight this year,” Griffiths says with a hint of nervous anticipation. “It’s nerve-wracking. This is the biggest race of the year, and it’s the 100th anniversary. We don’t want to screw it up.” All of Honda’s R&D, all of their attention to detail and all of their results on the racetrack translate in some measure to their road cars. “Honda cars have tremendous reliability; that comes from racing.” R&D earned HPD the 45th annual BorgWarner Louis Schwitzer Award for their development of the Honda Refueling Safety Interlock System, which prevents a racing car from leaving its pit with the
refueling hose attached. A reworked LED photoelectric sensor is installed in the Dallara chassis adjacent to the fuel receiver “buckeye” and connected to the chassis wiring loom. When the probe on the end of the refueling hose is inserted into the buckeye, the sensor detects the probe and sends a signal to the Engine Control Unit. Using system-specific software, the ECU then sends a message to the Gearbox Control Unit (GCU) to select and/or hold the gearbox in neutral until the sensor detects that the probe has been removed from the buckeye. Once the probe has been removed, the driver can select first gear, and the car can safely leave its pit. Almost as important as performing on the racetrack is connecting with the crowd. “People come to the track and tell us their story,” Griffiths relates. “They tell us about their Civic, how long they’ve had their Honda… It’s important for us to have a connection to our customers, and by having a presence at the races, it’s a way to reach them.” Last year’s Indianapolis 500 brought Honda’s 100th win in IndyCar racing. “GM may have the pace car, but we use these achievements to promote Honda,” Griffiths says. “Indy is the biggest race of the year. It’s our opportunity to showcase our product.” Joining the rest of the racing world in looking back at the first 100 years of the Indianapolis 500, Honda is at a crossroads. The company is preparing for a fresh start for the next 100 years with the introduction of a new 2.2-liter turbo-charged V6 engine that runs on E85 – a package with a closer tie to Honda’s production cars than the current engine specifications. Perhaps even more notable, next year, Honda will have to share the spotlight with other engine manufacturers when IndyCar introduces a new car and rules package. Current partner Ilmor will become a competitor once again. “We’re super excited to have competition,” Griffiths exclaims. “It’s why we go racing. This gets us back to development; it gets us back to excitement. Mr. Honda was a racer. The racing spirit is in our DNA throughout the company.”
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Indy 500 at 100 years old
IPL 500 Festival Parade
Nationally-known celebrities, costumed characters, marching bands, patriotic units, specialty units, spectacular floats, and giant helium balloons. Sounds like a party! Over 300,000 spectators will flock to the circle city for this year’s parade. The 33 starting drivers will make an appearance as well, with the pole position starter bringing up the rear. Tickets are $14.50-32 and they can be purchased at the 500 Festival Ticket Office, by phone or the Will Call Tent on Parade Day at the corner of Michigan and Meridian from 9:00 a.m. to noon (when the parade will begin). Downtown, 614-6400, www.500festival.com.
Here’s your essential Indy race-related activities WEDNESDAY
The Yelp 500 @ the Service Center for Contemporary Culture and Community
500 Festival Community Day @ Motor Speedway
Want to kick off the Indy 500 weekend right? And drive your car on the raceway? And gulp down a glass of milk just like a winning driver after the victory lap? And pose with a pace car, a trophy and a wreath? Of course you do! Public gates open at 9 a.m. To drive around the track like a real racer, enter gate 10 off of 30th St. Admission is $7 for adults. Kids 6 and under get in for free. 4790 W. 16th St., 497-6747, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.
Zoopolis 500 @ the Indianapolis Zoo
What’s more exciting than watching cars race? Watching tortoises race, of course! And this year is the 30th time the cute little fellas will compete. Indycar star Tony Kanaan will be on hand to wave the green checkered flags while Mike King, Indy 500 radio voice, will be announcing. Parade lap and race begins at 11:30 a.m. and the festivities are included with regular zoo admission. Tortoises will compete for a fresh fruit tray in Dean’s Arena. Get there at 10:30 a.m. for pre-race activities — and a good seat. Parking is $6. Admission is $10.25-15.25. 1200 W. Washington St., 630-2001, www.indyzoo.com.
Firestone Freedom 100 Practice and Qualifying @ Motor Speedway
Can you literally not wait any longer for the Indy 500? Are you just dying to see cars whiz by — or to get behind the wheel of one yourself? Well, then listen up, er, read carefully, young drivers. Practice begins for the Firestone Indy Lights series at 9 a.m. Qualifying runs for the Firestone Freedom 100 start at 3 p.m. and last until 4. Come watch these up and coming racers for free. For more information on the drivers, teams and rankings, check out www.indycar.com. 4790 W. 16th St., 497-6747, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.
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Top, A.J. Foyt: enjoy his day on Saturday; bottom, left: IPL 500 Festival Parade, downtown on Saturday; right, REO Speedwagon will rock the Indiana Roof Ballroom at the Snakepit Ball on Saturday.
Rockin’ on Main St.
Food, drinks, music and fun. The food and drinks come at a price, but the fun is free (as well as the admission and live music by the local R&B dance band Toy Factory). Presented by the greater Speedway area chamber of commerce, this is one street party you do not want to miss. Bring your children, too — the kid-zone will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7. For adults, the party is on until 11:30 p.m. It’s going to be crazy (within reason, of course). 1205 Main St., 492-8500, www. indianapolismotorspeedway.com.
Indy 500 Breakfast @ Motor Speedway Pavilion
When we say this is a breakfast of champions, we mean it — literally! Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford, Al Unser Jr., Sam Schmidt, Davey Hamilton, Sarah Fisher and Martin Plowman are just some of the racers you can expect to see under the shadow of the historic Pagoda. They will share their personal stories of success to celebrate this year’s race. You can also expect to rub elbows with racing team owners and celebrities and even see video highlights of the 100-year history of the Indy 500. And all those in attendance will receive a keepsake to remember this centennial race. 8-9:30 a.m. Price: $125. 4790 W. 16th St., 492-6526.
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The greatest spectacle in all that is not racing. This party has booze (from Sun King Brewery and New Day Meadery), food, live music, trike races, roller derby girls, a dunk tank with a local celebrity, and camels (yes — real, live camels). And on top of it all, NUVO will be there to give away tickets. This party also marks the grand opening of the Service Center for Contemporary Arts & Culture! To attend this big shindig, you have to RSVP online (get a Yelp account— it’s free!) and be 21 years old. All the food and entertainment is free! 5-7 p.m. 3919 Lafayette Rd., 408-1366, www.yelp.com.
Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball @ Red Bull Battle at the Indiana Roof Ballroom Bricks @ Motor Speedway A race-eve tradition under the Indiana One of the largest flatland BMX contests in the world! Amateurs will ride alongside professionals under the shadows of the Pagoda. Riders from ages 15-29 are welcome to compete in varied showcases from precision, timing and balance. Rider registration begins at 8 a.m. (you can also register via Facebook) and there is a beginner class at 9 a.m., followed by an expert class at 10 a.m. and a master class at 11:30 a.m. The event will culminate with a professional final from 5-8 p.m. in which pros (including Terry Adams and Matthias Dandois) will duke it out for a $4,000 prize purse. Admission is free; registration is $30-50. 4790 W. 16th St., 374-3901.
A.J. Foyt Day @ Motor Speedway
No racing on this day, but there is something equally exciting — the chance to meet four time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt. He’ll be present for a Q &A on the Coca Cola stage by at least 11:30 a.m. and ready to sign autographs by 11:55. This appearance is particularly special as it falls upon the 50th anniversary of Foyt’s first win in 1961. In addition to Foyt, there will be book signings by Motor Speedway authors as well as an exhibition of 67 Indy 500 winning cars. Better yet, the experience is free (as the best things in life tend to be!) 4790 W. 16th St., 492-8500, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.
Roof Ballroom. This is the place to see the stars. Presented by Cindy and Paul Skjodt, this black-tie party includes red carpet arrivals by celebrities in town for race weekend as well as special VIP guests. Dinner and dancing will round out the celebration as well as live music by the much-celebrated REO Speedwagon. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7. If you can’t make it, don’t worry too much — WISH-TV will televise live from the event’s red carpet arrivals. If you are attending, call 927-3378 for ticket information. 140 W. Washington St., 236-1870, www.indianaroof.com.
The Zippers of Zoomerville @ the Phoenix Theatre
A play that both celebrates and gently spoofs the city’s passion for all things racing. Come see this musical send-up of the Indy 500 on its last day — right before the big race! Don’t worry — its satirical edge will not rid you of your fast-track fever. If anything, it will fuel your excitement for the race. This year’s production has been also updated and shortened, just so you know. According to NUVO’s own Katelyn Coyne, “The script brims with lines that actors love to say, causing each to create gut-busting energy throughout.” Show starts at 8 p.m. 749 N. Park Ave. 6357529, www.phoenixtheatre.org.
247 S. Meridian St.
6281 N. College Ave.
Ari was a featured standup on the HBO comedy series Down and Dirty with Jim Norton and performed at this year’s Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Additionally, he has appeared on TBS’s Minding the Store, ESPN Classic’s Cheap Seats, and dozens of national commercials.
Rachel Feinstein 6/8-6/11
Kevin Pollak 6/16-6/18
Claude worked for HBO’s “Dennis Miller Live!” for three seasons, and he has made several appearances on the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom” morning show. He has appeared on television shows such as “Comics Unleashed”; “That 70s Show”, “Scrubs”, “The Best Damn Sports Show, Period!”, and “Last Comic Standing II.”
Tracey McDonald 6/1-6/4
Andy Woodhull 6/8-6/11
KEVIN POLLAK JUNE 16-18
Meet & Greet
Thursday, June 16 7:30 at Peppers Broad Ripple
Get your special VIP ticket for only $30! Your VIP tickets allows you to meet Kevin Pollak in an intimate setting an hour before showtime at Peppers. In addition, you will recieve VIP seating for the show at 8pm.
Walter Knabe Exhibit Print Show @ Indiana Design Center
ModernMasters Fine Art & Brokerage and Indy Contemporary are hosting an exhibit displaying Walter Knabe’s striking work on Thursday from 6-8 p.m., Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Indiana Design Center . Knabe is the 2011 Indiana Design Legend and 2010 Official Artist of the Indianapolis 500. This is the first time Knabe has opened his new studio to the public with a screenprint exhibit and screenprint demonstration. Free. 200 South Rangeline Road, Carmel; 866-370-1601; www.walterknabe.com.
Work by Walter Knabe
IHS Concerts on the Canal Series @ Indiana Historical Society
The downtown canal is one of the great wonders of Indianapolis, and what better way to enjoy these environs than when The Indiana Historical Society kicks off its Concerts on the Canal Series with the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra on May 26. Seating at the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace allows carry-in food but, sorry folks, it’s not BYOB. There is, however a cash bar, café and outdoor grill run by Hoaglin To Go. Take in the sweet sounds and tastes on Thursdays, May 26-Aug. 11, from 6-8 p.m.; table for 8-$45, table for 4-$35, single seat-$10. 450 West Ohio Street Indianapolis, 232-1882, http:// www.indianahistory.org/
Craig Brenner is part of the Concerts on the Canal Series, performing July 4 with his band, the Crawdads.
Air Quality and Public Health summit @ IUPUI Campus Center
Air pollution is nothing to sneeze at. Attend the third annual Environmental Health Summit put on by Improving Kids’ Environment and IUPUI. The event will cover impacts of air pollution, new EPA clean air standards and Indianapolis’ air quality (or lack thereof). Health professional Daniel Greenbaum, EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe and others will speak. Lunch will be provided and the event is free if you register by May 27. 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. www.ikecoalition.org/Events. 420 University Boulevard, 677-4760, www.ikecoalition.org.
onnuvo.net /GALLERIES New Paintings: Rob Day
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Monika Herzig Duo Tue. May 31
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Fever players (left to right): Katie Douglas, Tamika Catchings, Tammy Sutton-Brown, Tangela Smith.
Indiana Fever v. Minnesota Lynx @ Conseco Fieldhouse
The Indiana Fever play their first home game in their preseason match-up with the Minnesota Lynx. Both teams bring in the season with exciting rookies: Jeanette Pohlen for the Fever and Maya Moore for the Lynx. Pohlen, a guard from Stanford, will be making her debut in front of the home crowd. The Fever made the playoffs last year with a record of 21-13, but lost to the New York Liberty in a hardfought series. Game time, 7 p.m. 125 South Pennsylvania Street: 317-917-2500; www.wnba.com/fever; ticket prices vary
Cincinnati Fringe Festival @ Cincinnati, OH
Love the Fringe Festival in Indianapolis? One Fringe Fest per year not enough? Then get thee hence to Cincinnati, where their FF starts Tuesday, May 31 and runs until June 11. Expect the usual shenanigans of button and envelope pushing fare, including one show familiar to Indy Fringe fans, Jessica Ferris, whose one-woman show received 4 stars from our reviewer. Cincy has a FringeNext — plays by younger folks — along with visual art, film and general debaucherous fun. 1120 Jackson Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, 513-300-KNOW (5669), http://www.cincyfringe.com/
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A&E FEATURE The IMA represents the USA
Gloria, that Allora and Calzadilla have created for the U.S. Pavilion. “I think they thought we were slightly insane,” says Freiman, smiling, “but they got it.”
Freiman acknowledges that Allora and Calzadilla’s work opens a door to potential controversy. “We had long conversations behind the scenes as we were developing the proposal about how much we should say and we made a decision we were going to be completely true to ourselves and about what it was that we wanted to do and what we wanted to say. It was a totally idealistic endeavor and so, when we won, it was all the more sweet because we didn’t censor ourselves. We were completely honest about what we wanted to do. There are always judgment calls. But when it comes to art, especially, I think, good art that is not doctrinaire but is complicated and provocative, that is part of the necessity of a free democracy. It’s part of the Bill of Rights. It’s freedom of speech. It never exhausts itself in terms of its being important and our needing to pay attention to it.”
Museum in charge of US Pavilion at Venice Biennale BY DA V I D H O P P E DHOPPE@NUVO.NET
his is all part of a strategy to make people nationally and internationally – and even locally – more aware of the value of the IMA and the importance of art in everyday life.” Lisa Freiman, the senior curator and Chair of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s contemporary art department is sitting in an office packed to the rafters with books, planning documents and broad sheets covered with images and diagrams. At this moment, Freiman’s office is an international command center. She serves as the United States commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion for the 54th Venice Biennale international art exhibition, the oldest continuous contemporary art exhibition in the world. Earlier this year, the U.S. State Department approved a proposal developed by Freiman and IMA CEO Maxwell Anderson for the IMA to curate the U.S. Pavilion in Venice. Put simply: this is a big deal. Dating back to 1895, the Venice Biennale is to the art world what the Olympics is to the world of sports. As its name indicates, the Biennale, which awards gold and silver medals to the top entries, takes place every two years. A major component of this art orgy takes place in Venice’s Castello Gardens, where 30 countries have erected permanent architectural structures – the pavilions – that serve as sites for their biannual entries. The Biennale’s history, says Freiman, runs parallel to the development of the modern Olympic movement. “They were part of a similar sensibility in the late 19th century to bring different people from around the world together in a peaceful way and to celebrate, in this case, the best art that was being created.” The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs works in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts to select the American museum to curate the U.S. Pavilion. Museums from across the country apply for this opportunity; this year the IMA was in competition with such institutions as New York’s Whitney Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum. The IMA is just the second Midwestern art museum (the other being the Art Institute of Chicago) to be selected to represent the United States in Venice.
Art as a catalyst
Freiman says the IMA’s application focused on addressing American identity and nationalism at this time in history. “It seemed to me like this was a really important moment to talk about the diversity and complexity of American identity through art and to use art as a catalyst for raising some of those
Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla in front of Track and Field.
issues – not in a social realist way where it’s a transparent representation of ideology, but to use art to complicate matters and disrupt the expected.” Freiman brought the same approach to the Biennale application that she’s used to such great effect on projects like the IMA’s 100 Acres art and nature park. “My curatorial practice has been to work with young artists, commissioning new projects, to give them opportunities to create new work that they wouldn’t ordinarily have and, also, to help build our reputation and collection.” In this case, Freiman turned to a pair of collaborative artists, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, based in Puerto Rico. “I had wanted to work with them at some point,” she says, “but was sort of sitting on it because I wanted to wait for the right moment, the right context.” Allora and Calzadilla have been a team since 1995. Their work has been featured in exhibitions throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Serpentine Gallery in London, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Palais de Tokyon in Paris. “They’re extreme intellectuals and their work is always conceptually based,” says Freiman. “The work is frequently socially and politically inflected. It’s very much tied
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to the history of modern and contemporary art in terms of the language of the forms that they use. They are totally tied to the legacy of avant-garde practices but they are reinventing them afresh in relationship to issues that are important to us today, like sustainability, the environment, defining individual places, understanding power structures and the way that they affect our lives. They’re interesting to me because they don’t pass judgment. Their work is not didactic, it’s not trying to choose sides. What it does is reveal the ideological underpinnings of things.” And so the first work visitors to the U.S. Pavilion will encounter is what Freiman calls a “performative sculpture” – a military tank turned upside down with a treadmill mounted at one end and an actual athlete using it for a seemingly endless workout. “Because we were playing with ideas of international competition in relationship to the art world and the military and commerce and culture, [Allora and Calzadilla] started thinking about having real athletes involved,” says Freiman. The IMA reached out to the offices of USA Track & Field and USA Gymnastics, headquartered in Indianapolis, in order to involve world class athletes in the performance elements of the six installations, collectively titled
In any event, the IMA’s selection to host the U.S. Pavilion represents a historic milestone for the museum and for Indianapolis. “It’s great for the museum because it puts us in the company of the best museums in the country who have done this,” says Freiman. “But it is also great for the city because it is another way that we can demonstrate very literally that we are ambitious and competitive and critically minded. We’re engaged in what’s going on nationally. This is not just saying that we’ve arrived, but that we’ve excelled our peers in many ways.” Gloria, the U.S. Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, commissioned and curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, is on view from June 4 through Nov. 27, 2011. Can’t make it to Venice? The IMA has developed a microsite with background information on the Venice Biennale, U.S. Commissioner Lisa Freiman, the U.S. Pavilion, Allora and Calzadilla, and each work of art included in Gloria. Multimedia components will include video interviews, behindthe-scenes glimpses of the installation and a feed to blog posts facilitating online conversations about the exhibition and its themes. Go to www.imamuseum.org/venice. Teens from Indianapolis and Puerto Rico participating in a global exchange program will travel to Venice to meet counterparts there and create an international student-run blog, “Our Voices/ La Nostra Voces/Nuestra Voz” ( www. imamuseum.org/ourvoices). You can also find extensive information about Allora and Calzadilla at Artbabble, the collaborative video platform developed by the IMA (www.artbabble.org).
A&E REVIEWS DANCE COPPÉLIA e Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater, Indianapolis School of Ballet with guest artists, May 21-22.Coppélia, the initiator of action, in reality is a lifeless doll. Coppélia the ballet, on the other hand, is a great comic ballet brought realistically to life by the delightfully animated dancers performing in the Indianapolis School of Ballet production. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Sandman,” Coppélia (1870) predates The Nutcracker (1890) by 20 years with Tchaikovsky crediting Leo Delibes as his inspiration little knowing his use of another Hoffmann story would become an American Christmas holiday craze. Set in a charmingly depicted Austro-Hungarian village in Galicia, Coppélia equally deserves mass audience attention. At the center are three competing plot lines: Dr. Coppélius’ desire to “animate” his mechanical doll, Swanhilda’s desire to marry her beloved Franz, Franz’s desire to capture the attention of the alluring Coppélia (while still desiring the attention of Swanhilda). It’s Keystone Cops craziness carried out with meticulous mime and technical skills for choreography based not only on tricky ballet variations but also on folkloric dances, including the mazurka, czardas, bolero and jig-- and on keeping perfectly still in a not so comfortable pose for a very long time. The entire cast, from “petite villagers” to seasoned professionals, works together to bring the story to a happy ending. Victoria Lyras’ choreography perfectly molds itself into Delibes’ music, enhanced by Loukia Finale’s exquisite costumes and James Leitner’s lighting. It’s in executing the minute details and nuances of body language, and their facial expressions and relationships to each other along with technical clarity that the dancers make this community celebration of youthful love sparkle. Bravo. Space doesn’t allow naming all, but mention must be made of the growing number of young boy dancers. Nice. —RITA KOHN
THE BODY ELECTRIC e Indiana Repertory Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, May19-22. “Electric Counterpoint,” a world premiere “dedicated in loving memory of Larry Hurt” is emotionally charged movement working with the minimalist palette of Steven Reich’s music. Hochoy opens with George Salinas and Zach Young emerging from a point of light and interacting in expansive slow motion on top of Reich’s pushing, pulsing, minimalist patterns. The matching of pace picks up with Mariel Greenlee and Caitlin Swihart in fluid reaches, rolling with the phasing patterns and disappearing into them. Liberty Harris and Melanie Schreiber search for their pacing with each other and then within the trio of Brandon Comer, Kenoth Shane Patton and Zach Young, physicality layering onto the audible. Jillian Godwin against a brushed swath of white background goes at it alone until Timothy June’s entrance reengages partnering for the apotheosis and merging of movement into the music. In
three parts, Electric Counterpoint is simultaneously a process of grieving and a celebration of life. Larry Hurt — teacher/artist, lover of travel and home, music and dance, meditative and expansive would have been delighted. We last experienced a dance set on Reich’s music when Melli Hoppe created a moving narrative of The Nazi Holocaust on Different Trains. The program opened with “In the Moog,” a delightfully childlike impression of having fun with music by J.S. Bach performed by Wendy Carlos on the Moog Synthesizer. It was fun to watch in 2008 and even more so now, recalling the goofy body language to the feel of music, being humanly animalistic and “insectingly” human. The company of eleven zipped through a spectrum of emotions and dance styles for a rush to the finish. “Skin Walkers“ (1999) closed the program. Music by T. H. Gillespie and L.E. McCullough was performed live by jazz violinist Cathy Morris and keyboardist Gillespie. The company in constantly changing combinations and formations took us into the dualities life on the edge.Throughout, costumes and lighting intimately partnered with the choreography. — RITA KOHN
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MUSIC ISO CLASSICAL SERIES PROGRAM NO. 18 t Hilbert Circle Theatre; May 20-21. For nearly two seasons the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has been barraged with one guest conductor after another, each spending two to three weekdays honing our players into performance-grade FridaySaturday (and sometimes Thursday morning) concerts. The variation in what these touring conductors got from the orchestra has been rather astonishing. But now, Krzysztof Urbanski, 28-years-old, made his well anticipated, much hyped debut with “his” new orchestra and our old, familiar one this weekend. His “vision” was there — in spades; his players’ execution of it often was not. Conducting three standard repertoire works: Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Op. 26 and his Symphony No. 4 in A (“Italian”), Op. 90, with the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47, sandwiched between, Urbanski’s results were variable. With quick, precise baton and left-hand motions, our music director designate achieved remarkable dynamic shaping throughout the evening. He made the “louds” really loud, the “softs” really soft and the “in-betweens” rendered in delicate shades of gray. While the Hebrides Overture was taken rather slowly, some of its phrasing failed to be cleanly articulated. By contrast, Urbanski took the two outer movements of the “Italian” Symphony as fast as I’ve ever heard them — too fast for the orchestra to hold onto the reins, especially the final “Saltarello” movement. Gold medalist of the 2002 Indy Violin Competition, Barnabás Kelemen’s account of the Violin Concerto disappointed, in that his vibrato was both excessively wide and, in the last movement, too fast. With his left hand wavering on the strings, he visited “next-door-neighbor” pitches that Sibelius had not written. For more review details, visit www.nuvo.net. —TOM ALDRIDGE
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(Top:) Kristin Young as Coppelia and Paul Vitali as Dr. Coppelius in the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s production of Coppelia. (Middle:) Dance Kaleidoscope dancers perform David Hochoy’s world premiere, “Electric Counterpoint,” set to the music of Steven Reich. (Bottom:) Krzysztolf Urbanski conducts the ISO last weekend. 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO // 05.25.11-06.01.11 // a&e reviews
A&E REVIEWS VISUAL ART NEW PAINTINGS: ROB DAY r
“Late Night,” by Rob Day, on view through June 3.
The Cleveland Orchestra performed at the Carmel Palladium on May 22. CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA e Carmel Palladium; May 22. After appearing at IU this January for a four-day residency, the Cleveland Orchestra came to Carmel this Sunday, providing yet another of the many top attractions in its now-famed Palladium. Featuring veteran guest pianist Emanuel Ax, Cleveland conductor and music director Franz Welser-Möst offered a program of works by John Adams, Haydn, Stravinsky and Beethoven. Adams’ Guide to Strange Places (2001) began the afternoon, a
half hour of huge-orchestra cacophony — endless rhythmic noise and later off-the-beat syncopations reminiscent of Stravinsky’s neo-classic period. For the Palladium audience, it was a difficultto-fathom start for any symphony program. Nonetheless, and predictably, the Clevelanders played it with all the precision we would expect, their brass and percussion standing out. It was an abrupt change-of-pace to Haydn’s Piano Conerto in D, with its small orchestra, dominated by Ax’s Steinway in front. Though the concerto was written for a harpsichord, the piano sounded in perfect balance with those exquisite strings,
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the latter singing pitch perfect. Those chamber like forces gave us the near perfection of which Ax and Welser-Möst are eminently capable. Stravinsky’s Capriccio For Piano and Orchestra returned Ax to the stage. The composer’s jauntiness was well captured in his beautiful orchestration — not to mention Ax’s right-on-the-beat piano work. Though “well played” can certainly apply to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93, there seemed an overly metronomic aspect to the entire symphony. This was due to the overly deliberate tempo Welser-Möst took in all four movements, giving the symphony a lack of energy or verve. I found it difficult to get energized by the Cleveland approach — no matter how well played. For more review details, visit www.nuvo. net. — TOM ALDRIDGE
Eye on Art Gallery; through June 3. What are the qualities that distinguish a great painting from a merely good one? That’s the question I had running through my mind as I viewed the landscapes of Indy resident and Herron grad Rob Day. In paintings such as “Birches” (oil on linen) I saw both a distinct stylization in his depiction of a birch forest and a simplification of forms to basic components. While there’s a certain inspired alchemy to his studio reimaginings of archetypical Hoosier landscapes (Day isn’t a plein air painter), as well as technical mastery in “Birches” and in his other paintings on display, I didn’t find anything particularly riveting. Except, that is, for “Late Night.” This oil on masonite painting portrays a pair of houses in the middle of a field. The window of one of the houses is glowing like a computer screen. And the light in the sky is twilit, like the sky in a city. And the leaves are flying off the tree in the foreground but there’s no other indication that there’s any kind of storm or wind blowing. I wanted to ask what’s going on here? But there it was, right in front of me: the essence of a great painting. That is, the capacity to draw you in, to make you wonder, and to make you care. 111 West Main Street, Carmel, 752-1722, www. eyeonartgallery.blogspot.com. –DAN GROSSMAN
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neighborhood, is safely respectable suburban loft-chic, with some visible pipes and exposed brick, but nothing too radical or challenging to the eye. The menu, quite lengthy for this kind of establishment, offers a broad range of dishes: part pub grub, part American-Mexican and a little Pacific Rim fusion. This eclectic approach is sure to net a good cross-section of locals, who can also choose whether to eat at the bar, in the ample dining room BY N E I L CH A R LE S or, when weather and construction permit, E D I T O RS @N U V O . N E T in the substantial patio area. Because of its eclectic nature, Detour Carmel is unrecognizable from when I first doesn’t feel like a real destination restauset eyes on its barren streets and storefronts rant. Right now it gives the impression of some twenty-odd years ago, and it’s pleasing being somewhere you stop when you’re going to see decent grub starting to appear alongsomewhere else. Hence, I suppose, the name. side the galleries and boutiques. On a recent visit, my wife and I tried a The newest addition to the culinary few dishes from across the broad menu, roster is a pair of related eateries, Detour starting with the excellent creamy spicy Grille and Taste of crab ($8.99): a generous Sensu. The latter offers a portion of surprisingly pared-down version of its briny, fresh-tasting and downtown Indianapolis readily identifiable chunks menu and will be covered of crab meat swimming 110 W. Main St., Carmel here at another time. in a generous portion 317-571-0091 Detour presents itself as of, well, creamy spicy a fun-filled bar and grill, sauce laced with scalHOURS family-friendly, with musical lions. Served with crisp DAILY: 11am-close entertainment on the weekcrostini for mopping up, ends. In short, it has a bit of this was a delicious and FOOD: y something for everyone. The abundant dish. Next was ATMOSPHERE: t décor, in keeping with the rock shrimp tempura SERVICE: y the general theme of the ($8.99), again fresh-tasting,
A variety of fare with a Carmel flair
BEER BUZZ BY RITA KOHN
Barley Island Noblesville and Broad Ripple, 6 p.m., tapping its very first Barleywine. Bum Rush Barleywine is American style with an intense malt flavor to balance the bitterness. The RAM Fishers, 6:30 p.m., tapping William “Bill” Tilt’s Bill’s Bettor Bitter, 2011 winner of RAM Small Ale Competition. As one of the ultimate session styles, this brew is built around a nutty malt base while also featuring a moderately fruity yeast quality and a dry finish. Tilt is from Lafayette. Flat12 Beer Dinner at McCormick & Schmick, Indy, 6:30 p.m. $45 Tax/Tip included. Reserve at 631-9500.
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Flat12 Growler Fill Room open for carry out 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
New Albanian’s Public House, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Office Hours tasting. $5. www.newalbanian.com
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Detour’s signature dish, the Triple Bypass, two pounds of Italian beef with all the garnish.
the batter crisp, light and well-seasoned. Excellent. Detour’s friendly and enthusiastic staff make a lot of their main signature dish, the Triple Bypass. Cynically, I believe the sole purpose of this dish is to get Man V Food’s Adam Richman to pay another visit to the area. Essentially two pounds of Italian beef with all the garnish, there’s a prize and professional counseling for anyone managing to finish in 45 minutes. Not having the stomach for such a monster, we instead shared the regular Bypass ($11.99): a scaled down version served Chicago-style with hot giardiniera and beef
jus on the side. Actually not quite Chicagostyle, as the beef was moist but not soaking wet, with the consequence that the rather good Italian baguette could actually be delivered to the mouth manually rather than with the aid of a fork and spoon. With twenty beers on tap, and an abundant cocktail menu, there’s plenty to choose from in the drinks department. Although quite pricey for bar and grill fare, you have to consider the neighborhood and your purpose for being there: to whit, spending money. While Detour doesn’t justify a long drive, it is worth, well, a detour.
Half Moon Kokomo, Irish Stout, a very dark, roasty, dry creamy ale served on a nitrogen system and stout faucet, brewed with lots of roasted barley for an authentic Irish Stout flavor.
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The RAM is featuring food “infused” with beer including Buttface Amber Ale Beer Cheese Dip, Big Red Baby Back Ribs, Amber Ale Chicken Sandwich and much more. Molti Gusti’s specialty sweets already delighting us at Yats, caught further attention at Tomlinson’s Tap Room pairing the expected java brews with Biscotti con L’anice and di sesamo Siciliani and the unexpected Three Kings with Folletto Buono, a brownie like no other. www.moltigusti.com or call 317-660-5692.
Mass Avenue Wine Shoppe [MAWS], surprises with a broad selection of Indiana brews in bottles and cans and a select offering of worldwide brews including Sam’l Smith “Organic Handcrafted Fruit Ale Strawberry” that’s as tasty as Oaken Barrel’s Razz Wheat, and Tusker East African Lager that compares with Liz Laughlin’s brews at Rock Bottom College Park.
Great Fermentations, Beginning Brewing Class, 6 p.m.; 317-257-9463, www.greatfermentations.com
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS AND FESTIVALS: June 9-24 Indiana State Fair Indiana Brewers’ Cup Craft Beer Competition Entries accepted at Sun King Brewing Company www.Brewerscup.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org June 4 Bloomington Craft Beer Fest, www. IndianaBeerFest.com June 25 Phoenix Theatre Brew-Ha-Ha; 317-6357529, www.phoenixtheatre.org July 16 Indiana Microbrewers Festival, www. IndianaBeerFest.com
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MOVIES Summer flicks 2011
are just wondering how close the final Potter movie will stick to the book. If you’re not a fan, this won’t be the point where you decide to hop in. July 15 FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
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Forget that other movie this year about a couple trying to have sex but keep their relationship casual — Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, is the real deal. The premise may sound tired, but the cast — which includes Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, Emma Watson, Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones — is impressive. If the trailer is any indication, the relationships between the various characters are relaxed and fun to watch. Regardless of the premise, if the characters work, you’ve probably got a crowd-pleaser on your hands. Written and directed by Will Gluck (Easy A). July 22
Superheroes, sequels and a few surprises. Here’s a look at the summer movie season. X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
The first two X-Men movies were terrific. Then came the third movie and the Wolverine spinoff. Not terrific. Can X-Men: First Class restore the luster of the franchise? The superhero flick is a prequel, featuring Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) as young men, surrounded by new mutant faces. Kick-Ass filmmaker Matthew Vaughn directs, which is encouraging. He co-wrote the script with three other writers, all with solid genre credits. The cast also includes January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, and always-creepy Twin Peaks veteran Ray Wise. Cross your fingers. June 3
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
THE TREE OF LIFE
Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven) is an exacting filmmaker. Not much is known about the plot: Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain play a husband and wife in the ‘50s. The life of their son Jack is reportedly the center of the production. Sean Penn plays Jack as an adult, so presumably we’ll get some scenes with Pitt (in old-age makeup) and Penn, which should prove interesting. And since this is a Malick film, we can expect it to be visually sumptuous and leisurely paced. Anticipation is high for this one. June 10 SUPER 8
Monster in the Midwest! Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III) directs the story of a group of teens in 1979 small town Ohio that have a very close and nasty encounter while making a Super 8 zombie movie. The kids are witnesses when a train derails – a train carrying something from Area 51. A coming-of-age movie with a (presumably) alien critter in an extremely bad mood — count me in! An added enticement: The great Kyle Chandler from the TV series Friday Night Lights plays a deputy in the steel town. June 10 GREEN LANTERN
I’ve always had a fond spot for Green Lantern. He’s got a sleek, sexy costume and a cool power ring, plus an official oath (“Through brightest day, through blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight,” etc.). Even his civilian identity is impressive — when Hal Jordan isn’t saving the world, he’s a test pilot. How bad-ass is that? Ryan Reynolds seems the perfect choice for the role, as long as he doesn’t act too cocky. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, GoldenEye) directs, and he promises to mix the spectacular visuals with credible action scenes, just like he did with James Bond. June 17 BAD TEACHER
Rude comedy starring Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth Halsey, a horrible teacher. You know how bad the Santa in Bad Santa was?
X-Men: First Class: Michael Fassbender stars as Magneto, Rose Byrne plays Dr. Moira MacTaggert, January Jones plays The White Queen Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng plays Azazel.
She’s that horrible. Halsey sets her sights on a charming substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake), but he’s interested in a different teacher, Halsey’s colleague and rival Amy (Lucy Punch). Rounding out the cast is Jason Segel, John Michael Higgins, Molly Shannon, Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family and Phyllis Smith from The Office. The R-rated trailer for the movie is funny and the studio is releasing the film during a highly competitive part of the summer, so we may have a winner here. June 24 CARS 2
Pixar doesn’t do sequels very often, but studio honcho John Lasseter got some new ideas while traveling around the world promoting the original in 2006. Accordingly, Mater the tow truck (Larry the Cable Guy) will visit Tokyo, London and Italy to support his racecar bud Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as he competes in the Grand Prix. There’s a spy story sub-plot too, with Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer providing voices for the British secret agent cars. The voice cast of the computer-animated feature also includes Joe Mantegna, Jeff Gordon and Pixar regular John Ratzenberger. June 24 BEGINNERS
Writer-director Mike Mills watched his father come out of the closet late in life and crafted this fictional tale focusing on his alter-ego Oliver (Ewan McGregor) and Oliver’s father Hal (Christopher Plummer), who comes out at age 75. We follow Hal as he begins a new part of his life and Oliver as he supports his father and later finds himself attracted to a French actress (Melanie Laurent) he met at a party. The comedy/drama was a hit on the film festival circuit earlier this year and could provide a nice change of pace from more traditional summer fare. June 24
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TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
I thought the second film in the Transformers series was an overdone, overlong, hyperkinetic endurance test. Now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s talk about the latest one. Shia LaBeouf returns for the third installment of the giant robot action series, with a new girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, replacing Megan Fox), who ends up trapped in Chicago, where the evil Decepticons are aiming their assault. Other returnees include Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro. And Shia’s robot friends and foes, of course. Expect relentless action, sound and quips. July 1 LARRY CROWNE
Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts star in this comedy/drama directed by Hanks and co-written by Hanks and Nia Vardalos, the My Big Fat Greek Wedding” lady. The story follows middle-aged Larry Crowne, who gets laid-off due to his lack of a college degree and decides to go back to school. In junior college, he makes friends with some of his fellow students and builds a relationship with grumpy Professor Mercedes Tainot (Roberts). Other notable names in the cast include Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Cedric the Entertainer, George Takei and Pam Grier. July 1 HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe told Entertainment Weekly, “The new film is just a relentless action movie. It. Just. Does. Not. Stop.” Remember when emphasizing points by using a series of one-word sentences was considered clever? Those. Days. Are. Over. I’m goofing around here because summarizing the plot would be foolish. If you’re a Potter devotee, you already know what to expect and
Marvel’s superhero Captain America was the subject of two lame TV movies/failed TV series pilots in the ‘70s starring Reb Brown. The new version stars Chris Evans, the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies, as WWII-era Steve Rogers, a scrawny dude who gets beefed up as the result of super-soldier experiments by the military and becomes a costumed hero, battling the fearsome Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). The big question is if the filmmakers can come up with a costume for the live-action movie that resembles the gaudy comic book outfit without looking ridiculous. July 22 COWBOYS AND ALIENS
Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde star in this adaptation of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg’s 2006 graphic novel. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directs. Excited yet? Reportedly, the screenplay for the sci-fi western doesn’t get cute — sounds like a good plan. With a high-concept project like this, the best approach is probably to play it straight. In addition to the star power of Craig and Ford, the cast includes some excellent lesser-known actors (Sam Rockwell, Noah Ringer, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown and The Shield’s Walton Goggins) who should fit right in to dusty 1873 Absolution, Arizona. July 29 CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE
Ensemble romantic comedy. Steve Carell plays Cal Weaver, a fortysomething suburban husband who learns that his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) has cheated on him. Lost in the singles world, Cal seeks help from handsome thirtysomething Jacob (Ryan Gosling) in learning how to restart his life. Meanwhile, Jacob has eyes for a law student (Emma Stone) and Cal’s 13-year-old son (Jonah Bobo) has the hots for his 17-year-old babysitter (Analeigh Taylor). Wait a minute — what’s a 13-year-old doing with a babysitter, let alone one who’s only four years older than he is? July 29 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
In the future, apes will rule mankind. This sad, but unavoidable fact was first documented onscreen in the 1968 film, Planet of the Apes, which spawned four sequels, a short-lived TV series and a 2001 Tim Burton remake starring Mark Wahlberg in
MOVIES the role made famous by Charlton Heston. In this prequel, James Franco stars as a scientist whose work in genetic engineering results in super-ape Caesar (Andy Serkis), the chimp that sparks a revolution. To paraphrase TV newsman Kent Brockman, let me say that I, for one, welcome our new ape overlords. August 5
a minute ... civil rights ... drama ... character development ... what’s this movie doing in the middle of the summer smörgåsbord of superheroes and sequels? It’s counter-programming! Somebody figured that by August, we may be a bit tired of explosions and wacky antics. August 12
Remember the original 1985 Fright Night, where teens enlisted the help of a washedup horror movie host in fighting off a reallife vampire? It was appealing and funny, but really scary too. Don’t know why the film needs to be remade, but let’s focus on the positives: Director Craig Gillespie also did Lars and the Real Girl, the script is by Buffy the Vampire Slayer vet Marti Noxon and the film stars Anton Yelchin as the kid, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as his buddy, Toni Collette as his mother, David Tennant as the horror host and Colin Farrell as the vampire. Impressive. August 19
Body-switch comedy from the director of Wedding Crashers and the writers of The Hangover. Do you have fond memories of Freaky Friday and Vice Versa? Better prepare for something a little more rude, as freewheeling ladies man Ryan Reynolds swaps bodies with Jason Bateman, his more responsible married buddy. The trailer for the movie is juvenile and raunchy (“How long you been shaved down there?” “I get an extra inch and only married guys rock the dick-fros anymore.”), but amusing, and Bateman and Reynolds are appealing actors, so this one could be a late-summer winner. August 5 THE HELP
Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer star in a drama about African-American maids in the ‘60s and the Caucasian families that employ them, based on Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 novel. The movie features fully-developed characters in three intertwining storylines set in Jackson, Mississippi during the early days of the Civil Rights movement. Wait
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What do you do when your dad (Fred Ward) is rapidly spending his newfound lottery winnings? You (you’re Danny McBride, by the way) hire a hitman (Michael Pena) to knock him off. Then you and your nitwit buddy (Nick Swardson, Terry from Reno 911) kidnap a pizza-delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg) and make him rob a bank at bomb-point to raise the hitman’s fee. Oh, and the pizza guy’s best
Chet (Aziz Ansari) and the pizza delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg) are best friends in 30 Minutes or Less.
pal is Chet, played by Aziz Ansari, who is a riot as Tom in Parks and Recreation. Here’s the weirdest part — the comedy is loosely based on fact. August 12. OUR IDIOT BROTHER
Relationship comedy. Paul Rudd stars as the brother who screws up his life and lands on the doorstep of his siblings. Odds are that most of you either have cared for a sibling like
that or been the sibling yourself. The sisters whose lives get interrupted are played by Elizabeth Banks (a driven journalist), Zooey Deschanel (having relationship problems with girlfriend Rashida Jones) and Emily Mortimer (so focused on being a perfect mother that she doesn’t notice her marriage is in trouble). Fun Fact: Rashida Jones is joined in the film by Parks and Recreation cast-mate Adam Scott. August 26.
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The following are reviews of films currently playing in Indianapolis area theaters. Reviews are written by Ed Johnson-Ott (EJO) unless otherwise noted. DOUBLE HOUR (NR)
Guido (Filippo Timi), a former cop, is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin. One day he meets Slovenian immigrant Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport), a chambermaid at a high-end hotel. During a romantic getaway, things take a dark turn. Sonia’s murky past resurfaces and her reality starts to crumble. Questions arise and the answers arrive only through a continuous twisting and turning of events. 105 minutes. At Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinema.
THE FIRST GRADER (PG-13)
In a small, remote primary school in Kenya, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance at the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. When Maruge (Oliver Litondo), a Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, asks for a chance to realize his lifelong dream of learning to read, head teacher Jane (Naomie Harris) supports him, and together they face fierce opposition from those who don’t want the space wasted on an old man. 105 minutes. At Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinema.
THE HANGOVER PART II (R)
In the sequel to the comedy smash, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and opts for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. 102 minutes. Read Ed’s review Friday at www.nuvo.net.
KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG)
Sequel to the computer-animated comedy hit. This time, Dragon Warrior Po’s life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Starring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman and Seth Rogen. 91 minutes.
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Ready for a silly historical comedy that people will quote ad nauseam and at midnight no less? Sounds like you’re ready for the Keystone Art Cinema’s midnight screening of Terry Gilliam’s enduring British farce, Monty Python and the Holy Grail . A send-up of the legend of King Arthur and his knights, Monty Python is an absurdist treat — and one of Gilliam’s best films. 90 minutes. Showing on Friday and Saturday only. — Sam Watermeier Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) presents this light-as-a-feather documentary about advertising. The hook of the movie is that it is completely funded by advertisers, with Spurlock walking us through the process of wooing the various companies. There are no revelations in the fluffy feature and I wasn’t convinced for a second that Spurlock’s fretting over whether he is “losing control of his own movie” was genuine. Still, the tone is affable and playful, and the film goes down easy. 88 minutes. At Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinema. Sensitively directed by Jodie Foster, The Beaver is a poignant portrait of a man reinventing himself in the wake of midlife depression. It also follows his family members, none of whom are given short shrift by first-time screenwriter Kyle Killen — or the actors playing them. Mel Gibson shines as Walter Black, a man who speaks through a beaver hand puppet as a radical form of therapy. We are all aware of the vitriol bubbling beneath Gibson’s movie star veneer. And many worried that his off-screen problems would infect this film. However, they add even more emotional weight to it. 91 minutes. At Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinema. See nuvo.net for a full review. — Sam Watermeier
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t’s The Free Zone’s 20th birthday, and its current host, Tom “Punkshots” May, is ready to celebrate. The three-hour show, heard weekly from midnight to 3 a.m. Saturdays on the University of Indianapolis’ WICR, is one of the few remaining freeform programs on terrestrial radio. Since its inception in 1990 by Tim Ditchley and Doc Bauman, The Free Zone has existed to spotlight music by local artists and whatever else its hosts may fancy at that particular moment. To celebrate 20 years, The Free Zone is promoting concerts of varying stripes all year long. The first is May 25 at The Melody Inn. Kurt Baker from The Leftovers heads the bill, which includes locals Frankie Camaro, Destination: Earth, and Hero Jr. The next is May 31 at The Sinking Ship and features headliner The Queers with The Involuntarys and Chaotic Neutral. “We’ve decided every show we do this year will be The Free Zone’s 20th anniversary concert,” May said. “Might as well just keep it going all year long.” How May came to carry on the show’s tradition can best be described as a happy accident. A longtime concert promoter in the city, he was at a Briefs show about four years ago at The Harrison Center’s Underground room when he met Ditchley. “We just got to talking and hit it off real well for some reason,” May said. Ditchley told him about The Free Zone, which May admitted he had never heard. Ditchley invited him to the studio for the next broadcast. He accepted and hasn’t missed a show since. “I think I went a year before I ever really spoke on the mic for an extended period of time,” said May, who had never done any radio work prior to this. “To be perfectly honest, it still freaks me out a bit.” Ditchley attracted May to the Free Zone by telling him to bring some of his music collection with him. “I was all about, and still am, local music,” May said. “I like all kinds of music, but I really like pushing the local bands and finding new ones that are good [and] trying to get them exposure. You’d have to ask Tim why he kept inviting me back. I think he was just trying to find somebody to take over some of the responsibility. I think he tried a lot of people, and I was the least incompetent person.”
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to do that, but it’s something I have done. It has usually worked out pretty good.” His assessment of the current music The Free Zone has always emphasized scene is quite positive, especially comlocal artists, but there hasn’t always been pared to his memories of when there were enough to fill the time. At one point the about five popular bands in Indianapolis, show was five hours long, prompting its and not much else. hosts to devote entire hours to prominent “Seems like now there’s a hundred new players like The Grateful Dead. bands every year,” May said. “Not all of “From one week to the next, we don’t them become real popular, but it seems guarantee you’ll hear a lot of local music, like there’s always a bunch of good bands but we do try,” May coming out. That said. “And some keeps it exciting, weeks we try to do because there’s nothing but that for always something at least an hour.” new going on Staying abreast and people to be of local trends isn’t checked out.” always easy. May He also apprecihas always tried ates those working to attend as many behind the scenes concerts as he can. —Tom May, on his trial period to foster a vibrant “Facebook is music community great because with co-host Tim Ditchley here. May has long there’s so much booked shows at information; you The Melody Inn, can check out music which is still his favorite venue. But by every new band,” he said. “They’re usuother venues are coming along, such ally quick about getting it out there. But I as The Sinking Ship on North College think the only way to really know (who’s Avenue, co-owned by Andy Hamaker good) is to actually see them play live. We and Damon Lyden. do get submissions in the mail, but not as “A lot of people talk about opening a bar,” much as I’d like. I just kind of have to go May said. “Nine times out of 10 it doesn’t out there and scout them myself.” happen. But [Lyden] put as much thought He also gets plenty of recommendations. as I think anybody could into what they did “I’ve booked bands just based on somebody’s suggestion before, without ever even there. Obviously it’s been successful so far.” May asked Lyden and Hamaker to host actually hearing them,” May said. “I try not
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The Queers show, their first concert at The Sinking Ship. “Tom’s an awesome promoter, so we made it happen. Plus they’re one of my favorite bands, so I couldn’t say no,” Lyden said. “Also, Tom has been so good to us and helped us out so much that it’s awesome to help him out.” Best of all, says May, there’s no cover charge. Lyden and Hamaker hope to do that with most concerts they host. “If a band has a $1,000 dollar guarantee, we’ll have to charge a cover,” Lyden said. “Our hope is that covers will be few and far between. But if I can get some big bands in and charge a minimal cover, then we will.” May has booked concerts through the summer, including a return of London’s The Vibrators in September. He sees himself continuing host duties of The Free Zone “until they want to get rid of me. I could see doing it for quite a while. It’s too much fun to ever think of giving it up voluntarily.” FREE ZONE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS: Kurt Baker (The Leftovers), Frankie Camaro, Destination: Earth!, Hero Jr. The Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St. Wednesday, May 25, 8 p.m., $3, 21+ The Queers, The Involuntarys and Chaotic Neutral The Sinking Ship, 4923 N. College Ave. Tuesday, May 31, 8 p.m., free, 21+
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Frank Steans Anyone entering Jazz Kitchen during dining and performance hours will be met by jazz journeyman Frank Steans, whose roles are many at the club. Steans greets you as the doorman, accepts your entry fee, acts as the maitre d’, audio engineers performances, supervises table servers, handles reservations and emcees all stage acts. And, oh yeah, Steans is a jazz guitarist too, who occasionally plays and sings at the Kitchen. I wanted to find out more about this soft-spoken, laid-back jack-of-all-trades. For 30 years, Steans has been in and out of the building at 54th Street and College Avenue, which is currently occupied by The Jazz Kitchen. “I was here when it was Crazy Al’s, playing in a rock band,” Steans says. “Now, with the Jazz Kitchen, I have been here 15 of its 17 years.” I asked him about his memories of being involved with the different clubs during those years. “When it was Crazy Al’s, you kind of had a free-for-all. They booked a lot of rock bands. I was playing in a rock band and had a beard and long hair then. I thought I was Jimi Hendrix.” “When Pete Pipkin was owner and it was The Place to Start, he booked regional and national jazz acts. I got to meet Indy’s famous jazz players: Jimmy Coe, Pookie Johnson, Russell Webster. I had the opportunity to play with some of those guys. Actually, they taught me a great deal about playing jazz.” Steans is almost self-effacing when talking about the many roles he performs at the Jazz Kitchen. “I do some of everything here at the Jazz Kitchen,” Steans explains. “I like greeting people; I like accommodating people. I have developed some wonderful relationships
with people here. The reason why is David Allee has put together a site where you have a wonderful atmosphere to eat, a wonderful jazz atmosphere. It’s also a mecca for people to meet new people and a melting pot of so many different cultures here.” He told me about some of the wonderful moments of jazz he enjoyed at the club. “Trombonist J.J. Johnson packed the club for three nights with his quintet. People were wall to wall,” he recounts. “We had the Yellowjackets here, the great Stanley Clarke and the legendary bass player Ray Brown — his final performance was here.” Jazz guitar is Steans’s big passion. He is part of guitarist Bill Lancton’s Guitar Summit, a group of four local jazz guitar players who bring in a guest guitarist every few months for a Jazz Kitchen show that always winds up in a cutting session. I wanted to know how he felt playing in such heavy company. Steans: “Since I don’t play as much, I study a lot. What I have fun doing is in playing and learning new ideas.” Will Steans ever make a live album at The Jazz Kitchen? “You know I have kind of pondered the idea, maybe somewhere in the near future.” With all the roles he performs at the Jazz Kitchen, I asked Steans if he has any interest in opening his own jazz club. His answer was firm: “No, I get my fill of it here. My greatest pleasure is playing the guitar, but I am happy with what I am doing now.”
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PUNK KURT BAKER (THE LEFTOVERS), FRANKIE CAMARO, DESTINATION: EARTH!, HERO JR. The Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St. 8 p.m., $3, 21+ See feature, pg. 26.
bassist met the lead singer at a Crowes concert, and they all went on to work with Marc Ford, once a guitarist with the Crowes, as a producer on their 2008 full-length Grace and Melody . The Band’s most recent release, The Steepwater Band: Live at the Double Door , chronicles a headlining spot at the Chicago nightclub.
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This bodes to be a seriously fun show . First up, Daikaiju, a Huntsville, Ala., surf rock band whose name means giant monster in Japanese (if you’re a big fan of Japanese monster movies, you, of course, refer to them as kaijus). Really embracing their interests, the guys in Daikaiju have taken on goofy Asian-inspired names (Secret Asian Man, for instance) while wearing what look like nicely-rendered Kabuki masks. Then the local talent: The Dockers, who embrace their own kitschy tastes by wearing fezes on stage, and Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes, a kinda filthy punk band from Franklin. Joey Molinaro
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Soon after Days of the New hit it big in the late ‘90s, three of the band’s members departed to form a group, Tantric, which soon signed with Madonna’s label, Maverick, and went on to some Billboard Modern Rock hits. Then 2007 rolled around, and those same three members departed Tantric en masse, just as they did the first band. The remaining dude, vocalist Hugo Ferreira, retained rights to the Tantric name, and recruited a new backing band to keep on keeping on. With L.A. guitar ist The Fabulous Miss Wendy, who has made Indy a second home for the past few months. AMERICANA THE STEEPWATER BAND, ROOT HOG, VINTAGE UNION
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A night of hard rock, headlined by Chicago electric blues act The Steepwater Band, whose members track their career in relation to the Black Crowes: the drummer and
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Find out more about grindcore violinist Joey Molinaro’s new album on pg. 30. Molinaro is joined for the night by the weirdly insightful Christian Taylor, in the company of a backing band, Homeschool, comprised of violin, cello, bass and drums. Also on the bill: indie-folkie Caleb McCoach and a Bloomington-based percussion and dance ensemble, Pangea, playing the music of the Ivory Coast.
CHILL DREAMERS OF THE GHETTO, THE KEMPS, THE PASS White Rabbit Cabaret, 1116 Prospect St. 9 p.m., $6, 21+
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SOUNDCHECK rock bands — the sparse, experimental Union Tree and the spacey, ambient Humdrum.
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Crush Entertainment and Sensu present the of ficial IMS after-party, featuring five drivers as hosts (Matt Dixon, Dan Wheldon, Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan and Justin Wilson) and some Crush regulars on the tables (Crush head honcho Indiana Jones, Lockstar and Gabby Love). Dreamers of the Ghetto (Marty Sprowles), Dreamers of the Ghetto sound like modern rock radio in the late ‘80s: a little bit of U2 and Springsteen, but heavy on synths in the style of work on the other side of the pond (it wasn’ t surprising, for instance, to hear how much the band sounded like itself when playing Depeche Mode at the Boxcar Books Rock ‘n’ Roll Prom). Hear the band’s eight-track debut at dreamersoftheghetto.bandcamp.com. With local garage rockers The Kemps and Louisville electro-pop outfit The Pass. RACECARS MILLER LITE CARB DAY CONCERT Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th St.
3:30 p.m., $20, all-ages Featuring Staind and Papa Roach. “This highenergy concert will definitely put race weekend into top gear for our loyal fans,” says Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer.
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PUNK THE QUEERS, THE INVOLUNTARYS, AND CHAOTIC NEUTRAL The Sinking Ship, 4923 N. College Ave. 8 p.m., free, 21+
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Once again, the Noodle breaks out a tent for its Indy 500 festivities, which often draw in 500 celebrities, along with a good deal of downtown hotel traffic. A couple party bands are on the bill: Terre Haute’s Ellusion and Janice Joplin tribute act Mary Bridget Davies. BEATLES ABBEY ROAD ON THE RIVER
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We tend not to include out-of-state shows in Soundcheck, but if you’re a Beatles fan, the world’s largest Beatles tribute festival is surely worth the two-hour drive— and, in particular, if you’re a Beatles fan with a family , because advance tickets for those 21 and under are free (with the purchase of at least one adult ticket, of course). Roughly half of the 75-plus bands on the lineup perform a Beatles album in its entirety, including Revolver (re-created by the Scotland-based band Revolver, among others) and Abbey Road (by the Athens, Ga. group Abbey Road). For the sake of variety, one-man acts tackle solo work by John (Drew Harrison), Paul (Macca Mania) and George (the Indy-based Rex van Zant, Jimmy Pou). And for the sake of incongruity, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton tribute acts are also on the bill.
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r If you’re looking for inventive, brave, intelligent new music, this is pretty much the stuff. Joey Molinaro, a violinist for the local noise-classical combo Basilica, chose to leave the title to his debut release blank, perhaps because its two sides are so different from each other. The first, “The Inalienable Dreamless,” features a solo violin arrangement of the grindcore album by the same name, released in 2000 by the now-defunct Discordance Axis. The second, “We,” brings all the resources of Basilica to bear on a fifteen-minute, multipart composition inspired by Zamyatin’s dystopian novel. Both sides offer relentless, aggressive but not quite brutal music, played by Molinaro with a husky tone and nary a hint of vibrato. Molinaro proves himself quite the foot-stomper during “The Inalienable Dreamless,” executing some relatively rapid rhythms that would have to accomplished by, say, step dancing — or at least by multi-tracking, even though the low-fi recordings, rich with room noise, seem to have been laid down live. Lost in translation from the original to Molinaro’s arrangement is the intricacy of grindcore, with its rapid-fire drum fills and staccato guitar parts. What’s left are a few core phrases and motives from each of the songs, repeated four-to-the-floor, as well as some keening double-stop passages that seem to imitate the screaming vocals associated with the genre. If “The Inalienable Dreamless” gets a little repetitive by the close, this much can be said to Molinaro’s credit: His interpretation is a hundred times more interesting than any “Metallica played by a string quartet” album. “We��� is a richer experience, remaining sparse, deliberate and percussive in the style of the first side, but drawing from a wider tonal palette, largely because Molinaro invites most of Basilica to join him, including guitar, bass and drums.
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Given that Molinaro points so explicitly to the work’s inspiration (Zamyatin’s novel), it’s hard not to imagine wide-scale industrial destruction when hearing the piece, with each sharp riff and rat-a-tat snare suggesting a factory manufacturing some manner of life-destroying product (guns, killer robots, TVs, Snuggies). “We” is characteristic of much of Basilica’s work, which is poised between contemporary classical and metal, in the arena of your Flying Luttenbachers, your John Zorns and other hybrid rock-classical acts that aren’t the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. And as tends to be the case with tone poems, the story is pretty much incidental — one man’s bone-crunching wail is another’s skillfully-executed riff or hymn of praise to Allah. But, given that I was listening to “We,” the piece, with We, the novel, in mind, I thought it compared favorably to Zappa’s “The Chrome Plated Megaphone of Destiny,” another sparse, abrasive rockclassical work inspired by dystopian literature (in Zappa’s case, Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony”). —SCOTT SHOGER
Catching up with... Chad Mills
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Over the past couple months, Rob Nichols has been catching up with ten or so local music vets. Past installments featuring Frank Dean, Sam King and John Bryne are available at nuvo.net.
uring his 15 plus years as a performing musician, Chad Mills has done the singer/songwriter thing, the band gigs and everything in between. And he’s still plenty busy: A couple weeks back, Mills and his band, the Upright Willies, played the Verizon Wireless Music Center side stage prior to the Jason Aldean/Eric Church show that opened the venue for the season. So it seems like a good time to catch up the Rose-Hulman grad, a construction project engineer by day. NUVO: Saw you played some shows with Grover Parido on cello — and opened for Truth and Salvage Co. too. CHAD MILLS: Grover is great, isn’t he? I hired Grover to do cello work on my Make the Door album and then talked him into playing the album release — and continue to talk him into playing more with me. What he does with that instrument is incredible; it adds such a rich layer to my music. My good friend Bob Stewart has been playing percussion with me for several years now. I met William Rood a few years back at a Kammy’s Kause, and he actually remembered me saying back then that I’d really love to have an upright bass in the band. Having recently acquired one, he contacted me with an interest in playing. I’ll be out there this summer playing as much as I can, both as a solo artist and with the band (The Upright Willies). NUVO: Any new music? MILLS: As a matter of fact, I just finished the lyrics to a song right before this interview. I’m always writing new material whenever I get the opportunity. I released my seventh album ( Make the Door ) last summer, and if I get my way, will begin work on the next one sometime this year. NUVO: Is it tough to get noticed in Indianapolis? MILLS: It’s not easy, man. I mean, I know it’s not easy no matter what city you’re in. It’s just tough to find profitable gigs around here where original music is welcome. I know there are good folks out there who are working hard to change that. One avenue for live music I’m really into right now — an exception to that rule — is the local house concert scene. I’ve been in the audience for several of these, as well as performed a few. It’s just a raw, intimate performance from the artist: Just me and a guitar, telling stories to a roomful of people and then performing the songs. And they actually listen. Crazy, right? NUVO: What have you been listening to recently?
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MILLS: I’m really into the grass-rock/ newgrass/rockabilly sounds of Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers. I’ve been a pretty big — some folks might say obsessive — fan of the Avett boys since they showed up for the Midwest Music Summit in ’05 and rocked that tiny little outdoor stage at the Monkey’s Tale. NUVO: How do you do record your own music? MILLS: My goal with recording, sad as it may be, has always been to do it as inexpensively as possible. I don’t have the luxury of a home studio, so I’ve had to seek out places to lay down my songs. The first few albums were pretty grass-rootsy. It wasn’t until my 2 Places @ Once release in 2006 that I finally started putting some money into the albums. The budget was still very limited, but I managed to scrounge up enough to at least have it professionally recorded and pressed.
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Tonya McDowell, 33, an off-and-on homeless person in Bridgeport, Conn., was arrested in April by police in nearby Norwalk and charged with felony theft — of $15,686 worth of “services” from the city. McDowell’s crime was enrolling her 6-year-old son in Norwalk’s Brookside Elementary School when she actually “resided” (as much as a sporadically “homeless” person can “reside”) in Bridgeport. McDowell has also “resided” at times in a Norwalk shelter, but was crashing at a friend’s apartment in Bridgeport when she registered her son. The head of the Norwalk Board of Education acknowledged that the usual consequence for an unqualified student is merely dismissal from school.
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• The Montana House of Representatives passed a tough drunk-driving bill in March to combat the state’s high DUI rate, but it came over the objection of Rep. Alan Hale (and later, Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy). Hale, who owns a bar in Basin, Mont., complained that tough DUI laws “are destroying small businesses” and “destroying a way of life that has been in Montana for years and years.” (Until 2005, drinking while driving was common and legal outside of towns as long as the driver wasn’t drunk.)
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• Louis “Shovelhead” Garrett is an artist, a mannequin collector and a quilter in the eastern Missouri town of Louisiana, with a specialty in sewing quilts from women’s panties, according to a report in the Hannibal Courier-Post. After showing his latest quilt at a women’s luncheon in Hannibal in March, he told the newspaper of his high standards: “No polyester. I don’t want those cheap, dollar-store, not-sexy, farm-girl panties. I want classy — silk or nylon.”
• Arifinito (he goes by one name), a member of the Indonesian parliament, resigned in April after a news photographer in the gallery zoomed in on the tablet computer he was watching to capture him surfing Internet pornography sites. Arifinito’s conservative Islamic Prosperous Justice Party campaigned for a tough anti-pornography bill in 2008 (which the photographer’s video shows Arifinito likely violating). • Wheeee! (1) In March, in Pierce County, Wash., a sewer worker, 37, came loose from a safety line and slid about 3,000 feet through a 6-foot-diameter sewer pipe at the Chambers Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. He “could have drowned,” according to one rescuer, but he was taken to a hospital with “minor injuries.” (2) Firefighters in Gilbert, Ariz., rescued Eugene Gimzelberg, 32, in March after he had climbed down a 40-foot sewer hole — naked. Gimzelberg said he had
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• Jacob Barnett, 12, an Asperger’ssyndrome-fueled math genius who maxed out on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children and is now enrolled at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), told an Indianapolis Star reporter in March that his next project is about proving the Big Bang theory all wrong. But if not the Big Bang, asked the reporter, how do we exist? Said Jacob, “I’m still working on it.” “I have an idea, but ... I’m still working out the details.” (Hint: Jacob’s major point of skepticism is that the Big Bang doesn’t account neatly for carbon.) Said his (biological) mother, Kristine Barnett, 36: “I flunked math. I know this did not come from me.”
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest love letter in history was written by an Indian man named Harish Kondakkuli. The gushing 143-page message took him over three months to complete. Oddly, it was addressed to an imaginary woman, since there was no one in his life he was actually in love with. I encourage you to consider the possibility of exceeding his achievement in the coming weeks, Libra. You’re at the peak of your ability to express wickedly delicious passions and profoundly tender intentions. There may even be a real person, not an imaginary one, who warrants your extravagant outflow.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I’m going to bring up a sore subject only because I think you’re finally ready to make it much less of a sore subject. The truth as I see it, Taurus, is that a part of you got petrified way back when. A formerly fluid and flexible part of your psyche got turned into stone, metaphorically speaking, losing much of its usefulness and creating distortions throughout the rest of you. Now, after all this time, you have circled back to a phase when you have the power to at least partially un-petrify this lost function. To get the process started, I suggest you turn your attention to it in such a way that you feel like laughing and crying at the same time.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Postsecret.com is a website where people can anonymously reveal their deep, dark feelings. I came across one entry that I think would be perfect for you to use as your own in the coming weeks. “I don’t want to cover up my scar,” it read. “It’s a good conversation starter and it makes me look bad-ass. But thank you anyway!” To further inspire what I hope will be your fearless effort to claim the power inherent in your wounds, I also offer this spur from musician and author Henry Rollins: “Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.”
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Poet Gerard Manley Hopkins coined the verb “to selve,” which is what a person does in the process of creating his or her distinctive presence in the world. Writing this column is an ongoing opportunity for me to selve, for example, because each time I conjure up a new horoscope I exercise the idiosyncratic combination of skills, attitudes, training, and knowledge that is special to me. According to my reading of the omens, Gemini, you are in a phase when you have a sacred duty to selve with extra intensity and alacrity. In fact, I suggest you be ruthless in seeking out experiences that give you a chance to tap into, cultivate, and express your most unique qualities. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Here comes your ninth loss of innocence, Cancerian. Or is it your tenth? As you will soon prove once again, you manage to make every time feel like the first time. When the moment arrives and the sweet purity ebbs away, the twinge that shudders through you will have the same primal intensity you’ve experienced before. But here’s the redemption: Like most of the previous transitions, this one will lead to a surprising blessing you couldn’t have gotten any other way. When your innocence is reborn — as it will be, sooner or later — it will be wiser and wilder than ever before. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There’s a small chance that the following scenario will soon come to pass: You’ll be invited to become part of a situation that promises to give you special privileges or inside information, but after you join you’ll find out that your participation would require you to compromise your principles. But there’s a far greater chance — over 80 percent — that the following scenario will take place: You’ll be invited to join your fortunes to a group or circle or tribe or situation that won’t ask you to dilute your integrity or betray your values at all. In fact, it’s likely to activate a dormant part of your potential. The moral of the story, Leo: Be very discerning. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Right now you have more power than you realize — more power to understand confusing situations, more power to influence people you’ve assumed are resistant to change, and more power to overcome your apparent disadvantages. In fact the only factor that could prevent you from accomplishing way more than what you thought possible is a lack of confidence. Please note, Virgo: I’m not urging you to cultivate a foolishly arrogant faith in your ego. Rather, I’m clueing you in to the fact that there are hidden forces at work you can call on to help you — wisdom that has been dormant, love that has been neglected, and allies who have been mum.
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In her irreverent platinum-selling song “Monster,” Sagittarian rapper Nicki Minaj offers up a poetic sequence never before heard in the history of the planet: “Pull up in the monster . . . with a bad b-tch that came from Sri Lanka / yeah I’m in that Tonka, color of Willy Wonka.” I hope that you will soon come up with an equally revolutionary innovation in your own chosen field, Sagittarius. All the cosmic forces will be conspiring in the coming weeks to help you to do the equivalent of rhyming “Tonka” and “Sri Lanka” with “Willy Wonka.” Please cooperate! (The NSFW video is here: http://bit.ly/ MinajMonster.) CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Time is the enemy of romantic love, said Andrew Marvell in his 17th-century poem “To His Coy Mistress.” Medieval author Andreas Capellanus had a different idea, identifying marriage as the enemy of romantic love. In Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde, Tristan rails against the daylight, calling it the enemy of romantic love. And in their book Immediacy and Reflection in Kierkegaard’s Thought, the editors theorize that “capitalism, which makes a fetish out of sex . . . is the enemy of romantic love.” While all of those statements may be true, they’re only mildly relevant for you right now. The most dangerous enemy of romantic love — or any other kind of love, for that matter — is this: not listening well. Overcome that enemy, Capricorn. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In an age when bee populations have dropped dramatically, some gardeners have found they need to pollinate their tomato plants manually. One woman I know tickles each swollen bulb of seeds with a toothbrush. Another uses a camel-hair brush. Metaphorically speaking, Aquarius, I suspect you will have to try something similar in the coming weeks: making an intervention to facilitate a fertilizing process that doesn’t quite seem to be happening naturally. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In the coming week, your psyche may sometimes have an odd tingling sensation that resembles what happens when you hit your funny bone. Is it painful? Is it pleasurable? Maybe some of both, with the net effect being a command to wake up and play harder, love stronger, and notice more beauty. If you respond to that mandate with even a moderate amount of passion, I suspect you’ll get a surprising reward: At least one of the secret laws of your own nature will reveal itself to you, rising up clear and raw in a sweet waking vision.
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