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MUSICAL FAMILY TREE An mp3 archive for Hoosier music since its inception in 2004.
Y12SR offers a unique and holistic approach to recovery.
Hoosier writer and best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars.
Instrumental group in working to keep HJR 3 off November’s ballot.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: CENTRAL INDIANA BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION An advocate for our understanding of the importance of crop pollination.
JUDGE SARAH EVANS BARKER The first female assistant U.S. attorney and the first female chief judge in the State of Indiana, and became the first female federal judge in the state in March 1984, 30 years ago.
GENNESARET FREE CLINICS Provider of free healthcare to homeless and low-income populations.
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WHAT’S ONLINE THAT’S NOT IN PRINT? SLIDESHOW:
WHAT YOU MISSED AT INDY POPCON Cosplay, cosplay, some cosplay and some more cosplay. By Mark A. Lee
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE PACERS? Our podcasters podcast and our eulogist eulogizes.
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Celebrating Pride with Indy’s Bag Ladies. By Sarah Murrell • Photos by Michelle Craig
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By Jon & Flava Dave and Roy Hobbson
INDIANA’S DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION The 2014 convention saw the Dems add marriage equality to the platform. Here’s photos.
BE PROUD, INDY VOICES PG. 4
A GAY DAD IN INDIANA BOOKS PG. 18
JOHN GREEN Q & A FILM PG. 20
The evolution of Pride — nationally and here in the Hoosier state.
On the Table by the Window documents the struggles of a gay dad’s fight to win custody of his kids.
The man behind The Fault in Our Stars talks about seeing his bestseller hit the big screen.
Proof that your neighbors are nothing if not adventurous.
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By Dr. Debby Herbenick and Sarah Murrell
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ASK THE SEX DOC
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Chef’s Night Off offers local professionals a chance to experiment. By Jolene Ketzenberger
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s the Circle City IN Pride festival approaches we have more to celebrate in 2014 than ever before. An astonishing swell of support for the gay community has swept the nation. Marriage equality is now available to citizens in 19 states and the District of Columbia, affecting nearly 44 percent of the American population. From the early days of the gay rights movement we have been fighting for our right to live openly. But now, in 2014, the fight continues, though the focus has shifted. We have set our sights on our right to thrive, to pursue life, liberty and happiness. We’ve come a long way, but aren’t across the finish line yet. Before the birth of the American gay rights movement, homosexuality was rarely addressed. When it was, gays were portrayed as evil, filthy, subhuman creatures unwilling or unable to stifle their “unnatural desires.” In 1948, groundbreaking research from Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute shed more light on American sexuality, and homosexuality, than any study before it. Kinsey extrapolated that nearly 10% of the general population was gay. The findings were denounced by academics and politicians alike, and were said to represent a weakening of the American spirit. Being gay was classified a creeping threat, a threat akin to communism.
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It’s human nature to whitewash history, to look back fondly on the “good old days.” It’s easy to forget that once women were forbidden to vote or work outside the home. It’s convenient not to mention the fact there was a time African Americans couldn’t even drink from the same water fountain as whites. Often we overlook the fact that life as a gay person “back then” was often dangerous and those brave enough to openly portray their sexuality were mocked, despised, and even assaulted. Our representation in popular culture throughout the 1940s and 50s was limited to subtext in movies, with gays representing characters to laugh at, to pity or to fear: the sissy, the self-hating closet case, the predator. Not only did this imagery have a negative impact, it warped the lens through which all of society viewed us. We weren’t allowed to show our capacity for love and monogamy, so it was assumed that we just weren’t capable of either. Despite the fact that young gays had no positive role models present in society, we gathered together, trying our best to love and support each other while our lives and loves were stifled by laws and threats of violence. We were forced to look out for our own. The meek, non-confrontational and mostly non-existent gay rights movement exploded in the muggy, early morning hours of June 28, 1969 in response to NYPD raids at establishments known to cater to gays. Weeks of violent clashes between police and patrons at the historic Stonewall Inn and other bars and clubs throughout Greenwich Village saw gays transformed from victims into activists. On the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, America saw its first gay pride parades — bold proclamations of our right to exist without persecution. This visibility and demand for justice started to affect public opinion. Homosexuality was once treated with confinement to mental facilities and electroshock therapy, but by 1974 the American Psychiatric Association had declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. We started to gather momentum. We saw openly gay public figures such as Harvey Milk elected to public office. Our quest for equality resulted in nearly 100,000 individuals marching on Washington in 1979 to demand equal
DOUG WHITINGER EDITORS@NUVO.NET Doug Whitinger is a native Hoosier and advocate for the LGBT community in Central Indiana.
civil rights and protective civil legislation. Our movement received national support for the first time in 1980 when gay rights were added to the platform of the Democratic party. Then that momentum began to falter. The AIDS epidemic exploded and fear spread faster than compassion. In response to this “gay disease,” incidents of anti-gay rhetoric and violence skyrocketed. Patients were often refused admittance to hospitals. Our own president even refused to take action for fear of the political fallout from within his own party. The religious right called AIDS a punishment for our sins, and blamed us for the disintegration of the American family. But we stood firm. We took to the streets, to the airwaves, and shouted for help. Through organizations like Act Up and with the help of brave doctors and victims, we funded research, developed treatments and fought again for our right to live. Bill Clinton signed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law in 1994, which forced gay and lesbian service members to serve silently. We were further relegated to the margins with 1996’s Defense of Marriage Act, which allowed states to refuse recognition of our marriages. These rulings, while damaging, motivated us to work harder for our rights. We’ve since seen the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and marriage equality shows no sign of slowing down, our goal of nationwide recognition within our reach. The gritty, street-level activism of the ‘80s and ‘90s has been largely replaced by legal arguments. Judges and city councils have recognized that this is a major civil rights issue of our time and have overturned bans on our relationships, bans on our right to work and live and love. We’ve faced our share of challenges, but we have knocked down every obstacle placed in our way. From ugly stereotypes to uglier religious rhetoric; from unfair persecution to incurable disease; from ignorance to fear to hate, we have overcome, and will continue to overcome. Every milestone we’ve achieved
in our pursuit of equality has been met by our detractors with disbelief, anger and resolve to make us fail. As much as they might not want to hear it, and we may not want to admit it, our loudest detractors often become our biggest motivators. They tell us “You can’t, you shouldn’t, just don’t.” We respond with “We can, we will, just watch.” Laws against our relationships have been repealed, and we don’t have to live in fear of arrest for a small display of affection. We now have representation within politics and pop culture. Our president has voiced his support for us and our rights. We can serve openly in the military and be joined in marriage and even raise families. The AIDS epidemic rages on, but we’re able to teach prevention, continue research and achieve breakthroughs. The road to true, complete equality stretches ever on. We still face the burden of being denied recognition of our marriages and access to all the benefits afforded to legally recognized couples. Once nationwide equality is achieved, I guarantee some will continue to face discrimination. We understand more than anyone that change doesn’t happen overnight. Change is slow, change is hard, but change is inevitable. One thing can be said of even the most closedminded among us; they can still learn. We owe our thanks to everyone involved in our movement for getting us where we are today. Thanks to the heroes who inspire us, victims that spur us into action, individuals who prove the ugly stereotypes wrong, allies who never stop doing what’s right on our behalf, and even the detractors who strengthen our resolve. Thanks to the Harvey Milks who proved we could both try and succeed. Thanks to the Ellens, Neil Patrick Harris’, RuPauls and others who proved we could face the world publicly and not be met with pity and revulsion. Thanks to Governor Pence, Speaker Bosma and Representative Delph who proved that the most hateful legislation and the most circular logic would be drowned out by the love we bear for one another and the support we receive from all who share in that love. We won’t be shamed into silence. So celebrate, Hoosiers. Celebrate our differences and how far we’ve come. Celebrate our ability to be who we truly are, and love who we were born to love. Be mindful of the past and hopeful for the future. Be thankful. Be thoughtful. Be respectful. Be humble. Be proud. n
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WHAT HAPPENED? Cricket Cutbacks Those dreaming of a cricket-driven sports revolution in Indy last week learned of setback; The City of Indianapolis cancelled its contract to host the 2014, 2015, 2016 U.S. Men’s National Cricket Championships at the Indianapolis World Sports Park. “The City is confident that cricket has a bright future in the United States, and that Indianapolis offers the best environment to cultivate this exiting sport,” John Williams, director of the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, wrote in a May 30 letter to the USA Cricket Association Board of Directors. However, lack of communication between the association and the city began to affect the tournament planning process in several ways following the departure of a key USACA executive, ultimately leading to the conclusion that the city would be better off to terminate its agreement to act as host. Meanwhile, work on the $5.1 million World Sports Park, which features turf fields suitable for several different sports, continues. Unsuccessful mining for legal fees A former miner in Southern Indiana will not have to pay more than $327,000 in legal fees after Administrative Law Judge Sandra Jensen of the Indiana Natural Resources Commission on April 29 rejected the Squaw Creek Coal Company’s claims that the miner — Bil Musgrave — had acted in “bad faith for the purpose of harassing or embarrassing” the company when he raised concerns about potential pollution at the Warrick County mine site. Jensen noted that “evidence of the potentially hazardous characteristics of the waste disposed of by Alcoa exists within numerous environmental assessments commissioned by Alcoa that were entered into evidence.” People who worked with the carcinogenic waste that was cast into unlined pits at the surface mine from 1965 to at least 1980 reported several unusual and fatal health issues among their cohort. Local environmental activists celebrated the decision in a May 29 press release. Gary Fritz, vice president of the Alliance for a Clean Rural Environment, noted, “We can’t be silenced for taking a stand against something that is dangerous to our community’s well-being.” — REBECCA TOWNSEND R.I.P Beer Geek Indianapolis has lost one of its brightest stars. Chris Maples, who was instrumental in the creation of Dad’s Inc. for the Villages, who left that gig for an instrumental position with Partners in Housing and who was a founder of the Hoosier Beer Geek blog has died at the age of just 37. Chris had been battling an aggressive form of cancer when an infection overtook him. Indy lost Chris on Sunday. Chris leaves behind a wife and two boys. If you want to help the family, skip the flowers and throw a buck or two this way: Maples Children’s Educational Fund, PNC Bank, 4030 South East Street, Indianapolis, 46227 Farewell, Chris. You’re gone much too soon. — ED WENCK 6 NEWS // 06.04.14 - 06.11.14 // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO
EMPTY THE TANKS
Activists highlight health concerns, question captivity’s role in effective conservation
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any drivers passing by honked in support of approximately 50 activists gathered outside the entrance to the Indianapolis Zoo. The protesters took part in the second annual worldwide Empty the Tanks public awareness campaign. A less positive reaction came from some of the vehicles entering the zoo. Undeterred, the group brandished signs and inflatable dolphins to spread their message about the plight of dolphins in captivity. Joel Kerr, executive director of the Indiana Animal Rights Alliance, said he hoped the demonstration would encourage people to “think twice about [dolphin captivity] from a different perspective.” Added demonstrator Doug Ross; “If we can make one person think about what they’re doing, it’s worth it.”
Origins of the movement The movement was founded last year by Rachel Carbary after her experience as a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardian in Taiji, Japan, where she joined in the stand against the Taiji Dolphin Drive in which hundreds of bottlenose dolphins are slaughtered or captured for the entertainment industry — including zoos and marine parks. Since its founding, the movement has spread to 20 countries, where 41 simultaneous demonstrations took place on May 24. Carbary advocates releasing captive marine mammals either to the wild, if possible, or retiring them to sea pens, where they can live in natural sea water. She makes a case for them on her website: “These entertainment parks have no place in the 21st century. We know the level of awareness these animals have. We know their social connections, their eating habits, and natural wild behaviors. These are incredibly social, intelligent beings that are being used to make money. It is animal slavery, and it needs to be brought to the general public’s attention.”
Health and welfare Nine Atlantic bottlenose dolphins reside in approximately 2 ½ million gallons of water at the Indianapolis Zoo. According to a prepared statement
Joel Kerr, Doug Ross, and Leslie Holding protest captive dolphins at the Indianapolis Zoo.
released by the zoo, the dolphins “receive an extraordinarily high level of care. We have a full-time Ph.D. nutritionist, one of the highest ratios of veterinarians per animal in the nation and an experienced marine mammal staff.” Activists reject the claim that dolphins, which swim up to 100 miles a day in the wild, can ever be healthy in captivity. “A concrete tank can never replace their ocean home,” according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation website, an international charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales and dolphins. “The mental, emotional and physical stress that a captive whale or dolphin suffers can weaken their immune system and make them prone to disease. Even though captive whales and dolphins are kept in an environment free of predators, pollution and other threats, they die young.” Half of all captured dolphins die within their first two years of captivity, with survivors living an average of five years in captivity compared to an average age of 45 years in the wild, according to Be As One Foundation, a grassroots conservation non-profit founded on the principles of engagement, community action, research and innovative solutions to environmental issues. Be As One statistics indicate that every seven years, half
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of all dolphins in captivity die from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning, immune system dysfunction from chronic stress and other stress-related illnesses. A study by Stefan Austermühle, executive director of Mundo Azul, a Peruvian organization founded in 1999 to protect marine and aquatic biodiversity, found that between 1967 and 1994 a total of 193 cetaceans had been held in captivity in Germany. By 1994 only 33 were still alive. None of them survived 20 years in captivity.
Baby crazy The statistics for captive-born dolphins buttress claims that captive animals are not as healthy as their wild counterparts. The natural survival rate for bottlenose dolphins within their first year of life in the wild is 20 percent, but according to a U.S. Marine Mammal Inventory Report conducted between 1960 and 1993, more than 50 percent of the dolphins born in captivity perish within the first four months of life (133 of 261 animals). This figure doesn’t include miscarriages and abortions, as U.S. law doesn’t require facilities to register those. S E E , T A N K S , O N P A G E 08
GET INVOLVED Mayor’s Bike Ride The 2014 Mayor’s Bike Ride will feature a Near Northside tour. Free t-shirts for the first 200 participants; bike safety information, children’s bike helmets, door prizes, and snacks will also be on hand. Sat., June 7, 9 a.m. City Market, 222 E. Market St., FREE, indy.gov/MayorsBikeRide Run for Pride / against Domestic Violence On Saturday morning, runners can race for one of two good causes. The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence will host a fundraising run from Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland, beginning at 8 a.m. Registration is $25; see icadvinc.org for details. The Rainbow 5K Run/Walk will begin at 7 a.m. at the Talbott Street Nightclub, 2145 N. Talbott St. The registration fee is $30 and will support the IndyPride Resource Center Fund and HIV education through the Indiana AIDS Fund, a program of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis. See circlecityinpride. org for details. Solar Seminar Englewood Community Development Corporation and SIREN (Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network) are hosting an informational seminar for people interested in learning more about solar. The day will also include a tour of the 80 panel solar installation on the rooftop of Englewood. http://sirensolar.org Mon., June 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Englewood Christian Church, 57 N. Rural St.
THOUGHT BITE With the conviction of Martha Stewart we know that it’s a crime for citizens to lie to the government. Now, how about making it a crime for the government to lie to citizens? (From the week of March 10, 2004) – ANDY JACOBS JR.
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marine mammal welfare. Citing no plans to buy or sell dolphins, Palermo said that the zoo’s breeding program aims to maintain the facility’s dolphin population, though she added it is “possible that we would acquire a dolphin from another facility.”
Four of the Indy zoo’s dolphins were born there. However, Leslie Holding, a local demonstrator who accompanied the Sea Shepherd in the Pacific Northwest to oppose the branding and killing of sea lions, points out that there have been 26 baby dolphin deaths, stillFilms such as the Oceanic Preservation births or miscarriages at the Indy Zoo Society’s Academy Award-winning docusince 1988, as verified by Ceta-Base.com, mentary The Cove (about the dolphin a database of captive cetaceans. Holding slaughter in Taiji) and Blackfish (about blames stress from captivity. the death in 2010 of a trainer by an Judy Palermo, public relations senior orca named Tilikum held captive at manager for the Indianapolis Zoo, SeaWorld) are changing the public’s perresponds: “The cause of newborn death ceptions about the capture of dolphins can vary with dolphins—in one case, it and whales, their captivity and their use was a maternal incompetence in nursfor entertainment purposes. ing the calf.” SeaWorld reported a dramatic drop in Blaming the mothers is ridiculous, sales and attendance in the fiscal quarHolding insists. “There is clearly somePHOTO BY LORI LOVELY ter following Blackfish’s release. thing about the zoo that is not helping Karen Scott, drove up from Columbus to stand up for In March this year, California state calves survive there. When there are 26 captive dolphins. legislator Richard Bloom, D-Santa dead baby dolphins compared Monica, proposed a bill to end to only four that have lived, [it] all orca captivity in the state of indicates a huge problem with California. An online petition in “Keeping them in a cage is the wrong breeding in captivity. It shows that support of the bill was signed by captivity is killing these dolphins. kind of education. No animal would 1.2 million people. They should end the breeding Similarly, 38 members of program. No more deaths. Stop choose [to live in] a zoo.” Congress sent a letter demanding forcing these mothers to continuimproved regulations for captive ally grieve over their dead calves. — JOEL KERR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE marine mammals to Agriculture The deaths are on the Indianapolis INDIANA ANIMAL RIGHTS ALLIANCE Secretary Tom Vilsack on May 29. Zoo for continually breeding these Arguing that existing regulations dolphins, knowing the odds of don’t reflect updated science, the death are so great in captivity.” our guests in a way that bridges both lawmakers reminded Vilsack of German veterinarian Christina Schnug the emotions and the intellect, we crea 2002 promise by the USDA to institute cites “…the lack of milk in the mothers, ate a level of care and relevance in our improvements. To date, no recommenas well as the lack of correct behavior audiences that will contribute to healthy dations for facility improvements have when providing milk by the inexperioceans and continued species viability.” been adopted. The letter asks for new enced mothers” as reasons for the high But Kerr contends that it’s “imposregulations regarding tank size, speciesdeath rate in captivity. sible to be both entertainment and a specific ambient temperatures and noise, The World Society for the Protection conservation program. They are comand swim-with-the-dolphins programs. of Animals, an organization fighting peting interests. The zoo makes money The demonstrators at the Indianapolis animal cruelty, associates poor perforoff the dolphins.” Zoo wonder if the zoo and the nearly 1 mance of such duties as an indication of Palermo notes that dolphins aren’t million annual visitors are listening. loss of culture. listed by the International Union for “All dolphins in captivity are preventConservation of Nature as an endaned … from learning and expressing natugered species, but contends that “the ral behaviors,” according to the society’s In a prepared statement, the oceans are under tremendous preswebsite. “It is becoming increasingly Indianapolis Zoo said, “While we differ sure and many animals that live in the clear that ‘culture’ is exceedingly imporin opinions about dolphins in human oceans are highly endangered. Our doltant to dolphins: Mothers teach specific care and how to best ensure a sustainphins help to address a number of those skills to offspring and juveniles learn able future for all dolphins, we recognize issues, including warming, acidification other behaviors via imitation of other that we, like the demonstrators, care and pollution. During the dolphin show, pod mates. Culture is lost in captivity or, very much about dolphin welfare.” we advise guests of what they can do to at best, is replaced by an artificial culture Palermo adds that the zoo recognizes help the oceans stay healthy.” with no evolutionary or ecological basis.” its moral duty to provide an enriching Many activists dispute claims that and healthy life for all animals in their zoos and aquariums protect dolphins collection and considers that obligain the wild through research and public tion an “essential step in our strategy of education. Instead, they insist there’s no The zoo casts its dolphin exhibit as an engaging, enlightening and empowering extension of its animal conservation efforts. proof that dolphin and whale displays people to advance conservation.” or performances contribute to conservaAccording to Palermo, “Humans are But for animal advocates’ ‘any pool, tion or education efforts in any way, and becoming more detached from wild no matter how big, will always be too allege that facilities merely exploit them places and that’s when the loss of habismall for dolphins.’ n for profit, putting ticket sales ahead of tat occurs. By introducing dolphins to
A shift in public opinion
Everyone loves dolphins
Making money from mammals
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Editor’s note: Indy Pride has tons of great performances, players and drag kings and queens. As we’re an activism-minded publication, we chose to highlight the activism arm of the Indy drag scene. Head over to NUVO.net to see a complete list of all the outstanding events going on next week. As the world’s most famous drag goddess, Her Holiness RuPaul, once said, “You are born naked. Everything else is drag.” At the outset, drag performance is merely a carnivalesque spectacle, where the hair and outfits are only there to dazzle. But there’s a deeper artistic component, both in the costuming, which many performers do themselves by hand, and in the careful creation of their characters and the very literal gender, um, bending required to pull off a lycra bodysuit. Barring some specifics, you could argue that it’s no different than the gender performance we all do in our daily lives, but concentrated into a few hours a week and exaggerated for entertainment’s sake, like baseball players on steroids or basketball players high on their own hype. But, Indy’s Bag Ladies are in it for more than fame. When they put on their heels, all kinds of charities get the funds they desperately need. They’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for, most prominently, HIV/AIDS care and research funds, and to other charities like Step Up, Inc.; Indiana Youth Group; Damien Center; American Heart Association, and Cystic Fibrosis. Last year, they raised over $56,000 dollars and have upped this year’s goal to $70,000 in honor of founding Bag Lady Coby Palmer’s 70th birthday. And just like Ginger Rogers with Fred Astaire, they’ll do it more gracefully backwards and in high heels than most people could do it forwards on the flat. Drag requires a baseline kind of boldness and self-acceptance that most of us suburban normalites try to capture in little scraps and glimmers throughout our lifetimes. It didn’t occur to me until the group was gathered on the circle, as people collected around the Bag Ladies as we set up for a shoot, that being in drag means being at the center of attention at all times—if you
sweat, if you fall, if you’re mean, if you’re nice. And it also means learning to feel fabulous despite questions and glances from the masses that can be everything from strange to downright ignorant. Spending an evening with the Bag Ladies is like standing in the engine room of the “S.S. Fuck You I Look Amazing” and being delightfully deafened by the roar of the confidence and playfulness buzzing in the room. Up on a third-floor balcony on the Circle where photographer Michelle Craig shot the Bag Ladies, there was a three-foot ledge behind the railing with nothing behind it but a 40-foot drop onto the pavement. Craig mentioned offhand that she wished they could stand out there for some shots. And just like that, Ms. Aurora Diamonds, draped in diaphanous material that caught every breeze and shod in 4-inch Louboutins that brought her total height to well over six feet, climbed over the railing and began arranging the draping of her gown to show off some leg. There was little thought given to the risk, because we had a job to do: capture the best photos of the Bag Ladies gathered, and they made it happen. Diamonds wasn’t the only one to risk a fall, either. Forty feet from almostsure death, they tossed their hair, arranged ruffles, blotted sweat drops and held their hands just so with the placid calm of a seasoned actor in dress rehearsal: just another day on the job. The point isn’t for the Bag Ladies to “pass” for women, but to be bigger and bolder than gender and bodies, to skewer the performance so perfectly as to make the rest of us realize how timidly we live our lives and carry ourselves by comparison, how desperately we cling to just one sitcom lookalike of our sense of self. Maybe they’re crazy, or maybe everyone else is. All I can tell you is that while seeing those ladies standing on that ledge cracking crass jokes with gravity and the weather threatening to drag them suddenly to the earth, while my far-away hands shook and my mouth went dry watching, I was awestruck and suffused with admiration. The Bag Ladies’ ethos and efforts are the eventual fruit of the iconic RuPaul-ism that’s defined modern drag since it was first uttered over two decades ago: “You better work.” > > >
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Anna Bortion ORIGIN STORY: I did drag for Halloween once or twice. People loved my energy in it and wanted to see more. There was a drag show at Greg’s starring my favorite drag queen at the time, Sharron Needles, so I decided to dress up. I had to give her a name to match the face .. and that was the night Anna was born. I would like to say you could thank famous queens Nina Flowers and Sharron Needles for this disaster. ANNA’S DRAG ZEN: Drag has given me a whole new perspective on the way I view myself as a gay male and as a big ol’ joke. Never in my life did I think that
Aurora Diamonds ORIGIN STORY: Aurora came to life during a fundraising drag show at Ball State University in 2005. At the time, I was slightly obsessed with Moulin Rouge and my first performance was “Sparkling Diamond”. So I became Aurora Diamond, but I felt the name still needed a little more. Every girl wants more - more diamonds that is! So I made the name plural and the rest is history! Aurora is very classy, confident, hard working, creative (I make 95% of my garments) and sassy! I look up to and try my best to be like the great Bag Ladies before me. All of this plus a great set of legs! It’s Aurora! ADVICE FOR DRAG BABIES: Be original and stay away from drama! Don’t just be good,
be GREAT! I like to encourage new Bag Ladies/drag queens and to help do so, I started the Aurora Diamonds’ Little Drag Closet event where you can purchase gently used drag clothing and accessories as well as get tips on makeup and other essentials! The next LDC will be held on Sunday September 14, 2014. AURORA’S DRAG ZEN: Be true to yourself! Let no one put you down! Own your craft! BACHELORETTE PARTIES AT DRAG SHOWS? Slightly annoying. As a Bag Lady, I personally do not deal with bachelorette parties. As a customer in a bar, I see them all the time! They always want to be upfront and in the way with zero dollars, expecting a personal show from the entertainer on stage! By now, everyone should know to bring dollars for tipping!
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drag would be such an empowering and confidence boosting way to express my art. Drag has allowed me to be whatever I can think of in the moment without the care in the world—except for if my lipstick still looks good. Drag gives me the feeling of freedom to express myself and my feelings in the craziest and [most] exciting ways possible. BACHELORETTE PARTIES AT DRAG SHOWS? As long as they tip, I don’t mind it! I support the local artists in any way possible! Forever giving lap dances for dollars! HOW TO HAVE A GREAT FIRST SHOW: BE ON TIME! Be fun and friendly! And most importantly, don’t drink too much, nobody likes a sloppy drunk. Do not forget to be entertaining, some queens leave that at home.
06.12: BAG LADIES LOUD & PROUD GREG’S
06.13: PRIDE CONERT WITH
INDY MENS CHORUS
06.14: CADILLAC BARBIE
06.14: CIRCLE CITY IN
AMERICAN LEGION MALL
CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN: I [have] seen just about anything a performer can or can’t do on stage. One of my most remembered was a Chicago queen who shall stay unnamed who was drinking heavily between songs. Her last number finally came up and she was so wasted she couldn’t walk, grabbed onto the stage curtain and took a dive off the stage. She had to be carried away ... and she was opening for one of RuPaul’s queens! This was not cute, unless it was part of her act. HOW ANNA GETS HER DRINK ON: I converse with everyone ... and people force me to consume alcohol! I just can’t say no to free generosity. > > >
HOW TO HAVE A GREAT FIRST SHOW: Take your time with your makeup. Have a complete outfit and have new outfits in rotation. Never take a tip by biting on the dollar! Everyone is watching so be polite to patrons, even the drunk ones! HOW DOES AURORA GET THE BARTENDER’S ATTENTION? Catch his eye and bat my lashes. Smile or smirk and order my Cosmo and then pay for my drink and tip him well. I always take care of the bar tender. You never know when someone else will ask the bartender what I’m drinking. I want him or her to remember me! AURORA DIAMONDS, SPOKESWOMAN FOR: Shoes! A well made designer (preferable Italian leather) shoe! I believe in style plus comfort. Can’t be a good queen in bad shoes that make you hobble and fall down! > > > NUVO // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // 06.04.14 - 06.11.14 // COVER STORY 11
Cadillac Barbie ORIGIN STORY: The first time I performed was at a private New Year’s Day party in January 1993. My friends begged me to do a number. At the time, I worked for a local Cadillac dealership as the Executive Assistant to the owners. Thus, the name “Cadillac’ and my friends said that I was like Mattel’s Barbie: the “bitch that has everything!” Thus, Cadillac Barbie was born! In terms of influences, I would have to say “Lady Bunn” – she is a beautiful full-figured Queen with a wonderful sense of humor who doesn’t take herself too seriously! I only do drag to raise money for good causes – mainly in the LGBT community (HIV/AIDS, Indiana Youth Group, etc.). To me, drag is all about giving back to the community by entertaining people. Bottom line – if you are a ‘hefty’ queen you better be funny and able to make fun of yourself!
CADILLAC BARBIE’S DRAG ZEN: Being Cadillac Barbie has given lots of self-confidence both on and offstage. Being able to put on some make-up, a wig, a dress, and shoes and entertain people (making them laugh) and convincing them to give back to the community by donating tips has given my life purpose and has made me a better person. I love being a former Bag Lady Queen and I enjoy serving as Bag Lady Coordinator, a position I have held since 2006. This leadership position is sometimes challenging but it has given me a chance to grow as a person and to hopefully, mentor others. BACHELORETTE PARTIES AT DRAG SHOWS? I feel sorry for the “regular” performers at Talbott Street & Zonie’s Closet who have to entertain their mostly drunk, obnoxious women at some bachelorette parties who barely tip yet want the performers to pay attention to them. I
Chelsea Nicole Parker (CNP IF YOU’RE BUYING ME SHOTS)
ORIGIN STORY: I was a theater kid that loved being on stage and entertaining people. I started my career performing in charity events at my undergraduate school and made the transition to pageantry and competition. My name came from sheer panic. I was about to hit the stage for my first show ever and I didn’t have a name. So, I combined my childhood dog name, my mother’s maiden name and threw Nicole in there because I thought it was classy. My look was influenced by the legends of the Indianapolis scene that I observed for almost 8 years before ever attempting it myself. Watching performers on stage gave me insight on what I did, and sometimes didn’t
JESSICA’S DRAG ZEN: Drag has taught me that, yes, you may not succeed when you first try, but you should keep trying. When I first began I was what we call a booger wasnt very talented and knew nothing about drag or even drag make-up. MOST TRAGIC PERFORMANCE EVER: When I started doing drag I wanted to be on stage so bad, I used liquid make-up and ya know what they say “Cover Girl doesn’t cover boy.” During my performance I fell off the stage. Yep, I was a mess. HOW JESSICA GETS HER DRINK ON: If I were in
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ADVICE FOR DRAG BABIES: Watch and learn from others. Don’t be afraid to move on stage. Smile and have a great time! Don’t get involved in the drag drama. If you can’t say something nice – don’t say anything at all and definitely don’t post anything negative on Facebook! MOST TRAGIC PERFORMANCE: The most “tragic” performance was probably the night I was crowned Bag Lady Queen 2002 and proceeded to fall off the stage (at least I fell on another drag queen). We both got up off the floor, found our wigs that had fallen off and tried to pretend it didn’t happen! I don’t think my crown has been the same since. > > > want my look to be. My mannerisms come from watching the greats, or my idols. People like P!nk, Kelly Clarkson and others inspired me to be pretty, and sexy and edgy. CHELSEA’S DRAG ZEN: When I started, I was desperate for everyone to like me to the point of self-deprecating and pandering. As I have gotten more experienced in the craft, I’ve let that go. Now, I don’t care if you don’t care if you don’t like me, my look, or what I have to say because there are enough people that do, or I’d be lip-syncing to a hair brush in my bathroom mirror. It has definitely made me grow into sort of a coy sexiness in and out of drag. I feel that drag has given me such a strong hyper feminine outlet for my soul that when I’m out of drag, my hyper masculine side can change his car brakes and enjoy playing football. a club, I would learn and know the bar staff’s names because that’s just being professional. And I would call them over by name because I think that’s the way it should be done. You want to have positive influence on your club including the bar staff, including the owners. JESSICA MONTGOMERY, SPOKESWOMAN FOR: I would be the spokeswoman for MAC make-up and Jim Beam bourbon, simply because MAC has GREAT eye shadow color and gives you flawless coverage and Jim Beam bourbon, well what can I say? ... Having a cocktail while you’re painting your face goes hand-in-hand. > > >
ADVICE FOR DRAG SHOW VIRGINS: Before the show begins, remember two important things. 1: Most often we are paid a small stipend, called ‘show pay,’ for our time and efforts, but the majority of the money we intend to make comes from the generosity of the audience. I always say, show me you can tolerate me with one dollar, that you like me with five dollar, or that you love me with a $20. So toss us a few bucks if you like what we’re serving. 2: Unless you are specifically approached, do not think that you can sing or dance my number better than I can while I’m in the middle of it. Do I come to your work and tell you how to salt my fries? No. So don’t tell me how to do my job. It’s embarrassing and awkward. For you. HOW CHELSEA GETS HER DRINK ON: Oh, sweetie, that’s what the boys are for. Now, run along and get this diva a cocktail ... pretty please. > > >
ORIGIN STORY: I’ve done 31 years of female impersonation. My drag name is a combination of one of my drag sisters named Jessica and one of my favorite actresses Elizabeth Montgomery. As far as my mannerisms, etc., I learned a lot about who I am and the way that I am from my actual drag mother Katie Alexander Montgomery who was the one that got me hooked on Bewitched and Elizabeth Montgomery. Also I had my VERY GOOD drag sister Ashley West paint my face and she told me “One day you are going to be someone these queens WILL respect.” I went on to compete and win Miss Capitol City America 1998.
ADVICE FOR DRAG BABIES: Be yourself and you’ll go far but always accept a helping hand where needed.
would respect them more if they would tip the performers and show the same respect that they do other entertainers.
Lola Palooza ORIGIN STORY: Lola was an obvious choice for a first name because there were so many songs that sang her name. When I first started I loved Carmen Miranda, the headdress and the loudness of her look. I loved it all. So I originally was Lola Miranda. Later I had a benefit show and I called it “Lola Palooza,” as in a “festival” or “show of me.” Everyone commented on how they loved the new name. I would look back confused at the idea of a new name. Finally my eye caught the poster and I began to think about it ... and EUREKA! Every time I work on my presentation of Lola, I think about what I would find entertaining. Lola is always changing and evolving based on my moods and experiences. It is exactly like developing a character for the theater. Because this process has been s long term effort, Lola has become a rich three dimensional character.
Scarlette O’Hairy ORIGIN STORY: I used to live in Virginia and the first drag show I participated in was a holiday fundraiser where I dressed as Kenny Rogers in a red velvet tuxedo to do a live duet with a friend dressed as Dolly Parton. They originally gave me the name Scarlette Letter when they saw the red coat, but then the announcer saw me getting dressed and changed it to Scarlette O’Hairy, because I am very hairy all over. The actual look has evolved; I don’t like trying to do a standard thing where I appear the same every show or appearance.
ADVICE FOR DRAG BABIES: Find a friend your size who is already involved and borrow. This stuff gets very expensive and their experience with make-up, hair, etc. is always helpful. SCARLETTE’S DRAG ZEN: It takes a very big village to make this work and so many people give of themselves. It is humbling to recognize the amount of effort this takes and those who do it extremely well like Cadillac Barbie, Latrina Bidet and Aurora Diamond deserve all the praise they can get. HOW TO HAVE A GREAT FIRST SHOW: Respect your peers, be on time, stay
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LOLA’S DRAG ZEN: When in drag it is easy to be confident. It is a mask that we wear. It protects us from the opinions of others so that we are free to be outrageous and break social norms. Before Lola was created, I would not say that I was shy but I was much quieter. I also didn’t know how to express my anger towards the prejudice I would witness and be a victim of on a regular basis. Lola gave me a voice and a mission to be not just an entertainer, but be an entertainer that benefits our community.
BACHELORETTE PARTIES AT DRAG SHOWS? I am of two minds on this. First, any person that comes to a show looking to be entertained and have a good time is welcome. All I ask is that you show the performers the respect you would want on your wedding day. I have only once had a bride-to-be try to pull a wig off and she got married with a black eye. Most of my experiences have been positive and I haven’t slapped anyone in a long time. Second, it doesn’t matter what kind of party you are with, if you come out to a drag show to act like an idiot and treat me like trash then you have two choices. You can hit the bricks or I can introduce you to the bricks. There are a rare occasions when individuals come in and feel that we (the performers) are to be treated like trash. They act as though they are beyond us and can not be bothered with showing anyone respect. If you don’t want to be here then go away, and for everyone else, let’s drink! > > >
professional, keep your numbers less than four minutes, work the whole audience and have fun. The bottom line for us (the Bag Ladies) is raising money for charities, not outside or personal glory. HOW SCARLETTE GETS HER DRINK ON: I usually send my husband! SCARLETTE O’HAIRY, SPOKESWOMAN FOR: I wouldn’t hawk a product, but I would definitely be the spokesperson for ANY charity; especially veterans, AIDS, cancer or education. > > > days I was like a cheap wine, today I’m like a fine champagne. Please don’t ask any of my Bag Lady sisters they would lie to you about my character change. I say this most lovingly most of them, however, haven’t changed.
TONYA’S DRAG ZEN: I am very confident with myself. I know who I am and what I want. I think gender performance has taught that I can have two completely different personalities and still be confident with each of them.
ADVICE FOR DRAG BABIES: Choose what you want to be: a campy queen or a true female illusionist, and carry it through in developing your drag character. Have a mission for your new persona. Have fun with it. There are many examples of both; unique in many ways. One thing to remember, characters a like snowflakes, no two are the same. Don’t try to duplicate. Another thing: remember your audience they are the ones that help to make you who you are.
HOW TONYA GETS BARTENDER ATTENTION: Tonya always gets the attention of bartenders just her presence at the bar, how could they not notice her. They usually take care of my drinks. When I start digging in my bra and breast for my money or charge card they just say no problem it’s on me. TONYA CAMPISI, FOR: Make up ... it’s the finishing layer for your drag persona. I do what I do as a man in womens attire to raise money. That’s what we are: a fundraiser. > > >
ORIGIN STORY: I was invited to go on the Bag Lady Bus Tour by Blossom Bagladyqueenmother aka Coby Palmer and Ed Walsh, founders of the Bag Ladies. This was in October of 1983. Later in 1991 I became a Bag Lady Queen. The influences for the name came about by a roommate; we were always called Rhoda and Tonya like “Laverne and Shirley”. The Bag Ladies are campy drag queens so I took my roommate’s last name of Campisi. My introduction used to be … “She’s easy, She’s sleazy, She’s Tonya Campisi.” I’m a little more sophisticated now, not sleazy like the earlier days. A good reference would be earlier
ADVICE FOR DRAG BABIES: Always remember to separate you from your character. Drama, ego, and attitude are fun on stage but taking that attitude into your personal life and on Facebook just burns bridges and hinders friendships. At the end of the day, we are glamorous clowns and should be more focused on being entertaining than being important.
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Pride Week is the perfect time to dip your toe into the drag pool of possibilities. Never been to a show? No problem. We threw together some drag etiquette tips to make sure everyone enjoys the show. • DO bring cash for tipping. Singles are fine, but larger bills tell the ladies you like what they’re servin’.
• DON’T tip them like you would a stripper. Hold out your tip and let the performer take it with her hands. Keep it classy.
• DO get rowdy for the ladies you love!
• DON’T take the party vibe as an invitation to get up on stage and try to sing along. It’s a performance, not karaoke.
• DO have a few drinks, of course!
• DON’T get sloppy. No one likes a sloppy drunk.
SATURDAY, JUNE 28 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
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• DO be respectful as you would to any other performer: drag performers perfect their
art over many years, just like actors and musicians. Treat them with the same respect.
• DON’T forget: everyone’s there to have a good time. Enjoy the show in that spirit. n
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EVENTS Wendy Red Star iMOCA gets back into action this month with a solo show of new work by Wendy Red Star, a Portland, Oregon-based multimedia artist from a Crow tribal background. She was named an Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow in 2009; here’s our impression of her work then: “Wendy Red Star’s ‘Fancy Shawl Project’ incorporates images that epitomize life on the Crow Indian reservation. From a distance, each of the five tasseled shawls could be construed as brightly colored variations on a traditional theme until, upon closer inspection, photo-transferred images depicting aspects of reservation life emerge: reservation dogs, crackerbox houses, storage cars, basketball, and television sets — subjects not typically associated with fine art, and certainly defying stereotypical images of sacred objects.”
iMOCA, opens June 6, 6 p.m.; artist talk June 7, 1 p.m.; up through July 19; indymoca.org
Three pieces from Jake Lee’s new series Vulnerable Villains.
The Herron Open: Mini Golf Mega Art For too long have the corporate overlords at PuttPutt Fun Centers, Inc. defined the way that we think and play. The time has come to take back the miniature golf course. And the place will be Herron, where student-faculty teams from nine departments are creating one hole each for a scholarship fundraiser. “The only expectations I put on the groups working was that they be an original piece, they be playable, and they be well made,” says organizer Reagan Furqueron, who notes that an art history hole uses “imagery from Picasso to Andy Warhol to Ai Weiwei.” Head to nuvo.net for more info. Herron School of Art and Design, June 7, 6 p.m., $35-125, herron.iupui.edu Social Photography: Art in Progress A hybrid show intended to, according to press materials, “inspire a dialog about the roles of photography and art in social media,” will open in both the physical and digital realms Friday night. The physical gallery at Indy Indie will open at 6 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by the opening of the virtual gallery on Instagram at @socphotogallery. Work by twenty photographers from around the globe will be featured in the virtual realm, and those photos will be complemented in the physical world by furniture designed by Herron students. Herron and Indy Indie partnered on the show with local photographer Aaron Pierce curating. Indy Indie Artist Colony, opens June 6, 6 p.m.; through June 27; socialphotography.photos
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POP ART WITH A PUNCH
BY EM I L Y U D EL L ED I T O R S @ N U V O . N E T
ake Lee: Hero or villain? It’s hard to imagine the enthusiastic, hardworking artist as having a dark side. But in a new series, Vulnerable Villains, Lee uses iconic imagery of comic book villains to explore ways in which the Seven Deadly Sins have bedeviled him, from egotism to drug use to emotional struggles. Lee will debut the series this weekend at The Attic, his new studio and gallery space in the Murphy. You don’t typically don’t see villains crying on the pages of classic comic books, so Jake Lee the 24-year-old created new portraits of characters like Dr. Doom, Red Skull and Loki, using the dewy-eyed heroes and heroines of vintage romance comics as visual inspiration. This juxtaposition that fuels the latest series is typical of Lee’s art, which transposes drawing, painting, silkscreen, image transfers and typography on a background of wood, creating the effect of a building dressed in decades of wheatpasted advertisements and graffiti. “I use random images and put them together to create a whole new story,” he says. The Toledo, Ohio-born Lee, whose given name is Jake Ziolkowski, counts
JAKE LEE: VULNERABLE VILLAINS
W H E N : O P E N S J U N E 6 , 7- 11 P . M . WHERE: MURPHY ARTS CENTER, STE. 306 MORE INFO: JAKELEEART.COM
Baddies show their sensitive side in new show They’re not just walking in and out.” Before his work featuring villains, Lee explored less topics like media, consumerism and beauty through images of comic book heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman, celebrities like Audrey Hepburn and Sylvester Stallone and even the little girl on the side of the Morton Salt box. Lee’s new pieces are the biggest he’s ever done, measuring 4 by 4 feet and hovering off the wall by as much as 6 inches. “The whole thing about Pop Art is using imagery and color to pop toward you,” he says. “I wanted the physical painting to actually come toward you.” For this series, Lee says he also finally took the advice of his friend Randy
among his influences Pop Art pioneer Robert Rauschenberg. He graduated from the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration in 2011, and moved to Indianapolis in early 2013 to take a job at Angie’s List. Lee stayed with relatives in Beech Grove before moving to the Old Northside. “We’re neighbors in the Murphy Building and I see him there every day,” says artist Mike Graves, who showed work at The Attic’s debut in April. “He’s The whole thing about Pop Art is using not just contributing by putting out great work and imagery and color to pop toward you. being a hard-working artist, he’s giving back by giv— JAKE LEE ing other artists an opportunity and place to show.” Bennett, a Toledo-based artist and menLee hopes the third-floor studio and tor who kept telling him to “go bigger” gallery will become a nerve center for up-and-coming local and regional artists. with his work. Bennett praises Lee for taking a genre Since the space’s opening, he’s hosted that can be kitschy and nostalgic into a an exhibit of furniture made by Herron School of Art and Design students. Future realm of more nuanced commentary. “He’s taken the genre of Pop Art into exhibits will include local photographers. a more serious direction,” Bennett says. He credits lively First Friday events “By using all of the sub surface layers with generating a growing vibrancy in he creates a complexity can be a bigger the local art scene. “People are engaged comment on either the superficial top with the work,” he says. “They’re really layer or the work itself.” n passionate, they’re talking to the artists.
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A&E EVENTS Eddie Izzard “If God had written the Bible, the first line should have been, ‘It’s round. That thing you’re standing on? It’s round!’”
Hilbert Circle Theatre, June 5, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and June 6-7, 8 p.m., prices vary, indianapolisymphony.org Dancing after Dark A fundraiser for Dance Kaleidoscope presented by Angel Burlesque. Expect guest appearances by DK troupe members. Athenaeum Theatre, June 6, 8 p.m., $25-45, angelburlesque.com Asian Fest The Asian American Alliance, Inc. is the driving force behind Asian Fest, a celebration of Asian cultures from India to Japan and back in its seventh year. Look for a ton of demos — of traditional Chinese music, Kung Fu, Feng Shui, Bollywood dance, calligraphy, Chinese chess, paper cutting, etc. Indiana State Museum, June 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., FREE, aaaliance.org Hoosier Connections: Opera on Demand V Intimate Opera’s Opera on Demand shows are grab bags/ revues designed with the help of audience questionnaires. This time around they’re presenting five short operas in their entirety, with total performance time at around an hour. Three pieces are by Indiana composers — John Chittum’s Cake, Bill Kloppenburg’s Fear Not the Robot and Scott Perkins’ Charon. Also included are the world’s shortest opera, Peter Reynolds’ The Sands of Time (at 3 minutes and 34 seconds) and Samuel Barber’s Hand of Bridge. IndyFringe Basile Theatre; June 7, 8 p.m. and June 8, 3 p.m.; $15 adult, $8 student; intimateopera.org
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A GAY DAD WINS CUSTODY
Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, June 4, 8 p.m., $42-60 (plus fees), oldnationalcentre.com Joshua Bell and Dvorak’s New World As usual, Bell’s weekend concerts with the ISO sold out well in advance — but there’s still Thursday, when tickets remain available for both the truncated coffee concert at 11 a.m. and a full-scale concert at 8 p.m. Bell will perform Sibelius’ Concerto in D Minor, which is bookended by a sextet by Strauss from his opera Cappriccio and Dvorak’s enduringly popular “New World” Symphony. Urbanski is on the podium.
NUVO editor David Hoppe helps tell the story of Van Kirby
BY ED W EN CK EW E N C K @ N U V O . N E T
n the mid 1970s, as part of a bitter divorce proceeding, a Broad Ripple hairstylist named Van Kirby was awarded custody of his four biological children. This wasn’t unusual just because a father (as opposed to a mom) had been awarded custody of his kids. This case was exceptional because Kirby happened to be gay. Kirby decided to share his story in a short book he penned with NUVO Contributing Editor David Hoppe, On the Table by the Window: The Journey of a Gay Dad in Indiana, which includes an epilogue written by the judge who awarded Kirby custody of his children, Judge Betty Barteau, the first female Superior Court Judge to serve in Marion County. We spoke with Hoppe about his friend’s tale.
ON THE TABLE BY THE WINDOW: THE JOURNEY OF A GAY DAD IN INDIANA AUTHOR: VAN KIRBY WITH DAVID HOPPE PUBLISHER: DOG EAR PUBLISHING S P E C S : $ 14 .9 5 , 120 P G S INFO: H O O S I E R G A Y D A D.C O M
NUVO: How did you connect with Van Kirby? What kind of role does a “with” co-author have; how does that work? DAVID HOPPE: Van had been cutting my hair for the better part of ten years when he told me about his story. He had made a couple of false starts previously and had some notes he asked me to read. He was interested in knowing if his was a story worth telling. When I had a look at the notes, it seemed to me that this was indeed a story worth telling. This led to an extended conversation culminating in Van’s decision to proceed with the project. His original intent was to create a legacy for his grand and great grandchildren. But once we were two or three chapters in, it started to become clear that this was a story that might have a broader audience and Van decided to publish. As to co-authoring, I saw my role as a facilitator. Lots of people say they have stories to tell, but few are actually able to bring them to the page in a readable way. Van and I began by discussing his story at length. From there I was able to make a mutually agreeable outline, which served as a roadmap for a series of interviews. Those interviews are the stuff from which Van’s book is made. NUVO: It’s a short, blunt book — it almost reads like a stream-of-consciousness oral history. Your call or Kirby’s?
HOPPE: As I say, a mutual agreement. This is a memoir, and, as such, it seems to me the first rule is to reflect the author’s voice and style of presentation. Van has spent his professional life standing behind a chair and conversing with his clients — telling stories. We wanted to capture this. NUVO: What aspects of the story startled you? HOPPE: I think Van’s story is really a great slice of Americana. It’s a kind of secret history that many people are probably familiar with on some level. It’s fascinating (and deplorable) to learn about the kind of parallel universe gay people had to create for themselves in a city like Indianapolis in the ‘50s and ‘60s. I think Van’s perspective on these times is especially rich. And
his childhood recollections regarding his sharecropper family in Kentucky would make Andy Griffith blush. NUVO: I find it fascinating that the judge who gave Kirby custody was female. She said the fact that Van might have been gay didn’t even really register, he was simply just the better parent. I wonder how much her “outlier” status as a female judge in Indiana in the ‘70s helped her see beyond traditional parenting roles. HOPPE: Yes. Judge Barteau is a story unto herself. It is amazing the stars aligned in such a way that she was the one to rule on Van’s case. It’s a great example of how personal experience can sometimes help to bring an otherwise calcified system to its senses. n
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OPENING Words and Pictures Reviews aren’t so great for this romantic drama pairing disaffected prep school teacher and failed author Clive Owen with abstract painter and new gal on campus Juliette Binoche. “A middling offering from Australian director Fred Schepisi’s long and uneven oeuvre, which includes The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, A Cry in the Dark, Six Degrees of Separation...but worth seeing for Binoche’s Dina,” says NPR’s Ella Taylor.
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CONTINUING Maleficent t Angelina Jolie stars in Disney’s up-close-and-personal villain from Sleeping Beauty. Turns out there was more to the story. We learn that Maleficent lived happily in paradise until outsiders invaded her home turf. She becomes a fierce protector of the land, but a betrayal turns her heart to stone. Her wings get destroyed, but Maleficent still sports a stylish set of horns. Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora and Sharlto Copley from District 9 plays Aurora’s royal pappy. The story isn’t much, but Jolie’s look and immense charisma easily carry the film. PG, In wide release and 3D — ED JOHNSON-OTT
FILM EVENTS Summer Nights: Breakfast at Tiffany’s The IMA’s outdoor film series opens this weekend with the frothy Technicolor confection that earned Audrey Hepburn her fourth Oscar nomination for Best Actress in under a decade. Tickets are exhausted for the opener, but remain available for the remaining 11 screenings, which run through Aug. 29. Indianapolis Museum of Art, June 6, 9:30 p.m., SOLD OUT Midnight Madness: Back to the Future Another classic film series stars this week: Landmark’s Midnight Madness, which will follow Back to the Future with The Big Lebowski (June 13-14), Raiders of the Lost Ark (June 20-21) and The Room (June 27-28). Landmark Keystone Art, June 6-7, midnight
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DESIRE AND FEAR AND EXCITEMENT
John Green ﬁelds a few questions ahead of the premiere of Fault in Our Stars
PG-13, Opens Friday at Keystone Art For No Good Reason Johnny Depp heads to England to visit with his buddy Ralph Steadman, best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson. “This is most worthwhile for its scenes of Steadman at work, flinging ink all over the place and turning the splatter marks into his signature grotesques,” says the Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones.
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irst off, we intended to couple this new interview with John Green with a review of the film adaptation of his many-million selling novel The Fault in Our Stars, opening Friday (or Thursday if you’re a mega-fan; look to the infobox for details on the simulcast preview screening). But as can often be the case for a wide-release film with a big marketing budget, the studio behind the film, Fox Searchlight, has asked for an embargo on reviews through opening day. And we’ll remind you that we publish Wednesday. So because we’d like a chance to review other Fox Searchlight films in the future, we’re going to honor that embargo request, and we’ll have Ed Johnson-Ott’s review on nuvo.net bright and early Friday morning. Aside from that, I’ll note that the first question in this email interview — the answers to which Green somehow dashed off promptly late last month between fittings for red carpet openings — was meant to acknowledge the raft of awards Green has recently picked up. He was most notably named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World this year by Time, but also well worth mentioning are the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books’ Innovator’s Award (“given to people and institutions doing cutting edge work to bring books, publishing and storytelling into the future”) and NUVO’s own Cultural Vision Award. NUVO: Do you think of yourself as an innovator, a visionary? Might it be fair to say that your visions are less spontaneously-generated dreams and more the product of problem solving? JOHN GREEN: Yeah, exactly. I don’t really think of myself as an innovator so much as I come across something that I want to make and then try to make it. Or I don’t know how to feel about something so I make something to try to puzzle through it, and then share it so that other people can help me in that process. I also think that my fiction is almost aggressively UNinnovative, at least when it comes to form. There are so many fascinating and wonderful things happening with
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form and genre in fiction these days, and I continue to be completely enchanted with the traditional form of the novel and with playing within very well-established genres, from the Cancer Novel to the Boarding School Novel. NUVO: Shailene Woodley [who plays one of the leads in The Fault in Our Stars] calls you a “prophet” in her Time 100 piece, and that’s a term that carries with it a heavy burden for us all-too-human creatures. How do you deal when moments when you’re
stressed out or less than optimistic, assuming that those come along every so often? GREEN: I’m an anxious person and always have been, so I don’t really NEED a stressor to be anxious. But I do find attention stressful at times, although of course it’s also amazing (and tremendous good luck) to have so many people interested in my books and other projects right now. I find it relatively easy to dismiss the exaggeratedly positive things people say about me, but it’s harder to dismiss the exaggeratedly negative ones. I think that’s true for most of us. But one of the real gifts of having the audience I have is that by and large they are okay with me being down or anxious or scared, as long as I’m open about it. NUVO: We hear too much about what’s lost in translation when things hit the screen — so what has The Fault in Our Stars gained in translation to film, in terms of key themes and idea, atmosphere, impact or anything else?
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t’s a high-energy action film with just enough humor, but the title sounds like a soap opera. Though his performance is good, lead actor Tom Cruise isn’t as super a superstar as he used to be. The story involves repeating the same scenes over and over with different results. But I had a better time than I expected. The movie is uneven and loses some of its snappiness midway through, but the sci-fi battle story eventually manages to create the feeling that the success of the mission is more important than the fate of the individual soldiers. The premise: Earth is at war with aliens
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– giant imperialist Koosh Balls that move fast and are very well-organized. The reason the Koosh Balls, called Mimics by the humans, are so efficient is because some of them them can loop back in time, reenacting each battle until they figure out how to obliterate their opponents. Tom Cruise plays Major William Cage, a military PR man who gets sent to the front line when he pisses off a General. When the battle happens, he gets killed. But wait! Turns out he was hit by the blood of one of the special Mimics, which sends
him into his own time loop. Every time he dies, he wakes up back on the base, affording him another chance to correct his mistakes. Yes, it’s a Groundhog Day scenario mixed with a war movie. While the set-up is complicated, the movie is fairly easy to follow, as long as you don’t try to sort out the time travel business. Director Doug Liman gets the ideas across, and does a pretty good job moving the action forward without letting the necessary repetition become tiresome or annoying. Thank goodness he mixes in liberal amounts of humor, often at the expense of Cruise’s character. Cage is a weaselly coward and Liman works that for all it’s worth. n
GREEN: The visual tone of the movie is so powerful and so precise; it really takes what I was trying to do in the book and puts it front-and-center. You see in every scene of the movie that Hazel is living with disability, but she’s also living with lots of other things: desire and fear and excitement and frustration. You see her as a complete and complex human from whom “person with cancer” is one identity among many.
From left, John Green with The Fault in Our Stars actors Nat Wolff, Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley at a fan event May 9 in Dallas.
Also, I think the ending of the movie is a lot tighter than the ending of the book. If I’d thought of the plot sequence they use to end the movie while writing the book, I would’ve used it.
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NUVO: One of my colleagues predicts that The Fault in Our Stars will be this summer’s The Notebook, i.e. a kind of not-so-sleeper hit that leaves nary a dry eye. Your thoughts, predictions? GREEN: It’s so hard to know. I really like the movie, but I also can’t imagine a less objective viewer. But I will say that I’ve seen the movie with an audience several times now, and it is definitely an emotional experience. The cool thing to me, though, is that people don’t only cry. They also laugh a lot. I wanted the book to be funny, and I think they’ve translated that well. NUVO: What has it been like working with Sarah [Urist Green, John’s wife and creator of the contemporary art web series The Art Assignment]? You told the LA Times the series “feels like a return to the early open collaborative days of online video,” and I was wondering if you’d expand on that thought? GREEN: Back in 2007 and 2008, online video didn’t feel like something you
made for people; it felt like something you made with people. We’ve gone back to that with The Art Assignment. Viewers are asked not just to watch the video but to respond to it by executing these assignments created for them by working artists. And they have responded, by the thousand, and then Sarah collects and curates those responses in biweekly videos. It’s been really fun for me to return to the idea that online video is fundamentally different from TV, that it asks something more of you as a viewer, that it isn’t just a one-way street. NUVO: I was talking with a friend about authors the other day and he said something to the effect of, ‘Well, it was his bad luck to live in an era when books no longer mattered,’ referring to this era. I didn’t
have a good reply; that’s kind of a conversation-stopper. But what might you say? Do books still matter — and do they matter or in a different way than other media? GREEN: Books still matter. Books matter because they remain uniquely collaborative: The reader must turn scratches into a page into ideas that live in their mind. This is very different from film or TV or iPhone games. Audiovisual experiences are so powerful that you can relax and let them guide you into feeling and experience. But because you must make the book — you must choose how to read (and what to skim), and with the best books must choose how thoughtfully to read — there’s an intimacy and depth to the experience of reading that nothing else matches, at least for me. n NUVO // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // 06.04.14 - 06.11.14 // FILM 21
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Indiana City Brewery opened a year ago at 24 Shelby Street with a massive turnout. The production brewery is housed in one of Indiana’s oldest extant beer sites — the bottling house of The [American] Home Brewing Company (1891-1920). “The opening was beyond expectation,” says founder/head brewer Ray Kamstra. “We were totally unprepared for the outpouring of support.” That support hasn’t wavered perhaps is due to Kamstra’s dose of derring-do, typified by ICB’s flagship Pale Ale. “It’s sort of a hybrid of American/ Belgian characteristics, with spices that make it a little more distinctive than your typical flagship offering,” he says. Kamstra’s recipes start on the “foundation of traditional styles, taking it up a notch with specialty spices, aromatic hops and increased alcohol” to create ales big in flavor and balance. Indiana City’s year two begins with new signage and façade restoration by Historic Window Sash Co., coordinated through East Washington Street Partnership, which assists businesses in making exterior improvements that upgrade the neighborhood. Help needed Chris Gerard, owner/head brewer of Bare Hands Brewery, suffered an accident on May 20. He is recovering but in need of continued care. Brewers statewide are assisting. Jon Lang, Triton head brewer, asked us to reach out to Beer Buzz readers for help with medical expenses. You can send a donation to Chris Gerard Medical Fund, Bare Hands Brewery, 12804 Sandy Court, Granger, IN 46530 or at facebook.com/barehandsbrewery.
EVENTS Chow Down Midtown Summer 2014 It’s back: Two weeks’ worth of prix fixe, sometimes highly discounted menus at participating restaurants. All locations are offering dinner menus, but note that some also have deals for breakfast and lunch. June 2-15, chowdownmidtown.com Vintage Indiana While, legally, we can’t tell you that this is the classiest way to get day drunk while supporting local wineries, that fact happens to be true. There’s also live music (longtime headliner Jennie DeVoe is back) and lots of art on display, so you don’t have to go down just to get sloppy on tiny pours of vino. And, legally, we should also tell you that you’re more than encouraged to learn how to spit. Military Park, June 7, noon-6 p.m., $25/35 adult (advance/gate), $50 VIP, $10 DD, vintageindiana.com
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ore than 90 adventurous food fans arrived at Brugge Brasserie Sunday evening for the latest Chefs’ Night Off event — a series of pop-up dinners featuring a changing line-up of local chefs. Previous dinners, first held at Thunderbird and then at The Libertine Liquor Bar, have sold out. While not a sell-out, the latest Chefs’ Night Off dinner was the largest yet, said organizer R.J. Wall, who launched the series earlier this year with local chef Andrew Whitmoyer. The latest meal featured Josh Henson of Fermenti Artisan, Toby Moreno and Michael Blagg of Bloomington’s Restaurant Tallent and Brandon Baltzley, chef /owner at the soon-toopen TMIP Restaurant in Michigan City. Diners were presented with what Wall called a “very avant-garde” menu that included a soup of liver and beef suet; cold, smoked perch with rhubarbinfused reindeer moss; fried crickets; a hog’s head tamale; and a dessert churro. The meals in the Chefs’ Night Off series have all been different, and the latest menu was the most unusual yet. Not all dishes were universally popular. The texture of Henson’s liver and beef suet soup, for example, was off-putting Brandon Baltzley for some diners, and a dish created by Baltzley titled “forest floor,” which featured fried crickets served with sassafras cream and a poplar bark fluff, proved challenging as well. The cricket dish, served on pieces of black walnut harvested from Baltzley’s northern Indiana farm, also included a powder made from soil and dried morel mushrooms. Silverware was removed for that course and diners were instructed to eat the crickets with their hands. “I’m a picky eater, but even for a normal eater, I think it pushed some boundaries,” Indianapolis resident
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Meggie Dials said of the dish, although she nonetheless tried one of the fried insects. “The crickets were just bizarre.” Less challenging were dishes by Moreno and Blagg of the highly regarded Restaurant Tallent. Blagg served cold, smoked perch garnished with pickled reindeer moss, while Moreno created a hog’s head tamale of pork and refried cranberry beans. Dessert, a collaboration among the chefs, featured a churro, a fried pastry, with sugar cream and rhubarb maple sauce. The meal, which was $60 per person, included optional beer pairings from Brugge owner/brewer Ted Miller for an additional $15. Restaurant Tallent’s Moreno, a Marion native, also noted the importance of the series for area chefs.
“What R.J.’s doing is great for Indiana,” Moreno said. “There are so many terrible places to eat in the state. But there are gems, and they get overshadowed. And R.J.’s busting his butt to put us out there.” Diners will have another chance to check out a Chef’s Night Off event next month when chefs Alan Sternberg and Peter Schmutte of Cerulean, Jessica Selkirk of Bluebeard, and Jimmy Edwards of Chicago’s Acadia restaurant present a vegetarian menu at the Indianapolis City Market. Tickets are $50 and are still available for the July 13 meal. Tickets go on sale this week for an Aug. 10 Chefs’ Night Off dinner at The Rail in Bloomington. Check the Chefs’ Night Off Indy Facebook page for more information. Proceeds from all of the Chefs’ Night Off dinners benefit Project Endure, a local outreach and mentoring program for urban high school students that focuses on outdoor activities. “All the money goes directly to getting the kids outside,” said Tarrey Banks of Project Endure, who is taking students backpacking in Colorado later this month. “The money we make tonight absolutely matters.” n
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Energy efficiency may soon be a thing of the past in Indiana.
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here are two important issues open to public comment, and we’re pretty certain our green-minded readers will want to join the discussion. The first and perhaps most critical: Energy Efficiency in Indiana (Deadline for public comment: June 9, 2014) In 2009, the state of Indiana issued a decision to achieve an energy savings target of two percent within 10 years. Utilities, residents, businesses, factories, hospitals and schools all started working together to reduce their energy usage and bills through the Energizing Indiana program. Then, in our most recent legislative session, Hoosier legislators passed a law that puts Indiana’s energy efficiency efforts under scrutiny and terminates Energizing Indiana at the end of 2014. It eliminates energy efficiency standards in the State of Indiana. Forecasts estimate that Indiana will need to add 1,450 megawatts of electricity generation resources in the near term and 3,600 megawatts in the longer term. Read: Hoosiers either need to generate more electricity or start reducing energy consumption. Governor Pence has asked the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) for recommendations and the IURC has opened the discussion to the public. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or General Counsel Beth Krogel Roads, Re: IURC’s EE/DSM Recommendations, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, 101 West Washington Street, Ste. 1500 E, Indianapolis, IN 46204. If readers are interested in commenting, allow us to provide some suggestions:
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• O ur neighboring states are way ahead of us – Illinois has a goal of two percent energy reduction by 2015 and Ohio has a goal of two percent by 2019. • The Senate opted to eliminate energy efficiency programs because of cost; however, it is much cheaper to save a kilowatt than it is to figure out how to produce 1,500 more megawatts. (A quick Google search provides hundreds of examples of this truism.) • Any opt-outs for large electricity consumers must be fair and have other energy efficiency requirements associated with their ability to opt-out.
The second: Indy Rezone Project
(check indyrezone.org) Indianapolis’ zoning regulations were last overhauled in 1969. New development of unused land while other property sits idle and decaying has led some observers to call for a review of those regulations, which is the purpose of Indy Rezone. Indianapolis has a documented suburban sprawl problem: the amount of developed acres has increased by 43%, while our population only increased 8% in the same period of time. The Indy Rezone team has a vision to make Indianapolis more sustainable and livable, with a focus on adaptive re-use, redevelopment of existing structures, quality pedestrian experiences, multimodal connectivity, diverse and livable housing, and air and water quality issues. Indy Rezone is looking for public participation during the Draft Revised Code commenting phase. If you would like to participate, sign up to receive e-news updates and create a user account at the website noted above to submit comments. Hoosiers can also follow Indy Rezone on , and @IndyRezone. n
How do I stop all of the bulk mail of coupons and grocery ads from filling my mailbox? — JOE
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First, let’s answer the age-old question: why are they called circulars when they’re rectangular? Actually, I don’t know the answer to that. However, I can tell you where to unsubscribe to the Red Plum rectangulars: www.redplum. com/tools/redplum-postal-addremove.html. We haven’t received the ads for two years since unsubscribing at our new home. If you have other catalogs and such that you’d like to stop, check out Trusted ID’s optout service. They have processed more than 25 million opt-outs — that’s a lot of trees. — Piece out, Renee
We have recently begun the process of shopping for a new dishwasher. We have found a number of the higher-end machines have built-in water softeners. I have always understood that water softeners are bad for the environment. Aside from the lower volume of water compared to a whole home system, are these smaller systems any less harmful? Is there anything we should be considering when comparing options? — THANKS, JEFF
Luckily, I’m sharing the couch with a handsome appliance expert as I write this. Chris, my husband, is a proponent of water softeners. Just a few water facts: 61-120 mg/L of calcium carbonate is considered moderately hard; 121-180 mg/L is hard; and more than 180 mg/L is very hard. According to Citizens Water, Indianapolis water typically ranges around 200-350 mg/L (12-20 grains per gallon). When I called Citizens to ask about water hardness at our address, I learned that our water comes from White River North and has 23 grains per gallon. That’s very, very hard! Chris recommends a whole house water softener because it will aid in the effectiveness and extend the life of all appliances, like your dishwasher, washing machine and icemaker, as well as other hardware, like faucets, toilets and showerheads. A dishwasher and washing machine using soft water requires less soap and synthetic detergents to clean. Hard water eats away at the seals that protect the moving parts and calcium eats away at the metals in hardware. He even gave the example that a dishwasher using hard water may last 5 years, but the exact same dishwasher using soft water may last 10 years. Now, Jeff, you are very astute with your
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environmental concerns related to water softeners. Softened water results in chloride in our surface and ground water, which can have a negative impact on wildlife and the environment, though I don’t believe chloride is a concern for our waterways at the moment. So, in theory, a dishwasher with a built-in water softener would be less harmful, but you may want to take your other appliances into consideration. If you have the option to alter your plumbing, consider connecting a water softener to only the areas that need softened water, like your hot water heater, laundry, dishwasher, toilets and showers – and bypass areas that don’t, like outside water spigots and drinking water lines. Also, minimize the amount of salt used by adjusting your water softeners’ regeneration cycles. — Piece out, Renee
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Where can I recycle styrofoam sheets that were used as packing and cardboard that is oversized and won’t fit into my recycling bin? — THANKS, AMY
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EPS foam (commonly called Styrofoam): East-Terra Supply, open Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.3:30 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.–3-ish. Cardboard: RecycleForce, Rocktenn or another nearby recycling center. (Note: the only type of foam that is recyclable is EPS foam. This is the type of foam that is usually used to pack electronics and other breakables. It’s usually white and when you break it, you’ll see little balls or circles of foam. EPS foam is not to be confused with packing peanuts or sheets of foam that are used to wrap around objects for protection.) If you ever need quick[er] answers on where to recycle materials, you can always check Indiana Recycling Coalition’s EcoPoint database. You can also search the Ask Renee archives online for previous answers to similar questions. — Piece out, Renee NUVO // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // 06.04.14 - 06.11.14 // INDIANA LIVING GREEN 25
UNKNOWN AND UNRETIRED
After a hiatus of just about a year, Unknown Hinson returned to the road last fall, taking his signature agingEddie-Munster-meets-Elvis look and blazing guitar virtuosity back out for his small but fiercely loyal legion of fans. Unknown (real name: Stuart D. Baker) had dispensed with his typically grueling road schedule to care for his wife and manager, Margo, as she fought – and ultimately lost – her battle with a terminal illness. His summer tour includes a June 7 return to Radio Radio; The Shelby County Sinners will open the show. Hinson’s fans include some pretty famous folks — Hank Williams III even has Hinson’s muttonchopped mug inked on one bicep. NUVO: What was your reaction when you found out that Hank3 had your face tattooed on one of his arms? UNKNOWN HINSON: Hank’s my buddy. Good friend of mine, and I was quite honored that he’d done that and I still am. Yeah, he’s a good boy. … He’s the real thing. He sings from his heart. And he don’t conform to nothing. He just … writes what he feels and plays what he feels and sings what he feels. Therefore I recognize him as a fellow country western troubadour. And I say “country western” because there is a difference between “country” and “country western,” if that makes any sense. NUVO: Well, why don’t you define that for us? HINSON: Well, country could be anything from what you call, your — new country? Is that it? New country, that ain’t country western. I’m just saying that country western is a brand; it is a term used to describe roaming minstrels that serenade the masses and lead a rather glitzy life. Like the ol’ singing cowboys; Gene Autry and Roy Rogers — there’s some parallels with Unknown Hinson and them. It ain’t that I ride horses, but I play the guitar and sing. They shot their guns and the womern loved them, right? They drove the womern wild. And that’s kind of my thing. I can’t help it. NUVO: You’re not afraid though to venture into playing Hendrix onstage or take on any of those other rock and roll covers, though. HINSON: Well, Ed, I do it as a disclaimer. Just to show young folks it don’t take no talent to play that mess. You can walk into a music store on a Saturday morning and hear young’ns in there doing that mess all day long. — ED WENCK
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A BIT UNHINGED
Old 97’s drop through Indy with new record ‘Most Messed Up’
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fter more than 20 years as a band and 10 full-length albums, Old 97’s have become trusted purveyors of hook-filled alt-country gold littered with broken hearts and memorable lines. Most Messed Up, the 97’s’ newest barnburning Roman candle of a record, is arguably a crowning achievement for a band of veterans who have built a lasting career of ruggedly reliable releases. It’s the kind of record that plugs in, gets gritty, straddles a high-wire while stumbling drunk and cursing, dredging up all the lost loves and battle scars of life right along with the oceans of Jameson. It’s not the kind of record you expect from a band of middle-aged guys who have been around long enough to be considered godfathers of a genre that caught fire in the Clinton era. I caught up with 97’s bassist Murry Hammond ahead of the band’s upcoming return to the Vogue on June 7 to discuss the rare coup the band pulled off by embracing all their most messed up edges and letting loose.
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NUVO: I’ve been racking my brain all morning trying to come up with another band still with its original lineup who have made a rock and roll record that’s this damn good 20 years into their career. MURRY HAMMOND: As a music fan, it’s not lost on me what was done on this record. There are tons of bands out there who have been around 20 years, 30 years, and occasionally one will put out a good record. … Even after being around for so long together, a good band can sort of brilliantly flame up in the middle of their career. And I’m always so grateful when a band does it. But yeah, I’m really proud that I feel like we did that. NUVO: You sure did.
HAMMOND: I appreciate it. I feel like we do this every record [laughing]. I feel like we start out fresh every record, because we still feel sort of wide-eyed about what our thing is, and for some reason on this record it not only felt wide-eyed but also really present. And I think the key is in Rhett [Miller]’s writing, you know. He wrote very presently and very honestly on this record, and the more honest he writes … when he’s [the] storytelling Rhett and very honest Rhett, that’s the Rhett we all love. That’s the one that makes those early 97’s records over and over again. NUVO: You guys have always had rock and roll at the heart of your tunes, but they’re usually not as consistently unhinged in all the best ways as with this record. Even after a steady career of top-notch albums, this one feels true to the catalog and especially fresh. HAMMOND: I guess again that’s why this record is so satisfying to me, because there’s a whole lot on this record that S E E , O L D 97 ’ S , O N P A G E 2 8
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REVIEWS SIR DEJA DOOG LOVE COFFIN
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e It’s tempting to list influences and reference points by way of review for Sir Deja Doog’s Love Coffin: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Death in June, The Cramps, even the Louvin Brothers in places. The album’s own press release offers the formulation: “one part Addams Family, one part Roky Erickson and one part Leonard Cohen.” That’s all accurate, but it doesn’t go far toward explaining what makes Love Coffin so undeniably great. Above all is Doog’s voice. He sings like he’s got his lips curled around every syllable, affecting a quasi-British accent. He wafts from croons to yelps to screams to whispers, baritone aching on ballads like “She Came to Wake the Dead,” and squirming its way through up-tempo tracks like “Scorpio A-Go-Go.” Doog’s is not some four-octave musical theater vocal range. His ability to manipulate tone, timbre and attack, however, is the backbone with which Love Coffin sits up straight. Structurally, instrumentally Love Coffin is more expansive than Doog’s past releases. Where last year’s Burning Black and Blue was mostly solo acoustic guitar, on Love Coffin, Doog is backed by a
JON AUTRY BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN
w Props to beautifully broken, the first official album from Indianapolis and Brooklyn-based musician Jon Autry, for being the most aptly titled record in recent memory. Written, performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered almost entirely by Autry (the lone exception being Rob Guernsey’s contribution on drums for “don’t mean anything”), beautifully broken is the sound of an eviscerated soul taking stock of all the painful entries and bittersweet memories on his emotional ledger in the wake of a relationship gone awry. Autry’s decision to stylize the album and song titles in all lowercase wasn’t an accident; neither was his choice to use a zoomed-in photo of a busted, battered car with the bumper stripped off, as the cover art. There’s a single-minded catharsis that permeates every corner of Autry’s songs. It’s heavy-duty stuff and deeply potent for anybody who has had to endure a crippling break (i.e. almost everyone). It’s also a melodic stunner. Years in the making while under the radar, Autry has crafted a gem of a heartbreak record that achieves the rarest of feats: it conjures sadness and offers sublime results every step of the way. Risking potential calls of sacrilege, I’ll say beautifully broken wallops me like the next album the late, great Elliott Smith never got the chance to make. 28 MUSIC // 06.04.14 - 06.11.14 // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO
formidable band featuring Tyler Damon on percussion, Keith Joust on bass, Sam Motter on saxophone, Diederik van Wassenaer on violin and Miss Mess and Abby Hart on backup vocals. Like Doog’s voice, the band is malleable. From a simple palette, they wring the lush simplicity of “Burn Out” just as easily as the scorching doo-wop clatter of “Bombasm.” It’s a small thing, too, but at the end of “Deep Dark Hole,” they manage the sound of a band falling down a hole with surprising facility. And underscoring all of this is Love Coffin’s mastery of that tricky line between the dead serious and the ironic. On the album’s several skits, Doog and vocalist Abby Hart lay out the concept behind the album. Broadly, it follows Doog’s escape from a hellish pit in order to come to earth to satisfy his carnal desires. These skits are funny but never too winking, unsettling, but not out-and-out threatening. On Friday Doog will celebrate Love Coffin’s release on cassette by way of local label Holy Infinite Freedom Revival at General Public Collective in Fountain Square. For the less tapeinclined, there’s a digital edition on Doog’s Bandcamp, as well as a recently announced vinyl edition from Marching Sunn Records. However you have to get your hands on it, don’t sleep on this one. — TAYLOR PETERS See show info on page 31
I genuinely can’t shake the similarities — meant with the highest form of praise. The comparisons are there for the taking with respect to the songs’ subject matter. Autry’s rapturous and intimate vocal deliveries are often multitracked and layered to serve up harmonies that echo what have always made Smith’s songs so utterly gorgeous. That’s coupled with Autry’s willingness to work a versatile range of sounds into the mix. The synth, beats and production of “i got lost” summon a bit of “Blue Monday” with sharp Trent Reznor-like ears for massaging the near chaos into immersive rock. “i know” climbs towards the shoegaze heavens. Autry’s made a wise decision to keep the vocals at the forefront, while adorning the spaces with intermittent brawny guitar tones, staccato rhythms, buzzing synth lines and an abundance of breathy backing harmonies. beautifully broken is a record dripping with despair, but one that’s also refreshing and intoxicating. The end result is a seriously beautiful Hoosier release that could easily pass for the lesser-known brother to Beck’s recent (excellent) Morning Phase. And, like that album, it could become one of the most enduring statements you’ll discover this year. beautifully broken will be released June 24 via Usonian Records, Autry and wife/collaborator/fellow musician Laura K. Balke’s own label. He’ll celebrate with a show on Thursday at the Hi-Fi. — JUSTIN WESLEY See show info on page 30
feels according to what I believe music always ought to be. It should be raw and honest and not too self-conscious, you know, and should be talking without listening and be really expressive. You know, all the best punk rock records do that. So yeah, I’m enormously pleased with that aspect of it. Yeah, I just don’t get why all bands don’t just make a fresh record. I don’t know; I think bands get bored or disinterested with their own thing, and that’s when they start losing it. You stick around with bands long enough, and you see it happen. It’s usually around album three or album four, and you go, “Oh! Well, this is just not as good as the other ones,” you know; the third Cars album isn’t as good as the first two. But, we as music fans, I think we’ve all had a bit of a stretch of that with our own catalog. We’ve seen how to not stink it up. NUVO: I must say I’ve always loved your versatility, the shifts between Rhett’s vocal leads and yours, the rock and roll, the country edges and the gutting ballads. “Valentine” rips me apart every time I hear you sing it. Before listening to the album the first time, I felt like there might be a void without a great ballad in there somewhere. I love the pedal-down, wall-to-wall rock energy. Did you guys always intend for it to be that way, or was there more of a mix of stuff that ended up on the cutting room floor? HAMMOND: Initially, Rhett came in with the usual variety of things, but it really
was the producer [Salim Nourallah] and the rest of the band that noticed that there’s a real snapshot of someone’s life inside this stuff. And it’s the crazier stuff, the more unhinged music that’s doing this. So early on, the band tended to shoo away the ballads and the pretty songs and the girlfriend songs and that sort of stuff. We said the stuff that’s really extraordinary about this style is that character who is singing is really broken and in a lot of pain, but he’s also really funny. So we quickly got together that variety of material, and Rhett started to notice it too after he started hearing it all together without the ballads. That’s how it all came together. It was a bit of, I would say, Rhett not really realizing what he had at first, but once we all came together and all kind of steered it in the direction of this crazy stuff, we said, “Yeah, this is a real snapshot of somebody’s life.” NUVO: Having Tommy Stinson [of The Replacements] around probably didn’t hurt either. HAMMOND: Yeah, I mean it was interesting. And I think because of the nature of the craziness of the material, it was the producer’s suggestion that maybe we have Tommy come around and maybe be a bit of a vibe man. We didn’t really know what he was going to do, but we had him around just to kind of vibe, you know. There was a lot of this crazy kind of stuff going on with the songwriting and he got a bit unhinged himself, and who knows, maybe something interesting would be there. And it was cool, and I think he added very nicely to the record. n
OLMECA: “I’M A REAL MC”
e put PopCon on the cover last week, but our convention-heavy city also hosted another highprofile conference last week. NCORE (The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education) is an annually staged event educating attendees on issues of access and inclusion and a range of other issues affecting minority students. Included among the ranks of academics presenting at NCORE was L.A.based hip-hop MC Olmeca. Born David Barragan, Olmeca writes rhymes in both English and Spanish that address the experience of Latinos living in urban centers in the United States. NUVO: How does your music connect with the agenda of NCORE? OLMECA: Being a Chicano from L.A. of Mexican descendants, my music directly correlates with that. I feel NCORE needs to have people like myself who are utilizing art to convey some of these messages and finding different ways of connecting with the communities they’re discussing.
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WITH KYLE LONG KLONG@NUVO.NET Kyle Long’s music, which features off-the-radar rhythms from around the world, has brought an international flavor to the local dance music scene.
Another example: if we contextualize the issue of education and look deeper into it we realize that the lack of resources for eduction is related to most of the federal budget going towards war. Therefore, I have to talk about the war and speak against the war, if I’m really focusing on education. As a human being, I’ve got feelings and emotions, [so] of course I’m going to talk about these things. Growing up as brown men in the U.S. our lives are made political at birth. So even my songs about love have everything to do with that political reality. It’s all jumbled-up and interconnected.
“Growing up as brown men in the U.S. our lives are made political at birth.” — OLMECA
NUVO: Last night our mutual friend referred to you as a political MC, and you replied that you’re a “real MC.” Can you define that? OLMECA: If you ask me what kind of artist I am, I’m not going to say I’m a political MC. When I say I’m a “real MC” I’m halfway joking. You know, back in the day everyone was saying, “keep it real.” I’m a hip-hop MC that talks about social issues. Some people might give me the tag of being a political MC, but for me it’s more than that. Politics is circumstantial; humanity is intrinsic. For me the music is about humanity. When we conceptualize our circumstance, it makes more sense. Black and brown artists are addressing what they see every day in their immediate surroundings. For me, the issue of immigration is a reality I can’t escape living in a community of migrant workers. We’re part of the cheap urban labor market in the U.S. That’s my everyday reality and that’s why I talk about those things.
NUVO: Your latest album Brown and Beautiful draws a lot of influence from Latin American music traditions. What prompted you to explore those sounds?
OLMECA: In the early days of hip-hop, when people were looking for breakbeats the sources were coming from every direction, including salsa and mambo with groups like the Fania All-Stars. Latin American influence has always been part of hip-hop culture. When people talk about true hip-hop they reference records by James Brown as the source. But when you look deeper into hip-hop you realize there was a lot more stuff being sampled. If that happened back in the day why shouldn’t I dig into the crates I have at home? So that’s what we did on this record. We dug out stuff like Los Pasteles Verdes from Peru, and Los Bukis from Mexico. We took that influence and added 808 beats and trap rhythms. Some people are calling it global hip-hop. I don’t know how I feel about that, but if it helps you understand my music, it’s all right. n This column was written in honor of Emmanuel Cervantes. > > Kyle Long creates a custom podcast for each column. Hear this week’s at NUVO.net
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WEDNESDAY SHOWCASE Yip Deceiver, Yonatan Gat, Oreo Jones Let’s break it down quickly: Yip Deceiver is an all-analog dance pair featuring Dobby Dobbratz and Davey Pierce of of Montreal. Yonatan Gat is the uber-intense, ubertalented guitar played behind Monotonix. Oreo Jones is an Indy hip-hop giant whose releases get better and better. This show is just $5 and is allages. Why wouldn’t you be here? Joyful Noise, 1043 Virginia Ave., 8:30 p.m., $5, all-ages ROCK N ROLL COMEDY
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POP Bastille Unbelievably, this show was sold out within a couple weeks of tickets going on sale. For some reason, the kids can’t get enough of this pop group from the UK. It started as a solo project for lead singer Dan Smith, who later pulled his bandmates in for live shows. The lineup solidified and Bastille has been enjoying tons of success and publicity following the release of their single “Pompeii,” a track which is winkingly optimistic given the song’s namesake. Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., 8 p.m., prices vary, SOLD OUT, all-ages
Eddie Izzard The self-described “Executive Transvestite” is known for incredibly witty and biting stand-up. He’s been performing stand-up in full drag for his entire career, and his material covers everything from politics to European history (For a cut of his classic stuff, Google “Cake or death”). No doubt Izzard will be in top form, as comics of his style only get sharper teeth as they age. Think of him as a polite CK, cynicism cut with limey Englishness and some tonic water (held by a man in heels nicer than most of the women in the theatre).
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THURSDAY INSTORE Vibes Afterhours Sale #2 The best thing about these Vibes Afterhours sales? Donating to the band – a good deed that results in endless musical karma. Donate to a touring band and your favorite defunct band will probably reunite out of sheer gratitude to your stewardship of the music scene – means discounts on records. Is your mind blown yet by the awesomeness of Vibes’ good ideas? Vibes also functions as a mini artisan boutique, with comics, clothing, jewelry and other goodies available around the store. On deck to take the stage: Mexican Knives (out of Detroit), Peters and The Kings, Chives and The Exploding Head Scene. Vibes Music, 1051 E. 54th St., 7 p.m., FREE, all-ages RECORD RELEASES Jon Autry Record Release Show You read our review on page 28, but we’ve got a little bit more to tell you about Jon Autry’s new record, beautifully broken. He’ll play in Indy with Mike Adams at His Honest Weight (the subject of a feature we ran last week, which you can find at nuvo.net) and Bonesetters. Although Autry created the album almost entirely solo, he’ll play live with Laura K. Balke and Bryan Unruh. The Hi-Fi, 104 Virginia Ave. Suite 4, 8 p.m., $5 for admission and CD, $10 for admission and vinyl, 21+
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FRIDAY ALBUM RELEASE Sir Deja Doog’s Love Coffin Cassette Release Show You can read our review of Love Coffin on page 28, but we’ll reiterate it again right here for you: Sir Deja Doog’s latest is an exciting, invigorating classic-in-the-making type of local album. He’ll play alongside Three Brained Robot and Golden Moses and The Ransom Family. General Public Collective, 1060 Virginia Ave., 9 p.m., $3-$5 suggested donation, all-ages
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French Horn Rebellion FESTS GoenPalooza Camping and Music Festival No glass, no pets, no kids, no bad attitudes, says Goenpalooza organizers. This longtime charity fest is just $10 per day, features a fire juggler and doesn’t let any underagers in. That sounds like pure festival magic to us. Ryan Caudill and Country Kross Roads will headline. Goenpalooza, 4424 W. 67th St. (Anderson), Friday – Sunday, prices vary, 21+ SHOWCASE Good People Good Times Music Festival Just drive a bit south for a weekend of folk, bluegrass and jam in the rolling hills of Brown County. Interesting artists on the lineup include Ekoostik Hookah, Rumpke Mountain Boys (returning again!), Derick Howard, local boys The Main Squeeze, Shaggy Wanda and Kaleidoscope Jukebox; but there’s plenty more (almost 20) artists where that came from. Max Allen (of the Max Allen Band) is the event MC. Your ticket includes a campground; ice and wood will be available for purchase. Only 800 tickets will be sold. Prices may vary, children under 12 free. Explore Brown County, 2620 Valley Branch Road (Brown County), Friday – Saturday, prices vary, all-ages Bashiri Asad Black Music Month Tribute to Curtis Mayfield, Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin, Jazz Kitchen, 21+ Irish’s Big 30 Bash with No Pit Cherries, The Couch is Missing, Dell Zell, Square Social Circle, Buck Necked, The Car Thiefs, Ben
Myers, Thomas Wayne Pruitt, Birdy’s, 21+ Needtobreathe, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., all-ages Dirty Kluger, Grayshot, Shimmercore, Melody Inn, 21+ DJ Rican, Subterra, 21+ Night Moves with Action Jackson and DJ Megatone, Metro, 21+ WTFridays with DJ Gabby Love and DJ Helicon , Social, 21+ Sammy Tramp’s Rocket Music Hall Burlesque, White Rabbit Cabaret, 21+
SATURDAY INSTORES DMA, Bored This edition of Musical Family Tree’s monthly showcase at Indy CD and Vinyl features the crustyfunk jams of DMA, still riding the high of the excellent Pheel Phree (out on Joyful Noise now) and Bored, a local hip-hop trio made up of Flaco, Benny and Tag. Big week for hip-hop at Indy CD and Vinyl – this show is just one week after Grey Granite’s Rich In The Blood album release. Get there early: this show starts at 7 p.m. Indy CD and Vinyl, 806 Broad Ripple Ave., 6:30 p.m., FREE, all-ages COUNTRY Tim McGraw Has there ever been a stronger musical power couple than Tim McGraw and Faith Hill? We have no information that Faith Hill will be at this show, but we just like the idea of them so much that we couldn’t leave her out of this blurb. You’ve gotta admire a country couple that record duets like “Let’s Make Love,” right? He’ll have a NUVO // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // 06.04.14 - 06.11.14 // MUSIC 31
John Boyle III Coffee shop/beer spot/wine bar the Thirsty Scholar brings in live music every Saturday night. This week, John Boyle III is on deck, with a plan to play a mix of originals and covers.
new album out in September, but for now, expect a Greatest Hits-type show that covers every nook and cranny of the McGraw hit zone, from “Live Like You Were Dying” to “I Like It, I Love It.” Fingers crossed that Hill emerges from stage right for a surprise “Let’s Make Love” duet, though. Cassadee Pope and Kip Moore will open.
PUCK Punk Rock Pride Night Get your dose of prideful punk rock at this Saturday’s edition of PRN with The Enders, the Lickers and Jeannie Bueller’s Revenge, plus tons of Indy burlesque performers. Every act has at least one member of the “out” community. Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St., 10 p.m., $6, 21+ ROCK Old 97’s, Lydia Loveless We’ve got an interview with Murray from the Old 97’s on page 26, but here’s a bit from our chat with Lydia Loveless a few weeks
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back. She’s talking about the passage from Paul Verlaine’s “Aspirations” that she included on the back cover of Somewhere Else: “When I was originally writing the album and just sort of hating everything I was writing, I started reading Verlaine just to sort of inspire myself. At the time, I was reading more poetry than I normally do, and I think that was the first poem in a book that I got of his, and it really hit me. Reading that was a jumping off point for a lot the songs, but they aren’t necessarily
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about that. It’s just where I was at the time — thinking about the music business in general and any kind of art. It just really struck a chord with me. I ended up sending it to the people who were doing the artwork, and they ended up putting it on the album, which is awesome. For me, I think it really ties the album together.” The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave., 8 p.m., $20, 21+
ROCK Dr. Dog, The Districts The Vogue welcomes indie rock darlings Dr. Dog back to Indianapolis for another round of easy-grooving, multi-layered harmonies. Dr. Dog’s throwback sound is the perfect soundtrack to a warm summer night — their video for “Shadow People” is just a montage of people roller skating because, well, that’s just what you have to do to their songs. The Districts will kick things off.
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FESTS WARMups to WARMfest The WARMfest organizers are kicking off a series of Second Sunday concerts to get Broad Ripple park warmed up and ready for September’s main event. This one features Hero Jr. and The Last IV along with some free yoga, a Zumba flashmob and a TRX/circuit/spin class. Sound like too much exertion? Plop down on the ground with the kids for a pre-show set by Ruditoonz. Broad Ripple Park, 1550 Broad Ripple Ave., noon, FREE, all-ages
EARLY SHOW Benny and June, Byebye, Digital Dots, Sirius Black, Grotto If you’re getting tired of my endless word spinning about Westgate, well, just put this paper down. Because I can’t stop. I won’t stop. I love all-ages venues, and I’m not afraid to say it. I love you, Westgate. This week’s show kicks off early with DJ Little Town spinning records at 7 p.m.; she’ll be followed, in order, by Benny and June, ByBye, Sirius Black, Digital Dots and Grotto. You’ll get home in time to catch the second screening of the new episode of Game of Thrones, so no excuse no to be here. Westgate, 6450 W. 10th St., 7 p.m., all-ages Reggae Revolution, Casba, 21+ Dynamite, Mass Ave Pub, 21+ Everett Greene, Jazz Kitchen, 21+ Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stone’s Throw Records Screening: The Bishop (Bloomington), 18_ Acoustic Bluegrass Open Jam, Mousetrap, 21+
MONDAY Lindsey Stirling Lindsey Stirling is the living embodiment of what would happen if a rave happened while classes were in session at Julliard. She mashes up dance, violin, performance art, dubstep and classical music into a kind of sonic whirlwind. Naturally, an act like this was born on the Internet, with her views taking her from behind the screen to in front of audiences. She’s even collaborated with TV a capella darlings Pentatonix. Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., 7:30 p.m., $25, all-ages J Roddy Walston and The Business, Deluxe at Old National Centre, all-ages Industry Mondays, Red Room, 21+ Kids Koncert, West Park (Carmel), all-ages Icarus Ensemble, Jazz Kitchen, 21+
FESTS Communion Bloomington JEFF The Brotherhood headlines this touring fest, which drops into the Hoosier State on Tuesday. Communion is the brainchild of the Notting Hill Arts Club (founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, producer Ian Grimble and Kevin Jones of Bear’s Den); it started as a London monthly, and has now evolved into a record label and international touring circuit. Playing alongside JEFF The Brotherhood: Catfish and The Bottlemen (out of the UK), Indigo Wild (out of Ohio) and Indy’s own Bonesetters. Best of all? It’s free. The Bishop, 123 S. Walnut St., 8 p.m., FREE, 18+ Clifford Ratliff Big Band, Jazz Kitchen, 21+ New Orleans Night, Jazz Kitchen patio, 21+ Crosss, Earring, Chieftan, Westgate, all-ages Broke(n), Melody, 21+ Take That! Tuesdays, Coaches Tavern, 21+
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Bun In the Oven, Fist in the Kitchen My significant other and I are having a baby and have been researching and practicing perineal stretching as a means of preventing an episiotomy. Could we also benefit from fisting? — Anonymous, from Tumblr SARAH: If not for brave souls such as yourself, our species would have died out eons ago, so thank you. And while I also appreciate your nod to the circle of life theme here, let’s not complete the mobius strip so literally. This may be my singular standing sexual boundary, but barring adult baby fetishists, I just don’t think the acts of sex and birthing should mix. What if you want to try fisting together later on, but in your mind, that fist transforms into the crowning head of your beautiful bundle of joy? How will you maintain an erection, or, worse, what if you do maintain your erection?! You’d have to find a Batman-style eraser, eliminate traces of your identity on every server on the globe and move to an independent island nation. Now THAT, conservative Christian types, is a real slippery slope. DR. D: Probably not surprising but I know of no research suggesting that fisting does (or doesn’t) prepare the vagina for birth or whether it’s associated with a higher or lower risk of episiotomy. The best way to reduce the likelihood of episiotomy is to make it very clear to your ob and/or midwife that you do not want an episiotomy unless absolutely necessary. Keep in mind, too, that most women tear naturally during childbirth - as in, the vast majority of women. Some research suggests that natural tears heal better than episiotomy cuts but there’s also a lot of factors with labor and delivery that will be out of your hands and some decisions that will be made on the fly. I wish you the best with your upcoming delivery and your new lives together as parents. 34 VOICES // 06.04.14 - 06.11.14 // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO
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Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” “the most perfect song in the world.” It is mournful and triumphant, despairing and uplifting. It’s a riddle that improbably offers cathartic release. Over 300 recording artists have done cover versions of it, and it has even been the subject of books. And yet it was a challenge for Cohen to compose. He wrote more than 80 verses before choosing the few he would actually include in the final version, and in one famous session he resorted to banging his head on the floor to stimulate his creative flow. “To find that urgent song,” he said, took “a lot of work and a lot of sweat.” I nominate “Hallelujah” to be one of your sacred symbols for the next 12 months, Scorpio. From your strenuous effort, I predict, will come masterful creations. Scorpio
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Let me outline the
breakthroughs I hope to see for you in the coming months. First, what is pretty good about you will not interfere with what is potentially great about you, but will instead cooperate with it and boost it. Second, your past accomplishments won’t hold back your progress; you will not be tempted to rely on them at the expense of your future accomplishments. And third, the brave ideas that have motivated you so well won’t devolve into staid old dogmas; you will either renew and reinvigorate them or else move on to a new set of brave ideas. Sagittarius
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you are in even moderate alignment with cosmic rhythms during the next 12 months, you will be a connoisseur and master of recycling. I’m speaking metaphorically here. What I hope is that you will reanimate worn-out inspirations and convert faded dreams into shiny new fantasies. You will find ways to revive alliances that went off track. A once-vibrant shtick or trick that lost its cool could be retrieved from the ash heap of history and turned into a fresh, hot asset. Gear yourself up for some entertaining resurrections. Capricorn
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I wish I could tell you that your power animal this month is the eagle or dolphin or panther. Having a glamorous creature like that as your ally might boost your confidence and charisma. To be paired with one of them might even activate dormant reserves of your animal intelligence. But I can’t in good conscience authorize such an honor. That’s not what the astrological omens are suggesting. In fact, your power animal this June is the bunny rabbit. Please understand that there is no shame in this. On the contrary. You should be charmed and appreciative. It signifies that you will be fertile, fast, a bit tricky, and very cute. (To read an essay on the mythology of the rabbit as trickster, go here: http:// tinyurl.com/rabbittrickster.) Aquarius
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The Buddhist meditation teacher Chogyam Trungpa said that one of the best ways to become fearless is to cultivate tenderness. As you expand your heart’s capacity to feel compassionate affection for the world, you have less and less to be afraid of. That’s the opposite of the conventional wisdom, which says you become brave by toughening up, by reinforcing your psychic armor. Of all the signs of the zodiac, you Pisceans are best set up to benefit from Trungpa’s method — now even more than usual. Pisces
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