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BALLIN’ IN BRAZIL
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The World Cup is underway — the fourth for Fort Wayne’s DaMarcus Beasley, right.
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that’s likely to hurt rather than help the little leadership would be nice… state’s future development. But Gov. Mike Pence’s knee-jerk It doesn’t have to be like this. Earth response to the EPA’s proposal to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent over Charter Indiana and its youth prothe next 16 years was all too predictable. gram, Youth Power Indiana, have initiated a legal process, a Petition for Rather than leadership, Pence let out a Rulemaking, aimed at getting the state’s howl for things as they are. Environmental Rules Board to enact a That’s because the EPA regs repreclimate action plan for Indiana. Thirtysent a major step toward weaning the country off coal, and Indiana is addicted four states, including Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky have already adopted to the sooty stuff. Only West Virginia, similar guidelines. Kentucky, and Wyoming use more coal The plan the petition calls for would than we do. Indiana relies on coal for 84 aggressively reduce emissions of greenpercent of its energy needs. house gases; pursue longterm solutions, Now we’ve known something like this was coming for some time. Over the past three years the EPA Gov. Pence seems to think that by has enacted a Mercury and Air Toxics Standard digging in his heels, he can will the and a Cross-State Air Pollution rule. Given the smokestack chugging days of the ever-mounting evidence 1950’s back into existence. regarding the threat of climate change, and the role fossil fuels like coal play in contributing to that threat, you’d such as energy efficiency and renewable energy resources to prevent further think Indiana would have gotten its rear degradation of the atmosphere while in gear and started taking steps to divercreating quality local jobs; and help sify its energy portfolio in a cleaner, Hoosiers adapt to and prepare for climore sustainable direction. mate change impacts. But that would have taken leadership. Rosemary Spalding, a former IDEM Indiana could have been making executive and president of the ECI board, headlines by enacting policies and prosays, “I understand the need for a coorcedures aimed at making our air quality dinated statewide effort and the imporamong the best in the land. Instead, our tance of basing regulatory decisions on governor is looking for legal means to sound scientific principles, accurate data circumvent the new regulations — and and information…to effectively address perpetuate Indiana’s “good enough” air climate change in Indiana.” quality, which ranks in the bottom tier Spalding believes the Environmental of states. Rules Board has the authority to make Gov. Pence seems to think that by an effective Climate Action Plan a reality digging in his heels, he can will the in this state. With the governor’s supsmokestack chugging days of the 1950’s port, this plan could represent a major back into existence. He thinks that step toward making Indiana a model cheap energy will trump environmental climate citizen, for a change, rather than responsibility when it comes to ecoa recalcitrant outlier. nomic development. What he fails to And that would be a kind of leaderrealize is that this kind of retrograde ship Indiana could really use. n posturing sets Indiana apart in a way 4 VOICES // 06.18.14 - 06.25.14 // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO
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WHAT HAPPENED? Pendleton teen creates anti -bullying mobile app At sixteen years old, Pendleton Heights junior Brandon Boynton is already the CEO of his own company and gaining national attention for his entrepreneurial skills. With the help of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and their Young Entrepreneur Academy program, Boynton began his company, Most Beastly Studios, and created a mobile app called The Bully Box. The app is designed to allow students to give detailed information about assaults they witness, upload photos for evidence, and send them to a server that is accessed by the school’s administration. Boynton was one of six finalists in the Saunders Scholars Bright Ideas Business Plan Competition, a college scholarship program through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy awarding young minds for their brilliant business ideas. Although Boynton didn’t win the grand prize, Liberty Christian School in Anderson has agreed to be the first school to utilize The Bully Box. SustainIndy grant applications The City Indianapolis is accepting applications for the first round of the SustainIndy Community Grant program. The grants are designed to financially support local initiatives that further economic development, ensure environmental integrity and promote social and cultural vibrancy with monetary funds of up to $10,000. The grant program was created in partnership with the McKinney Family Green Initiatives Fund and is supported in part by funds raised during the Office of Sustainability’s annual Sustainability Awards Event. Grant proposals should address sustainability principles that enhance quality of life, protect the natural environment, and strengthen the local economy. Grant applications for this first round are due by July 30. Grants will be awarded 4 weeks after the submission deadline. The online application is available at indy.gov/sustainindygrant. Petition for a climate action plan Youth Power Indiana, a program of Earth Charter Indiana, initiated a petition encouraging state officials to develop a state-wide Climate Action Plan. The petition is directed to the Environmental Rules Board of the Indiana General Assembly and asks the legislature adopt a rule establishing a plan. The petition also asks that the plan include the aggressive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; pursue long-term solutions, such as energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy resources; to prevent further degradation of our atmosphere while creating quality local jobs and a thriving economy; and help Hoosiers adapt to current impacts of climate change. The petition, listed at Change.org, can be accessed via the Youth Power Indiana website at youthpowerindiana.com. — AMBER STEARNS
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FEDS PROBE PARENT COMPANY OF CHARTER SCHOOL Indy school one of 19 in midwest investigated
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sually when the FBI arrives on the front steps of a school, gun violence and general mayhem are at the center of the investigation. But for the Indiana Math and Science Academy (IMSA), authorities say the investigation is a potential “white collar” crime. FBI agents executed a search warrant at the school’s north campus in Indianapolis on June 4. The warrant was one of several executed at 19 different schools in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. All the facilities are under the supervision of Concept Schools, Inc., a charter school management company based in Illinois. FBI spokeswoman special agent Vicki Anderson would not confirm or deny much else in the investigation. “This is a joint investigation of the FBI, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission,” Anderson said. Katherine Beckwith, Regional Community Relations Coordinator for IMSA, issued a statement saying documents associated with the e-rate technology grant program had been requested by the U.S. Department of Education. The statement, reported by multiple other news agencies reads: “Earlier this week we were asked to provide information to U.S. Department of Education officials as part of a larger federal audit of e-rate technology grants. Those officials indicated they are auditing the funds dispersed to various schools to verify that work paid for with e-rate grants was completed as reported. We were happy to provide them with records and supporting materials detailing how e-rate grants were spent at our IMSA North school, so that they can successfully complete their audit.” E-Rate, or The Schools and Libraries Program, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education. It is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the oversight of Federal Communications Commission (FCC). However, Anderson confirmed the FBI
The parent company of Indiana Math and Science Academy, Concept Schools, Inc., faces ‘white collar’ type federal allegations.
investigation is a criminal matter and is not a part of any audit. When asked to clarify the statement about any relationship between an audit and the federal criminal investigation, the school’s attorney, Jason Barclay with Barnes and Thornburg offered this statement: “The Indiana Math and Science Academy -- North recently received requests for documents and other information related to an Ohio investigation into the federal e-rate program. After talking to federal investigators, there is no information that anyone at the school was involved in any wrongdoing. We are cooperating with those investigators, who have assured me they will do everything in their power to make sure that the school’s impressive academic performance will not be jeopardized in any way during their review.” All inquiries to the USAC, the FCC, and the U.S. Department of Education about any criminal investigation regard-
ing the e-rate program were directed back to FBI officials who couldn’t give any detailed information regarding the case because the search warrants and the investigation are sealed. The USAC website has a form on their “Contact Us” page for people to submit a whistleblower alert if they believe there have been any violations of the laws and rules governing the program, mismanagement of funds, fraudulent activity or abuse of authority. A USAC spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny if the FBI would be involved in the investigation of any of those potential cases and directed questions to the FCC which also did not comment.
Concept Schools, Inc. Investigations Federal investigations and unanswered questions involving Concept Schools, Inc. are not uncommon. The charter school management company was the subject of another FBI investigation
involving possible visa fraud in 2011. Author Doug Martin dedicated about 10 pages of his book Hoosier School Heist to that investigation and other questionable practices and affiliations of the Indiana Math and Science Academy and its parent company. Martin says he was writing for various blogs and articles about school reform when California parent activist Sharon Higgins made him aware of Concept Schools’ ties to what’s commonly called the Gülen movement. (More on that below.) “I believe it was March 2011,” Martin said. “She has a blog called Charter Schools Scandals. That’s probably where I first came across them… then somehow I connected with her and I started piecing it all together and it was vast.” In the book, Martin talks about how the FBI and the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education investigated several Gülen-affiliated schools for alleged visa fraud. Concept Schools specifically was accused in 2009 of hiring more immigrant workers than Google and failing to properly use public funding. The allegation accused Concept and other schools of using taxpayer money to fly teachers from Turkey to the United States. Martin’s research found that The Indiana Math and Science Academy North and West campuses have applied for at least 23 visas for teachers and other individuals to come to Indianapolis and work.
The Gülen Movement and Charter Schools Its ties to Turkey connect Concept Schools and other charters to the Gülen movement. This Muslim sect is based on the teachings and leadership of Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish preacher and Islamic opinion leader who lives in self-exile in Pennsylvania. The movement is heavily involved in developing charter school education and is considered to have the largest charter school network in the U.S. with 139 active charter schools in 26 states. Citizens
Turkish espionage at the bureau’s lanAgainst Special Interest Lobbying in Public Schools call Gülen the most pow- guage division. She testified before the Ohio Election commission in 2009 after erful religious leader in Turkey despite his current address. Although there is Republican representative Jean Schmidt nothing in the charter schools’ curricufiled a complaint against her opponent lums or activities that would indicate for alleging she accepted money illethere are any hidden agendas for the gally from Turkish interests. Edmonds’ movement, opponents of the schools comments included government conbelieve there are political, religious, and nections to Gülen -affiliated charter economic goals behind Gülen’s involve- schools as well as CIA counter-terrorism ment in US charter schools. Martin missions and a corrupt scheme that believes, though, it’s primarily the led all the way to the White House and money available to education initiatives included former 5th District representathat is leading the Gülen Movement and tive Dan Burton. Attorney General John other groups and corporations into the Ashcroft placed a “state secrets privilege” business of charter schools. order on Edmonds, preventing her from “Some people honestly believe in all giving any detailed information publicly this free market stuff and they think about the matter. Martin believes the there’s competition. I mean there’s a CIA is protecting Gülen along with the lot of people that work for these groups information Edmonds almost revealed that believe that,” Martin said. “But in Ohio and continues to prevent the FBI I think it does come [down] to the from reaching any type of conclusion or money. I think it’s the people calling the indictment in their previous investigashots – they just want the money.” tion of Gülen charter schools. In addition to the development of charter schools “But I think it does come [down] to the across the country, supporters of the money. I think it’s the people calling Gülen movement, or Gülenists, are also the shots – they just want the money.” involved in nonprofit foundations. — DOUG MARTIN, AUTHOR Members of these foundations often have seats on the administrative boards “My guess is, yes, [Fethullah Gülen’s] of the charter schools and help support done something for the U.S. governthem financially. These foundations ment,” said Martin. “It’s a fight between have also been linked to numerous the FBI and the CIA. Because when he elected officials throughout the country, came over to America, my understandeither through campaign donations, ing is that somebody in the CIA wrote award recognitions, and/or lavish trips a letter in support of him and the FBI to Turkey for “diplomatic partnerships.” didn’t want him here.” Martin linked several Indiana politiThe FBI would not give any informacians from both sides of the aisle to the tion on how long the current investigaformer Holy Dove Foundation, (now the tion has been underway or if it is assoNiagara Foundation) in Indianapolis as ciated or linked to any of the previous well as individuals known to be associinvestigations. Special Agent Anderson ated with the Gülen movement. The did confirm the investigation that trigcampaign dollars are in the 3 to 4-digit gered the search warrant executed at the range and include both state and federal IMSA North campus is being handled elected officials. Although none of the out of the Cleveland bureau. The FBI contributions are questionable or allude would not identify the 19 schools to any fraudulent or illegal activity, involved in the search warrant and Martin believes there may be a connecAnderson would neither confirm nor tion between those strong political ties deny if the other two Indiana IMSA camand the FBI’s continued investigations puses were involved in the investigation. that don’t seem to lead to a conclusion. Concept Schools, Inc. currently manMartin’s book includes testimony ages all three IMSA locations. However, out of Ohio from former FBI lanthe three schools are not under the guage specialist turned whistleblower same charter. Ball State University holds Sibel Edmonds. According to Martin, the charter for IMSA West while the city Edmonds was fired from the FBI in 2002 of Indianapolis holds the charters for after claiming security breaches and the North and South Campuses. n About ten pages of Hoosier School Heist focuses on Indiana related FBI investigation focusing on visa fraud.
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INDIANA’S DAMARCUS BEASLEY MAKES U.S. SPORTS HISTORY AS THE FIRST PLAYER TO APPEAR IN FOUR WORLD CUPS
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fter an informal survey of the fan base swarming in the São Paulo airport, one wonders how many Mexicans can possibly be left in Mexico. On the opening morning of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Mexicans are by far the most visible by virtue of both their sheer numbers and the prodigious size of their hats. The sea of sombreros jostling through the customs line is truly a sight to behold. On a flight later that shuttled a load of them to Brazil’s Northeast Coast, some of them broke out into song upon landing.
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They are ready.
Soccer fans around the world are ready — and now the wait is over. Some additional questions about readiness remain, however. Is Brazil ready? Heading into the tournament, queries abounded in traditional and social media outlets about stadium readiness and even public opinion as mass demonstrations underscored the Brazilian people’s frustration with their government’s spending priorities. The attitude could be summed up thusly: “How can you spend $12 billion on tournament preparations and building stadiums — some even in cities that don’t have professional clubs — when people are starving and in need of education and health care?” This type of legitimate question plays out at all levels of sport around the globe as economic development projects compete with social welfare demands. But the bottom line from this reporter’s perspective is this: We are dealing with Brazil and soccer. The two are symbiotic.
They feed each other. The party is on. Riding in a taxi from the Fortaleza airport to the beach just minutes before kickoff of the opening game, one could see people gathered everywhere, in alleys, living rooms, restaurants and around TVs in storefront windows. When Brazil scores, a collective cheer echoes through the streets and fireworks explode. “It was an amazing day for us,” observed Roberto Opice, a Brazilian who recently returned home after completing his studies at Indiana University. “Brazilians showed their pride for the national team, leaving behind all the governmental issues. The crowd singing all together was beautiful.” The game itself (attended by more than 62,000 people) started with stunner as Croatia went up 1-0 when Brazilian defender Marcelo’s attempt to clear a threatening ball instead resulted in an own goal — the first in Brazilian National Team history. Croatia’s glory was short-lived. Superstar Neymar scored two goals and Oscar added another in stoppage time. The day after the match a local headline summed up perfectly the passion of the national spirit, which can be mobilized to protest, to play soccer and to party. Translated from Portuguese, it reads, “Emotion, Fear & Euphoria.”
Brazil is ready. Is the U.S.? After 10 appearances and (on the men’s side) never getting closer to the championship match than the quarterfinals, is the U.S. ready to win the World Cup? The world’s soccer cognoscenti are not optimistic. The next U.S. matches, after a 2-1 win over Ghana, are Germany and Portugal, currently ranked by FIFA (soccer’s international governing body) as the world’s No. 2 and No. 4 teams, respectively. It’s tough to find an analyst who
predicts the U.S. will beat Germany, a team that is regularly forecast to make the quarterfinals at least. The team can thank Abby Wambach for predicting that the men would at least make the semi-finals. (Wambach holds the U.S. scoring record. No U.S. player, man or woman, has yet to surpass her 167 goals in 221 international appearances for a goals per game average of .76. Landon Donovan, who holds the U.S. men’s record, by comparison has netted 57 in 156 international games for a points per game average of .37.) Even Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is focused on managing expectations. “We cannot win this World Cup, because we are not at that level yet,” Klinsmann told New York Times reporter Sam Borden. “For us, we have to play the game of our lives seven times to win the tournament. Realistically, it is not possible.” Last Wednesday, he repeated a toned down version of the same sentiment to the Associated Press: “I think for us now, talking about winning a World Cup is just not realistic. First we’ve got to make it through the group. So let’s stay with our feet on the ground and say let’s get that group done first, and then the sky is the limit.” In the current environment on the ground in Brazil, a U.S. fan can walk around proudly displaying their allegiance without garnering sneers or derision from representatives of other nations. Unfettered U.S. patriotism at other times can generate disdain and grumbling among foreigners about America’s imperialistic tendencies. When it comes to soccer though, the reaction tends toward kind tolerance. People will smile and nod as they think, “There’s one team I’m not worried about.” For some perspective, I looked to U.S. Men’s National Team veteran DaMarcus Beasley. Beasley, who now defends for the U.S. after playing in attacking positions earlier in his career, is the team’s first player to appear in four World Cups. “I think people do look at us as a country that’s growing in soccer, but they know how strong we are, how physical,” Beasley said in an interview after the team’s May 24 practice. “They know they can’t take us lightly because we’ll punish them. We’ve done that winning in Europe’s big games. Winning at home against European teams, South American teams. We’ve done that.” Still, if the U.S. is going to advance from Group G, the so-called “Group of Death,” solid, consistent defense is of primary importance. We asked two of Beasley’s former coaches, Bronn Pfeiffer and Bobby Poursanidis, former professional players themselves, what it will take to succeed. How, for example, does one defend against Cristiano Ronaldo? While DaMarcus brings an “x-factor”
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Kleberson, a member of Brazil’s 2002 World Cupwinning squad who is now helping to build pro soccer in Indiana as the marquee player at Indy Eleven, said that the feeling of winning of World Cup cannot be explained. “It’s the dream of every soccer player for their whole life. When that moment comes, it is basically unexplainable.”
to the game in that he can push forward and be a scoring threat, Pfeiffer advised a conservative approach to Portugal. “You don’t want to be caught naked when you are playing against Ronaldo,” he said. “You can’t be taking the chance to go forward and all of a sudden you give up the one chance for him to press forward. “Ronaldo has great pace; so does DaMarcus. I think that’s why the coach brought in guys like (DeAndre) Yedlin and (Timmy) Chandler that are fast. I think they’re looking to match up some speed against him. Just be patient, don’t get ahead of yourself or out of shape (in terms of tactical formation). Be patient knowing that he is such a dangerous threat the whole time. Obviously, I’m biased and I think DaMarcus can handle all that with his pace and ability to play the game.” Still, the teams the U.S. who will face are stacked with quality players that play in the world’s top professional leagues and come together to form the national team — “kind of like putting our NBA players on the Olympic team,” Pfeiffer explained. “They’re going to be strong throughout — you’re not going to have weak links,” he said. “So we’ll have to do our best, but I think we are ready for it. I think this is our deepest team I’ve ever seen in our national team – there is some quality depth to their bench.” As the tournament progresses, it will be interesting to assess how players coming out of Major League Soccer in the U.S. will perform in comparison to the players they face from the elite squads of Europe. What better way to take out old, experienced Germans than with young, hungry Germans? Just like Star Wars, at some
point the student becomes the master. There’s no denying that soccer culture in the world’s soccer powerhouses is at a different level than it is in the U.S. In a recent interview with NUVO, Kleberson, a member of Brazil’s 2002 World Cupwinning national team who now plays for Indy Eleven (Indiana’s new pro team), said, “Soccer here, the level is very different from basketball or baseball. It will progress. Patience. Soccer is never dead. You can learn, learn, learn. It is different; it’s hard. “When I’m in Brazil, I play in the morning and in the night — sometimes in my dreams. The kids in Brazil: It’s soccer, soccer, soccer. Here, I drive, I don’t see so many fields. In Brazil, when you drive you see field, field, field, kids playing in the street. Here is a different level.” In the end, the most important thing for everybody — for Brazil, for the U.S., for the players, the fans, the coaches — is to enjoy the game, soak in this beautiful, quadrennial opportunity to put the daily grind on hold and become immersed in the passion and the pageantry. Consider these parting shots from DaMarcus Beasley: “In the World Cups, you see so many upsets … The fun thing about fútbol — soccer — is: It’s one game. Whoever is best on that day will win the game. End of story.”
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bviously, DaMarcus Beasley — who on Monday became the first player on the U.S. Men's National Team to play in four World Cups — has matured into a team player of the highest caliber. As a kid, however, Beasley was a self-described ball hog. "He dribbled like crazy," said Bobby Poursanidis, a former pro player who coached Beasley in Fort Wayne and now co-owns the Beasley Soccer School with him. While the coaches would yell at him to pass, Beasley would routinely dribble around several opposing players before shooting or finally giving up a pass. As they watched him develop as a player, the coaches began to reconsider their approach to youth players. These days at the under-12 level in Fort Wayne, Poursanidis encourages kids to be ball hogs by making sure each practice has more balls and more opportunities for kids to get on the ball. "We saw that if you can get them to gain more confidence on the ball – that confidence is more important when you are older," he said. As a teenager, Beasley's exceptional athleticism forced more change. Another coach from Beasley’s Fort Wayne days, Bronn Pfeiffer, remembered his first encounter with Beasley at a practice. At the time, Pfeiffer, also a former pro player, was still playing a lot with the kids during practice: "I remember DaMarcus pushing the ball to go past me and I tried to do an SEE, DAMARCUS, ON PAGE 12
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DaMarcus Beasley, training for his fourth World Cup appearance.
D A MARCUS , FROM PAGE 10 obstruction step — he was so quick he'd go right around you with his pace." This led to his nickname at the time — WaterBug. "He was here, there and everywhere else," Pfeiffer said. "His quickness was unbelievable — something I'd never seen as a coach in a player, that physical quickness and speed was phenomenal." Ultimately, adjusting to this kind of talent forced Pfeiffer to do something he'd never before done as a coach: restructure his entire coaching system based on the talents of one player. Instead of Pfeiffer's
interview the night before her family left to see her son play in Brazil. "I remember the look he gave me, what he had on. Oh, I remember that day. At the time I'm thinking, 'My baby is leaving me!' But he was so focused and so determined." In thinking back on the approach she took to parenting with her husband, Henry, she identified one consistent theme they tried to impart to DaMarcus and his older brother, Jamar (who also played professional soccer): "We always encouraged them, 'Once you start something, finish it!'” This may account for some of Beasley's longevity. Poursanidis remarked that Beasley has demonstrated exceptional ability to rise above short-term adversity (such as ACL surgery and an underappreciation by a few coaches that led to some long stretches on the bench). Beasley’s pursuit of long-term goals, Poursanidis said, is a characteristic that separates players with raw talent from those who are able to refine it and succeed in the pros. "To train as hard as he needs to, stay mentally strong to compete at that level, to deal with all the disappointments when you know how good you are …" Poursanidis said. "Then getting the call from Klinsmann to play a position he's never played, winning the 2013 CONCACF Gold Cup … And now he's heading to his fourth World Cup. For me, it's amazing. "He's a tough dude." This toughness has been consistent. Indy Eleven President Peter Wilt, for whom both Beasley brothers played in the early 2000s when Wilt was president
“THEY KNOW THEY CAN’T TAKE US LIGHTLY BECAUSE WE’LL PUNISH THEM.”
— DaMarcus Beasley, defender, U.S. Men’s National Team
traditional team formation with four defenders, four midfielders and two forwards (a "4-4-2" in soccer shorthand), Pfeiffer began playing a 4-5-1. "Go wherever you want to go," Pfeiffer remembered telling Beasley. "We let him fool around; do what ever he wanted. He was that kind of talent." The local coaches weren't the only ones to notice his talent. Soon the Olympic development people keyed in and then Beasley was offered an opportunity to finish his high school career in Bradenton, Fla., at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. "I remember taking DaMarcus to the airport," his mother, Joetta, said in an 12 COVER STORY // 06.18.14 - 06.25.14 // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO
and general manager of the Chicago Fire, also complimented Beasley on his on and off the field. Wilt predicted that, as a player, Beasley will bring to the World Cup some of the same characteristics he brought to the Fire and every other team for which he has played: "His speed, his skill, his ability to draw fouls. He provides a different dynamic than you can get anywhere else. He's dangerous, creates plays and forces opponents to be aware of this side of the field." On the personal side, Wilt said, "DaMarcus has lived life in a bit of a fishbowl since a young age and has handled it extremely well — it's not an easy thing to do." Yet here he is. "I'm hoping people are grasping this," Poursanidis said. "What this individual has accomplished. And he is so levelheaded and down to earth that it is not affecting him in any negative way. It's all positive. He's excited for himself and he's excited for the game." Poursanidis added that, as proud as he is of Beasley's on-field accomplishment, he is even more proud of what Beasley has given back to the sport in terms of the time he will take to talk to kids, sign autographs and even, at times, personally lead clinics. “We have a young lady, Sarah Killian … she was very motivated seeing guys like DaMarcus and Jamar make it and
Beasley (7) celebrates during the U.S. squad’s 2-1 win over Ghana.
eventually she got a full ride to UCLA and she played in U-20 World Cup — and she did something DaMarcus has never done, she's won a World Cup," Poursanidis said. "This is what DaMarucs has done. He has affected people." His family and friends are excited to see what he will do in Brazil.
"I think it's one of the most amazing feats in sports that we've ever had in the U.S." said Drew Shinabarger, a former teammate of Beasley's who went on to win two national championships with Indiana University in 1999 and 2003. "To have someone to play at the highest level for four World Cups? That's 16 years!"
The prospect of watching his friend play in Brazil was too much for Shinabarger to resist. In a call from the airport on his way to South America, he remarked, "Man, when am I going to get a chance to not only watch a friend that I grew up with play, but to watch him make one of the greatest contributions to U.S sports? It's just incredible." Shinabarger credited Beasley's success, in part, to his ability to adapt, "his ability to always change his game." Whereas in his first World Cup, Beasley was riding more on his "raw talent," he’s now "playing smarter and more consistent … really in mindset and style." Beasley himself echoed a similar sentiment in an interview in following a team training in late May. "That's why you see the guys that are 36, 37 still playing at this level because they understand the game — they read the game faster than the guys who are 20," he said. "The Beckhams … the Maldinis [great Italian defender who retired at 41], Del Piero [a 40-year-old Italian attacker], those guys are still playing not just because they have so much skill — that part obviously diminishes as you get older — but the understanding is so on another level than a 22 year old. That's how they're still able to play and that's how my transition came from a striker then to the mid to now, in 2014, as a defender." n
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Civil rights and comedy pioneer speaks his truth
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ick Gregory sure does answer the phone warmly (even after you miss his call a couple times): “Bless you, my brother! How’s the family?” (Fine, Mr. Gregory. How’s yours?) “Everybody’s fantastic and getting better.” It’s a friendly, enthusiastic approach that paves the way for a report on the latest news-that-isn’t-fit-to-print. News that, were it true, would pretty much throw a wrench in the space-time continuum, or at least our conceit that just about anything the government says to us is true in a post-COINTELPRO, post-NSA spying, post-Clear Skies Act reality. Which is to say that while Gregory may be a conspiracy theorist (even if he disputes the description), he has a leg to stand on as a civil rights activist during an era when J. Edgar’s men were marching alongside guys like him in parades, tapping phones, assassinating rabblerousers. The 81-year-old comedian, activist, author and entrepreneur, who’s doing a one-off show Thursday at Morty’s Comedy Joint, has also earned enduring respect as one of the first black stand-up comedians to cross the color line by performing in a white nightclub, namely Chicago’s Playboy Club in 1961. A quick trip through Gregory’s bio attests to his restlessness and fearlessness. He participated in sit-ins and voter registration drives led by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the ‘60s. He ran for president in 1968 as a candidate for the Freedom and Peace Party, earning somewhere between 50,000 (according to The New York Times) and 1.5 million votes (his own bio). He’s been researching and publishing counter-narratives on key events in American history since the ‘60s, publishing books on the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John F. Kennedy, among other topics. And as for that “entrepreneur” title, during the ‘80s and ‘90s, Gregory promoted a pow-
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dered diet mix (the Bahamanian Diet Nutritional Drink), which he said would help the infamously 1200-pound Walter Hudson get down to a healthy weight. NUVO: You’re described as a conspiracy theorist on Wikipedia. DICK GREGORY: That’s probably the government. I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘Man, I thought you was crazy.’ But now, what makes you think I’m not crazy? How come when you go from being ignorant to being informed, I’m not crazy anymore? My truth don’t have to be validated by ignorance. My mother told me a white man brought me my toys, called Santa Claus. Well, you can’t be any more ignorant than that. Can you imagine a Jew bringing their children gifts and saying Hitler and the Nazis brought them? I didn’t see nothing wrong with capital punishment. I was born in 1933, and when I was old enough to go to the movies, they had all of these movies — a star couldn’t be a star, especially if he was a man, unless he’d been in a jail theme. Most of the time they were getting the electric chair, and it was always the priest leading them. So as a little boy, how could I think something was wrong with capital punishment with a priest leading them? NUVO: Do you think you’re a trailblazer? GREGORY: In terms of being a trailblazer, I have to go back to the Playboy Club. That’s when the trailblazing started. Before Hugh Hefner brought me in, no black comic in the history of America was permitted to work white nightclubs. You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flatfooted and talk. Hefner did that, and out of that comes the tens or hundreds of black comics. But before that, nobody knew there was SEE, STANDING, ON PAGE 16
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NUVO: Bill Cosby paid homage to you recently on Arsenio, noting that you were the first black comedian to sit on the couch alongside a white host.
black comics except the ones that was doing buffoonery. And I was a trailblazer in civil rights, but not because of my humor. When I knew I could be killed in Mississippi, I didn’t care; it’s worth that to be liberated. I didn’t go down to there with no humor. I went down there willing to go to jail or be killed. America’s won every war we’ve been in, but we didn’t do it with comics; they did it with serious people, and that’s always the way I’ve looked at it. I have no doubt in my mind that when I go to do a comedy act, I could be killed on the stage. It could happen, but I don’t go in believing that. Every time I got in that movement and marched with Dr. King, I could be killed. NUVO: One stock question people ask comedians is ‘What was your worst show?’ But it seems to me the stakes were so much higher for you than some other guys, and your worst show could’ve been a close call with racist hecklers or... GREGORY: Let me tell you how I got around that. I’m working the largest black nightclub in the world, Roberts Show Club in Chicago. I’m making ten dollars a night, three nights a week. They have a handyman in there, an older guy that knows everything. He’s the one, when things blow out, he fixes it. So I’m making 10 dollars a night, and I say to him, ‘If I give you 20 dollars, would you come in tomorrow’ — which is Saturday — ‘at 7 o’clock in the morning.’ He said sure, and I gave him the money — and that’s two night’s work. So I went up on stage the next day and for two hours, I did my act. And when I walked out of there, my life had changed. Empty chairs can’t laugh. The worst heckler in the world is better than talking to an empty chair. So from that day to this day, I’ve never walked out nervous. I just say, ‘The people out there; let me have them.’ So I never went through the best show or the worst show. And when I do comedy, I’m talking to me. That shit makes me laugh. I’ve been in show business now since 1956. I’m 82 years old. I never smoked a reefer in my life; I didn’t need it for happiness. Sometimes I would put stuff together in my head and I couldn’t wait to get to the club. I used to tell people, I sounded so good tonight I wish I was sitting out there listening to myself. I always looked at it like that, and I always felt about it like that, and so I never had to drink whiskey to feel like I could get out there and perform. 16 STAGE // 06.18.14 - 06.25.14 // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO
Dick Gregory in 1965.
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NUVO: You certainly could’ve retired by now. What keeps you going?
GREGORY: It was like slavery: You could pick cotton but you couldn’t eat in the big house. I looked at Jack Paar every night for five years. And Billy Eckstein, the great black singer, we were sitting in a bar one night and he called Jack Paar all kinds of foul names. ‘You can sing, but you can’t sit on the couch!’ And I never knew that. And that club I was at, 95 blocks from my house, I walked all the way home that night crying. Not because blacks are not able to sit on the couch, but because I watched that show for five years, and I never noticed that! When TIME magazine ran a front-page story on me at the Playboy Club, it came out in New York Sunday, and that’s when Jack Paar had his people call the house. [Gregory says that he refused invitations to perform on The Tonight Show from, first, Paar’s reps and then Paar himself, until they agreed that he could sit on the couch after his act. Now back to the transcript:] Then the craziest thing happened: I sit on the couch and start talking about my children. And I got letters from white folks, saying I didn’t know that black children and white children
GREGORY: The closest you can come to pimping is being a comic. That ain’t no work. Let me try it on you: The greatest laugh you ever heard in your life came from friends and relatives, not from comics. The difference between that laugh and one from a comic is timing. You can’t take your uncle and put him up on stage, because he hasn’t got the timing. I used to listen to Lenny Bruce: You could drop a glass as a waiter The worst heckler in the world is or waitress and he could do 30 brilliant minutes better than talking to an empty chair. just about dropping that glass. I’ve always — COMEDIAN DICK GREGORY dissected it to see what I’m doing and see what makes people laugh, and were the same. Where would they hear I haven’t gotten to the bottom of it. a black person talk about that kind of NUVO: Well, do you have any ideas on that, on what makes people laugh? GREGORY: They say that the best medicine is humor, and I think that in the bottom of your stomach — because we don’t have the right postures, we don’t breathe right — that there’s carbon or something down there and laughter brings it out. Let me tell you what I base this on. When you was a little boy growing up, did somebody grab you, a woman or a youngster, and you laugh? After you laugh for so long, and keep going stop, stop, stop, then it turns into a fright. I believe at that point whatever it is in you that has to come out is out. And as funny as you felt when you were being tickled, after it was all out you didn’t laugh anymore. That’s what I based my thought on.
stuff? My mama worked for a white person, and she didn’t go to work talking about her children. Most black folk didn’t even say their children was in college if they were. Most black folk, if they had a Cadillac, they would park five or six block away because they believed if the white folks saw that they might be fired. So many people called the Paar show that night around the country, NBC’s circuits blew out. NUVO: You’ve mentioned staying positive, not doing drugs before going on stage. How have you avoided letting anger consume you, letting it poison your act? GREGORY: I was a victim of racism. I used to drink a fifth of scotch a day. Why? Because white folks didn’t say
that was illegal. Anything that white folk said was illegal I didn’t do. I’ve never had sex with a white woman. Why? Not because of love for a black woman. It was something white folks didn’t want you to do, so I didn’t do it! That’s how fucked up I was. One of the worst thing that happened to black folks in America was that we were one of the only groups of people that opted for education over liberation. George Washington wasn’t beating up the British so that they could open up a college. They was trying to get liberated. We walk around now with all kinds of degrees and money in the bank and we don’t have liberation. NUVO: And when did you learn to think for yourself, to behave in a way that might not be consistent with unjust laws? GREGORY: When I hit it big, I told my wife: We’re not getting a house, we’re not putting money away for children’s education. I owe myself three to five million dollars worth of treats just to unfuck up my head. So I went to Egypt and saw the Pyramids, and said it’s all right, though Egypt’s now one of the poorest countries in the world, and whatever juice they had, they don’t have it now. Then I started figuring out stuff. We’re the only slaves, black folks, in the history of the planet that weren’t slaves for five thousand years. Why? Because when they came to Africa and thought they were stealing a worker, they were stealing a scientist. I built the Pyramids. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, right? Rigidly segregated city. I didn’t see white folks. We didn’t have TV. The only white folks I saw was in the movies. I didn’t know there weren’t any ugly white folks when I was a boy because they couldn’t use ugly white folks in the movies. Marlon Brando couldn’t have made it in the old days. They would take a handsome white dude and ugly him up and make him play Frankenstein. In my neighborhood, we had black movies; we didn’t have movies where you’d have to sit upstairs. We had black restaurants; we didn’t have restaurants where you had to order outside. So I didn’t see white folks except the ones who came in the neighborhood. And who were they? Bill collectors or they were selling you something, so they was on their best behavior. So where’d I hear nigger? My best friend called me a nigger. And I laughed — why? Because nobody had ever explained to me what a nigger looked like. But if my best friend got around one day and called me a black, we went to war — because I saw my blackness, and I had been trained not to like blackness. n
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Some kind of cabin is in the pool of light closest to the angled risers where the audience sits. The cast move benches and tables around during the show to evoke a church and its dining hall. All of the acting is superb, too. Director and choreographers Tommy Lewey’s re-imagined story (with words by Leah Falk) is of an appealing young man (“Prince,” played by Robert Negron) who lives with his well-meaning Mother (Beverly Roche) in a strictly conservative religious community, sort of Puritan, sort of Amish. One day he escapes into the woods to hunt. He wounds a gorgeous, intelligent, male Swan (David Lovett) and feels remorse when he sees the swan’s pain and fear. He then tries to help the swan, who resists at first. Their physical struggle becomes erotic and they fall in love.
Meanwhile, the community’s religious Father (Bill Wilkison) is preaching long and hard about the evils of animals and their dangerous nature. There is a funny scene where the Prince brings the mute yet physically expressive Swan to a church dinner, hoping their love with be accepted, but for the most part this show is an earnest tragedy, with a few parts that drag and a few aspects that are cliched — the women removing their head coverings when they are about to say or do something against the rules, for example. Still, the ending is heartbreaking and satisfyingly not what you might expect even if you’ve seen a lot of tragedies. Maybe I just wanted more dancing. There is surprisingly little of it but what there is, is a pleasure to watch. The dances shared by the Prince and the Swan are sexy and take place both in and out of the water. The dances performed by the Prince’s Friend (Georgeanna Smith) and the Community (Amelia Smith, Megan Medley, Valeria Decastro, Kayla Elyse Stump, and Bridgett Richards) are subtle yet evoke the ecstasy and humanity of religious life. n
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David Lovett’s Swan earns the ire of a religious leader played by Bill Wilkison.
A FIRST-CLASS, MUSIC-DANCE EVENT
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e all knew about the forces involved in last weekend’s performance of Daphnis et Chloe: Dance Kaleidoscope, choreographed by David Hochoy; the ISO, conducted by Krzysztof Urbanski; and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, directed by Eric Stark. But what some may not have realized was that two works were to precede Ravel’s ballet, making for a full, two-hour program. Which makes it all the more disappointing that the hall was hardly more than one-quarter filled Friday night. Those who might have come but didn’t missed a first-class music-dance event — a rarity in these environs. (The last big ISO/DK combo was in 2008 when they presented a choreographed RimskyKorsakov Scheherazade.) Maurice Ravel’s only ballet (discounting his infamous, later-written, 15-minute, seldom choreographed Bolero) was commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes, written from 1909 to 1912 and cast into
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Jillian Godwin as Chloe and a few pirates. PHOTO BY CROWE’S EYE PHOTOGRAPHY
three tableaus. Its popularity as a symphonic work, rearranged into two suites, exceeds the ballet version (costs being as much a driver as anything). We started by seeing the choir seated on risers upstage, then a series of curtains slowly dropping to conceal backstage apparatus. After a nearly ten-minute wait (why?), Urbanski appeared in the pit, and a front translucent curtain dropped, onto which was projected a moving landscape diorama, as the music
started and the dancers appeared. This was repeated in starting the succeeding two tableaus. The dominant dancers were Brandon Comer as Daphnis, a tall, muscular figure; Jillian Godwin as Chloe, diminutive, white-haired and white appareled; and Noah Trulock as Pan, wearing a “goat-skinned” skirt. In the third tableau, which, by the way, begins the most popular second orchestral suite, our lovers have the stage to themselves. Chloe, now wearing a form
fitting white body suit and bare-chested Daphnis, wearing white leotards, begin a series of hand holdings, separations and body clinches of every possible shape and angle: It was G-rated sex, accompanied by some of the most sensuous music ever written. The ensuing and final “General Dance” contains Ravel’s only fast pacing and brings the entire ballet corps on stage. (The music is especially distinctive for its “quintuple meter” — five beats to a measure.) The program began with a short piece for choir only: Hymne à la nuit from a 1733 opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau as harmonized by late-Romantic composer Joseph Noyon. It was followed by Eric Satie’s (1866-1925) three Gymnopédies as choreographed for ten dancers by Hochoy and played by violin-piano duo Zach de Pue and Silvia Scott. All parties to bringing about this extravaganza are to be commended for superlative execution throughout the two-hour program: Hochoy’s 14 dancers, Urbanski’s orchestra and Stark’s full-sized choir. Next time let’s try to fill the house. n
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eople refer to Mike Bartlett’s play as The Cock Fight Play because that’s easier than trying to use its actual title, Cock, in everyday conversation. But it’s a good, blunt title for a play about hard, complex issues related to identity, choice and more. On the surface, the play is about a British man named John (Chris Roe) who can’t decide between staying with his long-time boyfriend (“M,” played by Scot Greenwell) or continuing a relationship he started on a whim with a woman (“W,” played by Sarah McGee). Both M and W want John but not each other. John wants both of them, understands he has to make a choice, but can’t seem to do it. The situation is agony for all three of them. It only gets worse when they come together for a dinner party and M invites his father (“F,” played by Brad Griffith) into the mix as back-up. The tension is heightened even further by the staging: the audience sits on two raked sides of a cockfighting pit swathed with barbed wire. (The Phoenix Theatre’s main stage space has been completely transformed.) Humans, not birds, verbally peck at each other in the pit to determine a winner. There is no furniture. We know we are in a bedroom or coffee shop only by the actors’ words, which are often funny. No one takes off his or her clothes, but there are some very sexy exchanges. The actors under Bryan Fonseca’s deft direction pace and dodge around the confined space, retreating to their corners between bouts or scenes. Their interactions are exquisite. I doubt I would enjoy watching a
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bloodsport event in real life, and I was uncomfortable at times watching this play. “Just let him go!” I wanted to shout more than once. “If he is not going to step up for you, get out of the pit!” But I also empathized with John trying to be honest about who he was and what he wanted, even as he cocked things up. I wept when his boyfriend’s father lectured him on being true to his gayness. I agree with John: why are the labels so darn important? Why isn’t it more important to just love whom you love? On the other hand, life is all about making choices and following paths. It’s what we humans do. Society may be a pit, too, but it’s where we live. And labels are sometimes useful in achieving justice. As M says, “There’s still so much work to be done!” n
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OPENING Jersey Boys Clint Eastwood directed this adaptation of the musical about the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. John Lloyd Young reprised his Tony-winning role as Valli, with Christopher Walken coming on board as a member of the Genovese crime family. Advance reviews are iffy; Variety says it “can’t be described as a full-on musical,” which is kind of a shame, no?
R, Opens Friday in wide release Think Like a Man Too If this had been called Walk Like a Man Too, it totally would’ve been an all-Four Seasons weekend (which, by the way, would be the worst concept for an oldies station marathon). OK, we’re done with the jokes. This is a sequel to the original Think Like a Man, which found four men buying Steve Harvey’s book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and having their minds totally blown by its insights on intimacy and the psychic battle between anima and animus. Adam Brody and Kevin Hart star. PG-13, Opens Thursday in wide release
FILM EVENTS Jimmy Buffett: Live at the Drive-In Tibbs is making use of its new digital projectors in presenting this nationwide simulcast of a Buffett show at Fort Worth’s Coyote Drive-In.
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It’s Mad Max without the Thunderdomes, but the bleakness has its rewards
Midnight Madness: Raiders of the Lost Ark Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes? Keystone Art Cinema, June 20 and 21, midnight, $7.50, landmarktheatres.com Summer Nights: The Jerk He hates these cans. Stay away from the cans! Indianapolis Museum of Art, June 20, 9:30 p.m. (or dusk), $10 public, $6 member, imamuseum.org Do the Right Thing A 25th anniversary screening of Spike Lee’s 1989 day-in-the-life of a Brooklyn neighborhood, starring the recently departed Ruby Dee, Rosie Perez, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis and John Turturro. Presented by Old SOUL Entertainment with performances by poets Tony Styxx, Januarie York and Gabrielle Patterson. The Jazz Kitchen, June 22, 5:45 p.m. (movie at 6:15 p.m.), FREE with RSVP (facebook.com/oldsoulent), 21+
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Robert Pattinson, left, and Guy Pearce make their own rules in the post-apocalyptic thriller The Rover.
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he Rover takes place in Australia in the middle of nowhere. Australia has a lot of that. The latest from writer-director David Michod (Animal Kingdom) is set “10 years after the collapse.” It doesn’t provide details about the collapse — we’re not even sure whether the unspecified disaster hit the whole world or just Australia. Commerce still exists. We see a passing train, and gas and groceries are still sold by wellarmed merchants in weathered shacks here and there. American money is preferred over Australian, for what that’s worth. One thing is clear. In the middle of the southern outback, there is no law. Each person makes his or her own rules or follows the rules of others. If reading about a lawless Australia after a collapse makes you think of the Mad Max movies, stop right there. There are no colorful punk road warriors in The Rover, no way-cool Thunderdomes, no knockout epic action scenes. In this terribly hot, sticky future, people fight exhaustion and nihilism. They search for somewhere relatively comfortable to sit and stare.
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Ready to head for the theater yet? There are bandits, naturally. While Eric (Guy Pearce) sits in a makeshift bar, we see the vehicle of three fleeing criminals – an Australian (David Field), a New Zealander (Tawanda Manyimo) and an American (Scoot McNairy) crashing outside. The frantic men steal Eric’s sedan and race away. Eric takes their vehicle (it wasn’t nearly as messed up as they thought) and the most-definitely-not-Road-Warrior-style chase is on. At one of many stops, where a cordial lady (Gillian Jones) watches over a farmhouse and its inhabitants, Eric encounters Rey, played by Robert Pattinson in a drastic change from his look (check out those teeth!) and style in the Twilight movies. Rey appears stunned or stunted, but eager to socialize. Turns out he was a member of the aforemen-
tioned group of robbers, injured and left for dead. After he gets patched up by a doctor (Susan Prior), Rey takes off with Eric, so convinced that his brother (the American bandit) abandoned him that he is willing to lead Eric to the gang. The Rover is well-acted and interesting. The score effectively creates suspense while amplifying the unrelenting bleakness of the story. The best part of the film is the give and take between Eric and Rey. Guy Pearce is effective, as always, but it’s Robert Pattinson that makes their scenes rich. Eric is a grim survivor who says little and reveals next to nothing about himself. He is on a mission and will do whatever it takes to accomplish his goal, period. But there’s more going on with Rey. He tries to be taciturn, but his need to interact is too strong. Eric and Rey don’t become friends, but they build a certain sense of trust, and enough of a relationship to keep the movie rolling. I won’t reveal where the story goes or how it concludes, of course. Suffice to say the bleak atmosphere does not go away. I’m glad I saw The Rover, but I wonder how many others will opt to spend money on a hot summer day to suck on this brutal existential jawbreaker. n
R, In wide release Chef r Frothy feel-good food truck film with an insouciant hint of lemon zest. After an LA chef (Jon Favreau) is urged by his boss (Dustin Hoffman) to stick to the tried and true, he gets skewered by a restaurant critic (Oliver Platt) and soon ends up in Miami, encouraged by his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) to start over. With the help of his line cook (John Leguizamo) he launches a food truck business, hits the road, bonds with his son (Emjay Anthony) … there’s more, but you get the idea. Chef is a nice little snack for a summer afternoon. Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, Amy Sedaris and Robert Downey Jr. also pop up. R, In wide release
adult novel gets downright gloppy at times, even as Hazel and Augustus strive to remain brave and unsentimental. But it touched my heart and mind, and my eyes got wet again as I watched the leads deal with life, death and love. And I appreciated the film’s humor. What a treat it was to see Mike Birbiglia, my favorite comedian/actor/ writer/director, playing the leader of the support group.
CONTINUING 22 Jump Street r Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return in a mostly rollicking followup to the surprise hit action-comedy 21 Jump Street. This time the best buddies are assigned to work undercover at a college, pretending to be students as they sure for the source of a dangerous new drug. The comedy is meta as hell, mining laughs out of its awareness of being a by-the-books sequel to an unexpected smash. Ice Cube returns in fine form as their exasperated boss and Wyatt Russell (Kurt’s son) plays a new pal of Tatum’s character. Hill is aces, but Tatum steals scenes left and right. Even when the jokes miss, it’s a pleasure just watching the extremely likable lead duo.
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Edge of Tomorrow r A high-energy action film with just enough humor. Earth is at war with aliens — 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. 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. Though his performance is good, lead actor Tom Cruise isn’t as super a superstar as he used to be. PG-13, In wide release and 3D The Fault in Our Stars e Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-yearold with cancer, meets Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a young man as sweet-faced as she is at a cancer support group. The adaptation of John Green’s best-selling young
Godzilla r This Godzilla does justice to the original from 1954. He’s thickened a bit over the years, but the grand roar is still there. The original film was unrelentingly grim; filmmaker Gareth Edwards settles on unrelentingly serious instead, and I wish he allowed a bit of levity. But he has a good eye and finds interesting viewpoints for the disastrous goings-on, which involve Godzilla attacking massive unidentified terrestrial organisms (or MUTOs) because they got on his nerves or something. PG-13, In wide release and 3D The Grand Budapest Hotel q This engaging, funny, melancholic and agreeably odd creation deserves to be seen now — and on the big screen. It’s the eighth feature film by writer-director Wes Anderson, whose visual style I’ve compared to pop-up books, dioramas, dollhouses, puppet shows and ornate pastries. Aided immeasurably by Ralph Fiennes’ exceptional SEE, CONTINUING, ON PAGE 22
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CONTINUING , FROM PAGE 21 performance, the fanciful trappings and shifting spotlights somehow seem more genuine than the real world. Director Wes Anderson doesn’t just take viewers through the looking glass, he shows us the depth within it. R, At Keystone Art The Grand Seduction y My all-time favorite movie is the charming, quirky, low-key 1982 feature Local Hero. The Grand Seduction has a similar set-up to Local Hero, with bits of Waking Ned Devine and Northern Exposure as well. To try to seal a huge deal, the citizens of a small Newfoundland harbor town lure a doctor (Taylor Kitsch) to join their community and try to charm him into staying. They even pretend to embrace his favorite sport, cricket. The Grand Seduction tries too hard. Watch Local Hero instead. Brendan Gleeson costars. PG-13, At Keystone Art How to Train Your Dragon 2 e Follow-up to the 2010 hit about a Viking boy out to capture a dragon to prove himself. The original animated comedy/adventure feature was notable for its distinct look, rich characters and unusually bright screenplay with a big heart. Those qualities remain in the sequel, but the story goes into darker areas and the consequences are more pronounced. Superior fare. The voice talent includes Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett,
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Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounson and Kit Harington. PG, In wide release and 3D Maleficent t Angelina Jolie stars in Disney’s up-close-and-personal look at the 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
Neighbors t A married couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) with a baby get new neighbors — an Animal House fraternity led by two smooth talkers (Zac Efron and Dave Franco). The couple tries to be cool, smoking weed with the boys to show they’re hip. But relations turn south quickly, leading to warfare between the houses. When the rude, crude R-rated comedy is funny, it’s very funny. The segments in-between are interesting, but the film wasn’t as balls-to-the-wall crazy as I’d hoped it would be. I suspect, though, that this is one of those comedies that will seem funnier with repeated viewings. Rogen, Byrne, Efron and Franco are excellent, by the way. R, In wide release X-Men: Days of Future Past e Intense and packed with exposition. Bryan Singer, who directed the first two films in the franchise — the best ones — is back, adapting one of the most celebrated stories in the history of the comic book series. Solid acting, a storyline that creates tension even if you can anticipate the outcome, and killer action set pieces more than make up for the slightly overstuffed feel. The tone is serious, but the retro sequences — the movie alternates between the nightmarish future and 1973 — are leavened by some welcome (and nicely integrated) bits of humor. PG-13, In wide release and 3D — ED JOHNSON-OTT
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Local meat cutter Loreal Gavin is vying to become the next Food Network Star
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icking up some steaks at Kincaid’s this weekend? Say hello to 27-yearold meat cutter Loreal Gavin while you’re there, and you just might be chatting with the next Food Network star. While living in California last fall, Gavin answered an ad and tried out for the reality program Food Network Star. The show, which airs at 9 p.m. Sundays, began its latest season June 1 with 10 finalists — including Gavin. I caught up with Gavin while on her lunch break recently to find out how the young meat cutter and private chef — who grew up with her grandmother, attended culinary school at Sullivan University and has worked at “about a million jobs” — wound up competing. NUVO: So how did it all happen? LOREAL GAVIN: I sold pretty much everything I owned in September of last year, and I bought a one-way ticket from Indianapolis to Oakland to reunite with a guy I had been dating. After about a week of being there, I realized the honeymoon period was pretty much over, and I’d made a horrible mistake. I figured I had already screwed myself, so I figured I might as well laugh my ass off and try out for Food Network. I saw an ad on Craigslist.
NUVO: What did you have to do to try out? GAVIN: At the time, the BART subway system was shut down, so I had to take a ferry from Oakland to San Francisco all by myself that day. I remember chaining my bike up once I found the hotel and putting these high heels on and running up the street like Peggy Bundy, all beehived up and everything. NUVO: How’d it go? GAVIN: I was actually an hour late. You could tell like hundreds of people had been there, but no one was there, and it was just two producers from JS Casting. And they were like, come back Monday. NUVO: What’d you have to do that time? GAVIN: So I made a dish, and once again I had to take the ferry over with a basket on my bike. I had a frozen apple dumpling in a foil ball. And I tried to
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Meat cutter and aspiring Food Network Star Loreal Gavin poses outside L.E. Kincaid & Sons Meat Market.
find somebody in San Francisco to let me bake the apple dumpling, but no one would let me for health code things. NUVO: What’d you do? GAVIN: Chefs have to think on their feet, you know, so I saw Sur la Table, and I was like, I have an idea, let me demo one of your ovens. So yet again, it was just like Peggy Bundy for days. I’m in high heels again with a hot apple dumpling walking down the street in San Francisco. I was like excited and kind of laughing at myself, and not really taking it all that seriously, because I didn’t believe that out of all the hundreds and thousands of people or whatever that would try out, that I would be one that they would call back. NUVO: But they did. What were you doing at the time? GAVIN: It couldn’t have happened at a better time, because I was struggling. I was living in a hostel, where I was paying with my significant other at the time over a thousand dollars a month for a room with no kitchen or no bathroom of your own. I’m an artistic person, and I had no guitar out there; no transportation. NUVO: How’d you find out the news?
GAVIN: About two months later, they finally got in touch with me. I had just enough money to get back home to Indianapolis. I bought a one-way ticket back, and I worked at the butcher shop at Christmas, and then I flew out. It didn’t feel real until I saw myself up on TV for the first time. NUVO: What was that like? GAVIN: I’m like, I’m fat, is what I thought. And then my other thought was thank God for Spanx, because I wore those all the time on the show. NUVO: What’s it like working at Kincaid’s while knowing you’re on TV? GAVIN: It feels really, really weird. I don’t own a car; I just ride my bicycle everywhere. And I don’t own a TV. And it’s just the weirdest thing sometimes to be like, I’m on TV and in magazines, I’m all over the internet, and I have no car. I’m like the epitome of limited resources, but I feel really free. I think it’s just the universe telling me stay humble and count your blessings and good things will come to you. n Jolene Ketzenberger covers local food at EatDrinkIndy.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JKetzenberger.
HopCat news HopCat announced last week that it will open its Broad Ripple location on Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. with an all-Indiana craft lineup at the oval-shaped 130tap bar. Touted as Indiana’s largest craft beer bar, HopCat equally aims to be attractive for families with indoor and patio seating separate from the bar. At the June 12 media event, company founder Mark Sellers emphasized HopCat’s dedication to sustainable practices and working in partnership for the betterment of the community-atlarge. “HopCat has already shown us how serious they are about craft beer and supporting the Indiana brewing community,” said Clay Robinson, Brewers of Indiana Guild president and co-founder of Sun King Brewery. Robinson joined other dignitaries in a ceremonial hops planting. New residents Mark Gray and Steve Cestari are the management team. World Cup brews Here’s a roundup of fútbol-themed treats: Union Jack is pouring two Brazil imports. Named after an Amazon River tributary, Xingu black lager, is brewed by Cervejaria Sul Brasileira, has roots traced to Indigenous people and Vixnu Imperial IPA, is brewed by Cervejaria Colorado. The RAM is serving up Koooooooooolsch, which is “named in honor of the World Cup,” explains head brewer Scott Ellis. “Think of an announcer proclaiming “gooooooooaaaaaal.” At Half Moon, Kokomo’s World Cup Soccer brew is an American Wheat featuring orange-citrus tartness balanced with coriander’s soft spiciness. And Flat12, Indy Eleven’s team brewery, is pouring specialty team brews during the June 22 USA vs Portugal match.
EVENT Brew-Ha-Ha That annual microbrew festival that benefits the Phoenix Theatre is actually more like an outdoor block party on the 700 block of North Park Avenue between Mass Ave and East St. Clair Street in the Chatham Arch neighborhood. Enjoy a great neighborhood, fine folks and more than 50 beers from such brewers as Angry Orchard, Bloomington Brewing, Flat12 Bierwerks, Fountain Square Brewing, Sun King, Upland, plus lots of new additions courtesy of Indy’s exploding brewing scene. As always, there will be a herd of food trucks on hand to keep you from getting over-served. June 21, 2-7pm., $30 in advance, $35 day-of, phoenixtheatre.org
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Another look back at the places we’ve been in the past few months. La Mulita The quick-fix sister restaurant to Delicia is a casual walk-in-and-sitat-the-bar kind of place, where the food comes out in paper baskets and a napkin dispenser sits on each table. Don’t expect to be seated — and be prepared to pounce on an open table on a busy night. But do expect value, with cheap options like a $3 basket of crisp chips with a flavorful salsa fresca and a $5 chicken croquettes appetizer, which comes with a tasty serrano aioli. The star of the meal was the chilaquiles. The basic $5 version consists of strips of tortillas topped with salsa, onions, radish, crema and queso fresco, but you really need to add on the optional fried eggs for an extra buck — the eggs make the dish.
Roma Ristorante Service was bumpy on an early visit, but we were happy to see a maitre d’ in Roma Ristorante’s Carmel strip mall location, and the good food and comfortable atmosphere made up for any hiccups. It’s not your typical pile-on-the-red-sauceand-cheese kind of place. What you’ll find is a small menu of flavorful, well-prepared dishes and a wine list with about a dozen wines by the glass. The housemade pasta
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La Mulita’s chilaquiles in a creamy walnut and gorgonzola sauce was rich and boldly flavored; other pastas aren’t made in house, but the chef said he typically offers a daily housemade option. The chicken and sausage with mashed potatoes and caramelized Brussels sprouts was excellent, with the chicken tender and perfectly cooked, and the generous piece of sausage flavorful but not spicy. 620 S. Rangeline Road (Carmel), 848-4600, ristoranteromaindy.com Taste of Havana This Broad Ripple sandwich shop’s Cubano is possibly the best sandwich in the city. And it might be because of lard, which, when added
815 Broad Ripple Ave., 559-4369 Tlaolli This tiny Eastside tamale restaurant, founded by a Monterrey native who relocated to Carmel in 2005, takes its name from an ancient word for corn (from the Nahuatl language of Mesoamerican natives). Tamales are made from olive oil rather than lard, and while they form the core of the menu, offerings also include tortas, tacos, quesadillas, Mexican goulash, moles, and soups. The environs are primarily designed for takeout — a few seats are available at a small bar — and check ahead on hours, though Talolli recently expanded from lunch-only hours to offer a Sunday brunch (including tortas with eggs). 2830 E. Washington St., 410-9507, tlaolli.com
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e Casey Synesael’s first full-length solo effort Out and In, opens with two back-to-back dopey and faintly depressing downer jams. The quality is unpolished — everything was recorded on a 4— Track Tascam Portastudio — but the vocals sit on top of the mix to elevate what might be otherwise lo-fi bedroom demos into solid pop songs. Things get darker and glammy after after the first crop of hazy downers. Cruising on top of “Water Well’s” mesh of oddly timed overdubs, sound effects and lush instrumentation (all played by Synesael) are the vocals. They’re the major charm of this tape for me. Synesael is an adept lyricist and the bare, intelligible vocals on Out and In are a refreshing departure from so many releases that hide their vocals behind an impenetrable wall of reverb and delay. With its blend of dark atmosphere and blithe instrumentation, Out and In could be easily compared to Cleaners From Venus, or maybe Television Personalities. But the b-side immediately proves this release to be something more. The bloozey, slow dirge of “Hitch Post” is a standout track for me. The lyrics are almost — almost, but not quite — rapped, while a sort of neo-folk keyboard line lurks in the background. It’s followed by “Real Estate,” a track with a sincere-sounding amateurish melody a la Dunedin Sound, but with enough sinister notes thrown in to make it something completely other. No doubt the unironic, mashed-up quality of the production and songcraft comes from Synesael’s young age; he’s just barely into his twenties. He is a songwriter informed not by living through any particular era of music history, but by constant exposure to it all. Everything is available to everyone all at once. But Synesael makes less obvious use of his influence than a lot of his contemporaries also raised on blogs and torrents. Much like those obscure zip files found on the furthest corners of the internet, Out and In sounds like something you might unearth in 25 years in an old record store and say “I can’t believe this was made by a 20-year-old kid from Indiana!” But it shouldn’t be that way. We should be listening to this now. — SAMUEL THOMPSON
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A REAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE Butler student label IndyBlue signs Jenna Epkey
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ere’s a few essential truths: Musicians dream of being signed to a label; some kids dream of running their own. And our own Butler University is working on perfecting a formula to make both kinds of dreams come true with their newly revamped in-school music label, IndyBlue. At IndyBlue, recording industry studies students take the reins completely, first finding up-and-coming artists, then guiding them through every part of recording and marketing a new album. Cutler Armstrong, an instructor for the College of Communications, has been involved in IndyBlue since it started in 2006. In recent years, Armstrong says the program has been updated to maximize student involvement. “I wanted this to be a capstone experience for both the students and new artists,” Armstrong said. One of the first artists signed with the IndyBlue label is singer-songwriter Jenna Epkey, who Armstrong noticed during a live performance. He reached out with an email and convinced her to begin working with IndyBlue on her new album Hologram. “IndyBlue really helped Jenna realize her vision of what she wanted to do with her music,” said Armstrong. He brought in New York-based Andy VanDette, chief engineer at Masterdisk, to polish it up. After recording wrapped up, students began marketing Epkey’s album, including soliciting radio play and finding films and TV shows willing to feature her tracks. Students also helped search for shows for her. This direct action required in this process makes the program realistic; they get a taste of the real recording industry as they sign real artists and uphold contracts. Butler graduate Nathan Rix was very involved in the production of Epkey’ album. He took the lead during the recording process, and his decisions were pivotal in the process of making the album. “This was a huge stepping stone for me,” Rix said. “I honed in on my craft, and I proved to everyone what I could really do.”
To Rix, the experience was valuable because it was so real. He was able to handle the majority of the work without supervision, but he could consult with other students and Armstrong if needed. Now that Rix has graduated and is trying to build up his own client base, he’s grateful for the experience. “I wanted it to be real for the artists and for students to have a realistic experience dealing with these things instead of just talking about them,” Armstrong said. Epkey, an Indianapolis native, moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 2008 to record a country album. Although she enjoyed the opportunity to work on her music, she felt her identity as an artist was being compromised, mostlybecause she wasn’t singing her own songs. In 2010, she and her husband moved back to Indianapolis. “I felt like my image was becoming more commercial. My songs weren’t ‘me,’ ” Epkey said. But at IndyBlue, Epkey feels she has artistic freedom and can do what she wants with her music. She chose everyone who was involved with her album, and she was able to oversee the entire process. Armstrong hopes to sign more artists like Jenna, who he thinks is perfect for IndyBlue. She isn’t a beginner, nor is she too advanced in her career. “We were very comfortable with her when we met her because we had a common vision,” Armstrong said. One of his favorite things about Epkey is that her music appeals to a wide demographic of people, since it crisscrosses genre lines, from pop, to soul, and yes, still a bit country. So what’s next for IndyBlue? Armstrong just said goodbye to a batch of graduating seniors (including Rix), but he Jenna Epkey
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hopes that student involvement will continue to grow as the program becomes more prominent on campus. Next year, the label hopes to expand and work with artists at various stages in their careers. “I’m hoping this will be something that draws students to Butler University when they are looking at colleges,” Armstrong said. n Listen: Epkey's album Hologram is available at jennaepkey.com, iTunes and Spotify.
FREE YOUR MIND, AND THE TOUR WILL FOLLOW Cut Copy stops at Vogue with new album
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hirteen years in, Australian electronic band Cut Copy continues releasing albums so reliably solid I’ve given up fearing a misstep. Instead, I’m content to just cue up each new album on release day and let the new tracks wash over me like a sunbeam. I bring up the sun because of its special place in just about every track on the new release Free Your Mind, on which they’re “on a journey to the morning sun” and “shine[ing] brighter than the sun,” and “are true believers when the sun goes down” and “like the sun, we’re rising and we won’t come down.” They must’ve imbibed a straight diet of Ibiza acid house and put their Primal Scream albums on repeat to create this homage to the summers of love in ten psychedelic dance tracks (and a few spoken word interludes). To trot out a very tired joke, they’re copying, cutting and pasting the sounds of 1967 and 1989 into something that is, while not altogether innovative, definitely a fun tribute. But while their new output is all “free love” and “letting go,” the mechanics and rigors of touring are still the same – that is, exhausting. I spoke with guitarist Tim Hoey before the group’s Indy date about finding time to write during their world tour (or not), evolving their songs onstage and releasing new tracks for Record Store Day. They’ll play at the Vogue next week. NUVO: At this point in touring an album — about 8 to 10 months after touring a
new release – a lot of artists I speak with are already in the headspace of their next creative project, their next album. Is Cut Copy like that? TIM HOEY: I think you go through periods of thinking of what you’re going to do next. I think touring is a means of research, where we’ll spend a lot of time in cities buying records and new gear and stuff like that. Sometimes, when touring, playing five or six shows a week, it’s hard to even think about doing any kind of music, apart from the shows. On this tour, we’ve had some days off in Brazil and Barcelona, which is good for us to recharge our batteries and stuff like that. I guess we’re always thinking about the next record, but we haven’t really sat down and discussed it internally, or recorded anything for that matter. I think we’re more of a band that has recording time and touring time, and we don’t mix the two together. NUVO: How have songs from Free Your Mind evolved as the tour has continued? HOEY: I think we’ve really noticed people’s reactions, from when we start touring this record in October to now, about how much better the newer songs are sounding live. A lot of feedback of people [saying that seeing us live] puts the album into a new perspective for them. It’s cool to get that kind of feedback. I think everything seems to be going well. People are turning up to shows and seem to be appreciating everything. It’s cer-
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tainly a lot tighter now than what it was in, say, October, when we first started. NUVO: Tell me about those two tracks you put on the Record Store Day release. Do those have a place in your live set? HOEY: Not in this stage. We actually decided really late to do that RSD release. We had material left over from the Free Your Mind sessions that we didn’t know what we were going to do with, and then the opportunity of RSD arose, so we decided to put those two tracks out. We haven’t incorporated them into the set mainly because we haven’t had time. And because they were B-sides from the record, we didn’t really know if people wanted to hear them! The big thing was just focusing on songs from the record.
NUVO: I was talking to a band the other day who has made a transition from straight folk instrumentation to electronic dance music. They were talking about how they feel like they have less room to experiment onstage since they’re more tied to samples and tracks that by their very nature are more precise. Although your style hasn’t drastically altered, do you ever wish you had more room to experiment? HOEY: I think that it depends from track to track. Obviously Dan [Whitford] uses a sequencer and a sampler live, so triggering those loops and playing those parts more or less stays the same each night, regardless of the environment we’re playing. But we’ll be able to, before we get out on the road, maybe change the songs around, or some of the material around. It gives us a little bit of freedom as far as what we’re doing live. … Some songs, the final sections of songs, they go up in a more, for want of a better term, jammy kind of aspect, but we’re certainly not doing a hell of a lot of improvising up there, more because of the nature of the music than anything else. n
“We’re more of a band that has recording time and touring time, and we don’t mix the two together.”
— TIM HOEY
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ould you believe me if I told you that one of the most influential songs of 20th century popular music was recorded in Indianapolis? Would you be surprised to learn that although the song remains largely forgotten by the public, it’s been performed by iconic music superstars like Eric Clapton, The Grateful Dead, Count Basie and Ray Charles? Exactly 86 years ago this week on June 19, a pair of pioneering Indianapolis bluesmen entered a local recording studio to cut a tune that would permanently change the evolution of American popular music. The musicians were Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell, and the song was Carr’s “How Long, How Long Blues.” While the differences may seem subtle to listeners today, Carr and Blackwell’s debut recording sounded like nothing else when it hit the market in 1928. In an era dominated by rural country blues and vaudevillian hokum, Carr and Blackwell’s creation was modern and hip. “How Long, How Long Blues” oozed with a cool, urban sophistication previously unheard in the blues genre due in equal measures to pianist Carr’s restrained, laid-back vocals and guitarist
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Ray Charles and Nat King Cole. So if “How Long, How Long Blues” holds such an important position in popular music, why does its significance remain largely unknown to the general listening public? I think there’s two major reasons for this discrepancy, both of which involve Carr and Blackwell’s legacy clashing with the established doctrine of blues history. Most blues scholars assert the genre was primarily a Southern phenomenon, until the ‘40s when artists like Muddy Waters emigrated north to find work in the industrial capitals of Chicago and Detroit. The appearance of Indianapolis as a focal point during an early stage of the blues timeline represents an inconvenient aberration for simplified versions of the music’s history. “How Long, How Long Blues” oozed And Carr and Blackwell’s smooth, urban with a cool, urban sophistication. sound was at odds with the taste of many important blues historians who Blackwell’s jazzy single-string leads. preferred their early blues music raw and Innovative new microphones and primitive. So while Delta blues masters recording devices created room for more like Skip James and Son House were canexpressive vocalizations, which meant onized in blues history, Carr and Blackwell singers no longer had to shout to project were often relegated to the fringes, despite their voices in the manner of Carr’s holtheir obvious importance. lering blues contemporaries like Charley But those explanations don’t account for Patton and Bessie Smith. the lack of appreciation the duo’s achieve“How Long, How Long Blues” was an ments have received in their hometown. instant hit, quickly selling over a million There are no historical markers identifying copies. The record’s release marked a the location where “How Long, How Long watershed moment in American music, Blues” was recorded. There are no statues, sparking a widespread transition towards a or murals of Carr and Blackwell to be found more urban approach to music-making. in Indy either. In fact, there’s little evidence The influence “How Long, How Long to note their existence here at all. Blues” exerted on a generation of musiIndianapolis has allowed the history of cians in the late ‘20s and early ‘30s could its African American music visionaries to roughly be compared to the impact of lie in obscurity for far too long. For me it Elvis Presley’s early Sun sessions in the seems there’s no better place to begin to ‘50s, or the effect of Sugarhill Gang’s rectify this neglect than with the legacy of “Rapper’s Delight” on pop music of the Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell. n ‘80s. Chicago blues master Muddy Waters once said that he learned to play guitar by strumming along with the original 78 > > Kyle Long creates a custom RPM recording of “How Long, How Long podcast for each column. Blues.” The record is also speculated to Hear this week’s at NUVO.net have influenced the early combos of both
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Delay, Who Needs You, Martha Catch UK-based indie poppers Martha with Bloomington punks Who Need You and Ohio’s Delay at this house show. Be on your best behavior. We dig the Martha’s driving pop record Courting Strong, which is streaming in full on their Bandcamp currently. If you can’t make it out to catch Delay, you can see them at Plan-It-X Fest in Bloomington soon. Do we have to remind you to be on your best behavior at house shows?
FEST Irvington Folk Festival It’s the third year for this weeklong festival, which kicked off last Sunday with workshops and concerts. Wednesday’s events include a screening of The Weavers Wasn’t That a Time, a Delta blues slide guitar workshop, a lecture on Pete Seeger and social justice and a house concert featuring Possum Jaw. Most of these events are free and all-ages, but a few have very limited seating. Look on NUVO.net for more information about individual events. Downtown Irvington, times vary, prices vary, all-ages Retro Rewind, Vogue, 21+
Chapel of Crimes (address unlisted; find online), 8 p.m., $5, all-ages
Bucktronic, Biergarten at the Rathskeller, 21+
Blues Jam with Gene Deer and Jeremiah Johnson Band, Slippery Noodle Inn, 21+
Rabble Rabble, No Coast, White Moms, The Cowboys We said we would do it, and now we’re following up. This is another weekly reminder to support your local all-ages DIY venues, which include the Hoosier Dome, General Public Collective and, of course, Westgate, which features three local groups (No Coast, White Moms and The Cowboys) and Chicago’s Rabble Rabble. Pour some music into your brain hole. Westgate, 6450 W. 10th St., 9 p.m., $5, all-ages
Megan Maudlin, Dave Vogt, Plat 99: Mixology Lounge, 21+
THURSDAY COUNTY Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, Leah Turner, Charlie Worsham America’s favorite impish little “accidental racist” is back on the road to twang all over this great nation. Paisley is one of those country artists who looks like they took a shower and unpacked all his stage clothes from their vacuum-sealed bags moments before the show. Not that we’re calling his act insincere, but with a guy whose hit songs include “Ticks” and “Mud on the Tires,” the dude is impeccably clean. Like so many Nashville pop-country stalwarts, Paisley keeps churning out the feel-good hits with a tip of a hat and pearly white smile that just says, “’Merica.” Klipsch Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St., 7 p.m., prices vary, all-ages Tangled Headphones, Streetlamps for Spotlights, The Failers, Melody Inn, 21+ Bootleg, Ball & Biscuit, 21+ Animal Haus, Blu Lounge, 21+
Geographer, Blue Moon Revue, The Hi-Fi, 21+
Altered Thurzdaze, Mousetrap, 21+
The Burlesque Bingo Bango Show, White Rabbit, 21+
Busman’s Holiday, The Bishop Bar, 18+
Craft Spells, Bishop Bar (Bloomington), 18+
Rocket Doll Revue Burlesque Trivia Night, Melody Inn, 21+
MusicArtWords Night with Mugen Hoso, Oh, Jeremiah, Melody Inn, 21+ Frank Smith Quartet, Eagle Creek Park, all-ages
Toy Factory, Daddy Jack’s, 21+ Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel, Moon Dog Tavern, 21+
Blues Jam, Main Event, 21+
The Post Record Release Party, The Back Door (Bloomington), 21+
Jay Elliott and Friends, Tin Roof, 21+
Sarah Wangombe Birthday Bash, Blu, 21+
SOUNDCHECK Cooked Books, Pokkie and The Poodlez, Primitive Hearts, Magnetic South (Bloomington), 21+ Ross David, Birdy’s, 21+ Jimmy Buffett Live Broadcast, Tibbs Drive-In, 21+ Blue River Band, Greenwood Park Mall, all-ages Harper, Biergarten at the Rathskeller, 21+ Matt Roush, Holliday Park, all-ages
FRIDAY ANNIVERSARIES Musical Family Tree 10th Anniversary Celebration We wrote about it extensively last week (and gave them a Cultural Vision Award to top it off), but we’ll say it again — we’re totally jazzed by what new non-profit/longtime institution Musical Family Tree is doing in the Indy music community. They’re celebrating with a duo of shows at a trio of venues this weekend with more Hoosier acts than you can shake an tulip-poplar stick at (tulip poplar being the state tree of Indiana, must keep our colloquialisms Hoosier, of course). They’re kick off on Friday at the Speak Easy with
a fundraiser party on Friday, featuring Hen, Ko, Jorma Whittaker and Heavy Hometown and Christian Taylor and Homeschool. Mr. Kinetik will take over the stacks all night, and MFT-affliates BrainTwins have planned some installations for the space. On Saturday, they’ll take over Prospect Street with show at White Rabbit and Radio Radio ($8 in advance and $10 at the door for both venues); sets by ByBye, Sweet Poison Victim, S.M. Wolf, Andy D, Shame Thugs, Ghost Town Collective, Oreo Jones and Raw McCartney are planned. Read more of our coverage of MFT’s transition to non-profit institution at NUVO.net and stream some local tunes at musicalfamilytree.com. Friday and Saturday, various locations and times ROCK The Martha’s Vineyard Ferries Although we realize it can be slightly boring to read, sometimes there’s nothing more effective than simply listing the related acts members of a group are associated with. And so that’s what we’re going to do with Martha’s Vineyard Ferries, rockers currently on a short Midwest tour. Guitarist Elisha Wiesner hails from Kahoots,
bassist Bob Weston put in time with Shellac, Volcano Suns and Mission of Burma and drummer Chris Brokaw comes from Come, Codeine and The New Year. They’ll play with Freddie T and The People, and Brokaw will also perform a short solo set.
Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Indiana Landmarks Center, all-ages Polka Boy, Biergarten at the Rathskeller, 21+ I Will Define EP Release Show with The Day After, Foreveratlast, Authors, Hearts Like Hell, From Cities Above, Hoosier Dome, all-ages
Radio Radio, 1119 E. Prospect St., 8 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 at door, 21+
The Tillers, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, The Hi-Fi, 21+ Sugar Moon Rabbit, Dell Zell, Minute Details, Battersea, Rock House Cafe, 21+
INSTORE Stagnant Pools These Bloomington alt-rockers have tour dates all over the Midwest and even some in Canada this summer, but they will be rocking a free in-store show at Indy CD and Vinyl on Friday before their weekend date at the Bishop. Pick up their new LP Geist at this free, all-ages show. Indy CD and Vinyl, 806 Broad Ripple Ave., 6 p.m., FREE, all-ages OLD STANDBYS Dave Matthews Band Would the world keep turning if good ol’ Dave didn’t head back for a weekend of shows at Klipsch? Well, we don’t have to find out
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Sphie this year, because he’s back with his eponymous band for sets Friday and Saturday as part of their endless summer tour. Matthews said that the group would keep this year’s tour “loose,” citing the fact that they just love playing music together so “we should make [shows] looser and bring some of that feeling to the stage.” We’ve frankly never seen a non-loose DMB set, but we suppose things can always get looser.
Klipsch Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St., Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., prices vary, 21+ Hillbilly Happy Hour with Punkin Holler Boys, Melody Inn, 21+ Nocturne, White Rabbit Cabaret, 21+ Shine on Nights, Three D’s Pub, 21+ Sixteen Candles, Vogue, 21+
Something Suspect, Finer, Those Lazy Cabineers, Luke Knight, Melody Inn, 21+ Amp After Dark: Wright Bros Trio, Nickel Plate District, all-ages The Impalas, Indianapolis Zoo, all-ages Zanna Doo, Moon Dog Tavern, 21+ Revenge, Sabbatical, 21+ Bolly-Funk Dance! Benefit \ for Panache Dance Studio, Root Cellar (Bloomington), 21+ Anne Heaton, Natalia Zukerman, Irving Theater, all-ages Jai Baker, Britton Tavern, 21+ Happy Hour on Georgia Street, Joe Deal Trio, George St. 21+
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SOUNDCHECK DJ Rican, Subterra, 21+ Night Moves with Action Jackson and DJ Megatone, Metro, 21+ WTFridays with DJ Gabby Love and DJ Helicon , Social, 21+ Rod Tuffcurls, Bluebird (Bloomington), 21+ Stop the Madness, End the Violence Benefit, Birdy’s, 21+
SATURDAY ALBUM RELEASE Diarrhea Planet We check in with Diarrhea Planet everytime the manic garage punk group rolls through town. This time, the headliners have the added benefit of locals Brother O’Brother celebrating their album release. Aversor and Injecting Strangers will also play. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Hoosier Dome, 1627 Prospect St., 7 p.m., $10, all-ages HIP-HOP Beats and Breakfast Season 2 Live We’ve written extensively about Beats and Breakfast, the collaborative and delicious project from Skittz and Lonegevity. They’re taking it to the stage on Saturday with performances from Jaecyn Bayne, Ace One, Grey Granite, Black Eddie, Pope Adrian Bless and Dominique Larue. You can listen to the entire album on Bandcamp right now, plus grab some chicken and waffles at the show on Saturday. Mmm, mmm, good. Sabbatical, 921 Broad Ripple Ave., 9 p.m., $5, 21+ FAMILY PARTY Midsummer Party Solstice Celebration Live music by local and non-local acts, including: Native Sun, DMA, Miss Kimmy & Zorba Rose, Speaker For the Dead, Billy Mack Collector, Keldon Snyder, Benny and the June Mac Wood. Food vendors, lawn games, beer garden, kids activities, yoga flash mob. Fletcher Park, 1429 E. Brookside Ave., noon – sunset, all-ages FESTIVAL Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival “Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world. You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year.” That quote’s by the father of 32 MUSIC // 06.18.14 - 06.25.14 // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO
Andy D bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe. His eponymous festival, happening to the 48th time this year, features 10 full days of music and 75 artists. They call this event the Mecca of Bluegrass, and they’re really not kidding. The lineup is too extensive to list here, but the biggest names in contemporary bluegrass are making a stop at the fest, as they always do. Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground (Bean Blossom), 5163 SR 135 N., Through June 21, prices vary, all-ages
ming will take place in the Jamming Tent, with musicians Katie Burk and Mike Hylton. And the centerpiece is the Main Stage, where The Whipstitch Sallies, Paul Burris, Harpeth Rising, Donn Smith, The Half Step Sister, jude O’Dell and Kathy Cancilla and Flatland Harmony Experiment will play throughout the day. There’s an after party at Manley’s Irish Mutt for those who can’t make the festival, or those who just want to keep partying. Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair St., 11 a.m., FREE, all-ages
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ICON: Michael Jackson and Prince If you’ve haven’t journeyed to the Jazz Kitchen to take in Old Soul Entertainment’s monthlyish ICON nights, well, we’ve got your Saturday night planned. At this edition, DJs Kenny Kixx and Rusty Redenbacher will pay tribute to Michael Jackson and Prince. Take note: this event starts after Steve Allee’s show at the Kitchen.
The Putz CD Release, Draw Blood, Fiber, The Razor Ramones, Melody Inn, 21+
Jazz Kitchen, 11 p.m., 21+
Hero Jr. Chris Burch, Russ Baum and Huck Finn, Calliope, Three D’s Pub and Cafe, 21+
FESTIVAL Irvington Folk Festival We said a bit about it above, but we wanted to clue you in on Historic Irvington Community Council’s plans for this fest’s finale on Saturday. This event is free and open to all ages with a variety of programming all day in Ellenberger Park. From 11 – 2, the focus is on a Children’s Festival, with a stage at the west end of St. Clair St. An alternative gift fair will run all day, during which artist from around the state will display and sell their work. Food trucks will abound. A workshop on festival jam-
Steve Allee Colors National CD Reissue, Jazz Kitchen, 21+ Shadeland, Audiodacity, Molehill, Bleeding Keys, The Hi-Fi, 21+ Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Induction Performance, Center for the Performing Arts, all-ages
Cornfield Mafia, 8 Seconds Saloon, 21+ Irvington Folk Festival (continuing), various locations, all-ages 8 Miles High, Ale Emporium, 21+ Stagnant Pools, Wet Blankets, Bishop Bar (Bloomington), 18+ Andrew Young Band, Britton Tavern, 21+ Audio Diner, South Irvington Circle Park, all-ages Frankly Speaking, Tin Roof, 21+ Woomblies, Biergarten at the Rathskeller, 21+
SOUNDCHECK Shine on Nights with Chris Burch, Russ Baum and Huck Finn, Calliope, Hero Jr., Three D’s Pub, all-ages Nailed It, Blu, 21+ Royal with DJ Limelight, The Hideaway, 21+ Jazz on the Monon with the Slammer Jazz Trio, Carmel Arts and Design District, all-ages Captain Blood Album Release, Shed, Cockeyed Clyde, Birdy’s, 21+
SUNDAY LOCAL LABEL White Hinterland Pianist and singer-songwriter Casey Dienel performs and records as White Hinterland; she’s released all three of her studio albums on local label Dead Oceans. Her newest, Baby, is a self-produced delicate whisper of a pop record that occasionally swells into a stunning display of vocal acrobatics. Local Kate Myers will open. The Hi-Fi, 1043 Virginia Ave., Suite 4, 8:30 p.m., $8 in advance, $10 at door, 21+ JAZZ The Rite of Spring Ronen Chamber Ensemble presents the 5th annual The Rite of Swing, a French-inspired evening of chamber music and jazz by composer and pianist Becky Archibald. Proceeds benefit Archibald’s opportunity to present her music this July at the Dordogne International Jazz Summer School in Monteton, France.
rock yet? Monday holds your chance – and you can return those late while you’re at it. Yes, Mom, it’s a genre; yes, Mom, I promise I’ll return those books. Indianapolis Public Library, 40 E. St. Clair St., 6 p.m., all-ages Industry Mondays, Red Room, 21+
TUESDAY ROCK Arctic Monkeys, White Denim The Arctic Monkeys’ latest album saw them take a deep turn for the dark and dreary, but in a great way. They’ve matured since the days of muddy guitar riffs and a drummer wailing on the crashes, and new release Am is a bass-thumping, surgically precise modern rock record. They’ll surely play some of they old bar brawl soundtracks from their older records, like “I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor.” White Denim opens with modern psychedelic rock. They’re an insanely tight, seasoned band — not an opener to be missed for sure.
Aloe Blacc, First Midwest Bank, June 20
OneRepublic, Ravina Restival At Ravina Park, June 18 Queen and Adam Lambert, United Center, June 19 Bruno Mars, First Midwest Bank, June 20
The Paul Collins Beat, Zanzabar, June 22 Gentlemen’s Rule, Whitney Hall, June 22
Elvis Costello, The Louisville Palace Theatre, June 17 Lionel Richie, KFC Yum! Center, June 17 Broken Bells, Iroquois Amphitheater, June 20
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “My music is best understood by children and animals,” said composer Igor Stravinsky. A similar statement could be made about you Tauruses in the coming weeks: You will be best understood by children and animals -- and by all others who have a capacity for dynamic innocence and a buoyant curiosity rooted in emotional intelligence. In fact, those are the types I advise you to surround yourself with. For now, it’s best to avoid sophisticates who overthink everything and know-it-all cynics whose default mode is criticism. Take control of what influences you absorb. You need to be in the presence of those who help activate your vitality and enthusiasm. Taurus
English word that refers to the pleasure that comes from anticipating success or good fortune. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in this emotion as long as it doesn’t interfere with you actually doing the work that will lead to success or good fortune. But the problem is, nikhedonia makes some people lazy. Having experienced the thrill of imagining their victory, they find it hard to buckle down and slog through the gritty details necessary to manifest their victory. Don’t be like that. Enjoy your nikhedonia, then go and complete the accomplishment that will bring a second, even stronger wave of gratification. Gemini
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In the next two weeks, I hope
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio novelist Kurt
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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s transition time. We will soon see how skilled you are at following through. The innovations you have launched in recent weeks need to be fleshed out. The creativity you unleashed must get the full backing of your practical action. You will be asked to make good on the promises you made or even implied. I want to urge you not to get your feelings hurt if some pruning and editing are required. In fact, I suggest you relish the opportunity to translate fuzzy ideals into tidy structures. Practicing the art of ingenious limitation will make everything better. Aquarius
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Nikhedonia” is an obscure Taurus
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In accordance with the astrological omens, you are hereby granted a brief, one-time-only license to commit the Seven Deadly Sins. You heard me correctly, Libra. As long as you don’t go to extremes, feel free to express healthy amounts of pride, greed, laziness, gluttony, anger, envy, and lust. At least for now, there will be relatively little hell to pay for these indulgences. Just one caveat: If I were you, I wouldn’t invest a lot of energy in anger and envy. Technically, they are permitted, but they aren’t really much fun. On the other hand, greed, gluttony, and lust could be quite pleasurable, especially if you don’t take yourself too seriously. Pride and laziness may also be enjoyable in moderate, artful amounts. Libra
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It’s always important for you to shield yourself against our culture’s superficial and sexist ideas about sex. It’s always important for you to cultivate your own unique and soulful understandings about sex. But right now this is even more crucial than usual. You are headed into a phase when you will have the potential to clarify and deepen your relationship with eros. In ways you have not previously imagined, you can learn to harness your libido to serve both your spiritual aspirations and your quest for greater intimacy. Pisces
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