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Tiffany Benedict Berkson is a Victorian enthusiast, history detective, locavore with a taste for Indy lore and the proprietor of a one-stop, web shop for local history, HistoricIndianapolis.com. BY SCOTT SHOGER
The drought is killing crops and livestock around the state. The immediate stakes are somewhat different in Indianapolis where pressure on water resources has led utilities officials to voluntary lawn-watering restrictions and bans on fireworks and open burning. BY REBECCA TOWNSEND
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In its first year the Global Art Exchange, an intercultural artist residency program centered out of the Harrison Center for the Arts, is welcoming two artists from New Delhi’s Reflection Art Gallery. BY SCOTT SHOGER
Local metal band Vessel will journey to Cornerstone to celebrate the final year of this Illinois festival. BY WADE COGGESHALL
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Well written [“Review: Absurd Third Thursday for June 2012,” Beverly Braden, NUVO.net, June 25.] I wish there were more reviews of this Indy Comedy Scene and its local heroes.
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You must live in a beautiful candy-coated multi-colored world [“How I would run IPS,” Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, NUVO.net, July 28]! You are as qualified to speak about educa-
tion and how to make it right, as would be Rush Limbaugh. Oh my — you truly are a local Rush Limbaugh!
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Oh, you got to love the pointy-headed, elitist art crowd [“Nature is not your friend: A. Bitterman on Indy Island,” Scott Shoger, June 27-July 3, 2012]. They talk fancy and say nothing important. Get out of the way you deepthinkers so the doers can get things done.
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HAMMER Extreme heat fuels mercurial moods Small acts of kindness can save lives BY STEVE HAMMER SHAMMER@NUVO.NET
hese are trying times for the obese.
Summer weather is never an easy obstacle for those prone to perspire, but the recent heat wave has been an especially difficult time for us. With no end in sight for the record-breaking heat, tens of thousands of us are bracing for the worst. The first indignity we must suffer is the taunting we receive from TV weather forecasters, who for some reasons become cheerleaders for hot weather. I’m not sure why they care so much; but, for whatever reason, they do. They chuckle and joke with their colleagues about what a great day it’s going to be when the forecast pushes temps into triple digits. “It’ll be a great day for swimming,” one of them said last week, no doubt thinking about their own outdoor pools. Hey, weather lady, I work in a downtown office building. The only swimming I’m going to be doing is in my own sweat or, even worse, the sweat of the person crammed in next to me on the bus. Excessive heat can and does kill, especially among the sick and elderly. In an average year, around 1,300 people die due to excessive heat, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Due to climate change — the phenomenon proven to exist for everyone except conservatives and flat-earth proponents — that number will quadruple by the end of the century. Add to that the fact that the last 12 months were the hottest since the U.S. Weather Service began keeping records in 1895, and the future doesn’t look bright for cool-weather lovers and those who prefer not to die of heat exhaustion. “It’s not the heat,” some say. “It’s the humidity.” That’s not entirely accurate. The humidity certainly doesn’t help, but it’s the stupidity that emerges in hot weather that makes it truly unbearable. Something interesting happens to people when the temperature climbs above 90 degrees for days at a time, and not just to those who are overweight. People become more cranky, less friendly and
more irritable. I’m usually OK with this, as I prefer my interactions with strangers to be brusque and superficial, but the heat has taken this too far. Example: I left work at 6 p.m. last Thursday, a time when the Weather Channel app on my phone registered the temperature at 105 degrees. (“Feels like 107,” it added, as if those two degrees made a difference in my suffering.) I was dreading standing in the outdoor crack bazaar known as the Ohio and Meridian bus stop, silently praying that my bus would break from tradition and actually arrive on time. Miracle of miracles, it showed up exactly on schedule at 6:10 p.m., for the first time in months. Eagerly anticipating a chilled bus, I got on board to see every window open, the driver suffering and no AC. It was hotter inside the bus than it was outside. I groaned but was otherwise silent, in part because I knew it wasn’t the driver’s fault, in part because I didn’t want to literally give myself a heart attack. The veteran passengers knew that our driver and we were exceptionally unlucky. We’d played the working-bus lottery and lost. There was no point in asking the driver to turn on the AC since it was obviously broken. That didn’t stop a few teenagers from shouting at the driver, “Could you please turn on the air, bus driver?” The driver was a woman with a kind face and the restraint she showed to this provocation was admirable. Also, it was funny as hell. “Do you think that if I had AC, it would be on right now?” she asked. “Listen, I want you to be comfortable. I want every single person who gets on my bus to be comfortable. But of all of the people who are on this bus right now, who do you think I want to be most comfortable? Me.” She was just building up a head of steam. “You are going to be on the bus for 30 minutes. I have to be on it for eight hours. So who do you think is going to suffer more, you or me?” The teenagers shut up. When I departed the bus, I told the driver I hoped they’d give her a bus with working AC. She said she’d been trying for three hours and was about to give up. I wished her luck. We all suffer under the heat. Those who go from air-conditioned house to airconditioned car to air-conditioned office have no idea how greatly tormented the lives are of the less fortunate. So if you know people without AC, do them a favor. Take them to the movies or the mall or anywhere where it’s cool. Extreme heat is nothing to play around with and the summer of 2012 is hungry for blood. Help someone out if you can.
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HOPPE Getting it right John Roberts’ judicial restraint
BY DAVID HOPPE DHOPPE@NUVO.NET
ome people rise to an occasion. Others are run over. Take Congressman Mike Pence, for example. Upon learning the Supreme Court had voted to uphold Obamacare, the president’s health care reform legislation, Pence fumed into a meeting with his fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill and compared the high court’s decision to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now we know how Pence, the man who would be Indiana’s next governor, handles pressure. He unleashes his inner 2 year-old. Long Beach, Indiana’s John Roberts, on the other hand — the Chief Justice of that same Supreme Court and the man who cast the deciding vote in favor of Obamacare’s constitutionality — put principle ahead of politics and, for the moment, reinvested our three-headed system of government with some sorely needed dignity. Roberts is a Republican, appointed by George W. Bush. Then Senator Barack Obama voted against Roberts’ confirmation. Speculation had it that Roberts would be one of the justices who would find Obamacare unconstitutional. Following court decisions awarding the presidency to George W. Bush following the 2000 election, and citizenship to corporations, skewing political campaigns in favor of the big and the rich, not to mention the public hobnobbing of justices like Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas with highly partisan political cronies, there was concern the Supreme Court was becoming more legislative in its rulings than judicial. But in voting to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Roberts lived up to the promise he made during his confirmation hearings: to serve as an umpire, calling the constitutional balls and strikes as best he saw them. Roberts’ vote is valuable for a number of reasons. It is difficult to overstate how certain the socalled experts were that the court would overturn Obamacare. It seemed all anyone wanted to talk about in the days leading up to the decision was how the Obama Administration would deal with the blow the court seemed about to deliver. So sure were the media’s talking heads about the outcome that CNN even got the news, when it came, wrong. It first announced the individual mandate had been voted down when, in fact, its rationale under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause was what had been debunked. In restoring an element of unpredictability
to Supreme Court deliberations, Roberts has resuscitated the court’s judicial credibility. If everyone believes they can read the court in advance, that means the court’s interpretation of the Constitution is calcified. This may be how a judicial traffic cop like Antonin Scalia likes it — reducing principles to right and wrong, instead the balls and strikes of Roberts. But this reduces the court to an ideological rubber stamp. Roberts’ decision was a vote for judicial independence. It was also a vote that recognized that the court exists — its Supreme appellation notwithstanding — within a larger social context. Most of us will likely never know how Chief Justice Roberts feels about Obamacare. It’s possible he can’t stand it. But, in effect, Roberts’ vote reminds a society that’s ready to sue anyone and everyone for all kinds of slights, real and perceived, that just because you don’t like a law doesn’t mean that it’s illegal. The debate over health care reform was contentious, to say the least. The Obama administration did an awful job of explaining it. And Republicans weren’t above lying about it in order to score political points in the 2010 elections. Remember Death Panels? But health care reform is essential to assure the personal security of millions of Americans. Years of hoping the private sector would make health care accessible and affordable have only made matters worse. Government intervention was necessary and though Obamacare’s impact remains to be seen — the law, after all, has yet to go into effect — it was voted in through the legislative process. The Roberts decision says, “You know what? The process was valid.” If we are to be a country of laws, then it’s time for everyone to suck it up and move on. Perhaps the most welcome thing about the Roberts’ decision was the way it calls Obamacare by its proper name: a form of taxation. It’s a sad commentary, not only about our politics, but our collective citizenship, that Americans refuse to engage in constructive debate about the necessity of taxes and what we do with them. President Obama resorted to use of the word “mandate,” a term derived from the insurance industry, because he said he could reform health care without a tax increase. This was dishonest, but probably necessary, given the public’s refusal to face what it actually costs to have a First World quality of life. It’s a large part of why the creation of a single-payer system was never really up for discussion. Chief Justice Roberts’ decision will doubtless play a part in November’s election. Republicans have vowed to repeal Obamacare, although they may reconsider this, since it will provide Democrats with fresh opportunities to explain the bill’s virtues. The more people know about Obamacare, the more they may come to want it. Which, come to think of it, is rather like the lesson in cool-headed judicial restraint Roberts taught last week.
It is difficult to overstate how certain the so-called experts were that the court would overturn Obamacare.
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Two people won political asylum in the United States thanks to three senior law students working at the Immigration Clinic program at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. One student helped a 15-year-old West African girl stay in the U.S. to escape physical abuse and forced marriage to a cousin in his late 30s. The two other students worked to keep a Zimbabwean man in the country to avoid persecution based on his HIV status. “The students did monumental work on behalf of these two Immigration Clinic clients, which has made everlasting changes to the clients’ lives,” said the clinic’s founding director, Linda Kelly Hill. “These two individuals now have lawful status in the U.S.” Both individuals will be allowed to apply for citizenship after five years of being lawful permanent residents.
Indiana law enforcement is bracing itself for the deadliest holiday of the year. In 2010, 392 people were killed in July Fourth car crashes involving alcohol, according to Michael Witter, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Midwest regional administrator. On average during the year, 31 percent of U.S. car crashes involved at least one impaired driver, but on the Fourth the percentage increased to 39 percent, he said. “That’s why law enforcement throughout the Midwest and around the nation will be out in full force cracking down on drunk drivers during the Fourth of July,” Witter added.
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In a rebuke to several parties challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases (including Indiana’s own Attorney General Greg Zoeller), a federal appeals court last week issued a ruling underscoring the status of greenhouse gases as air pollutants deserving of regulation under the Clean Air Act. It upheld the EPA’s right to regulate tailpipe emissions and, to avoid overburdening costs throughout the economy, to phase in regulation of overall GHG emissions beginning with the largest emitters. The court recognized the gases as a public health threat linked to climate change. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is among the critics who belittle such findings and instead criticize the EPA’s regulations as stifling to job growth. The coal industry is the target of the EPA’s next rule aimed at further reducing U.S. GHG gas emissions. Expect the matter to proceed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 2009 forced the EPA’s original endangerment finding that defined the gases as air pollution.
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news Extreme heat
Boat access and navigable areas are also affected. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources recommends calling ahead to recreational properties to learn about potential beach, boat or fire restrictions. According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, as of July 3, at least 84 of Indiana’s 92 counties had active burn bans in place. Scientists at the Indiana State Climate Office at Purdue University have recorded BY RE BE CCA T O W N S E N D precipitation rates ranging from 3 inches RT O W N S E N D @ N U V O . N E T to 13 inches below normal statewide with counties in the southwest and northeast xtreme heat and minimal to nonexisreporting the greatest deficiencies. tent rain are killing crops and livestock The eight-to-14-day forecast does not around the state. The immediate predict any rain, said Austin Pearson, a stustakes are somewhat different in Indianapolis dent research assistant at the climate office where pressure on water resources has led “The lack of snow cover set us up for utilities officials to ask customers to follow a deficit,” Pearson said, adding that a voluntary lawn-watering restrictions and tropical storm blowing in from the Gulf of public officials to order bans on fireworks Mexico is the only event likely to give the and open burning. state any significant relief. Still, the situation may have additional “I guess you could say we have more ramifications for all Hoosiers — from highextremes,” Pearson said. “When we calcuer food costs to restrictions on recreational late our (annual) normals, these extreme use of local reservoirs and the attendant events will influence (the averages).” consequences for related businesses. The high heat is driving greater water Record-setting temperatures, topusage in Indianapolis where Citizens Energy ping out at 107 in some areas of Southern group reported record one-day water usage Indiana, led to the third-driest Indiana levels on June 27 and 28. June on record in Indiana, according to the With lawn watering accounting for 40 perIndiana Field Office of U.S. Department of cent of total demand in the area, so Citizens Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics has mounted an education campaign. The Service. Since the beginning of the stamessage boils down to less is more. tistical record in 1930, only 1988 and 1933 People accustomed were drier at this point, to watering their lawns according to Indiana’s every day are setting weekly crop condition themselves up for shaland progress report. An lower root growth and average of only 1.29 inchgreater sensitivity to es of rain fell throughout drought and fungus, said state in June, 31 percent Dan Considine, manof the amount considered ager of Citizens corporate the normal amount, the communications. report said. “If they chose not Following a warmerto water, the grass will than-average winter, grow dormant,” he this spring was drier added. “It will come than usual, local weather back when it rains.” experts said. The state’s livestock and A recent analysis of flow field crops are not so lucky. rates of some of the state’s Corn condition is heaviest drought-stricken rated 19 percent “good areas showed some to excellent” compared streams in Northeastern with 58 percent at this Indiana at their driest time last year, accordsince at least World War ing to the crop progress II, said Don Arvin, head —Indiana Farm Bureau report. Conditions have of the surface water team President Don Villwock not been so poor since at the U.S. Geological 1988 when none of the Survey’s Indiana Water corn crop rated excellent Science Center. at this point in the season, according to “Water is like money in the bank; if you the report. The authors also noted reports don’t recharge that’s where you start to get of heat-related livestock deaths, especially into trouble, especially if a second dry year from the poultry industry. follows,” Arvin said. “Indiana just recorded the driest June Patoka River usually gains water as it goes ever and one of the hottest months in down stream, current flow measurements our state’s history,” Indiana Farm Bureau show that it is now losing water, he said. President Don Villwock said in a recent Low water levels at reservoirs — includnews release. “Only a small percentage of ing Patoka, Raccoon, Salamonie and Indiana’s crops are irrigated, and the rest Mississinewa — have forced beach closings. are being decimated by the weather.”
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“Only a small percentage of Indiana’s crops are irrigated, and the rest are being decimated by the weather,”
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(above) Real-time stream-flow levels as recorded by the USGS Indiana Water Science Center. Red dots mark those at farthest beyond normal. Green marks are normal and blue are above normal; (top, left) Average maximum temperature: June 2 - July 1, 2012; (bottom, left) Accumulated precipitation, departure from mean period 1981-2010: June 2 - July 1, 2012
Villwock worried about efforts in Congress to attack the federal crop insurance program. “(E)ven as Hoosier farmers are suffering through an extended drought, Congress is debating whether or not to poke holes in the vital safety net of crop insurance.” Indiana’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg visited Tippecanoe County on Tuesday to talk to farmers. The drought “has an impact on jobs and small town economies across our state,” Gregg said in a news release following the visit. “It affects banks in small towns that loan to farmers. It affects small businesses in towns throughout the state that rely on the local economy. And it affects consumers throughout the state that rely on Indiana crops. Families could see their cost of food go up.” He and Villwock both pledged to work to obtain federal disaster-relief assistance for farmers. Mike Pence did not respond to a request for comment. Already affecting water usage to some extent, the USGS’s Arvin noted that if water resources experience greater pressure, power plants, which need water to cool their generators may need to limit their power production even as demand peaks. “As the drought goes on, it will be interesting to see how people compete for water,” he said.
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HistoricIndianapolis.com’s Tiffany Benedict Berkson MAKING HISTORICAL CONNECTIONS, ONE BLOG AT A TIME
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sn’t it mesmerizing to look out there and imagine Tomlinson Hall being out that window?” Tiffany Benedict Berkson — Victorian enthusiast, history detective, locovore with a taste for Indy lore and proprietor of HistoricIndianapolis.com — is looking out from the City Market’s Tomlinson Tap Room at of what was once Indy’s prime gathering space. All that remains after a 1958 fire that led to the hall’s demolition is a brick and limestone arch, which stands in City Market’s courtyard so unobtrusively that you might just miss it. It’s a launching point for Berkson, who’s been deep in research on City Market and Tomlinson Hall — both built in the same year and designed by the same architect — while preparing to host a pajama party/historical treasure hunt to be held at midnight (just 36 hours from now) in the City Market. “It was the first place in Indianapolis where everyone was welcome: women, blacks,” she says, noting that Booker T. Washington once spoke there. “I think it’s profoundly cool that we had a place like that.” “Profoundly cool”: that’s a phrase that sums up Berkson, in a way. She’s fascinated by history, by its stories, its alternate realities that she can escape to; she enjoys the research process of going to a library and huffing dust; she’s involved with the Victorian Society of America’s Indiana branch (which will celebrate the threeyear anniversary of HistoricIndianapolis. com at a July 19 gala). And she’s committed to bringing her discoveries before an audience of unstuffy fellow “dorks,” as she puts it, those who are savvy with social media, who want to be able to have a drink while talking about, say, trellises or Impressionism, who care more about stories and grand themes than dates and minutia, who aren’t as interested in degrees as what can be done with those degrees. The profundity is there, if not always presented in a footnoted style that would
please a history major; and so is the NUVO: What got you interested in the “cool” factor, which has drawn a continVictorian era? gent of thousands of Facebook followers BERKSON: We all have our passion for and has earned Berkson a spot on a list of certain eras. For me I really used to love local up-and-comers put together by The all of the frou-frou of the Victorian era. Indianapolis Star (not to mention a nomBut now I’m fascinated by the history ination for a Junior Achievement award). of the period — that it was during the Born in California, Berkson has Industrial Revolution, that Indianapolis worked as an actress — including a stint made huge leaps forward, because it was as a stereotypical waitressing extra — during the Civil War that we had the first and a pharmaceutical rep. Her mom is big population boom, with the prison from here, and in 2009, a few years after camp and other military training facilishe moved to Indy to be closer to famties located here. A lot of the names on ily — and around the same time she left buildings and streets are from that era, the pharmaceutical world — she started that pre-1901 crowd. They set the stage HistoricIndianapolis.com, which has for what Indianapolis would become. I expanded from a simple blog to include love how industria video component ous people were; (featuring Berkson it’s when we got the touring local sites), reputation of being as well as to putting a land of opportutogether live events, nity. You have stolike the City Market ries of people like pajama party. our mayor, Thomas The following Taggart, who came interview, conducted here from Ireland over a beer at the with less than a dolTomlinson Tap lar in his pocket Room, is edited for and ended up being space, clarity and to — Tiffany Benedict Berkson owner of French protect the innocent. Lick Springs Hotel NUVO: Tell me more and being mayor of about the Historic a thriving Midwest Indianapolis Pajama Party. city. That’s an awesome story, and that’s what excites me about the Industrial BERKSON: This idea came out of a survey I Revolution: That these people, with did earlier this year. Everything people had nothing but guts, brawn and determinato say was positive, but they wanted more tion, made things happen. — more in-depth articles, more pictures, There are things I wish we could return more learning opportunities. There are so to from that period. People ask if we many fantastic historic places that we have can make public transportation more left, but they all have their struggles. So effective. Well, hello! We already had it. the City Market event is a great marriage: Rather than looking at the past for the It gets people out and about, it helps them past, it’s looking at the past to see what see and appreciate City Market in a new it can become again. I think Indianapolis way, and gets them excited about history was a really thriving metropolis in its and historic spaces, engaging with them in day — and I think we’re heading there a new way. My goal is that everyone who again. A few of the right moves and we comes leaves with a different perspective can become a player on a national level on the space than they had before.
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I think people want what I have, but they don’t know they want what I have until they see it.
— and I’m not talking about sports. NUVO: Indianapolis went through another big building and population boom in the ’60s and ’70s. BERKSON: I wince when I think of that period, because it was when a lot of buildings that I could shed tears over were destroyed. This city has been very good at tearing stuff down. I think our license plate should be changed: “You build it; we’ll knock it down.” NUVO: But would we have grown and attracted businesses while maintaining the city’s supposedly outmoded infrastructure? BERKSON: I don’t think that’s a fair question, really. Where there’s a will there’s a way; we could have maintained historic buildings without compromising economic growth. We keep trying to apply broad answers to questions that should be handled on an individual basis. For example, when the mayor talked about demolishing 2,000 houses. He’s trying to wipe the slate clean, but that just creates a whole new set of problems, because what’s happening to the empty lot? I interviewed a lady who lived next to a house that had a couple issues and had gone into foreclosure. She said that she didn’t want them to demolish it because she wanted a neighbor there. And if it were demolished, who would cut the grass, who would pick up the trash? NUVO: One could look at Detroit, which has an urban jungle feel now, because there are so many empty, overgrown lots. BERKSON: In general, we’re such a wasteful country. I scrub my toilet with an old T-shirt, and there are other countries that would love to have that T-shirt. Well, pre-toilet cleaning. NUVO: You launched HistoricIndianapolis. com in 2009. How did that come about? BERKSON: I go to the library all the time. I’m a dork and a half, and I love looking through microfilm and dusty archives. I’m the kind of person where, when I watch a movie, I
don’t just watch the movie, I become part of the movie, I’m so emotionally invested in it. It’s the same thing when I look through archives. I want to tell people to come look at this; I get so excited and I want to share. So that’s how it started: I thought, this is cool, and I’m sure there are some other dorks out there who will think so, too. NUVO: And at this point you’re trying to find a way to keep the site going — and to make an income off of it. BERKSON: I would love to partner with a historical or preservation organization, for instance. The reason I think HI is taking off is because I’m taking an old thing and putting a new twist on it. I think the established, older crowd is proceeding in an established fashion — and when someone like me comes along and says, hey, let’s do this; no, I don’t have a history degree but I have passion out the wazoo — they’re like, you’re a mess. I think people want what I have, but they don’t know they want what I have until they see it. It’s heartening when I get those emails like: I didn’t even think I liked history, but here I am three hours later — thank you very much. That just really makes my day, and it makes me feel like I’m making a contribution. Learning my own story, geneologywise, has really brightened the world for me. It’s kind of like I’ve found Jesus and I’m trying to testify — but let’s just say I’ve found my own uniqueness, and I want to help everyone else find their uniqueness too. I guarantee you, you could find some unique relationship to this building, just as I could. We all have ways that we’re connected that we don’t even see. The more you know a place, the more you can love it; so come with me, get to know a place, and the world will be Technicolor.
I’m not coming off as too goofy. NUVO: Nah, just enthusiastic. BERKSON: If I were a superhero, I would be the history superhero, and I would have a big H on my back, and I’d fly around and find archives. NUVO: It’s all on tape! So, you’ve been doing extensive research on an Indyborn illustrator, Virginia Keep Clark. BERKSON: She was a portraitist and illustrator who lived in the house next door to me; she illustrated some early books that were published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company here in Indianapolis. Her cousin, Lily Bliss, was one of the three founders of the MoMA in New York. I’m now friends with her nieces and greatnieces; it’s been a spectacular journey, and it’s brightened my world. I’ve been researching her for seven years, and it’s on my bucket list to write a book about her, if not a screenplay about my connection to her. I will be really excited to tell the story about researching Virginia because, in researching her, it was almost like I was researching myself. Stories need to be told about people finding their strength and inner wisdom within, rather than finding it in another person, relationship-wise. NUVO: Do you like her work? BERKSON: I do; it’s not all amazing, but there’s one piece I want so badly that’s belongs to the family. It looks absolutely like a Cassatt; it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s of Nancy, who was 4 and is now 92, at Oyster Bay. NUVO: Was she collected in museums? BERKSON: No, not really, but she’s in the miniature collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. NUVO: And how does her story demonstrate strength and wisdom?
What I try to do is dial it down to its most salient points. Tell me three things about a building I wouldn’t have known when I walked in here. These columns here were built by Hetherington and Berner, and the interesting thing about them is that I was at the Historical Society a few years ago, doing some research, and someone came along named Hetherington. So I said, “Hetherington! Are you related to Fred Hetherington?” And he said, “Yeah; how’d you know? He was my great-grandfather.” “Oh, my God; he lived on the 1900 block of Alabama in 1900.” And he was like, “What the hell?”
BERKSON: Well, because of the fact that she was born in 1878, and that she went, by herself, to the Art Institute of New York, following her dreams and married relatively later in life, at age 28, and never had children. She painted her whole life, so while she was married, she made money — and I heard from the family that there were times when her husband made poor business decisions, but they remained in the upper crust of society, because of the money she made through her portrait work. It changed the way I tour a museum, even: When I go to the Met, I’m looking at the tags to see who donated the piece — oh, she’s Virginia’s friend; oh, she studied with her.
NUVO: You’re the kind of person people expect to run into at a historical society.
NUVO: Do you think you could fall in love with other cities, or is there something special about Indianapolis?
BERKSON: I guess; most people are way tamer than me. So it turns out that Hetherington and Berner had a really cool old factory on Kentucky Avenue, which was torn down a couple years ago. So it’s like I play this giant game of six degrees of separation with myself everywhere I go in Indianapolis. And I think that other people, if they did that too, would have so much fun ... I hope
BERKSON: Oh, there’s definitely room in my heart for other cities. I don’t want to say I’m a whore when it comes to other cities, but I’ve been very fortunate to have the chance to travel. I lived in Spain as a foreign exchange student; I studied theater in London for a year; I’ve been one of the most fortunate people I know.
13 Patriotic Places BY TIF F AN Y BENED I CT BERKSON | HI ST ORI CI ND I ANPOLI S.COM
We asked Berkson to pick out 10 local landmarks to visit as we celebrate — say it with me like Bill Paxton in that alien movie — OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY! As is typical with Berkson, she couldn’t contain her enthusiasm and submitted this list of 13 sites of interest.
it on display here, among tons of other presidential ephemera.
4. Crown Hill National Cemetery
I’ll say it: the political machine can be downright ugly. Politicians want to pass as much of their agenda as possible, so here’s mine: Bills, proposals and the like must be as articulate, straightforward, refined and useful as the hallowed halls and spaces in which they’ve been created and argued. We, the people, and our statehouse deserve no less. Can I count on your vote?
Ever heard of a cemetery within a cemetery? More than one acre inside Crown Hill Cemetery is owned by the U.S. government and purportedly holds the remains of soldiers representing every war in which the U.S. has participated. Outside the national section, visit the grave of the aforementioned President Benjamin Harrison, as well as three former vice Presidents. Bragging rights to us, Indy: more vice presidents are buried here than anywhere else in the country. Take that, Virginia.
2. Indiana War Memorial
5. Union Station
Whatever you think of war, the soldiers who brave unimaginable circumstances to protect our rights and freedoms as American citizens deserve our total and unequivocal support. The Indiana War Memorial honors decades of Hoosiers who have done just that. Tributes in other cities may be as simple as a camouflaged wall with a few names and photos, but not here. Find the names of Indiana men and women alongside some of the most breath-taking interiors in the city. It’s a world class tribute befitting their bravery and sacrifice.
What’s our country about if not the unfettered pursuit of one’s dreams? Enter this space and consider the hundreds of thousands who arrived, departed or passed through en route to carving out their slice of the American Dream.
1. Indiana State Capitol
3. President Benjamin Harrison Home Imagine a modern-day presidential nominee shouting speeches from the front stoop of his or her home — all while the crowd stomps all over the family garden and steals away with pieces of the surrounding fence as souvenirs! Such was the nature of campaigning in the late 1800s. One true blue patriot donated back a single, lonely picket from our 23rd president’s fence — find
6. Madame Walker Theatre Center Bet even Oprah counts Madame CJ’s success story as personal inspiration. Descriptors like “uneducated,” “orphan,” “black,” and “female” didn’t keep Sarah Breedlove from becoming the first self-made female millionaire in the country. Indy’s railroads persuaded this pioneer to move her hair product headquarters to Indianapolis. Her highly decorative theater stands today as a poignant reminder that in America, forget what you start with, anything in life is achievable.
7. Indiana Landmarks Center Considering the U.S. was founded by seekers of religious freedom, churches PHOTOS COURTESY INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
An imposing Santa Claus made his home in Union Station in 1949; tax protestors likewise settled down in a public space, the Indiana State Capitol, in 1938.
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might be viewed as paying physical homage to the tenets of our country’s foundation. Bravo to Indiana Landmarks and the Cook family for rescuing the former Central Avenue Methodist Church and re-creating a (nondenominational) space that takes your breath, inspires, and at times, literally glows.
8. Indiana Medical History Museum
PHOTOS COURTESY INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY; PHOTO BY TIFFANY BENEDICT BERKSON
A 1911 view of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument shows the Statehouse in the distance; Berkson’s Instagram photos have become a core part of her reporting on Indy landmarks.
Anyone else raised to believe that the USA was the “best” country in the world? While the truth of that assertion is debatable, this place — a haunting, elegant microcosm of the Victorian era medical world — is physical proof that local endeavors to innovate and pioneer in the medical field started more than a hundred years ago. Don’t miss the operating theatre; you never know when Igor may drag in the door.
9. Soldiers & Sailors Monument
PHOTOS COURTESY INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
Indoor baseball was a preferred activity at Das Deutsche Haus (later The Athenaeum) in 1910.
No question: It’s the most readily identifiable icon of Indianapolis; the bull’s-eye at the epicenter of our dart board; the cherry in our cordial; the most photographed structure in the state of Indiana. You know it’s dedicated to fallen American soldiers, but which ones? All pre World War I with one exception — no love here for the confederates, y’all; they were the enemy.
10. The Columbia Club
PHOTO COURTESY INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY; PHOTO BY LEE LEWELLEN.
Built in 1930, the Thomas Taggart Memorial was still in pristine shape when this photo was taken in 1936; today, it holds a perennial spot on Indiana Landmarks’ list of the 10 most endangered landmarks in the state.
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Long before the “Crush on Obama” YouTube video chick, everyday Americans were moved to “rock the vote” for the presidential nominee of their choice by taking part in a “marching society.” One such outfit of Indianapolis fellows took it way beyond drums and marching in unison, forming The Columbia Club. This was not only an early partisan club, but one devoted to a singular candidate: the ubiquitous local favorite Benjamin Harrison. Today, you may find members of any political party within — cocktails and gorgeous views are alluring, regardless of political affiliation, after all.
11. Indiana State Library You’d think those of us who spent a substantial portion of our teen years in the school library with the chess club would have an aversion to such places in our adult years. Not so — especially when we’ve traded in pressed wood, acoustical ceiling tiles and “Say ‘NO’ to Drugs” posters for marble lined halls, gilded coffered ceilings and jaw-dropping stained glass windows. (We refer to the Pierre & Wright portion, of course, and the more recent addition.) Once upon a time, a person had to pay a hefty fee to use a library; what an amazing gift that all citizens may freely use our libraries.
12. The Athenaeum How often are you conscious of the fact that the human stock of this country is comprised of every possible culture? To quote a favorite Schoolhouse Rock song, the U.S. is “The Great American Melting Pot,” and our people hail from every corner of the globe. This space is not only visually exciting; it’s a glimpse into the aesthetics and culture of our city’s substantial German population and heritage. As a whole, our country is better than the sum of its parts because we can extract the best each culture has brought to our shores. Not every country has such tolerance; kudos to US.
13. Thomas Taggart Memorial Like the person to whom this monument is dedicated, this gem is little known or mostly forgotten unless you have a personal connection or live near Riverside Park. Not only is Thomas Taggart a quintessential poster child for the American dream — a poor Irish immigrant turned millionaire and influential politician — but this monument also represents perhaps the best legacy left by any former mayor: our city’s public park system. Taggert’s vision dictated that parks should exist throughout the city to serve the underprivileged as much as the affluent. The once regal monument, now decrepit and sad, still inspires with its back story.
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Mink Stole has not aged gracefully.
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Days of the Dead Not a supersized take on la Dia de los Muertos but a weekend-long festival devoted to horror films and their brethren that features a pretty impressive list of guests, including John Waters (reprising his fast-paced, mostly hilarious monologue, This Filthy World, a highlight of last year’s Spirit & Place Festival), Roddy Piper (the longtime WWF star who had
the lead role in John Carpenter’s anti-Reagan screed, They Live) and Danny Trejo, the man with a machete. And as is typical with this kind of fest, the lineup goes on and on, packed with character actors and fellow travelers such as Ace Frehley, who was in Kiss; three dudes from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films; Dick Miller, who’s been in a ton of Roger Corman movies; John Waters faves Traci Lords and Mink Stole; makeup artist and onetime George Romero collaborator Tom Savini; the voice of the Cryptkeeper from Tales from the Crypt, John Kassir; Frankenhooker herself, Patty Mullen; the big dude from Human Centipede II, Laurence Harvey; and Italian director (and son of Mario) Lamberto Bava. As is also usually the case with these fests, most of these stars will just be sitting around signing autographs and chatting it up; but, in addition to Waters’s performance (on Saturday night, and preceded by meet and greet) are panels with actors from Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, screenings throughout Friday and Saturday (notably the Waters-directed Mondo Schlocko and -narrated Of Dolls and Murder, and a midnight movie, Dead Heat, with a live riff track) — and plenty of opportunities for socializing, like the Texas Chainsaw BBQ dinner (gross), a costume ball, burlesque show and tattoo contest. The schedule is a little slimmer on Sunday; those interested in single-day tickets ought to opt for Friday or Saturday. July 6, 5-11 p.m.; July 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; July 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. @ Wyndham Indianapolis West, 2544 Executive Dr.; $50 advance weekend pass, $20 advance single-day pass, $199 VIP package (daysofthedead.net); separate ticketing for Waters performance ($60)
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Musical of the Living Dead @ The Irving If you just can’t get enough dead, there’s Musical of the Living Dead, a production of Chicago’s Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company that’s here for the weekend. The Chicago Reader called it “delightfully campy,” noting that while the musical numbers are “hit-and-miss,” any “false notes are eclipsed by the cast’s increasingly shocking and inventive ways of shooting gore at the audience.” Suffice it to say that those in the front rows should be prepared to be sprayed; just dress for a Gallagher show, and you should be set. Hoosier natives Marc Lewellen and Brad Younts wrote and directed the piece, a satire on zombie and horror films (including, of course, Night of the Living Dead). July 6 and 7, 10 p.m. @ 5505 E. Washington St., $20 (brownpapertickets.com)
Katrina Murray (left) and Marx Shoemaker (top right) will debut work this Friday; 20 percent of sales at Stutz Art Space’s ‘The HeART of the Summer’ show (bottom right) will be donated to Go Red for Women.
We’re not going to say it’s an off month for First Friday; while things tend to slow down a bit during the middle of the summer (not to mention when First Friday falls on a holiday week), there are still some sure bets and longshots to check out during your peregrinations. Stutz Art Space has always been fond of eccentric capitalization — witness the venue’s former name, STUTZARTSPACE (which must always be yelled) — so this month’s show, The HeART of the Summer, comes as no surprise. After all, there is no heart without art. 20 percent of sales from the heart- and summerthemed show will be donated to Go Red for Women, a national fundraising movement founded by the National Heart Association to address the number one cause of death for women — heart disease. But we’re not done with caps lock yet: wUG LAKU’s space will have Katrina Murray’s Human Nature, a collection of landscapes informed, in part, by the death of her son while he served in the military. “I tried to embrace my place in nature and its natural cycle of beginning and ending, and the experience that we don’t always control the end of what we create,” Murray says in the press release. “The artwork and starts with wishing I could be in the soil, and ends wishing I could fly, but knowing I can’t.” Over at the Murphy Art Center, mt. comfort (a space for champions) will feature a collaborative show by Herron alumni, Marx Shoemaker and the anti-
aesthetic David Schmitt, featuring sculpture, installation art and painting. Also in Fountain Square, the recently-opened Funkyard space (an art gallery and coffee shop at 1114 Prospect St.) will host work by Shannon McKeon, who employs car hoods as canvases for portraits (including a Steve Jobs tribute), as well as more abstract designs. Indy Indie will have tattoos, sculpture, arts and crafts and performance art courtesy of Brittney Ferguson and Thea Muessling, while just down the road, Gallery 924 is all about clay, with 15 artists contributing more than 30 pieces that use or refer to clay. In the same neck of the woods, the Harrison Center will be typically packed, including new work by Kyle Ragsdale and photos of our Burmese community by Indy Refugee; flip to pg. 21 for more about the headline show for the night, a collaboration between artists from Indy and New Delhi. The Vonnegut Library has a couple things on the bill for this week, notably Bob Marks’s pegboard art and what bodes to be a rather crowded poetry reading featuring work by 17 writers penned in response to the Vonnegut quote, “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” All poems will appear in the winter 2012 issue of the Tipton Poetry Journal. Finally, a trip to 100 Acres to interact with A. Bitterman, this year’s resident of Indy Island, couldn’t hurt; he plans to camouflage his island this week, as well as add a surprise or two to the zone of unmediated flux.
Chorus of the living dead.
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Ultimate Excitement The Indy Alleycats lead division
BY REBECCA TOWNSEND RTOWNSEND@NUVO.NET To know ultimate Frisbee is to love ultimate. For those that don’t know, the time is now. The Indy AlleyCats, the city’s newest professional sports team, are at the top of the American Ultimate Disc League’s Western Division with just four games left before the playoffs — three are to be played in Indy where attendance averages 800 people a game and has topped 1,200. After a hard-fought win over their archrivals, the Columbus Cranes, at their most recent home game, the AlleyCats are primed for the arrival of the Connecticut Constitution (No. 2 in the Eastern Conference) at 2 p.m. on July 8, followed by a doubleheader the following weekend, ending with one final pre-tournament match against Columbus at 2 p.m. July 15.
A short primer for the uninitiated The game is played on a football field. The object is to catch the disc in the end zone. The team playing defense “pulls” the disc to start the game (and after each point scored). Similar to a kickoff, the disc is launched down the field to the offense where a handler retrieves it. When a player possesses the disc, he must stay planted; the other players strive to break free from defensive coverage with forwards cutting into the handlers for close, quick passes while others scramble midway down and yet others run for long-range scoring opportunities. Plays are worked out on the fly, the players do not stop moving unless the disc goes out of bounds or a point is scored. Much of the game’s excitement involves watching athletic “layouts” where players dive to grab the disc or deny the other team a catch. The various throwing techniques add another layer of interest as handlers work over, under and around defensive challenges with a balance of artistry, precision and strength. With 40-plus points per game (one catch in end zone equals one point), “only basketball scores so many times,” Alleycats Coach
Michael Potter said in a recent email. “The game is fast-paced and exciting.” Part of becoming a big-league sport involved a slight taming of some of ultimate’s free-spirited roots. Instead of playing until a team reaches a designated point total (which can be hell on windy days when weather forces many turnovers), a game is now limited to four 12-minute quarters. Whereas once players self officiated, admitting their own fouls and determining boundary calls, the sport now has referees. The sport is still dominated by traveling club teams, but Indy’s managed to snag a load of talent, much of it homegrown from places including Lafayette, Muncie, Bloomington, Broad Ripple and Garrett, Ind. Players also travel from five states and even Europe to fight for Indy. Player Marc Huber is an Austrian pilot who manages to grab a flight to the U.S. every two weeks to give Indy a nice bit of international flavor. Ultimate ambassador Brodie Smith, a product of Florida, is best known for his trick-shot video postings on YouTube, which have been viewed more than 18 million times. Smith, who could have played for any of the newly formed AULD teams, said he chose Indy because of owner Tim Held’s tenacity and the chemistry he felt when he practiced with the team. And, while the team may move to a more lucrative market as the league grows (think Chicago), now is Indy’s time to boost its team and to prove its worth as a long-term home for the sport. “Who knows if we’ll be here for seven years,” Smith said. “But it was important for this (team) to be here.” The team encourages people to come out to a game. Tickets are cheap for a pro sport ($9 a pop) and the team’s home stadium (Roncalli High School Stadium at 3300 Prague Rd.) offerings include beer and Dippin Dots. “As with any sport, having the support of the fans means everything,” Potter said. “It motivates the players and makes a better, more exciting experience for everyone. Nothing says summer like playing Frisbee!” Christopher “Wildcat” Sackmann, who graduated from IU in 2010 and now owns and operates The Chocolate Emporium in downtown Bloomington, told interviewer and fan Josh Fairbanks recently how he envisions the final few weeks of the team’s inaugural season. “Alleycat fans should always expect a wild ride,” Sackmann said. “We have some tough games ahead and some new players joining and rejoining the team. If players can keep their eyes, ears and hearts open and trust all the hard work and chemistry we have accomplished over these past six weeks, fans should expect a strong, entertaining “Cats finish.”
Scenes from the pilot for ‘It’s a Family Reunion: What’s Your Story?’
It’s a Family Reunion What’s Your Story on WFYI Journalist Andrea Morehead’s passion for telling stories expands far beyond the newscasts she delivers at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. on WTHR Channel 13. Morehead’s new show — It’s A Family Reunion: What’s Your Story?, the pilot of which will air for the second time on July 7 at 5 p.m. on WFYI — dovetails with Morehead’s own genealogical journey as she traced her heritage back to Louisiana sharecroppers and slaves. Moorehead ties to those people and their shared heritage credited with making her who she is today — a native Hoosier, graduated summa cum laude from Howard University in journalism/communications, a doctor of jurisprudence from Indiana University, a mother, wife and Emmy Award winner. The desire to bring positive programming, especially for African Americans families, led to her connection with the Glenn, Glover and White families of Sheridan, Ind., descendants of the first black families in the town. Morehead and her crew joined the family at a triennial family reunion held in Hamilton County, Ind. that reconnects family members from all over the country. Footage she collected in interviews and at last year’s reunion provided the foundation for her pilot. And yes, like any good television, there’s a twist thanks to Ancestory.com. The genealogy service’s work with Morehead in discovering her own roots helped inspire her to dig deeper than she already does at her regular news-desk job — to get up earlier and stay up later. “It’s been quite an experience to watch the project develop all the way from ‘I got this idea ...’ until tonight,” Archie Allen, Morehead’s husband and collaborator, said at a special preview screening for the show’s featured family and assorted media and friends. “After awhile I didn’t say, ‘Babe, go to sleep.’ I just went to bed. “She’s seizing every moment to make sure this is special not only for us but for you all — the Glenns, the Glovers and the Whites. She wanted to make sure your story is told correctly and how you see
yourselves as that weekend unfolded.” On Morehead’s personal journey with Ancestory.com, she discovered indication of brutal of poverty — along with more encouraging evidence that helped her arrive at a deeper understanding of her heritage. “If they could endure the challenges that they did back in the day, then we as AfricanAmericans, we as a people of the human race, we have no excuse,” she said. We need to let our young people know that they have no excuse; they can be anything they want to be in life. Our ancestors paved the way. Morehead said she feels a duty to keep these stories alive. “I want to see more of this on T.V.,” she said. “Not to denigrate the Kardashians or Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, but I believe that American families want to see American families who love each other, who celebrate each other, who honor the past and who recognize that, because of our ancestors, we are.” Additional showings of It’s A Family Reunion are scheduled locally throughout the summer as stations nationwide consider wider distribution.
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Home is where you are The Harrison’s Global Art Exchange welcomes Indian artists BY SCOTT SHOGER SSHOGER@NUVO.NET The Harrison Center for the Arts doesn’t do easy internships. And if you’re a maturebeyond-your-years world traveller, a big thinker who also happens to be highly organized, you might just be able to put together a brand new program, one consistent with the center’s philosophy of engaging the community, both on a local and international scale. We’re talking here of the center’s Global Art Exchange, an intercultural artist residency program that in its first year welcomed two artists from New Delhi’s Reflection Art Gallery to collaborate with three Harrison residents on a show, No Place Like Home, premiering Friday. And the intern we’re concerned with — now the program’s coordinator — is Melanie Hall, who happened to intern at the Harrison Center last summer, just after she spent time at — and this is not un-coincidental — the Reflection Art Gallery. A year later — and after the arrival of both Indian artists included in the program was delayed by visa troubles — the Global Art Exchange got underway in mid-June, with participants beginning by picking the theme for this weekend’s show. Moumita Ghosh and Prittam Priyalochan are the two visiting artists; Quincy Owens, Elizabeth Guipe Hall and Jonathan Frey are the locals involved. I stopped by the Harrison Center Monday to see how work was coming along — and I wouldn’t say the mood was frantic, but some of the artists said they had never worked so quickly before this project. Ghosh, who arrived in Indianapolis June 13 (her first visit
to the States), was twining together sticks in a corner of Owens’s studio, the rest of which was occupied by (noisy) kids and teachers involved in the Harrison’s art summer camp. She had already completed the core of her contribution to No Place Like Home — 14 works, including collage and drawings — and was putting together these natural accoutrements to add another layer to her already many-layered work. Ghosh says she’s interested in creating a space where there “are no boundaries between religions and cultures”; her collages incorporate Indian pillars and temples, alongside newspaper clips about Ghana and photographs of cultural figures like Charlie Chaplin. She says she tries to avoid using specific symbols, opting instead for dream-like imagery — one collage is a sort of “dream house,” with a woman floating in the top right corner — as well as elements from early childhood, which were incorporated into her work after she interviewed “everyone she could find” in Indianapolis about their early years. For instance, one person told her about an obsession with tadpoles and frogs; and so a frog features in one of her drawings for the show. One reason she may be interested in surrealism — and its attendant transience — is that she feels that she has no fixed home. “Where you work is your home,” she puts it, noting that because of the way she’s traveled consistently — from her childhood home to Calcutta, from there to Delhi, now to the States — she tries to make a “comfortable zone” for herself wherever she happens to be. And she’s found Indianapolis perfectly hospitable; she says she’s impressed by the quantity and quality of public art in the city, and that she’s been able to communicate through the common language of art. Ghosh and Elizabeth Guipe Hall ended up bonding early on in the process — partly because they’re both women, says Hall, but also because Hall feels a profound connection to India that plays into her sense of home. Hall’s mother grew up there, and Hall has visited on a Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship, making a pilgrimage to her mom’s childhood home, as well as other sites with significance to her family (including the boarding school
her mom attended, Woodstock School). “It’s a subject I like to visit a lot,” she says of her Indian background. “It was a big part of my upbringing, even though I had never been there.” She recalls time spent in Indian communities in Chicago and trips to see Bollywood films in a theater in South Bend. And she appreciates the way being a missionary kid complicated her mom and aunt’s sense of home. Hall was feeling the time crunch in a particularly intense way on Monday, nicking away at the wax that covers one of her pieces (Hall’s medium is encaustic, and there aren’t many shortcuts to preparing a piece). Her work incorporates photographs, both historic and contemporary, of her family in India, as well as of the family home and other sites; these are then obscured by the wax that covers the canvas, as well as colorful strips of paper and other designs that have a kind of Mondriangoes-to-India feel. Hall ended up working with Ghosh on a piece that had languished in Hall’s basement since her trip to India, with Ghosh adding drawings to the top and bottom of the piece. Downstairs, the two other participants in the program in the building that day — Quincy Owens was out for the week — were hard at work on their respective contributions to the show. Jonathan Frey’s head was buried in his computer preparing a series of photos, Prtitam Priyalochan at work on a sort of self-portrait. Priyalochan’s arrival was significantly delayed, so he’s been playing a sort of catch-up since his arrival. His work includes portraits of people from his neighborhood, as well as pictures of peacocks (an animal which he’s particularly compelled to paint, and which he finds to be a big seller in Delhi) and more abstract pieces that employ splotches of paint and ink. Priyalochan was trained as a printmaker (earning his bachelors and masters), but has since gravitated toward painting, partly because it’s easier to find resources and make space to paint. His paintings for the show tend to include images of India — including a man eating a candy that’s worn, thimble-style, on each finger before being eaten. His self-portrait shows him carrying a village bible, to represent, in part, the way in
which he carries his village upbringing with him through the world. Frey did much of the work on his photo series last week, grabbing anyone and everyone to serve as models. They all donned a thobe — a robe-like, typically white garment typically worn in Arab countries — for the series. The garb makes for a certain cognitive dissonance, because the photos are taken, documentary-style, on the streets of Indy; and the models are often people who you wouldn’t expect to be wearing a thobe. Not that anyone complained; given the heat, Frey says, they tended to find the outfit rather comfortable.
The Global Art Exchange crew: from left, Moumita Ghosh, Melanie Hall, Prittam Priyalochan, Elizabeth Guipe Hall, Quincy Owens, Jonathan Frey.
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of such bawdy tunes from the late 16th and early 17th centuries by two groups playing as one: The Catacoustic Consort, with bass violist Joanna Blendulf and treble violist and lirone player Annalisa Pappano — and Gut, Wind and Wire with Indianapolis Early Music artistic director Mark Cudek playing the cittern, Renaissance guitar and bass viol; lutenist Mark McFarlane; and Mindy Rosenfeld playing the flutes, pipes and harp. Soprano Elizabeth Hungerford provided the lyrics when called for.
East of the River INDIANAPOLIS EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL: EAST OF THE RIVER INDIANA HISTORY CENTER, JULY 1 e The fourth of six Festival Music Societysponsored Indianapolis early music programs delved into music seldom heard in this or any other series given locally. One thing united all the pieces: They had rhythm! Featuring co-founders and recorder players Nina Stern and Daphne Mor, East of the River also includes hand drummer Shane Shanahan, who underpins all the music, comprised of seven short sets, all from “east of the Danube/east of the Jordan” — take your pick. Much of it is polyrhythmic. But all five players — including violinist Jesse Kotansky, who also plays the oud (an early lute), and Turkish born Tamer Pinerbasi, who plays the kanun (a 72-string instrument placed on one’s lap, each string with a multipitch and multitimbre capability) — dovetailed perfectly with Shanahan’s rhythms; they all owned them. We started with a traditional English piece from the 14th century, but then veered east to traditional Armenian, traditional Bulgarian and traditional Greek. One piece in the second half was traditional Arabian. One composer from that part of the world lived in the 18th century, while two others came from the 20th. They incorporated their period styles rather subtly into the mix of intricate melodic lines, fun-to-follow rhythmic structures, and a largesse of open-fourth harmonies which characterize Medieval music. It was most enjoyable hearing music so different but so well revealed by players who could hardly have been exceeded by anyone exploring these historic eastern cultures in this manner. The festival concludes with concerts by viola di gamba and archlute duo Vittorio Ghelmi and Luca Pianca (July 13) and Hesperus, playing a “period,” early-music soundtrack to the 1922 silent film Robin Hood (July 15). — TOM ALDRIDGE
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The program’s first half, in three sets, derived from the English Renaissance, allowing us to interpret the lyrics while sung. Perhaps the best known of these (and previously heard in this series) is Thomas D’Urfey’s song “My Thing Is My Own,” which means exactly what you think it does. With a lovely, pitch-perfect voice, Hungerford assures us that the girl intends to remain chaste till her wedding night, with verses such as, “A master of music came with intent / To give me a lesson on my instrument / I thanked him for nothing, and bid him be gone / For my little fiddle must not be played on.” The audience seemed audibly pleased. The second half featured Spanish and Italian Renaissance numbers in four sets, including a very early setting of “Ave Maria” by Bartolomeo Tromboncino (c. 1470-c. 1535), the oldest music on the program. None of the composers were familiar to me till we arrived at Claudio Monteverdi, two of his songs closing out the evening, translated as “So sweet is the torment” and “Fair damsel, pour that fine wine.” Both vocal and instrumental work throughout the two hours was exemplary. — TOM ALDRIDGE
BOOKS A GUIDE TO CAVES AND KARST OF INDIANA BY SAMUEL S. FRUSHOUR INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS t Indiana underground is a geological treasure waiting to be explored, but with care and caution. Caves are fragile environments where human contact disturbs the balance, harming animal life, particularly bats, and other cave formations, including stalactites and stalagmites. Maintaining safety in a dark, wet, claustrophobic space requires careful planning to enter, explore and exit safely. If you’re not into hip high rubber boots and miner helmet, you can experience some of the splendor such as Monument Mountain and Rothrock’s Cathedral in Wyandotte Cave vicariously through this guide’s vivid photographs. “Caves are places of mystery. ...Just peering into the darkness within a cave entrance frequently sparks a desire to know what lies inside and what creatures may live there,” Frushour writes in his comprehensive guide, contrasting caves with the less mysterious karst, a catch-all phrase to describe surface features such as sinkholes and swallow holes formed by the collapse of bedrock. They lure us because of the unusual flora and fauna they attract. Frushour provides a fascinating overview of Southern Indiana’s alluring geology from the Ohio River up into the lower third of Indiana terminated at the jagged Wisconsin Glacial Boundary. Recognizable attraction names along with the state recreation cave
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HOGARTH, A NOVEL BY VICKY FISHER SAARI IUNIVERSE t Hogarth grows on you. He’s the feisty, non-human narrator of Vicky Fisher Saari’s novel based on her family, which settled in Southern Indiana in 1816 and has owned property there since. You see, Hogarth is a house — built to mark the transition from a homesteading site to gaining settlement, village and town status in fictional Sethsburg. He’s 150 years old, has been abandoned for a number of years, seemingly left to collapse into the now overgrown landscape. But a transition is afoot and Hogarth is agitated, fearing the worst — is he being torn down to make way for a shopping mall or some sort of subdivision? What happens is heartwarming. Descendants of the original settlers return to reclaim the property and rehabilitate Hogarth to his original glory as a place surrounded by flower and herb gardens, farm fields, barns, a mill, etc. Hogarth’s memory is sharp. He can recall and retell the stories of triumph and tragedy shared around the hearth across generations and recorded in letters and journals, revealing relationships between colorful characters representing a cross-section of the people whose imprint remains as part of our state’s heritage. Hogarth is a happy summer read. Saari teaches at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington. — RITA KOHN
GYPSY ESCAPADES BY WILLIAM J. JACKSON RUPA PUBLICATIONS INDIA t Gypsy Escapades is sometimes a leisurely travelogue, sometimes a roller-coaster escapade. It’s narrated by Jill, a mouthy American graduate student doing research on the Chennai Gypsy population of India. She expects to be helped by her father’s ‘60s college roommate at the University of Virginia, Dr. Venkataraman Rao. With a government service portfolio along with a professorship at the university in New Delhi, Rao is a deceptively shadowy figure. Intrigue sets in immediately after Jill lands, disoriented and disgruntled, blasted by “the hot air… almost knocking you over onto the tarmac.” What follows is a page turner replete with a colorful cast of characters priming you for the succeeding suspense novels Jackson is setting in India. A retired IUPUI professor who taught courses in comparative religion, Jackson spent three and half years in India and has written books on South Indian bhakti and literature. Available at Amazon.com. — RITA KOHN
THE FISHY SIDE OF REAL ESTATE BY MITCH VOGEL CLEAR CHOICE REALTORS o Not so much a novel as a promotional pamphlet inflated to over 100 pages, The Fishy Side of Real Estate might be all we need to know about where the ever-easier world of self-publishing is headed. The author, Mitch Vogel is, in fact a real estate agent who, for the purposes of his supposed fiction, has given himself the name Miles Vincent. After finding himself on the horns of what he considers an ethical dilemma created by Indiana’s allowing real estate agents to represent both buyers and sellers in a transaction, Vincent/Vogel creates a new real estate business which, it turns out, shares the same name as Vogel’s real-life agency. Along the way, we get numerous examples of such scintillating dialogue as this exchange: “’Nicole Hanks, is she available?’ Miles asked. ‘May I ask who’s calling, please?’ ‘This is Miles Vincent.’ ‘One moment please.’” With prose like this, one can only wonder how Vogel might have captured the thrill of a busy signal. — DAVID HOPPE
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MOVIES expected for a comic book-based summer blockbuster, but (500) Days of Summer director Mark Webb (insert last name joke here) and writers James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves have crafted a film that focuses more on character than spectacle ... at least for the first hour. There’s plenty of spectacle after that, but it’s easier to get invested in the clichés after we’ve gotten up close and personal with the players. It’s been 10 years since Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man flick, and five years since the last installment, so God knows we needed a reboot of the series. I mean, how could today’s now-a-go-go kids relate to the ancient goings-on between 2002 – 2007? So here we are, facing the origin story again, with a new, cheaper cast. Enough cynicism. This SpiderMan origin movie is better than the 2002 original. Andrew Garfield (who mumbles a lot like Jeremy Davies, the time-travel professor from Lost) is a better Spider-Man than Tobey Maguire (more convincing and much less smirky) and Emma Stone does a fine job as female lead Gwen Stacy. I liked the Aunt May and Uncle Ben from the original (Rosemary Harris and the great Cliff Robertson) considerably more than the new pair, played by Sally Field (very frazzled) and Martin Sheen (sporting shiny new
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choppers), but I doubt that would be a deal-breaker for anyone. Incidentally, Uncle Ben doesn’t say “with great power comes great responsibility” this time. Instead, Martin Sheen rambles on about the subject while avoiding those specific words. I can understand why the director chose not to repeat the iconic quote, but I missed it nonetheless. Rhys Ifans plays Dr. Curt Connors, a researcher looking for a way to regenerate his lost arm. He turns into a giant lizard guy and goes nuts, giving Spider-Man someone to fight with besides Gwen’s disapproving police chief pappy (Denis Leary, a tad less annoying than usual). Lizard-Man isn’t a particularly memorable foe, but he gets the job done. The two-hour, 16-minute film is essentially a teen romance (Daddy don’t understand!) and comingof-age story (My body has become more powerful and I can shoot white stuff!) with a special effects spectacular attached, but almost all of it works, thanks to the lead actors, a script that tempers its darker tone with humor, and some fine choices made by director Webb and his crew. As far as totally needless remakes go, this is one of the better ones. — ED JOHNSON-OTT
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The story is set in the world of male strippers, but the director is Steven Soderbergh, so don’t go in expecting a 110-minute party. Think Saturday Night Fever or Boogie Nights, streamlined. The strip club scenes are great, but there’s also a darker story about Mike’s lack of direction. Channing Tatum, who once stripped professionally, is terrific as the title character and Matthew McConaughey does outstanding work as a skeevy promoter, Kudos to Alex Pettyfer “The Kid” and Cody Horn (the love interest) as well. 110 minutes. — Ed Johnson-Ott
Facing a hostile takeover by a Mexican cartel (headed by Salma Hayek), two gourmet pot dealers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) decide to close up shop and skip the country with their mutual girlfriend (Blake Lively). Crooked cops (John Travolta) and vicious enforcers (Benicio Del Toro) complicate the proceedings. All hell breaks loose, with kidnappings, betrayals and all sorts of ultra violence. Oliver Stone’s film has attitude to spare and is laden with visual tics to make it edgy, but despite numerous entertaining scenes, what the production does best is remind you of better films from the genre. 130 minutes. — Ed Johnson-Ott
BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
Experts agree that the average rate of human speech is about 150 words per minute. Contrast that with the pace of Bringing Up Baby, Harold Hawks’ screwball comedy, which runs at right around 250 words per minute, almost all of them zingers. Katherine Hepburn and Carey Grant are at the top of their game here, Grant at his silliest, Hepburn striking a perfect balance between vim and vigor. More fun trivia: The film may have been the first to use the word “gay” to allude to homosexuality, though it’s possible that Grant’s line, “I just went gay all of the sudden,” delivered while wearing a negligee, is purely in the spirit of whimsy. 102 minutes. July 6, 9:30 p.m. @ Indianapolis Museum of Art amphitheater; $6 member, $10 public (imamuseum.org)
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BY NEIL CHARLES NCHARLES@NUVO.NET Short on atmosphere but long on flavor, Tandoori King serves up the kind of cuisine which almost, but not quite, takes me back to the Indian restaurants of my youth. Growing up in a town with a significant Indian and Pakistani population, I was spoiled from an early age by a surprisingly fine array of credible eateries, offering rich and complex food, sometimes extremely spicy, at very reasonable prices. Subsequently, in my university town, I was exposed to laughably cheap but also stupefyingly authentic Southern Indian food which, if you weren’t adequately prepared, could mount an assault on the tastebuds and other parts from which it could take days to recover. Although there are several decent Indian restaurants in Indianapolis, I’ve only encountered a couple which really embrace the richness and diversity of this great national cuisine. Part of the reason for this might stem from a reluc-
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“WHAT TWO IDEAS ARE MORE INSEPARABLE THAN BEER AND BRITANNIA? WHAT EVENT MORE AWFULLY IMPORTANT TO AN ENGLISH COLONY THAN THE ERECTION OF ITS FIRST BREWHOUSE?” – REV. SYDNEY SMITH [1771-1844]
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Eight Indiana homebrewers picked up medals at the American Homebrewers Association National Competition in Seattle on June 23, the same day volunteers in Indianapolis checked in entries for the Indiana State Fair Brewers’ Cup Competition to be judged July 6-7. Bringing home silver medals from the state of Washington were Bill Staashelm, Michael Pearson, Bill Ballinger, Robert Heinlein, Kevin Pritchard and Matthew Oakely. Rob Meinzer and Tom Wallbank gained bronze medals. “Their beers were judged to be some of the best among the 7,823 different beers brewed [in 28 different categories] by 1,735 first-round entrants,” according to the official news release.
tance to offend the delicate Midwestern taste buds. Twenty years ago, I might have given this some credence, but we’ve grown up a bit since then, and can take it on the chin like true gastronomes. In the past couple of months I’ve been fortunate to eat at a couple of very promising Indian establishments, both of which have taken their place at the top of my best-of list. Clay Oven I reviewed a few months ago. Tandoori King, situated on the far west side, offers a familiar selection of traditional dishes, with a few lesserseen dishes thrown in for the more adventurous. There are five goat dishes on the menu, for example, as well as an unrivaled selection of breads in addition to the more traditional naans and parathas. On a recent visit, my wife and I stopped by to try the lunch buffet for $8.99, which is by far the best way to sample Tandoori King’s elegant cuisine if you plan to return for dinner. In spite of a couple of obvious shortcomings on a quiet weekday (dried-out rice for instance), every dish was uniquely spiced, well-prepared and quite satisfying in itself. Particularly impressive, especially for this avowed carnivore, were the mattar paneer, a creamy dish of chick peas and cottage cheese, and the daal makhani, which I must admit has made me a new convert to lentils, especially since I gave up the lentil habit almost 20 years ago.
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Top dishes at Tandoori King include anything with lamb and the palak paneer.
As for the meat dishes, especially successful were the goat curry, quite lamby and complex, but by nature very bony. The chicken tandoori, a solid choice for the indecisive, was moist and nicely seasoned. The only disappointment was the butter chicken, which tasted a bit like Campbell’s tomato soup, perhaps as a sly reference to chicken tikka masala, a bogus Indian dish created in Glasgow, Scotland. To accompany lunch, I recommend the creamy yogurt-based mango lassi ($3), and the excellent garlic naan for an additional $2.50.
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t’s a typical teenager’s bedroom — purple-painted walls, scores of posters and memorabilia of rock artists, motocross and other assorted pop culture remnants. And like many other teenage bedrooms, it’s the home of a band. David Lee’s bedroom on the city’s Southwestside also doubles as a practice space for his metal band, Vessel. The four-member band has only been together since April of last year, but they sound seasoned beyond their years. With so much sound equipment crammed into the room, it gets hot fast. Lee offers everyone water and a plate of sliced Jamaican fruit during a recent gettogether one toasty afternoon. He settles in behind his drum kit, which is wedged into the accompanying bathroom, and the rest of Vessel—vocalist Ben Morphew, guitarist Eric Sims and bassist Olas Ortwein launch into a song called “False Body.” Ambient at the outset, it quickly explodes into a cacophonic thunder that Morphew obliges with throat-shredding screams. Beyond just the typical messy catharsis of a young rock band, though, this composition also includes spacy guitar jams by Sims and busy rhythms from Ortwein and Lee. So it goes with “Riddles in the Dark,” an unrecorded track that features a searing lead by Sims on eight-string guitar and is at turns funky, capriciously blasting and menacingly martial. “Brother,” their first official single, has dueling blues fire between Sims and Ortwein— both using eight-string guitars—and time signatures both frantic and catatonic. “We’re not trying to limit ourselves to any one genre,” says Ortwein. “We just play whatever we like. Each song kind of builds off itself. That gives it more continuity even though many of our songs have all kinds of crazy changes.” The four members of Vessel, all friends since their freshman year at Perry Meridian High School, like a lot of different music. Recently Ortwein has been listening to everything from the rabid metal of Lamb of God and the jazz fusion of Snarky Puppy to the hipster rap of Childish Gambino. “We get in the van to go play a show, and I’ll have to move all of Olas’ Miles Davis CDs just to sit down,” says Lee. “Other times it’s Kayne West or Ben’s electronic and dubstep. I’m the same way. We’re all so different that it’s the same in a weird way.” Everyone except Morphew was in a band called Barbados Slim while still in
high school, whose sound was more mainstream. Still, when they’d play a heavier part the audience always seemed to respond better. “We decided [with Vessel] that we wanted to keep that energy,” says Lee. After Barbados Slim broke up last year, the remaining members recruited Morphew, Sims’ cousin, to form Vessel. They wrote half a dozen songs in a week. Their first show followed immediately Rock 4 the Earth at Perry Meridian. It was Morphew’s first public performance. “There were a lot of people in the orchestra pit, so it was kind of funny when there was an actual mosh pit going on during our show,” he says. “We didn’t encourage it, and were told not to, but I guess they couldn’t help themselves. For my first show, that was amazing.” Vessel has only managed to play sporadically since then. Having both Sims and Ortwein living in Bloomington and Morphew working full-time are contributing factors. The Gear in Franklin and the Emerson Theater have hosted them multiple times. There’s also been one church gig, which has led some to believe Vessel is a Christian band. Not so, the members say. Morphew, however, is sensitive to using profanity in his lyrics, or addressing subjects of a violent or sexual nature. “I keep it not depressing and [not] suicidal,” he says. Given the dearth of all-ages venues here, keeping it non-controversial is almost borne out of necessity. Some of Vessel’s members aren’t 21 yet. Despite their discordant sound, they want to be heard by as many people as possible. Plus, to put it simply, they don’t want to upset their parents. “They’ve been all really involved and have wanted to come to our shows,” says Lee. “We didn’t want them coming to any shows and thinking, ‘I didn’t think it was going to be like this,’ even though it’s metal.”
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Vessel should find plenty of kindred spirits when they play the Cornerstone Festival July 6 in Bushnell, Ill. Sims submitted them for the slot, and they were accepted for what is to be the 28th and last Cornerstone event. “We’ll be part of history for that,” says Morphew. Beyond that Vessel are prepping to record their full-length debut and hope to tour farther out from Indianapolis. Geography, they say, is one of the biggest obstacles they’re facing. “If you want to play music for a living, you can’t live in Indiana,” says Sims. “That’s pretty much how it is.” For them, it’s not just the lack of a bonafide local music scene they see, especially for hardcore and metal. It’s also the restrictions on where someone under 21 can play. But Lee sees hopeful signs that Indiana, and particularly its capital, are becoming much friendlier toward the arts. “If we would’ve been born five years later, we’d have a much better environment in which to thrive,” he says. “I think Indianapolis will become known as an artists’ colony. Aside from the invitation to play Cornerstone, there are other hopeful signs for Vessel. Universal Music Group offered to fund their recording of a single, which turned out to be “Brother.” The feedback they get at gigs is encouraging too. “There’s always at least one person who says we’re different in some way,” says Lee. “When we tell someone who we are, we often hear, ‘Oh you’re that blank band.’ They fill in the blank and I always agree with it. It’s been punk, hardcore, metal, progressive. It’s always something different and I always say ‘Yeah,’ because it’s true.”
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Somethin to Say is the debut EP of Indianapolis band, Voodoo Sunshine. The band blends the good time rock and roll of ‘70s FM radio with funkinfluenced basslines. This is music for drinking and dancing to, often recalling another dancing-and-drinking band, Sublime. “Candy and Cigarettes’s” relaxing groove is perfectly suited for a summer drive, windows down, volume cranked — which is the lyrical conceit of the track. It’s a solid opening cut whose emphasis on groove recalls the early work of The Black Crowes. The most impressive feature on the track is the harmonies, which have an earthy quality about them, suiting the laid-back vibe of the track. “Bad Hangover” continues in a similar fashion, a nice crunchy riff that recalls early Pearl Jam and whose delightfully bouncy bass line give the track some lovely coloration. The guitar on “Atmosphere” has more metallic sound, reminiscent of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal; at times the chugging guitar melody recalls Randy Roads on Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark At The Moon.” It’s a bit of a departure point for the EP and is showcases the group’s ability to shift into different styles and genres. The track flirts with going fully heavy metal, but remains rooted primarily in a hard rock sound. “Rainbows and Blow” is the most radio friendly cut on the EP. It features a catchy melody and the “Sha-na-na” is a memorable hook. The guitar riff is one of the best on the EP. The line near the end of the song about the baby seal hints at the more political nature of the last song on the EP. Lyrics on much of the EP are absurdist in nature and it’s an approach that serves Voodoo Sunshine well, but it’s on “Somethin to Say” where the lyrics are the major focus — on other cuts, lyrics seem almost incidental to the groove. Somethin to Say is a solid debut EP. Voodoo Sunshine shows promise and a knack for crafting solid melodies and memorable hooks. The group’s secret weapon is the harmonies of guitarist Scot White, drummer Jim Bailey and bassist Steve Williams; they’d be well served to use this strength on future releases. — ANDREW CROWLEY
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Jukebox the Ghost BY EL ISSA CHAPI N M USIC@ N UVO.NET It's summertime and to us, that means it's festival season. One band frequenting several festivals this summer is Jukebox the Ghost. The piano-based three-piece indie pop band changed their name in 2005 from the Sunday Mail to Jukebox the Ghost, the band has hit some major milestones in their career and they aren't slowing down anytime soon. I had the chance to have vocalist and pianist Ben Thornewill answer some questions about the band and their third album, Safe Travels. NUVO: You guys recently played Bonnaroo. How was the experience? How did it compare to playing Lollapalooza? THORNEWILL: Bonnaroo was spectacular -- a whole different breed of festival than Lollapalooza. Lolla is in a metropolitan center where you get to go home and sleep well. At the 'roo everyone is dusty, dirty, sleepless, totally fried and all in it together. It's like tea with the Queen vs. beer at the Bush ranch. NUVO: How does this third album Safe Travels compare to your other two albums? How was your experience recording in the studio this time compared to previous times? THORNEWILL: We are so immensely proud of this record. The key differences for me were working with a producer who knew THREE MAN BAND, APACHE DROPOUT “OWSLEY (IN THEORY & PRACTICE)” “SOUL SUCKER” GLORYHOLE RECORDS
t The dark specter of the ‘60s looms large on the Apache Dropout and Three Man Band split 7-inch record. Those with a hankering for psychedelic rock and garage rock will have their hunger well sated by both sides of the 7-inch. The effects used on the sustained piano that opens “Owsley (In Theory & Practice)” recall the playfulness of late ‘60s acts that discovered the joy of using the studio as another instrument. Along with the obvious sonic debt to psychedelia, the title of the cut is a nod to the infamous LSD magnate, Owsley Stanley. Stanley was a prolific manufacturer of acid, producing more than 1.25 million doses of LSD between 1965 and 1967. “Owsley (In Theory & Practice)” calls to mind “Final Solution” by Cleveland-based proto-punks, Pere Ubu. Like “Final Sol ution,” “Owsley (In Theory & Practice)” makes excellent use of tension and release to give the track a menacing aura; it’s the sonic equivalent of an acid trip gone wrong. At times “Owsley (In Theory & Practice)” recalls The
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us personally and deeply understood the band and also having the luxury of time. The ethos for this record was "work until it is done -- not until we are out of time." So we ended up with a record where everything is purposeful, nothing done in haste and we can stand by every line, take and arrangement choice. NUVO: I first heard "Somebody" when it was released before your album and it's probably my favorite. THORNEWILL: "Somebody" was born in Austin, Texas in 2011 during SXSW when I saw this girl's eyes over a guy's shoulder looking wistfully into the sky and I thought, "What if she was looking for me?" The image stuck with me for months and eventually materialized into this song. We released it first because it seemed the most emblematic of what we are best at doing; it is pop music with depth and melancholy and a bit of heartache but still manages to be uplifting and exciting. NUVO: What's one song on the new album that you feel most connected to or want your fans to connect with? THORNEWILL: I am most proud of the song "Adulthood." Emotionally, it hits me the most on the record and the message that you can survive childhood and adolescence but "From adulthood, no one survives" resonates with me and I hope it does with the fans as well. But again, not in a fatalistic way, but in a "This is life, sometimes stuff happens" sort of a way. JUKEBOX THE GHOST Earth House, 237 N. East St. Saturday, July 7 8 p.m., $13 advance, $15 at door See a longer version of this interview on NUVO.net.
Electric Prunes, Amboy Dukes and other ’60s bands plucked from obscurity on to one of Rhino’s tastefully curated Nuggets box sets. Like the flip side, “Soul Sucker” carries the 60s sound, but is decidedly more bluesy and carries some of the feedback-drenched guitar freak-outs of The Velvet Underground. “Soul Sucker” is very much in line with the trend of ‘60s bands playing rock and roll with a more aggressive bent and greater guitar distortion. It’s a trend one can see in The Yardbirds, particularly when Jeff Beck was a member of the group. There are times where the track’s rock and roll roots peek through, like a guitar solo that sounds right out of the Chuck Berry playbook. Singer Sonny Blood recalls the vocals of Lux Interior, particularly in Blood’s enunciation of lyrics. His slurred syllables give the track a slightly psych tinge, though the track is more akin to The Seeds or The Sonics than the Standells. A major problem for acts with a retro sound is blending their influences into something new, but Three Man Band and Apache Dropout are well on their way. They have a strong grasp of stylistic tropes of their influences and a knack for writing music, that while perhaps not the most innovative, is well-crafted and worthy of a least a few spins. — ANDREW CROWLEY
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e Musical Family Tree has released the first recording of its EP in a Weekend series, in which they select a local musician to go into the studio for one weekend — Friday through Sunday — to write and record four original songs for immediate release on MFT’s website. The debut installment featured local singersongwriter Christian Taylor, recording with Derek Johnson and Cole Nicholas in an arrangement they dubbed Generation Elevators. Those familiar with Christian Taylor’s solo work will be surprised from the opening bars of “Chain of Islands,” the first song on the EP Source Material. It’s a sprawling, undulating piece of electronica, held together almost a little incongruously by a thumping beat. Taylor’s voice echoes in the background, repeating various phrases such as “Build a pyramid, from the top down,” while a sparse and ethereal guitar riff hovers over it all. It is trance-inducing, and a serious departure from Taylor’s usual stripped-down folk style. The middle two songs, “Upfall” and “Disillusioned (With This Illusion),” take on a more classic song structure and are the shortest of the four songs. “Upfall” feels like some kind
of electronic power-punk collage, a hard-driving four-count bass drum rhythm and angular, buzzing guitar riffs offset by pace shifts and disjointed, repeated lyrics. The drum machine beat and overlaid lyrics make this a pastiche of sounds that seems to represent new territory for Taylor, and that’s precisely what makes this project worthwhile.”Disillusioned” is the most poporiented track whose driving, power-pop energy and a simple straightforward chord progression make it the most rocking track of the project. The EP’s final track, “Reel to Reel,” represents a return to the expanded, ethereal nature of the opening track “Chain of Islands.” It’s as if this EP is bookended by two trance-inducing songs, with two jarring works of modern art in the middle. This track is set on a heavy, punching drum beat that doesn’t allow it to reach a genuinely ambient level, but it almost gets there with a twisting series of high-pitched guitar riffs hanging there in the atmosphere. If I had any complaint about this song, and the EP’s overall sound, it’s that the drums seem to occupy a little too much sonic space, stealing from the other elements of the music.
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t The debut album from Indianapolis-based rock group Veseria tells the story of every twenty-something’s life; it looks back at the ubiquitous phase of restlessness and yearning for some sort of je-ne-sais-quoi in a way that freely admits that they’ve moved past that stage of life. In the words of vocalist Jennifer Roberts, while some of the songs (including “Jonny,” “Easy Come, Easy Go” and “Lessons Learned”) were written during a period of searching and confusion, more recent ones come from experiences the band members have had as they become “responsible adults.” The band members, consisting of husband and wife vocalists and guitarists Jennifer and Patrick Roberts, bassist Corey Lusk, pianist-organist-accordionist Jakis Strakis and drummer Jarrad Woodson, are obviously all talented musicians. The instrumentation on every song is phenomenal, which helps offset the fact that most of the songs are relatively lengthy; all the more time to savor the complex musical journey undertaken by each song. The vocal range, however, is limited on most of the songs. The lyrics, while creative and evocative, can also be problematic at times — for instance, there are words that seem crammed into spaces, and the respective song’s phrasing is awkward because of it. In order for some of the songs to make sense, I did have to reach out to the band, and they were kind enough to respond with the appropriate context. For instance, now
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Kyle Long’s music, which features off-the-radar rhythms from around the world, has brought an international flavor to the local dance music scene.
dÉbruit’s pure emotion Once in awhile I like to step away from the local scene to spotlight artists around the world who are creating important work that breaks through cultural barriers. French producer dÉbruit has done exactly that, attracting international attention with a series of EP releases that explore global sounds through the lens of electronic music. dÉbruit has cultivated a distinct style, fusing the traditional rhythms and instruments from places like Haiti and Turkey with a contemporary, synth-heavy production style. But the producer has become best known for his experiments with African music, evidenced on his recently released debut LP From the Horizon. From the Horizon has quickly become one of my favorite releases of 2012. The album presents listeners with a surreal journey through the music of the motherland, melding wonky digital rhythms with raw samples of analog afrobeat. I recently spoke with dÉbruit from his current home in Brussels. I asked dÉbruit about the influences, inspiration and production techniques behind his unique sound. NUVO: What first attracted you to African music? DÉBRUIT: It might have been when I traveled to Senegal as a kid. I remember being amazed by the culture and the music, especially the percussion. Now what I like about it is the natural approach. There is no calculation in terms of marketing. That means something in an age where the marketing is often ready before the sound. African music is pure emotion. Whether joyful or sad, the music represents pure emotion in all its complexity. NUVO: A lot of your work is sample-based. Can you tell me about the samples you use and where you find them? DÉBRUIT: I find samples through research and they appear to me naturally. The samples I use come out of a mass collection of sound and music I listen to. I then tweak them and cut them meticulously. I find them while buying rare ’70s psychfunk African records or on field recordings. Once the Museum of Civilizations in Paris called me for a special project. I was asked to compose music for a live performance based on field recordings and they allowed me to dig through their audio archives. For me it’s a simple question of taste. I take what I like or what surprises me. Then I imagine what I can play on top of a tribal drum roll or how I can cut up an incredible voice and incorporate some modern funk. NUVO: Can you name some African artists who have had a profound influence on your work? DÉBRUIT: That’s difficult as I’ll never know the artist names on some of the tribal field recordings I listen to. But in more modern
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’70s African music there are a lot of artists that I admire, like Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, The Sweet Talks and Bembeya Jazz National. NUVO: One aspect of your music that impresses me is your ability to incorporate African rhythmic concepts in your work. So many electronic and hip-hop producers just utilize African music samples for texture. Is this intentional, or just a natural product of your creative process? DÉBRUIT: That’s what I’m interested in — creating a groove that a machine isn’t meant to have. I bend the technology to get that natural joy out. I don’t pretend to make African rhythms like an African person would. I have to put a bit of thought into reaching the desired result. But lately that has been changing. Some polyrhythmic patterns are now very friendly to me and the groove comes more and more naturally. NUVO: Can you tell me about the reference to surrealist painter René Magritte on your album cover? DÉBRUIT: I felt really close to Magritte when I discovered his work. Lately I’ve been very influenced by his quotes. Magritte said, “To be a surrealist is to ban the influence of what you have seen, in order to make something that has never been seen.” This spoke to me in terms of sound and music. My cover is inspired by his painting Le Faux Miroir (The Fake Mirror,) which explores the notion of inside and outside and the imagination between the visible and the invisible. Kyle Long creates a custom podcast for each column. See this week’s online at NUVO.net.
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Celebrate the most American of American days in America at Indy Hostel with performances by Hotfox, Chandelier Ballroom, Conveyer and The Greater Good. Former NUVO cover dudes Hotfox returned from South by Southwest with four performances under their belts. They’re mostly located in Bloomington right now, are popping up to Indianapolis with fellow Bloomingtonians Chandelier Ballroom, a psych-rock trio with Thom Yorke-ish vocals by singer Steven Elminger. Conveyer and The Greater Good will also perform. While you’re at the Hostel, you can also pick up your tickets for the Super Mega Slam Fest for a fairly steep discount ($15 at the Banger, $25 at the door of the Banger). This event is BYOB, as long as you, in the words of the organizers “don’t act like an idiot.”
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More Tennessee Super-Breeders Update: Last week's News of the Weird gave serial impregnator Desmond Hatchett, of Knoxville, Tenn., too much credit. It is true that he has fathered at least 24 kids by at least 11 different women (and has no hope of meeting child-support obligations), but he is hardly Tennessee's most prolific. A June summary by the Daily Mail of London (citing WMC-TV and WREG-TV in Memphis) revealed that Terry Turnage of Memphis has 23 children by 17 different women, and Richard M. Colbert (also from Memphis) has 25 with 18 women. Courts have ordered the men to pay the various mothers monthly support ranging from $259 to $309, but one woman said the most she had ever seen from Turnage was $9.
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you could teach a master course in how to weasel out of strenuous work without looking like a weasel. None of those virtues will come in handy during the coming week, however. The way I see it, you should concentrate very hard on not skipping any steps. You should follow the rules, stick to the plan, and dedicate yourself to the basics. Finish what you start, please! (Sorry about this grind-itout advice. I’m just reporting what the planetary omens are telling me.) CANCER (June 21-July 22): The epic breadth of your imagination is legendary. Is there anyone else who can wander around the world without ever once leaving your home? Is there anyone else who can reincarnate twice in the span of few weeks without having to go through the hassle of actually dying? And yet now and then there do come times when your fantasies should be set aside so that you may soak up the teachings that flow your way when you physically venture outside of your comfort zone. Now is such a moment, my fellow Cancerian. Please don’t take a merely virtual break in the action. Get yourself away from it all, even if it’s only to the marvelous diversion or magic sanctuary on the other side of town. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In Norse mythology, Fenrir was a big bad wolf that the gods were eager to keep tied up. In the beginning they tried to do it with metal chains, but the beast broke free. Then they commissioned the dwarves to weave a shackle out of six impossible things: a bear’s sinews, a bird’s spit, a fish’s breath, a mountain’s root, a woman’s beard, and the sound a cat’s paws made as it walked. This magic fetter was no thicker than a silk ribbon, but it worked very well. Fenrir couldn’t escape from it. I invite you to take inspiration from this story, Leo. As you deal with your current dilemma, don’t try to fight strength with strength. Instead, use art, craft, subtlety, and even trickery. I doubt you’ll need to gather as many as six impossible things. Three will probably be enough. Two might even work fine. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This is a time when your personal actions will have more power than usual to affect the world around you. The ripples you set in motion could ultimately touch people you don’t even know and transform situations you’re not part of. That’s a lot of responsibility! I suggest, therefore, that you be on your best behavior. Not necessarily your mildest, most polite behavior, mind you. Rather, be brave, impeccable, full of integrity, and a little wild.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Goldfish that are confined in small aquariums stay small. Thos e that spend their lives in ponds get much bigger. What can we conclude from these facts? The size and growth rate of goldfish are directly related to their environment. I’d like to suggest that a similar principle will apply to you Librans in the next ten months. If you want to take maximum advantage of your potential, you will be wise to put yourself in spacious situations that encourage you to expand. For an extra boost, surround yourself with broadminded, uninhibited people who have worked hard to heal their wounds. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Over the years, you’ve explored some pretty exotic, even strange ideas about what characterizes a good time. In the coming days, I’m guessing you will add to your colorful tradition with some rather unprecedented variations on the definition of “pleasure” and “happiness.” I don’t mean to imply that this is a problem. Not at all. To paraphrase the Wiccan credo, as long as it harms no one (including yourself), anything goes. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): There come times in your life when you have a sacred duty to be open to interesting tangents and creative diversions; times when it makes sense to wander around aimlessly with wonder in your eyes and be alert for unexpected clues that grab your attention. But this is not one of those times, in my opinion. Rather, you really do need to stay focused on what you promised yourself you would concentrate on. The temptation may be high to send out sprays of arrows at several different targets. But I hope that instead you stick to one tar get and take careful aim with your best shots. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I’ve been meditating on a certain need that you have been neglecting, Capricorn -- a need that has been chronically underestimated, belittled, or ignored, by both you and others. I am hoping that this achy longing will soon be receiving some of your smart attention and tender care. One good way to get the process started is simply to acknowledge its validity and importance. Doing so will reveal a secret that will help you attend to your special need with just the right touch. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Due to the pressure-packed influences currently coming to bear on your destiny, you have Official Cosmic Permission to fling three dishes against the wall. (But no more than three.) If you so choose, you also have clearance to hurl rocks in the direction of heaven, throw darts at photos of your nemeses, and cram a coconut cream pie into your own face. Please understand, however, that taking actions like these should be just the initial phase of your master plan for the week. In the next phase, you should capitalize on all the energy you’ve made available for yourself through purgative acts like the ones I mentioned. Capitalize how? For starters, you could dream and scheme about how you will liberate yourself from things that make you angry and frustrated. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Check to see if you’re having any of the following symptoms: 1. sudden eruptions of gratitude; 2. a declining fascination with conflict; 3. seemingly irrational urges that lead you to interesting discoveries; 4. yearnings to peer more deeply into the eyes of people you care about; 5. a mounting inability to tolerate boring influences that resist transformation; 6. an increasing knack for recognizing and receiving the love that’s available to you. If you’re experiencing at least three of the six symptoms, you are certifiably in close alignment with th e cosmic flow, and should keep doing what you’ve been doing. If none of these symptoms have been sweeping through you, get yourself adjusted.
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