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SHOPPING .................................. 04 ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT ............ 18 FOOD&DRINK ............................ 30 MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE .................... 44 PUBLISHER: Kevin McKinney (kmckinney@nuvo.net) EDITOR: Jim Poyser (jpoyser@nuvo.net) ARTS EDITOR: Scott Shoger (sshoger@nuvo.net) MUSIC EDITOR: Katherine Coplen (kcoplen@nuvo.net) NEWS EDITOR: Rebecca Townsend (rtownsend@nuvo.net) EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Chelsea Hugunin, Martha Hermerding, Mackline Szrom PHOTOGRAPHY: Michelle Craig, Mark A. Lee, Kristin Pugh, Stacy Kagiwada, Aiste Manfredini, PRODUCTION MANAGER & ART DIRECTOR: Dave Windisch (dwindisch@nuvo.net) SENIOR DESIGNER: Asha Patel (apatel@nuvo.net) GRAPHIC DESIGNERS: Will McCarty (wmccarty@nuvo.net), Erica Wright (ewright@nuvo.net) CALENDAR MANAGER: Callie Kennington DISTRIBUTION MANAGER: Kathy Flahavin (kflahavin@nuvo.net) MARKETING MANAGER: Lauren Guidotti (lguidotti@nuvo.net) DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING: Mary Morgan (mmorgan@nuvo.net) BUSINESS MANAGER: Kathy Flahavin (kflahavin@nuvo.net) BEST OF INDY EVENT DIRECTOR: Lauren Guidotti (lguidotti@nuvo.net) BEST OF INDY EVENT COORDINATOR: Kate Bragg (kbragg@nuvo.net) EDITORIAL POLICY: NUVO Newsweekly covers news, public issues, arts and entertainment. We publish views from across the political and social spectra. They do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher.

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elcome to our annual poll where you, the NUVO reader, get to take over. This year, our Best Of online voting featured a nifty, pull down menu of the top ten vote getters from previous years. There was also a spot where you could write in your own winner. And in a few cases, the write-ins won! See pg. 30. So take a look at our Best Of product, and feast your eyes on the winners. Then, celebrate on Saturday, from 2-11 p.m. as we launch this issue and honor the winners with a block party on Georgia Street. This event is all-ages and all-species, as animals are welcome. Ticket price is $5 in advance, $8 at the door, with kids under the age of 3 allowed in free. Get your tickets in advance here:

nuvo.net/indianapolis/bestofindyvote2013 What could be better than that? Oh yeah, winners provide food and entertainment! Here’s the line up: 3:00-3:45 Rob Dixon  4:15-5:00 Talbott’s Ladies of Legends 5:30-6:15 Rusty Rudenbacher  6:45-7:30 Gay Black Republican 8:00-8:45 Devil to Pay  9:15-11:00 Recoil  Plus, DJ Matt Allen will be spinning all day. Enjoy Yats, Bazbeaux, Flying Cupcake and more, plus drinks from Sun King, Easley Winery and New Day Meadery. Bring your lawnchairs for maximum chillin’! — CITYGUIDES@NUVO.NET

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SUN KING If this is the first time you’re hearing about Sun King … well, welcome to Indianapolis, new resident! Sun King celebrated their 4th year of business this year, and they’ve been winning the NUVO Best Indiana Beer category pretty much ever since — along with national awards as well. A specialty brew, Grapefruit Jungle, was created for their aforementioned anniversary, and you know you can also rely on such favorites as Osiris, Wee Mac and Sunlight Cream Ale. The bustling brewery’s tasting room has become one of the best places to be on a Friday at 5:30… or a Saturday…or a Thursday. Fill your growler, buy some cans and/or sit and sip and meet all the folks who enjoy a well crafted, lovingly attended brew. Sun King’s beers are ubiquitous — from liquor stores to restaurants and bars to Victory Field and beyond — and we can drink to that! 135 N. College Ave., 602-3702, sunkingbrewing.com 2nd: Three Floyds 3rd: Flat 12 Bierwerks INDIANA WINE

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he Broad Ripple-based Marigold is a quaint and eclectic shop that has the feel of visiting an old friend’s house. And that’s exactly what owner Linda Shikany wants. “I think that familiarity makes people want to come back. We all want a connection, want to feel connected,” Shikany explains as we chat in another familiar Broad Ripple location, Monon Food Company. Shikany, 54, opened Marigold in 1989 when she was transferred to Indy from her retail job in Ohio. “When they moved me here, my first thoughts on Indy were, ‘Oh my god, this city is not fun.’ I couldn’t find a store that had artsy, funky pieces. I liked cleaner looks and I wanted natural fabrics, and at the time, I just couldn’t find it,” Shikany recalls. After talking it over with her friend, and soon-to-be business partner, she developed a business plan … and just went for it. Shikany was 29 then and now, a quarter century later, Marigold is a staple around the Broad Ripple area; well known and appreciated in a time when many boutiques and “mom and pop” retailers have

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closed down, Marigold is thriving. “I think our style has been true and I think that’s one reason people love us,” Shikany says. “We’re about style, not fad, and we’re about making sure we help that customer put something together in a way they’ll feel comfortable and will have a look for who they are, no matter their age or size. That’s what we do.” Shikany considers Marigold a familyoriented business, given, for example, its commitment to the community, often donating to local charities, helping with fundraisers and volunteering. But the family feel also has a literal aspect. Shikany’s niece, Elizabeth Shikany, 27, joined her aunt full time in 2006 as the store manager and head of marketing. “At a time when I didn’t know a lot of people here, the girls at the shop became my family and the customers are like family, too,” Elizabeth says. “Our customers show their support,” Elizabeth adds, “and to be voted for this tells us that we’re really doing what we’re supposed to be doing.” “We’ve stayed true to ourselves,” Linda Shikany notes. “You can’t be everything to everyone, you have to have a clear picture of who you are and stay true to that. And at the end of the day, it’s all still fun.”

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Oliver Winery is always a marker to let you know when you’re almost to Bloomington. For those of you who do drive past, turn around and stop in to see what NUVO readers have polled as the Best Indiana Wine for now the sixth year in a row. Started in the 1960s by Indiana University Law Professor William Oliver, the winery boasts an array of wines from sweet Rieslings to deep Merlots all made from grapes grown in Indiana. Yes, Indiana has a “wine country,” who knew? Oliver also offers tours, tastings and shopping, and many retailers carry several of Oliver’s popular wines. 8024 N. S.R. 37, Bloomington; 812-876-5800, oliverwinery.com 2nd: New Day Meadery 3rd: Easley Winery LOCAL LIQUOR/WINE RETAILER

KAHN’S FINE WINES & SPIRITS Going into Kahn’s is like walking into a giant house made entirely of beers, wines and liquor. Sounds overwhelming, and it is, but in the best way. Perhaps that’s why Kahn’s has won this category yet again. With beer ranging from 40oz High Life to local brews like Triton to beers you didn’t even know existed, Kahn’s is a liquor store you won’t walk out of empty handed. Beyond beer, their wine selection has bottles for every price range and there are aisles for miles of assorted vodkas, whiskeys and more. If you start to notice yourself standing in front of the fridges, mouth gaping, just ask one of the many expert staff, who can help you wipe that bewildered look off your face. Did we mention the sale prices and regular tastings? Now we did! Whatever your alcohol needs, Kahn’s has got you covered. 5341 N. Keystone Ave., 251-9463; 2342 W. 86th St., 228-9463; 25 N. Pennsylvania St., 632-9463; kahnsfinewines.com 2nd: 21st Amendment 3rd: Mass Ave Wine Shop


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If you’re a meat lover, a cheese lover, a wine lover, really any kind of lover, Goose the Market is the food match you’ve been dreaming of. The smell upon entry is delectable, followed by tantalizing cases of fine meats and cheeses you may not have even known existed. Add wine and craft beer and you’ve got a food destination fairy tales are made of. And if somehow you’re still not satisfied, there’s more. Smoking Goose, Goose the Market’s much meatier counterpart, is just a short drive away. From sausages, turkey, duck, and elk, all your foodie needs are met. Of course, if you’re a vegetarian, Goose is your place to be as well. Goose the Market: 2503 N. Delaware St., 924-4944, goosethemarket.com Smoking Goose: 407 Dorman St., 638-6328, smokinggoose.com 2nd: Broad Ripple Farmers Market 3rd: Indianapolis City Market LOCAL BAKERY/SWEETS

FLYING CUPCAKE Remember when the cupcake craze ended? Of course you don’t, because no one stopped loving cupcakes, especially ones as delicious as the Flying Cupcake’s. With four locations around the Indy area and a seven-days-a-week schedule, you can have yourself a sweet treat almost anywhere and any time. The menu changes daily, so if you fancy a Chocolate Covered Strawberry or a Cinnamon Toast cupcake, better stock up. Beyond the immobile locations, The Flying

Cupcake has a truck named “Petunia” that travels around Indy just in case you can’t make it to the store. Petunia is also available for rentals and requests. 715 Massachusetts Ave.; 5617 N. Illinois St., 831 S. Rangeline Rd., Suite 300, Carmel, IN, 4026 East 82nd St., Rivers Edge Shops, Suite A4,. 396-2696, theflyingcupcakebakery.com 2nd: Long’s Bakery TIE: Rene’s Bakery & Taylor’s Bakery LOCAL SHOPPING FOR BOOKS

BIG HAT BOOKS Bookstores may have been closing down in recent years, but there’s a reason Big Hat Books isn’t going anywhere. From its cozy, East Coast beach house feel to the amazing selection of books that will have you spending hours browsing (and likely buying), Big Hat is a Broad Ripple bookstore you want to spend the night in. And with book readings, signings and workshops, it’s more than just a cute place that sells books. As far as bookstores go, we’d say Big Hat is a ten-gallon. Congrats to them on their seventh win in a row! Editor’s note: This year, Indy Reads Books was a write-in candidate —and received a tremendous amount of support. Watch for them to be a competitor in next year’s Best Of! 6510 Cornell Ave., 202-0203, facebook.com/bighatbooks 2nd: Indy Reads Books 3rd: Bookmamas


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LUNA MUSIC LUNA’s amazing record selection, books, shirts and fun gifts will bring every music lover together, which is why it’s been voted best music store for the eighth time. Not only is this hipster paradise stacked with enough cool stuff to make you forget you had to be at work two hours ago, free live performances from many touring acts come through, like Alt-J, who stopped by this past June. You’ll become a regular before you know it, Buddy Holly glasses and all. Oh, are those not cool anymore? 5202 N. College Ave., 283-5862, lunamusic.net 2nd: Indy CD & Vinyl 3rd: Karma Records LOCAL SHOPPING FOR GIFTS/HOME

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BGI If a two-pack-a-day smoker can quit, start biking fervently and open up a shop to promote health and encourage the community to live a fitter lifestyle, there’s hope for us all. BGI can teach you biking terms, safety, fitness education and how to get started cycling, which makes it a whole lot more than just a bike shop. And if fitness isn’t really your thing, they can sell you a bike you’ll look darn good sitting on. The recently completed 82nd Street shop is one of the Eight Wonders of Indianapolis. (North) 4340 E. 82nd St., 842-4140; (South) 997 E. County Line Road, Greenwood, 8857194; (Downtown) 242 E. Market St., Suite E101 Indy Bike Hub YMCA at City Market, 612-3099, bgindy.com 2nd: Indy Cycle Specialists 3rd: Bikes on Mass Ave LOCAL SHOPPING FOR NEW/USED CARS

DREYER & REINBOLD For some, buying a new or used car is about as much fun as a root canal. Prices, mileage, upholstery, and amenities — you have to think of it all and it sure isn’t easy! Luckily, this category winner, Dreyer & Reinbold, acts like the Novocain of car buying. With helpful staff, attractive choices and only five brands of new cars, you’re not going to be overwhelmed. The hand-selected used cars are also a good reason to pay Dreyer & Reinbold a visit, or you can just

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check out their inventory on the website. 9375 Whitley Dr., 573-0200, dreyerreinbold.com 2nd: Butler Scion 3rd: Penske Honda LOCAL SHOPPING FOR MEN’S FASHION

BROAD RIPPLE VINTAGE The fact that Broad Ripple Vintage has won Best Men’s Fashion again must mean the vintage trend isn’t going anywhere soon. If you haven’t jumped on that trend, then BRV is the first place to check out. With racks upon racks of distressed jeans, t-shirts, hats, shoes (including some pretty awesome cowboy boots that always seem to be in stock) you’ll have no problem walking — or strutting — out of the store, looking like your favorite rocker from decades past. Just don’t think that a 15-minute stop will do, you’re going to delight in digging for treasure. 824 E. 64th St., 255-4135, broadripplevintage.com 2nd: IndySwank 3rd: Leon Tailoring LOCAL SHOPPING FOR WOMEN’S FASHION

MARIGOLD CLOTHING Marigold is home to the most welcoming staff this side of, well, anywhere. The friendly employees make the already delightfully bright and cheerful store even more so, making you smile and practically skip with glee to each and every corner and display table. Managing to somehow stock


LOCAL SHOPPING ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT • FOOD&DRINK • MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE the store with clothes that a 20 year-old and 65 year-old could both wear — and look completely different — Marigold has mastered the all-ages store, and on top of that, will make you feel like a princess from the moment you walk in to when you check out. See our feature on pg. 4 for more. 6512 Cornell Ave., 254-9939, marigoldclothing.com 2nd: Pitaya 3rd: IndySwank LOCAL SHOPPING FOR VINTAGE/ CONSIGNMENT FASHION

BROAD RIPPLE VINTAGE Don’t know what it is about Broad Ripple Vintage that would make this its 12th year winning Best Vintage for fashion… Oh, yeah, the constant echo of Jim Morrison, selections of worn-in boots, acid-washed and flared jeans, enough tie dye to make your eyes swirl — along with racks and racks of t-shirts, high-waisted shorts, billowy skirts and a ton of funky dresses and jackets. If you don’t want to look like you’re from 2013, shop here. Just be prepared to get lost in the clothes. 824 E. 64th St., 255-4135, broadripplevintage.com 2nd: IndySwank 3rd: Midland Arts and Antique Market LOCAL SHOPPING FOR VINTAGE/ANTIQUE ITEMS

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it look like you do, Midland’s the place to go, and has 10 Best Of wins to prove it. The 40,000 square foot behemoth of an antique store has almost everything you can think of for home furnishing — and most pieces are not your average beige loveseat. If you didn’t think you wanted to redecorate your place, you sure will after stepping foot in Midland. With décor for any taste, it’s no wonder this mythic-scale vintage haven won’t get off our winner list. 907 E. Michigan St., 267-9005, midlandathome.com 2nd: Indianapolis Downtown Antique Mall 3rd: Southport Antique Mall LOCAL REALTOR

TODD “SOUPY” CAMPBELL Who wouldn’t want to buy a home from a guy nicknamed “Soupy”? No one, that’s who, because Campbell’s been voted Best Local Realtor of 2013! Maybe it’s his sense of humor (his Facebook page has “Soupy Sells Homes” underneath his name) or the fact that he’s great with catchy rhymes: “Don’t Gamble, Work With Campbell.” Whatever the reason, people are clearly drawn to the charismatic personality of this Indy realtor. Our congrats to Campbell; they should make a Warhol out of you. 255 Galaxy Lane, 989-3272, realtortodd.biz 2nd: Mary Miles 3rd: Joe Shoemaker


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It’s a high stress world we live in, so unwind and relax and get ready to pamper yourself at Studio 2000. The spa is set in Circle Tower, a building constructed in 1929, and it fully embraces the ‘20s art deco style. With everything from pedicures to massages to hydrotherapy and a staff that ranges from expert to apprentice, there’s no way you won’t find something at your price range to help you mellow out and come out feeling like the bee’s knees. 55 Monument Circle, Suite 2000, 687-0010, studio2000spa.com 2nd: Phillipe’s Day Spa 3rd: Villa Inn Spa

Take one step into Invoke’s serene studio, and you’re going to instantly feel better. Besides being a calming space, Invoke has both yoga and Pilates classes to offer with a large schedule of times. If you’re a morning person, they’ve got classes for you. Midday? You too. And for those who’d prefer to find inner peace in the evening, they have later classes as well, just in case your day at work was extra grueling. Beginner and expert levels are all welcome and classes range from basics, to vinyasa, to heated, to sessions on the reformer – i.e. those gliding, interchangeable resistance machines. You can choose from private lessons, group classes, community sessions and several different package deals. Perhaps options are one of reasons Invoke has been voted best again this year. 970 Fort Wayne Ave., Suite C, 631-9642, invokestudio.com 2nd: CITYOGA 3rd: Indy House of Pilates

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SNIPS OF IRVINGTON Snips has said in the past that they are proud to be on NUVO’s Best Of list three times, and now they can add a fourth. Located in historic Irvington, Snips is one hair salon that has a stylist and a style for everyone. Statement-makers and play-it-safers bump elbows at this salon, due to the staff’s ability to please anyone at any age and any style. Reasonable prices ensure regular visits, and the charming Irvington setting will inspire you to stroll up and down the block, showing off your new style. 5731 E. Washington St., 356-2611, snips-in.com 2nd: The Vault 3rd: Salon 6

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Metamorphosis has won this category now for the 11th year. Are you surprised? Their location right on the Broad Ripple strip definitely helps, but what really makes this place the best in Indy, yet again, are its incredible artists who range in expertise and styles, giving you peace of mind knowing whatever you’re thinking of, you’re going to get. And if you can’t think of something, this talented group can help with ideas, creating a work of art you will wear proudly. 828 Broad Ripple Ave., 466-1666, metamorphosisink.com 2nd: Artistic Skin Designs 3rd: Irish Ink

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organic and hemp clothing, incense and way more, you can get lost hanging out in the Bus. Whether you know what you’re looking for and just stop in, or you have some time to browse all the groovy things stocked up, Magic Bus is definitely your destination. 1073 Broad Ripple Ave., 251-5463 2nd: Hardwicke’s Pipe & Tobacco 3rd: The Cigar Bar

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e’re taking a cue from John Green himself in presenting a few outtakes from our in-depth 2012 interview with the author. After all, Green is at a point in his career where his books — like the extraordinarily successful, Indianapolis-based The Fault in Our Stars — are being reissued in fresh, exclusive editions with unique content (say, interviews by publications other than NUVO). For the uninitiated, Green is an author of smart, profound YA novels about death, love and religion, among other concerns; a vlogger (often with his brother, Hank) whose every video is viewed hundreds of thousands of times; and an activist who encourages his followers to fight global injustice or “worldsuck.” NUVO: Did you always want to write for teenagers? JOHN GREEN: I always wanted to write for teenagers, but I always thought they’d publish for adults. NUVO: Is that a notion of reaching audience that comes with less baggage or is that where your voice is? JOHN GREEN: A lot of it is that I like teenage readers because they’re doing so much stuff for the first time, and they’re engaging with these deep philosophical questions for the first time, and they’re doing it so really un-ironically. And they don’t apologize or feel embarrassed about it. That’s the main reason. NUVO: And those distinctions are breaking down in the e-book world...

GREEN: If you read on your Kindle, there’s no erotica section or young adult section. The whole reason 50 Shades of Grey is successful is because while there have been erotic novels like 50 Shades of Grey, many of them better, for decades, they were always in the erotic section of a bookstore where no self-respecting person would fear to tread. Some of it is that the genre distinctions break down, and if they break down for a few thousand Nook or Kindle readers, then those people go to their friends and say, “I just read a great book,” and even if those people don’t have Nooks, they’ll go to the bookstore and buy them. The most encouraging thing to me about the new publishing world is that all of these very rigid genre distinctions that are based around “where will we shelve the book in the store?” are starting to crumble. NUVO: And in a similar sense, you have your own online store to sell work by yourself and others (dftba.com, a marketplace for John Greeninspired projects, from albums to posters).

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GREEN: Yeah, we have a way of doing it really efficiently. It’s nice because one of my favorite things about all of the work that I do is the work that is done in response to it. In a lot of ways, I think that my books and my videos are responses to other projects — and to see other projects, in turn, continue to grow from the stuff that I’m making is really, really cool. Before, there was no efficient way for you to say, “I like that artwork, and I want to own it, and I want to find a way to give the person who made it more that fifty cents.” We think it’s a good business, but I think one of the driving factors is that if there’s a talented artist in Malaysia who deserves to be able to pay for college through her art, then we’d like to make that happen. „

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CONGRATULATIONS

... to our Marian University students, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees for making NUVO’s list of Best Indy Colleges

Marian University serves a student body of more than 2,500 traditional and adult students studying to become outstanding nurses, teachers, church leaders, scientists, business leaders, musicians, artists, and now doctors. Our athletes have earned 22 USA Cycling national championships and the 2012 NAIA Football National Championship.

Come see all the ways we’re building a great Catholic university in a great American city. Marian University. Educating Leaders.


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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS You've got a couple more months to check out the BIGGEST EXHIBITION OF ALL TIME — wait, no, it was the biggest movie of all time. In any case, Avatar: The Exhibition at The Children's Museum is definitely worth a visit before Sept. 22 because a) it's a good way to prepare your children for living on a globally warmed, natural resource depleted planet (they'll have to learn sometime); b) you can pretend to be a Na'vi (in an awesome motioncapture chamber) and create Pandora plants; and c) there are real-live props and costumes. 3000 N. Meridian St., 334-4000, childrensmuseum.org 2nd: Indianapolis Museum of Art 3rd: Indiana State Museum LOCAL ART GALLERY

INDIANAPOLIS ART CENTER Yes, it hosts art classes and camps for kids and adults — but the Indianapolis Art Center can also be thought of as a giant gallery (or several smaller galleries if you prefer). This summer you can check out a typically diverse showcase for artists from around the country that's anchored by a group show, Under Construction, featuring work created using tape, debris and sod. And that's only inside: Out in the ArtsPark you can check out Lee Littlefield's whimsical sculptures that blend animal and plant life in a whimsical, Seussical fashion. Shows rotate quarterly and feature a mix of local and national artists. 820 E. 67th St., 255-2464, indplsartcenter.org 2nd: Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery 3rd: Harrison Center for the Arts LOCAL VISUAL ARTIST

KYLE RAGSDALE It's the first year that we've asked you to pick the town's best visual artist — but it's a good bet that Kyle Ragsdale would have won this category

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if we introduced it a decade ago. Ragsdale has been active and well loved for about 20 years now, both for his own work (shadowy, stately, halfremembered) and for working with others as curator of the Harrison Art Gallery (since 2002) and a set designer and painter for Phoenix Theatre (since 2004). And he's been a genuine arts enthusiast since he got here; here's what Ragsdale told NUVO in 2005: “I think that this is a great town to be an artist. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love and that people are buying paintings.” kyleragsdale.com 2nd: Jamie Price 3rd: Kipp Normand LOCAL AUTHOR

JOHN GREEN See feature, page 18. johngreenbooks.com 2nd: Richard Propes 3rd: David Bagdade LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS GROUP

INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA It's been a heck of a year for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, which seems to have righted the ship after a 2012-13 season that included a month-long lockout, a fundraising campaign that went to zero hour (but proved successful!) and the installation of a new CEO imported from the Cleveland Symphony. But the show went on — including some remarkable ones, like a world premiere of an “improv” concerto written for ensemble-in-residence Time for Three and a concert featuring members of NYC's NewAm collective (now an ISO partner). And we can't wait to see what music director Krzysztof Urbanski will do in what might be thought of as his first full season. 45 Monument Circle 639-4300, indianapolissymphony.org 2nd: Dance Kaleidoscope 3rd: Indianapolis Children’s Choir


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Indiana Repertory Theatre; pictured, their spring 2013 production of ‘The Whipping Man’.

LOCAL COMEDY VENUE OR GROUP

CRACKERS COMEDY CLUBS Like an old buddy vying for a laugh, Crackers Comedy Clubs have, since 1980, been there for you, sometimes bringing in stars, others just opening up the mic for the best in local talent. There are other places to laugh, sure; Morty's has been a formidable opponent and ComedySportz has held its own in the improv comedy world. But through the '80s comedy fad and the rise and fall of magicians and prop comics, through relocations and downsizing, Crackers endures. Upcoming comedians include Jamie Kennedy (Aug. 22-24), Josh Nseed (Aug. 28-31), Tim Statum (Sept. 4-7), and Bobby Lee (Sept. 11-14). 247 S. Meridian St., 631-3536; 6281 N. College Ave., 255-4211; crackerscomedy.com 2nd: ComedySportz 3rd: Morty's Comedy Joint BURLESQUE TROUPE

ANGEL BURLESQUE Probably the city’s most elaborately staged troupe, Angel tends to assemble epic and ridiculously over-the-top tales around a central theme. Also, Jeff Angel is hands-down one of the greatest emcees in the city. You can see them at Crackers on a frequent basis for Open Bra Nights (like a comedy open mic night only with pasties), at this year's IndyFringe Festival (reinterpreting fairy tales) and at September's third annual Miss/Mr. TaTas and Tiaras Open Bra Pageant, a benefit for the Indy AIDS Fund. Because who wants to fight for social justice without having a little fun on the side? angelburlesque.com 2nd: Crème de les Femmes 3rd: The Rocket Doll Revue

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LOCAL LIVE THEATER INDIANA REPERTORY

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Steven Stolen left the IRT as managing director this summer, but artistic director Janet Allen remains at the helm for the theater's 42nd season, which offers a nice mix of classics and new work. On the marquee are an adaptation of Robert Fagles' translation of The Iliad, called An Iliad; playwrightin-residence James Still's oft-produced and then they came for me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank; a trip through the world of Kurt Vonnegut, Who Am I This Time? (and other conundrums of love), adapted by Aaron Posner; and The Mountaintop, starring IRT vet David Alan Anderson as Martin Luther King, Jr. 140 W. Washington St., 635-5252; irtlive.com 2nd: IndyFringe Basile Theatre 3rd: Phoenix Theatre LOCAL FILM FESTIVAL

HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL Chalk up another win for Heartland Film Festival, an annual showcase for uplifting films that awards some of the biggest prizes in the world and makes a point of treating filmmakers with style and projecting their work in the best possible conditions. Last year's winners were Cairo 678, a drama about sexual harassment in Egypt that took home $100,000; biking documentary Rising from Ashes ($25,000); and the animated short film Head over Heels ($10,000), which was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award. This year's festival runs Oct. 17-26, and keep an eye on Heartland's website for programs throughout the rest of the year, including First Friday screenings in its Fountain Square headquarters. trulymovingpictures.org/ heartland-film-festival 2nd: Indy Film Fest 3rd: Indy LGBT Film Fest


SHOPPING • MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE • FOOD&DRINK • LOCAL ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT Well, we couldn't say, because we’re kind of fond of all three neighborhoods. But Mass Ave remains a consistently excellent place to hang out, see a show, grab a drink, get your hair coiffed, monitor your health, buy some toys, sip some coffee, eat some pizza, then some tacos, hear a little jazz, buy a bespoke suit, catch a literary reading and knock back some wine. 2nd: Fountain Square 3rd: Broad Ripple

LOCAL FESTIVAL

CIRCLE CITY IN PRIDE This makes two years in a row that Circle City IN Pride has been your pick for best local festival. The week-plus-long fest includes concerts, dances, pet walks and other fun. But the big event remains Saturday's parade and festival, which starts at Mass Ave and College and debouches onto the American Legion Mall, where the afternoon crosses into evening to the sound of 26 performers and DJs. And the numbers were impressive this year: 85,000 festival attendees, 35,000 parade watchers, 600 dogs and 5 cats at Pet Pride and 350 bladers at Pride Skate. circlecityinpride.org 2nd: Fifth Third Bank Broad Ripple Art Fair 3rd: Indy Irish Fest

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LOCAL PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION

LOVE (ROBERT INDIANA), IMA GROUNDS After being knocked off the top for a year by 46 for XLVI, Robert Indiana's oft-reproduced LOVE statue reclaims its place in your collective hearts. You'll be able to see a whole lot more Robert Indiana beginning Feb. 16, when the first print retrospective of Indiana's graphic art, The Essential Robert Indiana , will open at the IMA. The show will include more than 50 works, including 20 from the IMA's collection, ranging from homages to Picasso and Charles DeMuth to 21 autoportraits created by the artist throughout his life. It'll be accompanied by a 150-page, illus-

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trated monograph issued in both hardcover and enhanced digital formats. 4000 N. Michigan Road, 923-1331, imamuseum.org 2nd: Ann Dancing (Julian Opie), Mass Ave 3rd: 46 for XLVI (Super Bowl mural project )

LOCAL CULTURAL DISTRICT/NEIGHBORHOOD

MASS AVE The times are a-changing in this category. Broad Ripple took a nosedive to third, Fountain Square moved up to second and Mass Ave finds itself scoring as the very best cultural district in town. Why?

There's no better spot for young lovers than our brightly-lit, paddle boat-filled, Segway-infested canal. No better place for joggers either — though, joggers, you'll need to watch out for those young lovers canoodling in the corner, right beside that lovely mural installed as part of 46 for XLVI. Gondola rides are cheesy as hell but sometimes just the right thing to start off or end the night. And you never know what you'll run across as you move into the museum district — maybe an outdoor screening or a Shakespeare in the Park show. inwhiteriver.com 2nd: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres 3rd: Eagle Creek Park LOCAL COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

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LOCAL ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT • FOOD&DRINK • MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE • SHOPPING Schrott Center for the Arts is a nifty, state-of-the-art theater that's just the right size for productions that would've felt oversized by Clowes Hall. Its authors' series continues to bring in some of the best and brightest across poetry and prose, some of whom end up stopping by the Efryomson Center for Creative Writing for an in-depth workshop or additional talk. And the Center for Urban Ecology is showing how public/academic partnerships can end up benefitting both students and the city at large. And while Brad Stevens may have departed, we're pretty sure Butler basketball will remain competitive and nationally renowned. 4600 Sunset Ave., 368-6852, butler.edu 2nd: IUPUI 3rd: Marian University LOCAL BLOG/WEBSITE

DO317.COM Just in case anyone's muttering about the local element here, we should say that Do317.com is a locally-owned site launched in partnership with DoStuff Media, which has helped launch similar area-code-titled sites in St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities around the country. But beyond the calendar functionality of the Do317. com site (which works by elevating certain events according to votes by site tastemakers as well as ordinary users), the biggest way Do317.com contributes to the city is via the Do317 Lounge, which hosts a bunch of concerts (no accident; the guys behind Do317.com also run MOKB Presents) in Big Car's old space in the Murphy Art Center. 2nd: HistoricIndianapolis.com 3rd: UrbanIndy.com

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Pictured: brand new Butler Bulldogs coach Brandon Miller, right; Butler was voted best local college or university.

LOCAL RADIO STATION

WFYI 90.1 Another win for WFYI, which remains one of the city's only resources for news and public affairs programming on the terrestrial dial that isn't anchored by lunatics and conspiracists (we're looking at you, WIBC). It was great to see the station's John Krull-hosted call-in show, No Limits, expand to two days a week; and we're happy to hear

Sound Medicine still doing its rational, responsible part to cut through all the noise associated with medical and science reporting. And the evening programming just gets better and better, with Radiolab and The Moth Radio Hour on the schedule. Now if only On the Media could find a spot... WFYI.org 2nd: WTTS 92.3 3rd: WZPL 99.5


LOCAL ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT • FOOD&DRINK • MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE • SHOPPING Association of Black Journalists and on the board of the Indianapolis Press Club and the IUPUI University Library, Morehead's an Anderson, Ind., native who came to Indy from Grand Rapids, spending time working for Koppel Communications in Washington, D.C. in between. WTHR.com 2nd: Angela Ganote (WXIN) 3rd: Debby Knox (WISH)

LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY

BOB AND TOM What would life be like without Bob and Tom cackling away during drive time? Kristi Lee would have to fend off raunchy barbs from, say, random bartenders. Chick McGee would be forced to dispense advice under the moniker of Sir Self-Evident. Steve Allee — well, he'd still have gigs playing piano, but he'd be hard-pressed to find work in the song parody world. Countless comedians wouldn't have to work off their hangovers at truck stops and diners — though they might get a little more sleep. bobandtom.com 2nd: Dave Smiley 3rd: Matthew Socey

Thank you, Nuvo readers, for honoring me as one of Indy’s Best Local Authors. I very much appreciate your support and your votes!

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DAVE CALABRO (WTHR)

LOCAL TELEVISION STATION

WTHR-13 (NBC)

— David Bagdade, author of A Year in Mudville: An Oral History of Casey Stengel and the Original Mets, published in Indy by Fortnight Books.

Your favorite TV station is in the midst of personnel changes this summer. Larry Delia, a VP at WXIN, has taken over as President and GM at WTHR, while Angela Buchmann, who sat out a year after leaving WISH, will likely take over as WTHR's chief meteorologist upon the departure of Chris Wright (who made the same WISH-to-WTHR shift when he took over that job more than a decade ago). Which brings up an important question: Who will host the Brain Game, that weekly quiz bowl show that seems like it was imported from the late '50s? WTHR.com 2nd: WFYI-20 (PBS) 3rd: WXIN-59 (FOX)

A Year in Mudville is available in print or as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and other fine retail outlets, or from ayearingmudville.com or mandodave.com.

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Dave Calabro’s voice can be heard virtually seven days a week on Channel 13. Anchoring sports on Eyewitness News during weeknights, since 1992, and hosting SportsJam Sunday nights at 11:20 p.m. keeps Calabro busy. You heard his voice long before he joined Eyewitness News; he’s worked as a track announcer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1985. Calabro has won four regional Emmy’s Before joining the team at WTHR, he worked at WDTN-TV in Dayton. 2nd: Anthony Calhoun (WISH) 3rd: Chris Hagan (WXIN)

ANDREA MOREHEAD (WTHR)

LOCAL METEOROLOGIST/FORECASTER

Congrats to Morehead, the Emmy winning-anchor of the 5 and 11 p.m. editions of Eyewitness News who's been with the station since 1999. In that time she's traveled to plenty of major sports events (NBA Championships, Summer and Winter Olympics, Final Fours), while picking up plenty of regional Emmys. A member of the Indianapolis

Indy's friendliest weatherman (though not funniest; that distinction goes to Paul Poteet), Chuck Lofton handles the SkyTrak weather forecasts on Sunrise from 4:30 to 7 a.m., and then updates weather buffs through the morning during the Today Show. He also reports for WFMS 95.5, WARM 93.9 and

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WLBC in Muncie. Lofton was named National Broadcaster of the Year for the National Weather Association, in recognition of a career that's included reporting on the International Space Station at Kennedy Space Center. He's been a Master of Ceremonies for the American Heart Association, Promise Keepers and Good News Mission. 2nd: Paul Poteet (WZPL) 3rd: Angela Buchman (WTHR) LOCAL PRO SPORTS TEAM

COLTS Go, Horse! Even in a year that saw the Pacers a win away from the finals (you can eat it,

Heat Nation), you've opted to pay your tribute to the mighty Indianapolis Colts, who bounced back last year from what seemed like the worst season in recorded history, inspired to play their best for coach Chuck Pagano, who successfully battered his cancer into remission during the course of the season. And while it may have been a risky move to let Peyton Manning leave town, Andrew Luck more than delivered in his rookie year, playing smartly and effectively. colts.com 2nd: Pacers 3rd: Fever

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BUTLER BULLDOGS BASKETBALL The big news of the summer for the Butler Bulldogs is the departure of super-coach and ageless wonder Brad Stevens, who took an offer that simply couldn't be refused and became head coach of the Boston Celtics. The university was quick to name his successor, 34-year-old assistant coach Brandon Miller, a 2003 graduate who played for the Bulldogs as a point guard in the pre-Stevens era. What all this means remains to be seen, but it's hard not to feel good for Stevens and the university — after all, who would've thought a decade ago of a Butler coach moving directly to the bigs? 2nd: Naptown Roller Girls 3rd: Circle City Derby Girls LOCAL PLACE TO VOLUNTEER

HUMANE SOCIETY OF INDIANAPOLIS The Humane Society once again swept our two non-profit categories this year, winning for both local place to volunteer and local charitable event. It's been a busy summer for the society, which offered big discounts on cats in order to alleviate the load on Indy Animal Control. The society's mission is to ensure that “all Central Indiana animals are treated with dignity and respect and live free from cruelty, harm and neglect” — and they try to achieve that goal through providing all manner of ser-

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vices for shelter cats and dogs, including home placement and behavioral training. 7929 N. Michigan Rd., 872-5650, indyhumane.org 2nd: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana 3rd: Indy Reads LOCAL CHARITABLE EVENT

MUTT STRUT BENEFITING HUMANE SOCIETY OF INDIANAPOLIS What could be more fun than walking around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track? We know: Walking around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track with your loved one in tow (meaning your dog — or in very odd circumstances, your incredibly obedient cat). Indy Humane's Mutt Strut is a super-fun morning and afternoon for an excellent cause. And it makes a ton of cash: $400,000 from this year's Strut, held in late April. And it's just way more fun than any dinner-and-a-lecture held in a conference room. indymuttsrtut.org 2nd: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 3rd: Tonic Ball benefiting Second Helpings

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YEN CHING For 30-plus years, Yen Ching has been serving up an extensive selection of Americanized faves and authentic Chinese dishes (some of which can be ordered from a separate menu written entirely in Mandarin). Starting out life in Nora, Yen Ching moved several years back to a spacious location at 92nd Street and Michigan Road. We hear that members of the Birthday Club will receive a free meal in celebration of their birthday, and as such, we fully advocate joining the Birthday Club. But prices are quite reasonable even if it isn’t your birthday. 9150 Michigan Road, 228-0868, yenchingwest.com. 2nd: Naisa Pan-Asian Café 3rd: Oriental Inn LOCAL JAPANESE RESTAURANT

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SIAM SQUARE Food entrepreneur Ed Rudisell has been busy these past few years, opening Fountain Square’s Siam Square in 2008, Mass Ave’s Black Market in 2011 and the bàhn mi joint Rook in Fletcher Place earlier this year. All have earned top marks from this paper, and you seem to like them too. The flavors at Siam Square are always well-balanced; the curries, properly hot but sumptuous; and the thom yum lemongrass soup is tangy, scintillating fare. And it’s a good-looking space, painted and festooned in the reds, oranges and yellows of curry, with obligatory photos of Thailand to set the mood.

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ounded in 1960 and operated pretty much continuously since then, Eastside’s Historic Steer-In Diner is a greasy spoon that makes you wish cholesterol didn’t count. Quaint and slightly antiquated, it’s the type of place where the highest honor achieved is to be on a first-name basis with the waitresses and the short order cooks, who look up from the hash to raise a spatula your way — a salute that says “I know just how runny you like your eggs.” And those regulars showed up in droves this year in the Best of Indy poll. It’s rare for a write-in candidate to place, let alone win a category. The Steer-in was represented in four, winning Best Pork Tenderloin, and taking 3rd place for Best Pizza, 2nd for best brunch and 3rd for Budget-Minded dining. The menu is as long as a novel, with every chapter as enticing as the last. Breakfast isn’t fancy, just robust and exactly what you had in mind. For example, the 10th Street Skillet is an unapologetic serving of biscuits and gravy with two eggs, potatoes and cheddar cheese, and a declaration that you are there to enjoy yourself. Most of the edible highlights are on the lunch/dinner menu. The meatball sub is

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Seems like every time you turn around there’s a new outpost of the Japanese mini-chain Naked Tchopstix. This year saw the opening of a food court location, Ban by Naked Tchopstix, in the newly renovated Fashion Mall. Sushi is promptly made to order for beleaguered shoppers, and there’s a hot bar, too, running $10 a pound. Plus, a full-scale restaurant should open later this summer in Anson, the master-planned community west of Zionsville. That makes, by our last count, four restaurants (in Broad Ripple, Carmel, Fort Wayne and Newport, Ky.), plus three food court locations (Fashion Mall, Hoosier Park in Anderson and the Airport). Seven locations, 252-5555 (Broad Ripple) tchopstix.com 2nd: Sakura Japanese Restaurant 3rd: Ichiban Noodles

936 Virginia Ave., 636-8424, siamsquareindy.com 2nd: Thai Café 3rd: Thai Spice Steer-In Diner’s Pork Tenderloin

the best in the city — even with new contenders vying for the crown. Its baseballsize mashups of veal, beef and Italian sausage are strong on the garlic and pair perfectly with the homemade marinara sauce and asiago cheese atop an oventoasted baguette. Other home runs include the beef and noodles, made with such care your mother would be envious. The noodles, made daily, are tender, the gravy is rich, and the

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beef shows its slow cooking. For groups that can’t decide, splitting a Chicago-style stuffed pizza should settle the argument. The crust is thick and moist until the crisp top layer. Cheese is abundant and the toppings are of your own choosing. Establishments like the Steer-In are what made Indy edible before fine dining was part of the city’s culinary lexicon. It’s about good people making good food at a good price. „

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INDIA GARDEN Sometimes we stray, but when we come back, hungry, bereft, seeking Indian comfort food of the most reasonably priced and endless variety, India Garden is there for us, with its two convenient locations (Downtown and Broad Ripple) and endless supply of naan, both plain and garlic-flavored. Options abound for both vegetarians and meat, and it’s all restrainedly spiced, because this is a buffet for all. Plus, you can come back for the dinner menu if you want


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something hotter or more exotic; this writer recommends kicking up a notch the excellent bhindi masala (baby okra sauteed in onions, tomatoes and spices). 830 Broad Ripple Ave., 253-6060; 207 N. Delaware St., 634-6060; indiagardenindy.com 2nd: Shalimar 3rd: India Palace LOCAL ITALIAN RESTAURANT

MAMA CAROLLA’S Oh, Mama. You may distract yourself with new beaus — well, just one, the breakfast spot Good Morning Momma. But we know you’ve given your heart to that sprawling villa on the Monon, with its ornamental fencing, old-world brickwork and many false entrances. And, Mama, this town loves you just as much as you love that home (built, by the way, as a model home during a particularly adventurous, pan-architectural pre-Depression period). Your classic, dependable, full-flavored offerings (including a standout chicken lasagna and eggplant puttanesca) welcome us in a warm, garlicky embrace, broken only with a quaff of querceto chianti. 1031 E. 54th St., 259-9412, mamacarollas.com 2nd: Iaria’s Italian Restaurant 3rd: Iozzo’s Garden of Italy LOCAL LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT

EL SOL DE TALA It’s always fun to cross the threshold from an uninspiring stretch of Washington Street to the El Sol’s faux Mexican courtyard interior, complete with working fountain. You can find typical Mexican faves here — some topped or cooked in an excellent mole sauce — but what most impresses is El Sol’s commitment to the vegetarian diner. Our favorite filling for vegetarian dishes is the huitlacoche — also known as corn truffle, corn fungus, or least appetizingly, corn smut. It grows like mutant cauliflower on an infected corn cob — and it is earthily delicious, particularly when combined with corn, onion and spices at El Sol. 2444 E. Washington St., 636-1250, elsoldetala.com 2nd: La Hacienda 3rd: El Rodeo

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LOCAL GREEK OR MEDITERRANEAN

SANTORINI GREEK KITCHEN Rising like the phoenix (and that word does come to us from the ancient Greek) after a fire that left it briefly closed a few years back, Santorini is a charming, family-owned and -friendly restaurant that’s a sure bet for any starting off their night in Fountain Square. You can’t miss it on Prospect just south of the fountain; there is no bluer building in Indianapolis. That’s true respect for the Greek flag right there. Belly dancers drop by on most weekend nights, and the patio is perfect during the summer. As always, we highly recommend the galaktaboureko for dessert. 1417 Prospect St., 917-1117, santorini-greek-kitchen.com 2nd: Greek Islands 3rd: BARcelona Tapas LOCAL MIDDLE EASTERN OR AFRICAN RESTAURANT

SAFFRON CAFÉ A blast of color and spice in the shadow of the brutalist Minton-Capeheart Federal Building, Saffron Cafe has fast become a downtown international dining staple. Chef Anass Sentissi, who also happens to be an expert Middle Eastern percussionist, is something of an entrepreneur: He opened his second restaurant, the Moroccan don’t-call-it-fast-food stop Poccadio, in Broad Ripple last year. Both are excellent bets, but Saffron is where you’ll find dishes that take that little bit (or lot bit) of extra time, from a classic paella (with shrimp, salmon, mussels, chicken and more) to lamb honey (a honey-glazed leg roasted with pears, prunes and apricots). 621 Fort Wayne Ave., 917-0131, saffroncafe-indy.com 2nd: Bosphorus Istanbul Café 3rd: Egyptian Café LOCAL ENGLISH PUB OR CELTIC FOOD

CHATHAM TAP Another Mass Ave hotspot, this pub is the ideal destination for a beer and a snack after taking in a show or a concert downtown. Nightly drink specials, well-crafted cocktails, local beers and an incredible menu augment the outdoor seating. A large


Located on the east end of Mass Ave

745 Massachusetts Avenue (317)974-0745 www.massavepub.com

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LOCAL FOOD&DRINK • MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE • SHOPPING • ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT selection of European imported beer and a focus on soccer makes this an attraction for Euro-minded city-dwellers. The pub’s small but charming seating section out back adjoins an offshoot of the Cultural Trail featuring the fragrant art installation Chatham Passage (essentially a scent machine below a Corten steel grate that emits a faint floral aroma). 719 Massachusetts Ave., 917-8425, chathamtap.com 2nd: Red Lion Grog House 3rd: MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar LOCAL DELI OR SANDWICH SHOP

SHAPIRO’S DELICATESSEN News came down the pike this summer that Shapiro’s would be closing its Carmel location — but, really, the South Meridian storefront has all the charm, with its old-school linoleum and sometimes mouthy line cooks. Yes, we all know they serve giant, heart-stopping corned beef and pastrami sandwiches — and those are acceptable indulgences every once in a while. But those looking for the best food-to-price ratio will opt for the dinners — baked chicken, stuffed peppers or cabbage, meatloaf — which come with a couple sides, a slice of bread, a pickle and should also leave you absolutely stuffed. 808 S. Meridian St., 631-4041, shapiros.com 2nd: Goose the Market 3rd: Ripple Bagel & Deli LOCAL BURGERS

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Ave and Alabama. Two other restaurants have tried and failed there in short order, but for no good reason: The patio, facing a triangular pocket park, is a happening spot, one of the best for people watching in the city; and the space itself is slender, extensively windowed and enough off Mass Ave that you can probably find a good parking spot. And, oh yeah, the burgers are great: the bread rolls nothing short of perfect, the toppings well thought out and complementary to the succulent meat. 410 Massachusetts Ave., 635-4278, bruonmass.com 2nd: Workingman’s Friend 3rd: Boogie Burger LOCAL PIZZA

BAZBEAUX Sure, the latest thing is that thin crust, Italian style with dollops of fresh mozzarella and very little sauce, but we feel a certain sense of loyalty to those on the vanguard of pizza excellence in this town. Bazbeaux occupies three quite convenient locations on Mass Ave and in Broad Ripple and Carmel. That Mass Ave spot moved across the street a little while back, adding an excellent bar area and moving all seating above ground. The menu’s dependable, ranging from fully-loaded carnivorous options (the Tchoupitoulas, with its Cajun shrimp, peppers and Andouille sausage) to veggie pies that draw on the whole garden. 811 E. Westfield Blvd.(multiple locations), 2555711; 333 Massachusetts Ave., 636-7662; 111 W. Main St., 848-4488 bazbeaux.com

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2nd: Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza 3rd: Indy’s Historic Steer-In LOCAL STEAK

ST. ELMO STEAK HOUSE We’ll take it from NUVO’s food critic emeritus Neil Charles: “There can be doubt that, since I first dined at St. Elmo over 20 years ago, the quality of their meat has improved enormously, quite an achievement when one considers the sheer volume of cattle passing through its various kitchens.” And it was pretty damn good to begin with. New York Strips are every bit as tender and properly aged as you’d expect. And you really can’t go wrong with any other cuts, notably the filet mignon (more or less perfect, night in, night out). 127 S. Illinois St., 635-0636, stelmos.com 2nd: Harry & Izzy’s 3rd: Peterson’s Restaurant LOCAL WINGS

SCOTTY’S BREWHOUSE A sports bar is only as good as its wings, and you’ve opted for Scotty’s. They’re available with a variety of sauces, five of which are available in take-home bottles (mo’fo hot, mo’fo mild, bar-bq, spicy bar-b-q and mo’fo mustard), as well as the quite excellent garlic teriyaki, mo’fo thai peanut and old mainstay honey mustard. Boneless wings are, of course, available. All the above options go well with any of Scotty’s homemade Thr3e Wise Men brews, though the paler the better if you’re opting for hotter varieties — the Centennial Martyr Double IPA should have the

stones to stand up to even the mo’fo sauce. 1 Virginia Ave.,571-0808; 3905 E. 96th St., 574-0101; scottysbrewhouse.com 2nd: Chatham Tap 3rd: Ale Emporium LOCAL PORK TENDERLOIN

INDY’S HISTORIC STEER-IN Best Local Tenderloin is a distinction not to be taken lightly. So it’s a real coup for Indy’s Historic Steer-In diner to take the title this year. And as a write-in pick, no less. Like many others around the city, Steer-In’s is the size of a catcher’s mitt, but it sets itself apart with the evident freshness of their juicy cuts of pork. It’s not extravagant, just a well-seasoned slice of pig that packs flavor in every bite. See pg. 30 for feature on Steer-in . 5130 E. 10th St., 356-0996, steerin.net 2nd: Mug-N-Bun 3rd: Edwards Drive-In LOCAL COFFEEHOUSE

HUBBARD & CRAVENS COFFEE AND TEA Drive by Hubbard & Cravens’ production facility on 52nd Street and that smell of coffee wafting in the breeze will tell you that H&C is committed to fresh ingredients, locally prepared — from its new food menu to those beans that will soon enough be ground and brewed at one of its three neighborhood locations (a Carmel outpost was added recently to its Meridian-Kessler and Broad Ripple locations), or one of its several downtown stands.


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LOCAL FOOD&DRINK • MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE • SHOPPING • ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT Baristas in all locations are top-notch, as capable of crafting a latte with an apple shape on the top as, say, a fancy-pants vanilla soy milk mocha. 4930 N. Pennsylvania St., 251-5161; 6229 Carrollton Ave., 803-4155; 703 Veterans Way, 805-1888; hubbardandcravens.com. 2nd: Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company 3rd: Monon Coffee Company

in a while. The carnivorous picks always outnumber veggie options, after all. But we figure you’re giving props to Yats for even having vegetarian options — and for always giving you two to three on any given trip. The B&B is an old standby (black beans and carmelized corn; best served with a dollop of sour cream) as is the spinach and mushroom etouffee — and good old succotash, which is just fun to say. Seven locations, 253-8817 (College Ave.), yatscajuncreole.com 2nd: 3 Sisters Cafe 3rd: Duos Kitchen

LOCAL BREAKFAST/BRUNCH DINING

CAFÉ PATACHOU Everything that Patachou chief Martha Hoover touches turns to gold, from Napolese to Petite Chou to GELO. But let’s not forget that her Midas touch first alighted on the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood, where the first Cafe Patachou opened in 1989. And those breakfasts are just as good as they’ve always been, from Bon Appetit-approved omelettes (including a new option, The Julia, made with Smoking Goose jowl bacon and swiss) to the broken yolk sandwiches (there’s another new option there, using Smoking Goose apple chicken sausage) to less ornate options like their original recipe granola and Cuban breakfast featuring black beans, rice and a fried egg. Five locations, 925-2823 (Pennsylvania Ave.); cafepatachou.com 2nd: Indy’s Historic Steer-In 3rd: 3 Sisters Cafe

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mended 24-hour stop for unadorned diner food. As our own Barfly puts it, “There’s no better way to attack tomorrow’s hangover than a hearty, greasy breakfast at the Peppy. Just spend those last hours of the morning people watching. The Peppy crowd is an odd mix of hipsters, cops and street people.” And, of course, there’s plenty more than breakfast, including dirt-cheap hamburgers, not-that-much-more-expensive cuts of meat, milkshakes, pies and, believe it or not, salads. 1004 Virginia Ave., 637-1158, peppygrill.com 2nd: HotBox Pizza 3rd: Ripple Bagel & Deli

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We wouldn’t mind seeing a few more veggie options on Yats menu — or a few new options every once

ST. ELMO STEAK HOUSE No surprise here: St. Elmo tops your list for best upscale dining and its offshoot (with two locations: downtown and on 86th Street) comes in at number two. Newcomer Recess, with its clever prix fixe menu and lack of large steaks and horseradish-infused dish-

es, can only hope to place. Celebrity endorsements of St. Elmo abound, of course. We’ll add one: Comedian Lewis Black says St. Elmo is one of his favorite things about Indy, both because of the quality of the food and because they deliver. See, it’s even good in lonely hotel rooms. But better at the restaurant itself. 127 S. Illinois St., 635-0636, stelmos.com 2nd: Harry & Izzy’s 3rd: Recess LOCAL BUDGET-MINDED DINING

YATS You never quite know where you’ll find a Yats. Within the past couple years, locations have opened up in Carmel, at Traders Point and in The Avenue (that new mixed-use building on 10th Street near IUPUI). And the Mass Ave location is on the move and should re-open at 885 Mass Ave. in August. But some things stay the same. The low prices: $6.25 for a full dish, $7.25 for half and half (no credit cards on College

Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant

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We would like to thank everyone who voted for us. You are the reason that we are able to continue doing what we love. We would also like to thank our hard working staff. Our staff is the most important part of our restaurant and we couldn’t do it without them. We at Mama’s strive to create an atmosphere where you can enjoy delicious Italian food and wine at reasonable prices. We are very proud and appreciative to have been voted #1.” Grazie, Mama

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LOCAL FOOD&DRINK • MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE • SHOPPING • ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT Avenue). The dishes: Sure there are new options every so often, but you can depend on the chili cheese etoufee, chicken creole and B & B just about daily. Seven locations, yatscajuncreole.com 2nd: Papa Roux 3rd: Indy’s Historic Steer-In LOCAL ROMANTIC DINING

MAMA CAROLLA’S A perennial winner. It just goes to show that our notions of romance haven’t changed that much since the Elizabethan era. We all fancy ourselves Romeo and/or Juliet — or maybe Lucy in a Room with a View — being swept away by Italy’s crumbling monumentality, sultry fertility, operatic intensity, carb-loaded sauce-ity and cinched-tight codpiece-ity. And because we don’t really feel like flying over a cliff or have an expense account for European travel, we’re pretty sure Mama Carolla’s will satisfy our needs. A bottle of wine tends to effectively fuel the imagination, after all. 1031 E. 54th St., 259-9412, mamacarollas.com 2nd: St. Elmo Steak House 3rd: The Eagle’s Nest

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ST. ELMO STEAK HOUSE At St. Elmo there’s a good chance your server has been working his job for 20 or 30 years. Lorenza Acuna, who, in 1997, won the Rose Award for service and hospitality (that’s a program for non-managerial hospitality employees presented by Visit Indy), has about 37 years under his belt. A few other guys have been around since 1989. Most of

them have good celebrity stories, and they might share if you’re nice. But if you just want excellent, black-tie service with effortless grace, minimum fuss and maximum respect for the customer, St. Elmo is good for that too. 127 S. Illinois St., 635-0636, stelmos.com 2nd: Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza 3rd: Bazbeaux LOCAL WINERY

EASLEY WINERY You can’t really turn around without hearing that Easley won another award. The downtown winery won 14 awards of gold or higher in competitions across the country in 2012. And 2013 is looking pretty good too: Easley won a gold medal for its Traminette varietal at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Beyond the wine, Easley’s Groovin’ in the Garden concert series makes it a fun place to hang out on any Saturday afternoon. The season runs through Sept. 28 and includes breezy, upbeat faves like the Stacie Sandoval Duo, 3:1 Band and Indiana Island Band. 205 N. College Ave., 636-4516, easleywinery.com 2nd: Oliver Winery 3rd: Mallow Run Winery WINE LIST

ST. ELMO STEAK HOUSE Want to really impress your clients/mistresses/ manstresses/political representatives? Snag the 12-seat table in St. Elmo’s wine cellar. It’s

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private, swanky and affords ease of access to the steakhouse’s 10,000-plus bottles, including “super” bottle options that are very, very expensive ($8000 for a hefty double magnum of Cristal) to the altogether more reasonable (plenty of sub-$50 bottles, with extensive representation from Australia, Italy, Spain and the Bordeaux and Rhone regions). Wine Spectator has given St. Elmo its Award of Excellence for several years running. 127 S. Illinois St., 635-0636, stelmos.com 2nd: Corner Wine Bar 3rd: Tastings BEER LIST

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A non-traditional bånh mi joint serving up Vietnamese-style sandwiches with influences from all of Asia Located in Historic Fletcher Place 719 Virginia Avenue 317.759.5828 www.rookindy.com

One of the most exciting food destinations in Indy where you can enjoy fantastic food with eccentric beer, wine and cocktail offerings Located on the East End 922 Massachusetts Ave 317.822.6757 www.blackmarketindy.net

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The food’s pretty good, too, but as the hours roll on, most visitors to Twenty Tap are coming to take advantage of its titular draft beer offerings (actually more than 38 are on tap at a given time), which pay due tribute to Indiana craft brewers while including a few out-of-state offerings to round out the spectrum. You’ve got your stouts and IPAS, your pales and your tripels, your pilsners and your kolsches — and a knowledgeable, beer-loving staff to dole out recommendations. And while prices are never unreasonable, there’s always a $3.50 pint of the day for budget conscious drinkers. 5406 N. College Ave., 602-8840, twentytap.com 2nd: Sun King Tasting Room 3rd: Shallo’s Antique Restaurant & Brewhaus

PLACE TO DRINK LOCAL BEER

SUN KING TASTING ROOM You never quite know who or what you’ll run into at Sun King’s tasting room, adjacent to its downtown production facility. Typical visits might find the place hopping with folks stopping by on the way home from work, quaffing down seasonals like Grapefruit Jungle or Mythological Wonder. But as often as not there’s something special going on, from parties and concerts to Indy Film Fest screenings. All that programming goes to show that a) Sun King is a great community partner and b) it’s not always about the beer — mostly, but not always. 135 N. College Ave., 602-3702, sunkingbrewing.com 2nd: Twenty Tap 3rd: Tomlinson Tap Room FOOD TRUCK

SCRATCH STREET FOOD Comfort food — and that’s what Scratch says it offers, “modern comfort food” — can take a lot of forms. Sure, you’ve got your Scratch Burger, a 1/3 pound custom-ground patty topped with gorgonzola and a bacon marmalade that’s so popular you can buy it in jars around town. And your spicy chicken cone (chicken tenders with mango jalapeno slaw and ancho chile aioli). But it’s the stuff that’s comfort-inducing even though it’s unfamiliar that really impresses. Mama never served poutine, panna cotta, or basil lemonade, but damn if they don’t trigger all the same endorphins. scratchtruck.com 2nd: West Coast Tacos 3rd: Duos Indy


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CREATION CAFÉ Creation Cafe’s decks is one of the best peoplewatching spots on the Canal (assuming those people make it all the way to the 10th Street end). Plus it’s kind of fun to feel like the hip, wise dude in the midst of workaday squares — or at least that’s how we feel when we see the way that Buggs Temple (whose first floor Creation Cafe occupies) stands out like a historical curiosity in the middle of an office block. And we like curiosities, not to mention Creation Cafe’s slow-roasted pork nachos, liberally spiced Cuban sandwich and whimsical beer floats. 337 W. 11th St., 955-2389, creationcafeandeuphoria.com 2nd: Flatwater Restaurant 3rd: Iozzo’s Garden of Italy NEW LOCAL RESTAURANT

BLUEBEARD Its name derived from a Vonnegut novel, Bluebeard is bedecked with antique typewriters, including one that is reputed to be a replica of the machine Vonnegut used to write his book. But the restaurant is really like a museum of found objects, including a rail from the old Virginia Avenue trolley line that co-owner Tom Battista has managed to incorporate into the design of the bar. Its offerings include an impressive variety of locally-sourced dishes, including (depending on the day’s offerings) a rabbit loin roulade sourced from Meat the Rabbit and all manner of yeastbased goods baked up at its neighbor (the simi-

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LOCAL RESTAURANT

ST. ELMO STEAK HOUSE You’re in good company recognizing St. Elmo for its many years of excellence and experience, masterfully cooked meats and gracefully shaken cocktails. The steakhouse was recognized last year by the James Beard Foundation —pretty much the foremost national award-granting organization in the food and beverage world — in its America’s Classics category, given to “restaurants with timeless appeal that are beloved for quality food that reflects the character of their community.” The award is granted to restaurants that are locally owned and have been in existence for more than 10 years (St. Elmo was founded in 1902). 127 S. Illinois St., 635-0636, stelmos.com 2nd: Yats 3rd: Papa Roux

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A Great Place To Enjoy Food, Family and Friends

1417 Prospect Street • 317.917.1117 www.santorini-greek-kitchen.com The famous St. Elmo shrimp cocktail. It might be raved and discussed the world over, but there’s only a few places on earth where you can actually sit down and enjoy one. And lucky for you they’re all right here in town.

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LOCAL MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE • SHOPPING • ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT • FOOD&DRINK LOCAL MUSICAL ARTIST/GROUP JENNIE DEVOE In a 2009 article, NUVO writer Wade Coggeshall describes the walls of Indianapolis-based singer-songwriter DeVoe’s home as such, “There also are various NUVO awards on display that DeVoe has collected over the years (honoring her for everything from folk to rock to best overall local talent).” Clear a space on the wall, Jennie, because you’ve got another one. The consistently delightful, fiercely independent DeVoe has chosen what some may see as a surprising path – despite a strong following and lasting interest from major labels, she’s stuck with her own imprint, Rubin The Cat Records, which has helped raise thousands of dollars for different animal advocacy organizations. DeVoe plays dozens of shows locally each year, with a reliable following at each album. What can we say? Indy is DeVoted to Jennie. Jenniedevoe.com 2nd: Recoil 3rd: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band

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here are a lot of options in Indy when it comes to dancing. Broad Ripple clubs start buzzing around 11. Mass Ave’s smattering of LGBTQ clubs are open until the wee hours. Even rock-centric Fountain Square has regular options for fans of DJs and dancing. Or, you can party on South Meridian with Best of Indy DJ winner Matt Allen. “I was introduced to the electronic music scene well over a decade ago,” Allen says. “I was fortunate enough to be a regional artist representative for a national label where I became exposed to its excitement both locally and all over the Midwest.” When he returned home to Indianapolis (the label now defunct), Allen brought that excitement back to the clubs, where he began performing regularly. After a residency at Broad Ripple club Tru, he relocated Downtown, bringing his remixheavy style with him. Allen doesn’t just bring music to the floor — he uses videos too, creating a full-fledged multi-sensory experience. A few examples of his music video mashups: Justice vs Simian vs MGMT (“We Are Your Kids Friends”); Fall Out Boy

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vs Jung Joc ft. Queen (“Sugar Is Going Down”); Smashing Pumpkin vs Rihanna (“Rockstar Zero”). “As I began compiling content, I realized there was a market for such production and begin releasing tracks on remix sites such as beatfreakz and extremeremix and began selling remixes on a national level.” This was a success for Allen, who quickly moved on to bigger collaborations. “This led me to the involvement in several national collectives such as Remix

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Network and 914 Hit Squad where we produce exclusive content for remix DJs around the globe.” Allen calls his style “Blend,” dedicated to his love of high-energy EDM remixes and samples. It’s not just the name of his Saturday night weekly party at 247 Sky Bar — it’s a full fledged brand. And although his mixes have an international audience, Allen is at home right here in Indianapolis. “Indianapolis has a lot of musical talent throughout every genre and [there’s] people working hard to keep music relevant here,” Allen says. “I hope to continue the success we have had with my brand as well as contributing effort to everyone keeping Indianapolis a place where music is important.” Allen makes a point of inviting regional and nationally touring remix artists to share the stage with him. He can’t announce any of those names yet, but they’re guaranteed to be good ones — Allen’s just got that kind of cred. Those interested in listening to some of Allen’s remixes can head to blendnights. com, where he has posted content for the better part of a year. But we recommend you just head straight to Sky Bar and experience the blend live. Grab your dancing shoes. „

LOCAL ROCK ARTIST/GROUP RECOIL First, a disclaimer. Recoil guitarist Darrell Mitchell works at NUVO. And before you ask, no, no, this has nothing to do with the band’s placement in this year’s Best of Indy poll. Recoil’s fans are crazy about this Indy band, voting them tops in Best Rock and Best Cover Band. They’ve mastered hours upon hours of cover tracks, from classics to contemporary radio hits, and they’re ready to enter the studio to record their own tracks in late summer. Everything Recoil does is huge: from fog machines and lights to huge, soaring riffs. Recoil’s a non-stop party band coming soon to a venue near you. reverbnation.com/recoilkick 2nd: The Twin Cats 3rd: Living Proof LOCAL ROOTS/FOLK ARTIST/GROUP REV. PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND Washboard in hand, this fast-churning throwback group whips their crowds into a frenzy. They sell out venues and festival stages both in our city and across the country. They’re a perennial Best of Indy favorite (even though they now make their home in Nashville, Ind.). The Rev, Breezy and Bird Dog Bussell are currently cruising around Europe, but don’t worry — they’ll be back in Indy for the State Fair. In the meantime, you can grab their album Between The Ditches, released last year. bigdamnband.com 2nd: Cara Jean Marcy 3rd: The Cousin Brothers LOCAL PUNK/HARDCORE ARTIST/GROUP GAY BLACK REPUBLICAN They were your favorite in 2011 and 2012, and now they’re back on top for 2013. Gay Black Republican may not contain any actual, homosexual African-Americans of a conservative persuasion, but they’re one of Indy’s favorite punk bands. They’re an occasional fixture at the Mel’s Punk Rock Night, as they should be (PRN curator Rich Barker’s in the band.) They’re releasing their newest self-titled LP Barker describes as, “politically charged with some tasteless explorations of other topics as well” at a show at the Mel on August 10. gayblackrepublican.com 2nd: Vacation Club 3rd: Stealing Volume


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LOCAL METAL ARTIST/GROUP DEVIL TO PAY The latest from Indy’s favorite metal band of the year is hard to describe. NUVO writer Jeff Napier wrote at the time of the release, “Doom? Straight up metal? Stoner rock? Whatever Metallica called what they were doing after Master of Puppets and before Load? Give Fate Is Your Muse half a chance and it will change you.” Devil to Pay has changed the Indy metal scene for good – and they will play tracks from FIYM at our Best of Indy Party - Saturday, July 27. deviltopay.net 2nd: Coffinworm 3rd: Smoke Ring LOCAL HIP-HOP ARTIST/GROUP RUSTY REDENBACHER Rusty Redenbacher is back on top of the local hip-hop poll this year. It’s been a busy year for Rusty: on top of his regular slots on WTLC and the now-gone IMC, the former Birdmen of Alcatraz and Mudkids founder is tweeting, blogging and repping Indy constantly. Rusty’s mostly a solo player these days, and he’s going by a new moniker: The Tinkerer. He released the selfproduced LP Lower in early 2013, another fourstar entry into the sometimes-twisted, alwaysentertaining mind of Rusty. rustyredenbacher.com 2nd: Oreo Jones 3rd: Freeze LOCAL JAZZ ARTIST/GROUP ROB DIXON Indy’s all right, if you like saxophones. And Indy really likes this particular saxophone player, Best of Indy jazz winner, Rob Dixon. A David Baker acolyte, Dixon’s been associated with some of the best modern players of our time. He performs both contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, playing

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with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, leading Trilogy+1 and gigging regularly at the Jazz Kitchen and Chatterbox. Dixon also performed often with the recently passed B-3 organist Melvin Rhyne. We once called him our Musical Mayor — the name still fits! myspace.com/robdixonandtriology 2nd: Cathy Morris 3rd: Frank Glover LOCAL BLUES ARTIST/GROUP GOVERNOR DAVIS AND THE BLUES AMBASSADORS The Gov retired from the stage last year after a final performance with the Blues Ambassadors in October of 2012. But the Ambassadors continue on, with co-founding member Steve Robbins as bandleader now. Davis and his Blues Ambassadors placed in the top three of this category more than 15 times, winning the number one spot four times. The group has performed at many major Indy music events, including Indy Circlefest, Indy Jazz Fest and Zoobilation, along with the grand opening of Bankers Life Fieldhouse (then Conseco). governordavisandthebluesambassadors.com 2nd: Gordon Bonham 3rd: Gene Deer LOCAL COVER/TRIBUTE BAND RECOIL Your favorite rock band, Recoil, took the top honors for this brand new category, which showcases a band that’s mastered the category of covers. Some of our favorite covers by the band include “Good Times, Bad Times” and “Suck My Kiss.” What are yours? Find out at their site, below: reverbnation.com/recoilkick 2nd: Hy-Ryder 3rd: Zannadoo


FOOD&DRINK • ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT • SHOPPING • LOCAL MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE LOCAL DJ MATT ALLEN Previously holding down a residency at Tru, Matt Allen has moved his electro-mashup night Downtown, to 247 Sky Bar, where he rocks out every Saturday night with a crowd of revelers tossing back mixed drinks and dominating the (many) dance floors. Allen, who says he was introduced to the now-exploded EDM scene over 10 years ago, has toured regionally and represented national labels. This is his first Best of Indy win. See pg. 44 for more on Allen. facebook.com/mattallendj 2nd:Rusty Redenbacher 3rd: Indiana Jones LOCAL EDM ARTIST SLATER HOGAN This is a brand new Best of Indy category because Indy’s EDM scene is growing by leaps and bounds. On top this year? The indomitable Slater Hogan, a promoter, DJ and producer who’s toured the world and come back home to Indy. After a brief stint last year booking the Murat’s new venue The Amber Room, Hogan’s back at his home base, Blu, on South Meridian, where he and John Larner put together weekly Keepin It Deep EDM shows. He performs in town regularly, with sets at Blu, Bartini’s, RA and The Vogue. He’s a party master and an incredible asset to Indy’s EDM scene. keepinitdeepevents.com 2nd: Matt Allen 3rd: Cosby Sweater LOCAL LABEL RAD SUMMER Indy loves its DJs — and its DJ-run labels. Rad Summer is a class act — they put together interesting releases from DJs, producers and (starting this year) local bands. Their consistently interesting roster features a few NUVO favorites, including Oreo Jones, K. Sabroso, Andy D, Drosh and Party Lines, along with a host of others. Helmed by the Indy/Philly combo of DJs Action Jackson and Flufftronix, Rad Summer’s ready for its close up. radsummer.com 2nd: GloryHole Records 3rd: Owl Studios LOCAL LIVE MUSIC VENUE (BAR/CLUB) RADIO RADIO Radio Radio owner Tufty Clough opened a new Fountain Square venue not too long ago, the Dia De Los Muertos-themed La Revolucion, but he’ll be hard-pressed to top his first club, the non-smoking, unostentatiously well-furnished, intelligently-booked, spacious but intimate Radio Radio. Consistently hosting some of the best and brightest local artists and a heavy rotation of up-and-coming and already arrived regional and national artists, Radio Radio is one the best places to see a show in town. The strong drinks and well-mixed sound makes this long-lived club a big reason why Fountain Square remains a perennially cool part of town. 1119 Prospect St., 955-0995, futureshock.net 2nd: Melody Inn 3rd: The Mousetrap

LOCAL LIVE MUSIC VENUE (THEATRE/AMPHITHEATRE) THE VOGUE The Vogue reached a milestone this year when it celebrated its 75th anniversary on the corner of College and Broad Ripple Avenue. Of course, its days as a movie theater are long gone, but The Vogue has been putting on live shows featuring national, regional and local acts for 30 years. NUVO readers continue to vote The Vogue as the Best Live Music Theater/ Amphitheater in town, and we couldn’t agree more. The venue is one the most dependable, perfectly located, mid-sized concert halls in our city — a place where local bands play on the same stage as do superstars. 6259 N. College Ave., 259-7029, thevogue.com 2nd: Klipsch Music Center 3rd: Egyptian Room at Old National Centre OPEN MIC NIGHT SLIPPERY NOODLE The winningest of all winners in the years we’ve been surveying you people, the Slippery Noodle can now claim more than 30 Best of Indy Awards. They’ve earned 13 as the city’s Best Open Mic Night over the past two decades and 18 consecutive wins in the now-retired Best Blues Club category. Just like the sign out front says “Dis is it.” The Slippery Noodle really is the best the place in Indy for anyone who truly likes live blues performed by the best local and touring musicians. The history that comes with it being the oldest bar in the city doesn’t hurt either. 372 S. Meridian St., 631-6974, slipperynoodle.com 2nd: The Mousetrap 3rd: Corner Wine Bar KARAOKE MASS AVE PUB What’s your karaoke song? Ours is “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and our favorite place to perform that Bonnie Taylor masterpiece is Mass Ave Pub, which hosts karaoke every Monday night. Your leader is Woody from Rock Star Promotions, who reliably guides the crowd through all their favorite songs. 745 Massachusetts Ave., 974-0745, massavepub.com 2nd: Living Room Lounge 3rd: Monkey’s Tale BARTENDERS AT A BAR/RESTAURANT/VENUE THE MOUSETRAP What makes a good bartender? Someone who knows your drink? Knows your romantic history? Knows exactly when you need another order of nachos? We wanted to call out all of the dedicated bartenders that staff the ‘Trap, so we called up owner Mike, who sent this list of his hardworking staff. So, thank you, Troy Koelsch, Amanda Cannon, Kanda Moy, Kelli Demaree, Derek Haley, Jennifer Mills, Steve Morse, Dani Nelson and Dave Buffington for all the drinks! 5565 N. Keystone Ave., 255-3189, themousetrapbar.com 2nd: Melody Inn 3rd: Alley Cat BAR/RESTAURANT/VENUE TO PEOPLE WATCH TALBOTT STREET Where’s a better place to people watch than a room that brings so many different expressions of 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO // 2013 // BEST OF INDY

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human sexuality together? From the always glittertastic drag shows to the sinfully good dance nights, Talbott rules when it comes to Indy’s most interesting clientele. Now get out on the dance floor and make yourself a person worth watching. 2145 N. Talbott St., 931-1343, talbottstreet.com 2nd: Alley Cat 3rd: The Mousetrap BAR FOOD SCOTTY’S BREWHOUSE The motto at Scotty’s Brewhouse is “Good Food, Good Brew, Good People” and NUVO readers obviously agree with all of the above. Multiple wins in multiple categories over the past few years have established Scotty’s as a proven favorite. Having such a terrific menu and delicious food doesn’t hurt. All the typical appetizers, sandwiches and burgers are there, but the fresh ingredients, imaginative sauces and spices (lotsa hot stuff!) make these taste better than many local restaurants not hosting sports fans and running a packed bar and patio. 1 Virginia Ave.,571-0808; 3905 E. 96th St., 574-0101; scottysbrewhouse.com 2nd: Chatham Tap 3rd: Kilroy’s PLACE TO TEAR UP THE DANCE FLOOR THE VOGUE Let us paint you a picture: Diplo, as Major Lazer, onstage with his glittery, spandex-clad dancers twirling around him; his hype man is spraying the screaming crowd with bottles of champagne and pulling girls onstage for “Bubble Butt.” Well, in that moment, there was nowhere we would have rather been than The Vogue, which has hosted some legendary dance nights. You can tear it up every Wednesday and Saturday night at regularly scheduled DJ nights. 6259 N. College Ave., 259-7029, thevogue.com 2nd: Ike and Jonesy’s 3rd: Talbott Street BAR/RESTAURANT TO CHEER ON YOUR SPORTS TEAMS KILROY’S You voted Kilroy’s as your favorite place to cheer on our many excellent sports teams, and for good reason. It’s smack dab between Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium, and with plenty of TVs and plenty of specialty shots to celebrate or drown your sorrows,

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Kilroy’s is exactly the place to celebrate the agony and the ecstasy of sports fandom. Bonus: the Kilroy’s guys run a few bars down in Bloomington too, so if you migrate south to cheer on our beloved Hoosiers, you’ll have a familiar place at which to start. 831 Broad Ripple Ave., 257-7849, kilroysindy.com 2nd: Scotty’s Brewhouse 3rd: Blue Crew Sport’s Grill BAR/RESTAURANT/VENUE FOR SUITS NICKY BLAINE’S The “pleasing cadence” of the name of our favorite martini spot isn’t an accident. The owner-operators chose it as an homage to Humphrey Bogart’s Casablanca character, Rick, but with a slight change to the rhyming, to become Nicky Blaine’s. But don’t worry about it; just order a martini. Voted best place for suits for seven years running, this upscale speakeasy just off Monument Circle and deep underground offers fantastic drinks and a top-drawer selection of cigars in a beautiful and often stimulating environment. And we aren’t kidding about the martinis. Back in the day, we used to give a Best Martini in Indy award, and this place always won. 20 N. Meridian St., 638-5588, nickyblaines.com 2nd: St. Elmo’s 1933 Lounge 3rd: Ball and Biscuit (The) RESTAURANT/VENUE FOR ALL AGES EGYPTIAN ROOM AT OLD NATIONAL CENTRE Thank you, Live Nation gods, for keeping all shows inside the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre all-ages. From Falling in Reverse to Marilyn Manson, to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, to Imagine Dragons, this is every tween’s dream. Because there’s no bigger bummer than when your favorite band comes to town and you’re not 21 yet. We love you, Egyptian Room. 502 N. New Jersey St., 231-0000, livenation.com 2nd: Hoosier Dome 3rd: LUNA Music BAR/RESTAURANT/VENUE FOR PUNKS MELODY INN You’d be hard-pressed to find a place better suited to local punks than the Melody Inn, and not just because it’s home to the long-running Punk Rock Night every Saturday. For seven years in a row now, NUVO read-


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LOCAL MUSIC&NIGHTLIFE • SHOPPING • ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT • FOOD&DRINK ers have named it their favorite, and for good reason. The small footprint helps you get intimate with the bands on stage. Punks abound here, as do a healthy dose of other non-conformists — all of whom know the Melody Inn’s longtime commitment to the local music scene (and self-expression). They’ve recently added new dance nights like Souldies — a mix of oldies and soul held down by burlesque dancers and local DJs — that are punk in their own way, too. 3826 N. Illinois St., 923-4707, melodyindy.com 2nd: Alley Cat 3rd: The Sinking Ship BAR/RESTAURANT/VENUE FOR HIPPIES THE MOUSETRAP Perhaps no other venue in Indianapolis is better suited to jam bands, the smell of patchouli and a bunch of people just interested in grooving to some tunes and hanging out with friends than seven-time winner of this category The Mousetrap Bar and Grill. With a good dose of live, mostly local, music as well as pool tables, big screens, darts and a dance floor that occasionally gets pretty crowded, the Mousetrap dominates this category for good reason. It’s the kind of place where everyone is made to feel welcome and quickly make friends (or at least a friendly acquaintance). Say hi to the Indy Mojo crew, who hosts Altered Thurzdaze weekly and a variety of other events regularly. 5565 N. Keystone Ave., 255-3189, themousetrapbar.com 2nd: Lockerbie Pub 3rd: Alley Cat NUVO FILE PHOTO

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BAR/RESTAURANT/VENUE FOR HIPSTERS WHITE RABBIT This brand new category is contentious – well, as contentious as the term “hipster” always is. But here’s how we see it: the White Rabbit Cabaret is the perfect fit for hipsters of all kinds. They settle in at the Burlesque Bingo Bango nights; they groove with Action Jackson and the A-Squared DJs at Real Talk on the second Saturdays of each month; they rock out the mid-sized shows that come through regularly; and most of all, they drink. And, how do they drink. And the strong cocktails and range of taps keeps the hipsters happy. 1116 Prospect St., 698-9550, whiterabbitcabaret.com 2nd: The Sinking Ship 3rd: Brass Ring BAR/RESTAURANT/VENUE FOR HIP HOPPERS THE VOGUE Another new category, and another win for the Vogue, which hosts hip-hop regularly. From Grey Granite’s Rich In The Blood Album Release to Public Enemy, to Mos Def (which we’re still sad was cancelled), The Vogue wins in terms of hiphop booking. And it brings out Indy’s loyal hip-hop fans, who pack the floor and even crawl onstage at times. 6259 N. College Ave., 259-7029, thevogue.com 2nd: Sabbatical 3rd: Casbah

BAR/RESTAURANT/VENUE FOR ROCKERS MELODY INN There’s more than corn in Indiana and there’s more than punk at the Mel. They may be most known for their Punk Rock Nights on Saturday evenings, but Sunday – Friday, the Mel regularly programs some of the best touring rock bands around. A favorite? Black Taxi, the rockers from Brooklyn who came through a few months ago. And let’s not forget the legions of local rock bands that play weekly. 3826 N. Illinois St., 923-4707, melodyindy.com 2nd: Rock House 3rd: Radio Radio MIDWEEK CLUB/BAR THE VOGUE Where’s the best place to go on a Wednesday? NUVO readers say it’s the Vogue, which is known for their midweek dance parties. New this year is the retooled version of their long-running Wednesday night party, called Glow. This event brings out all the neon in Indy for a night of debauchery on the dance floor. Get there late, get there early — it doesn’t matter. Just get there. 6259 N. College Ave., 259-7029, thevogue.com 2nd: Chatham Tap 3rd: The Sinking Ship LGBT CLUB/BAR TALBOTT STREET Talbott Street continues to be the city’s most popular club for same-sex couples or those looking to do


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BAR/NIGHTCLUB THE MOUSETRAP Who did you crown best bar or nightclub in all of Indy? Why, the Keystone and 56th joint The Mousetrap. Now that Locals Only is gone, it’s the only place we want to be in that part of town. There’s plenty of music, great nachos and a friendly face at every turn. Come out for the legendary Twin Cats jam fests or IndyMojo’s epic Altered Thurzdaze – the Mousetrap is a good choice no matter what day. 5565 N. Keystone Ave., 255-3189, themousetrapbar.com 2nd: The Vogue 3rd: Melody Inn

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3 Sisters Café ........................................... 36 21st Amendment ....................................... 4 46 for XLVI (Super Bowl mural project) .................. 23 Ale Emporium .......................................... 34 Allen, Matt ......................................... 44, 47 Alley Cat ............................... 47, 48, 50, 52 Angel Burlesque ..................................... 22 Ann Dancing (Julian Opie), Mass Ave ............................................ 23 Artistic Skin Designs ................................ 16 At Home in the City .................................. xx Bagdade, David......................................... 20 Bakersfield Tacos .................................... 42 Ball and Biscuit ........................................ 48 BARcelona Tapas .................................... 32 Bazbeaux ........................................... 34, 38 BGI ........................................................... 10 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana ............................... 28 Big Hat Books .............................................6 Bikes on Mass Ave ................................... 10 Blue Crew Sport’s Grill ..............................48 Bluebeard ................................................ 42 Bob and Tom ........................................... 26 Bonham, Gordon ..................................... 46 Boogie Burger ......................................... 34 Bookmamas ............................................... 6 Bosphorus Istanbul Café .......................... 32 Brad’s Brass Flamingo ............................. 52 Brass Ring ................................................ 50 Broad Ripple Farmers Market .................... 6 Broad Ripple ............................................ 23 Broad Ripple Vintage ......................... 10, 12 Bru Burger Bar ......................................... 34 Buchman, Angela (WTHR) ....................... 27 Butler Bulldogs Basketball ....................... 28 Butler Scion .............................................. 10 Butler University ...................................... 23 Café Patachou ......................................... 36 Calabro, Dave (WTHR) ............................. 26 Calhoun, Anthony (WISH) ........................ 26 Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company ........... 36 Campbell, Todd “Soupy” ......................... 12 Casbah ..................................................... 50 Chatham Tap ......................... 32, 34, 48, 50 Children’s Museum of Indianapolis ......... 20 CiCigar Bar ............................................... 16 Circle City Derby Girls .............................. 28 Circle City IN Pride ................................... 23 CITYOGA .................................................. 14 Coffinworm .............................................. 46 Colts ......................................................... 27 ComedySportz .......................................... 22 Corner Wine Bar ................................ 40, 47 Cosby Sweater ......................................... 47 Crackers Comedy Clubs ............................ 22 Creation Café ........................................... 42 Crème de les Femmes .............................. 22 CrossFit Naptown .................................... 14 Dance Kaleidoscope ................................. 20 Deer, Gene ............................................... 46 Delicia ...................................................... 42 DeVoe, Jennie .......................................... 44 Devil to Pay .............................................. 46 Dixon, Rob ............................................... 46 Do317.com .............................................. 24 Downtown Canal (White River State Park) ...................... 23 Downtown Olly’s ..................................... 52 Dreyer & Reinbold .................................... 10

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Duos Indy ................................................. 40 Duos Kitchen ............................................ 36 Eagle Creek Park ...................................... 23 Easley Winery ...................................... 4, 38 Edwards Drive-In ..................................... 34 Egyptian Café .......................................... 32 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre .................. 47, 48 El Rodeo .................................................. 32 El Sol de Tala ........................................... 32 Fever ........................................................ 27 Fifth Third Bank Broad Ripple Art Fair .......................... 23 Flat 12 Bierwerks ....................................... 4 Flatwater Restaurant ............................... 42 Fountain Square ....................................... 23 Flying Cupcake ........................................... 6 Freeze ...................................................... 46 Ganote, Angela (WXIN) ........................... 26 Gay Black Republican .............................. 44 GloryHole Records ................................... 47 Glover, Frank ........................................... 46 Goose the Market ................................ 6, 34 Gov. Davis ............................................... 46 Greek Islands ........................................... 32 Green, John ........................................ 18, 20 Greg’s ...................................................... 52 Hagan, Chris (WXIN) ................................ 26 Hardwicke’s Pipe & Tobacco .................... 16 Harrison Center for the Arts .................... 20 Harry & Izzy’s ..................................... 34, 38 Heartland Film Festival ............................ 22 HistoricIndianapolis.com .......................... 24 Hogan, Slater ........................................... 47 Homespun Modern Handmade .................. 8 Hoosier Dome .......................................... 48 HotBox Pizza ............................................ 36 Hubbard & Cravens Coffee and Tea ........ 34 Humane Society of Indianapolis .............. 28 Hy-Ryder .................................................. 46 Iaria’s Italian Restaurant .......................... 32 Ichiban Noodles ....................................... 30 Ike and Jonesy’s ....................................... 48 India Garden ............................................ 30 India Palace ............................................. 32 Indiana Jones ........................................... 47 Indiana Repertory Theatre ....................... 22 Indiana State Museum ............................. 20 Indianapolis Art Center ............................ 20 Indianapolis Children’s Choir ................... 20 Indianapolis City Market ............................ 6 Indianapolis Downtown Antique Mall ....................................... 12 Indianapolis Museum of Art .................... 20 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra ............ 20 Indy CD & Vinyl ......................................... 8 Indy Cycle Specialists ............................... 10 IndyFringe Basile Theatre ........................ 22 Indy Film Fest ......................................... 22 Indy House of Pilates ............................... 14 Indy Irish Fest .......................................... 23 Indy LGBT Film Fest ................................. 22 Indy Reads Books ................................ 6, 28 IndySwank ......................................... 10, 12 Indy’s Historic Steer-In ........... 30, 34, 36, 38 Invoke Yoga & Pilates .............................. 14 Iozzo’s Garden of Italy ....................... 32, 42 Irish Ink .................................................... 16 IUPUI ........................................................ 24 Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza ................ 34, 38 Kahn’s ........................................................ 4

Karma Records ........................................... 8 Kilroy’s ..................................................... 48 Klipsch Music Center ............................... 47 Knox, Debby (WISH) ..................................26 La Hacienda ............................................. 32 Leon Tailoring .......................................... 10 Lifetime Fitness ..........................................16 Living Proof ................................................44 Living Room Lounge ..................................47 Lofton, Chuck (WTHR) ...............................26 Lockerbie Pub ............................................50 Long’s Bakery ...............................................6 LOVE (Robert Indiana), IMA Grounds .........................................23 LUNA Music ......................................... 8, 48 MacNiven’s Restaurant and Bar .............. 34 Magic Bus .................................................16 Mallow Run Winery ...................................38 Mama Carolla’s ................................ 32, 38 Marcy, Cara Jean .................................... 44 Marian University ................................... 24 Marigold Clothing ............................... 2, 10 Mass Ave ................................................ 23 Mass Ave Pub ......................................... 47 Mass Ave Toys ........................................... 8 Mass Ave Wine Shop ................................ 4 Melody Inn ............................ 47, 48, 50, 52 Metamorphosis Tattoo & Piercing ........... 16 Metro ....................................................... 52 Midland Arts and Antique Market .......... 12 Miles, Mary .............................................. 12 Mineshaft ................................................. 52 Monkey’s Tale .......................................... 47 Monon Coffee Company .......................... 36 Morehead, Andrea (WTHR) ...................... 26 Morris, Cathy .......................................... 46 Morty’s Comedy Joint .............................. 22 Mug-N-Bun ............................................. 34 Mutt Strut ............................................... 28 Naisa Pan-Asian Café .............................. 30 Naked Tchopstix ..................................... 30 Naptown Roller Girls ............................... 28 New Day Meadery ..................................... 4 Nicky Blaine’s ........................................ 48 Normand, Kipp ......................................... 20 Oliver Winery ........................................ 4,38 Oreo Jones .............................................. 46 Oriental Inn .............................................. 30 Owl Studios ............................................. 47 Pacers .................................................... 27 Papa Roux ........................................ 38, 42 Penske Honda .......................................... 10 Peppy Grill .............................................. 36 Peterson’s Restaurant .............................. 34 Phillipe’s Day Spa ................................... 14 Phoenix Theatre ...................................... 22 Pitaya .........................................................12 Poteet, Paul (WZPL) ................................ 27 Price, Jamie .............................................. 20 Propes, Richard ........................................ 20 PT’s Showclub ......................................... 52 Rad Summer ........................................... 47 Radio Radio ...................................... 47, 50 Ragsdale, Kyle ......................................... 20 Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery ........... 20 Recess ..................................................... 38 Recoil ................................................. 44, 46 Red Garter .............................................. 52 Red Lion Grog House .............................. 34 Redenbacher, Rusty ........................... 46, 47

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Rene’s Bakery ........................................... 6 Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band ................ 44 Ripple Bagel & Deli ........................... 34, 36 Rock House ............................................. 50 Sabbatical ............................................... 50 Saffron Café ............................................ 32 Sakura Japanese Restaurant 30 Salon 6 .................................................... 14 Santorini Greek Kitchen .......................... 32 Scotty’s Brewhouse ........................... 34, 48 Scratch Street Food ................................. 40 Shalimar .................................................. 32 Shallo’s Antique Restaurant & Brewhaus ...................... 40 Shapiro’s Delicatessen ............................ 34 Shoemaker, Joe ....................................... 12 Siam Square ............................................ 30 Silver in the City ....................................... 8 Slippery Noodle ........................................ 47 Smiley, Dave ........................................... 26 Smoke Ring ............................................. 46 Snips of Irvington ................................... 14 Socey, Matthew ...................................... 26 Southport Antique Mall .......................... 12 St. Elmo’s 1993 Lounge .......................... 48 St. Elmo Steak House .................. 34, 38, 42 Stealing Volume ..................................... 44 Studio 2000 ............................................ 14 Sun King ................................................... 4 Sun King Tasting Room .......................... 40 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure ........ 28 Talbott Street ......................... 47, 48, 50, 52 Tastings ................................................... 40 Taylor’s Bakery ......................................... 6 Thai Café ................................................ 30 Thai Spice ............................................... 30 The Cousin Brothers ................................. 44 The Eagle’s Nest ..................................... 38 The Mousetrap ....................... 47, 48, 50, 52 The Rocket Doll Revue ............................. 22 The Sinking Ship ..................................... 50 The Twin Cats ......................................... 44 The Vault ............................................... 14 The Vogue ............................ 47, 48, 50, 52 Three Floyds .............................................. 4 Tomlinson Tap Room .............................. 40 Tonic Ball benefiting Second Helpings ................. 28 Twenty Tap ............................................. 40 UrbanIndy.com ....................................... 24 Vacation Club ......................................... 44 Villa Inn Spa ........................................... 14 Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres ............ 23 West Coast Tacos ................................... 40 WFYI-20 (PBS) .......................................... 26 WFYI 90.1 ............................................... 24 White Rabbit ........................................... 50 Wild Beaver Saloon ................................ 52 Workingman’s Friend .............................. 34 WTHR-13 (NBC) ...................................... 26 WTTS 92.3 .............................................. 24 WXIN-59 (FOX) ....................................... 26 WZPL 99.5 .............................................. 24 Yats ............................................ 36, 38, 42 Yen Ching ............................................... 30 YMCA – Jordan ........................................ 16 Zannadoo ................................................. 46 Zonie’s .................................................... 52

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