THIS WEEK OCT. 03 - 10, 2012
VOL. 23 ISSUE 29 ISSUE #1173
GREENING INDY’S MUSIC SCENE Musical Family Tree has archived local music for years. Now — after registering as a non-profit — they’re in the midst of a massive project to make Indy a musical city. This begins with a minifestival at Radio Radio this Saturday. B Y K A T H ER INE COPLEN C OV ER PH OTO B Y M AR K LE E
SMARTPHONES AND SUSTAINABILITY
Last week, Reuters reported that about 2,000 employees of Foxconn, an iPhone assembly plant in Taiyuan, China, rioted, closing the plant for at least a day. The cause of the riot, which took place in a workers’ dormitory, wasn’t clear. Online posts indicated it might have been provoked by beatings workers received at the hands of factory guards.
ONE VOTE CAN MATTER
With an Oct. 9 deadline looming, the Indiana secretary of state’s office has released new television and radio ads that emphasize the importance of every ballot in an effort to encourage Hoosiers to register to vote. BY TIM GRIMES
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SITTIN’ ON THE ROOF
Cassie Stockamp, president of the Athenaeum Foundation, says she just checked the weather report for the week (Oct. 8-13) she plans to spend on the roof just above her office. And it looks pretty good: cold, then hot. No hurricanes. Or locusts. It’s all in the service of upgrading the Athenaeum. BY SCOTT SHOGER
The mashup of artists, local food enthusiasts, urban farmers and gardeners, exhibitions and displays known as FoodCon returns for its third year of celebrating and supporting Indy’s fast-growing sustainable food movement. BY GEOFF OOLEY
ROLLINS ROLLS IN
Punk legend and spoken word guru Henry Rollins is stopping in every capital city on his Capitalism tour. He’ll stop in ours Friday. BY KELSEY SIMPSON
A more nuanced answer follows, but, to truly understand it, one must first understand that Prince is throwing a series of parties for us — and him — all of us.
Through this experience, not only is he refilling beleaguered souls with the transformative sounds of some of the planet’s most talented musicians, Prince is working to remind us that there is no “I” in team, that when we proudly recite the words “freedom and justice for all,” we remember the all.
In the Eye of the Storm by Jim Poyser Sunday Funday Block Party by Kristen Pugh Phoenix’s 30th Anniversary party by Mark Lee An excerpt: So, yes, to all the literary critics, this story is about Prince and should cut to the chase: As the last night of a three-night, consecutive run, how was the concert? The short answer: He blew the roof off the joint.
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I agree with Steve Hammer that voting rights must be protected and preserved by increasing access to the ballot box; that is why I was disappointed to see that he included this statement in his column: “Other countries also allow people with felony convictions on their record to vote. But not the United States.” This is a common misconception, and while it is true that some states do prohibit voting by anyone convicted of a felony, Indiana does not. In order to register to vote in Indiana one must not currently be in prison after being convicted of a crime. This means that folks who have served their sentence do have the right to vote in Indiana. However, this misconception continues to keep people convicted of felonies from the polls. As a young girl I would accompany my father on his trips around our precinct to register voters; often we would hear from people who had been convicted of a felony that they wished they could vote, but they could not. This pervasive misconception suppresses the vote and it is time for it to end.
— Emma Mahern INDIANAPOLIS
According to the staff of the Indiana Voter Hotline, Ms. Mahern is right on. Once an exoffender’s debt to society has been paid and they are released from prison, they must reregister. Once that process is complete, they are free to hit the polls.
Trouble at the ISO
Thank you, Scott, for a very telling assessment of what’s going on with the ISO (Shoger’s “An ISO lockout dictionary,” Sept. 12). Loved the definitions in particular. It’s time for management to wise up and recognize the “product” that can only be produced by talented musicians. How sad that they dig their heals in on a model one may argue works with widgets, but I would argue doesn’t even bode well in a factory environment. There is value to work and to the people engaged in that work. When the value is connected to talent, management’s behavior is shortsighted at best, reprehensible at worst.
— Joanne Sanders
The problem is mismanagement, a LACK of management and a myopic board that can’t see the handwriting on the wall. They need to cut a one-year deal, fix the real problem here. It’s not costs, it’s the inability of bad management to raise money to meet a very REASONABLE budget (Detroit cut their costs and their musicians STILL make $10,000 a year more than an ISO musician). Short-term deal. Musicians play. New management is sought out. A smarter board is seated by the society and donors. A long-term deal is hammered out while the musicians do their jobs, new management ostensibly does its job, and
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— Garland Hopewell
Get real. Yes, the city could put more tax dollars into the arts. But we’re coming out of the worst financial crisis in three generations, the tax base is impaired, and we’re having trouble putting an adequate number of police officers on the street. Freeing up several million dollars per year to make sure that the ISO can put 90-plus full-time musicians on stage at once just isn’t an option. The ISO is in the mess it’s in for some very easy to understand reasons. No. 1, it hasn’t been managed well. No. 2, the taste for symphonic music in our culture is waning, and it’s not going to get better. It’s happening everywhere. Tastes change. You can’t preserve an arts organization’s business model in amber. And it’s not every generation’s responsibility to support the same institutions and causes of its predecessors. If the ISO can’t find ways to support itself in its current incarnation, it needs to change. Trying to make a living in the arts sucks, no matter what city you’re in. Of course, you know this. It’s virtually impossible, no matter where you are. After the world premiere of “Einstein on the Beach,” Philip Glass went back to driving a cab. Tracy Letts wrote his early plays while office temping. (Chicago is perhaps the best theater town in America, but you could only find a handful of people who make their livings at it without also teaching, or temping, or being administrators on the side, etc.) Having a full-time gig as an artist with great benefits is a rare luxury, not some norm that we should expect, and abandon our city if we don’t get it.
— John King
IRT’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: I just saw this production today at the IRT and I absolutely love it. The actors did a fantastic job at playing different characters and keeping the play serious and interesting. The set design was fantastic and as a tech in theater myself, I enjoyed the way the spotlights came from the ground and the way they designed the lift in the front of the stage! I’ve seen many plays and this is definitely my favorite!
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HAMMER Advice to Rupert
Fight like you did on Survivor
BY STEVE HAMMER SHAMMER@NUVO.NET
hen reality TV star and allaround nice guy Rupert Boneham announced he was running for governor of Indiana, a tingle went up my leg, to use Chris Matthews’ infamous phrase. Here was a true candidate of the people, a representative of the working class and someone who could bring some unorthodox ideas to the table. Here we are, a little more than a month away from the election and Rupert is nowhere to be seen. I’d imagined him running a high-profile campaign, gaining plenty of media coverage and presenting himself as a real threat to win the race. It’s not as if he has stellar competition. Mike Pence is a talkshow host and conspiracy theorist who’s done nothing while in Congress except to compete with Dan Burton as the state’s wackiest congressman. John Gregg is a nice enough guy, too nice in fact to run against a Stalinist Republican such as Pence. Rupert splits the difference. He’s an outsider, to say the least, having never sought any office before except Survivor champion. He doesn’t owe anything to the big-money bosses who support Pence nor to the Democratic party insiders who pushed for Gregg to run. As far as his positions on the issues, well, he doesn’t really need to have any. Not being a Bob Knight-like bully like Pence should have been enough. Running as a Libertarian, Rupert no doubt supports a small budget, a liberalized view on soft drugs and an aversion to both Democrats and Republicans. He should be running away with the election, yet it seems doubtful that he’s going to pull more than the 1 or 2 percent that Libertarians usually get. On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the first of three debates between the candidates for governor will be held. This is Rupert’s last best shot to seize control of this election like he did the physical challenges in Survivor. I’ve met Rupert only once but I have friends who’ve known him for years and who report that he is every bit as nice and gentle as he appeared on Survivor and as he does in working for children’s charities. That’s sweet. But he’s not going to get elected governor the way he’s running now. In his public appearances so far, from what I’ve read, he’s been reminding people that they have a third choice for governor and that he wants to build a
positive environment where Hoosier children can thrive. He needs to put that aside for the next month. There hasn’t been a nice guy elected to state office in quite some time. Bill Hudnut was a nice man who was the best mayor Indianapolis has ever had. When he ran for statewide office, he was demolished and subsequently retired from politics. Rupert needs to come out swinging in the debates. He needs to press Pence on a variety of issues. If Pence is the champion of family farmers, as he claims, then why is he campaigning for governor when he should have been in Congress fighting for a new farm bill? The livelihood of our farmers depends on that bill being passed and Pence has been nowhere to be seen. He needs to ask Pence if he’s ever used marijuana, and if so, why is he against medical marijuana in the state? He needs to ask Pence why, if he is such a fiscal conservative, did he rubberstamp all of George W. Bush’s deficit budgets? Another fruitful area is election reform. He needs to press Pence on Indiana’s restrictive voter ID law and the continual gerrymandering of political districts. Rupert needs to pin every failure of the Daniels administration squarely on the lapel of Pence, as the would-be heir of his failed policies. The people I know who know Rupert describe him as honest, hardworking, charitable and full of integrity. In other words, he’s the opposite of Pence. He needs to redefine himself as a fighter who is also honest and hardworking. Ask Pence about the wealthy contributors to his campaign and what rewards will they get in a Pence administration. These millionaires aren’t backing Pence because he’s a nice guy; they’re backing him in order to get more tax breaks, sweetheart government contracts and big bucks from the privatization of state assets. If this entire campaign has been a publicity stunt to promote the brand name of Rupert Boneham so he can continue to rake in public appearance fees and another shot at TV stardom, I can’t entirely blame him for that. These are tough times and we all have to do whatever we can to survive, no pun intended. But when I heard he was running for office, I expected him to be a tireless advocate for people just like himself: someone willing to work two jobs to feed his family, someone who knows what it’s like to be discounted by the elites of society. So far, he hasn’t done any of those things. That can all change next week at the first debate, which will be held in Zionsville. It may be too late for him to win the election but it’s not too late for Rupert to do what we all thought he’d do, and which in fact he did on Survivor: fight to the very finish, never stop pushing and give it everything he has. We’re counting on you, Rupert. Please don’t let us down.
Rupert needs to come out swinging in the debates.
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HOPPE Smartphones & sustainability The stuff our technology is made of
BY DAVID HOPPE DHOPPE@NUVO.NET
ustainability is a word much in favor these days. Wikipedia defines it as “the capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of responsibility, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use.” Indianapolis has gone so far as to give Sustainability its own Office. SustainIndy is about “using best practices to create lasting environmental, economic and community vitality — enhancing our quality of life now and ensuring that future generations of Indianapolis residents have an equally good quality of life.” I found these definitions by Googling sustainability on my Apple smartphone. And before I did that, I used my phone to find out how many miles it is from Indianapolis to Louisville. My phone helped me get directions to a location in Fort Wayne where I was supposed to attend a meeting. I also checked my email and read a blog post about a rather forgettable espionage spoof from the 1960s, called Arabesque. I am a relative newcomer to the world of smartphones, but I am thoroughly smitten. With each passing day, it gets harder to imagine life without it. But here’s the thing: Smartphones are unsustainable. Smartphones are another part of the big lie we keep telling ourselves about the world we live in. That lie opposes what we pay for things with what they really cost. We tell ourselves, for example, that $4 for a gallon of gas is outrageous — that it should be cheaper. But if you tallied up all the hidden costs and cut the government subsidies, gas would probably cost almost $6 a gallon before taxes. The same goes for food. If supermarkets charged consumers the true cost for a pint of California strawberries, they wouldn’t be cheaper than locally grown berries at the farmers’ market; they might even cost more. Last week, Reuters reported that about 2,000 employees of Foxconn, an iPhone assembly plant in Taiyuan, China, rioted, closing the plant for at least a day. The cause of the riot, which took place in a workers’ dormitory, wasn’t clear. Online posts indicated it might have been provoked by beatings workers received at the hands of factory guards. Police reported that about 40 people were hospitalized in the ensuing mayhem.
The Foxconn plant in Taiyuan employs 79,000 people. Entry-level jobs there pay $283 a month. Workers use this money to rent a bunk bed in a high-rise dormitory that typically sleeps seven to a room. They buy their food at a Foxconn canteen. To make up for these costs, workers try to work as much overtime as their managers will allow. Foxconn, which employs over 1 million people at plants throughout China, assembles products for Apple, Samsung, Hewlett Packard and other electronics companies. Jobs at Foxconn are highly sought after. But Foxconn has also been the subject of a number of unflattering stories in the past year about harsh working conditions and worker suicides. Nets have been strung up around some dormitories to discourage jumpers. Work reportedly gets particularly intense when a new product, like the iPhone 5, is about to launch. According to Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, a Hong Kong-based watchdog group, workers may be on the line for 13 out of 14 days at a time. “It is sad to say that to some extent, workers also yearn for the peak season,” reports SSACM, “because their base pay is insufficient to meet their basic needs, especially for those who have to support their dependents.” According to a CNET report by Jay Greene, as of June, Apple had $117 billion in cash on hand. That’s more than the gross domestic product of Bangladesh. They sold 5 million iPhone 5s during that unit’s launch weekend in September; 10 times that many are expected to move by the end of the year. As I hope I made clear, I think the smartphone is an ingenious thing. It’s been a gamechanger in the way it has mobilized computing and almost effortlessly appropriated the functions of other tools, like cameras and video players. In a very short time, smartphones have become as much a part of our everyday identities as, say, the credit card. But just as credit cards have contributed to a false sense of prosperity by making buying power available when wages and salaries are actually stagnant, smartphones have proliferated by creating an illusion of affordability. Our society, of course, is practically unimaginable without smartphones and all the other forms of digital technology from which they’ve sprouted. We depend on these things to such an extent that we hardly think of them as things anymore; they are, as Marshall McLuhan pointed out about media, extensions of ourselves. But try imagining what the world would be like if the person assembling your smartphone was paid more than $283 a month. If that person made all of $12,000 a year, what do you imagine your smartphone would cost? Would you even be able to buy one? Which brings me back to that word, sustainability — the capacity to endure. The workers at Foxconn appear to be enduring quite a lot. I suppose that makes us lucky. But sustainable, it ain’t.
Smartphones are another part of the big lie we keep telling ourselves about the world we live in.
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THUMBSUP THUMBSDOWN WOMEN ON WHEELS
United over their concern that woman may be underrepresented at the polls in the 2012 election and mortified over what that might mean for policies emerging from the Indiana Statehouse, the 51% Club is working statewide to get out the vote among female voters. To foster a sense of unity, raise awareness and register voters, the club is hosting a series of free bike rides — easy, moderate, or rigorous — departing at noon Sunday, Oct. 7, from Big Hat Books at 6510 Cornell Ave. in Broad Ripple. All are welcome to join in the ride. Organizers say the rides will commence “shine or rain” and ask prospective riders to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE PROBLEM WITH PINK
The initial rumor was that football players at Eastern Greene County Middle School in Bloomfield were suspended for dying their hair pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Not true, said Sandi Yoo, the school’s athletic director, but reprimands were issued because the hair dye violated the school’s student handbook. Privacy issues precluded Yoo from naming names or delving into the particulars of the case. Yoo added that, as far as she knew, the rule would not preclude a brunette from dying her way to a blond. If the dye job had been part of a larger school program, she said, that would be OK. Upon review of the handbook, the rule the students’ dye violated is unclear, especially in light of the school’s stated goal “to allow as much individual freedom of choice as possible in matters of dress and grooming, consistent with cleanliness, decency, and appropriateness to school purposes.” On the bright side, at least the rouges succeeded in raising awareness.
MAP A ROUTE
Bike culture continues to gain traction in Indy. Take INDYCOG’s new Ride Guide, for example. It charts the safety, accessibility and “bikeability” of the city’s streets and warns riders of streets they should avoid. City landmarks, bike shops, bikeways and trails are also listed. Checkout TheIndyCog.com to see the map online or for a list of local merchants distributing the FREE map. Then there’s the City of Indianapolis, which is in the midst of developing its first Indianapolis Bicycle Master Plan, which is meant to help foster even greater ridership. If you are reading this NUVO hot off the press, you may be able to make an open house to review the plan from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St. If not, no sweat. The plan is available for review at the Central Library or online at indy.gov/bikeways. The city will accept comments on the plan through Nov. 3.
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news Vigil held for violence reduction
n estimated 200 people gathered Monday night at City Market to rally city officials to ramp up grassroots violence prevention efforts. Organized by the Indianapolis Congregation Action Network, including families and friends of people killed in local gun violence, the rally focused on a strategy known as the Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership (IVRP). Supporters would like the city to reinstate an IVRP coordinator (a position funded from 1998-2005 by the U.S. Department of Justice), participate in the National Network of Safe Communities and sustain on-the-ground outreach efforts, which offer support to people in areas scarred by violent incidents. At the rally, dozens of people held photos and called out the names of people lost to violence in the last year and prayed for the city to prioritize funding for violence-reduction efforts, according to event organizers. A multi-faith, multiethnic group of faith leaders then attended Monday night’s city budget hearing to lay hands on council members and pray for them to support IVRP. Proponents note that when the city last embraced IVRP efforts, it led to a 34 percent reduction in the homicide rate for the Martindale-Brightwood and Haughville neighborhoods. They suggest that existing funds, including $2 million in crime prevention grants currently included in Mayor Greg Ballard’s proposed budget, could be used to support the effort. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department preliminary incident report for the week ending Sept. 29 indicated that violent crime is up 8.3 percent in 2012. While noting a more than 10 percent drop in the numbers of criminal homicides (71 so far this year compared to 79 at the same time in 2011) and a 6.7 percent decline in rape (295 vs. 316), the report estimated that aggravated assault is up about 20 percent, with 1,414 incidents reported so far in 2012. One must note that these figures are preliminary estimates and may differ from the statistics ultimately reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its Unified Crime Report. “In general, the preliminary incident counts are less than the crimes eventually reported on the UCR Crime Report, particularly for the crime of Aggravated Assault,” the report authors noted. —Rebecca Townsend
An estimated 200 people attended a rally to generate renewed support for an Indianapolis Violence Reduction Partnership.
PHOTOS BY CLARE WILDHACK-NOLAN
Members of the Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (above) prayed for healing and for wisdom among city leaders as they make budget decisions for next year. More than 70 people have been victims of criminal homicide in Indy so far in 2012. Friends and family members (right) called out their names and carried posters of victims at the rally.
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History: One vote can make a difference
… If you don’t think your vote counts, think again.”
BY TIM G RIM ES THE STATEHO USE F IL E With an Oct. 9 deadline looming, the Indiana secretary of state's office has released new television and radio ads that emphasize the importance of every ballot in an effort to encourage Hoosiers to register to vote. The office will spend roughly $385,000 on the voter outreach campaign, which is playing in markets throughout the state. The script will change in the weeks leading to Election Day to an effort to encourage Hoosiers to go to the polls. The ad “portrays how one Hoosier's vote made a significant impact on our country,” said Valerie Kroeger, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office. Voting starts with registration and isn't possible without it. Those who've voted in recent years and haven't moved are likely already registered. But those who are uncertain can go to IndianaVoters.com to find out. That's also where Hoosiers can find out where to register, find their polling places and update their registrations. Four years ago — prompted in part by a contested Democratic presidential primary
— Indiana Voter Outreach Campaign
and interest in Democrat Barack Obama's campaign — registrations in Indiana shot up to more than 4.5 million voters. That was 5 percent higher than in 2004, the previous presidential election. In 2010, however, registrations dropped to 4.3 million voters. And Kroeger said the pace is slower this year, as well. But the secretary of state's ad aims to show that every Hoosier can make a difference by first registering and then voting. It tells the "strange but true" short story of Henry Shoemaker, a farm hand from DeKalb County who cast the deciding vote for state representative Madison Marsh in 1842. At the time, United States senators
were elected by state representatives rather than state residents. Direct election of senators would come with the 17th Amendment in 1913. But in 1842, Madison Marsh was the tie-breaking vote to elect U.S. Sen. Edward Henegan to represent Indiana. Then, Henegan's vote in the U.S. Senate was the deciding vote to authorize the nation's war with Mexico. After defeating Mexico, the United States obtained territory that now makes up the states of Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington and Oregon. "So if you don't think your vote counts, think again," the ad concludes. The state is paying for the ad with money from the Help America Vote Act, a federal law approved in 2002 to help states with election procedures. In part, the law is a response to the 2000 election, during which more than 2 million votes weren't counted because machines registered either no votes or multiple votes. Tim Grimes is a reporter for The Statehouse File, a news service powered by Franklin College journalism students and faculty.
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NO COAST I admire their youth; they sound like a young, pop-punk band. They’ve been in hardcore bands before [No Coast], but I think they have a cool surf-rock thing.
CRYS One of the things I love about Crys lately is their ability to play very quietly. I’m always impressed by how much they can control their sound dynamically.
How does Indianapolis become the kind of place where musicians want to stay — a city where they specifically come to live? From We Are City to Dreamapolis, we’ve written extensively about enterprising individuals and organizations looking to shift the course of Indy’s social and cultural future. Now, Musical Family Tree, Indy’s premiere archive of local bands, is expanding its mission to do exactly that — to establish the city as a flourishing musical draw. MFT is much more than a website. Once a record label, still an online community and always a musical archive, this Indy tech treasure is in the midst of a massive reboot. With musician Jon Rogers at the helm, the site is mounting ambitious new projects, large events and taking a role in a monumental future project with the potential to shift the course of the arts community in Indy.
normally throws people into confusion and disarray, but we also strive to put on a performance to match the complicated compositions that we write,” says Zachary Jetter of Humans. “People can expect that to say the least — high energy, utter confusion and something ‘different’ than most people are used to seeing.” Rogers will take the stage himself. As founder of the oft-changing rock group Everything, Now!, Rogers has years of experience as a musician. Their latest, Do It On The Moon, was released in late 2011 on their private imprint, Holy Infinite Freedom Revival. Although the group — almost a decade old and with six full-lengths to its name — is on a hiatus of an unspecified time, Rogers continues to perform, both solo and with his new group Beer.
New, new, new
Since taking over the helm, Rogers — with the guidance of Banner — has revitalized the archival site with a variety of live music and album reviews, along with longer features highlighting prominent and emerging acts in the city. Under his oversight, MFT’s mp3 archives hit 1,001 bands — a triumph logged after almost 10 years of work. He’s also launched new recording projects, including EP in a Weekend, a consolidated recording experiment that’s hatched two records thus far. The EP in a Weekend series kicked off with a scene stalwart — guitarist Christian Taylor stepped into Queen Size Studios for a weekend of songwriting with Derek Johnson and Cole Nicholas that resulted
It’s one of the reasons I started going out consistently to shows again, because Vacation Club was blowing my mind. I think Sam’s voice really sets them apart as a group.
You can experience one of those projects Saturday at the New Music Showcase. Starting at 2:30 p.m. at Radio Radio, Rogers has planned a full day of sets from 23 local acts alternating between two stages. “When we initially conceived of the show, I thought of the old bands. I thought, ‘Let’s get Marmoset, Pravada, Gentlemen Caller, Margot. Let’s get everybody that people really like that have been around for a long time,’” says Rogers. But MFT creator and SmallBox founder Jeb Banner had a different idea. “I wanted to hear everything that’s new out here,” he says, citing some recent unfamiliarity with newer Indy acts. So Rogers rounded up the freshest acts he could find, bolstered by a few older musicians
with new projects — like artist DMA, formerly of Jookabox, who recently transitioned his new work into another full band arrangement. It’s not just Rogers’ biggest event for the site yet — it’s also an anniversary of sorts. Rogers started contributing to MFT in October 2011, coming on board full-time in January. It’s a role that’s been passed from musician to local musician over the years, including stints by Joyful Noise label owner Karl Hofstetter and SmallBox employee and previous Broad Ripple Music Fest organizer Dan Fahrner. Rogers took Banner’s suggestion to the extreme. “Some of these bands I’ve never even heard a recording of,” says Rogers. Some bands intend to perform new — and even confusing — material. “Not only do we compose music that
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DMA DMA is now full band, which is an interesting development. He’s been working on a record for a while now that k eeps changing. It’s going to be huge.
THE CONSTANTS I thought they were more punk when I saw them, but their recordings have a real ‘50s vibe.
OREO JONES The more I hear from him, the more I’m excited about it. It feels like a new generation of music to me.
HUMANS I can’t wait to see them; it’s a style of music I used to be really into in high school. I think they’re really good at what they do.
NEW TERRORS New Terrors is on Flannelgraph out of Bloomington; Burke Sullivan is very cool; he was in husband&wife.
a ton of good bands [promoters] want to expose to the scene but it’s hard to book shows with limited places,” says Vorndran. In the meantime, he and Peoni will be at the showcase, soaking up some of their favorite new acts.
SHE DOES IS MAGIC She Does Is Magic has a new album out that I think is very accessible and very cool; the instrumental and singing alternate.
TODD HEATON’S STREET SPIRITS
Todd Heaton plays drums with KO; he had a band called Our Imaginary Friends a few years ago.
BEER Beer is my band. [The name is] actually a reference to a Thomas Pynchon novel; Beer is a band in one of his books about some dudes who just have fun. It’s just for fun.
SWEET RETREAT Sweet Retreat is my friend Chris Mosson, of Charlie and the Skunks. For this, he’s playing with Tony Beemer and Jordan Allen from Ancient Slang.
ROYALTY Royalty is Grady Land and a drummer. It’s real loose rock and roll, but with a blues/ Black Keys vibe.
HOTFOX They keep getting better; Oliver keeps writing better songs. They decreased their band size as well — take a little bit out, and the songs get better and stronger.
THEE ROCKEFELLER SHEIKS Really loud, garage punk. Wild rock and roll by a straightforward trio.
CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL This is the only Lafayette band on the show. The singer, Zech, described it to me as “twang-pop.”
HEN They cross so many borders — comedy, music, performance art.
CALEB MCCOACH Caleb plays folk-country, understated music. I’m not sure if he’s playing with a full band or not, but either way, it will be good.
HA HA YOU This is Shawn Woolfolk’s band, who is in Household Guns. They’re kind of an all-star new band.
TEENAGE STRANGE It’s a couple guys from the Kemps and a new guy. They’re super rock and roll; really loud, really garage-rock oriented.
BED This is Ben Bernthal from Accordions, and Hammer Screwdriver and several guys from those groups.
PETER & THE KINGS This is Peter King’s solo project. He plays drums in Learner Dancer and several other bands. He’s a really great songwriter; his songs have clever, weird lyrics.
COWBOY ANGELS Dan Schepper, who played in Everything, Now! — this is his solo band. He’s switching to more of a rock format with this project.
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Scene from Cataracts, organized by Jacob Gardner in August
Growing a scene
“I think Indy’s music scene could learn a lot from the tech scene.” Jeb Banner, SmallBox and Musical Family Tree
in Source Materials. (Editor’s note: See a review of Christian Taylor’s EP by Grant Catton online at NUVO.net.) “We thought of Christian immediately because he’s a great musician, an amazing songwriter and he does a lot for the community, but he hasn’t always been able to get into the studio and release records,” Rogers told NUVO at the time of the project. MFT organized another recording session with artist Lisa Berlin, Brandon Jackson and Jason Arnold; the group recorded in Brian Jones Studio in mid-July. Projects will continue approximately quarterly and can be downloaded on the site. Other forthcoming changes to the site include the embeddable playlists, a new mobile site and even more bios telling the history of some of the 1,001 groups archived already.
As evidenced by Saturday’s lineup and the variety of acts stockpiled on MFT, the city is stacked with talented young artists making exciting music. But it’s no secret that most of these musicians’ time is consumed with day jobs necessary to support their real passions. “The thing that drives me crazy is that you’ve got people like that who are making their livings delivering subs for Jimmy John’s. [These are] people who are doing meaningful cultural things for the city — as meaningful as anything the symphony is doing, or the zoo is doing, in my opinion. They’re making this a place for young professionals to live,” says Banner. GloryHole Records label owner Jim Peoni knows the feeling. “I see them and think, ‘You’re so good at playing drums; I hate to see you washing dishes.’ Big bands have those problems too; it’s a problem,” he says. He’s sees grand potential in the city. “The music scene here is really amazing. I visit other major label showcases and think, ‘We have a really hot scene here,” says Peoni. Peoni is currently searching for a private venue of his own to open with Cataracts founder Jacob Gardner. “Somewhere we won’t get kicked out of, or shut down or bothered,” Peoni says, with a laugh. Indy blogger and promoter Derek Vorndran, founder of The In-Store, will welcome the opening. “For the size Indy is, there are only really three to four venues to see shows; there are
“There are people, 10 or more years older than me, who still love playing music who are still struggling to figure out how to make time for it, how to market themselves, all of that. I see MFT as trying to bridge that — [to say] there are people paying attention to what you do. If we can find ways to get musicians paid and get them good gigs, that’s what we want to do,” says Rogers. An idea, proposed in part by Banner and Asthmatic Kitty’s Michael Kauffman, to found an Indiana Musicians Council, ideally will do exactly that. The concept is to create a self-sustaining music scene — a place where musicians are respected and can make a living doing what they do well. Another scene is already successfully accomplishing this — in fact, Banner proposes that the Indy’s music scene could learn a lot from the tech scene. And, indeed, they’re already inextricably tied. For example, Banner’s SmallBox sponsors a majority of the projects on MFT, and past and future employees of the site, including Rogers, moonlight at his company. “There’s a reason we have breakout tech companies here, like ExactTarget and Slingshot. There’s a real lack of ego here. You see that in the leadership of these large companies. They’re not focused on building their wealth as much as they’re focused on building their business, and that business is involved in the community,” says Banner. He sees these burgeoning local tech giants as holding the potential to determine the city’s musical community’s direction. “The Lillies of the world, they supported things like the Symphony. I feel like ExactTarget is going to be the next Lilly. These new tech companies, they’re going to help decide, in a lot of ways, what the music scene will look like. They’ll sponsor and pay and support,” says Banner. The Musicians Council will appropriate the model of similar councils flourishing in Canada in order to create a city more like some of the places Indy musicians looking to break through flock to. “There are places all over that are like that: Austin, Portland, Seattle, Athens. Places where you think of music when you think of the place. How do we make this a musical city? It’s not that the bands in Austin are better than the bands in Indianapolis. It’s just been capitalized [in Austin]; it’s been turned into something. People who love music live in that city and want to be part of it. Indianapolis can be like that, but the important thing that I’m finding out is that nobody can make it as one person,” says Rogers.
How will this be achieved? “It would involve different promoters and venue owners, record labels and other people that are involved with Indiana music. I think it’s the right time for it, because a lot of people are interested in cultural arts,” says Rogers. Banner cites one group whose leadership has already changed the Indy cultural scene as an integral part of the idea. “Nobody has shifted our brand on a national level as much as Dodge and [MOKB Presents]. A lot of people think
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sports, sports, sports; but we’ve shifted our brand tremendously by bringing 150 bands through this town a year,” say Banner. “Those bands take that experience and carry the brand of Indianapolis with them. They talk about playing here, they talk about the bands that open for them.” A more DIY approach from another Indy musician is helping expose local breakout acts. “I think Jacob [Gardner] is doing phenomenal work with Cataracts. It’s the ultimate DIY thing; the most recent one — it was like house Woodstock or something,” says Banner. The idea is now at the heart of Musical Family Tree’s mission. The site would become the mouthpiece for the Council. “It’s one of those great ideas that would be so great for the arts community and the musicians in the city — to make them feel like the people are with them,” says Rogers.
And it spreads That mission has taken a while to conceptualize. “At the beginning, [the site] was growing so fast that we didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about why we were doing this, besides the obvious reason that we wanted to document and protect what we considered to be sacred, Indiana music,” says Banner. “Now we have a better picture of what we really want; that’s part of becoming a non-profit. We really want to spread Indiana music; not just protect it, but spread it.” Although Musical Family Tree is currently only recognized as a non-profit on the state level, the creation of the Indiana Musicians Council will allow Rogers to take full advantage of national non-profit benefits. And just in time, too, as the site plans to expand beyond state borders in the fairly near future. Part of MFT’s grand plan is to take the model beyond Central Indiana — to turn the existing site into a template for other cities to begin to archive their musical history. “We’d seek out scene curators — people who have been embedded for years — and
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Indiana Musicians Council We’d love to write more extensively about the proposed Indiana Musician’s Council — and plan to in the future — but for the time being, we’ll settle for watching the exciting developments. Keep an eye on this space, because there’s surely more to come. Starting today, log on to NUVO.net to read a bi-weekly series that asks local musicians to identify what keeps them making music in the Circle City. This week features Humans and th’EMPIRES member Zachary Jetter.
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train them,” says Banner. Although that plan is temporarily on hold — at least until the relaunch — Rogers is content exploring Indianapolis’ musical depth for the time being. “It’s really a huge, labyrinth of stuff,” says Rogers. ■
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Turnin’ It at Herron
With the frost once again covering the pumpkin and young squirrels’ thoughts turning to gathering nuts for the winter, we find ourselves with an insanely packed First Friday schedule, highlighted by a celebrations of drag culture and local Latino artists, DIY collages at iMOCA and FoodCon III (considered in feature form on page 22). Let’s get to it. First to Herron, where Turnin’ It! The Art and Culture of Drag, featuring photography, costumes and artifacts pertaining to all things drag, including the local drag scene, opens with a reception running 6-9 p.m. in the Basile Gallery. Herron alum Michael Barclay curated, the IUPUI Faculty and
The Alive Musical Yoga Experience @ Invoke Yoga and Pilates This is a good time for yoga in the Circle City — or, to quote Chuck Crosby, who’s been teaching the practice since he moved
Student Council partially funded. Also of exceptional note are two exhibitions at iMOCA taking the pulse of Fountain Square: Color Me _____, by Andy Miller and Andrew Neyer, and Sublime is Not a Guilty Pleasure, by Benny Sanders and Nathaniel Hammond. For Color Me _____, Miller and Neyer will sketch out three 16-foot murals, but leave them unfinished to allow for random passers-by to fill in the spaces as they wish with provided markers. And we’d best not neglect Polina Osherov — fashion photographer extraordinaire, one of the founding members of the fashion collective Pattern and former NUVO cover subject. Polina in the City, a collection of photos by Osherov premiering at Wug Laku’s, depicts an Indianapolis devoid of people but seemingly waiting for
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them to arrive — and thus imbued with a certain dramatic tension. Nor would you be safe skipping AMOR2, a two-night only exhibition featuring Indiana-based Latino artists at the Arch at Chatham Gallery (617 E. North St.). Call it a sequel: The first AMOR took place October 2002 at Dean Johnson Gallery and included 15 artists. The follow-up will take place in a symbolically charged space, for The Arch at Chatham Gallery was formerly home to El Centro Hispano, a social services agency devoted to the city’s Latino community that’s now known as La Plaza. Indianapolis-based graphic designer Carlos Sosa, who curated the first show, is also at the helm for the second; he’s recruited Orlando Perez, Artur Silva, Beatriz Vasquez and Magdalena Segovia, among others for the show, everywhere from Portugal to Colombia to Mexico represented. Food, drink and music will be available both nights, with receptions opening at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 6.
Now for all the rest we can fit in: Gallery 924 has Pete Brown’s Blind, at which audience members will be encouraged to touch, feel, listen and interact with artwork. The show was created in collaboration with Bosma Enterprises, a non-profit providing services for the visually impaired and blind. SpaceCamp Microgallery has playful, poppy, solid-colored prints by the Phillybased Peter Schenck. Cincinnati’s JonPaul Smith, whose most eye-catching work may be his complex, tapestry-like constructs, made up of hundreds of interwoven strips of discarded consumer packaging, remains at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery through Oct. 21. Stutz Art Space has Women of a Certain Age: On Fire!, a hot flash-inspired showcase for a dozen mature ladies, including Leigh Dunnington-Jones, Carol Myers and Jane Knight. And bands, performers and artists will set up shop starting at 5 p.m. in front of Mass Ave stores for the Mass Ave Fall Harvest of the Arts and Gallery Walk.
here in 2004, “the scene is exploding.” A decade ago, Crosby says, “there were three yoga studios that were operating at the time, as well as the YMCA. Now, I don’t even know how many studios there are.” And it’s not just about the studios. Crosby is the promoter behind the Alive Musical Yoga Experience, which will blend music, yoga and kirtan (a call-andresponse chanting of hymns or mantras) on Friday at Invoke Yoga and Pilates. Chant artist Kristin “Luna” Ray is the headlining performer for the program, which starts at 5:45 p.m. with yoga and live music by Ray, with a traditional concert by Ray following at 7:30 p.m. Ray, who’s also co-founder of True Nature Education, a holistic travel education company that offers retreats with an emphasis on education, service learning and yoga, spoke to us about her new record and the deepening of focus that comes with adding live music to yoga.
KRISTIN RAY: Right, and a lot of it is in Sanskrit, [which is] a vibrational language used to bring out the qualities of love, compassion and positivity. The word mantra in Sanskrit means the protection of the mind, so what I’m singing are these prayers that are used to help protect and purify the mind. That’s where the yoga part of it comes in. However, I grew up in Cincinnati and I loved pop music: Madonna and Debbie Gibson, some of the ’70s stuff like Fleetwood Mac. So pop music is in my bones. As I grew up, I started to travel around the world and my experiences spoke to me musically. Now, I think that what’s happening in the yoga world with music is that old mantras and vibrational music are being merged with the music that we all grew up with. That is the essence of my album One Shared Heart: that new world music vibe, the old energy of the Sanskrit language and the power of the mantras.
NUVO: Your new album, One Shared Heart, combines several styles: American folk and pop, as well as the folk musics of the Middle East and India.
NUVO: How does the experience of doing yoga change when live music is added?
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RAY: I think one of the goals of yoga is
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to help cultivate focus in our minds and hearts. When music comes into it, specifically with the mantras, it helps cultivate focus in the classes. It becomes a tool to help us tune into the present moment, into the class, more deeply. NUVO: How is One Shared Heart different from your previous work? RAY: What makes the new album different is that it’s all mantra, a blend of English and the Sanskrit language. We also had a beautiful choir of 20 people singing on that album, so the vocal piece is full and there was a great energy when we recorded it, which sets it apart. Another important difference is that I recorded this album while my baby girl, Jaya, was in my belly, which is one of the reasons why it’s called One Shared Heart. We were sharing the sound of our heartbeats at the time and she was and is a big part of it. 5:45 p.m. (live music and yoga, $25), 7:30 p.m. (Kirtan concert, $15) @ 970 Fort Wayne Ave., Ste. C ; $35 for both events; invokestudio.com
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North Carolina A&T State Cheerleaders at the 2010 Circle City Classic.
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Sure, Circle City Classic kicked off Thursday with a free party at New Orleans on the Avenue — and Miss Circle City Classic was crowned Sunday at Pike High School. But the heart of the Classic is this weekend, including Saturday’s parade and football game, as well as a bunch of other programming Friday night, some free, some not. Friday kicks off with the Circle City Classic Pep Rally, featuring marching bands competing in the Classic, as well as local high school bands ( 4:30 p.m. @ White River State Park, free). Then comes the Friday Nite Classic Cabaret featuring Summer Celebration faves Charlie Wilson, Tank and the SOS Band (doors 6 p.m. @ Indiana Convention Center, $5057). Or you’ve got the Comedy Jam, headlined by D.L. Hughley, somehow without
a TV show this season, and featuring Earthquake (8 p.m. @ Murat Theatre, $3040). And across town is the Classic Gospel Celebration with recording artist Earnest Pugh and Christian comedian/ventriloquist Willie Brown (7:30 p.m. @ Madame Walker Theatre, $20). Saturday kicks off with the Circle City Classic Parade, taking off from North and Pennsylvania Streets, ending at North and Meridian Streets, and showcasing a whole bunch of HBCU marching bands, with local DJ Russ Parr as grand marshal (10 a.m.-noon, bleachers $1016, otherwise free). There’ll be plenty of tailgating up until the 2:30 p.m. start to the annual Circle City Classic football game, pitting North Carolina Central against South Carolina State (@ Lucas Oil Stadium, $10-50). And then come at least a couple after-parties: Old SOUL’s Entertainment’s Keeping It Classic with DJ Metrognome and buddies (10 p.m. @ BuDa Lounge, $10) and Kappa Alpha Psi’s Nuthin’ But Old School party (9 p.m. @ The Sheraton, 31 W. Ohio St., $20 ).
Great Spirit: Native American Flute @ The Eiteljorg A showcase for chamber music featuring Native American flute, with flutist Jim Pellerite joined by five string players and modern flutist. On the bill are four, count ’em, four world premieres: two by James Aikman and one each by Randall Snyder and David DeBoor Canfield. Instrumentation varies from a solo setting for Pellerite to a piece for native flute and string quartet (Aikman’s Ania’s Song, one of the world premieres).
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André Watts and the Musicians of the ISO @ The Palladium Pianist André Watts, has signed on to perform with the ISO players, in exile, at an impromptu show at the Palladium Sunday (7 p.m., $10-35, isomusicians.com). Watts will play Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, with Mussorgsky’s crowd favorite, Pictures at an Exhibition, also on the bill. Samuel Wong is on the podium and partial proceeds will head to the New World Youth Orchestra.
ISO in exile
Union says ‘no’ to opt-out clause BY SCOTT SHOGER SSHOGER@NUVO.NET ISO management made public its latest contract proposal late Monday night, noting in a press release that because management “simply can’t wait to hear from our musicians and risk losing any more of our season,” an official offer had been submitted to the union on Oct. 1 with a deadline of Oct. 6. Key components of the proposal include a minimum base salary in the first year of $53,000, with gradual increases to $70,000 by year five, a 38 to 42 week season, an orchestra size of 74 musicians (a number allowing for the hiring of two full-time musicians ) and a defined benefit plan for current musicians with a 403(b) for new hires. The five-year contract would allow for a one-time termination option at the close of year three, whereby either party could elect, at the end of year two, to opt out of the contract. “This allows the ISO Board and the management to make a stretch offer while not exposing the organization to excessive risk if the ISO is unable meet the new, ambitious fundraising goals,” according to the release. However, as part of the latest proposal, the ISO has offered to remove the termination clause of the contract if $5 million is raised from new
The final installment to Butler University’s Debussy Celebration, titled Debussy and the Abyss of Total Freedom, features some of the French impressionist composer’s genrepushing chamber music work, performed by Butler faculty and students, as well as a few special guests. The three pieces on the lineup are Trio pour piano, violin et violincello (written by Debussy at age 18; performed by guest cellist Kurt Fowler, guest pianist Minju Choi and faculty violinist Davis Brooks), Quatour pour deux violins, alto et violincelle en sol mineur (played by the Vero Quartet of Butler student artists) and Sonate pour flute, alto et harpe (featuring guest flutist Rebecca Price Arrensen). 7:30 p.m. @ Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, Butler University; free; butler.edu/ music/debussy-celebration
sources by March 31, 2013. Union negotiating chair Rick Graef told NUVO Tuesday at noon that the termination option was unacceptable to the union — and that, moreover, they had rejected the ISO’s proposal on Monday before it had been released to the public. They rejected the proposal publicly on Tuesday afternoon via press release. ISO spokesperson Jessica DiSanto noted Tuesday that the offer to remove the termination clause if the $5 million fundraising goal is met “was offered for the first time yesterday to try to address the musicians’ concerns regarding the termination clause,” thereby differentiating the latest proposal from all that preceded it. “After the offer was delivered, we moved forward with updating our community on our current offer, with the hope that it demonstrates how far we’ve come in a difficult negotiation process and how much we want to reach an agreement as soon as possible,” DiSanto said. “Unfortunately, the musicians rejected our offer in a short time frame.” Graef says the union and the ISO had come to terms on wages, pension, health care and benefits in midSeptember in a behind-the-scenes meeting with a federal mediator. But before the contract could be signed, according to Graef, those terms were “regressively bargained away,” with the addition of the termination clause and reduction of pension benefits that had been agreed upon in a preliminary sense. DiSanto countered that these claims are “simply untrue.”
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Every summer, Indy Parks presents over 75 outdoor concerts around Indianapolis featuring the best bands in the region. Now is your opportunity to be considered for one of our many concert series, including: • EAGLE CREEK PARK: Folk, Bluegrass or Jazz • BROAD RIPPLE PARK: “Original Music” • ELLENBERGER PARK: “Eclectic Acoustic” • KRANNERT PARK: Country • WINDSOR VILLAGE PARK: Hip Hop, Rap and R&B • GARFIELD PARK: Pops, Classical and Big Band Please send your press kit, including music samples, bio, photos, videos and all pertinent information as to why Indy Parks should hire your act, via high quality web link, CD, and/or DVD to: INDY PARKS CONCERTS & MOVIES 2432 CONSERVATORY DR. INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46203 INDYPARKSCONCERTS@INDY.GOV
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David Wilkie on the Anthenaeum roof in 1992.
Sittin’ on the roof
Athenaeum Foundation head camps out BY S CO T T S H O G E R S S H O G E R@N U V O . N E T Cassie Stockamp, president of the Athenaeum Foundation, says she just checked the weather report for the week (Oct. 8-13) she plans to spend on the roof just above her office. And it looks pretty good: cold, then hot. No hurricanes. Or locusts. But she’s not without her trepidations. She pretty much conquered her fear of heights a few years back by jumping out of an airplane, so no issues there (unlike for this reporter, who can’t really climb down the attic-like ladder leading to the roof without feeling a bit woozy). But, well, you never quite know what’ll happen when sleeping on the mean streets of Indy. But she’ll have a sleeping bag and tent, naturally. She’ll have friends to keep her company at night. And, most of all, she’ll have the company of a whole bunch of acquaintances and strangers, all invited to join her during a week of fundraising events that include a screening of Going All the Way (with Dan Wakefield, the lucky author who wrote the book on which the movie is based, planning to climb up to attend), a fancy dinner with music (food by Mesh and music by the Athenaeum Pops Orchestra), lunchtime concerts catered by Mass Ave restaurants and sunrise yoga led by Stockamp, a yoga instructor. Her travails are in the interest of the
Cassie Stockamp samples a view she’ll enjoy for a week straight.
Athenaeum, with the goal of raising $100,000 for maintenance and improvements, including soundproofing of the Rathskeller (to silence or dull those thumping bass notes that bleed into the Athenaeum Theatre on weekend nights) and protection and repair of the theatre’s plate glass windows (at a cost of roughly $50,000 per window). “The entire building needs to be tucked, pointed and cleaned,” Stockamp says, referring to the process of restoring brick walls by repairing mortar and cleaning bricks. “When you look at the original pictures, the way the bricks are striped is magnificent. But they’re under 117 years of crud.” Not to mention that the rainy day fund always needs fresh infusions; a $150,000 boiler went down last year, and such unexpected costs add up over time when taking care of a building that’s long passed the century mark. Rent and other income barely meet operating expenses, with little left over for such long-term needs. Stockamp estimates $6 million in deferred maintenance. Stockamp is following a precedent of sorts with her stunt. In 1992, David Wilkie sat on the Athenaeum roof for two weeks to raise much-needed repair funds. At that time, the building was on a path toward destruction, with a leaky roof and birds in the belfry. Wilkie managed to raise $157,000 for the cause; an additional $645,600 was then donated by the Lilly Foundation, paying for the construction of a slate roof that should last 50 years (and still looks in great shape from the adjoining flat roof which will be Stockamp’s home.) Twenty years later, the Athenaeum doesn’t have the same kinds of pressing needs; or, in other words, the roof is still holding up. As Spencer Valentine, development coordinator for the Athenaeum Foundation, told NUVO in June, “This is a working, operating buildings that’s not in disarray (anymore), but still has need
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being a 120-year-old building.” Part of Stockamp’s goal is to draw attention to the fact that the Athenaeum is many things to many people — a place to work out, a place to drink and party, a place to attend church — and the foundation is in charge of it all, with respect to upkeep, making prudent financial decisions and other, as she puts it, “not very sexy” decision making. “I think people are starting to recognize that the Athenaeum Foundation owns the building,” she says. “And we have to continue to push that brand. The Rathskeller’s done a great job, and people think of this building as the Rathskeller. But that’s just one, major component.” To that end, a new sign is soon to be put in place in the parking lot, with the Athenaeum lettered across the top and then the building’s three main elements — the YMCA, the Rathskeller and the Athenaeum Theatre — listed below. But it’s not only about the non-profits and businesses that rent space. “This building draws a unique group of people — everyone from 90-year-old Germans to young artists,” she says. “And if you go back to the founding principles of a sound mind and a sound body, the freethinkers who founded the Athenaeum were abolitionists, women’s rights activists; they were talking about free sex in the 1800s because they believed in the freedom of thought. I can’t think of anywhere else in the city that has this kind of diversity going on.” Stockamp says that her visions for the Athenaeum all come down to being responsive and receptive the community. It’s not about imposing ideas, but about enabling those with ideas to see them find full flower. But she does have some hopes and desires. “The lederhosen and the beer is fun, but one of my visions is to turn the lobby area on the first floor into a contemporary German space,” she says.
A WEEK ON THE ROOF: (online registration at eventbrite.com)
WEEKDAY MORNINGS (OCT. 8-12) 7:30 A.M.: Yoga with Cassie
MONDAY, OCT. 8: NOON: Music by We’re Not Squibnocket, food by Hoaglin’s To Go ($22) 7 P.M.: Indy Film Fest screening of Going All the Way; author Dan Wakefield expected to attend ($54)
TUESDAY, OCT. 9: NOON: Music by Tony Shaw, food by Yats ($22) 4-7 P.M.: WIBC broadcasts from roof (free) WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10: NOON: Music by Jason Barrows, food by Bru Burger ($22)
THURSDAY, OCT. 11: NOON: Music by Brett Wiscons, food by Henry’s on East ($22) 7 P.M.: Music by Athenaeum Pops Orchestra, dinner by Mesh ($54)
FRIDAY, OCT. 12: NOON: Music by One Wintered Life, food by Subway, appearances by Boomer and Rowdy ($22) LATER THAT DAY: Stockcamp climbs down from the roof via fire-truck ladder; Mayor Greg Ballard watches.
SOME RULES OF THE ROOF
(according to the Athenaeum Foundation) : 1. Please wear pants or clothes in which you will feel comfortable to climb up a ladder. 2. Please wear flat shoes (no pointy heels , boys) as you will be on the membrane of the roof . 3. Stay a comfortable distance away from the edge of the roof. Fall protection will be in place, but just as a gentle reminder, you will be on a roof.
A&E REVIEWS THEATER TATAS AND TIARAS A FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT Katie Angel, the CEO of Angel Burlesque here in Indy – and a friend – sent me a short little missive the other night: “How’d you like to judge our Miss TaTas and Tiaras pageant?”
Truck farm Indy at FoodCon II in 2011.
focuses on food cycle BY G E O F F O O LE Y E D I T O RS @N U V O . N E T The mashup of artists, local food enthusiasts, urban farmers and gardeners, exhibitions and displays known as FoodCon returns to the Harrison Center Friday for its third year of celebrating and supporting Indy’s fast-growing sustainable food movement. This year’s theme is the Food Cycle — birth, growth, maturity and death, then how it starts all over again — in the production of sustainable food. “It’s definitely becoming an institution each year,” says Tim Carter, director of Butler’s Center for Urban Ecology and one of the organizers of FoodCon, which drew 3,000 people last year. ”People love it. It’s a unique way to engage around something that everyone, in one way or another, is engaged in and that’s food. Participating artists include Maren Bell, whose show Urban Gardens includes paintings and an interactive mural in which viewers can create their own urban green spaces on a large city skyline. “It’s an unconventional food convention,” says Joanna Taft, executive director of The Harrison Center. “It brings together a lot of artists and spurs a discussion about the foods that we eat. … In the courtyard we’ll have vendors, or not so much vendors as real, live people and residents of urban neighborhoods doing really interesting things with food.” They will provide information and displays — several with live animals — on urban farming, animal husbandry, cooperative gardens, beekeeping, chicken coops and more. Chris Provence, who lives in the Reagan Park neighborhood east of Fall Creek Place, uses hydroponics — the growing of plants in nutrient solutions, with or without soil to provide support — to grow vegetables in his basement. He uses worm casings, basically worm poop, as a nutrient-rich, organic fertilizer. Grow lights fill in for the sun. While there is no dirt used in hydroponics, Provence says it is possible to use all kinds of things in conjunction with the worm casings to grow food. “I could cut up a NUVO and be able to grow something in it,” he says, adding that he has successfully experimented with using recyclable aluminum Sun King beer cans as containers for food plants. He grows lettuce, broccoli, corn, radishes,
onions, cucumbers, pumpkins and more year round in his basement. Provence sees hydroponics as an eventual solution to a global food issue. He says its use on a much larger scale could be an answer to food shortages in lessdeveloped parts of the world. “If we are going to survive as a human race, we have to engage hydroponics, because we just can’t support all of the population with in-the-ground (crops). It’s a proven fact,” he says. Ben Walker, who lives in Windsor Park, has been using aquaponics to produce food in his basement. Aquaponics is similar to hydroponics in that it uses water rather than dirt. But aquaponics uses fish — Walker has tilapia in his 72-gallon tank — and their waste to provide the nutrients for the plants. This system allows the user to harvest the vegetables and the fish for food. Mary Streett, an 11-year-old who lives with her family in the MartindaleBrightwood neighborhood, operates on a smaller scale and is already a FoodCon veteran. The Oaks Academy sixth-grader participated in last year’s event with a display that featured baby chicks. This year she will have a display about urban chicken coops, a fast-growing trend in Indy neighborhoods. Streett has a coop in her backyard with 32 chickens. They produce 20 to 30 eggs each day. She collects them and sells them to friends and some of her schoolteachers. Some of the profits from her business pay for her synchronized swimming classes and the rest goes into her savings account. Streett is now thinking about expanding her business to make it easier for chickenraising rookies to get started. “We are considering making some mobile coops with two chickens in them,” she says. “So people can just buy these, take them home and have chickens in their backyard.” You can place your order at FoodCon III. Editor’s note: At 6 and at 7:30 p.m. NUVO Managing Editor Jim Poyser will be presenting a free Climate Reality Project slideshow, linking climate change to extreme weather.
FOODCON III Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St.
Friday, Oct. 5, 5-9 p.m., free
Never mind that it was a benefit for the Indiana AIDS Fund. I couldn’t pass up a chance to be front-and-center during a burlesque show, scoring — yes, scoring, though not scoring with — over a dozen scantily-clad humans. “You had me at Tatas, Katie,” I said. For the uninitiated, burlesque in its present form is a sex-positive, humor-drenched embracing of the art of the striptease by every possible body type: little women, big women, curvy women, skinny women – and dudes, too, or ‘boylesquers.’ For Miss Tatas and Tiaras, a trio of drag queens from Indy Pride’s Bag Ladies were thrown in for good measure. The contest was held at Crackers Comedy Club in Broad Ripple on the Monday night prior to the Indiana AIDS Walk. The top fifteen contestants had been whittled down online via ‘tips’ — those who brought in the most coin made the cut. To generate more donations, staged videos and photoshopped smear campaigns of the various contestants slamming each other on Facebook and YouTube appeared, ‘surveillance images’ of the opposition kicking kittens and punching puppies. This stuff made the Senate race in Indiana look like a pillow fight. Tips during the performance would be added to the final total, and that amount would count for half of the performer’s score. The other half? That’s where your humble judges came in. The panel consisted of yours truly, another Central Indiana radio vet named Robb Reel, local photographer Angela Leisure, and Q Artistry Artistic Director Ben Asaykwee. We were parked at a table with reigning TaTas and Tiaras queen Pepper Mills, whose most recent hit was a cat-in-a-glitterbox number she’d rolled out during Indy Fringe. Jeff Angel and Brigitte Petite hosted the show. Diminutive Brigitte has what she calls a ‘plus-sized voice’, and used it to full effect for an opening song — which she followed throughout the course of the evening with no less than fifteen gown changes. (This troupe may be singlehandedly keeping Goodwill Industries in business.) Pepper Mills kicked off the strippin’ with a ‘step-down’ bit set to Chariots of Fire. Pepper’s got Betty-Boop-big eyes and is perhaps one of the funniest people to grace a stage – without ever uttering a word. She was immediately followed by the Woman No One Could Follow, Bunny van Doren. Bunny’s tall and curvy, and graces the stage with a charisma and charm that is immediately offset by her willingness to really get down and do it – and on this night, that included four pasties as opposed to the typical two. Generally, for the female burlesquer,
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Tata and Tiaras finalists. every act ends with a display of nipplecovered boobage, swinging tassels optional. Bunny didn’t just tassel her top, she tassled her butt – and managed to swing ‘em with an acrobatic move that would’ve left Bela Karolyi impressed. After a drag bit from Chlamydia Burns (this stuff writes itself), Ginger Peach, dressed like Colonel Sanders, stripped to Southern Culture on the Skids’ “Eight-Piece Box” while tossing drumsticks to the crowd. We’d already scored each contestant on their introductory gown – a possible fifteen points – and were now left with the impossible task of scoring each routine on a scale from one to eighty-five. With twelve to go, it looked like the cash each performer raised would probably make the difference. As the inked and sultry Patsy Blue Ribbon writhed to ‘Love Potion #9’, and Lola LoVacious handed candy bars to the judges (I responded properly, scribbling ‘Bribery! 85!’ on my scoring sheet), we found ourselves getting a little worn out. Which is part of the charm of a good burlesque show – when it’s paced right, it’s relentless; alternately sexy and funny to the point of ‘I can’t take it anymore’. Kitty Galore did a piece wearing startling cat makeup, but the height of costumed weirdness was Rachel Yoder, the Amish Drag Queen. No songs, no moves, just a few minutes of priceless standup in a plain bonnet and upcountry accent. Gartered Coty Foxfire had fellow judge Angela hooting – maybe it was from the Patron (drinks were free for the judges), and Katie Angel finished the performances with a feather boa and her trademark brilliant physical comedy. Scores were tabulated, then the final three were announced: Bunny, Desda and Belle. Then came Jeff’s announcement: “Miss TaTas and Tiara 2012 is…Bunny van Doren!” Bunny blew kisses and thanked the judges, pandemonium ensued – pretty impressive for a Monday night. The crowd could finally exhale. I gathered my jacket and found my wife and we hit the street, and as we walked down College Avenue, Mrs. W asked me what I thought. “Are you kidding? My FACE hurts.” And then, from a random woman leaving the club twenty feet behind us: “My face hurts too!” And for any burlesque show, that’s got to be one of two measures for success. The other? Okay, yeah, besides the obvious: It’s that Miss TaTas and Tiaras raised over $5,000 for the Indiana AIDS Fund. — ED WENCK
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A&E REVIEWS MUSIC INDIANAPOLIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WITH CAROLINE GOULDING INDIANA HISTORY CENTER, SEPT. 29 e Saturday night’s great program mixing two repertoire standards with a contemporary piece became even greater as conducted with distinction by Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra music director Kirk Trevor. The special guest was the prodigal violinist Caroline Goulding, who astonished one and all with her heavily nuanced reading of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. Goulding, who put across her reading so effectively that one could imagine hearing what was in her head, varied her bowing and fingerwork from the opulently wide singing tones of the slow movement to playing nearly white at the ends of scale runs. I didn’t care for her tendency to “glide” off a note, then jump to the next highest or lowest one, a mannerism most string players have gotten away from. Otherwise it was a performance to remember. Trevor opened his concert with a 10-minute contemporary piece by Michael Torke, The Lucent Variations (1998). A repetitiously rhythmic study in minimalist tonality, unvarying in key signatures beyond A to D, Lucent somewhat hearkens back to Aaron Copland — and not at his most inventive. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat, closed the program showing Trevor and his
Claire Huangci forces at their absolute best. The group’s handling throughout each of the four movements was crisp, precise, articulate and energetic. This was the finest performance of a Classical-era symphony Trevor has given us in quite a while. For a more detailed review, visit nuvo.net.
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AMERICAN PIANISTS ASSOCIATION PREMIERE SERIES: CLAIRE HUANGCI INDIANA HISTORY CENTER, SEPT. 30 e Since 2009, the American Pianists Association has made a few changes in its Classical Awards series. It’s become quadrennial rather than every three
years, with the Jazz Awards split halfway between. And starting next April during awards week it will grant its award to only one Fellow—not two as has been the practice for well over a decade. That means that, like our violin competition, we’ll have one “winner,” but unlike that competition, none of the other finalists will be ranked. Sunday afternoon, the IHC’s Basile Theater hosted 22-year-old Claire Huangci, a native of Rochester, N.Y. She played a widely varied program, from Bach, through Schubert, Chopin and Ravel to Tchaikovsky. And like so many of the rising generation of toptier pianists, Huangci has technique to burn. Her arms, hands and fingers moved over the keyboard with the grace of a ballerina, as she offered every variety of pianistic perorations in the most delicate of shades. Still, she tended to overpedal, which muddied some of her textures. As in previous APA Premiere Series, Kirk Trevor and his Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra came on stage in the second half. They provided an overture and joined with Huangci for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37. Huangci’s account of the concerto was a mix of expressive dynamic shading and a first-movement cadenza too rushed with, again, too much pedal. Claire Huangci is a soaring young talent. With a bit more maturity, she could become a towering figure in the pianistic pantheon. For more review details, visit nuvo.net. — TOM ALDRIDGE
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A&E REVIEW TV PAROLE DIARIES TV ONE, WEDNESDAYS AT 10 P.M. We’re catching up with the new reality series Parole Diaries a few weeks after its premiere. But since it’s on cable (new episodes air at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on TV One), there’ll be plenty of reruns. And that’s good, because this show, which was shot in Indianapolis from February to May, is both informative and entertaining. Parole Diaries follows nine Indiana Department of Correction parole officers as they handle some of their many, many clients. In the first episode, we met Denise Jackson, Gerald Carter and John Taylor as they worked on cases involving a sex offender, a drug addict convicted of theft and a man who’d spent seven years in prison for his part in a drug heist gone wrong. Over the next 12 episodes, we’ll meet more of the players in what executive producer Jonathan Towers calls “the land of second chances.” “The parole system is a world that even pretty educated Americans do not understand,” Towers, whose company, Towers Productions, created the show, said in a phone interview. “What I want people to understand is that it’s an important part of our society, that it’s about helping people reintegrate into society. If we don’t do this well, we’re causing ourselves all kinds of problems.”
NUVO: How did you end up doing this in Indianapolis? JONATHAN TOWERS: We did a documentary for Discovery Channel where we embedded inside the Pendleton penitentiary and through that project got to know (chief communications officer) Doug Garrison and the other folks in the department. It went really well, and they were happy about how we had portrayed the challenges of running a penitentiary and the way we portrayed the work of the officers. This was in ’08. In conversations about what other things we might do, it was suggested that no one’s ever really shown the inside world of parole.
NUVO: It’s astounding to me that a paroled sex offender would agree to be on TV.
TOWERS: It’s about trust, and it’s about people believing you’re going to tell their story accurately and fairly. Here’s what I’d say about the sex offender theme, which comes up throughout the whole series: The public is aware but doesn’t
Indiana Dept of Corrections parole officer Denise Jackson know enough about how sex offenders are treated — both from the point of view of the parole officer and the parolee. Both sides want people to understand what they go through.
NUVO: What was the weirdest thing you saw? TOWERS: One of the most unusual realizations was that people who are paroled come from every walk of life. In one episode, there’s a woman who was vice president of a bank. This woman got herself in a whole mess of trouble for prescription fraud. My sense of that as a producer is, that could be any of us. That’s why I like doing this kind of television. You’re constantly humbled. You realize the things that happen in life could happen to anybody.
NUVO: Again, that’s someone you wouldn’t expect to grant permission to be shown on TV.
TOWERS: Don’t forget: These are people who are showing the world that they’re making their best effort to re-enter society. This is the story of what parole is. They’re saying, “Yeah, I messed up. But look at me: I’m doing what I’ve been asked to do. And if I play by these rules, I’m going to make it.” — MARC ALLAN
FILM CLIPS LIBERAL ARTS
A vehicle for Josh Radnor, one of the leads in the annoying sitcom How I Met Your Mother, who also wrote and directed the film, his second feature. The movie is agreeable and forgettable. Such words are usually dismissive, but that’s not my intent. Liberal Arts is meant to be a bright comedy with wistful moments. Radnor nails that, though he succumbs to cutesiness on occasion. Some of the supporting characters and situations seem contrived, but that’s incidental, because the main draw of the production is college life, specifically the combined memories of the best moments of the college you left behind. — Ed Johnson-Ott
Another “found footage” horror film, with lots of blood and a number of good scares. A group of petty thieves is hired to retrieve a video from a big old house. Things get complicated during the job, allowing them and us to view several scary videos, each shot by a different director. Nice gimmick, and it works fairly well. What do we learn? Men are pigs or idiotic pigs and women are victims or predators. The film is booked as a midnight movie Friday and Saturday at Landmark Keystone Art Cinema. It should play well in the late night setting. — Ed Johnson-Ott
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FOOD Matt The Miller knows his trade
Carmel eatery hits ground running BY N E I L CH AR LE S N CH A RL E S @N UV O . N E T The third restaurant in a mini-chain (the other two being in Ohio), Matt The Miller’s Tavern has hit the ground running in its upscale location in the Carmel Arts and Design district. Now in its third week of operation, the place is jam-packed after 5 p.m. and clearly already enjoying some repeat business. On my first visit for lunch last week, I was quickly impressed by the staff’s excellent product knowledge and confident recommendations. Friendly and unpretentious, they immediately made me feel welcome and unhurried. The following evening, my wife and I paid a return visit with a few friends for an early dinner. Our timing couldn’t have been better, because for the next two hours there wasn’t a seat to be had, and this isn’t exactly a tiny establishment. Bustling and pleas-
antly noisy, the place had great energy, our server kept the food and drinks coming at a nicely-judged pace, and everyone around us seemed to be having a great time. Cleanly and stylishly appointed in blacks, grays and earth tones, Matt the Miller’s Tavern is divided up into several dining areas, including a spacious bar with no fewer than 10 Indiana beers on tap, as well as a host of premium brews from around the country. Although ostensibly a bar and grill, the restaurant does an excellent job of skirting the obvious choices in favor of a more adventurous and refreshingly more complicated menu than is usual in such places. Standouts on the appetizer menu have to include the cheddar grits with sautéed shrimp in a spicy cream sauce ($12), and the sweetly spicy calamari in a crunchy peanut, chili and lime sauce ($10). The former was expertly prepared, the grits smooth and creamy but not sloppy. The calamari dish could have used an extra squeeze of lime to balance the sweetness, but was otherwise delicious with a touch of heat. Both were garnished to within an inch of their lives, and could probably have benefited from a bit of restraint in that department. A plate of Bavarian pretzel bites ($8), wonderfully fluffy at the center, was enhanced enormously by a smooth and intensely-flavored roasted garlic dipping sauce which had table practically fighting for the last drops. Of the several main courses we sampled, two really stood out. The black and blue flatbread ($14) was perhaps a touch overseasoned, but featured perfectly medium-rare
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Matt The Miller’s black and blue flatbread.
slices of sirloin well balanced with a sweetish red pepper pesto and a caramelized Guinness reduction. The second was also a flatbread, this time with crimini mushrooms and goat cheese, finished with a generous helping of moderately peppery baby arugula. Both were delicious modern pub dishes, properly done. A sandwich of blackened walleye was perfectly cooked, but might have benefited from a less oily condiment than mayonnaise. We barely saved room for dessert, but it was worth it: a really splendid, and quite enormous, banana bread pudding, fashioned from a mixture of brioche and croissant and served in a boozy whiskey sauce. I’ve had far worse at far swankier establishments recently, so this was a pleasant reminder of how it should be done.
Matt The Miller’s Tavern 11 W. Center Drive, Carmel 317-805-1860 mtmtavern.com
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BEER BUZZ BY RITA KOHN
Ralston’s DraftHouse, newly opened at 635 Massachusettes Ave., features 24 beers on tap — including six Indiana brews from Sun King, Fountain Square, Three Floyds and New Day Meadery — as well as a selection of national and import craft beers. What’s more, the bottled list is even more extensive. The restaurant, located in the former Agio space, focuses on pairing beer with food. The restaurant’s namesake is Alexander Ralston, who, in 1821, laid out Indianapolis’ streets on a diagonal, including Massachusettes and Virginia Avenues. Bloomington Brewing Company is releasing its first-ever bottled brew, B-Seven, on Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Big Red Liquors store, 418 S. College Ave., in downtown Bloomington. Brewer Floyd Rosenbaum will be on-site to talk about the special ale and sign bottles. Fewer than 500 hand-numbered bottles will be sold.
Triton tapping Fort Harrison Cherry Bourbon Barrel Stout, 5 p.m. The news is this oatmeal stout spent the last five months in a bourbon barrel. Beer Sellar, Castleton, Schlafly Night with owner/ brewer Tom Schlafly, 6 p.m. Lineup of 12 brews includes Schlafly Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Ale, Biere de Garde, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, Oaked Aged Barleywine, Black IPA, Tasmanian IPA on Cask.
Big Red Beerfest, Bloomington, 300 beers from around the world, including some local Indiana breweries.
Beer MBA Class 1 at Payless Liquors, 726 Adams St., Carmel. 2:00-5:30 p.m. $50 per class or $135 for series of three; more at beermba.com.
Alexander Ralston’s plat of Indianapolis (1821) Two free events at Tuxedo Park Brewers, 1139 Shelby St.: Partial Mash (Beginner) Homebrewing Class, 1-4 p.m., and the family-friendly Fauxtober Fest, from 4 p.m. Pints for Half-Pints fundraiser for Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club at Bier Brewery, 5133 E 65th St., 6-10 p.m.; $5 donation, food, trivia games; 317253-2437. Hop Your Face Imperial IPA tapping at Fountain Square Brewery, 1301 Barth Ave.; 2 p.m., doors open at noon. This annual Imperial IPA is aggressively hopped with four different hops and loaded with a complex mix of malts. If you have an item for Beer Buzz, send an email to email@example.com. Deadline for Beer Buzz is Thursday noon before the Wednesday of publication. 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO // 10.03.12-10.10.12 // food
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poken word artist and punk rock icon Henry Rollins will lecture in Indianapolis this Friday as part of his Capitalism tour. This tour, one of several Rollins has launched in the last several years, stops in each capital city across the nation. And it ends Monday, Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C. –– Election Day eve. NUVO asked him about his political standpoint and was quick to learn he isn’t one to stand behind a particular political party; Rollins is confident that what matters most in this upcoming election is that Americans recognize the power and voice we have as a nation. We didn’t get many words in edgewise, but we get the feeling Rollins had much, much more to say –– and he’ll get his chance in Indy this Friday. HENRY ROLLINS: I will be reminding Americans at my show that we probably have more commonalities and similarities than dissimilarities. We have more common dreams than we have common goals and common needs. I go into America in what I’d like to think is a very Lincolnesque manner. In that, we’re using the same words. I want all the people I vote with and do not vote with all to be literate, rational, safe, well-fed, employed and free of fear. Truly — I’m not a fan of Rush Limbaugh, but if his car goes off the road and into a ditch, I’m going to be running a s fast as anyone toward the vehicle to get him out of it. I’m not going to stand there and go, “Well I don’t agree with you, therefore you should die.” That’s not how I’m wired. It’s not the kind of country I want to live in as far as the values. If I was in the ditch I would hope he would want to get me out. I realize that I might be in a position where I will have to depend on that guy. I don’t believe in karma, but I would like to think that guy would be able to depend on me. And so I have to be that guy and hope that he’ll be that guy for me. And that is a social compact, and that to me is bigger than how we vote. It’s bigger than what we believe religiously — or not. There’s bigger fish to fry, there are bigger commonalities and that to me is my America. That’s my belief system. NUVO: I was really interested in the fact that you worked with Shepard Fairey on the art for your posters; it reminded me of the mass media, and then the sort of underground zine-graffiti-sticker culture. ROLLINS: Shepard is interesting in that he exists in both worlds. He has massive corporate accounts and he’s still making stickers and getting busted for graffiti. He just
Uncle Henry wants you –– to f#%k off.
had a big art opening in Los Angeles and I went. He’s an interesting guy. He exists very functionally on the underground, and in the great, well-lit overground –– and he gets slack from both sides. NUVO: You’ve been traveling all across the world –– are you interested in comparing and contrasting the cultures in other countries with ours in relation to how people treat each other, how their government works, etc.? ROLLINS: I’m not interested in compare and contrast as much as I’m into reporting to you what I saw. As far as comparison, I can make big sweeping comparisons in very few words –– Americans have it really good. We’re super lucky to get to have what we have. When you spend a day walking around Bangladesh or parts of India or parts of Madagascar, you’ll see how good you have it. You live in a temperate climate. The sun is probably not going to kill you like it could in Mali. The Sahara Desert, you just can’t believe there’s a place so anti-life. The sun will kill you. Two days in that, and you’re done without proper cover. You see what people have put up with, on all levels — geographically, geopolitically, etc. You go to southern Sudan and
you look at people that have dealt with a multi-decade war and you see farms that are fertilizing their corn with dead soldiers. Literally. There’s corn growing up through shallow graves of these soldiers. Their farmers ask if you would like a piece of bone or tooth as a souvenir. That’s a reality in southern Sudan. Try that in your state. People would react in horror, as well as they should. I mean if you showed me a shallow grave with a human body in it on my property, small as it is, here in Los Angeles, I wouldn’t say, “Yeah, war is hell ...” I’d say, “Whoa, whoa, we got to call a cop, man.” We Americans exist in a relative level of food and water security in that I bet in the last 24 hours you have bathed your body. Hot water in your life is a given. You have not given it a thought today, or this week — “I hope there’s hot water tomorrow.” It’s not on my radar — it really isn’t. I took a shower this morning, of course I did. It’s a given. In the parts of Africa I’ve been to, your water is a muddy jerry can full of water that a woman in the village walked five miles each way to go get. And you can widen your lens — the Europeans have it good, the Australians have it good, the Scandinavians have it good. The people in the West are fairly blessed in a lot of ways.
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NUVO: As I listen to you speak, I keep thinking about the “punk rock” ideal of unity, and how important it is to educate each other. Is there any major goal or idea you want to leave with people on this tour? ROLLINS: I think that’s up to the person sitting in front of me being subjected to two hours of this. My objective is to be clear. I aim for clear reportage — that’s what I’m going for. I’m trying to get to you clearly, and as succinctly as possible. I’m just going to assume that you can draw your own conclusions, and come up with what you’re going to come up with. I’m not going to tell you what to take away. I’m going to leave you to do that figuring. You’re a human with a brain, you’re awake and you’ve got this. I just try and lay out my thoughts very clearly so you and I hopefully have a high contrast understanding. In that, there’s no subtly or gray area. And that is a very careful use of language, that’s a lot of preparation. And that’s valuing your time as much as I value my own. In fact I value the audience’s time more than I value my own.
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Nigerian Independence at Hyde The Republic of Nigeria declared independence from British colonial rule on Oct. 1, 1960. Although postcolonial Nigeria has been marred by political instability and corruption, one thing has remained consistent for the West African nation: its prodigious cultural output. Nigeria has gained international attention for its achievements in literature, film and perhaps most famously, music. On Friday, Oct. 5, a group of local promoters will be honoring Nigerian Independence Day by celebrating the nation’s rich musical legacy. I spoke with event organizer Walle Mafolasire and featured guest performer King Ola, an Atlanta-based Nigerian DJ who has found success as one of the top African music DJs in the United States. Since the arrival of percussionist Babatunde Olatunji in the ’60s, Nigerian music has maintained a percolating influence in the United States. I asked Mafolasire and Ola to speculate on why Nigerian music has persistently captured the attention of American audiences. “There’s just something about Nigerian music, the way we sing and play that attracts people. I hate to use this word, but I think the Nigerians have a certain swag.” says Ola. Mafolasire identifies Nigerian music’s unique propensity for cultural fusion as a key factor in its popularity. “I think Nigerians have been welcoming of outside influences. Our ability to embrace other cultures and blend it with our own music has allowed us to create a niche,” says Ola. “You don’t necessarily have to be Nigerian to enjoy the music.” This Nigerian tendency toward cultural fusion gave birth to one of the country’s greatest musical innovations, afrobeat. Created by activist-musician Fela Kuti, afrobeat is a riveting blend of Nigerian rhythms with American jazz and soul. “You can definitely see Fela’s influence today in Nigeria in the work of artists like D’banj and Wizkid,” says Ola. But Fela’s influence has stretched far beyond the borders of Nigeria. Once a minor cult figure in the United States, Fela is now the subject of a hit Broadway musical. Mafolasire attributes this to Fela’s universal message of social justice. “Fela was someone who wanted to change the political atmosphere of Nigeria in his day. Fela confronted the injustice that was being perpetrated in our society.
In some cases he was able to get enough attention to draw in government intervention,” says Mafolasire. “For someone like Fela to be celebrated, it represents a lot of changes that are happening in the U.S. The things Fela sang about can be related to some of the cultural struggles the U.S. is going through now.” Lately Nigerian music has been enjoying an unprecedented level of international success as a new generation of musicians embrace hiphop and R&B influences. “It’s exciting; Akon has been signing artists like Wizkid to his Konvict Muzik label. Kanye West signed D’banj. You now have Nigerian artists performing with major American stars, like P-Square working with —King Ola Rick Ross,” Ola says. Ola anticipates that Nigerian music will continue to gain popularity in the U.S. The DJ speculates that it may one day become a fixture of the American pop music landscape in the same way Jamaican dancehall music has. This new breed of hip-hop influenced Nigerian music will be on heavy rotation at this year’s Independence Day party. I asked Mafolasire to tell me more about the celebration and its significance to the Nigerian community. “In Nigeria, it’s a three-day celebration, there’s a lot of parades and parties. In Indiana, we haven’t had much of that going on, so we started this party three years ago. For the Nigerians here, it’s the one time of the year that they get to enjoy some of the things they had back home. It’s a chance for us to enjoy the kind of party we would have back home in Lagos,” says Mafolasire. “For us to able to do this in the middle of Downtown during Circle City Classic weekend speaks to the popularity of this event and the influence of African culture in Indiana.”
“I hate to use this word, but I think the Nigerians have a certain swag.”
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MUSIC Dark poet returns
Aesop Rock at Vogue BY TAYL O R PET ERS M USIC@ N UVO.NET One of the most convincing arguments you could make for the overlap between rap lyricists and poets would no doubt include a great deal of the work of Aesop Rock as evidence. His lyrics regularly strike that balance described originally by poet Wallace Stevens in “Man Carrying Thing.” Stevens insists that poetry ought to resist human intelligence, almost successfully. And Aesop’s rhymes tumble out in a tautological stream of alliteration and consonance (“The man-ape translates glam through the visor/ Goes in water lillies Am-scrays Giger,/ and man—ray Crammed in a one-player campaign”). With a bit of pressure, though, the lines unfold into broad, dark, personal narratives. After nearly five years of relative silence, Aesop Rock is back with Skelethon. His writing is a tight as ever. Describing the way he approaches these almost poetic lyrics, Aesop, also known as Ian Matthias Bavitz says he enjoys playing around, trying to find “sentences that really flip off my tongue.” “There are tons of grammatical tools out there to be used, and they can be fun to play with if the music and subject allow,” says Aesop. He describes his writing process as a holistic one, and one that’s connected with spoken word. “I like to try to make sure each word connects to the next in a way that will sound nice, because after all I’m writing stuff to be heard, not read,” he says. Skelethon represents one major shift for Aesop: it’s his first album without production partner Blockhead. Aesop says that the decision to produce this album on his own was a pretty unceremonious one. “There were a couple early versions of songs that I had worked on over his beats, but I ultimately just decided to produce the whole thing on my own.” Even though Blockhead didn’t technically work on any of the tracks, Aesop says he became a “trusted ear” during the recording process. “I would send him multiple versions of the same song. I’d change a high hat and send it,” he says, continuing, “Change a snare, send it and on and on like that,” and admitting that Blockhead probably, “thinks the amount that I overwork things is insane.” With this sort of attention to detail, it’s maybe not hard to believe that it took almost
five years to complete Skelethon. Factor in all the side work he’s done — producing a Dirty Ghosts album, working with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz in Hail Mary Mallon, and a full-length with Kimya Dawson under the name The Uncluded — and it starts to make sense that he waited a few years. Kimya Dawson, of course, is also featured in a few spots on Skelethon, most notably in “Crows 1.” Speaking about what inspired him to work with a folk artist like Dawson, Aesop says: “I guess folk music is very lyric-based and a lot of what I do I think of in the same way. She’s a pretty important writer to me.” Aesop says he’s excited about the forthcoming release of the first Uncluded record, Hokey Fright. “I think we are both able to find something within the collaboration that doesn’t exist in our solo stuff –– we get to explore new terrain.” Most of Dawson’s contributions to Skelethon have the character of —Aesop Rock something that could come out of a horror movie. Aesop acknowledges that death is pretty central to this album. “Things around me kept dying: people, relationships, all of that. The death theme seemed to work itself in. It’s just a reflection of what I was living.” In describing what drove him to work with a darker palette, and how he ended up unifying Skelethon, he also spoke generally about how he tends to structure his albums. “Once I have a bunch of songs demoed up, the repeating themes surface a bit more.” From there, it’s a process of refinement. “I refine things and accent themes; I try to turn a pile of songs into an ‘album.’ Something slightly more cohesive,” says Aesop. Aesop is visiting the Vogue on Friday, Oct. 5, with Hail Mary Mallon collaborators Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz. That he’s touring with them right now, and that he’s planning a tour next year with Kimya Dawson in The Uncluded is important. “People do their best stuff when you build on an idea together, but, at the end, you just tell them to do their thing and go with it,” he says.
“I try to make sure each word connects to the next in a way that will sound nice ... I’m writing stuff to be heard, not read.”
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One of the most exciting –– and unexpected –– reunions of 2011 was Ben Folds and his eponymous trio. The ‘90s jazz-rock outfit was grounded by Ben Folds’ inspired improv piano stylings. Known for songs like “Brick,” an emotional ballad exploring a heart-wrenching decision to have an abortion, and “Kate,” a song dedicated to a very cool girlfriend, the trio originally broke up in 2000. Folds launched a very successful solo career; his four full-length albums included a collaboration with British novelist Nick Hornby. But we’re happy Folds & Co. made the decision to return to trio form –– the original formation always brought a burst of explosive energy to the stage. Their new album The Sound of the Life of the Mind was released on Sept. 18. But that’s not all –– they’ve announced they have enough material for at least two more albums.
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Let’s have a party –– a party with Wanda Jackson. The rockabilly star, who’s known for a track called exactly that, was a defining female figure in rock, starting in the ‘50s. For the last 60 years, Jackson’s wandered from country, to rock, to gospel and foreign-language recordings. In the last few years, though, she’s enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in her first breakthrough genre, rockabilly. Justin Townes Earle is producing her 31st studio album Unfinished Business, which includes new material and covers of songs by the likes of Etta James, Bobby Womack and Woody Guthrie. She’ll perform with Daniel Romano and Bigger Than Elvis. POLI-PUNK HENRY ROLLINS
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Who is Rollins? Most well known for hardcore punk group Black Flag (‘80s), then the Rollins Band (‘90s), the occasional spoken-word artist, DJ, journalist, actor and, now, political campaign speaker. Rollins is here on his Capitalism tour, which is visiting every capital city in the U.S. before the election. The tour will combine stories from all of Rollins’ past exploits –– politics, touring, music, traveling, Hollywood. The tour ends in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Nov. 5 –– the day before Election Day. Here’s hoping for a Rollins Revolution! ANNIVERSARY MELODY INN ANNIVERSARY PARTY The Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St. 7 p.m., $7, 21+
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Don’t confuse him with the artist featured on Page 30 –– A$AP Rocky is no Aesop Rock. This burgeoning hip-hop star is part of the A$AP Mob, formed in Harlem in 2005. Rocky is the breakout star of the Mob; he’s visited Indy once this year already, with Kendrick Lamar as an opener for Drake’s Club Paradise tour. He returns for a date with Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown and A$AP Mob; this date is sure to include tracks from his debut full-length LongLiveA$AP. That album is scheduled to drop on Halloween, and features musicians including Lana Del Ray, Brandy and Hit-Boy.
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Jazz bassist and singer Spalding became the first jazz musician to win Best New Artist at the Grammy’s –– making a legion of Justin Bieber fans immediately furious. We’re not afraid to take a stand, though. We definitely think Spalding deserved the win over that spunky tween pop wunderkind. Spalding was a young sensation herself; originally from Portland, Ore., she taught herself how to play violin by age 5. Besides being hired as the youngest instructor in Berklee College of Music’s history, Spalding has released a series of acclaimed jazz albums, notably including splashes of Brazilian music. PUNK PUNK ROCK NIGHT AWARDS The Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St. 10 p.m., $10, 21+
If you’re not hitting up the Mel’s 11th anniversary party the night before –– or even if you are –– the Punk Rock Night Awards are the place to be this weekend. Featuring The Involuntarys, Giraffes Eating Lions, Ricky Rat and Honah Lee (New Jersey), this year’s Punk Rock Night Awards will have 17 winners in between acts. Awards include Best Local Punk Act, Non-Local Punk Act, Sexiest Act and, awesomely, the Joey Ramone Lifetime Achievement Award. COVER STORY MFT NEW MUSIC SHOWCASE Radio Radio, 1119 N. Prospect St. 1 p.m., $5, 21+
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• (1) Arrested in New York City in August on charges that he used a tiny camera in a folded newspaper to crudely peek up female subway riders’ skirts: Dr. Adam Levinson, assistant professor at the prestigious Mount Sinai school of medicine. (2) Arrested in Beverly Hills, Calif., in July and charged in a string of vandalism incidents (shooting metal marbles
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• A sign at the entrance of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor asks that visitors “conduct yourself with dignity and respect at all times. Remember, this is hallowed ground.” However, as the New York Post reported in September, visitors to the National September 11th Memorial in New York City show no such restraint, with some treating that hallowed ground more like a “Disney attraction.” They sit (or worse, lie down) on the bronze-plaque names of the dead, and lay (and spill!) their drink cups on them, creating an “almost cheerful” atmosphere, the Post said. The head of New York City’s retired association of emergency medical service firefighters said the elegant memorial more resembled a visitor’s “kitchen table.”
• “Number 1” Complaints: (1) Albert Sultan filed a lawsuit in August in New York City against his hard-charging former boss, real estate broker Jack Terzi, accusing Terzi of various workplace abuses including (to make a point in front of co-workers) deliberately urinating on an item of Sultan’s clothing. (2) Timothy Paez, 22, was arrested in Boulder, Colo., in July based on an incident at Shooters Grill and Bar, in which, after being rejected by a woman, he later approached her and allegedly urinated on her leg. (3) Australia’s Illawarra District Rugby Union reported in July that it was investigating an unnamed Avondale player who had allegedly urinated all over his uniform pants during play so as to discourage his Vikings opponents from trying to tackle him. • July was especially active for bestiality arrests. Among them: Shane Walker, 38, and his wife, Sarah, 33, at a motel in Mesa, Ariz., where Sarah had supposedly planned to consummate her dream of sex with a German shepherd. Cody Slaughter, 22, in Yuma, Ariz., after an investigation revealed sexual assaults against a dog, a horse and a pig. And Dana Kintz, 28, pleaded guilty in St. Louis to performing sex acts on the dog belonging to her and her boyfriend, Shawn Ingram, 37.
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