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We present an overripe pumpkin-full of opportunities to get your scream and/or groove on during this Halloween extended weekend. First up, an interview with Here Come the Mummies, conducted from beyond the grave; then our darn-near comprehensive reviews of haunted houses and other spooky happenings.
There it is: the sassy, brassy and savvy Occupy Wall Street movement, rapidly spreading to every zip code. It is real. Yes, it’s youth-driven, broad-based, determinedly democratic and deeply grounded in the most basic of American values of economic fairness, social justice and equal opportunity for all. It’s not about left-right ideologies, but top-down realities. BY JIM HIGHTOWER
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EXIT MAXWELL ANDERSON
Local experts agree that Anderson — who is stepping down as Indianapolis Museum of Art director and CEO after a five-anda-half year tenure — was a genuine innovator, but some are troubled by the museum’s relationship with the city during his time at the helm. Notably, those erstwhile security guards. BY DAN GROSSMAN
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You don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy the Whisky and Spirits Expo, the crown jewel (or royal?) of Wine & Table’s educational programming; the evening’s activities are aimed at advancing the palette of both novice and aficionado. BY RACHEL HOLLINGSWORTH
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LETTERS Indy’s zoning variance ignored by Council candidates NUVO’s extensive feature on the City-County Council races (Election Guide, 2011, Oct. 19-26) featured statements by many of the candidates including incumbents and challengers. Most touched on transit, education, and other current issues. But not a single candidate mentioned the need to fix our dysfunctional and corrupt zoning administration. In his Feb. 3, 2010 column, “Zoning in Indianapolis is Broken — Ask the BZAs and Ye Shall Receive,” NUVO’s David Hoppe spotlighted the glaring problem of indiscriminate variances of the zoning ordinances. Later in 2010, Councilor Lincoln Plowman, who chaired the Metropolitan Development Committee which makes annual appointments to the BZAs, was caught in an FBI sting and later indicted and convicted in federal court for extortion and bribery in a fictitious case of zoning for a new strip club. He will be sentenced in early December. More recently, Dr. Pat Andrews, a neighborhood and good-governance advocate who writes the Had Enough Indy? blog (see July 28th post) compiled the official records which revealed that since 1990, the variance boards have approved variances for at least 646 parking spaces in Broad Ripple. Now, the city administration proposes to give $6.4 million in public funds to a private developer to build a private 350space garage. Unfortunately, not one of the Council candidates cited the need to tackle and fix the zoning charade in Indianapolis. It looks like we’ll be getting more of the same negligent and/ or corrupt land use decision-making that we’ve received in recent years.
— Clarke Kahlo INDIANAPOLIS
More Election Guide comments: Really, cannabis dispensaries? (At-large candidate interview with Bill Levin, Oct. 19). You realize you just alienated about 80% of your possible voters. You made a whole lot of sense up till then. We have so many problems that need a common sense approach. You should get your foot in the door and prove yourself through your actions and accomplishments — then when you have trust and a history of success, then bring up legalization. If you scream it out immediately, you lose credibility. It is going to take intelligent, subtle people to change the current system.
— Posted by indyrez
I prefer Bowen, the only candidate that doesn’t seem like the same old politician. He actually seems genuine, down to earth and likeable, like a true citizen wanting to serve.
— Posted by Morgan
So you want to change the name of Georgia Street? Do you also want to change the name of other street names because they are names of other states? Want to change the names of Alabama, Pennsylvania, Washington, Minnesota, Missouri or all the other streets with a state name? You should have more important things to spend your time on Mr. Mayor.
Most of us who object to renaming Georgia Street did not disagree with the concept of branding the new venue/destination. This can be done via banners and signage while retaining the original street name from the 1821 plat. I’m beyond disappointed that the Mayor has only delayed the decision until he gets further feedback in a manner that he has not yet specified. (Probably after the election... this seems like a cop-out). Until he finally commits, I hope the public will continue to sign the paper and online petitions (http://www. ipetitions.com/petition/keepgeo…) and join the Keep Georgia Street Facebook page.
— Posted by Joan Hostetler
About Steve Jobs As talented as Mr. Jobs was he oversaw a company that used slave labor to increase profit (Hoppe, “What would Steve Jobs do?” Oct. 19-26). The Apple factories in China have high incidences of suicides among workers who work 12 hours a day 7 days a week. The chemicals used in the plants are also starting to show cancer clusters all around the area. So while the guy was a great man in many ways I would be slow to over eulogize him in a positive way considering his fortune and vision was built on other people’s blood.
— Posted by Inspired Stranger
I’m not sure I’m ready to anoint Steve Jobs a saint. He made things. He made money. I have read that he was aloof, not particularly amiable and frequently downright rude. He should be admired for his intelligence, but not necessarily for his footprint on the world. Especially considering the above comment by Inspired Stranger.
— Posted by Ditch Ballard
Calling all promoters This is a really strong EP by a captivating Indiana artist [Mike Reeb] (Rob Nichols, music blog, “Lafayette’s Mike Reeb to release new EP”). Vocals, instrumentation, songwriting and production on this release all leave very little if anything to be desired. Live, his instrumentation and vocals are just as strong, a true professional to his craft. I was thinking the other day a Mike Reeb, Brandon Whyde & Otis Gibbs show would be really sweet. Someone out there put that together.
— Posted by Joel
Corrections: Our print edition of the Election Guide 2011 (Cover, “Select a mayor now, Indianapolis,” Oct. 19-25) suggested the number of active duty officers dropped in the past four years. In fact, city officials say, in mid-October 2011, IMPD had about 1,615 officers, near the 1,605 on duty in January 2007, plus 18 park rangers that have the same enforcement authority as police officers. We regret the error. In that same issue, in our ISO review, Tom Aldridge incorrectly cited pianist Jonathan Biss as an American Pianists Association Fellow. NUVO regrets the error.
— Posted by Shari
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HAMMER A pox on both candidates? Ballard, Kennedy short on specifics
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ith just a few weeks to go until the mayoral election, both incumbent Mayor Greg Ballard and his challenger, Melina Kennedy, are outdoing themselves running attack ads against each other. Taken side by side, they represent two mutually exclusive views of the city. Ballard’s ads tell us that crime is down and the city has never been more safe, thanks to the mayor’s firm action to control crime. Kennedy’s response is that crime is up and the city is one of the most dangerous in the country; therefore, we need the kind of strong leadership and rapport with law enforcement that only she can provide. And so on and so on. This campaign is not, by a long shot, the dirtiest one in city history but it’s been one of the most cynical and misleading. Neither candidate offers much more of a vision for the city than that their opponent would screw up everything. Neither has detailed any kind
of progressive agenda that would help Indianapolis create jobs, rebuild infrastructure and move us forward as a community. It’s a good thing hardly anyone paid attention to their recent debate, in which they reinforced those talking points, took polite jabs at each other and, despite prodding by the debate’s moderators, continued to be specific only on the point that their opponent is unworthy of the office. Indianapolis deserves better than this campaign and these candidates. The only thing the debate affirmed decisively is that the Libertarian Party has just as many, if not more, good ideas as the two major parties. I was kidding, kind of, that either of the candidates could buy my endorsement for some cash and booze. Wisely, neither took me up on the offer. But I was hoping the frustrations expressed about the tone and generic blandness of the campaign would spur at least one of them into being more specific and visionary in their statements. Their TV ads are disgraceful; even their soft and fuzzy biographical ads make the candidates seem weak and unfit for office. Meanwhile, the city is chock-full of issues awaiting bold leadership. Public transportation is one of those issues both candidates discuss in great detail without saying very much. It’s a disgrace that our city’s transit system is not even in the top 100 nationwide. The mayoral candidates agree this is disgraceful and something needs to be done about it. That’s pretty much where they stop.
Neither gives any credible explanation as to why the situation is so dire or what they’d do to fix it other than to set up study committees. The subject has been studied to death over the past 40 years and every time the conclusion is the same: Taxpayers are unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to improve the situation and our leaders are equally as unwilling to petition the General Assembly to allow modernized ways of funding public transportation. As a consequence, each year IndyGo passes a budget that kicks the can down the road for 12 months in hope that help is on the way. The service suffers as a result and we continue to have a well-intentioned but woefully inadequate transit system that underserves the city. And on every other major civic issue, the mayoral candidates offer a choice between “more of the same” and “meaningless gestures towards improvement.” That is no choice at all and is something about which we, as citizens, should express outrage. Fortunately for the candidates, few people pay attention to the mayoral campaign at all and even fewer examine the backgrounds, qualifications and views of the
candidates. If they did, they’d be pissed off at the choices they’ve been given for mayor. For more than a generation, Indianapolis was governed by Richard Lugar and Bill Hudnut, two progressive Republicans who not only kept the streets cleared of snow but helped design a blueprint of a thriving city that attracted conventions, sporting events and tourists. They oversaw a complete renovation of downtown and helped execute those plans. During the last generation, we’ve had Stephen Goldsmith, Bart Peterson and Greg Ballard, none of whom possessed even a fraction of that willingness to lead and make tough decisions. Where does that leave us as the election approaches? With an incumbent who says he has done the best he could despite being dealt a difficult hand and a challenger who says we could have done better over the past four years. Actually, both of them are right. But that doesn’t help us, the people of Indianapolis, who pay for and expect world-class leadership. We deserve better. One can only hope the next mayor’s term will be more effective than the pitiful campaigns we have seen this year.
Indianapolis deserves better than this campaign and these candidates.
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HOPPE Maxwell Anderson’s IMA Like him or not, we’ll miss him BY DAVID HOPPE DHOPPE@NUVO.NET While it didn’t exactly come as a shock, the news that Maxwell Anderson decided to leave the Indianapolis Museum of Art to head a museum in Dallas was, nevertheless, the kind of bulletin that makes you stop and acknowledge a milestone of sorts. I think it’s fair to say that over the course of his five-plus years in Indianapolis, Anderson became a polarizing figure. It seemed, increasingly, that you were either a fan or a detractor. While some saw this as a sign of dynamism, an inevitable by-product of ambition, it had to be a hard position to sustain in a town that places maximum value on being a team player. Indianapolis takes great pride in its volunteerism, people’s willingness to step up to help make things happen — from food pantries to the Super Bowl. The problem with this approach — apart from the fact that it masks an unwillingness to come to grips with what civic improvements really cost — is that it inhibits strong personalities and makes serious criticism almost impossible. How can you knock the efforts or demand more from people who are donating their time for free? Indianapolis favors people who get along, who laugh at each other’s jokes, root for the home team and keep an even keel. This makes us nice to be around, but it also means that change comes so slowly as to be almost imperceptible. That way no one gets the vapors. This was not Max Anderson’s way. He behaved like a man in a hurry, someone willing to use a sharp elbow to move you out of his road if he thought that was necessary. The result was that in little more time than it takes a kid to enter and graduate from high school, Anderson oversaw the transformation of the IMA from a well-intentioned community resource into a go-to destination, where locals, who had previously relied on visits to other cities for information about what was happening in the cosmopolitan worlds of art and design, could plug-in for the latest news and inspiration. It’s remarkable, when you think about it, how quickly we’ve come to take Anderson’s IMA for granted. This reflects the pent-up appetite for world-class arts experience that continues to grow here. But it also speaks to the size and scope of Anderson’s ambition, his understanding of Chicago architect Daniel Burnham’s maxim: “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.”
During Anderson’s tenure, the IMA opened the majestic 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. It created a conservation science program and laboratory to help preserve antiquities. Memorable exhibitions included significant shows on Thornton Dial and Andy Warhol, not to mention the dazzling compendium of European Design since 1985. The Toby Theater opened, offering avant-garde performance and film programming. And the museum commissioned the U.S. Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale, the Olympics of the art world. Oh, and Anderson made going to the IMA free again — a move as nervy as it was enlightened. Anderson understood that, in a constantly morphing cultural landscape, where dollars are harder and harder to come by, it is not enough to ask people for support, you have to make news. This is particularly true in the arts, where the playing field isn’t local but, in fact, international. In this setting, big picture thinking isn’t an indulgence, it’s a life preserver. Anderson’s process made some people uncomfortable, others downright angry. He alienated some local donors, enraged some local artists and exasperated some members of his staff. His effort to make design a major wing of the museum’s identity has, apart from the blockbuster European Design show, seemingly fizzled. The acquisition of the Miller House and Garden in Columbus Ind., while historically important, has yet to jell as part of the museum’s overall identity. And while Venice was an international coup, it also diverted financial resources during a time when the IMA was scrambling to recover from losses incurred by the 2008-09 stock market crash. Finally, Anderson’s entrepreneurial attempt to create an additional revenue stream through an art consulting service backfired when the museum found itself in the eye of a self-inflicted storm over what to do about works of art, most notably a piece by local artist James Wille Faust, that had previously been commissioned and installed at the new Indianapolis International Airport. But, like they say, to make a souffle, you have to crack some eggs. If Anderson, at times, overreached, it was because he was trying not just to put the IMA on the map, but alter the very geography the museum inhabits. Anderson acted on ideas most cultural administrators only contemplate, most notably, the recognition that if museums are to remain relevant in a multi-mediated 21st century, our definition and experience of these institutions must change. In too many cases, this perception has led museum directors to turn their institutions into faux theme parks. Anderson, on the contrary, turned the IMA into a living laboratory for the research and development of contemporary cultural practice. This has made the IMA — right here in Indianapolis! — not just vibrant, but indispensable. We can only hope the museum’s board, in their search for Anderson’s successor, will build upon this vision.
Anderson didn’t just make the IMA vibrant; he made it indispensable.
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Attorneys for the State of Indiana took their show on the road last week, arguing for the defunding of Planned Parenthood in front of a three-judge panel in the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Indiana is arguing that Planned Parenthood should have the Medicaid funds it uses to pay for health services to disadvantaged women cut off because it also provides privately funded abortion services. The American Civil Liberties Union defends the women’s health care provider, saying that Medicaid funds should be pulled only if it can be shown that a provider has violated Medicaid’s rules. “The fact that Planned Parenthood performs abortions doesn’t have anything to do with the quality of the medical process,” Judge Diane S. Sykes observed from the bench. “It’s not akin to fraud.” The Indiana law, signed by Gov. Daniels last May, has yet to take effect as its constitutionality has been called into question. Meanwhile, the state continues to spend taxpayer dollars attempting to justify this mean-spirited legislation.
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Survivor champ Rupert Boneham has announced that he will seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination to run for governor in next year’s election. Boneham says the three top issues, as far as he’s concerned, are jobs, education and correctional facilities. “I hope Indiana is ready for someone like me,” Boneham told a crowd at American Legion Post 64 last Saturday. If nominated, Boneham will present an alternative to the two candidates already in the race: reactionary fundamentalist Republican Mike Pence and Democratic party tool John Gregg.
TAX BREAK BROKEN
Republicans on the City-County Council scuttled a proposal to give qualified low-income hotel workers a $200 tax break at last week’s council meeting. Unite Here, the organization representing the workers, wanted the tax break incorporated into the 2012 city budget; Republicans claim the break, if allowed, would cost the city $250,000 annually. Democrats who supported the idea said that money would flow back into the local economy. But it turns out the measure’s defeat could serve a larger, strategic purpose. Unite Here spokeswoman Becky Smith told The Indianapolis Star her group wanted a vote so that everyone would know where council members stood before the municipal election, so that workers can campaign for candidates who support their interests.
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We the People, not We the Corporations BY JI M H I G H T O WE R E DI T O RS @N U V O . N E T PH O T O S BY M I K E A LL E E Editors note: This essay, by the wellknown columnist Jim Hightower, departs from NUVO’s normal policy of publishing local writers about local issues. Well, the “Occupy” movement issue IS local, as demonstrated by the ongoing occupation in downtown Indianapolis. “It’s coming from the feel That this ain’t exactly real, Or it’s real, but it ain’t exactly there … Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.” — Leonard Cohen, Democracy
o the U.S.A.? No, Cohen’s got it all wrong. As our leaders loudly preach, democracy is something that we export to the rest of the world — to certain monarchies and autocratic regimes that rule Arab nations, for example. And it’s understandable though regrettable, they tell us, that there would be eruptions of pent-up anger at aloof upper classes in India, Greece, Spain and Israel. But a genuinely populist uprising to bring democracy, both economic and political, to the U.S.A.? No way! Yet, there it is: the sassy, brassy and savvy Occupy Wall Street movement, rapidly spreading to every zip code. It is real. Yes, it’s youth-driven, broadbased, determinedly democratic and deeply grounded in the most basic of American values of economic fairness, social justice and equal opportunity for all. It’s not about leftright ideologies, but top-down realities. It’s focused directly on the narcissistic greed of today’s financial and corporate elites and on their gross corruption of our political system by a flood of money from corporations that now masquerade as persons. Is it exactly there? No, not by a long shot; but it has a shot. The spunk, motivation, idealism, creativity and passion of these young people are genuine, not the product of partisan consultants, think tanks, rich funders or large organizations. So the movement’s direct street action is turning out to be the spark that millions of disgusted grassroots people have needed to stop moaning and start acting, which is why Occupy Chicago, Occupy McAllen, and hundreds of other Occupies have sprung up spontaneously across the country within three weeks of the Wall Street initiative. These people are on target and on the move.
A demonstrator with a one dollar bill taped across his mouth in protest stands outside the Statehouse on Oct. 11. Corporate gre ed, lack of employment and a general frustration that economic policy has been rigged to benefit only the very wealthy are frequently cited as reasons for the ongoing demonstrations.
If you doubt it, note the edgy tone of Mitt Romney, who recently expressed alarm about the rising rabble who’re daring to confront the corporate order: “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare.” This was hardly the first plutocratic pronouncement by Romney, a dedicated warrior for the corporate class. In August, the well-heeled seeker of the GOP presidential nod, dressed in preppie-casual togs, hopped atop a hay bale at the Iowa State Fair. He looked as natural as a goose in a tuxedo. But then, after a somewhat testy exchange with fairgoers who had challenged him to end corporate tax breaks rather than cut benefits for people, Romney blurted out one of the stranger tenets of right-wing theology: “Corporations are people, my friend,” Romney said, with a little condescending chuckle. Actually, corporations are nothing but pieces of paper issued by state governments. Nonetheless, the rising supremacy of America’s corporate plutocracy is based on courts and politicians having blind faith in the legitimacy of the corporations-arepeople idolatry. It is not, however, something that its disciples wish to take to the
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people as an election issue, because, well, because it’s pure poppycock, and it would be resoundingly rejected if it were ever put to a direct vote. So, let us praise this chucklehead for inadvertently injecting the right-wing fiction of corporate personhood directly into the 2012 presidential election. The good news is that across the country, the overwhelming majority of people (i.e., us living, breathing humans) despise the anti-democratic domination of our elections and, therefore, of our government, economy, media and environment by a relatively few self-aggrandizing corporate behemoths. This public anger has intensified since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.
Corporations are people? Who came up with that? Sam Alito, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas. On Jan. 21, 2010, these five Supreme Court justices defied the Constitution, common sense, the expressed will of the American people and nature itself to distort hundreds of years of judicial precedent in a
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case titled Citizens United v. FEC. The five decreed that — shazam! — artificial, lifeless corporate entities are entitled to the First Amendment rights of people, and are endowed with more electioneering rights than us real-life persons, enabling them to buy public officials and intimidate others by dumping unlimited sums of corporate cash into our elections. In one abrupt blow, these five men reversed more than a century of campaign-finance law and more than 200 years of broad public agreement that corporate interests should be subjugated to the public interest. Talk about your judicial activism. Now, not only can the living, breathing executives of corporations continue dumping millions of their own dollars into elections — money that totaled more than a billion dollars in the 2008 election cycle — but henceforth, the trillions of dollars held by the corporate entities themselves can also be poured into electioneering ads and other forms of speech. All big-money corporations, from Wall Street to Walmart, now have permission to open the spigots of their vast corporate treasuries and funnel
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unlimited sums of cash into campaigns to elect or defeat candidates of their choice for any and every office in the land. Rather than merely influencing our elected federal, state and even local legislators with direct campaign donations from company executives, corporations can now utilize their often billion dollarplus corporate treasuries to intimidate the people elected to serve all of the people. Big Insurance, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Box Store, Big Banking, Big Whatever have suddenly been armed with the unlimited, devastating spending power of their practically bottomless corporate treasuries. Their lobbyists can bluntly say to a lawmaker, governor, mayor or other official, “After you support this little bitty tax break for us, we will spend a million bucks to re-elect you. If you don’t, we’ll spend the same amount to see you defeated.” Ironically, Citizens United v. FEC has united America’s citizenry in broad, deep and vehement opposition to the absurd notion that a corporation is entitled to inclusion as one of us as in We the People. In poll after poll, huge majorities consistently scream against the ruling and demand strong action against it. A Hart Research survey in January 2011 — a year after the Court’s edict was issued — found that public opposition remained fervent, with 87 percent of Democrats, 82 percent of independents, and 68 percent of Republicans favoring passage of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and to make clear that corporations do not have the same rights as people. Supreme Court cases and arcane matters of campaign finance don’t usually move the needle of public awareness from “Huh?” to “Hot damn!” But the perversion of our politics and government by deeppocket corporations has been like sticking the public’s tongue in an electric socket. People are energized by it, and they’ve turned such terms as Citizens United, the Roberts Court, the Koch Brothers, SuperPACs, and corporate personhood into curse words. The issue has even become a comic punch line: “If corporations are people,” asked a letter writer to The New
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York Times, “can I marry one? Is General Electric single?” And here’s one from my state: “A corporation is not a person until Texas executes one.”
Waiting for the Powers That Be
In response to such strong public outrage, our elected stalwarts in Washington have risen up and responded decisively, by doing exactly nothing. Republican leaders, long wedded to the corporate plutocracy by ideology and money, openly cheered the Court’s move. President Obama squawked briefly about the judicial hijacking of our democracy, and the Democratic party’s congressional leaders flapped their arms in anger for a while — but then they just let it go, slinking quietly away from the issue. (Importantly, a feisty Progressive Caucus in Congress continues to push the issue aggressively.) The new tea party Republicans, who had barged into the congressional club with thundering claims that they had come to “take our country back” and “restore power to the people,” have been conspicuously silent on this most fundamental issue of the people’s power. Instead, they’ve slipped comfortably into it, with not a peep of protest over the fact that five unelected government officials have dictated that Big Money is a person with political rights to buy our government. Now comes 2012, and tea partiers, Republicans and corporate Democrats alike can be seen scurrying around like hunger-crazed squirrels in a frenetic grabfest for the tens of millions of dollars — even hundreds of millions — that Mitt’s people are gleefully throwing around. The money dump is well underway, and it’s massive. The tip of this destructive iceberg is a legalistic gimmick known as the SuperPAC. Authorized by Citizens United, these are super-sized, super-energized, political action committees. Unlike the regulated PACs of yesteryear, SuperPACs can — and will — invest tens of millions of dollars right out of corporate coffers — as well as from unions and individuals, but corporations are the monster players — and put the whole load directly into ads and other efforts to elect or defeat any candidates they choose.
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Immediately following the Oct. 8 Occupy Indiana rally at Veterans Memorial Plaza, a band of demonstrators marched to the Indiana Statehouse to begin an indefinite “occupation” below the south steps. By law, occupiers were not permitted to camp or sleep on the Statehouse property. For the first week many operated on little to no sleep for days at a time. Occasionally it was possible to catch naps during an unmonitored moment.
How big of a load? Just one of these money monsters, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads raised a whopping $28 million from corporate interests to elect Republicans in last year’s elections. But that’s a mere trickle compared to the tsunami now headed our way; Rove’s Crossroads PAC is presently amassing a democracyshattering $240 million for 2012. Every major presidential candidate has at least one of these things sacking up and spending money specifically on their behalf. Rick Perry, for example, has six of them. Technically, SuperPACs are independent entities that must not coordinate their spending with the candidates they’re supporting. This legal prohibition against coordination is absolute. And it’s absolutely a farce and a fraud. Perry’s top SuperPAC, modestly named Make Us Great Again, intends to put $55 million behind the Texan’s effort to win the GOP presidential nomination. It was created and is headed by Mike Toomey, a top corporate lobbyist in Texas before sliding over in 2002 to be Perry’s gubernatorial chief of staff. In 2004, Toomey slid back into lobbying, using his tight ties to Perry to become Austin’s preeminent corporate influence peddler and a fundraiser for the governor. This year, Toomey helped Perry set up his presidential campaign, serving as both advisor and fundraiser. Now he runs the Make Us Great Again outfit, insisting that it is entirely separate from Perry’s campaign. Helloooo! The PAC and the campaign don’t have to coordinate, because both are embodied in Toomey. It’s up to us. We are it. Do politicians think that people can’t see their cynical and deliberate scamming of our democratic process? If so, they might peek at some of the letters, emails, and Facebook messages I get practically every day. Not only do folks see it clearly, they’re looking to join in some serious butt-kicking: • “CEOs represent a clear and present danger to the overall well-being and
security of our country. Big money has plucked our eagle.” — Larry • “We need to get under one umbrella. How can we do it? I’m so angry at the state of things. Still, I’m trying to stay positive.” — Melody
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• “I like the idea of petitioning to reverse the Citizens United decision. I would be pleased to help with the petition in Kansas if it gets going, or to start one. Where does one begin?” — Robert • “The most effective campaign to launch is to get every org to focus lobbying, dollars and message on the one issue: End corporate influence and power.” — Christine This is not just another issue. It is central to practically every one of our issues, for it amounts to surrendering our democratic authority to, in Jefferson’s words, “the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations.” The Court and the political elites have forced you and me into another of those when-in-the-course-of-human-events moments that Jefferson wrote about in the Declaration of Independence. This is a time in which ordinary people are called forth by history to do what our leaders won’t: Assert the American people’s independence from authoritarian rule by corporate plutocrats.
Just say yes
The Powers That Be want us to believe that this effort is hopeless, that we can’t really undo the legal scaffolding of artificial personhood that the corporados have erected over us flesh-and-blood citizens. Rather than attempting to deconstruct the Brave New America, they tell us, we should be satisfied with softening its rougher edges with things like campaign finance reporting requirements. Now there’s a rallying cry for an angry public: “Give us campaign finance reporting regulations or give us death!” CONTINUED ON PG 18
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How insulting to say that Americans today are too small to achieve big democratic results. And how erroneous. As a friend of mine notes, those who say it can’t be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. Here’s a partial menu of actions that are underway or that you could start right where you live: 1. AMEND. Two major coalitions are aggressively organizing grassroots power from coast to coast to demand and pass a constitutional amendment to prohibit corporations from buying our elections. Yes, this is a difficult and lengthy process, but as an old Spanish dicho puts it, “Big maladies require big remedies.” The people have passed amendments before and we can again, especially for a cause that starts with such broad and passionate public support. 2. FREESPEECHFORPEOPLE.ORG proposes a straightforward amendment to repeal the Supremes’ infamous Citizens United ruling. The coalition’s battle cry is: Citizens United against Citizens United. MoveToAmend.org proposes a broader amendment to declare that only human beings, not corporations, are persons with constitutional rights. Both coalitions have grassroots organizers, do-it-yourself toolkits for raising the issue locally and getting others involved, petitions to be circulated and sent to public officials, videos and other graphic materials for getting people informed, sample resolutions for local and state officials to pass, ways to connect people to each other and to the national movement, and a wealth of other organizing ideas and resources. 3. UNCOVER. One of the little-noticed and unfulfilled promises included in the Court’s Citizens United ruling is that, corporations should at least have to disclose to shareholders and the public how much political money they spend on whom. Congressional Republicans, however, have blocked proposals to implement this minimalist democratic gesture, and President Obama so far has not issued administrative rules to shine even a little sunlight on secret electioneering by corporations.
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But you don’t have to wait on Washington. Citizens groups in Minnesota, Montana, Wisconsin and Boulder, Colo., have pushed disclosure requirements into law and at least nine federal courts have ruled that these requirements pass constitutional muster. Groups in Los Angeles, Fort Wayne and Chicago, in New Mexico, Connecticut and elsewhere are pushing conflict-of-interest laws to ban or restrict campaign donations by corporations that seek government contracts. In addition, employees and shareholders of some big corporations, along with other innovative citizens, have launched their own do-it-yourself disclosure campaigns. Using both inside tips and the occasional leak of secret corporate donations, they are publishing the information á la WikiLeaks and holding protests at corporate offices to expose publicity-shy executives who’re funneling shareholder funds into elections. 4. IMPEACH. At least two of the corporatecoddling Supremes — Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas — had undisclosed ties to the Koch brothers and other secretive corporate plutocrats at the time the Court was considering the Citizens United case. Two national organizations have extensive information about the justices’ blatant disregard of basic ethics and are collecting petitions to hold them to account. CommonCause.org seeks a Justice Department investigation of the two and proposes that Supreme Court members be subjected to the Judicial Code of Conduct that applies to all other federal judges. RootsAction.org goes farther, calling for impeachment proceedings against Thomas for accepting gifts from participants in cases before him and for filing false financial reports. 5. CONNECT. It’s not all bad news in Washington. Many members of Congress are pushing national policies to end or at least curtail the corrupting power of corporate political cash. It’s important to have an inside-outside strategy on these policies, linking grassroots strength (ideas, courage, energy and numbers) to those fighting inside for real reform. One of the
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best points of connection is the Progressive Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Keith Ellison of Minneapolis and Raul Grijalva of Tucson. Find them at cpc.grijalva.house.gov/. 6. CONFRONT. The time to get the attention of congress critters is now, when they’re running for office. Every candidate — incumbent, challenger, Republican, tea partier, Democrat, et al — should be confronted politely but insistently on the corporate money issues: Citizens United, corporate personhood, public campaign funding, etc. Make appointments, attend their campaign events and town hall sessions, send queries and disseminate their responses as broadly as possible, even if all you get from them is gibberish. 7. LOCALIZE. All across the country, clean election coalitions have passed laws to give local and state candidates the alternative of using a public pool of money to finance their campaigns rather than having to kiss the ring of corporate interests. Learn about these successes and how you can launch a similar effort where you live by going to PubliCampaign.org. Likewise, get information and inspiration from the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (poclad.org) and ReclaimDemocracy.org about local communities that are restricting or outright rejecting the fiction of corporate personhood. From such small towns as Arcata, Calif., to cities like Pittsburgh, people are uniting to prohibit assertions of a corporate right to run over them. As Pittsburgh city council member Doug Shields said of a successful effort last November to ban natural gas fracking in his city, “It’s about our authority as a community to decide, not corporations deciding for us.” 8. ENJOY. Whatever you do, think fun: How could this be more humorous, more lively, more entertaining, more welcoming, more engaging and, therefore, more effective? As much as possible, turn your meetings, work sessions and events into parties with a little food and drink, music, videos, cartoons,
puppets, skits, stunts, contests, stories and whatever else the group can think of. Whether it’s the Arab Spring or the American Autumn, democratic progress doesn’t come on the winds of history, but on the shoulders of a determined people. Occupy Wall Street offers millions of strong shoulders with which to shove corporate money out of our politics and make “people power” more than an empty slogan. While the Constitution says “We the People,” not We the Corporations, the people themselves must make that distinction real. Author, radio commentator, and all-round populist agitator Jim Hightower has spent the past four decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers that ought-to-be. His monthly Hightower Lowdown is available by going to hightowerlowdown.org
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Let’s get to organizing. A coalition of folks around the country are organizing to do two key things: 1) Focus social and traditional media attention on raising public awareness (and blood-boiling outrage) about the usurpation of our democracy by corporate money; and 2) Connect this rising awareness/ outrage directly to some grassroots actions that people can take to stop this hijacking for once and forever. The truth might not set you free, but it can get you moving. To help mad-as-hellers move effectively, We the People Campaign is working with dozens of excellent progressive groups that are ready and able to enroll local folks to help bring corporate arrogance to heel, coordinating with them on a range of actions to get corporate money out of our politics. The groups are seeking to sign up a million Americans to join with them and other democracy fighters in this historic cause. To connect with the groups, get information about the issue and the campaign, and sign We the People’s Declaration of Independence from Corporate Rule, go to WeThePeopleCampaign.org or Facebook. com/wethepeoplecampaign. Follow the campaign on Twitter @peep_power. 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO // 10.26.11-11.02.11 // news
Here Come the Mummies: Dead sexy funk at The Vogue
“This is not art, it is a good time.” —Java Mummy
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lthough extensive literature exists regarding the nature of werewolves, vampires, and (due to an explosion of popularity in recent years) zombies, the legend of the mummies remains a bit unclear. This veritable dearth of information regarding the best way to escape and eradicate this monster may be due to the fact that mummies, unlike their generally verbose ghoulish counterparts, do not speak. However verbally reticent, mummies do manage to make some rockin’ music. One band has made a living at it: Nashville’s Here Come the Mummies, who have brought their bandage-wrapped funk to stages across the nation since 2000, performing funk and R&B before massive, gyrating crowds. Here Come the Mummies will perform twice this week at The Vogue; Friday is a sell-out, but tickets for Thursday night remain available. Although much mystery surrounds Here Come the Mummies, the most pressing (and most likely to remain unanswered) question involves the identities of the band members themselves. Rumor has it that this spooky collective is made up of several Grammy-winning performers under contract to different record labels. To legally protect their funky fun, members of Here Come the Mummies have taken on monster identities. Sounding not a little unlike the Seven Dwarfs, mummies Java, Cass, Oozie, Spaz, Eddie, K.W. Tut, Bucking Blanco, Midnight, Rah, Ramses, Teste Verde, Flu, and The Pole have all crafted individual bios, giving their fans all the gory details about their undead life. Much mythology surrounds these particular mummies; they claim to have rocked Egypt 5,000 years ago, to have been unearthed in the ’20s, and to be cursed eternally to walk the earth in search of the ultimate riff. Now the band is preparing to launch a whole different kind of outing: They will be cruising to Cozumel, Mexico from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., during the last week of January 2012. Here Come the Mummies will be the house band (ship band?) for a whole boatfull of groovin’ fans, for whom they promise to perform every single one of their songs while on board. Although Here Come the Mummies perform year round, one can expect a little something extra at their shows this Halloween weekend. The band has encouraged fans to don their best mummy costumes and join in a Best Dressed Mummy Halloween contest. Here Come the Mummies are admittedly a little sensitive about their name-only relation to ’90s punk band The Mummies (see our question below). The Mummies, a garage punk band from San Mateo, Calif., also performed in tattered mummy costumes. And, while officially broken up,
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The Mummies occasionally re-unite for a ghoulish (and much more lo-fi) experience. Most recently, Here Come the Mummies stopped by to play at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They also played to great acclaim on The Bob and Tom Show, once in 2009 and again in 2010. Currently, Here Come the Mummies are touring after releasing their fifth studio album. Vocalist and percussionist Java Mummy recently answered some rapid-fire questions from NUVO, refusing to take any seriously. NUVO: How’d you come up, with the idea of concealing your identities by dressing as mummies? JAVA: We ain’t dudes in suits, baby. We are mummies living large from a curse over 3,000 years ago. Dig? We is what we is, sugar. NUVO: Does dressing up as a mummy — with your face concealed — allow you to give a less self-conscious performance? Or say things that you wouldn’t otherwise say? JAVA: Being undead is what gives one license to be incessantly naughty. NUVO: What funk bands do you admire? Do you hope to launch a trend of undeadthemed music?
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JAVA: There is all kinds of great bands out there to dig upon [including] Earth, Wind, & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Billy Preston and Marvin Gaye. You get the idea. We are cool with other undead types, though it seems to be fairly rare to be both undead and funky. NUVO: How are Halloween shows different than performances during different times of years? What’s the average mummy fan like? JAVA: Our show is the same all year through. Most of our fans just want to have a good time, like to sweat and are sexy. NUVO: What’s your favorite mummy movie? JAVA: Bubba Ho-Tep. [Editor’s note: Bubba Ho-Tep stars Bruce Campbell as an elderly Elvis Presley, rooming with an undead JFK at his nursing home. The unlikely pair take on an ancient Egyptian mummy dressed in cowboy garb.] NUVO: Are you concerned that your music won’t be taken seriously because you’re wearing mummy costumes? JAVA: Not one bit. We have no intention for you to take us seriously; we don’t even take ourselves seriously. This is not art, it is a good time.
NUVO: What are Bob and Tom really like? JAVA: Besides having wicked senses of humor, and being super nice, they are exceptionally well hung, sex droids. For real. NUVO: Has anyone ever approached you saying that you ought to listen to this great band, The Mummies? JAVA: If you mean The Mummies, the “Original Kings of Budget Rock” from the 1990s, then no. When that band is brought up to us, it is usual followed by a string of insults from some uptight kid. It is a shame, because we are fans of theirs. If you are referring to us as The Mummies, then I should slap your dog’s ass, for that is not our name. NUVO: Do you ever feast on the flesh of the living? JAVA: We certainly munch on living flesh, though only in the sexual way. We are not zombies, just ribald, wrapped, undead dudes.
HERE COME THE MUMMIES The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave. Oct. 27, 9 p.m., $25; Oct. 28, 9 p.m., sold out
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Headless Horseman, Unscripted FRIDAY @ COMEDYSPORTZ THEATER
Decapitation has never been so funny. ComedySportz Theater presents a rousing rendition of Washington Irving’s classic Halloween tale: The Headless Horseman. The improv world champs at ComedySportz re-interpret Ichabod Crane’s journey with a focus on audience participation. This raucous romp through Sleepy Hollow is perfect for Halloween revelers planning to avoid palpitations this time of year. Go prepared to re-tool this spooky story into an un-rated and racy evening of laughter. For adults only, 17+. $12 10 p.m. 721 Massachusetts Ave, 9518499, www.indycomedysportz.com
FRIDAY @ INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART
Psycho Path Trails and Wicked Woods THROUGH MONDAY @S&H CAMPGROUND
Explore the outdoor maze of terror at this annual haunted walk. This three-part attraction offers fun for danger seekers as well as activities for less spookinclined attendees. Take a walk through the Psycho Path Haunted Trail, where terror is a way of life. Ride on the Wicked Woods Haunted Hayride, perfect for younger kids. Or get lost in their non-scary corn maze. Purchase ticket to each individual attraction or get a package deal discount when you buy all three. Oct. 26-31, 7 p.m.midnight, tickets: $4-$20, 2573 W. 100 N, Greenfield, 326-3208, www.wickedwoodshayride.com.
THROUGH SATURDAY @ VARIOUS LOCATIONS, IRVINGTON For more than six decades, the residents of Irvington (east Indianapolis) have taken spooking seriously. The annual Irvington Halloween Festival offers a variety of events Oct. 22-29. From a spooky organ contest that benefit’s the St. Vincent De Paul Society to B-horror films at the Irving Theater, the streets of Irvington ooze with ghouls and ghosts. Enjoy spooky stories, a zombie bike ride, a 5K run and more, all leading up to the main event: the Street Fair, which takes over Washington Street between Ritter and Arlington on Saturday Oct. 22-29. www.irvingtonhalloween.com.
Headless Horseman THURSDAY-SATURDAY @ CONNER PRAIRE
Want to scare the bejeezus out of your kid in a not-too scary way? Take them on a tractor ride through Conner Prairie, where the pumpkin-headed rider is rumored to roam this time of year. With just a few scares, this kid-friendly hayride ends in a good ole fashioned hoedown. Get that sugar-high rushing with s’mores over an open fire; scream it out at “Scary-o-ke” and take home a snap shot of the Headless Horseman himself, who poses for portraits for only $4 a-head (that’s your head, not his). All this plus a Legend of Sleepy Hollow puppet show makes this event fun for all ages. 6-9 p.m., tickets: $9-$11 Thurs., $13-$15 Fri. and Sat. 13400 Alisonville Rd, Fishers. 776-6006, www.connerpraire.org.
Music of the Night by ICC FRIDAY @NORTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Enjoy the song-stylings of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir in a family-friendly concert brimming with spooky music. The ICC’s advanced choir, Bel Canto, performs alongside ghoulish sounds from organist Martin Ellis on his Grand Kimball pipe organ. Creepy songs about cats, witches and ghosts prepare audiences for a weekend of Halloween fun ahead. In addition, Bel Canto will perform a signature hallowed piece: “O Fortuna.” From Native American spiritual music to selections from The Phantom of the Opera, the ICC’s inaugural Halloween concert will delight your little monsters. 7 p.m., tickets: $5-$13, 3808 N. Meridian St., 940-9640, www.icchoir.org
Stanley Kubrick’s frightful tale of a crazed writer, who terrorizes his family plays the big screen at the Tobias Theater. Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall star in this horror, sci-fi classic based on Stephen King’s tale of demonic possession. From those creepy twin girls to the croaking voice who utters only “redrum,” The Shining is unarguably one of the scariest movies ever made. If you’ve ever wielded a knife as your husband hacheted down a bathroom door, you know what we’re talking about: “Here’s Johnny!” 7 p.m. tickets: $5 IMA members, $9 public. 4000 Michigan Rd. 920-2660. www.imamusuem.org
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queen, the Zombie Prom will be a phantasm phenomenon. 8 p.m. tickets: $10. 2131 E. 71st St., 5066335. www.birdyslive.com
Phantom of the Opera SUNDAY @ INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART
The Indiana Ballet Conservatory presents new choreography from Alyona Yakovleva in her contemporary re-telling of The Phantom of the Opera . Man loves opera, man lusts after opera singer; opera singer is horrified by man’s disfigurement. This highly-rated one-night only event offers a new twist on the captivating legend of the masked opera lover. Last year Rita Kohn said Yakovleva’s direction had “an unerring eye for dramatic and aesthetic detail in movement.” The dancers take the stage at the IMA’s Tobias Theater. 2 p.m. tickets: $25 to $65. 4000 N. Michigan Rd., 379-1188, www.indianaballetconservatory.org.
Day of the Dead Commemoration SUNDAY @ BOOKMAMAS
Mark the Day of the Dead with personal remembrance and perspectives. Meet at Bookmamas in Irvington for supportive journaling and music centering on the theme of this hallowed day. Write about your perceptions of Halloween, ghosts, spirits or personal encounters with death. Proceed to a gathering area for snacks before you dance with “Death.” Brave souls are invited to share their journal entries about death and dying. 2 p.m. free. 9 Johnson Ave. 375-3715. www.bookmamas.com.
Choose your adventure and your feast at the Propylaeum as you race through this 1890 Victorian home discovering murder and mayhem. The Creole spread of “The Mystery of the Cajun Jewel Heist” will have diners salivating to discover hidden gems. (Oct. 28) “The Last Person Off the Sinking Ship” serves up fine French cuisine as sleuths investigate a demise by drowning. (Oct. 29) Or sample a variety of foods at “The Mystery of the Lost Rare Bottle of Wine.” (Oct. 30). Dress the part for extra fun. Oct. 28-Dec. 2. 7 p.m. tickets: $50. 1410 N. Delaware. 638-7881.
Indy Zombie Prom
FRIDAY @ BIRDY’S BAR AND GRILL
Whether reanimated or infected, zombies need to party, too. Don your shabbiest digs and touch up that decaying wound for a night of “Enchanted Entombment.” Proceeds go to the YETI orphanage in Nepal and its Indiana childrens’ projects. Featuring an undead DJ, door prizes for best zombie impressions and the crowning of a zombie king and
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and committed actors. The journey is punctuated by moments of silence and stillness, which only serve to heighten your fear of what might be next. My perception of time slowed down; the 30-minute journey felt like at least an hour. Well-placed animatronics in dimly lit rooms pass for real people until they retract and reset. The setup plays on every possible fear from claustrophobic passages to chainsaw wielding murderers. Get ready to crawl through tight spaces and run for your life. Some visitors may even count Fright Manor as a solid cardio workout as their hearts race and armpits moisten. www.frightmanor.com. — KATELYN COYNE
Mike Kaiser’s Poor Farm Haunted Corn Maze THROUGH SATURDAY
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Indy Scream Park THROUGH MONDAY I don’t give five-star ratings to haunts very often, but Indy Scream Park more than earns it with a massive undertaking that is well worth both the price and the drive to Anderson. This is the adults-only, summer blockbuster movie thrill ride of the season, with buckets of blood and gore, high intensity and plenty of imagination. Indy Scream aims to bring major bang for the buck, with five haunts that seem to go on FOREVER. Their backwoods, hillbilly-flesh-hunters haunt alone is a borderline classic, the neon house is some of the best use of 3D I’ve yet seen, and their zombie-themed corn maze is an imaginative delight. It’s not precisely a maze, as the twists and turns are actually linear and you won’t get lost, but it brings you into one diabolical scene after another, punctuated by a menacing billowing fireball lighting the way every so often. Highly recommended. P.S.Wear good shoes. You don’t want flip-flops on as you’re running for your life down a dark gravel path with a madman on your tail. 5111 S. New Columbus Rd., Anderson, 489-3732, indyscreampark.com
the blackout house. Last year I applauded it for the placement alone; this time around they’ve designed it in an even more wibbly-wobbly, topsy-turvy, claustrophobic manner than last year, and it’s definitely the standout blackout house of the year. The 3D room, always a highlight, is pretty much one big love letter to the classics, from Rod Serling to The Addams Family, which gives it a nostalgic edge over most other 3D houses. It’s also the only 3D haunt I’ve ever actually gotten lost in. And of course, Asylum’s standout remains its in-your-face actors, who go full-contact, full-bore horror and aren’t above throwing the occasional visitor under Jack the Ripper’s bed. Hell, the horror sometimes starts before you leave the parking lot. (You’ve been warned.) In particular, the outdoor carnival wood maze is populated by hilariously over-the-top clowns who aren’t afraid to get in your face. And the classic indoor house with everything from dominatrices to screaming Victorian maidens lives up to its reputation. The closing hunted-by-hellbillies sequence, which is only a couple of years old, feels so long and intense that it honestly seems like it alone is bigger than the entire Asylum experience of 2005. Highest recommendation. 8600 S. Meridian St. 919-9347, www.theasylumhouse.com — PAUL F.P. POGUE
— PAUL F.P. POGUE
The Asylum House THROUGH MONDAY What to say about the Asylum House? The proprietors of “Fear and Fetish in the Dark” are doing better what they’ve always done well, and what they’re trying that’s new, they’re getting right the first time. First up:
Fright Manor THROUGH MONDAY I’ve never run out of an emergency exit at a haunted house screaming “I’m not going back in” until Fright Manor. The key to the thrills is in the suspense. Time slows down as visitors inch their way through pitchblack passages to happen upon gruesome scenes
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For a refreshing twist on haunted entertainment, it’s worth making the short drive down to Franklin to visit Mike Kaiser’s Poor Farm. Running strong in its 11th year, this haunted corn maze challenges guests to find their way through the dimly-lit field with lots of interesting stops along the way. More than 20 enthusiastic volunteers populate nooks and crannies throughout the course, and almost half of them are armed with chainsaws. My group of three spent nearly an hour navigating the maze and often let our guard down after extended periods of spook-free perambulation. This, of course, always made for an extra-exciting rush when the next monster made his move on us. There were interactive scenes inside of tents and small buildings, but it was the uninhabited passages that always seemed to trouble me the most. The friendly staff maintained balance between passionate, in-character acting and helpful, realperson assistance when needed. 1650 North 800 East, Franklin, 736-9192, www.mkpf.com
lights-on days is that it gives you a chance to admire some of the remarkable attention to detail on the critters and the creepie-crawlies.) On the upside, I’ve rarely seen a kid come out of there who wasn’t happy. Screamers will then proudly proclaim how they were never scared at all as they gobble down popcorn at the conveniently placed snack bar on the way out. 3000 N. Meridian St., 334-3322, www.childrensmuseum.org — PAUL F.P. POGUE
Southside Massacre THROUGH MONDAY Southside Massacre (formerly Nightmare on Edgewood) is ahead of the creative curve while offering classic horrors with enthusiastic performances. The whole experience lasts 30 - 40 minutes. You’ll first be escorted through a quick-fright, nearly seizure-inducing strobe-lighted maze by a gang of demented Warriors rejects. At the main house, there’s a good chance you’ll be separated from the comfort of your haunted house companions, then quickly shoved into a tiny room for one of the most jarring frights you’ll experience at a haunted house. Then be prepared to crawl, fumble, and wiggle your way to safety. Southside Massacre’s biggest strength is its characters; the performers are not only allowed to touch you — they’re persistent. Expect full contact. You’ll feel fingers in your hair, nipping at your ankles, and most likely a concentrated effort to pull you apart from your escort. The experience may lag if you catch up with the group in front of you. It’s best to go in pairs and give parties ahead plenty of space. 6004 Camden, 627-7576, www.southsidemassacre.com — KATE FRANZMAN
— DANIELLE LOOK
Vampire Vacation CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS, THROUGH MONDAY The Children’s Museum’s yearly haunted house never disappoints. This time around the theme is “Vampire Vacation,” running all the scares through a crosscountry filter that leads to things like “Scarywood” and “Count Rushmore.” This year’s haunt is bigger than ever, and it’s probably the museum’s most creative effort yet; they’ve pull out all the stops to put in some remarkable detail and make the whole thing worth your time and money. The most useful part of the museum is that it’s a reliable, predictable piece of all-ages entertainment; you can be reasonably sure that it’ll be family-friendly for your little haunt lovers. The scares come in lights-out and lights-on options — and just a warning, if your kid is at all afraid of the dark, it’s ten times scarier with this stuff, so strongly consider the lights-on option. (Another benefit of the
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black self-guided maze meant to whet our appetites. Hearts pounding, we entered. But when the monsters inside broke character in order to hustle us through (ultimately catching us up to the group ahead), we came out the other end a little deflated. At the main haunted house, we were assigned our very own ghoulish guide. In our case, it was the patroness of paranormal herself, Lisa Gray. She left us to fend for ourselves at key points in our journey, upping the fright factor. Rattle and flashlight in hand, she’d reemerge with an evil smirk to warn us of impending doom (and to watch our step.) With a focus on family fun, Gray’s offers a maze, haunted house, hayride, campfire, and concession stand. Very reasonably priced compared to some other behemoth boo-factories. 10948 W. 500 N, Kokomo, 574-699-0982, www. graysfrightnight.com
an epic Satanic scale, this year just sort of … ends. And the Blackout house suffers from the same goingthrough-the-motions feel. Which is not to say it’s a waste. Hanna’s sheer scale still makes it the grand county fair of haunted attractions, easily capable of burning up two or three hours over the course of the haunts. The newest attraction, Medical Malpractice, is the best thing they’ve added in ages, particularly a creepy full-sized ambulance. And the haunted hayride remains unmatched by any other in town. Plus, it’s still the best place for large-scale peoplewatching. I ended up behind a birthday party of dozens of tweenage Team Edward types, and let me tell you, those kids can scream up a storm the minute the chainsaw-wielding maniac shows up. Some things just never stop being entertaining. 7323 E. Hanna Ave., 357-0881, www.hannahauntedacres.com
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Historic Indiana Ghost Walks and Tours: Westfield YEAR ROUND This chilling and chilly walk through Westfield features storytellers sharing ghost stories at local haunts and anecdotes about the Underground Railroad. I appreciated that our guide, Nicole Kobrowski, invited everyone to identify as either skeptics, true believers or fence-walkers, explaining that we all experience our own reality of the ghost world. The tour included our guide’s personal experience investigating these locations with her business partner and husband and stories from business proprietors and homeowners. With a direct connection to the communities they investigate and access to the Indiana Historical Society’s records, the Kobrowskis strive to dig for truth, and not to sell ghostly parlor tricks. The guide created an atmosphere where tourists felt comfortable asking questions and sharing their supernatural experiences. With tours through Lockerbie, Chatham Arch, the Wholesale District, Noblesville and Hamilton County, Historic Indiana Ghost Walks and Tours has cornered the market on local ghost tourism. Various locations, www.unseenpress.com. — KATELYN COYNE
Gray’s Fright Night THROUGH SATURDAY What began as a popular Halloween party ten years ago has grown into a multi-attraction, family-run free-for-all. We were first funneled into a pitch-
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Corpse Manor, formerly known as Screamers, is under new ownership this year. With lots of fresh ideas and a heightened standard of quality in place, the building attached to the Post Road Recreation Center was gutted and completely rebuilt for the 2011 season. The design team (who have a history with well-known haunt Necropolis) built the allnew manor from the ground up for an experience completely unlike its predecessor. The new house is stocked from front to back with experienced actors from a local theater company who are more than just bodies filling a costume. They’re the undead residents of Corpse Manor — and they’re pissed that you’re in their house. Fans of the more traditional style of haunted housing will be pleased to know there are no obstacle course-like maneuvers or pitch-dark mazes — just a lot of detailed, hand-built scenes inside an old, southern mansion populated with hidden, living creatures. For an extra $5, you can purchase the combo ticket and venture through the Sinister Woods (if you survive the manor). It’s shorter and slips quite a bit on the terror factor, but I still laughed (and screamed) hysterically the entire way through. 4700 N. Post Rd., 683-9300, www.corpsemanor.com
This is the first haunted house where I’ve been forced to sign a waiver. And I can see why. Stumbling through six acres of dark, foggy, monster-infested woods can land you in some seriously scary situations. At least you’ve got a flashlight. (Don’t kid yourself. That flashlight isn’t for your benefit.) One scare in particular will feel so real, you might break into a full
sprint with a beast hot on your heels. Then again, the scariest part may be when you accidentally wander off the poorly marked trail. Just follow the sound of chainsaws. 2472 E. 1100 S., Markleville, 765-533-2016, www.trailsofterror.net. — KATE FRANZMAN
Bloomington Haunted Stables THROUGH MONDAY Bloomington’s Haunted Stables aren’t worth the drive for Indianapolis residents, but the country jaunt might have merit for the weak-of-heart living in or around Monroe County. The inside attraction’s authentic stables leverage on tight spaces and trap doors that dead end. Further disorienting is the unsettlingly close proximity to caged actors, many of which are illuminated by strobe lights. Bombarded on all sides by intensity, the stable portion is a rush, at less than 10 minutes to complete. The haunted hayride is longer (15 minutes at most) but lacks originality and offers virtually no element of surprise. The attraction’s climax comes with the rather calm arrival and circling of the headless horseman. At $16 for the complete package ($10 for the mega-short stables; $6 for the hayride), Bloomington’s Haunted Stables simply doesn’t deliver as much scare as you’d hope. 8308 South Rockport Rd., 812-824-3648, www.myhauntedhayride.com. — DANIELLE LOOK
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Hanna Haunted Acres THROUGH MONDAY Hanna Haunted Acres has long been a reliable stalwart of the Indianapolis haunted house scene, and on some levels it remains that. It never surprises you, exactly, but neither does it let you down. But in the last couple of years it’s slid somewhat, to my disappointment. This year, as with last year, it lacked a certain touch, a certain theatrical flair that has made it pop a little bit more. Phantazmogoria, their classical haunted house which has traditionally ended on
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Cabaret Poe Q ARTISTRY, IRVINGTON LODGE, THROUGH SATURDAY Q Artistry brings Cabaret Poe to the stage once again, but sadly for the last time. This is the final year of this Irvington Halloween tradition that proffers music and dance as a means to bring Poe’s American gothic horror stories to life. The show works, first and foremost, because the production creates an all-inclusive atmosphere that allows the actors to move seamlessly from the kitchy-ness of a cabaret show to the macabre of Poe’s horror stories. But more than that, Ben Asaykwee, the creative genius behind this unique idea, asks that we consider these time-tested stories through different eyes. Most notably, he successfully changes the narrator in stories like “The Raven” to a female perspective. Instead of a man mourning his dead love, a woman mourns her dead child. He also adds a silent element, threading the stories together through the Shadow of Death, brought to life through interpretive dance by Sara Williams. Cabaret Poe has literally everything one could want from a show: songs that stick with you, classic literature and darkly funny direction. 5515 E. Washington St. 317677-5317 www.cabaretpoe.com. — KATELYN COYNE
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through the elegant Victorian era home as the detectives interview historic serial killers. The disorganized script was hard to follow as volunteer actors clumsily stepped back in time. But stunning historic architecture, furniture and fixtures lend authenticity (and luxury) to the proceedings. And to be fair, the actors’ enthusiasm for their work made this silly production enjoyable and and campy. Clautrophobes beware: When two dozen attendees are packed into tight back hallways, you will undoubtedly get closer with your neighbor than you might prefer. 1204 N. Park Avenue, 636-5409. www.indianalandmarks.org — KATELYN COYNE
Haunting of Fox Hollow Farm IMAX AT THE INDIANA STATE MUSEUM. THROUGH SATURDAY With Haunting of Fox Hollow Farm, veteran local filmmaker Dan Hall does an admirable job of weaving together a suspenseful documentary on the tragedies that occurred at Fox Hollow Farm in Westfield. Hall’s film tells the story of the life of serial killer Herbert Baumeister and the paranormal consequences of his acts. Hall blends testimony from detectives and investigators with footage of various paranormal explorations. The film has a few glitches, including misspellings and a blurred line between actual evidence and cinematic tricks. Still, this local ghost story registers as a horrifying look at the macabre history of our own backyards. 650 W. Washington St., 233-4629, www.indianamuseum.org/ — KATELYN COYNE
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Frankenstein NOEXIT, WHEELER ARTS CENTER, THROUGH SATURDAY I came to see the puppetry, which Frankenstein director Patrick Weigand workshopped this summer at a national puppetry conference in Connecticut. And it is pretty impressive: Think of a life-size wooden artist’s model, covered in white plastic wrap, operated by three puppeteers, bringing to life key moments in the life of Frankenstein’s monster (his creation, several murders). Sure, it lacks a certain uncanny, I-can’tbelieve-it’s-not-human feel, but that just leaves more brainpower to attend to the rest of the production,
a from-the-book interpretation centered around a tortured standoff between the Doctor (Matthew Goodrich) and his creation (Matt Anderson), staged (as in Shelley’s book) on an ice floe somewhere in the Arctic. Goodrich and Anderson counter-incriminate each other with the anger and angst of Bergman heroines, with the monster single-mindedly motivated by revenge after being spurned and the doctor still taking notes about the remarkably life-like behavior of his spawn (while sneaking in digs about his soullessness). The soul of this NoExit production is in the give-and-take between the two leads; Anderson incarnating our efforts to make sense of the bag of bones which we each inhabit, Goodrich illustrating the limitations of science in the absence of compassion. Flashbacks featuring supporting players tend to compromise the claustrophobia of this standoff.
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Do you know the Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Well, you’ve never heard it told quite like this. As an audience member, you’ll be asked to write down quotes, expressions, song lyrics, and random phrases, which the performers of ComedySportz must incorporate into the story — so you can bet your production is one-of-a-kind. The improvised re-telling of the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and his headless foe is shocking, more in a hilariously vulgar way than frightening way (which is why it’s recommended for ages 18+.) 721 Massachusetts Ave, 951-8499, www. indycomedysportz.com. — KATE FRANZMAN
From Dark Pages MORRIS-BUTLER HOUSE MUSEUM, THROUGH SATURDAY Upon the death of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr. Watson lead sleuths through the MorrisButler House Museum to finish Holmes’ final mystery: the case of Jack the Ripper. This story tour takes visitors
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Jericho @ Phoenix Theatre Jericho tells the story of Beth, a New Yorker whose husband died in the World Trade Center, in a poignant exploration of how we, as Americans, grieve individually and on a national level. Sound weighty? Well, it is. But playwright Jack Canfora buoys the story with moments of humor and inspiration, giving rise to a feeling of collective healing. Jericho represents Canfora’s third play, and it appears at the Phoenix as part of a rolling world premiere sponsored by the National New Play Network. The show runs from Oct. 27 through Nov. 20. Performance times vary. Tickets: $25 adults and $15 children; $15 general admission on Thursdays. 749 N. Park Ave., 635-7529, www.phoenixtheatre.org
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If you can’t find an event of interest at this year’s Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts, someone needs to check your pulse. The month-long arts celebration includes an appealing and diverse lineup of live music, film screenings, author readings and more. One event of note is Lee Kravitz’s Oct. 31 discussion of Unfinished Business: One Man’s Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Thing , a book in which he chronicles his year-long effort to tie up loose ends, from reconnecting with a family member to fulfilling old promises. The festival begins Oct. 22 and wraps up Nov. 19. A fast-entry festival pass is $50 ($40 for JCC members), while individual events are a mere $5 ($3 for JCC members). 6701 Hoover Rd., 251-9467, www. jccindy.org
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Indy’s very own John Green heads to Clowes Hall to discuss his experiences as a best-selling author and famed vlogger. Green’s literary efforts — which include Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns — earned him an Edgar Award and two finalist nominations for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He’s perhaps better known, however, for his YouTube exploits. In 2007 he made a pact with his brother to communicate solely through video messages. The resulting videos became a Web sensation, generating millions of views on their Vlogbrothers YouTube channel and spawning a community of people called Nerdfighters. 7:30 p.m. Free. 4600 Sunset Ave., 940-9861, www. cloweshall.org
Categorizing the DePue Brothers’ music is no easy task. The band’s four brothers, violin virtuosos all, parlay their classical training into a genre-bending mix of bluegrass and rock and roll. The quartet includes Zach DePue, who’s been the ISO’s concertmaster since 1997. VANESSA BRICEÑO-SCHERZER The brothers have been performing DePue Brothers Band together for more than 25 years, a career that started with the LP Classical Grass, which sold out on its first printing. The recently refurbished Grand Hall at the Indiana Landmarks Center provides a beautiful, acoustically advantaged venue for an afternoon of masterful violin playing. 3 p.m. Tickets: $30 general; $20 seniors; $10 students. 1201 Central Ave., 800-450-4534, www.violin.org
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The cast of “Jericho”
Bhagvadajjukam (The Priest and The Prostitute) @ Butler See budding stars of stage perform a SUBMITTED PHOTO centuries-old tale that maintains conVisiting artist Kunju Vasudevan Namboodiripad. temporary relevance and appeal. Kunju Vasudevan Namboodiripad directs Butler Theatre students in Bhagvadajjukam, a 7th century Sanskrit farce involving the exchange of souls between a priest and a prostitute. Namboodiripad currently serves as the university’s Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist. The Studio Theatre at Lilly Hall hosts the event. Previews: 8 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3. Performances: 8 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5 and Nov. 10-12; 2 p.m. Nov. 6, 12 and 13. Tickets: $10 general; $5 for seniors and non-Butler students; free for Butler students. 4600 Sunset Ave., 940-9659, www.butler.edu/theatre
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A&E REVIEWS VISUAL ART AWFUL VILE GROSS ROTTEN: WORK BY VINCENT ROMANIELLO SPACECAMP MICROGALLERY; THROUGH OCT. 30. r In this show, Philadelphia-based artist Vincent Romaniello takes small things that we see each day, like potato chip bags and drinking straws, and makes outsized 3D replicas inspired by them. But pay just as much attention to the 2D works on display here. Right at the entrance of SpaceCamp, you see a pink slip the size of a body bag. It reads “We regret to inform you that your position at this company has been terminated. Blah. Blah. Blah.” Suggested here is both the dehumanizing nature of the corporate firing process and its outsized impact on a recipient’s sense of self-worth. Another blow-up painting, this time inspired by commercial art found on packaging material, is painted with the logo “Sunny.” You also see, in this acrylic on paper work sheathed in clear plastic, wholesome portraits of a smiling mom with her son holding a beach ball. (Romaniello’s a damn-good portrait artist, by the way.) But this happy beach scene is undercut by the plethora of extra symbols — x’s, o’s, and triangles that suggest dire warnings. You might think with such oversized work on display, the tiny SpaceCamp space would feel cramped. Not so. The venue allows you to see this work, which often reflects the fraught (if not exactly rotten or gross) state of contemporary American culture, up close in a super-intimate setting. 1043 Virginia Ave Room 212; http://www.facebook. com/SpaceCampGallery — DAN GROSSMAN FOUND FUTURES HARRISON GALLERY ANNEX, THROUGH OCT. 28. r Herron School of Art and Design printmaking student Christian Brock Forrer offers an enthralling group of mixed media works in Found Futures. The show has no didactic materials for viewers to read, and there is not even a title printed on the gallery wall, which is disappointing but also leaves the show completely up to interpretation. The work depicts accidental — well, found — beauty in strange places, along with cast-away figures. There is a heavy emphasis on shack-like structures pieced together from loose boards, usually triangular in some way and often teetering on very small or flimsy foundations. The idea of worshiping strange objects as deities is a thread that seems to run through the work, and some pieces even feature people surrounding the triangular structures with heads bowed. The color palate mixes dull, woody hues with bright colors very attractively and the work has a sketchy, graphic quality. A few pieces feature huge faces that evoke the sad, disembodied clown heads that adorn the walls of buildings at carnivals and amusement parks. Overall, the work feels precarious, bizarre and extremely rewarding. 1505 North Delaware, 396-3886, http://www.harrisoncenter. org. — CHARLES FOX WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE: IN THE SKIN WE’RE IN STUTZARTSPACE, THROUGH OCT. 28. t Thirteen female artists, all with studios in the Stutz Building, provoke dialogue about identity,
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particularly exploring their experiences as artists and women. Being comfortable (or not) in one’s own skin is the show’s theme, a sequel to Voices: Women of a Certain Age displayed last October. The event honors National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with sales partially benefitting the Pink Ribbon Connection. The range of paintings, prints, jewelry, ceramics, and 2D mixed media are heartfelt and successful to varying degrees. Julie Candler Perigo’s “Delicate Balance” sculpture is a standout self-portrait conveying the stress of dealing with multiple responsibilities. A well-crafted ceramic head with red hair blown aggressively against clenched cheeks sits atop abstract, geometric figured forms. Tied and staked to a wood platform, the figure appears perpetually poised, but perhaps one more thing could send her toppling. Carol L. Myers continues to experiment with printmaking processes, branching into encaustic monotype to create strongly abstract, rhythmic, and meditatively shimmering surfaces of waxy colors and suggested homey forms in “Everyday Shrine.” “Come Along Little Sister” by Janett Marie, a loosely abstract 2D mixed media work, has just the right cropping of two girls in red patterned dresses, creating a dynamic narrative: Which sister is being pushed or pulled? In Jane Knight’s “deVine Boxes,” I want more push and pull between the spaces of the finger-painted growing grape vines. 212 W. 10th St., 503-6420, www.stutzartists.com. — SUSAN WATT GRADE
MUSIC HILARY HAHN AT THE PALLADIUM SERIES; OCT. 21. q Friday was violinist Hilary Hahn’s fourth Indianapolis appearance since 2003. The first three were in ISO concerts, in which she played concertos by Elgar, Sibelius and Jennifer Higdon respectively. I gave her the highest praise I’ve ever given a fiddler who’s come to our environs since I started reviewing for NUVO in 1995. Her tone, her musicality and her technique have been unsurpassed — or even unequaled — by other touring soloists on that instrument. This time Hahn appeared with Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa in a recital featuring a fascinating mix of three familiar repertoire standards interspersed among 12 contemporary “encores” — selected from 27 Hahn and Lisitsa will eventually release on a CD. The pair began with “Two Voices” by Nico Muhly, a soft reverie with Lisitsa offering a single, note-tapping accompaniment. We then heard seven two-to-three minute “encores” before we heard the first repertoire work, Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 12 No. 2. Then more encores before Hahn began the second half with Bach’s Sonata in G Minor for Solo Violin, in which she brought all her expressive elements to bear. Following two more encores, Hahn and Lisitsa ended their program with Brahms’ early Sonatensatz (Sonata Movement) in C minor, a stormy, impassioned scherzo. I’ve already waxed ecstatic about Hahn’s playing in her ISO appearances; she proved to be the same artist this time. More surprising was Lisitsa’s high caliber as a pianist and accompanist: Her phrase shaping and blending with Hahn, as well as her nuanced keyboard control, showed complete compatibility with her partner. For more review details visit www.nuvo.net. — TOM ALDRIDGE
A&E FEATURE Exit Maxwell Anderson
Reflections on the IMA director’s tenure BY D A N G RO S S M A N E D I T O RS @N U V O . N E T
said of the period before Anderson’s arrival in 2006. “You really needed someone with a strong personality to come in and move forward at the IMA, and I think he succeeded in doing that.” Anderson previously served as the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York from 1998 to 2003. He resigned after a conflict with the board. “We’re talking about a super-smart East Coast guy,” continued Efroymson. “He comes in here and probably has a lot more direct way of dealing with things than we do in Indianapolis, and if he wasn’t that way, he wouldn’t have gotten everything done that he got done.”
On Oct. 20, Maxwell Anderson announced that he would step down as the director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art to Budget and staff cuts become director of the Dallas Museum of The years of Anderson’s tenure were parArt. Most would say that Anderson was a ticularly challenging ones. The economic genuine innovator, but some are questioning recession, which began in late 2007, didn’t the IMA’s relationship with the city during spare the IMA. The museum’s $315 million his time at the helm. endowment took a hit in 2008 and 2009 and During Anderson’s five-and-a-half year spurred $7 million in budget cuts as well as a tenure, the IMA sought to expand its pres10 percent reduction in staff. ence art and museum world. In the digital Perhaps Anderson’s most controversial sphere, the IMA designed and launched personnel decision came in 2010 when the ArtBabble, a cloud-based service which IMA eliminated 33 full-time and 23 part-time features digital content created by partners security guard positions. This change was that include the Art Institute of Chicago part of a comprehensive security revampand J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. ing which included increased monitoring In addition, this year the IMA quite literby electronic surveillance on IMA grounds ally crossed borders by organizing the U.S. and the hiring of 14 off-duty police officers Pavilion for the Venice Biennale. to patrol the premises. “He really put the IMA on the internaZarich, in an online IMA blog dated tional map in terms of art,” said Christopher Sept. 27, 2010, explained the rationale for West, acquisitions the change. associate at Antique “Unfortunately, we were Helper Auctions and unable to meet the objecformer curator at the tives of enhancing security Indianapolis Museum of at 100 Acres; responding Contemporary Art. “With to potentially serious the acquisitions that incidents that arise on the have happened over his IMA campus; and reductenure, the (100 Acres) ing the cost of the security nature park, and certainprogram with the previous ly the Venice Biennale, staffing model,” she wrote. lots and lots of eyes have As part of this new been on Indianapolis.” staffing model, approxiIndeed, The New York mately 20 IUPUI workTimes — which has study students are published in-depth feaemployed, not as security tures about Anderson’s guards, but as “visitor arrival and the openassistants” acting as ing of 100 Acres: The “trained ambassadors of Virginia B. Fairbanks Art the museum experience,” & Nature Park — noted according to Zarich. — Christopher West Anderson’s departure in “All (the former secuan article entitled “Dallas rity guards) were invited Museum Lands New to apply for jobs in the Director,” published in new security program, but only a handful the Oct. 24 print edition. of them did. All who applied for the jobs in “Max was a visionary,” said Katie Zarich, the new program were hired,” Zarich wrote the IMA’s deputy director for public affairs. in an email. “He was a very ambitious museum direcAmos Brown III, the host and managing tor and he brought out the best in the staff editor of Afternoons with Amos on WTLCbecause of that clear vision. He helped peoAM, takes issue with the decision to elimiple to dream and to share their ideas in order nate the security guards’ positions. to explore new programs, new exhibitions, “Not only were they a racially diverse new artists, new ways of doing things.” group, it was individuals who were preAnderson’s new ways of doing things dominantly over 40,” he said. “You would sometimes rubbed people the wrong expect that kind of treatment out of a big way, according to philanthropist Jeremy corporation that was searching for profits, Efroymson, whose family’s foundation fundnot necessarily from a non-profit that’s ed the entrance pavilion at the IMA. part of the community.” “I think you had a pretty entrenched midAnother decision made in the wake of the dle and upper management there that probfinancial crisis was to discontinue certain ably needed to be shaken up a little bit,” he educational and children’s programs.
“He really put the IMA on the international map in terms of art ... lots and lots of eyes have been on Indianapolis.”
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“We did discontinue summer camps and art-making classes as a part of our budget reductions in Feb. 2009,” Zarich wrote in an email. “These programs did not break even, and they were a tremendous drain on our resources. We believed that the Indianapolis Art Center served the community in these same ways.”
On the other hand, in regard to the issue of community outreach, the IMA has recently exhibited a number of local artists. In the past few years, Judith Levy and Emily Kennerk mounted exhibitions in prominent museum spaces. In addition, Indianapolisbased conceptual artist Brian McCutcheon’s “Out of this World” is currently showing in the IMA’s Forefront Galleries through March 4, 2012. And a recent IMA-curated retrospective of the work of Thornton Dial, a self-taught African-American artist based in rural Alabama, seems to demonstrate a significant commitment to the representation of minority artists. Brown, for one, was impressed by this retrospective — the most extensive showing of Dial’s work — which ended Sept. 18 and will travel on to New Orleans, Charlotte, and Atlanta. “The last time I saw Max, he took me on a tour of Thornton Dial before it opened,”
said Brown. “I thought it was a daring exhibit for IMA in terms of the power of the work, the radicalness, if you will, of some of the pieces.” But Brown also thinks that the IMA’s relationship with to the city — and particularly with the African-American community — could’ve been better under Anderson’s tenure. “The next challenge is for the IMA to return to the balance of connecting to the community,” he said. This sentiment is echoed by Efroymson. “I think that Max did a lot of international things, and maybe the next person needs to have, to add to that, more of a local emphasis, more local programming, being part of the community, and things like that,” he says. In general, though, Efroymson isn’t surprised to see Anderson depart. “I personally just assumed that he would leave sooner or later,” he said. “Because I think what’s going to happen is … I think that he’s going to end up being the head eventually of a really large museum like one on the coasts. And I think he needed a step from Indianapolis to that. And, plus, Dallas is where his wife’s family is from.” He added, “Five to seven years for an executive director is quite a long time.”
FOOD Vine & Table’s Whisky & Spirits Expo
Annual exhibition brings U.K. traditions to Indy BY RA CH E L H O L L I N G S W O R TH E D I T O RS @N U V O . N E T With an expert staff and a copious selection of spirits, Carmel’s Vine & Table has long been one of Indy’s go-to authorities on all things alcohol. The specialty store hosts a variety of educational tasting events each year, but the crown jewel is surely their annual Whisky and Spirits Expo, which returns to Indianapolis this Friday. Held at the scenic Montage at Allison Point, the event will feature over 250 varieties of specialty spirits for sampling, accompanied by educational forums with liquor experts from around the globe. This year’s event places particular focus on single malts and blends of whisky from Scotland, Ireland and the states. You don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy the Expo; the evening’s activities are aimed at advancing the palette of both novice and aficionado. Visiting specialists
will present three master classes on the intricacies of whisky tasting and production. Two of the speakers, distilling experts Simon Coughlin and Andrew Hogan, will travel from Scotland to discuss their methods. They’ll be joined by Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, among others. Behind the night’s festivities is organizer Denis Lynch, Vine & Table’s beverage manager. “I hope people will garner a true appreciation for the distiller and their craft method,” Lynch says. “I also hope that they will broaden their palates, try products they wouldn’t normally, and gain an appreciation for flavors.” As far as tasting goes, the Cork, Irelandborn Lynch says that the nose always knows. “People need to understand that much of our ability to taste comes from our sense of smell, so people should take the time to nose the spirit before tasting it,” Lynch says. Maximum exposure is also key. “People need to taste many different types of spirits, compare and contrast them, and use those experiences to determine what they like.” Among the crafters featured at the Expo is Jeffrey Topping of Cincinnati, Ohio, who’s earned attention for his Wild Scotsman line of whiskies. Since traveling to Scotland’s Bladnoch Distillery in 2002, he’s been bottling a unique mix of scotch whiskies. To craft his blends, Topping samples casks from independent single malt distilleries throughout Scotland before choosing
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his favorites to mix, creating what’s known as a vatted or blended malt scotch. His selections feature whiskies that might otherwise not be sold in the United States. “Blending whisky can be like mixing paint,” Topping says. “You know yellow and blue make green — well, sometimes flavor profiles interact with each other in the same way.” Topping’s awards include a gold medal at the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Awards for his Black Label blended malt scotch. “Keep an open mind, don’t evaluate a brand based on its name,” he says. “What separates a good scotch from a great scotch at the end of the day is how it’s made.”
Vine & Table Whisky and Fine Spirits Expo Montage, 8580 Allison Pointe Blvd. www.vineandtable.com, 317-817-9473 Friday, Oct. 28, 5 – 9 p.m. TICKETS: $50 G.A. includes all samples, master classes and gourmet buffet
21st Amendment, Broad Ripple. 5 p.m. Hamilton Beverage, Carmel. 3-5 p.m. Vine and Table, Carmel, 3-7 p.m.
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Downtown RAM Restaurant and Brewery, 6 p.m., tapping Pie’d Piper Pumpkin Ale, described as “Pumpkin Pie in a Glass.” Arrive early to participate in pumpkin carving contest (pumpkins provided). G. Simone’s, 112B S. Main St., Zionsville, 6-8 p.m., Hoosier Beer book signing by Bob Ostrander. Sun King Tasting Room, 6-9 p.m., tapping El Gallo Negro, a Black IPA with body of a porter, roasty richness of a stout and hop punch of an IPA; food from the Big Green Bistro; music.
OCT. 28 BEER TASTINGS AT:
Crown Liquors, downtown, 3-7 p.m.; US 31 S. and Shelby St., 106th St. and Michigan Road, 4-7 p.m. Norma’s Fine Wines, 6-8 p.m.
Barley Island Brewing Company, Noblesville, 6 p.m., tapping Count Hopula Imperial IPA, brewed with 5 different hops and with the malt backbone to support it at 9.5% abv. Kahn’s, 2342 W. 86th St., 5-7 p.m., Beer and Candy Tasting includes 25 fall/harvest seasonals and Halloween treats. Wear a costume to earn a prize. RSVP to 317-228-9463.
Birdy’s, 2131 E. 71st St., 6-8 p.m., monthly craft beer tasting; www.birdysbarandgrill.com.
Fountain Square Brewing Company tasting room is not yet open, but their brews are on tap at restaurants and bars around Fountain Square and Mass Ave. Brewer Scott Duvall’s Blonde helped to enliven the “Chew On This” conversation at Old Point Tavern, Oct. 18. Crown Brewing, Crown Point, has a Barrel Aged Replicale Double Stout that has been aging in a Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel for the past 7 months. Bier Brewery reports: “We are going to brew Pumpkin Ale through December and Fuggit Stout probably through January. We are planning a coffee series that will include porters, browns and stouts. We are hoping the next Barleywine will be ready for release right around Superbowl.”
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r (PG-13) Were the works attributed to William Shakespeare actually written by one man, and if so, was Shakespeare actually the one man that wrote them? People have been arguing about this since the middle of the 19th century, and who better to address the subject on film than Roland Emmerich, the man who brought the world Independence Day, the 1998 Godzilla remake, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Anonymous is a confusing, but entertaining exploration of one of the authorship theories, slathered with sex scandals and political intrigue. John Orloff’s screenplay is lurid hooey. I had a good time trying to wade through it. It doesn’t hurt that the production is packed with skilled British actors and that the visuals look so authentic. Emmerich’s use of CGI is effective and not nearly as showy as you might expect given his credits. Orloff selects Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans), as the true author. Fearing the political and cultural ramifi-
cations of being a popular writer, he tries to get playwright Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto) to put his name on the works. Jonson is willing to help with the scam, but hesitant to put his name on the Earl’s creations, as he feels it would compromise his own work. While the men try to determine whose name to put on the writings, actor and opportunistic boob William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall) responds to audience cries of “Author! Author!” by stepping to the front of the stage and taking credit himself. After some teeth-gnashing, Oxford cuts a deal with the actor to maintain the pretense and an epic scam is born. That’s just one of several plot lines. I won’t try to summarize the others — I suggest you grab onto the Shakespeare premise and hold on tight. Your experience will be further complicated by the presence of both the young adult and fully-grown versions of numerous cast members as the screenplay hops between time periods. And then there’s the presence of a great many red-haired individuals who look like they could be related. It plays a key part in the story, but adds to the confusion. Trying to keep up with rapidly-changing events and a slew of individuals whose identities were unclear was not a turn-off for me. I do it every day in the real world. What I did have difficulties with was the film’s depiction of William Shakespeare. Yes, I understand that part of the reason
Vanessa Redgrave stars as Queen Elisabeth.
people challenged Shakespeare’s authorship was that they thought he was insufficiently schooled to have written such complex and informed works. But the Shakespeare presented in the film is a fullon buffoon. Despite being in a cooperative state of mind, it was hard to roll with the notion that anyone in that world would believe that such an obvious nitwit could have written such sophisticated plays. But never mind that. Better to enjoy the tension, the intrigue and the scandals. Enjoy real-life mother and daughter Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson as
the older and younger versions of Queen Elisabeth. They’re both quite fine, though Redgrave’s turn is particularly amusing and touching. Enjoy the atmosphere and the sense of visual authenticity (they didn’t perform plays by torchlight at night, by the way — they were all performed during the day. But forget that — we’re neverminding). The bottom line is that Roland Emmerich makes dumb-ass movies that are sometimes very entertaining and oftentimes not. Anonymous is easily his best film. Make of that what you will.
The following are reviews of films currently playing in Indianapolis area theaters. Reviews are written by Ed Johnson-Ott (EJO) unless otherwise noted. DEGREES OF SHAME (NR).
Join IUPUI for a screening and discussion of this 30 minute documentary that promises to open eyes regarding part-time faculty issues and migrant workers in universities across America. The film will play on Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) at the Lilly Auditorium of the University Library, as part of Campus Equity Week, a weeklong series of events held across America, Canada, and Mexico to raise awareness of poor working conditions.
IN TIME (PG-13)
Sci-fi thriller. When Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money — literally — enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow and steal enough minutes to make it through another day. Co-starring Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde and Matthew Bomer. 109 minutes.
PUSS IN BOOTS (PG)
Computer-animated action-comedy. Long before he knew Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots (voice of Antonio Banderas) becomes a hero when he sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) to save his town. Also starring Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. 90 minutes.
THE RUM DIARIES (R)
Adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s debut novel. Tired of the noise and madness of late Eisenhower-era New York, Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul obsesses over Chenault (Amber Heard), the fiancée of entrepreneur Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Complications ensue. 120 minutes.
THE SHINING e (R)
Like most Stanley Kubrick films, this one is rather emotionally distant, but it sure looks good. From the mazelike haunted-house setting to the spectre of Jack Nicholson wielding a bloody baseball bat, one cannot deny that this film is a work of art. To kick off Halloween, you can see it on the big screen this Friday, 7 p.m., at the IMA’s Toby Theater. 142 minutes. $9 for the public, $5 for museum members. — Sam Watermeier
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 t (R)
The original haunted-house drama Paranormal Activity is about as dull as movies can get, evoking impatience rather than tension or fear, thus proving that less isn’t always more when it comes to horror. The third installment, however, delivers some big scares and fulfills the promise of skin-crawling terror dashed by the first film (mostly in the second half; the first plays out like a slow, arty supernatural thriller made by Gus Van Sant at his most extreme). 85 minutes. — Sam Watermeier
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Sitting Down with Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow
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here was a time when the prospect of alt-rock legends Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh being on the same bill would have been tantamount to an End of Days sign of the apocalypse. Sebadoh, after all, was formed by Lou Barlow after an acrimonious departure from Dinosaur Jr. that saw him calling Dinosaur Jr. leader J. Mascis “self-righteous and rude.” But now, in the Year of Our Doom, 2012, they will not only share a bill together, they will be on a Weezer Cruise together. I’m sure, if you look on the Mayan calendar, you will see a picture of Mascis and Barlow jamming out to a 20-minute version of “The Freed Pig” right before the calendar ends. Thank God, then, that Sebadoh will visit Radio Radio this Friday, before all that nasty end times stuff happens. During a recent phone conversation with Barlow, I had to ask him about the potential of J. jamming on some Sebadoh classics. “Hell, I never thought J. Mascis would ever agree to being on the same bill as Sebadoh,” Barlow chuckles. “But he did, so, yeah, you never know what could happen.” During Sebadoh’s previous round of touring with original members Barlow, Eric Gaffney and Jason Loewenstein, they concentrated on the band’s early period. During those early years, Sebadoh helped birth the lo-fi sub-genre with classic tunes like “Gimme Indie Rock,” “Soul and Fire,” and Barlow’s aforementioned kiss-off to Mascis, “The Freed Pig.” The latest tour focuses on the band’s most accessible music released at the height of their influence. On the band’s milestone album, Bakesale, and its equally glorious followup, Harmacy, Sebadoh, who had just lost Gaffney, stepped out with new purpose and a stronger self-confidence. This was no doubt partly due to Barlow’s Top 40 flirtation with his side project The Folk Implosion’s “Natural One” in between the two albums. “Bakesale and Harmacy are our two biggest records, so everywhere we go the reaction is just great. It really makes us feel good,” Barlow said. “We were so green when we made these records. It’s amazing what a different world we lived in back then. Since then, we’ve gotten older and wiser, we’ve had kids; we’ve been through some great times and some really, really bad times.” Bakesale boasted a collection of songs that helped define the best of what was
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going on in the mid ‘90s post-Nirvana America. Blustery songs like “Careful,” “Rebound” and “Drama Mine” co-existed with bright fractured pop nightmares like “Not Too Amused,” “Skull” and “Temptation Tide.” The band upped the ante on Harmacy, mixing near-perfect masterpieces like “On Fire,” and “Ocean” with breakneck raging tracks like “Love to Fight” and “Smell a Rat” that border on hardcore. “The great thing I think I’ve realized about these songs is what a smart songwriter I was [back then],” Barlow tells me. “I mean there is no embarrassing stuff or stuff that is weird for us to play. I think somehow a small part of my younger self knew I was going to be performing these songs 20 years into the future.” Whereas the first reunion tour was a shambolic mess (all three members switched their instruments frequently throughout the show), the current line-up, which has Loewenstein’s Fiery Furnaces partner Bob D’Amico behind the drum kit, promises to be a little more structured. “This is our fifth tour this year, and we seem to get tighter each time we go out,”
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Barlow said. “But, Jason and I do the parts just like we did them on the records. So we switch up just about every song. We have to play the songs the way they were written.” Considering the relative success of Dinosaur Jr.’s two post-reunion efforts, Beyond and Farm, is it reasonable to expect a new Sebadoh record in the near future? “After playing out with Dinosaur Jr. and having to contend with J’s massive wall of loudness, it’s nice to have Sebadoh to come to where I don’t have to be as loud and where I can write songs that are a little more pop; so yes, we’ll probably do something.” Barlow pauses as he laughs, “I mean, I’m not afraid of failure, since just about every record I’ve made since Harmacy have been completely ignored. If I can make a record that means something to me and that I enjoy, then it’s a success.”
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SEBADOH, MAZES Radio Radio, 1119 E. Prospect St. Friday, October 28, 8 p.m., $13 advance (sebadoh.eventbrite.com), $15 door, 21+
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Tom Waits Bad As Me Bad As Me is Waits’ first studio album of all new music in seven years. It is available in regular and deluxe editions. If you play it backwards, you can hear bacon frying. Gauntlet Hair Self-titled Gauntlet Hair is a subtle refinement of the sounds we’ve come to associate with the band: the trunk-rattling bass; the ecstatic, tinny post-punk guitar; the din of ecstasy. Class Actress Rapprocher This is female-fronted sleazy electro-tinged pop with a penchant for 1980’s blue neon and dry ice. Gary Basemen Kidrobot Toby’s Secret Society 3” vinyl figures Rarely does KR do an entire series with one artist. These collectable vinyl figs are classic Baseman work. — FROM TODD ROBINSON OF LUNA MUSIC
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CHRISTIAN DAVID CROWDER BAND, GUNGOR, CHRIS AUGUST, JOHN MARK MCMILLAN
Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, 5002 N. New Jersey St. 7:30 p.m., $27-42 + fees, all-ages
A group of God-fearing men will sing their praises to The Almighty at the Old National Centre tonight. These four artists are traveling together on The 7 Tour and are headlined by the David Crowder Band. Hailing from Waco, Texas, this modern worship band claims to be on its last tour ever. Crowder’s band grew out of University Baptist Church, which he started while a student at Baylor University. Catch the seven-time Dove Award-winning David Crowder Band together in the Egyptian Room before they disband for ever. Opener Chris August has switched between contemporary and secular music for the last several years before reaching #1 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart with his track “Starry Night.” Co-opener John Mark McMillan’s “How He Loves” has become a regular track on Christian radio stations; Gungor’s Michael Gungor is the namesake of a musical collective that he leads. All three openers are heavy-hitting Christian artists and are supporting the David Crowder Band on their final tour across the United States.
BLUES AND POP CYNDI LAUPER, DR. JOHN
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Just want to have fun? Join two musical greats with long-reaching careers for a night of jazz, blues, and pop at the Palladium. After giving Girl Rock multiple anthems throughout the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Lauper diversified her career, earning acclaim as a musician, actor, writer, and voice talent. In later years, Lauper has solidified her status as a gay icon, writing in The Advocate regarding LGBT rights, “We need to speak loudly. We need to raise our voice and vote.” Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John showcases the best of New Orleans’ musical history, intertwining voodoo culture, boogie woogie, Zydeco, blues, and jazz. His album Desitively Bonnaroo inspired the Manchester, Tenn., festival of the same name. These musical juggernauts have a combined eleven Grammy Awards between them.
Thursday & Friday
FUNK & JAZZ HERE COME THE MUMMIES The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave. 8 p.m., $25, 21+
See feature, pg 20.
Radio Radio, 1119 E. Prospect St. 8 p.m., $13 advance, $15 door, 21+
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DANCE PARTY SOUL SESSION AND 9TH ANNUAL COSTUME PARTY The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. 10 p.m., $10, 21+
DJ’s Metrognome, Wrekk 1, and Sir Doug will keep the music going all night long during The Jazz Kitchen’s 9th Annual Costume Party.
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Attendees are, obviously, expected to go in costume. Proceeds benefit JJ’s I’m Me Foundation and the Indiana Minority AIDS Coalition.
PUNK PUNK ROCK NIGHT HALLOWEEN The Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St. 10 p.m., $10, 21+
Featuring covers of The Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, Metallica, Fear, and Meat Loaf, Punk Rock Night at the historic Melody Inn will be the most hit-filled night in town. Local performers have worked tirelessly through the fall to perfect their tribute sets so you can dance the night away to “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” Attendees are encouraged to come in costume. FESTIVALS BENEFIT SHOW FOR ERIC HAMM Irving Theatre, 5505 E. Washington St. 2 p.m., $8, all-ages
This afternoon show is co-headlined by NUVO Best Of winner Max Allen Band, Souls of Mischief, Tyrae Tala, C-Rayz Walz, and Son of Thought. The event will sponsor a young man suffering from a brain tumor. D.A.M.P Productions, the event’s organizer, writes on their websites, “Whenever anyone needs something, Eric has always been there to help his friends and family; whether it’s helping clean up a fallen tree, helping you move, or bailing your butt out of jail, you can always count on him. Eric Hamm has no doubt paid forward any amount that is donated to help him and his family.” DANCE PARTY PIRAD HALLOWEEN PARTY SHOW Hoosier Dome, 1627 Prospect St. 7 p.m., $8 with costume, $10 without, all-ages
This may be the best all-ages Halloween show in town this weekend. Join bands Harley Poe, Scumbelina, Bad Creeps, Rat Storm, and Piss Artist for a creepy good time. Scary movies follow the show for attendees over the age of 18. NEO-SOUL KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS
Center for the Performing Arts, 335 City Center Dr. 8 p.m., $15-$80, all-ages
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds returns to the Circle City to spend a soulful evening at the Palladium. Edmonds, who got his start in local bands in Indianapolis, quickly escalated to international success as a performer, producer, and writer. Throughout his career, Babyface wrote or produced 26 #1 R&B hits. Although his career reached its peak in the mid ‘90s, Babyface is still making waves in the contemporary music scene: he recently worked with Lil Wayne on Tha Carter III. Currently, Babyface is back in the studio working on his ninth album. Perhaps show attendees will drive on the Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds Highway on their trip to the Palladium.
SOUNDCHECK young girls at this show, supported by Carter Husley, Fake Problems, and A Rocket to the Moon. This sugary-sweet alt-teen favorite is a vehicle for lead singer Cristofer Drew’s piercing voice and silver-tongued lyrics; they will act like a magnet for every teen in town this Sunday. PUNK & METAL GWAR, WITH EVERY TIME I DIE AND GHOUL The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave. 8 p.m., $22 advance, $25 door, 21+
DANCE PARTY THE TWIN CATS, EUMATIK The Mousetrap, 5565 N. Keystone Ave. 9 p.m., $5, 21+
Another costume contest awaits you at The Mousetrap this Halloween weekend. Catch The Twin Cats’ face-melting funk and Eumatik’s creepy disco jazz. The Mousetrap’s 7th Annual Halloween Party is presented by Indy Mojo.
POP NEVER SHOUT NEVER, WITH CARTER HULSEY, FAKE PROBLEMS, A ROCKET TO THE MOON Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, 5002 N. New Jersey St. 6:45 p.m., $20-22.95 + fees, all-ages
Tweens will scream for Never Shout Never, MySpace superhit and former Hellogoodbye tour partner. Three albums into a rapidly escalating career, Never Shout Never follows in the mega popular pop-punk tradition of bands like The Cab, We the Kings, and Forever the Sickest Kids. Expect lots of screaming
Souls of Mischief | Tyrae Tala | Max Allen Band | C-Rayz Walz Thurs. Nov. 11th Birdy’s
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HIP-HOP INSANE CLOWN POSSE
Insane Clown Posse brings their Dark Carnival to the Verizon Wireless Music Center this Sunday. ICP, who crowned their entire fanbase Juggalos, has d d amppro uctions.com earned two platinum and five gold albums in their twenty year horrorcore hip-hop career. The duo is made of two Josephs (Bruce and Utsler), better known as Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. Known for their famous feud with Eminem, various arrests, and sporadic professional wrestling careers, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have created a world all their own. Their fans, the Juggalos, revel in a selfcontained subculture, rife with Faygo, face-paint, and a rapidly expanding annual festival. ICP, who typically appeal to their own self-contained but admittedly large fanbase, recently became viral video stars with their God-worshipping, awestruck “Miracles” video. The crazed clowns will play undoubtably play to a packed house.
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GWAR defies exact description, but this obscenely over-the-top heavy metal band always promises to create an entertaining show. The members, clad always in large foam and rubber costumes and prone to spraying gook into the audience, are part of an elaborate mythology that creates an almost entirely unique show experience. GWAR has been playing together since the early ‘80s, and and includes members Oderus Urungus, Flattus Maximus, Balsac the Jaws of Death, Beefcake the Mighty, and Jizmak Da Gusha. This show will be heavy (oh, will it be heavy); opening acts include Ghoul, a thrash metal band from Oakland, Calif., and Every Time I Die, a metalcore outfit from Buffalo, N.Y. (Incidentally, Ghoul’s members conceal their identities as well.) GWAR will take over The Vogue this Halloween Eve, and the audience will be at their mercy to participate in the absur dity they choose to create. Or, as the band themselves command “Hark to the hideous majesty of your Masters, rulers of Earth, the Mighty GW AR!”
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Catching Up with Ben Folds BY M ARC D. ALLAN M DAL L AN @ N UVO.NET One of Ben Folds’ earliest gigs in Indianapolis was on a side stage at Blues Traveler’s H.O.R.D.E. Festival in the mid’90s. His next show here will be with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra tonight. In the years between, he’s made a number of his own CDs, recorded with novelist Nick Hornby and actor William Shatner and become a judge on the NBC a cappella competition The Sing-Off, which returned Sept. 19 for a third season. Tonight, he will join the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on stage to perform from his new album Lonely Avenue and his tried-and-true indie rock anthems. Expect to see hits like “Rockin’ the Suburbs,” “Annie Waits,” and “Philosophy” performed by Folds this evening, among many other tracks. Folds made a name for himself first with his three-piece outfit, the Ben Folds Five. The trio became known for their raucous improvising and jazz-influenced rock anthems. After an amicable disbanding, Ben Folds launched an extremely successful solo career, collaborating with a variety of different musicians and sometimes playing totally alone. Although his solo work has received acclaim, long-time fans will rejoice at this news: Ben Folds Five will reunite this December to record a new album. Although a tour has not yet been announced, it would not be surprising if the trio took their new work across the United States. But for now, Ben Folds is sticking with his solo work, although he will most certainly not be alone on stage tonight. I caught up with Folds to talk about his ISO show and his TV show. Here’s the conversation. NUVO: You’re playing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra tonight. How did that come about? FOLDS: I’ve been playing with symphony
orchestras now for, I guess, eight years. I commit to devoting a certain amount of my year to symphony orchestras. We’ve got now, I think, 40 charts, and if you know anything about it, that’s 10 to 15 grand a chart. It’s not necessarily always a lucrative thing, but I really love symphony orchestras. I grew up playing in symphony orchestras, and it’s a passion of mine. I’m now on the board of directors of the National Symphony Orchestra, and it’s just something that I’m into. NUVO: So what will we hear? FOLDS: Stuff from every album, really. Most recently, we’ve charted stuff from the record I made with Nick Hornby, the British novelist. Those charts were done by Paul Buckmaster, who did all the old Elton John stuff. He did David Bowie stuff. He’s the architect of strings on ‘70s recordings. And he does those charts for us; they’re pretty special. So every album I do, I go: OK, well, time to shell out 30 grand and do some new symphony charts. And we revise them constantly. Every show I go out and do, I talk about it with the conductor. We go: You know, the percussion and I ain’t workin’. Hasn’t worked for the last two shows. So we go back and revise. It’s getting really good. NUVO: What’s next for you on CD? FOLDS: I have a 15-year retrospective ( The Best Imitation of Myself ) that I worked really hard on that came out October 11 th. It’s 60 songs. It’s just been going through a lot of vaulted material and lot of live stuff — like this amazing show we had no idea we had on tape with strings and horns at Royal Albert Hall with my old band. All the songs are the best version of those songs I’d ever heard. So we have all this unreleased material. Really fun for fans, and fun for me to put together something that would sum up my career. I’m not planning on kicking off anytime soon, but after 15 years, it’s the first time I’ve sat back. NUVO: The first time I saw you was on a side stage at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival in ’93 or ’94. Now you’re playing with symphony orchestras and you’re a judge on a talent show. Is this anywhere close to the trajectory that you saw for your career?
FEATURE FOLDS: Not at all. And that’s what’s truly fun about it. The music business has blown apart too, so none of us are doing it the way we thought we would. It makes you do things outside your comfort zone, and I have to say that’s probably a good thing. It’s like symphony orchestras. They’re institutions that are in danger of serious atrophy. So now they’re trying to find pop musicians to join with to sell subscription tickets. So now I get that opportunity as a result of the
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e Action Jackson and Flufftronix’s Rad Summer label has maintained a steady release schedule since launching earlier this year. More importantly, the quality of music has improved substantially with each new work issued. The label’s latest, Rx and Shiftee’s Space Ace EP, is by far the most interesting title in the Rad Summer catalog. Space Ace is a collaboration between New
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r MC and producer Joe Harvey was the chief architect behind the now defunct Indy hip-hop group Twilight Sentinels. Harvey is back with a new project, The Proforms, and he’s joined by a couple of Indy’s most charismatic MCs, Ace One and Skittz, and backed by DJ Spoolz on turntable duties. The excellent “Get Ready” is The Proforms’ first release, a digital-only single previewing their debut LP, Atavism. The Twilight Sentinels never attempted to reinvent the wheels of steel. Instead, they
York-based DJs Rx and Shiftee. Shiftee has already become a prominent member of the scene and has won multiple DMC World Championship titles. Labeled as ‘downtempo dubstep,’ the trio of tracks presented here owe as much to classic Detroit techno as they do dubstep. The EP’s opener “Space” blends ambient washes of synth with the rumbling squelch of dubstep bass to create an effective mood piece that would make Italian prog-rockers Goblins envious, while Rx’s “Orbit” percolates slowly, with the skittering synth line riding a 2-step shuffle. The EP’s closer, Shiftee’s “Landing Boots,” is the real gem here. He presents a beautiful piece that could pass for a lost classic from avant-synth poppers Art of Noise while also recalling the ethereal, postmodern R&B sound of James Blake. Ending with an austere, Satie-esque piano figure, “Landing Boots” is a truly original work that doesn’t succumb to the typical cliches found in most electronic dance music. It’s great to see Rad Summer branching out beyond trend-oriented club sounds. If the label continues to release work of this quality, it won’t be long before Rad Summer starts attracting serious attention in the EDM scene.
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were content exploring the jazzy, samplebased sound of early ’90s hip-hop pioneered by groups like A Tribe Called Quest and Digable Planets. Proforms continues in that tradition, with both “Get Ready” and “Hold On” sounding indistinguishable from Harvey’s vintage Sentinels productions. The Proforms’ MCs are not new to the industry; these guys have been floating around the Indy hip-hop scene for a few years. “Get Ready” acknowledges that while confronting detractors who suggest they should hang up their hip-hop aspirations. “Some say I’m just a dreamer and I need to let it go, but I say hold on to precious things in life that you love,” Harvey quips, while Ace One declares that hip-hop is “still the occupation we’re chasing/never gave in/ come hell or high water/we’ll make it/get ready.” Ace is a veteran of several Indy hiphop groups, but he’s never sounded better or more confident than he does here with The Proforms. The B-Side finds Harvey working a dubbed-out reggae sample to great effect, while the trio trades verses optimistically urging listeners to “Hold On.” Temporarily available as a free download through the group’s Soundcloud page, Get Ready comes highly recommended. The LP was released yesterday. — KYLE LONG
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REVIEWS The songs were mixed by Tim Rusin at JBTV in Chicago and mastered by Brian Zieske at Gallery of Carpet Recording in Chicago. NUVO: Did other musicians contribute to Turn Your Ear?
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r Lafayette singer-songwriter Mike Reeb’s new album is Turn Your Ear, due November 1. The album features four songs, with half of all sales to be donated to Family Promise of Greater Lafayette, a non-profit voted by fans to receive the funds. Part introspective, part subtly defiant, Reeb’s latest rings of Beatles influence, ’70s songwriters, and a bit of a power-pop. Reeb handled much of the recording himself in Chicago, and brought in a few friends to round out a couple of the tracks. I tracked Mike down as he was getting ready for a record store show at Indy CD and Vinyl in Indy on Saturday. NUVO: Describe your recording process.
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r Richard Swift now stands as the lynchpin for local stalwart Secretly Canadian. The musical chameleon’s entrenched himself in all genres, whether it be via his unique take on ‘60s and ‘70s pop, blues, soul, or kosmische (under the pseudonym Instruments of Science and Technology) and with each release, Swift furthers his reputation as a can’t-miss act on a can’t-miss label. Walt Wolfman proves no different, finding Swift digging deeper into the mines of
MR:Like on Breaking, I played most of the instruments myself (acoustic, electric, drums, bass, synth, tambourine, vocals, backing vocals, etc). I did have my electric guitarist, Duane Chew, play electric on “Turn Your Ear” and “Anything”. There were also a few local friends who lent their voices for the bridge on “Turn Your Ear.” Jordan Banks, the frontman from the Lafayette band YEARS, wrote the synth parts for “Just Walk Away.” NUVO: Highlights of the recording process? Anything extra-memorable? MR: When my friends and I tracked the vocals for the bridge “Turn Your Ear,” the five of us stood around one microphone to capture it. It was the closest I’ve felt to being Brian Wilson. NUVO: Where can fans see you perform your newest work? MR: I’ve gotten really tired of playing in venues, so I’m focusing on house shows. A few weeks ago, I played at a barbeque on Indy’s eastside. We grilled, drank Sun King and had a great time. NUVO:Anything else? MR: All four of the songs on Turn Your Ear were written over three years ago; I just didn’t know what to do with them until now. I knew they wouldn’t work on my 2010 album, Breaking, so it feels really good to finally share these songs with everyone — ROB NICHOLS
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London Fashion Week usually brings forth a shock or two from cutting-edge designers, but a September creation by Rachel Freire might have raised the bar: a floor-length dress made from 3,000 cow nipples (designed to resemble roses). Initial disgust for the garment centered on implied animal abuse, but Freire deflected that issue by pointing out that the nipples had been discarded by a tannery and that her use amounted to “recycling.” The 32-year-old Freire, who has worked with mainstream entertainers such as Christina Aguilera, was kept so busy with the animal-abuse angle that she was largely spared having to explain another issue -- why anyone would want to wear a dress made with cow nipples.
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• Death is big business in Japan, with 1.2 million people a year passing away and overtaxing the country’s cemeteries and crematoriums. With the average wait for disposal at least several days, and space running short in funeral homes, “corpse hotels” have opened in many cities, with climate-controlled “guest rooms” renting for the equivalent of about $155 a night, with viewing rooms where relatives can visit the bodies daily until cremation is available. • The world’s real economy may be flagging, but not necessarily the makebelieve economy of online multiplayer games, according to reporting by The Wall Street Journal (July) and the website Singularity Hub (August). For example, entrepreneur Ailin Graef’s Anshe Chung Studios is worth “millions” of real U.S. dollars, earned mostly by managing rentals of make-believe real estate and brokering make-believe money transactions in the game Second Life. Graef also commands top (real) dollar for her designs of make-believe fashions for players’ game characters (avatars). Two other companies are suing each other in federal court in San Francisco over the copyright to their lucrative business models of creating make-believe animals (horses, rabbits) that sell very well to players who take them on as game pets for their characters or breed them to make other make-believe animals. • No sooner had Anthony Sowell been convicted in August of murdering 11 women in Cleveland and burying their remains around his property than entrepreneur Eric Gein of Florida had hired someone to fill sandwich bags of soil from Sowell’s property so that he could sell the souvenir dirt for $25 a gram on the Internet. (Gein follows well-publicized salesmen who have famously collected the pubic hair
of New York prostitute-killer Arthur Shawcross, the crawlspace dirt from the house of John Wayne Gacy, and the “fried hair” of Ted Bundy -- that fell on the floor as he was executed.)
• In July, a surgeon from Britain’s Oxford Radcliffe Hospital announced a cure for a 57-year-old man with a rare condition that made, in his mind, audible and ever-louder sounds whenever his eyeballs moved. “Superior canal dehiscence syndrome” elevates the interior sounds of the body (such as heartbeat and the “friction” of muscles moving against muscles) to disturbing levels. • Artificial meat (grown in a test tube from animal stem cells) has been theoretically planned for about 10 years, but a European Science Foundation audience in September heard predictions that lab-grown sausage might be available as soon as next year. The meat is produced in sheets (“shmeat”) and would be prohibitively expensive at first, in that the largest specimen produced so far measures only about one inch long and a third of an inch wide. The biggest drawback facing artificial muscle tissue: that even lab-grown muscles require exercise to prevent atrophy. • Recent Alarming Headlines: (1) “Miami Invaded by Giant, House-Eating Snails” (up-to-10-inch-long snails that attach to, and slowly gnaw on, stucco walls). (2) “Scientists Develop Blood Swimming ‘Microspiders’ to Heal Injuries, Deliver Drugs” (spider-like “machines,” made of gold and silica, smaller than a red blood cell yet which can travel through veins carrying drugs and be directionally controlled by researchers). • In an art-science collaboration in August, Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi and Utah State researcher Randy Lewis produced a prototype bulletproof skin -- or at least skin that would limit a .22-caliber bullet to only about 2 inches’ penetration into a simulated human body. Genetically engineered spider silk (reputed to be five times stronger than steel) was grafted between layers of dermis and epidermis. Mused Essaidi, we “in the near future ... (may) no longer need to descend from a godly bloodline in order to have traits like invulnerability....”
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• Turned down once before, liquor manufacturer EFAG convinced Germany’s Federal Patent Court in September to award trademark protection to its schnapps with the brand name Ficken, which in German translates directly into what in English is known as the F word. The court acknowledged that the name is unquestionably in poor taste but is not “sexually discriminatory” and does not violate public morals. In fact, the court noted, the word is widely used in Germany. (In March 2010, the European Union trademarks authority granted a German brewery the right to call its beer “Fucking Hell” -- the first word of which is the actual name of an Austrian village and the second a German word referring to light ale.) CONTINUED ON PG. 46
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DMV Is a Dangerous Place
• (1) The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Roseville, Calif., was closed for a week in July after a driving school student crashed into the building and left a five-foot hole in the wall. (2) A young man taking a test at the drivers’ center in Brisbane, Australia, in August lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a bench outside the building, hitting his mother, who was waiting for him. (3) A 56-year-old DMV driving tester was killed in July when the woman she was evaluating ran off the road in Williamsburg, Va., and struck a tree.
People With Issues
• In October, a court in Ottawa, Ontario, sentenced pornography collector Richard Osborn, 46, to a year in jail on several charges, but dismissed the more serious child porn counts. Judge Robert Fournier ruled that Osborn’s hard-core images of Bart and Lisa Simpson, and Milhouse, were not illegal, on the grounds that he could not be sure of the characters’ ages. (Baby Maggie Simpson was depicted, but she was not involved in
sex.) Judge Fournier was clearly exasperated at Osborn’s perversions, among them his homemade video of swimsuit-clad youngsters, interspersed with shots of Osborn himself masturbating, aided by a Cabbage Patch doll whose mouth had been cut open. At one point, a disgusted Judge Fournier cut off the presentation of evidence. “Enough,” he said. “We are not paid by the taxpayers to sit here and torture ourselves.”
Least Competent Criminals
• One would think the robber of a gas station would consider filling the tank before fleeing. However, Moses Gift, 47, was arrested in September in WinstonSalem, N.C., and charged with robbing the Huff Shell station -- shortly before running out of gas a short distance away. And in Winder, Ga., Micah Mitchell was arrested in October shortly after, according to police, he crashed through the front door of a BP station to steal mer-
chandise. He was arrested minutes later a few miles from the station, where he had run out of gas.
A News of the Weird Classic (January 1995)
• In April (1994), defendant Arthur Hollingsworth, despite previous recalcitrance, for some reason agreed, reluctantly, to waive his constitutional right of silence and to testify on his own behalf in his trial for armed robbery of a Houston convenience store. Prosecutor Jay Hileman first got Hollingsworth to admit that he was in the store at the time it was robbed and that he was armed. Then Hileman asked, “Mr. Hollingsworth, you’re guilty, aren’t you?” Hollingsworth replied, “No.” Hileman repeated the question: “Mr. Hollingsworth, you’re guilty, aren’t you?” Hollingsworth: “Yeah.” Hileman said he had no further questions.
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You’ve heard the old platitude, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The owner of a pizzeria in Mildura, Australia updated that sentiment in 2010 when the area was invaded by swarms of locusts. “They’re crunchy and tasty,” he said of the bugs, which is why he used them as a topping for his main dish. It so happens that his inventive approach would make good sense for you right now, Gemini. So if life gives you a mini-plague of locusts, make pizza garnished with the delectable creatures. Halloween costume suggestion: pizza delivery person carrying this novel delicacy. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Some doors are almost always locked. On those infrequent occasions when they are ajar, they remain so for only a brief period before being closed and bolted again. In the coming weeks, Cancerian, I urge you to be alert for the rare opening of such a door. Through luck or skill or a blend of both, you may finally be able to gain entrance through -- or perhaps exit from -- a door or portal that has been shut tight for as long as you remember. Halloween costume suggestion: the seeker who has found the magic key.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Life is not just a diurnal property of large interesting vertebrates,” poet Gary Snyder reminds us in his book The Practice of the Wild. “It is also nocturnal, anaerobic, microscopic, digestive, fermentative: cooking away in the warm dark.” I call this to your attention, Aries, because according to my astrological reckoning, you’d be wise to honor all the life that is cooking away in the warm dark. It’s the sun-at-midnight time of your long-term cycle; the phase when your luminescent soul throbs with more vitality than your shiny ego. Celebrate the unseen powers that sustain the world. Pay reverence to what’s underneath, elusive, and uncanny. Halloween costume tips: Draw inspiration from the shadow, the dream, the moon, the depths.
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Microbiologist Raul Cano managed to obtain a 45-millionyear-old strain of yeast from an ancient chunk of amber. It was still alive! Collaborating with a master brewer, he used it to make a brand of beer. One critic praised Fossil Fuel pale ale for its sweetness and clove aroma, while another said it has a “complex and well-developed taste profile.” I regard their successful project as a good metaphor for the task you have ahead of you in the coming weeks, Leo: extracting the vital essence from an old source, and putting it to work in the creation of a valuable addition to your life. Halloween costume suggestions: a friendly ghost, a polite and helpful mummy, a cloned version of Buddha, the person you were as a child. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “When I read a book on Einstein’s physics of which I understood nothing, it doesn’t matter,” testified Pablo Picasso, “because it will make me understand something else.” You might want to adopt that approach for your own use in the coming weeks, Virgo. It’s almost irrelevant what subjects you study and investigate and rack your brains trying to understand; the exercise will help you stretch your ability to master ideas that have been beyond your reach -- and maybe even stimulate the eruption of insights that have been sealed away in your subconscious mind. Halloween costume suggestion: an eager student, a white-coated lab researcher, Curious George.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Sit, walk, or run, but don’t wobble,” says the Zen proverb. Now I’m passing it on to you as advice worthy of your consideration. Maintaining clarity of purpose will be crucial in the coming weeks. Achieving crispness of delivery will be thoroughly enjoyable. Cultivating unity among all your different inner voices will be a high art you should aspire to master. Whatever you do, Libra, do it with relaxed single-mindedness. Make a sign that says “No wobbling,” and tape it to your mirror. Halloween costume suggestion: Be the superhero known as No Wobbling. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You could preside over your very own Joy Luck Club in the coming days. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the levels of gratification possible could exceed your normal quota by a substantial margin. You may want to Google the Chinese character that means “double happiness” and use it as your ruling symbol. And it might be time to explore and experiment with the concepts of “super bliss,” “sublime delight,” and “brilliant ecstasy.” Halloween costume suggestions: a saintly hedonist from paradise; a superhero whose superpower is the ability to experience extreme amounts of pleasure; the luckiest person who ever lived. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For over a hundred years, an English woman named Lena Thouless celebrated her birthday on November 23. When she was 106, her daughter found her birth certificate and realized that mom had actually been born on November 22. I’m guessing that a comparable correction is due in your own life, Sagittarius. Something you’ve believed about yourself for a long time is about to be revealed as slightly off. Halloween costume suggestion: a version of yourself from a parallel reality or another dimension. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Everyone is a genius at least once a year,” said scientist Georg Lichtenberg. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Capricorn, the coming weeks will be your time to confirm the truth of that aphorism. Your idiosyncratic brilliance is rising to a fever pitch, and may start spilling over into crackling virtuosity any minute now. Be discriminating about where you use that stuff; don’t waste it on trivia or on triumphs that are beneath you. Halloween costume suggestions: Einstein, Marie Curie, Leonardo da Vinci, Emily Dickinson. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You’re ready to shed juvenile theories, amateurish approaches, or paltry ambitions. I’m not implying you’re full of those things; I’m just saying that if you have any of them, you’ve now got the power to outgrow them. Your definition of success needs updating, and I think you’re up to the task. Why am I so sure? Well, because the Big Time is calling you -- or at least a Bigger Time. Try this: Have brainstorming sessions with an ally or allies who know your true potential and can assist you in formulating aggressive plans to activate it more fully. Halloween costume suggestions: a head honcho, big wheel, fat cat, top dog. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I know a woman who claims on her Facebook page that she speaks four languages: English, Elvish, Mermish, and Parseltongue. (For those of you who don’t read Tolkien or Harry Potter, Elvish is the language of the elves, Mermish of the mermaids and mermen, and Parseltongue of the serpents.) My Facebook friend probably also know s Pig Latin, baby talk, and glossolalia, although she doesn’t mention them. I’d love for you to expand your mastery of foreign tongues, Pisces, even if it’s just one of the above -- and the coming weeks and months will be an excellent time to begin. You will have a greater capacity for learning new ways to talk than you have since childhood. Halloween costume suggestion: a bilingual bisexual ambidextrous expert in reciting tongue twisters.
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