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n November, millions of families in Indiana and across the nation saw their Supplemental Nutritional in the bank. A small fraction of this surAssistance Program (SNAP) benefits cut plus could be directed to food banks as through a planned phase-out of a tema “supplemental appropriation.” Even a porary increase in funding that originalten-fold increase would be only $3 milly took place during the 2009 recession.  lion. That wouldn’t be remotely enough Under such dire circumstances, it money to make up the $98 million we would be good to report that our state is are losing through reductions in SNAP, ready to step into the breach and offer but it still would be a respectable start.  some relief for those facing persistent Secondly, the governor could ask hunger. That is not the case. Those who the State Board of Finance at its next control the executive and legislative monthly meeting to transfer money to branches in Indiana state government food banks. This group — consisting have done little to nothing, preferring of the governor, state auditor and state to engage in symbolic gestures rather treasurer — has almost unlimited power than take tangible steps to stop hunger.  Last February, the Only $300,000 (in a $14 billion majority leadership of the Indiana House decided budget) was appropriated to “highlight” an area of to our state’s food banks … “charitable need” by having representatives provide daily testimonials about the to transfer money between funds for great work that food banks do across our almost any reason they choose.  state and placing a drop-off box for food In recent years, governors in our state donations. In the days before Halloween, have been very nimble in using this the governor chose to raise money for board for exactly this purpose. Not long the hungry by selling pumpkins on the ago, Gov. Pence secured a transfer of Statehouse lawn.  almost $150 million in Family and Social However, when it came to actually Services Agency (FSSA) funds to help doing something substantive for the cause clean up an accounting mistake involvof food insecurity, there was a gigantic ing local option income tax allocations.  chasm between the rhetoric expressed and If the State Board of Finance can the actions that were actually undertaken.  make these transfers for political reaBased on the governor’s recomsons, policy preferences or correctmendation, only $300,000 was approing clerical errors, surely the same priated to our state’s food banks for approach can be undertaken to ensure each year of the biennial state budget, that something as essential as alleviatdespite repeated attempts by myself ing the hunger pains of our residents.  and other House Democrats to proNow that we are in the heart of the vide more. That is $300,000 in a $14 holiday season, I truly hope that public billion state budget.  officials in our state realize that there When it comes to addressing one of is an opportunity here to take substanthe most persistent un-met needs of our tive action on a problem that afflicts too state, the silence from our leaders is truly many people in our state.  deafening. I have two suggestions that Rather than empty public relations could make a real difference in addressgestures, I think the time has come to ing the hunger problem in our state.  take more direct action to help stop First, even though 2014 is not a budget hunger. We have the chance — and the year, our state has a $2 billion surplus ability — to do so much more. n 4 VOICES // 12.04.13 - 12.11.13 // 100% RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO


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holistic strategy to domestic violence in Marion County is helping police and prosecutors revolutionize their response to a perennial problem that too often carries fatal consequences. The so-called Baker One Initiative uses techniques developed in CharlotteMecklenberg, North Carolina, by police officers who were analyzing domestic violence fatalities and trying to determine what opportunities existed for earlier intervention that could have prevented the deaths. Among the factors identified, the analysis found that most people reporting domestic violence had filed an average of nine previous police reports. Instead of thinking of geographic locations as crime hotspots, Baker One teams began to think of the people themselves as hotspots. In responding to these human hotspots, they also recognized that no one agency could solve such an insidious problem — and that a proactive response to a community’s mostworrisome offenders could help save lives. A little over one years ago, people in Marion County began a countywide effort to try to implement a Baker One approach locally. The initiative identifies the top twenty-five most concerning domestic violence offenders in each of IMPD’s six districts and will soon expand to surrounding townships. “As law enforcement officers, our job is to protect and serve,” said Linda Major, the deputy prosecutor who oversees the Baker One domestic violence response for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. “The Baker One Initiative addresses how we can protect and serve, without necessarily relying on or expecting the cooperation of a victim of violence”. Too often, Major explained, a victim will not cooperate with law enforcement out of fear for life. The Baker One Initiative recognizes that because of the dangerousness of domestic violence situations, domestic

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Don’t fry the firefighters The frigid temperatures that descended on the city in the waning days of November also brought many hot fires — some deadly. In one 24-hour period, the Indianapolis Fire Department responded to 397 fire and emergency medical calls. Despite the fact that crew were attended to two or three fires on a shift, saddled with soaking, cold gear was not enough apparently to gain the support or sympathy of some passersby. “Huge flames and heavy smoke were blowing across the street and cars were trying to drive past it,” an IFD news release said. “Firefighters were scrambling to place apparatus and lay hose lines as drivers drove right over their supply lines.” So this holiday season, in addition to checking the batteries in smoke alarms and devising emergency exit plans for every person in a residence, use some common sense around emergency crews. “Do not drive over hose lines,” IFD said. “By doing so you are putting firefighters’ lives at even further risk by potentially cutting off their water supply to attack the fire.”

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violence victims are often not capable of making the decisions necessary to save their own lives. Baker One offers coordinated response plans that help responders, advocates and other partnering agencies identify what can be done to encourage safety and accountability on these dangerous cases. As a part of Baker One, responders now carry a purple form with them when they arrive at domestic violence scenes. This “purple sheet” guides the officers in evidence collection and helps victims’ advocates identify the level of threat at hand as they work to try to ensure the victims’ safety. “When officers get to the scene, there is a small window of opportunity to get everything needed to achieve accountability,” Major said. “We have two goals toward homicide prevention: offender accountability and victim safety. The

information gathered by responding officers and documented on the purple sheets is designed to accomplish these goals. The purple sheets contain a checklist of lethality factors, the more of them checked, the higher risk the situation is likely to be. Objective criteria, reviewed and analyzed by an IMPD District Coordinator, is used to determine which offenders qualify for the Baker One list. After someone makes the list or is released from prison, if a year goes by with no further reports, that person is removed from the list. Each IMPD district has a Baker One Team responsible for ensuring the effective outreach, investigation, and filing of Baker One cases. This close-knit team consists of IMPD, Prosecutor’s Office and Julian Center officers, deputy prosecutors, paralegals and advocates. One tool used by the


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other things, the site helps law enforcement track offenders who move from one district to another. Cases where an offender may be doing something seemingly innocent, such a riding a bike or sitting in the lobby of an office building, take on new light when officers realize he might be biking on “A protective order … allows for early the block where his intervention by law enforcement to victim lives or sitin a building hold offenders accountable for behavior ting where she works. “The important threatening to victims, which may not thing about a prootherwise qualify as a crime.” tective order is that … it allows for early — LINDA MAJOR, MARION COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S intervention by OFFICE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FAMILY law enforcement JUSTICE CENTER COLLABORATION to hold offenders accountable for behavior threatening to victims,” Major said. “It is not the higher-risk individuals at roll call an effective order if no one is there to so that patrolling officers can be on enforce it. Recognizing the connection the alert for potential cases stalking between violations of no-contact and or violations of no-contact or protecprotective orders and lethality, agencies tive orders. IMPD also has a Baker One would be well advised to have effective, website that compiles the Baker One consistent policies in place to deal with lists from all the districts and includes violations. The policies should be geared all the purple sheets collected. Among Baker One detective involves outreach efforts, such as visiting the offender with a card listing the resources they could choose to use to try to work toward healthier relationships. The detective also shares information on

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to offender accountability. “When someone gets a protective order, that means there has been a finding that the respondent posed a credible threat to the safety of the petitioner. If that is correct, then any violation of that protective order should be treated as a threat, which is why any violation is a crime.” Protective orders and no-contact orders are great tools not just to help with victim safety, Major said, but they can also help with more effective offender accountability and homicide prevention. The Baker One Initiative and IMPD’s increased use of the purple sheets are geared to increase convictions and offender accountability, she said. A analysis to quantify those results is currently underway. Still, she added, plenty of challenges remain. “Domestic violence cases and sex crimes cases that have a domestic violence or family violence component are really the only type of cases where a defendant has the keys to the property room, so to speak,” Major said. “No matter how much a defendant talks nicely to or threatens the drugs, they will still be drugs at the time of the trial. This is not the case with an abused loved one or family member.” n

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his story starts as a cry for help. She came into the newsroom, a pretty, petite brunette dressed, as I remember, in black and armed with a stack of paperwork. For hours I listened as Olive Smith chronicled her story of torment at the hands of her ex-husband, Pops, a high-ranking official with the Indiana National Guard. It all started, she said, when he returned from Afghanistan; once “the perfect gentleman,” Olive said, Pops’ behavior turned angry and aggressive when he returned from deployment. During a rage on Dec. 11, 2008, Olive said, Pop used a military hold to twist — and ultimately break — her ankle.

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This break developed complex regional pain dystrophy [RSD], a malady that can — and, in Olive’s case, has been — progressing from mild pain to excruciating disability. Olive started her treatment locally, but now sees a specialist in Chicago. She counts at least 39 procedures conducted in the past three years to try to arrest the RSD’s painful progression, plus a battery replacement on the nerve stimulators installed to override the feelings Olive described as “five times worse than giving birth or an appendix rupture … more painful than anything I’ve experienced in my life.” She added, “As much as I dislike my ex-husband, I wouldn’t even wish this on him.” Olive did not report the abuse when she first sought medical attention for the break. She filed for divorce six months later. As the pain spread and her treatment options narrowed, Olive began the struggle to convince the courts that Pops had caused the break and should be liable to cover the expenses incurred as a result — including her travel to Chicago for specialized RSD treatment.

Justice delayed, justice denied “They solved Brown versus the Board of Education in less time,” Col. Marilyn Moores, the staff judge advocate for the Indiana National Guard, said during a Nov. 25 interview at her office at the Marion County Juvenile Court. Moores has been watching as the Smith case unfolds, and she is involved with internal efforts to make sure Pops Smith complies with court orders. Moores has been a colleague of his for years. “The justice system is ill equipped to deal with family problems,” Moores said. “There needs to be a less contentious, faster-responding method of resolving people’s differences. Litigation does not fix families, that is for sure.” In a situation where disagreement and conflict rule, almost everyone interviewed for this story agreed on this one point.

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Pops and Olive Smith, ex-husband and wife Patience, Olive’s daughter from a previous marriage Faith, Courage, Hope, Serenity, Pops’ and Olive’s children Bubba and Angel, Pops’ son from a previous girlfriend and Bubba’s girlfriend with whom he had children Granny Bonnie, Olive’s mother PUBLIC OFFICIALS Col. Marilyn Moores – Indiana National Guard Mark O’Hara, Olive’s attorney Patricia Baldwin, Hendricks County Prosecutor “Why are we reacting to these circumstances that repeatedly, consistently, persistently, obviously reappear in each divorce case and then act like it is the respective parties’ problem because they can’t get along?” Pops asked during a Nov. 22 interview in his office. He offered his particular case “as an example as to everything that can possibly go wrong and … how there are no remedies.” He further noted, “The coalition between bankruptcy and family law cannot be disputed, and the court system, knowing that, has no protection put in place.” No one wants to handle divorce cases, Pops said, not judges, not attorneys. People without financial resources may have trouble finding anyone to help them, he said, but, if the parties have financial resources that can be tapped to support the work, attorneys may find it beneficial to drag out the proceedings. Plus, he added, “the system is designed as an adversarial system,” pitting the parties against each other to see who can come out ahead … . “The system does not work because it is engineered to benefit the family bar.” And in terms of cases that have been stretched out, when justice delayed is


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More than 11,700 men, women and children statewide received shelter from abusive situations between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. More than 3,800 were denied shelter because programs were over capacity. justice denied, this case may set records in the annals of Indiana case history. “I’ve never seen anything like this and I practiced law for 25 years,” Moores said. “I’ve practiced in domestic, in family law, and I have never, ever seen anything like this in that time. “Justice in this case, I think, means that court orders to the extent that they can humanly be followed are followed, that rule of law prevails, that the system works. One of the ways that the system best works is when it works quickly, not slowly, because family law tends to have immediate needs. I am guessing that the stack of pleadings in this case may look like the New York City phone book.” More like a decade’s worth of New York City phone books. The case file at the Indiana Court of Appeals fills two boxes. Five years after the ankle break, the couple remains locked in an unresolved situation: the divorce case has been in three different courtrooms — plus the Indiana Court of Appeals. Several charges of invasion of privacy and protective order violations remain unaddressed and a personal injury case is pending.

Other sides of the story Pops denies that he broke Olive’s ankle. In fact, he said, he was the abused spouse. That day in Brownsburg, he said, it was Olive who chased him, who kicked the bathroom door when he locked himself in until the doorknob broke off and her ankle snapped. “Our conflict was not physical, our conflict was money. … If it was abusive, it was back this way,” Pops said. The only people who know for sure are the people who reportedly saw it happen: Olive, Pops, Patience (the child of her first marriage to a Texas-based military man), and the couple’s two oldest biological kids. The kids’ stories support Olive’s version of events. Pops also denied that his deployment to Afghanistan left him with any symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.

“They feel they don’t have anywhere to go … keep hoping (the latest beating) would be the last one.” — MARK O’HARA, ATTORNEY

Despite these corroborating accounts and discussion of it among the judges hearing his divorce case, Pops has not been convicted of the assault of which he is accused, Moores said — and therefore he is not liable for the full extent of the damages he allegedly caused. “The court finds from the evidence that the respondent broke the petitioner’s foot during a physical altercation in December 2008,” Judge David Coleman wrote on Oct. 22, 2012. “As a result, the petitioner has developed (RSD) … a progressive disease. … The court concludes that [Olive] is incapacitated to the extent that her ability to support herself is materially affected. The court orders [Pops] to pay her maintenance in the amount of $250 per week … subject to further review by the court if the situation changes.” And therein lies a major rub. Olive’s expenses are far above what anyone could have anticipated. The money the court has ordered Pops to pay on her behalf does not begin to cover it. The Guard leadership states that as long as it has court orders for guidance, it will direct Pops to honor the court’s orders. But as far as Olive’s travel to Chicago for treatment, the Guard said it couldn’t force Pops to take financial responsibility. “There is no question that we want our soldiers to support their dependents,” Moores said. “We have a regulation that requires us to investigate it … but we can’t trump a civilian court. There’s that little ‘the civilians are in charge of the army’ thing, which is good. We want that, it’s called democracy. So we are dependent to a large degree on the civilian courts to be able to say, ‘Here are the numbers.’ And

where we got that guidance from them, we enforced those orders.” Still, it’s been a bumpy ride to establish consistent, accurate and reliable payments. According to Olive’s attorney, Mark O’Hara, as of Nov. 20, Pops was behind $7,523 on child support and spousal maintenance payments. Meanwhile Olive is scared that a recent Appeals Court ruling on the divorce, which denied that she had rights to any portion of Pop’s retirement benefits, will leave her without insurance as well. The divorce process has been a financial nightmare for Pops, too, who was not able to maintain the rental properties he’d purchased as investments (he said Olive made it impossible for him to retrieve the tools he needed for maintenance; she has a different version of events). During the preliminary divorce period, Pops was paying out 87 percent of his salary for various court-ordered responsibilities such as spousal maintenance, child support and payment of family bills. “I was starving,” Pops said. “I did not have gas money to get to work, to get home and I’d sit out here on the road not knowing what to do… . “I had reached the point to where I was the lowest I’d ever been in my life. I couldn’t see my kids and I couldn’t understand why, my kids couldn’t understand why. I asked for a mental evaluation from both parties. ... I was to get visitation with the kids – and when I had visitation with the kids, we’d go to counseling. I haven’t gotten the kids because Olive doesn’t abide by the court order.” The $35,000 that Judge Coleman ordered Pops to pay O’Hara does nothing to dispel Pop’s contention that the

divorce process only serves to line the pockets of divorce attorneys, though Coleman noted the bill was a lot higher than necessary. “This court finds that about 20 percent of [O’Hara’s] time was spent on establishing and enforcing child support,” Coleman wrote. “Most of the attorney fees were incurred due to [Pops’] obdurate behavior during the pendency of this case.”

Violations: Criminal or Contempt Olive’s diary chronicling instances of conflict over the years since the ankle break notes several more calls to the police because of ongoing problems with Pops. Pops denied violating protective orders, then offered justification when he was questioned about some of the reports taken by the police. The two times he was busted for taking pictures of Olive’s activities? He said he did it to establish her able movement and to document her van being in her driveway during a time when he was supposed to have the kids but did not receive them. “I did it twice and I’d do it again,” he said. Other incidents involved his efforts to retrieve his tools or his uniforms. From Olive’s accounts, these interactions were loud and emotionally abusive. From Pops’ perspective, she delighted in manipulating him, setting him up. The prosecution of Pops’ alleged stalking and protective order violations have been abandoned midstream first by the Hendricks County prosecutor, who turned over the case to a special prosecutor from Putnam County after the relationship between her office and Olive became adversarial. Special Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter agreed to dismiss the charges with the understanding that Pops was preparing for deployment to Egypt. That deployment has since been cancelled. “While [Pops] taking pictures of [Olive] or anyone else’s house isn’t SEE, FAMILIES, ON PAGE 10

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FAMILIES , FROM PAGE 09 criminal or IOP [invasion of privacy], it is childish and could be something to be considered in a stalking charge,” Hendricks County Prosecutor Patricia Baldwin wrote in an Oct. 28, 2011, letter to the Smiths’ attorneys. “I am still on the very brink of filing neglect of a dependent charge [sic] on both Olive and Pops. Their children are being damaged by constantly having to be subject to their parents fighting.” The prosecutor’s lack of action on Olive’s behalf confounds O’Hara, Olive’s attorney. “At the end of the day, she is saying, ‘I don’t trust the discretion, the judgment of my law enforcement officials in this county,’ ” O’Hara said. “In any other prosecution, she depends on them as witnesses. If they are not dependable ... that is the disconnect that I don’t understand.” Baldwin’s unwillingness to act upon Olive’s complaints prompted her mother, Bonnie, to write a letter to the Hendricks County Flyer, the only newspaper to publish anything on the case despite Olive’s correspondence seeking assistance from several Central Indiana newsrooms. “The prosecutor’s office has not in any way been aggressive in handling her case, dropping over three dozen protective order violations,” Bonnie wrote, decrying an incident where Olive had sought help from the prosecutor’s office only to end up rejected — in front of her daughter Faith, who said she heard an office worker call her mom a “bi-otch.” Olive said that Faith had to explain to her what the word meant. “My daughter has been to the prosecutor’s office on several occasions and has been repeatedly turned away without her estranged husband ever being held accountable,” Bonnie’s letter continued. “How is this fiscally responsible for the taxpayer to have the Brownsburg Police Department called out to my daughter’s home on multiple times and Pat Baldwin dismiss the numerous charges or not even investigate in the first place?” Before signing off, Bonnie recalled the case of Angela Warnock, who was stabbed to death by her estranged husband, Joseph, on Father’s Day 2009 in front of their two daughters, one of whom, ironically, was a classmate of Faith’s. “Does my daughter have to die so violently also?” Despite the lack of follow through, in a July 21, 2011, letter, Baldwin expressed

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Over four years, the divorce case has occupied three different courtrooms at the Hendricks County. It is still unresolved and several issues continue to fester.

her concerns about the case: “In 30+ years of prosecution and child support enforcement I have rarely seen a case where two ‘adult’ people have treated each other in such a manner. I believe that a good argument can be made that their actions (and I definitely mean both Pops and Olive) are neglectful and putting their children in a situation that endangers their mental health, which is a Class D felony under the neglect of a dependent statute.” Despite this chronicle of concern for the children, and the notes of concern from other judges and victims’ advocates who have encountered their case during its interminable course through the socalled justice system, no one has ensured accountability for their mental health. In a recent interview Baldwin said that by the time she wrote her Oct. 28 letter, she was responding “out of great deal of frustration.” She recalled the Smiths as a “very difficult case.” With Pops and Olive locked in endless combat, Baldwin said, “we truly did not have a direction one side or the other; we have to go with what we can prove. … Sadly this doesn’t fall under CHINS [children in need of services] because the kids are being taken care of.” She added: “One of the hard things with domestic violence, sometimes one person is the aggressor and sometimes both people lay into each other. By this point, things had gone so far down hill between them both … when they start accusing us, that is

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the point to get an independent person.” Moores expressed some sympathy for the prosecutor. “If the prosecutor’s office in Marion County prosecuted anyone and everyone that made nasty emails to each other in a divorce… you wouldn’t have jails big enough,” Moores said. From his vantage point, O’Hara said he can see how the military or the prosecutor’s office may see Olive “as a vindictive individual looking for a piece of meat,” but ultimately, he said, “justice is not about what the victim’s motives are.”

Endgame The Smith kids are supposed to be in counseling with their dad, but no authority is questioning why this is not happening. Pops is supposed to be having visitation, but it is not happening. According to Pops, Olive is allowed to flaunt the court order by denying visitation. According to Olive, the kids are terrified of Pops and need to meet with him in counseling so they can rebuild their relationship. According to Faith, who turned 17 on Tuesday, this lack of visitation is fine with her. She and her younger siblings, Hope and Serenity, were last with Pops on New Year’s Eve two years ago. “He wasn’t angry just at me this night, he was angry at everyone,” she said, outlining the details of a conflict that she said

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ended with the police arriving and the kids returning to their mother’s house. “That was the last time we had visitation with him,” Faith said. “That was two years ago. I am all right with that. … I don’t want to be around him when he’s like this. He can act happy, but he’s very angry. The littlest things set him off, which tells me he is always angry. “I think I’ll be fine … not having a relationship right now I think is the best thing possible because he is not being a father and is not acting like any man should act. It would hurt us ultimately. I think until he has gone through counseling and is on medication I should not be with him or have visitation with him.” No third-party parenting coordinators are stepping in to assist; the family continues to twist in the wind. Every single member of the family needs help and not one is receiving it. Why? What is justice in this case? “That’s a difficult question to answer because of all the parties involved,” 23-year-old Patience said. “As far my siblings go, I think they need their dad — maybe not right now. I’d like to see Pops get help. Anger management control. Substance abuse control. Get to a state of mind … a place in his life where he is a good role model for the children once again. “I’d also like to see that he be made to pay his child support and maintenance, which he has yet to do. I’d love to see my mother’s condition improve and get better. I’d like for it go away, but it will never go away.” Patience remembers that day in Brownsburg, it was three days before her 19th birthday. She said she and two of siblings, Faith and Courage, saw Pops break her mother’s ankle. She said she rushed into the bathroom after hearing one of her younger sisters cry that her daddy was going to kill her mommy. She recalled finding Pops on top of Olive. Patience was carrying her three-monthold baby at the time, so she said she called to 12-year-old Faith to come and take the baby as she used a hairdryer to hit Pops as she tried to get him off of her mother. Hope and Serenity were hiding in another room. When Pops started to turn on her, Patience said, her mother pulled him back and began kicking him when he grabbed her foot. “We all watched him twist her foot,” she said. “He squeezed and she began to roll and she kept rolling until she rolled into the door frame and he kept twisting until it broke.”

Total domestic violence victims receiving shelter between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 women

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CALL FOR HELP … Leadership at the Indiana National Guard emphasized that several techniques are used to identify problems service members may have in their family relationships, as well as with mental health and substance abuse. They underscored a commitment to provide services in all cases in which they are aware of abuse. Here are phone numbers that service members or their families can use: • Crisis Intervention Team 317-474-5240 • Director of Psychological Health 317-383-1235 • To report sexual assault 317-690-6650 If cases where the above options do not yield an immediate point of contact, the Joint Operations Center is available to assist 24-7 at 247-3320 or 1-800-237-2850 x 3320.

Now a woman is dead The story that Olive relayed to me that first day she came to the newsroom was complicated, involving several doctors, several courts and lots of money. The accusation of domestic violence resulting in disability and the fear she expressed because of continued altercations with Pops left me concerned for her safety. She left a half-ream of paper containing her documentation of her experiences through the divorce process. It took me months to read her diary, map a story timeline, identify all possible sources and documentation, and begin the reporting process. About six months after her visit, her story was as of yet unwritten but haunting my conscience, I received a message from Olive that a woman had just died at Pops’ house. Pops was not home. His son, 32-yearold Bubba, was with his girlfriend, Angel, and their three kids, ages 8, 5 and 3. A probable cause affidavit written on Sept. 27 by Detective James Hilton of the Danville Police Department contains the

tabloid details, only a fraction of which are reprinted here. [Please be warned that the following paragraph contains graphic details]: Bubba claimed he and Angel “would fight for a while, taking breaks between their physical altercations where he admits choking Angel, slapping her face and pushing her down several times … Bubba claims they went to bed at 05:00 hours (5 a.m.) and he woke up at approximately 07:00 hours and found Angel sitting Indian style next to the bed. Bubba said he attempted to wake Angel up but she did not respond. Bubba removed Angel’s clothing (Hardees work shirt and shorts) then dragged her body to the shower. Angel never woke up or responded to Bubba’s attempts to wake her up with water from the shower. Bubba checked for a pulse and did not find one. Bubba placed Angel back into the bed and then attempted to perform digital stimulation of her vagina and rectum with his fingers. Bubba then attempted to have sex with Angel, but claimed he could not stay erect to perform the act. Bubba claims he went back to sleep for a few hours … woke up at approximately 11:00 hours and noticed Angel was cold and blue. Bubba then called 911.” The Hendricks County coroner ruled that Angel’s death was a suicide caused by intoxication on Bupropion, an antidepressant and smoking cessation aid. On Sept. 27 Hilton wrote, “My investigation revealed that Angel was under

SOURCE: INDIANA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (DATA FROM JULY 1, 2012 TO JUNE 30, 2013)

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ported [domestic violence]. “We can’t do what a civilian court can’t do. When we say ‘We can’t do that,’ her response has been, ‘You don’t respond to me.’ We do respond to you, we’re just not saying what you want to hear and we’re so sorry that this isn’t what you want to hear.”

tremendous stressful life issues which mostly contributed to her suicidal death after the physical altercation with Smith. I request arrest warrants be issued for the arrest of Smith on the charges of abuse of corpse, domestic battery, strangulation, criminal recklessness and criminal deviate conduct.” On Oct. 24, the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department arrested Bubba on two B felony charges and two D felony charges, the first two charges of criminal deviate conducted with a victim “so mentally disabled that consent cannot be given,” the other two for domestic violence and strangulation. Pops was out of state at the time of this incident, though it did happen in his house where Bubba, Angel and the kids were living. When the police arrested Bubba on Oct. 24 almost four months after Angel’s death, Pops stepped in to take custody of the couple’s kids — and act as the community member responsible for keeping tabs on Bubba when he bonded out of jail on Nov. 6. At one point during the interview with NUVO, Pops produced a scrapbook that documented his efforts to make a new home for his kids. Even though the divorce process had left him with little extra money, he said, he went to Goodwill and worked to create homey spaces for them. The album had before-and-after pictures for the bedrooms. It had photos of the kitchen complete with a stocked refrigerator and pantry. And a photo of the basement shower, a small freestanding, glass encased unit. My blood ran cold thinking of the scene in that basement — in that shower — on the night of Angel’s death, of the kids who were in the basement while she lay cold and dead on the floor. Who will make sure these kids receive the counseling they need? The same guy who is in a situation so dysfunctional that he and his kids are unable to participate in the joint counseling ordered by the court? The justice system that has kicked the Smith family’s case around for years without resolution? The military? Faith’s word’s echo in my head: “I don’t think anyone that has been put in our lives to help us has helped us that much. … The judges we’ve had, child protective services … have not helped. The guardians ad litem don’t really care, a lot of different counselors have been assigned to us, I don’t know if that’s really helped at all. I don’t think what’ s going on here is very just and it needs to change.” n

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At that point, she said, she told Faith and her 11-year-old brother, Courage, to shut themselves in their bedrooms as she tried to call the police. She said Pops broke two phones, all the while screaming. “He was slurring his words he was so angry, spitting everywhere,” she said. “‘If you call the police, I’ll lose my job and we’ll have no money, your whole family will be out on the street.’” Pops had tapped into something common in these cases. The fear of losing the income necessary to support the family has stopped many people in abusive situations from leaving their abusers. “The biggest factor controlling why women do not report abuse? They don’t want to lose security,” O’Hara said. “They feel they don’t have anywhere to go … keep hoping (the latest beating) would be the last one.” But, he added, Olive’s case serves as a warning to anyone else who may find themselves in a similar situation. “What you think is only a busted foot can potentially be a lifelong disabling event (and) you had no idea at the time,” O’Hara said. “Your failure to report, may negatively affect your cure.” While Pops denies his deployment caused anger issues and Olive says his temper tanked once he got home, Faith says he was abusive before he left and it only got worse when he returned from Afghanistan. “He looked crazy,” Faith said, recalling the day that she saw him twist her mother’s ankle. “It’s absurd, it’s disgusting that he can get away with that. If you are going to hurt someone and leave her to deal with all the bills, whereas she can’t work because he’s made it impossible for her to work, I just think that’s unbelievable. I think that is just another reason he should be jail. “I love him, I don’t want him in jail and it wouldn’t help us … but if he doesn’t go through counseling and get help, he’ll continue thinking it’s all right to be the way he is, he’ll continue on this path and it is a destructive path that helps no one and has already hurt so many.” Pops said the only thing that has kept him from self harm in this situation is the support he’s received from the military. “We don’t get soldiers with mood ring detectors on the top of their heads to tell us ‘I’m going to batter my spouse or I’m going to commit suicide,’” Moores said. “We wish we did, it would make our life a lot easier and we’d go to a lot fewer funerals for our service members. So, I’m not sure what we can do with unre-

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VISUAL EVENTS Holiday open house The Stutz is opening up this First Friday for what it calls a “holiday version of its annual open house,” featuring open studio hours for 30-some artists, an ex- “Sidewalk Symphony” hibition in the Raymond by Julia Wickes James Stutz Art Gallery including giftable small and large works — and starting from 7 p.m., the bicycle selection ceremony for reCYCLE pARTS II, a juried art show coming up in May 2014. Artists will draw numbers, then select an entire used bike that piques their interest; all art in the show must be created using three pieces from said bike. Stutz Business Center, Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m. Semi-Final RAWards showcase RAW Indianapolis, which presents new work in visual art, fashion, music, hair and makeup styling and the performing arts, barrels along toward its RAWards finals this weekend with a showcase that doubles as a farewell part for its founding director, Amy Ward. Bartini’s, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.-midnight, $15 advance (rawartists.org), $20 door, 21+ Toys It’s the 11th go-round for Toys, Primary Gallery’s exhibition of toy-inspired work that’s often but not necessarily playful or funny or charming. Primary Gallery, opens Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m. Marta Blades Director for 30 years of Editions Limited Gallery, the now Winston-Salem-based Blades returns to Indy for a solo show showcasing her work this year. Arch at Chatham, Dec. 6, 4-9 p.m. and Dec. 7, noon-6 p.m. TINY II Purportedly back by popular demand at Gallery 924 is TINY, a show made up of hundreds of original pieces, each 216 square inches or smaller, most available for $100 or less. Gallery 924, Dec. 6-Jan. 3 (opens Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m.) Celebration of Nature And here’s one more gift-centric exhibition: Eagle Creek Park’s 26th annual Celebration of Nature, featuring photography, woodcarving, oil and watercolors by local artists and inspired by the natural world. Earth Discovery Center at Eagle Creek Park, Dec. 7-15

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A’Lelia Bundles re-considers legacy of great-grand-grandmother Madam Walker

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’Lelia Bundles inspires us to actually do what we sometimes think about doing. Like sorting out our family stories. Placing them within the context of social, cultural, economic, historical issues to gain the meaning of our life. Being actively engaged in the moment, knowing where we came from.  Bundles’ newest book, Madam Walker Theatre Center: An Indianapolis Treasure, provides a vivid pictorial presentation of one aspect of her great-great grandmother’s accomplishments. She A’Lelia Bundles already told part of that story in the sterling 2001 biography, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker. “What earns role-model status for my great-great grandmother is that she ‘paid up’ in her time and made that a quality for others to follow,” explains Bundles. “She honored those who helped her by helping others.” When the demand for beauty care products began to outgrow the production space in the 1920s, Madam Walker made plans to build a headquarters that also would serve as a cultural center where African Americans could feel welcome to come. She purchased a triangular tract of land and hired a leading architect.  Designed as a “city within a city,” the block-long flatiron building at Indiana Avenue, opened in 1927, predated today’s shopping malls “with a drugstore, a beauty salon, a beauty school, a restaurant, professional offices, a ballroom and a 1,500-seat theater.” In 1991 the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Bundles has vivid childhood memories of spending hours in the Walker Center office with her mother A’Lelia Mae Perry Bundles, who at that time was overseeing the family’s multi-million dollar beauty care business.

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Instead of following her mother’s lead to oversee the family business, Bundles  chose journalism and after gaining a degree from Columbia University, pursued a 30-year career with NBC and ABC news as an executive and Emmy award-winning producer. Bundles says she “was able to develop the story telling skills and the professional skills that have enabled [her] to more effectively tell and promote Madam Walker’s story”

during this substantive career. “I like having this story as ONE of the things I do rather than as the only thing I do,” says Bundles. “I truly enjoy my role as chairman of the board of the Foundation for the National Archives because it marries by interest in history with my interest in organizational change and development. I also enjoy being a trustee at Columbia University because it gives me a connection to New York and to Harlem in ways that tap into my family roots there.” At the recent National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Bundles and preservationist Brent Leggs detailed plans to preserve “Villa Lewaro,” the National Historic Landmark mansion Madam Walker built in Irvington, New York. Her great-grandmother, Mae Walker Parker, is the subject of her forthcoming book, Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance.  “Each book is a labor of love and a chance for me to talk about two truly fascinating individuals while also writing American history with all the dimensions and diversity I wish had been in my history books when I was growing up,” comments Bundles. n


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FÚTBOL Indy Eleven: On a roll This city’s new professional soccer team, which kicks off its inaugural North American Soccer League season next April after having sold 7,000 season tickets, has marked several other milestones this month, including the addition of two local players, one international player and an assistant coach to the roster. On Tuesday, the team announced the signing of Honduran defender Erick Norales, who, in addition to a decade’s worth of professional experience, has 30 career appearances, or so-called “caps,” for the Honduran National Team between 2007-2011. Erick Norales “The process of getting players on the team is a long one and it started with emails like crazy from around the world, every day dozens and dozens of inquires of how people can be a part of Indy Eleven,” Indy Eleven President and GM Peter Wilt said. And while the team is scouring the globe for the best applicants, it also opened the process up to local players hoping to prove their readiness. Two local players so far have made the cut: defender Babalakin “Baba” Omosegbon, a 23-year-old Hoosier native with Nigerian roots who played varsity soccer for Harvard University, where he major in neurobiology, and goalkeeper Nathan Sprenkel of Zionsville, also 23, who played for DePauw University, where he majored in psychology and minored in education. The name Indy Eleven was chosen in honor of the state’s strong military roots, but team owner Ersal Ozdemir said, “It is our actions that will ultimately earn the respect of many active and veteran military members that call Indiana home. That is why Indy Eleven is honored to announce our first two partnerships with military organizations, the Indiana National Guard and Operation: Job Ready Veterans.” The team will utilize Operation: Job Ready Veterans to staff many game-day functions, such as security. The Indiana National Guard is the team’s second official corporate partner, after Honda, which will have its logo on the front of the team’s jerseys. The team will support the Guard’s “Books and Boots” literacy program and a “Tickets for Troops” ticket donation program effort to support participation of Guard families in Indy Eleven games and events. — REBECCA TOWNSEND Upcoming supporters’ events • Friday, Dec. 6 at The Hoosier Dome in Fountain Square: Fundraiser for the SlaughterhouseNineteen collective, featuring “a mix of genres ... centered around indie rock,” including: Crescent Ulmer, Mid-American, Adrian Jenkins and Garage Sale. Show at 7 p.m., $7. • Saturday, Dec. 7: MLS Cup Final watch party (Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake) at The Sinking Ship in SoBro at The Sinking Ship, 4 p.m.

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IRSAY VS. UNITAS – WHO’S NO. 1? Jim Irsay comes off as hero in list of essential Colts facts

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et’s be honest: The title of this book should be 100 Things INDIANAPOLIS Colts Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. See, anytime a writer tries to structure a list, he’ll hear arguments. Ranking this thing ahead of that person or marking one event as more important than another will leave some readers howling — especially if said howler is a sports fan. And believe me, I know: When it comes to the Colts, ranking anyone named Irsay ahead of anyone named Unitas is going to have partisans of the Baltimore iteration of this team hopping mad. John Unitas winds up third, Peyton Manning is second and Jim Irsay takes the top spot in Indy Star reporter Phillip B. Wilson’s nearlycomplete take on what a fan should know about the hometown Horseshoes. Like Wilson, I’m a Baltimore native. Unlike Wilson, I was still a Baltimore resident when a power struggle between Robert Irsay and the entire state of Maryland ended when a fleet of Mayflower trucks moved the Colts from Charm City to the Circle City in March of 1984. I know people in my old hometown who can’t stand the Colts to this very day. I know people who had parties when Robert Irsay died. But for a fan of the Indy version of the Blue and White, the book is satisfying. It’s all here: the Harbaugh-at-QB era, Bill Polian and Company drafting Manning over Ryan Leaf, the AFC title game comeback against the hated New England Patriots, the Super Bowl win and Manning’s legacy leading to the structure named Lucas Oil Stadium. The grim bits are included, too — everything from Coach Jim Mora’s “Playoffs?” post-game press conference meltdown to the tragic passing of Tony Dungy’s son. But what a true fan of the franchise will ultimately enjoy the most is when Wilson’s able to dig a little deeper. Some prime examples: Peyton Manning ‘s practical jokes are the stuff of legend. Only a guy with Manning’s stature could pull off stealing a teammate’s vehicle, parking it at midfield at the Colts’ camp facility in

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Anderson and covering it in Saran Wrap without fear of reprisal. Marshall Faulk was soundly disliked by his offensive line. Running back Faulk and player-turned-radio-personality Joe Staysniak had a confrontation in the middle of a game — one that Staynsiak refused to apologize for. Bill Belichick, before becoming the NFL’s version of a Sith Lord in a dirty hoodie as head coach of the Pats, started out on the Baltimore Colts’ staff scouting opponents for the princely salary of 25 bucks a week and a free room at Howard Johnson’s. Although the Baltimore era gets its due, there are some omissions: Alan Ameche and Gino Marchetti owned hugely popular eateries in that

town, and Johnny Unitas was revered in much the same way Manning would be later in Indy. Names like Lenny Moore and Raymond Berry are included in positions of importance, but the fanaticism the team inspired in its first glory era? Not so much. The rabidity of Colts fans in Maryland is best summed up in a scene in Barry Levinson’s film Diner, in which a groomto-be quizzes his potential spouse on her knowledge of the team before agreeing to the wedding. The most fascinating takeaway here, however, is that despite all his Tweeting weirdness, current owner Jim Irsay comes off as an eccentric genius and allaround good guy. Jim, simply put, took the Colts from punchline to powerhouse. His dad will ever remain the true villain of the piece — a temperamental tycoon prone to alcohol-induced ravings and little desire to learn about the sport itself. Bob Irsay put a terrible product on the field for the fans that came to a Hoosier Dome that was so silent it felt like a library in the 1980s. The younger Irsay — who often had to apologize for his father’s behavior — worked his way from ball-boy to the front office, ultimately creating one the most successful sports franchises of the first decade of the 21st century. n


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OPENING The Armstrong Lie r Filmmaker Alex Gibney set out to document Lance Armstong’s comeback to bicycling in 2009, but the project was scuttled when the doping scandal blew up. Gibney convinced Armstrong to sit down for a tell-all interview for The Armstrong Lie, which includes interviews with those thrown under the bus by Armstrong’s lies along with lots of footage from the 2009 project. I thought I’d heard all I needed to hear from Armstrong, but the documentary is fascinating, delving deep into the layers of lies. Watching Armstrong’s face as he addresses his scorched earth approach to the situation is mesmerizing, maddening and downright sad. — ED JOHNSON-OTT NR, Opens Friday at Keystone Art Out of the Furnace Variety: “The rusted-out soul of steel-town America and the ghosts of the 1970s post-Vietnam Hollywood cinema haunt Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, a starkly powerful drama that in some ways feels like an Iraq-era bookend to The Deer Hunter.” Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whittaker and a decrepit blast furnace in Braddock, Pa. R, Opens Friday in wide release

FILM EVENTS It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) Indianapolis Downtown Inc.’s annual fundraiser/ screening, preceded by a silent auction from 5 p.m. Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m., Indiana State Museum IMAX, $6 (includes parking)

Chasing Ice A 2012 doc telling of photographer James Balog’s efforts to chronicle the impact of climate change on retreating Arctic glaciers. Presented by Organizing for Action and the Sierra Club; followed by a discussion. Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Indiana Interchurch Center A Christmas Story (1983) Because it’s really not the same to watch it on one of those Turner networks. Dec. 6-8, Artcraft Theatre (Franklin), $5 (discounts available)

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n 1952, a naive Irish teenager named Philomena Lee met an attractive boy at the fair and had sex with him. Later she got screwed. Philomena didn’t know where babies came from, but she soon found out when her belly began to grow. She was sent to a facility for “fallen women” run by a group of nuns. The move from her repressive hometown to the institution turned out to be an instance of “out of the frying pan and into the fire.” She and the other women were treated terribly by the nuns. When the delivery turned out to be a breech birth, Philomena was denied medication because the pain was deemed part of her penance. She worked in sweat-shop conditions with the other girls in the facility laundry to pay off her “debt” to the nuns. She was allowed to see her son, Anthony, for only one hour a day. That ended abruptly when the boy was sold to an American couple for adoption. Turned out the sisters were in the flesh trade, with the going rate at the time being roughly $1000 per child. Philomena was inconsolable when she heard the news. The shattered woman spent decades trying to find her son. The nuns offered no information, pointing to an agreement she was pressured to sign relinquishing her rights. She eventually teamed up with a journalist to determine the fate of her child. Stephen Frears (Tamara Drewe, The Queen, Dirty Pretty Things) directs the film adaptation of Philomena’s story, based on the non-fiction book by Martin Sixsmith, with a measured hand. The screenplay, written by actor Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, takes some liber-

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ties with the facts, but hews much closer to the truth that most “inspired by” movies. The production serves as a investigative tale, a sometimes-funny mismatched travelers road story, an indictment of those who perpetuate and profit from sexual repression, and a touching account of determination and faith. Judi Dench is stunning as Philomena (Sophie Kennedy Clark is fine in flashbacks of young Philomena). At first glance, Philomena at 60 years old seems easily flustered, a bit dotty and generally dismissible. But there is more to her and

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Dench deftly reveals the many aspects of her character. Philomena’s interactions with cynical journalist Martin Sixsmith, played quite well by Coogan, could easily have turned into shtick, but Dench keeps the proceedings from becoming gooey or cute. I won’t go into detail about what became of Philomena’s son. Suffice to say that he became involved with highlevel Republican politics in the ‘80s, a period noted for Reagan’s avoidance of the word AIDS and a great amount of fear and hatred aimed at gay Americans. The film could easily have become a screed against those who demonize sex and sexuality, but Frears and company show admirable restraint. Philomena Lee is a forgiving soul, and I believe the film is tempered in large part due to her influence. The result is rich, surprising, involving and hard to forget. n

CONTINUING Frozen e The folks at Disney present a spirited adaptation of Han Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, packed with good songs and peopled with appealing characters. The computer-animated feature is imaginative and filled with eye candy, even if a few scenes look like computer-animated figures pasted not-too-neatly on animated backgrounds. Loved the characterizations, especially Jonathan Groff as an ice merchant turned adventurer. Nice to see a story with two female leads that doesn’t feel like an empow-

erment project. The film is preceded by a frantic, but fun Mickey Mouse cartoon that breaks through the movie screen and scampers around the theater. PG, In wide release and RealD 3D Nebraska e A road trip movie directed by Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt), shot in black and white (gray and lighter gray, actually) to better accentuate the bleakness, populated mostly by people who

are vacuous, quietly miserable or insufferable. Woody (Bruce Dern) is an old coot who intends to collect his Publishers Clearing House-type winnings, even if he has to walk from Montana to Nebraska; his son David (Will Forte) decides to drive him there to clear things up. It’s a downbeat mix of comedy and drama that takes its own sweet time to get rolling, with a number of notable scenes that range from touching to comically absurd. R, At Keystone Art

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Dec. 5 is Prohibition Repeal Day. The 21st Amendment, ending 13 years of illegitimate alcohol consumption, was ratified Dec. 5, 1933. Good news except for a major detail — a clerk’s error in copying left homebrewing off the com- p l e t e document that was signed. Not until 1978 legislation did homebrewing become legal. Triton is celebrating with a special four-course dinner and meet-up with brewer Jon Lang at their Fort Benjamin Harrison brewery at 5764 Wheeler Road. RSVP at chefjjs.com. Rock Bottom downtown at 6 p.m. is tapping Winter Tartan Scottish Ale, a smooth, malty flavor and a hint of vanilla to benefit “Miracle on Washington Street” and collecting new toys to share at the festive holiday meal RB caters for Downtown family dwellers in need. Bier Brewery tap takeover at Flatwater in Broad Ripple at 6:30 p.m. is a Belgian demonstration including Blonde, Dubbel, Trippelle and 1.21 Gigawatts. Flat 12 “Twelve Beers of Christmas” starts with Glazed Ham Porter tapping 4-6 p.m., followed by film night 7-9 p.m. New brews continue: Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 19-22. Celebrating continues at Flat 12 on Dec. 6 with opening of Mike Altman’s art exhibit. Altman is the artist creating Flat 12’s labels. Head brewer Rob Caputo and Altman explain, “The labels take vintage [related to the original flat 12 engines], meld it with humor and self-deprecation and offer a promise not to take ourselves too seriously – while treating the beer with utmost care.’ 5-8 p.m. meet Altman. Sharing is caring Holiday sharing continues with “fill the truck” toy collection at Flat 12, Dec. 7, noon-8 p.m. And on Dec. 6 Sun King will donate $1 per 64 oz. growler and 50 cents per 32 oz. growler to toys for boys and girls, then take those same donations on Dec. 7 and put them toward purchase books of various reading levels for classroom sets. A Dec. 6 gala at the Speak Easy, 5255 N. Winthrop in Broad Ripple, from 7-11 p.m. celebrates the end of Movember, a month-long global charity initiative that supports awareness and funding for cancers that affect men. $10 entry fee goes to the charity. Event includes Indiana craft beer, auctions, raffles, contests and more.

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Ponyville album started with drummer Steve Hinckley’s wife, who collects My Little Pony memorabilia. She hosts an annual gathering of fans of the cartoon, and asked The Shake Ups to perform at it this past summer. For such an audience, they wanted material that was in the spirit of the event. “We rewrote the lyrics to a bunch of our songs to be about the show,” O’Connor said. “We played this event and it went surprisingly well.” That led to an EP of the reimagined songs and now the full-length The Shake Ups in Ponyville, which is based on the My Little Pony series Friendship is Magic. “We’ve had more interest from that than anything we’ve ever done,” O’Connor said of The Shake Ups. “So we decided to keep going with it.” They even recently performed at a child’s birthday party. “It was a charming and really fun thing to do,” O’Connor said. “I always wanted to do a children’s album or something that’s for all ages. This seemed like a good chance to do that.” It’s not a gimmick for the band either. They actually do like My Little Pony, a cartoon that debuted as a movie in 1986. Even though it’s geared toward adolescent girls, O’Connor, who’s an anime fan, enjoys the show because it incorporates many of those characteristics. ( The online “Brony” subculture — bros plus ponies, natch — is worth a Google search.) “It’s got some really colorful characters and a lot of quirky humor,” he said. Though O’Connor is scratching many creative itches (a fourth vehicle, Destination: Earth!, is currently on hiatus), he’s found they all have crossover appeal. “People like to put bands in little boxes,” he said. “But when you get down to it, there’s really only two types of music: good and bad. It’s everyone’s guess which is which.” n SUBMITTED PHOTO


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DJ RASHAD: Footwork and juke are almost the same thing. They’re both around 150 to 160 beats per minute. The only real difference is the juke songs are more like Top 40 shit. Juke is more DJand radio-friendly. Footwork is just raw and dirty, fucking in your face, crazy, weird, bass-heavy shit. There’s no limits on the footwork sound. NUVO: There are dark textures to to the footwork. Where did those dark or “weird” influences come from? DJ RASHAD: It’s influenced by the aggression of the dancers. They like that dark, weird, crazy shit. We didn’t intend to create a style like that, it was just how we were feeling at the time. It kind of stuck and became part of the formula.  NUVO: The dancers are a huge part of the footwork scene. Do you have any dancers traveling with you on this tour?  DJ RASHAD: In some cities we link up with dancers, but for the most part it’s just me and Spinn. I have family and friends in Indianapolis that footwork. If they can work out their schedules, they will be dancing at the show. NUVO: You’re currently on tour with fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper. I heard you first met up with Chance in London; I was curious if he was aware of the footwork scene prior to connecting with you. DJ RASHAD: Spinn and myself used to DJ parties on 47th Street in Chicago and Chance and his guys used to come. So he’s been footworking and juking for a long time. It’s funny because Chance

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actually reached out to us last year to do some tracks for his Acid Rap project. But we thought it was a different Chance — the one from that Flavor of Love show, so we didn’t pay it no mind. But when we were in London we got up with Chance’s DJ Oreo. He invited us to their show and I was like, “Damn this shit is hot.” We met up, he asked about Spinn and I doing the tour, and we said “Hell yes.” NUVO: Was there a particular style of music you heard as a kid that made you want to make music?  DJ RASHAD: Yes, it was Chicago house music. I have to say Cajmere’s “Percolator” really brought me into the scene. I was in 5th grade when I heard it. After that it was DJ Deeon and DJ Milton. Those guys are my idols and they’re ghetto house music legends. They made me want to stop dancing and start producing and become a DJ. n > > Kyle Long creates a custom podcast for each column. Hear this week’s at NUVO.net

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Glow Wednesdays Black Light Party, The Vogue, 21+ The Long Arm, Time Cat, Melody Inn, 21+ Sam Ash Generations Rock Showcase, Birdy’s Bar and Grill, 21+ BroZone Idol, White Rabbit cabaret, 21+ Root Movements, Jazz Kitchen, 21+

THURSDAY EDM Mimosa DJ Mimosa spins together some of the most varied and frenetic dance tracks around. He has gained a wide following, embarking on a multi-city tour called The Event Horizon Tour, named for his new single and record. Deluxe at Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St. 8 p.m., $15 advance, $20 at door, 21+ BOOZY Nocturne: Prohibition Repeal Day Party What better way to celebrate the overturning of a law from almost

80 years ago than to party with burlesque dancers and plenty of strong drinks? That’s the idea behind Nocturne, which brings together jazz, boobs and booze for a night of 1930s-style partyin’. Make that two nights, actually. The Rocket Doll Revue joins Siobhan Atomica on night one, and Tessa Von Twinkle and Bunny Van Doren on night two. Dress in eraappropriate dudes for some bucks off the door price. Rob Dixon and The Naptown Fantasy Swingers own the stage each night. Dec. 5 features Siobhan Atomica. White Rabbit, 1116 Prospect St. Thursdsay – Friday 10 p.m. both days, $15 or $12 with era-appropriate costume, 21+ Altered Thurzdaze, Mousetrap, 21+ RAWards Showcase, Bartini’s, 21+ Animal Haus, Blu, 21+ Lily and Madeleine at Indianapolis Monthly Best of Indy Party, The Crane Bay, 21+ Tied to Tigers, Connor’s Pub, 21+ Slippery When Blue: Planetary Blues Band, Slippery Noodle, 21+

FRIDAY HOLIDAZE Unsilent Night Join in this moving piece of composer Phil Kline’s musical performance art, where participants walk around with boomboxes or other personal speakers, playing parts of the piece. They’re calling it a “caroling party,” as the participants are creating a roving band of cheer-bringers, but without any singing. The sounds of bells echoing off of cars and buildings creates a uniquely urban acoustic effect, and the progressive movement of the crowd twists the “carol” through several neighborhoods. Here’s how the evening will go, per the event organizers:  “Round one: At 6 p.m. we will begin with an opening reception at iMOCA. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., the music will wind around Fountain Square eventually proceeding to a conclusion at Grove Haus (1001 Hosbrook St.) Round two: We re-gather at 410 Massachusetts Ave. for round two starting at 8 p.m. (this is the small park in front of BRU at the intersection Mass. Ave, Alabama St., and Vermont St.) You’ll be given


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Justin Timberlake a copy of the music to play (CD or cassette), or bring an iPhone/iPad with the free Unsilent Night Apple App Store download (larger/louder stereos are preferred).” iMOCA, 1043 Virginia Ave., 6 p.m., all-ages ROOTS Corey Smith Corey Smith is coming to Deluxe, giving us a little rowdy, country-flavored blues to warm up in December. A fan of wearing his sunglasses indoors, Smith’s music carries as much attitude and then some. Get your thigh-slapping and foot-stomping done at this one.

p.m. to midnight, where she plays these artists (and many other locals) regularly. The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave. 7 p.m., FREE, 21+ HOLIDAZE Big Chuck’s X-Mas Party IV Merry Christmas to Big Chuck! Celebrate with The Icks, Occulation and We Are Hex. Radio Radio, 1119 Prospect St., 8 p.m., $8, 21+ FIRST FRIDAY

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Sonic Cataclysm Flip back to page 22 to read about this surfy, Trek-y, My Little Pony-y event, which also encompasses Saturday’s Punk Rock Night. Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St. 10 p.m. both nights, $7 per night, 21+ ROCK X103’s Next Up This battle of the band’s is hard rock flavored, with four local bands battling it out for the chance to open up for 30 Seconds To Mars. We wonder if Jared Leto will have gained any weight he lost for Dallas Buyers’ Club back for the tour? He’s awfully gaunt. But we digress: Join The Dead, I-Exist, Reaul and Standout Story will take the stage at the Vogue Friday rallying their loyal fans and converting new ones. On a related note: tune in to music editor Katherine Coplen’s weekly show on X103 on Sunday night from 10

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SATURDAY BOOZY 75th Anniversary of the Re peal of Prohibition Party The third of three nights of Prohibitionbusting themed partying at the White Rabbit goes down on Saturday (although note this is not affiliated with Thursday and Friday’s events). Those

Save the Rock House It’s been a hard year for hard rock venues in Indy – Beale St., Indy’s Jukebox, Lizard’s, Vision’s and now Rock House have all experienced some degree of difficulty – with some closing forever. But Rock House isn’t done quite yet, and there’s seven straight days of music planned for the next week to raise money to keep doors open. All right, hang with us for a moment as we explain this monster event. Each night begins at 8 p.m.; some nights are $5 (Saturday, next Friday) and the rest are free. Saturday kicks off with Black Stone Ritual, Hlibrid, Smoke Ring, Zombie Bullets and Before I Fall. Sunday brings acoustic sets from Midwest State of Mind, Kill Tha Messsenger, Ryan Noblitt and Sethro Kempf. Monday features Innocent Boys, Mr. Clit and The Pink Cigarettes, Fiber and Galactic Jaguar. Tuesday belongs to Jason Downs, who will perform an acoustic set. Wednesday’s an Open Mic; Thursday has Cabin Pressure, Wonderboy Dismissed and Dirty. And the Friday Night Finale features Bizarre Noir, September Sky, The Holland Account, Pragmatic and Haughville. Whew. Got that? All money raised will go to proprietors of the Rock House, who will use funds to pay off back rent.

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WEDNESDAY HIP-HOP Justin Timberlake Oh, J.T. We’ve loved you since your Mickey Mouse Club days and we’re never going to stop — al-

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your power animal for the coming months is the Bateleur eagle of Africa. In the course of searching for its meals, it covers about 250 square miles every day. It thinks big. It has a spacious scope. I hope you get inspired by its example, Scorpio. In 2014, I’d love to see you enlarge the territory where you go hunting for what you want. Fate will respond favorably if you expand your ideas about how to gather the best allies and resources. As for this week, I suggest you get very specific as you identify the goals you will pursue in the coming months by exploring farther and wider. Scorpio

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The standard dictionary says that “righteous” is a word that means virtuous and highly moral. The slang dictionary says that “righteous” describes someone or something that’s absolutely genuine and wonderful. Urbandictionary.com suggests that “righteous” refers to the ultimate version of any type of experience, especially “sins of pleasure” like lust and greed. According to my analysis, the coming week will be jampacked with righteousness for you. Which of the three definitions will predominate? It’s possible you will embody and attract all three types. Sagittarius

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the dreams you’re having at night, Capricorn, I bet you’re traveling through remote landscapes in all kinds of weather. Maybe you’re recreating the voyage of the Polynesian sailors who crossed hundreds of miles of Pacific Ocean to find Hawaii 1,500 years ago. Or maybe you’re hiking through the Darkhad Valley, where the Mongolian steppe meets Siberia’s vast forests. It’s possible you’re visiting places where your ancestors lived or you’re migrating to the first human settlement on Mars in the 22nd century. What do dreams like this mean? I think you’re trying to blow your own mind. Your deep self and your higher wisdom are conspiring to flood you with new ways of seeing reality. Capricorn

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It wouldn’t be too extreme for you to kiss the ground that has been walked on by people you care about deeply. And it wouldn’t be too crazy to give your special allies the best gifts ever, or compose love letters to them, or demonstrate in dramatic fashion how amazed you are by the beautiful truths about who they really are. This is a unique moment in your cycle, Aquarius -- a time when it is crucial for you to express gratitude, devotion, and even reverence for those who have helped you see what it means to be fully alive. Aquarius

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Not all darkness is bad. You know that. Sometimes you need to escape from the bright lights. It can be restorative to sit quietly in the pitch blackness and drink in the mystery of the Great Unknown. The same is true for silence and stillness and aloneness. Now and then you’ve got to retreat into their protective sanctuary. Dreaming big empty thoughts in the tranquil depths can heal you and recharge you. The magic moment has arrived for this kind of rejuvenation, Virgo. Virgo

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil,” is a request that Christians make of God when they say the Lord’s Prayer. If we define “temptation” as an attraction to things that feel good even though they’re bad for you, this part of the prayer is perfectly reasonable. But what if “temptation” is given a different interpretation? What if it means an attraction to something that feels pleasurable and will ultimately be healthy for you even though it initially causes disruptions? I suggest you consider experimenting with this alternative definition, Gemini. For now, whatever leads you into temptation could possibly deliver you from evil. Gemini

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the movie Clueless, the character played by Alicia Silverstone describes someone as a “full-on Monet.” What she means is that the person in question is like a painting by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet. “From far away, it’s OK,” says Silverstone. “But up close, it’s a big old mess.” You may still be at the far-away point in your evaluation of a certain situation in your own life, Libra. It appears interesting, even attractive, from a distance. When you draw nearer, though, you may find problems. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should abandon it altogether. Maybe you can fix the mess so it’s as engaging up-close as it is from far away. Libra

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway described his vision of paradise. It would have a trout stream that no one but him was permitted to fish in. He’d own two houses, one for his wife and children and one for his nine beautiful mistresses. There’d be a church where he could regularly confess his sins, and he’d have great seats at an arena where bull fights took place. From my perspective, this is a pretty vulgar version of paradise, but who am I to judge? I suggest you draw inspiration from Hemingway as you come up with your own earthy, gritty, funky fantasy of paradise. It’s an excellent time for you to get down to earth about your high ideals and dreamy hopes. Pisces

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