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DEC. 21 - DEC. 28, 2011 VOL. 22 ISSUE 49 ISSUE #1035
A BARFLY CHRISTMAS CAROL
15 A&E 37 CLASSIFIEDS
Wayne Bertsch follows up his “Barfly Bingo” feature from last year with a Christmas Carol-spoof involving Barfly, Jesus and a host of other local characters.
10 COVER STORY
BY WAYNE BERTSCH
39 FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
PARKER REMAINS AT PARTY HELM
06 HOPPE 27 MUSIC
A leadership flap after Dan Parker rescinded the resignation he issued last week has ruffled some Democratic feathers.
BY LESLEY WEIDENBENER
MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH NAZIS AND INCEST
08 NEWS 36 WEIRD NEWS
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is stylish and gripping. Be ready for some horrifying images, including a deeply-disturbing rape scene that manages to portray the nightmarish experience without feeling exploitative, a feat the original Swedish film trilogy could not (or did not want to) manage. BY ED JOHNSON-OTT
A LITTLE RAP, A LITTLE ROOTS
We’re featuring two artists this week. First up is Galen DeKemper’s preview of Thursday’s late night show at Cloud 9, featuring mixtape master 2Chainz. Next, Rob Nichols interviews the long-disbanded The Chevy Downs Band, who is reuniting for a holiday bash at Birdy’s on Friday.
from the readers Ok, already, we’ll say it
Say it! Say it! Say it! State Rep. Brian Hasler is a Democrat! (“Thumbs Down: Civil Servants Gone Wild,” Editors, Dec. 14-21) Had it been a Republican you’d have had no trouble “saying it.” Tired of a double standard,
Marie F., Indianapolis
Christmastime copy edit Rita Kohn’s statement “Returning for a second year as co-hosts” is incorrect.
(“Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Yuletide Celebration,” Rita Kohn, Dec. 7-14.) Anne Hampton Callaway hosted Yuletide, in 2008, but never “co-hosted” the ISO’s Yuletide concerts with her sister, Liz Callaway… (and) “Be Home for Christmas” is in fact “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
David Stine INDIANAPOLIS
PS: This year’s extravaganza was by far the best ever, and was certainly worthy of a 5-star NUVO rating.
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HAMMER The classiest Pacers player ever
Clark Kellogg will guide new players well
BY STEVE HAMMER SHAMMER@NUVO.NET
he best Christmas gift a weary and downtrodden Indianapolis will receive is the start of the NBA season on Dec. 26, bringing a winning sports team back to the city after the most hapless season in Indianapolis Colts history. Even non-fans should acknowledge that the Indiana Pacers have the ingredients of a good-to-great team this year. Their young lineup should have the stamina to weather a schedule that packs nearly an entire season’s worth of games into five months. They may, in fact, have the most talented Pacers team in almost a decade. Even if they didn’t, though, the Pacers should still command the respect and loyalty of every resident of Indianapolis. It was the Pacers’ successes in the early 1970s that led to the construction of Market Square Arena, which anchored the revitalization of downtown and showed that using pro sports as economic stimulus made good business sense. With no Market Square, there might have been no Hoosier Dome, no Circle Centre Mall, certainly no Conseco Fieldhouse or Lucas Oil Stadium and probably no downtown renaissance. A generous soul might even credit the Pacers with saving downtown Indianapolis. More than that, the Pacers have nurtured and honored their history and traditions. Conseco Fieldhouse is a living museum dedicated to the evolution of the Pacers from the mid-1960s until now, chock full of memorabilia from its humble beginnings in the American Basketball Association to the team’s near-destruction in the Great Detroit Battle of 2004. The Pacers have not yet won an NBA championship; playing in the same division as Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls didn’t help; nor did the rise of the New York Knicks in the mid-1990s. The Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal derailed the team’s only chance at a title in 2000. But there have been enough exciting moments in the team’s history to make up for that. Their ABA team, powered by the muscle of George McGinnis, the grace of Roger Brown and the scrappiness of Billy Keller, brought championship banners to the team’s original home at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum.
And no Pacers fan will ever forget Reggie Miller scoring eight points in the same number of seconds against the Knicks, or, even better, his shoving Jordan out of the way and making a game-winning three. Naming the Pacers’ greatest player often leads to heated debate. Miller and McGinnis would top most lists. But the team’s classiest player isn’t up for debate. Clark Kellogg deserves that honor by acclamation. As a first-round pick out of Ohio State in 1982, he averaged a double-double and was on his way to a Hall of Fame career until knee problems forced his premature retirement. He didn’t have the skills of Jordan or the swagger of Bryant, but he had an understated grace and brilliance, a quiet determination that nobody who saw him play will ever forget. He almost never made a mental mistake on the court. He was a player’s player, as poised and elegant as a 6-foot-7 man can be. For the past 22 years, he’s been an analyst on Pacers television broadcasts and was even better behind the mic than he was as a player. He never made a mental mistake on the air, either. He was just simply the best pure analyst of the game in the business. He never hogged the mic and he always let the action on the court speak for itself. Unlike many of his peers, Kellogg has always been a role model in his behavior and actions. A family man with a strong Christian faith, he’s always led by example and never found himself in any personal scandal. Even when playing one-on-one with a trash-talking Barack Obama at the White House, as he did for CBS, he managed to be graceful, respectful and dignified. If he ran for governor or senator from Indiana, he’d probably win. If personal morality and honesty were the qualifications, he’d definitely win. Last week brought the sad news that he’s stepping away from his broadcasting position with the team in order to devote his full attention to his job as vice president for player relations for the Pacers. It is a massive loss for the fans but a bonus for the team. The Pacers’ young players will have a true role model and mentor available to guide and develop them. For all his contributions to the franchise, and to allow the fans to show their appreciation for his nearly 30 years of service to the Pacers, his No. 33 jersey should be retired and a banner hoisted to the rafters, immortalizing him as one of the all-time greats on and off the court. It would be a fitting tribute to the classiest man on one of the classiest franchises in sports. Meanwhile, it’s time to play ball. Merry Christmas and go Pacers!
Kellogg has always been a role model in his behavior and actions.
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HOPPE Home from Iraq
Our denial continues
BY DAVID HOPPE DHOPPE@NUVO.NET
he Iraq war, we are told, is over. American troops are coming home. It’s been almost 10 years since President George W. Bush informed the nation that our military might was on its way to take down Saddam Hussein, free the Iraqi people and make the world safe from attack by Saddam’s “weapons of mass destruction.” The country, still recovering from the shock of terrorist attacks in September 2001, lurched into step behind the president’s drumbeat. Not everyone got in line. Indianapolis Congresswoman Julia Carson bucked the war-making tide by voting against the resolution to make war on Iraq. Thousands of people took to the streets in anti-war protests. But the media, overheated with war fever, paid little attention. Soon the Iraq war became like a kind of national wallpaper. It was there, in the background of our lives, but rarely the focus. There have been reasons for this. For one thing, the war has dragged on for
almost a decade, making it one of the longest wars the United States has ever fought. And the nature of the conflict made it hard to follow. Apart from the Surge, there were no battles, or “theaters” of operations, nothing, really, for the folks at home to follow on maps. Most of the time, it wasn’t even clear who the enemy was. American troops found themselves caught in a web of rival religious sects and competing tribes, trying to impose order on what appeared to be a civil war. It didn’t help that it was soon discovered that the weapons of mass destruction, or WMD as they came to be known, didn’t really exist. No one wanted to handle the idea that a president of the United States would use a bald-faced lie as pretext for doing something as serious as sending men and women to war. But that’s what happened. By the time national elections rolled around in 2004, it was obvious that American troops were in Iraq under false pretenses. You’d think this would have been enough to lose President Bush the election — that, surely, if there was one thing Americans of all political persuasions could agree on, it was to demand basic honesty from their leaders. Americans chose denial instead. The lie proved to be too big for people to face it down. Bush won, the war went on. Indeed, when, in 2005, the Downing Street Memo documented the fact that the Bush Administration had lied about its rea-
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sons for going to war in Iraq, the news was greeted by a collective shrug. It wasn’t that Americans forgave the lie at the heart of the war in Iraq. It was actually worse than that. We simply gave in to it. Was this because we felt powerless, cut off from our own government and its politics? At the very least, we were disconnected from one of the foundation stones upon which our government stands: the military. The war in Iraq demonstrated the dark side of our reliance on a volunteer fighting force. During the Vietnam War — the last time we had a draft — anyone over the age of 18 could find himself with a letter from Selective Service, demanding he show up for a physical in advance of being pressed into uniform. The existence of the draft did not prevent the war in Vietnam and, as its name suggested, it was far too selective. With the right connections, it was easy to get a deferment. But the draft created a multi-generational backlash against the Vietnam War
that contributed to mounting pressure to bring troops home. Iraq has made it clear that ending the draft let government policymakers off the hook. The volunteer service has made it easier to use war as an instrument of foreign policy because it has made war something that’s waged by other people, our professional military. As long as we had a draft, we had “citizen soldiers.” War was a shared sacrifice affecting you, your friends and neighbors. Although 1.5 million Americans have served in Iraq, their experience there has been compartmentalized by their voluntary service. How else can one explain Americans’ passivity, a kind of denial, regarding a war that dragged on for years, required repeated tours of duty by exhausted service members and, instead of victory, ended in withdrawal? It’s tempting to ignore that now. The troops are coming home, and that’s enough. But unless we can shake the collective kinds of denial that sent them to war in the first place, then kept them there, it’s a matter of time before they’re sent away again.
It wasn’t that Americans forgave the lie at the heart of the war in Iraq. It was actually worse than that. We simply gave in to it.
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Friday, Dec. 23rd HAIKU NEWS by Jim Poyser
nearly half U.S. in poverty, low income? a senseless census Iraq war will end when criminals Bush, Cheney, are brought to justice methane bubbling in Arctic Sea is tipping point’s manifest-iny Ohio vet gets redress for docs turning him into towel rack I hope the woman beheaded for sorcery planted a curse first Lowe’s choice to pull ads from TLC is do-ityourself self destruct migratory birds crash landing in Utah ARE the sky falling down poverty, hunger on the rise; thank goodness the rich are protected Netherlands to stop selling pot to foreigners — dude, what a buzzkill! Russell Hoban dead but his ‘Riddley Walker’ will never stop thrilling
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THOUGHT BITE By Andy Jacobs Jr. Parties are such sweet sorrow.
THUMBSUP THUMBSDOWN THE LEGACY OF WAR
As we celebrate the homecoming of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq, we must remember the baggage they’ll be carrying for years to come just as a generation of soldiers before them continue to suffer — and fight the government. A $10 million federal infusion promises to bolster research on Gulf War Illness — a complicated condition with multiple and varied symptoms. But some veterans worry that a Dec. 31, 2011 deadline to report health problems related to that war will leave people with misdiagnosed or ignored cases of GWI or post-traumatic stress disorder to fester as suicides and deteriorating health continue to chip away at their ranks. Some estimates peg the number of suicides by veterans at 18 per day.
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SUPER BOWL AS MORAL ENFORCER
Apparently it takes a whole battalion of hefty guys running into each other for our state to question its stance on sex trafficking laws (or smoking policies, for that matter). But, given the expected up-tick in demand for sex of all flavors — including loathsome — the big game is expected to bring, state officials are working to close loopholes in Indiana law that allow some trafficking crimes to go unprosecuted. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, announced last Friday that he would sponsor legislation to accomplish the needed changes. Backed by Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Head hopes to expedite the changes through the General Assembly so that they will be enforceable by the Super Bowl. No matter what the impetus, we’re glad to see progress.
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news Parker remains at party helm
Leadership flap ruffles some Democratic feathers BY L E S L E Y W E ID E N B E N E R E DI T O RS @N U V O . N E T
ndiana Democrats acknowledged Monday they face a significant challenge trying to unite the party in time for the important 2012 elections after a messy leadership squabble over the weekend left key officials divided. Some members of the party’s central committee said they are frustrated about a three-hour, closed-door caucus that was supposed to lead to the election of a new chairman. Instead, the committee voted narrowly to reinstate long-time leader Dan Parker, who had resigned the position last week only to rescind the request just hours before the caucus.
“ … Parker said last week it’s time for new leadership and suddenly he is the new leadership.” — Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Politics at IndianaPurdue Fort Wayne
“Some people in the state are very upset with the leadership of the party and are very upset with the way the entire vote was handled,” said Garrett Webb, a member of the Indiana Democratic Central Committee who participated in Saturday’s caucus and supported another candidate for chairman. “It’s going to be very difficult to achieve” party unity. But Mike Jones, a central committee member and chairman of the party’s 6th District, said that while the process was “flawed” and left a rift among officials, members can put aside their differences and focus on what matters: winning races in 2012. “I know I’m going to do everything I can,” Jones said Monday. “I’m hoping what’s going to come out of this is that the committee members — the district chairs and vice
chairs — will soon have more say and more input into the daily direction of the party.” Jones and Webb were among the central committee members who supported electing Joel Miller, a Marion County Democrat, to be the party’s new chairman. Miller was thought to have enough support among the party’s 18 district chairs and vice chairs — who are charged with picking the party’s leader — to win the job. But the candidates for statewide office — namely former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, who is running for governor, and U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, who is running for U.S. Senate — preferred another candidate. And when it became obvious late last week that their pick, Tim Jeffers, couldn’t win a majority of votes, the candidates decided they’d ask Parker to stay on. So instead of the 18 district chairs and vice chairs voting on a new chairman, the full central committee — 30 members — voted narrowly to let Parker rescind his resignation. “The candidates asked Dan Parker to stay. They didn’t think it was in their best interest to switch horses midstream,” said Dean Boerste, a member of the Democratic National Committee and the state’s central committee. “And I think if that’s what our 2012 candidates wanted, if that’s what they thought could help them win, we should respect that.” Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Politics at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, said the resulting division among members could be a problem for Democrats as they enter 2012, when the races for governor, senator, Congress, the state legislature and president are on the ballot. “If the Republicans are smart, they’re going to be pointing out that Parker said last week it’s time for new leadership and suddenly he is the new leadership,” said Downs, who is active in Democratic politics in Allen County. “That means the Democratic Party can’t agree on what or who their leadership should be. That might mean the party is in disarray.” But Downs said the latter doesn’t have to be true. If Democratic leaders across the state — particularly in larger counties including Marion, Vanderburgh, Lake, St. Joseph and Allen counties — were to come together to announce support for Parker, they could likely erase many of the ill feelings, he said. “The transition of power can always be messy but it doesn’t necessarily mean there is disarray,” Downs said. “It can be a sign of a strong party, a diverse party.” Robin Winston, a former Democrat state party chairman, said the key will be for Democrats to remember what matters most — not some family infighting but the struggle to protect Hoosier workers and families. He said it would be up to Parker and other key leaders to rise above the squabbling. “There were times when I was chairman that I had people in the room who didn’t like one another or who didn’t like me,” Winston said. “But we appealed to them on a larger issue. It might have been funding full-day kindergarten or putting more police on the streets or whatever the bigger
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Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker at a news conference last week announcing his resignation.
issue was facing us. “But it is the hardest thing to do, to take people who do not like one another and insist they work together on the bigger issue because the bigger issues are what matters.” Parker was not available Monday for an interview about his decision to remain as chairman and was traveling in northwest Indiana, talking with local party leaders. But he said through email that he felt “honored to be approached by party leaders to stay in my position.” “What happened this weekend happens from time to time in any family and we’ll be stronger for it in the long run,” Parker said. “We’re all Democrats, and I look forward to continuing my service to the party.” Some members said the key to strengthening the party would be giving more voice to its local leaders. Boerste supported Parker’s reinstatement but said he could see why other central committee members were upset. Many entered Saturday’s caucus with little idea why Parker first resigned and why they would no longer have the opportunity to vote on a new chairman. “These people on the committee felt they were blindsided,” Boerste said. “They don’t want to see it happen that way again. They have a right to know what’s going on.” Jones and Webb said they are hopeful that Parker and other party leaders will be more communicative in the future. But Jones said it’s also up to committee members to insist on input. “I’m confident we sent our message,” Webb said. “I have every hope that more people will be brought into the decisionmaking process. But I’m not going to count my chickens before they hatch.” Lesley Weidenbener is an editor at TheStatehouseFile.com, an Indiana news website powered by students from the Franklin College Pulliam School of Journalism.
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A brief anatomy of the Indiana Democratic Party’s Central Committee Dan Parker, chair
Cordelia Lewis-Burks, vice chair Sofia Rodriguez Mirwaldt, secretary Sherrianne Standley, treasurer Deputy chairs: Mike Brown, Dora May Abel and Vicky Haire Finance chair: Shawn Mullholland Democratic National Committee members Dean Boerste, Ann Bochnowski, Steve Crane and Mo Davison 1st District: Jeff Chidester, chair; Michelle Fajman, vice chair 2nd District: Mike Schmuhl, chair; Zanzer Anderson, vice chair 3rd District: Carmen Darland, chair; Herb Anderson, vice chair 4th District: Jeff Fites, chair; Kathy Altman, vice chair 5th District: Keith A. Clock, chair; Julia Lewis, vice chair 6th District: Mike Jones, chair; Julia Wickard, vice chair 7th District: Lacy Johnson, chair; Mary Jane Mahern, vice chair 8th District: Anthony Long, chair; Mary Lou Terrell, vice chair 9th District: Wayne Vance, chair; Jeanette Hackman, vice chair Indiana Young Democrats: Interim President (one-half voting member) Garrett Webb; Vice President (one-half voting member); Kyle Grubbs Indiana Stonewall Democrats Representative: Lori Morris Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus Representatives: Claudia Fuentes and William Marquez Indiana College Democrats Representatives: Evan Thompson and Andre Adeyemi
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PHOTOS & STORY BY PAUL F. P. POGUE I’m backstage at Room 929 in Broad Ripple, where the members of Pur | The Company are wrapping up after a blowout performance. And glitter … is … everywhere. “I think glitter might literally be in my blood!” remarks troupe leader Jenee’ Michele . It’s not just glitter littered about the space, but other distinctive hallmarks of burlesque — feathers, rhinestones, fishnets and martini glasses — that need to be packed up before calling it a night. “It’s like Hurricane Andrew went through the stage!” Michele says. “But to me, that shows we’ve had a successful evening. I get to go home knowing we created something really cool and interesting.” Possibly the best thing about the burlesque movement that has swept through Indy is its variety. Every group has its own unique take on the form. Michele describes her style as “nouveau burlesque,” which is characterized by highenergy, stage-based choreography in the vein of the Pussycat Dolls or the Christina Aguilera-starring film Burlesque. “I come by burlesque honestly,” Michele says. “I started dancing in high school and worked as a Las Vegas showgirl. I’d go to school all day and work the casino at night.
I left dance eventually, thinking that I just couldn’t do it forever. I’ve seen 35-year-old showgirls, and it’s hard on the body.” But last year, she got caught up in audience participation at a burlesque show, which led to work alongside Crème de le Femmes and Angel Burlesque. Now she teaches burlesque classes several times a week, assembles pinup photography events, and performs with her principal dancers, Courtney Gunter and Erin Lamb, and group routines featuring her recent students. Pur has only been around a few months, but has already racked up an impressive series of appearances at venues like Room 929 (essentially their home stage), Blu Nightclub, 45 Degrees and The Jazz Kitchen. “What hooks me the most about this is taking everyday women and turning them into something very glamorous,” Michele says. “Everybody deserves to have a piece of that. It doesn’t belong to Hollywood elites or reality TV. I love watching my girls come into the studio thinking, ‘Oh my god, what am I doing?’ and walking out with a whole new sense of confidence.” Gunter, who’s been dancing in tap, jazz and ballet since she was 4 years old, was one of Michele’s earliest recruits. “I carry myself a different way,” Gunter says. “This has been very good for me. We as women tend to get run down; we put everybody else’s needs before ours. Burlesque belongs just to us. You have that one hour where you’re so empowered.” Lamb, co-owner of a dance studio and veteran Latin dancer, says it’s important that there be a dance performance opportunity for adults: “I see so many studios where there’s
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little recitals for 12-year-olds, and that’s it. For women, there’s not always an option for dance. This gives us something beyond the recital. Without this, it’d just be me dancing in my living room. I like dancing and choreographing and being just a little bit naughty.” Gunter points out that the up close and personal aspect of burlesque, with performers often just a few feet away from the audience, creates a dynamic she hadn’t found elsewhere while performing: “I’m used to being way up on stage, with a distance between me and the audience, but in this you’re right up people’s faces. That was nerve-wracking for me at first, but now it’s like acting out a character and getting very playful. I love it. I don’t think I could go back to dancing on a stage.” “You get a good sense of being able to play with the audience,” Michele says. “You can interact more. We do a lot of that, which I think the audience appreciates. It brings them into the story.” She’s particularly proud that, even with frequent performances scattered throughout the month, no two Pur shows are the same: “There might be one or two numbers we’ve done before, but we always pair them with completely new stuff. That’s part of the challenge for me and the girls. Nobody wants to see the same show several times.” So what exactly is the story, the overall theme you’re trying to get across, I ask. Everyone turns and points at Michele with such synchronicity I half suspect they planned it. She gives a “What, ME?” smile and gets to it: “We’re very much about the mystery, the choreography and trying to really transport the audience. In today’s reality, people just don’t have the money to go to Vegas. We think
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Left: The PUR crew performs at Room 929. Right: PUR leader Jenee’ Michele.
of ourselves as a great alternative to hopping a plane to New York or Vegas. We’re by no means straight-up professional dancers, but we’re not trying to be. There’s something very empowering about the group numbers. It’s a crazy sisterhood, and there’s something really cool about seeing the girls pull it together and nail their choreography. They maybe didn’t grow up dancing, they’re single moms or working two jobs, but god love ’em, they make this happen.” Empowerment. That theme comes up again and again in discussions of burlesque, and for good reason. “It’s like there’s something innate in women that this taps into,” Laura Breece, another of Michele’s students, says. “There’s a definite energy in the classes. Every single woman comes out feeling like they can roar and do anything.” “It’s all about taking care of yourself,” Lamb says. “Carving some time out of our weeks for ourselves and to do something just for us. It’s like RuPaul says, ‘If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love anybody else?’ ” Burlesque fans will have a double shot of action tonight: aside from Pur’s Room 929 performance, details below, Crème de les Femmes performs at the “Evening of Holiday Delight” show at Birdy’s at 9 p.m., admission $5 ($4 with a canned good.) Dec. 21, 10 p.m., $5 929 Westfield Blvd., 252-2600, therippleinn.com
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A Very Phoenix Xmas 6: Our Goose Is Cooked We awarded four stars to the
Phoenix’s annual holiday spectacular
(Dec. 21-22, 7 p.m.; Dec. 23, 8 p.m.), praising Kyle Ragsdale’s contributions as scenic designer, Bryan Fonseca and Lori Raffel’s helms-personship as curators of the production and the mixed bag of skits, which touch on topics including Santa’s elves (now on strike), the economy of Christmas, interfaith families and horny reindeer.
ISO’s Yuletide Celebration
Juggling with the ISO.
We’ll cede the floor to Rita Kohn for her take on the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s annual monthlong Yuletide Celebration (Dec. 21-23, 2 and 7:30 p.m.): “The multitude of costumes glitter, the choreography zings and the company of singers and dancers are energized. It’s a fun time all around.” Plus, there are dancing Santas and songs by co-hosts Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway .
A holiday omnibus As one might expect, there’s not a whole lot going on this week that might populate an event calendar. Your Christmas parties, your Festivals of Lights, your non-denominational giftgiving ceremonies, your feats of strength; they’re all well and good, but they don’t really fill this space. So we’re going to bring back a few events previously mentioned in the paper, figuring you might find the reminders somehow helpful.
A Christmas Carols That’s right; there are two of them. The Indiana Repertory Theatre’s A Christmas Carol (Dec. 21, 7 p.m.; Dec. 22, 6 p.m.; Dec. 23, 7 p.m.; Dec. 24, 1 and 4 p.m.) finds, according to us, “the right balance between Victorian dignity, Gothic moodiness and a playful stage physicality.” For unfettered invention, check out
ComedySportz’s A Christmas Carol, Unscripted (Dec. 23, 10 p.m.), which
uses the structure of Dickens’ tale while making alterations to increase the humor quotient, like turning Tiny Tim into a fat kid.
Willy Wonka Check out Katelyn Coyne’s review (pg. 21) of the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre’s production of Willy Wonka (Dec. 21-23, 7 p.m.), which runs through Jan. 6 at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel . The Wonkavator is evidently a sight to see,
The Beef & Boards crew.
A Beef & Boards Christmas B&B’s annual variety show (Dec. 21-22, 1 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 23, 8 p.m.) is musical theater comfort food, says Lisa Gauthier Mitchison in a three-star review: “After my two-year motherhood sabbatical, coming back to Beef & Boards’ Christmas show was like spending an evening with an old friend. Instead of themes and shtick, this variety show presents what it does best: solid vocals, elegant dancing (choreographed by Doug King) and exquisite costumes (Jill Kelly).”
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Memorial to Christopher Hitchens @ Center for Inquiry-Indiana
The mission of the Center for InquiryIndiana is to “foster a secular society based
on science, reason, freedom of inquiry and humanist values.” Christopher Hitchens, who died Thursday at age 62 as a result of a complication of esophageal cancer, espoused similar values during his life, particularly in polemical studies concerning atheism (2007’s God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything) and Mother Teresa (1995’s The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice), whom he called “a fanatic, a fundamentalist and a fraud.” He was good for similar quotes on subjects ranging from British
literature to the Iraq war (which he steadfastly supported), often on chat shows where he perennially looked as if he had risen from a cot and hooked on a Lavalier without stopping to comb his hair or fix his tie. Serra Head and Adam Crane Hitchens looking doúr. of CFI-Indiana will celebrate his legacy Thursday with a program of audio and video clips of Hitchens; attendees are invited to share their favorite Hitchens quotes as well. Dec. 22, 7 p.m., free 350 Canal Walk, Ste. A, 423-0710, centerforinquiry.net/indy
Cathy Morris and Woomblies
Christmas Eve Sing-a-long
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@ Chatterbox Jazz Club
Party band The Woomblies, whose song list ranges from ZZ Top to The Commodores to Violent Femmes and back, has been working with electric violinist Cathy Morris these past few months to give a fresh spin on the hard rock catalogue. Morris has been trying out other new settings in the recent past; for instance, playing alongside soul singer Jennie DeVoe and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in November. The Woomblies and Morris pair up this weekend for a Christmas show at The Rathskeller’s Kellersaal Ballroom; expect the traditional carols, along with a few surprises.
Jane Pozek will keep things lively well into the night on Christmas Eve at the Chatterbox, leading a sing-a-long on the piano for the club’s faithful.
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Free admission @ YMCA
From Monday, Dec. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 31, friends and family of YMCA members are encouraged to visit all YMCAs of Greater Indianapolis free of charge. Don’t take this as an endorsement — or the opposite of an endorsement either — but we like to alert readers to free things whenever possible, and gyms, well, they’re not always so cheap. Consider it a Christmas gift — although, like the JCC, the YMCA prefers to refer to itself by its acronym these days, since some folks are excluded from a Young Men’s Christian Association. Dec. 26-31, hours and locations vary 266-9622, indymca.org
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Ra-Jen Red looks on as her Tornado Sirens slaughter Toronto’s CN Power, 266-67, at the Pepsi Coliseum Saturday. Both Naptown Roller Girls teams won by triple-digit margins, with the Warning Belles beating Louisville’s Derby City Roller Girls 192-57.
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Newly merged cycling team unique to Midwest BY M I CA H L IN G E DI T O RS @N U V O . N E T PH O T O S BY M A R K LE E On a recent December Saturday morning, about 25 guys met for coffee and bagels at Zipp Speed Weaponry, a manufacturer of bicycle parts and components on the west side of Indianapolis. They happen to be some of the best cyclists in the nation, and were meeting for the first time as a group. The cyclists are members of Bissell ABG NUVO, a mouthful of a name that came into being when, about a month ago, the NUVO Cycling team merged with Bissell Cycling and Advantage Benefits, an official pro-development feeder cycling team. There was instant cohesion in the room — although they came from several different teams, many had already spent quite a bit of time with the others during training or races. Team directors Derek Witte, Declan Doyle and Aaron Hubbell walked the athletes through the upcoming season’s schedule and the demands of being part of a team of this caliber. They discussed how to work as a team, and how to let go of a selfish mentality. Hubbell summed up his philosophy: “The times that you’re going to win the most races are the times when you’re not worrying about yourself. This is why we’re meeting with these guys now — so that when we’re racing they’re not worrying about getting to know each other.” They’re planning another team-building meeting in early spring, possibly in the Smokey Mountain region. Races begin in early March and proceed well into the fall. The Bissell guys are based in Michigan, and the NUVO guys are (obviously) local, so it takes some effort to get everyone in the same room.
The European model The roster ranges from teenagers to cyclists pushing 40 years old. Hubbell says that this concept is based more on the European model, where older cyclists mentor younger ones, helping them prepare for professional competition. He and Doyle believe that this team is the only one like it in the country, one that gives younger riders the opportunity to grow alongside their elders. Team member Alexey Vermeulen is only 16 years old, and is currently riding with a national team; he’ll spend most of the year training in Europe. There are
The Bissell ABG NUVO team practices at Eagle Creek Park. In canoe: Alex Weiseler (front) and Derek Graham. Below on bike: Westo n Luzadder.
nine cyclists under the age of 23, which is rare for a team. Mac Brennan goes to school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which, according to Hubbell, “may as well be a different planet.” Doyle is originally from Ireland; Alex Vanias is originally from Greece. Outside of cycling, what do these guys have in common? Not much; but they’re about to spend a pretty significant piece of their lives together. And that’s what they want: to share and teach. Doyle observed: “We made some mistakes in our cycling careers, and we want to teach them not to make the same mistakes. It’s going to be a fun year.” When Hubbell passed around pictures of the new “kit” — essentially, what their uniforms will look like — these elite athletes became like children; it was everyone’s birthday. They talked about the shoe options, helmets, sunglasses; new toys all around.
Team building The significant funds that are making this merger possible come from a still-growing list of sponsors: Bissell, Advantage Benefits Group, NUVO, Cultural Trail, Giant, BGI, SRAM, Zipp, Turner Appliance, Ameritrex, Bell, and Oakley. The team will certainly take part in the Mass Ave Crit, a NUVO-sponsored race that has grown bigger and bigger over the years, drawing tougher competition. The best way to stay up-to-date is to follow the team’s Twitter at BissellABG_NUVO. Many of the guys on the roster have their own accounts and will be responsible for keeping people in the know about their races and their progress. From Zipp, the guys headed to the woods for a Team Building Adventure course at
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Eagle Creek. They chose teams and had to orienteer and problem-solve, out of their element — meaning, off bikes — in order to earn points. The teams had to do everything from bushwhacking to canoeing, in temperatures just above freezing. Everyone survived and felt stronger for it. They also had a team dinner and a brisk bike ride the following morning. When they meet in the spring, team leaders hope the team will be stronger and better poised to win races. The merger, which came out of talks that began in April, couldn’t be of greater significance to Doyle. “It means that two or three of these guys will be pro by July of next year; that’s massive. It’s pretty hard for a Midwest kid to get on a pro team, period.”
A&E REVIEWS VISUAL ART 2011 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT EXHIBITION HERRON SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN; THROUGH DEC. 22 r
Anna Martinez, “I’ll fuck you till you love me.”
Two standouts in Herron’s annual undergrad exhibition deal with architecture as a subject. Marna Shopoff’s painting “Sears, Roebuck & Co. Where Dreams are Made” (oil on canvas) portrays a complex of bluish white buildings, as luminous as the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz and against a sepia/gray background. And then there’s Matthew Osborn’s “Hotel & Parking Garage” (cherry, hickory, and glass), which could work equally well as a coffee table or as an architecturally-inspired piece of art. Anna Martinez’s oil painting “I’ll fuck you till you love me” and James Wolfarth’s “End of the Line” (charcoal on paper) are perhaps the most shocking works here. The former portrays a pussy cat, looking cute and vulnerable. But you know that there’s more than just surface in this particular painting, which seems to reveal, metaphorically, a sad truth about certain human relationships. In “End of the Line,” however, what you see is what you get; you see a young man — the subject of the drawing — his pants down and his naked ass facing you. His face is turned towards you too, with an expression of shock, as if you’ve just surprised him while he was masturbating. The portrayal seems naturalistic enough (except for his hand that appears
somewhat wooden). I was at first put off by this work. But haven’t we all been caught in situations like this, at one time or another? — DAN GROSSMAN
THEATER ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA BOOTH TARKINGTON CIVIC THEATRE, DIRECTED BY ROBERT SORBRERA; THROUGH JAN. 17 t Walking into Civic Theatre’s production of Willy Wonka, I expected grand things from resident designer Ryan Koharchik. He didn’t disappoint: Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale offers many opportunities for theater magic, from fizzy lifting drink and the chocolate river to the whimsical glass elevator, and Koharchik’s grand set presented these moments in innovative ways that showcased the capabilities of Civic’s new home, including a rail system capable of lifting people not only up and down, but “sideways and slantways and longways and backways,” as the show’s Wonkavator would have it. The production features another improvement to the organization: kid stars trained in their newly-improved educational program. The young actors, in principal roles, gave inspirational performances that remind what it’s like to dream big. For instance, Noah McCarty-Slaugher, in the role of Charlie Bucket, exuded a passion for performing that infected the entire ensemble
of actors, both child and adult. As Willy Wonka, recent IU graduate John O’Brien has big shoes to fill. It’s nearly impossible not to think of Gene Wilder in his quintessential role. O’Brien did an admirable job of living up to the candy man we all know and love, but he largely failed to make the part his own. Regardless, the play presented an energetic ensemble, toe-tapping numbers and stunning design elements, all of which culminated to make for a magical experience. — KATELYN COYNE
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF LANGSTON HUGHES’ BLACK NATIVITY MADAME WALKER THEATRE CENTRE, DEC. 16-18 e The Walker’s spirited production of poet/dramatist Langston Hughes’ iconic choreo-poem retelling of the Birth of Jesus (based on the Gospel of St. Luke) was propelled by the forces of gospel music, modern dance and preaching. Throughout, the singing, acting and choreographed movement was equally powerful and nuanced, bringing multiple layers of meaning to the fore. Developed to show the personal effects of this miracle 2,011 years ago, the cast brought us into witnessing and absorbing. We were with Joseph and Mary in their desperate need to find a place to birth a child, and then in their amazement at the gifts and adoration. Act 1 of Hughes’s play, “The Child is Born,” is framed as a narrative story with vignettes,
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Christine Pedi at the Cabaret. moving us through the journey to Bethlehem. Act 2, “The Word is Spread,” is set at a 1961 church service, parishioners replete in vintage clothing. The play reminds through powerful preaching to reflect upon the true meaning of the birth of Jesus as a force within us: “We are busy complaining about what we think we don’t have and ought to have, when in reality we should be thankful for what we do have.” Hughes’ enduring message is that the star that brought us to the manger is still shining, and we need only make the effort to find it and retain the initial spirit of gratitude for miracles surrounding us daily. Director Sherri Brown-Webster and music director the Rev. Gregory Squires created a production close to the original appearing on Dec. 11, 1961, at the 41st Street Theatre in New York City. This joyous community celebration brimmed with dedicated excellence by a cast giving 200 percent. Bravo to all involved. — RITA KOHN
SUKI LUE’S TRAVELIN’ JUKE JOINT INDYFRINGE THEATRE, DIRECTED BY DEBORAH ASANTE; DEC. 16-17 e In all, Deborah Asante and friends created a real experience with their Travelin’ Juke Joint, presented at IndyFringe last weekend. As the doors of the theater swung open, the sounds of hot music and the formidable Black Pearl (Keesha Dixon) greeted all who entered. With a complimentary drink in everyone’s hand, the Juke Joint heated up. Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles was on hand serving up wings at what felt like an underground speakeasy that we’d all just stumbled into out of the cold. Before the show, Asante, as Suki Lue, explained the concept of a “juke joint” to those of us less informed, then mandated that we all dance to the beats of James Brown. The effect was brilliant: The crowd loosened up to Brown’s funk, dropping their inhibitions for a moment. As the stage portion of the evening got underway, Suki Lue introduced a wild cast of characters, including the international star Jazelle (Jasmine Bailey), Little Momma (Empress Marlena) and the harmonica toting “Hot Lips” (Ken Skelton). A trio of musicians offered accompaniment as, one by one, the soulful ladies stood up to sing. The performance was meandering and unpredictable in the best way possible. Finally, Suki Lue closed things off with a story that reminded us to celebrate our individuality. — KATELYN COYNE
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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE WISDOM TOOTH THEATRE AT THEATRE ON THE SQUARE, DIRECTED BY MATTHEW SOCEY; DEC. 15-18 y Local radio personality and NUVO correspondent Matthew Socey directed and made a cameo appearance in Wisdom Tooth Theatre’s latest offering, a radio play rendition of It’s A Wonderful Life featuring five actors portraying 46 characters, plus sound engineers creating a buffet of sound effects. Though Socey’s director’s notes stipulated not to expect “imitations of Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed or Lionel Barrymore ... on stage,” Anderson student and actor Tristen Rodden captured the warmth of Stewart’s George Bailey, sometimes giving spoton line readings straight from the film. Overall, the cast did an exceptional job of making the memorable moments of the film their own. Most notably, character actors Kelly Gualdoni and Adam Tran, who together portrayed more than a dozen roles, refreshed the radio drama by uninhibitedly diving into characters both young and old. In doing so, Gualdoni and Tran captured the most exciting part of watching a live radio drama — actors stretching their capabilities through the power of their own voices. That said, the script, a shorter version of the screenplay, misstepped at moments by relying too heavily on our collective memory of sight gags from the movie. In addition, unrealistic and overly busy on-stage action made it difficult to focus on the voice talent, which was ultimately the most interesting part of the show. — KATELYN COYNE
MUSIC CHRISTINE PEDI: THERE’S NO BIZNESS LIKE SNOW BIZNESS CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB; DEC. 15-18 e I can’t think of a more elegant and sophisticated setting for New York-style cabaret than the Columbia Club. Last Thursday night’s searing wind made the lights from the Monument Circle tree sway, creating tracers through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Crystal Terrace room. What a picture-perfect backdrop for a Christmas-themed show! Christine Pedi wasn’t 100 percent on opening night, but she was forgiven. Pedi is an easy-
going performer who doesn’t get fazed easily. Her flight odyssey from New York made for good storytelling, and she and her pianist, Matthew Ward, gave the audience a top-of-the-line variety show. While Pedi is known for her roles in Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood, and is starring in two shows concurrently OffBroadway (not to mention her Sirius XM Radio show), her show-stoppers weren’t her ballads or Broadway numbers, but her impressions. From the likes of Cher and Charo, to her “12 Days of Christmas” Diva Grab Bag that included a spoton Bernadette Peters, Pedi is a laugh-meister. Additional proof that she owns the title were her homage to the departure of Oprah to the tune of “Those Were the Days” and the song “Occupy Christmas,” as well as a snipe at reindeer hunting with Sarah Palin. While you can get dinner (and I recommend you do) at the Cabaret at the Columbia, don’t mistake this for “dinner the-
Marna Shopoff, “Where Dreams are Made.”
ater.” Leave your jeans in the closet and dust off something posh to wear for an evening that takes you up a notch in Indianapolis theater. — LISA GAUTHIER MITCHISON
COMEDY ABSURD THIRD THURSDAYS AT WHITE RABBIT CABARET; DEC. 15 r The White Rabbit may be home to a burlesque troupe, but every third Thursday, comics take the place over to provide entertainment of a more cerebral kind. The match-up makes sense: Back in the day, skits and one-liners provided filler before the dancing girls; one had to listen to jokes before one got to see tatas. Last night was the White Rabbit’s twelfth such comedy show, and there certainly were a lot of laughs and some quality comics. Host Isaac Landfert warmed up the sparse crowd of polite, smart, mostly twentysomethings; he was comfortable on stage and seemed to enjoy every minute of his time up there. Hometown hero Jimmy Roberson, who can’t stop being featured on rooftopcomedy.com, followed. Roberson is funny, though his style is a curious one. One worries that he’s going to forget the next word of his joke, but that’s part of the fun; he’s the king of the pause, and once you catch his rhythm, his material will win you over. This guy is one to watch. Another undeniable treasure is Cam O’Connor, who slid into his set with a devil-may-care attitude that put the crowd at ease. Whether the audience laughs or not, O’Connor always seems to have a good time, ultimately giving the audience permission to relax. Headliner Marques (Marcus) Bunn has been working for 14 years, accumulating over an hour and a half of material over time. The forty minutes he
shared with the White Rabbit crowd was thoroughly enjoyable. Bunn sets himself apart from other headliners with interesting, really creative, impressions. Everyone does a Christopher Walken, but Bunn does Walken singing No Doubt’s “Bananas.” He does Gordon Ramsey yelling at people about using a microwave wrong and imagines Matthew McConaughey and Owen Wilson as James Bond. Beyond impressions, Bunn makes stories about going to the track and shopping at Old Navy hilarious. Anyone who works talk of a Trapper Keeper into a comedy routine in the present decade deserves some credit. — BEVERLY BRADEN
BOOKS SPEAK TO THE EARTH: PAGES FROM A FARMWIFE’S JOURNAL BY RACHEL PEDEN INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS, PAPER, $19.95 e Rachel Peden (1901-1975) experienced the life of a farm wife with a knowing heart. She recognized the hard realities of making a living off the land, while savoring the rewards of connecting, for instance, with the hornet that built its home of paper; or the indigenous plants that popped up in a well-tended garden, stayed a season and moved elsewhere; or the possum gathering leaves onto her tail, curling it and carrying the load to build a nest. Peden is poetic or blunt, as the need arises, as she carries us through a year of observations. A typical spring entry: “The February day was ending in a cold sunset ... a dazzling silver disk in a gray muslin sky …” And soon comes sum-
mer: “It is June and the wheat is ripening … The morning light is blue and gold, the color of contentment …” The insightful foreword by Scott Russell Sanders and inviting drawings by Sidonie Coryn are lovely companions for this collection of brief essays. It is best savored slowly, read aloud in companionship with another or alone, for the sheer pleasure of hearing voice give flight to well-crafted prose. Originally published in 1974. —RITA KOHN
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Surprisingly good hotel food BY N E I L CH A R LE S N CH A RL E S @N U V O . N E T Hotel restaurants have always had a credibility issue: Many travelers don’t like to eat in them because to do so carries the appearance of desperation. All too often quality is compromised by the need to provide three meals a day in addition to room service, and ingredients are often sourced at the national level, rather than on a local basis. Although Indianapolis has its share of decent hotel restaurants downtown, Grille 39 is the first I can recall this far from the center of things which deserves to become an attraction for local diners. On a recent visit at 8:30 on a Saturday evening, we were somewhat dismayed to find that, not only were we the only customers in the entire place, but that the tables had already been set for breakfast service. Dreading a lackluster dinner from a second-string kitchen crew, we were therefore pleasantly surprised when the entire experience considerably surpassed our expectations. Not only did the food come out promptly, hot and impec-
cably plated, the ingredients were also fresh-tasting and of high quality. Chef Philip Kromer has arranged his dinner menu in a clear and logical fashion, omitting superfluous flourishes and keeping the number of choices to a manageable few. Meats are grilled on an 1,800-degree infrared broiler, ensuring a wonderful sear and a juicy interior to the steaks. Seafood is either grilled, sautéed or baked. In addition to meat and fish, there’s a good selection of sandwiches and salads as well as a couple of soups of the day. Particularly appealing is the selection of vegetables, embellishments and sauces, effectively allowing the diner to indulge in any number of variations around the protein. With my impeccable sautéed diver scallops ($27), I chose a garlicky aioli with asparagus and a perfectly al dente parmesan risotto. We also enjoyed a superbly flavorful filet steak ($37), with a classically-prepared béarnaise sauce, and the grilled chicken ($24), perfectly scented with sage, and juicily tender but still firm. This latter had all the hallmarks of a free range bird, but I wasn’t able to verify this. Perhaps the standout main course was my wife’s delicately sauced lobster spaghetti ($28), which featured a light and richly-flavored alfredo sauce laced with large chunks of obviously real lobster and a touch of basil. Equally impressive were the appetizers, including a loose and profoundly meaty crab cake ($14.75), artfully served with a dash of key lime mustard sauce. Garnished
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Grill 39’s filet steaks.
with julienne vegetables on a plate resembling an artist’s palette (complete with thumb hole), this was a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth. A trio of pulled pork sliders ($11.50), served on brioche buns, possessed an agreeably vinegary tang and a melting texture. More ordinary, but nonetheless tasty for that, was a handful of barbecued shrimp ($14.75.) Advertised as “wicked,” these weren’t as fiercely spicy as we had expected; a good thing, perhaps. The only mild disappointment of the evening was the choice of breads, which included a sweet cinnamon toast that might better have been kept for breakfast.
CULINARY PICKS LULU’S RELOCATES
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Lulu’s Electric Cafe, an independent coffeehouse located on the corner of 86th Street and Ditch Road for 14 years, recently moved a few blocks west, changing its name and expanding its menu in the process. LuLu’s Coffee + Bakehouse, stationed at 2292 W. 86th St., at the intersection of 86th Street and Township Line Road, has a few more drinks and dishes to offer than its predecessor, including Italian sodas, loose leaf teas, a gluten-free quiche and a spicy roast beef sandwich. Plus, the new location is a bit more green, with LED lighting and reclaimed construction materials. More info at luluscoffeeandbakehouse.com, or call 317-879-1995. If you have an item for the Culinary Picks, send an email at least two weeks in advance to email@example.com.
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LUNCH: 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. DINNER: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
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Patrick’s Kitchen, now open at the Brick Street Inn, 175 S. Main St., in downtown Zionsville is a 50-seat restaurant with 10 taps of craft beers, including Flat 12 Walkabout Pale, Sun King WeeMuckle and Cream Ale, People’s Mr. Brown. Indiana Brews in Chicago: Farmhouse “Farm to Tavern restaurant” at 228 W. Chicago Ave., celebrates Midwestern craft beers including Indiana’s Three Floyds Pride & Joy and Dreadnaught, and Barley Island’s Barfly IPA. Open daily 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Tomlinson Tap Room, Beer and Food Pairing, 5:308:30 p.m.; $25. Hamilton Beverage Center, 2290 116th St., Carmel, beer tasting, 5 p.m.; call 317-844-0872. Bare Hands Brewery, newly opened in Granger, Ind., at 12801 Sandy Court, joins the recently opened Four Horsemen Brewing Company in the Mishawaska-South Bend area.
BY RITA KOHN
DEC. 22-23 Christmas beers are specials with tones of holiday spices adding to aroma and taste appeal along with body warmth with each sip. Check out your favorites, but verify holiday schedules before heading to a brewpub or brewery. Some suggestions coming to Beer Buzz’s mailbox include: • • • • • • • • •
Bier’s Chocolate Mint Stout Thr3e Wise Men’s Mount Crumpet Christmas Ale Triton’s Gingerbread Brown Flat 12’s Sugar Plum Milk Stout, Brandy-aged Pale Ale, Fruitcake IPA and Hot Cocoa Milk Stout Upland’s Teddy Bear Kisses Rock Bottom’s Old Curmudgeon Strong Red Ale (downtown location) Sun King‘s crab apple infused Holiday Beer Half Moon’s slightly sweet and malty-flavored KokoMonster Oaken Barrel’s Epiphany Belgian Triple.
Flat 12 Bierwerks taproom, concludes “12 Biers of Christmas” with Barrel Jack, a barrel-aged version of Flat Jack Pumpkin Ale, and barrel-aged Glazed Ham Porter, offering a taste of ham with bourbon. Jan. 14, 2012, is Flat 12’s first anniversary; watch for an event.
Rock Bottom College Park, every Wednesday happy-hour menu all day, 317-471-8840 Birdy’s, beer tasting, every first Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. Crown Liquors, beer tastings every Friday. Check time by location. If you have an item for Beer Buzz, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for Beer Buzz is Thursday noon before the Wednesday of publication.
MOVIES The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo BY E D JO H N S O N - O TT EJO H N S O N O T T @N U V O . N E T
e (R) The opening credits for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo feature the kind of creepy-cool imagery and threatening industrial music you might associate with a vintage Nine Inch Nails video. The credits confirm the suspicion – Music by NIN main man Trent Reznor (see bottom of page for a rock musician “Fun Fact”) and Atticus Ross. Reznor and Fincher first teamed up on Seven, and the boys’ feel-bad outlook hasn’t diminished over the years. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the American adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larsson’s hugely successful trilogy. All three novels were made into hit Swedish films, but most Americans hate subtitles, so Fincher was invited to do his take on the grim goings-on. The story. Recently disgraced in court by his enemies, journalist Mikael Blomkvist
(Daniel Craig, appropriately subdued), takes a case that will get him out of the spotlight for a while. His task is to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a young girl decades ago from a private island inhabited by the Vangers, a rich, weird family with more simmering resentments than a Republican presidential candidates’ dinner party. Blomkvist hires a highly recommended assistant, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara, in a star-making performance). She’s an incredibly skilled computer hacker with a sullen demeanor and a punk/goth look. Lisbeth was declared a ward of the state years ago, and her warrior facade is just one of many protective measures she took after being raped. Dark enough for you? There’s more: Nazis, serial killing, incest, torture. Merry Christmas, everybody, would you like a dollop of strychnine-laced whipped cream on your mincemeat pie? The story is dense, the atmosphere is tense (and that rhyme was unplanned). Fincher’s approach is methodical and unhurried. I’ve seen the original film trilogy and knew what was going to happen, but Fincher’s vision still held my attention, even with a running time of nearly two hours and 40 minutes. However, there is a big speed bump about 20 minutes before the closing credits. Not enough to ruin the ride, but it definitely gives your shocks a workout. Here’s the non-spoiler deal: After Mikael and Lizbeth team up, their adventures dominate the proceedings to the point that you
Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo .
nearly forget the case they are working on. When their story reaches its climax, it feels like the end of the movie. But wait, we still have to wrap up the whole disappearanceof-the-young-girl-decades-ago thang. Keep that in mind and perhaps you won’t find the last 20 minutes as anticlimactic as I did. Or maybe you will, since the revelations aren’t as startling as they’re supposed to be. If you’ve watched Law and Order or similar TV procedurals, you’ve seen similar twists before. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is stylish and gripping. Be ready for some horrifying images, including a deeply-disturbing rape
scene that manages to portray the nightmarish experience without feeling exploitative, a feat the original film could not (or did not want to) manage. Post-Review Fun Fact: Do you know why solo artists (with sidemen) like Trent Reznor adopt rock band names like Nine Inch Nails rather than simply using their own? Because people buy way more t-shirts with cool band names than t-shirts with somebody’s name on them. I always reckoned it was about art and image, but it’s just business. Who’d have thought?
FILM CLIPS OPENING
The following are reviews of films currently playing in Indianapolis area theaters. Reviews are written by Ed Johnson-Ott (EJO) unless otherwise noted. THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN u (PG)
An animated feature done in the style of Polar Express, where the characters are just realistic enough to look creepy. So many dead eyes! So many characters that look like some poor sap dressed in a mascot costume at a ball park! Give me cartoons or real actors – don’t try to blend the two. The story plays like a feature length stunt show – yes, there are some impressive visuals, but the production is so over-choreographed that there is no sense of anything being at stake. Overall, it’s far more tiresome than fun. No thank you. 104 minutes.
THE ARTIST (PG-13)
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra named Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems like the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. 100 minutes. Read Ed’s review Thursday at nuvo.net.
THE DARKEST HOUR (PG-13)
Five young people find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. The trailer highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside lots of special effects. Starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minhella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman. 89 minutes.
WAR HORSE e (PG-13)
Epic tale of a horse and its travels during World War II, from rural England to various parts of war-torn Europe. Steven Spielberg directs the adaptation of the celebrated play, offering an episodic odyssey with visuals and a score reminiscent of such lush films as Lassie Come Home, with some PG-13 style Saving Private Ryan violence to reflect on the horror of war. You have to decide early on whether to roll your eyes at the cornucopia of perfect sunsets and syrupy strings or surrender to Spielberg’s vision. I chose to surrender and I found the film moving and involving. Not especially deep, but moving and involving nonetheless. 146 minutes.
WE BOUGHT A Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs the based-on-fact story about a single dad (Matt Damon) who decides his family needs a fresh ZOO start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places – a zoo. (PG) With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory. 124 minutes.
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Long-time mixtape maker finally gets a break B Y G A L E N D E K E MP E R M U S I C@N U V O . N E T
nlike political candidates, who operate around election cycles, Atlanta-based rapper 2Chainz has been on his Kickstand Campaign trail nonstop for well over a decade. With eight mixtapes to his name and a steadily growing fanbase, the good times are rolling for this rapper, who is also known as Tity Boi. His special engagement at Cloud 9 will be one of the last, biggest shows of the year for Indianapolis. 2Chainz’ latest offering, T.R.U. REALigion, has been downloaded over one million times since its Nov. 1 release. Its ascendant ode to currency circulation, “Spend It,” has made 2Chainz a popular crosstown topic of conversation this holiday season. You can be sure every wise man and woman in town will be following the bright star to Cloud 9 this Thursday for the opportunity to hear 2Chainz preach his gospel. On the intro to T.R.U. REALigion, 2Chainz thanks “griming” for his current moment in the spotlight, a word he made up that denotes a mix of grinding and timing. The man has demonstrated a knack for both. He arrived at his last birthday party in a helicopter, has a security detail that accompanies him in a taxidermy-covered pickup truck and must use a space ship to reach the condo he claims to own on Jupiter in the music video to his single
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Chevy Downs album cover
“Goodnight.” The song features a beat from the Honorable C Note and amounts to 2Chainz’s dismissal of those who are “sleeping on him,” a category that continues to shrink every second. Tity Boi has been 2Chainz’s nickname since childhood, since he was the firstborn breastfed infant in a community where baby formula was a common substitute. Tity Boi, né Tauheed Epps, attended Alabama State University in the late ’90s, where he played college basketball and studied business before he turning his attention to the rap game. For years, Tity Boi and his partner Dolla Boy built names for themselves as P.L.A.Y.A.Z. Circle (Preparing Legal Assets for Years from A-Z), with no help from record labels or radio play and a determination to speak to the streets. Then, a popular single with Lil’ Wayne, “Duffle Bag Boy,” brought the duo international recognition. An affiliation with Ludacris and his DTP crew further cemented Tity Boi’s presence as a relevant figure. Now, under his more accessible nom de plume, 2Chainz has reached the pinnacle of mixtape stardom, as T.R.U. REALigion bears DJ Drama’s “Gangsta Grillz” seal of approval. 2Chainz, who calls himself a Kama Sutra reader and a Conjure drinker, uses his business acumen and demonstrative lifestyle as the basis for his motivational tales of portfolio growth, relationship development, and reflections on the struggles of life. 2Chainz says, “The only way to build a movement is through movement,” and his 150-plus tour dates in the past year are testament to his work ethic. He remains too busy accumulating luxuries to allow himself the luxury of days off and you can expect him to be looking fresh as a good dream when he steps into the club on Thursday night. In addition to his Cloud 9 performance, 2Chainz will appear at an all ages meet and greet at R & S Menswear at the Lafayette Square Mall around 5 p.m.
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Holiday Hootenanny The Chevy Downs Band reunites BY RO B N ICHOLS M USIC@ N UVO.NET If there was an Indianapolis band that seemed to have the right ingredients for a bit of Americana success, it was The Chevy Downs Band. Made up of guys who had spent time in a couple of the state’s most interesting rock bands, this was the one group that ended up splintering too soon. It has been more than 15 years since the Wilco-esque band first got together, and we’ll never know if they would have been bigger if they had hung together longer. But, the boys are back to rock for at least one more night, with a holiday party at Birdy’s that allows us to revisit the greatness that burned not long enough. A pair of singer/songwriters, David Moore (Chamberlain) and Tim Jones (Old Pike, now with Truth & Salvage Co.) were at the core of the band. The group also included Jason Brammer (Old Pike) on bass, Seth Greathouse (Chamberlain) on mandolin and banjo, John Byrne (Mere Mortals) on pedal steel, dobro and guitar and Andrew Snyder on drums. I found Byrne, and got the scoop on how the gang of pretend brothers (they
each adopted a name and persona — ala the Traveling Wilburys — to become the Downs Brothers) decided to reunite. NUVO: OK, tell the story. JOHN BYRNE: Our banjo/mandolin player, Seth, got together with our longtime friend, Ryan Hughey and his Bearded Flower Productions, and put out emails to each of us late in November about playing during the holidays. NUVO: And everyone was willing? BYRNE: Within a day or two, everyone but Tim Jones had confirmed, and that was only because he was making his way home to Los Angeles from the completion of the 2011 Truth & Salvage Company tour. He was somewhere on the East Coast. NUVO: So, after, the band said yes? BYRNE: Ryan and Seth found a venue, got a date, and commenced to put Bearded Flower’s promotional machine to work, replete with a handful of merchandise for our audience to make up for their holiday shopping deficiencies. NUVO: You think people need some merchandise bribe to get them out their door to come see one of the greatest countryrock bands to ever hail from Indy? BYRNE: I mean, seriously, what family member wouldn’t cherish the opportunity to tear open a package on Christmas morning to find a gleaming Chevy Downs commemorative flask shining back at them? The event is presented by Bearded Flower Productions.
The boys of The Chevy Downs Band
New Year’s Eve Event Roundup A Standard Christmas Carols by Kid Kazooey
Joyful Noise Flexi-Disc Series Hometapes Christmas Mixtape
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December 31, 8:00pm
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Spend a rockin’ elegant evening at the amazing Kessler Mansion with live music feat. Borrow Tomorrow, Mardelay and DJ OhBeOne.
Full Open Bar ★ Buffett ★ L Lounge Ball Drop on a Massive Screen ★ Champagne Toast at Midnight Dress like your favorite Hollywood Star! Prizes and Oscars will be awarded.
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NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY INDY CD AND VINYL 806 Broad Ripple Ave. Call 317-259-1012 for holiday hours.
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Indy CD and Vinyl Holiday Gift Guide ‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the city People still had to shop for their presents, oh what a pity Excuse my extremely lame pun (and for a much better rendition, turn to our cover story on page 10). Missed our Don’ t Miss feature from last week? Never fear; Indy CD and Vinyl has crafted a holiday gift guide for the music lover in your life. Below, ten picks from the Broad Ripple store to make your holiday shopping a dream. All selections are from the Indy CD and Vinyl staff. White Stripes Seven-Inch Singles “Third Man Records releases out of print White Stripes 7” singles including a cover version of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and a special “Merry Christmas From ...The White Stripes” which includes the B-side “Story Of The Magi/Silent Night.” These 7” records make a perfect gift for Jack White/White Stripes/Dead Weather fans.” Beastie Boys Colored Seven-Inch “As recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the Beastie Boys have issued several live and demo versions of songs on 7” vinyl from their classic album, Paul’s Boutique. Many of these 7” records contain instrumental and remix versions of their anthems and would complement any party.” Clams Casino - Instrumentals LP “Amazing new hip hop producer who has created beats for Soulja Boy and Lil B. The instrumentals are so dense that they stand strong without their vocal track accompaniment. After hearing these tracks, you’ll no doubt understand the hype around this beat maker.” Black Keys - El Camino “The Black Keys issue their latest album just in time for the holidays, and this one is
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bound to make it on many of the year’ s end Best Of lists. This album is filled with signature guitar riffs and soul-drenched choruses. It has become hard to keep this album on the shelves, and deservedly so.” Brand New - Your Favorite Weapon LP “Brand New’s debut album gets reissued for its 10th anniversary on vinyl and makes the per fect gift for fans reminiscing the days of bitter breakups and post relationship angst.” Beatles Seven-Inch Box Set “Four picture sleeve vinyl singles including “Ticket To Ride,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Hey Jude” and “Something” come with this box set that also includes a 21” x 21” poster of the fab four and a 45 adapter. This Record Store Day box set is very limited and would be a great gift for any Beatle fanatic.” M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming “M83’s latest double album is chock-full of gorgeous and gripping tracks that Pitchfork described as a “transmission from a fantasy world.” Current M83 fans will not be disappointed with this epic release while perking the ears of new fans.” I Break Horses - Hearts “A wonderful debut album from Swedish duo Maria Linden and Fredrick Balck that echoes the days of British shoegaze music. This genre continually celebrates hanging, whispered vocals and also adds elements of pulsating synths and driving beats.”
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Bob Dylan Seven-Inch Box Set “Four picture sleeve vinyl singles including “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “Like A Rolling Stone,” “Positively 4th Street,” and “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” come with this box set that also includes a sticker. This Record Store Day box set is very limited and would make a great gift for any Dylan fan.” Adele - Live At The Royal Albert Hall This two disc set includes a DVD and a CD of Adele’s live performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London and includes behind the scenes footage. 2011 was a great year for Adele with her smash hit album 21, and this performance captures her rise to stardom.”
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SOUNDCHECK THIS WEEK AT BIRDY’S
BIRDYS ANNUAL XMAS BASH W/ KISS ME UNDER THE CAMELTOE, JAKE BROTHERS, BROODIS, VINYL SHRINER, LINES OF NAZCA, HENRY FRENCH, CREME DE LES FEMMES BURLESQUE AND MORE!
THU TORNADO TUESDAY, KALO 12/29 THE INNOCENT BOYS,
FRI HERE NOW, THE LAST 12/30 THE DOMINO, BAND OF BEARDS
NEW YEARS EVE BASH
DOT DOT DOT, RIVETSHACK, THURSDAY BOOK CLUB
CHEVY DOWNS REUNION SHOW W/ OTIS GIBBS, ENDIANA, AND VOODOO SUNSHINE
SHIVA THINAKKAL, YO! AYY TEE, QWINTIS SENTIAL
SAT W/ OLD REVEL MINDS, 12/31 ATTAKULLA , 19CLARK25, AND MORE!
FRI 01/06 STEEPWATER QUAKE ENTERTAINMENT FRI SHOWCASE W/ 5 DAY TRIP, 01/20 LULLWATER, PRAGMATIC, DELL ZELL, MIDWEST STATE OF MIND SUBMITTED PHOTO
TROUBADOR TUESDAY ! W/ JAY ARMSTRONG, ETHAN OLVEY
SAT NAPTOWN ROLLERGIRLS W/ 01/21 AFTERPARTY BURY’N MCINTYRE THU INGRAM HILL W/ 02/02 MATT DUKE
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Wednesday JAZZ DAVID BAKER’S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION The Jazz Kitchen, 5377 N. College Ave. 8 p.m., prices vary, 21+
Perhaps you read our preview of this event in December’s Jazz Notes. To refresh your memory, long-time columnist Chuck Workman wrote, “Dr. Baker, who founded and led Indiana University’s Jazz Studies program to a prestigious national and international reputation, will be honored by generations of jazz musicians who studied under his tutelage. An evening of special music programs under the direction of Brent W allarab will feature the compositions of Dr. Baker by the BWJO, The David Linard T rio and the American Pianist Association’s finalist Zach Lapidus.” Black tie attire is required. RSVP with the Jazz Kitchen. ROCK MEMORY MAP, SLEEPING BAG, MAGICIAN JOHNSON The Bishop, 123 S. Walnut St. (Bloomington) 9 p.m., $5, 18+
Get a taste of Memory Map before their Nuclear New Year’s debut. They’ll be playing with fellow Bloomingtonites Sleeping Bag. They’ll also be playing with the awesomelynamed Magician Johnson. If you haven’ t made it down to the Bishop since it was the Cinemat, this is a show worth traveling for. The bar has a great selection of local beers on tap, and there’s a separate entrance for the under -21s.
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APPRECIATE MELODY INN CUSTOMER APPRECIATION NIGHT The Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St. 8 p.m., free, 21+
Free food! No cover! Free pool! No cover! Thanks, Melody Inn!
DANCE RETRO REWIND UGLY SWEATER PARTY
DUBSTEP ALTERED X-MAS
I know you’ve got some ugly Christmas sweaters hidden somewhere. If not, make a Goodwill stop on the way to the V ogue’s Retro Rewind. There will be prizes for sexiest and ugliest sweaters at the event. Dance out your Christmas gift-giving anxiety.
It’s a very merry Altered X-Mas, featuring Phenom (as Santa Claus) and Psynapse (as Dubstep Jesus). Colin Rebey’s from Chicago maintains five weekly residences in Chicago spanning all genres. IndyMojo and the G-9 Collective claim to be ready to let you ring in the holidays or drown in them, whichever you may choose. Merry Mojo Christmas!
The Vogue, 6259 N. College Ave. 10 p.m., free with toy donation, 21+
The Mousetrap, 5565 N. Keystone Ave., 10 p.m., free, 21+
SOUNDCHECK SHOWCASE AUDIO RECON SHOWCASE The Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St. 8 p.m., $5, 21+
Thursday, Dec. 22 8:30PM
Echomaker and DMA will play with special guest Dead Arm Drunk. Echomaker’s first EP is due out on Dec. 29th (with a release show planned for the White Rabbit along with NYC artist Emily W ells). Catch a preview of the event with lots of tracks from the upcoming release on display at the Mel. They play an eclectic mix of hip hop and garage jazz that needs to be heard to be fully understood. Local favorite DMA of the dissolved (and greatly missed) Jookabox will be performing as well.
BLUES JAM HOSTED BY CHARLIE CHEESEMAN, TIM DUFFY, LESTER JOHNSON & JAY STEIN
Friday Dec. 23rd
TJ REYNOLDS & THE FREEHAND ORCHESTRA | KWANZAA POPPS & THE IRB SOUND | MINA & THE WONDEROUS FLYING MACHINE | SPHIE
NEW YEAR'S EVE SHOW OF THE YEAR
Cloud 9, 5150 W, 38th St., 10 p.m., $20 + fees, 21+
See our interview with 2 Chainz on page 27.
Come celebrate with the Locals Only crew and the wonderful music of:
ROOTS CHEVY DOWNS HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
JENN CRISTY BREAKDOWN KINGS DJ DEADRISK
Birdy’s, 2131 E 71st St., 8 p.m., $12, 21+
See our interview with Chevy Downs on page 27. ROCK BLUE MOON REVUE’S HOLIDAY EXTRAVANGANZA
Radio Radio, 1119 Prospect St., 9 p.m., $6, 21+
Christmas trees and rock and roll await you at the Blue Moon Revue’s Holiday Extravanganza. This four-piece has opened for Santana, Ok Go and Los Lobos. After a decade of music-making and five years of holiday parties, they’re back at Radio Radio for their 2011 Extravaganza. They’ll perform with Genius Johnson and Kisses for Free. The $6 cover is reduced to $3 with a canned food donation for Gleaner’ s food bank. HAIR METAL HAIRBANGER’S BALL
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Triumphant conclusion for The Elms BY RO B N ICHOLS M USIC@ N UVO.NET For the now-defunct Indiana rock band The Elms, their final production — a live DVD and companion soundtrack — proves that the Indiana rockers went out while they still cared. What comes through the speakers in The Last Band on Earth is triumphant American rock-and-roll energy tinged with a layer of final show melancholy. Recorded live at their July 30, 2010 finale at Radio Radio in Indianapolis, the 110-minute, 20-song concert film and 30-track downloadable soundtrack showcases the band’s earnest delivery and amped-up guitar rock punch. Thom Daugherty’s guitar plays a starring role on this set, a majestic sound that’s dirty and elegantly unruly. The guitarist’s energy pushes singer Owen Thomas to a good place, a jubilant, emotional delivery anchored by Daugherty’s raucousness. During the four-hour final performance, The Elms revisited cuts from their entire catalog, pumping out music echoing Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen, with Daugherty showing some AC/DC and Aerosmith influence, too. This release melds those influences into a pretty damn good package. The best songs, “Unless God Appears First” and “This is How the World Will End,” cast an anthemic spell, unhurried and heartfelt, blending gospel and American rock
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and roll. “The World” borders on epic with a call-and-response duel between Thomas and Daugherty near the end. Thomas’ voice is far from a growl, his soaring vocals punctuated by healthy and genuine shouts of excitement and emotional yelps. His brother, Chris, on drums, delivers Aronoff-like slams and crashes, and gives the band a thunderous rock presence. The group never reaches the lyrical depth of Springsteen, but they draw on The Boss’ gospel and his ability to let the music tense and release. The Elms never completely lost the spiritual feel of their early days as a Christian band in Seymour, IN., and songs like “Bring a Little Love to My Door” and ”Come on Down to the Water” embody those ideals. Tunes like “She’s Cold” and “Strut” show off the band’s other side, more bluesy and groovy. Daugherty, who handled the final audio mix, leaves beautiful space for Nathan Bennett’s solid bass playing. “Thunderhead” and “The Way I Will” highlight the Bryan Adams influence. Like the ’80s rocker, The Elms wield twin guitars, loud drums and lyrics simple and memorable enough to sing along to; this is a mighty good recipe for success in a sweaty club. The music is warmly captured by engineer Mike Petrow, and the final night’s work is injected with a ’70s heartland rock sound. The band’s true success lies with their better-than-a-bar-band Middle American feel. Shot with handheld cameras, the DVD puts the viewer on stage. Edited by Owen Thomas’ multimedia company Absorb, the jittering views give the show a strange energy and a voyeuristic feel, bursting with intricate close shots. The DVD and soundtrack captures The Elms as they reach for something meaningful, doing their thing one last time.
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NEWS OF THE WEIRD
Too many caseworkers per patient Plus, the nadir of absurdity
Only the Government: Stung by criticism in 2007 that they were neglecting severely wounded service members, the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs have now gone extreme the other way, routinely providing at least a half-dozen (and as many as two dozen) caseworkers per patient. A Government Accountability Office report in October said the result was “duplication, confusion and turf battles,” according to a November Washington Post story, leaving the members and their families often conflicted and overwhelmed about prognoses. At times the Pentagon (serving active-duty personnel) and the VA (ex-military) balked over coordinating their treatments. The agencies, however, told the Post that any duplication was intentional, even though the Post cited military families who each wished they had a single, authoritative case manager they could turn to. A GAO official called the situation “crazy” and “disturbing.”
Can’t Possibly Be True
• The U.S.-Pakistan relationship has reached “the nadir of absurdity,” wrote Wired.com, after a December report in The Atlantic revealed that Pakistan “secures” its tactical nuclear weapons by moving them around the country in ordinary unmarked vans (“without noticeable defenses”). It supposedly uses the “Econolines of Doom,” “hidden” in plain sight on the country’s highways, because it fears the U.S. (its “ally”) would steal the bombs if it knew where they were. Dizzyingly, wrote Wired, the U.S. funds Pakistan yet regularly invades it, though desperately needing Pakistan’s help in Afghanistan, even as Pakistani soldiers fight alongside Afghan insurgents against the U.S. • In October, the super-enthusiastic winners of a Kingston, Ontario, radio station contest claimed their prize: the chance to don gloves and dig for free Buffalo Bills’ football tickets (value: $320), buried in buffalo manure in a child’s plastic inflatable pool. The show’s host, Sarah Crosbie, reported the digging live (but, overcome by the smell, vomited on the air). More curious was a runner-up contestant who continued to muck around for the second prize, even though it was only tickets to a local zoo. • In a federal lawsuit for malicious prosecution, a judge found a “strong” likelihood that EPA agent Keith Phillips “deliberately” set up a hazardous-waste enforcement case against Hubert Vidrine for the purpose of facilitating his own work/sex relationship with a female EPA
agent. According to the court, Phillips was married and unable to carry on with the agent (stationed in another city) except when they worked together, which they did periodically over a threeyear period on the Vidrine case. In October, Vidrine was awarded $1.6 million in damages. • Least Competent Plans: (1) L.B. Williams, a black man married to a white woman in Panama City, Fla., reported that the Ku Klux Klan had burned a cross in his driveway in November and left a threatening note. However, the note did not demand that the couple move from the neighborhood; it demanded that they stay. Since the Klan is not known for supporting mixed-race couples, the police were suspicious and ultimately charged Williams with making the threats himself -- to frighten his wife into abandoning the divorce she had recently requested. (2) Paul Moran, possessing (according to his lawyer) “considerable intellectual ability,” nonetheless attempted a procedure to turn his own feces into gold (and was sentenced in October to three months in jail in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, after accidentally setting his apartment on fire in the process). • Cry for Help: Math teacher Paul LaDuke, 75, was fired in November from the Schaumburg (Ill.) Christian School after a student reported seeing him brazenly masturbate, with his pants lowered, as he sat behind his desk in a full classroom. LaDuke had been at the school for 26 years, and police believe (according to a Chicago Tribune report) he had “committed similar acts at the school several times a year for a decade or longer.”
Fine Points of the Law
• Proportionality: (1) Daniel Vilca, 26, was ordered to prison for the rest of his life (without possibility of parole) following his conviction in Naples, Fla., in November for having pornographic photos of children on his computer. He had no previous criminal record, nor was there evidence of any contact with children. The judge computed the sentence by multiplying a five-year term by the 454 photos police found. (2) A week earlier, a judge in Dayton, Ohio, sentenced former CEO Michael Peppel, 44, for defrauding his shareholders by overstating revenue in a company that went on to lose $298 million and cost 1,300 employees their jobs. Sentencing guidelines recommended an 8- to 10-year term, but federal judge Sandra Beckwith ordered Peppel to jail for seven days. • Dog walker Kimberly Zakrzewski was found not guilty in October of violating the poop-scooping ordinance of Fairfax County, Va., despite photographic “evidence” of dog piles submitted by neighbors Virginia and Christine Cornell (who had previously been feuding with Zakrzewski). The jury chose to give greater weight to testimony by the dog’s owner that the photographed piles were bigger than anything she had ever seen from “Baxter.” The owner also revealed that she had brought to court one of Baxter’s actual piles but decided to leave it in her car.
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• Bad Shots: (1) A 22-year-old man was shot in the face on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in September; his companion on the camping trip thought he was shooting at a bear. (2) An 85-year-old man was shot in the face in Augusta, Ga., in September; a female acquaintance thought she was shooting at an opossum. (3) A 20-year-old woman was shot in Vilas County, Wis., in July; deputy sheriff Ty Peterson (a relative) thought he was shooting at a cougar.
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• Can’t Stop Himself: Convicted child-sex offender Charlie Price, 57, was arrested in Pittsfield, Mass., in October, but only for disturbing the peace -because the “victim” was merely made of cardboard. Price, spotting a sunglasses display in a Rite-Aid pharmacy, had begun kissing and licking the face of the pictured model, and groping her.
Crime in the F State
• (1) Two men outfitted as zombies were arrested for assault at a Halloween party at a nudist resort in Pasco County, Fla. (One bit a security guard, but he was not infected.) (2) Jeffrey Lluis, 27, who performed stand-up comedy at clubs around Tampa, apparently held a day job as bank robber (charged in November with knocking off a SunTrust bank -- twice).
• Thinning the Herd: (1) In October, a 30-year-old woman and her unidentified boyfriend were killed as they carried their domestic brawl from their car onto Interstate 485 near Pineville, N.C., and were struck by separate vehicles. (2) A 27-year-old man was killed in a onecar crash in Broward County, Fla., in October. He (a passenger) had punched his wife (the driver) in the face, causing her to lose control and careen into a lake. (She and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, in the backseat, survived.)
A News of the Weird Classic (July 2007)
• John Moore, 67, golfs nearly every day and has for about 20 years, according to a July (2007) St. Petersburg Times report. The golf he plays, though, consists of hitting 35 long-iron shots (five shots with each of the seven balls he owns) on a grassy median strip along Interstate 275 in downtown Tampa. “You can’t play this game one day, two days in a week,” he said. “You have to play it all the time if you want to do something with it.” What Moore wants to do with it, he told the Times, is to someday soon make his first-ever appearance on an actual golf course.
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the Classical Nahuatl language of the Aztecs, the word teocuitlatl literally meant “god poop.” It was used to refer to gold, which was regarded as a divine gift that brought mixed blessings. On the one hand, gold made human beings rich. On the other hand, it could render them greedy, stingy, and paranoid. So it was potentially the source of both tremendous bounty and conflict. I suspect that in 2012, Libra, you will have to deal with the arrival of a special favor that carries a comparable paradox. You should be fine -- harvesting the good part of the gift and not having to struggle mightily with the tough part -- as long as you vow to use it with maximum integrity. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What spell would you like to be under in 2012? Be careful how you answer that; it might be a trick question. Not because I have any interest in fooling you, of course, but rather because I want to prepare you for the trickiness that life may be expressing in your vicinity. So let me frame the issue in a different way. Do you really want to be under a spell -- of any kind? Answer yes only if you’re positive that being under a spell will help you manifest your biggest dream. And please make sure that whoever or whatever is the source of the spell is in the service of love. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The Environmental Working Group wrote the Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health. It concluded that if every American avoided eating cheese and meat one day a week, emissions would be lowered as much as they would be by removing 7.6 million cars from the roads. This is the kind of incremental shift I urge you to specialize in during 2012, Sagittarius -- whether it’s in your contribution to alleviating the environmental crisis or your approach to dealing with more personal problems. Commit yourself to making little changes that will add up to major improvements over the long haul. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Suzan-Lori Parks is a celebrated American playwright who has won both a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. During the time between November 2002 and November 2003, she wrote a new short play every day -- a total of 365 plays in 365 days. I think you could be almost as prolific as that in 2012, Capricorn. Whatever your specialty is, I believe you will be filled with originality about how to express it. You’re also likely to have the stamina and persistence and, yes, even the discipline necessary to pull it off. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Pigeons are blessed with an extraordinary ability to find home, even if they’re hundreds of miles away. They have an internal compass that allows them to read the Earth’s magnetic field, and they also create a “map of smells” that gives them crucial clues as they navigate. A team of scientists performed some odd experiments that revealed a quirky aspect to the birds’ talent: If their right nostril is blocked, their innate skill doesn’t work nearly as well. (It’s OK if their left nostril is blocked, though.) What does this have to do with you? Well, Aquarius, you’ve been like a homing pigeon with its right nostril blocked, and it’s high time you unblocked it. In the coming months, you can’t afford to be confused about where home is, what your community consists of, or where you belong. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): One of Alexander the Great’s teachers was Aristotle, who was tutored by Plato, who himself learned from Socrates. In 2012, I’d love to see you draw vital information and fresh wisdom from a lineage as impressive as that, Pisces. In my astrological opinion, you need much more than a steady diet of factoids plucked from the Internet and TV. You simply must be hungry for more substantial food for thought than you get from random encounters with unreliable sources. It will be time for you to attend vigorously to the next phase of your life-long education.
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