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CITY/NEWS Mural by Damon Lamar Reed, part of the 46 for XLVI project.

NEWS If you’re visiting Indianapolis or are an Indy resident just emerging from a three-month coma (hallelujah! welcome back!), we’re here to announce voters re-elected Republican Greg Ballard for a second term as mayor. His office is in the City-County Building at 200 E. Washington, the building where the city council, police headquarters and court system also reside. Visit www.indy.gov for all-things-politics in our city, or you can call 327-4241 with your concerns. The Mayor’s Action Center is the place to go to report immediate concerns and problems regarding city services. Call 327-4MAC or visit during office hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. As for the Indiana political landscape, this is the year that two-term governor Mitch Daniels steps down, so you can count on 2012 being a big election year, with Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham competing for the top prize. Of course, right now there’s this smallish event happening the week the Annual Manual comes out, called the… what’s it called, the Mediocre Bowl, no wait! The Pretty Big Bowl! Nope… it’s coming… wait for it… Super Bowl! Lots of initiatives have come to fruition here in Indianapolis as a result of the efforts of neighborhood groups, arts organizations, local activists and city and state potentates. We present here just a handful of these exciting cultural developments.

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46 FOR XLVI Dave Lawrence combines a cherubic demeanor with executive polish. Hours of board meetings, fund raising calls and public presentations have not dampened his capacity for enthusiasm when it comes to promoting the arts, particularly when he sees an opening to — forgive the irresistible gridiron allusion here — push the ball down the field for a big gain. That’s why, as soon as Lawrence received approval to put 46 for XLVI into action, he has been working hard to turn Indianapolis into an art city. The project brings to life Lawrence’s idea to have murals created around the city in honor of the Super Bowl. The results are clear: 46 for XLVI has resuscitated Indianapolis’ faltering public art program, provided artists with meaningful work and promises to make mural art a nationally recognized part of the city’s cultural profile. “When I started thinking about 46 for XLVI, the one thought I had was this really needs to be a mural initiative for the city,” says Lawrence, “not just the Super Bowl. It has to live above and beyond that.” After asking for local, regional, and national artists to apply for mural creation, there were over 150 responses. Among the artists who were ultimate-

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ly selected to participate, 58 percent are local and over 20 percent are artists of color. Lawrence was able to cobble together $500,000 for the project, and most of the murals, depending on materials and site, are expected to be up for 10 years. The paints being used should last 25 years. “Basically what we’re doing is creating 46 canvases throughout the city that, at a certain time, we’ll be able to turn over and create a new round,” Lawrence says, adding that creating a hard end date for the murals was necessary to avoid situations where murals might deteriorate with no available resources to maintain or restore them. Murals can be found all around the city, and include work by Chicago muralist Damon Lamar Reed and other nationally, regionally and locally recognized artists.

TURF: IDADA ART PAVILION Like a striated cross-section of sedimentary rock, the building at Alabama Street and Ohio Street shows its history at a single glance. It was passed down from hand to slightly reluctant hand, first the city hall, then a museum, then a temporary


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location for the Central Library. When the library moved on, the building was left to deteriorate. And now, for the three weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, the building — fallen into some disrepair in recent years, but still viable — will house an unprecedented exhibition of installation art, created by a roster of local and regional artists. TURF: IDADA Art Pavilion, a free event that runs Jan. 14-Feb. 5, will feature the work of 21 artists, 19 of them from Indianapolis and its surrounding counties. The first two stories of the building will be occupied by a range of experiential art — from video art to immersive, multi-sensory environments; from kinetic sculpture to diorama. Installation art seemed a natural choice, according to former IDADA president Mark Ruschman: “For the organization, it goes back to the realization that if we were to create an art fair in such close proximity to all the galleries and studios and independent artists, it would take away from all these other things going on in the city.” Thus, the goal is to bring in visitors to not only enjoy all the installation art in the space, but then to arm them with information enough to explore the other arts districts. In all, it’s a unique opportunity for local artists — particularly those who lean towards installation work — to show what they can do, according to Ruschman: “A lot of those artists have freely admitted that they don’t have as many opportunities to do their work. Speaking as a former gallery owner, I think part of it is the economics of it; more often than not, you’re not going to find installation work in commercial galleries. Typically, it’s a serious commitment of time, energy and space, and sometimes you only have two of those.”

GREENING THE SUPER BOWL It is difficult to argue that the Super Bowl is not beneficial to the Indianapolis economy. Simple statistics show that an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 people will be visiting Indianapolis and, inevitably, spending money here. However, the money tourists will be using on gas, food, and luxuries means that waste in those areas will skyrocket. The Super Bowl may be good for the economy, but the environmental impact looks the opposite. Or so it seems. Lately, the National Football League has noticed the big waste that comes with the big game, and it has taken initiative to partner with the city hosting the Super Bowl to reduce the impact. This year, the NFL and Indianapolis have worked hard to create a more eco-friendly experience. “We want to be responsible about the event,” Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Summer

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“Bull in a China Shop” by Lesley Baker, part of TURF.

Keown says, “and with the number of people coming to town, there will be a lot of resources used.” The most visible change is the recycling bins spread throughout the city, especially in Super Bowl Village. Trash is a huge source of waste in any community and being able to repurpose waste is important. Another environmental initiative that has taken off in Indianapolis is the NFL and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s “2012 Trees for 2012” campaign, in which trees have been planted around the state – to date over 3,000 more trees than expected have been planted. There are many more ways in which the city and the NFL have gotten citizens involved in reducing environmental impact, however. The program “Super Kids Super Sharing,” for example, encourages classes of schoolchildren to collect books and sports equipment to donate to lower income schools. Not only do schools in need benefit, but also the children donating the materials learn to share and help those in need. Similar to the schools, local businesses have taken initiative in reducing waste. In order to combat the excess of food that will undoubtedly take place after Super Bowl celebrations, hotels have agreed to donate all of their leftovers to local charities and day cares. In an attempt to interest people who are not necessarily involved with eco-friendly usage of water and carbon, the Super Bowl XLVI Environmental Programs Committee has created the website 1standgreen.com. On the site, users can track their environmental savings when they turn off the fau-

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cet while brushing their teeth or carpool to the big game. Although the Super Bowl may not be an incredible force of eco-friendly power, both the NFL and the community have pulled out all the stops to counteract negative impacts made on the environment. It cannot be denied that the influence of the Super Bowl programs will help Indianapolis for years to come.

LEGACY PROJECT If you want to see a lasting impact from the Super Bowl, look no further than the Near Eastside: A collection of 21 neighborhoods that has gone from down-and-out to up-and-coming, thanks to the efforts of its residents and a plethora of donors and investors who pitched in together to revitalize the area. At first glance a city renewal project might look like it has nothing to do with the Super Bowl, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Every year the NFL donates $1 million to build or refurbish a youth center as part of their Lasting Legacy program. Indianapolis took it a step further: between its numerous donors, more than $154 million is being invested in the project, of which the Chase Near East Side Legacy Center is only one renovation. According to the web site IndianapolisSuperBowl.com, “In 2008 when the NFL announced that Indianapolis had won its bid, they praised the city’s enthusiasm and the vision of the Near Eastside Legacy Project as a big reason.”


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TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES Indianapolis is in the nascent stages of a transportation revolution. From increased bicycle lanes to growing interest in alternative transport — buses, carpooling, vanpooling and (drum roll…) high speed rail, conversations are abuzz throughout Central Indiana. Here are many of the main groups working on these issues. CICS In 2009, NUVO joined the Central Indiana Commuter Services, which helped us become part of the Green Business Initiative by the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. CICS is a partnership under CIRTA, and it’s all about reducing air pollution and traffic density in the city through a variety of programs including carpooling, vanpooling and other options that promote commuting opportunities for employees. 317-3277433, 212 W. 10th St., Suite C485, 327ride.net. Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads There’s a lot that goes into building a road, and sometimes the people in charge take shortcuts that hurt local farmers, wildlife and natural resources. CARR is out to make sure they are held responsible and to prevent the environment from being harmed as state officials complete I-69, a project that has become known as one of the most expensive and wasteful roads

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in the country. These folks do their research: On their website you can find several studies and reports from various sources that back up their claims and policies. 800-515-6936, carri69.org. COMTO Indiana It’s been years since bus riders were segregated by race, but the people driving the buses — and flying the planes, and running the trains — are still suffering discrimination. The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) was founded to help minority transportation professionals to receive the training, education and professional development they need, regardless of color, sex, or background. 317-614-9232, comtoindiana.org. Health By Design This local organization wants to get you out of your car, but it’s not grand larceny. Instead, they promote communities where physical activity is an intrinsic part of our neighborhoods, transportation systems, buildings, parks and open space. Physical activity, as they put it, “has been engineered out of many parts of American life.” Health By Design wants that to change by advocating for improvement of our built environments to encourage exercise and connection to the community. Their Urban Planning Scholar Series brings experts to Indy to discuss the impact of urban design on health and the environment. 401 W. Michigan St., 317352-3844, healthbydesignonline.org. Hoosier Rails to Trails Council Studies have shown that people maintaining healthy weights are directly tied to the accessibility of

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The mayor’s 2012 Polar Bear Pedal public parks and walking trails near a person’s home. The Hoosier Rails to Trails Council is one of several groups advocating walking and biking trails in Indiana. It focuses specifically on old railroad tracks that have been refurbished into walking trails. They keep an eye on legislation, organize trail conferences and promote an appreciation for these valuable tools for living a greener and healthier lifestyle. 217 W. 10th St., No. 120, 317-2379348, indianatrails.com. INCOST A major step toward independence is the ability to get where you want to go, and the Indiana Council on Specialized Transportation focuses on giving people

with special needs the transportation they need. The group advocates for the development of transportation to accommodate special needs, raises public awareness of the need for specialized transportation, and holds workshops and seminars to keep its members informed and up to date. On Facebook at INCOST — Indiana Council on Specialized Transportation. 800-7099981, indianartap.com/INCOST.html. Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit Here in Indiana, like most places in the U.S., we’re addicted to cars. But ICAT wants you to know there’s a way out — and it involves never having to go to the gas station again. It’s called public transportation.


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CITY/NEWS People for Urban Progress is repurposing seats from Bush Stadium. This statewide organization helps educate Indiana residents about the benefits of not driving and taking public transportation instead. They’re keen on increasing and improving transportation options throughout the state. And when elected officials try to cut the already meager public transportation budget, they’re out there fighting it — and helping to equip you with the knowledge to educate our legislators on why public transportation is important to everyone. indianacat.org. Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization The folks at the MPO are in charge of making sure that transportation in Indy is planned and running smoothly. The MPO’s jurisdiction covers Indianapolis and its surrounding counties. While

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it’s coordinating with more than 40 partners across the state, it’s also teamed up with IndyGo and CIRTA to form IndyConnect. 200 E. Washington St., Suite 1922, 317-327-5136, indympo.org. Indianapolis Transportation Association ITA forms a link between the people who make public transportation go: the manufactures, insurers, consultants, planners, and so forth. Together they support public transportation within and between cities in Indiana with the use of education and advocacy. 1900 E. 10th St., Room 235, Bloomington, 812-855-8143, indianatransportationassociation.com.

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INDYCOG Has anyone in Indy done more in the past two years to promote cycling and enrich the community in such a short time than INDYCOG? This membership-based organization started in 2009 and has become Indy’s voice for cycling. By building a strong biking community, they are able to advocate and educate Indy residents about the importance of bicycles in the city and how to best accommodate our twowheeled friends. Their slick website is the place to go for everything bike-related in Indianapolis. INDYCOG helps make biking in the city not only safe, but cool, with their frequent bike expeditions that almost always include stops at the local breweries. theindycog.com.

way downtown through rush-hour traffic. Check it out on Facebook at facebook.com/IndyExpressBus, and on Twitter @IndyExpressBus. millertransportation.com/ indyexpressbus.htm

IndyConnect IndyConnect is a network of organizations united to provide Central Indiana with a smart and sustainable way to get around. Through hard work, study, and more than a hundred public meetings, IndyConnect is working to make sure that the regional transportation plan they’ve put together is the best option available to revitalize central Indiana — not just Indianapolis. indyconnect.org.

People for Urban Progress When the RCA Dome was demolished in 2008, the work of People for Urban Progress was just getting started. They came up with the brilliant idea of saving 13 acres of the dome material to use as shade structures in Indy’s parks and to make a bunch of kick-ass bags, wallets and purses. But their mission isn’t just about repurposing. PUP also advocates for stronger public transportation and good urban design to help Indianapolis become more sustainable, and is working to get a car-sharing program up and running to make not owning a car in Indy less impossible. Stop by and see them anytime, but especially during any First Friday event. 1043 Virginia Ave., peopleup.org.

Indy Express Bus Carmel and Fishers are filled with people who work in downtown Indy and their daily commute to work has made the northside’s road congestion infamous. One solution is the Indy Express Bus: comfortable, affordable, environmentally friendly, and a whole lot faster than trying to inch your

IndyGo The car isn’t the only way to get around anymore. Taking the bus is cheaper, healthier, greener, and you never have to worry about finding a place to park downtown. IndyGo has a convenient network of bus routes, which can take you across the swath of Indianapolis. Check out the new trip planning feature, which works with Google Maps to find the fastest, best way to get to where you’re going. On Twitter @Indygobus, indygo.net.

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choices: take the plane (complete with TSR putdowns and hidden fees galore), drive (long, exhausting and full of exhaust), grab the bus (which takes a while), or hitchhike (pack light and hope you don’t end up on the news). USHSR wants to introduce a new option: high speed rail. As seen in Europe and Asia, high speed rail is fast, sustainable, energy efficient, and would bring businesses and opportunities to areas that had previously been ignored. 202-248-5001, ushsr.com.

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS Indianapolis and the surrounding area are replete with groups whose mission it is to make the community better. Here are some tried and true groups whose missions are truly exemplary. A Greener Indiana Part newsletter, part information repository, part social networking interface, A Greener Indiana is a must-belong-to portal for Hoosier environmentalists. If you’re looking for information on everythinggreen or want to meet like-mined greenies, you found the right place. agreenerindiana.com. Center for Inquiry The Center for Human Inquiry takes things from a secular perspective, endeavoring for a separation between church and state — not only in

White River Indianapolis, but on the broad scope. The CFI is the hub for secular humanism in Indianapolis, hoping for a foundation in science and freedom to question and explore in all directions. 350 Canal Walk, Suite A, 317-423-0710, centerforinquiry.net. Citizens Action Coalition A coalition that works across the board, the CAC works to protect energy consumers, promote affordable

healthcare and fight for a cleaner environment. They take to the streets, canvassing, lobbying, and organizing the community to join in their fight. To support them, take a look at citact.org. Earth Charter Indiana Their mission: “catalyzing mainstream enthusiasm for sustainability throughout Indiana.” Sounds like ours! With relationships to the Earth Charter International and Earth Charter U.S.,

the local chapter has launched the Sustainable Indiana 2016 project, an ambitious effort designed to create a balance between people, industry, and nature. 3535 Kessler Blvd., North Drive, 317-525-1856, earthcharterindiana.org. Friends of the White River The White River needs all the friends it can get. It’s gotten a bad rap for a couple hundred years now,

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from the fact that it’s basically nonnavigable, to its current, antiquated combined sewer overflow system that dumps human sewage into the river every time it rains. Friends of White River strives to change that. friendsofwhiteriver.org. Green Piece Indy Sorry, this isn’t the place to get organic weed, but they do have tips on where to find just about everything else organic in Indy. Green Piece Indy sends out an email newsletter with easy, local planet-saving tips. Sign up for their GreenClippings email to get green deals, or pay just $15 for their Green Savings Indy book for big savings on local green products. Because you don’t have to go broke to go green. greenpieceindy.com. Hoosier Environmental Council Led by Jesse Kharbanda, the almost 30-year old HEC is the state’s largest environmental organization, and they are constantly pushing for sustainability in our urban and rural communities, while watching over the air, water and soil. Recently, HEC joined forces with Legal Environmental Aid Foundation (LEAF) which will add a strong legal aspect to HEC’s formidable powers. 3951 N. Meridian St., Suite 100, 317-685-8800, hecweb.org. Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign In a world where nonreligious people are frequently for one church or another. Enter the Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign, out to set the record straight. They’re funding an ad

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campaign for the non-religious out there, telling Hoosiers that “You can be good without God.” 812-666-4138, inatheistbus.org. Indiana Audubon Society Everybody’s heard of those nifty little bird clocks — but this isn’t them. The Indiana Audubon Society is an independent organization, which aims at protecting air, water, soil, and all the natural resources that keep our fine feathered friends safe and in the air. Along with their conservation work, they also track bird movements and sightings, and act as a database to help you find your favorite beaked buddies across the state. indianaaudubon.org. Indiana CAFO Watch Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations are cramming millions of animals into small buildings, fouling the local environment, increasing antibiotic resistance, while creating a horrific existence for the creatures. Methane bubbles hover over manure pits, threatening to burst, while Indiana’s rural roads are torn apart by trucks hauling crap to giant crapfields. Try living next to one. It’ll literally make you sick. 765-962-2184, indianacafowatch.com. Indiana Civil Liberties Union The ACLU is one of our biggest and best watchdogs, standing up on behalf of human rights, struggling to uphold free speech, and defending victims of discrimination in every aspect. They’re completely nonpartisan, so whether you’re standing up for the Occupy

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Keep Indianapolis Beautiful movement or the Tea Party, they will defend you — not because they agree with those people , but because they believe in the rights of all people, regardless of their power or beliefs. Among the issues being investigated are fighting the new NDAA law, revamping broken drug laws, and advocating LGBT and minority rights. For a full list of their goals and projects, check them out at aclu-in.org and on Twitter @ACLU, 317-635-4059 x 102. Indiana Recycling Coalition The IRC is a statewide organization dedicated to education and legislative reform about all things recycling.

IRC’s e.Scrap Action program targets electronic waste as a major priority, and a year-long assessment of e.scrap problems resulted in a “toolkit,” downloadable from their website. 1500 N. Delaware St., 317-632-5915, indianarecycling.org. Indiana Transgender Rights Advocates Transgendered individuals have often gotten the short end of the stick as far as representation goes, but they haven’t been forgotten. The Indiana Transgender Rights Advocates are all about representing and supporting the Trans community, and celebrating achievements


Indiana Wildlife Federation The IWF works with the National Wildlife Federation and several state agencies and organizations to monitor and protect local habitats and wildlife. Support them through advocacy or donation, or by using the resources on their website to plant an allnative garden. Find out more about their programs and get involved at indianawildlife.org. 800-347-3445, 4715 W. 106th St., Zionsville. Indiana Youth Group The Indiana Youth Group is an organization that supports and edifies kids, teens and young adults in the LGBT community. It strives to be a safe and confidential environment where these kids can gain the confidence and skills to take on the world and be the best people that they can be. Find out more at indianayouthgroup.org. 2943 E. 46th St., 317-541-8726. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful From their neighborhood clean-ups, to creating pocket parks and other green spaces, to planting forests of trees each year, KIB and its volunteers make a big difference in Indy by rejuvenating its neighborhoods and communities. 1029 Fletcher Ave., Suite 100, 317-2647555, kibi.org. National Organization for Women NOW’s goals are lofty and essential — to end sexism once and for all.

They work to fight discrimination on all fronts, to advocate women’s reproductive rights, and to end violence against women. But this isn’t a girls only club — their goal is to end all discrimination, be it racism, sexism or homophobia. Find out more at now.org. 202-628-8669. Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy prides itself on being one of the leading conservation organizations, with more than 1 million members worldwide. Their work is backed by solid scientific research, and they strive for non-confrontational solutions for the most urgent issues facing our planet today, like the threat to our coral reefs and rainforests. Check them out at nature.org. 620 E. Ohio St., 317-951-8818. Office of Sustainability Mayor Greg Ballard has his own inner office dedicated to all-thingssustainable. You’ll see the proverbial fingerprints of the Office of Sustainability, from the miles and miles of bicycles lanes growing throughout the city, to various initiatives to recycle toxins properly and create green roofs and sustainable structures. See their panoply of activities at sustainindy.org. Peace Learning Center Everybody wants to end the violence in our nation’s streets and homes, and the first step is to teach peace. The Peace Learning Center intends to do just that, teaching positive communication and empowering youth to pursue a brighter future. By building stronger communities where violence isn’t

necessary, the Peace Learning Center hopes to strengthen communities, as well as the natural environment they’re in. 640 DeLong Rd., 317-327-7144, peacelearningcenter.org. Planned Parenthood of Indiana After surviving a firestorm of opposition, Planned Parenthood is still standing tall to provide affordable healthcare, education and birth control for men and women throughout Indiana. Show your support with a donation or a friendly smile at your local clinic, or visit the site and get all the facts at ppin.org. 800-230-PLAN RecycleForce RecycleForce is out to prove you can recycle more than paper and plastic. Along with collecting and recycling everything from Styrofoam to electronics at low to no cost, they provide important work experience and job training to once-incarcerated individuals, giving them a rare chance to turn their lives around. Recycling electronics in decent condition may also qualify as a tax-deductible donation. Recycleforce.org. 751 N. Sherman Dr., 317-532-1367. Save the Dunes Council The dunes of northwestern Indiana are home to a unique ecosystem and a dazzling array of species of plants, animals and fish. This natural wonder plays host to as many visitors yearly as Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. But only 13 miles of the dunes are protected and the rest is unshielded from the kind of human intervention that could cause

the wetlands irreparable harm. The Save the Dunes Council is working to protect this precious stretch of our environment through activism and legislation. To find out what steps they’re taking, and what you can do to help, visit savedunes.org. Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter Hunting, fishing and outdoor sports can create a powerful bond between humanity and nature, as long as they’re used in a way that is intelligent and sustainable. Following in the footsteps of President Teddy Roosevelt, an environmental enthusiast, the Sierra Club is all about a commonsense approach to land use and conservation, so that we’ll have nature to inspire us for generations to come. They also tackle local issues, like shutting down concentrated animal feeding operations, improving energy efficiency, endorsing local food and supporting carbon capture and sequestration programs. 1100 W. 42nd St., Suite 218, 317-822-3750, indiana.sierraclub.org.

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all along the way. The webpage also announces events of interest to the Trans community. intraa.org.

ToxDrop No, that’s not the name of some new, exotic candy that will soothe your sore throat. ToxDrop is the service offered by the city through the mayor’s Office of Sustainability where you can load up your household hazardous waste such as CFLs, paint cans, fire extinguishers, antifreeze, lead acid batteries, thermometers, gasoline and unwanted spouses. We made up that last part to see if you were paying attention. sustainindy.org/toxdrop.cfm. 317327-2234.

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SHOPPING Like pretty much everything else we cover, shopping is a local phenomenon. And so our Shopping Guide (available on nuvo.net) as well as our Annual Manual features the locally owned and operated shops. Why is that? NUVO is locally owned and operated, and we know all too well the struggle associated with going your own way. Call it a simpatico. So we invite you to spend your dollars at these local shops when buying for yourself or a loved one. Think of the environment when you do: whether the consumer good is produced locally, or gathered responsibly (á la fair trade practices) or, even, how much packaging does it contain? Because the more packaging something has, the more crap you gotta throw away (or recycle). Our most recent Shopping Guide (November, 2011), had at least twice the entries we could fit into this space, so by all means refer to that for a more comprehensive look at the landscape. And if you know of something we missed — in this issue or another issue or on our “Shop Local” page on our web site— please let us know!

BOOK SHOPS Basile History Market The gift shop inside the downtown Indiana Historical Society is perhaps the city’s best resource for books of local interest and by local authors. While the old-school Hoosier canon is wellrepresented here in literature, history, biographies and art, the current titles are what prove most valuable. Discover contemporary writers, contemporary history or contemporary takes on the past with help of a knowledgeable staff and excellent selection. The shop also has a variety of gifts, stationary and decorative items with a local bent. Many items can be purchased online. 450 W. Ohio St., 317-234-0026, indianahistory.org. Big Hat (Best Local Shopping for Books) The quintessential independent book shop, Liz Barden’s Big Hat Books has been the winner of NUVO’s Best of Indy readers’ poll for five consecutive years. The cozy little shop remains a consistent source of finely selected books for readers with a variety of interests. The helpful staff makes selecting just the right book easier, though we usually leave with an armful. The big-name readings and book signings, mixed with an impressive list of local authors, fill a schedule rounded out with workshops and book clubs. 6510 Cornell Ave., 317-202-0203, facebook.com/bighatbooks. Black Dog Books Black Dog, a new addition to Indy’s rather paltry indie bookstore scene, stocks a general selection of new and used books — including, indeed, dog books — while offering services associated with an upscale used book store, including book appraising and repair and searches for rare titles. Expect a reading or two a month (Dick Wolfsie, Joyce Brinkman and Norbert Krapf stopped by last year), as well as meetings of photography and book collectors clubs. Watercolor and oil pet portraits available for purchase line the walls. 115 S. Main St., 733-1747, blackdogbooksin.com.

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Bookmamas A great neighborhood bookstore located in one of the greatest neighborhoods in the city. Irvington’s Bookmamas is a constantly evolving inventory of used books, as well as a hub for the literary-minded or just bookish among us. While the hours are tricky (Wednesday and Thursday late afternoons and evenings; Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), Bookmamas frequently hosts events as diverse as a Jane Austen Book Club, Confunction Junction (open mic music

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and poetry), and the Ichabod Crane “Things That Go Bump in the Night” Society meetings. Lots of great (and affordable!) gift options here. 9 S. Johnson Ave., 317-375-3715, bookmamas.com.

MUSIC STORES Indy CD and Vinyl Broad Ripple’s best music source is a small space taking big advantage of its prime location and its enthusiastic clientele to provide the village with a comprehensive stock of vinyl and CDs appealing to a range of tastes that includes local artists. This is the place to find out who’s playing what and where. Great in-store performances supply the under-21 crowd with some of the best live music options available, as well as appealing to those old enough to drink beer. 806 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-259-1012, indycdandvinyl.com. Karma Records While Karma may no longer be the nag-champascented, Dead-blaring jam rock emporium it used to be — the 86th Street store mainly deals in hip hop — but all manner of big label recording and some vinyl can be found here. They keep a catalog of older recordings not found in the store, but the new Mix and Burn kiosk is leaving catalogs in its dust. Just click on over to mixandburn.com, create your own custom mix and drive to Karma to pick up your disc. 3532 W. 86th St., 317-876-9603, also 4895 Kentucky Ave. and 21 N. Post Road. LUNA (Best Local Shopping for Music) Voted the city’s best source for music by NUVO readers each of the past five years, Luna Music’s great locations, groovy staff, outstanding selection and eclectic in-store programming seem to be the secret. Indy’s homegrown music store has two convenient locations near where you hang out anyway, both teeming with a large selection of new and old vinyl as well as CDs. A great source for discovering local music, as well as sporting a healthy dose of books and assorted rock memorabilia, Luna is everything a great record store should be. 5202 N. College Ave., 317- 283-5862, lunamusic.net. Vibes Music Now settled in its new location at 54th Street and the Monon Trail, Vibes carries a little bit of everything at prices just about everyone can afford. In addition to new releases every week (usually Tuesday), they’ve got an extensive used vinyl section that is browse worthy and quite often gem unearthing. If you’re feeling lucky, dig


Rag-O-Rama Maybe not the new kid on the block any more, but Rag-O-Rama is still leading the charge in Broad Ripple for a place to buy, sell and trade current, classic and vintage styles. Lots of options under $20 and, whether they are new or used, they are all great choices. Could be the perfect one-stop shop for everyone on your shopping list if you’re going the fashion route. They also have a good selection of accessories in a variety of price ranges. Of special note, good selection of men’s items that aren’t just an afterthought. 1067 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-4750870, ragorama.com.

IndySwank around in the $4.99 bin. And don’t miss a selection of T-shirts meant to fully complement that PBR you (or your significant other) are frequently holding. 1051 E. 54th St., 317-726-0927, www.myspace.com/vibesrecords.

SWANK AND STYLE Girly Chic While they’ve moved down the block a bit, the charm and vintage chic remain. Everything here is fit for a princess, even grown-up ones with stylish taste and a girly streak. Lace, flowers, frills and prints that are sheerly feminine abound here, as does an air of grace and elegance. If you’re shopping for a girl’s girl, this is the place to start. It might even make a convert out of a few nontwirling skirt females as well. 922 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-217-1525, girlychicboutique.blogspot.com. Got Sole? Yes, it’s women who typically get called shoe whores and for good reason. But the guys have a few fetishes of their own, and Got Sole? knows just how to cater to the athletic shoe junkie in all of us. These are the hottest kicks in town with names like Creative Rec, Nike, Jordan and Clae Russell. There are also plenty of clothing items to choose from as well. Got Sole? gets new stuff all the time, so stop in frequently to check out what’s new. Friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to help, including special orders. 6243 N. College Ave., 317-466-1173, gotsoleboutique.com. IndySwank A great addition to Fountain Square, IndySwank is a vibrant retail space

specializing in vintage women’s fashion. Each piece is carefully selected for style, condition and funkiness. While not over the top, a lot of items take a commitment to an overall fashion theme — most likely one rooted in the 1950s or ’60s. In addition to great dresses, coats and skirts, hats are well-represented, as are fabulous handbags from several eras. And while the emphasis is on retro, there are new items (including jewelry and accessories) in the store made by local designers and artists. 1043 Virginia Ave., 317-632-6440, indyswank.com.

Marigold This classic Broad Ripple boutique provides all the fun and funky fashion and accessories you’ll ever need. Marigold manages to always have a broad selection of the newest styles at reasonable prices without sacrificing quality or a sense of what a looks best on women — no matter what age. It’s the kind of shop you discover and then return to again and again for the perfect outfit, the missing accent for yourself, or to pick up a gift the gal in your life is sure to love. 6512 N. Cornell Ave., 317-254-9939, marigoldclothing.com.

J. Benzal While some men eschew fashion, others firmly embrace the concept. For the local guy with a desire to become the quintessential sharpdressed man, J. Benzal on Mass Ave offers high-end suits, ties, outerwear and accessories with an emphasis on fine Italian menswear that is so often missing from other men’s retailers. Exquisite selection, knowledgeable staff and excellent location make this an increasingly popular stop for the most fashionable men in town. 739 Massachusetts Ave., 317-222-1216, jbenzal.com.

Minx You might not find a mink coat at Minx, but it doesn’t hurt to look. As the first storefront to grace the Penn Arts building after its recent renovation, this vintage shop makes a habit of revitalizing the old into the fabulous. It’s got a little bit of everything, from cowboy boots to jewelry, penny loafers to purses. Though it’s small, Minx makes sure to include an ample selection for men and women, and it’s great for unique old-fashioned gifts. Check out the toy soldier earrings, or the display furniture, most of which is for sale. There’s always something new, so you’ll want to come back for more. 111 E. 16th St., 317-426-2824.

Leon Tailoring For more than 100 years, this family-owned downtown shop has been providing Indianapolis’ most stylish men with its ready-to-wear collections by Lee and Alan Stuart, as well as Leon’s own clothing label. If off-the-rack isn’t your thing, you’ve got more than 1,000 bolts of fabric to choose from for something custom-made. This is good quality clothing at reasonable prices 809 N. Delaware St., 317-634-8559, leontailoring.net.

Pitaya (Best Local Shopping for Women’s Fashion) Since its initial opening in 1990 in Bloomington, the store has consistently kept customers’ interests in mind. It offers a large selection of trendy and utterly adorable attire for every occasion, from formalwear to weekend wear. While many retail stores sell cheap clothes that fall apart after one season, Pitaya’s selection is reasonably priced and high quality.

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Walking inside is like opening a brand new pack of 84 crayons — the clothing is arranged in order by color and the store’s interior is just as bright and shiny as the staff, which is always willing to help out. 842 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-465-0000, pitayaonline.com.

Redemption As you drive through Broad Ripple, you might notice what used to be the headboard of a bed —found, repainted, and re-imagined into an attention-grabbing sign. You’ll find even more innovation and imagination inside. Redemption focuses on independent and local designers without abandoning mainstream designers. You’ll find homages to the style of days gone by, arranged stylishly beside recycled accessories, all while sharing space with the latest trends. Owner Amber Davis stays in communication with the designers, so she’s in the know on their stories and the inspiration behind their work. 826 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-259-4071, redemptionstyle.com. Snappy Dresser Some people are born with an innate sense of style, while others need a little help picking out the perfect outfit. The Snappy Dresser is there for both, with friendly staff ready to help pick out whole outfits or individual pieces, depending on what’s right for you. It’s run by freelance wardrobe stylist and former fashion editor Kaitlin Elyse, so you know there’s plenty of style to go around. If your wardrobe’s full to bursting, sample a wide variety of teas and soaps, or a check out the Snappy Dresser’s selection of jewelry and home décor that’s been “upcycled” from junk into creative and eye-catching treasures. 1048 Virginia Ave., 317-643-0662. Über A beautiful store with some of the most beautiful items you’re likely to find anywhere in town. With vintage-inspired clothing nestled among mysterious perfumes and eccentric furnishings, none of which appear to belong in the American Midwest, Uber offers a variety of escape mechanisms — all designed for comfort, yet styled for pleasure. Beautiful things abound here, as does friendly service and individual detail. A great place for gifts and an even better place to start a new wardrobe. 5912 N. College Ave., 317-722-0710.

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guarantee that the sterling silver peace earrings by Heinz Brummel will knock your socks off! 6327 Guilford Ave., 317-255-1178, artifactsindy.com BE: Bon Vivant Squeezed between two of the coolest joints in town (Yats and the Jazz Kitchen), this delightful College Avenue boutique is girl paradise thanks to owner Barbie Turner’s keen eye for quality frivolity. From the small, but smart, selection of clothing items, to the beautiful home decorations and absolutely charming handmade purses and aprons that scream “BUY ME!” – Bon Vivant is full of surprises and delightful gift choices (including a surprisingly fun but masculine section for him). 5367 N. College Ave., 317257-3826.

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GIFTS FOR THE GOOD LIFE Addendum Gallery Beautiful things for you or your home abound at Addendum, which has relocated from Carmel to Broad Ripple this past year. From fine art to decorating accessories, as well as an eclectic and impressive array of small gift items, the carefully selected and high-quality variety of items make this a wonderful shopping destination, particularly when you need the perfect gift. Local artisans are well-represented here most of the time, as are regional craftspersons making beautiful and original art and artifacts. 908 E.

Westfield Blvd., 317-253-3400, adendumgallery.com. Artifacts Gallery Here’s a gallery that features the art and crafts of artists and craftsmen from across the U.S, conveniently located in the heart of Broad Ripple! Since 1977, Artifacts has been seeking out the best craftsmen and artists for your gift and interior decorating needs. Whether you’re looking for glass, woodwork, or ceramics, you’ll find a wide variety here to choose from. Maybe it’s a Crystalline porcelain vase by Satian Leksrisawat that strikes your fancy, or maybe it’s a box elder bowl by Utah artist Mike Maholney. Maybe. But we

Black Sheep One of many independent shops that make Irvington such a great place to hang out or shop, Black Sheep is home away from home for owner Lisa Bennett and she stocks the shelves with all sorts of great gift items. From the novelty and joke vein, to the handmade arts and crafts, to the old-fashioned candy bin selection, Black Sheep also has fun and affordable toys and other items for kids that provide a genuine alternative to big box retailers, as well as many ecofriendly and/or locally made items. 5626 E. Washington St., 317-602-5442. Celery Street Zionsville residents J.D. and Evelyn Guinn set out to create an eco-friendly shop stocking the best types of green

items with Celery Street, and the results are astounding. They carry a wide selection of clothing, accessories, bath products, journals, desk accessories, gardening and kitchen supplies — all made from organic, reused, refurbished, and/or recycled products. They’ve even got eco-friendly gifts for pets! While the occasional sale is held at the warehouse in Z’ville, Celery Street is primarily an online shop. See the full, splendid catalogue at celerystreet.com. Chatham Home Funky-cool home furnishings, artistic home accessories and a selection of artwork fill this Mass Avenue newcomer. It’s best to follow these guys on Facebook and/or Twitter as business hours tend to fluctuate based on who’s running the store or trips to market. But treated with pictures of new merchandise and announcements of “secret” sales, so keep up. If you’re looking for lighted willow branches, heavy votive holders in jewel-tones, or custom fabrics, this is the place. They also have beautiful recovered-wood items, large stained glass pieces, and art photography among their wares. Seriously chic. 517 E. Walnut St., 317917-8550, chathamhomeinteriors. com. Chelsea’s Located in a historic brick building built in 1877, Chelsea’s is rumored to be haunted, aside from remaining a great place to buy a gift for pretty much anybody. Easily recognized by the collection of sun catchers glinting in the windows, find anything from

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Broad Ripple Vintage home décor items like whimsical clocks, or an eclectic blend of jewelry for both women and men. Unique stationery, mugs, pens, keepsake boxes or a even a random bird statue may strike your fancy. But no matter what, there’s always something to see. 902 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-251-0600.

while satisfying your sweet tooth. Ten percent of their profits are donated to conservation efforts. Products range from their original, all-natural chocolate bars to gluten-free and organic fruit and nut mixtures, to tempting toffees in 100 percent recycled containers. 5846 W. 73rd St., 317-387-4372, chocolatebar.com.

Endangered Species Chocolate Candy with a conscience is the mission of this Oregon transplant, now located on Indy’s northwest side. Once found only in small, health-food stores, the company has gone national, offering premium chocolates made with environmentally friendly ingredients. With an eye on fair trade practices and shade-grown beans, these guys let you save the earth or benefit animal species on the verge of extinction. All

Homespun: Modern Homemade We recently heard someone describe this delightful new store as a brick and mortar Etsy, and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Here’s where you will find some of the most inspiring and original arts and crafts made locally in one of the city’s finest neighborhoods. From jewelry to soaps, T-shirts to tea pots, as well as a revolving stock of clothing, this Irvington shop makes some

Indianapolis Museum of Art We love the IMA for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the always intriguing Museum Store. With jewelry, pottery, textiles, glass, books, gifts and stationary items, there’s never a shortage of ideas. Where else are you going to find a Jonathon Adler menorah, Andy Warhol Post-its or an umbrella emblazoned with Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE all under one roof? Leave time for book browsing, however. This small shop is also one of the best for art books, new and canonical. Many, many items are available online. 4000 N. Michigan Road, 317-923-1331, imamuseum.org/shop. Silver in the City Voted the Best Gift Shop in our annual readers’ poll just about every damn year, the store so nice they named it twice is a shopper’s paradise — particular at the holidays. The friendly staff can help you find a variety of gifts for men and women — including the eco-friendly category with a wide selection of reused and recycled items. When we aren’t stocking up on cool stuff for home, we’re drooling over the amazing selection of jewelry that never seems to be depleted or common. 434 Massachusetts Ave. 317-9559925, shopsilverinthecity.com.

Village Experience A two-part approach to cultural education and empowerment, sisters Anne and Kelly Campbell use their small store in Broad Ripple as a venue for microfinancing groups, women’s projects, local artisans, and global cooperatives to develop fair trade products. The shop features stunning hand-crafted pieces in a variety of price ranges. We fell in love with knit scarves, gloves and hats recently arrived from Kenya, as well as the line of colorful handmade aprons. The best gift the sisters offer, however, is a series of ecotours in developing parts of the world meant to give travelers a “real, off-the-beaten-path, village” experience. 6055 N. College Ave., 317-602-3696, experiencethevillage.com.

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of the coolest handmade items available in a convenient retail setting. Stop by and see shopkeeper Amanda Taflinger to learn more or do the bulk of your shopping. You won’t be disappointed, and we wager you’ll be back many times. 5624 E. Washington St., 317-351-0280, homespunindy.com.

RETRO VIBE: ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE Audrey’s Place Look for the spinning wheels and barber’s chair (often sporting a mannequin) in the window. Inside, you will find a wonderfully cluttered array of connecting rooms with everything from small hand bells to new bedding. Items create the maze-like aisles, but don’t forget to look up to find treasures hanging from the ceiling. Be prepared to spend a good amount of time digging for treasure and be prepared to get a little dusty doing it. Reasonably priced and fun to browse, Audrey’s Place is one of our favorite places to shop. 3228 E. 10th St., 317-266-1644.

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Broad Ripple Vintage (Best Local Shopping for Men’s Fashion/ Best Local Shopping for Vintage/ Consignment Fashion) Shoppers who are used to cookie cutter stores and boutiques will find their visit to Broad Ripple Vintage mesmerizing to the point of distraction, quite possibly forgetting the purpose for visiting in the first place: to shop, not to gawk in wonderment as though at a museum. With racks jammed full with carefully selected fashions from decades gone by, be prepared to be dazzled and to spend a good amount of time treasure hunting. And when you find it hard to pick just one thing, have no worries because prices are not very steep. 824 E. 64th St., 317-255-4135, broadripplevintage.com. Doc’s Architectural Salvage & Reclamation Services Doc’s collection of antiques spans the decades and a dizzying array of genres, from automotive to exterior decorations to furniture and architectural offerings, from oak tables to movie posters to barber chairs. These are beautiful items from the past that deserve a place in the future. The ideal place to find a rare and memorable gift. 1325 W. 30th St., 317-924-4000, docsarchitecturalsalvage.com. Meridian Vintage Modern With a great location at the corner of Meridian and 22nd streets, in a building that somehow survived the wrecking ball (though there is a “for sale” sign in front, currently), this great shop specializes in period furniture for collectors and those looking to invest in a few good pieces. While there’s a definite retro vibe, this isn’t a secondhand shop and these aren’t necessarily vintage store prices. But the wonderful collection of last century furniture at Meridian Vintage reminds us why quality is worth paying for. Open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. 2201 N. Meridian St., 317-923-2201. Midland Antique Mall (Best Local Shopping for Antiques/ Vintage Furnishings) Tucked away in a historic warehouse is 40,000 square feet of paradise for anyone with an eye for style, whether it be artsy and modern or chic and retro. More than 125 dealers

boast furniture, china, glassware, paintings and more from yesterday and today. Fans of Victorian décor will find 18th and 19th century furnishings as well as silver flatware, and ’50s fans will find boxy, blonde side tables and charmingly geometric, but usually uncomfortable chairs and sofas. It’s best not to be in a rush here; the best items are often a bit obscured from a quick glance. 907 E. Michigan St., 317-2679005, midlandathome.com. Reclamation Indy This out-of-the-way warehouse a bit south of Broad Ripple might seem mild-mannered at first glance, but don’t be fooled. Exploring this huge venue is an adventure of its own. Each room in Reclamation is a showcase for a different dealer, which all come together in an eclectic array of vintage and original pieces. Here you’ll find everything from antique clothes and jewelry to handmade leather masks to beautifully unique birdhouses made from recycled materials. The selection is always changing, so this is a shop you’ll want to visit over and over again. 5335 Winthrop Ave., 317-602-8672, reclamationindy.com. Swanky Abode Piping hot and dazzling in Carmel’s Arts and Design District is Swanky Abode — a fabulous ’50s experience for those with a taste for retro. Just make sure you prepare yourself for the price tag. Inside this “pop up” store you’ll find a wealth of designer pieces and one-of-a-kind furniture that can be called nothing short of art, and they’re priced accordingly. If you don’t have that kind of cash, that’s OK. You can go in to take in the beauty of true artisan creations. With its first store in Columbus, Ohio, Swanky Abode is on a trial run in Indy, so be sure to take a look before it goes away. 200 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 113, Carmel, 330-466-7350, theswankyabode.com. Value World Old-school second-hand store that rarely disappoints. You have to be prepared to do some digging, but treasures aren’t too difficult discover. Lots of good condition brand name items, many with the tags still attached, for under $10. Rumor is you can often find 50 percent off coupons that will allow


SPECIALTY SHOPS Backyard Birds For more than 20 years, this little shop has been teaching Indianapolis how to appreciate, recognize and feed their winged friends and neighbors. Begin with a feeder, bird bath or specialized bird seed, depending on the species you’re trying to attract. The knowledgeable staff will answer any questions you may have about “birding” and supply you with the appropriate equipment. There is a nice selection of bird guides and gift items as well. Try a store-sponsored bird walk to broaden your horizons or sign up a bird-loving friend as a gift. 2374 E. 54th St., 317-255-7333, feedbackyardbirds.com. The Best Chocolate in Town Wasabi ginger truffles? A tower of bon bons, caramels, English toffee, and pecan turtles? Can it get any better? It can. White chocolate and raspberry popcorn, and gourmet trail mix round out the offerings at this 12-year-old candy store on Mass Ave. Owner Elizabeth Garber parlays her fine arts background into designing chocolates fit for Indy’s finest restaurants and jazz clubs, and her beautiful, edible art also benefits breast cancer research and helps in the fight against lupus, so you’re sharing the love and giving back. It’s a delicious, unforgettable gift that’s all made fresh right in the heart of Indy’s art district. 880 Massachusetts Ave., 317636-2800, bestchocolateintown.com. Ceramic Dreams It’s one thing to buy yourself or your friends something nice. It’s something else entirely to make it yourself and take home a masterpiece. Ceramic Dreams offers a wealth of creative décor, jewelry and gifts, but their real value comes from the variety of classes available. Whether alone or with a group of your best friends, you can make fused glass jewelry, decorate your own pottery, or design and create your own mosaic. Classes are open to all skill levels, with guides ready to help less confident artists bring their hidden talents to life. 1134 E. 54th St., Studio G, 317-202-9200, ceramicdreams.net. Conner Prairie Conner Prairie is a look into Indiana’s past, where actors re-enact our colorful history. It’s also a great place to find unique gifts for history lovers, kids and anyone who’s into the unique and old-fashioned. Take a gander at the Conner Prairie store, where you’ll find hand-crafted gifts, old-fashioned candy, toys, costumes and science kits for the kids on your list. While you’re shopping, take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon or stop by at one of Conner Prairie’s many seasonal events for a fun time on the prairie. 13400 Allisonville Road, 317776-6000, connerprairie.org.

Global Gifts Partnering with more than 35 developing nations worldwide, Global Gifts continues to bring Indianapolis a mix of art culture that has been handed down for centuries elsewhere in the form of beautiful and affordable jewelry, home items, textiles, pottery and decorative art. Revenue from the fair trade store goes to help struggling artisans not only achieve a higher quality of life but also to reach a market that would otherwise be unavailable to them. 1468 W. 86th St., 317-879-9090 and 446 Massachusetts Ave., 317423-3148, globalgiftsindy.com. Good Earth Located just north of the Broad Ripple canal, Good Earth has been one of the city’s best (and often, only) options for buying natural, organic and otherwise green products since opening its doors in 1971. Family-run and neighborhoodfriendly, the store has a wide range of food items. It is also a good source of gifts with natural body care, cosmetic and clothing selections. Just as important, the staff is as committed to providing helpful, often educational, information to help shoppers make the best selection for their particular needs. 6350 Guilford Ave., 317-253-3709, good-earth.com.

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Benefit the homeless and score an incredible deal. It’s a win-win! At the ReStore, you’ll find gently used household items ranging from appliances to furniture to bicycles to pianos at as much as 75 percent off retail. Some items are donated new, some are recovered from existing homes. Often the items have imperfections that prevent them from being sold retail. Paint, lighting, countertops, doors, and sinks can be found in store. Renovating? Donate good-quality and fully functioning appliances to the store. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity Indianapolis, which builds quality homes for qualified low-income individuals. Be a part of the solution. 1011 E. 22nd St., indyrestore.com. Indy Cycle Specialist (Best Local Shopping for Bikes & Bike Gear) If the other bike shops make you feel just a little intimidated when you roll up on your Huffy, relax. Indy Cycle Specialist is for you. No bike snobbery and very little spandex, this is old school, commuter and mountain biking — though avid riders and racers are welcome, too! Need help moving the little prince or princess up from training wheels? This is the place. Thinking about using the bike lanes to commute to work instead of driving? Start here. 5804 E. Washington St., 317-3564585, indycyclespecialist.com. J. Agan Salon Can the perfect hairstyle solve all of life’s problems? It can if you’re a fan of SoBro stylist Josh Agan. In his seven years taming tresses, Agan has developed a loyal following and been described as a local hair genius. His new salon features shabby-chic furnishings and fresh stylists who guarantee you’ll leave with a new outlook on life and a spring in your step. The vibe is fresh,

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however, is knowledge through monthly, interactive classes, in-store consults, and online articles. Don’t be intimidated. Snow’s on the ground, but you can still get dirty. Hydroponic gardening is healthy, organic, and flavorful, and owner Justin St. John is available to take orders by phone or by sending an email. 6117 E. Washington St., 317-777-0747, maximumgrow.com.

Maximum Grow Gardening and products include Ambre Blends bath and body and Neuma hair care. Both lines are certified organic and plant-based. Take a break a level above the street and see how your impressions change. 4846 N. College Ave., 317926-0626, jagansalon.com.

classics in supply. If you’re in for a real treat, the local favorite is Indy Style: a sumptuous and sweet mix of caramel and cheddar popcorns that’ll make you proud to be a Hoosier. 6302 Guilford Ave., 317-257-9338, justpopinonline.com.

Just Pop In If you’re craving a creative snack, or considering a nifty gift for a friend, follow your nose through Broad Ripple to Just Pop In. While Just Pop In’s gourmet popcorn is pricy compared to its Walmart counterpart, the explosion of flavor more than makes up for the extra buck. The selection is prone to change, but they always make sure to keep the

Maximum Grow Gardening Spring is months away, but your indoor garden can keep on growing with supplies from this gardening store. If you’re sick of tasteless tomatoes in January, grow your own. Simple, starter hydroponics garden systems are available as well as fertilizer, containers, seeds, lighting, and pest control products. Arguably their most valuable offering,

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McNamara (Best Local Shopping for Flowers) Locally and nationally renowned, McNamara Florist is ranked in the FTD’s Top 20 in the United States and Canada. Although the business has vastly expanded — growing from its humble beginning in an Indy streetcorner building in 1954 to a florist powerhouse — McNamara continues to be a neighborhood florist and caters to customer service. Each location features a full on-site floral arrangement staff that will help the least green of thumbs come up with the perfect arrangement and even offers same day delivery for those acts of spontaneity. 3969 E. 82nd St., 317-579-7900, mcnamaraflorist.com. Nature’s Karma One of the new additions to Carmel City Center, this Indy’s Best winner relocated from Clay Terrace to provide an even larger selection of organic skincare products, soy candles, handmade jewelry, stationary, and unique, sustainable gifts. If green has a scent, you’ll find it here. Whether it’s a grapefruit body scrub

or a specialty-blend, fair-trade loose tea, the focus is on giving back to Mother Earth by only offering certified environmentally friendly products. They also have recycled school items, including notebooks and messenger bags. Local art is available, along with other unique products from around the world. Guaranteed unique and guaranteed green. 711 Veteran’s Way, Suite 136, Carmel, 317-843-9999, natureskarma.org. Necklust Want to alert the world you’ve got a newborn? Try a sterling silver necklace charm with a pacifier on one side and the quip “No sleep” on the other. Love-life treating you bad? How about a picture of cupid and his bow with “Wish he had a rifle” on the flipside. Indy designer and marketer Kelly Harrington’s amusing, sarcastic “merit badges for adults” are perfect for every occasion. Competitive volunteering, book club failing, hot flashes, even social issues like suicide prevention are among her zingy coin-sized charms. You can also suggest your own on the company’s website. Vampires? Only if they’re snarky. 317-407-3748, necklust.com. Teapots ’n’ Treasures Walking into this tea shop is like wandering into a treasure trove run by your favorite grandmother. Every surface is covered with an eclectic selection of jewelry, tea accessories, and odds and ends beyond description. Nestled between ornate antique tobacco pipes and handmade purses


The Turntable Shoppe Who still uses turntables? The same guys who still spell Shop with an e. But even if you’re not a circa1980s disc jockey or an owner of an old vinyl collection you’re dying to play, you’ll dig this store. Need to convert your old vinyl to digital MP3s? Love antique musical devices? This is the place. Vintage turntables can be repaired or purchased here, with a focus on machines made from the 1950s-1990s. They can even special-order needles and styli if that’s what you’re into. Speakers, amplifiers, virtually anything related to record players, and the hours are an easy: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2121 E. 10th St. 317-441-6528, theturntableshoppe.com. Uber Boutique If cashmere waterfall wraps and fantastic, funky lace-up clogs top your fashion wish-list, this Broad Ripple specialty store with a new location in Carmel City Center will make

your holiday. Under their signature antlered bunny, you’ll be greeted by fashions and home accessories straight from New York and straight to you in both locations. Faux fur vests, chevron wraps, and Italian leather booties are among the most popular items, along with their unique home accessories. Give your den a quick update with bold striped pillows and Greek-inspired busts and bookends. Vintage furniture, including bright orange metal cabinets and velvet club chairs are also available. 5910 N. College Ave. and Carmel City Center, 317-722-0710, uberboutique.blogspot.com.

GIFTS FOR GROWN-UPS Cirilla’s (Best Local Adult Toy Store) Who doesn’t know that Cirilla’s is the place “where fun and fantasy meet”? Whether you’re looking for something saucy to heat up a night of romance or an embarrassing gift to make your friends laugh, you can probably find it at this adult toy store. They have a large selection of porn and lingerie as well as plenty of toys to satisfy your craving for a kinky night of knitting or Scrabble. Pick out a pair of edible underwear, some flavored lubricant, or even a phallic-shaped shot glass for a night of fun. 8601 N. Michigan Road, 317-228-9345, and 6971 W. Washington St., 317-241-3176, cirillas.com.

Head Lines Catering to the dedicated smoking afficionado, this is a head shop that takes its accoutrements seriously whether you smoke a pipe, cigars or fancy cigarettes. Looking for toxin removers, incense, posters, cigars, clove cigarettes, bidis or hookahs? This is the place. They’ve also got Volcano Vaporizers, Vapor Brothers, Digi Vap, Space Case, grinders, dugouts, hand-blown glass, vector lighters, and a decent selection of hats, clothing, jewelry and even flasks. The staff is friendly, unless you’re a jackass, in which case you deserve to be ignored or shown the door. 1056 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-253-6551, headlinessmokes.com. Lover’s Lane Slightly more high-end than the typical adult gift store, Lover’s Lane aims to put adult customers at ease with an air of romance and sense of intimacy that doesn’t veer over into creepville. A good selection of sexy lingerie, adult potions and lotions, as well as the typical “marital aids” which really are gifts that keep on giving. 6036 E. 82nd St., 317849-9300, loverslanestore.com. Magic Bus (Best Local Smoke Shop) After nearly doubling the size of the store, adding improved lighting and garnering a bigger inventory — Magic Bus could be a one-stop shop. There’s a good selection of clothing (some hemp, some organic, most with funny/ funky sayings on the front), personal products made from natural and

organic ingredients, all manner of incense, candles and aromatherapy. Cool space, nice staff and fun inventory. Stickers, magazines, lighters, key chains and other small items are affordable and desirable stocking stuffers. 1073 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-251-5463. Southern Nights Video Looking for some fun? Some close encounters of the print and/or digital kind? Southern Nights Video is your one stop shop for all things adult DVDs, adult toys, adult books. Are you getting the motif here, Mr. and Ms. Adult? There’s an adult video arcade as well for, ahem, ADULTS. No theater, no glory holes and no peep shows, but hey, there’s plenty else to titillate and satiate your demonstrably adult desires. 3760 Commercial Drive, 317-329-5505.

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are more than 500 varieties of tea, and there’s always a collection of teapots full and ready for sampling, along with cookies. The Canturbury tea is a hot seller, but the featured item is BrainBrew: a caffeine-free energizing tea made from South American mate, which comes in a variety of aromatic flavors. The friendly staff is always brimming with good advice, from helping you pick out the perfect tea for you, to giving tips on how to get the most brew for your buck. 7 E. Market St., brainbrews.com.

Twenty Past Four & More The name pretty much says it all as far as the merchandise at this smoking accessory shop, though the atmosphere and décor appeals to anyone who’s a smoker. Many of the pipes and accessories are made in-house from glass and wood, making for affordable prices and unique merchandise. Look the part as well as smell it with hemp jewelry, body jewelry and key rings. Twenty Past also sells tobacco, hookahs, papers, scales, water pipes and basically any other smoking accompaniment you can imagine. 6513 N. College Ave., 317-253-7632, myspace.com/20past4andmore.

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2011 was a great year for independent restaurants and their dedicated followers in Indianapolis. Almost every week since midsummer it’s been possible to visit a brand new establishment, something I can’t recall having been able to do over the past decade. What’s more impressive is the commitment to quality, with a widespread emphasis on carefully sourced, often local, ingredients. Impressive, too, has been the support shown to independents by local diners. While the middle-brow mainstream eateries still dominate the shopping malls and those who frequent them, the independents are resolutely nibbling away at the edges. They are starting to establish a consolidated presence in such formerly marginal districts as Fountain Square and South Broad Ripple (can we please just lose the moniker “SoBro” already?) Even though not every new eatery has succeeded, it’s encouraging to see so many like-minded entrepreneurs taking the risk to open in parts of town that have been struggling for years to gain popular recognition. If there are any distinct trends worth noting, the two most obvious are the greater presence of quality beer (much of it local) on drinks lists, and a welcome return to the local and international comfort foods that dominate so many menus in the larger markets. Exceptional in this regard have been Black Market, Room Four and The Libertine, with The Local and Late Harvest Kitchen showing tremendous promise. I love to see chefs embracing the nose-totail philosophy, thereby encouraging responsible and sustainable farming and the humane treatment (apart from the killing bit) of the animals we eat. By contrast, if there’s one trend that I would like to see nipped in the bud, it is the tendency to abuse or misrepresent sustainable practices in the name of marketing and public relations. To this end, it would be nice to see restaurants that advertise themselves as organic (or supporting local producers) actually listing their sources and breeds, where appropriate. I see little point in a selfdescribed organic eatery procuring sheep from Australia and fish from undisclosed sources on the other side of the world when there might be perfectly practical and verifiable sources available at closer proximity (Viking Lamb being one such example). Indianapolis clearly has the talent, a fair share of the resources and the determination to forge a significant independent restaurant movement. If ever there’s been a time that these forwardthinking restaurateurs have deserved your support, it is right now. — NEIL CHARLES

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Intro: The need to feed tens of thousands of Super Bowl goers is a major contributing factor in the explosion in the number of food trucks this year. Everywhere you go, there’s a food truck! Byrne’s Grilled Pizza Both a food truck and a sit-down restaurant, Byrne’s Grilled Pizza offers fresh, handmade pizza to passersby. Try the Byrne’s Specialty, a combination of pesto, artichoke hearts and ricotta cheese with fresh spinach and tomatoes. The thin crusts are crisp and slightly chewy at the center for a pleasing pop. “All our stuff is handmade, hand cut, nothing’s frozen. It’s all about freshness and appearance,” says manager Derek Reinstrom, who’s earned his stripes in seven pizza joints over the years. 317-606-2111, byrnespizza.com, facebook.com/grilledpizza, Twitter @ByrnesPizza. Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort “I highly season my food so you can have that taste you will never find anywhere else,” says Chef Dan Carter. On the streets since last November, he’s been gradually building a following for his take on Southern-style cookery. Dan’s spin on Southern Comfort offers “a little bit of Southern with a little bit of Cajun New Orleans cuisine,” with just the right combination of spices to deliver a delicious multilayered flavor. Try the catfish poboy ($6) or the to-die-for mac ‘n cheese ($3), and then finish it all off with a helping silky sweet peach cobbler ($2). 317-771-8765, facebook.com/chefdansindy, chefdansindy.com, Twitter @chefdansindy. DUOS “Slow food made fast,” is the DUOS truck’s motto. And with their emphasis on fresh, locally sourced foods and original, seasonally inspired recipes, Duos’ offerings have an inspiring level of ambition. The ever-changing menu ranges from creative reinventions of pastas, salads and surprises, but

always makes sure to include an option of sandwiches or other meatbased products for the carnivores out there. “The way that we’ve structured our menu gives us a lot of freedom,” Hostetter said. “We’ve found a little formula and then we can fiddle each week.” 317-508-8614, duosindy. com. facebook.com/duosindy, Twitter @DuosIndy. Fat Sammies Ciao Wagon “We’re a taste truck,” says Christy Rieman, the owner of Fat Sammies Ciao Wagon. “We want everything to taste good and look good because you eat with your eyes,” and her sandwiches pass both exams with flying colors. The Ciao Wagon’s menu is small but sharply focused. Check out the Meatball, the Italian Beef, and the Portobello Mushroom sandwiches (6$ each with a bottle of water included). Try them plain or with the works: onions, grilled red peppers, fresh fresh basil and a homemade garnish of chopped champ peppers and vinegar. Just make sure you can get all that in your mouth! 317-525-3628, facebook.com/ fatsammies Twitter @fatsammies. Groovy Guys Fries The Groovy Guys Fries truck’s motto is “Peace, Love, and Fry Grease,” but these are not the fries you covered in ketchup during your greasy spoon days. They are a fresher type of spud, served with a variety of toppings and, in one case, not even fried, but baked. “We keep experimenting and try to have a variety of options to suit different moods,” says Joe Reeves, the truck’s manager, and these variations on the common fry are definitely fun. Try the Philly Cheesesteak fries, the Sweet Potato Fries with Sweet and Salty Whipped Cream Cheese dip, or the Pizza Fries. GroovyGuysFries.com, facebook.com/Groovy-Guys-Fries, Twitter @groovyguysfries. Hoosier Fat Daddy BusCafe Tom Rockwell and his bright blue converted school bus look for locations where people might otherwise have to drive to grab a bite to eat. Inspired by the fleet of food trucks that roll down the streets of L.A. and Chicago,


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Hoosier Fat Daddy BusCafe the Hoosier Fat Daddy BusCafe brings fusion foods to the streets of Indy, like their refreshing shrimp salad sandwich, their Empanada Dawg and their steak sandwich with poblano drizzle. The bus oscillates between downtown and the north side during the week, but, says Rockwell, “on Friday evening we go to the Westfield Farmers Market and hang out up there.” 317-4605665, HoosierFatDaddyBusCafe. com, facebook.com/ HoosierFatDaddyBusCafe, Twitter @HoosierFatDaddy. Mabel on the Move Even when she’s at rest, it’s hard to miss Mabel on the Move. Mabel is a glistening Air Stream trailer, circa 1962, with a pair of red-andwhite polka-dotted flags flying on her highly polished, aerodynamic stern. Inside, Kate McKibben serves up what she calls “food with a conscience.” Food, she says, “I would feed my own family.” Her hot dogs, available in either New York or Chicago style, are made from top-quality grass-fed beef and dressed with fresh vegetables. The herbed potato salad is organic, and the ice cream is from Trader’s Point, a local dairy. 317-501-0370, mabelonthemove.com, facebook. com/mabelonthemove, Twitter @MabelontheMove. The New York Slice “Everything’s working in favor of food trucks right now,” says John Ban, owner of the pizza-purveying truck, The New York Slice. Many around town give him credit for kicking off the local food truck movement when he and Arnold Park brought the idea for West Coast Tacos to Indianapolis. Since then, Ban has brought pizza to the table. New York Slice is a big proponent of social networking, and uses Facebook and Twitter to find hungry customers in need. The crusts of New York Slice’s pizza is ultra-thin yet bubbly, salty and slightly sweet with a pleasurably aerated texture. 317-721-8434, facebook.com/theNYSlice, Twitter @TheNYSlice.

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Scout’s Treat Truck When your sweet tooth beckons, Scout’s Treat Truck is where it leads. Behind the wheel you’ll find cupcakes, brownies and other assorted sweets, most of which were inspired by the recipes of owner Lisa Moyer’s Great Aunt Pippa Scout. Moyer’s aim is to provide the best red velvet cupcake in town, and she’s just about got it made, but Scout’s Treat Truck is always changing, with at least one vegan sweet in every line-up and a gluten-free selection in the works. Look for them parked near the New York Slice pizza truck for a double-whammy of pizza and a treat. 317-409-2600, facebook.com/scoutstreattruck, Twitter @scoutstreats. Scratch Scratch is the truck to visit if you’re looking for adventurous flavor combinations. From the refreshing basil lemonade, to the Spicy Chicken Cone with mango jalapeno slaw and ancho chile aioli, to the New Orleans-inspired muffaletta salad, to the Hoity Toity BLT on French bread with arugula, to the Scratch burger with bacon marmalade, this is not your typical food truck. Like the name suggests, everything on the truck is prepared from scratch. Scratch aims to deliver its “modern comfort food” to locations where people congregate, but where there aren’t a lot of other food options within walking distance. 317-721-3613, scratchtruck.com, facebook.com/ scratchtruck, Twitter @ScratchTruck. West Coast Taco West Coast Taco’s glossy black truck was the first rolling kitchen in Indianapolis, and it keeps dishing up its light yet spicy fare to hungry customers throughout the city. This is unabashed street food, so the portions, while modest, are packed with flavor and designed to be enjoyed on foot. The contents of their tacos stay wrapped and won’t spill out all over your shirt or slacks as you enjoy a light but satisfying midday meal. West Coast Taco’s trucks change locations daily, but the menu always remains the same. thebestdamntacos.com, facebook.com/pages/West-CoastTacos/123291807684147, Twitter @WestCoastTacos.


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Siam Square

BEST OF INDY Note, we start our selections for dining with our 2011 Best Of winners. Voting for 2012 starts in the late spring. Stay tuned! BEST LOCAL THAI RESTAURANT Siam Square A Fountain Square favorite, Siam Square serves up authentic, flavorful, fiery Thai dishes in a contemporary space decked in the red, orange and yellows of curry that is as stimulating to the eye as the palate. This year’s Best Thai option, Siam Square is just as good for lunch as dinner. Staple soups include the spicy Thom Yum and the silky Thom Kah Gai. For a searing midday meal, try the Siam Ginger Plate lunch special, served with a spring roll to help douse the flames. Return in the evening to sample a thoughtfully considered pairing from the dinner menu and wine list. For dessert, spoil your taste buds with an order of roti rolls — panfried flatbread smothered in sticky icing. Moderately priced, exceedingly delicious. 936 Virginia Ave., 317-636-8424, siamsquareindy.com. $$ BEST LOCAL ITALIAN RESTAURANT/BEST LOCAL ROMANTIC DINING Mama Carolla’s Mama Carolla’s Old Italian in Broad Ripple is, hands-down, the most romantic restaurant in the city according to NUVO readers in each year’s Best of Indy poll. From the twinkling lights to heavy wood accents, all housed in what actually feels like a house, there’s something cozy and refreshing about a visit to Mama’s. The reasonable prices mean it’s affordable for two, even with a good bottle of wine to complement the traditional Italian menu. When the weather permits, take your date to the patio dining room for an even more romantic evening. (And don’t forget about their new café next door for breakfast — Good Morning Mama’s!) 1031 E. 54th St., 317-259-9412, www.mamacarollas.com. $$ BEST LOCAL MIDDLE EASTERN/ NORTH AFRICAN RESTAURANT Saffron With a wide variety of delicious North African (mostly Moroccan)

dishes that can best be described as a circus for the senses, Saffron is one of our favorites. We recommend foremost the delicate and delicious saffron rice, but the Antipasto Plate, a combination of three appetizers: hummus, zaalouk and bakoula served with mild feta cheese and pita wedges is high on the list as well. You might also try one of two specialty dishes: a Kafta sandwich, finger rolls of finely ground, deeply seasoned and char-grilled beef served on an open-faced pita, and the couscous royale, a medley of vegetables served over couscous and steamed in a clay pot. 621 Fort Wayne Ave., 317-917-0131, saffroncafe-indy.com. $$-$$$ BEST LOCAL ENGLISH/CELTIC PUB FOOD Chatham Tap This hot spot in the heart of Mass Ave is a prime destination, whether you’re hungry or thirsty or both — a magnet for those drawn to the district for theater, visual arts and the dance floor. The inside can get pretty raucous, with revelers toasting and talking and watching soccer and cricket, but the outside patio, if you can find a seat, is truly sublime. Adjacent to the Cultural Trail, the patio is a magical place; we’d wager, in fact, it’s the friendliest location in town. Order up, get your drinks, then meet your new pals at the neighboring table. 719 Massachusetts Ave., 317-917-8425, chathamtap.com. $$ BEST LOCAL PIZZA Bazbeaux NUVO readers have never selected anything other than Bazbeaux as the city’s Best Pizza. In addition to excellent locations (Mass Ave and Broad Ripple) and terrific staff, what makes Bazbeaux so enjoyable is the variety of options. Pour over a massive list of ingredients and craft your own masterpiece, or skip the work and choose one of the standard favorites like the Basilica, which drops tomato sauce for pesto, adds black olives and sun-dried tomatoes, and finishes off with feta cheese. 811 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-255-5711 and 333 Massachusetts Ave., 317-636-7662, bazbeaux.com. $-$$

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BEST LOCAL STEAK/BEST LOCAL UPSCALE DINING St. Elmo This downtown institution has been serving perfectly cooked steaks exactly the way patrons ask for more than 100 years (not to mention a host of other delicious dishes and the best shrimp cocktail on the planet). Serving downtown patrons since 1902 means that the folks at St. Elmo not only know how to deliver excellent meals to satisfied customers, they can also help you make the best selection. Known for the classic turn-of-the-century Chicago saloon style décor, St. Elmo offers an upscale experience with excellent service. 127 S. Illinois St., 317-6350636, stelmos.com, $$$ BEST LOCAL WINGS/BEST LOCAL WAIT STAFF Scotty’s Brewhouse Scotty’s Brewhouse poses the question: How many sporting events can a person watch at the same time? While, of course, eating from an encyclopedic menu of quality pub food. And quaffing from an epic selection of draft and bottled beers, with plenty of wines and cocktails near at hand by way of back-up. Scotty’s is a convivial place; you can find it packed even on a weeknight. They draw a lot of regulars who know exactly what they want from the extensive menu, and one taste of their “Mo’ Fo’ Mustard Sauce” tells you Scotty’s has figured out its customers’ taste buds. 3905 E. 96th St., 317-5740101 and 1 Virginia Ave., 317-5710808, scottysbrewhouse.com. $$

BEST LOCAL BUDGET-MINDED DINING/BEST LOCAL RESTAURANT Yats If there is one restaurant readers of NUVO prefer above all others in Indy, it’s gotta be Yats. No doubt that’s because the iconic Joe Vuskovich and his crew return the love and want to make sure everyone gets a chance to eat some of the best Creole food anywhere outside New Orleans. Each day brings a new set of six to 10 menu items, including vegetarian options, according to mood and availability. The price, however, is always cheap and the company is always exquisite. 659 Massachusetts Ave., 317-686-6380 and 5463 N. College Ave., 317-253-8817, yatscajuncreole.com. $ BEST NEW LOCAL RESTAURANT Ball & Biscuit The Ball & Biscuit’s theme is nostalgic with items from the time of speakeasies. The drinks also harken to another time, in more ways than one. Hamhattan, Silver Gin Fizz, Sidecar and Aviation are all classic cocktails with small twists. But you’ve also seen them at Euphoria, the Indianapolis haunt where chef Brad Gates and mixologist Zach Wilks formerly held court. You can always count on top-shelf, small-batch alcohol at The Ball & Biscuit and a solid lineup of choice cheeses for noshing. As with any good speakeasy, there’s good contraband off the menu — if you know to ask. 331 Massachusetts Ave., 317-636-0539, ballandbiscuit.com. $$

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OUR TOP PICKS Black Market Making the most of locally sourced ingredients, Black Market offers a concise and exciting menu at reasonable prices in a cool and contemporary setting. Choosing from a dozen or so dishes in all, diners can sit at one of a handful of booths, or join other gastronauts at a large communal table, bringing to mind feasting of old. Delicious nose-to-tail fare like roast veal marrow bones makes this a must-visit for the adventurous diner. The wine-and-beer list is as succinct as the menu and well chosen, with the emphasis on food-friendly wines at, again, very fair prices. 922 Massachusetts Ave., 317822-6757. $$$

The Bosphorus Istanbul Café If your taste buds are flagging from too much of the same old same old, treat them to a night out at Bosphorus. With traditional Turkish delights like guvee — a casserole of vegetables — or karniyarik — a stuffed eggplant — your palate will replenish itself in no time. The place attracts quite a crowd, so plan ahead — wait times can be long, though well worth enduring for the great food. The hummus is reputed to be the best in town and the atmosphere provides a mystical feel you’d expect from a Turkish café. Bosphorus reflects the crazy quilt that is Turkey. 935 S. East St., 317974-1770, facebook.com/pages/ bosphoruscafe. $

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Fire by the Monon This Broad Ripple grill house procures delicious meats and takes pride in offering a seasonal menu, gathering its ingredients from local growers and herders. It also practices the fine art of cold-smoking: exposing meats to hardwood and fruitwood smoke that’s under 100 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period of time. This process enhances the flavor and preserves the moistness of the meat without actually cooking it. The result is then seared over an open flame. Oh, and vegetarians don’t have to worry. Their veggie burger proves to be satisfying as well. 6523 Ferguson St., 317-602-8590, firebythemonon.com. $$ Havana Café Serving up a savory brand of Cuban cuisine in a small space for about two years now, Havana Café has been

treating Indy to a variety of dishes true to its Cuban roots. Meat occupies front and center: This culturally honest cafe offers a range of chicken, beef and pork variations, with a few seafood options thrown in. While trade and travel restrictions are keeping Indy’s inhabitants and visitors off real Cuban soil, we are fortunate to have our own taste of Cuban cuisine right here at home thanks to Havana Café. 3839 Moller Road, 317-293-2822. $ Good Morning Mama’s Good Morning Mama’s Café celebration is what you get at Good Morning Mama’s Café. Once again, the Leuers of Mama Carolla’s (the funky, homestyle restaurant next door to the Café) have bucked conventional wisdom. In this case, they’ve taken what used to be a garage for import car repairs and given it a lively makeover. It’s now a fanciful retro-themed joint, employing chrome embellishments, plenty of Fiesta Ware and bright, primary colors. The breakfast menu offers all the traditional dishes — eggs, pancakes, French toast, bacon — but there are also some original combinations, like the 1940s Omelet made with fried Spam, onions and Cheese Whiz with a drizzled marinara sauce. 1001 E. 54th St., 317-255-3800, goodmorningmamas.com. $ India Sizzling Located around the corner from a strip mall off Allisonville Road in Fishers, India Sizzling is the brainchild of Basil Vaz, the restaurateur behind

local treasure Passage To India. The food created here uses herbs, spices and heat for a truly marvelous spectrum of mouth-watering delights. Dishes at India Sizzling are elegantly presented in white, square-shaped bowls, with generous mounds of white rice to the side, appealing to both sight and taste and filling the stomach. 11301 Village Square Lane, Fishers, 317-845-5500. $ Jiallo’s This African-Caribbean restaurant has been in business for about two years. At first, the menu might appear foreign and confusing, offering a lot of potentially unfamiliar dishes. But fear not: Flavor and spices abound, and the friendly staff will be more than happy to explain the more exotic dishes. Jiallo’s jerk chicken is the stuff of legend. Consisting of a boned bird presented on a mound of red beans and dirty rice with a generous side of fried plantains, this is a fabulous dish. 4202 W.56th St. B-2, 317-492-1603. $ La Mie Emilie In the midst of Carmel’s Arts and Design District sits a great little French-style café. In contrast to the plethora of burger and pizza joints, La Mie Emilie aims its menu squarely at Indy’s Francophiles. Operated by the mother and daughter team behind Zionsville’s Pie Safe, La Mie Emilie occupies a simply appointed space on Carmel’s refurbished Main Street. Providing many traditional staples of French cuisine, it’s hard to go wrong here. There are crêpes

aplenty, traditional salads, quiches and sandwiches. There’s a bit of something for just about everybody. 15 W. Main St., Carmel, 317-816-1200, lamieemilie.com. $$ Las Tortas “Torta” is a Hispanic sandwich, often quite small. The only thing small about this excellent sandwich shop is the space. From the menu to food itself, “big” is the operative word. It takes two hands (and plenty of napkins) to manage one of these creations. The foundation is baked telera, a light bun that measures six inches across, but, when stuffed, seems like it could pass for a shuffleboard puck. The telera comes packed with a variety of meats, like smoked pork and chorizo sausage, as well as cheeses and veggies. Bring an appetite. 641 Virginia Ave., 317658-0735. $

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The Clay Oven Named for the traditional tandoor oven, the Clay Oven specializes in tandoori dishes, but they don’t stop there. Its menu features at least a hundred authentic Indian items, all reasonably priced, including an assortment of meat and a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The service is prompt, the spices are freshly ground, the vegetables are crisp, and the food is full of variety. Try the tandoori chicken, the vegan chana saag, and don’t forget the naan! Or if you can’t decide on just one of the dishes, try a little of everything with the lunch buffet. 7415 U.S. 31 South, 317888-2600. $$

The Libertine The Libertine is not your father’s cocktail bar, and it’s not the kind of place you come to drink eight-ounce Cosmopolitans and dance on the bar in four-inch heels. Everything here is measured, from the music’s agreeable volume to the meticulous proportions of the drinks prepared by stylishly-clad mixologists. The food menu is short and expertly executed, featuring a range of small plates. Similarly the wine list is expertly thought out and reasonably priced, and contains a number of bottlings from lesser-known regions of Europe. The Libertine deserves support from anyone

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Mama Irma who puts value on independence, local produce and creativity. 38 E. Washington St., 317-631-3333, libertineindy.com. $$$ The Local In an unassuming strip mall just north of 146th Street lies The Local, so-named because it is not only a watering hole for locals, but because it also specializes in locally grown and raised ingredients. While the variety of ingredients is somewhat limited by Indiana’s infamous weather, The Local offers a variety of regular menu items and a monthly selection of seasonal dishes, including local Viking lamb, Gunthorp’s Farm beef and Homestead Growers produce. Try the smoked salmon flatbread, the pulled pork sandwich, the chicken ranch wrap — or ask for a recommendation from the truly exceptional staff. 14655 Gray Road, Westfield, 317-218-3786, localeateryandpub.com. MacKenzie River Pizza Co. Part of a small family chain, MacKenzie River Pizza Co. offers a rustic country atmosphere and food that’s hearty and assertive in portion size and flavor. The pizza is the star of the menu, with an exemplary crust and a wide and wellthought-out array of toppings. Unlike other pizza chains, MacKenzie River offers a variety of options, from buffalo chicken mac and cheese to blackened cod tacos. All of it is delectable, and their selection of local beers is worth checking out. Kitchen staff and management are known to jump in and help when the joint gets jumpin’. 4939 E. 82nd St., 317-288-0609, mackenzieriverpizza.com. $$ Mama Irma This tiny Peruvian restaurant in Fountain Square delivers beautifully-prepared, intensely flavored food straight from the heart. From a couple of outstanding ceviches to a cake of refried beans stuffed with beef and onions, as well as plenty of potatoes and saffron, this is the most comforting of comfort foods, and is not to be missed. Service is very knowledgeable and friendly, prices are the sunny side of reasonable and desserts are essential. 1058 Virginia Ave., 317-423-2421.

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Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles Occupying what might have once been an office building, Maxine’s is a hopping place with a festive atmosphere. Health

nuts beware: Maxine’s provides a daily dose of salt, sugar and fat in most of their dishes. But if that’s not something that dissuades your interest, Maxine’s won’t disappoint. The menu offers a broad selection of traditional southern dishes and, of course, the eponymous chicken and waffles. Maxine’s serves as a refreshing reminder that good food doesn’t have to be a plodding, serious affair. 132 N. East St., 317-423-3300, maxineschicken.com. $ Osteria Pronto Today, one of the many measures of a hotel is the quality of its restaurant. This Italian restaurant, located on the ground floor of the new, blue JW Marriott Hotel downtown, is a welcome addition to the Indianapolis dining scene. Osteria Pronto breathes new life into everyone’s favorite cuisine, packing it with flavor and freshness. It has adopted the costconscious policy of offering whole and half sizes for its pasta dishes. This place has all the makings of a downtown destination worth visiting. Reservations are recommended. 10 S. West St., ground floor, J.W. Marriot Hotel, 317-833-8554, osteriapronto.com. $$$ Restaurante Oaxaca Tucked between the numerous BBQ and fried chicken joints on MLK Jr. Drive, this culturally focused restaurant is rustic in a thrilling way. Impressive hand-hewn tortilla chips, beginning as a soft corn tortillas, are liberally salted and served with a spring-green salsa designed to clean one’s clock. The moles offered here — chocolaty, nutty, sublime sauces that take meat to new heights — are commendable. If it’s an authentic southern Mexican atmosphere accompanied by just as an authentic cuisine that you seek, slide over to Oaxaca. 2958 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., 317-490-2429. $ Saigon Restaurant For quick, cheap and delicious dining, there’s no better part of town to visit than the area around the intersection of 38th Street and Lafayette Road. Conveniently, this is where Saigon Restaurant sits. Formerly a Vietnamese market, Saigon became a restaurant over a decade ago. Clean, well-lit and welcoming, the simple interior promises a no-frills approach to dining, delivering a promise that your


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Tavern on the Plaza modest check will go largely toward what arrives on your plate. In spite of the menu’s astonishing 162 or so dishes, everything that is supposed to be fresh is fresh. Saigon is definitely a viable proposition for those prepared to make the pilgrimage. 4760 W. 38th St., 317-927-7270, saigonrestaurant-indy.com. $$ Sakura If there is a neighborly Japanese restaurant in Indianapolis — a place that feels comfortable and familiar as a corner pub, yet without in any way compromising the authenticity of its origins — this is it. The simplicity of the dining room reflects Sakura’s menu and the presentation of its many dishes. Traditional Japanese cuisine abounds: items like vegetable rolls, a variety of sushi, and gomaae — a bowl of steamed spinach topped with a sweet, creamy sesame sauce — populate the menu. Sakura offers a basic selection of beers and sake. Its parking lot is often overflowing, but the wait is worth the while. 7201 N. Keystone Ave., 317-259-4171, indysakura.com/ japanesefood.php. $$ South of Chicago A good pizza shop can be difficult to find, especially when you’re looking for one that brings a Chicago-style taste to a non-Chicago locale. But if you find yourself near South of Chicago, you’ll find a pizza shop that aims to please and hits the mark well. The owners, Bob and Beverly, are from Chicago but have lived in Indy 16 years. They’re very passionate about their work and eager to please. The first five toppings are free at South of Chicago. Deep dish is available in a personal size, or treat the family to a 14-incher that feeds three for less than 20 bucks with drinks included. 619 Virginia Ave., 317-203-7110. $ Tavern on the Plaza Tavern on the Plaza is the JW Marriott’s latest flourish. It’s a spacious outdoor cafe located on the hotel’s northwest corner, across from the Eiteljorg and Indiana State museums. A selection of dishes is prepared on a grill installed at the edge of the dining area. Guests can enjoy the spectacle of seeing their dishes prepared in front of them. Salads are delivered in generously proportioned bowls, and a well-

fortified bar pours cocktails, beer and wine. This restaurant represents a tasty new option for folks who want to eat downtown alfresco. 10 S. West St., 317-860-5777, jwindy. com/dining/tavern.php. $$

DELIS & SANDWICHES Goose the Market Indy’s gourmet food mecca, Goose supplies neighborhood-handy, locally produced food. From cold drinks to an exquisite meat counter to a café that offers sandwiches and soups, Goose the Market seems to have it all. If that’s not enough, stock up on fresh baguettes, grains and fun and funky flavors of gelato. Take a scoop of gelato for the ride home or grab a pint to share with loved ones. Also, be sure to visit the wine cellar with all bottles under $25. Beers and ales are also offered. 2503 N. Delaware St., 317-924-4944, goosethemarket.com. $-$$ MacNiven’s This addition to the Mass Ave pub scene offers some of the best comfort food around, including great fish ’n’ chips, authentic neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes), mince (wellbraised beef) and one of the best burgers in the city — a huge, crisp disc you have to fold over to get on the bun. With an impressive selection of imported beers, including over 15 Scottish beers (many of them on tap), MacNiven’s atmospheric sound of clinking mugs raised in toasts sets the mood in this raucous and fun place to watch the game — even if it’s not soccer. 339 Massachusetts Ave., 317-632-7268, macnivens.com. $-$$ Northside Social The new Northside Social has a very particular allure: comfort-chic. The place goes beyond yesterday’s craft beer flights and gourmet burgers to new terrain like aromatherapeutic aperitifs. Social sources locally made infusions — scents like Thai basil, lemon and cucumber — to impart strong smells and a hint of flavor to some of their more choice cocktails. Everything on the beer list is priced around $5, which helps to counteract the sticker shock of the $10-plus martinis. In the latter’s defense, some

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Non-Smoking • Over 21 Only Dunaways libations boast acai, matcha and other healthful additions, so they’re clearly looking to carve out a niche with these premium offerings. 6525 N. College Ave., 317-253-0111, northsidesocial.com. $$ Old Point Tavern The Old Point Tavern, next to where Julian Opie’s electronic go-go dancer does her thing at the corner of Massachusetts and Alabama, is a time-tested place to start the evening — or finish it off. Great chili and well-packed sandwiches made with topnotch ingredients have made this a Mass Ave institution. Is there a better spot to sit and watch the downtown world go by? This pivotal intersection features theatergoers, music revelers and just plain big-city revelers. Sit outside and enjoy the good life. 401 Massachusetts Ave., 317-634-8943. $-$$ Rathskeller Indy’s premier biergarten pairs one of the best beers to meet draft form, the Spaten Optimator, with expertly done German food. A must-try: Brat ’n’ Kraut Balls, a blend of juicy brats, sausage and beef, lightened by just the right amount of sour delivered via modest amounts of kraut, served with a brilliant beer-infused cream sauce. Set in the historic, 19th-century Athenaeum Building downtown, The Rathskeller is reminiscent of a quaint inn tucked into the Bavarian hills and a lively beer hall in Munich. The establishment also features

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the Kellerbar, stocked with 12 imported draft beers and over 50 imported bottled beers, and hosts Indy’s best bands. 401 E. Michigan St., 317-636-0396, rathskeller.com. $-$$

CAFES & BISTROS Barking Dog Café The quiet little café in the shadow of the ever-expanding Patachou operation across the street, Barking Dog is Meridian-Kessler’s other neighborhood restaurant offering fresh and creative spins on traditional favorites. Its midday menu consists of soups, salads and signature sandwiches, as well as Dog House specials like Tucker’s Nantucket Clam Chowder, Jeff’s Single Cheeseburger with Everything (served with a “special sauce,” lettuce, onion, ketchup, Dijon mustard and pickles). For a side, try the pomme frites (think Belgium-style fries) with homemade chipotle ketchup. 115 E. 49th St., 317924-2233, barkingdogindy.com. $ Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room Long- time fixture on the Indianapolis fine dining scene, Chef Joseph Heidenreich is back in top form at this elegant and luxuriously-appointed space in the heart of downtown. Free of the constraints of Italian cuisine, Chef Joseph lets his palate and talents loose with a constantly changing lunch menu which reflects his many culinary interests. This


Dunaways One of Indy’s most elegant restaurants, it includes a rooftop deck atop the old Oxygen Building which affords gorgeous sunset views of downtown with some very upscale and ambitious cuisine as well. The emphasis is Mediterranean, with some generous meat dishes for the more traditionally minded diner. Exceptional wine list offers dozens of gems, and the views of the Indy skyline from the deck are some of the best in the city. Perfect for a romantic evening. Call ahead for reservations. 351 S. East St., 317-638-7663, dunaways.com. $$$ Late Harvest Kitchen It’s not easy to pin down the dominant culinary theme at Late Harvest, although the online mission statement suggests a combination of the best elements of fine dining with a neighborhood restaurant feel. A neighborhood restaurant in London or Paris, perhaps, but not yet in these parts, more’s the pity. With a couple of notable exceptions, you’re not likely to find pork belly, pork cheeks, duck confit or salt cod brandade on any menu in town, so to find them all front and center here is something of a dream come true for the omnivore. Beautiful décor, great service and reasonable prices make this a must-visit dining experience. 8605 River Crossing, 317663-8063, lateharvestkitchen.com. $$ Meridian Located in a grove of trees immediately south of the historic Central Canal and alongside its namesake street, Meridian has the look and feel of an elegant country inn, with a spacious woodbeamed dining room and a cozy bar. This setting is a handsome complement to Meridian’s food, which emphasizes fresh ingredients and elegant presentation. If you’re on a budget, try a salad with a delicious seasonal soup. The lobster pot pie is especially recommended. And the cocktails are profound. 5694 N. Meridian St., 317466-1111. $$$ Oakley’s Bistro Hands down one of the best restaurants in the city. Chef and owner Steve Oakley is an artist with flavor. And we aren’t just saying that. He’s a James Beard award nominee for his creative pairings of things like a rich pancetta vinaigrette and a mild fish like tilapia. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The meatloaf, based on an old family recipe, will amaze you. While there are many opportunities to spend a lot of money on a good meal in this town, choose Oakley’s if you want every bite to be worth it. 1464 W. 86th St., 317-8241231, oakleysbistro.com. $$-$$$ Petite Chou Initially only serving breakfast and lunch, Petite Chou of the ever-growing Patachou family of restaurants has

recently created a popular dinner menu for its Broad Ripple location. With fresh, French-inspired food, this restaurant, while still offering sandwiches and salads, now serves Indiana-raised panseared steak, a fresh catch of the day and chicken paillard, a seared chicken breast with lemon-scented pan sauce. A fine selection of champagne cocktails that mixes sparkling wine with different concoctions of fruit and juice is also offered. 823 Westfield Blvd., 317-2590765, cafepatachou.com. $$

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is the place for an unhurried threecourse meal and a couple of glasses of wine, or a power luncheon with clients. The décor is striking, but the menu prices extremely fair. Evenings are reserved for private dinners and special events. Sign up at chefjosephs.com to receive e-mails about upcoming wine dinners. 115 E. Ohio St., 317-6003577, chefjosephs.com. $$

R Bistro Chef Regina Mehallick takes special care in arranging the weekly menu to best incorporate seasonal, locally made produce, offering one of the most creative menus in Indianapolis. The result is an imaginative culinary treat. Reasonable portions and pricing leave clientele satisfied, while upscale décor makes for a sophisticated ambiance. Given the intimate dining space, it is highly recommended to make reservations at R Bistro, especially on weekends. Consult the website to see what seasonal offerings are available. 888 Massachusetts Ave., 317-4230312, rbistro.com. $$$ Recess Recess proves that our local chefs are committed to making Indianapolis a real dining destination. With Greg Hardesty, Gabe Jordan and Eli Anderson on top billing, this Midtown eatery is a who’s who of Indianapolis culinary superstars. For about $40-$60 per person (sans alcohol), executive chef and owner Hardesty takes you on a food tour through his mental playground with a singular prix fixe menu that changes nightly. Supplemental courses are sometimes offered, along with choice of entrée. Rounding out the experience is an impressive and carefully chosen assortment of beer and wine. 4907 N. College Ave., 317-925-7529, recessindy.com. $$$

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PASTA & PIZZA Iozzo’s Garden of Italy This newly reopened restaurant on south Meridian offers a wide variety of famous dishes, including a spaghetti Bolognese with meatballs. In particular, the meatballs have been heavily praised as divine and “velvety.” For an appetizer, order the soppy tomatoes with olive oil, parsley and a pliable crostini. Be sure to appreciate the restaurant’s buildout, a rustic, intimate atmosphere with brick walls and dark tones, while enjoying the food. Iozzo’s Garden of Italy, family-owned and operated, will make for a delightful, romantic evening of delicious food and enjoyable ambiance. 946 S. Meridian St., 317-974-1100, iozzos.com. $$ Pizzology Like any other piece of art, the pizzas at Neal Brown’s Pizzology take time to fully appreciate. Like a song you must hear repeatedly before it strikes a chord, or a classic book that must be read with patience, you will eventually come to adore this somewhat foreign fare — and be worldlier for it. Brown has struck the perfect medium of creativity

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and accessibility in his latest venture. His take on Pappardelle with Bolognese is exactly what you’d expect from the restaurant’s seriously traditional standpoint — rustic, robust and meaty. The beer lineup is artfully simple and good, like everything else in the place. 13190 Hazel Dell Pkwy., Carmel, 317844-2550, pizzologyindy.com. $$

CUBAN Tata Cuban Café Tata came to Indianapolis like manna from the heavens, filling a sorely felt void in Cuban food. Slow-roasted pork and thick, sweet plantains are soul food staples that are executed effortlessly here. The menu includes Cuban sandwiches (picky eaters can’t go wrong), salads, traditional dishes, desserts and coffee. If you really want to induce sleep, order your food with a side of thick and starchy fried yuca. Also be sure to wash down your dish with a flavorful $5 mojito. 137 W. Market St., 317-686-0855, tatacubancafe.com. $$

INDIAN India Palace It’s not surprising that one of the city’s best Indian restaurants is on Lafayette Road, nestled next to other outstanding ethnic eateries. The lunchtime buffet gets rave reviews, and it’s vegetarian-friendly. The menu features the finest northern Indian entrées and their specialty tandoori (clay oven) dishes. India Palace is elegant, relaxed and affordable, inviting guests to enjoy the hospitality that reflects the restaurant’s Indian heritage. 4213 Lafayette Road, 317-298-0773, indiapalaceindy.com. $$

JAPANESE & SUSHI H2O Sushi An eclectic mix of traditional-style sushi and modern flavor combinations that borrow on a variety of traditions — European, South American and North African, to name a few — H2O continues to evolve while always delivering the quality we’ve come to expect. The menu boasts customary sushi bar items like sashimi and nigiri, but chef John Adams also offers creative specials, such as black mussels steamed in spicy tomato and corn sauce and seared foie gras with pain perdue, arugula, quail egg, Marcona almonds and Pedro Ximinez vinaigrette. Everything is made from scratch. 1912 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-254-0677, h2osushibar.com. $$$ Oishi Sushi Oishi Sushi shows its excitement with rolls like the tasty Afghanistan, which the menu describes as eel and avocado pieces “erupting” with spicy shrimp tempura and masago. There are plenty of selections to try on the menu, like Mongolian-style fried rice or the Bento box combo of teriyaki-style hot food and sushi rolls. Tatami rooms are available for couples and families, complete with soothing music. 6929 E. 10th St., 317356-8880, indyoishi.com. $$-$$$

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COFFEE SHOPS BJava A hungry denizen might come to BJava for their made-from-scratch soups or fresh paninis, but the highlight of the experience will always be the coffee. This little shop fresh roasts its own beans twice a week, and if you catch them on a good day you can order custom roasted beans to brew at home. Don’t leave without trying one of their signature small coffees, like the sweet and savory Bumble Buzz or the award winning Honey Lavender Cappuccino. The atmosphere is fun without being cluttered or unorganized, and as always, check out the ever-changing selection of local art in the décor. 5510 Lafayette Road, Suite 140, 317-280-1236, bjavacoffeeandtea.com. $ Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company A hole-in-the-wall façade hides Calvin Fletcher, a cozy coffee shop with a sterling sense of community. Posters for local events line the front window, and the inside is aglow with local art and wares, with the perfect level of background noise for a long afternoon spent tapping at a laptop, reading, or whiling away time with friends. The baristas take rightful pride in their work, and they’re always up for a conversation. While you’re there, try an espresso with a dash of cocoa, or ask the staff for a personal favorite. 615 Virginia Ave., 317-423-9697, cfcoffeecompany.com. $ Cornerstone Coffee and Espresso Bar Just south of the heart of Broad Ripple is a coffee shop that’s one part Berlin bierhaus and one part Oregon Trail corner store, with the warm, earthy style of both sides. The shop is divided by winding, waist-high walls, which give it a sense of privacy and closeness without claustrophobia. Be warned, this is a smoking establishment, but there are plenty of fans and vents to clear the air. Cornerstone has monthly specials on custom-made coffee, as well as a selection of alcoholic drinks for those who have their IDs. If you’re hungry, meander into Moe and Johnny’s next door for a tasty dinner. 651 E. 54th St., 317-726-1360, moeandjohnnys.com. $ Earth House Café Earth House takes full advantage of the vast space and peaceful atmosphere that the historic Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church building provides, but its collection of comfy couches and displays of local art turn the mood fun and bright. Most of what they serve is vegan-friendly and gluten free, and everything else is still vegetarian friendly. The ingredients are as local and organic as they can get, and it’s all delicious. While you’re enjoying your coffee or tea, take a look at the calendar for an incredible collection of concerts, classes and events that make the Earth House collective a true cornerstone of the community. 237 N. East St., 317-6364060, earthhousecollective.org. $ Henry’s On East Street Quiet as a library, Henry’s on East Street is where you go when you


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Henry’s On East Street want to get things done, or if you just want a moment of quiet simplicity. The music is soft, the walls tastefully adorned with local art, the service is friendly and helpful. If you’re hungry, make a selection from the wide-ranging breakfast menu, which includes the all-you-can-eat cereal bar, or give their selection of paninis, sandwiches and salads a try. Otherwise sit back, snag a cup of café au lait and a snicker doodle, and take a break from the daily rush. 627 N. East St., 317-951-0335, henryscoffeebistro.com. $ Hubbard & Cravens With two neighborhood locations in Broad Ripple and Meridian-Kessler and three on the Clarian campus in downtown Indianapolis, H&B serves more than customers — it serves friends and neighbors. Hubbard & Cravens cares about creating inviting environments to become the hub of communities, providing a friendly community gathering place that customers can call their own. H&C also roasts its own beans, and distinctively smooth, rich coffee (in any variation) is the result. 4930 N. Pennsylvania St., 317-251-5161 and 6229 Carrollton Ave., 317-803-4155, hubbardandcravens.com. $ Lazy Daze Coffee House The menu at Lazy Daze in Irvington is similar to what you find at any coffeehouse — coffee, tea, iced drinks, hot drinks, decaf, small, medium, large, etc. But what sets Lazy Daze apart is the atmosphere in which one consumes the menu items. Lazy Daze’s dim lighting, mismatched furniture and extensive collection of local artists’ wares create the perfect backdrop for live poetry readings every Thursday and live acoustic music even more often. Regular events like these create Lazy Daze’s unique local flavor and indie environment, which puts chain coffeehouses to shame. 10 S. Johnson Ave., 317-353-0777, lazydazecoffeehouse.com. $ Monon Coffee This favorite neighborhood coffeehouse feels like home with its steamy windows, toasty environment and truly friendly service. Order any variety of coffee concoctions, like the signature Choo Choo Brew, from the black chalkboard

menus behind the counter. Freshly baked pastries, including an excellent vegan carrot cake, are temptingly displayed on the countertops. For lunch, try the curry chicken salad sandwich with fresh carrot juice and settle into an overstuffed chair with your computer (they have remote access) or the newspaper. 920 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-255-0510, mononcoffee.com. $ Mo’Joe Coffee Mo’Joe is everything an independent coffee shop should be. The staff is friendly, the coffee is great, the art is reasonably priced, and, if you know where to look, there’s a stash of board games just in case you need an excuse to stay longer. You’ll find plenty of people to play with among the dozens who crowd into Mo’Joe to read, write, brainstorm, and soak up the atmosphere. The menu has a strong emphasis on the local, with pastries from Shapiro’s and coffee that has been roasted here in Indy, right down to locally brewed beer. 222 W. Michigan St., 317-822-6656, mojoecoffeehouse.com. $ Soho Café and Gallery Soho isn’t just a coffee shop — it’s a little bit of everything. On your way in, stop by Indy Upcycle, or pop by the gallery of local artists. Inside the coffee shop proper, sample the wide selection of gelato, or nip at a fun-sized cake bite while you wash it all down with guilt-free fair trade coffee. Curl up on a couch in front of the electric fireplace and play board games, or get your creative juices flowing with the help of the friendly staff. Check the calendar for open mic nights and live entertainment. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Soho’s probably got it. 620 S. Range Line Road Unit M, Carmel, 317-5644800, sohocafecarmel.com. $ Strange Brew Coffee House The big sunshine mural on the back wall isn’t the only part of Strange Brew that’s sunny. The atmosphere is fun and creative, and the coffee is roasted fresh every week. Check out the Muddy Irishman — a local favorite. There are tables-for-many and big comfy armchairs, where you can get your work done … or relax and procrastinate while juggling Danishes and hot coffee, which is also a good choice. 4800 W. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, 317-8815282, strangebrewcoffee.com. $

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ARTS “I myself am a citizen of no mean city.” The apostle Paul said it first, apropos of Tarsus; then Indianapolis mayor Charles Bookwalter, upon the groundbreaking of our first city hall in 1909. The quote comes down through history via a cornerstone at the base of the selfsame city hall, and it still has resonance today. We’d like to think Indianapolis is no mean city, certainly — and we’re demonstrating as much with an installation art exhibition, TURF: IDADA Art Pavilion, being held prior to the Super Bowl in that city hall Bookwalter helped get off the ground. The free event, comprised of installations almost exclusively by local artists, demonstrates that there’s a significant amount of homegrown talent doing smart, professional work; no cultural wasteland is this. Both Bookwalter and Paul felt they had something to prove when they said it; the same sentiment runs through somewhat goofy and now rejected advertising slogans used for tourism purposes: “Indianapolis: We’ll make an impression on you”; “Indianapolis: Amazingly always new!” But, you know what? There’s truth to all these slogans, as a cursory glance at NUVO on any given week will bear out. The city offers a panoply of consciousness-raising options that provide cultural sustenance to Indy’s own smart set; resident and visitor need only step away from officially-sanctioned Super Bowl events, or from their market-sanctioned home entertainment centers, to find out. Our guide to the major players and events in town is necessarily skewed toward the established; we’ve left out a few upstarts — say, the DIY art gallery Shared Heritage or experimental theater troupe Paper Strangers — though you’ll find words about them during the year in NUVO and on nuvo.net. But this’ll get you started: in the visual arts, comedy, dance (including burlesque), theater, literature, art music, museums and film.

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Crackers Comedy Club With two prime locations in downtown and Broad Ripple, Crackers is the 300-pound gorilla of Indianapolis comedy clubs. Look for touring comics with feature film experience (Harland Williams, Brad Garrett, Kevin Pollak) alongside local pros. All shows are 18+, with a two-drink minimum in the show room. Four-week comedy classes are available for aspiring funny people. Broad Ripple: 6281 N. College Ave., 317-631-3536; downtown: 247 S. Meridian St., 317-255-4211, crackerscomedy.com.

Angel Burlesque One of the newest burlesque troupes in town is also one of the busiest, presently holding down a couple of monthly residencies. The first takes place on First Fridays at Deluxe in the Old National Centre, where the troupe puts on an hours-long show featuring 30-plus dancers, including out-of-town special guests. The other is the troupe’s Open Bra Night — essentially, an openmic night for burlesque dancers — which takes place the last Monday of each month at the Broad Ripple location of Crackers Comedy Club. Both the troupe and the open-mic night are open to women of all sizes; several members will tell you about how getting up on stage in a burlesque setting has helped them get over body image issues. 317345-5782, angelburlesque.com.

Morty’s Comedy Joint It’s pretty a much a draw between Morty’s and Crackers — both host high-quality headliners (including Jeffrey Ross, D.L. Hughley and Robert Klein at Morty’s in the not-so-distant past); both are 18+; both keep cover charges reasonable, with a two-drink minimum. Morty’s open-mic nights — known as the Great Indiana Mic-Off — are a bit more exciting than Crackers’; structured as an ongoing battle between comics, they offer competitors the chance to win $500 (at the end of a three-month round of competitions), and even more in the annual Mic-Off finals. The Joint is going strong after re-opening in 2010; the original owners had closed the club after a rocky initial three-plus-year run. 3625 E. 96th St., 317-848-5500, mortyscomedy.com.

Bottoms Up Burlesque The city’s oldest burlesque troupe dates its founding to 2003, when it debuted at what was supposed to be a one-off charity gig during the Melody Inn’s Punk Rock Night. The event became annual: This year’s iteration took place Oct. 22 and included a routine based on the earchewing scene from Reservoir Dogs, a jazzy cabaret routine to Van Morrison’s “Moondance” and a “spanking-fordollars” fundraising booth, which is as fun as it sounds. bottomsupburlesque.com Crème de les Femmes The Académie française might quibble with the use of “de les” instead of

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“des,” but think of it as Indiana-style French, just as Crème de les Femmes has for years led the charge in forging Indy’s take on the art of cabaret. The pre-history of the troupe dates back to when a few ladies heard tell of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, a live drawing event along the lines of a (near-)nude figure drawing class in art school — only held in a bar or other booze-friendly establishment. They brought the School to Indy, and since then, les Femmes have presented AntiArt School classes and full-scale cabaret shows that don’t require performers to hold still for the artistes. myspace.com/ drsketchyindy.

Indianapolis City Ballet A presenting organization, its first two seasons of gala fund-raising concerts featured soloists from other companies presenting their signature repertoire at the Old National Murat Centre. For its 2011 gala, students from dance schools throughout greater Indianapolis have been recruited for a “Young Stars of Ballet” program preceding another “ballet extravaganza,” again featuring dancers from around the U.S. ICB also offers master classes to supplement what ballet schools do on their own. P. O. Box 40567, 11 W. 65th Street, 317-339-1413, indianapoliscityballet.org.

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble Founded in 1999 by Suzann DeLay, this company provides an environment for aspiring young dancers to perform in a variety of styles. In 2006, it received Honor Company status in the Regional Dance America association. The company presents a repertory concert in mid-winter, showcasing the senior and apprentice dancers. It also presents a full-length spring production, which in the past has included such beloved works as Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker. On top of that, it gives back to the community through outreach programs and complimentary performances for children’s organizations. The company performs at Carmel’s new Tarkington Theater, among other venues. 1142 Linden Lane, 317-844-7453, cidedance.org.

Indianapolis School of Ballet With an emphasis on, according to ISB materials, “keeping in step with the advancement of American dance in the 21st century,” the Indianapolis School of Ballet offers classical ballet and other dance forms to students of all ages and levels. Master classes have been offered since ISB’s founding in 2006. Graduates of ISB have entered prestigious university programs and these graduates now are performing in regional companies. ISB resides in the totally refurbished former Ballet Internationale studios. 502 N. Capitol Ave., 317-9557525, indyballet.org.

Dance Kaleidoscope A contemporary company whose dancers are trained in classical ballet and Graham Technique, Dance Kaleidoscope offers a diverse repertoire in various venues, with their main-stage performances presented at Indiana Repertory Theatre. The company performs in additional venues, such as the Athenaeum — and continues a fruitful relationship with Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., while performing at other national festivals. Everything is top-notch, from costuming to lighting to choreography, and the company is all about collaboration, performing to live music and spoken narrative, and presenting guest choreographers, such as Butler’s Cynthia Pratt. 4603 Clarendon Road, Rm. 32, 317-940-6555, dancekal.org.

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Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre A troupe offering a socially conscious form of professional modern dance, and dedicated to the presentation of thought-provoking issues through a diverse repertoire. Perhaps best known for its alternative version of The Nutcracker, which falls into the middle of a lineup featuring dance styles from around the globe. The troupe doubles in size during the summer, when dancers from professional companies, college programs and area schools work alongside veteran GHDT members as part of the theatre’s unique, pre-professional mentoring initiative. The 2011-12 season is the theatre’s first at the Resident Professional Dance Company at Carmel’s Tarkington Theatre. 329 Gradle Drive, 317-846-2441, gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org.

Motus Dance Theatre Now operating out of its studio in Fountain Square, Motus Dance Theatre has built an enthusiastic following, performing dances by a variety of choreographers that run a gamut from the lyrical to the defiant, with a dash of fun usually thrown in for good measure. From a choreographic standpoint, Motus favors a collective approach, creating a platform for the members of its company, as well as opportunities for collaboration with other artists by offering exposure to fresh, unconventional dance, particularly by partnering with emerging, edgy music groups. Cultivate, Motus’ November Choreographers Showcase, offers a stage for emerging talent nationwide. 1101 Hoyt Ave., 317-602-3920, motusdance.com.

THEATER Actors Theatre of Indiana Since its birth in 2005, the Actors Theatre of Indiana has provided theatrical entertainment to the communities of Hamilton, Boone and Marion counties and the surrounding areas. It also provides creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow while giving theater guidance and musical theater training to young artists. Better yet, the company’s shows will be presented in Carmel’s brand-spanking new Center for the Performing Arts. Past productions include My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Frog and Toad, Stardust Memories and The Andrews Brothers. 355 City Center Drive, Carmel, 317-843-3800, actorstheatreofindiana.org. Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Dinner and a show is what B&B is best known for — as well as an outstanding gift shop. Located in College Park, the


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Butler University Theatre theatre entertains more than 155,000 people annually. The buffet comes with the ticket. Food prepared by the in-house chef, a full-service bar and gourmet desserts are additional features to the main attraction: the stage. While classic hits and wellknown favorites — primarily musicals — reign supreme here, year-round specially produced student matinees add to making this a theater the entire family can enjoy. The theater operates year-round and nightly (except Mondays when special musical acts can be seen). 9301 Michigan Road, 317872-9664, beefandboards.com. Buck Creek Players This little theatre in the middle of nowhere can surprise you in amazing ways. Host to well-done and awardwinner productions, the volunteer casts often boast some of Indy’s top-notch actors and director Scott Robinson is a significant local talent. With more than 35 years under their belts, the players moved around from church to church before settling in the Playhouse, an old tennis facility turned church, then turned theater. The performers can entertain a full house of up to 130 audience members. 11150 Southeastern Ave., 317-862-2270, buckcreekplayers.com. Butler University Theatre Butler stands on the creative edge of the Indianapolis theater scene. Students in the Jordan College of Fine Arts Theatre Department are immersed in an ambitious, hands-on experiment of staging challenging new and classic works with a decidedly international reach. Butler regularly brings master artists from around the world to Indianapolis to engage with the community and make special presentations and performances. Graduates from this program can often be seen as part of the larger Indianapolis performance art community, acting, dancing, producing, lighting, designing, directing and forming their own production companies. Kunju Vasudevan Namboodiripad, the Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist this year, guided students through mounting an ancient Sanskrit farce that featured close-to-authentic elements of Kathakali stagecraft. 4600 Sunset Ave., 317-940-9952, butler.edu/theatre, cloweshall.org.

ComedySportz ComedySportz has been serving up great improv and comedy performances to Indianapolis audiences since 1993. Located along Mass Ave, ComedySportz features family friendly contests between two teams of improv specialists, with plenty of interaction with the audience. In addition they present more adult-oriented shows, aka their “Unscripted Series,” and performers are some of the most talented — and quick-witted — actors imaginable. ComedySportz competes in regional and national contests, giving other, bigger cities a run for their money, and in summer 2011 hosted the ComedySportz World Championship; very prestigious! 721 Massachusetts Ave., 317-951-8499, indycomedysportz.com. Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre (HART) Established in 2006, Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre (HART) was founded by actors, for actors. Professional equity artists who bonded over performances at the IRT and Phoenix took charge of their careers by creating a platform for themselves. Dedicated to producing accessible theater, HART introduces audiences to classic dramatic literature and new plays. They are most noted for their free Summer Shakespeare in White River State Park. The plucky theater group also finds time to collaborate with other arts organizations like the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Butler University Theatre and the IndyFringe Festival. heartlandactors.com. Indiana Repertory Theatre The cream of the crop for Indianapolis theater, the IRT presents the gamut — from classics to new, speciallycommissioned works. Plays are staged on either the upper or lower stages, which give audiences varying degrees of intimacy, yet always outstanding, powerful performances. Productions have a well-deserved reputation for superb lighting and set design, plus top theater artists (actors, directors, etc.) are drawn from all over the country. Special performances are regularly scheduled for student groups through the Discovery Series, which is also open to general audiences. The IRT also offers theater classes for adults and children. 140 W. Washington St., 317-6355252, irtlive.com.

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props and costuming. KNS performs throughout the city in various venues, and the content of their performances is light and playful. We’re tempted to call them guerilla theater, but that brings up connotations not confluent with their mission of making friends and facilitating community. They are creating a sense that Indianapolis is a place where young people should stay, make art and have fun. knownostranger.com.

The Amazing Acro-Cats at IndyFringe Indianapolis Civic Theatre The Civic Theatre opened its 2011-2012 season in the 500-seat, state-of-the-art Tarkington Theatre at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Note this is a homecoming of sorts for Civic: The famed Indianapolis novelist and playwright, Booth Tarkington, was a founding force behind Civic. 3 Center Green, Suite 200, Carmel, 317-9234597, civictheatre.org. IndyFringe Every August, IndyFringe’s signature 10-day Fringe Festival brings local, national and international theater artists together for one boggling of fun. Occupying multiple venues, including Mass Ave itself, IndyFringe presents compelling avantgarde theater, dance and comedy for

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audiences of all types. The rest of the year is no different, as the IndyFringe building is the location for local and touring groups, from kids-oriented productions to more adult-themed shows, to perform. Regular occupants like Jabberwocky, in partnership with Storytelling Arts of Indiana, bring storytellers together to tell their tales. DivaFest, launched in 2010 to bring forward formerly unheard dramatic voices, is gaining national attention. Volunteers are recruited year-round. 719 E. St. Clair St., 317-721-9458, indyfringe.org. Know No Stranger This collective troupe of theater aficionados burst upon the Indy theater scene in late 2009 with its playful, startling mix of interactive performance, puppetry and fantastical

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Madame Walker Theatre Center A lot of business at the Madame Walker Theatre Center consists of rentals, but every once in a while, the Walker puts together an in-house, production. The most recent was a rendition of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, starring a cast including several local ministers. And, of course, the theatre draws rentals you can’t see anywhere else, including an annual Indy Jazz Fest concert featuring a top jazz vocalist, and occasional stops by headliners such as Smokey Robinson and, during this year’s Spirit and Place, director John Waters. 617 Indiana Ave., 317-236-2099, walkertheatre.com. Mud Creek Players It’s all about community at this little theater-in-a-barn up north. This closeknit, folding-chair theater is fun and intimate. Just try getting a seat without reservations — you’ll be in for quite a wait! Productions here consisted of tried and true audience favorites (such as A Christmas Carol and Lend Me a Tenor). 9740 E. 86th St., 317-2905343, mudcreekplayers.org.

Phoenix Theatre Located in a converted church, the Phoenix is an Indianapolis treasure. Under artistic director Bryan Fonseca, the award-winning Equity theater delivers a season each year that is exciting and interesting, full of plays and musicals that have just finished their Broadway or off-Broadway runs. The Phoenix is dedicated to selecting and presenting new works that challenge stereotypes and engage audiences with important social issues. There are two stages — an upper hall and the Basile Theater below. 749 N. Park Ave., 317-635-7529, phoenixtheatre.org. Theatre on the Square Bawdy comedy, racy themes and side-splitting laughter are just a few of the perks patrons get with a ticket to Theatre on the Square. The artistic home of Ron Spencer since 1988, TOTS brings mayhem to the Mass Ave theater district. Spencer, who directs most shows in the theater’s season, serves up spot-on comedic timing and cajones large enough to tackle any risqué issue, be it sexuality, religion or politics, with a wink and a chuckle. This communitybased theater also opens its doors to IndyFringe Festival theater-goers each summer. Check out TOTS when you are in the mood for a raucous evening of taboo-ridden theater. 627 Massachusetts Ave., 317-685-8687, tots.org. Theatre Non Nobis Formerly called Theater Within, Theatre Non Nobis, is an outreach program


VISUAL ARTS ARTBOX ARTBOX opened a new gallery in the Canterbury Hotel, but the one worth checking out on First Friday (see IDADA) is the space in the Stutz II building. The interior is a beautiful, high-ceilinged exhibition space with a polished cement floor where you’ll find a mixture of sculpture and painting. Sometimes you’ll even find an installation. Other times, you’ll walk in and find yourself in the middle of a show/fundraiser for a worthy cause. The quality of the artwork here — a mixture of work from local and nationally-recognized artists — is uniformly high and the curation top-notch. 217 W. 10th St., 317-955-2450, artboxindy.com.

Art Bank A combined gallery/studio showing the work of the local artists who rent space here. It’s a bit more chaotic — in a good way — than your typical gallery, with paintings hanging salonstyle on every available wall space. The enthusiasm of the artists is contagious, and their “Rob the Bank” events, involving a real bank vault, are worth checking out. While the quality of work here might strike you as being a bit uneven at times, you can find some shining gems. You can also find artwork in the Art Bank that won’t push you over your credit limit. 811 Massachusetts Ave., 317-624-1010, artbankgallery.com. Arts Council of Indianapolis This not-for-profit art organization takes a multi-faceted approach to making Indy an engaging cultural and arts destination. This involves advocacy, monetary support and partnering with like-minded organizations. The ACI not only provides grants to individual artists — such as the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship — and to arts organizations, but it provides gallery venues for locally-based artists in the form of the Artsgarden and Gallery 924. The ACI also finds creative ways to involve local artists in the beautification of the city. One of its most recent ventures in this regard is the “46 for XLVI” citywide murals program, in which it partnered with the city of Indianapolis, 924 N. Pennsylvania St., 317-631-3301, indyarts.org.

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of The Church Within, a church that seeks to affirm people no matter what path their spiritual journey has chosen for them. The Theater Within tries to present challenging, quality productions that you won’t see anywhere else in town. They focus on presenting plays that will start conversations, inviting the audience to contemplate and discuss what they have seen and the production’s philosophical implications. Located in Fountain Square, The Theater Within is a great addition to the neighborhood and the city’s arts scene as a whole. 1125 Spruce St., 317-6375683, thechurchwithin.org.

Big Car Service Center Service Center for Culture and Community Formed in 2004, Big Car is a collective of more than 30 visual artists, writers, musicians and thinkers, all of whom team up with community groups and cultural organizations to provide kids and adults with access to art. This year, Big Car achieved a massive coup by opening a new space — a former tire service center — in a parking lot adjacent to the Lafayette Square Mall. With this new space, Big Car makes manifest its mission to take art directly to people, in this case people in what has to be the most diverse area of Indianapolis. 3900 Lafayette Road, 317-450-6630, bigcar.org.

Dean Johnson Gallery “Instead of pictures for the drawing room, electric gadgets for the kitchen,” declared Bruno Munari back in 1966 in an influential essay entitled “Design as Art.” No gallery in Indy encapsulates that vision better than the Dean Johnson Gallery, but the contemporary house-wares and furniture on display in this gallery are not always entirely functional. You might see a furniture maker, say, cross the line into the realm of conceptualism in pieces with no obvious practical use. Then again, you might see items where the conceptual and the practical are pristinely merged, as in a previous show that featured Morgen Bosler’s three-sided funeral urns. 646 Massachusetts Ave., 317634-8020, deanjohnson.com.

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newest gallery in the Carmel Arts & Design District is “access.” Elizabeth Garvey wants to meet people where they’re at, both in terms of price and palette. While you might see artwork here that can push the conceptual boundaries, such as the fine art prints of Ingrid Calame featuring tracings of oil stains, you won’t see anything particularly shocking. And the price range — many works are available for under five grand — is reasonable considering the caliber of the works being offered and what prices would be affixed to them elsewhere. 27 E. Main St., Carmel, 317-796-2146, gsartaccess.com.

‘Hard Targets’ at iMoCA Evan Lurie Gallery The anchor gallery in the Carmel Arts & Design District. A typical opening here features a mixture of realistic and abstract painting by locally and/or internationally known artists, as well as fine sculpture. The gallery recently held its first photography show. Evan Lurie has a penchant for realistic painting with some sort of “twist.” That is, some kind of weird thing in an otherwise realistic painting that makes you stand back and think. When you step into this gallery, you get a taste of what’s current in the major art centers around the globe. 30 W. Main St., Carmel, 317-844-8400, evanluriegallery.com. Gallery 924 The best thing about the Arts Council

of Indianapolis’ showcase gallery is that it doesn’t limit itself to one genre or style of art. The art stretches from the serene nature photography of Brad Ford Bell to the visual sparks of August’s juried group show entitled “Transcendence” that addresses issues of body and soul with the work of more than 20 central Indiana artists. The venue is spacious and cleanly lit. Often you can see a video here showcasing the featured artists and their art, and the gallery is usually well-stocked with pamphlets inviting the casual visitor to become more deeply involved in the Indy arts scene. 924 N. Pennsylvania St., 317-631-3301, indyarts.org. Garvey/Simon Art Access The key word in the name of the

The Harrison Center for the Arts Transformed from a largely abandoned church to a thriving cultural milieu, the Harrison Center is home to Redeemer Presbyterian Church, artist studios and the Harrison Art Gallery. The gallery has become a significant destination, with rotating exhibitions held throughout the year that usually emanate from a theme, lending curatorial cohesiveness and art viewing on a high, yet accessible, intellectual level. A quartet of smaller Harrison Center galleries complement the main venue, including the City Gallery, which celebrates the unique neighborhoods of urban Indy. Overall, the center is one of the most family-friendly — i.e. all ages — places in Indianapolis. 1505 N. Delaware St., 317-396-3886, harrisoncenter.org. Herron School of Art and Design Easily one of the premier arts institutions in the city, this school

exhibits rotating shows of cuttingedge contemporary art alongside its exhibitions of faculty and student work. Part of IUPUI, the Herron art gallery has persevered in bringing compelling work to the community, long before such a notion was considered a progressive and essential part of the mix. Its unique outdoor sculptures (like the James Wille Faust piece) make Herron an artistic destination as the school continues to do its part to educate Indianapolis about contemporary art and its impact on our culture. IUPUI’s Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., 317-278-9400, herron.iupui.edu. iMOCA-Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art It might call itself a museum, but iMOCA is so much more. It is really a source of energy, bringing work by contemporary artists from across the country to Indianapolis for showings in a variety of venues — including its downtown gallery space, which presents shows on a regular basis. Located inside the Murphy Art Center in the glorious Fountain Square arts district, iMOCA is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. With extraordinary exhibitions such as Frank Warren’s PostSecret work and Malcolm Mobutu Smith’s graffitiinspired ceramics, this is one cool place to be.1043 Virginia Ave., 317-6346622, indymoca.org. Indianapolis Art Center The IAC is one of the largest freestanding community art centers in the Midwest, offering classes,

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Mt. Comfort curator) and the nonprofit arts organization Primary Colours. That is, Primary Colours and Mt. Comfort hold art shows here on a rotating basis. The work that Primary exhibits is progressive and contemporary with an emphasis on local artists. Roberts also likes the cutting edge, and is not adverse to inviting out-of-state artists (particularly Chicago-based artists) to show their work at Mt. Comfort. Whoever’s in charge, you’ll likely find a happy medium in this gallery space on the line where the accessible and the cutting edge meet. 1043 Virginia Ave., primarygallery.tumblr.com.

Indy Indie Artist Colony This venue, located on the first floor of a beautiful and historic downtown building, has quickly become a must see on the First Friday map. Its website describes it as “the hippest artist community and gallery in the city,” and this just may be right. Don’t be surprised to see surrealist, fantastic, and graffiti-inspired art on display on the walls of this gallery, but this doesn’t begin to encapsulate the variety of work available here. And there are often theme-based shows for First Friday events. The gallery director, Phil Campbell, is a fixture in the Indy arts scene, having founded the Murphy Art Center, the Hot House Art Gallery, and the Masterpiece in a Day art competition. 26 E. 14th St., 317-9198725, indyindieartist.com.

SpaceCamp MicroGallery SpaceCamp is the mystery meat of the First Friday art scene. Sometimes it’s sirloin, sometimes it’s Spam, but it’s always worth a visit to this tiny gallery to eat up the plentiful portions of conceptual art offered up. The best openings at SpaceCamp happen when the curators and the artists (it seems like there are as many curators as artists here) keep their tongues firmly in cheek. A recent opening featured a video entitled “Biofeedback Loop,” showing the facial reactions of volunteers who observed live sex. During another opening there were jars of fruit jam available — to cleanse the palate, as it were — free for the taking. The jam was, incidentally, quite delicious. 1043 Virginia Ave., facebook.com/SpaceCampGallery, spacecampgallery.com

Mt. Comfort/Primary Gallery This space is operated jointly as a partnership between Casey Roberts (the

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community events and exhibitions that represent a broad range of contemporary artistic expression. The building itself was designed by worldrenowned architect — and Indianapolis native — Michael Graves. The IAC is also known for its ARTSPARK sculpture garden and performance space, plus its high quality art classes ranging from glass blowing to oil painting to metal sculpture. Its exhibitions are equally broad in scope — offering a rich complement to the bustle of activity taking place there on a continuing basis. 820 E. 67th St., 317-255-2464, indplsartcenter.org.

StutzArtSpace the director of STUTZARTSPACE this past January. Since then, the house gallery of the Stutz Artists’ Association has wholeheartedly embraced the new decade with offerings like March’s Social Currency. The art in this show, not all of it from Stutz artists — in many different mediums — revolved around the subject of social connection in the Internet age. But this gallery also has a penchant for classical realism. The August 2011 show entitled Bodies of Work featured the contemporary figurative paintings of Stutz-based Travis Little. 212 W. 10th St., 317-503-6420, stutzartists.com. Voir Art This gallery is a moveable feast in terms of the art it serves up and in its

frequent changes of locations since its first show in a house in Fountain Square in January 2011. Co-founded by graphic designer and aerosol artist Andrew Severns, this urban contemporary gallery moved to its new location at Served Café/Bistro where it has openings on first Saturdays. (It also hosts one-night events at various downtown locales on First Friday). The art ranges from graffiti-inspired painting to serious contemporary photography. 4638 E. 10th St., 317-750-7743, voirartdefletcher.com. wUG LAKU’s STUDIO & gARAGE Just walking into the colorful Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage is an elegant, exciting surprise! Located in an urban industrial warehouse in Circle City’s

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Fiesta The largest Latino festival in the state, Fiesta, draws more than 30,000 people to the American Legion Mall for a day of music, culture and, for some, consciousness raising. Concerts stretch until 11 p.m., with plenty of traditional and contemporary genres represented: mariachi, salsa, bomba; reggaeton, duranguense. In September. 317-8903292, laplaza-indy.org

GenCon Industrial Complex, WLS&G presents innovative and thought-provoking crafts and contemporary fine art on a monthly basis as part of the IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour. Featuring two galleries and a working artists’ space in the garage area, this delightful venue is sure to please. WLS&G is open on First Fridays from 6-9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. Adjust your weekend plans accordingly. 1125 Brookside Ave. C7, 317-270-8258, wlsandg.com.

CALENDAR Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts A month-long cornucopia of readings, screenings, art shows and concerts,

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largely presented at the Arthur M. Glick JCC. Guests last year included Joshua Nelson, the self-proclaimed King of Kosher Gospel, and author Charles Fishman, whose The Big Thirst proposes solutions to water scarcity. 6701 Hoover Road, 317-251-9467, jccindy.org. Art vs. Art Art vs. Art involves art created in a day, audience voting on whether to destroy that art, chainsaws (and other creatively destructive implements) and a hefty cash prize for the winner. As if that isn’t enough fun, there’s rock music, and it’s emceed by Leisure King Mike Wiltrout. In early fall. 317-721-2787, artvsart.net.

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GenCon Indianapolis has hosted GenCon, the best-attended and longest-running gaming festival in the world, since 2003. It’s a lot of things to over 30,000 people: industry trade show, weekend-long gaming tournament, social opportunity to bond with fellow enthusiasts and misfits. Rather charming, and not too expensive for day passes. Aug. 16-19 at the Indiana Convention Center. 800529-3976, gencon.com. IDADA First Fridays The Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) is a group of studio artists, art galleries, and artsrelated businesses downtown. On the first Friday of every month, members showcase their wares starting at 6 p.m. Roam to your heart’s content; check IDADA’s website for participants and a complete map. First Fridays, idada.org. INDIEana Handicraft Exchange A locus for Indy arts and crafters, INDIEana Handicraft Exchange is a biannual craft fair where local artisans, whose work largely adheres to a DIY aesthetic, present a range of wares,

from recycled glass candleholders to jewelry made from Scrabble tiles. Held in the summer and fall, typically at the Harrison Center for the Arts. indieanahandicraftexchange.com. Indy Jazz Fest Gone are the days of weekend-long rainouts and neo-soul singers: The Indy Jazz Fest has gone back to the basics in recent years, with a week-long series of concerts at indoor venues capped off by a one-day outdoor fest in Broad Ripple. Last year’s performers included George Benson, Trombone Shorty and the Headhunters. In September. indyjazzfest.net. Indy International Festival Central Indiana’s largest, oldest panethnic festival is, above all, a chance to get a sense of the ethnic diversity of Indianapolis, via cuisine, music and, more often than not, dance. Presented by the Nationalities Council of Indiana, which hosts events pertaining to ethnic communities throughout the year, including Chinese New Year and German Karneval. In November. nationalitiescouncil.org. Indianapolis Early Music The oldest continuous early music series in the U.S. presents a variety of usual suspects (Bach, Vivaldi), as well as more obscure repertoire, in period and contemporary interpretations. This year’s lineup includes a visit by Hesperus, performing their early music score to the Douglas Fairbanks silent Robin Hood. In June and July. 317-577-9731.


IndyTalks It’s all about respectful and substantive dialogue at an IndyTalks event. The series, in its third year, will include an assessment of the impact of the Super Bowl (with Bowl honcho Mark Miles) and talks about abandoned housing, zero-waste living, sustainable transportation and social entrepreneurship. The series runs yearround; events have been announced through June. indytalks.info. Indy’s Irish Fest We’re not playing favorites: Indy’s Irish community just happens to put on one of city’s best annual parties, a threeday celebration of Irishness including music, food, traditional arts and sports, notably hurling and a kilted run. Sept. 14-16 at Military Park. 317-713-7117, indyirishfest.com. Midwest Fashion Week There are two Midwest Fashion Weeks, a fall and spring edition, both devoted to showcasing local, national and international designers, with an emphasis on cultivating home-grown talent. This year’s schedule includes a party at iMOCA and black-tie

gala at the downtown Sheraton. March 10-17. 317-408-9186, midwestfashionweek.com.

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Circle City IN Pride Pride is a year-round thing; Indy Pride’s Bag Ladies are, for instance, active throughout the year, fundraising and spreading mirth and mascara’d merriment. But the week-long June festival is still the keystone of the organization’s events, including the annual downtown festival and parade. June 2-9. circlecityinpride.org.

Oranje A late-night art party with an emphasis on music (DJs and rock bands, mostly), art (presented in an art fair format) and, well, partying. Presented in a warehouse on Illinois Avenue. In September. oranjeindy.com. Penrod Art Fair An antidote to meanness held on the lush Indianapolis Museum of Art grounds, Penrod is known as “Indiana’s nicest day,” featuring 300-plus artists, six stages of music and plenty more for the kids — because, after all, the fest is named for Booth Tarkington’s Tom Sawyer-esque ne’er do well, Penrod Schofield. Sept. 8. penrod.org. Spirit & Place Festival Last year’s Spirit & Place — a community-wide program of performances, exhibits, lectures and discussions — concerned the body, with prominent guest turns by John Waters, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Six Feet Under essayist/undertaker Thomas Lynch. The 2012 edition is themed around the concept of play. Nov. 2-11. 317-274-2755, spiritandplace.org. Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series Toni Morrison, Allen Ginsburg, Billy Collins and Kurt Vonnegut, to name a few, have visited Butler as part of the university’s visiting writers series, which includes about 16 events

annually during the fall and spring semesters. Anne Waldman, Jhumpa Lahiri and Simon Armitage are on the docket for spring 2012. 800-3686852, butler.edu.

MUSEUMS Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art Since opening in 1989, this institution’s mission has been to inspire an appreciation for the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. “Telling America’s Story” is carried out through permanent and constantly changing exhibitions, interactive educational programs, cultural exchanges and special events. Eiteljorg

is an ever-growing locus helping to keep Native American culture alive. 500 W. Washington St., 317-636-9378, eiteljorg.org. Indianapolis Museum of Art Housed on meandering bucolic grounds with meticulously manicured gardens, this beautiful museum offers a visual experience that extends beyond the traditional confines of art viewing. It holds a collection of 42,000 works that span the range and scope of art history. Japanese, African, Native American art, the list goes on. The 100-acre Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, featuring numerous sculptures behind the IMA, has put Indianapolis on a larger cultural map. 4000 Michigan Road, 317-9202660, imamuseum.org.

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American Pianists Association American Pianists Association is a national organization headquartered on the Butler University campus since 1982 when it relocated from New York, then as the Beethoven Foundation. Its mission is to discover, promote and advance young American classical and jazz pianists, ages 18-30, who are preparing for professional careers. APA offers winners of its rigorous competition equal fellowships and provides ongoing support for its fellows, including management of careers along with cash awards and a roster of recitals and concerts nationwide. 4603 Clarendon Road, 317-940-9945, americanpianists.org.

The Cabaret at the Columbia Club The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is considered the largest children’s museum in the world and is home to a number of innovative permanent exhibitions, including “The Power of One,” showing how one child can make a significant difference for the good of the larger community, and “National Geographic Treasures of the Earth,” which involves visitors in scientific sleuthing to bring “lost” objects to light. Rotating exhibits provide something fresh and new for all ages. 3000 N. Meridian St., 317-3343322, childrensmuseum.org. Indiana State Museum Features hands-on, interactive, familyoriented permanent and changing

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exhibits on the arts, sciences and culture from the Ice Age to the present. The structure and grounds alongside Central Canal is itself an exhibit, featuring a steam clock that marks the hours with “Back Home Again in Indiana” played on eight brass whistles, the English, Banter, Mitchell Foundation fountain and the Watanabe Family Gardens. The Grand Lobby features daily storytelling and sing-along programs and houses Faces of Indiana, Indiana’s Treasure. If that’s not enough, an IMAX theater is on the canal level and a story and visual about each county is imbedded around the exterior — walk around the building to find all 92. 650 W. Washington St., 317-2334629, indianamuseum.org.

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The Cabaret at the Columbia Club Located in the historic Columbia Club on Monument Circle, The Cabaret features intimate performances in the classic cabaret style. While beloved local performers like Deb Mullins, Shannon Forsell and Brenda Williams can be regularly seen, The Cabaret also brings in top performers from around the country and beyond. Expect a wide range of musical genres, from bebop and blues to boogie and Broadway musical tunes. All the amenities are in place: a variety of hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, a full dinner and luscious desserts. Plus, you can choose from an array of fine wines — or just enjoy a martini. 121 Monument Circle, Ste. 516, 317-275-1169, thecabaret.org.

Encore Vocal Arts Encore Vocal Arts (formerly Indianapolis Arts Chorale) is an auditioned, volunteer chamber choir founded in 1972. The 48-member choir performs a wideranging four-concert season, appears with other arts organization throughout Indiana and engages in educational outreach through a variety of activities. The chorale continues to perform in several venues, including Zionsville High School and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. It kicks off its 39th season in September with an assortment of unique, intriguing and entertaining performances, including taking the stage with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Their website will have more info soon. P.O. Box 30963, 317-5767676, encorevocalarts.org. Ensemble Music Society This organization has gained a reputation for presenting chamber music by the finest world touring groups, playing repertoire from Haydn to the latest in contemporary music. The genres presented include string quartets, piano trios, wind ensembles and works using other diverse performers. Ensemble Music was founded in 1943 by amateur violinist Leonard Strauss (who also helped found the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra). Sprightly program notes and pre-concert lectures add to the experience. The society hosts groups at its home venue, the Indiana History Center, but the concerts occasionally relocate as circumstance determines. 450 W. Ohio St., 317-818-1288, ensemblemusic.org.


Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra This orchestra draws its repertoire primarily from the 17th and 18th centuries — the time of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi in the late Baroque, back to Monteverdi in the early Baroque. Its members represent a collaboration of musicians from Indiana’s top professional and academic institutions that perform on original instruments or recently made replicas. Its concert season includes working with other performing arts organizations, including Ensemble Voltaire, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Christ Church Cathedral’s Choir of Men and Boys, Indianapolis Baroque Singers and soloists Steven Stolen and Steven Rickards. 401 E. Michigan St., 317808-2224, indybaroque.org. Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra The orchestra of 35 professional musicians provides accompaniment to

local arts, educational and religious organizations, including Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, American Pianists Association and Butler University Ballet. It also presents seven or eight of its own concerts a season, drawing from the gamut of symphonic repertoire (including a recent performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony). For over 20 years, Kirk Trevor has been its music director and maestro. Teachers, listen up … you can book the ICO to perform at your school. 4603 Clarendon Road, 317-940-9607, icomusic.org. Indianapolis Children’s Choir Even with an international reputation and touring schedule, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir remains at its core a music performance and education program for children and youth. The ICC’s annual concert series is augmented by performances at civic and cultural events throughout greater Indianapolis. In 2003, ICC expanded its vast repertoire of classical, folk, ethnic, sacred and secular choral music with the world premiere of an opera for young singers. If your child loves to sing and wishes to join this highly respected choir, auditions are held on a competitive basis in January, May and August until the choirs are filled. 4600 Sunset Ave., 317-940-9640, icchoir.org. Indianapolis Opera For each opera, the company performs in its original language with English surtitles projected above the stage. Renowned touring singers are featured,

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Indiana Wind Symphony Almost 13 years old, this symphony is an impressive and electrifying ensemble of winds and percussion. How’s that for a ringing endorsement? The ensemble is made up of seventy members and includes professional musicians, music educators and serious vocational musicians. Their repertoire includes band and wind ensemble music of all styles and eras for a sixmain-concert season performed in six different high school auditoriums across greater Indianapolis. It will now perform in Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts. 317-844-4341, indianawindsymphony.org.

Eric Stark conducts the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. along with the IO Chorus and either the Indianapolis Symphony or the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra — both conducted by long-term IO artistic director James Caraher. Clowes Memorial Hall, (4600 Sunset Ave.) with its 2,200 seats, hosts IO’s full-scale productions while the Basile Opera Center (4011 N. Pennsylvania St.) is the venue for small, intimate opera presentations. A proactive audience development component begins with IO’s acclaimed Music!Words!Opera! education program in cooperation with area schools. This program involves the study and creation of works in opera. 4011 N. Pennsylvania St., 317-2833531, indyopera.org.

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is dedicated to performing choral masterworks, commissioning new works and to providing education and outreach. Over 100 volunteer singers perform regularly with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. ISC’s concert season is performed in venues across the city and includes the beloved annual December tradition of the Festival of Carols. The choir performs regionally and nationwide with prestigious programs such as the annual Cincinnati May Festival and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. 4600 Sunset Ave., 317-940-9057, indychoir.org.

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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Indiana’s largest performing arts organization, with an annual operating budget of $25 million. For 20112012, newly appointed ISO music director Krzysztof Urbanski assumes his role for six of the 20 classical concerts. The ISO is one of only 17 year-round orchestras in the U.S., with a fully diversified repertoire appealing to a large demographic complement. The ISO’s home is the Hilbert Circle Theatre. The orchestra annually performs about 200 concerts to audiences exceeding 400,000. 32 E. Washington St., 317-262-1100, indianapolissymphony.org. International Violin Competition of Indianapolis For 17 days every four years (next one in 2014) Indianapolis becomes an arts destination, not only for the U.S. but for the world. 2010’s was the Eighth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, having launched in 1982. It now vies with the Brussels Queen Elisabeth Competition and Finland’s Sibelius Competition as the world’s top three for the violin. Prizes and awards are valued at over $250,000. Annually, the IVCI also sponsors the Laureate Chamber Series to feature present and former laureates in concert with local performers. 32 E. Washington St., 317-637-4574, violin.org.

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Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis The Philharmonic is a volunteer group performing classical and pops concerts at affordable prices in venues throughout greater Indianapolis. In addition to hosting a summer camp, called Strings & Jazzy Things, the Philharmonic offers Listen & Learn, a pre-concert program. Mentorship activities include assisting younger players. Open to all who play an instrument, the Philharmonic continues to attract a roster of volunteer musicians and loyal audiences. It’s been around since 1947 — and it’s definitely here to stay. In its 60 some years, it has had over 1,200 members. 32 E. Washington St., 317-229-2367, philharmonicindy.org.

BOOKS The Indianapolis Public Library While all 22 of the Indianapolis Marion County Public Libraries are an important part of the arts in the city, the most impressive is the newly renovated Central Library. The original building was completed in 1917, and was considered one of the most outstanding architectural library structures in the U.S. With an exterior of that classic Indiana limestone built on a base of Vermont marble, the building has always been celebrated as a truly special place, yet an expansion was imminent due to the quickly growing Indianapolis community. The Library Board finally

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opened the new six-story glass structure behind the original library in 2007. Offering gorgeous views of the Indianapolis skyline, the look of the library alone could draw people in so that we can increase the likelihood of Hoosiers to “Read, Indiana, Read!” 40 E. St. Clair St., 317-275-4100, imcpl.org. Center for Ray Bradbury Studies A home to the father of science fiction and fantasy, this center, located on the IUPUI campus, is the first ever dedicated to the study of author Ray Bradbury. Promoting collaborative research, the center’s outreach initiatives include online bibliographical references, links with related Bradbury research sites, establishment of an electronic list serve community, and sponsored lectures. In addition, it will publish a yearly journal, The New Ray Bradbury Review, with contributions from Bradbury himself and info about the center’s upcoming events. 902 W. New York St., IUPUI School of Education and Social Work, Room 0010, 317-274-0081, iupui.edu/~crbs. Indiana Historical Society Press For more than a century, the Indiana Historical Society has preserved Indiana history and fostered Indiana culture by publishing a wide range of books devoted to all aspects of Hoosier life, culture and history. Most recently, these include And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana, featuring more than 100 Indiana poets writing on this place they call home — the first major anthology of Indiana poets published since 1900.

Another favorite of ours is the beautiful book of photographs by Harold Lee Miller Fair Culture. We love the fair, and this new book is one of the most beautiful testaments to an Indiana icon that we have seen. Indianahistory.org. IU Press While this academic publisher does not limit itself to local authors or subject matter, they do produce one of the most consistent and quality publication schedules dealing with Indiana and the Midwest. With everything from wildflower field guides to biographies of local jazz musicians, not to mention several impressive railroad-themed books, IU Press is a treasure trove for Indiana bibliophiles looking for beautiful and bountiful choices. Iupress.indiana.iu. Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Beloved writer Kurt Vonnegut once said, “If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis, I would be out of business.” Thanks to the city’s support, his work — and spirit — is alive and well in the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Open daily, except Wednesdays, from noon to 5 p.m., the library serves as a cultural and educational resource facility, museum, art gallery and reading room — all of which are imbued with the essence of the late, great writer. Keep an eye out for the library’s writing workshops and outreach activities with local arts organizations. Located in the historic Emelie Building downtown. 340 N. Senate Ave., 317-437-7867, vonnegutlibrary.org.


SCREEN Heartland Truly Moving Pictures Heartland’s annual fall film festival is a 10-day event full of independent films from around the world, fun activities for film enthusiasts and classy award ceremonies. Emphasizing films about the strength of the human spirit, the Heartland Film Festival features truly moving pictures and the best in independent filmmaking. Heartland presents more than $100,000 in prizes and Crystal Heart Awards to its top-judged submissions. Selected student films receive Jimmy Stewart Memorial Crystal Heart Awards and cash prizes. In addition to the festival, they occasionally they premiere new films,

complete with visits from famous film actors and directors. 1043 Virginia Ave., Ste. 2, 317-464-9405, trulymovingpictures.org. Indy Film Fest Since 2004, this annual festival has exhibited films from nearly every state in the country and more than 50 countries around the globe. It features the best in independent and innovative film from both awardwinning professionals and emerging filmmakers. It has included such popular, critically acclaimed films as (500) Days of Summer, Sita Sings the Blues, Another Earth and Natural Selection. A key aspect of the IIFF is the close proximity of filmmakers to audiences. See the films, hang around and then go get a drink with your favorite director, writer, production designer or actor. And check out their Roving Cinema series, in which Indianapolis locations are matched with films (e.g. Field of Dreams at Victory Field). 317-560-4433, indyfilmfest.org. Keystone Arts Cinema These days, Indianapolis can be lacking what you might call “art house” film venues. The Keystone Arts Cinema, located in the Fashion Mall, fills a real void; it’s a place where you can enjoy top indie films, foreign films, documentaries … you name it, it’s the cream of the celluloid crop. Plus, the Cinema’s hot dogs, gourmet popcorn and Indie Lounge, the attached bar where you can purchase your choice of beer and take

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Writers’ Center of Indiana Want to be a writer? Then why natter on and on about it? Do something! This nonprofit organization, located in the Indianapolis Art Center’s Cultural Complex in Broad Ripple, offers classes taught by some of Indiana’s best writers; it also offers outreach programs in schools, community organizations and correctional institutions — as well as a variety of literary events (such as their annual fall festival). All of WCI’s programs give voice and confidence to people who are rarely heard. The center has been offering these opportunities since 1979, surviving a number of challenges to remain our city’s literary mainstay. 812 E. 67th St., 317-255-0710, indianawriters.org.

‘The Godfather’ at The Tobias Theatre it into your movie, are all delicious. The environs are comfortable, and the film-going experience is elegant, especially if you turn off that cell phone! 8702 Keystone Crossing, 317-579-3009, www. landmarktheatres.com/market/ Indianapolis/keystoneartcinemab. LGBT Film Festival Three days of fun, films and parties all focusing on the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. For more information about the lineup of films, parties and the many other events, visit the festival’s website. IMA, 4000 Michigan Road; IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

The Tobias Theatre Dubbed “The Toby,” this state-of-theart and environmentally friendly venue housed in the Indianapolis Museum of Art is a great venue for cinema and lectures on the power of film. Past guest speakers have included legendary filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, actor Crispin Glover, director Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car? ) and musician/composer Sufjan Stevens. Live music performances are acoustically sublime. The Toby is also home to the Indianapolis International Film Festival. 4000 Michigan Road, 317-920-2660, imamuseum.org.

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Mural by Pamela Bliss, part of the 46 for XLVI project.

NIGHTLIFE If, as the Mayans have predicted, this really is the last year for us on Earth, we should all get out and dance away every night of 2012. That’s our thought, at least. Luckily, Indianapolis has plenty of places to do that. From the Northside to the Southside, Eastside to West, the Circle City is dotted with great places to see live music. If you’re looking for something new, check out the luxurious Amber Room and spacious Deluxe; both are new venues located in the basement of Old National Centre. The summer is too full of summer festivals to name, and Indy’s large batch of hardworking promoters promise to schedule great shows all year long. If you’re longing to get away from the music onstage, check out any of Indy’s excellent pubs, wineries and breweries. Swing by new Broad Ripple brewpub, Twenty Tap, to check out their light and clean bar. Sun King Brewing Company was huge in 2011, sweeping the Great American Beer Festival awards and working its way into bars all over the city. New nano-brewery Cutters Brewing Co. is run by two couples and features informative and historical packaging honoring Hoosier landmarks and people. If the evening is late and you want to look at a few pretty ladies, make your way to one of the ten strip clubs we’ve included. Most have buffets! If you’re just looking to get your groove on, there’s a dance night for every day of the week. Flip back and forth between Take That Tuesday and The Tuesday Night Take-Over, which are only a few blocks away. IndyMojo’s Altered Thurzdaze at The Mousetrap have steadily grown, showcasing the best in all different subgenres of EDM. Clubs come and go, as do dedicated DJ nights. Luckily, we’re always updating online at NUVO.net. If you prefer a printed version, be sure not to miss our annual NUVO Nightlife CityGuide on stands beginning March 7.

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especially dog friendly. 5133 E. 65th St., 317-253-2437, bierbrewery.com.

Barley Island Brewing Co. Founded in 1999 by Jeff Eaton in a 19th-century livery stable that became a depository for liquor during Prohibition and a beer warehouse after repeal, Barley Island has appropriately gained notice as “party central” for historic Noblesville. Family friendly, it calls itself “Home of the Fifth Basic Food Group” and introduces menu items to partner with brewer Mike Hess’ brews named for legendary Hamilton County characters and events. Barley Island distributes bottles and kegs throughout Indiana and Illinois. Dirty Helen Brown Ale is their best seller, with BarFly IPA on a steep growth curve. 639 Conner St., Noblesville, 317-770-5280, barleyisland.com.

Black Acre Brewing Co. A new nano-brewery and taproom is set to be opened this winter in historic Irvington by five friends whose passion for home brewing is going pro. Justin Miller, Matt Johnson, Stephen Ruby, Jordan Gleason and Holly Miller will be brewing in tandem and solo on Black Acre Brewing Co.’s all-electric smallbatch brewing system to produce an ever-changing assortment of beers, from the traditional to the unusual. The beer will be available in pints and growlers at the taproom, along with a rotating selection of guest beers and artisan small plates. 5632 E. Washington St., 317-219-6266, blackacrebrewing.com.

Bier Brewery and Taproom With a motto of “Come Taste Our Awesomeness,” Bier releases eight new brews every Wednesday-Sunday. Winner of the 2011 Indiana State Fair Brewers’ Cup “Brewer of the Year Award” and the second Brew Bracket competition, Bier Brewery claims, “Our small size allows Bier to have the utmost control over the many different variables that go into brewing a batch of bier. We are committed to the highest quality and best tasting bier in Indianapolis.” Following a long association with Great Fermentations, brewer Darren Connor and his father, Jerry Connor, refurbished the northeastside storefront with reclaimed barn materials and made the taproom

Black Swan Brewpub With a focus on creating bold beers through unique yeast, hop and malt selections, Black Swan Brewpub in Plainfield is quickly becoming a westside favorite. Founded in 2010 with brewery operations started in 2011, Black Swan is co-owned by head brewer DJ McCallister and his wife, Erin. McCallister has honed his craft at multiple Indiana breweries, including Lafayette Brewing Co., where he was head brewer until 1999. McCallister goes beyond traditional brewing dogma in filling the 16 taps at Black Swan, which also serves up an innovative take on modern pub food. 2067 E. Hadley Rd., Plainfield, 317-838-7444, blackswanbrewpub.com.

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NIGHTLIFE Fountain Square Brewing Co. Bloomington Brewing Company Founded in 1994 as the first microbrewery in Southern Indiana, Bloomington Brewing Company joined Lennie’s Restaurant, which introduced gourmet pizza to Indiana in 1989. With its brewing operation in view behind the cozy bar and tables, BBC joined Lafayette Brewing Company to introduce the concept of quality over quantity for beer in college towns. With sustainability as their business model, brewmaster Floyd Rosenbaum has been nurturing hops plants for use in BBC brews. Locally sourced produce, meats and cheeses are combined with BBC brews for a distinctive cuisine that features a sumptuous Sunday brunch

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and $2.50 pints. 1795 E. 10th St., Bloomington, 812-323-2112, bbcbloomington.com. Broad Ripple Brewpub Founded in 1990 by John Hill as the first Indiana brewpub, Broad Ripple Brewpub celebrates its British roots with a weekly team quiz. Longtime brewer Kevin Matalucci continues bringing back favorites and developing new tastes in addition to opening Twenty Tap [see below]. BRBP’s English-pub ambience belies the building’s former life as an automotive shop. Referred to as “the best neighbor anyone can have,” BRBP opens its adjacent parking space to dog festivals, farmer’s markets and anything anyone

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wants for the good of the community. BRBP remains a home-brewer’s haven and a founding force for the State Fair Brewer’s Competition and Brewers Guild of Indiana beer festivals. 840 E. 65th St., 317-253-2739, broadripplebrewpub.com.

history and lore, including Empire Imperial Stout, Full Court Imperial IPA, Half Court IPA, Lost River Summer Ale and Monon Ale. Check out their informative labels. 1927 S. Curry Pike, Unit 1, Bloomington, 812-335-2337, cuttersbrewing.com.

Brugge Brasserie Founded in 2005 by Ted Miller, Brugge introduced Indiana to Belgian beer and changed the landscape of the state’s craft beer industry. With distinctive holes in the middle of its tables to hold paper cones of pommes frites, outdoor seating and an expansion to the upper level party room, Brugge has become a noted destination by the sheer force of Miller’s persona writ large. The Brugge brand grows from Miller’s derring-do, including revamping the Terre Haute facility that produced the world famous Champagne Velvet brand into a modern brewery to grow Indiana’s craft beer capacity. 1011 E. Westfield Blvd., 317-255-0978, bruggebrasserie.com.

Flat 12 Bierwerks Claiming “the taproom at Flat 12 is the living room of our production brewery,” Flat 12 is building its brand on the hopstardom motto, “We believe in ourselves, we believe in you,” and in fostering Indiana’s craft beer industry’s commitment to daily philanthropy and neighborhood growth. Brewer Rob Caputo brings his background in visual art to brews of “quality, consistency, tradition with a twist.” With Byrne’s Grilled Pizza mobile kitchen, the evolving biergarten is expanding the hominess of the reclaimed building. Flat 12 is on tap throughout Indiana and in the taproom, which is open ThursdaySunday, with live music on second Fridays. 414 N. Dorman St., 317-6352337, flat12.me.

Cutters Brewing Co. Cutters publicly launched on June 4, 2011, at the inaugural Bloomington Beer Festival. The nano-brewery is owned and operated by long-time friends and brewers Monte Speicher and Chris Inman and their spouses and business partners Amanda Speicher and Emma Inman. Their website offers beer facts and trivia questions along with the motto: “We hand craft and package exceptional beers for hardworking Hoosiers.” Their beer names honor Southern Indiana personalities, industry,

Fountain Square Brewing Co. “Bringing Science to the Art” brought partners Justin Brown, Jeff Gibson and Bill Webster together in 2011 to form Fountain Square Brewing Co. and tasting room in a reclaimed building in historic Fountain Square. The partners combined backgrounds in science and automation with love of craft beer to bring distinctive craft beers on tap and in bottles to a number of Indianapolis locations, including White Rabbit, La Revolucion, Radio Radio, Brass Ring,


hometowns or other travel destinations. For its 40th corporate anniversary, The Ram locations in Indiana have been rolling out a series of festive events. 140 S. Illinois St., 317-955-9900 and 12750 Parkside Dr., Fishers, 317-5960079, theram.com.

Oaken Barrel Brewing Company Oaken Barrel Brewing Company’s founding in 1994 has its impetus from Broad Ripple Brewpub during Ted Miller’s tenure as brewmaster. Oaken Barrel is equally connected with the Indiana Brewing Company’s historic legacy, which includes the family of Kurt Vonnegut. Making OB a destination place is its exhibition of late 19th- and early 20th-century posters and bottle labels. Owner Kwang Casey proudly presides over all this in a former daycare facility. Brewmaster Mark Havens heads a team of assistant brewers and interacts on a weekly basis with The Bucket Brigade — members of the lauded MECA Homebrew Club. 50 N. Airport Dr., Greenwood, 317-8872287, oakenbarrel.com.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery Since opening in downtown Indianapolis in 1996 and in College Park in 2005, Rock Bottom has shown how a chain can provide distinctive brews. They may be the same style, but you’ll find different sets of flavor profiles emanating from the art and craft of brewmaster Jerry Sutherlin at 10 W. Washington and brewmaster Liz Laughlin at 2801 Lake Circle Dr. Each has a following, but there is a core of craft lovers visiting both locations who can expound on the merits of each. 10 W. Washington St., 681-8180 and 2801 Lake Circle Dr., 471-8840, www.rockbottom.com.

Ram Restaurant and Brewery The Ram opened downtown in 1996 and in Fishers in 2005, but both locations are supplied by the downtown brewing operation. Thus, you’ll find the same beer but a different cuisine. Brewmaster Andrew Castner follows in the footsteps of his recent predecessors, Jon Simmons and Dave Colt, creating daring flavor profiles to grow the palates not only of loyal local customers but also of visitors who are familiar with The Ram in their

Scotty’s Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company This newest Scotty’s location brings brewmaster Omar Castrellon to the Broad Ripple sports bar from his former home at the now closed Alcatraz, where he was founding brewer at the first downtown brewpub. Castrellon now brews a distinctive lineup for all Scotty’s sites to serve on tap and for carryout in growlers. The décor features picnic tables, a huge bar, a wall cooler with other craft beer for sale, and viewing access to the brewing operation as well as large-

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Red Lion, La Margarita and Imbibe. Joined by former Alcatraz and Ram brewer Skip DuVall, FSBC is committed to being part of the Fountain Square community socially and culturally. 1301 Barth Ave., 317-493-1410, fountainsquarebrewing.com.

Scott Wise of Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company screen televisions. Everything about the location is expansive and open, including Castrellon’s brews. 1021 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-255-0978, thr3ewisemen.com. Sun King Brewing Company Since opening in 2009 just south of Easley Winery, founding brewers Clay Robinson and Dave Colt have introduced a new generation of barhoppers and diners to craft beer. They also have won world-wide honors, including sweeping the 2011 Great American Beer Festival awards. Sun King is the official brew of the Naptown Roller Girls and can be found all over town. Sun King taps and canned beers are at Victory Field and at a number of arts venues including Harrison Center

First Fridays, the Athenaeum, Fringe and Indiana Repertory theaters. Sun King’s resounding buzz for beer with myriad flavor profiles draws attention to the historic Cole Noble neighborhood at its onsite tastings. 135 N. College Ave., 317-602-3702, sunkingbrewery.com. Three Pints Brewery Three Pints Brewery celebrated its first anniversary on Nov. 18, 2011, with an event to thank their customers for the brewery’s continued success. Three Pints is family owned and family friendly, offering delicious discounted meals every day of the week. With over 20 years of experience to assure their beer’s quality, the brew crew at Three Pints continually tweaks their beer recipes to the satisfaction of their

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Tomlinson Tap Room beer fanatics. It offers many options of beer, ranging from light blonde wheat to a dark stout. 5020 Cambridge Way, Plainfield, 317-839-1000, threepints.com. Tomlinson Tap Room There’s always something new, fresh and unexpected on tap at the newly opened Tomlinson Tap Room, which features craft brews from across Indiana on a rotating basis. A partnership between City Market and the Brewers of Indiana Guild, the intent is to bring to Indianapolis standards, specials and seasonals from each of Indiana’s craft breweries. With over a half dozen new brewing operations poised to open across the state, Tomlinson’s 16 tap lines sport an ever-changing array of hand pulls. City Market, 222 E. Market St., 317-423-2337, indycm.com/ tomlinsontaproom. Triton Brewing Company The Triton Brewing Company is the new kid on the block after opening in early September 2011 at Fort Harrison in a newly renovated 1924 brick barn. Brewer Jon Lang, who has more than 10 years’ professional brewing experience and numerous accolades for his craft, joins partners Mike DeWeese and David Waldman. They use the highest quality water and raw ingredients to build fans for Triton. The official craft beer of the Indiana Ice, Triton is on draft throughout Indianapolis and Triton bottles will be available in January 2012. The tasting room is smoke-free and family friendly. 5764 Wheeler Rd., 317-735-2706, tritonbrewing.com.

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Twenty Tap - Craft. Beer. Bar. Twenty Tap opened in South Broad Ripple in the fall of 2011 and offers a variety of craft beers from around the region. Featuring seasonal brews, as well as standards and favorites, there are 20 rotating taps to choose from and compare. Locally sourced burgers, sandwiches, salads and bar snacks complement the beer selections in Twenty Tap’s family-friendly, nonsmoking atmosphere, which features a sweeping, gleaming bar and small tables. Beer enthusiasts should stay tuned for the addition of 11 new taps and enjoy the 31 “flavorful” offerings at Twenty Tap, which was created by Kevin and Tracy Matalucci. 5408 N. College Ave., 317-602-8840, twentytap.com. TwoDeep Brewing Co. Brewers Andy Meyer and Christopher Hoyt are in the final steps of fundraising to open a production brewery and tasting room in the old Chateau Thomas Winery building in the spring of 2012. Meyer’s German-inspired beer lineup of Maibock, Dunkelweizen, Amber Ale and Dortmunder Export was developed over eight years of home brewing and formal training at Chicago-based Siebel Institute. Meyer and Hoyt gained enough support with Kickstarter to secure licensing and permits and to host private tasting parties. Their goal is to join with breweries, brewpubs, restaurants and bars that are turning downtown Indianapolis into a destination craft beer experience. 501 S. Madison Ave., 317-828-5311, twodeepbrewing.com.


LOCAL DRINKS Cork and Cracker A wonderful place to shop for gifts or to stock up for your own soirees. The staff here is uber-friendly and can help you pair wine, cheese, crackers and other treats whether you intend to give or receive. An amazing selection of 400-plus wines (many at $20 or less) and great micro-brews to choose from (six- and twelve-pack options, some mix-and-match). Take time to explore the cheese selection. With new arrivals constantly, they have some of the best Italian and French products available in town. 2126 E. 62nd St., 317-722-9463, corkandcracker.com. Easley Winery We were recently asked by a good friend about a local wine suggestion to give a red wine lover in her life. The first thing that came to mind is Easley Winery’s Governor’s Zinfandel Reserve ($24.75 per bottle). This wine is simply divine and luscious with the perfect balance of fruit and earth. All of Easley’s wine are produced and bottled in Indianapolis with the addition of Chambourcin and Chancellor grapes from Southern Indiana, both French American hybrids. Take in a special winery visit and tasting and stock up this season! 205 N. College Ave., 317-636-4516, easleywinery.com. Great Fermentations Do you have a passionate beer and wine lover in your life who is extremely motivated and a self-starter? Have you ever considered treating them to the experience of crafting their own beer or wine? Great Fermentations provides a great sense of community for those who have interest in making booze or simply for those who only seek the pure enjoyment. Treat your special someone to either a beginning beer-making class ($15) or a beer-making starter kit ($74-$180.) If they are already brewing, you can stock them up on supplies to entertain at your next gathering! 5127 E. 65th St., 317-257-9463, greatfermentations.com. Hoosier Momma Want a perfect Bloody Mary and want to feel all good about supporting local businesses and using local products at the same time? Well, thanks to Hoosier Momma, now you

can. They offer a variety of products, but we recommend just sticking with the “Bloody Mary Bar in a Bag.” For $24.99 you get a jar of Hoosier Momma’s Bloody Mary Maker, a jar of Momma’s Garden Dilly Beans, a bag of Hickory Smoked Spicy Bloody Mary Glass Garnish, and a bottle of Hoosier Mommacita Spicy Red Jalapeno Hot Sauce. Of course, you’ll also want to pick up some Indiana Vodka ($19.99, 750 milliliters) to make the drink worthwhile. Check out hoosiermomma.com for the spice and heartlanddistillers.com for the spirits. Kahn’s (Best Local Liquor/Wine Retailer) If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for in the wine, beer or spirit gift category, head over Kahn’s on Keystone and let them help. Voted the best liquor store in Indy by NUVO readers the past four years, it’s the undisputed best place in Indy. We recommend that you either know what you want before you walk in, go directly to an employee and ask for a recommendation or set aside a few hours to browse the over 900 beers and 5,000 wines Kahn’s offers. The staff is knowledgeable and the frequent tastings, classes and other events give ample opportunity to take full advantage of the outstanding selection. 5341 N. Keystone Ave., 317-2519463, kahnsfinewines.com.

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Upland Brewing Company Founded in 1998, Upland Brewing Company pushes the “green” envelope throughout its operation, finding ways to build its business while leaving the smallest footprint. Upland strives to connect with its geographic locations to preserve natural resources and to be involved with regional philanthropy. In 2006, brewmaster Caleb Stanton developed Upland’s first Lambics, using fruits from local Huber Orchards. The release in 2007 garnered national attention. Upland’s beer has moved into expanding markets with the addition of a bottling operation and a pet-friendly Midtown tasting room just south of Broad Ripple. 350 W. 11th St., Bloomington, 812-336-2337 and 4842 N. College Ave., 317-602-3931, uplandbeer.com.

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Mass Ave Wine Shoppe Mass Ave Wine Shoppe is one of our favorite places in the city to make wine purchases and certainly the best option for downtown dwellers. We like to get here on Tuesday’s for their regular weekly wine tasting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to sample new wines and then make our selections for the week from the famous “Wall of Wines” — 100 Wines $15 or less! Jill Ditmire, the owner, is in nearly every Tuesday, and she takes note of our tastes to give insightful recommendations. This is a great spot to meet neighbors and make new friends, not to mention do some great shopping. They also offer gluten free beers. 878 Mass Ave., 317-9727966, massavewine.com. New Day Meadery If you haven’t made it to the new tasting room, you are in for a treat when visiting New Day Meadery. The honey used to make mead is gathered from a local Indiana producer, Wildflower Ridge Honey. This honey wine is incredibly drinkable and ranges from sweet to dry. Try the semisweet Plum Honey Wine ($22, 750 milliliters) for fig lovers. If you are out shopping with a friend, visit the tasting room to take in some sampling while selecting the perfect mead match for your selected recipient(s). You can also purchase directly from their website. 1102 E. Prospect St., 888-632-3379, newdaymeadery.com. Vine and Table Helping the novice and aficionado find the perfect bottle of wine to suit their need is the very reason Vine and Table exists. The staff takes great pride in balancing the education and enjoyment of wine and beers that might otherwise be unfamiliar or seem too risky to try

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www.tavernonsouth.com Slater Hogan and John Larner in The Amber Room on your own. Friday and Saturday bring free tastings (beer and wine), as well as the opportunity to learn the best pairings. Don’t limit yourself to buying only the vino, however. The shop has a host of gourmet food items and imaginative choices for gifts. 313 E. Carmel Dr., Carmel, 317-817-0288, vineandtable.com.

live music weekend in and weekend out for as long as most scenesters can remember. The venue hosts both national acts and emerging local artists, as well the biggest and best annual battle of the bands in Indy. If you like live music, sooner or later you’ll end up at Birdy’s. 2131 E. 71st St., 317-2548971, birdyslive.com.

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The Crane Lounge Just a block away from Lucas Oil Stadium, The Crane Lounge possibly could be the newest venue in Indy in 2011 (in fact, as we write this, it’s not even officially open). They’ll be kicking off the year with a massive Rolling Stone Super Bowl Party, but promise to host everything from weddings to Ultimate Fighting matches. At over 18,000 square feet, The Crane Bay could host both of those things in one night, and even another few. 317-8041683, thecranebay.com.

The Amber Room at Old National Centre After lying dormant for nearly 25 years, this space in the basement of Old National Centre will open as a lounge and live music venue starting in late January. Named after a legendary room in the Catherine Palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia, the room was re-finished by local promoters John Larner and Slater Hogan to resemble a war-era European lounge. Combine that with a retro, art-deco vibe and The Amber Room may be the single swankiest lounge in Indy to catch some live music or simply chillax in style. 502 N. New Jersey St., 317-231-0000, livenation.com.

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Birdy’s Bar + Grill Tucked away amidst the never-ending row of chain stores and fast fooderies along Keystone Avenue, Birdy’s is one of the premier live music venues in the city. Boasting an excellent sound system and a room that holds a goodsized crowd, Birdy’s has been hosting

Deluxe at Old National Centre One of two newly-renovated music venues in the basement of Old National Centre, Deluxe is officially open for business. After kicking off its new career as a music venue on New Year’s Eve with Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Deluxe is already booked steady as a site for music, parties, and live entertainment such as burlesque. Like its cousin, The Amber Room, Deluxe is a spacious venue with arched ceilings that’s finished in an art deco style. This venue is 18+ but don’t worry: There is a bar located immediately off Deluxe,


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Punk Rock Night at The Melody Inn as well as a roped-off VIP area, if you’re feeling particularly swanky. 502 N. New Jersey St., 317-231-0000, livenation.com. Earth House Collective A great place for concerts, film screenings, community meetings/ projects, dance lessons, and more, Earth House was created by and for peace activists, conservationists, artists, musicians, Methodists, teachers and many more. The collective is dedicated to peace, wellness, community and culture. Open mic nights create opportunities for poets and musicians, and their renovated concert space upstairs is one of the gems of Indianapolis, regularly hosting some of the biggest names in indie rock and roll. 237 N. East St., 317-6364060, earthhousecollective.org. Emerson Theater The granddaddy of Indy’s hardcore scene, national and regional acts ranging from the All American Rejects and Coheed and Cambria to Kill Hannah and Mindless Self Indulgence have toured through this all-ages venue in recent years. With a capacity of 400 people, the former art moderne neighborhood theater had its seats removed for an in-your-face glimpse of your favorite punk, hardcore and metal bands. Regularly voted Best All Ages Venue by NUVO readers, the crowd is largely and predictably determined by the names on the marquee. 4630 E. 10th St., 317-357-0239, emersontheater.com. ES Jungle One of the city’s few all-ages venues, ES Jungle, located in the basement of Trinity Church, is the work of Piradical Productions — an organization that helps promote local punk rock acts and books a healthy mix of fledging high school groups and established punk groups playing the basement scene. Lots of hits (on-stage and in the pit) and the predictable misses, the raw energy and talent usually make up for the lack of experience and personal hygiene. The sheer number of shows programmed is something to be applauded. 6151 N. Central Ave., 317289-4293, myspace.com/esjungle. The Jazz Kitchen The Jazz Kitchen is a quintessential jazz supper club in the heart of MeridianKessler; it’s a must-stop spot for national

and local acts, voted one of the city’s best live music venues every year by NUVO readers. Any night with Frank Glover or Rob Dixon on the marquee is a guaranteed winner. Enjoy excellent food and service during the show in the main room or at the bar. The outdoor patio deck is a particularly nice spot to watch the 54th and College world go by. The cuisine has a distinctly New Orleans emphasis with an focus on fresh ingredients; the crab cakes are terrific and the cocktails are sincere. 5377 N. College Ave., 317-253-4900, thejazzkitchen.com. Locals Only Despite the cliquish name, Locals Only is a neighborhood bar that welcomes everyone, particularly when it opens up its stage with host Jethro Easyfields on Wednesdays for open mic night. Easyfields and the folks at Locals Only have made the best of a good thing, attracting a diverse crowd of roots, blues and hard rock performers to a stage with pretty good sound and a charmingly battered old upright piano. Blues Jam on Thursdays is hosted by Charlie Cheeseman, Tim Duffy, Lester Johnson and Jay Stein and features a revolving lineup of great local artists. 2449 E. 56th St., 317-255-4013, localsonlyindy.com. The Melody Inn The walls are chock full of rock memorabilia, and the seats are full of rock fans of all stripes. Yes, the historic Melody Inn is the place for punk, metal, indie, and even EDM and freestyle. It features live local music most nights, including its notorious Punk Rock Night every Saturday, and has racked up more NUVO Best of Indy awards than any other club in recent years. When the hardcore gets a little much and you need something quieter, retreat to the PBR lounge in the back or the outdoor garden for a breath of fresh air. There’s usually a small cover charge, parking is free (and everywhere), and you simply can’t beat the $3 PBR tallboys every night. 3826 N. Illinois St., 317-9234707, melodyindy.com. The Mousetrap Bar & Grill If you want to hear live music in an unpretentious venue, with everyone from hippies to frat boys to bikers, The Mousetrap is your place. Entry is usually free, although a charge of $3 or $5 is sometimes imposed. Renovations over the last few years have yielded an increase in the size of the dance floor,

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yet the space is always packed with the Trap’s diverse and uninhibited clientele. The EDM-themed Altered Thurzdaze draws those who are seeking heavy bass and industrial groove music, while jam bands on Fridays and Saturdays draw, well, everyone else. 5565 N. Keystone Ave., 317-255-3189, themousetrapbar.com.

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Murat Theatre at Old National Centre The long-standing, beloved Murat Theatre is home to numerous Broadway Across America shows and an eclectic bill of touring musicians and entertainers. Everyone from the Black Crowes to comedian Kathy Griffin has visited this grand location. An all-encompassing venue including the legendary Egyptian Room, which regularly hosts all-ages shows featuring up-and-coming national acts, as well as established bands. 502 N. New Jersey St., 317-231-0000, livenation.com.

Join us for an upscale, ultra-lounge experience. Watch our club transform into a full speed, high energy dance club feat. some of the best djs in Indianapolis spinning hits from the 80’s, 90’s to today.

We offer a rare, premium selection of spirits, wines and champagnes.

night porter Occupying the space that La Jolla left behind, the night porter is so new it actually isn’t even open at the time of this writing. They’ll have a full bar with a focus on whiskey, tequila and vodka. There will be plenty of food to enjoy as well, but the menu has not yet been released. Get ready to enjoy the specially curated playlists at this rock and roll bar; the owners will be hands on with the music at all times. Specially designed art will join numbered and signed rock prints on the walls. A night porter traditionally takes care of guests at hotels during the evening. Get taken care of at the night porter, Broad Ripple’s brand new space. 921 Broad Ripple Avenue, thenightporterbar.com.

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We are the Place to catch live entertainment in Indy 7 days a week! Come see us and support local music. • POOL • GREAT FOOD • DRINKS • BEER GARDEN • GAMES • WIFI HOTSPOT Interested in playing at Birdy's? Send Demos and Information to birdysbarandgrill@ juno.com or to the address listed above.

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The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts The new concert hall in Carmel has finally opened with a full lineup of classical, contemporary and country music performances for the debut season. The Palladium is just one of four performance spaces at The Center. There are also a 500-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater and an outdoor amphitheater. 355 City Center Dr., Carmel, 317-843-3800, thecenterfortheperformingarts.org. Radio Radio Thanks to the experience and expertise of owner and Zero Boy David “Tufty” Clough, Radio Radio in Fountain Square is consistently one of the best live music venues in the city. The club not only gives local acts the chance to play on a regular basis, but it also features great national acts working their way up the ladder of success as they crisscross the country in search of new fans. Hang out here and you’re bound to see the “next big thing” while enjoying great music, great drinks and great people — all in a smoke-free atmosphere. 1119 E. Prospect St., 317955-0995, futureshock.net. Slippery Noodle Inn Though it may look like just another two-story downtown watering hole, Slippery Noodle is actually one of the top blues clubs in the country, if not the world. There you can find live

blues seven nights a week, featuring a mixture of local, regional and national acts. The city’s oldest bar (rumor has it those holes in the brick were made by the guns of notorious Hoosier henchman John Dillinger and his boys), it was also one of the city’s first and most successful houses of ill-repute. Soak up the legend and believe the hype about the music. 372 S. Meridian St., 317-631-6974, slipperynoodle.com. White Rabbit Cabaret One of Fountain Square’s newest nightspots, the Rabbit has quickly become one of the Indy’s most popular venues for independent rock and roll and live entertainment. A throwback in the best possible way, White Rabbit Cabaret has a mellow, speakeasy vibe which fits just fine with Fountain Square’s retro/ rockabilly roots. With a superb lineup of live music and performances, from burlesque to banjo and roots to rock, not to mention $2.50 Pint Night on Tuesdays, there’s no need to ask Alice … hop on down and discover White Rabbit for yourself. Closed Sundays & Mondays. 1116 Prospect St., 317-686-9550, whiterabbitcabaret.com.

STRIP CLUBS Babe’s This venue caters to people of every flavor. A $10 cover charge on Saturday may dissuade some, but plan ahead and you’ll have a great time. Come in on Tuesdays or Sundays to catch their specials on drinks and dances, or drop by before 6 p.m. for a free cover charge. The drinks are excellent and affordable, and the girls are beautiful and know what they’re doing. 7259 Pendleton Pike, 317-545-5100. Brad’s Brass Flamingo This isn’t your stereotypical gentlemen’s club. In fact, it feels a little like Applebee’s, but with strippers. Big-screen TVs with multiple sports channels keep things lively, as do, of course, the skillful DJs and lots of friendly and naked young women — and there’s a lot to look at, since nearly 160 women dance at Brad’s Brass Flamingo. Monday through Sunday from 4-6 p.m., check out to the free buffet, stuffed to brimming with foods like fried fish, meatballs and chicken tenders, which more than makes up for the strip-club priced drinks. Overall, the Flamingo is a friendly place for regular Joes offering a decent menu and the best looking girls in any Indy show club, where you don’t have to go broke to have a good time. 4011 Southeastern Ave., 317-356-9668, bradsbrassflamingo.com. Classy Chassy If you’ve got a need for speed and a love of racecars, look no further than The Classy Chassy. The club has five stages, a flood of dancers, and a fantastic array of racecar memorabilia. The Chassy favors return customers, but don’t be afraid to come in and flag down a girl for the famous 2-for-$20 Tuesday deals. The girls run the full gamut from stick-figure to big-n-busty, and they’re proud of that diversity. Also check out the private stages, which are great for bachelor parties. 4444 S. Harding St., 317-787-3442.


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Indoor and Outdoor Stages Full Food and Bar Service Check out our calendar for upcoming events at moondogtavern.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter Club Paradise If you’re on the eastside and looking for a good time, wander down to Club Paradise. It’s a friendly neighborhood place with good service that isn’t too self-important to show you a good time. The atmosphere is laid back and personal and the entertainment is lively. 5255 E. English Ave., 317-356-7044. Club Rio Club Rio wastes no energy hiding the fact that it’s a strip club — which can make you feel incredibly at ease or incredibly uncomfortable depending on your hang-ups. It feels like a party here! The music is loud and so is the crowd, the drinks are strong, and, of course, that bouncer can kick your ass. What Rio lacks in swank, it makes up for in sexual energy, friendliness and delectable diversity. Unlike many other clubs that seem over-stocked in nicelystacked and skinny, blonde 22-yearolds, these young women come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, all of them appealing. 5054 W. 38th St., 317-291-6818. Dancer’s Showclub Dancer’s Showclub is the place for people looking to leave reality at the door and step into fantasy. It’s got a Vegas-inspired style that’s half Sinatra swank, half velvet Elvis, with an air of anonymity and emphasis on privacy that should make strangers feel welcome. That’s not to say Dancers isn’t perfect for that raucous bachelor party or first-time visit with your girlfriend. Friendly staff and great drinks, not to mention great lunch specials, make it a comfortable and affordable club for everyone. And don’t forget the several small stages scattered throughout the club, which make it easy to see the ladies from any vantage point. 8013 W. Washington St., 317-244-1989, dancersshowclub.com. Patty’s Show Club Patty’s is unabashedly a working class club, but don’t let that turn you away. The value is great, and the staff and girls are incredibly friendly. This is the sort of locale where dancers of every

shape and shade rock out to songs they pull from the juke box. Come with an open mind, and you’re bound to have a lot of fun. 2014 W. Washington St., 317- 266-0467. PT’s Showclub A slightly younger crowd and vibe makes it feel more like an ultra lounge downtown. It’s sleek and fashionable, but at the same time a safe and relaxed place to observe and sip in style. You don’t have to go broke at PT’s, but all the high-end trappings of an ultralounge are available for big spenders. And don’t forget the dancers, who perform like they just transferred over from Cirque du Soleil. Perhaps the best thing about its sophisticated atmosphere is that you’re likely to find as many male-female couples as single guys at PT’s, as well as lesbian couples and gangs of ladies coming down for bachelorette parties. 7916 Pendleton Pike, 317-545-5777, ptsshowclub.com. Red Garter Lounge The only gentlemen’s lounge downtown, the Red Garter is within walking distance of most of the hotels and sporting venues in the heart of the city. It offers four stages, two bars, and a friendly and attentive staff. Be warned: This is a cigar lounge and the Red Garter has a wide selection of excellent cigars available for those who want to partake. 437 S. Illinois St., 317-637-0829, redgarterindy.com. Rick’s Cabaret Whether you’re looking for some fun on your own, or you want to throw a party with 100 of your closest friends, the staff and dancers at Rick’s Cabaret can help you have a good time. Rick’s features three stages, two VIP rooms and several lounge areas, and if that’s not your scene, hang out on the main floor and enjoy the show. But don’t forget the other senses! Along with a wide selection of cigars for aficionados, Rick’s features an award-winning menu, served from a kitchen that’s open as long as the girls are dancing. 3551 Lafayette Road, 317-297-0429, ricksindy.com.

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GROOVE NIGHTS TUESDAY

Take That! Tuesdays DJ MetroGnome Coaches Tavern DJ MetroGnome can be found at Coaches Tavern every Tuesday for his massive Take That! Tuesdays party. MetroGnome’s musical selection ranges from classic hip-hop to soul and funk. He always turns the otherwise small bar into a sea of dancing music fans. When we asked him what would be new in 2012, MetroGnome said, “The thing about TTT that I’m so proud of is the general consistency of the night (so, to answer your question, the beauty lies in the fact it hasn’t changed much). Holding down a weekly party for this long of a duration is much tougher than it appears (keeping the people coming, keeping their ears happy, keeping the venue happy, etc) and it’s by far the longest hip hop night running in Indy.” (Weekly) www.coachestavern.com Let Go! The Lockerbie This event takes place on the first Tuesday of every month, and attracts one of the most diverse (and dedicated) group of dance fiends in the city. The tiny pub’s dance floor atmosphere is unlike any other in the city: hot, sweaty bodies packed into a microscopic square of open space where every kind of dancing is acceptable (as long as you’re moving!) and all types of lifestyles are represented. DJ Action Jackson and the A-Squared duo of Andy and Annie keep their guests moving with familiar, mainstream hits paired with danceable beats from the underground community. One third of the evening’s hosts, Action Jackson, calls it a, “crazy sweaty dance party for people who want to get away from Top 40.” (Monthly)

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Retro Rewind The Vogue Retro Rewind is always full of beautiful young people who will definitely be late to their Thursday morning classes. The evening consistently draws the biggest weeknight crowds, who are there for the cheap drinks and to find other like-minded grinders. Grab

your friends (and possibly a nap after work) and hit the club for fun, singalongable music at this always packed event. Sometimes, Retro Rewind even celebrates hump day with seasonal themes featuring special contests, games, and party favors. And don’t forget, the Vogue was voted the best place for live music by NUVO readers. (Weekly) www.thevogue.com Hump Day Dance Party Britton Tavern DJ Orion and three dollar you-call-its will make any week seem just a bit shorter. Orion’s got cred, too. He’s performed everywhere in Indy, from the NCAA Final Four to the Brickyard 400 and has opened for radio leading ladies at Bankers Life including Hilary Duff, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and the princess of pop herself, Britney Spears. (Weekly) www.thebrittontavern.com OMG! With Action Jackson Casba Every Wednesday, this underground bar is transformed into an writhing, under the reigns of DJs Action Jackson and B Qwyatt. Specializing in genre-bending mixes that span multiple styles of music, Jackson is equally comfortable spinning hip-hop, Baltimore club, electro, old school classics, dancehall, rock, and everything in between. OMG! also features special guest DJs each week from Indianapolis and surrounding cities who just want the room to bounce. The event is hosted by J Moore. (Weekly) www.casbaindy.com

THURSDAY

XL Thursdays Sensu Thursdays get extra large at Sensu every Thursday with DJ Indiana Jones, Lockstar and Gabby Love. Another dance night on South Meridian began last April, but we can guarantee it is the only one where sushi is always involved. The sleek bar opened in late March of last year and VIP reservations and “mini bottle” service is available. www.sensuindy.com Altered Thurzdaze The Mousetrap As jam and electronica’s musical boundaries continue to dissolve into each other, Altered’s bass-heavy offerings are effortlessly appealing to EDM fans and Mousetrap regulars alike. Originating as a “dubstep and broken beats” event, Altered Thurzday has evolved to also


Keepin’ It Deep include drum-and-bass, glitchhop, house, and many other EDM subgenres. Wild laser shows, abundant hoop and poi spinners, cheap craft beer, fog effects, and no reservations on the dance floor create an addictive dancing environment you won’t find anywhere else in the city. The Mousetrap was featured as 2011’s best place for hippies in NUVO. www.themousetrapbar.com. Thursdays at Blu with Slater Hogan Blu Hosted by DJ and Muzuque Boutique founder and DJ Slater Hogan and featured by NUVO as Indy’s best weekly house event in 2010, this event (formerly produced by Keepin’ It Deep) continues to provide regular opportunities for house fans to experience the classier side of Downtown Indy. Special national acts appear once a month (including the Hood Internet, Colette and Mark Farina in past months) in addition to regular support from locals such as Manic, Adam Jay, John Larner, Tyler Stewart, Ashley Ross, Clay Collier, Deanne, and Grenadine. Attendees can look forward to Charles Feelgood, King Bitt, James Amato and many more this year. (Weekly) www.bluindy.com

FRIDAY

Blend Landshark’s While some argue that Top 40 receives too much radio play and thus decays the music’s appeal in a dance club, others agree that singing along with hoards of people at the same time makes for the best dance floor experience. Realizing the need for an event catered to the desires of those caught in the middle of this debate, Matt Allen launched a weekly event at Tru Nightclub that merges the energy of electro beats with the familiarity of radio hits; it even includes video. The free--before-11 event features guest DJs and producers. (Weekly) www.land-sharks.com.

SATURDAY

Tryst The Vogue Combine Broad Ripple’s taste for Top 40 hits with the most popular club in the area (and on a Saturday, no less), and we can guarantee that the Vogue will be bustling all night with dance floor shenanigans. Ladies and those in the possession of a college ID are free until midnight. With absurdly low drink prices and Top 40 hits from DJ Marcus, dancing at The Vogue is always a viable option for the young (and anyone wanting to groove, really). (Weekly) www.thevogue.com.

SUNDAY

Reggae Revolution Casba More than thirteen years later, Danger and DJ Indiana Jones are still spinning reggae and reggae-infused beatsat Casba. We’ve been dancing our asses off to their carefully chosen beats for almost as long. Reggae Revolution is not only Indy’s longest-running dance night, but one of the only places to be still dancing all night as the weekend winds down. If you’ve got any energy after a long weekend, head over to Casba. Maybe the $2.50 Red Stripe and Casba shots will help get you out on a Sunday. (Weekly) www.casbaindy.com.

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INDEX

Actors Theatre of Indiana .............38 Addendum Gallery .......................17 Amber Room at Old National Centre ... 56 American Pianists Association .......46 Angel Burlesque ...........................37 Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts ....44 Art Bank ......................................41 Art vs. Art ....................................44 Artbox .........................................41 Artifacts Gallery ...........................18 Arts Council of Indianapolis ..........41 Audrey’s Place ..............................19 Babe’s ..........................................58 Backyard Birds ..............................21 Ball & Biscuit ................................28 Barking Dog Café .........................32 Barley Island Brewing Co ..............51 Basile History Market ....................16 Bazbeaux .....................................27 BE: Bon Vivant .............................18 Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre ......38 Best Chocolate in the World .........21 Bier Brewery and Taproom ...........51 Big Hat ........................................16 Birdy’s Bar + Grill .........................56 BJava ...........................................34 Black Acre Brewing Co .................51 Black Dog Books ..........................16 Black Market ................................28 Black Sheep .................................18 Black Swan Brewpub ....................51 Bloomington Brewing Company ...52 Bookmamas .................................16 Bosphorus Istambul Café ..............28 Bottoms Up Burlesque ..................37 Brad’s Brass Flamingo ...................58 Broad Ripple Brewpub ..................52 Broad Ripple Vintage ....................19 Brugge Brasserie ..........................52 Buck Creek Players .......................39 Butler University Theatre ..............39 Byrne’s Grilled Pizza .....................24 Cabaret at the Columbia Club ......46 Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company 34 Celery Street ................................18 Center for Inquiry ........................11 Center for Ray Bradbury Studies ...48 Central Indiana Dance Ensemble ..38 Ceramic Dreams ...........................21 Chatham Home ...........................18 Chatham Tap ...............................27 Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort ......24 Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room.......................................32 Chelsea’s .....................................18 Children’s Museum of Indianapolis ...46 CICS ..............................................8 Circle City IN Pride .......................45 Cirilla’s .........................................23 Citizens Action Coalition ..............11 Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads ... 8 Classy Chassy ...............................58 Clay Oven ....................................28 Club Paradise ...............................59 Club Rio .......................................59 ComedySportz .............................39 COMTO Indiana .............................8 Connor Prairie ..............................21 Cork and Cracker .........................55 Cornerstone Coffee and Espresso Bar ..........................................34 Crackers Comedy Club .................37 Crane Lounge ..............................56 Cutters Brewing Co ......................52 Dance Kaleidoscope .....................38 Dancer’s Showclub .......................59 Dean Johnson Gallery ...................41 Deluxe at Old National Centre ......56 Doc’s Architectural Salvage & Reclamation Services ................20 Dojo ............................................56 Dunaway’s ...................................32 DUOS...........................................24 Earth Charter Indiana ...................11

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Earth House Café .........................34 Earth House Collective .................57 Easley Winery ...............................55 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art ............45 Emerson Theater ..........................57 Encore Vocal Arts .........................46 Endangered Species Chocolate .....19 Ensemble Music Society ...............46 ES Jungle .....................................57 Evan Lurie Gallery ........................42 Fat Sammies Ciao Wagon ............24 Fiesta ...........................................44 Fire by the Monon .......................29 Flat 12 Bierwerks .........................52 Fountain Square Brewing Co ........52 Friends of White River ..................11 Gallery 924 ..................................42 Garvey/Simon Art Access ..............42 GencCon .....................................44 Girly Chic .....................................17 Global Gifts .................................21 Good Earth ..................................21 Good Morning Mama’s ................29 Goose the Market ........................31 Got Sole? .....................................17 Great Fermentations.....................55 Green Piece Indy ..........................12 Greener Indiana ...........................11 Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre ..38 Groovy Guys Fries ........................24 H2O Sushi ....................................34 Habitat for Humanity ...................21 Harrison Center for the Arts .........42 Havana Café ................................29 Head Lines ...................................23 Health By Design ............................8 Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre ... 39 Heartland Truly Moving Pictures ...49 Henry’s on East Street ..................35 Herron School of Art and Design ..42 Homespun: Modern Homemade ...19 Hoosier Environmental Council .....12 Hoosier Fat Daddy Buscafe ...........24 Hoosier Momma ..........................55 Hoosier Rails to Trails Council .........8 Hubbard & Cravens ......................35 IDADA First Fridays .......................44 iMOCA-Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art ....................42 INCOST ..........................................8 India Palace ..................................34 India Sizzling ................................29 Indiana Atheist Bus Campaign ......12 Indiana Audubon Society..............12 Indiana CAFO Watch ....................12 Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit ...8 Indiana Civil Liberties Union .........12 Indiana Historical Society Press .....48 Indiana Recycling Coalition ...........12 Indiana Repertory Theatre ............39 Indiana State Museum .................46 Indiana Transgender Rights Advocates ................................12 Indiana Wildlife Federation ...........12 Indiana Wind Symphony............... 46 Indiana Youth Group ...................13 Indianapolis Art Center ................42 Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra ....47 Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra ...47 Indianapolis Children’s Choir ........47 Indianapolis City Ballet .................38 Indianapolis Civic Theatre .............40 Indianapolis Early Music ...............44 Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization ............................10 Indianapolis Museum of Art ...19, 45 Indianapolis Opera .......................47 Indianapolis School of Ballet .........38 Indianapolis Symphonic Choir .......47 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra .47 Indianapolis Transportation Association ..............................10 INDIEana Handicraft Exchange ......44

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Indy CD and Vinyl ........................16 Indy Cog ......................................10 Indy Cycle Specialist .....................21 Indy Express .................................10 Indy Film Fest ...............................49 Indy Indie Artist Colony ................43 Indy International Festival .............44 Indy Jazz Fest ...............................44 Indy’s Irish Fest .............................45 IndyConnect ................................10 IndyFringe ....................................40 IndyGo .........................................10 IndySwank ...................................17 IndyTalks ......................................45 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis .............................48 Iozzo’s Garden of Italy .................33 IU Press ........................................48 J. Agan Salon ...............................21 J. Benzal ......................................17 Jazz Kitchen .................................57 Jiallo’s ..........................................29 Just Pop In ...................................22 Kahn’s .........................................55 Karma Records .............................16 Keep Indianapolis Beautiful ..........13 Keystone Arts Cinema ..................49 Know No Stranger .......................40 Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library ..48 La Mie Emilie ...............................29 Las Tortas ....................................29 Late Harvest Kitchen ....................32 Lazy Daze Coffee House ...............35 Leon Tailoring ..............................17 LGBT Film Festival.........................49 Libertine.......................................29 Local ............................................29 Locals Only ..................................57 Lover’s Lane .................................23 LUNA ...........................................16 Mabel on the Move...................... 26 MacKenzie River Pizza Co .............30 MacNiven’s ..................................31 Madame Walker Theatre Center ...40 Magic Bus ....................................23 Mama Carolla’s ............................27 Mama Irma ..................................30 Marigold ......................................17 Mass Ave Wine Shoppe ................55 Maximum Grow Gardening ..........22 Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles .........30 McNamara ...................................22 Melody Inn...................................57 Meridian Vintage Modern ............20 Meridian ......................................33 Midland Antique Mall ..................20 Midwest Fashion Week ................45 Minx ............................................17 Mo’Joe Coffee .............................35 Monon Coffee .............................35 Morty’s Comedy Joint ..................37 Motus Dance Theatre ...................38 Mousetrap Bar & Grill...................58 Mt. Comfort/Primary Gallery .........43 Mud Creek Players .......................40 Murat Theatre at Old National Centre .....................................58 National Organization for Women 13 Nature Conservancy .....................13 Nature’s Karma ............................22 Necklust .......................................22 New Day Meadery ........................55 New York Slice .............................26 Northside Social ...........................31 Oaken Barrel Brewing Company ...53 Oakley’s Bistro .............................33 Office of Sustainability .................13 Oishi Sushi ...................................34 Old Point Tavern ..........................31 Oranje..........................................45 Osteria Pronto ..............................30 Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts .......................58 Patty’s Show Club ........................59

Peace Learning Center .................13 Penrod Art Fair .............................45 People for Urban Progress ............10 Petite Chou ..................................32 Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis .............................48 Phoenix Theatre ...........................40 Pitaya ...........................................17 Pizzology......................................33 Planned Parenthood of Indiana.....13 PT’s Showclub ..............................59 R Bistro ........................................33 Radio Radio..................................58 Rag-O-Rama ................................17 Ram Restaurant and Brewery........53 Rathskeller ...................................32 Recess ..........................................33 Reclamation Indy ..........................20 RecycleForce ................................13 Red Garter Lounge .......................59 Redemption .................................17 Restaurante Oaxaca......................30 Rick’s Gabaret ..............................59 Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery ...................................53 Saffron.........................................27 Saigon Restaurante ......................30 Sakura .........................................30 Save the Dunes Council ................13 Scotty’s Brewhouse ......................28 Scotty’s Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company ......................................53 Scout’s Treat Truck....................... 26 Scratch.........................................26 Service Center for Culture and Community ......................................41 Siam Square .................................27 Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter .........13 Silver in the City ...........................19 Slippery Noodle Inn ......................58 Snappy Dresser ............................17 Soho Café and Gallery .................35 South of Chicago .........................31 Southern Nights Video .................23 SpaceCamp Microgallery ..............43 Spirit & Place Festival ....................45 St. Elmo .......................................27 Strange Brew Coffee House .........35 STUTZARTSPACE ..........................43 Sun King Brewing Company .........53 Swanky Abode .............................20 Tata Cuban Café ..........................34 Tavern on the Plaza ......................31 Teapots ‘n’ Treasures ...................22 The Indianapolis Public Library ......48 Theatre Non Noblis ......................40 Theatre on the Square.................. 40 Three Pints Brewery ......................53 Tobias Theatre .............................49 Tomlinson Tap Room ...................53 Toxdrop .......................................13 Triton Brewing Co ........................54 Turntable Shoppe .........................23 Twenty Past Four & More .............23 Twenty Tap – Craft. Beer. Bar. .....54 TwoDeep Brewing Co ..................54 Uber Boutique ..............................23 Uber ............................................17 Upland Brewing Company ............54 US High Speed Rail ......................10 Value World .................................20 Vibes Music..................................16 Village Experience ........................19 Vine and Table .............................55 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series .......................................45 Voir Art ........................................43 West Coast Taco ..........................26 White Rabbit Cabaret ................... 58 Writers’ Center of Indiana ............48 wUG LAKU’s STUDIO & gARAGE ..43 Yats .............................................28


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