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A PROUD HOOSIER HERITAGE BY LAURA MCPHEE // LMCPHEE@NUVO.NET

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n his first novel, Indianapolis author Booth Tarkington’s idealistic protagonist buys a newspaper in a small Indiana town and immediately sets about righting societal wrongs. The Gentleman from Indiana (1899) tells the story of John Harkless and how he uses his newspaper to expose corrupt politicians, root out racist vigilantes, and rally a complacent citizenry. It’s an early romance novel, so of course young Harkless also gets the girl—but not before also getting himself elected to the State Senate on a ticket of reform. Tarkington’s intersection of journalism and politics as a plot line reflects the rich history of Indianapolis newspaper editors with passionate points of view and deeply held political beliefs. Our city was founded as the state capital and politics dominated much of our public discourse from the beginning. One of the earliest settlers, George Smith, published the first issue of the Indianapolis Gazette in January 1822. Smith was a Jacksonian known for his passionate support of expanded rights among commoners—a popular point of view among the pioneers who prescribed to the “manifest destiny” philosophy behind the expansion of the Western frontier. The pages of his newspaper reflected those beliefs plainly and passionately. Smith eventually turned the paper (now called the Indianapolis Sentinel) over to this stepson, Nathaniel Bolton, who was an unabashed supporter of the Democratic Party and its politicians. By that time, there was a rival Republican newspaper in town, the Indianapolis Journal, whose editor was equally passionate and equally partisan. The rivalry was not limited to the pages of their respective papers. So dedicat-

ed to defending the honor of their party were the editors that a column critical of one or the other was known to result in a street brawl. Local attorney Calvin Fletcher wrote in his diaries of having to bail Bolton out of jail and stand up for him in court after one such fistfight on the sidewalk of Washington Street. More than 100 years later, NUVO’s legendary editor Harrison Ullman would come to personify the temperament and idealism of these early Hoosier newspapermen. His political passion and journalistic integrity took down more than one disingenuous local politician and there were undoubtedly a number of brawls that began over a political disagreement. It’s hard to imagine how any of these newspapermen would react to our current political climate and the pervasive contempt for journalism. While none of them would know what to make of Facebook or Twitter, all of them would have recognized the necessity of speaking truth to power louder and more passionately than ever before. NUVO celebrates its 28th anniversary with this issue, and as much as things have changed in those years they’ve also stayed the same. We’ve never stopped holding those in power accountable, exposing corruption, rooting out racism, advocating for equality and speaking on behalf of those who have no voice of their own. How we publish NUVO may have changed over the past three decades, but not why. Ours is a tradition that goes back to the founding of our hometown, shows up in the literature of our most renowned novelists, and informs every issue of NUVO since March of 1990. We couldn’t be more proud of that heritage. N For more opinion pieces visit nuvo.net/voices

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CBD OIL ACCESS FOR ALL MOVES CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW

PAYDAY LENDING BILL DIES IN SENATE

CBD oil has moved closer to becoming legal in Indiana after action in the Indiana General Assembly.

BY ABRAHM HURT // NEWS@NUVO.NET

House Bill 1214, which allows anyone to purchase cannabidiol, or CBD oil, passed the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee by a 6-2 vote. “I think we’re going to get this done this year,” said Rep. William Friend, R-Macy, author of the bill, in testimony before the committee. Similar legislation, Senate Bill 52, has also passed the House by a unanimous vote. Both bills mandate that the THC level in CBD oil must be no higher than 0.3 percent. THC is the active substance in marijuana that gives users a high. Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, said during the committee hearing that the legislation protects consumers and makes sure that the product is what it says it is. Speaking in support of HB 1214 was Josh Hendrix, treasurer of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable and director of business development for CV Sciences, who sells hemp in Kentucky and has distributors in Indiana. “If you’re not for this bill, I would like to note that the World Health Organization recently came out and said that CBD is non-addictive and non-intoxicating, so there is nothing to be scared of,” Hendrix said. House approval put SB 52 on a faster track to become law. Differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill need to be resolved before it could head to the governor for his signature. —QUINN FITZGERALD

Quinn Fitzgerald is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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controversial payday lending bill has stalled in the Indiana Senate. Opponents of the legislation, which passed the House, argued that it would put some of the state’s most economically troubled citizens at risk. House Bill 1319, which would triple the allowable annual percentage rate, or APR, of unsecured consumer installment loans, passed the House 53-to-41, and it was sent to the Senate Commerce and Technology Committee. Currently in Indiana, installment loans are bound by a criminal loan-sharking cap of 72 percent APR. “I think, clearly, the Indiana Senate is sending a message that they want to move in the direction of protecting our most economically vulnerable Hoosiers,” said Bill Chapman, lobbyist for the Indiana Friends Committee. “We could not be happier about that.” Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, who is the committee chair, decided there would be no hearing on the controversial bill. But one of the lobbyists pushing the bill, Matt Whetstone of 1816 inc., said the issue wouldn’t go away just because the Senate won’t hold a hearing. Whetstone is a former lawmaker. “It’s something we still have to talk about,” he said. “We still have to move forward, and we’re going to keep working that angle and hope legislators, at some point, realize before it is too late that if there’s nothing in the market, these folks are going to end up in a bad spot trying to find this money or hurting themselves more.” The proposed law would have allowed lenders to offer loans of three to 12 months ranging from $605-$1,500 with an APR of up to 222 percent. APR measures the cost of borrowing as well as related

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fees and other charges. The APR for payday loans is often much higher than the advertised interest rate people see when they seek those loans. “This provides an opportunity for people who can’t get loans from banks, maybe can’t get bank accounts, can’t get credit cards, can’t get high-interest loans in the 36 percent range,” said Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, who authored the bill. “It gives them a way to borrow money in an emergency situation and be able to pay it back over time as opposed to within two weeks.” Erin Macey, a policy analyst for the Indiana Institute for Working Families, said these loans are essentially payday loans. The Indiana Institute for Working Families researches and advocates for policies and legislation that help Hoosier families achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency. “Calling it an unsecured loan is a bit of a misnomer because they do take access to your bank account and can debit your bank account on your payday,” she said. “In that way, they have more security in being paid, and they will leave the borrower, typically, without the money to pay for their other expenses.” An individual with an income of under

$17,000 who takes out a loan of $605 for a three-month term would be paying a $91 origination fee and $145 in interest charges and would have a total repayment of $841. Whetstone said the proposed legislation would have saved people with poor credit from seeking loans in the unregulated market. “Those rates we know can be as high as 600 percent APR or higher in some cases,” Whetstone said. “The reason for the bill is to try and bring some level of security to Hoosiers, so they come in under the state, under the Department of Financial Institutions, with a product that’s regulated.” Chapman said this bill would have sent a negative message about business in Indiana. “It is very difficult to reconcile the good things that we do to be a welcoming business community and at the other end we don’t protect our most economically vulnerable Hoosiers,” he said. Chapman said if lawmakers wanted to protect Hoosiers, they should have advanced Senate Bill 325, which would have set a cap of 36 percent on payday loans. That bill never made it out of a Senate committee. He said lawmakers still need to consider the needs of Hoosiers at the lower end of the economic spectrum. “I think the biggest challenge that we have is being able to succinctly answer where do they go, meaning if these loans are not available,” Chapman said. “Where does an individual that is in need of funds go?” N Abrahm Hurt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.


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STAFFING ISSUES, OVER-CENTRALIZATION REVEALED IN LATEST DCS REPORT T BY QUINN FITZGERALD // NEWS@NUVO.NET

he latest report on the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) shows top-heavy decision-making, trouble with keeping qualified and experienced workers, and a shortage of specialized services to deal with substance abuse or mental-health issues. Thursday, March 1, DCS shared preliminary findings of the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group, which has been conducting an investigation of the troubled state agency since January. Since the last briefing on Feb. 1, the group has interviewed a range of people from upper-level management at DCS to case managers and families who are involved with the agency on a regular basis. The Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group is a nonprofit hired by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Administration to review DCS after the former director, Mary Beth Bonaventura, resigned. She said children in the care of DCS are at risk because of lack of resources to care for them. Sue Steib, consultant for the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group, said that of the 141 people interviewed so far, many are optimistic about DCS leadership and the renewed interest from state leaders. She also cited the hardworking caseworkers and supervisors as well as the DCS’ collaboration with other state agencies as pluses. One challenge, however, is how authority has been centralized, often making for unnecessary work for the frontline staff saddled with more paperwork, Steib said, adding that is not unusual in a state system. Other challenges found were a lack of qualified workers, including attorneys, and other services that the clients of DCS might need, such as help with substance abuse or mental-health issues.

Competition for qualified clinicians makes it difficult for provider agencies to hire and retain skilled workers, said Paul Vincent, director of Child Welfare Group. But it’s also a national workforce challenge, he added. “You find in some cases waitlists, or you find interns doing a lot of the treatment of kids and families when preferably it would be from credentialed psychologists or other professionals,” Vincent said. “We don’t know how widespread that is here, but it was an early concern and it resonates because we see it in so many other places.”

The rate of children in out-of-home care in Indiana is 13 children per 1,000, more than double the national average of 5.5 per 1,000. In their initial report, released Feb. 1, they found that a high percentage of children in Indiana end up in state care, more than twice the rate of children in other states. The rate of children in outof-home care in Indiana is 13 children per 1,000, more than double the national average of 5.5 per 1,000. Vincent’s group also found that the DCS data system is out of date. In the next two and a half months, the Child Welfare Group will continue conducting interviews and gathering a variety of data as its researchers develop recommendations to improve DCS. The work will include a survey of the front-

line staff to determine experience and level of education as well as shadowing family case managers and supervisors in five selected regions. These regions are the Lake, Allen, Marion, Vanderburgh, and Clark counties. CWG will spend one week visiting each region, interviewing and observing various groups. “The department actually expanded our proposal to do the field work in four counties to five to make [it] more representative, and [CWG] continues to add respondents to our list of people to interview as they identify people that we also want to contact,” Vincent said. He said the problem now is trying to limit the number of interviews they do rather than not having enough people to talk to. Vincent said legislators asked CWG to conduct a legal analysis comparing parts of the child-welfare-related statutes in Indiana with other states and some other statutes that are specific to both foster care and the child protection areas. The final report will be provided to Holcomb’s office and Terry Stigdon, director of DCS, by June 21. Indiana House Democratic Leader Terry Goodin, D-Austin, praised investigators for talking to everyone involved in the process but said they need to be interviewing Bonaventura, who brought the issue to light. Vincent said that his team hopes to speak with Bonaventura before the work is finished. Goodin also said that the state should be quick to respond to the needs identified in the report, adding, “We cannot and should not stand for anything that costs the life of one more child in Indiana.” N

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e have a lot to be proud of after 28 years of publishing a weekly newspaper. We’re still here, for starters. And we’re still independent and locally-owned. Most importantly, we’re still committed to telling the local stories in news, arts, music, and food that matter most to our friends, neighbors, and guests. One of the things we are most proud of, however, is the nearly 200 men and women who have worked at NUVO over the past 28 years. From that first team of young upstarts in 1990, to the current team of young (and not so young) upstarts, we’ve always been a family. For many, NUVO is the first “real” job after college, a journalistic and cultural boot camp that trains us to go on to many great things. That’s why you’ll find NUVO alumni all across the city. From the symphony to the speedway, The Indy Star to INDYPROV, our former co-workers continue to make our city a wonderful place to live. Here are just a few —

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­— LAURA MCPHEE, NUVO EDITOR

FRAN QUIGLEY, IU MCKINNEY SCHOOL OF LAW // NUVO news editor, reporter 1998–2004

Is there a particular NUVO story or issue

How did working at NUVO influence the

that you remember working on?

work you are doing today?

I was given an enormous amount of time to

I teach health and human rights at IU McKinney

report and write about the Pulliam family selling

School of Law and coordinate the advocacy campaign

What do you remember most about

The Indianapolis Star to Gannett. It was a big

People of Faith for Access to Medicines. As part of

your time at NUVO?

development for the community but not an easy

this work, I still write and publish a good deal. NUVO

The wonderful encouragement to tell the

story for The Star to tell about itself. NUVO gave

editors Jim Poyser, David Hoppe, and Harrison Ullmann

stories of people in the community who were

me the space and the encouragement to report

helped teach me the value of storytelling, even in —

struggling and usually ignored.

it thoroughly.

maybe especially in — writing about public policy or

Is there one story in particular that best

How did your time at NUVO shape your

encapsulates that era for you?

appreciation toward Indy?

from an advocate’s perspective.

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Got kids, dogs, life partners, or work projects you wanna brag about?

I had the privilege of shadowing a single

I realized that Indianapolis has many more

mom raising three young daughters while she

people with progressive political viewpoints than

worked the graveyard shift at White Castle. Her

I thought. To this day, I run into people who feel

up with me ever since. We have three wonderful

experiences — and her eloquent and insight-

like NUVO’s commitment to social justice created a

kids, Sam, Katie, and Jack, who remember scooting

ful observations about them — illustrated the

media home for them to turn to.

around the NUVO newsroom on the roller chairs

I “married up” 29 years ago, and Ellen has put

challenges of the working poor better than any

and watching the designers work — much more

expert or data set could.

interesting than anything their dad ever did!

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WILL HIGGINS, THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR // NUVO editor, 1989–’92

weren’t that mature), a guy who was paid by Eli Lilly and Company to undergo some new experimental drug treatment. People seemed to freak out at this,

What do you remember most about your

but they shouldn’t have because that’s how drug

time at NUVO?

companies test out new drugs. The big reaction

I remember in the early days smoking cigarettes

made me realize that a lot of people were reading

with Kevin McKinney while leaning out a window

our stories. I can picture the guy, the human guinea

on the second floor of our office in the American

pig. He wore one of those English driving caps, and

Building after we’d made some decision or other and

his hobby might have been hang gliding.

wondering if it was the right decision and thinking, “Oh shit.” (We’ve both quit smoking since.)

How did working at NUVO influence the work you are doing today?

Is there a story that best encapsulates that era for you? I can remember our people better than our stories. One person was Harrison Ullmann, whom I’d met in the Red Key Tavern a couple years prior. Harrison had

Today I’m in what my younger self would have called “the belly of the beast.” I’m a writer at The

Indianapolis Star. I am extremely happy here. My colleagues are bright people, they do excellent work. As for me personally, I try to do what I’ve always

a newsletter called the “Indiana Letter.” It contained

tried to do: Show people what a strange, fascinating

his (almost always damning) analysis of the Indiana

place Indianapolis is and sometimes throw out some

General Assembly. Harrison started writing a column

new ideas that could enhance the place.

for us, basically condemning the Statehouse on a weekly basis. He was either completely spot-on or at

Got kids, dogs, life partners, or work projects

least had a good point. He was funny, too. He con-

you wanna brag about?

nected with our readers. He gave us heft, too. When I left for The Star, he became NUVO’s editor.

I am married to the artist Dorothy Stites Alig, and between us, we have four children. Plus, I’m the founder of the American Society of Presidential

Is there a particular NUVO story or issue

Urine Collectors and the founder of the fast-growing

that you remember working on?

sport of linear bocce. I’m an expert tennis player, too,

We profiled a “human guinea pig” (our term; we

but hate to brag.

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JENNY BANNER, SMALLBOX // NUVO sales (and columnist), 1999–2004

something and could produce good content, you were given opportunities.

What do you remember most about

How did your time at NUVO shape

your time at NUVO?

your appreciation toward Indy?

A lot of significant events happened to me per-

Working at NUVO broadened my view of the

sonally and in the world when I was at NUVO. When

city with regard to interesting people doing inter-

I joined the company, the building was in Broad Rip-

esting things. Geographically, it got me out of the

ple, and Harrison Ullmann was the editor. During my

Northside bubble that I grew up in. A Summer Fun

tenure, Harrison passed away, we celebrated the new

Guide was a profile of College Avenue at the time.

millennium, and we moved to the Midtown office. I

A great friend, Jason Yoder, was the photographer,

was in the office the morning of 9/11. That significant

and he essentially catalogued the ecosystem of

moment is also part of my NUVO story. Personally,

College Avenue at the time. That issue captured a

I experienced a world of first moments at NUVO. It

piece of my early adulthood in Indianapolis.

was my first salaried (office) position after college. During this time, I also got married, had my first child,

How did working at NUVO influence

bought my first house, and attended the opening of

the work you are doing today?

every cool venue in town. Life events were happening

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MATT SOMMERS, KLIPSCH GROUP // NUVO distribution manager and designer 1992–’94

I consider myself, at my core, an artist/musician/

I am currently the CEO of SmallBox. Since NUVO

so fast during my time at NUVO; it’s amazing to

was my first “real” job, it played an important role in

reflect on all that happened in those five years.

teaching me so many things that I apply today. I had my first professional mentor at NUVO in my colleague

Is there a story that best encapsulates

Mike Fox. He taught me patience and diplomacy. I was

that era for you?

fortunate enough to expand my roles and respon-

NUVO felt like a family when I was involved

sibilities over the years, which taught me that focus

producer. As senior creative director for Klipsch,

in both the editorial and advertising sides of the

and asking for what I want are two critical ingredients

my work involves design, writing, photography,

house. I was co-writing a monthly music column

of my successful career recipe. You could say NUVO

and A/V production for the global loudspeaker

with one of the designers (LeAnne Maxwell)

launched my career and launched our business. NUVO

What do you remember most about

and headphones brand. We’ve been pissing off the

called “Melody & Harmony.” We reviewed local

was actually the very first SmallBox client!

your time at NUVO?

neighbors together for decades. Over the years,

music as non-musicians. People loved and hated

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with some

that column. We had no credibility in the space

Bonus Fun Fact: I was the first person on the

family. They were truly dedicated to their craft and

incredible people and projects, such as our Rock

other than being friends with musicians and

NUVO staff team to get pregnant and ask for a

interested in doing good things for the community.

and Roll Hall of Fame sponsorship. The NUVO ex-

interested in music. But that was the freedom

maternity policy. That first NUVO baby (Ramona)

Some are now lifelong friends. Also, NUVO gave

perience got me engaged as a designer, musician,

that NUVO embraces. If you were interested in

is now 17 years old!

me the opportunity to design on a computer for

and creative by providing valuable foundational

the first time. I had a Mac Classic with a nine-inch

skills that I use every day at Klipsch. I also proudly

screen and very early digital layout programs.

serve on the board of directors of two nonprofits,

We still did manual paste-up back then. It was

Girls Rock! Indy and the Klipsch Museum of Audio

like boot camp; I definitely honed my production

History. It’s always about the music.

The people were amazing, like an extended

design chops.

Got kids, dogs, life partners, or work How did your time at NUVO shape your appreciation toward Indy? NUVO showed me that this city is a fine place in

projects you wanna brag about? My partner, Holly, and I are working artists and proud parents of four fine young adults begin-

which to live, work, and raise a family—full of sto-

ning their own life journeys. We make art and

ries, culture, and excitement. We have great music

music from our home studio under the watchful

and restaurants, art and events, and amazing peo-

eye of our pup, Niles. Over the years, there have

ple doing good things. And as NUVO’s distribution

been many gallery shows for conceptual pieces,

manager, I had to learn my way around all areas of

installations, sculptures, paintings, sound art, pho-

Indianapolis. That skill is with me to this day. I’m

tography, and other mediums. With 50-plus solo

never lost or bored here.

albums and many more with various bands (both playing and producing), I feel firmly rooted in our

How did working at NUVO influence the

vibrant local music scene. You can find my music at

work you are doing today?

mattsommers.net.

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BILL SKAGGS, INDYPROV // NUVO promotions and marketing, 2000–’05 What do you remember most about your time at NUVO? The family atmosphere and beer Fridays. Also, 9/11 happened during my time at NUVO, and it was the most surreal day working for media.

Is there one story in particular that best encapsulates that era for you? I was always so proud of our writers and the social justice work they did. But something else that makes NUVO special is the outreach it does for the small-business owner or the non-chain organizations. I loved doing Best of Indy because it was giving a voice to the Indy people.

How did your time at NUVO shape your appreciation toward Indy? I appreciated the local businesses more. I understood how much hard work, time, and passion goes into those businesses. Now, being

How did working at NUVO influence the work you are doing today? As part of my job at NUVO, I helped with in-house ad campaigns and took an improv class to spice up my creativity. That class led to me forming INDYPROV and now doing that work full-time. If it weren’t for NUVO, I would definitely not be where I am now.

Is there a particular issue that you remember working on? I was consumed with most of the special guide issues and those were a blast to work on. There were so many stories and covers that were standouts to me. There was one cover about race issues that had a very controversial cover that really stands out.

Got kids, dogs, life partners, or work projects you wanna brag about? I’ve been in a relationship with my partner Tony for over ten years. He’s my right-hand man with INDYPROV. I couldn’t do it without him.

a business owner myself, I respect the hard work and dedication that goes into that.

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HUMBLE BRAGS

JIM WALKER, BIG CAR & TUBE FACTORY ARTSPACE // NUVO photographer/photo editor, 1994–2006

Former NUVO Staffers on What We’ve Done Best

What do you remember most about

Simply surviving could be considered an accomplishment, but becoming relevant and staying relevant are truly great accomplishments.

your time at NUVO? I really loved the feeling of the Broad Ripple location and how it reminded me of my college newspaper days (which were only a couple of

—WILL HIGGINS (EDITOR, 1989–’92)

years before I started freelancing for NUVO). I started as a full-time staffer in the new building,

NUVO’s most important work is providing alternative, advocacy journalism to a community that needs it. It’s vital to shine a light on both injustice and the overlooked. NUVO often starts conversations that instigate change.

so I remember being part of NUVO growing up and getting a little more serious. I was lucky to work with so many talented people who remain some of my best friends. Andy Fry, who was a graphic designer at NUVO at the time, is one example. He went on to great things in music and

—MATT SOMMERS (DISTRIBUTION MANAGER AND DESIGNER, 1992–’94)

NUVO has remained afloat through daunting challenges and provided a vital alternative source of local news, arts, and culture coverage for far longer than many would have predicted. —SCOTT HALL (MANAGING EDITOR, 1992–’93)

Recognizing the people and groups in our city who make a valid difference for greater good. —RITA KOHN (CONTRIBUTING WRITER, 1995–PRESENT)

then helped make Big Car a success and remains such an important part of everything with Big Car and a great friend.

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Is there one story in particular that best encapsulates that era for you? Andy and I teamed up on a cover story I wrote

AMBER STEARNS, IUPUI // NUVO news editor, 2014–’17

production staffs stayed up through the night to

and shot about how Wal-mart was a devastating

write, lay out, and design a paper that went to print

force. His design was and is always so generous and

at like 4 a.m. or something. And it still made it to

quiet and beautiful. He doesn’t have an ego about

What do you remember most about

newsstands on time. It was difficult to watch unfold

it and makes things work right for the reader and

your time at NUVO?

personally; I’ll be the first to say the results were

the user and the viewer. When we teamed up on

not what I wanted, but professionally, it was one of

that project, I knew I always wanted to work with

my proudest moments.

Andy forever.

I remember the comradery among the staff— people from all different departments working close together to create an incredible product week after week. The family atmosphere in the workplace

How did your time at NUVO shape your

Is there a particular NUVO story or issue that

NUVO — and Kevin as its leader over all of these years — has made vital contributions to journalism, localism, activism, community organizing, the environment, and art and culture in our community!

was stellar and comforting.

appreciation toward Indy?

you remember working on?

—JIM WALKER (PHOTOGRAPHER/PHOTO EDITOR, 1994–2006)

had a personal effect on me, but probably the biggest

Enabling the voices of the marginalized to be heard. —FRAN QUIGLEY (NEWS EDITOR/WRITER, 1998–2004)

Persisting to be an alternative voice in the community during economic challenges. [Publisher] Kevin McKinney has put his heart, soul, and money into ensuring the Indianapolis community has had another perspective every week for 28 years! —JENNY BANNER (SALES, 1999–2004)

Thanks to NUVO, I have an allergic reaction to

My most memorable story experience was one

Is there one story that best encapsulates

chain restaurants now. LOL! I have a greater ap-

I wrote as a freelancer where I walked across the

that era for you?

preciation for all things local—food, entertainment,

city from 465 to 465 on Washington Street with

culture, everything.

my friend Greg Weber, who is a police officer and

There are so many stories that I’m proud of and

a poet. We wrote and I took pictures (I was still

one would be “Transathlete,” my cover story profile

How did working at NUVO influence the

using a film camera). And we started noticing we

of Dominice, a transgender girl who wants to play

work you are doing today?

were following a guy in a security guard uniform.

I am the assistant director for strategic com-

We saw him come out of the plasma center and

found impact on me personally. Although her family

munications at IUPUI. I see this institution as one

then go to the check-cashing place and then go

has left Indiana, we still keep in contact. She and her

of the bedrocks of Indianapolis. The education,

to the tobacco store. We talked to him, and he

entire family are a part of my family now, too.

community engagement, and influence it has on

walked out there from the RCA Dome after his

the local community are beyond bounds. I think my

shift, sold his blood, cashed the check, bought

Is there a particular NUVO issue you

time at NUVO helped me develop that true sense

cigarettes, and then walked back to rest up a little

most remember working on?

of community, and in turn it allows me to help

before his next shift. Walking the city in this way,

IUPUI develop and tell a better story for itself. The

talking with people, and really getting to know

November 2016. As a weekly paper that publishes

missions and strength in leadership at both NUVO

this place firsthand really set me on a direction of

for distribution Wednesday morning, recognizing

and IUPUI are similar, and as a result, I’m all-in in

loving cities and realizing a little more about what

the huge importance of that election and the desire

terms of taking pride in the work that I do. It makes

life is like for people.

to have our efforts be relevant, the editorial and

me work that much harder.

basketball and be happy as a girl. Her story had a pro-

Without a doubt, our election coverage issue for

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and continue to try to work together more and do what’s

HUMBLE BRAGS Former NUVO Staffers on What We’ve Done Best

best for the people of Indianapolis and Indiana. We need to work hard to do what we can here at home because the bigger picture for America is certainly one with many challenges. Thank you to NUVO—and to Kevin as its leader over all of these years—for its vital contributions to journalism, localism, activism, community organizing, the environment, and art and culture in our community!

SHAUTA MARSH, BIG CAR & TUBE FACTORY ARTSPACE // NUVO arts writer, 2004 What do you remember most about your time at NUVO? When I was a teenager in the late 1990s, I had my walls covered with NUVO stories, Steve Hammer’s columns, and the “News of the Weird.” NUVO really shaped my politics, brought to my attention local issues, and it was when I started to see how much art matters. The first cover story I wrote for NUVO about artists Jose Di Gregorio and Christopher Arnold was such a huge deal to me. Seeing my name in print, in a publication // PHOTO BY ESTON BAUMER

How did working at NUVO influence the

all kinds of artists in their spaces. I really enjoyed

work you are doing today?

that, and it helped make possible Big Car and other

Working at NUVO set many things in motion

projects I worked on since leaving journalism.

for my work with Big Car—getting to know artists of all kinds, such as writers, visual artists, theater

Got kids, dogs, life partners, or work projects

folks, musicians, designers—as well as city leaders,

you wanna brag about?

nonprofit leaders, civic leaders, activists. As the

Things have turned out great for Shauta, and

photographer, I was able to get to know people

me, and our family. Our two wonderful kids attend

in a really nice, comfortable, and personal way

Herron High. We love working and living in Gar-

(without having to do all of the work of writing).

field Park. My commute to work at Tube Factory is

Many of those connections—as well as connections

literally a walk in the park. Hard to beat that. And

with other staff members, folks who freelanced and

we have an awesome team of 15 artists working

interned with us (such as Zach Shields)—have been

with us on our Big Car Collaborative projects and

such important people in my life since the very

an incredible board that is really committed to

beginning when I started cold calling the office and

what we’re doing. And I’m excited that Big Car

ended up talking to Steve Hammer and getting

now has an FM radio station—99.1 WQRT. And we

assigned some things.

have all kinds of things going on in our neighbor-

One of my favorite things as staff photographer was doing all of the portraits for the arts guides. I made a lot of connections and friends visiting

hood and, now, around the state. I’m excited about where our city is going. And I’m hopeful that people will get past competi-

that was such a formative influence on who I am, made me cry. I’m a pretty sentimental person, so even though we were pretty broke, I bought a black, silk dress with the money. I still wear that

NUVO shines a light on organizations and people making a difference in our communities. The Cultural Vision Awards gives that credit to the movers and shakers of Indy, and I’m so proud to see those people highlighted for their work. —BILL SKAGGS (PROMOTIONS AND MARKETING MANAGER, 2000–’05)

Opening the eyes of the community to issues not covered by the mainstream media, showing marginalized groups that someone sees, someone hears, someone cares. —LORI LOVELY (CONTRIBUTING WRITER, 2000–PRESENT)

The support NUVO has provided to so many nonprofits is its biggest achievement — bringing attention to the incredible work of so many organizations in our city needing help getting their message out. —SARAH MYER (SALES AND MARKETING, 2004–’11)

I majored in journalism. They told me back then that print was dead. Lasting 28 years is remarkable. —KATE FRANZMAN (MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS, 2004–’09)

dress for luck.

How did working at NUVO influence the work you are doing today? To have NUVO on my resume led to many opportunities. After NUVO, I worked for Christopher Pfouts at International Tattoo Art Magazine. Then when he started a new magazine focused on pop surrealism, Stretching Canvas, I worked as the managing editor. Every experience built upon the other; as a reader of NUVO and as a writer for NUVO, it gave me the tools to do what I do today as director of programming at Tube Factory artspace.

Got kids, dogs, life partners, or work projects you wanna brag about? Jim Walker and I have two kids, Vivien, 17, and Max, 15. Out of anything I’ve ever done or ever will do, I’m most proud of being their mom.

NUVOs greatest accomplishment is the fact that it’s still thriving and adapting to what media looks like in 2018 — social media influence, digital messaging, etc. —MEAGHAN BANKS (EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER, 2014–’15)

The fact that NUVO is still here and still true to its mission after 28 years is amazing to me. It is a respected staple in the community that I’m proud to say I was a part of for a brief moment in time. —AMBER STEARNS (NEWS EDITOR, 2014–’17)

A continued focus on environmental, social justice, LGBT, and reproductive rights is one of NUVO’s greatest achievements. —ED WENCK (MANAGING EDITOR, 2013–’16)

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SARAH MYER, INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA // NUVO sales and marketing, 2006–’11

MEAGHAN BANKS, INDIANA PACERS // NUVO events and promotions manager, 2014–’15

Is there a particular NUVO story or issue that you

What do you remember most about

What do you remember most about

involved with the Mass Ave Criterium and Cultural

your time at NUVO?

your time at NUVO?

Vision Awards. These issues were always fun to

remember working on or one that had a memorable reaction in the community? During my time at NUVO, I was heavily

NUVO was a family to me, and I remain close

NUVO was my very first full-time job post-grad-

plan for and even more exciting to hold in hand

with many people I met there. I was so inspired

uation. I was so excited and blessed to have found

by who I worked with—the work ethic of Mary

a job that mirrored my field of study (tourism, con-

Morgan, the determination of Laura McPhee, the

ventions, and event management). Being eager to

How did your time at NUVO shape your

dedication of Kevin McKinney, the passion of Jim

learn and work made my time at NUVO enjoyable,

appreciation toward Indy?

Poyser. I was very lucky.

challenging, and memorable.

on release day.

Through working with sponsors and sponsoring events, I was able to develop relationships and

Is there a story that best encapsulates

Is there one story that best encapsulates

partnerships with many organizations and individ-

that era for you?

that era for you?

uals, many of which I still work with to this day.

One of my fondest memories is the time we

I was working at NUVO during the 25th anniver-

What are you doing now professionally?

did our Best of Indy celebration at that brand-

sary and had the honor of planning the celebration

new brewery in town, Sun King. The mix of what

that took place at the Old National Centre. The party

happened at that party was everything I loved

featured components from each of NUVO’s beats,

for the Indiana Pacers. My main responsibilities

about NUVO—seeing a local business grow,

i.e. food, music, news, etc. Red Boxes were decorat-

are to provide account management and unique

honoring people who do great things in our com-

ed by local artists and displayed at the celebration,

experience for our Loft Members and contractual

munity, and putting on an event that challenged

local DJs performed throughout the evening in

suite accounts during Pacers and Fever games

the heck out of us!

partnership with Deckademics, delicious food was

and included concerts/events.

I am currently a premium experience manager

served, and cocktails were flowing!

Is there a particular NUVO story or issue that you remember working on? The 20th anniversary issue, hands down. It gave me so much respect to see all that NUVO had covered in our community and how much NUVO had been a part of in Indy. I loved meeting former employees, hearing stories, and reading about the issues facing our city over the past 20 years. Also, the staff at NUVO works extremely hard, and it was rewarding to be reminded, “Oh yeah, this is why we do this.”

How did your time at NUVO shape your appreciation toward Indy? When people ask how I got so obsessed with Indy (yes, I’m obsessed), I always credit NUVO. It was my first job after I graduated from Butler, and at the time, Butler kids didn’t get off campus or out of Broad Ripple much. Many moved away after graduation. When friends would visit, we’d go to festivals, concerts, restaurants—you name it. They’d be SHOCKED at all there was to do here. And I learned about all of these through NUVO and its ability to stay connected to what is happening in Indy. Also, NUVO really stressed supporting local. So you were forced to learn about the local scene and support it immediately. I loved that.

How did working at NUVO influence the work you are doing today? While at NUVO, I learned about the ISO’s Happy Hour series, and I immediately contacted them because I wanted NUVO to sponsor it. That sponsorship turned into me being on their FORTE (ISO’s young professionals group) Board and their marketing committee. One day, I got a call that they had a position open, and I went for it. I knew after NUVO, I’d want to do something that was local and important to the culture of our city. It was a perfect opportunity. I’m now the vice president of marketing for the symphony.

Got kids, dogs, life partners, or work projects you wanna brag about? I have an amazing job at the ISO, have an awesome life living Downtown, and am the strongest and most confident I’ve ever felt. Let’s just say, my 2018 self would have a lot of advice for the 2011 NUVO self. I am grateful for the experiences I had at NUVO. They inspired me to be the woman I am today and to continue dedicating myself to the Indianapolis community.

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KATE FRANZMAN, BEE PUBLIC // NUVO marketing and promotions coordinator, 2004–’09 What do you remember most about

own. I’m pretty introverted, so I don’t think I could

your time at NUVO?

have covered as much ground on my own, but

NUVO was my first job out of college. I didn’t par-

having a reason to talk to strangers and a brand to

ticularly like college or have a typical “finding myself”

represent really helped me get out there. I only hope

college experience. NUVO not only introduced me

I was just as helpful in return.

to Indianapolis, I often describe it as a cultural boot camp. I got to know myself (maybe rather publicly)

How did working at NUVO influence the

and my interests. I forged a lot of long-term friend-

work you are doing today?

ships and professional partnerships at NUVO.

I was interested in the environment and social justice issues but never on a local level before.

Is there one story that best encapsulates

And never did I think I could make an impact. Now

that era for you?

I manage two urban farms and grow food for a

We were really experimenting with digital media.

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LAUREN GUIDOTTI, INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY // NUVO promotions and marketing, 2010-14 What do you remember most about your time at NUVO? My biggest takeaway has been gratitude to have been there when I was, with the people I worked with at the time, and have that be my first “big kid job” out of college. I was among some of the smartest, funniest, and most loyal and dedicated people you could ever imagine. There is no possible way I could be where I am today without having had that foundation. We were truly a family.

Is there one story in particular that perfectly encapsulates that era for you? I think I would have to say every Best of Indy issue NUVO puts out. From putting together the ballots, collecting the results, writing the blurbs, laying out and reviewing the paper, notifying the winners, planning the party, distributing winners’ plaques. It. Took. Everyone! The paper was such a labor of love and once it hit the streets, well, let’s just say it got people talking!

How did your time at NUVO shape your appreciation toward Indy? There is no doubt in my mind, if it weren’t for my time at NUVO, I would not have my job today. As a transplant from northwest Indiana, I can’t imagine

how I ever could have become so connected to this city had I not worked at NUVO right out of college. My current role is entirely based around community partnerships, and the majority of the professional (and even personal relationships) I have are thanks to my days there.

How did working at NUVO influence the work you are doing today? I work for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as community outreach manager. Looking back, partnering with community organizations was such a natural thing for us to do when I was at NUVO. Collaborations were critical to the success of our events and programs. Now that I’m older, more

local restaurant group and for food-insecure kids. I

Social media was a fairly new thing 10 or so years

also have my own project called Bee Public. I keep

ago, especially for organizations. So we did a lot of

honeybee hives in public spaces around Indianapolis

weird stuff online. For example, the Kate and Ray

and teach kids and the community about the im-

video series. In 2018, you wouldn’t think much of a

portance of pollinators and ways we can help. Being

brand producing a video series; it’s kind of a given

surrounded by coworkers with a passion for these

now to produce video content, but it was a bit of un-

issues really shaped my future. NUVO absolutely

charted territory back then. I think my favorite was

gave me the activist bug.

the State Fair video we made. Incredibly corny and derivative, but I think at the time, we truly thought

Got kids, dogs, life partners, or work projects

we were the first people to think of it.

you wanna brag about?

How did your time at NUVO shape your

time while working for NUVO. I was handing out

appreciation toward Indy?

NUVOs at the back of Spin (formerly The Patio),

I met my partner, Vess Ruhtenberg, for the first

I didn’t know Indianapolis at all when I started. I

and he was playing a show (probably Beta Male or

got to explore it from the inside out, meeting local

Action Strasse, but we don’t remember). Seven or

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aware, and work among people like Mark Miles and Allison Melangton, I realize this approach is what has made Indianapolis so unique compared to other cities. It’s why we are able to pull in the major events that we do.

Got kids, dogs, life partners, or work projects you wanna brag about? Thanks to NUVO’s Best of Indy party in 2013 on Georgia Street, I ended up meeting the guy that five years later (took him long enough) would become my fiancé! I guess I owe NUVO even more than I realized! No human kids yet but we have a blended family of fur babies. Work projects are in full effect now that we are less than 100 days out from the 102nd running of the Indy 500!

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MARCH FIRST FRIDAY: WHERE ARE THE WOMEN?

Visits to Cat Head Press, Fountain Square Clay Center, and the Harrison Center BY JENNIFER DELGADILLO // ARTS@NUVO.NET

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t’s Women’s History Month, and every artist I had a chance to talk to about his work happened to be a man. Not a great way to set the tone for the month, but nonetheless, it was a night filled with good work. Now, I wasn’t able to attend every gallery opening in the city, so I just hope somewhere in the city women enjoyed representation. There is an interesting juxtaposition of styles at the WVM group show in the Middle Space Gallery at Cat Head Press on display through March 31. The show features work by sculptors Steve Moore and Nick Witten, as well as custom fabricator and furniture-maker Chris Vorhees. Back in January, I had the opportunity to see the work of Nick Witten for the Thumb Gun show at StorageSpace, and it left me in a contemplative state from considering iconography derived from the white working class and products of ingenuity born from necessity as sources for artwork. An example of Witten’s work dealing with these subjects is the papier-mâché, foam, and spray-painted sculpture of an upside-down trash can with a mailbox attached to it titled “Mailbox #1.” Also notable was the broken iPhone video installation, “Untitled,” where a neon-green sweatshirt lies on the pavement as it burns. The video broadcasts the feeling of life going in a shitty direction, spiraling out of control. “I was mostly interested in fluorescent yellow that is very popular in fashion and the color construction workers wear to be seen on the side of the road,” said Witten. “I’m continuing to figure out what that means. How do I talk about it without exploiting it?” I then headed over to the Fountain Square Clay Center for a much-needed pick-me-up

of coffee and decorative art. The show Coffee, Mugs, and Pour Overs consisted of 15 different potters challenged with interpreting the concept of “pour over.” Visitors enjoyed artists’ interpretations of communal pots, coffee sets, and Chemex-shaped pottery. “This is my first time making pourover pottery. It was all about learning the technicalities — flow and drain rate — to allow coffee to be as effective as possible,” said ceramicist Tim Compton. “You can buy the one that is mass produced in China, but it won’t be the most exciting.” Farther north in the city, at the Harrison Center, I made my way in through the City Gallery, where graphic design artist Josh Betsey has a solo exhibition titled Waking Dreams. “This show is about my journey to becoming part of the art scene in Indianapolis and getting people to love it as much as I love it, being from the East Coast,” said Betsey. The designs consist of slogans about Indianapolis that Betsey connects to imagined landmarks, such as in “Heartland Stardust” where a sign reminiscent of Las Vegas designates 317 Land (i.e., Indianapolis) “A City of Dreams.” “I have a theory that what makes a place great or impactful is the type of imagery that is part of the landscape,” said Betsey. “Indy needs more destination landmarks that make people feel like they’ve arrived.” At the Harrison’s Speck Gallery, a mysterious filmmaker and video artist going by the name of KWA presents an entire gallery filled with large works extracted from an abstract video. The works can only be fully

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plein air ventures. (All the aforementioned shows at the Harrison are on view through March 30.) As I made my way out of the gallery, I ran into my friend and artist Kipp Normand, who invited me to visit the artist studios upstairs. Normand and artists Johnny McKee and Josh Rush had taken a selection of works from their studios for a relaxed display of old and new works. The hallway was crowded and beers were being “HEA RTLA ND STAR DUST ” BY JOSH BETS EY // passed around. There were appreciated when seen through 3D two paintings Normand reglasses that are available. ally wanted me to see by landscape painter According to the artist’s statement, the Rush, but the two said paintings stand out images are printed at cinematic scale and for not depicting typical landscapes. are meant to explore the space between One of the paintings is a bit hidden from stimuli and response and the way each of us view and was hanging high inside the artist’s reacts to it. studio. It portrays a blond woman sleeping in The main attraction of the evening at the a bedroom where the night light is dancing Harrison Gallery and Gallery Annex was Juson the floor, side tables, walls, and bedsheets. tin Vining’s solo exhibition, In the Moment. The second one is entitled “Text Me.” In it, The exhibition consists of a wide variety of Rush’s wife is seen inside a yellow bedroom, painted landscapes, houses, familiar city holding her phone, legs folded, on a bed of places, and even a few small paintings of tousled sheets. fruits and vegetables. “I took the picture, and it took me a year The variety of work selected for In the to paint it,” said Rush. “We were negotiating Moment seems curated with Vining’s status our schedules at a hostel in San Francisco.” as prolific, hot seller in mind, with the gallery With that painting in mind, I called it space set up to accommodate as much work a night. It seemed to me the perfect note as possible. In a move that seems particuto end the busiest art night of the month. larly bold, there is also a display of the easel A small detail of life, kept, cherished, and and other materials the artist employs in his worked into something beautiful. N


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A WITNESS TO HISTORY

YEARS

Billie Breaux Speaks on King and Kennedy as Part of OnyxFest BY DAN GROSSMAN // DGROSSMAN@NUVO.NET

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ighty-one-year-old Billie Breaux has never forgotten the events of April 4, 1968. It was the night Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died, and Breaux, a young campaign volunteer, was in the audience when Robert F. Kennedy broke the news to the Indianapolis crowd. Breaux will share her memories of that night in the opening event of OnyxFest, a celebration of African-American voices in theater, at IndyFringe. “I can see the flowers,” she says, recalling Kennedy’s announcement — and his subsequent speech — which took place at 17th and Broadway Streets. “I can still see the truck; I can still see the people crowded on that stage. And it was a really cold rain. It was so dark.” Robert F. Kennedy came to Indianapolis during a stop on his presidential campaign. Breaux, a public school teacher at the time, was working as a volunteer on the campaign. That work placed her in a downtown hotel alongside other volunteers busy preparing for Kennedy’s arrival. “My husband picked me up,” she says. On the way to the rally, the news of King’s death was broadcast over the car radio. “It was one of those things that you hear, but you don’t really know [if it’s true]. So when I got there, I’d heard it but I didn’t really believe it. “I remember Bobby Kennedy coming in, standing on this truck. He asked us to put our campaign signs down. He wanted to talk to us. And that’s when he told us.” Breaux says that at that moment, a sigh went through the crowd. “And he just proceeded to talk to us as a friend, as a father, as someone who really cared. I think it was the first time, I am told, that he ever mentioned his brother being assassinated. But again, it was the sincerity of his speech and also the words that he used. … How many people do you know who would come to talk to ghetto people as

if we were people, nothing else, just some people who were hurting?” Breaux acknowledges that Kennedy’s speech helped bring peace to the streets of Indianapolis rather than the violence that did erupt in other cities after the news of King’s assassination. “He said we could face this with hate or we could face this with love,” says Breaux. “He asked us to go home and say a prayer for his family, for Martin Luther King’s family, but most of all, for America. It was a calming kind of thing, and I don’t think people were thinking about riots even though I understand that there were people there who were prepared to do just that.”

“He asked us to go home and say a prayer for his family, for Martin Luther King’s family, but most of all, for America.” —BILLIE BREAUX

Breaux was born in Elkhorn, West Virginia, on June 23, 1936. After graduating from West Virginia State, she moved to Indianapolis in 1958 to take a position as a legal secretary with the first integrated law firm in Indianapolis, Richardson, Lewis, Hosea, and Allen. “I had just given birth to my daughter, and I got this call asking me if I wanted to take this position in Indianapolis,” she says. “I knew no one.” The firm may have been integrated, but the city was not. “We all had realized that even though we were not faced with ‘Negroes only’ signs, there were certain places we could not go in Indianapolis,” she says. “I remember the first time I tried to eat at an eating place and had

made reservations for it. And we got there of course, they said they couldn’t serve me.” Breaux says the events surrounding the night of King’s death and Kennedy’s speech had an effect on her subsequent career. “It encouraged advocacy on my part in terms of speaking out,” she says. “I wasn’t thinking that I would wind up doing anything politically because that was not on my agenda, but once you get involved, saying what needs to be said, people take notice.” Breaux became the first two-term president of the Indianapolis Education Association and became a state senator. Her work was crucial in the recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a celebrated holiday in the state. One of her proudest achievements in Indiana state government is the result of her work on the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to increased healthcare access for minorities. “We were able to get that put in the statute of state government so that they would always be funded,” says Breaux. Billie’s daughter Jean is currently a state senator in the Indiana General Assembly. Breaux will be one of three panelists speaking about the events of April 4, 1968, and the subsequent impact on their lives at Jabberwocky, presented by IndyFringe and Storytelling Arts of Indiana in partnership with Kennedy King Memorial Initiative. It is the first event of the seventh annual OnyxFest, featuring plays by African-American playwrights. “I often tell young people [who say] I’m not going to get involved in politics, well, whether you want to or not, you’re involved in the political system,” she says. “You’re not born until you have a birth certificate that says you were born on such and such a day. If you don’t have that, forget it.” N

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NEARLY THREE DECADES OF INDIANAPOLIS CUISINE An Eye-Opening Look Back at NUVO’s Food and Drink Coverage BY CAVAN MCGINSIE // CMCGINSIE@NUVO.NET

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verything is right in the world when you eat at Peter’s, except for one thing: the price.” An anonymous NUVO cuisine writer wrote this in February of 1998, referencing the highly lauded restaurant of Peter George at Keystone at the Crossing. This unknown soul also gave us some extremely useful information by including the prices of nearly everything on the menu. And once I read through them, I found that the sentiment was correct but in reference to two decades later. Peter George, in case you are unaware, is now one of the owners of Tinker Street, a restaurant I am lucky enough to frequent. And as I read through the prices on the menu at Peter’s, I was blown away because I know the prices at Tinker Street. Let’s just say, with the inflation in the price of goods over the past two decades, we are getting an absolute steal when we dine out now, which is a likely reason we are losing restaurants left and right because we refuse to pay for quality food. For example, the article says yellowfin tuna costs $29; a quick glance at Tinker Street’s menu shows that right now you can go there and get yellowfin tuna with tahini-cabbage slaw, smoked shoyu, mushroom dashi, and pineapple for how much? You guessed it, folks: $29. Indiana duckling in 1998 cost $25; 20 years later, duck at Tinker Street is $26. Peter George thinks this has played a major role in the shuttering of so many businesses over the past few years. “I think our industry has kind of bastardized ourselves,” he says. “And by that, I mean we’ve

“Can you imagine how much more we’re paying for that yellowfin tuna now than we were then?” —PETER GEORGE

kind of played into the hands of the consumer instead of saying, ‘Hey, this is what this costs, and if you want it you’re going to have to pay for it. ... I think that’s one of the reasons that we’ve seen a lot of the fallout; it’s because we’re not charging enough for what we’re doing.” George rhetorically asks, “Can you imagine how much more we’re paying for that yellowfin tuna now than we were then?” He then explains that since 1998, the costs of rent, utilities, employee wages, equipment, and, yes, the ingredients have all at least doubled. To give you perspective, the average cost of a gallon of gas in 1998 was $1.06; now, it’s at least double and at one point was quadruple. Now, of course, the costs of food and gas aren’t going to directly correlate, but they do have rather similar fluctuations because all of our food is shipped in vehicles that use gasoline. Tinker Street’s chef, Braedon Kellner, explains how they’re able to keep the prices low and still squeeze a small profit out of items. “We got criticized when we first opened that everything was super small on the plates, and everything was small, but you weren’t paying more than $20.” Now, due to criticism, Kellner has had to up the portions of protein on the plate, in some instances double, so the

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prices had to be raised, but he was unable to double the prices. So, Kellner says, they are forced to lose profit on some items. “There are some things that we know we might take a small hit on, but with the business model, we might be able to price item A a little bit higher to cover for item B.” The fact is, there’s no way that our local restaurants can continue to serve quality food at these prices and stay alive. It’s laughable the margins at which restaurants are forced to work. As George says, “It has certainly given us pause and concern. It’s a tough business right now and getting tougher.” We, as consumers, must be willing to spend more in order to allow our bar and

restaurant scenes to thrive. And if we learn anything from this, let’s just say that everything is right in the world when you eat local, except for one thing: the price—it’s way too low.

NEW, NOTEWORTHY, AND NO LONGER OPEN The more I read into the past, the more I recognized just how dire our local food scene is, especially in terms of supporting our local businesses. One of the most notable things came while reading through our 2008 Dining Guide. I came across the “New and Noteworthy” section, and of the 10 places that we had chosen, only one had lasted a decade. The list includes Zing, Pikk’s Tavern, Tomato Pie, Z’s Oyster Bar, Indy Cigar Bar, Creation Café, Gusto, Oishi Sushi, Donique African Restaurant and Bar, and the only one that is still around, Mo’s Irish Pub up in Noblesville, which, unsurprisingly, is a chain. Now, I must personally admit that out of those 10 restaurants, I had only eaten at five of them, including the Pikk’s Tavern that is still in operation in an original location in Valparaiso. And for that I felt a sense of being part of the problem—even though I had very little disposable income as a college kid in 2008. The fact is, one person going to a restaurant isn’t going to save it. It has to be a large, regular group of people that is choosing to eschew chain restaurants and their low-quality, uninspired food and instead supporting our local restaurants that focus on local ingredients and create food through artistry. And, of course, restaurants are going to continue to close, local and chains. The fact


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also remains that sometimes local restaurants just aren’t good; maybe the food is mediocre, maybe the service is poor, or maybe the owner is good in a kitchen but bad at business. There are numerous factors that play into restaurants closing. But when nine out of 10 of the most exciting and new restaurants in a year are gone in less than a decade, it surely is a sign that we truly aren’t doing our job as consumers in supporting local.

NUVO’S FIRST FOOD STORY The first NUVO ever to hit the press came out in 1990; it was the week of March 14–21. Gorbachev had just been elected the first president of the Soviet Union, the largest art theft in U.S. history was taking place in Boston, people were ready to celebrate St. Pat’s, and NUVO writer Joseph Vitale was ready to talk about some pizza. The first story in the NUVO Cuisine section was titled “Slicing Up the Pizza Market: A Complete Meal on an Edible Plate.” In the piece, Vitale shared his love of two Indianapolis mainstays,

establishments that are still going strong: Bazbeaux and Some Guys. Vitale kicked off by saying, “It hasn’t been all that long since Hoosiers discovered pizza could be had with something on the crust other than tons of tomato sauce and sausage-mushroom-erother” [sic]. He then went on to explain his love of the magical pies at Bazbeaux that still enthrall us today. He also shared that Bazbeaux recently brought some “Ripple Magic” with it when it opened a second location Downtown. Reading his descriptions of Bazbeaux showed just how little it has changed over the years; the biggest difference is we don’t call balsamic vinegar “that condiment of the Yuppies.” He then jumped straight out of Bazbeaux and into Some Guys Pizza and Pasta with a kitschy anecdote about the name: “Expect to explain yourself when telling friends you ate at ‘Some Guys’ the other night.” It’s a dad joke before people called them dad jokes. The gist of the article was Some Guys has really good pizza and pasta, a solid wine selection, and a nice bar next door to go to while you wait because there is always a wait. Funnily enough, as I’m typing this, the keys on my Macbook are glistening in the light from the Some Guys Pizza I’m currently eating, and when I went to pick the pizza up, we went next door for a pint at Time Out Lounge while we waited. Some things change, some things—often great things—stay the same. N

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t this point in my life, I should’ve learned to always abide by the old adage “never judge a book by its cover.” But I admit when I heard the name Gangstagrass, I immediately wrote the band off as a novelty act without hearing one note of their music. I’m pleased to report that I was mistaken. Gangstagrass is a serious and sincere exploration of the meeting point between bluegrass and rap music. The band’s roots stretch back to the early 2000s when Gangstagrass founder Rench began mixing honky-tonk country tunes over hip-hop beats. For Rench, it was a natural fusion. He’d grown up listening to hip-hop with his friends at school by day and digging his dad’s George Jones and Buck Owens albums at home by night. After releasing a handful of countrified hip-hop projects under the name Rench, adding bluegrass to the mix seemed like a natural progression. I caught up with Rench via phone in advance of Gangstagrass’ upcoming March 17 appearance at The Hi-Fi.

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equipment outside of the cities to the rural places and began making the first recordings featuring banjo, fiddle, and guitar, there wasn’t much of a distinction between the Black players and the white players. But the record labels were thinking about the music from a marketing standpoint and how they were going to sell it. So they created two categories; the stuff for white audiences was called hillbilly music, and the stuff for Black audiences was called race music or race records. There were instances where the same band’s music was put out under both these labels, under different names, and marketed as two separate things. So I’ve definitely opened my eyes a lot on this journey about how much all of this music goes back to the same place.

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Gangstagrass for over 10 years now. What have you learned about the relationship between hip-hop and Appalachian music during that time? RENCH: I’ve learned so much since I’ve been doing this project. I’ve come across so many stories about musicians who’ve always been crossing these streams and cross-pollinating musical styles. People tend to think of country music as a traditional, white music, but country singers were learning their techniques from Black musicians, and Black musicians were learning things from white musicians. There was all this intermixing happening despite the conception we have of these separate marketplaces and separate demographics. Much of that was created by the record industry. The industry created separate record labels and separate radio stations from the beginning. I’ll share one thing I’ve learned by tracing the roots of the music, and this goes back to the 1920s before bluegrass. When record companies first took recording

credibility of Gangstagrass, I want to mention a few of the MCs you’ve worked with. That list includes iconic hip-hop names such as Smif-n-Wessun, Dead Prez, and Kool Keith. I’m curious how an artist such as Kool Keith reacts when you call him up and ask, “Hey, do you want to jump on this bluegrass track with us?” RENCH: I find that a lot of hip-hop artists and a lot of hip-hop audiences are very open to these collaborations because hip-hop has always been about crossing different streams together. If you go back to the early days in the Bronx, hip-hop was created by cutting together records from pop bands and disco bands with Kraftwerk and all kinds of things that DJs started cutting together. So most MCs don’t bat an eye when I bring the idea to them. It’s totally fine by them. In fact, Smif-n-Wessun were really into it and were really amazing to work with. They keep in touch with us and check in to ask about new projects. That’s why they’ve ended up being featured on a couple albums in a row. N


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hen Dave Grove initially formed The Run Up in late 2016 from a combination of friends who are members of popular Indianapolis punk bands Lockstep and Think Tank, he already had half an album of material written. But election results in November conspired to shift his focus. “Donald Trump got elected president and I was obviously taken aback,” Grove explains. “I started looking at the lyrics of my songs and saying, ‘This changes everything.’ And I literally went through and rewrote lyrics to some songs to reflect what had just happened. After the Orlando shooting, I’d written ‘500 Guns.’ And along with all the Keystone Pipeline stuff was when I wrote ‘Black Snake Killers.’ After many shootings by police officers against young Black men, I wrote ‘Race War.’ It just started falling more in that direction.” These songs and a few of the less political ones, including “Living in the City” and Grove’s punk love song to Indianapolis, make up The Run Up’s stellar debut The Other Side, which the band debuted this past Saturday in front of a packed Punk Rock Night audience at the Melody Inn. “I was pleasantly surprised since we were the only local act on the show,” Grove says of the response they received for the album release. “I didn’t know how good the turnout was going to be. It definitely felt packed in the club [that] night, and everybody stayed to the end. The show flowed really well; all the bands were really good, and nobody played too long, which I think was a real key. I think a lot of the time when bands play clubs like the Mel, anybody who tries to play too long, you really blow the flow of the whole show.” What really stands out about the album

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“Donald Trump got elected president and I was obviously taken aback. I started looking at the lyrics of my songs and saying, ‘This changes everything.’” —DAVE GROVE

itself is how well the band manages to capture their live sound in a studio setting despite having recorded the album piece by piece in layers. The album’s best feature is the band’s gang-style backing vocals, which Grove says they recorded all in one night into a single microphone. “Literally the first day of recording was Craig [Meenach] and I recording the bass and drum tracks together to get a good bed track going,” he says. “When we fin-

ished those we brought Michael [Allen] in and recorded all his guitar parts, and then with a scratch vocal already laid down, we got everybody together in a room and all of us just howled into one microphone to record most of the backing vocals. A lot of the bass stuff I recorded during the bed tracks got kept for the final album. So it was really us playing live together in a room, and as much of that vibe as I could keep in there was going to stay there. A lot

of that ended up happening.” The Other Side will be available at future shows on CD, he says, which will be the only way fans can get a copy of The Run Up’s cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” (for obvious streaming reasons). But the rest can also be streamed or purchased via Bandcamp. “We literally just got the physical CDs the day before the show,” Grove says. “So we’ll have them at all our shows, but honestly we’re just as happy if you find us on Bandcamp and spread the word that way as well.” None of the members of The Run Up are strangers to the Melody Inn stage in any form, and at this point in his life, Grove says the band’s ultimate focus is on playing shows for those who want to hear their music while maintaining a healthy sense of reality as to where punk rock can actually take them. “At this point, I’m in my late 30s. I’m not under the delusion that I’m gonna go on tour, get discovered, get signed, and be in some huge punk band,” he says, laughing. “This is a glorified hobby, and it’s one of the best hobbies you could have because you get to hang out with friends, create something, and have fun. That’s really all I’m out here to do. I don’t really need to go and be homeless for a month, just as long as I get to play the Mel every couple of months and do maybe some regional shows and play for people who really want to hear us. That’s all I really want to do.” N NUVO.NET // 03.07.18 - 03.14.18 // MUSIC // 19


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The men who work on offshore oil rigs perform demanding, dangerous tasks on a regular basis. If they make mistakes, they may get injured or befoul the sea with petroleum. As you might guess, the culture on these rigs has traditionally been macho, stoic, and harddriving. But in recent years, that has changed at one company. Shell Oil’s workers in the U.S. were trained by Holocaust survivor Claire Nuer to talk about their feelings, be willing to admit errors, and soften their attitudes. As a result, the company’s safety record has improved dramatically. If macho dudes toiling on oil rigs can become more vulnerable and open and tenderly expressive, so can you, Aries. And now would be a propitious time to do it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): How will you celebrate your upcoming climax and culmination, Taurus? With a howl of triumph, a fist pump, and three cartwheels? With a humble speech thanking everyone who helped you along the way? With a bottle of champagne, a gourmet feast, and spectacular sex? However you choose to mark this transition from one chapter of your life story to the next chapter, I suggest that you include an action that will help the next chapter get off to a rousing start. In your ritual of completion, plant seeds for the future. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): On April 23, 1516, the Germanic duchy of Bavaria issued a decree. From that day forward, all beer produced had to use just three ingredients: water, barley, and hops. Ever since then, for the last 500+ years, this edict has had an enduring influence on how German beer is manufactured. In accordance with astrological factors, I suggest that you proclaim three equally potent and systemic directives of your own. It’s an opportune time to be clear and forceful about how you want your story to unfold in the coming years. CANCER (June 21-July 22): What’s your most frustrating flaw? During the next seven weeks, you will have enhanced power to diminish its grip on you. It’s even possible you will partially correct it or outgrow it. To take maximum advantage of this opportunity, rise above any covert tendency you might have to cling to your familiar pain. Rebel against the attitude described by novelist Stephen King: “It’s hard to let go. Even when what you’re holding onto is full of thorns, it’s hard to let go. Maybe especially then.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his book Whistling in the Dark, author Frederick Buechner writes that the ancient Druids took “a special interest in in-between things like mistletoe, which is neither quite a plant nor quite a tree, and mist, which is neither quite rain nor quite air, and dreams, which are neither quite waking nor quite sleep.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, in-between phenomena will be your specialty in the coming weeks. You will also thrive in relationship to anything that lives in two worlds or that has paradoxical qualities. I hope you’ll exult in the educational delights that come from your willingness to be teased and mystified. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The English word “velleity” refers to an empty wish that has no power behind it. If you feel a longing to make a pilgrimage to a holy site, but can’t summon the motivation to actually do so, you are under the spell of velleity. Your fantasy of communicating with more flair and candor is a velleity if you never initiate the practical steps to accomplish that goal. Most of us suffer from this weakness at one time or another. But the good news, Virgo, is that you are primed to overcome your version of it during the next six weeks. Life will conspire to assist you if you resolve to turn your wishy-washy wishes into potent action plans — and then actually carry out those plans. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the 2002 film Spiderman, there’s a scene where the character Mary Jane slips on a spilled drink as she carries a tray

full of food through a cafeteria. Spiderman, disguised as his alter ego Peter Parker, makes a miraculous save. He jumps up from his chair and catches Mary Jane before she falls. Meanwhile, he grabs her tray and uses it to gracefully capture her apple, sandwich, carton of milk, and bowl of jello before they hit the floor. The filmmakers say they didn’t use CGI to render this scene. The lead actor, Tobey Maguire, allegedly accomplished it in real life — although it took 156 takes before he finally mastered it. I hope you have that level of patient determination in the coming weeks, Libra. You, too, can perform a small miracle if you do. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot was a connoisseur of “the art of roughness” and “the uncontrolled element in life.” He liked to locate and study the hidden order in seemingly chaotic and messy things. “My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents,” he said. “Yet when I look back I see a pattern.” I bring his perspective to your attention, Scorpio, because you are entering a phase when the hidden order and secret meanings of your life will emerge into view. Be alert for surprising hints of coherence. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I suspect that in July and August you will be invited to commune with rousing opportunities and exciting escapades. But right now I’m advising you to channel your intelligence into well-contained opportunities and sensible adventures. In fact, my projections suggest that your ability to capitalize fully on the future’s rousing opportunities and exciting escapades will depend on how well you master the current crop of well-contained opportunities and sensible adventures. Making the most of today’s small pleasures will qualify you to harvest bigger pleasures later. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you saw the animated film The Lion King, you may have been impressed with the authenticity of the lions’ roars and snarls. Did the producers place microphones in the vicinity of actual lions? No. Voice actor Frank Welker produced the sounds by growling and yelling into a metal garbage can. I propose this as a useful metaphor for you in the coming days. First, I hope it inspires you to generate a compelling and creative illusion of your own — an illusion that serves a good purpose. Second, I hope it alerts you to the possibility that other people will be offering you compelling and creative illusions — illusions that you should engage with only if they serve a good purpose. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I do a lot of selfediting before I publish what I write. My horoscopes go through at least three drafts before I unleash them on the world. While polishing the manuscript of my first novel, I threw away over a thousand pages of stuff that I had worked on very hard. In contrast to my approach, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison dashed off one of his award-winning stories in a single night, and published it without making any changes to the first draft. As you work in your own chosen field, Aquarius, I suspect that for the next three weeks you will produce the best results by being more like me than Ellison. Beginning about three weeks from now, an Ellison-style strategy might be more warranted. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): According to my assessment of the astrological omens, you’re in a favorable phase to gain more power over your fears. You can reduce your susceptibility to chronic anxieties. You can draw on the help and insight necessary to dissipate insidious doubts that are rooted in habit but not based on objective evidence. I don’t want to sound too melodramatic, my dear Pisces, but THIS IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY! YOU ARE POTENTIALLY ON THE VERGE OF AN UNPRECEDENTED BREAKTHROUGH! In my opinion, nothing is more important for you to accomplish in the coming weeks than this inner conquest.

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