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he only original function of the hat saying Trump was “vulgar, if not profane.” was to hide an elderly man’s hair that Messer, unlike Rokita, was a riser in was running low on spray. Now, three House leadership and has been a player candidates fighting for the Republiin the Republican National Committee. can nomination for U.S. Senate in Indiana The RNC was less than excited about the are also fighting for the right to wear the Trump nomination in 2016. It is easy to MAGA hat. lump Messer in with the lukewarm recepTwo of them are current members of the tion the national party gave a candidate U.S. House, Todd Rokita and Luke Messer. most thought would have a difficult time Both have conservative voting records. winning in the general election. They argue some about it, as their records Braun has a history of voting in Demoare not identical, but differentiating them crat primaries. would be about as easy In summary, none of these as choosing between two guys were Trumpers. Now, houseflies. Because of however, they are sadly trying The third candidate is to become just that. WatchTrump and the a former member of the ing it has been a little like Indiana House of Represenembarrassing watching three sophomores tatives, Mike Braun. He is desperately trying to get way that also conservative, though into the “cool crowd” when voting records cannot be politicians that crowd is flunking out of compared, and there’s no high school. have tried reason to do so. He is every Because of Trump and the bit as conservative as the to corner his embarrassing way that politiother two. have tried to corner his voters all across cians If a Republican primary voters all across the country, voter is voting for the “conthe country, campaigns like this have servative” on May 8, any of become all about nothing. campaigns like them will do. The exhaustive attempt But that’s not what this this have become to brand themselves as the campaign is about. It is like Trump leaves a all about nothing. most about who is more likely rational voter with nothing to support the “Trump meaningful to support. UlAgenda.” This is a game that timately, I don’t believe the is superbly strange to watch because there strategy will work on Nov. 6 for whoever really is no way to mimic a president who wins this thing on May 8. can’t stay the course. It’s tough to fight to After all, it’s an ugly red hat. These three be the most Trumpian when being that don’t have hairdos Trumpish enough to changes day to day. need to wear it anyway. So, here’s an idea: These three Indiana Senate candidates don’t. N had political brands of their own before Michael Leppert is a public and governNovember of 2016. None of those brands mental affairs consultant in Indianapolis matched up with the president’s brand. At and writes his thoughts about politics, least not at the time. government, and anything else that strikes Rokita supported Sen. Marco Rubio early him at MichaelLeppert.com. on in the presidential campaign and in a February 2016 interview was quoted as
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PUSHING BACK POVERTY Faith & Action Conference Focuses on Solutions BY MICHAEL DABNEY // NEWS@NUVO.NET
arrell Perry of Indianapolis is a handyman. He does plumbing, painting, yardwork, and an assortment of odd jobs. He’s slender, has a mostly shaved head, smokes, and drives an SUV with an engine that occasionally cuts out. The 61-year-old lives with his girlfriend, Mary, and they eke out an existence near the federal poverty line. So life isn’t easy. “But I get by,” he says with an amazing cheerfulness despite his financial struggles. Christy Johnson, 45, is about to start a new job next week in the medical records field. She moved to Indianapolis 20 years ago in search of greater economic opportunity. “It’s bad here, but back home, in rural Kentucky, it’s worse,” says Johnson, referring to getting by on little money. To Johnson and Perry, poverty is not some abstract concept or mere statistics found in studies and analyzed on governmental or nonprofit websites. It’s real and it’s personal. It affects their lives and the lives of others close to them. “I was able to get my foot in the door at Anthem 20 years ago,” says Johnson, who has a daughter in high school. “But they [today’s high school graduates] can’t do that. There are no jobs in Indianapolis for people with just a high school degree. There’s only retail and fast food, which don’t pay nothing. So what are they supposed to do?” The Faith & Action Project hopes to address that and similar issues in its second annual spring conference, Push Back Poverty, to be held on Thursday, April 26 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. The conference will “help individuals and organizations working on poverty issues to escalate their work,” according to Faith & Action Director Lindsey Rabinowitch. The Christian Theological Seminary
WHAT // Push Back Poverty Conference WHEN // Thursday, April 26, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. WHERE // St. Luke’s United Methodist Church TICKETS // $20 registration (waivers available)
started Faith & Action two years ago, in part Leadership Development for the Union to address the worsening rate of poverty in Theological Seminary’s Kairos Center. the Indianapolis area. But everyone involved in battling pover“No effort to turn back the tide of poverty knows it’s a daunting task, both here in ty will succeed unless we also examine the Indianapolis and across the country. “And barriers that keep so many people trapped the rate of poverty in Indianapolis is worsin poverty,” Christian Theological Semiening at a significant clip,” Kincaid says. nary interim President Bill According to the SagaKincaid said in a statement. more Institute’s 2017 “Public “This conference will dissect “The rate of Good Index,” the percentage barriers such as unemof Indianapolis residents livpoverty in ployment, poor education, ing in poverty jumped from incarceration, and a lack of Indianapolis is 11.8 percent in 2000 to 21.3 affordable housing and seek percent in 2015, an increase worsening at a to inspire, enable, and build of approximately 80 percent. on creative solutions.” significant clip.” Unlike other Midwest Roughly, 400 people from cities such as Detroit or across the region attended —BILL KINCAID, INTERIM Cleveland, the population PRESIDENT OF CHRISTIAN in Indianapolis continues to the conference last year, THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY and similar numbers are exgrow. The bad news is from pected this year. In breakout 2000 to 2015, the additional sessions in the afternoon, more than 20 85,000 residents living in poverty in Indiaspeakers will highlight effective measures napolis roughly match the city’s population in addressing employment, education, growth over the same period. service navigation, and mental health Some 28 percent of all children under 18 and health care, including Willie Baptist, in Indianapolis are living in poverty, which co-coordinator of Poverty Scholarship and is the second-highest rate in the state. And
nearly 105,000 schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced-fee lunch, the highest level in Indiana, according to state statistics. Stats related to the lack of education or access to health care are just as worrisome, Rabinowitch says. The conference keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Hinton, the award-winning author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America. She will address issues of poverty, racial inequality, and the barriers to employment and rehabilitation. With 1 in 11 Black men in America under some form of penal control, Hinton asks, “How did the ‘Land of the Free’ become the home of the world’s largest prison system?” Kincaid hopes that conference participants will network and learn from others what strategies work in addressing issues related to poverty. And that they will come away feeling “renewed, refreshed, and focused.” If they could attend, both Johnson and Perry say they would remind attendees that good-quality education and access to good-paying jobs are important keys to combating poverty. But unfortunately, they can’t attend. Their daily fight for financial survival takes precedence. Johnson starts a new job three days before the conference, and Perry hopes he will be painting at a Northside house that day. N
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SWEDISH CRAZE PLOGGING HITS INDY
Yelp Partners with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to Kick Off Week of Events Dedicated to Indy Nonprofits BY BRIAN WEISS // BWEISS@NUVO.NET
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irst, it was IKEA. Now it’s plogging. A play on the Swedish phrase plocka upp, meaning to pick up trash, plogging is a new fitness trend that encourages people to pick up trash while jogging. And Hoosiers wanting to give it a try will get their chance on Earth Day. In an effort to introduce more Central Indiana residents to local nonprofits, Yelp Indy has partnered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) and Downtown Indy for Yelp Plogs for a Cause, the first in a series of events being held by Yelp during its first-ever Yelp Helps Week, taking place April 22–28. For Yelp Indy’s Community Manager Niki Kingston, partnering with KIB was a no-brainer. “We both aim to see our local community grow and develop and love to dream big in the process,” Kingston said. “We’ve partnered with them in the past, and therefore when we created Yelp Helps Week, it seemed only natural for us to join forces.”
Yelp is encouraging both people that use their service and those that don’t to get involved during the week. “There are hundreds of amazing nonprofits in Indianapolis and also hundreds of simple ways that individuals can make an impact in their own time,” Kingston said. “With so many involved Yelpers in Indianapolis, it is our social duty to give back to the community we’re passionate about.” As for details on how to plog, curious joggers will gather at Round Town Brewery on Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. to receive gloves and trash bags before embarking on a 3-mile jog around White River State Park. Their goal is simple: pick up as much trash as they possibly can. “I was looking for ways to bring plogging to Indy, and it just happened to line up with Yelp’s Help Week, which I think is a great way to kick off the entire week,” KIB’s Director of Marketing Ashley Haynes said. While KIB, the Indianapolis affiliate of
Keep America Beautiful, has been an organization for more than 40 years, plogging has never been one of the projects it has offered. Haynes said the event will offer people a new, fun way to get involved in their community. “It’s nice to see people who might not traditionally be doing cleanups have an opportunity and an avenue to engage with cleaning up and taking care of our city,” Haynes added. Earlier this month, Haynes was contacted by the local Pokémon Go community, a group that gathers monthly to play the free, location-based phone app in different areas around the city. She said their enthusiasm about participating in the plogging event shows that there is a social movement around helping make the local community a cleaner, more beautiful place to live. The plogging event isn’t the only event that Yelp and KIB have partnered for during Helps Week. Twice a year KIB hosts a Great Indy Cleanup, among many other cleanups
throughout the year, and this year’s first event happens to fall on the final day of the Yelp Helps Week. On top of cleaning up a part of the city, Yelp will donate $1 to KIB for every person that checks in on the Yelp app at the Great Indy Cleanup, which takes place Saturday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon starting at the Garfield Family Aquatic Center. “That money will go right back to the Great Indy Cleanup program to provide more gloves for volunteers, trash bags, and other supplies,” Haynes said. The money will come in handy, as KIB has more than 150 cleanup events slated for the month of April alone. Other events during Yelp Helps Week include a Wine & Kind Night with Indy Acts of Kindness on April 24, a Storage Unit Switchover with U-Relish on April 25, and a Bingo, Bake-Off at The Ronald McDonald House on April 26. Go to Yelp.com for a complete list of events. NUVO.NET // 04.18.18 - 04.25.18 // THE BIG STORY // 7
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HONORING MOTHER EARTH A Local Guide to Earth Day 2018 BY NUVO EDITORS // EDITORS@NUVO.NET
t’s been nearly 50 years since the annual observation of Earth Day began. While officially recognized on April 22, a week of eco-themed events culminates on Saturday and Sunday, April 21–22. This year’s global Earth Day theme is End Plastic Pollution with a focus on changing attitudes and behaviors toward plastic consumption. With more than 300 million tons of plastics sold each year with 90 percent of that plastic ending up in landfills, the pollution generated is increasing exponentially. Organizers hope to raise awareness about the magnitude of the problem—from poisoning marine life, disrupting human hormones, littering landscapes, and clogging waterways—as it now threatens the survival of the planet. Banning single-use plastics, reducing fossil-fuel dependence, and tackling the literal mountains of trash are top priorities, as is instilling a sense of personal responsibility at the consumer level. Find out how you can be part of the solution and learn more about the End Plastic Pollution campaign at earthday.org. If you’re looking to get your green on close to home this week, there’s plenty to choose from. Here are 10 great options ranging from bikes to burritos and a whole lot in between.
ECO-FILM: BIDDER 70
loveliest green spaces. All ages are welcome to
EARTH DAY INDIANA
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 7 P.M., OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHOLIC CHURCH A compelling documentary, Bidder 70 tells the
help remove invasive plants, pick up limbs, and perform general park cleanup. Gloves, tools, and
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 11 A.M., MILITARY PARK
The city’s largest and oldest Earth Day celebra-
story of Tim DeChristopher, a young activist who
tion returns with local food vendors, kids’ activi-
disrupted a highly disputed Utah BLM oil and gas
RECYCLE RUN AND WALK
ties, over 125 exhibitors, live music, and a 5K run/
lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands
walk. Free bike parking from Pedal and Park until
of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 12 P.M., MILITARY PARK, REGISTRATION: $25–$30
for oil and gas leases. See the consequences and
Join the 5K run along a scenic downtown route
Wahlers (12:55–1:40 p.m.) and Sarah Grain and
how he accomplished his goal. Free.
including the banks of the White River and
Billions of Stars (3:15–4 p.m.).
4 p.m. Musical performances include Cara Jean
the Urban Wilderness Trail or enjoy the more
FREE NATIONAL PARK ADMISSION
relaxed 1-mile walk. Organizers have covered
EARTH DAY AT THE JCC
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, ALL NATIONAL PARKS
every eco-angle, including unused participant
Earth Week and National Park Week join forces
medallions recycled from other races around
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 12 P.M., ARTHUR M. GLICK JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
by waiving park fees nationwide. Here in Indiana,
The seventh annual Earth Day celebration at
you can choose from three: Indiana Dunes,
the JCC returns with more than 65 hands-on,
George Rogers Clark Park, and the Lincoln Boy-
IUPUI “ROLL OUT” RIDE
environmentally friendly activities from almost
hood National Memorial.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 9–11 A.M. BLACKFORD AND NEW YORK STREETS
50 exhibitors, food trucks, as well as live music
HOLLIDAY PARK VOLUNTEER WORK DAY
Rather ride than run? Join this zero-carbon tour
ket will be open, and there will be a community
of Indy’s Cultural Trail before the big festival at
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 9 A.M., NATURE CONSERVANCY AT HOLLIDAY PARK
Military Park. Bring your bike, board, or blades (and your helmet) between 9–11 a.m. for a
Spend the morning giving back to Mother
self-guided tour of the city.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2 P.M., ZIONSVILLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Nature and helping to maintain one of the city’s
on the WTTS stage. Also, the JCC farmers mar-
Sponsored by the Hoosier Environmental Council,
BY WAYNE BERTSCH
the festival provides educational information and activities that celebrate backyard gardening, native plants, and pollinators as well as encourages community members to more fully experience nature and engage in sustainable living practices. Educational and interactive exhibits for adults and children, live music, and giveaways.
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You’re going to eat anyway, so do it at an Indiana
Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (HIPL),
Chipotle next Wednesday. Fifty percent of the
Indiana’s nondenominational earth-care initiative,
proceeds will go to the Hoosier Environmental
is holding a rally this week to oppose a looming
Council. Note: You must specifically request the
rate increase for customers of Indianapolis Power
donation at the time of your order. It will not
and Light. Find out more at www.hoosieripl.org.
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t’s hard to imagine a day when more music lovers are united than on Record Store Day. Yeah, sometimes that means waiting in line a little longer than normal for that record you wanted or maybe even camping out on the dewy spring sidewalk for a couple hours to get your hands on one of the many exclusive Record Store Day releases. Nevertheless, it’s usually worth it just for the sake of celebrating music with fellow fanatics. Much like the rest of the world, Indianapolis always has a slew of exceptional free in-store performances to check out in tandem with this day of frivolous vinyl consumption. In fact, some might say (this writer included) that Record Store Day is the best chance to discover new local music every year in the city of Indianapolis. With this being said, NUVO put together a list of 18 local performances to check out over the course of this year’s Record Store Day weekend. So now you have no excuse. Get out there and support all of our city’s stellar local talent.
CHIVES INDY CD & VINYL, 7 P.M. SATURDAY Although they’ve been through several iterations over the years, this Indianapolis band has always consistently been known for making one helluva ruckus. With songs that are often characterized by spastic, pulsing psych grooves, Chives somewhat regularly draw comparisons to Australian band King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, whom they actually opened up for a few years ago.
JOMBERFOX SQUARE CAT VINYL, 7:30 P.M. SATURDAY Featuring members of longstanding Indianapolis band Blue Moon Revue, this dynamic rock ’n’ roll act released their debut full-length, Parade, four years ago on Record Store Day. With a sound that feels right at home in the Midwest, Jomberfox especially thrives in a live setting, making the most of each and every peak and valley in their songs.
KEVIN KRAUTER LUNA MUSIC, 2 P.M. SATURDAY A member of the Indiana band Hoops, Kevin Krauter has consistently impressed with his solo output. On his 2016 Changes EP, he can be heard playing catchy yet tender acoustic tunes à la Belle and Sebastian. Now, less than two years later, Krauter appears poised to make his next solo leap, with a new album
slated for a June release on notable indie label Bayo-
INDY CD & VINYL, 4:15 P.M. SUNDAY
net Records (Beach Fossils, Frankie Cosmos).
This 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Fort Wayne
A DAY TO LISTEN TO LOCAL 18 Local Acts to Check Out on Record Store Day Weekend 2018 BY SETH JOHNSON // SJOHNSON@NUVO.NET
finished as the runner-up on season 13 of NBC’s
The Voice, with the help and support of Adam
INDY CD & VINYL, 1:40 P.M. SUNDAY
Levine, her longtime coach on the show. Described
Formerly a member of the band Slothpop, Kristin
by the Maroon 5 frontman as a unicorn, Addison
Newborn has been playing shows as KO for several
Agen plays a delicate style of indie folk music à la
years now, continually impressing with her tenacious
Damien Rice. Later this summer, Agen will perform
vocal range. Having recently returned from China
on a much bigger stage when she plays the Farm
after more than a year in the country, Newborn is
Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
currently serving as the first artist-in-residence at
on June 17.
LangLab South Bend. Fans can also find her performing on Saturday at LUNA Music as a member of
the band White Moms.
INDY CD & VINYL, 5:15 P.M. SUNDAY Known for their playful psych rock sound, this
Indianapolis band recently celebrated the release
SQUARE CAT VINYL, 8:45 P.M. SATURDAY
of their latest full-length, Metamorphasize. For the
This Indianapolis funk band would have put a smile
album, BYBYE teamed up with My Morning Jacket
on the face of one James Brown. Known for laying
guitarist Carl Broemel, who added some mesmer-
down irresistible grooves, Louie Louie will surely
izing steel guitar work to Metamorphasize. Stand-
keep that pep in your step after a long day of
out Indianapolis saxophonist Jared Thompson also
record shopping. The author of this list is also quite
makes a few appearances on the album, making
fond of the series of IN Covers they did with Musical
the listening experience even more euphoric.
Family Tree, where the band put their own spin on legendary Indy funk outfit The Highlighters.
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CARL BYERS AND ANNIE SKINNER, OWNER OF INDY CD & VINYL // PHOTO BY ESTON BAUMER
MIKE ANGEL, OWNER OF SQUARE CAT VINYL // PHOTO BY ESTON BAUMER
TODD ROBINSON, OWNER OF LUNA MUSIC // NUVO FILE PHOTO
Mudkids may be one of the only groups on this list
also play regularly at the Chatterbox on the fourth
berg has played in several quintessential local acts
INDY CD & VINYL, 6 P.M. SATURDAY
that date back to the MySpace days. Don’t miss this
Tuesday of every month.
over the years, from United States Three to the
A longtime Indiana staple, Mark Tester’s local music
very special reunion, marking the group’s first show
ties go as far back as Ari Ari in Muncie and as
in nearly a decade.
recent as Creeping Pink in Indianapolis. He also was
Zero Boys. Although he had decades of experience
in the Indy music community, it took him until 2017
LUNA MUSIC, 5 P.M. SATURDAY
to finally release his own solo full-length. Titled
a part of the much-loved psych rock band Burnt
THE RESOURCE NETWORK
Although they’ve only been around for a few years,
Tremendous Downtime, the 11-song album is both
Ones, which came up in Fountain Square’s Cata-
LUNA MUSIC, 12 P.M. SATURDAY
this band (also stylized as S-E-R-V-I-C-E) has more
political and vulnerable, ultimately showcasing
racts community, before eventually migrating out
One of Indianapolis’ most exciting new rock acts, The
than enough rock ’n’ roll experience to go around,
Ruhtenberg’s songwriting at its best.
West and linking up with John Dwyer and Castle
Resource Network, features former members of the
with members that include Jilly Weiss (formerly of
Face Records. Now back at it in Indianapolis, Tester
now-defunct garage-punk band Video Grave. Much like
We Are Hex), Russell Simins (also of Jon Spencer
is exploring atmospheric soundscapes with his solo
their previous band, The Resource Network straight
Blues Explosion), Sharlene Birdsong (formerly of
SQUARE CAT VINYL, 1:15 P.M. SATURDAY
work, which can be heard via a cassette label he
up shreds, whether they’re on an actual stage or just
Thee Tsunamis), Mitch Geisinger (also of Chives),
Fronted by Natty Morrison and his intensely
started with longtime collaborator Landon Caldwell
in someone’s living room. Their Parquet Courts-esque
and John Zeps (formerly of more bands than we
demanding stage presence, this supercharged
called Medium Sound.
sound can be heard on a 2017 EP titled Blueprints.
can list). The band’s raw, in-your-face sound can be
post-punk band released their debut album, LPVV,
heard in a collection of demos they have posted on
via Lafayette-born label Jurassic Pop Records in
Musical Family Tree.
2017. With songs that are often characterized by
INDY CD & VINYL, 2:30 P.M. SUNDAY
SQUARE CAT VINYL, 10 P.M. SATURDAY
From coordinating a hip-hop festival to hosting his
Trevor St. Aubin, Fred Miller, and Thomas Sargent
band is also set to open up for Yonatan Gat at State
own cooking show, the man known to most as Oreo
make up this Indianapolis three-piece, which
LUNA MUSIC, 3 P.M. SATURDAY
Street Pub in May.
Jones has made his fair share of magic happen in this
describes its sound as “a soulful collision of alt-rock
One of the most reliable bands out of Indiana
fine city over the past five years. Now on to a new
and swampy ambience.” Having grown a strong
over the past decade, this Bloomington-based
chapter of his music career, he’s chosen Michael Rain-
following in the Indianapolis area over the past few
garage-pop group continued their streak of solid
LUNA MUSIC, 4 P.M. SATURDAY
tree as the moniker for a solo project that explores
years, Saint Aubin released a five-song EP titled
albums with the 2017 release of Wet via locally
About five years ago, Dimitri Morris, Kristin New-
R&B through a blown-out, acid-drenched lens. You
They Say You Are a Giant in 2016.
based label Warm Ratio. Known for writing irresist-
born, Oreo Jones, and Sharlene Birdsong came
ible hooks, drummer/vocalist Dave Segedy is never
together to start a group, eventually deciding to
SARAH GRAIN & THE BILLIONS OF STARS
shy about letting his love for basketball slide into
call it White Moms because all four members are of
INDY CD & VINYL, 12:50 P.M. SUNDAY
songs. In fact, he even has a song about Dennis
color but have white moms. As one thing led to the
Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars combine a
Rodman featured on an upcoming release titled
next, the supergroup of sorts eventually released
LUNA MUSIC, 6 P.M. SATURDAY
myriad of genres into one, including Americana,
Play It Cool.
an album called White Wine, which earned them
Indianapolis hip-hop may be the strongest it’s
bossa nova, folk, jazz, and rock. This unique
ever been right now, but the city certainly owes
combination of sounds can be heard on the band’s
after being in China, the four-piece band appears
homage to this legendary group. Fronted by Rusty
debut full-length, Something Wild, which came out
LUNA MUSIC, 1 P.M. SATURDAY
poised to share their self-described soul-clap sound
Redenbacher and his glowing stage presence, the
last September. Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars
An Indianapolis rock ’n’ roll legend, Vess Ruhten-
with even larger audiences.
can also catch Oreo performing at LUNA Music on Saturday as a member of the band White Moms.
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4/20 JOINTS WORTH HITTING Pro Tips for Friday’s Dance with Mary Jane BY IAN McPHEE // IAN@NUVO.NET
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WHERE TO SHOP A little-known secret among the pothead community is that you can actually smoke all kinds of other herbs out of many of the products intended solely for tobacco use. This well-maintained, top-secret loophole allows those who get down on the ganja to partake in ways that have beyond surpassed the old-fashioned paper doobskies that you used to find in your grandpa’s garage ashtray. They got high-tech, space-age science weed shit. To enter these fine establishments, you must show I.D. and be at least 18 years of age. Remember, they’re called water pipes, not bongs! Don’t talk about things in the store that are illegal, like smoking weed, ya big dummy.
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o paraphrase a cinematic masterpiece, I know you don’t smoke weed. I know this, but I’m going to get you high today ’cause it’s Friday. It is 4 muthafuckin’ 20, tomorrow is Record Store Day, and you don’t got shit to do. It seems as if getting stoned is more socially acceptable than ever these days, to the point where I swear I watched an anchorwoman hit a joint live on air last New Year’s Eve. Maybe not. I don’t know; I might’ve just been really faded...It’d be a lot cooler if she did. And while weed and the like may be totally chill in some parts of the world, it is still definitely illegal in our fine state. Despite the fact that this past year Indiana legislators Charlie-Brown’s-teacher-tromboned ever closer to the sweet sound of decriminalization, we are still far away from seeing changes to our weed laws anytime soon. See, when people buy and sell each other illegal drugs, especially nonaddictive and potentially life-saving drugs that are dirt cheap and literally anyone can learn to produce, it disrupts the status quo and the overall power structure of big, scary men in scary buildings like the one that pumps the putrid egg smell into the Near Southside air. If these dudes had to compete with something naturally bountiful and noncommercial like weed, they’d lose money and the sleeper hold they have via pharmaceuticals. Combine that with the problems posed by our industrialized prison complex, and things get...hazy. Cue a Bob Dylan song or something. Fuck. That kind of shit stresses me out, man. And that’s why I smoke, dude. Anyway, in honor of the late, great Tom Petty, I’ll roll another joint and get to the fuckin’ point and teach you all about… forgetting where you were going with any of this.
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WHERE TO FIND IT Finding weed can often be the tricky part. But fear not, young grass-copper. You know that friend who always kind of smells like a bunch of cats peed on a block of stanky old cheese that’d been sprayed by a dead skunk but, like, maybe sort of in a good way? Perhaps this person is holdin’ some dank nugz or could impart unto you the sagely guarded age-old wisdom of how and where one might procure some of the aforementioned dank nuggage via the invisible, underground American black market that totally doesn’t exist thanks to The War on Drugs. Either that or your friend just smells really bad and you’re a weirdo for thinking it smells good. Also, you should probably make sure he or she isn’t a cop. Next stop is the friendly neighborhood smoke shop. No matter what side of town you’re on, there are tons of spots where you can purchase fine tobacco-smoking products of all kinds. Can’t make it to the head shop? In an emergency, you can grab an avocado and an ice pick. Trust me; I’ve made bongs out of less.
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POTSLAMMER, CONJURER, SHROUD OF VULTURE AND BATTERSEA Real loud, real sludgy, stoner metal
State Street Pub, 8 p.m., $8, 21+
DOPE SHOWS Now that we’ve got everything we need, let’s get ripped. There are quite a few options on 4/20 for some rad shows honoring the sacred holiday. I’m most stoked for the Potslammer and Conjurer show at State Street. When it comes to local stoner metal, I admittedly have a bias against anything that isn’t the late Teenage Strange. Recently though, my resin-covered heart beats again after hearing Jordan Smith’s band Potslammer’s bong-breaking sludge. Jordan actually gave me the flyer for what was my first punk show (R.I.P. Club Logos) more than a decade ago and a free T-shirt just the other day. Those bribes aside, this show is going to be insane.
SUPERCHIEF, SHADY MAYOR, THE CREW Super dank, super chill, well-rolled, spliff rock
Black Circle Brewing Co., 7 p.m., $5, 21+
ICON LIVE: BLACKBERRY JAM AND DJ INDIANA JONES A celebration of Bob Marley’s influence
HI-FI, 7:30 p.m., $12, 21+
TRIPPIN BILLIES: 420 HOLIDAY SHOW A salute to DMB, the patron saint of stoners The Vogue, 9 p.m., $15, 21+
HYRYDER - GRATEFUL GET-DOWN An evening for Indy’s most dedicated Deadheads
The Mousetrap, 10 p.m., $8, 21+
SCORING CANNABIS IN CALI
More Complicated than You Might Think BY DAN GROSSMAN // DGROSSMAN@NUVO.NET
n a recent trip to San Diego, I took the opportunity to visit Torrey Holistics, the first dispensary licensed in California to sell recreational marijuana. Because of Proposition 64, which was on the November 2016 state ballot, recreational usage of marijuana has been legal in California since Jan. 1, 2018—but with many caveats and restrictions. The dispensary is located in an area of office parks, away from residential areas, schools, and shopping malls. From the outside, there is nothing to distinguish it from your run-of-the-mill office building. Upon entering, I was instructed by one of the two armed guards to walk through the metal detector. Beyond the security, the inside isn’t your typical smoke shop or a cannabis cafe like you might find in the Netherlands. Instead, there was a waiting room with chairs and seated customers. An attendant behind glass took my name and driver’s license. After verifying my age and signing the lengthy release form, I entered what looked vaguely like a smoke shop, but it might better be described as nirvana. There were all different strains of dried cannabis under glass. There were also cannabis-infused gummy bears, brownies, s’mores, cookies, espresso beans, electronic cigarettes, assorted paraphernalia, and even refrigerated cannabis lattes and teas. Michael, my 20-something clerk, explained to me some of the particular varieties of cannabis that were available. If I needed to work during the day, he explained, he’d recommend a variety higher in CBD oil than varieties with psychoactive THC, which many might want to save for nighttime use. “Daytime is anywhere in the green,” he
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explained in reference to a color-coding system for the herb. Then he briefly sketched out the differentiation between the two dominant strains of cannabis. “Anything in the red would be your indica and more of a nighttime, relaxing, body-type high. Anything in the yellow from here over would be sativa dominant.” If, say, I wanted to buy any product, I would have to pay in cash. There was a bank machine available. My purchase would be sealed in a Torrey Holistics envelope, and I would not be allowed to consume my cannabis within 1,000 feet of the dispensary. In California, you can get your cannabis, but good luck to you if you want to consume in public. And don’t even think about transporting your stash to a state like Indiana where it remains illegal to buy, sell, possess, or cultivate cannabis, even in medicinal cases, just as it remains illegal at the federal level. As I left the dispensary, I had many more questions than answers. A few days later, I phoned Kyle Dukes, operations manager of Torrey Holistics, to ask him those questions. The transcript of that conversation can be found at nuvo.net. N NUVO.NET // 04.18.18 - 04.25.18 // THE BIG STORY // 15
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INDIANA PACERS CAME TO PLAY Team Stuns Cavs and Country with Sunday’s Win BY SETH JOHNSON // SJOHNSON@NUVO.NET
ictor Oladipo sat stoically at the postgame press conference podium following a 98-80 Game 1 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. When asked what the world might be saying about his team’s dominating performance, he had a simple, pointed response. “I have no idea, and I really don’t care,” said Oladipo, who led all scorers with 32 points in the convincing Game 1 win. “I’m just focused on my team and focused on this series, taking it one game at a time.” Although hometown fans are fully aware of the magic that is this year’s Pacers squad, much of the world may have gotten its first taste of the team during the first round of the playoffs on Sunday. Who can blame them given that the Pacers only had one nationally televised game during the 2017–2018 NBA regular season, while the Cavaliers, on the other hand, had 39. Nevertheless, the team played with the same grit in Game 1 that fans have come to expect all year. There are no plans of slowing down throughout the rest of the first-round matchup with LeBron James and company either. “We’ve been playing like this all year,” Oladipo said. “It just hasn’t been magnified. Now everybody sees it, so it’s kind of shocking to everybody, I guess you would say. But we’ve been playing our butts off on both ends of the floor all year.” Expectations for the 2017–2018 Pacers were rather low from the general public after the team traded away Paul George over the summer in exchange for Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. In fact, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert even criticized the Pacers’ trade, saying that the team “could’ve done better than it did” with who they acquired in the deal. Although the remarks were made last summer, they have now resurfaced with the playoff matchup, and
VICTOR OLADIPO // PHOTO BY PHIL TAYLOR
WHAT // Playoffs: Pacers vs. Cavaliers Round one, Game 3 WHERE // Bankers Life Fieldhouse WHEN // Friday, April 20, 7 p.m. WHAT // Playoffs: Pacers vs. Cavaliers Round one, Game 4 WHERE // Bankers Life Fieldhouse WHEN // Sunday, April 22, 8:30 p.m.
Oladipo is still fully aware of what was said. “I guess you could say he added fuel to the fire, but that was so long ago,” Oladipo said. “I mean, it came up recently, obviously, because we’re playing the Cavs in the series. But I’m aware of what he said. I can’t control his opinion. All I’m focused on is myself and becoming the best Victor Oladipo possible.” Something that’s helped Oladipo reach All-Star stature this season for the first time ever has been the support of head coach Nate McMillan. “Nate’s been believing in me since I got traded to the Pacers,” Oladipo said. “The first conversation I had with Nate, he was telling me how he believed in me and how he was going to expect a lot out
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of me. In my entire career, no one has ever done that.” In many ways, it would seem that Oladipo’s focused mentality stems from his coach. “We haven’t been paying attention to what people have been saying all season long,” echoed McMillan in his postgame news conference following the Pacers Game 1 victory. “It’s a new season for us, and we’re not listening to what folks are saying in this postseason.” Looking ahead to the rest of the Pacers’ first-round matchup with the Cavaliers, the play of Myles Turner appears crucial to the team’s success. In their Game 1 victory on Sunday, Turner certainly came to play, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds and
a blocked shot. “Myles did a great job on both ends of the floor,” Oladipo said. “He screened at a high level, rebounded at a high level, played defense at a high level. We need him to do that all series. He played well today. Now, he’s gotta build on it.” With such a young roster, it will also be imperative that the team stays composed during difficult stages of the series, especially with King James on the opposing bench. “This team is a young team—we’ve got 10 new players [on the 2017–2018 roster],” McMillan said. “They’ve been pretty calm and poised throughout the season. This is something we condition ourselves for. We talk about being calm, clear, and connected every single night. In a situation like this where you’re going into postseason basketball and you’re going up against Cleveland, LeBron, and all the things that he’s done, it’s gonna be emotional.” The atmosphere at each of the upcoming first-round games between Cleveland and Indiana will surely be nothing shy of electric. After a Wednesday, April 18 night matchup with the Cavaliers, the Pacers will then bring the best-of-seven series back home to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, with Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday respectively. N
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EVENT // Cheese Wars WHEN // April 22 WHERE // The Cyrus Place
ADAM HAYDEN SEEKS TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGE FOR OTHERS WITH HIS CONDITION.
Inaugural Event Raises Awareness and Funds for Brain Tumor Research BY CAVAN MCGINSIE // CMCGINSIE@NUVO.NET
n America, death is a taboo topic,” bringing, strong support system, and time says Adam Hayden. He’s right; it’s in the hospitality world and used them to something we rarely talk about in focus on doing as much positive work as he our society. And yet, for the past few can with the remainder of his life. years, Hayden has focused on this topic. He mentions his father being a pastor Because, as he puts it, “I’m a young guy and and his wife, Whitney, working within the generally healthy, other than this terrible health-care system as two factors that have diagnosis. And so, I’m conhelped them all during this fronted with these end-oftime of tribulation. “[They life planning moments.” “I’ve been both work] in environments It all started for Hayden where you’re around folks blogging really in late 2014. He was working who are facing very difficult as a bartender—one of the actively since things,” he says. “So we as first bartenders at Liberfamily, we’re well-positioned the diagnosis, tine’s original location. At to accept the news and to not the time, he was making his and that has bottom out into depression. way through grad school But instead, to figure out, been really a and preparing to open how do we use this?” Bar Rev in Greenwood as therapeutic The main ways Hayden head bartender. “In late has found to turn this into process for me." a more positive situation December of 2014, I had this strange episode where — ADAM HAYDEN has been by doing speaking I was really dizzy and had a engagements, working on strange weakness,” Hayden fundraising, and raising explains. “It happened a couple of months awareness for groups that aid people in his after that, and then it continued to increase same situation. And one of the focuses of his in frequency and duration for over a year, talks is, well, death. “It’s been my mission and symptoms continued to build.” to…say let’s have a more open dialogue In May of 2016, his general practitioner about end-of-life planning and advance suggested he get an MRI. The MRI showed directives, and let’s confront that part of life a large mass on the right side of Hayden’s more deliberately and intentionally. So I’ve brain. The mass was seven centimeters— been on a sort of speaking circuit from evabout the diameter of a baseball. “The next erywhere like community centers to schools week I saw a neurosurgeon,” he says, “and of medicine, just trying to share that lesson later that week I was in surgery, where I was with folks,” says Hayden. diagnosed.” Apart from speaking engagements, he also Hayden’s diagnosis is a rare, incurable runs a successful blog, Glioblastology. “I’ve brain cancer, glioblastoma or GBM. The been blogging really actively since the diagdiagnosis leaves the husband and father nosis, and that has been really a therapeutic of three with an earth-shattering 5 percent process for me. You know, there are a lot of survival rate over five years. Despite the people who are runners, and they think, ‘Oh, bleakness of this, Hayden has taken his upI need to go on my run,’ because they’re in 20 // FOOD+DRINK // 04.18.18 - 04.25.18 // 100% SUSTAINABLE / RECYCLED PAPER // NUVO.NET
a bad mood or something. I’ve never been a runner,” Hayden says with a laugh. “But the way that I understand that is I am a writer, and sometimes I just need to write.” While the blog started as a therapeutic practice for him, he soon learned that it was helping other people as well because, as Hayden explains, 40 percent of people will be touched in some way by cancer in their lives, and we don’t always know where to go and how to process it. “I became a part of that cultural dialogue,” Hayden says. “I’ve found an audience, and a lot of people read my blog and a lot of people have shown up to hear me talk. So it’s sort of fulfilled me in two ways. It’s the therapeutic practice of doing it, but then to see a
WHAT // Tumor Takedown Tailgate WHEN // Sunday, April 22, 3–7 p.m. WHERE // Revery, 299 W. Main St., Greenwood COST //$40
positive response from others, it feels good to have people cheer you on.” One local group that has helped spread Hayden’s story and helped him build awareness for people with GBM is Indianapolis’ food and drink community. “One of the really neat things about the food and beverage industry in Indy is that it is a tight-knit community,” Hayden says. “I
NUVO.NET/FOOD+DRINK started bartending when that craft cocktail renaissance started happening…so we feel like we were all on the ground floor together doing something, and without a doubt we all continue to look after each other. “That sort of community continuity, coming from a relationship standpoint, continues, but also we’ve endowed a scholarship in my name at IUPUI,” Hayden says, referencing the Adam Hayden Philosophy Scholarship at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The scholarship was founded by Jack Hope of Hope Plumbing, one of Hayden’s regular customers from his time at Libertine. Of the scholarship he says, “Eddie Sahm and Neal Brown showed up in a big way to help with some events and sponsorship. Amy Haneline [of The Indianapolis Star], she has helped to cover the events and so has Jolene Ketzenberger [of Eat Drink Indy].” And now, his latest event, a fundraiser for the National Brain Tumor Society, is being put on by Mark Henrichs of Revery and Bar Rev. The event is called the inaugural Tumor Takedown Tailgate, and it will take place on April 22, 3–7 p.m. at Revery in Greenwood. He mentions that MashCraft and Cental State will provide beer. RNDC is bringing wine for attendees. The Revery team will all be there. And he says, “We’ve got Eli Creek Farms donating a whole hog, and we’re doing taco fixings with that.” And while food and drink are always an exciting aspect of any event, Hayden is hoping that the event will lead to meaningful conversations with people in our community whose lives have been impacted by brain tumors. “I’ve been working with some local brain tumor folks who are either active patients or who are post-treatment,” he says. “We are putting on some sort of a special recognition opportunity for people to contribute in a meaningful way and to lift up the survivor community. This will be a way to connect your attendance with the mission, which is really special. So it’s not just a party; it’s more than that.” The overarching goal of the Tumor Takedown Tailgate is to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society, which is helping to lead the way to finding more treatments for people suffering from tu-
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mors, like Hayden’s glioblastoma. Because it’s such a rare disease, there is very little research done to treat it. “We only have three drugs approved in 20 years, which is ridiculous,” says Hayden. “So we are coming to the table somewhere in the ballpark of $6,000 to $7,000 in sponsorship money up front. If we sell what we’ve capped attendance at, that’s going to be about $10,000 more through ticket donations.” He also says they are having a silent auction at the event with high-ticket items such as an original painting from local artist John McAfee, who just recently moved to Colorado. Hayden says his goal is to be able to gift around $15,000 to the NBTS. “That’s a huge impact for a rare disease,” he says.
For Hayden, it is a very personal event, not only because of the impact he, his family, and friends are making for NBTS, but it’s also a celebration for him. “It’s actually on my birthday,” he says. “We’ve called this the inaugural Tumor Takedown Tailgate because we hope that it really is an annual thing. “So that’s the cool thing. It’s one of those doom-and-gloom things that people don’t like to talk about. But long after I’m gone—of course, I’m not planning on going anywhere anytime soon—but by doing this event with friends, family, and a chef who I respect and who is a good friend of mine... it’s something that we hope lives on long after I do.” N
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A CULTURAL JOURNEY TO TIJUANA Seeing Reflections of the Circle City Across the Border BY DAN GROSSMAN // DGROSSMAN@NUVO.NET
he Tijuana beach boardwalk—looking out at the Pacific Ocean—was my first destination on a recent trip across the border on April 4. I was looking for art, and I was looking for parallels to the growing Latinx art scene in Indianapolis. What I found were 3-foot-high fiberglass sculptures in the shapes of hearts, each one painted by a different artist, lining the bushes and flowerbeds along the boardwalk. Amparin Serrano’s “LOB” is painted with bright, colorful letters and floral patterns. One of 20 such sculptures, it was quite a contrast to the gray-matter-like clouds hanging over the beach. The placard under the sculpture reads, in Spanish, “The heart encounters no borders.” Yet there is no way to ignore the 15-foothigh border fence that divides the U.S. from Mexico just beyond the boardwalk. The rust-colored steel posts of the border fence stretch down onto the beach and intrude 300 feet into the Pacific. On the Mexican side, you can walk right up and touch it. If you’re a seagull, you can stand on the top of the fence or fly back and forth across the border as you wish. If you’re an artist, you might even be able to paint it. That’s exactly what Mexican-born, San Francisco-based artist Ana Teresa Fernández did in 2011. She began her project “Erasing the Border” by painting a 12-foot-wide section of fence sky blue. The project has since expanded to other border cities. This is the very same fence that Trump wants to stretch from Las Playas de Tijuana all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Trump, in fact, paid a visit to San Diego on March 13 to inspect wall prototypes. From the Tijuana boardwalk, you can see the section of border fence painted blue
TELÉTON HEART WITH VIEW OF MEXICO/USA BORDER // PHOTO BY DAN GROSSMAN
like the sky. It almost looks as if you can walk right through it. And that’s the point of the project. This wasn’t my first visit to the beach in Tijuana. In November 2015, I came specifically to see the blue-painted fence at the suggestion of Indy resident Daniel Del Real. He is an independent curator who has curated several shows at the International Marketplace Coalition headquarters in Westside Indy, which has seen an influx of Hispanic-owned businesses in the last 15 years. Such entrepreneurial activity isn’t particularly surprising, considering that the Hispanic population in Indianapolis increased nearly 200 percent from 2000–2013 according to the website newgeography.com. Del Real also curated Herencia: Latin American Influence in Art, at the Christel
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DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis, which opened in March 2017. Much of the artwork in that exhibition had a political or social message. That included Del Real’s own “No Seas Concha,” a mixed-media sculpture that depicts a Mexican seashell “concha” pastry that also functions as a beanbag. (In Spanish “No seas concha” is an idiom that means “Don’t be lazy.”) On the day of the opening reception, performance artist Jonathan Angulo laid on top of the concha/beanbag pretending to be asleep. “This particular performance is about tackling that stupid stereotype that Mexicans are lazy moochers,” Del Real told me. The painted hearts along the Tijuana beach boardwalk likewise have both social and political messages. But the particular
heart sculpture closest to the beach, depicting two hands reaching out toward one another—suggesting bridge building and cooperation—is the symbol Teletón uses in its marketing. This exhibition was sponsored by the Fundación Teletón which sponsors an annual telethon to raise money for children’s rehabilitation centers all over Mexico. In March, the telethon, which was televised throughout Mexico and the U.S., was held in various Tijuana locations. Nine of the hearts were painted in the workshop of La Caja Galeria, which I had visited once before in November 2015. After my visit to the beach and a breakfast of corn tamales and Coke at a roadside cafe, I took an Uber to La Caja. When I arrived at the gallery, which is located in a residential-industrial area away from the tourist sites, the front door was open. There was a painting class involving some 30 students on the ground floor. One of the staff brought me upstairs to the floor that acts as a commercial gallery. The director of La Caja, Arturo Rodriguez, met me there. Rodriguez, dressed in an outdoor vest, collared shirt, and jeans, looked rushed, as if I had caught him in the middle of a dozen different projects. But he was gracious enough to sit me down on a couch in the white-walled galley and offer me tea. I asked him about the hearts on the beach, and he told me a bit more about the project, which he was invited by Teletón to participate in. “So what they did was invite 20 artists,” Rodriguez told me. Of those 20 artists, 10 were from Mexico City; 10 were from Tijuana or from Baja California. “The reason for doing this particular project, it’s like also
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giving a little slap to Donald Trump. Instead of building walls, we’re putting hearts near the wall.” Facilitating this particular project is just one of numerous activities that La Caja is engaged in. Much like Big Car in Indianapolis, a nonprofit that maintains a multiservice art and community space in Garfield Park, La Caja engages its local community through exhibitions, innovative programming, and placemaking. La Caja has academic programs ranging from Mexican art history to painting to photography to color theory, and it is in the process of expanding its facilities. There are now courses in ceramics, acting, and videography. And one of La Caja’s newest initiatives is a venture into placemaking, along a stretch of the Avenida Ferrocarril, a nondescript thoroughfare that runs near La Caja. The name of the initiative is Intervenciones Urbanas. Rodriguez is currently taking applications from Tijuana residents for their proposals on how to hang art installations on the eucalyptus trees along the avenue. The city of Tijuana is also involved with this project. Working in cooperation with La Caja, they will create sidewalks alongside the thoroughfare to make it more pedestrian friendly. Proposals will also be accepted for benches along the sidewalk. “We noticed that a lot of people weren’t familiar with the art of Tijuana,” Rodriguez said. “People from the United States or Asia, they’re more familiar with what’s happening in Tijuana than the people that live in Tijuana. That’s one of the reasons Intervenciones Urbanas was created.” For this project, Rodriguez is enlisting not only the help of citizens and artists of
Tijuana but also the mayor and the municipality of Tijuana. We finished our tea. Rodriguez then showed me some of the studios where acting classes take place and some of the new classrooms and studios are currently under construction. Before I headed off, I asked for his suggestion as to where I should eat before heading back to the border. He recommended Telefónica Gastro-Park, a food truck park. My taxi driver had a hard time finding Telefónica, but the extended ride was well worth it. Inside the gastro park’s courtyard were tables surrounded by food trucks with cuisine ranging from regional Mexican to Japanese noodles, as well as a beer garden. I ordered a plate of enchiladas in mole sauce from a food truck called Carmelita and washed it down with a dark Mercado Negro craft beer. It so happens that La Carmelita had been mentioned in San Diego Magazine’s Best of Tijuana segment in August 2017. It’s just one example of the good press that Tijuana’s vibrant cultural scene has received in the U.S. media. Yet such developments—in the westernmost city in Latin America—are not as widely known as I think they should be. After all, the culinary scene, the burgeoning art scene, and the emerging nonprofit organizations are all as much a part of Tijuana as the brothels, the drug cartels, and the zebra-painted donkeys. For me, though, what keeps me coming back to Tijuana isn’t just the food or the art. It’s also my admiration for the bridge building—using art as the building material— that Rodriguez and his friends are doing. N
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FINDING THE CONNECTION Analeine Cal y Mayor’s ‘La Voz De Un Sueño’ BY DAN GROSSMAN DGROSSMAN@NUVO.NET
naleine Cal y Mayor, whose film La Voz De Un Sueño will appear on the final night of Heartland Film’s Cultural Journey: Mexico, found a personal connection to the story behind her film by thinking back to her formative years. The film focuses on Rocio, a young woman from the Mexican state of Michoacán who wants to pursue her dream of a singing career. Yet a few short days before an all-important concert, she is forced to return home because her mother has fallen ill. “It’s about a young woman who tries to follow her dreams even though it’s against family tradition,” Cal y Mayor told NUVO by Skype from Mexico City. “They all work in the copper business, in a copper workshop, and she wants to follow in her own path, so I find there the connection…I also don’t come from a family of filmmakers or artists at all.” In fact, Cal y Mayor and her mother had several arguments about her desire to study film, which she did, in the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City. “She thought, well, cinema had a bad reputation. They call it ‘sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll,’ and my family is quite conservative,” said Cal y Mayor, who was born in Mexico City in 1979. “They are very Catholic. They go to church every Sunday, so my mother wasn’t happy at all when I said that I wanted to try and study film. So that was my personal connection to the film.” La Voz De Un Sueño wasn’t the first film Cal y Mayor directed. But it was the first film she directed in Spanish. Her directorial debut, Treading Water (2013), was an English language production. Originally she thought the film would be in Spanish. But as the film was being developed, things started to change. One problem was that Cal y Mayor pictured the story as taking place in an American suburb, but she was developing the film while
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living in Spain. (The film is a comedy about a boy with incurable body odor.) She was even shown neighborhoods that looked like American neighborhoods in Spain. “But something didn’t make sense,” she said. “Why would you use a neighborhood that looks like an American neighborhood but filmed in Spanish? And the producer had this idea. He said, ‘I think this story, you’re imagining it in North America. This humor can work in English; let’s try and translate it.’ In this case, I didn’t want to show a country or a city; it’s almost like a fairy tale. Some critics have said it’s like a modern-day fairy tale, so that’s why I use that word. It makes sense, I don’t know why, but it makes sense in English.” The film was eventually shot in Toronto, Canada, and Mexico City. Another issue Cal y Mayor had with the film was that Treading Water—the title that the film had under U.S.
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distribution—was not the original title she had in mind for the film. The original title had been The Boy Who Smelled like Fish. But the U.S. distributors apparently felt that Treading Water was a more marketable title, and that’s what it was called when shown in the States. “I think that the spirit of the film is more portrayed in The Boy Who Smells like Fish,” said Cal y Mayor, who co-wrote the film with Javier Gullón, known for co-writing Enemy (2013), starring Jake Gyllenhaal, among others. Cal y Mayor has also worked on the U.S. side of the border in film production in various capacities, including as second assistant director for The Broken Tower (2011). She is currently at work on a documentary set in the Netherlands on the topic of assisted suicide. Cal y Mayor will be available on the final night of Cultural Journey, April 22, to
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participate in a Q&A after the showing of La Voz De Un Sueño. Her film is one of seven that will be shown at Cultural Journey: Mexico. Last year, the inaugural year of Cultural Journey featured India and its filmmakers. “Every year we look for a country with a really strong film industry,” says Adam Howell, director of operations at Heartland Film. “Mexico always has had a vibrant film industry and was one that we knew that we would get some really incredible films. That was one reason. The other reason was that we developed some great relationships with the local community here, and they were very excited about the Cultural Journey program as a whole. With the films that were available and the interest that was there, it was kind of a natural opportunity for us,” he said. One film that Howell is particularly looking forward to is Al Otro Lado Del Muro (The Other Side of the Wall), which will be screened on April 21. For a complete listing of films and activities during Cultural Journey, see heartlandfilm.org/culturaljourney. “It’s about immigration challenges and the dynamics there,” Howell said. “I think it’s perfect timing for the subject matter given the problems that we’re facing and kind of the climate; it’s a story well told, very timely.” N
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Aikman’s Work Features Principal Violist Csaba Erdélyi BY CHANTAL INCANDELA // ARTS@NUVO.NET
o hear Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composer-in-Residence James Aikman speak about the compositional process is fascinating; it’s part art and nostalgia coming together. “I do lots of pre-planning and fidgeting and whatnot, but when I sit down, things happen,” he says. “Sometimes I compose at the computer or at the piano, depending on the work. …I still sit at the piano; I feel connected there. I sit at the piano and hear all those overtones and sonorities. My ears always dance at the upper partials. For me that’s been an inspiration always.” Aikman recalls playing a horribly out-oftune piano when he was growing up. “Because of that, because of all those partials—how the damper pedal didn’t quite come up all the way—there’s something about that that inspires creativity, unlike hooking up the keyboard to the computer.”
That process has produced his third work for the ICO, this time in the form of his Viola Concerto, which will have its world premiere during Ballet Pantomime on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University. For this dance-flavored program, Aikman’s world premiere will be bookended by Albert Roussel’s The Spider’s Feast and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Richard Strauss. Choosing to write for the viola was only natural, given Aikman’s enthusiasm for the instrument, and also the ICO’s principal violist Csaba Erdélyi, who was born in Budapest, Hungary. Erdélyi made classical musical history in 1972 when he snagged the esteemed Carl Flesch Violin Competition by playing the viola. This was the first—and so far only—time that had happened. “He’s an unsung hero,” says Aikman. “He’s
an awesome player with a litany of accomplishments. He’s an amazing musician, and I wanted to write something for him.” In writing the piece, Aikman brought the music to Erdélyi and got his thoughts on its playability. “I very frequently showed him the music, especially to hear him play it, to assess balance, how it’s going to project and whatnot. …Anything I think of, he can play.” His praise doesn’t stop at Erdélyi, either. In describing the ICO, he considers the musicians “top-notch players.” The respect and admiration goes both ways at the ICO. Music Director Matthew Kraemer, himself a strong advocate of new music, joined the ICO when Aikman had already been named its composer-in-residence, and he found having Aikman already on board to be a big positive. “I knew of his music before, actually,”
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says Kraemer. “I really liked that an orchestra our size had a composer-in-residence and that we could champion someone’s music. What that allows the orchestra [to do] is to have a composer who specifically knows the playing of everyone in the orchestra. James knows Csaba’s playing and knows how unique it is. When he writes, he writes with the ICO’s sound in his mind, and that’s terrific. This piece is very different than Peacemakers, the second piece he wrote for us, which was different than Triptych, the first piece he wrote for us. It’s like James is changing and growing with the ICO over time.” Aikman’s latest composition doesn’t just reflect his respect for a particular musician but also his enthusiasm for the instrument itself. “The viola is a great solo instrument,” says Aikman. “Think of all the great composers that were and are violists!” Some great violists you may have heard of include J.S. Bach, Antonin Dvorák, and Paul Hindemith. Even Amadeus Mozart was reported to prefer playing the viola over the violin. The concerto itself is in three movements: Prelude, Serenade, and Danse. Aikman describes his work as filled with “contrast and continuity.” The first movement begins with a mysterious atmosphere, and later on, the piece takes on the texture of a concerto grosso from the Baroque era. The second movement is lyrical, and the template for it was an “homage in memoriam” that Aikman wrote years earlier. The third movement is bold and rhythmically intense. “You know, the piece tells a story, and it’s written so well for the viola,” he says. “It’s accessible to everyone. It’s a great addition to the repertoire for the viola, and I really think the audience is going to enjoy it.” N
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CLIFFORD RATLIFF LOOKS BACK Legendary Indianapolis Trumpet Player Reflects on Years of Experience BY KYLE LONG // MUSIC@NUVO.NET
pril is Jazz Appreciation Month, and I can’t think of a better way to commemorate the occasion than by presenting my recent interview with the legendary Indianapolis trumpet player Clifford Ratliff. “I don’t like doing interviews,” Ratliff told me during our recent conversation. That detail will be immediately obvious to most Indianapolis jazz fans. Despite Ratliff’s critical role in Indianapolis jazz history, little has been written about his work. Ratliff has worked with many of Indy’s most important jazz players, from David Baker to Jimmy Coe. And he’s performed on some of the most significant jazz albums ever recorded in Naptown, including Russell Webster’s world-famous Uncle Funkenstein project.
Read on to learn more about the life and work of one of Indy’s most important and least-recognized musicians. NUVO: I understand you were born and raised in Indianapolis and you attended high school at Crispus Attucks. RATLIFF: I started at Attucks in 1961. NUVO: Did you study music at Attucks? RATLIFF: Yes, with Russell Brown. NUVO: What kind of man was Russell Brown to study with? RATLIFF: Great, but he was kind of hard on you. If you didn’t play like he wanted you to, he’d snatch the horn right out of your mouth. But he meant well. He brought a lot of musicians up.
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NUVO: When did you start getting interested in jazz music? RATLIFF: I guess when I was about 13. My brother bought me a couple albums, The Electrifying Dizzy Gillespie [sic] and Miles Davis’ Sketches of Spain. I started listening to them, and I haven’t played much rock since. Because I’d been playing with a rock band at that time. NUVO: Are you talking about The Highlighters? RATLIFF Yes. NUVO: You were a founding member of The Highlighters. After you left the group, they went on to record several classic funk 45s such as Funky 16 Corners that have attracted a significant cult audience among soul-music fans and record collectors around the
world. When you played with the group, they had a different sound, correct? RATLIFF: Yes, and at first the band name was The Jazzettes. From there, other people started joining the group, and the sound started changing. NUVO: How old were you when you started with The Jazzettes? RATLIFF: I was about 14. NUVO: What kind of tunes were you playing with The Jazzettes? RATLIFF: Stuff like “Jive Samba” by Cannonball Adderley. Songs like that. NUVO: Who else was in the group with you at that time? RATLIFF: Clifford Palmer played saxo-
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UPCOMING SHOWS phone, Ricky Ball played piano, James Edwards was on drums, and Richard Carbon was playing bass. NUVO: I’ve heard you came up with the name The Highlighters. Is that correct? RATLIFF: No, my brothers did. You know when guys used to go out and have fun and drink and everything, they called it a highlight. So my brothers said, “You ought to name your band The Highlighters.” I said, “That sounds like a good name.” So we changed the name. NUVO: Why did you leave the group? RATLIFF: I think I was about 15 then, and I started playing with this group at Harem’s Lounge. When I started playing with them, everything was so hip. I said, “Man, I don’t want to play with those other guys no more.” So I started playing with the older guys. NUVO: So who did you go on to play with after The Jazzettes and The Highlighters? RATLIFF: Everybody on the Avenue. I can’t remember all the names. There were so many guys. NUVO: Describe what it was like playing on the Avenue during the 1960s. RATLIFF: The musicians were simply beautiful. If they saw you in the audience and they knew you played, they would tell you to get your horn and come on up. I’d say, “Man, I don’t know these songs!” They’d say, “Come on up. You’ll hear it.” That’s what I’ve heard all my life, ever since high school. “You’ll hear it.” I used to play with David Baker, and I even heard him tell some guys, “You don’t need no music. You’ll hear it.” NUVO: You’ve played on some important records, including Russell Webster’s legendary Uncle Funkenstein Together Again album, which was released in 1983, and it included important Indy musicians such as Larry Ridley, James Spaulding, and Mel Rhyne. I don’t think Together Again was well received at that time, but it’s gone on to become the most valuable Indiana record ever released. Original copies of Together Again have sold for around $4,000.
RATLIFF Yeah, and I can’t get a dime! NUVO: The album was reissued by the London-based label Jazzman Records in 2008, and you didn’t get a dime? RATLIFF: Right, I got a call from Larry Ridley and James Spaulding. They said, “Did you get your money?” I said, “What money? Whatever we got paid that night we cut the records was it.” NUVO: Musically speaking, what did you think about recording that album with Russell Webster and that cast of jazz masters he’d assembled? RATLIFF: Well, everything is a learning experience. I was playing on that record with guys that had did it all and played with everybody. Just to be able to play with them is a great thing. NUVO: How did you feel about the final product? Were you happy with how the record came out? RATCLIFF: I never liked it because I was on it. I’ve never liked to hear myself playing, period. NUVO: Around the time you recorded the Uncle Funkenstein album, you were also part of a contingency of jazz musicians that went to New York to represent the Indianapolis jazz sound. The group was billed as the Indianapolis Jazz All-Stars. You performed in New Jersey at Rutgers University, and you also played in Harlem at the Adam Clayton Powell School. The Indianapolis Jazz All-Stars included many of the guys from the Uncle Funkenstein sessions, plus Les “The Bear” Taylor, Slide Hampton, “Killer” Ray Appleton, and Ted Dunbar. Tell me about this all-star group that went to New York to educate people on the Indianapolis jazz sound. RATLIFF: I never really thought about it because I was just one of the band. I’d forgot all about it until you just mentioned it. It was cool playing with those guys because they were so down to earth. I just played what I played and I didn’t worry about it.
playing in New York? RATLIFF: Oh yeah, but I don’t think you want to hear them! [laughs] NUVO: You told me you don’t think about it, but to me it seems as if that must have been a huge honor to be part of this all-star group representing the Indianapolis sound RATLIFF: Oh yeah, it was great hanging. out with all the guys. We even ran into Freddie Hubbard in New York. It was pretty different. Freddie invited us out to play. But after I heard him and Slide hit it, they was playing so fast that I just ducked back in the corner somewhere. [laughs] NUVO: I want to ask you about some other records you played on that you probably didn’t get a penny for either. You spent some time playing with the great Indianapolis vibraphonist Billy Wooten. You’re featured on a series of Billy Wooten records that have been issued in Japan, including Billy Wooten and The Music Royale Latin Jazz Ensemble’s Live at the Madame Walker Theatre. RATLIFF: Live at the Madame Walker? You’ve put a new one on me! [laughs]
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NUVO: There’s also the album from Billy Wooten and the Vida Bole Ensemble, Evening on the Canal. RATLIFF: That was recorded? NUVO: Yeah, it was released in Japan by P-Vine Records in 2013. RATLIFF: I still didn’t get a dime! [laughs] NUVO: You’re very humble about the contribution you’ve made to Indianapolis music. But I’ve mentioned several projects you’ve contributed to that have international cult followings. What do you make of that? RATLIFF: I think it’s great. I just wish I had known. [laughs] N
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his tune “In Dreams” for the movie Blue Velvet. Orbison denied the request, but Lynch incorporated the tune anyway. Surprise! Blue Velvet was nominated for an Academy Award and played a big role in reviving Orbison’s fame. Later the singer came to appreciate not only the career boost, but also Lynch’s unusual aesthetic, testifying that the film gave his song an “otherworldly quality that added a whole new dimension.” Now let’s meditate on how this story might serve as a parable for your life. Was there an opportunity that you once turned down but will benefit from anyway? Or is there a current opportunity that maybe you shouldn’t turn down, even if it seems odd? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’ve been to the Land of No Return and back more than anyone. But soon you’ll be visiting a remote enclave in this realm that you’re not very familiar with. I call it the Mother Lode of Sexy Truth. It’s where tender explorers go when they must transform outworn aspects of their approach to partnership and togetherness. On the eve of your quest, shall we conduct an inventory of your capacity to outgrow your habitual assumptions about relationships? No, let’s not. That sounds too stiff and formal. Instead, I’ll simply ask you to strip away any falseness that interferes with vivacious and catalytic intimacy. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1824, two British explorers climbed a mountain in southwestern Australia. They were hoping to get a sweeping view of Port Phillip Bay, on which the present-day city of Melbourne is located. But when they reached the top, their view was largely obstructed by trees. Out of perverse spite, they decided to call the peak Mount Disappointment, a name it retains to this day. I suspect you may soon have your own personal version of an adventure that falls short of your expectations. I hope—and also predict—that your experience won’t demoralize you, but will rather mobilize you to attempt a new experiment that ultimately surpasses your original expectations.
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn rock musician Lemmy Kilmister bragged that he swigged a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey every day from 1975 to 2013. While I admire his dedication to inducing altered states of consciousness, I can’t recommend such a strategy for you. But I will love it if you undertake a more disciplined crusade to escape numbing routines and irrelevant habits in the next four weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will have a special knack for this practical art. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Germany was one of the big losers of World War I, which ended in 1919. By accepting the terms of the Versailles Treaty, it agreed to pay reparations equivalent to 96,000 tons of gold. Not until 2010, decades after the war, did Germany finally settle its bill and fulfill its obligation. I’m sure your own big, long-running debt is nowhere near as big or as longrunning as that one, Aquarius. But you will nonetheless have reason to be ecstatic when you finally discharge it. And according to my reading of the astrological omens, that could and should happen sometime soon. (P.S. The “debt” could be emotional or spiritual rather than financial.) PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I would rather have a drop of luck than a barrel of brains,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes. Fortunately, that’s not a choice you will have to face in the coming weeks, Pisces. According to my reading of the cosmic signs, your brain will be working with even greater efficiency and ingenuity than it usually does. Meanwhile, a stronger-thanexpected flow of luck will be swirling around in your vicinity. One of your main tasks will be to harness your enhanced intelligence to take shrewd advantage of the good fortune.
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