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INDIANAPOLIS June/July 2014

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Tom Alvarez, Estella Pan, Jesse Walker Book Reviewer Sebastian Fortino Business CorrespondentS Michael Burcham, PhD, Dan Groover Business Writers JJ Marie Gufreda, Mark A. Lee, Scott Span Fitness Editor Philip Fusco Food & Wine Editor Joshua Simpson HEALTH EDITOR Brian Hooper, MDiv, PsyD Life & Style Writer Kyle Kressin Political Editor Josh Peters Arts & entertainment editors

I am thrilled to be writing this letter for the premier issue of UNITE Magazine Indianapolis, as Indy is my hometown. After the launch of our Nashville publication and then our national LGBT business publication, we received (and continue to receive) messages from community leaders across the country asking that we bring UNITE to their respective cities. Why Indianapolis? This city is truly something special. The Circle City is a relevant and endearing place that attracts the attention of LGBT leaders and businesses worldwide. From Mass Ave., to the Brickyard, Indianapolis has a niche for everyone. It is not the same city that I remember, growing up as a closeted-teen at Greenwood Community High School. While many would be quick to remind me that there are still vocal opponents to LGBT acceptance here, it cannot be ignored that Indianapolis is transforming into a forward-thinking community. It is up to us to use this momentum as a platform of progress. This magazine is a reflection of that and, more importantly, of you—the community. A features-driven lifestyle publication, UNITE showcases local individuals and organizations that foster progress and acceptance. Additionally, we provide readers with a snapshot of like-minded community leaders, organizations, and celebrities across the country. UNITE also provides readers with a directory of local businesses and organizations that support the LGBT community, which can serve as a quick and easy reference guide. We must support those that support us. That support is one of the many things we have to celebrate this year at Pride. Although the LGBT community still faces many hardships, it is important to recognize and appreciate the growing support and acceptance our community is receiving from outside our ranks. Pride holds a different meaning for everyone. What does it mean to you? Set aside some time to reflect on that purpose and determine what it is. By all means, have a blast. After all, no one can throw a party like we can! -Blake

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Chamber Chat by JJ Marie Gufreda In recent months, the Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce has presented a string of incredible After Hours events. We would like to thank our wonderful hosts and sponsors in recent months including Talbott Street, Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room, The Eiteljorg Museum, The Phoenix Theatre, The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Wells Fargo, CandleGuysROK and New Day Meadery. It’s quite exciting to see our organization thrive in recent months; a true testament to the power of the LGBT business community and our allies. The Chamber has always had a volunteer Board with a President, Chair and several Board members, this year helmed by our Board Chair, Bob Chenoweth. As the Chamber has grown, we were able to add a parttime paid position. Barb Milton is working as our first Chamber Liaison and among many administrative and outreach efforts, Milton has spearheaded the Chamber’s efforts to start a mentorship program which will help mold younger members of the community into the next generation of business leaders. She has worked with our first intern, Shelby Bradford from Anderson University, who has been a wonderful addition to our team. The Chamber would like to thank Shelby for her service and wish her the best in her upcoming senior year. Our new intern, Maggie Monson from Butler University begins her internship this summer. There are many benefits to joining our Chamber. The greatest benefit is connecting with other businesses and organizations and key leaders in our community. These relationships often produce great results and many turn into wonderful and long-lasting friendships. Our Board works extremely hard to help facilitate these connections, many of which are usually made behind the scenes. We offer an extensive online and print directory which members have access to if they are unable to attend events. People visiting Indianapolis that are looking for LGBTowned or supportive businesses often begin their pursuit by contacting the Chamber through our website. We often respond to requests by simply directing them to the

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relevant section of our member list to find the businesses or organizations they seek. We encourage members to use our directories as a resource to grow their business. Partnerships are a critical part of our Chamber’s success. At our recent Board retreat, we worked diligently to continue to facilitate more partnerships. Some community organizations which we work very closely with include Indiana Transgender Advocacy Alliance (INTRAA), Indy Pride, Indiana Youth Group, Indiana Equality, Freedom Indiana and Black Equity Indy, an institution with statewide and global reach strongly committed to supporting leaders, institutions, issues and programs that lead to social, economic, and cultural equity for all LGBT people of African descent. Speaking of Pride, Circle City Indy Pride 2013 was rated one of the top ten Pride festivals in the world by gaytravelherald.com. They said, “After years of urban revitalization and investment, Indianapolis plays perfect host to a Pride that draws nearly a hundred thousand people from across the region and the world.” Many of our member businesses and individuals were represented at this year’s festival. For information on how to join the Indy Rainbow Chamber or for a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.gayindynow.com


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and down to Evansville, has allowed me to interact and develop great respect for my fellow Hoosiers,” Marlow states. “The interesting experiences that were shared with me became part of my life and culture. I could see the stress of struggling families trying to refinance to pay credit card bills and hold their heads above water.” At this time, Marlow was witness to the largest housing crisis in our nation’s history, which led to families owing more on their mortgages than the current market values. This started the most rewarding and mind-changing aspect of Marlow’s professional career -- helping people during the darkest times of their lives. He became active in marketing foreclosures and REO properties. Marlow was the one who was on the front line talking to families losing the very homes in which many had raised their families. The loss was both financial and psychological for all involved, which allowed him to utilize his marriage and family psychological educational background. “The desire to help people through a transitional period of loss and a new beginning became my new challenge.”

Cy Marlow by Dan Groover Cy Marlow was born a Hoosier and has decided to draw upon his deep Hoosier roots. He was born in Clay County, Indiana, to a mother from Indianapolis and a father who was a rural farmer. The urban and rural connections were created at a very young age. Marlow was blessed with a long heritage of grandparents as part of his life. At birth he had four grandparents, eight great-grandparents and one great-great- grandmother, all of whom shared their urban Indianapolis and Terre Haute rural cultures with him.

with many subdivisions. With all the family opportunities, education became more important in his life’s journey. Marlow received his education at Indiana State University and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science, then obtained a Master’s in Marriage and Family Psychology from Indiana State University in 1992. While the educational aspect of the training was a great opportunity, the actual practice proved lacking as a career. Thus, he returned to the appraisal and real estate challenges of L.J. Michaels Inc.

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“I have actually loved every day; being a real estate appraiser servicing Indianapolis, Lafayette, Terre Haute

Marlow has served on many community boards, including Families by Choice, which as part of its philosophy assists people with housing needs. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program is a program designed to allow homeowners to create neighborhoods again. “I have enjoyed being the Neighborhood Listing Broker for six counties for HUD, and the many options to get homeowners into houses with low down payments and a valuable interest rate makes me very happy.” He is also a direct listing agent for Fannie Mae and its Home Path First Look Program, which gives owner-occupants the first chance to secure a home before investors; this helps reestablish the neighborhood fundamentals responsible for a cohesive community. Marlow also considers it a rewarding part of his day to be able to help donate houses to charitable organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities and many more. In addition, he works with government programs concerning properties that can be obtained by teachers, police and firefighters at a 50% discount. As was instilled in him during his early years, Marlow is also a proud community citizen and grandfather who wants to pass on family traditions, just as he learned to treasure those passed on by his grandparents.

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City County Council Member At-Large, Zach Adamson

Indy Unites Against Double-Ban by Josh Peters I had always expected Indiana to be a late bloomer in the marriage equality debate. But even I was truly surprised when the Republicans controlling the Indiana General Assembly passed a bill that would let Indiana voters decide on an amendment to the Indiana Constitution. This resulted in essentially “double banning� marriage between members of the same sex. There is already a state statute prohibiting same-sex marriage, but in an apparent attempt to prevent a state-level judge from overturning that statute, the General Assembly took the unprecedented step of attempting to engrave discrimination into the Indiana Constitution. Luckily for Indiana residents, there is a safety valve in place to slow the adoption of constitutional amendments; the same measure must pass two legislative sessions in a row. These circumstances set the table for the political battle that played out in late 2013 and early 2014 be-

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tween conservative advocates of the amendment and the coalition opposition: Freedom Indiana. Freedom Indiana did a great job of mobilizing both the business and LGBT community, making thousands of calls to legislators and eventually getting the wording of the amendment changed, striking a sentence which would have also banned civil unions. The amended bill easily passed in the General Assembly. Because the verbiage changed, the process of amending the Indiana Constitution starts over and the exact same bill will have to be passed next legislative session in order to go to a state-wide vote. This is an important point - an amendment to ban same-sex marriage still passed the General Assembly, but with one less sentence on civil unions. Many greeted this outcome as an unmitigated success. I am not so sure. I understand the rationale behind


legislative tactics like changing the language to delay the measure a year, but I do not understand the victory lap that many opponents of the measure made after the wording change. There is still a possibility the same measure will pass during the next legislative session, setting up a statewide vote on who should have marriage rights. Zach Adamson is a City-County Councilor who recently married his partner in Washington D.C. and is also the first openly gay county-wide elected official in the state. Councilor Adamson thinks that it is unlikely that the measure will pass again in the future. He characterized the Freedom Indiana effort as “a huge success” that would “most likely mean the death of this amendment in this or any form.” Councilor Adamson bases his analysis on the demographic realities of an aging population being replaced by younger voters over time. “Young people are not as easily frightened by people different than they are and don’t buy the malarkey these wedge drivers have been peddling over the last few decades.” I hope he is right. This attempt to “double ban” any form of marriage equality in Indiana comes off as mean-spirited, even malicious. Adamson believes the proponents in the General Assembly felt “compelled to push this issue despite the statute simply because they’re chest pounding to their fringe base” in an attempt to get primary votes and campaign cash. Regardless of motivation, it seems to me that there are many more pressing issues in the city and the state that could be addressed, including infrastructure, crime, unemployment, and education, just to name a few. Furthermore, this proposed amendment sends exactly the wrong message to LGBT

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residents and most corporations who may want to do business in the state – it basically tells them that they aren’t welcome here, and neither are their tax dollars or jobs. Adamson explained that “the strategy to hit this from the business and financial angles was based in the realities of the Indiana Legislature because when you get their funders telling them to back off, they listen.” Most importantly though, I think it is a question of basic human rights. Proponents of the bill claim they are protecting the sanctity of marriage, but anyone with a cursory understanding of history knows that the institution of marriage has been in flux for thousands of years. If we do not take a stand on the side of expanding our civil rights on principle, not just for business interests, we may end up with our own version of “separate but equal” – civil unions. I am by no means attacking the pragmatic approach displayed by Freedom Indiana, but I think the paradigm will change the next time around, creating a situation where a direct lobbying effort will not be effective. Freedom Indiana was able to drive a wedge between two factions in conservative state politics by concentrating on how egregious the civil-union sentence was, but this wedge will not exist next time. We have to change the hearts and minds of our fellow Hoosiers if we want to achieve real and lasting marriage equality in Indiana. To highlight only the potential economic impact of constitutional discrimination, in the name of achieving monolithic opposition, cheapens our cause considerably. We should stop asking for the opportunity to establish civil unions (maybe, sometime in the future), and start demanding full marriage equality. Now.

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Developing AN ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET by Michael Burcham, PhD

In this ever-changing world, we are constantly forced to reinvent our businesses and ourselves. This reinvention process requires an entrepreneurial mindset. Developing an entrepreneurial mindset is all about perspective. It’s the view that no matter how long you’ve been in business, you’re starting it anew today. It’s about the process of diagnosing issues and symptoms to find root problems, framing options that may serve as possible solutions, clarifying data that you have and seeking information you need, and developing viable options and alternatives. Being entrepreneurial in our work is essentially a mindset of thinking and doing something that we have not done before to achieve a desirable goal or outcome. It is about assessing a situation, designing alternatives, and choosing a new way—or perhaps a combination of ways— that we hope will lead us to something better, however we happen to define better at that moment. Here are some key areas you can focus on to build your own entrepreneurial mindset:

1. Shape Your Life Experience Entrepreneurial thinking is about where we place the responsibility for our experiences. Although it’s not realistic to think that we have complete

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control of all our experiences, it’s martyrdom to think that we have none. An entrepreneur is someone deeply engaged in his or her experience of life and willing to do the daily work of transforming it. A very successful entrepreneur takes the time to analyze her life, to look closely at her vision and purpose in life. She puts her life on paper. She takes the time to construct mental images that guide her on her journey. While most people are winging it, she puts her life mission, business vision, and goals on paper. Then, she goes to work, executing her plan. When we constantly work on ourselves, we develop a greater understanding of and a greater belief in ourselves. This mindset is what allows us to become an expert in our chosen area. If we don’t understand and value ourselves, neither will anyone else, and those who understand and value themselves have a greater ability to understand and value others.

2. Think Pragmatic Idealism To adopt an entrepreneurial mindset, we must be idealists while remaining pragmatic. We must be sensitive to the world we wish to see and conscious of the world as it is. The entrepreneur’s work lies in connecting the two. When we are able to thoughtfully connect our dreams with our skills and a market opportunity, we are ready to begin our own entrepreneurial journey.

3. Think Strategically An entrepreneur is a great strategist and a master at getting others excited about helping them grow the business. They know how to make the most of every opportunity to bring in new


prospects, convert them to paying clients, and get them to buy repeatedly. That means carefully planning, strategizing, measuring results against expectations and readjusting. It means taking calculated risks and learning from the ideas that fail—and there are always ideas that fail. Most people make their decisions about their lives and careers based on emotions and assumptions. Successful entrepreneurs base their decisions on fact-based thinking.

4. Act Purposefully with Vision Vision is what we’re to do with the time that we have. Have you known anyone that is absolutely driven to succeed? No matter what the obstacle, he keeps going. In most cases, it is because he has extraordinary clarity of his vision. He took the time to clearly define what it is that he wanted to do. He stopped and thought about his life and what it was that he wanted to accomplish. He had the drive to see the task all the way to its outcome. Time is our scarcest resource. When we realize not as an intellectual construct but as an emotional conviction that our time here is finite, we act purposefully. To be a successful entrepreneur, you must protect and manage your time, because it is the most valuable asset you have. Thoughtfully plan your days, weeks, months, and years. Think about both how and with whom you spend your time—it’s likely an indicator of what you will become.

5. Understand the Ecosystem James F. Moore defined a business ecosystem as “an eco-

nomic community supported by a foundation of interacting organizations and individuals.” These ecosystems encourage companies to coevolve their capabilities. Sometimes an ecosystem can sprout up around a product (think about the cases, headphones, and chargers for mobile devices). A company can sprout whole economic worlds as was the case of the App Store, which was a new platform for Apple. Amazon also sprouted a marketplace where third-party vendors could offer their wares, creating an ecosystem.

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6. Learn to Focus Your Energy This characteristic is what I have found to be the most important when it comes to entrepreneurial success. Once we become aware of the possibilities of success, we also realize how many other opportunities abound. It is easy to become scattered and distracted.

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Summary Developing an entrepreneurial mindset is one of the best self-growth initiatives someone can undertake. Individuals who actively work to develop an entrepreneurial mindset are transformed, rarely resembling the person that they once were. They are constantly educating themselves and gaining experience that will lead them to the goals they desire. They truly understand the importance of acquiring greater skill sets, which in turn gives them greater self-worth.

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DoN'T Be Afraid to Change Your Asset Allocation by Brad J. Polo Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and cash). The baskets can be further divided within each type of investment. Although many investors understand that they should invest in a variety of securities, they often stumble when it’s time to choose an asset allocation that’s right for them. The allocation that you choose should be based on how much risk you are willing to assume, why you are investing and when you will need to tap your investments. However, in some cases, once investors choose their allocation, many are afraid to change it. As you experience changes in your life, it can be appropriate to redistribute your assets. So, when should you change your asset allocation? It is important to maintain balance in your portfolio. Accordingly, you should reevaluate your allocation strategy at least once a year or when you experience a major life change such as marriage or the birth of a child. It is not always necessary to make a fundamental change to the allocation, but you need to make that evaluation on a regular basis. Sometimes your portfolio might just need a tweak to rebalance assets that have either increased or decreased in value. For example, a booming stock market may mean that the value of the stock portion of your portfolio exceeds your original allocation. If that occurs, you may want to consider selling some stocks to bring your portfolio back into line with your initial allocation. Rebalancing is a strategy that every investor should take advantage of as a way to ensure their portfolio reflects their current investing goals, time horizon and tolerance for risk. Further changes to your allocation also may be appropriate depending on your particular investing style.

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Strategic investing. Most investors take a strategic approach to asset allocation, meaning they have at least 10 years before they anticipate needing the money they are investing. Strategic investors look at the long-term and typically do not make frequent changes to their allocation model. A strategic investor would change the way his or her money is invested if there was a fundamental shift in the economy (recession) or if inflation began to outpace the earnings that his or her investments were generating. Cyclical investing. Because the economy is cyclical, meaning it moves in stages of prosperity and recession, some investors change the way they allocate their assets based on the cycle of the economy. This is called cyclical investing and it typically means that an investor will reallocate his or her funds every three months to three years. A cyclical investor might invest heavily in stocks when the economy experiences growth and, conversely, would invest more dollars in bonds when the economy experiences a period of contraction. Tactical investing. The third type of investor looks at the shortterm – a period of one year or less. The tactical investor changes his or her portfolio based on trends in the market. A tactical approach to asset allocation isn’t for everyone as it typically requires an investor to trade rather actively and sometimes trade with greater risk. Each investor has unique goals for their money and a distinctive investment style. It is best to talk with your financial consultant about what kind of asset allocation would be right for you and how often you should redistribute your assets. Bear in mind that although asset allocations diversifies your assets, it does not protect against fluctuating markets and uncertain returns. Brad J. Polo is a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors and can be reached at 317-684-4969.


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Thomas Bartenbach Thomas Bartenbach joined The Damien Center as Interim Executive Director in 2009. He began his career as a bag boy at Preston Safeway in Indianapolis, eventually purchasing the store from its owners. He owned two Bartenbach’s Food Emporium grocery stores in the area before joining Indiana Cares as Executive Director in 1993. Following his time with Indiana Cares, Tom moved to Seattle, where he owned and operated an internet café for eight years. After selling the café, he returned to Indianapolis, where he worked on marketing the “To Your Health” license plate, which benefits eight local health foundations, including the Indiana AIDS Fund. Bartenbach’s personal mission is the same as that of The Damien Center: to empower those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to move forward with dignity and to lead the fight against HIV. As Executive Director, he brings that mission to life in a client-focused, cost-effective way. “As we seek to be responsive to the ever-changing landscapes of HIV and AIDS, I firmly believe we can serve our clientele while increasing the services provided for by generous donations and service-oriented grants,” Bartenbach says. “Using a combination of creative outsourcing, staff realignment, and reestablishing our cooperative network with other helping agencies in the public and private sector, we can enhance the quality of care for all we seek to serve while spending fewer dollars.” In his spare time, Bartenbach enjoys professional baseball, particularly the San Francisco Giants. He enjoys spending time with his family of five brothers and sisters, 20+ nieces and nephews, and many close friends.

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Need your Broadway fix? Not to worry, because Broadway in Indianapolis, which presents Broadway touring shows in Indy, has announced its 2014-2015 season. It’s a mix of musicals that have played here previously with a few new ones as well. Recently, Unite Magazine spoke with Leslie Broecker, president of Broadway in Indianapolis, about show selection and the LGBT community’s importance as a targeted demographic. Regarding the selection process, Broecker said that because season ticket holders are the lifeblood and safety net for a Broadway series, the series has had to undergo a transition because her organization struggles to get past 6,000 subscribers in Indy. It’s a small number for a market of Indy’s size, according to Broecker, who said, “We are moving towards more populist titles and those that will attract families. Our current approach is just to build audiences, by getting families in with the big hits so that in the future we’ll have the ability to bring in new shows and not have it be so risky.” When asked about the importance of the LGBT audience to the success of the series, Broecker replied, “I am your demographic, as are members of our staff and performers on our stage. I have been with my partner, Marty Bybee, for 27 years. We were married in November and are part of the community, so it’s a very important audience. It’s an important creative force as well.” Ultimately, Broecker hopes that the LGBT community will continue to support the new series. “We think the shows next season are very exciting and fun. We need members of our community to support the series so that we may continue to diversify our programming, enhance it, and get shows direct from Broadway.”

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Below is the 2014-2015 Broadway in Indianapolis series along with capsule descriptions.

Elf the Musical, Dec. 16–21, 2014, at Old National Centre. Elf is a story about Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and ends up in the North Pole. He doesn’t realize he’s actually human until he’s forced to face reality once his size and poor toy-making abilities become a problem. After asking Santa’s permission, Buddy travels to New York City to locate his birth father, find his true identity, and help New Yorkers remember the true meaning of Christmas. The Illusionists, Jan. 20–25, 2015, at Old National Centre The Illusionists is the largest magic show in the world and showcases the talents of seven of the most renowned illusionists on earth. For audienc-


es of all ages, the critically acclaimed show mixes outrageous and astonishing acts on stage and features magic and illusions that have never been seen before. Annie, Feb. 24–March 1, 2015, at Clowes Memorial Hall Annie, one of world’s most popular musicals, is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro. It features a book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, and includes such songs as “It’s A Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus, the iconic “Tomorrow.”

Beauty and the Beast, May 1–3, 2015, at Clowes Memorial Hall Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a romantic Broadway musical for all generations, based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film. It’s a classic musical love story, filled with beloved characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the title song. Dirty Dancing, June 9–15, 2015, at Clowes Memorial Hall Dirty Dancing tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most rewarding summer of their lives. The show features the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do you Love Me?” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, April 7–12, 2015, at Clowes Memorial Hall Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. This new production will feature Broadway and television star Diana DeGarmo as The Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young as Joseph. The musical is a retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors, and is filled with songs including “Those Canaan Days,” “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Mamma Mia! Oct. 3–5, 2015, at Clowes Memorial Hall Mamma Mia! combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with a feel-good story of love, laughter and friendship. For tickets, and information about the Broadway in Indianapolis 2014-2015 Season, visit the Broadway in Indianapolis Box Office at the Marott Center at 342 Massachusetts. Ave., order online at www.BroadwayInIndianapolis.com or call 1-800-793-7469.

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GETTING TO KNOW HUNTER HAYES by Joey Amato

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When Hunter Hayes performed his new single “Invisible” at the 2014 Grammy Awards in January, the dreamlike moment was one of many he has experienced since releasing his self-titled debut album in October 2011. Hayes used the setting to premiere his most personal song to date, a moving, piano-driven ballad he wrote about feeling like an outcast growing up. “I was a solid mass of nerves,” Hayes admits. “I was sick to my stomach almost the entire week before. We had a day off; I took a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to try to get my mind off it, but it didn’t work.” Hayes was anxious because he not only would be performing for the music industry’s biggest stars and nearly 30 million people watching at home, but he would also be putting the song’s message out there to the world for the first time. “Every time I talk about it, I get very emotional.” “Invisible,” the lead-off track from Storyline, Hayes’s second studio album, sprang out of a conversation that Hayes had with the song’s co-writers, Katrina Elam and Bonnie Baker. “We were in tears half the day talking about how our obsession with music made us different and led us down a path where

there was no one else there,” he said. “While I had my parents, who totally supported me, I also had moments of feeling absolutely invisible, where no one really noticed anything about me. I think what inspired us the most was knowing that, as much as our stories have hurt us, at least we now have the perspective to look back on things and feel better. The important thing was to flip it and make it positive.” The song and segments of its accompanying music video portray the feelings many LGBT young people feel in high school where they are struggling to fit in, trying to combat bullying, and wondering why they aren’t like everyone else. “At school, I was a quiet kid,” Hayes says. “I was really shy. My safe zone was music. Writing songs was like keeping a journal. I really took it seriously when I realized how powerful a tool it was and how much I needed it. I spent a lot of time in the studio that I built at our house, so much so that I neglected going out. I skipped all the parties. I skipped the prom every year because it always fell on a date when I had a gig to play. Music was the one thing that was going really well, and I was going to give every minute to it that I possibly could.”

Though the isolation clearly took its toll, which he writes about so powerfully in “Invisible,” Hayes’s relentless focus clearly had its upside. Not only did his debut album establish Hayes as a leading talent in the country world, it also earned him a host of honors, including an American Music Award, a Country Music Association Award, two Teen Choice Awards, two American Country Awards, and a CMT Music Award for Artist of the Year. Hayes has also befriended Elton John and contributes a cover of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” to the deluxe reissue of John’s classic 1973 album, which was released in March. On his latest album, Storyline, Hayes finds himself doing some serious soul-searching. “At 22, there’s a lot of trying to figure out love, which at the end of the day, I’ve realized I’ll never figure out, though the process of trying is fun.” Mostly, Hayes is looking forward to people hearing brand-new songs. “I’m just ready to say something new,” he says. “I’ve lived with the first record for so long, and I feel like I’ve written the next chapter and am ready to share it with the world. I’m ready to open up and tell my story.”

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TAYLOR SMITH by Joey Amato Contemporary fine artist Taylor Smith’s work documents her interest in sexuality, the human figure, science, nature, analogue photography, and organic chemistry. Smith creates medium- to large-scale paintings on linen, panel, and canvas, often working in oil, acrylic, transfer, charcoal, and at times, wine. Yes…Wine!
 She has exhibited nationally and internationally as well as having been a featured artist at the Florence Biennale in Italy. Smith is also the recent recipient of a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship through the Indianapolis Arts Council and the Eli Lilly Endowment. Her work has been selected over several years for inclusion in the Kinsey Institute Juried show in Bloomington, a prestigious annual selection of artworks relating to eroticism, the politics of sex and gender, and the human figure. “I think ultimately I am hoping to leave my mark in this world. That fascinates me,” Smith states. “Creativity, discovery, and technology fascinate me. Within my work, I try to blend my own contemporary interpretation of abstraction with elements of traditional still life and portraiture. Mathematics, organic

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chemistry, mechanics, photography, and pop culture also play a role in my path from conception to completion.” Much of Smith’s recent work explores the relationship between abstraction and the ordered world of still life and traditional portraiture. Her love of the female form has also greatly informed her work in recent years, blending abstraction and traditional painting with elements of eroticism, chemistry, and mechanics to create an unexpected and moving experience. “I often alternate between painting imagined self-portraits and portraits of those women I have had significant relationships with. In many of the works, I will obscure the face to draw the viewer in closer as they attempt to understand what is missing and fill in the empty spaces on their own,” Smith mentions about her female-inspired works. “I also feel that painting the female figure more loosely allows for greater exploration, not only by myself but also on the part


of the viewer. There are questions to be answered and the uncomfortable space creates an underlying tension, often an emotional and sexual tension, and that is really what I am hoping to achieve. Most of us experience that tension when we are with someone who fascinates us. I want my paintings of women to fascinate and create emotion.” Smith enjoyed creating the Chemical Still Life series of work because it is profoundly abstract and so starkly pairs science and art. “To me, art and science are a beautiful push-pull pairing, but to many people it is one that is surprising and unexpected. There is a beauty in science, math, and chemistry which I feel pairs nicely with the softer, more subjective side of the arts.”

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While studying in Germany in the 1980s, Smith participated in several art projects at the Berlin Wall, including one with renowned artist Keith Haring. Currently she paints in her studio at the Stutz Building, but travels frequently for inspiration. “I think it would be fantastic to be 95 years old and still creating, still painting in my studio somewhere in Europe. Now, that’s a life!”

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THE MANY COLORS OF by Jesse Walker A star since the 1960s, Dolly Parton has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. With her latest album, Blue Smoke, releasing on May 13, the 68-year-old country music legend still has the energy to embark on a new world tour to promote the album and reach out to her fans. Having grown up poor in East Tennessee, Dolly has deeply rooted Blue Smoke in a variety of influences from her life, and she feels that one of the most notable tracks is “Lay Your Hands on Me,” written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. “When I heard that song years and years ago when it first came out, I thought it would make such a perfect gospel song. I grew up in a Pentecostal Church where we really believed in laying your hands on people and praying for them,” Dolly says. “I really think it made a great gospel song! It’s one of my favorites on the whole album just because it’s different and we did all those bluegrass harmonies in addition to the choir.”

to recall the many things that blue smoke means to her. The song is a great reflection of where she grew up, the Great Smoky Mountains, often called the “Blue Smokies” because of the blue, smoke-like mist that rises from them. “The other ‘blue’ part of that smoke is that there was so much bluegrass influence with the instruments and the harmonies,” she says, before adding that the song is most literally about a train. “You just feel like you are going somewhere. You are getting out of a mess,” she says. Then, she adds with a laugh, “I don’t like to fly so I would rather ride a train. ‘Blue Smoke’ just seemed to fit all of those things.”

That gospel sound is just one of the “many colors” Dolly said is found on the album. She explained she makes music that her fans want to hear and that she personally enjoys, rather than catering to a commercialized radio sound. Bluegrass, gospel, mountain, country, pop, and rock aspects can all be found on the new album, creating a variety of sound that is very much on purpose.

Having already completed the Australia and New Zealand legs of her tour, Dolly will have a run of shows in the United States in May, followed by a widespread visit to Europe in June and July, including stops in Ireland, England, Wales, Germany, Norway, and Sweden. She notes the differences between American audiences and those in another country, especially how international audiences are so responsive to her show because neither she nor they know when they will get to see each other again. “I give it all I have got, and they give it all they have got,” she says, “so it really makes for a nice, fun show.”

Blue Smoke had been on Dolly’s mind as a great title for a project since her early bluegrass music, and she wrote the title track

Even while traveling, Dolly makes sure to write something every day. “Songwriting is just as natural as breathing to me,” she says.

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“It was a song that brought me out of the Smoky Mountains and sent me around the world.” When she is home, Dolly likes to plan two- to three-week periods when she will retreat to either her East Tennessee home or her Nashville lake house to do nothing but write. “I can come up with anywhere from 20 to 30 songs during that period of time,” she says and then quickly adds, “but they are not all good! “I do prefer to write alone because I just have such definite thoughts; it is like my little private time,” she continues, explaining that she has different instruments, including guitars, banjos, and a piano, in her home depending on what sound she is wanting for a particular song. Still, she sometimes will write with others, such as her brother, her uncle, and one of her aunts. Dolly realizes her international fans are not the only ones who have lifted her to icon-level status and embraces the way the LGBT community has come to love her. “Well, first of all, the guys want to look like me,” she jokes. “I’ve always said, it is a good thing I was born a woman or I would have definitely been a drag queen!” She thinks the community supports her because she, too, has been condemned and persecuted for who she is, what she thinks, and what she looks like. “I think people relate to me because they know that I understand what it’s like to


fight for being myself and overcoming all sorts of things,” she says. “I don’t judge or criticize anybody. I’m not God, and I’m not a judge. I just love everybody.” She is honored and flattered not only that the drag queens like to dress like her but that the LGBT community truly understands her. “We are just people. We do what we do, love who we love, and can’t help who we are. We should proudly be that.” When it comes to what she does next, Dolly has a lot of ideas. “I just want to continue to do more and be better with the things I’ve got,” she says. “I want to write better songs. I want to record better records. I would love to do a children’s [television] show someday. I would love to have my own cosmetic company. I just always look for good things to write about, to talk about, and just try to do something to help somebody else. I have new dreams everyday, but one thing I am proud of is the Imagination Library and giving books to children.” Dolly has also received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006 from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is very proud and grateful for the recognition of her achievements. “It’s different than your family and friends saying it, but when that many special people think I’ve done something, I must have done pretty good,” she says. “I’m so grateful and thankful that I have had a chance to see my dreams come true unlike so many people in this world that can never say that. “I ain’t done yet!” she adds. “I hope to do this for a long time more. I don’t ever intend to retire.” Dolly will be bringing her classics like “Jolene” and “Coat of Many Colors” as well as all the new tunes from Blue Smoke to audiences in the United States and worldwide as her Blue Smoke World Tour continues. The album launches May 13. Visit www.dollyparton.com for a full list of tour dates.

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Coby Palmer by Mark A. Lee

Coby Palmer — or Blossom, as he’s known by his fellow Bag Ladies — is originally from Fulton, New York, and moved to Indianapolis over 40 years ago. He’s done everything from being an accessory buyer for Kittle’s Furniture, to owning his own card shop, called “Just Cards”. Now, he owns his own flower shop, Coby Palmer Designs, catering to special events, every day flowers, and large parties. If you take a peek inside of his

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shop, you can’t help but notice that Liza Minnelli is among one of his most famous clients from around the world. Before moving to Indianapolis, Palmer was in the navy for four years, and married for 25. He has three grandchildren, ages 9, 7, and 1. “I’ve been through it all,” he states. “I’ve been through life when you had to get married no matter


what — and I’m glad that I did, because I have three wonderful grandchildren, and my wife and I are best friends.” Palmer’s middle grandchild has been known to say, “Poppy dresses up like a woman, but that’s ok.”

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Palmer started the Bag Ladies 33 years ago, and on May 18 —the evening of his 70th birthday, he was crowned the Bag Ladies’ Queen Mother. It was both a surprise, and an honor for Palmer to be crowned, as he has never once been crowned a Bag Lady Queen in 33 years of riding the bus. The Bag Ladies began because one of Indy’s biggest parties, thrown by John Irish, wasn’t going to happen one year. Palmer had previously read an article about the Bag Ladies in a New York magazine and the rest is history. “That’s when we came up with the idea of renting a bus, and going to all of the bars, and just having a good time.” “The next year is when we really started raising money for AIDS,” Palmer recalls.” We were the first ones to do a variety show to raise money. We raised $4,000, and sent $2,000 to NY.” The Bag Ladies are the same age as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York, and the organization felt it was important to donate money to their cause. They were the only group in Indy that was raising money and helping people with HIV/AIDS at the time. “People were scared to death to touch anybody.” Like many individuals living through the HIV/AIDS crisis, Palmer can’t remember how many friends he has lost over the years. Instead of cowering away, Palmer decided to take action. He also started the Garage Party, yet another fundraiser for HIV and AIDS, and was present when their first party — held in an actual parking garage downtown — was broken up by the police for serving alcohol without a permit on a Sunday. “I had just gone back to the card shop to take care of some more details, and Ed Walsh called and said, ‘We’ve been busted! Get over here right now!’ So I walked in, and David Ferris had all of the money in his pants. We kindly walked out with all of the money in our pants, and went and deposited the money in Just Cards bank account so no one could get it. Then we called Sheila Kennedy because they were ready to arrest Ed Walsh, President of Indiana Cares.” Sheila saved the day, and the only thing that happened is the police kept all of the liquor…. lots of it! Drawing from his experience, Palmer enjoys mentoring young people. “Be yourself. When we first started out, we really couldn’t be ourselves. If you wanted to wear lipstick, you couldn’t wear lipstick. If you wanted a tattoo, you couldn’t have a tattoo. If you wanted anything, society almost dictated what you had to be. Luckily, I’ve always been in the arts, and all of my friends have done what they wanted to do.” Over the years, the Bag Ladies have raised millions of dollars, and helped thousands of people affected by HIV and AIDS.

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Paul Signac (French, 1863–1935), Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones and Tints, Portrait of M. Felix Fénéon in 1890, 1890-1891, oil on canvas, 29 x 36-1/2 in.

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FACE TO FACE by Estella Pan The first exhibition devoted solely to portraits of the Neo-Impressionist movement will open at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and will be the only U.S. venue for the exhibition. Face to Face: The Neo-Impressionist Portrait, 1886-1904 will feature more than 30 paintings and 20 works on paper by artists including Paul Signac, Henri- Edmond Cross, Maximilien Luce and Vincent van Gogh.

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Face to Face will be on view in the Allen Whitehill Clowes Gallery June 15 through September 7, 2014. Rooted in recent discoveries in optics and perception, Neo-Impressionism was developed in late 19th-century Paris by French painter Georges Seurat. While his use of brilliant color and pointillist brushwork is largely associated with landscapes, seascapes and scenes of modern life, the approach also produced arresting portraits of unusual beauty and perception. Face to Face represents the first major museum exhibition to examine this significant facet of the Neo-Impressionist movement. “Perhaps because Neo-Impressionism is so linked to the pursuit of natural light and brilliant color, the primary vehicles for analyzing the technique have been landscapes and other outdoor scenes,” said Ellen W. Lee, The Wood-Pulliam Senior Curator at the IMA and co-organizer of the exhibition. “This exhibition reveals the Neo-Im-


pressionists’ ability to invest psychological intensity and vivid expression into that most natural of subjects—the human face.” The exhibition features 15 painters from France, Belgium and The Netherlands. The earliest followers of Seurat, artists such as Paul Signac, Lucien Pissarro and Albert Dubois-Pillet, are represented. The exhibition also will introduce under-recognized figures such as Henri Delavallée and Achille Laugé to American audiences. “The Indianapolis Museum of Art has the finest Neo-Impressionist collection in America,” said Charles L. Venable, the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, “and we are proud to organize Face to Face and to present it in Brussels and Indianapolis. This exhibition and its catalogue will be both a visual delight and a scholarly milestone.” Neo-Impressionism was developed decades after photography made realistic images widely available. While physical resemblance remained an important aspect of portraiture, artists of the era were also free to emphasize individual technique, their pursuit of psychological or spiritual identity, and their own emotional connection with their subjects. These subjects were often drawn from the circles of the artists’ families and friends, and their portraits record in vivid color some of the era’s most intriguing and influential personalities. Exquisite drawings also play a prominent role in the exhibition, demonstrating the expressive potential of black and white pencil and crayon portraits. Drawn from museums such as the Musée d’Orsay, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, libraries and private collections throughout Europe and the United States, the exhibition presents a variety of engaging images, offering fresh insight into the aesthetics and character of one of the era’s most fascinating chapters.

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PHOENIX THEATRE TURNS HEADS

WITH NEW PRODUCTION by Estella Pan

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Producing Director, Bryan Fonseca photo courtesy of the Phoenix Theatre


For the last 31 years, the Indianapolis-based Phoenix Theatre has been committed to producing the best in professional, contemporary theatre, oftentimes providing the Indianapolis community with productions straight from Broadway or the West End. Phoenix Theatre founder and Producing Director, Bryan Fonseca, has been at the helm every step of the way, and has been instrumental in the establishment and maintenance of the theatre’s vision of producing new plays—that is, plays that have been written within the last five years—that not only entertain, but also examine and question the world in which we live. And, perhaps most importantly, Fonseca looks for plays that give voice to many diverse communities—something not often attempted within the confines of the conservative Midwest. One such community Fonseca has always represented on stage is the LGBT community. “We’ve done plays that have explored the entire human experience,” explains Fonseca about the Phoenix’s commitment to presenting plays that examine the LGBT experience, a mission that has existed since the theatre’s inception in the early 1980s. “We’ve gone from doing ‘The Warning Plays,’ those first initial plays that really were looking at LGBT culture. They were plays that had to do with the AIDS crisis. They were saying, ‘Hey, there’s something going on, and we really need to be aware of it.’” Following those plays that introduced the conservative Indianapolis community to the realities of HIV/AIDS, the Phoenix then began producing what Fonseca calls “The Mourning Plays.” He explains, “we transitioned from ‘something’s going on’ to ‘now we’ve lost all these people and we’re mourning that loss.”

Though the Phoenix’s programming has never been exclusively LGBT-themed, each season has included at least one play dealing with various aspects of the community. “Now we’re producing plays that are just exploring the complexities of LGBT lives, and all of the issues that are involved with that. We’re looking at stories of us as individuals, not as this specific community. Yet, the issues of our upcoming production of Cock are kind of specific to the community.” Cock follows John, who has been in a stable relationship with a man for years. When the two take a break, John surprises himself and everyone else in his life when he accidentally falls in love with a woman. John is confused and torn by whom to choose, but both his ex and the new woman make it clear they’re willing to wait—and fight—for John.

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Fonseca was drawn to the issues of Cock for many reasons, aside from his commitment to LGBT programming. “Having been a man who has been in relationships with both men and women, it was a very particular story of interest to me. But Cock also just illuminates that attraction is attraction—and what we’re all trying to do is understand it.” Cock communicates to the larger world as well. Fonseca explains, “I think the issue— and this is what’s more universal and not just specific to the community—is commitment. How do you know when this one is the right one? And what’s the nature of love? Is love the reason for commitment? And do we also commit for reasons other than love?” Cock runs at the Phoenix Theatre from June 12-July 6. Visit www.phoenixtheatre.org for more information.

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DINING REVIEW FORTYFIVE DEGREES by Joey Amato The downtown Indianapolis culinary scene has been going through a wonderful renaissance over the past couple of years and one of the restaurant’s at the heart of this thriving district is FortyFive Degrees, a chic venue offering a delectable menu filled with mouth-watering entrees and succulent sushi.

FortyFiveËš martini, a refreshing blend of Smirnoff Orange Vodka, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice, energy drink (yes, energy drink) and garnished with an orange slice. The restaurant hit the nail on the head with this cocktail, so give this one a try, especially on Thursday when all martinis are half-price.

Upon entering FortyFive Degrees, one will quickly notice they are in for a bit of a treat. Hints of South Beach echo throughout the establishment, located on bustling Massachusetts Avenue. Diners are greeted by a friendly wait staff and presented with a menu offering everything from a selection of small plates, to unique salads and specialty sushi rolls. To begin, start off with the signature

Fresh fish is abundant here. I highly recommend trying a few of the small plates to really grasp the essence of the restaurant. The Bangkok Shrimp with spicy sauce, green onion and Napa cabbage is delicious. However, if you are looking for something a bit on the lighter side, try the Seared Ahi Tuna, prepared with a 5-spice rub and served over a spicy carrot-radish salad with a sweet sesame soy glaze.

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. Adventure-seekers should opt for the Octopus Salad, a hearty portion of Dashi poached octopus served with heart of palm and chili oil. The octopus was cooked to perfection and the chili oil gave the salad a satisfying kick. Sushi lovers will not be disappointed at FortyFive Degrees. Their extensive menu includes a variety of rolls ranging from the basic tuna and California rolls, to more creative selections like Mount Fuji, a combination of shrimp tempura, asparagus, spicy crab and cream cheese, topped with volcano sauce and Tobiko. Another interesting selection is the Spider which consists of soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber and eel sauce. Let’s face it; everything tastes amazing with eel sauce! The entrees at FortyFive Degrees are varied and plentiful. They range from a scrumptious Chicken or Shrimp Pad Thai to Panko-Crusted Stuffed Tilapia with blue crab stuffing, asparagus, toasted almonds and spicy lobster sauce. Carnivores will be happy with either the Asian Beef Tips or the Filet Mignon served with roasted red potatoes and stir-fried vegetables in a soy reduction. FortyFive Degrees is also a hotspot when the sun goes down. Every Saturday night at 10pm, the restaurant turns into Studio 45 with music video mixes by DJ Z and $3 vodka drinks. This is the place to see and be seen by Indy’s social elite. Overall, the restaurant offers everything one is expecting: great food, great cocktails, great environment and most importantly, great service.

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Warm Smoked Salmon Salad WITH CHILI LIME DRESSING Ingredients 1–1-1/2 pounds new potatoes, halved 1 bundle asparagus tips Mushrooms, lightly sautéed in olive oil, with champagne vinegar salt and pepper Mixed salad leaves (including young beetroot leaves, spinach, arugula, kale, and watercress) 1 bunch each parsley and mint, leaves picked and roughly chopped 3 medium radishes, thinly sliced 4 cumquats thinly sliced 2 medium tomatoes cut into quarters 3–6 ounces hot smoked salmon steaks, skin removed 4 spring onions, slices diagonally

For the dressing 3 tbsp. lemon juice ½ cup, olive oil 1 tsp. wholegrain mustard 2 tsp. organic honey 2 red chillies, minced

Directions Boil potatoes in salted water for 10 minutes or until fork tender, adding the asparagus tips for the final 60 seconds of cooking. Drain and allow to cool. In a medium skillet, sauté the mushrooms until tender, seasoning with salt and pepper, add two or three teaspoons of champagne vinegar to deglaze the pan. Allow the mushrooms to cool. Whisk together the salad dressing ingredients, season to taste. On a large serving platter scatter new potatoes. In a large bowl, toss together the asparagus, mushrooms, salad leaves, herbs, radishes, and cumquats. Add two-thirds of the dressing, thoroughly mix through the salad, and then spread the salad over the potatoes on the platter. Break the warm smoked salmon into large chunks, and then scatter it over the top along with the spring onions. Finish by pouring remaining dressing over the top and garnish with the tomato wedges. Chef ’s notes: If smoked salmon is not available, try seasoning the salmon with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and grilling it. Baked salmon is also delicious.

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Columbus, oh by Joey Amato

When it comes to emerging LGBT meccas, you should look no further than Columbus, Ohio. The Midwestern town is home to not only an energetic culinary and arts community but also a thriving LGBT community, containing dozens of entertainment options to satisfy any taste and budget. One of the most impressive things about the Arch City is the overwhelming friendliness of the people. Wherever we visited during our stay, we were greeted with open arms and a friendly smile. On this visit, I wanted to focus on Columbus’s much bragged about culinary community. New restaurants are sprouting up around the city and garnering national acclaim for their innovative concepts and menus. The greatest highlight is an establishment simply called The Kitchen, where guests can participate in the preparation of their dinner from start to finish.

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The Kitchen is open to private parties and individuals who make reservations in advance of their visit. Guests are encouraged to grab an apron and a sharpened knife and help in the preparation of everything from the appetizers to the entrees and desserts. On my visit, I helped prepare a glorious crab salad made with fresh avocado and lump crab meat tossed in a light citrus vinaigrette dressing. The recipes are presented to guests, and the ingredients are already portioned out, leaving little room for error for even the most novice chef. After the hard work is complete, guests can grab a cocktail at the bar and converge around a large table where conversation with friends and strangers is highly encouraged. Just think of it as a large Thanksgiving dinner for about 40. With a quick glance at the bar, we noticed a brand of liquor called OYO; the bartender quickly explained that it is a local


product and gave us a sampling of their vodka and whiskey. My favorite of the bunch is the OYO Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka. Containing aromas of marshmallow and honeycomb, the vodka works perfectly when combined with Cointreau or Grand Marnier and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Middle West Sprits, creator of the OYO brand, opens its distillery to visitors to view the production process and taste all the varieties it produces. For beer lovers, head to North High Brewing, a unique microbrewery that gives customers the chance to become brewmasters for the day, using North High’s proprietary brew-on-site equipment. Brunch is a big deal in Columbus, and the top choice among the locals is The Pearl. The restaurant offers traditional selections, such as Chicken and Waffles with warm blueberry sauce and Ohio honey and Huevos Rancheros with chorizo, guacamole, and smoked chili black beans. For those looking for a lighter brunch, The Pearl prides itself on its selection of fresh oysters and seafood. Another notable selection is the House Smoked Salmon with deviled egg, brioche, and scallion tartar sauce. Columbus is home to a large Italian population with a great assortment of restaurants highlighting the cuisines of various regions of Italy. In the heart of Victorian Village lies Basi Italia, a cozy establishment offering an innovative twist on Mediterranean cuisine. The eclectic menu offers something for every palate. Starters worth noting include Parmesan Crème Brûlée prepared with black pepper focaccia crisps and Crispy Fried Oysters accompanied by a citrus-saffron aioli and fried parsley. Entrees include a combination of delectable pasta, meat, and seafood selections. I recommend trying the Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops with sweet potatoes, spinach, and pomegranate blood orange, or for meat lovers, the Roasted Beef Short Rib with mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, and Italian tomato is to die for. If you have time in between your culinary adventure, swing by the Pizzuti Collection, located in the heart of Columbus’s gayborhood. The space offers a presentation of contemporary art from the private collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti. Opening in September, the Collection will present NOW-ism: Abstraction Today, a thought-provoking exhibition of 21st century painting, sculpture, video, and furnishings representing the newest abstract work from today’s best artists. NOW-ism features international emerging stars like Sarah Cain, Diana Al-Hadid, and Florian Meisenberg and established artists, including Jim Hodges, Columbus’s own Ann Hamilton, and Miami-based Teresita Fernández. The show will include more than 100 works spanning all three floors of the space. Columbus is a hidden gem that people should venture to in the next year. Even the biggest New York, Miami, and San Francisco fans will not be disappointed. Columbus offers a big city feel with Midwestern charm.


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GETTING IN SHAPE FOR THE SUMMER by Philip Fusco

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It’s never too late to get in shape for the summer… even if it is already June. Your summer body should be a mindset that stays with you all year round and not just for a few months of fun in the sun. The first necessary step for getting in shape is to evaluate your diet. Having an occasional cheat day can be ok, but some people have cheat weeks or just a bad diet in general. After reading this article, I want you to put down the Twinkie or bag of chips and be inspired. The first step for inspiration is to feel good. Dwelling on where you’re not in your health or fitness life is not the way to motivate yourself. You need to find real, lasting reasons to focus on where you could be and continually remind yourself how great it feels to be on your way there. Thinking that you’ll only be happy once you’ve hit that certain weight or muscle mass is a self-defeating attitude. Get excited now that you’re on your way there. This excitement can be achieved and maintained by making a vision board. This is exactly what I did when I first started serious weight lifting years ago. (For details and instructions on your vision board and other first steps, visit www.youtube.com/philipjfusco.) Once your board is created, remind yourself that before working out is made a priority, you need to change your diet. Cut out processed sugars, salty foods, white bread, and white rice. Get rid of the fast food, soda, and fake iced tea addiction. Keep salts and sugar intake low. Stay away from high-fructose corn syrup. Change the white stuff to brown—white bread to whole wheat bread, white rice to brown rice—but all within limitations. The key here is to “dabble” not to “indulge.” And when you do dabble, you should still be eating natural, healthy foods. Now you can hit the gym. First, check your form. It’s more important that you’re lifting correctly than it is how much you’re lifting. The key is low weight with high repetitions. Keep track of how much you’re lifting (seriously, write it down). If you’re lifting correctly, you should be able to add a small amount of weight to each of your sets every few weeks. If you can’t, you’re not pushing hard enough, are skipping too many days, or are lifting incorrectly. Everyone has different diet and workout needs, but the important thing to remember is that we all can improve our diets and stay on track with our workout schedules. There’s no other mysterious secret—that’s how to get the summer body. For more tips or for a personalized workout plan, visit http://philcity.com.

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Major League Sports MEETS DIVERSITY by Stan C. Kimer It seems that many LGBT people, especially gay men, are not into major spectator sports. Since I grew up in a very athletically oriented family, sports have been an integral part of my life. As a gay man and a consultant whose practice includes diversity consulting with a specialization in the LGBT marketplace and workplace, I closely follow recent developments around LGBT diversity and sports. It seems that sports is now finally experiencing the growing pains and struggles that corporate America went through 10–20 years ago. Over the past few years, visible activity around LGBT diversity and major pro sports has hits the news. •

In 2011, the Atlanta Braves baseball team was embarrassed when pitching coach Roger McDowell berated fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco with gay slurs. In 2012, when Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support of Maryland’s marriage equality initiative was criticized by a Maryland legislator, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe eloquently came to his defense. In 2013, the first active player in an American major sport, long time NBA (National Basketball Association) player Jason Collins publicly came out.

This year has already had its own developments.

Beginning with bad: First, the Olympics always bring extra attention to the sport of figure skating. When the Associated Press published a great article about the showdown between top American male skaters at the U.S. Nationals in January, the posted comments online were disgusting. Nearly half the comments speculated about the sexual orientation of the male figure skaters, using derogatory and vulgar terms. Second, the bullying incident within the Miami Dolphins football team between guard Richie Incognito and tackle Jonathan Martin involving rape threats and homophobic slurs has now grown to involve additional personnel and racial epithets.

Now the good: The year 2014 begins with very significant news of University of Missouri All-American defensive end Michael Sam’s coming out as an “openly proud gay man.” This pronouncement was met with a standing ovation from the University of Missouri student body, and since that time, Sam has received accolades for his candid and dignified handling of reporters’ questions. What is most significant about this announcement is that Sam is not an already retired pro athlete (several pros in the major sports shared their sexual orientation only after retiring), nor at the end of his career, but instead is about to be drafted onto a pro football team. Some football industry pundits have written that this move may hurt Sam’s ranking in the football lottery, since some teams may view having the new out gay player on their team as a distraction, but I strongly disagree. Pro sports now needs to learn what most businesses learned 10 or 20 years ago: leveraging diversity can be a huge organizational advantage. Instead, a pro football team will be very fortunate to obtain Michael Sam for three reasons: 1. Economics. A creative NFL team could market to a whole new segment. The LGBT market segment in the United States has over $830 billion in disposable income, according to Witeck Communications. Along with spending millions of dollars on theatre, opera, and WNBA season tickets, this segment can be purchasing NFL season tickets. 2. Community Relations. Having the first out gay active NFL player on the team can greatly enhance community outreach programs, including anti-bullying campaigns. As NFL teams routinely visit children in hospitals and inner-city school programs, they can deliver the message that all children can pursue any area where they have passion and talent. Gay teens do not need to join the drama club if they have the talent and interest to play football or basketball instead. 3. Team Success. The football team that drafts Sam can leverage the new addition by valuing the diversity and unique attributes of each team member and providing an affirming environment where each person can contribute his very best. I bet the team that drafts Sam will get an extra boost by welcoming the NFL’s first out gay player and will coalesce into a championship team.

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REVIEW book

45 Years After Woodstock

AN INTERVIEW WITH ELLIOT TIBER by Sebastian Fortino

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A glow of satisfaction radiates from someone who makes the simple act of living an art. Elliot Tiber is one such person. In April, his memoir After Woodstock hits shelves. This is preceded by Saving Woodstock, made into the 2009 Ang Lee film, and Palm Trees on the Hudson, published in 2010. “In After Woodstock, I take myself from the day I left my parents’ dreadful motel in early September 1969,” Tiber said of his journey with a nest egg built, in part, from the financial success of Woodstock. “I headed out west to become a set designer in Hollywood. I then schlepped off to Belgium to be with the love of my life—who pointed out to me, thankfully, Belgium and the Belgian Congo jungle were entirely different points on the map.” This year marks the 45th anniversary of 1969. A year—a chapter—of American history that perhaps no one is more intrinsically connected to than Tiber. It makes perfect sense his third book chronicles what happened next. “The year 1969 remains, for me, the clarion call of my own freedom. It all sprang from Stonewall, the feeling we all had that night when the cops tried to bust us just for being us,” he said. “And that was it, the genie was out of the bottle. A few weeks later, I read about Woodstock being thrown out of Wallkill, [New York]. I had the concert permit in Bethel, I made a call…and the whole world was just reborn.

Tiber said of his preference for leather, a culture that did not necessarily go for what we would be called high-risk sexual behavior today. “I wish I could say the same was true for André. Alas, his choices were different, and I go into that a bit more in the new book. In many ways, it has been some of the toughest stuff that I have had to recall and write about in my life as a writer.” Of course, the writer and artist is always looking forward to the next “big thing” in his life. He has an idea. “I would like to stage a big summer festival called Weddingstock, three days of peace, music, and marriage vows for anyone, gay or straight. I’ve already got the festival name in hand; now, we just have to get it staged somewhere. Tell the world that Elliot Tiber, the Woodstock Daddy, is ready to come out again, and everyone’s invited to join!” Saving Woodstock and Palm Trees on the Hudson are available on Amazon.com and from many retailers. After Woodstock is scheduled to be published in April of this year by Square One Publishers. Visit http://elliottiber.com to learn more about the writer & his upcoming projects.

“If the LGBT community stands to gain anything from that moment in history 45 years ago, it’s that the Woodstock moment was there to set all of us free—gay, straight, male, female, American, Chinese, it didn’t matter. Of course, there were still lots of barriers and closed minds back then; there still are now,” Tiber continued, passionately. “That was a big part of why I split the States in 1971— that, of course, and the love of my life, André Ernotte.” Even before landing in Brussels, Tiber learned from an airline steward that life in Belgium was much more accepting of gays. Walking through markets the couple held hands and kissed on street corners in the rain without fear of harassment. They returned to New York in the late 1970s to what he describes as a new world for the LGBT community. “The irony of the 1970s American gay scene, for me and also for my partner, André, was that we were in Belgium during most of it. Everything was so free and wide open from the late ’70s up to around 1982, when we all started to hear about ‘the gay cancer,’” he explained. “All too soon it had a name, and before André and I knew it, we lost upwards of forty very good, very lovely people.” Many of those lost were driving forces in the arts.

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SOUL CARE INTEGRATING CARE OF BODY AND SPIRIT by Brian Hooper, MDiv, PsyD

Each week, I attend a business networking meeting with others from a variety of professions. At a recent meeting, I was both surprised and gratified when a man I had seen in my private practice stood up and said, “It is common today to talk about working out with a personal trainer for physical fitness goals, but it is still taboo to talk about seeing a psychotherapist. I’d like to see that change.” He then graciously affirmed my work with him in a counseling session during which he had engaged his inner “soul work.” As we reflect on our individual health and wellness, it is important to give attention to the well-being of both psyche (soul) and soma (body). Soul is the intersection of the earthly experience of body and spirit. We are well acquainted with our bodies, so understanding their importance takes little explanation. Spirit and spirituality rise above our bodily concerns and reflect the “higher order values” associated with our connection to all that is. Some call it “cosmic consciousness.” Viewed alone, spirit is all too often seen in the light of an ephemeral halo that untethers it from being grounded in our earthly experience. When that outlook governs, spirituality can take on the character of Peter Pan and refuse to grow up; it becomes all sky and ideas with little earth and gritty experience. Being soulful requires some embodied inner work for us to be fully developed and formed. Although any respected trainer will help you personalize your workout routine, some basics apply to everyone. What follows are three basics for being soulful, spiritually awake, and comfortable in your body. • Notice the thoughts that you are thinking. Are they an honest and reasonable appraisal of what you see in the world around you and within you? What is your mental ratio of gratitude to criticism of self and others? What theme is more dominant in your daily life: fear or freedom? The ancient Greeks thought that the source of light by which we see was from the eye itself. In one sense, they were correct; we tend to see more of what we expect to

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see. Reflecting on our own thoughts is deeply spiritual work because doing so helps us face important existential questions: Who am I? What are my deepest values? Where am I going? Getting under our skin, such questions become a soulful process. • Keep yin and yang in balance. We are both receptive and assertive beings. In an entrepreneurial culture and capitalist society with a motto of “bigger, better, faster,” yang (assertive) energy often gets “top billing.” The result of yang energy alone often is burnout. Yin (receptive, nurturing) wisdom knows the power of the open and creative process that happens in the depth of the psyche when the night deepens, the moon keeps her watch, and dreams come to visit. Yin calls us to be silent, to retreat, to reflect, and to rest. A balance of yang and yin can find you enjoying a day “out” with friends and a night “in” without email, television, text messages, or Facebook. • Practice breathing. For five minutes twice a day, sit in a relatively quiet and secluded place and breathe. Take full yet comfortable breaths. Inhale through the nose and out through the mouth as if you were blowing through a straw. Focus on your breath alone, treating random thoughts as birds flying overhead. With each distraction, return your attention to your breath. Why? This positively affects the neurochemistry of the brain, bringing a sense of calm. It will also begin to give you another option to the response of “fight or flight” when something angering or anxiety-provoking comes along. A more helpful response can be just a breath away. Many of us spend much time and energy nourishing and tending our bodies. This care can indeed be part of our soulful work. If, however, you sense an ache, echo, or hunger within that just does not seem to be healed, filled, or fed, then the signs are that the soul is asking for attention. Listen to it. It has your best interest at heart.


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