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The halls are alive, but not with the sound of music nor the crack of a baseball bat — the halls at what was historic Bush Stadium on West 16th Street are alive with construction sounds as workers wielding hammers, nail guns, pipe cutters and electrical cable crews rush to convert the 1931 former home of the Indianapolis Indians and Indianapolis Clowns baseball into 138 apartment homes in time for the first move-in during July. What makes the work, being done by Core Redevelopment (the same folks who did the Harding Street Lofts last year) so amazing is that up until Continued On Pages 24 & 25

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To learn more about the “Meet the Artists” exhibi call 275.4099 or visit www.indypl.org JAZZ RETURNS TO ‘THE AVENUE’ BUT JUST FOR A NIGHT Indiana Avenue’s jazz heritage will be celebrated in March as The Madame Walker Theatre Centre will present the Monterey Jazz Festival 26th March on the Main Stage in the historic 937 seat theatre. The 90 minute show will begin at 7 p.m. with tickets ranging from $30 to $45. The Monterey Jazz Festival 55th Anniversary Celebration tour, featuring vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist and musical director Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash, saxophonist Chris Potter and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, will perform 45 dates beginning in Santa Cruz, Calif. The tour will make stops in 40 cities in 23 States across the United States, Canada, and Washington D.C. through late April. Tickets are now on sale on Ticketmaster and at the Walker Box Office. “We are thrilled to have Dee Dee Bridgewater back in our space this year. She rocked the house when she was here for Jazz Fest in 2011 so we can’t wait to welcome the entire group to the famed Walker Theatre this Spring,” Jacqueline Morson, current board chairman at the Madame Walker Theatre Centre noted. Find out more at www.walkertheatre.com

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Jill’s Swill By Jill A. Ditmire / Mass Ave Wine Shoppe Most people know Lidia Bastianich from watching her PBS series Lidia’s Italy. Or cooking with her QVC line of bakeware. Or adding her Italian inspired line of food products to meals. Or dining at one of her six restaurants across the U.S. Or doing all of the above at her Shangri- La for Italian wanna be’s and buys at “Eataly” in NYC. Plus she blogs and travels with consumers via her daughter Tonya’s business. And her son Joe is running the thriving family wine business from her homeland. And THEN there are her cook books.... When you go to her website www.lidiasitaly.com it’s mind boggling at all of the things that this talented woman accomplishes. AND she blogs! But meet her in person and you know why. She truly DOES love to cook. And what you see / bake / eat / visit / read from her culinary empire IS the real deal. Because it all IS Lidia. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing her when she made her first visit to Indianapolis last month. She arrived on a Thursday to lunch with local restaurant owners and sample them on her family’s line of wines — Bastianich Winery in Friuli region of Italy. Old world grapes blended with new world vines. Made for food. And newly available in the local wine market. Then there was a meet-and-greet cooking demo for the local PBS / NPR stations, WFYI, viewers / listeners at Clark’s Appliance. Friday meant more interviews, photos and another VIP reception. Then it was off to Ontario, Canada. And she smiled the entire time! Her motto is “Everybody to the Table” and the more we talked the more she shared how everyone can enjoy time at the table. I asked her a plethora of questions, all of which she answered delightfully and detailed for me in response. We talked about food, wine and what is probably her favourite role: being a loving and nurturing Nonna, which is Italian for “grandma”. Lidia celebrates her 65th birthday this month. I asked, “So what are you doing for your birthday?”  She said, “Do you really want to know?”, “YES,” I replied. Well... her grandkids decided that they will take Nonna  to Anguilla where they don’t want her to spend time in the kitchen cooking, but rather they want Nonna time!!  She said she will gladly oblige but since she knows so many of the chefs in restaurants in that area, when they go to eat, she will go into the kitchen to TALK. Not cook. I asked her what her latest culinary adventure entailed and she said Korean food. “They pickle vegetables — like that Kimchi thing. We do that in my homeland in Italy. Pickle beets and vegetables, so as I study Korean food I think about what Italian ingredients I already know how to do and how I can use those in dishes to add new flavours.”

So, I asked, if someone had a special meal to plan and wanted to prepare a dish that would include “everybody”...what should they prepare? She replied, “Hands on. Gnocchi. Italian potato-filled pasta. Everyone rolls up their sleeves and digs in to the cooked mashed potatoes and flour and rolls and creates. Then a simple mushroom or game ragu. Perhaps someone in the group is a hunter and can contribute their venison or quail or rabbit. Fresh protein (wild game or meat from the store) can be diced and chopped and sauteed in the aromatics...add a can of tomatoes because fresh tomatoes are not in season in the Midwest and (she admitted) canned are just as good.”  Red Gold Tomatoes in Elwood, Indiana is a great source for canned tomatoes found at most every grocery and always delicious. For more, check out Everybody to the Table and visit www.lidiasitaly.com  

Around The Circle ‘ON REQUEST’ TOUR AVAILABLE AT ATHENAEUM IN MARCH If you drive by the historic Athenaeum, located where Mass. Ave. crosses New Jersey and Michigan streets time after time and wonder about this historic building’s history and contents, wonder no more. Find out all about things and see into all the nooks and crannies with a free docent-led tour of the historic Athenaeum, which will be conducted on Saturday 16th March at 1 p.m. To reserve your place on this Tour, please call 655.2755 or e-mail Teresa Knight at tcknight1127@yahoo.com MIRROR MONOLOGUES: A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO WOMEN WRITERS TO CREATE DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES ABOUT THE MIRRORS IN THEIR LIVES From Sleeping Beauty’s looking glass, to the middle school bathroom, to the department store dressing room, we are surrounded by mirrors, images and reflections. The Mirror Monologues (TheMirrorMonologues.com) seeks submissions from women of all ages about the role mirrors play in their lives. The best and most representative stories will be woven into a 90-minute script that will be presented in New York City in the spring of 2014. The Mirror Monologues was created by four women -- Judith Estrine, Nancy Gall-Clayton, Donna Guthrie and Linda Rathkopf. The women met when Gall-Clayton, of Jeffersonville, and Guthrie put together a short play festival called “6 Women Turning 60” in 2006 after they met at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. The Mirror Monologues competition is open to women ages 16 years and older. Submissions will be accepted until 31 March. Playwrights may submit only one monologue and all monologues must be unpublished, unproduced and between one and three pages in length. For more information, submission guidelines and instructions, visit TheMirrorMonologues.com

She said she loves the energy of Indianapolis and its food scene. She thought the people she met were very friendly. One of her six restaurants is also in the Midwest in Kansas City, so she talked much about the delightful and delicious game in this area that can readily be incorporated into her easy to make, wonderful to eat dishes she features in her latest cookbook, Lidia’s Favourites.   She noted that staples in every kitchen to make anything taste great should include virgin olive oil, onions, garlic and dried legumes.

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She said that introducing those aromas and flavours are important for all families, both for the adults and the children as she confided in me the sooner babies learn to smell and know the aromas of foods, such as vegetables, the easier it will be when they start to eat them. Lidia came to America when she was 12 and both of her parents worked. She said her mother always started something simmering on the stove in the morning but told HER how to finish it when she and the rest of the family came home. This made Lidia learn how to cook and appreciate time, energy and food. She says that even in the 21st century whirlwind world we can do that, too, and teach our children the same lessons — all of which lead to more self confidence and better meals on the table.

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Food For Thought One of the best parts about writing this column is always getting to try new places, but as there are just seven days a week and we also love to cook and eat home, this also means there are only so many meals one can eat out a week or month — my way to say returning to old favourites is something we wish we had more time (and calories) to do. That’s why this month’s column is such a treat: we have made it back to two spots downtown we like and we’ve found (happily) that they still have the good food we’d remembered. The duo are the Indiana State Museum’s living L.S. Ayres & Co. Tea Room exhibit at the Indiana State Museum and the lofty Skyline Club — the latter of which welcomes non-members for dinners, but for lunches only during the city’s twice-annual Devour Downtown restaurant weeks. The L.S. Ayres Tea Room was the most pleasant surprise because we’d heard some less-than-savoury comments from friends and we had to admit it’d been at least a half year since our last visit — maybe more. The good news is that the friends were wrong and little has changed save for the retirement of my favourite waitress who we missed, but who was most ably replaced by the two other servers in the dining room on a too quiet mid-week lunch when we visited. I say too quiet because with the fair prices — four ate, and ate well, for under $50 — and the atmosphere preserved 100% from the days pre-1990 when the same chairs, tables, chandeliers and more were at the downtown department store, it’s a shame they were not packed as they once were. The menu is also sticking with traditions which we love for while there were some additions, a sketch of the famous Ayres clock (now the Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. clock) at Washington & Meridian streets demarcates original Ayres recipes. That includes everything from the famous Chicken Velvet Soup (we had a bowl very fairly priced which is shown at right) to the Chicken Pot Pie and even the Ham Loaf. The restaurant still has their “Hobo Menu” for the kids and there’s still a chest with small gifts for “good boys and girls” just as was the case when the whole place was

back at the store! The tea room still is dignified, and despite the dearth of people, I felt slightly out of place as I was dressed quite casually. I recall a time long ago when I would have been somewhat embarrassed at the original had I not worn a tie and my mom not had on a hat and white gloves. But despite denim being welcome and the museum opening the tea room to all comers (an admission fee for the museum is not required to go to this “exhibit” and dine) the place was sadly empty right at lunch hour, and unlike some situations where poor food or service explains few customers, this one defied explanation. Everything from my soup and my and partner Anthony’s Club Sandwiches (which were huge) to friend Denny’s Chef Salad and partner Ivan’s Monte Cristo (described on the menu as “Roasted turkey, ham and Swiss cheese on lightly battered sourdough bread grilled and finished with a delectable blueberry coulis...”) came out promptly and flawless. In addition, the tea room itself retains all of the original’s atmosphere, complete with a wall of windows which have a lighted diorama behind with the same view we would see when we went to the original downtown in our past. So what’s wrong? We just hope that the friendly waitress’ answer when we asked where all the people were turns out to be right: “It’s a slow time in early February and on a snowy day” because we’d hate for this exhibit to close for lack of customers. Not only would it be a loss for downtown, tradition and the museum, but for diners because memories aside, the food was good and the portions and staff matched. If you have a chance, do lunch at the L.S. Ayres Tea Room at the Indiana State Museum (650 West Washington Street) soon. Hours are Monday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. and Sundays, noon – 3 p.m. They do still take reservations (317/232.1637) though sadly most days you won’t need one, just as you won’t need that tie, the hat or those white gloves anymore.

The second of our happy lunches took place during the Winter Devour Downtown weeks at the Skyline Club, located on the 34th floor of the One America (formerly AUL) Building at Ohio and Illinois streets. That was as we’d remembered also, though if you want to try the lunch you will have to join the club (not cheap) or wait it out till the Summer Devour Downtown weeks (usually in July or August). You can call 263.5000 and do dinner meanwhile if you are a non-member, but what we remember best about past visits courtesy of member friends and Devour weeks was the lunch buffet. And what we recall most fondly about that were the huge mounds of boiled shrimp on the salad bar. I am pleased to report that the shrimp are still there (assuming they were replenished after we ate most of what they had on a recent day) plus the salad bar and rest of the buffet lunch is still also wonderfully unchanged. The bargain price of $15 per person during Devour made it an even better deal as the day we went, along with the shrimp, smoked salmon (lox) and Chicken Cordon Bleu it also featured some decadent desserts — both chocolate and otherwise. Sadly, one thing about the Skyline Club which has also not changed is, to us,

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the formality. The staff still seems stuffy and while service is good and efficient, it lacks warmth and friendliness. Maybe it’s because we are “outsiders” and not members or maybe it’s always that way — we don’t plan to join and find out — but it was still noticeable. Also, unlike the Ayres Tea Room, where the food and service remain, but denim is welcome, it is still not well-received at the Skyline. Same for informal shoes, baseball caps and what these days passes for dress to dine. In some ways this is good, but in others it might account for the fact that (and here the similarity was striking) they were as empty at lunch time the day we went as the Ayres was a few days later. We were

also somewhat put off when we visited the website for Devour by this wording on their menu page: “Enjoy a unique opportunity to dine at the Skyline Club which is normally reserved for use by our Members. Since we are a private club we will be asking everyone to adhere to the same dress code as we ask of our Members which is Business Casual.”

be some time) we can’t justify such heavy lunches too often. For an occasional thing and for $15 it was great, plus the view of downtown, The Circle and all the way out to Greenwood was as we’d remembered — magnificent, as was dessert, below.

As we said, dressing up is fun, but we wonder if it’s worth the cost of empty tables as so many places these days don’t require their staffs to “dress” for work. Only time will tell, but meanwhile I hope someone can define the relatively new term of “business casual” as staff when we phoned to reserve seemed hard pressed to do so without a lot of “can we wear this? what about that?” questions. So will we be going back to the Skyline Club? Yes for sure if they will have us again after reading our comments though not till next Devour as membership just to go eat (no matter how good) is just a bit too rich for our blood. Besides, while we loved the shrimp, the chicken and most of the rest of the food on the buffet (must admit we skipped the soup which was cream-based and had a film covering it because no one had stirred or taken any in what appeared to

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Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects pulls the audience into a world where nothing is what it seems to be by using some deft camerawork and the film’s subject matter to create a platform for uncertainty, menace, and finally, paranoia. It is fitting in a film about psychotropic drugs that much of the first hour makes the audience feel like they are under the influence of something that is warping reality, bending it into something that feels, for want of a better phrase, “not quite right.” Waif-like 20-something Emily Taylor (a delicate but intense Rooney Mara) has just welcomed home her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) who has been serving four years for insider trading. The couple’s fortunes have spiralled from the dizzy heights of suburban Connecticut mansion life to a dingy Manhattan apartment. Martin promises Emily that he will restore the couple to their former wealth and glory soon. Emily seems happy enough at first but when she unexpectedly drives her car into the wall of their building’s parking garage, she is hospitalised and brought to the attention of psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law). Banks feels she may be depressed, needing further treatment. She promises that if he releases her from the hospital she will become his patient. Banks puts Emily on a series of anti-depressants (The film is very liberal in naming some of the top-selling brand name drugs — Prozac, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Zoloft, etc.). None seems to have much of an effect — at least, not a positive effect. Emily still feels sad much of the time. Banks learns that Emily had previously been treated for depression, and he consults with her former psychiatrist, Dr. Victoria Siebert (the winsome Catherine Zeta-Jones, looking more like a naughty librarian than a psychiatrist). When Emily apparently embarks on a second suicide attempt, Banks takes Siebert’s advice and puts Emily on a new, experimental anti-depressant called Ablixa. She seems to respond favourably to the drug, though Banks is a little concerned about one of the medication’s side effects — sleepwalking. Banks, meanwhile, is struggling to make ends meet at home. His wife has recently lost her job and his son is in a very expensive private school. So Banks is working double shifts at a local hospital as well as running his own private practice. He also takes on a lucrative consulting role with a pharmaceutical company for another experimental drug. This is the film’s set up and, really, saying any more risks spoiling what makes Side Effects such a pleasure to watch: it’s ability to shake up reality and perception to make the viewer never quite sure who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys.” Side Effects offers several potential candidates as the “bad guys”: —The big pharmaceutical companies that make billions of dollars pushing pills onto doctors (and their patients). —The doctors themselves, who, either from being indirectly in the pay of drug companies, or just out of convenience, make it easy for patients to seek medication-ondemand. —The media, especially the advertising media, for glamorizing drugs and associating them with certain types of lifestyle. Or the patients themselves for taking the relatively “easy” option of psychotropic drugs rather than the hard work of psychotherapy. One thing is sure. Side Effects probes the sinister dark side of the pharmaceutical industry, which makes huge amounts of money from millions of people who are afflicted with a plethora of psychological disorders. It also tackles the ethics of doctors who are easily distracted from the suffering of their patients by the prospect of potential riches acting as consultants to big pharma companies.

The second half of Side Effects gets a little bogged down in legal and medical bureaucracy as Emily finds herself in a whole mess of trouble as a result of taking Ablixa. Soderbergh’s film tells a compelling story if, ultimately, not an entirely believable one. But, in the tradition of Hitchcock, events are never what they seem to be, and characters are most assuredly not who they seem to be. It’s fun to watch, at least for the most part. The courtroom scenes slow down the action a little but perhaps that is necessary as the film shifts from psychological drama, to psychological thriller, and finally, to pseudo-Jacobean revenge drama. The performances are a little uneven. Mara is mostly right on the money with her vulnerable, teetering-on-the-edge Emily. Law is sometimes a little rigid and strident as the outraged Banks. And Zeta-Jones mostly navigates the intricacies of her WelshAmerican accent, though she always seems to be acting with a capital “A.” The real star of the film is Soderbergh, whose dizzying and often dislocating direction is well-suited to his storytelling style. Like Hitchcock, he knows how to spin a yarn and how to withhold information until the point at which knowledge is absolutely necessary. Speaking of which, it seems a little churlish to withhold so much information from the reader in a film review. But, saying any more about the film’s plot really would spoil the experience of seeing the action unfold onscreen. I am rather pleased that I entered the cinema with no real notion about the story (beyond the fact that the film is about the pharmaceutical industry). It certainly was not the film I was anticipating. There seems to be quite a bit of interest in psychological disorders in Hollywood these days. However, Side Effects is a totally different kettle of fish to Silver Linings Playbook. While Playbook uses bipolar disorder as a springboard for its (mostly comic) story, Side Effects often uses depression as a distraction from its main focus. It’s not so much a film about the effects of depression as the often depressing side effects of a monolithic and hugely influential pharmaceutical and medical sector on society.

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Race in to get your taxes done and get a FREE Indy Car Ride! Race into TaxBack Speedway to have your taxes prepared and we will provide you with a gift certificate to ride in the Street-Legal IndyCar 2 Seater at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in INDY. In addition we will provide a ticket for you to tour the Dallara Factory. Certificates are valid for one year! Offer only valid for new clients! Not valid with other offers. We are locally owned & operated. Don’t overpay a national chain, our fees are lower than those other guys! Appointments & Walk-ins welcome. Get your taxes completed while you wait!

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Bush Stadium Apartments Await Date With History

last player homered in 1996 — only now all-weather surfacing has replaced the dirt lines and pitchers’ mound as the outfields are being landscaped to become the apartment project’s very own walled park — complete with the 1932 scoreboard. Preservation of the field was vital, Mallory noted, because of the history of Bush Stadium. As she tells, it, “We hope to have an historic marker placed when work is complete because of everything important which took place here. The field started in life as Perry Stadium, named for Norm Perry, the club owner who built it in 1931. The stadium was built by Osborn engineering which also constructed Boston’s Fenway Park and other ballparks of the early 20th century and is of architectural interest due to its art deco façade. The Perry family operated the Indianapolis Power and Light Company (IPL), which was adjacent to the stadium that predated Bush, Washington Park. IPL supplied the light towers at Washington Park and they were moved to Bush Stadium in 1932, where they are and will remain as guiding lights to the new apartments.” Jim Perry, Norman’s brother, owned the Indianapolis Indians, but suffered a fatal accident in 1929, so Norman took over as the team owner, constructed the new ballpark, and named it “Perry Stadium” in honour of his brother. “PS” in the bas-relief carvings seen at the site symbolise the stadium’s original name. At the time, there were only eight teams in the league: The Columbus Red Birds, Indianapolis Indians, Kansas City Blues, Louisville Colonels, Milwaukee Brewers, Minneapolis Millers, St. Paul Saints and Corporal Klinger’s (of M*A*S*H fame) beloved Toledo Mud Hens.

Continued From The Front Page a few months ago the fate of this long-time downtown baseball landmark was very much in doubt. The site was vacated by the Indianapolis Indians with their move in 1996 to downtown’s Victory field, after which a plethora of uses took over the derelict stadium — none for very long. In 1997, the property was leased by Tony George (president of the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and converted into a dirt track for midget auto racing and renamed The 16th Street Speedway. A similar venture to Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl several decades earlier, like Baker Bowl, the auto racing venture failed after two years. The property closed and the stadium fell into disrepair, with no apparent future.

Bush Stadium played a major role in both segregated and integrated baseball. Through the 1930s, different Negro League teams played at Perry Stadium, including the ABCs (1932, 1938, 1939), American Giants (1933), Athletics (1937), and Crawfords (1940). The Indianapolis Clowns played there from 1944 to 1962, even though The Indianapolis Indians integrated in 1952. In the 1940s, the ballpark was renamed Victory Stadium to reflect American patriotism during the Second World War and in 1967 was sold to the city. Later that same year it was renamed for former major league baseball player

The Indy Parks Department had control of the land, which was zoned as a park and it appeared the next tenant would be picnic tables after a wrecker’s ball as renovations, which would have to include removal of asbestos and lead paint, were said to cost out at around $10 million. So desperate was the situation that between 2008 and 2011 the stadium was used as a storage site for cars traded in as part of the city’s Cash for Clunkers programme. It was then that Core Redevelopment stepped up to the plate and took on the property, with construction starting in March 2012. Maggie Mallory, property manager with Core, told Up Downtown during a recent tour, “Stadium Lofts truly will be a one-of-a-kind living opportunity. By saving the original structure of the stadium, Core has managed to find a new life for this Indianapolis landmark. In the 16 Tech technology park, currently under construction, residents at Stadium Lofts will enjoy access to pedestrian paths and trails with convenient access to shopping, restaurants and downtown. In addition, residents will be able to walk to the IUPUI campus via the pedestrian trail across the White River.” Units in the newly-repurposed stadium will range from 550 square foot studios to luxurious 1,800 square foot penthouses. One of the apartments will even include a working marble fireplace and terrazzo floor which once graced the Indianapolis Indians’ owners’ suite. Others will have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the skyline while two others (designed for 3rd shift workers) will have no windows at all! The facilities will be a combination of studio, one and two bedroom units all with unique features and views which encompass the old stadium’s footprint. Polished concrete floors, modern cherry kitchens with stainless appliances and full-size washers and dryers in each unit, along with art deco areas plus patios and balconies in some units will be included. Interior ironwork and even the old ticket office booths have been preserved. But a definite highlight will be the old ball field, which has been left as it was when the

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and Indianapolis native Donie Bush, who had served as president of the Indians from 1955 to 1969. The stadium has also had an international role and a major role in films during its ball-playing lifespan. When Indianapolis hosted the Pan Am Games in 1987 all the international baseball events were held here. And as it had ivy growing on its brick walls, in 1987 it was dressed up in different ways and used as the stand-in for both Comiskey Park and Crosley Field during the filming of Eight Men Out, which focused on the “Black Sox Scandal” — the throwing of the 1919 World Series. Many famous names also played here including one Hank Aaron who was with The Indianapolis Clowns, a professional baseball team in the Negro American League. Known for their comical antics, The Clowns were a barnstorming team that travelled to play in small Midwest towns. The team became affiliated with Indianapolis in 1944. In 1952, with Hank Aaron on the team, the Clowns won the Negro American League championship. When Aaron joined the major leagues in 1953, the Clowns replaced him with Toni Stone, the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues. The team played into the early 1970s — more than 20 years after the end of Negro League baseball. The Clowns also fielded such stars as Buster Haywood, DeWitt “Woody” Smallwood, showman “Goose” Tatum, and future Major Leaguers John Wyatt (Kansas City Athletics), Paul Casanova (Washington Senators), and Choo-Choo Coleman (New York Mets). The 1976 movie The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, starring James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor, is loosely based on the barnstorming of the Indianapolis Clowns. From history to present Mallory said Core has done everything they can to preserve the past while making space for and including features which modern apartment dwellers require, including parking, storage, a choice of internet service and TV providers, two workout rooms, as well as enclosed storage for bicycles. About the only thing the new facility will not be having is dogs, as Mallory noted “we will welcome cats with a $100 nonrefundable deposit, but the owners decided not to allow dogs as our vast park and field would just be a bit too tempting!” Core Redevelopment are currently accepting applications for what they are calling a “Pre-Season” wait list. Simply stop by the Harding Street Lofts office located at 101 South Harding Street and fill-out an application. “We require that the fee of $50 be in the form of a money order only. You will be placed on our list and have the opportunity to choose your apartment before the leasing office is open to the general public. We currently have floorplans, photos and prices to share and anticipate the on-site leasing office will open sometime the first full week of March,” she noted. The new development may be reached at 317/632.4011. Meanwhile, look for a full public open house at Bush Stadium in March and be sure to check out developments online at http://www.coreredevelopment.com/apartments/stadium-lofts/ But better be quick if you want to play ball — Mallory said she “expects a sell-out by June” and that means late-comers may strike out before the season even starts!

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Downtown’s Restaurants Set To Dine Out For Life During April Restaurants across downtown and beyond are getting set for Dining Out for Life 25th April, presented locally by Hoosier Parks Racing and Casino. Nearly 40 restaurants, including many downtown favourites, will donate 25%, 50%, or 100% of their entire day’s sales to fight AIDS in Indianapolis. There are no special menus or codes to mention — simply dine out and you can help fight AIDS. The Damien Centre is proud to represent the city of Indianapolis in its 19th annual Dining Out for Life event. Funds raised support programmes and services offered by The Damien Centre, including free and confidential HIV and STD testing, medical and non-medical case management, a food pantry, housing, mental health and substance abuse counselling, an on-site medical clinic and financial assistance. “The Damien Centre’s services are always free to the community, so fundraisers like Dining Out for Life are critically important to making the mission of The Damien Centre a reality. That mission is to help persons in central Indiana affected by HIV/AIDS to move forward each day with dignity, and to lead the fight to prevent the spread of HIV,” according to Kimberly Coon, the Centre’s Marketing Coordinator. So which restaurants will be participating in this year’s event? Check out the growing list online at www.diningoutforlife.com or www.damien.org where you’ll also find a map to find your way to lunch or dinner. This year’s event will feature a range of restaurants in the Indianapolis area, including many returning favourites as well as new participants. “As our returning Champion Restaurant, Fountain Square’s Red Lion Grog House will again donate 100% of their day’s sales to The Damien Centre. Other returning eateries include Fountain Square’s Santorini Greek Kitchen plus downtown’s R bistro and English Ivy’s. You’ll also be able to check out several restaurants that are new to Dining Out for Life, including B’s Po Boy and The Bosphorus Istanbul Café, both just south of downtown,” Coon noted.

Dining Out for Life is an international event in 60 cities with more than 3,000 participating restaurants. This international event collectively raises more than $4 million each year to support local HIV/AIDS programming. Support nationally has grown to over 250,000 diners, thanks in large part to the efforts of Dining Out for Life Spokesman Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s primetime competition series Chopped. Dining Out for Life also welcomes new spokesman Mondo Guerra, a fashion designer and HIV/AIDS activist known for his innovative style and bold designs on Project Runway Season 8 and Project Runway All Stars. Subaru is the Host Sponsor of Dining Out for Life nationally. The Damien Centre is proud to have numerous local sponsors for this year’s event, including Event Presenting Sponsor Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, along with Entercom Indianapolis, WTHR Channel 13, Talbott Street, GayIndy.com, Just Pop In!, Indy’s i94, The Word and Indy Pride. For the most up-to-date information, check out the centre’s tweets (@DamienCenter) and friend them on Facebook (/thedamiencenter). “We have exclusive online perks, so follow/like us during and after the event for the latest scoop on The Damien Centre,” Coon added. By the way, if you’re not a restaurant owner, but you’d still like to help make Dining Out for Life a success then no problem. Individuals can also serve as restaurant ambassadors. Visit www.diningoutforlife.com/indianapolis for ongoing updates, ambassador info, participating restaurants and info.

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Hackin’ The Net By Ted Fleischaker / Up Down Town Publisher

the changes were barely noticeable for us who read newspapers on Pressdisplay’s app, magazines on Zinio’s app, play Words With Friends and enjoy a spot of internet radio. Maybe if we were using the iPad for other things we’d feel differently, but for us the one we got almost a year ago (the first with retina display) is not only just fine, but still great. Remember those shoes — it’s all about fit and chances are what fits your needs just fine today will still be pretty much perfect in a year or two.

Time for a few questions from the mailbox...and probably the biggest one to arrive from multiple sources lately is actually a repeat of a golden oldie: Do I buy that new (fill it in: computer/iPad/phone/laptop/music player) now or do I wait for the next one to come out?

Also, and finally on this topic, go into a new purchase looking at a life span. From past experience, we know that ours for a computer is about 4-6 years. For our iPhone, two years till we get a new subsidised replacement from our carrier. I’m on my 3rd iPad but only my 2nd laptop as I rarely even use my laptop which dates from 1999. It all depends what you personally need, want and use the device for and how often.

And despite the playing field changing a lot since I last covered this, my reply has not changed much: buy the device you want when you can afford it and be 100% aware that about the time you get the box open they will come out with a new “latest/greatest” which will make you unhappy you did not wait.

Our second question is closely related to the first and that’s the calls we get asking about extras. “Should I buy personal training on my iPad?” and “Do I want AppleCare (or the pc equal)?”

You might be looking at my reply and laughing, but I am totally serious: There will always be something new either out, coming out soon or “in the works.” The problem is you can’t talk on, surf with or listen to a wudda, cudda or shudda — you need to have that player, computer, iPad or other tablet in hand — and for that you have to make a commitment. I know what I am saying is not kind and gentle reassurance because the only thing you can be sure of is that someone, somewhere will be out with something newer, faster and better tomorrow. So that said what can you do?

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First, be an aware consumer of electronics. Do some research online, in books and magazines or by asking friends. If you want a pc and all your friends are on Macs that might be a message in itself. If you have an iPhone, want a new one and all your friends love their Droids they got for half the price, that, too might be a message. Also see what device fits. You’d not just walk into a shoe store, point to a pair and buy the sample would you? At the very least you’d ask a clerk for correct sizing then put them on and walk around on the store’s carpets a bit. And the same applies here. Visit Best Buy, the nearest Apple Store, h.h. gregg or other retailer (everyplace from Target to Kmart and Costco sell phones, pads and computers nowadays) and try out what you are considering buying. And kick the tyres, too. If they don’t have a demo out to touch, that alone is worth questioning. And if you really want to go for a ride, ask a friend with that device if you can come over (take him to dinner after or bring a bottle of wine --- it’s just polite) and play with their laptop, desktop or iPad for an hour or two. See if it will do your spreadsheets, play your music with decent fidelity, stream your movies and Netflix and if it will connect to the internet and stay connected. And ask the friend whose device it is if they’d buy one again. That will tell you way more than any reviews, magazines or store displays ever can. If they say yes, ask why and if they say no ask why, too. Remember that no everyone uses the same device the same way for the same purposes so if they tell you their partner doesn’t like the sound quality but all he listens to is screaming rock turned up so loud that it distorts, don’t take that for a final answer until you play your jazz or classical music at the level you like. Also read a bit to be an informed buyer. Go see what the pundits have to say about a replacement for what you are about to buy. Is there a strong rumour that a new pc, pad, phone or gadget is about to be released? If so, what will it do or have that the one you could walk in and buy today can’t? We no sooner got used to our latest iPad than Apple came out with a newer, faster one. Do we regret buying when we did? Not at all as trying one of the newer ones we found

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Again, my reply is to buy what you need, as well as what you will use and can afford. If you have had six pc computers and this is your first Mac (or the other way round) then maybe you could use a year of the One to One or equal personal training to really figure out how to best use the bells and whistles on your new gadget. It’s amazing what an iPad or laptop can do if you know where and how. As far as the insurance, I never (ever) decline that on a computer, laptop, phone or tablet. That said, if you tend to be hard on your devices, then for sure buy that AppleCare Plus or other insurance. A dropped phone, cracked iPad screen or accidental dunk in the pool this Summer are way more easily “fixed” if you pay the deductible and get handed a new device than if you have to start over. Just like any insurance policy, the company is betting you won’t need it and they can keep your money as profit, and you are wanting to be 100% protected in case of disaster. Remember, too, that most (check the options you get when you buy) insurance policies on computers also extend the warranty for a year or two on factory defects. A computer can just stop. A screen can fail. A cable can break. And a hard drive or charger can just quit. If you want to be totally carefree, ante up at the start and walk away. Do keep in mind that none of the policies cover abuse, neglect or willful damage, so no matter how much you’d like, hitting your ex squarely on the head with your iPad is not covered damage! Oh, and none of the policies we know of cover bio-hazards, either, which is a polite way to say do not drop your pad, tablet or Kindle into the toilet. If you do, you are shit out of luck! Finally, we have had several questions lately on what to do with equipment you no longer went or need. You bought that shiny new iPad and have your first generation gathering dust. Or your phone got replaced when the contract was up and that Droid is in a drawer taking up space. There are a number of options, but the first thing to answer is something which should seem obvious: Does the old (fill in the blank) still work? If the answer is yes then there are many more options — from selling it at a yard sale to posting it on Craigslist or ebay. You could also donate it to charity (many in the area take used gear and give tax credits) or you could donate it to a school or student for learning purposes. If you have a friend who might be looking for used gear you could also sell it to them if it’s working. Keep in mind that some (not all, some) warranties will transfer to a new owner so if you happen to have one of those (AppleCare Plus is one such) and there’s say six months left, the new buyer will get that coverage. But be warned: A friendship can be lost over a working computer or phone which quits working and has no replacement warranty or loses your former friend’s data. Finally, what if your device is d.o.a.? If the phone/pad/laptop is dead then your options are much narrower. Cities have tox-away days and special drop off points which will accept used, broken electronics for recycling. In downtown Indianapolis, there’s a monthly drop-off collection at the May through October Farmer’s Market on one of the Wednesdays which take these items. There are also local schools and other groups happy to have your dead device. One caveat, whether you sell, give away or junk your pad, phone or computer: clear off all of your personal information first! If the computer is dead, remove the hard drive and shred or destroy it. If it’s your phone take your SIM card and remove all your personal contacts and other info. On iPads, restore to factory settings will erase your apps, contacts and other items (think Facebook friends in that app or subscriptions to publications, etc.) Remember that handing over your computer or other e-device is like handing over your identity and life — possibly to a complete stranger. Unless you sell to a best friend or close relative (and even if you do), my advice is clear it off and leave no information someone may find to chance! I’m not just talking dirty pics of an ex here... I’m talking credit card info, account numbers and anything which can be used to steal your cash or identity.

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Other Points of Interest: 1.) Drugstore / Chemist : CVS (2 locations) 2.) BARcelona Tapas 3.) 110 East Washington Street Condos / Adobo Grill 4.) 501 On Madison Apartment Flats 5.) 1 North Penn / Pita Pit 6.) Punch Burger 7.) JW Marriott Hotel 8.) Cosmopolitan On The Canal 9.) Carson Pirie Scott & Co. 10.) Hoosier Park Winner’s Circle 11.) Stars Cafe, Icons Salon & Runners Forum 12.) English Ivy's 13.) Greek’s Pizza 14.) Federal Express 15.) Mass Ave. Toys & Arts A Poppin’ 16.) All Star Tire & Auto 17.) O'Malia Food Market & Fusek's Hardware 18.) Downtown Olly’s 19.) TJ Maxx & The Block Apartments 20.) Day Nursery State Gov't & Federal Centres 21.) Silver In The City

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