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Indy Fringe Sees Dreams Come True As The Building’s Now Theirs IndyFringe has celebrated their 10th anniversary by buying the building they reside in. Director Pauline Moffat told Up Down Town, “Thank you to everyone for supporting the IndyFringe festival and theatre. Frank and Katrina Basile kicked of the Capital Campaign in July 2011 with a $l00,000 gift. Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Trust, Central Indiana Community Foundation and the City of Indianapolis continPlease Continue On Page10

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25 Years!

Downtown’s Damien Centre Marks Quarter Century Of HIV/AIDS Service

Where were you 25 years ago? What were you doing? Can you remember and are you still progressing in a positive way after so many years to accomplish what you set out to do? If you are downtown’s Damien Centre the answers are all “yes” as this year marks the 25th anniversary of The Damien Centre and they will be celebrating and commemorating these years of service to the community throughout 2012. It’s been an amazing 25 years — years which have seen The Damien Centre transformed from a tiny organization on North Pennsylvania Street just north of I-65 run mostly by volunteers to the largest AIDS Ser-

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vice Organisation in the state of Indiana. The agency was begun as an idea of Canon Earl Conner in 1987, who was taken with the lack of community services for persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. From that humble beginning, The Damien Centre now serves 1,126 clients a year through Care Coordination, provides 2,315 free and confidential HIV tests and offers comprehensive services including legal assistance, a food pantry, housing and short-term financial assistance, career development and much more all from their own building just east of downtown off Washington Street. Yet even with all of this, why does the anniversary matter? And who should it matter to? Celebrating a major milestone means different things to different people. To the donors and funders who have provided monetary support over the years, it means that their trust and their investments have not been misplaced. The Damien Centre is no longer a two or three year project operating on a shoestring budget — it’s a major player in the local and state HIV community. Every donor, from the Dining Out for Life diner who gave $5 once to the major funders who have given millions over the years, can know that their money has not been wasted, their investment is safe, and that they’ve been an integral part in turning a dream into a reality. To the community, 25 years of prevention messages, condom distribution and services to help all of those affected by HIV means that the reach of this terrible disease has been reduced. Tom Bartenbach, the centre’s excecutive director put it another way: “While it’s difficult to estimate the true number of people who have been touched by The Damien Centre, we know for sure that fewer of our friends and family members have been struck down before their time thanks to volunteers and friends who made our mission their mission as well. To staff, volunteers, donors and all of those people who have worked at any point in their lives with or for The Damien Centre, 25 years offers a chance to say ‘We Made It!’ The going has not always been smooth or easy, but as long as the focus has remained on the client, it’s always been worth it.” Which leads to the most important group…the centre’s clients, to whom having the Damien Centre has been central for life. To some, help from the centre has meant sleeping with a roof over their heads instead of on the street or eating nutritious food from the food pantry instead of going hungry. Some clients have had the opportunity to take part in career programmes, complete their educations and go on to get jobs and become proud and self-sustaining members of the community. For others, it has meant a shoulder to lean on when there may have been no others or a hand to hold in their final moments. Bartenbach added, “For many, many of our clients, it has meant not reaching those final moments yet, but continuing to live their lives for years beyond what they and anyone else may have expected thanks to access to medication, doctors and the services they need to be healthy. Untold numbers have never contracted HIV thanks to prevention education and outreach. It is ultimately for our clients, and those who never have to become clients, that these 25 years are being celebrated.” In the coming months, we will be sharing history and stories about The Damien Centre and staff there want you, our readers, to be involved. Look for more information on the 25th anniversary events and special features in our columns as well as the centre’s monthly newsletters, mailings, website and on Facebook. We and they want to hear how you’ve been involved in the past and how you’d like to continue to make a difference in the future, as well as how AIDS has touched your life. The centre will also be celebrating their 25 years with 25 stories from those in the community who have been touched by it in various ways so look for those to be unveiled throughout the year as well. “As we commemorate our 25th anniversary, we ask that you consider this history, the people we have served and lost, the people we encounter every day and the people we hope to reach out to in the future — may they live a life of dignity and know that The Damien Centre is here for them. After 25 years, we are still here, and we will be here until this horrible epidemic is gone,” Bartenbach concluded. To learn more about The Damien Centre’s history, services and upcoming events visit www. damien.org

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drinks: Hum Hurricane. “Hum” is a new craft spirit made from rum and infused with botanicals, keffir lime and coriander. Amazing!! —22nd February is Ash Wednesday. You can ask for forgiveness AFTER you enjoy a glass of Santa Clara Rompope, a rich, creamy, Mexican liqueur that comes in vanilla or pecan. —22nd February is also Washington’s Birthday. We can not tell a lie. Indiana’s own Prohibition Gin makes a sensational companion with Q tonic. —The 26th of February is Academy Awards night! Bubbles to imbibe while watching the winners and losers. Any sparkling from Gloria Ferrer Winery and Vineyards in California will have you seeing stars all night even if your fave film or star doesn’t take home the biggest prizes! —29th February is Leap Year Day. This is your chance to open that bottle of wine you’ve been “saving for a special occasion” or to buy one and MAKE it a special occasion. Can’t decide on white or red? Perhaps one of each from Amber Hill Secret Blend or Beso de Vino to toast the end of a super month with a lot of great wines and even better excuses to open one (or more) and toast the upcoming Spring in March. Speaking of which, I’ll see you then or pop by Mass. Ave. Wine Shoppe and pay me a visit in February!

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I left the United Kingdom and emigrated to the United States a month after Margaret Thatcher came to power in May 1979. Those two events aren’t connected but I do remember sensing, as soon as she was elected prime minister, that things were about to change and that Britain wouldn’t be quite the same again.

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More than 30 years later, Britain IS a very different country to the one Thatcher inherited (and the one I left) in 1979. In their separate countries, and jointly on a wider stage, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Regan effected changes that still reverberate around the world today.

But that is only a part of The Iron Lady. The vast majority of the film focuses on Thatcher’s relationship with her husband Denis, who is presented as both likeable buffoon and as life anchor. Already several years dead at the start of the film, Denis Thatcher “appears” as a ghostly companion for the aging and increasingly fragile Margaret. Despite repeated requests from her daughter Carol (Olivia Colman), Thatcher is reluctant to let go of her late husband’s clothes and possessions. As portrayed by Meryl Streep (who is uncannily more Thatcher-like than Margaret Thatcher ever was), these scenes are almost unbearably sad. That the actress is able to create such a sympathetic portrait of Thatcher is either the film’s greatest success or one of the greatest sleightsof-hand in the history of cinema.

Given the role Thatcher played in international politics, The Iron Lady, the new biopic about her, is a very strange film indeed. Arranged mostly in flashbacks, the story we are told gives only sporadic insights into the events leading up to her election; even less time is devoted to the wide-sweeping social changes that she initiated. The film spends the bulk of its nearly two hours on the elderly Margaret Thatcher coming to terms with the loss of her husband, Denis, and the onset of dementia. This seems strange because Thatcher is still living and such a personal peek into the life of a public figure is usually reserved until after that person is dead (e.g. The King’s Speech). I can’t imagine what Thatcher’s family thinks of this film, let alone what she might feel if she has the opportunity to see it for herself. Not that the film is unsympathetic to Thatcher. It is often quite painful to watch as this formerly powerful and vibrant figure is reduced to mentally frail, and barely functioning, octogenarian. Where the film is at its weakest is in its piecemeal and somewhat flimsy efforts to “explain” what made the “iron lady” an icon of the global neo-conservative movement. The flashback format attempts to connect the aging Thatcher to her past, covering the early influence of her grocer father, her scholarship to Oxford, her marginalisation by the male-dominated Conservative party, and her courtship with the gangling and comic Denis Thatcher. While instructive in fleshing out the “story” of Margaret Thatcher, each of these narrative vignettes falls short in showing how she became one of the most powerful leaders in the western world. Thatcher’s gender is never very far from the film’s core. While there had been women who had led other countries (Golda Meir in Israel; Indira Gandhi in India), Thatcher was the first woman to lead a democratic western nation. Early on, the film points out her refusal to accept the traditional role of wife and mother. When she states this fact to the proposing Denis Thatcher (Jim Broadbent), immediately after her first (and unsuccessful) attempt to run for Parliament, he replies, “That’s why I want to marry you.” The film’s opening sequence deftly sets the tone for what is to come. The elderly Thatcher has temporarily “escaped” her cadre of “handlers” and she slips out to a local supermarket to buy a pint of milk. This simple act echoes many themes that emerge later in the film. (An interesting aside: Thatcher first came to public notice as Secretary of State for Education in the early 1970s. She pulled funding from a national programme that provided milk for every child enrolled in British schools. The newspapers dubbed her “Thatcher the Milk Snatcher!”). Later, Thatcher attracts notice from Conservative party leaders and the general populace because she is able to quote the current price of commodities like milk and butter, while her privileged Tory colleagues have little idea of the day-to-day costs of maintaining a family household. The fact that Thatcher was a woman, rather than undermining her position as a potential leader, actually helped in elevating her onto the political stage in late 70s Britain. After 1978’s “winter of discontent” which saw Britain plummet into chaos following strikes by miners, utility and sanitation workers, power outages and reduced workweeks, Thatcher was elected on a platform of “putting Britain back to work.” Her appeal to British housewives played no small role in her election.

It is worth noting that a major absence in The Iron Lady is Ronald Reagan. Other than one very brief clip of Thatcher and Reagan dancing at a White House social function, there is no mention of their frequent collaborations or of their close friendship. One wonders why? On reflection, it is ironic that both Reagan and Thatcher suffered from dementia in later life. The Iron Lady goes so far as to suggest (as others have suggested about Reagan) that her memory loss may have begun while she was in office. Given the position that both leaders held while in power, and the reverence accorded to them later as political icons, that is really a disturbing statement about the nature of contemporary politics.

Around The Circle CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH PEEWINKLE Downtown’s Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio presents a “Valentine’s Cabaret”. You’re invited to bring your sweeties to enjoy a cast of large marionettes performing to music that they love. Performances are Saturday 11th February at 10.30 a.m. & 1pm and Sunday the 12th at 1 & 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include a sweet treat and drink. Children under two are free. Tix may be purchased on-line at www.peewinklespuppets.com or by phone at 917.9454. COME & PLAY BEFORE THE SHOW! SESAME STREET LIVE INTRODUCES PLAY ZONE @ APRIL DOWNTOWN TOUR Calling all super heroes: Super Grover needs your help – and it’s Elmo and the Fabulous Five to the rescue when this fantastic musical production zooms into Indianapolis. Join Elmo, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, Telly Monster and Zoe’s pet rock Rocco for Sesame Street Live Elmo’s Super Heroes, now featuring the all-new Play Zone, at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre Friday thru Sunday 13th-15th April. Tickets for all six performances are on sale now. The performances feature the New Play Zone Experience – a fun new way for children to experience their favourite street. Visitors will be able to sit in Big Bird’s nest, pop up in Oscar’s trash can, twirl in Zoe’s dance studio or visit Elmo’s World. You never know who’ll make an appearance. Play Zone opens one hour before the show and best of all it’s free for Sesame Street Live ticketholders Showtimes are Friday at 10.30 a.m. & 7 p.m., Saturday at 10.30 a.m. & 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 & 4.30 p.m. Murat Theatre at Old National Centre is at 502 N. New Jersey Street, downtown. Tickets start at $13. For information online visit www.sesamestreetlive.com Become a fan of Sesame Street Live on Facebook at www.facebook. com/pages/Sesame-Street-Live/126939419084

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Food For Thought Welcome to town all you in for that game the NFL doesn’t let non-sponsors talk too much about by name...and also to those who don’t get downtown that often. For this month I thought with so many visitors we’d look at some of the downtown restaurants that, if I was visiting and not living here, I’d not want to miss...and some I, as restaurant reviewer, would just as soon avoid. So let’s see the list, which is based on my 20+ years of doing reviews downtown, after I mention for the most part we are sticking with locally-owned places or very small area chains and not nationals and as always that reviews are the opinion of the reviewer, not to be taken as gospel. Also don’t forget some spots do two or even three meals and we’ll try and give that a mention, too. So if I were going to BREAKFAST (not brunch, more on that in a bit) I would try some of these...

though lunches are always under $10 and it is also a bar so you have to be 21, though you can get in at 18+ if you have an ID and are with someone over 21. By the way, they have no menus — just sit down and look at the wall. Everything from liverwurst sandwiches to burgers are all posted on the boards to order! That’s Workingman’s Friend’s interior on the right hand page at the bottom. —Looking for Italian? Iozzo’s Garden of Italy at 946 S. Meridian Street (just a football’s throw southeast of the field) and Iaria’s (317 S. College Ave.) both offer some great Italian lunches and dinners. Both are Indianapolis traditions, with Iaria’s having been around continuously since 1913 and Iozzo’s having closed in the 1940s and then reopened a few years ago when relatives of the original owners revived the concept. Both offer some great dishes. We love the Italian beef at Iozzo’s and the Chicken Piccata at Iaria’s. Don’t miss the blue cheese dressing offered at Iaria’s or the Spumoni for dessert at Iozzo’s. Both are more than worth mention. Price range at both is similar — lunches about $12-14 and dinners $20-$25. Do be aware if you like to do lunch late that Iozzo’s doesn’t close for the day once they open at 11 a.m. but Iaria’s does close for a few hours in mid-afternoons. Both are walkable from the major hotels if you want a bit of a stroll or you can taxi it to either for a few quid. Both do have parking if you are driving.

—Hoaglin To Go on Mass. Ave. in the 400 block has one of the better breakfasts in town, but be set to wait at least a bit as the quarters are cramped. Rob, Nic and crew do some awesome early morning treats. Be sure not to miss the lox plates, oatmeal and the PB&J sandwiches, just to name three we happen to like. The price for two will be about $20-25 though that can vary depending on what you have to drink and all the other variables. Be sure to save a few $ for the tip as the service here is usually great! They serve lunch, too. —Downtown Olly’s on North Illinois Street is a bit of a walk from the main downtown hotels, but if you drove to town they have free parking. Two warnings: The place does allow smoking and they are a bar, too, so it’s not open to the under-21s, but if you can live with that they have a full hot breakfast (eggs, sausage or bacon and toast) for $1.99. There are many other choices and the place is open 24/7, so whenever you think of it, they’ll serve you. They do breakfast 6 to 10 (later weekends) and they also have burgers, appetisers, plate lunches, dinners and a real, no kidding graduate of the Chef’s Academy in the kitchen in the form of Michael Parsons. —Cafe Zuppa is an easy walk in the Chamber of Commerce Building on North Meridian three blocks north of the Circle. It’s a great place for lunches also, and they plan extended hours till 9 p.m. for the visitors in town for the game, but we like the breakfast here best and the Sunday brunches, too. Hours are from 7 weekdays but if you drop in Sundays between 10 and 2 everything you’d expect is served along with three soups (zuppa, afterall means soup) plus some unique offerings including flatbread breakfast pizzas and desserts. It’s a buffet weekends, so come hungry. —Hilton Indianapolis at Illinois and Market streets is a good choice for a buffet breakfast any day. We like the omelettes and smoked salmon (lox) which are included in the price, but our favourite thing is the use of a lot of local produce. Look for Trader’s Point Creamery yoghurts and Applewood bacon, too. They serve till 11. —Places to avoid in our opinion for breakfast: Cafe Patachou (poor service and we feel too-high prices for the portions we have had); Le Peep (chain food, long waits and not worth it we feel); and Dunkin’ Doughnuts (chain plus as a Southern boy we like doughnuts fried ala Krispy Kreme and these doughballs are baked!) OK, so let’s do LUNCH:

—Shapiro’s, shown above, just up the block from Iozzo’s at 808 South Meridian has been named one of the country’s 10 best delis. It’s also been around in the same spot since 1905. It’s an Indianapolis tradition and has branches on the North side in Carmel and at the airport, but this is the original, real deal. The corned beef is three inches tall, their Reubens win all sorts of awards, the cheesecake is at least as good as New York’s Stage or Carnegie delis and while we are listing them under lunch they also do a wonderful lox and eggs at breakfast (opens at 6.30 a.m.) and they serve dinner till 8 p.m. This is way, way more than meets the eye, so give it a try because it’s not cheap, but it is tradition.

—Weber Grill is a fave for lunch. Located right in the heart of things and attached to Circle Centre and all the major hotels it’s at Washington & Illinois streets. It’s a bit tough to find in some ways but there is a street entrance on Illinois. Look for the 15+ foot tall Weber grill on the building! They have all the burgers, ribs and anything you can imagine on offer, but to be honest our fave is the meatloaf. We have been eating here for awhile and though the chicken is not bad, we tend to like the beef a bit better. Do be prepared for a wait at some times of the day as even with two dining rooms they get BUSY. There’s a bar which is open late. Be sure before or after lunch (they do dinners, too) to meander over by the service area and have a look into the open kitchen. This place really does use REAL king-size charcoal Weber grills which can be seen in operation!

—Want something unique? Try 944 North Alabama Street’s English Ivy’s. That’s it in the photo on the next page, top. This is a real neighbourhood blend of gays, straights, locals and a healthy dose of medical staff as it’s just a few blocks from the medical centre all wrapped up in a Cheers-like atmosphere. They have some grand food, too for lunch and dinner. Don’t miss Two-For-Tuesdays if you happen to get the chance. Appetisers are half price and the eight ounce (Yes, a real half pound!) burgers are TWO for the price of one all day — lunch and dinner. You can eat both yourself (or try to), share with a friend, take one home or put both patties on one bun. Remember with them you get two sides (salads and fries included) so it’s a deal for $8.25 in total! Mondays are surf & turf at Ivy’s for dinner and they serve a wonderful weekender breakfast/brunch both weekend days which for $11 includes a fillet & eggs nowhere else can beat.

—Workingman’s Friend. You might think we have lost our mind sending visitors to this hole-in-the-wall spot west of downtown at 234 North Belmont (you will need a cab or car as it’s too far to drive) but what can we say other than it’s been around nearing a century? The Food Network’s been here, too, and anyone in the know who lives in Indianapolis or anywhere close has made a pilgrimage to this temple of double cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings and huge tenderloins. If you really want to go where the locals do, try Workingmans. Be aware they do not take plastic

—If you want a more coffee shop atmosphere than anything mentioned thus far try Henry’s. They have three downtown locations — the main one on East Street just north of Mass. Ave., and smaller branches at 1 North Pennsylvania and on Meridian at Maryland Street. They have some great sandwiches, egg dishes (try the breakfast on a bagel served all day) and a selection of pastries which changes daily. There’s also a nice, warm soup and an assortment or lattes and coffees. The locals can be found at East Street’s location (free WiFi) from early to late!

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the Napoli pizza (capers, anchovies, fresh garlic and basil) but if hat’s not your taste they do everything from traditional pies to one a friend swears by called Firenze the menu describes as Pesto sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, fresh tomato and shrimp, all with no tomato sauce. What can we say but they have it all. The pizzas aren’t cheap, but for what one gets the pricing is fair and the service more than decent. Little wonder Bazbeaux has been on the avenue since 1989.

—Finally, downtown’s Washington Street has several excellent microbreweries and sports bars which serve food. We favour Rock Bottom, just west of Meridian on Washington) which while a chain has a great Brewer’s Club and Chicken Fried Chicken. Partner Ivan likes their Hazelnut crusted chicken and he washes it down with the Belgian White Ale made on-site. For Colts fans (after all this is Indianapolis even though the local team’s had a mess of a season) The Indianapolis Colts Grill at Washington & Illinois has too many TV sets for our liking, but if you can look past that their huge pretzels are the best and they also have some unique menu items — from Ostrich Burgers to one that’s breakfast on a bun! Look for long waits at either spot during the big game weekend, but they are worth it and they both also do dinners and late nights — Rock Bottom’s kitchen is open till 2 and the bar till 3. Lunch spots we’d advise passing right by: Scotty’s Brewhouse (have tried four or five times and always get so-so food and even worse service); Sahm’s on North Capitol (if they can put it in a box frozen, the staff knows how to take it out and put it on a plate, so nothing special we have found); Sisters Place south of downtown (food’s OK but you can do better and servers make me feel like I’m back in 1st grade and might get hit with a ruler if I don’t order when they come by first time or worse if I dare ask for a substition); and Claddagh Irish Pub (Smoking and 21+ only, plus nowhere near as good as what’s on the plates at Louisville’s or Evansville’s Ri Ra or downtown’s MacNivens over on Mass. Ave. though that one’s Scottish not Irish!) Finally, let’s have DINNER after we mention many of the spots already talked about do serve great food in the evenings as well... —It’s a chain — albeit a small one (and a lot of the locations are in Brazil) but our first stop for dinner when we get offered “anywhere you want!” is always Fogo de Chao at 117 East Washington Street. This Brazilian steak house is unique and hard to adequately describe in a few words, though being a journalist I will try. And the words are all the same: meat. They offer all you can eat of 15 cuts of meat (lamb chops to fillet and back), a huge salad bar (don’t miss the hearts of palm, crispy bacon and smoked salmon on it) and more for $65 a person. We will admit the pricing is a bit less at $46.50 during non event weeks and $30 a person during the two two-week “Devour Downtown” events which means if you are here for the game you got reason to come back! The service (by uniform-clad gauchos) is always impeccable and the town knows it as they sometimes feed over 1,000 people on an ordinary weekend night. Reserve if you hope to get in (317/638.4000) especially at busy times, which this definitely is.

Metro (707 Massachusetts Avenue) recently redid their restaurant side with an entrance from the Cultural Trail. The other half downstairs is a great quiet club with a huge bar bought from a long-demolished Lafayette hotel and the upstairs has a small adult shop and features Karaoke Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10, but we’re talking food here and owner Jim Brown knows more than a little about what should be on a plate. Fare ranges from typical bar food (try the wings, shrimp balls and the homemade chips) to fillets and daily specials. The meatloaf (when it’s the special) sells out fast for good reason — it’s good and Metro’s dining room is smoke free during food hours of 5 to 10 weekdays and Saturdays and 1 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Drop by for some good food and to see and be seen. Everyone from drag queens ready to perform elswhere to well-known race car drivers who live in the area can be spotted on the stools and at the tables here. —And don’t miss Barcelona Tapas. It’s in a really cool restored building at Ohio and Delaware streets — an easy stroll from the hotels. This Spanish themed small plates restaurant has a wonderful all-you-want buffet weekdays at noontime and Sundays for brunch (Don’t miss the tres leches french toast at any cost!). They also have a busy bar in the evenings with a bent for European football (soccer to us) and a chef who knows his way around a kitchen. The other location is in St. Louis so this chain just has two links though they are strong ones because the eats and company are both great. Tell manager Michael we sent you! Finally, places we’d just as soon not go to dinner... Start with the “famous” St. Elmo steak house. We feel it’s overpriced, self-promoted and all hype plus what’s on the plates is not really near as good as the beef we get at Fogo. That’s our personal opinion, but even after 100 years we don’t think they got it right. If you MUST have one of their over-hyped shrimp cocktails, their sister restaurant, Harry & Izzy’s next door offers them and what we feel is better food for less cash. Also not our cup of tea are Dunaways (too pricy for us though located in a really cool old historic building formerly home of Indiana Oxygen Company with a great rooftop terrace in Summers) and Capital Grill which is not only a chain, but despite wonderful management never seems to get the food and service to quite hit on all cylinders. This being Indy we don’t need a car which doesn’t run right! If you insist on a chain, pick a better one which in our mind would be Oceanaire Seafood Room or Shula’s Steakhouse, both right in the heart of things. Finally, also worth a miss are Champions and Champps, but we aren’t huge fans of sports bars despite this being the super town it is right now. Both also seem to serve too many “out of the box” items and have too many TVs for us, but as I said at the outset, this whole column is a reviewer’s opinion not to be taken for anything more. Welcome to Indianapolis!

—Creation Cafe (where the downtown Canal ends at the Buggs Temple — a former church at 337 West 11th Street) is worth a stroll along the canal (same folks designed it as did San Antonio’s Riverwalk) or you can opt for a cheap cab ride from all the major hotels to get there. They offer sandwiches, steaks, pasta and some really great desserts. Try the cake flavoured gelato if they have any! Pricing is reasonable and three can dine for $50 or so. Service is always smiling and management doesn’t sweat the small details so the dishes, decor and surroundings are pleasantly ecclectic while the food is unfailingly excellent. The view of the skyline’s great, too! —Mass. Ave. has always been a great spot to shop, but for our tastes there are not too many places here we like to eat. Agio’s was always overpriced and is now defunct. Aesop’s Tables is great if you like Mediterranean which our spouse doesn’t. Yat’s New Orleans fare has never been our fave even at bargain prices and the Rathskeller seems to suffer from spotty to no service despite having decent German food. R Bistro gets a lot of accolades from folks, though our experiences have been less-than stellar. So where DO we like over here? Well, we mentioned MacNiven’s previously, and we also love the new location for Bazbeaux Pizza and the food at Metro Grille is up and coming. Bazbeaux has gourmet pizzas at lunch, dinner and they also do carryouts and delivery. They have some great antipasto salads and sandwiches, too. We adore

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Hackin’ The Net By Ted Fleischaker / Up Down Town Publisher Some of my friends got iPhones and iPads for the holidays and now, weeks later they are scared to death of them either because they don’t know how to use what amounts to a pocket computer or because they don’t realise all the computing power which is in the palm of their hand. The biggest question we have had from the pals we have spoken with really boil down to a single query: How do I work this? For those needing real basics like how to answer a call, we will leave it to you, your manual and the folks at your phone provider or the local Apple store. But we will give a few bits of advanced advice as someone who has now had three generations of iPhones and two iPads of different generations. And the biggest advice is: Do not let fear rule. Try things you think you might like and listen to friends’ suggestions for apps. So what can that pad or phone replace? Well at our house it’s spelled the death knell of our XM/Sirius car subscription because now we have all the music and live streaming radio, plus Pandora without the fee. Who wouldn’t want to save $100+ a year and still have their music? At the most basic level you can listen to your own music which the iPhone, iPad and most Droid devices will let you download from your computer then take anywhere. Most cars these days have inputs so you can plug in that phone or pad and listen thru the speakers on “auxiliary” so the sound will be great. Want something live, not recorded? Well, there are multiple apps in both of the major operating systems’ online app stores. I will confess I’m an iPhone and pad user but my friends have shown me their droids and they have the same or very similar apps at their fingertips. The live listening ones have advanced quite markedly from what I reported here a year or 18 months ago. Older ones like FlyCast and Tuner have, on our devices at least, either been shoved off the front page of apps or dropped altogether because better stuff has come along. The two we use most often are TuneIn Radio and one called WunderRadio. Both apps are available on the iTunes and Droid stores, but do read the reviews others post before you buy. TuneIn is little or no cost as they have a regular version for free and “pro” one for just 99¢. Wunder is more costly and the latest version, while it works great for us has a lot of negative (1-star) reviews on the iTunes store. I don’t agree with that and would give it four out of five, but a lot of folks do not update their pad or phone operating systems and as those change, old apps sometimes stall or fail to perform well or at all. My advice: Stay current! So what will these apps do? Give users access to somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 radio stations from around the world — most of them free 24/7. We tend to like formats such as classical and easy listening / beautiful music which are not even on the airwaves locally fulltime or at all. Thanks to TuneIn we can listen to Classic FM from the UK and to KAHM in Arizona or WKTZ at Jacksonville, Florida’s Jones College which are both easy listening anytime in the car, on a walk or at home. Want other formats? They are ALL here. From Chinese gong music and Arabic chanting to all flavours of rock, pop and country in every major world language. Anthony, our friend, says he still can’t find an Indianapolis station he likes so six months on he streams U-93 from South Bend (“back home”) to his iPhone’s ear

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buds while he works packing boxes for Fusek’s Hardware downtown. See what we mean? Best part is aside from data usage costs if you go over your plan’s limits (audio is way less data hungry than Netflix or videos, by the way) the streaming is free once you get the app. The best way to find out what TuneIn has on offer is to access their online site at www.tunein.com and register for an account. It’s free and they do NOT need a credit card. Next, look thru the station lists by genre or area or type in call letters or faves. If you use it on your smart phone it can even — by GPS — find out where you are and display a list of “local” stations though I have found this an annoyance when I want to listen to something away from home, not local, and it keeps showing me Indianapolis stations I don’t want and if I did, I could hear on a radio. What about other uses for that phone or pad? We have way too many apps, but we do use most of them. They cover almost anything life throws at us. There’s everything from a medical symptom checker app (symptomchecker.MD) to ones offering the latest news from Britain’s BBC (BBC News) and others which give weather (WeatherBug and iWeather are our two faves). There are also some really special and unique apps. If you like photos, check out the one on this page. It was taken one quiet weekend at the Indiana Convention Centre with the phone and an app called Photosynth which simply allows you to aim your phone or pad cam and tap to start then pan left to right slowly. The app knows when to shoot the next photo, then asks after you hit “finish” if you want them stitched. Within 30 seconds you will get a 360 degree (or less if you hit “finish” sooner) panorama. The only down-sides are some fast-moving folks appear stretched or left out if they move between shots too fast and that when you finish you need to tell the app what to do with your finished photo. Failing to put it in your photo library means you can’t post it on Facebook or share it easily, but this is a small price to pay for a super cool app we got for free. I also happen to love international news and a recent addition to the store called RTE Player has been great. It allows live streaming from RTE which is the national broadcaster of Ireland. They have a live 24/7 TV all news channel, as well as offering some of the network’s comedy, drama and other shows. But be warned: a lot of the offerings in those latter categories are copyright and only visible to Irish users. I’m content with the non-stop news and weather, but to each his or her own. And did I mention the app and the streaming are free? Be sure to get the TV, not radio version! This app is better than BBC’s for TV (not print, however) news as the live stream on BBC is only visible in the UK and this one works everywhere albeit with a few limitations. Lastly on the apps I can’t live without list (see why I get sooo excited about my phone and pad?) there’s a fun bit of a privacy invader app called Find Friends. It really can screw with your life if you let it, so use with caution, but what it does is allow you to see where your friends (or wife, boyfriend, kids, etc.) are with shocking honesty. The good news is it can be turned off if you are somewhere you aren’t supposed to be so dad or the girlfriend won’t know plus, to use it in the first place you have to invite someone and they have to trust you enough to accept the invitation knowing you could be aware of where they are at all times. By the way, it’s not just spyware — it does have some positive uses like knowing when your spouse leaves work and is close to home so you can start dinner. And for a friend needing a ride, for example, it’s easy to see on a map exactly where they are lost and find them in the car. Just know who you OK to follow you and trust them without question! So that’s our quick help guide for those who got new phones, pads or are hoping for same at Valentine’s Day. By the way, if your love got a phone or pad for Christmas don’t forget an iTunes gift card fits inside a Valentine very well and will allow him or her to buy some apps which might not be freebies!

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Sue Fusek Has Downtown’s Best Kept Secret Continued From The Front Page working life, too, until he sold out and retired a few years ago. We owned Borneman Industrial Supply in Elkhart. I’m a licenced Realtor and still do show some properties, but when the economy slowed I was searching around for something new to occupy my time and this seemed a natural.” Of course it didn’t hurt that she’d been exposed again to the hardware biz by husband, Steve, and that he just happened to have a spare room at the back of his store on North New Jersey Street. But this enterprise is owned 100% by Sue. In fact, the shop is in the midst of applying

for official certification as a “women-owned enterprise” which will add an additional feather in the store’s cap and open up new purchasing avenues as a minority business, but while all that’s percolating away, the place is busy right now. So what’s it called? Actually, it’s four stores all with their own internet sites and customers — ronshomeandhardware.com (named for Ron, Steve’s dad and stocking over 77,000 items), destinationpaint.com, FTVindustrial.com and Toby’s Tool Shed (named for Sue’s dad). The conglomerate has it’s very own True Value membership and buys truckloads of supplies and merchandise. But almost none of it stays around long. Items come in from the warehouses on huge pallets in the morning, and by nightfall all are inventoried, boxed, labelled and ready to be shipped to customers by the 3-person packing staff of Kyle, Don and Anthony (Kyle and Don are shown on Page One with Sue) in time for the late FedEx pick-up. While Larry handles sales, a staff of Sarah, Kim and Katrina (two of whom are at left) mans cubicles and answers e-mails or chats real time with customers who have questions on the merchandise. Chances are someone looking for “Ron” to answer a live chat question about a wrench will really be at the other end of the keyboard from a smiling young lady who knows (or can find) the answer and get the order placed. Sue does admit that real dad Toby does occasionally visit “and he always has suggestions and advice, too,” she confesses with a grin. But while her dad sold wholesale hardware the old fashioned way, her place is technological up to the eyebrows. Once an order comes in, a staff member debits the customer’s card (or charges PayPal, they take both) and then electronically enters what’s needed and makes sure it’s on an order to be sent from the warehouse. When it arrives, scanning the item’s barcode matches it with the customer and destination and an automatic system prints a shipping label. All that remains is for one of the crew to wrap it, put it in a box or shipping envelope and wait for the FedEx truck to arrive. Sue notes that “a few items” which might be heavy or are ordered locally are picked up at the College Avenue location’s back door or delivered by FTV’s own truck, but the vast majority leave by FedEx for home deliveries. “We ship hundreds of packages a week and decided to lease this space because we outgrew the back room at Steve’s store and besides, that was not properly set up for a dock, shipping and so on which we need. Back when we were there I was dabbling in internet sales, but here it’s all mine and it’s all online. We don’t have any inventory and nothing stays around. It gets logged in, packed and shipped out, preferably the same day,” she noted.

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So what have been some of the more unusual things to have left the nondescript building on North College? She and her staff talk about dog food and unpoppable bicycle tyres, but then her eyes light up and she adds, “Well, a financial institution on the East Coast ordered 400 pre-lit Christmas trees from us. We shipped them to every one of their branches!” And so it goes. Another phone beeps, taps ring out from a keyboard as a buyer and item are matched and all the while the tape guns and label-makers are busy. All from the little building few even notice and even fewer ever stop to investigate. If you do, be sure to use the back door. The front windows are papered over and that entrance is locked. Business is definitely on the up-and-up even though the location is on the down-low, so you’d be way better off logging on than dropping by.

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Downtown’s Easley Strikes Gold In Frisco!

Downtown’s very own Easley Winery has struck gold with its 2010 Michigan Riesling — a gold medal that is, half a continent away at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Selected as one of four gold medals awarded in a competitive field of similar Riesling offerings, Easley Winery could not be more proud of its 2010 Michigan Riesling. “It’s great to step out onto the field of competition and bring home a victory. Easley Winery has been producing high-quality wines for years, and this gold medal, along with other recent wins such as Reggae Red’s Best of Class at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition and others, keep driving that point home,” Easley Winery owner Mark Easley noted after the win. Easley Winery’s 2010 Michigan Riesling is produced at the Easley Winery production facilities in downtown Indianapolis, and the Riesling grapes are grown in southwest Michigan, just 12 miles north of Indiana’s border. The climate of southwest Michigan proves to be the ideal location for growing Riesling grapes. Lake Michigan’s effect on the vineyard is similar to the traditional Riesling growing regions of the world. Easley Winery works very closely with their grape growers to produce the finest wines possible. Easley Winery has been creating high-quality wines and champagnes since 1974. Depending on the year and season they produce 20 or more wine or champagne varieties. 2010 Michigan Reisling can be purchased at Indiana Meijer locations, select retailers that carry great wines, and, of course at the Easley Winery on the corner of Ohio Street and College Avenue.

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