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3 Great Places to See Jazz in the Indianapolis

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#Indianapolis – Jazz is a music genre which is organic and takes on the personalities of the musicians. Live jazz intensifies those qualities creating a musical ambiance which incorporates the live setting and players talking to each other through their instruments to create a freestyle experience which is unique every time. Indianapolis may not seem like a city […]

My Brightest Diamond Plays Luna Music

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#Indianapolis – In-store performances by artists are a different kind of live performance. The bright lights, the robust stage, the impending encore, all the traditional elements of a live performance are stripped out. What remains is an intimate experience where the artists perform their craft for onlookers. No more, no less. There’s virtually no barrier between the artists and yourself, […]

Indy Reads Books: More Than Just a Bookstore

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Tucked in the far corner of Mass Ave lies my very favorite place in Indianapolis. Indy Reads Books is so much more than just a bookstore. One step inside, and you’re instantly transported to — well, I don’t know what. It almost feels like you could be in the middle of a movie. It’s the […]

Milktooth Wins Hearts and Minds in Fletcher Place and Beyond

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#IndianapolisIN –  Several months ago I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the interior of a space on Virginia Avenue in the heart of Fletcher Place in Indianapolis. At that time the building, a former auto repair shop, had recently been acquired by local culinary talents Jonathan and Ashley Brooks. On that particularly […]

3 Great Record Stores to Visit in Indianapolis

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#Indianapolis – Thanks to smart phones, iPods and other digital devices purchasing media is just a download away – music, movies and books are at our fingertips thanks to devices which inhabit our pockets. If one was to purchase physical copies of music they might venture to Target, Walmart or Best Buy. But most retail outlets […]

There’s Always the Peppy Grill

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#Indianapolis — Long before places like Bluebeard, Pure Eatery and Santorini’s Greek Kitchen made Fountain Square the dining destination it is today, there was the Peppy Grill. I had my first taste of the Peppy in 2006. We were pulling an all-nighter at our Fountain Square office, working to get a big project finished. Somewhere […]

Hotel Tango Whiskey Brings Craft Distilling to Indianapolis

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#Indianapolis – Sitting at Hotel Tango Whiskey‘s Bar is co-founder and vice president of the artisan distillery, Brian Willsey. He’s dressed in causal wear, jeans and a gray Hotel Tango T-shirt complemented by running shoes, which would deceive anyone from thinking that he’s anything more than a patron. It’s a look that reflects the ethos of Hotel […]

3 Great Places to Go Dancing in the City

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#Indianapolis – Dancing is a great activity for everyone involved and can really add some flare into your life if it’s not a regular activity in your going out routine. Whether it be for date night, to try something new, a way to get some exercise in or to get back into those dancing shoes, Indianapolis has its […]

Pixies’ Front Man Black Francis Plays Radio Radio

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#Indianapolis – Black Francis makes his way to an empty stage through a sold out crowd at Radio Radio with a backpack and a bag in hand. Dressed in gray jeans, a black V-neck T-shirt and black shoes, he looks like the average person that would attend his show. Francis grabs the mic and says “I’m nervous […]

Art Vs. Art Brings Destruction and Fun to the Vogue

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#Indianapolis – The Vogue is dimly lit except one section which commands the attention of everyone gathered to witness some art be destroyed. Stage lights illuminate 32 Art vs. Art paintings which stand stoic in the back of The Vogue with onlookers judging each work of art and conversing amongst each other.  Among the 32 is one painting […]

Luna Music Hosts Cassette Store Day 2014

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  #Indianapolis – On an usually warm late September Saturday sun rays beat down on an unassumingly regular day at Luna Music. But for those in the know, last Saturday wasn’t just a normal day, it was an international day for a recording format that can sometimes be over looked: the cassette.  National Cassette Store Day took […]

Tortas Guicho Spices Things Up with Tortas

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#Indianapolis – Tortas Guicho Dominguez y El Cubanito restaurant may not have the most simplistic name but its mission compensates for that. What is that mission exclty? To serve authentic Mexican tortas to the Indianapolis community. A torta is a Mexican sandwich that is usually served with avacado, meat and cheese. Tortas vary though depending on where the place […]

Nicey Treat: a Popsicle Review

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#Indianapolis – Over the past week I’ve heard people say countless times “have you tried that popsicle place in Broad Ripple?” After the fifth person asked if I had tried “this popsicle place”, known as Nicey Treat, it had my attention and me wondering why so many people were raving about it. Nicey Treat opened its […]

Indianapolis Ranked #2 in the U.S. for Culture

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#Indianapolis #Indiana — Recently, BusinessInsider.com ranked the top 20 cities in the U.S. with the most activities dedicated to culture and recreation, including museums, libraries, theaters parks, and stadiums. Indianapolis came in #2 in the country.  The website cited the fact that Indy has one cultural attraction for every 705 people, a total of 1,184 […]

Mass Ave Theatres Continue to Offer Unique Performances and Events

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#Indianapolis #Indiana – IndyFringe has closed for another year, but the theatres that host the event each year continue to host unique performances. Up and down Massachusetts Avenue, theatre goers have a wide range of shows from which to choose. In the upcoming weeks, visitors can see a magician, a performance of the Beatle’s set list […]

IndyFringe: Two Shows to Wow the Whole Family

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IndyFringe 2014 is running for two more days- the last of the 384 performances are happening today and tomorrow. Shows take the stage at eight venues, running from 1:30pm through 10:30pm. The houses have been full, the reviews have been good, and the eleven days some of my favorite of the year. Last night I […]

IndyFringe 14: Two Shows for the New Millenium

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IndyFringe, the annual theatre festival that takes over Mass Ave every August, is in full swing. Every evening, theatre goers enjoy new shows from all genres, from comedy to drama to the not-easily-categorized. Most of the shows are rated at least PG-13, but there are a few that are family-friendly, or at least not offensive. […]

Who’s Napping Now?

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Indianapolis used to be called “Nap Town” for it’s sleepy demeanor. As recently as 25 years ago, downtown Indianapolis was shuttered up and locked down after the business crowd left at 5:00pm and weekends could be described as “ghost town.” Oh, how times have changed! No one can accuse Indianapolis of napping any more. Just […]

Take Your Taste Buds to Santorini Greek Kitchen

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On my first day of work almost nine years ago, my new co-workers took me to lunch at Santorini Greek Kitchen in Fountain Square. It was love at first bite. Today, we took a new co-worker for her inaugural lunch at Santorini and I’m happy to say my heart still beats for the home-cooked food […]

IndyFringe Opens 10th Anniversary Festival

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The 2014 IndyFringe Festival kicks off this weekend. This is the 10th anniversary of the edgy theater festival. In 11 days, there will be 384 performances across a eight of theaters along and near Massachusetts Avenue. Seventy eight different shows, all 45-60 minutes in length, will rotate daily, starting at 1:30 in the afternoon (on […]