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The Mass Ave Cultural District, is a diagonal strip that runs through Indianapolis downtown. It is a great place to spend a Friday or Saturday night. Below are the latest Mass Ave headlines.

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 […]

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 […]

A Mammogram and a Show at Indy Fringe Festival

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The Indy Fringe Theatre Festival is known for its edgy theatrical offerings, live stage shows that push the limits of human emotion and experience. This year, one of those shows is taking that emotion and turning it into something practical. The Actual Dance, a play written by Sam Simon, is the true story of Sam’s […]

Street Art of Indianapolis (Photos)

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I absolutely adore street art. I don’t mean graffiti, though I suppose a lot of people might still call it that. I love it all anyway. But, there are also amazing murals on buildings, lovely hand-painted utility boxes, and beautiful art around Indianapolis. The cultural districts of Indianapolis feature stunning street art, commissioned by businesses, […]

Miles and Ellie at the Phoenix Theatre

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Miles and Ellie opened this weekend at the Phoenix Theatre, and I’m pretty sure everyone in Indianapolis needs to see this show. It’s a sweet, charming, cheesy look at first love, family feuds, and 90s nostalgia. It pokes fun at rom-coms while promising the play itself is not a love story. And I loved every […]

No Bike? No Problem: Pacers Bike Share in Downtown Indy

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The Cultural Trail makes for a fun bike path through Indianapolis, and now you don’t even need a bicycle to participate! With the new Pacers Bike Share program, you can rent a bicycle and enjoy a ride without the costs and hassle of ownership. Bike stands are strategically placed along the trail and around downtown […]

A Look Inside the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum

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As my family strolled along Mass Ave on the Fourth of July, we wandered into the historic Indianapolis Firefighters Museum. Housed in historic fire station no. 2, door was wide open and welcoming visitors. I’d passed by the museum many times, but I’d never taken the time to see what the museum was all about.As […]

Downtown Indy Stay-cation with Tweens & Teens

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If there is one thing kids love (at least my kids), it’s Spring Break. If there is one thing kids hate, it’s staying home for Spring Break. While Central Indiana doesn’t have much to offer in the way of sand and surf, there are several things for the tween and teen set that make a […]

Indianapolis Ranked #1 for Downtown Living

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Livability.com recently ranked Indianapolis as the #1 city to live in when in comes to downtown dwelling. The criteria used by the website included: Good entertainment options Well-planned design Unique architecture Green spaces Walkability Moving from suburbia to downtown has been a dream of mine (and my husband’s) for several years, especially since our daughter […]

Homespun Has a New Home on Mass Ave

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The north end of Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis welcomed a new neighbor recently when Homespun: Modern Handmade opened the doors of its new digs. Homespun isn’t new to Indianapolis; its previous location was in Indy’s historic Irvington neighborhood. The move to Mass Ave gives the boutique a larger space for more product and for […]

Local Dining Treasures: 10 Must-Order Menu Items

Local Dining Treasures - 10 Must-Order Menu Items in Indianapolis

There is no shortage of amazing restaurants in Indianapolis. Over the years, I’ve cultivated a few favorite menu items from each local restaurant. I know there is so much out there, I should really be exploring new food and restaurants instead of constantly ordering the same thing. But our favorites are just so good and […]

Spring Broadway Season in Indianapolis Begins in March

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The 2013-2014 Broadway season in Indianapolis resumes next month, when Ghost the Musical opens in Indianapolis on Tuesday, March 4th. There has been a long break in this Broadway season, with no shows since Wicked in November. Wicked was beautifully done, and I had an amazing evening with my mom, sisters, and my teen daughter. […]

Can’t Wait ’til Black Friday? Mass Ave Midnight Shopper Starts Nov 22

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For some people, Christmas can never come soon enough. For anyone who falls into this category, Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis is THE place to be on November 22. This year marks the 12th anniversary of Mass Ave Midnight Shopper, an annual event in which stores along Mass Ave keep their doors open until midnight […]

Get Down On It: A Weekend Celebration on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

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It was 12 years in the making, but the time had finally come. The much anticipated Indianapolis Cultural Trail opened Friday, May 10, 2013. The project’s official name is “Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick.” To celebration this long-anticipated milestone, organizers issued an open invitation to the public to attend the […]

Scott Weiland’s "Purple to the Core" Tour Arrives in Indy March 23

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Stone Temple Pilots and Ex-Velvet Revolver frontman, Scott Weiland, together with his latest band, The Wildabouts, will bring their Purple to the Core tour to the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre on Saturday, March 23. The tour officially kicked off on March 1st in Flint, MI, and is expected to hit some 20 cities […]

Enjoy Half-o-Ween Magic Show at Theatre On The Square

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Experience the artistry and skill of close-up magic as professional magicians Francis Menotti, Corbett Troyer and Stitches Mad Clown as they bring you Half-o-Ween at Theatre On The Square on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Attending a magic show is a great way to relax with friends, and enjoy the art of illusion. Emcee Taylor Martin […]

Public Art in the Mass Ave Cultural District

Massachusetts Avenue is one of Indianapolis’ premiere place to soak up some Indianapolis culture. From amazing downtown Indianapolis shopping boutiques to Indianapolis theater and some terrific Indianapolis restaurants, there is plenty to do on Mass Ave. But what makes this Indianapolis cultural district so special is the public art that peppers the sidewalks. Visitors to […]

The Flying Cupcake: A Bakery Boutique

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Since 2007, the Flying Cupcake has become Indianapolis’ premiere bakery, serving up cute cupcake creations seven days a week. With four locations throughout Indy, Flying Cupcake has fast become a favorite Hoosier tradition. From their adorable pink and white decor to their scrumptious cupcakes, Flying Cupcake is a proven hit taking home multiple awards each […]

White Dog: Vintage Inspired Home Decor for Downtown Living

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White Dog is a brand new store to Mass Ave offering unique vintage and modern housewares, furniture, gifts accessories and random items of interest. This funky Indianapolis downtown store is the perfect place to find that home decor item to freshen up your interior design scheme. A great new addition to the Indianapolis shopping scene, […]