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Szechwan Garden Serves Up Authentic Chinese Cuisine

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We’ve heard the “best product, lowest price” advertising line before. So much so that we ignore it like an obnoxious car alarm. Ironically, a restaurant in town that could actually deliver on that claim, doesn’t. Instead, it runs on reviews and reputation. I visited that restaurant, Szechwan Garden, located at 3649 Lafayette Road, because I […]

AMC Theatres Best-Kept Secret: Movie Popcorn Butter Hack

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#Indianapolis – I’ve made no secret of my preference for AMC Theatres based strictly on the movie popcorn. It’s freshly popped butter deliciousness is the main reason I go to movies. And lately, I’ve been to a lot of movies. I’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy (go, but be sure to expect a different kind […]

The White River Festival: Celebration of an Ecosystem

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Indianapolis wouldn’t be Indianapolis if it weren’t for the White River. The city was founded on the White River, and although it turned out not to be navigable, it’s still an important part of city’s history. The first half of September marks the fourth annual White River Festival at various venues across the state. Tomorrow […]

7 Tips for a Successful Color Run

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#Indianapolis #Indiana – Color Me Rad is happening in Indianapolis this Saturday, September 6th, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Registration ($50) is still available for waves at 9:00 and 9:20am, so it’s not too late to sign up for this fun race. A color run is a little different than your typical 5K. For starters, […]

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 […]

TV’s “Cosmos” Host to Visit UIndy in October

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#Indianapolis — It’s hard to get famous as an astrophysicist, but Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of Fox Television’s “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,” has done so thanks to his likable approach to explaining the complexities of the universe in everyday language. Tyson will be at the University of Indianapolis Ransburg Auditorium on October 22 to share […]

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. […]

5 Things to Pack for a Fun Go Ape Adventure

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I have now been to Go Ape Adventure in Eagle Creek Park twice. Clearly that makes me some sort of expert. It’s a really fun time, and I loved sharing it with 11-year-old this summer. We visited with her Girl Scout troop. So, naturally, we went prepared. My daughter and I each carried a lightweight […]

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 […]

Barenaked Ladies Rocked the Free Stage

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It’s been One Week since I saw Barenaked Ladies at the Indiana State Fair, and I’m still in shock. 1990s Heather was amazed and excited. 1990s Barenaked Ladies are probably still trying to figure out how they landed on the free stage at a state fair. But, they absolutely rocked it. They played all my […]

2014 Indiana State Fair Is a Wrap

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The 2014 Indiana State Fair is officially in the books, and with over 950,000 visitors, it is the third largest attendees fair in history. We accounted for a tiny portion of those visits and loved every minute. The farm babies were adorable, as always. The award-winning produce, animals, home goods, and oddities were super fun […]

Homegrown at the Indiana State Fair

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One of my favorite things about the Indiana State Fair is the focus on Indiana local produce and goods. I love seeing all the local farmers in action. The animal barns, the livestock auctions, the country market, the ag-hort building — it’s amazing to have the opportunity to see a wide variety of farms at […]

Award-Winning Scarecrows at the Indiana State Fair

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You guys, award-winning scarecrows are a real thing. It’s one of the surprising Indiana State Fair categories I discovered last week. Now that the weather is turning crisp and cool, I’ve already got fall on the brain, and I can’t wait to steal some of these ideas. Check out these awesome Indiana Statefair scarecrows:

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 […]

Farm Babies of Indianapolis

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I spent 10 hours at the Indiana State Fair on Monday, and we did nearly everything. It would probably take another full day to truly experience all the fair has to offer, but we were able to spend plenty of time on my favorite part — farm babies! I love the baby goats, the tiny […]

CANstruction Competition at the Indiana State Fair

CANstruction Competition at the Indiana State Fair

There’s a section of the ag-hort building at the Indiana State Fair dedicated to canned good sculptures. Among the eclectic collection of blue ribbon winners stands a giant Olaf constructed entirely of canned foods. You can admire the stunning displays and vote for your favorite team. We chose the TARDIS and Olaf, but my favorite […]

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 […]