Thursday, May 28, 2009

Exit Tony George? Update

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This morning Robin Miller of SpeedTV.com reported that Tony George was voted out of office as president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tuesday night by fellow IMS board members, including his mother and three sisters. Attorney Jack Snyder and George are the other members of the IMS board.

Miller's report stated that George will continue to serve as head of the Indy Racing League and will also continue with his Vision Racing team. The report said that George's fellow board members were concerned about financial losses at the Speedway. It named H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler as a possible successor to George. Wheeler, from North Carolina, is associated with NASCAR.

But in this afternoon's online edition of the Indianapolis Star, Curt Cavin quotes George directly as saying: "I am still CEO and still president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, Hulman and Company, and CEO of the Indy Racing League." Cavin reports that George's mother, Mari, backed George's account of the Tuesday night board meeting.

For more on Tony George, see NUVO's May 20 cover story, "A Century of Speed," which includes an exclusive interview with George, conducted at the IMS earlier this spring.

UPDATE: 5.28.09

A report in today's Star indicates that Tony George has been asked to put together some form of business plan to address how his family's many assets, ranging from the Motor Speedway to Clabber Girl baking powder are to be managed. The Indy Racing League is said to be high on the priority list. George's plan is to be delivered to the board at a meeting later this year -- no date has been published.

Robin Miller is sticking by his SpeedTV.com story, says his source was "impeccable."

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Free Fever tickets for May 28 game

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Honoring the start of its 10th season, the Indiana Fever is offering complimentary tickets to its preseason game at Conseco Fieldhouse, Thursday, May 28, against the Chicago Sky at 7 p.m. As part of a "First One's On Us" preseason campaign, the Fever welcomes everyone. Fans may obtain coupons for two complimentary tickets here:

http://www.wnba.com/fever/news/fever_complimentary_ticket_090522.html

For more on the Fever, see this week's Cover story under Sports.

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B-Town Playwrights Project seeks leader

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from our friends in Bloomington, where the Playwright's Project is looking for a new leader...

Announcing the departure of Artistic Director Richard Perez

The Bloomington Playwrights Project begins search for replacement

The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) announces the departure of Artistic Director Richard Perez effective on August 1, 2009. He has served on the staff of the nonprofit theater for over seven years and will be continuing his theatre career with Chicago Dramatists in Chicago, IL as their new Associate Artistic Director.

The BPP is currently seeking a replacement for Mr. Perez and has begun a national search. The BPP is a $250,000 501(c)(3) that produces five new plays each season, located in Bloomington, IN. The responsibilities of the BPP Artistic Director include the artistic direction and programming of the theatre, the preparation of an annual operating budget and production calendar, negotiation of artist contracts, and selection of creative team for each event. The AD also cultivates theatre contacts at a local, regional and national level, participates in fundraising activities and is responsible for the overall leadership of BPP volunteers and its staff. Health insurance will be provided.

To apply for the position, submit a cover letter and resume to Search Committee, BPP, 107 W. 9th St., Bloomington, IN 47404. www.newplays.org. Email: bppwrite@newplays.org. Phone: 812-334-1188.For more information, call 334-1188.

The 2008/2009 season (which ends with the production of the 2009 BloomingPlays Festival) marks Mr. Perez's seventh season as producing artistic director of the theatre. In that time he has overseen the production of over thirty new Mainstage plays, with at least sixteen of those being world premieres. In his first season as Artistic Director, he created the Ensemble of Artists; a group of talented writers, directors and actors who have become instrumental in the day-to-day running of the company and the development of new work. His work on new plays at the theatre includes: the development of the musical .22 Caliber Mouth(which he acted in and which eventually opened off-Broadway), the direction of Sarah Treem's Empty Sky, Susan Lieberman'sArrangement for Two Violas, John Green's The Liquid Moon, Sheila Callaghan's Kate Crackernuts, Trista Baldwin's Chicks with Dicks I and II, Toni Press-Coffman's Holy Spirit on Grand Avenue. Other directing credits include: All My Sons, True West, andHurly Burly, The Mercy Swing in the 2007 New York Fringe Festival and Nocturnal as part of the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices Festival. An actor as well, recent roles include: Gabe in Dinner with Friends and Oscar in The Odd Couple. Mr. Perez has taught acting or improvisation for The National Actor's Theatre in New York City, at Arizona State University, for Theatre Sports New York, Indiana University, the Bloomington Playwrights Project and numerous workshops around the country. He has also served on several arts boards and adjudicated for many regional and national playwriting contests.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Free your inner Pavarotti

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This call just in from Indianapolis Opera...

Indianapolis Opera's Announces

Chorus Auditions for the 2008-2009 Season

What: 2008-2009 Indianapolis Opera Chorus Auditions

When: Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30; 2:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Fairview Presbyterian Church, 4609 N. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Indianapolis Opera will hold chorus auditions for its upcoming 2008-2009 season on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 from 2:00pm to 9:00pm at Fairview Presbyterian Church, 4609 N. Capitol Avenue. Interested singers should contact John A Schmid, Chorus Master at 317-253-5982 on or after Wednesday, May 7th to arrange an audition time. Applicants are asked to prepare two selections, preferably with one selection in a language other than English. An accompanist will be provided.

In addition, there will be an "open call" for supernumeraries (non-singing extras) for all productions in the 2008-2009 season on Thursday, May 29. Persons interested in these volunteer positions should come to Fairview Presbyterian Church between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. (appointments are not necessary).

The coming year marks the company's 33rd season of producing opera in Indianapolis, and the 25th season for Chorus Master John Schmid. Each season includes the presentation of four mainstage productions, accompanied by a wide range of community and educational programs for all ages. Productions for the 2008-2009 season are: Verdi — Il Trovatore, October 3 and 5, 2008; Humperdinck — Hansel and Gretel, November 21 and 23, 2008; Gilbert & Sullivan — The Pirate of Penzance, March 13 and 15, 2009; and Wagner — Das Rheingold, May 15 and 17, 2009, in collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Chorus involvement will be in Il Trovatore and The Pirates of Penzance.

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Heartland Actors' audition call

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This call for actors just in from Heartland Actors' Rep...

HART announces auditions for

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre is producing a full scale, nearly full text version of this fun, crowd pleasing comedy in partnership with the White River State Park. It will be performed at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater on the bank of the White River in White River State Park as a part of their Family Arts Series. Performances are July 31 and August 1. Rehearsals begin July 5th.

Where: Auditions will take place at the IndyFringe Building — 719 E St, Clair St. (at the intersection of Mass Ave/College Ave/ and St. Clair) Click below for Mapquest directions

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?2c=Indianapolis&2s=IN&2a=719+E+St+Clair+St&2z=46202

When: Monday, June 8, 6:00 pm — 10:00 pm

Tuesday, June 9, 6:00 pm — 10:00 pm

Call backs will be held Wednesday, June 10, 8:00 pm

What: Auditions will be by appointment. Walk-ups will be accepted time permitting. Auditioners are asked to prepare a 1 — 2 minute classical monologue and may be asked to read from the script. Sides will be available at the website www.heartlandactors.com Please bring headshot and resume.

Who: Seeking Equity and non-Equity adult actors of all ethnic backgrounds. Some roles have been pre-cast with HART company members including Chuck Goad, Scot Greenwell, Diane Timmerman, Michael Shelton, Matthew Roland, Phebe Taylor, Ben Tebbe and Robert Neal. The production is directed by Nathan Garrison.

Available roles include:

Antonio-- male, mid-30s to early-50s

Dogberry-- male, 30s to 40s

Conrad-- male, 20s to 30s

Borachio--male, 20s to 30s

Verges-- male, mid-20s to late-30s

Ursula-- female, late-20s to 50s

Friar-- male, 30s to 50s

Sexton-- male, 30s to 50s

Watch, Messenger, etc.-- non-specified

How: For more information or to schedule an audition time please contact Company Manager, Ben Tebbe @ heartlandactors@gmail.com or 317-796-2222. Please include in your email or phone message a preferred date and time for audition and call back phone number.

www.heartlandactors.com

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mike Beas: Gruden makes Monday Night Football irrelevant

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 4:00 AM

If the late, grating Howard Cosell isn't spinning like a top right about now, it's only because he's too immersed in disbelief to do so.

Cossell's baby, the vehicle once responsible for elevating him to sports broadcasting's luxury suite, has undergone more face lifts the past 38 years than Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller combined.

On Monday the dreaded scalpel resurfaced: Tony Kornheiser out, Jon Gruden in.

Gruden is the 16th — yes, 16th — color commentator since Monday Night Football made its debut with a Jets-Browns game in 1970. Those who have worn the ABC blazer are a mixed bag, among them the homespun Don Meredith, the physically imposing Fred Williamson, the womanizing Joe Namath, the incredibly unamusing Dennis Miller and even the (fill in the adjective) O.J. Simpson.

The hiring of Gruden, the former Tampa Bay coach who was fired by the Buccaneers in January, further demonstrates how irrelevant MNF has become. But so did the hiring of Kornheiser, Gruden's predecessor, two seasons ago, and short-lived sideline butcher jobs Lisa Guerrero and Eric Dickerson prior to that.

Why people continue to make such a fuss over Monday Night Football is mystifying. The novelty aspect of this tired product exited decades ago. Besides, how can we get pumped about a game on a Monday when this coming season alone there are seven Thursday nighters, one on Friday and another on a Saturday evening. Thank goodness for Tuesday and Wednesday for they remain sacred.

But don't for a minute think some good hasn't come out of MNF's game of musical chairs. I'm confident that at the rate it is lowering its bar, I should be able to submit a resume in three or four years.

DOGGING MICHAEL VICK: Right now, Michael Vick's reputation isn't scraping the bottom of the barrel, it is the bottom of the barrel. Once among the most-feared offensive players in the National Football League, the quarterback's 21-month imprisonment for funding a dogfighting operation in his home state of Virginia removed all wind from that sail.

Now serving the final two months of his punishment in home confinement, the light at the end of the tunnel should be visible. Should be, but isn't. Vick killed dogs. Innocent dogs in the most heinous and heartless manner imaginable. And in America, a dog-adoring nation, that just doesn't fly.

Vick wants to return to the NFL. I think he should just so he can feel what it's like to be alone in a ring against a far superior opponent, in this case 70,000 blood-thirsty fans. Vick might have thought his 21-month stay in Leavenworth was tough, but he ain't seen nothing yet.

PING-PONG WITH THE PACERS: Not even ping-pong balls like the Indiana Pacers. In the latest version of the yawn-athon known as the NBA Draft Lottery, Indiana wound up with the 13th selection, which means if it trades down it will end up securing the rights to Russ Schoene and an autographed poster of Boomer to be named later.

The Pacers need help. Lots of it. I still lean toward 6-7 Pitt power forward DeJuan Blair, though there seems to be growing support locally for Syracuse point guard Jonny Flynn. I love Flynn's game and personality, but Indiana with T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack would seem set at point.

Draft Blair and he plays. Select Flynn and he sits, at least for awhile.

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Adios, ALCHEMY

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from ALCHEMY. They're closing. This next First Friday is their last...

With our deepest regrets, Alchemy art + aesthetics announces that we will be closing our doors after nearly three years of business. We continue to hold out for a miracle and hope for a new space - however, we are prepared to close Alchemy by May 31st.

Please join us for the following events:

Alchemy's LAST Friday: rock us out of business with: Thin Fevers, Daniel Paquette, + TBA on May 29th from 9pm til midnight

this is just like First Friday. only at the end of the month. with music instead of art.

Alchemy's LAST FIRST Friday: featuring art by all your favorite Alchemites over the last 2.75 years

this is exactly like First Friday. only the last one ever. unless we have one again.

Alchemy's SUPER CLOSING SALE: June 1st thru June 6th

Bring your wallet and your heart, as we will be selling virtually everything that isn't nailed down (and some that is) starting June 1st lasting thru June 6th or until everything is gone! We will be holding this SUPER SALE Mo-Fr 12-6 and Sa 12-4 during the entire first week of June. This includes (but is not limited to) Bumble and Bumble hair product, TONS of art, salon equipment, kitchen/bathroom fixtures, cabinetry and appliances, IKEA furniture, etc etc. All items go to the best offer received - so feel free to make offers! We will also be accepting donations to cushion the blow of the final bills.

We will maintain limited business hours through the month of May: Tu thru Fr 12-6 Sa 12-4 [hair services by appointment only]

We look forward to our last celebrations with you- help us go out of business with style!

thank you for the support - and as always - we love you too

Robert, Nicole, and the Alchemy staff

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ALCHEMY art + aesthetics

1043 Virginia Ave No. 3

Indianapolis, IN 46203

Ph. 317.634.9700

Fx. 317.634.9701

Em. alchemysalon@gmail.com

W3. myspace.com/alchemysalon

Gallery + Salon

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Arts: Lottery for $25 tickets to "Wicked"

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Just announced

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held daily for WICKED, which will be performing from June 3-21 at the Murat Theatre. Each day, 2.5 hours prior to show time, people who present themselves at the Murat Theatre box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum and then 30 minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Winners must be present (with a valid photo ID) when their names are called, or they forfeit their tickets.

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Conner Prairie call for young artists

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from Conner Prairie. A call for young artists...

FISHERS, Ind. (May 20, 2009) Young artists ages eight to 10 are invited to put their imagination to work for Conner Prairie's Picture Indiana Youth Art Contest, where they can paint, draw, photograph and collage their way to tickets for 1859 Balloon Voyage, Conner Prairie's newest exhibit. Opening June 6, the exhibit educates guests about Indiana's aviation history and culminates with a voyage 350 feet above the prairie in a tethered, helium balloon.

1859 Balloon Voyage demonstrates one example of how creative ideas and imagination inspired the inventions and technology that connect people and cultures all over the world today. Youth can have fun creating artwork for Picture Indiana about how inventions like ballooning, the telephone, cars, planes, the Internet and more help bring cultures and people together.

Artwork will be showcased at Conner Prairie's Indiana Festival, June 6 & 7, a celebration of the diverse people and cultural traditions of Indiana including music, crafts, dance, food and games. This year, Indiana Festival will feature the grand opening of 1859 Balloon Voyage, where guests will discover Indiana's role in the first airmail delivery, led by scientist and aeronaut John Wise. Indiana Festival will also include a special kids' area with crafts, ethnic cuisine, cultural dances, performances, games and more.

Picture Indiana entries will be judged by a volunteer panel, and awards will be given for top entries in the following categories: Most Creative Design, Best Application of Theme, Honorable Mention and Best Overall. All winners will receive a gift basket filled with art supplies, Conner Prairie treats and four complimentary tickets to visit Conner Prairie. The Best Overall winner will also receive four complimentary tickets to 1859 Balloon Voyage.

Entries must be hand-delivered or mailed to Conner Prairie by May 29, 2009. Artwork must be created solely by young artists age eight to 10 and should be no larger than 8½" x 11". Mediums can include painting (watercolor, acrylic or oil), drawing (colored pencil, pen and ink, marker or crayon), photography (color or black and white) or other (collage, quilting, embroidery, batik, quillwork or any combination), but no computer-generated artwork will be accepted. Visit connerprairie.org for Picture Indiana submission details.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Hoppe on the Arts: Buddy Montgomery's passing

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Buddy Montgomery, a jazz master whose roots were planted in Indianapolis' jazz scene, has died in California. Montgomery was 79.

Buddy got his start in the rich cultural scene that was the mid-twentieth century Indiana Avenue African-American community, making music not only with his siblings, but with the legendary Hampton Family.

He was the younger brother to fellow musicians Wes and Monk, and sister Lena. He was a vibraphonist and pianist, as well as a jazz activist who organized his fellow musicians for free concerts and educational initiatives in Milwaukee and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Buddy played with Wes, Monk and Robert and Alonzo Johnson in the Montgomery-Johnson quintet. Then he and Monk formed the Mastersounds with Benny Barth and Richy Crabtree in 1957, recording for World Pacific Records. In 1958, Buddy won the Down Beat magazine awards for best new vibes player and best new arranger. The Mastersounds was named best new group in the nation.

Buddy continued recording through 2006, when he released A Day in the Life on Pony Canyon. Through the course of his career he worked with many of the greatest artists of his generation, including Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, George Shearing, Ron Carter, John Coltrane and David Fathead Newman.

Buddy Montgomery left a great legacy of recorded music, but he has also served as a mentor to untold numbers of younger jazz players who had occasion to work and study with him. He was famous for his efforts to make every scene he participated in inclusive and artistically nurturing.

He enriched our collective understanding of jazz and community.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

(Sports) Mike Beas on baseball and drugs

Posted By on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Want to hear a great knock, knock joke? Here goes:

Knock, knock...

Who's there?

Major League Baseball.

Major League Baseball who?

No, you don't understand. That's the punch line, the good old MLB, which is beginning to resemble a Canseco family reunion what with all the admitted and alleged abusers of performance enhancing drugs.

Throw faster. Hit the ball harder and farther. Recover from injuries quicker. And, yes, eventually get your contract restructured so that it carries additional security for yourself and loved ones. Why pave easy street for your children and their children when a little bit of sneakiness can rain dollar signs on your children's children's children.

These are the quick sands of professional athletics as we know them today. Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds dipped their big toes and were swallowed whole. At least their reputations were. More recently, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez threw themselves under the stupidity bus.

Somewhere in New York, Babe Ruth must be spinning in his grave. Legend has it Ruth could scarf down double-digits in hot dogs, be nursing a hangover potent enough to cripple a moose and still hit two out that day. The great Jackie Robinson probably is whirring just as fast. And you know very much alive icons such as Hank Aaron, Mike Schmidt, Rod Carew and Cal Ripken are equally as disgusted.

When it will end or if it will end remains to be seen. St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols claims he's clean, but should we believe him?

Professional baseball used to be such a treat to watch regardless of whether you were doing so in person or on television. But it's dying. Like the ivy on Wrigley Field's walls in October, slowly, surely, it's dying. Current economic conditions have no doubt contributed to declining attendance figures, but this country's financial woes can't shoulder all of the blame.

Kids and adults alike are in need of athletes they can believe in. Sadly, the list just keeps getting shorter.

PARTING SHOT: In 20 years, Henrik Stenson might be the answer to this trivia question: Which golfer won the The Players Championship in 2009?

Given the way most members of the national sports media trip over each other in an attempt to win the war of adjectives regarding the play of Tiger Woods, Stenson already qualifies as such.

Other golfers on the PGA Tour never win tournaments. Woods loses them. Society long ago adopted this mindset and Woods never once hesitated fanning the flames, pocketing major after major and creating space between himself and the mere mortals he competed against.

This is why some of the best televised golf these days comes from events Woods didn't enter.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Arts get Humanities chaser

Posted By on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from the Indiana Humanities Council, located in the historic Meredith Nicholson house across from the Harrison Center. IHC will be adding its own twist to First Fridays...

INDIANAPOLIS - The historic home of the Indiana Humanities Council will be alive this summer, convening humanities-inspired programs and receptions on the first Friday of every month in support of IDADA's First Fridays.

"First Fridays in Indy are a chance to strengthen our community through conversations about arts and culture," said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council. "We encourage the community to drop by for good food and good conversation."

Here's a look at what's ahead:

Friday, June 5, 5-7 p.m.

"Hearts on Display"

Art With a Heart will present "Hearts on Display," an exhibit produced by K-12 students (many who are considered ‘at-risk') from across Indianapolis who participate in the nonprofit's graphic art programs each week. These are stories of children using the creative process to overcome economic, academic or emotional adversity to become more successful students with brighter futures ahead of them. And yes, the art is for sale!

(No event in July due to the 4th of July holiday)

Friday, August 7, 5-7 p.m.

"Hoosier Craftsmanship: Works from Indiana Artisan"

The Indiana Humanities Council will open its doors to Indiana's finest craftspeople, displaying their works of art - specialty cookies, wines and candy; jewelry and textiles; paintings and photographs; and more. The work represents the finest made in Indiana, from the artists and value-added food producers who juried into Indiana Artisan, a program that supports and promotes Hoosier artisans and handmade products.

"Indiana is home to hundreds of talented artisans and boasts a variety of unique handmade products," said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. "Governor Daniels and I are committed to supporting Hoosier entrepreneurs and promoting Indiana-made products. This project provides a unique opportunity to enhance the entrepreneurial culture that has been created in Indiana and attract visitors to our state."

All First Friday events attract visitors to the Indiana Humanities Council, located in the former home of Indiana author Meredith Nicholson, at 1500 N. Delaware St. Hors 'd'oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

The Indiana Humanities Council celebrates, encourages, and facilitates the thinking that leads to innovation and action. As a convener, leader and partner, the Council supports the sharing of ideas, promotes the public humanities and engages Indiana's community of minds to examine and improve the human condition. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.

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