Monday, December 28, 2009

Mike Beas: Urban Meyer plays it smart

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 4:00 AM

From Knute to Ara, Woody to Bo, Bear to JoePa, men hired to coach major college football programs have been known to orchestrate extraordinary Saturday-afternoon moments that fans treasure for the rest of their days.

Yet they are human beings. Therefore, the one thing they can't do is coach 'em up when situated horizontally beneath six feet of earth.

Recognizing this, Florida coach Urban Meyer took action over the weekend.

Well, kind of.

Meyer's decision to step away for the foreseeable future from the Gainesville pressure-cooker was the right one for the following reason: Urban Meyer, husband and father of three, said so.

What's disturbing is that it took Meyer not a month, not a week, but a day to regress back from the fulltime father his wife and children couldn't wait to have around the house to the whistle-blowing leader of Gator Nation.

Football trumps family. Leather prevails over blood. That's the message Meyer sent when he indicated he fully expects to be Florida's coach in 2010 when it looked like he might not return until 2011 or 2012. It's not the message he intended to deliver, but it's stamped and sent.

Meyer's so-called leave of absence will come to a screeching halt no more than 10 minutes after he puts his feet up and realizes the TV remote control next to him isn't the film clicker from Florida's film room.

His cellphone will ring and, well, you know the rest. Chest pains? What chest pains?

You've probably noticed the man upstairs could give two hoots about how many national championships a coach has won. Knute Rockne had six at Notre Dame between 1919-30 before dying in a plane crash at the age of 43; Bear Bryant, too, won it all six times, then was dead 28 days after coaching his final game.

This might be why Bobby Bowden didn't want to retire and why Joe Paterno will continue to be propped up along the Penn State sideline a decade after his pulse stops (with those glasses, no one will know the difference).

Meyer, who turned 45 in July, seemed to be taking chest pains he experienced during the SEC championship game against Alabama on Dec. 5 seriously. Instead of waving them off as if his two national titles with the Gators entitled him to some sort of superior bill of health, Meyer maturely put his well-being first and his reputation a very distant second.

For a day. The exact amount of time I found myself being an Urban Meyer fan.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Mike Beas: holiday wish list

Posted By on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 4:00 AM

In keeping with the spirit of Holiday Season, here are some gifts that, if we had the power, would be placed beneath the ornament-weighted Christmas trees belonging to some of our preferred sports personalities.

As you'll see, some can't actually be put under a tree, but, well, you get the idea:

CHRIS HENRY: Peace. The former Cincinnati Bengals receiver shoehorned plenty into his 26 years. A good portion of it was bad: driving under the influence, marijuana possession, suspensions, untimely injuries.

And there were the domestic issues, the last of which ended Henry's life last week, one day after suffering serious injuries after falling from the back of a truck driven by his fiancee.

Very sad and further proof that more often than not, marvelous athletic talent in time loses the battle against being an exceptionally troubled human being.

TIGER WOODS: Some serious mentoring. Infidelity poster child Michael Jordan is rumored to be a close friend of Woods, but right now the golfer needs a superior class of human being to look up to. At the rate things are going, everyone short of Joan Rivers will have claimed to have been romantically linked to Woods by this time next week.

Now there's a visual. Here's a better one: Woods constructing a circle of positive role models around him in order to assist in repairing the leaks in his punctured reputation.

BILL BELICHICK: A personality with a sense of humor thrown in as a stocking-stuffer. The New England coach is never seen smiling, probably the result of a too-tight hoodie. Is there a more-unlikable human being in professional sports right now? Besides Woods, I mean.

DICK VITALE: A vacation. It's only December and I'm already tired of him. Seeing Vitale on my television screen this spring is going to give whole new meaning to March Madness.

MARK MANGINO: A keg of Slim-Fast and directions to the nearest health club. It's rumored the former Kansas football coach is pushing four bills. Mangino best opt for a healthier lifestyle and fast before it's daisies he's pushing.

THE INDIANA PACERS: A healthy Danny Granger.

TOM CREAN: Patience. His Indiana men's basketball program is showing glimpses of the future, particularly freshmen like guard Maurice Creek and forward Christian Watford. Realistically, though, the Hoosiers' return to the top 25 and serious Big Ten title contention is two winters away.

LEE CORSO: Improved health. It's obvious Corso isn't the old Corso following a minor stroke suffered last May, and those College Gameday broadcasts this football season weren't nearly as good as a result.

IOWA BASKETBALL: Some fans. Carver-Hawkeye Arena used to be a happening place in the days of former coaches George Raveling and Dr. Tom Davis. Saturday's home game against Drake looked as though someone had phoned in a bomb threat 30 minutes before as the 15,000-seat structure was woefully empty.

DREW BREES: The Most Valuable Player Award. Brett Favre is great, Peyton Manning the best quarterback in NFL history. But without Brees, his leadership and pinpoint passing, the New Orleans Saints are a gold-and-black version of the Carolina Panthers.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Indianapolis City Ballet master classes

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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Indianapolis City Ballet Announces a Master Class Series

for

Indianapolis Dance Students

Renowned Teachers from Major Schools and Companies around the World!

Following its spectacular debut last September, Indianapolis City Ballet today revealed a new Program as part of its education and outreach initiatives that will begin next month. "It is our intention to present the finest professional ballet program possible in all its various forms" exclaimed Board Chair and founder Robert Hesse, "and as we plan for a future gala performance and the launching of the Indianapolis City Ballet Company, we are pleased to introduce a Master Class Series that draws on our institutional strengths to assist the dance schools and dance students of Indiana".

Beginning on Sunday, January 10, 2010 the Indianapolis City Ballet will present nine Master Classes taught by some of the world's most recognized teachers and dancers for the area's ballet students. "This is an effort to unite the dance schools in the Indianapolis area and help each to give their students an even richer learning environment," Dr. Hesse said.

The program is being directed by Jolinda Menedez who was a former ballerina with American Ballet Theatre and the Bavarian National Ballet in Munich and did major guest appearances in the United States and in Europe. Ms. Menendez has been on the faculty at New York University/Tisch School of the Arts for the past 13 years and is a frequent guest teacher with schools and companies including The Royal Ballet School in London, Scottish Ballet in Glasgow, American Ballet Theatre's summer intensive at all its national sites, the Ben Stevenson Academy at Houston Ballet, English National Ballet School in London, the Joffrey Ballet School and more. "As a teacher, I know that there is never a time to stop learning. This Master Class Series is meant to not only provide students with a new and vital learning experience but also give teachers the opportunity to explore different methods in classical ballet training."

The guest teachers for the Indianapolis City Ballet Master Class Series are individually experienced in giving master classes and are renowned in their field. They have been selected to represent the varied techniques, styles and focuses of the dance world. This first set of teachers includes a ballet mistress from a major dance company, leaders of two of the world's most recognized and successful ballet schools, a working contemporary dancer, founder of a major international ballet competition and more. The variety of styles and background is interesting too with teachers who have performed with Australian Ballet, Bavarian National Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, English National Ballet, Parsons Dance Company, the Royal Ballet, and more.

This initial series will be developed into an ongoing program according to the needs and response of the dance community. The classes will feature live accompanists, a 90-minute ballet technique class and a question and answer session in which both students and observers/teachers can participate. In order to ensure the most meaningful experience for the students, attendance at the classes will be limited. Enrollment is on a class-by-class basis and is open to intermediate and advanced students for a fee of just $25 per person. Observers will be accommodated on a space-available basis to allow teachers to attend for a fee of $10 per person.

Indianapolis City Ballet is pleased to present its Master Class Series at and in conjunction with some of Indianapolis' finest dance studios/schools including: Academy of Dance Arts, Ballet Theatre of Carmel/Performers' Edge, Broad Ripple High School, Central Indiana Academy of Dance, The Dance Refinery, Indianapolis School of Ballet and Jordan Academy of Dance. Two additional classes will be scheduled in September and October and announced separately.

The opening class will be on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at the Academy of Dance Arts in Fishers with Miguel Quinones. People who attended the Evening with the Stars Gala by Indianapolis City Ballet will remember Miguel for his show-stopping performance in David Parsons"Caught". Additional information about this program, this class and future classes will be available at:

www.indianapoliscityballet.org.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Andy Levy's headache book no headache

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post have chosen Butler Professor of English Andy Levy's memoir A Brain Wider Than the Sky as one of the best books of 2009.

In the book, Levy writes about his history with, and the history of, migraines.

The Post called the book "a harrowing descent as Levy changes from a man who has suffered from occasional headaches into the victim of an unremitting, four-month-long, life-altering migraine." The Journal said Levy "provides an eloquent treatise on a malady that affects more than 1 in 10 Americans."

Levy said the migraine "completely takes over your brain, and then it goes away and leaves your brain refreshed. It's like: What just happened? And why do I have no control over this?"

To find out, Levy wrote, he scoured "everything from two-thousand-year-old medical textbooks to medieval religious texts translated from Latin to semi-autobiographical novels by surrealist painters. Glossy art books. Thick biographies. Books of ancient incantation and of cutting-edge neurology. And lots of letter collections."

Levy has suffered from serious episodic headaches since his early 20s (he's 46 now), A Brain Wider Than the Sky deals mostly with a debilitating four-month period during 2006 when his recurring migraines made even simple acts like eating painful.

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City-Wide Collaboration Offers Provocative Discussions on Indiana's Future

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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IndyTalks, City-Wide Collaboration Offers Provocative Discussions on Indiana's Future

Indianapolis — In a citywide effort designed to foster a sense of community through respectful and creative civic dialogue, some of the city and state's most active organizations will examine Indiana's future from their own unique perspective in provocative and fresh ways through the IndyTalks initiative.

A series of community-based discussions will take place at different venues across the city to promote civic dialogue while exploring what it will take for Indiana to survive and prosper in the 21st century. Using Richard C. Longworth's 2008 book Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism as a starting point, Indianapolis residents will have to chance to participate in a series of dynamic exchanges themed on the question, "What is the future of Indiana and the Midwest?"

IndyTalks will begin on Jan. 13, 2010, when 90.1 WFYI-FM will air a live radio interview with Longworth. Subsequent program offerings will allow for the discussions to range from the role of economics and politics to faith, education, heritage, the arts, and even food practices in our collective futures.

Participants are encouraged to do more than listen - they are encouraged to talk, offer ideas, connect to their community and create solutions. Individuals will also be encouraged to keep the conversation going on their own by using the IndyTalks Facebook page and by heading to the Athenaeum's Rathskeller for freelanced monthly conversations on the issues raised during the IndyTalks series.

For more information about IndyTalks, including a complete 2010 schedule, visit www.indytalks.info.

IndyTalks is a collaboration of the Athenaeum Foundation, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Humanities Council, WFYI, Marian University, Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Big Car Collective, Arts Council of Indianapolis, University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community, Christian Theological Seminary, IUPUI Common Theme Project and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Spirit & Place. Promotional support is also being provided by Smaller Indiana and IndyHub.

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International Violin Competition scores

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Secures Funding for Original Documentary

Indianapolis - The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) is pleased to announce that it has received a $100,000 capital grant award from The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc. This leadership support gift will be used to help underwrite the production of an original documentary of the 2010 Competition, making it possible to present both the city of Indianapolis and the Competition to the rest of the nation via distribution through American Public Television.

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Trendy Minds makes holiday donation of services

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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TrendyMinds marks its 15th year by giving $150,000 gift

12 non-profits to benefit from agency's in-kind program

Indianapolis - TrendyMinds, an Indianapolis-based full-service advertising

agency and public relations firm, is celebrating its 15th anniversary by

giving local non-profits quite the party favor; twelve (12) businesses will

receive a total of $150,000 worth of in-kind marketing, branding,

interactive, public relations, advertising and promotional services in 2010.

TrendyMinds accepted applications through their website and chose the

winning organizations based on need, services desired, and interest from the

staff. The winning organizations are:

* Carmel Symphony Orchestra

* Fishers Arts Council

* IndyHub

* International Kidney Stone Institute

* Junior Achievement Intellectual Army

* King Park Area Development Corporation

* La Plaza

* Madame Walker Theatre Center

* Planned Parenthood of Indiana

* School on Wheels

* The Polis Center at IUPUI

* The Wellness Community

"I feel incredibly lucky to be celebrating our fifteenth year in business,"

says Trevor Yager, founder and principal of TrendyMinds. "We've had and

continue to have amazing clients, fantastic results and truly talented

employees. We felt it was our duty to give something substantive back to the

community as a way of sharing the wealth, so to speak."

TrendyMinds has a long-standing tradition of donating its services to

charitable organizations and nonprofits. In 2009 the agency awarded $50,000

to eight nonprofits: Athenaeum Foundation, Carmel Symphony Orchestra,

Fatherless Foundation, FIDO (Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside), IndyHub,

King Park Area Development Corporation, A Little Wiggle Room and The Polis

Center at IUPUI. Other organizations that have received in-kind work in

previous years include Methodist Health Foundation, Gleaners Food Bank, and

the American Cabaret Theatre.

"We know that 2010 will likely continue to be a hard year for many business

so we feel fortunate that we're in a position to give away this amount of

work," says Vicki Bohlsen, principal. "These deserving organizations do so

much good in the community, so I'm thrilled we can put our professional

expertise to use and help them achieve their goals."

In addition to donating $150,000 worth of agency work, TrendyMinds will

celebrate its 15th anniversary with four special events to be held

throughout 2010 and will premiere a new promotional campaign.

TrendyMinds is a highly creative, full-service boutique agency. Our

services include advertising, branding, public relations, interactive

services, social media and promotions. With a passionate and experienced

staff, TrendyMinds doesn't just create ad campaigns, press releases or Web

sites -- TrendyMinds creates identity. Founded in 1995, TrendyMinds prides

itself on exceeding expectations, creating lasting and meaningful

relationships with clients, and hiring only the best and brightest in the

industry. TrendyMinds is located in the Douglass Pointe Lofts of Fall Creek

Place in downtown Indianapolis. For more information on our work, staff or

services, please visit www.TrendyMinds.com or call 317.926.1727. Follow

TrendyMinds on Twitter @TrendyMinds or join our Facebook Fan Page at

www.facebook.com/trendyminds

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Barney backs Humane Society

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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Humane Society of Indianapolis hosts Dick Wolfsie book signing.

Author of Mornings with Barney to donate half of proceeds to Humane Society of Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS (December 14, 2009) The Humane Society of Indianapolis (HSI) will host Indiana-based humorist, author and television personality Dick Wolfsie on Saturday, December 19, 2009, from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. for an autograph session of his book, Mornings with Barney: The True Story of an Extraordinary Beagle. Wolfsie will donate half of the proceeds from books bought at the shelter directly back to HSI.

Dick Wolfsie has written eight books and is presently a weekly humor columnist for 25 central Indiana newspapers. is Wolfsie's biography of his dog, a beagle who has been featured in many of Wolfsie's books, articles and TV segments.

"Mornings with Barney is a touching book and makes a great last-minute stocking stuffer," says John Aleshire, CEO of the Humane Society of Indianapolis. "We're thrilled that Dick has chosen to donate to the shelter and share his time this weekend."

Mornings with Barney will be available at the Humane Society of Indianapolis for $15, nearly $6 off the retail price. HSI also offers gift certificates good toward adoption fees and all goods and services, including dog training, pet toys and supplies, and Pet Supplies Plus DIY dog wash coupons.

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Writers' Center pulls through

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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"Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow - whether there is a market for it or not! The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward. I would tell all of you watching this screen: Before you go to bed, write a four line poem. Make it as good as you can. Don't show it to anybody. Put it where nobody will find it. And you will discover that you have your reward." Kurt Vonnegut

Dear Members and Friends of the Writers' Center of Indiana:

A year ago, the Writers' Center faced serious financial difficulties, along with so many other nonprofit arts organizations, so it pleases me very much to report that, with the help our Board's hands-on approach and the generosity of donors and volunteers, the Writers' Center will enter 2010 not just surviving, but thriving.

During 2009, the Writers' Center offered a full schedule of classes, taught by published authors and experienced teachers, and evaluations were overwhelmingly positive. Our annual Gathering of Writers and Readers, held November 7 at the Art Center of Indianapolis was a resounding success. "Evening with the Muse," a free monthly event, has a dedicated audience that gathers to hear a featured poet and to read their own work.

In addition to these familiar programs, we introduced "Be a Better Writer," a series of craft lectures funded by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. We were honored to be invited by CICF to coordinate "Moving Forward," a poetry contest to select the poems that will be incorporated into three bus shelter installations on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Outreach programs took the Writers' Center into the community, with memoir projects at Flanner House and the Indiana State Correctional Facility for Girls that gave voice to people not usually heard. In addition, I spoke about writing and gave writing workshops to nearly a thousand students, teachers and library patrons throughout Indiana over the past year.

Coming up in 2010-all that, and more! We're exploring new events and outreach opportunities that will expand our audience and offer inspiring, educational programs for writers working at all levels-and for book lovers, too.

First on tap: This Thursday, December 17, visit www.indianawriters.org to view our schedule of winter/spring classes.

Many thanks to those of you who renewed your memberships over the past year. We appreciate your support! And a hearty welcome to the many brand new members who have joined the Writers' Center. Many came to us by way of our Facebook page-and a fair number by word of mouth, as well. There's a bit of a buzz around town about what's happening at the Writers' Center these days, and that is a fabulous thing!

If you participate in Writers' Center programs, but are not a member, we'd love to add you to our ranks. If your membership has expired, we'd love to have you back in the fold. Benefits of membership include discounts on classes and events, as well as access to the Members-Only Page on our new website that will be launched in January.

And, of course, the great pleasure of being a part of a lively community of writers.

For membership information, visit www.indianawriters.org.

NOTE: We have established a $25 membership for teachers, seniors (60+) and full-time students, which will be required to receive extra class discount after January 1, 2010. To sign up, please send your form and payment by mail. Our website is not currently set up to process this category of membership.

Donations above the membership cost are tax-deductible-and would be greatly appreciated! You may send a check to the Writers' Center of Indiana, PO Box 30407, Indianapolis, IN 46230-0407 or visit www.firstgiving.com/writerscenterofindiana to make an online donation.

The mission of the Writers' Center of Indiana is to nurture a writing community, to support established and emerging writers, to improve written and verbal communication, and to develop an audience for literature in Indiana. Whether you are a beginning writer, an established writer, or a serious reader curious about how writing works, we hope you will decide to be a part of our community in 2010.

Best wishes for a happy and creative new year.

Barbara Shoup

Executive Director

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Cincinnati Bengals in the playoffs

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Standing tall with a 9-4 record and scheduled to line up opposite two cream puffs (Kansas City, New York Jets) over the next three weeks, the Cincinnati Bengals are a virtual lock to make the playoffs for only the second time since 1990.

Good for head coach Marvin Lewis, who at this time was coaching a dreadful Cincy team with an even more appalling record (1-11-1). Sports radio was making Swiss Cheese out of Lewis, who saved his hide by leading the Bengals to three straight victories to close the regular season.

Good for quarterback Carson Palmer, whose lone taste of postseason pigskin lasted only a few seconds thanks to a severe knee injury suffered on Cincinnati's initial play from scrimmage against Pittsburgh. The Steelers defeated the Bengals, then kicked Palmer while he was down by going on to win Super Bowl XL.

And good for the city itself, which hasn't had an NBA franchise since the Royals bolted for greener pastures in 1972. More painful is that Cincinnati for 14 years has been patiently waiting for its beloved Reds to return to some sort of spring/summer/fall relevance. The Big Red Machine is now the little red Corvette. Make that Chevette.

Everyone loves a feel-good story, and the Cincinnati Bengals are it.

So why don't we feel good? Simple: The look-at-me antics of receiver Chad Whatevertheheckhisnameistoday are such a colossal turn-off that a quick playoff exit by the Bengals might actually be celebrated rather than frowned upon in states not named Ohio.

The artist formerly known as Johnson who is now Ochocinco and who's teasing us with yet another possible legalized surname alteration (Hachi Go) is a one-man marketing mechanism for himself. Taking Och out of the spotlight is like taking a fish from water and watching him flop around uncomfortably, so he makes it a point to always be in the news.

Problem is, Och's antics pull attention away from the likes of Lewis, a strong NFL Coach of the Year possibility; Dhani Jones, the veteran linebacker who might be on the verge of his first Pro Bowl invite, and Cedric Benson's inspiring emergence after a troubled start to his pro career with the Chicago Bears.

Between his Twitter posts and immature end zone celebrations, Och is all about Och with the success of the Bengals coming in a very distant second. This is why we never have to worry about the Bengals ever making a Super Bowl as long as this clown is in uniform.

KELLY STEPPING IN QUICKSAND: Speaking of the Queen City, condolences should be directed at former University of Cincinnati football coach Brian Kelly for lowering himself into the South Bend guillotine.

If Notre Dame was still viewed nationally the way Notre Dame thinks it's viewed, Urban Meyer would have applied. And Bob Stoops. And Pete Carroll. And Jon Gruden. And Bill Cowher. And Nick Saban. And Pat Fitzgerald. And Mack Brown. And Gary Patterson. And Jim Tressell.

None did, which is why Kelly and Connecticut coach Randy Edsall were the front-runners.

Domers are energized by the Kelly hire. These are the same people who thought Bob Davie, Ty Willingham and Charlie Weis were going to return Notre Dame to glory.

As Kelly soon will discover, Touchdown Jesus is difficult to please.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Dave Lawrence heads Arts Council

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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Arts Council of Indianapolis Board appoints David B. Lawrence as president

Nearly 20-year arts management veteran presents strong vision

to take the Arts Council to the next level

INDIANAPOLIS — After a lengthy and thorough national search for a new president, longtime arts advocate and arts management executive David B. Lawrence (Dave) has been named president of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The announcement was made today by the Arts Council of Indianapolis' board of directors.

Shawn Mulholland, chair of the Arts Council board, said, "Dave's nearly 20 years of relevant experience and career advancement in arts management, coupled with his creative, well-reasoned vision to take the Arts Council of Indianapolis to the next level, secured the decision in his favor. Dave is clearly the best candidate for the job."

The board search committee, lead by longtime civic and business leader Dan Appel, reviewed more than 200 applicants from all over the country, most with exemplary credentials and qualifications. Dan said, "The search committee unanimously recommended the appointment of Dave Lawrence for a number of reasons, but primarily because he presented some incredibly insightful, imaginative and compelling ideas to further the mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Dave has the confidence and a positive vision for what the Arts Council must do in the short-term and in the future to further enhance appreciation for and support of central Indiana's arts and cultural institutions, and individual artists."

Dave is replacing Greg Charleston, who served as president from 2004 until July 1, 2009.

Mulholland said, "Dave has shown exceptional leadership skills as vice president of the Arts Council since 2005 and as acting president. Since being named as acting president, Dave has continued fulfilling the Arts Council's critical role as the chief advocate for the arts in central Indiana, while developing and implementing viable solutions to some of the Council's most pressing budget issues.

"Dave has the state, regional and national perspective of the arts required for this critical leadership position in Indianapolis. He fully understands what's working and what's not in the arts industry, and has the drive to innovate ways that the Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with the city's arts and cultural institutions and individual artists, can deliver even more results, even in this time of challenging budgets."

Prior to becoming acting president of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Dave was the vice president for the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and responsible for the creation, development and implementation of grant programs of the agency. This included grants for arts and cultural organizations, as well as fellowship programs for professional artists including the nationally recognized Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. He also was is responsible for the development of new programs and services for the benefit of the entire arts community, including technical assistance programs, workshops and presentations, cultural tourism initiatives and special events.

Dave joined the Arts Council in 1999 as a special projects director and quickly advanced in responsibility to oversee grants and program development in 2001. He was named vice president in 2005.

Prior to joining the Arts Council, Dave was director of marketing for the Indianapolis Opera (1997-1999), and executive director for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir (1993-1997). His arts management experience includes audience development, cultural tourism, fundraising and corporate relations. He also has worked for the Indiana Repertory Theatre (1992) and Indiana University Auditorium (1990-1992).

A graduate of DePauw University, Dave was involved with the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, served as Programming Infusion Co-Chair of the citywide Indianapolis 2005 Cultural Convergence initiative (which included the design, planning, and implementation of the opening ceremonies of the 2004 FINA World Swimming Championships), and served on the Spotlight Steering Committee (annual citywide arts AIDS benefit performance), the City of Indianapolis' Urban Design Oversight Committee, the Public Art Indianapolis Advisory Committee, and is a frequent regional and national grants panelist and speaker.

He was an Arts Management Fellow of Chorus America and a founding member of Americans for the Arts' Emerging Leaders Council. In 2004, Dave was selected for the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (Class XXIX). A cellist, singer, and actor, he is active in Indianapolis community theatre.

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A Few Minutes with... Paul Mecurio

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Even with a very busy schedule, comedian Paul Mecurio does have plans for the holidays.

"We're going to see the family in Rhode Island, where we'll get frustrated and come home early!"

Even if his family's holiday trip does get cut short, it will be a break from the hectic life that Mecurio is leading these days. In addition to the 30-40 weeks he spends on the road doing his stand-up routine, Mecurio is hard at work writing, producing and starring in "Got No Game with Paul Mecurio" which can be seen on www.HBOSports.com.

"We've done a nice array of pieces," Mecurio says, "and it has turned into other opportunities for me. I've been contacted by several of the sports cable networks, like ESPN and Versus, about doing some humorous pieces for them."

Among the pieces Mecurio has done for "Got No Game" are several that he says "take a look at what really happens when the referee - me - goes into the replay booth down on the field."

According to Mecurio, another of the "Got No Game" segments he has posted on HBOSports.com is "Race In Sports" which he says "was based on the call for racial diversity in sports.

"We show that during a meeting that took place years ago it was decided what sport would be dominated by which race. The piece has had 40-50,000 hits, and people have found it very clever."

Mecurio added that he's working up something on Tiger Woods' misadventures "which are like gifts from heaven for a guy like me!"

WHO: Paul Mecurio

WHERE: Crackers Comedy Club in Broad Ripple

WHEN: Saturday Dec. 12th (8:00 & 10:30 p.m.) and Sunday Dec. 13th (8:00 p.m.)

Mention "NUVO" when you buy your tickets for the 8:00 p.m. show on Sunday and get free admission.

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