Samantha Cross is director of marketing and sponsorship for Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. She is now in the midst of preparing for the 2004/2005 Performing Arts Series, which will include Emmy Lou Harris and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans. Cross is also one of two people in Crackhead Patty; they are currently learning new material for upcoming gigs. You can reach her at  

Q: What are your reading now?

A: In the bathroom: Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. On vacation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind by Chuck Barris. Before bed, the third Harry Potter book.

Q: What do you like about the Indianapolis arts scene? A: I like the fact people seem to be supporting the Indianapolis arts scene not only with their attendance but with their money. I visit friends and they play local independent music on their stereos and have local artwork hanging in their homes. That, to me, is progress.

Q: What don’t you like?

A: Negativity ... I struggle with it myself.

Q: What inspires you?

A: Generosity and clean houses

Q: Drug of choice? A: Venti skim milk lattes.

Q: Favorite politician?

A: Bill Clinton. Locally I think Julia Carson is cool and present. I see her at various events, large and small ... she’s connected.

Q: What’s the hardest thing about what you do?

A: I’m not the only one that juggles numerous projects ... I think many of us struggle to maintain quality ... quality with final projects and quality relationships.

Q: Favorite commercial?

A: I just noticed that State Farm insurance is still using the jingle Barry Manilow wrote years ago “... and like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” That’s good stuff.

Q: Three people you’d invite to dinner?

A: My dad and both grandfathers. They’re all gone and I’d like to have a pint of Guinness with them.

Q: Can love be pornographic?

A: Love can be anything if it’s real.


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