Our hopes for 2016


We did this last year, and we’re doing it again: NUVO’s editors are living, breathing proof that Hope Springs Eternal. All together now, fellow scribes and word-cutters: what would you like to see in 2016?

Managing/Sports Editor Ed Wenck

As I grind out these few sentences through gritted teeth and knitted brow, it’s all I can do to set the example for Hope Number One: Let 2016 be the year we bring gentility back to public discourse. In spite of all the insulting, snarky, horribly inappropriate things that leap into my forebrain when someone utters the names “Trump” or “Pence,” I’d like to see us all dial back the raging comments we so casually drop on Facebook, Twitter and The Place Where Thoughtfulness Goes to Die at the bottom of so many online articles. Having said that — with some respect given even where I feel little or none’s deserved — I’m hopeful that the Donald’s campaign eventually implodes and that our current Governor’s replaced. Neither man has proven to me that they’re effective at leading, whether by word or deed, respectively. That should not be seen as a personal attack — I heartily disagree with the bulk of both men’s policy platforms. I sincerely hope we can begin to understand — as a nation and a state — how our modern Islamophobia neatly mirrors the fear we had of Roman Catholic immigrants a century ago. That fear helped in great measure to give rise to the rebirth of the Klan and wound up literally cloaking the majority of this very state’s legislature in sheets and hoods. (If you don’t know what I’m speaking of, please Google “D.C. Stephenson.”) And as for sports? I really hope Ryan Grigson winds up somewhere other than Indy before the start of next season.

News Editor Amber Stearns

“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me….”

Ok, yes — I know those are song lyrics, but right now that sums up all of my hopes for 2016. I hope that our country finds peace and sanity in the election of our nation’s next president. Our Constitution requires a change in the White House this year, but the current sentiment that is getting all of the attention is volatile and dangerous. Let there be peace in November. Let there be peace in Indiana with a change in power at the state level as well. Our current administration is embarrassing, divisive and chaotic. Please let a new face in the governor’s chair bring peace and equality. Let there be peace on our planet as the the nations of the world embrace the agreements made in Paris. A change can happen if we all stick to the plan. Let there be peace among the races and ethnicities in our city, our state, and our country. It begins when we all accept that systemic racism exists and begin to talk about it. Then things like education gaps, poverty, hunger and violence can start to be fixed permanently instead of temporarily patched. And finally may we find peace with each other as humans, accepting each other for who we are regardless of our race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or anything else out there that separates up by fear of the unknown.

Arts Editor Emily Taylor

Celebrating 200 years of statehood is going to do wonders for the art world. With The Indiana Arts Commission backing over 139 projects associated with the bicentennial, and The National Endowment for the Arts handing out eight grants (totaling $145,000) to arts and culture groups around Indiana for 2016 that shouldn’t be hard. Programming for the 200-year mark will have some notables too. Big Car is teaming up with IMS, who allowed 100 Hoosiers to drive a pace car around the speedway track. The interaction will be absorbed into an exhibit by Jesse Sugarmann at their new Tube space in Garfield Park. The effects of art and neighborhood transformation will continue through projects like Bryan Fonseca’s mobile cultural/art centers on the west side and the combined efforts of No Exit and The House Life Project. Hopefully all three groups will translate to more than experimental interactions and be the bedrock for sustained roots in their perspective corners. RUCKUS makers-space will kick online sometime next year — giving another home to local artisans in the southern tip of Circle City Industrial Complex. Arts programming will likely expand on the near east side and hopefully into blocks west of the river. While we are on the prediction front, the IMA will desperately bring in as many local artists as they can, but continue the easy-to-swallow curation of shows like Dream Cars. (Bring us an Ai Weiwei again!) At least one live-in artist residency will open up. And hopefully someone will give a damn about the shitty architecture going up near Mass Ave.

C’est la vie.


Local chefs have been on the Indiana-raised proteins for years, but this might be the one where that extends to aquatic offerings. Obviously some things are out of scope, but a plate of Hoosier shrimp or crispy skinned fish isn’t. Now that Cuba has opened back up for travel from the U.S., here’s to hoping we have a few more offerings than the Cuban sandwich. It’s also the hope of this editor that fusion styles like Salazar’s take on Asian street food and Pioneer’s Italian-Germanic dishes find more homes here. We would also love to see more national press like Food & Wine’s attention to Jonathan Brooks. Most of all, let’s get some more female chefs into the spotlight. Ladies, keep killing it.

Music/Senior Editor Katherine Coplen

Much of my wishes for 2016 are the same as my hopes and dreams for 2015: rock solid record shops, tons of diverse events, breakout local artists and attention paid to our vibrant immigrant communities’ cultures. What else could you want? How about: partnerships between local musicians and politicians to seriously rock the vote (DOWN WITH DONALD) — keep your eyes out for something special early in 2016 related to that. I hope for a marquee festival, possibly at a new space booking big shows like the Indianapolis Motor Speedways. I hope for zero overdose deaths (which affect the arts community yearly) and the discovery of rapper Riko V’s killers. And I want the record pressing plant delays to clear up. Somebody work on that, eh? 


Editor of NUVO Newsweekly since 2016; formerly Music Editor. Lover of justice, cats, local hip-hop, axe-throwing, sailing and pies. Hater of fake news.