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Indianapolis Monthly January 2018

Indianapolis Monthly has become central Indiana’s premier general-interest publication—the Circle City’s essential chronicle and guide, an indispensable authority on what’s new, what’s news, and what people are talking about. Whether covering crime, politics, business, sports, or arts and entertainment, Indianapolis Monthly sets the standard for editorial excellence in the state.

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the golden child

A few of my colleagues say they’ve never had a bad hair day. A few of them are liars. Need proof? See Exhibit A on this page. While it has gott en worse over the years, I once had a gorgeous head of hair, as evidenced by my senior picture from high school (above). My mom tells a story that might seem a litt le creepy in today’s context and could call into question her and my father’s judgment, but it’s one that I like: Aft er my baptism at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Bayside, New York, an old Italian woman— a total stranger—begged to touch my hair. Filato d’oro, she murmured, filato d’oro. Translation: “spun gold.” As I got older, my one-time 14-karat ringlets took on a less coveted hue.…

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Cory Schouten Freelance writer Cory Schouten first spotted the growth of Indy’s tech scene in Coaches Tavern, one of his perches as an Indianapolis Business Journal reporter. The bar was gradually overrun by tech up-and-comers in ExactTarget shirts. “There’s so much energy and innovation now,” Schouten says of the industry he writes about this month (p. 62). “And the confidence is spreading.” Leslie Bailey As she began researching “Fabulous Hair” (p. 72), contributing editor Leslie Bailey watched her mom, Carolyn, pass away. Bailey was conflicted about carrying on with the assignment, but decided it was a fitting way to honor her mother. “She started working as a hair stylist in the 1960s,” Bailey says. “Mom was incredibly talented and taught me all I know about the subject.” Tony Rehagen When freelance writer Tony Rehagen began…

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According to readers, Craig Fehrman’s November story on IU basketball recruiting was a winner. “Excellent story on #iubb recruiting. You filled in some of the blanks I’ve wondered about for years.” —FRED CUNNINGHAM, via Twitter “Nice piece. Enjoyed it a lot. Didn’t find it anti- Crean at all. Very balanced.” —NATHAN LAMBERT, via Twitter “Great in-depth look at the future of #iubb, including an interesting look at the past: the recruitment of Eric Montross in 1990.” —JORDAN GUSKEY, via Twitter “Archie will get his share of recruits. All he needs is one good year and IU is back on the map.” —DAN BRISCOE, via Facebook WHAT WILL BE IU’S RECORD THIS SEASON? VOTE ON OUR NEXT POLL AT INDIANAPOLISMONTHLY.COM/POLLS 36% 17-13. Next year is the big leap. 29% 15-15. Archie is good, but this year’s team isn’t. 21% 21-9. I have a really…

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burning love

Comedian John Mulaney stands and delivers at the Murat Theatre, p.31. Elvis tribute show JUST DON’T CALL THEM ELVIS IMPERSONATORS. It’s “tribute artists,” thank you, thank you very much. IT TAKES MORE THAN A JUMPSUIT AND A JETBLACK POMPADOUR TO DO THIS WELL. Show promoter Omar Farag says that for the first couple of decades aft er the King’s death, it seemed like you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitt ing a C-level Elvis impersonator in a cheap wig and Party City jumpsuit. These days, however, most of those guys have gone the way of the dodo. The folks who do it now are high-quality performers who work traveling extravaganzas and (of course) tourist draws like Branson, where one of this show’s four headliners, Cody Ray Slaughter, recently ended a two-show-per-day run.…

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atlas shrugged

BEN DAVIS VILLAGE City-County Councilor Jared Evans has pushed for map updates on the west side. One of the places missing from earlier versions is this area named after the Vandalia Railroad superintendent who agreed to make the community a stop along the rail. BRIDGEPORT While on a trip to survey the National Road, President Martin Van Buren reportedly got stuck in the mud after a rainy day and stayed the night at the Bridgeport Tavern. FROG HOLLOW Or Frog Holler, if you ask anyone who lives around here. They’ll tell you that for more than 40 years, this community has been referred to by the wrong name—by emergency workers, government officials, and the local media. Frog Hollow? The Frog Holler Neighborhood Association begs to differ. BACON’S SWAMP In 1956, three children drowned in a swamp bordering…

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top of the heap

Q: WHICH INDIANA CITY GETS THE MOST SNOW EACH YEAR? A: Not surprisingly, “The Region” hosts Indiana’s snowiest cities, mostly because they’re the “lucky” recipients of all that lake-effect snow. Yes, the Great Lakes give us far more than just shipping lanes and the inspiration for Gordon Lightfoot songs. Come winter, they also like to dump their excess moisture on nearby communities. The city bearing the brunt of this largesse is South Bend, which gets 70.8 inches of snow annually—about four more inches than Nome, Alaska. Other top snow magnets include Fort Wayne, which faces a driveway-clogging 33.6 inches, and Indianapolis, which gets only 24.6 inches. However, our city makes it seem like more by taking forever to scrape it up—especially in front of The Hoosierist’s house. Q: ARE THERE ANY “DRY”…