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Indianapolis Monthly April 2017

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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change of pace

We spend a lot of time and effort each month telling you about what makes the Indianapolis area great. Research and demographics suggest you probably read the magazine for the skinny on a hip restaurant that just opened, or a fun neighborhood boutique, or to discover an object of desire you never knew you wanted before you saw it in these very pages. For example, the $56,000 La Cornue range featured on p. 25 is on my wish list, where it will remain—partially because I cannot pronounce “La Cornue” without sounding like a cow chewing bubblegum, but mainly because I have kids who want to go to college. While these things are exciting and worthy of your attention, they admitt edly reflect only a tiny fraction of what makes the community…

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bright ideas

“To address the problem of abandoned homes, I’d create a cross between Habitat for Humanity and shop class. Teach people DIY skills by repairing a house and give them an incentive for purchasing their own fixer-upper.” — MEGAN FERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL OPERATIONS “I’d propose a referendum to better fund IPS the way we just funded transit.” — DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR “I can’t be the only one who has noticed that many of Indy’s neighborhoods are buried in litter. Time to bring back the ‘Give a hoot! Don’t pollute!’ campaign, or an updated version, in schools.” — EVAN WEST, EXECUTIVE EDITOR “Let’s attract more teachers by redeveloping neglected downtown buildings into affordable housing for entry-level educators.” — JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR…

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Connie Zeigler Freelance writer Connie Zeigler has admired Eleanor Roosevelt since she read a biography of the former first lady decades ago. But revisiting Mrs. Roosevelt for this month’s Backtrack (p. 20) reminded Zeigler how dynamic her subject was. “On just that one day in her life I covered, Eleanor visited a coal mine and gave a lecture on housing,” she says, “with a lot of activity in between.” Jason Zinoman New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman has interviewed a lot of famous people, but his chat with David Letterman for a new biography (excerpted on p. 68) gave the author a few butterflies in his stomach. “Mostly, I was worried about getting all my questions in the 60 minutes that had been allotted,” he says. “Letterman ended up talking for four…

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Evan West’s profile of author Dan Wakefield went a long way with readers. “Loved this piece. Love Dan Wakefield. Love Going All the Way.” —LUTTRELL LEVINGSTON,via Facebook“Really appreciate this one. You answered so many of my questions about his return.” —AMY WIMMER SCHWARB,via Facebook“I usually don’t like it when reporters become part of the story, but this profile of Dan Wakefield is an instant classic.” —RAY BOOMHOWER,via Facebook“The long return home. The stuff of great stories. How anybody wouldn’t want such a wonderful man around is beyond me.” —JOHN RODONIS,via Facebook The IM Poll WHERE DOES DAN WAKEFIELD RANK ON THE LIST OF INDIANA WRITERS? Other content trending on IM’s website and social media accounts THE DISH Our popular dining blog, served up weekly. REALTY CHECK The city’s best houses, all under one roof. Love it? Hate it? Send…

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speed read

Record Store Day For Indy music aficionados, no digital file on a smartphone can replace the feeling of holding a new vinyl album in their hands. This month, many of them will celebrate their holiest of holidays, Record Store Day, by flocking to their local music shops for new releases, special re-issues, and assorted goodies. Patrick Burtch, co-owner of Square Cat Vinyl, has lined up for the occasion almost every spring since it started nine years ago. “For a person who doesn’t hang out in their local shop regularly, it might be a little intimidating at first,” says Burtch. “But it’s a great introduction to the local music culture. ” SO WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT? As the name implies, Record Store Day is all about records … actual vinyl albums. If you don’t…

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dyngus day

Brush up on the chicken dance. You’ll stick out as a rookie if you flap when you should clap. Why the chicken dance? Because it’s a polka. Polkas originated in Czechoslovakia, not Poland. Shhh. Odd clothes and bright colors are optional but a plus. Owner David Andrichik will man the grill. Order the works: kielbasa with mustard and sauerkraut simmered in beer and brown sugar. Arrive early. The grill shuts down at 9 p.m., or when the kielbasa runs out. When the 30- year event veterans start dancing on the sidewalk, the coast is clear to polka al fresco. —CONNIE ZEIGLER RECORD STORE DAY PHOTOS BY TONY VALAINIS; ILLUSTRATION BY JAKE LEE…