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Indianapolis Monthly July 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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better with age

When I was a senior in high school, I got the bright idea to chill a case of cheapo beer in an old blue plastic baby pool steps away from my bedroom in our walk-in att ic for easy and illicit access. This was a brilliant-seeming scheme, except the ice melted much faster than I had anticipated. My parents were the first to realize this, since the overflow leaked into their first-floor bedroom.I cannot remember the exact punishment I received, but the incident has grown into a war story that my mother tells in front of other mothers whom she wants to upstage. You think your kid was stupid? Get this … Since I’m almost always within earshot of these retellings, I’ve grown accustomed to reprising the role of 17-year-old…

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pet treats

“In my family, we make the dog cinnamon toast. And even though I’m a vegetarian, sometimes I’ll drive her to Steak ’n Shake.”—KELLY KENDALL, MANAGING EDITOR“My dog loves warmth. During the winter, he’ll plop himself down on a floor register when the furnace engages. Sometimes I humor him by turning the temp up a degree or two.”—ANDREA RATCLIFF, SPECIAL SECTIONS ART DIRECTOR“A week prior to our wedding, our cat was diagnosed with kidney failure. Rather than bankrupting our marriage before it began by putting a pet on dialysis, we decided on the alternative. Our indulgence? The cat’s ashes now sit in a lovely keepsake box.”—JOE BALL, DIGITAL EDITOR“I have two basset hounds that are large and smelly. I routinely sleep on the sofa with both of them. And it’s not…

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JeffVrabelFreelance writer JeffVrabel never made it to the Paramount Music Palace (“The Mighty Wurlitzer,” p. 76) when it was in business, but he was surprised at how many people piped in with memories of the giant organ there and questions about its whereabouts. “I couldn’t imagine what a person would do with tons of parts and wiring from the 1920s,” he says. “I’m glad to see where it ended up.”Megan FernandezRoxane Gay called writing her new memoir, Hunger, the hardest work she has ever done. The book inspired director of editorial operations Megan Fernandez to tell her own story of obesity (“Consumed,” p. 72). “Everyone thinks they know something about being fat, yet fat people themselves hardly ever talk about it,” she says. “That’s why I wanted to write this.”Peter…

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“This month’s issue has an incredibly inspiring feature that is so timely. That’s how you get stuffdone!”—JONATHAN ERIKSEN, VIA FACEBOOK“Thanks to Indianapolis Monthly for your continued great coverage of our city.”—JIM WALKER, VIA FACEBOOK“Congratulations to Joyce Moore of Urban Patch. You know all about making a difference.”—SANDRA ALVIES-HALEY, VIA FACEBOOK“What an amazing group of nonprofits! Very grateful for the work you do.”—DEBORAH MOORE MILLER MOSELEY, VIA FACEBOOKWHAT CHANGE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE IN INDY?VOTE ON OUR NEXT POLL AT INDIANAPOLISMONTHLY .COM/POLLS#ICYMIOur online stories you might have missed.7 NEW DETAILS ABOUT IKEA FISHERSGet the inside skopa (scoop) on what to expect.MAGIC MIKE?Vice President Pence has an impersonator— in hot pants.ULTRA-LUXE MICROBARIM’s introduction to Patachou’s latest, Bar One Fourteen. ■…

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home-field advantages

Danica Patrick revs up for the Brickyard this month, p. 21.For a state lacking a major-league franchise, Indiana is crushing it in baseball: Of our five biggest minor-league ballparks, two have won best-in-show awards, two stand among baseball’s most historic, several were immortalized in America’s favorite women’s baseball movie, and one sits under the summer skyline next to a park and a zoo. Play ball!Minor-League BallparksBOSSE FIELD, EVANSVILLE Behind Fenway and Wrigley, the oldest continuously operating pro U.S. ballpark sits in Indiana’s southern tip, where Bosse Field has hosted action since 1915. In that time, it’s been home to Indiana’s best team names: the River Rats, Triplets, Evas, Bees, Hubs, Pocketeers, and, now, Otters (of the independent Frontier League). Best upcoming event: August 18 is Harry Potter night, so the…

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nine lives cat café

An hour in the Cat Lounge costs five bucks, but walk-ins can buy the last half-hour of a missed reservation for $3.Come in the morning or evening if you want a playmate. That’s when the kitties, all from the Humane Society of Indianapolis and up for adoption, are most active. Don’t rub bellies. You’ll get scratched. Don’t bring catnip. The cafe provides it for free so they know where it comes from. Tan clothing, yes. Black clothing, no. Forget working here. They gets queries every day. Let the staffbreak up any fights between felines. Like the vintage-looking cat art? It’s from poster site zazzle.com.TOP PHOTO OF BOSSE FIELD COURTESY OF EVANSVILLE OTTERS, BOTTOM PHOTO OF PARKVIEW FIELD COURTESY OF JEFFNYCZ/MID-SOUTH IMAGES ■…