Indianapolis Monthly August 2019

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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Private Education Finding the ideal learning environment for your children requires some research. We’ll talk with educators about the benefits and specialties of private academies. This section also includes a listing of upcoming open houses so readers can take tours and ask questions in person. Home-A-Rama Get a peek inside the northwest side’s newest development, Pemberton of Zionsville. Area builders and interior designers will display current styles, products, and floorplans in custom homes. The country setting features mature trees, ponds, and plenty of green space. Indiana Bride We’ll show you the latest in wedding food, fashion, and finishing touches and provide tips to help you plan and organize your big day. Our list of event facilities highlights many types of venues throughout Indianapolis and the surrounding suburbs.…

feeding frenzy

Whether I’m planning a Big Night Out or just looking for something a little different for dinner, it’s nice to know there’s an expert a few offices away: dining editor Julia Spalding. If she has ever led me astray over the years, I can’t remember. Her track record is so impressive that every May, a certain celebrity visitor in town for the 500 sends her a cartoonishly large flower arrangement as thanks for recommendations. That, or Julia sends them to herself and tells us they’re from Letterman. For this issue, we kind of gave Julia the month “off” so she could work on prying away the secrets of the Indiana State Fair’s top pie-makers (p. 82). While that was underway, deputy editor Daniel Comiskey capably stepped into the void and rounded up…

fair question

“Band Day. There’s something about the drum lines warming up in the distance, the booming announcer, and knowing the kids worked the entire summer for this moment. Go Blue Regiment!”—JEANA HARRIS, FREELANCER“The Dairy Bar. But once I have my strawberry milkshake, I go to the Indiana Arts Building to get my face painted. Because I’m a grown-ass lady and I do what I want.”—DAWN OLSEN, FREELANCER“Pioneer Village, to be reminded how much life sucked before indoor plumbing. Life can be hard these days, but at least we don’t have to traipse outdoors to use the bathroom.”—PHILIP GULLEY, COLUMNIST“The Giant Corn Dog Factory, to order the crispiest, fluffiest, most delicious corn dog of the summer.”—TERRY KIRTS, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR“Whatever we do on any particular visit, my son and I always ride the…


Dana McMahan Freelance writer Dana McMahan keeps her finger on the pulse of Louisville’s foodand-drinks scene (p. 70) for her weekly column in the Courier-Journal, and also as an Airbnb host. At “Vertigo Louisville,” her Victorian home’s third-floor flat, she loves to play culinary matchmaker for her guests. “I can’t steer them to the wrong restaurant,” she says. “My reputation is riding on the line!” Craig Fehrman Freelance writer Craig Fehrman lives in Bloomington, so he knows that IU athletic director Fred Glass has been busy (p. 58). “For the last few years, it felt like everywhere you drove on campus, there was new construction on sports facilities,” says Fehrman. Still, that only goes so far. “If basketball and football don’t win eventually,” he says, “the buildings won’t be enough to save him.” Julia…


“The big corporations come in, squeeze newsrooms, and it’s the readers’ fault papers are hurting?”—RUTH HOLLADAY, via Facebook“Like politics, most news is local. If democracy dies in darkness, progressively more lights are getting shut off.”—JOHN MCINERNEY, via Twitter“We’re losing a lot more newspaper positions than are visible. The Star and The Denver Post each had highly publicized layoffs, but a lot of papers are losing positions.”—REBECCA BIBBS, via Facebook“Trust me, we’re trying hard to adapt to these challenging times.”—MATT GLENESK, via Twitter WHAT FUTURE DO YOU SEE FOR THE METRO DAILY NEWSPAPER? 19% They’ll make it. Digital subscriptions continue to grow. 15% Private ownership à la JeffBezos is the answer. 27% Watch for more nonprofits like ProPublica. 39% Sadly, I don’t see how many of them survive long-term. LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW…

rapper’s delight

Chreece IT’S PRONOUNCED “TREESE.” HERE’S WHY. During one episode of local rapper Sean “Oreo” Jones’s music-meets-food You-Tube show, Let’s Do Lunch, Jones accidentally mashed up the words “Cheers” and “Peace” while making a toast. Later that year, the Warsaw, Indiana, native decided to start a homegrown hip-hop festival, and the term he’d coined stuck. “It’s fitting,” Jones says. “The title breaks down stereotypes. It brings people together, not just through hip-hop culture, but community.” WHICH IS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE HIP-HOP AND INDIANAPOLIS HAVE NOT ALWAYS HAD THE BEST RELATIONSHIP. Longtime Indianapolis producer Jay Brookinz is the first to admit that. “This whole hiphop thing in this city has been a fight,” says Brookinz, who handles A&R for Chreece, meaning he’s always scouting new talent. He’s seen venues decline to play hip-hop or turn…