Indianapolis Monthly October 2019

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babe in the woods

I love Indiana, but the plain truth is that the state doesn’t necessarily bonk you over the head with striking natural beauty. Knockouts from Colorado to California and Montana to Maine make it look easy with their MILES of coastline or SOARING mountains or BIG skies or ALL OF THE ABOVE. (Ugh, we get it: You are sooooo pretty, California.) When it comes to catching someone’s eye, we have to work a little harder than the rest, which is seemingly part of the Hoosier condition. That Indiana is more girl-next-door than homecoming queen is the preconceived notion we set out to abolish with our cover package on the Hoosier National Forest (p. 62). Consider it an appreciation for the state’s best-kept secret, more than 200,000 acres of countryside that’ll knock your…

beast mode

Sometimes, critters make us skitter. Here, our close calls with wild animals: “In 1968, while camping at Philmont with the Boy Scouts, a bear tore the side off my tent going after some toothpaste my tentmate left in his backpack.” —MIKE BOTKIN, PRODUCTION MANAGER “When I was camping at McCormick’s Creek a few years ago, I heard something outside my tent in the early morning. It was big and grunty. I was too terrified to peek out to see what it was, but it kind of GROWL-ROAR-SNORTED and pounced on some raccoons that were eating our campfire crumbs and made them scream. I have been borderline obsessed with listening to wildlife sound-effect videos ever since, but I still don’t know what it was.” —JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR “I was traumatized at summer camp by a…


Summer Daily When exploring Hoosier National Forest (p. 62), freelance writer Summer Daily loves the fresh air and trees as much as anyone. But her real passion is discovering campsites. “There’s nothing like climbing over a ridge—totally exhausted from a long day of hiking—and stumbling upon a stunning view,” she says. “It’s like the rest of the trail was carved around getting you to that very spot.” Tony Rehagen Freelance writer Tony Rehagen grew up Catholic, so he has long followed news involving the Church. Yet he has never seen anything quite like the upheaval caused by Archbishop Charles Thompson’s decision to remove Catholic school teachers involved in same-sex marriages (p. 59). “Many parishioners share Pope Francis’s more progressive views,” he says. “But there’s obviously a faction that doesn’t.” Casey Kenley When freelance writer Casey…


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NEW MURALS LIFT OFF The second phase of the CityWay project includes murals by renowned street artists. SIT. STAY. Our roundup of dog-friendly spots around town to enjoy with your pup. FOODIE RECIPES Local chefs share their favorite preparations for delicious dishes. Love it? Hate it? Send us your feedback to, or post a comment on Facebook (Indianapolis Monthly) or Twitter (@IndyMonthly). Letters and social media posts may be edited for length, style, or clarity. Please include your full name for the purpose of verification.…

mirror, mirror

When an Infinity Mirror Room by Yayoi Kusama appears at Newfields this month, you’ll have just 45 seconds to get lost in an installation that’s been Instagrammed by Katy Perry and served as the backdrop for an Adele video. But you can go again. And again. And again … Yayoi Kusama KUSAMA CREATED HER FIRST INFINITY MIRROR ROOM, PHALLI’S FIELD, IN 1965. Since then, hundreds of thousands of visitors have set foot inside her immersive art pieces. WALKING INTO ONE IS LIKE STEPPING INTO A KALEIDOSCOPE. You’ll see yourself reflected over and over and over again alongside an endlessly repeating design, the art becoming all-encompassing. “This idea of infinite expanding space … ties into the idea that the human being is subsumed into this larger field,” says Michael Vetter, assistant curator of contemporary…