Indianapolis Monthly March 2020

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making it happen

Just about everyone with a job dreams of doing another job—for better or worse, it’s part of the human condition. But what’s far less common is the individual who risks everything for the possibility of absolutely nothing. Ben Roe did that. In December 2016, the Indianapolis native and Herron School of Art graduate left his job as the senior manager of arts at Indy Parks & Recreation to make leather goods in Mexico. If the prospect of doing something like that gins up your anxiety, please also consider that Roe was essentially a hobbyist who had taken a smattering of leatherworking classes and was not fluent in Spanish. But great plans do not always appear great on paper, and the end result is a line of goods called Spark Leatherworks. The collection—messenger bags,…

coming soon?

“Unhappy Days: The Erin Moran Story. After her Hollywood star burned out, the former child actor who struggled with addiction and mental illness—too unhinged for even reality TV—lived her final, sad, hard-partying days in a trailer park in Corydon, Indiana.” —JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR “Major Taylor is a fascinating and often overlooked figure in Indianapolis history. It’s time we pay him the recognition he deserves.” —JOSEPH BALL, DIGITAL EDITOR “Feel The Burns: the story of facial-hair legend General Ambrose Burnside.” —DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR “I would totally watch a Netflix cooking series hosted by Axl Rose called Appetite for Destruction.” —MARGO WININGER, ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR…


Megan Fernandez After 15 years of covering interiors and cool products for IM, director of editorial operations Megan Fernandez has come to believe that design is underappreciated here. Even the creative thinkers who make it, such as those in this month’s feature (p. 54), rarely become household names. “A lot of the best designers here are unknown in town,” she says, “but incredibly successful in their fields.” Eric Deggans NPR’s TV critic Eric Deggans is a bit embarrassed about how much of his knowledge of history comes from television. That’s why he found the liberties producers took in the new Madam Walker miniseries so interesting (p. 72). “Of course, you want the narrative to be engaging,” he says. “But you can’t avoid the reality that many people who see that show are going…


“Now this is a list I’ve been looking for.” —DEREK BAKER, via Twitter “Bubbaz on East Washington Street is another good spot. Great food, drinks, and folks. Free pool on Thursdays.” —ALICIA HOWELL, via Facebook “I was surprised the Brass Ring wasn’t on your list, but then, can a bar that features a WWII-era aesthetic really be called a dive?” —MICHAEL NAGEL, via Twitter “Is it bad that I’ve been to most of them?” —SCOTT WYNKOOP, via Facebook WHAT’S THE MOST ICONIC DIVE BAR IN INDY? LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS. 31% Red Key Tavern. Long live “the rules.” 14% Dorman Street Saloon. Good enough for Dillinger. 46% The Slippery Noodle Inn. Oldest and best. 9% McGinley’s Golden Ace Inn. Especially in March. IM #ICYMI Our online stories you might have missed. INTRODUCING BLACK ACRE LOFT Irvington’s craft brewery slips into groovy downtown digs that…

life of brian

Brian Bosma, the longest-serving House Speaker in Indiana history, steps down from that role when the legislative session draws to a close this month. A look back at some of the GOP powerhouse’s highlights and lowlights. Brian Bosma’s Last Hurrah BOSMA PRESIDED OVER SOME OF INDIANA’S BIGGEST FIGHTS. He was speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives when Democrats fled the state over right-to-work legislation in 2011. He was also the guy wielding the gavel when Hoosiers fought over a proposed same-sex marriage ban, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the education-reform wars that turned Indiana into the state with the biggest school-voucher system in the country. HE DID IT BY CHANGING THE WAY THE INDIANA GENERAL ASSEMBLY THOUGHT. Former Governor Mitch Daniels explains that, prior to his own election in 2004, the…

the vogue

’80s Hairbangers Ball and Saved by the ’90s promise the best throwbacks, minus the house dancers on platforms from decades of yore. Dressing for the theme is encouraged, Reminder: black shirt, ripped jeans, braided belt. There’s also live video gaming these days. So if you want to freak out your grandkids by showing up at their hangout, Wednesday it is. Once your concert tickets are purchased, check the follow-up email. You’ll want to add a VIP table—one of the more recent improvements. No line and table service? Sold. In case you can’t remember, there’s a coat check. Movie Mondays take the historic theater back to its roots. Hoosiers plays on March 16. Don’t get caught watching the paint dry. BRIAN BOSMA BY MICHAEL CONROY/AP PHOTO; THE VOGUE BY TONY VALAINIS…