Indianapolis Monthly April 2020

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well done

I’m going to do something that has gone out of fashion over the last decade: praise someone else’s expertise. In a world where everyone tries to be something they’re not and professes to be a professional [fill in the blank], without, you know, actually being a professional, Julia Spalding is the real deal. Julia, who wrote, edited, and ingested this month’s “Best Restaurants 2020” package (p. 75), has been IM’s dining editor for over a decade. This is her second tour of duty here. For her first stint, she was—hold on to your hat—our dining editor. Eating and writing aren’t her only skills, of course. But she is damn good at both, and though everyone thinks they can eat food and write about it (hello, Yelp!), I challenge you to pen a…

over board

“My dad had a several-year suspension in our house from playing Taboo, thanks to unnecessary verbal roughness against his own teammates (including my mom) whenever they couldn’t guess his clues fast enough.”—KELLY KENDALL, MANAGING EDITOR“Does it count that I have a scar above my left eye as a result of beating my sister at Space Invaders?”—ANDREA RATCLIFF, SPECIAL SECTIONS DIRECTOR“Just about any board game will ruin my evening if my oldest son (age 7) doesn’t win decisively.”—DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR“I can’t stand it when people play Trivial Pursuit and don’t put the wedge tokens in their game piece in the same order as they appear on the board. Nihilists.”—MEGAN FERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL OPERATIONS…


Jeana Harris Freelance writer Jeana Harris’s family has told her she’s an old soul. “I love antiques, old homes, and gardening,” she says. That made reporting on a 93-year-old mansion (p. 64) a lot of fun. “The owners put so much thought into the home’s restoration,” she says. “The most jaw-dropping improvement was the transformation of their backyard into gardens that rival what you’d see in Europe.” Julia Spalding For months, dining editor Julia Spalding maintained a spreadsheet of contenders for “Best Restaurants” (p. 75). Actually, the “spreadsheet” took the form of nearly 100 tiny slips of paper taped to her window, each one labeled with the name of a Top 40-worthy restaurant. “The rankings changed daily until we arrived at the final list,” Spalding says. “It was stiff competition, right down to…


“I’m a little biased working at UIndy, but I can attest that Grady The Greyhound, who you also featured, is a sweetheart.”—JEANIE NEAL, via Facebook“And I thought my kid on the cover of the Shops magazine was the cutest.”—KELLY LAVENGOOD, via Instagram“I want that dog’s autograph.”—COLLEEN FANNING, via Instagram“What a cute cover model!”—DEVON DEAN, via Facebook WHAT’S THE CUTEST DOG IN INDY? LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS. 1% Turbo Roo. Adorability on two legs. 89 % Butler Blue IV. That puppy is a charmer. 2% Garth The Golden. 138,000 followers can’t be wrong. 8% Mine, of course. Arrested Development Having attended three events to hype the GM Stamping Plant site project (February), I find this whole deconstruction fascinating as a type of modern morality play. Missing in the story was a…

speed read

Getting Warmer Indianapolis joins the rest of the country in observing the 50th annual Earth Day this month. Just as the environmentalist movement has evolved, Indy is looking to revolutionize the way we celebrate it. Earth Day THE INSPIRATION FOR EARTH DAY CAME FROM SOME UNEXPECTED SOURCES. The first Earth Day was organized by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin in 1970 after a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara wreaked havoc on the ecosystem. What he was truly inspired by, though, was the passion of the anti-war protests taking place across the country, especially among students. He wanted to harness that energy, and decided to recruit the help of a few student organizers. As a result, 10 percent of America’s population—20 million people—participated in the protests and marches Nelson envisioned. Indianapolis officially joined in…

more than pink walk

Arrive good and early to check out the fun pink getups, but more so for the parade of breast cancer survivors. If you want fuchsia streaks in your ’do, hair mascara is the most temporary option. Pay attention to the kickoff speech by WTHR-13 newscaster Andrea Morehead. She still plays Uno on her bed with her son, which they did while she was bedridden after chemo. You don’t have to stick to running shoes. A group from Bounce Back Indiana, an eastside fitness studio, does the walk in springy Kangoo boots. Even if it’s chilly, you’ll warm up on the route. Dress in layers. And dress the part! This is the one day of the year grownups can wear a tutu and a tiara together.…