Indianapolis Monthly November 2020

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food for thought

This space is typically dedicated to shining a spotlight on one of the features in the issue. But this time around, I think it’s important to talk about three things that aren’t in these pages: our back-of-the-magazine restaurant guide entries on Rook, Black Market, and Duos. That trio of long-standing restaurants represented the bestknown and most beloved of the dining establishments that closed while we were putt ing together this issue. Sadly, there were others. The reasons are myriad and, at this point, most are well-known or at least fall under the umbrella of the catchall phrase “novel coronavirus.” While it’s fair to say that “pandemic” will be listed as the cause of death for the fallen restaurants, an honest medical examiner would point to another contributing factor that people aren’t openly…

table talk

“Innocently wondering aloud which football team has won the most Super Bowls. Cue my dad, a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, and his heated lessons about how nobody counts older NFL titles anymore. ‘They’re still league championships!’”—KELLY KENDALL, MANAGING EDITOR“Commenting on the number of beers I had before dinner is frowned upon.”—DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR“Details about medical procedures. But that applies to any meal with my family.”—ALLISON EDWARDS, SPECIAL PROJECTS ART DIRECTOR“Hellmann’s or Miracle Whip?”—JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR…


Sarah Bahr • Freelance writer Sarah Bahr was delighted to learn that this month’s Spirit & Place Festival is persevering virtually (p. 13). “If ever there were a year for a multicultural, inclusive event, it’s this one,” she says. “It’s easy to get sucked into debates about which issues are most important to discuss. Events like this one remind us they’re all interconnected.” Bahr recently joined The New York Times. Dustin Dopirak • For two years, Dustin Dopirak covered Butler basketball for The Athletic and got to follow coach LaVall Jordan closely. “But after the killing of George Floyd, I saw a side of him I hadn’t before,” Dopirak says. “As I watched Jordan give a civil rights speech outside the Indiana War Memorial, I decided I wanted to interview him about that…


“This is such a wonderful, inspirational story.”—REBECCA BARNHART BROOKS, via Facebook “This guy is so creative and brings nature out in a way few of us can imagine.”—SUSIE WHEELER, via Facebook “What an amazing career Stuart has had.”—KEVIN FISCHER, via Facebook “I love how much Stuart is enjoying his journey.”—SHEILA PLUCKEBAUM, via Facebook WHICH INDIANA MUSICIAN MOST DESERVES TO BE BETTER KNOWN? LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS. 40% Stuart Hyatt. Weird in the best way. 10% Otis Gibbs. A veteran of the folk scene. 20% Bashiri Asad. Indy’s most soulful newcomer. 30% Sophie Faught. A jazz saxophone star. The Ugly Truth Honestly, the outdoor spaces and balconies in your “Ugliest House in America” story (August) aren’t half bad. The weird part is that the house on Kessler Boulevard is so oddly shaped, that all…

food for thought

Spirit & Place Festival THE 25TH-ANNIVERSARY FEST IS A MOSTLY ONLINE, BUT STILL FULL-FLEDGED, AFFAIR. It has 25 virtual and in-person events lined up from November 5 to 15 (the full schedule is on the website). “This could’ve been the year people took off,” says program director Erin Kelley. “But they doubled down.” THE EVENTS WERE PROPOSED IN EARLY MAY. But many presenters adjusted their programming to keep it relevant in light of the Black Lives Matter protests and the pandemic. “You can’t talk about what’s going on in the world today without discussing those two issues,” says Kelley. THIS YEAR’S THEME: “ORIGINS.” On both an individual and national level—and their bearing on people’s understanding of race, class, and gender. THE CENTERPIECE IS A SIMULATED THANKSGIVING DINNER. Initial plans for a familystyle meal had…

making candles

You might have to keep your mask on while smelling scents, the first step to creating your own candle. Test out options at home for the most permeable fabric. That mask will smell terrific later. Growing nose-blind? Sniff your skin to reset your sense of smell. Pick two or three scents. More than that gets muddled. Peppercorn and watermelon works, like a jalapeño margarita. Don’t pair anything with coffee scents that you wouldn’t drink in your coffee. Check the shop’s Instagram for vessel options—but call for availability if you have your heart set on one. Special designs sell out fast. Same-day or next-day pickup (for curing) equals a great lastminute personalized gift. Concrete or stone candleholders convert to succulent pots.…