Indianapolis Monthly December 2020

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best effort

A minor miracle took place in our office this month: The team here, led by deputy editor Daniel Comiskey, was able to pull together the “Best of Indy” issue (p. 59), our annual celebration of the latest and greatest the city has to offer. “Closing” an issue of a magazine is always a feat. Toasting the achievement with a party (and lots of booze) is an industry tradition. But given the events of the last year, it’s an even bigger deal, one that says more about all of you out there than us. The notion that over the last year business life went on in the face of some of the worst conditions in generations—a pandemic spiked with social and political strife—is one thing. But in the process, owners and creators…


“We double-dated with another couple for dinner at the Crystal Room inside the Marriott before prom. The doorman watched me struggle through the entrance in my Gone With the Wind–style, hoop-skirted gown, and said, ‘You are a beautiful bride!’” —JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR “I wish I had been self-confident enough to wear something wild enough to later regret. It was the standard-issue, ill-fitting tux from Men’s Wearhouse for me.” —DANIEL S. COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR “Dyed-to-match shoes that didn’t quite match.” —ANDREA RATCLIFF, SPECIAL SECTIONS DIRECTOR…


Steve Raymer A former photographer at National Geographic, Steve Raymer has worked in more than 100 countries. But this month’s photo essay on the Chin culture in Indy (p. 82) gave him the opportunity to do something new. “Photographing a U.S. naturalization ceremony has always been on my bucket list,” he says. “Seeing all those smiles from new citizens was the high point of this assignment.” Ashley Brooks Freelance writer Ashley Brooks may be known for co-founding the restaurant Milktooth, but she’s also passionate about social justice. Her latest projects, like the Garfield Park Farmers Market and Indy Women in Food, bring in people who are sometimes overlooked. “That’s why I was so excited to highlight Taylor Hall of Black Women in Charge in this year’s ‘Best of Indy’ (p. 71),” she says. Eric…


“Great piece that was fair to both sides. The insight about the 2011 redistricting explains how we got here.”—RAJ KAPUR, via Twitter“The 5th District was carefully drawn to remove northside Republicans from Marion County. Ironically, it moved college-educated voters alienated by Trump, and now the district is purple.”—FRANK COOK, via Twitter“Interesting dynamics at play in suburbs all across America right now.”—KEVIN KIM WRIGHT, via Twitter“Great read. Perfectly animates what’s happening in suburban districts nationwide.”—STEVE ROGERS, via Twitter HOW CAN WE ATTRACT MORE WOMEN TO INDIANA POLITICS? LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS. 17% The 5th District race proves it’s already happening. 15% Programs like the Lugar Series are a good start. 3% Major parties should have candidate quotas. 65% Just vote for them.…

circle city

Speed Read It’s a Date Superstar TV producer Ryan Murphy returns to his Indiana roots this month with a new movie, The Prom. The Prom BASED ON A BROADWAY SHOW, THE PROM MAY BE RYAN MURPHY’S MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT YET. With a blockbuster cast that includes Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, and Kerry Washington, the film tells the story of a few self-involved stage stars from New York who try to burnish their images by standing up for a lesbian high schooler in Indiana barred from attending her prom. It premieres on Netflix December 11 as part of Murphy’s well-publicized five-year, $300 million deal with the streaming service. MURPHY, WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN INDY, SAW HIS STRUGGLES AT WARREN CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL REFLECTED IN THE PLAY. The producer has spoken about the difficulties of…

the fowling warehouse

“Fowling” rhymes with “bowling,” and it’s like cornhole with 10 pins and a football. The only place to fowl is at the far end of the Circle City Industrial Complex. First-timers: Try challenge play, $10 for an unlimited session. Scout league videos on YouTube for technique. Twoon-two is an ideal team size. But there are enough lanes for the whole family, Philip Rivers. If balls from another lane knock over pins in your lane, they count. Keep your head on a swivel and play defense. Put some deep coverage on your beers, too. The highest accomplishment is getting to blow the bonk horn, which is not a euphemism. Ask about fowling’s origins at the Indy 500. Missing big? There’s no shame in the underhand referee toss. PROM PHOTO COURTESY NETFLIX; FOWLING…