Indianapolis Monthly March 2021

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anti-social media

When I finished Lili Wright’s revealing profile of Greenwood teen Zoe LaVerne (p. 68), my worry began. LaVerne is one of the biggest stars on the social media app TikTok, a platform where users generate fleeting videos—mostly lip-synching and dancing—for their followers, who in turn elevate those routines with likes and sometimes financial rewards. In 2020, the 19-year-old made $800,000 on TikTok thanks to her almost 18 million followers. Compare that to another Indiana celebrity, John Green. The 43-year-old literary star has 827,000 followers. No Hoosier on any social channel comes close to matching LaVerne’s shimmy or sway. But here’s the rub: While there is a performative aspect to all social media platforms, only TikTok is built upon literal performance, a never-ending, approval-seeking talent show that distorts self. Green hit on this…

nice try

In putting together our list of personal enrichment classes this month (p. 52), we asked staff members what new things they’ve attempted with embarrassing results. “I gave coding a try for this month’s story, and I’m sorry to report that Mark Zuckerberg has nothing to worry about.”—DANIEL S. COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR“I have tried, several times without success, to learn how to snowboard. The first time I took a lesson, I fell so hard that the pompom on top of my hat exploded.”—JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR“I took an aerial silks course at Cirque Indy. I really thought I’d be decent at it, but spent the eight-week class taking up space and in awe of everyone else.”—MARGO WININGER, ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR“Gardening. I can’t even grow hostas.”—MEGAN FERNANDEZ, EXECUTIVE EDITOR…


Dawn Olsen Freelance writer Dawn Olsen knew she was in for a ride when she started dating her partner, an avid motorcyclist. After several months as a passenger, she signed up for a motorcycle class (p. 61). Olsen gave it a shot, but quickly realized the instruction was beyond her skill level. “You can’t be anxious when you’re on a bike,” she says. “That detracts from, you know, trying not to be road mush.” Cathy Kightlinger A huge fan of the Indianapolis music scene since she moved here in 2001, freelance writer Cathy Kightlinger has spent plenty of time in the city’s concert venues. It’s how she met guitarist Scott Ballantine, who introduced her to his son Charlie’s music (p. 20). “Indianapolis doesn’t yet have a spot on the national map of music…


Suzanne Krowiak’s December interview with chef Greg Hardesty left many readers hungry for more. WHICH FORMER GREG HARDESTY APPRENTICE HAS GONE ON TO ESTABLISH THE BEST RESTAURANT? “I wish young diners knew just how many of their favorite local chefs he trained.”— SARAH ALLISON via Facebook“Such a great story. We need more people like him in the world.”— WILMARA HENRIQUEZ MANUEL via Facebook“I cried reading this. The Indianapolis dining scene wouldn’t be what it is without him.”— JESSICA TELLSTROM via Facebook“This piece is pure heart. Thanks go to Suzanne for the interview.”— ANNIE ZOLL via Facebook LOOK FOR OUR NEXT POLL ON TWITTER. FOLLOW US @INDYMONTHLY FOR DETAILS. #ICYMI Our online stories you might have missed. OPENING THE GARAGE Take a look at the brand new offerings at Bottleworks. WHAT’S BREWING A Q&A with Scarlet Lane Brewing Company’s Erin…

bubble ball

NCAA Tournament WHY THE BUBBLE? In case you haven’t noticed—and judging by the number of masks we see, many haven’t—we’re still in a pandemic. Through January 29, more than 160 NCAA Division I games had been canceled or postponed due to COVID outbreaks or concerns. Several teams, including the entire Ivy League, decided to sit this season out. SO WHY EVEN HAVE THE TOURNAMENT? Let’s be real: money. Last season, NCAA basketball was the only sport that had to cancel its annual championship—resulting in the loss of some $375 million in revenue for the NCAA, not to mention the financial hits taken by each individual program. A LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE Moving the entire tourney to the Indy area will involve coordinating 67 games for 68 teams over 19 days (March 18–April 5). Not to…

renting a cinema

At the cinema chains, booking a watch party works just like buying tickets online, and there are multiple times available per day. At independent cinemas, you probably need to call. The Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin is one of them. Typically, prices start at $100 for an old movie and $250 for a new release, for up to 20 people. The new Living Room Theater at Bottleworks is more expensive, but it has a full bar and you can also rent a lounge for pre-gaming. The Keystone Art Cinema at the Fashion Mall will play a DVD you provide. Suggestion: Hoosiers for a March Madness party. Planning to take in The Big Lebowski with buddies? The Dude abides. And sure, Top Gun fans, sing along with Maverick’s serenade. BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE…