Indianapolis Monthly June 2021

Indianapolis Monthly has become central Indiana’s premier general-interest publication—the Circle City’s essential chronicle and guide, an indispensable authority on what’s new, what’s news, and what people are talking about. Whether covering crime, politics, business, sports, or arts and entertainment, Indianapolis Monthly sets the standard for editorial excellence in the state.

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Emmis Publishing, LP
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shot in the arm

Maybe it’s the Pfizer talking, but I’m starting to see the light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. Right now, those rays of sunshine are actually coming through my office window that looks out onto Monument Circle. That’s where, at this time a year ago, people took to the street to protest racial injustice—and we know where things went from there. Today, there is colorful artwork on business windows where there was once plywood, a reminder that so much has happened in between. I’m proud to say that during this period—both in print and digitally—we produced some of the most meaningful work in this magazine’s 40-plus-year history. Others took note, too, including our peers. Recently, the magazine was an eight-time finalist in the 36th Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards…

home wreckers

“I once installed a paver patio that sank in the middle and became a mud pit for the four years I lived there. Turns out, the proper foundation is important.”—DANIEL COMISKEY, DEPUTY EDITOR“I painted our front room a deep shade of orangered, and one night, fire trucks roared up outside. After some confusion, we realized someone had just seen my red walls through a window and called 911.”—MEGAN FERNANDEZ, EXECUTIVE EDITOR“I always thought I could easily change out my bathroom faucets (one of which just broke and is currently being operated with a flathead screwdriver). It didn’t take long living in a house built in 1926 to determine that plumbing issues are best handled by professionals.”—ANDREA RATCLIFF, SPECIAL SECTIONS DIRECTOR…


Ashley C. Ford Author Ashley C. Ford recently moved back to Indy from Brooklyn to participate in the everyday lives of her friends and family. “But I didn’t think much about how hard it would be to practice safe gathering during a pandemic,” she says. Her memoir (p. 66) documents her relationship with one of her closest confidantes: her father. “Luckily, there are lots of places in Indy to take walks together,” she says. Lou Harry When Krzysztof Urbanski joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, freelance writer Lou Harry called his name a spell-checker’s worst nightmare. Joking aside, though, Harry has enormous respect for the work of conductors, and he loved looking back on Urbanski’s career here (p. 18). “What happens during a concert is just a small piece of a maestro’s job,” Harry…

im #icymi

BOOKING IT Ten essential tomes on Indy sports history. COUGAR TOWN John Mellencamp’s Hoosier progressivism, revisited. COOKIE MONSTERS How to grab your Crumbl Cookies in style. Ain’t That America Editor’s note: Michael Rubino’s online essay about John Mellencamp’s song “Pink Houses” and its connection to the current infrastructure debate had a lot of readers exclaiming “Uh-huh!” Thank you for writing this. That song was the first thing I thought of when Buttigieg made his statement about racism built into our highways. JENNIFER DORSEY Via Twitter Nice. I was at a concert in Colorado where Mellencamp explained “Pink Houses” and people walked out. It was great. MICAH LING Via Twitter Yep. Federal and state transportation policies have a long history of adversely impacting minorities. KEN AVIDOR Via Twitter Timely, well written, and the first time I’ve heard the story of the old man and the overpass in Indy…

the tcu amphitheater

WHILE YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR CONCERTS TO RETURN, A “NEW” DOWNTOWN VENUE MATERIALIZED. The TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park represents a major makeover at the site of the former Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, which hosted “Weird Al” Yankovic as its final show in August 2019. Construction that began before the pandemic has added a permanent stage, a fixed-seating area for 2,500 attendees, and a canopy above that seating area. The venue has an overall capacity of 6,000, including some general-admission lawn seating. FANS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN SEATS BEFORE INDEPENDENCE DAY. Australian pop-rockers 5 Seconds of Summer will headline the first concert at TCU on June 16. Ten more performances by touring acts are scheduled for 2021, but Carolene Mays-Medley, executive director of the White River State Park…

indy eleven

For its eighth season, the city’s soccer team has returned to its original home, the IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium at IUPUI. But everyone calls it The Mike. Tailgate in the parking lot just north of the stadium and you’ll be handed a free Black Acre beer pretty quickly. If your seats are in the west end behind the goal, be prepared to stand. Stomping your feet during corner kicks is mandatory. Bring a bandana, scarf, or mask to cover your face when the smoke pours out after a goal is scored. For away matches, the fan group Brickyard Battalion has watch parties all over the city and suburbs. Broad Ripple’s Union Jack Pub is among the most popular BB gathering places. JOHNSON PHOTO COURTESY LIVE NATION, INDY ELEVEN PHOTO…