Indianapolis Monthly July 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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in the next issue…

College Guide Indiana is host to an array of top-quality institutions of higher learning. Find out the latest developments in academics, campus life, applications, and financial aid, and delve into specific details about public and private schools in this annual resource for families of prospective college students. Home Furnishings The right pieces can really pull a room together. From furniture and accessories to window treatments and light fixtures, the choices can be endless. Local home-decor experts provide advice about outfitting interior spaces and selecting the perfect accoutrements to showcase your personal tastes and lifestyle. Retirement Planning Mapping your post-professional future can be a complex process. This section will help steer readers through the legal, financial, and personal steps to achieve the security and independence needed to make the transition from work life to leisure time.…

we nail the concept

Meet Bob Slawson and Nick Winings. In 2012, the two Indianapolis real estate veterans brought their unique backgrounds into a partnership called Woodstock Custom Homes. The idea? Beautiful and detailed custom homes focused on main-level living for the modern family. Unlike typical new home building that doesn’t routinely allow the customer direct interaction with the owner/plan designer, Bob meets directly with customers to ensure he designs the perfect home plan. Once the plan is created, Nick is on-site daily making sure the thousands of pieces come together in a masterful way. As co-owner of the company, Nick is your personal construction manager and his communication skills greatly enhance the process. Basically, Woodstock is custom design and fine homebuilding — up close and personal. To learn more about Woodstock and see examples of…

writing in style

I’LL BET YOU painted a wall during the pandemic. Or did you go big and tear everything down to the studs? If you made any kind of home improvement over the last few months, you’re not alone. Our design director Todd Urban joined the ranks of the homebound and bored and did a refresh, too. The changes throughout the magazine that make their debut in this issue were at least a year in the making—and probably long overdue. Our last overhaul was in 2016. We had planned a redesign in 2019, but life got in the way and other projects took precedence. Meanwhile, the staff got a little smaller, workloads grew. Before we knew it, we were all wearing masks, and most of us were working from home. Urban, though, stuck around…


SARAH LAYDEN After a pandemic year without concerts, freelance writer Sarah Layden enjoyed the thrill of a summer music festival—if only through the vicarious experience of reading Leah Johnson’s new novel (p. 24). “Books can be a great escape, and this was especially true in the past year,” Layden says. “Fans of young adult fiction and live music will appreciate this heartfelt story.” MATT GONZALES In May 2020, freelance writer Matt Gonzales learned that his 29-year-old cousin had died of an overdose. Over the next few months, he couldn’t shake the feeling that there was a story to be told about the impact of the pandemic on people in recovery (p. 64). “He was a luminous person,” Gonzales says. “And he’s just one of thousands who had their support system shattered last year.” AMANDA…


(BUZZWORTHY) Close to Home Linda Vaccariello’s May article on an exhibit of Glenn Close’s costumes at IU was a hit at the box office (by which we mean Facebook). This is fabulous. I’m planning a road trip from Cincinnati. PRISCILLA GORMAN Via Facebook I’m such a fashion junkie, I could picture every item she described. LAUREN RIES Via Facebook So interesting and well written. One day, IU may get the dress she wore to do “Da Butt” at the Oscars. SUSAN COHEN Via Facebook Stunning. Think of the labor of hand-sewing these costumes and the time it took. KATHY GORDON Via Facebook Great article. You answered the question I had when Close mentioned at the Oscars that her costumes could be found at IU. CINDY SCHROEDER Via Facebook Back to Futuro Julia Spalding’s review of Futuro (May) resonated far beyond its Holy Cross neighborhood. Love this. That Julia sure does…

van gogh time

NEWFIELDS AIMS TO MAKE A BIG IMPRESSION. It took more than a year to transform the entire fourth floor (nearly 30,000 square feet) into THE LUME—the largest exhibit space in the museum’s 137-year history, and the first permanent multisensory digital art gallery in the U.S. While others have experimented with smaller, short-term shows, Newfields is the first to commit to something of this size and duration. THE TECHNOLOGY IS STATE OF THE ART. More than 258 million pixels of imagery flood the new gallery—floor to ceiling—from 150 high-definition projectors, resulting in a surreal 3-D dreamscape where the paintings come to life with cinematic effects. IT’S A GRANDE EXPERIENCE. THE LUME is the work of Australian tech company Grande Experiences, which has been creating multimedia art, nature, and science exhibits around the world…