Indianapolis Monthly February 2019

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portrait of the artist as a young man

My first art gallery doubled as a harvest-gold Kenmore refrigerator that hummed along in the kitchen of my parents’ home. There, I displayed crayon masterpieces such as Stick Child with Large Eyes and Hands; House, Tree, and Smiley-Faced Sun; and Stick Child with House, Tree, and Smiley-Faced Sun. It was part of a series. Alas, the fridge outlasted my career as a visual artist, and over the years I lost touch with that part of my creative side. Over the holidays, though, I happily discovered that a portion of my portfolio has survived the ravages of time. Those select remains live on the top shelf of a guest bedroom closet at my folks’ house. That’s where I found the beauty above right, a former Good Seasons cruet festooned with a photo of…


Michael Koryta Freelance writer Michael Koryta still finds himself making daily checks for updates in the Delphi murders case (p. 76). The New York Times best-selling novelist is haunted by the crime, but inspired by the resilience of the community—particularly by Libby German’s sister, Kelsi. “She’s determined to take an active role in the investigation,” he says, “and not to be defined by tragedy.” Megan Fernandez Director of editorial operations Megan Fernandez has a serious sweet tooth, making his month’s story on cacao conservationist Julie Bolejack (p. 80) a dream assignment. But there was a downslide to taste-testing Bolejack’s flagship product, a bar made from the world’s most prized cacao trees. “Now I have a taste for $16 Peruvian chocolate,” Fernandez says. Willy Blackmore Freelance writer Willy Blackmore lives a short distance from the Star…


BUZZWORTHY “The Speedway police dropped the ball on this one.”—DONALD WARNER, via Facebook“I was working nights at a McDonald’s just off the interstate. Although we thought we were safe, this murder made us hyperaware. No one was allowed to take out trash alone after that.”—KATHLEEN SEARS, via Facebook“It’s all so horrible and sad. I’m afraid we will never know who killed them.”—AMY ELIZABETH SMAY, via Facebook“I remember this like it was yesterday.”—SHELLIE MARRELLI WELCH, via FacebookTony Rehagen’s November story on the Burger Chef murders brought back bad memories for readers. WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST LOCAL NEWS STORY OF 1978? VOTE ON OUR NEXT POLL AT INDIANAPOLISMONTHLY .COM/POLLS #ICYMI Our online stories you might have missed. HUNKER DOWN Six places around Indy to beat the winter blues. PARTY SHOTS Couldn’t make our Best of Indy event? See what you missed…

with flying colors

IT’S ONE TASK YOU WON’T PROCRASTINATE ON. Green, 39, the former contemporary-art curator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, gives out homework for “The Art Assignment.” But you’ll actually want to tackle it. From creating a work of art and then having someone destroy it, to meeting a friend at the precise geographic midpoint between the two of you, her 296,000 subscribers are always in for an adventure. THINK OF IT AS PICASSO, WITHOUT PRETENSE. Green was fed up with visitors thinking they had to be high-minded to appreciate art. “So many people [at the IMA] would walk into a gallery, throw their hands up, and say, ‘This is ridiculous,’’’ she says. “I thought a series of free videos would help me talk to those people. I knew it couldn’t happen…

sybaris pool suites

Want a water slide? Ask for the Chalet Suite. Sorry, the Taiwan Basket isn’t available at this location. Google it. Not at work. If you’re going on a walk-through first, there are no stupid questions. The hotel has its own garage, in case you want to keep your vehicle incognito. Hold up, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice—only two people per room. Watch the hot-tub splashing: $200 overflow charge. For post-coital chatting: The company founder once taught karate to drumming legend Buddy Rich at the Playboy Mansion. Prepare to pay. Rates run $262 to $730 a night. Or $169 to $274 for an afternoon. Plus, since Sybaris is technically a private club, there’s a $30 annual membership fee. Which means you’ll be on their mailing list, hot stuff.…

oil paintings

Q: WHAT’S UP WITH THE NEW MURALS ON THE INDY-AREA JIFFY LUBES? A: The Hoosierist has also noticed that many of the city’s quick-change oil places are now adorned with murals of remarkably high quality. Turns out the shops’ owner, Jiffy Lube of Indiana president Steve Sanner, enjoys public art almost as much as he admires a clean, 20-minute customer turnaround. Sanner, who owns 48 Jiffy Lubes (28 in Central Indiana) got ticked when his Broad Ripple store was tagged with graffiti. But instead of installing surveillance cameras, he decided to commission a mural that taggers would be too ashamed to deface. He liked the results so much that he has had them painted on nine stores so far, and plans half a dozen more every year until he runs out…