Indianapolis Monthly October 2018

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feeling feathery

Show me a Hoosier who’s not excited about basketball season and I’ll show you a Kentuckian. Whether you were born here or, like me, are a naturalized resident of a state with more basketball hoops in driveways than iterations of pork tenderloins on restaurant menus, it’s your holy obligation to begin itching for 3-point field goals once the weather turns cool. While the enthusiasm is not unusual, we at the magazine are particularly eager for the start of this NBA season thanks to the guy on our cover, who was traded here for All-Star Paul George last summer. Had you told anyone at the beginning of the 2017–2018 campaign that former IU star Victor Oladipo would imbue the Pacers with optimism, they would have sought to have you declared non compos…

knick knack

Inspired by the Hoosiers who acquired a huge assortment of Marshall Studios ceramics (p. 74), we asked a few staff members what they collect: “Lately, I collect plants. A colleague mentioned once that he envisioned my home looking like a greenhouse. It planted a proverbial seed.”—ANDREA RATCLIFF, SPECIAL SECTIONS DIRECTOR“I’ve amassed a Valley of the Dolls lending library for friends, along with related paraphernalia. You can never have too much ’60s glamour and melodrama in your life.”—KELLY KENDALL, MANAGING EDITOR“Vintage cameras, since before it was cool to collect them. I’m fascinated by the sleek mechanics of these little robots.”—JULIA SPALDING, DINING EDITOR…


Jane Simon Ammeson When she was a grad student at IU, freelance writer Jane Simon Ammeson discovered the Story Inn. Since then, she has been in love with all things Brown County (p. 70). “I’ve foraged for morels, learned to separate honey from the comb, and photographed the county in all seasons,” she says. “My favorite thing is the spooky mist that settles over the winding roads late at night.” Todd Urban Design director Todd Urban is no stranger to the subject of this month’s photo essay on Marshall Studios (p. 74). Several pieces of the historic Hoosier pottery brand adorn his apartment. “I’ve been a big fan of their lamps and dishes for more than a decade,” he says. “What Gordon and Jane Martz produced transcends the midcentury-modern label. It’s truly timeless.” Susan…


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twee wheelin’

Old-timey bikes, prim British togs, and, always, a stop for tea: The annual Tweed Ride rolls through town on October 27. NO, THOSE AREN’T HIRED ACTORS. It may look like Downton Abbey on wheels, but this is for anyone who likes the idea of donning traditional English cycling garb, then cruising through downtown neighborhoods. EVEN AN OLD SCHWINN IS OK. But a Penny-farthing is preferred. Sure, you’ll see some antique bikes and re-creations—one regular brings a 1903 ride to every event. And you’ll probably encounter at least one Penny-farthing—one of those bicycles with a gigantic front wheel—trying to keep up. But most bikes don’t quite match the period costumes. All pedal-powered vehicles are welcome, and the pace for the 7-to-10-mile ride is leisurely. IT ALL STARTED IN LONDON’S SAVILE ROW. Yes, the one…

electric scooters

Create an account before you need to ride. Otherwise, hope you’re not in a hurry. Stay in the “metropolitan area.” That’s in the user agreement you won’t read. “Pause” a ride instead of ending it if you’re just dashing in somewhere. Get your scooter legs on an empty stretch of road, not in lunchtime traffic. Pay attention to the street surface. Slow down on bricks. Use side streets. Scooters are transit, not toys. And pedestrians aren’t slalom cones. Bus rules apply: Yield a scooter to someone who needs it more than you. You can scoot in high heels. You might not stop fast in high heels. Trying to save money? Do the math first ($1 plus 15 cents per mile). Don’t get cocky and check your phone. And for the…