Indianapolis Monthly September 2018

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suite memory

Disney’s Contemporary Resort—specifically its iconic A-frame tower—was the first hotel to really capture my imagination. And even though I was 10 and had little to no understanding of architecture or design, I could tell the Contemporary was meant to feel like the gateway to a kaleidoscopic future that stood in contrast to the era’s harvest golds and avocado greens. While we were planning our stay, one of my aunts had shared some of their Disney travel brochures from a past trip when her kids were about my age. On the cover of one was an image of the monorail gliding through the hotel and toward the theme park, which served as a blank screen for me to project the make-believe vacation of my dreams. The hotel, which opened in 1971, was…


Abby Gardner • Freelance writer Abby Gardner isn’t embarrassed to be a fan of Taylor Swift and John Green. “I’m a 42-year-old teenager in many ways,” she says. So researching the lovefest between the two (p. 17) was a no-brainer. “If they’re looking for someone to join them for dinner on Mass Ave, I’ll happily clear my schedule.” Tom Chiarella • Sampling the cooking of Jonathan Brooks (p. 84) was a rare treat for freelance writer Tom Chiarella, who lives 40 miles away. But his favorite meal is more pedestrian: fried smelt at the Bainbridge Tap. “A good basket of smelt with a beer is the perfect end to a summer afternoon,” he says. Elizabeth Hutchison • Freelance writer Elizabeth Hutchison recently moved to Nashville, and celebrated with a Tennessee bucket-list trip—Blackberry Farm (p. 70).…


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speed read

Speed Read Taylor & John: BFFs On September 15, Taylor Swift takes the stage at Lucas Oil Stadium, much to the glee of Midwestern Swifties—like local star author John Green. Becoming Besties WHO’S JOHN GREEN? AND WHAT’S A “SWIFTIE”? He’s the YA writer, 41, behind best-sellers like The Fault in Our Stars. She’s the planet’s biggest pop star, 28. Together, they’re our favorite power couple—in a strictly professional sense, of course. Green has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 12 years. And as Swifties (the singer’s rideor-die fans) well know, her paramours get exhaustively documented in the celeb-gossip sphere—and in her own songs—with Green’s name never making the list. But their long-distance lovefest on social media has been setting the internet on fire for years. FIRST, THE MEET-CUTE. When Swift’s new album dropped in…

phoenix theatre

Bravo! Free parking in the Illinois Street lot. Eat first. Unlike the longtime Mass Ave location, there are few options in this dining desert. Don’t hold your breath for Annie or Shakespeare. Phoenix doesn’t do revivals. But it does now do concerts and spoken-word shows. Potentially hot (and noncontroversial) ticket: local premiere of Bright Star, the Steve Martin/Edie Brickell musical (September 21–October 7). Check your ticket. Two shows can run at once. The new layout means everyone will see you slink in late. So don’t. No assigned seats. If you’re picky, come early. Avoid bringing up Bryan Fonseca. The cofounder’s June departure is a sore spot for some. This is professional, not amateur, theater. Expect—nay, demand—quality.…

running club

IT’S TOO EARLY to tell whether November’s midterm elections will send a blue wave of Democrats into Congress. But in Indiana, we’re certain to see a pink one: A record number of Hoosier women are their party’s nominee this year. Seven of the 18 candidates for the U.S. House in Indiana are women. (The previous record came during the 2016 cycle, when five female major-party nominees populated the ballot.) And a slew of down-ballot candidates are running for seats in the Indiana Statehouse. On the Democratic side of the aisle, five women are vying for spots in Congress, and 45 are running in Statehouse races. On the Republican side, two are running for Congress, while 16 are up for Statehouse seats. Of the Republican candidates for local and state office, half…