Archive for May, 2013

‘Poetry on Brick Street’ in Zionsville, June 6

Norbert Krapf

Norbert Krapf

By Susan Miller
Poetry on Brick Street

Poetry on Brick Street will present Norbert Krapf as the featured poet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday June 6, 2013, at Eagle Creek Coffee Company (, 10 South Main Street, Zionsville, Indiana. Coffee, food and drinks from Eagle Creek’s menu will be available for sale.

Krapf was Indiana’s Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2010. He earned a B.A. in English from St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN. He received his M.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and also his Ph.D. in English and American Literature, with a concentration in American Poetry. He taught at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University 1970-2004, where he is now emeritus Professor of English, was Poet Laureate 2003-2007, and directed the C. W. Post Poetry Center. He twice served in Germany as a Senior Fulbright Professor of American Poetry, at the Universities of Freiburg and Erlangen-Nuremberg. He was also a U.S. Exchange Teacher at West Oxon Technical College, England.

Since 1976, Krapf has written or edited 24 books, two of which are his translations from the German. Eighteen of these books are collections of his own poetry, including Somewhere in Southern Indiana: Poems of Midwestern Origins (1993), Blue-Eyed Grass: Poems of Germany (1997), and Looking for God’s Country (2005), all available from Time Being Books, and Bittersweet Along the Expressway: Poems of Long Island (2000) and The Country I Come From (2002), sixty poems set in Indiana.

An open mic for poetry will follow Krapf’s reading.

The Poetry on Brick Street series is a project of Brick Street Poetry, Inc., a Zionsville-based not-for-profit that also publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal and hosts other poetry events.

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Memorial Day 2013: A Day for Remembrance

Hancock County Veterans Park

Hancock County Veterans Park. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

Today is Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. This observance originally began in the 19th century after the Civil War, and was originally known as Decoration Day.

There are a number of memorials and museums in Indianapolis and central Indiana dedicated to the memory of these brave soldiers and sailors. Here are a few:

  • Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Monument Circle, downtown Indianapolis
  • Indiana War Memorial Museum, 431 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis
  • USS Indianapolis Memorial, Senate Ave and Walnut Street, Indianapolis
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, White River State Park, 801 West Washington Street, Indianapolis
  • Hancock County Veterans Park, South Street and State Road 9, Greenfield (pictured above)
  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, 401 South 2nd Street, Vincennes
  • And many more across the state

Visit one of these sites today and take time to remember those who have bravely served their country.

Park Cemetery in Greenfield, Indiana

Flag display at Park Cemetery in Greenfield, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Things to do in Indianapolis, May 27-June 2, 2013

‘Dos Fallopia’ Opens at the Phoenix Theatre, June 13

'Dos Fallopia' at the Phoenix Theatre

‘Dos Fallopia’ at the Phoenix Theatre.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Lori Raffel
Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the return of Dos Fallopia starring Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt.  Opening June 13, 2013, this show can be seen on the Livia and Steve Russell Stage at the Phoenix through July 14, 2013. Titled Dos Fallopia: Spudd Potion No. 9, this show features sketches such as “All in the Family Feud” and “The Spudds: Big Valley of the Dolls.”

Performing together since 1990, Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt have logged 19 holiday ventures together, more than 25 full-length shows, and countless international dates. They have toured their sold-out stage shows, Twin Sisters of Different Cul-de-sacs, Pretty Girls, Not Too Bright, and Desperate Spuddwives in theaters in London, New York, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis, and in Indianapolis at the Phoenix.

“We’ve missed them!” says Phoenix Producing Director Bryan Fonseca about the hilarious comedy sketch duo coming back to the Phoenix. “This year, Lisa and Peggy are bringing in Phoenix favorites to perform: Kevin D. Smith (also Music Director) and Deb Shaver.”

The last time Dos Fallopia performed in Indianapolis, the critics agreed that this duo is something special. NUVO wrote “…you’ll never know how hilariously funny they are until you see Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt in person… (they have) impeccable comic timing combined with amazing skill at writing comedy and lyrics.” The Indianapolis Star wrote “Ingenious, outrageous and hilarious… like the best of Saturday Night Live combined with the comic genius of Jonathan Winters. Koch and Platt are funny. They could read the Yellow Pages and I’d laugh.”


Tickets for Dos Fallopia are on sale now. Thanks to the generosity of Katrina Basile Realtor, the entire first weekend (June 13, 14, 15, 16) are CheapSeats performances, so tickets are just $18.00 per person. All performances after that, tickets are $28.00 per person. Tickets for Dos Fallopia may be purchased by calling the Box Office at 317-635-7529 to charge by phone or may be purchased online at Summer Seat Sale


Megabus. Image provided by and used with written permission.

By Kelly Van De Walle
On behalf of, the city-to-city express bus company with fares starting at $1, announced that thousands of $5 and $9 seats have been added on for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for the month of June in over 28 cities nationwide on select routes. The June Summer Sale tickets can booked at today.

“ offers fares from $1 on every trip,” says Mike Alvich, vice president of marketing and public relations. “But those tickets go quickly, especially during the summer travel season. We want people to know that — beyond booking early for our everyday low fares — travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are the best days to find the cheapest fares.”

The additional $5 and $9 June Summer Sale tickets must be booked online at at least seven days prior to departure, are available for travel from June 1-30, 2013 and are subject to availability.  There are a minimum of twenty $5 and $9 seats on each eligible bus route. “ wants to keep summer travel affordable, especially with gas prices rising again,” adds Alvich. “The June Seat sale helps people travel affordably this summer and reinforces that travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays offer low fares year-round.”, a subsidiary of Coach USA, launched in April 2006 is one of the largest city-to-city express bus service providers in North America.  In addition to affordable fares, offers customers state-of-the-art, green-certified double-decker buses with free Wi-Fi, power outlets, seat belts, restrooms and are wheelchair accessible.

Visit for additional information about the service, schedules, arrival and departure times and fares.