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Gen Con Gaming Convention in Indy, Aug. 14-17

August 6, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana Convention Center

Gen Con Gaming at the Convention Center, Aug. 14-17. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Stacia Kirby
Gen Con LLC

Gen Con, the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure game convention in North America, returns to Indianapolis for its 47th annual convention this month. THE BEST FOUR DAYS IN GAMING™ will take place in the Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol Avenue, and throughout the city, Aug. 14-17, 2014.

The Exhibit Hall is open from 10 am to 6 pm Thursday through Saturday, and on Sunday, Family Fun Day, from 10 am to 4 pm. 24-hour gaming takes place at the convention center and at area hotels during the four-day event.

Updated Headlines for Gen Con 2014
–      Record Breaking Attendance– Last year, Gen Con had more than 49,000 unique attendees from all 50 states and 32 different countries with a turnstile figure of more than 159,000.
–      Exhibit Hall – 370+ exhibitors spanning five acres of game demos, new products, classic games, and more!
–      14,000+ Events– Including free-to-play games, competitive tournaments, casual gaming, and numerous non-gaming experiences, including seminars, workshops, and crafting events.
–      Charitable Partner– All charity events at Gen Con will donate proceeds to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana’s BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids.
–      Debut of Cones of DunshireMayfair Games presents the first opportunity for players to try the Cones of Dunshire game popularized by NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. This charity event will take place on Saturday at 7 pm on Georgia Street.
–      29th Annual Costume Contest– Awards will be bestowed for numerous costume types.
–      Film Festival– More than 100 films and digital projects will compete across three categories at Gen Con’s Annual Film Festival.
–      eGame Arena– Digital gaming fans will find a host of games to play at Gen Con 2014, including competitive events, dance games, and a retro arcade.
–      Author’s Avenue and Writer’s Symposium– This year’s Author Guest of Honor Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera and new series the Cinder Spires, is an avid gamer. Butcher leads a group of high-profile authors in the convention’s annual Writer’s Symposium.
–      2014 Art Show and Guest of Honor – Acclaimed fantasy illustrator Terese Neilsen has been selected as 2014 Gen Con Artist Guest of Honor. Most known for her illustrations for Marvel and Dark Horse comics and for illustrating Magic: the Gathering cards, Neilsen is currently publishing her first book, The Art of Terese Neilsen.

Live on Georgia Street-
Just outside the convention center, Georgia Street will host a number of free, open to the public, outdoor activities.
Official Beer Tapping– Wednesday pre-show concert begins at 5 pm when Indianapolis-based brewer Sun King Brewing will host a tapping party to unveil Gen Con’s official beer of 2014, The Froth of Khan, a coffee-infused ale. Tapping begins at 6 pm.
Bands– Star Trek-themed band, Five Year Mission and acclaimed independent songwriter Sarah Donner will perform at the Sun King Brewing tapping party
Food Trucks– Throughout Gen Con weekend, more than 40 of Indianapolis’ best food trucks will be stationed along Georgia Street.

Family Fun at Gen Con 2014
–      Family Fun Pavilion– This is an area dedicated to family gaming for all ages. It includes exhibits, demonstrations, activities and much more!
–      Training Grounds– is the place to introduce kids to the gaming world and all its possibilities. Training Grounds is most appropriate for kids ages 4-12 and is located in the Family Fun Pavilion.

  • Chess Champion vs Youth- Women’s Grandmaster and 2-time USA Chess Champion Jennifer Shahade will be playing 50 simultaneous games of chess against children 12 and under at 10 am.

Official Gen Con Sponsors
– Mayfair Games, Paizo Publishing, and Wizards of the Coast
Contributing Sponsors- Fantasy Flight Games, Konami, Oomba, Ortus Regni, and Rio Grande Games
Event Partnership Sponsors– Iello Games, Upper Deck
Promotional Partners– Asmodee, Sun King Brewing
Everyone attending Gen Con must have a valid badge. A badge allows the individual entrance to the show, admittance to the Exhibit Hall, Art Show, Anime events, seminars, and any events happening in the public areas that do not require an event ticket. Badges may be purchased at up to and throughout the show or on-site.

Ticket Information
–      Badges are available now at with 24-hour Will Call pick-up on-site. Prices listed below do not include Marion County sales tax.
–      4-Day Badge Price: $80
–      1-Day Badge Price: $50
–      Sunday, August 17, is Family Fun Day! $30 for a family of four

LPGA Legends Championship at French Lick, Aug. 15-17

August 5, 2014 Leave a comment
Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kevin Frisch
On behalf of the Legends Championship

The Legends Championship benefitting Riley Children’s Foundation will return to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort this month in French Lick, Indiana. The 2nd annual event will feature the largest purse on The Legends Tour at $500,000, with a field of 60 players competing for the championship title, August 15-17, 2014.

The 2013 tournament was held in late September, but will move to a new date on the calendar this year. Rain and cold temperatures made last year’s event a real test of endurance.

Defending champion Lorie Kane of Canada will return to Indiana hoping to retain her title and already gives the new tournament date a thumbs-up of approval.

“I’m looking forward to playing the course earlier in the summer, compared to last year,” said Kane, who edged Floridian Laurie Rinker on the final hole in last year’s soggy championship. “Being the inaugural winner was a thrill.”

The championship will be contested over 54 holes, with six players competing in a Super Legends division (36 holes, Saturday & Sunday only) for ages 63 and over. LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famers Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan and Hollis Stacy, along with Legends Tour Hall of Fame member Jan Stephenson, will be in the tournament field.

In addition, one player will earn a spot into the field through a qualifying tournament, set for Wednesday on the tournament course at 8:00 AM. Eight aspiring Legends are expected to compete, including Yumiko Takeuchi of Japan who also attempted to qualify in 2013.

Tickets are $10 each day at the gate or $25 for the week for a three-day pass. Kids under 18, as well as military personnel with an ID, get in free. College golf teams also will be admitted at no charge.

Competition will begin Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 AM, with gates opening at 7:30 a.m. Prior to the competitive rounds, a pro-am tournament will be held Thursday at 10:00 AM. Admission to the pro-am is free.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation in support of the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. As one of the country’s top children’s hospitals, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health strives to provide the most advanced care and premier pediatric research in the nation.

Here is the tournament field for the 2014 Legends Championship:

Dina Ammaccapane
Donna Andrews
Lori Atsedes
Susie Berning *
Jane Blalock *
Pat Bradley
Donna Caponi *
JoAnne Carner
Dawn Coe-Jones
Jane Crafter
Elaine Crosby
Alicia Dibos
Judy Dickinson *
Wendy Doolan
Dana Dormann
Heather Drew
Michelle Estill
Cindy Figg-Currier
Allison Finney
Amy Fruwirth
Jackie Gallagher-Smith
Lisa Grimes
Shelley Hamlin
Sandra Haynie *
Becky Iverson
Christa Johnson
Trish Johnson
Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Rosie Jones
Lorie Kane
Jenny Lidback
Sally Little
Nancy Lopez
Marilyn Lovander
Cindy Miller
Barb Moxness
Barb Mucha
Martha Nause
Lisolette Neumann
Anne Marie Palli
Sandra Palmer *
Joan Pitcock
Cindy Rarick
Michelle Redman
Laurie Rinker
Cindy Schreyer
Nancy Scranton
Laura Shanahan Rowe
Patty Sheehan
Val Skinner
Hollis Stacy
Sherri Steinhauer
Jan Stephenson
Kris Tschetter
Sherri Turner
Lori West
Kathryn Young Robyn

* Super Legends Division Player

For more information about The Legends Championship or The Legends Tour, please visit For information about French Lick Resort, visit, or call 812-936-9300.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Fusion Media Strategies.

Phoenix Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season

August 4, 2014 1 comment
Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Ben Rose
Phoenix Theatre

At the Phoenix, we take comedy seriously.

This season we’ll present the various ways we laugh. We’ve produced 31 seasons of shows that tackled serious issues of the day, and that’s a lot of drama. So we’ve decided to lighten up a bit. Humor is how we manage to get through the tragedies and absurdities of life. And we’ve put together a lineup of stories featuring a rich variety of comedic styles.

From the dark comedy of THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN to the satirical and surreal style of MR. BURNS: A POST ELECTRIC PLAY, we’ll explore what makes us laugh. OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES mixes stand-up with sketch comedy. RIVER CITY and TYPHOID MARY derive their humor from character or situational comedy. CLARK GABLE SLEPT HERE is a modern farce. A VERY PHOENIX XMAS 9 is a postmodern parody of old-fashioned variety shows.

All of these shows have their fair share of substance—it is the Phoenix after all. But we’ve found a perfect balance of humor to go with that drama.  As they say: comedy equals tragedy plus time.  I hope you enjoy the season.

Bryan Fonseca
Producing Director


 Clark Gable Slept Here  by Michael McKeever
September 18 – October 19, 2014

As one of the silver screen’s brightest stars charms his way through the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, his staff tries to figure out what to do with the dead male prostitute in his hotel room at the famed Chateau Marmont. This glamorously dark satire explores the make-believe world of Hollywood, where nothing is ever what it seems and closets are used for so much more than hanging up your tuxedo.

Old Jews Telling Jokes by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent
October 23 – November 23, 2014

This Off-Broadway hit comedy pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. Think you’ve heard them all before? Not this way. If you’ve ever had a mother, visited a doctor or walked into a bar with a priest, a rabbi, and a frog, Old Jews Telling Jokes will sit in the dark, give you a second opinion and ask you where you got that. You’ll laugh ’til you plotz.

A Very Phoenix Xmas 9: Flashing Through the Snow
November 28 – December 21, 2014

Share your holiday with us! We’re back with another round of all-new sketches, songs and dances! We’ve got everything on your list: traditional holiday music, madcap comedy skits, and some very talented people to help you celebrate this most joyful—and stressful—time of year. We turn the holidays on their head with local and national playwrights putting a new spin on all things traditional. An Indy favorite!

River City by Diana Grisanti (an NNPN Rolling World Premiere)
January 8 – February 1, 2015 mention NNPN

Shaken by her father’s death, Mary sets off to uncover three generations’ worth of family secrets buried in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. Mary’s journey spans four decades and investigates race, memory, and the ghosts that haunt one American city. River City is a fascinating and funny story about how you find your “people” when you check more than one box to define your cultural heritage.

The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh
February 5 – March 1, 2015

When a Hollywood director visits a remote Irish island to cast his latest film, the locals clamor for their once-in-a-lifetime chance at movie stardom. But it’s Billy, a frail young man with the odds stacked against him, who has the biggest Hollywood dream of them all. Direct from a smash-hit run on Broadway, this dark comedy features a cross-eyed look at Irishness and what it means to follow your heart, twisted as it may be.

Buyer and Cellar by Jonathan Tolins
March 5 – April 5, 2015

Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar, Barbra Streisand. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? This hugely successful Off-Broadway hit is an outrageous one-man comedy about celebrity, the oddest of odd jobs and the pursuit of utopia.

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea by Nathan Alan Davis (an NNPN Rolling World Premiere)
April 9 – April 26, 2015

18-year-old Dontrell Jones III decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs.

Typhoid Mary by Tom Horan ( Phoenix Theatre playwright in residence)
April 30 – May 24, 2015

You’ve probably heard of “Typhoid Mary,” but most of us are unfamiliar with Mary Mallon, the cook behind the name. This quirky, anachronistic telling of the discovery of Mary’s peculiar disease, as well as her forced quarantine, unfolds in front of a backdrop of changing notions of medicine, morality and cleanliness – Did she willfully infect others? Was she a victim of a misguided medical authority? Or is the truth even stranger?

To Be Determined
May 28 – July 5, 2015

We are currently negotiating a contract for a show that has done so well nationally and internationally, the Phoenix would be the first non-touring production of it in the region. We pride ourselves on bringing you the most recent hits, and this time we’ve definitely hit our mark with this fresh and high energy musical. That’s all we can say till spring.

Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn
July 9 – August 9, 2015

What will endure when the cataclysm arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? This imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, when what begins as a simple reminiscing of foundation a past episode of The Simpsons eventually leads to the development of  the of a new civilization. Mr. Burns is a vibrant exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

The Phoenix Theatre is located at 749 North Park Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, visit, or call 317-635-7529.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 4-10, 2014

August 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana State Fair Aerial View

Indiana State Fair as viewed from the top of the giant ferris wheel. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. FRI-SUN: Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  2. THU-SAT: Drum Corps International World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium
  3. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  4. SUN: Chicago and REO Speedwagon in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  5. MON-TUE, SAT-SUN: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  6. TUE: The Longest Dinner at the IndyFringe Theatre
  7. FRI: Pitbull in Concert at the State Fair Coliseum
  8. FRI-SAT: 7th Annual Motorcycles on Meridian in Downtown Indianapolis
  9. SAT-SUN: ‘Cole!’ by Dance Kaleidoscope at The Center for the Performing Arts
  10. TUE, FRI: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  11. SAT: Lobsterpalooza at the Basile Opera Center
  12. TUE: Community Tuesday at White River State Park
  13. WED: Indy Eleven Pro Soccer at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
  14. MON-TUE, THU-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  15. THU-SAT: ‘The Black Knight Archive’ at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art

To see thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit our main Web site at, or check out our mobile version while you are on the go at Thank you for making your #1 source for things to do around Indy!

Indianapolis Monthly’s Beerfest at the City Market, Aug. 28

August 2, 2014 Leave a comment
Indianapolis City Market

Indianapolis City Market. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Trisha Brand
Indianapolis Monthly

Craft breweries have been bubbling up all over central Indiana, with nearly 25 new ones in just the last two years. In the September 2014 issue, the Indianapolis Monthly editors will report on which of the new batch are most worth imbibing and catch up with all of the established beer makers in the area.

Coinciding with this robust beer feature, IM will bring together many of the breweries at the iconic Indianapolis City Market for an intimate tasting event on Aug. 28, 2014. From IPAs made in Greenwood to stouts crafted in McCordsville, Indy Monthly has the city’s frosted beverage fans covered.

A $25 ticket (purchased in advance) gets you unlimited samples from 20+ breweries along with light complementary bites throughout the night.

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

6 to 8:30 pm

Indianapolis City Market, Mezzanine Level, 222 East Market Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

$25 online, $30 at the door, $10 designated drivers