Archive for January, 2015

“The 39 Steps” at Actors Theatre of Indiana, Jan. 30-Feb.15

January 11, 2015 Leave a comment
Studio Theatre in Carmel

Studio Theatre at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Kristin Merritt
Actors Theatre of Indiana

Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI), the resident professional theatre company of The Studio Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts, will present the two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award winner, The 39 Steps (Title Sponsor, Pedcor Companies), Jan. 30 to Feb. 15, 2015.

Based on the 1935 film thriller, The 39 Steps mixes a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, adds in a dash of Monty Python and the result is a sheer comedic brilliance! Four actors who, against all odds, masterfully and hilariously play over 150 characters…sometimes changing roles in the blink of an eye!

The 39 Steps is directed by Richard J Roberts (no period after the initial J), who most recently directed ATI’s critically acclaimed production of My Fair Lady. Scenic design is by Bernie Killian, sound design by Joe Court, lighting by Erin Meyer and costumes by Amanda Bailey. Actors Theatre of Indiana welcomes Lisa Ermel (Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Ensemble), Ian McCabe (Clown #2) and Logan Moore (Richard Hanney) who make their ATI debut in this production. Artistic Director and ATI co-founder Don Farrell, returns to the stage in the role of Clown #1.

The production runs Friday, January 30 through Sunday, February 15 and performances are Wednesdays at 7:30pm (discounted ticket rate of $25.00), Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm in The Studio Theater, 4 Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032. We will present our talkback series, “Behind the Curtain” sponsored by Matt the Miller’s Tavern, featuring the cast/production crew of The 39 Steps directly following the Sunday, February 8 performance.

Ticket prices for all performances are $40.00 for adults, $36.50 for seniors, $20.00 for students (18 and younger) and may be purchased online, or by calling the box office, 317.843.3800. Group rates are available through the box office for groups of 15 or more.

‘The Giver’ at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jan. 23-Feb. 21

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

By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre

Beginning Jan. 23, 2015, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) will bring Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning children’s novel, The Giver, to its Upperstage. This cross-generational story engages both adults who grew up reading the novel and children who are reading it for the first time.

In this play, adapted by Eric Coble and directed by IRT’s Associate Artistic Director Courtney Sale, audiences experience a utopian society where citizens have eliminated human characteristics in exchange for a safe and a sanitized existence.  What at first appears to be an idyllic society, quickly unfolds into dystopia when Jonas (played by Grayson Molin) discovers his ability to see beyond the world of grey that has been created by his citizenry.

As his unique abilities emerge, he and The Giver (played by David Allen Anderson) who is charged with transferring memories of love, beauty, sadness, war, music and more, devise a plan which allows Jonas to escape to “elsewhere,” freeing the society from the opaque lens from which they perceive life’s limited depth and beauty.

“The production works beautifully because it allows audiences to experience a great narrative that takes a look at becoming an adult, understanding manipulative culture and determining how young adults choose to do something about it,” said Sale. “This is a story of enormous awakening; it’s about a brave young man who challenges the space of disobedience.”

The Giver, endlessly thought-provoking and daring, challenges audiences to question the dangers of conformity and the power of truth.  The show runs Jan 23 through Feb. 21and is one hour and thirty minutes with no intermission.

What: The Giver opening at Indiana Repertory Theatre

Where: IRT Upperstage, 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

When:  Jan. 23 – Feb 21; Opening Night on Jan 23

Cost: Adult: $25-47 Students: $20


Performance Dates and Times

Jan. 23 @ 7 p.m. –Opening Night

Jan. 24 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Jan 31 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. –ASL/A-D Performance 

Feb. 6 @ 7 p.m.

Feb. 7 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Feb 13 @ 7 p.m.

Feb 14 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Feb 20 @ 7 p.m.

Feb 21 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.


Special Events


*For every performance there will be a post-show discussion hosted by IRT staff and artists.

*The IRT’s The Giver: Scavenger Hunt at the Central LibraryJan.  18, 2:30 p.m. –4 p.m. Test your knowledge of Louis Lowry’s acclaimed novel, The Giver, by venturing on a scavenger hunt at the Central Library, hosted by the Indiana Repertory Theatre. All participants will receive a 50 percent off coupon for one ticket and will be entered to win four tickets to see the IRT’s The Giver and an exclusive backstage tour.  All ages invited to participate.




Mother | KATIE deBUYS




The Chief Elder | KATIE deBUYS


Read the company bios here



Scenic Designer | ROBERT MARK MORGAN

Costume Designer | GUY CLARK


Sound Designer & Composer | TOM HORAN

New Winter Plates Menu at Capital Grille

January 10, 2015 Leave a comment
The Capital Grille in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Capital Grille in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Angelene Crosswell
On behalf of The Capital Grille

Editor’s Note: The Capital Grille in Indianapolis is located at 40 West Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis.
The Capital Grille, known for its dry aged steaks and award-winning wine list, launched the new winter additions to its popular “Plates” lunch menu. Selecting from soup or salad and an entrée for $18, guests can customize their lunch with the flavors of the season. The Capital Grille guarantees a lunch experience that won’t exceed 45 minutes when ordering from the Plates menu.

Perfect for warming up from the cold weather, the new winter plates menu offerings feature the Executive Chef’s take on comfort foods. Highlighting the new menu offerings is the Dry Aged Sirloin Hash with Crispy Onions, a savory entrée of sweet peppers and onions, fingerling potatoes and sirloin topped with a soft fried egg. The hearty winter dish draws inspiration from comforting breakfast foods and is accompanied by a new, hearty soup offering, the Creamy Potato Leek Soup.

Plates menu available Monday – Friday
11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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About The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille is a fine dining restaurant known for its dry aged steaks and award-winning wine list in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. The Capital Grille features an on-site butcher who dry-ages each steak between 18 and 24 days to maximize its quality. Additionally, the restaurant features a wine list of more than 350 selections, including some of the most highly allocated and sought-after wines in the world. The Capital Grille also offers a variety of elegant private dining spaces for meetings and group events. Please follow The Capital Grille on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, call 317-423-8790. The Capital Grille on

Indianapolis Home Show, Jan. 23-Feb. 1, 2015

January 10, 2015 Leave a comment
Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Indiana State Fairgrounds. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Tiffany Whisner
On behalf of the Indianapolis Home Show

WHAT: The Indianapolis Home Show is the nation’s oldest and the Midwest’s largest home-focused extravaganza with more than 900 exhibit spaces. Now in its 93rd year, the Home Show offers thousands of products, decorating, construction and remodeling ideas for visitors to gather and compare.

The Indianapolis Home Show is produced by Marketplace Events, which produces 39 consumer shows in the home and garden category that collectively attract 15,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million attendees and another 1.7 million unique Web visitors annually.

WHEN: 10 days: Friday, January 23 through Sunday, February 1, 2015

WHERE: Indiana State Fairgrounds – West Pavilion, Exposition Hall, South Pavilion


NEW THIS YEAR — Home Show Expansion!
New this year, the Indianapolis Home Show is expanding into all three exhibit buildings for the entire 10-day run of the show. Make sure to check out Exposition Hall, the West Pavilion and South Pavilion — all three exhibit spaces for the price of one ticket to the Indianapolis Home Show. Don’t miss out!

Centerpiece Home
Fischer Homes will build this year’s Centerpiece Home — a fully-constructed, decorated and landscaped home built entirely inside Expo Hall, showing the most current and exciting trends in architecture and style.

Interior designer Joy Perkins from Touch of Class works with Christine Robbins of the Fischer Homes team in decorating the Centerpiece Home to showcase a variety of options for customizing the home interior. Landscaping comes courtesy of Calvin Landscape in Indianapolis.

Move That Bus! Ty Pennington Comes to Indianapolis
Debuting in 2000, the reality show “Trading Spaces” helped make Ty Pennington a nationally-known figure as one of the show’s carpenters. He soon became a recognized star and released his first home improvement book. This charismatic home-design guru led top-rated, Emmy-winning “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Now he has a fabric line, a seasonal home décor line, a flooring collection and a new TV series, “On the Menu” on TNT. The Indianapolis Home Show is excited to welcome Ty, a foremost figure in the world of home improvement and design, for ONE SHOW ONLY on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m., presented by Home Pro/Bath Pro of Central Indiana!

Matt Muenster Creates a BATHtastic Room
He’s the host of “Bath Crashers” and “BATHtastic!” on the DIY Network. And he knows how to transform your bathroom into the most spectacular space in the house. Matt Muenster shows Home Show attendees all the cutting-edge new materials and amazing design tips to revitalize any bathroom, great or small. See how Matt can help you upgrade your most-used room with the hottest items around! He appears at the Home Show on Friday, Jan. 23, Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25.

Greenery Growing with Feature Gardens
As the official Indianapolis Home Show Florist, McNamara Florist sets the scene with beautiful customized floral designs at the entryways to the Home Show and throughout the Show’s three exhibit buildings.

Twenty-one landscaped feature gardens offer greenery galore in the center of the West Pavilion, South Pavilion and sprinkled throughout the entire Home Show space.

The gardens will be produced by the area’s top landscape professionals, including: Wm. H. Brown Landscape Inc.; Fiano Landscapes; Country Gardens Lawn & Landscape; Fireboulder; Justin’s Landscape; Lemcke Landscape; Tiffany Lawn & Garden Supply, Inc.; Above and Beyond Tree Service and Landscape; BPI Outdoor Living; Backyard Blessings; Bedrock Hardscapes; Kenneth Watson Design; Dave’s Lawn & Landscape, Inc.; Eagle Creek Nursery; MG Landscape & Irrigation; Brick Terra; Brower/Jacques Design, Inc.; Brownsburg Landscape & Lawn Care LLC; Frazee Gardens; Copper Canyon Landscape Design LLC; and Elements Concrete Studio.

Also, visit the Home Show for all your go-to green goodies, from cash-and-carry bulbs to those must-have gardening tools and products, all at your fingertips!

Home Made by Carmona
A DIY guru with a can-do attitude, Ursula Carmona is a handy wannabe and lover of all things beautiful. She’s a blogger and 2015 Home & Garden Trendsetter finalist with tutorials on how to give your home a makeover on pennies, from decorations and crafts to organized spaces and storage solutions. Ursula has practical DIY tips when she appears at the Home Show on Sunday, Jan. 25 and Monday, Jan. 26.

The Hoosier Gardener Digs into Natural Gardening
As the Hoosier Gardener, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp has been writing and speaking about natural gardening for more than 25 years. She is the founding editor and former co-owner of “Indiana Living Green.” She is coauthor of “The Indiana Gardener’s Guide” and author of “The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens” as well as a garden coach. Jo Ellen will show Home Show attendees how to put their green thumbs to work when she appears on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and Thursday, Jan. 29.

Her Highness, the Queen of Free
She’s addicted to getting something for nothing — and Cherie Lowe, the Queen of Free, shares freebies, strategies for everyday savings along with inspiration for those pursuing a debt-free life. Cherie appears weekly on WTHR-TV as a savings expert, and she’s been featured in “The Wall Street Journal” and on Yahoo Finance. Join the court of the Queen of Free at the Home Show on Sunday, Feb. 1!

Learn Some “Mommy Magic” from Mary Susan
Mary Susan Buhner is one of the Midwest’s premier parenting experts, and she is the host of Fox 59’s weekly “Mommy Magic” segment, offering relevant and helpful tips to make motherhood more manageable, fun and affordable. Get the scoop on becoming an inspired, empowered parent when Mary Susan appears at the Home Show on Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31!

Tree House Goes Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond Companies, led by Dan Dawson, surely goes above and beyond with an amazing tree house feature that will have Home Show attendees feeling as if they are walking in the woods. Located in West Pavilion in the center of the Home Show, a 200-year-old tree sprawls outward and climbs upward. It is complete with a tree house of epic proportions, featuring all-natural, hand-crafted furniture.

The Choppin’ Hunger Challenge is Back!
Ever wonder what happens to the food you donate to your local food bank? Don’t miss the Home Show’s Choppin’ Hunger Challenge II on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage! Local Chefs Nick Mayes and Sam Brown compete to create the tastiest meal from chop baskets filled with items from Indiana food banks. The meals will be judged by WTTV News Anchor Debby Knox; Jolene Ketzenberger, Eat Drink Indy foodie blogger; and Chef Lauri Griffin, a culinary instructor and associate professor at Ivy Tech Community College. Come sample the meals, learn about what foods Hoosier families need most — and donate!


Hero Day – Opening Day
Pay honor and tribute to all our heroes on Hero Day, Friday, Jan. 23! All active and retired military, police and fire personnel get FREE ADMISSION for the day, plus FREE PARKING at the State Fairgrounds. Just bring a valid ID, and come enjoy the Home Show on opening day! All heroes will have access to a VIP lounge from 1-7 p.m. with prizes and beer samples plus live entertainment from 5-7 p.m.

Marsh Day Monday – Jan. 26
Show visitors are invited to stop by the Marsh booth from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Marsh Day. The first 750 households to visit will receive a free reusable Marsh grocery bag, one per household, while supplies last. Learn about tips and tools for health and wellness as well as information about Marsh’s in-store nutrition programs on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage.

Sip in Style at the Tuscan Wine Garden
Inspired by the earthy and natural setting of a Tuscan villa, Cheryl Jacques and her team from Brower/Jacques Design has created an atmosphere where Home Show attendees can relax, dine and sip in style. This feature displays a rounded pergola and wrought iron fence with autumnal touches. PRP Wine International offers samples of wines from around the world — the perfect way to bring the Tuscan hillside to the Home Show.

Rustic Beer Garden in South Pavilion!
There’s beer, too! Taste a variety of craft beers and domestics in the South Pavilion’s beer garden, open for the entire 10-day Home Show. Courtesy of William H. Brown Landscaping in Zionsville, the beer garden combines wood and iron for a rustic feel. Along with greenery and water features, Brown’s beer garden invites in Home Show attendees with a bar and outdoor kitchen surrounded by patio lights.

Take the Belgard Walkway
Leading Home Show attendees from the West Pavilion to the South Pavilion is the Belgard Walkway, courtesy of Belgard Hardscapes in Indianapolis.

Getting Artsy
Students from Herron School of Art and Design let their creative juices flow with furniture design projects showcased at the Home Show in the South Pavilion! Check out the heart in their art, with furniture pieces using everything from wood, resins and acrylic to metal, ceramic, concrete and glass.

Check out the Appliance Showcase
Look for the latest product trends in the kitchen appliance industry, presented by hhgregg — appliances from Bosch, Thermador, Asko, Sub-Zero, Wolf, GE Café, GE Profile and GE Monogram.

Furry Friends Show Off Their Fashion
It’s a chance for your furry friends to model their best fashion finds! This fun-filled fashion show on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. benefits Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

TICKETS: $14 – Adult           $3 – Children ages 6-12           FREE – Children 5 and under

Fridays                        1/23, 1/30       11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays                    1/24, 1/31       10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays                      1/25, 2/1          10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday-Thursday      1/26 – 1/29      11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

MARSH DISCOUNT: Stop by any participating central Indiana Marsh Supermarket, and get your Home Show tickets at $2 off the regular box office admission price!

ONLINE DISCOUNT: Check out the Indianapolis Home Show website and get $2 off admission — good every day! Make sure to go online and save!


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