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Stutz Artists Open House, Apr. 24-25, 2015

April 19, 2015 Leave a comment
Stutz Business Center

Stutz Business Center. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of Stutz Artists

The Stutz Artists Association has added artist demonstrations, kid-friendly activities and an entertainment line-up that features jazz, blues and more to its Open House.

The 22nd Annual Raymond James Open House takes place Friday, April 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Stutz Business Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tickets are $12 in advance at select Old National Bank locations and the Stutz Business Office or $15 online and at the gate. Tickets are valid both days. Children 12 and under are free. For information call 317.503.6420 or visit

Proceeds from the event support the Stutz Residency Program, a scholarship that provides free studio space and utilities for emerging local artists for one year. It is one of the largest grants to individual artists in the state.

The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House is the largest indoor art event, downtown Indy. More than 70 artists will open their studios and present their work to visitors during the 2015 two-day event.

The Stutz Open House, which began in 1993, attracts more than 6,000 people every year to the 400,000 square-foot former car factory.

The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House not only allows guests an opportunity to see the work of 70+ local artists in one place at one time, it’s an opportunity to see where and how the work is created.

Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. In addition to being a great place to buy one-of-a-kind gifts with artwork prices from $12 to $10,000- the event offers a rare chance to see vintage cars in the historic Stutz car factory.

Visitors will also enjoy special activities such as painting with Wine and Canvas, demonstrations, acoustic music and food vendors.


2:30 pm Artist Rachel Steely James, Studio B350

How does an oil painter bring forth depth and glow by altering the colors in a painting? Rachel Steely will demonstrate the layering of translucent paint that helps bring to life her abstract butterfly paintings.

3 pm Artist Kerry Jackson, Studio A210

Kerry Jackson, fine arts and performance artist, will be creating a live painting to music in under 15 minutes. Come witness the creative process in a fast-paced and unique way!

3:30 pm Artist Wendy Franklin, Studio A330

Wendy Franklin will focus on showing the audience the basics of wet felting, a process that involves layering of wool and silk, wetting it down, and applying pressure until the fibers mesh together and form a whole.

4 pm Artist Myra Perrin, Studio A315

Making metal move: Myra Perrin will demonstrate how to turn flat pieces of copper sheet and wire into 3 dimensional forms, as well as demonstrate texture and color on metal.

4:30 pm Artist Cheryl Lorance, Studio B255a

Visit Cheryl Anne Lorance in Studio B255a to see an egg tempera painting demo. Egg tempera painting was the primary painting medium in the European Medieval and Early Renaissance period up to 1500. It was replaced by oil painting and lost for centuries until five British artists founded the Society of Tempera Painters in 1901, launching the tempera revivalist movement.

5 pm Artist Ritch Hanna, Studio C380

Ritch Hanna will demonstrate his tools and techniques while working with hot and cold wax, adding color, scraping, scribing, and using a heat gun and butane torch to get the effects he wants.

5:30 pm Artist “Quilting by the Stitch”, Studio D365

Several members of the Clayton family make up “Quilting by the Stitch.” Come and watch as they show how they take fabric and turn a simple, traditional quilt block into a beautiful, modern piece of artwork.

6 pm Artist Kerry Jackson, Studio A210

Kerry Jackson, fine arts and performance artist, will be creating a live painting to music in under 15 minutes. Come witness the creative process in a fast-paced and unique way!


Friday, 5:30-10 pm

Andra Faye and the Rays
Finest Grain
Cara Jean Marcy and Grover Parido
The Dapper Music
Midwest Contraband
Dave Petty
Marvelous Marvin, Chicago George, with special guest Jay Thompson

Saturday, 2:30-6 pm

Andra Faye and the Rays
il Troubadore
DNA and Delta Duo
Heart 2 Heart
Davis Harlow Project
Bill Price
Salvador Dalai Llama Farm
Gordon Bonham

Scotty’s @Brewhouse Unveils New Menu Items

April 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Scotty's Brewhouse

Scotty’s Brewhouse on East 96th Street in Indianapolis, IN. staff photo (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

Scott Wise

Scott Wise

I’ve been a big fan of Scotty’s Brewhouse ever since it opened a few years ago, for its wide variety of menu items, great atmosphere, an enthusiastic social media presence (e.g. @brewhouse on Twitter), and the amusing, gregarious, oft-irreverent tweets of owner Scott Wise (see photo at right), who was on hand at Monday’s event to present the new menu.

Candidly, I’ve been enthralled by watching Scotty’s grow quickly from its single location in Muncie to a dozen locations statewide, including Bloomington, Lafayette, Carmel, Brownsburg, Mishawaka, Fort Wayne, Noblesville (coming in 2015), Franklin (also opening soon in 2015), Southport, two Indianapolis locations (plus a first-cousin: Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company in Broad Ripple), and a third Indy location coming soon on the near northside–just wait until Scott tells you WHERE! I admire and respect the assertive entrepreneurship inherent in the company’s rapid growth! There’s even an unconfirmed rumor of Scotty’s first out-of-state location.

So even though my recent medical issues precluded me from sampling the fare, I was in attendance at Scotty’s spring menu rollout event at the 96th Street location earlier this week, where 12 new menu items were introduced to a receptive group of 50 social media influencers.

I’ve got to be honest and say that I can’t personally attest to the tastes and flavors of most of these delicious-looking menu items because of my cardiac diet, but I managed to get some photos, so I thought I’d share them with you here:

Avocado Chicken Club

Avocado Chicken Club at Scotty’s Brewhouse. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: The Avocado Chicken Club includes apple wood smoked chicken, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and guacamole. I tried a couple of bites of this (without the bread) and found that the guacamole works really well with the other ingredients. And guacamole is good fat, so hey!

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Beer Battered Onion Rings. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: The Beer Battered Onion Rings are thick cut and served with mofo mustard.

Berry Spinach Salad

Berry Spinach Salad. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: The Berry Spinach Salad is served with spinach, strawberries, blueberries, candied pecans, feta, and honey balsamic dressing. This one is on my list.

Bourbon Chicken Tacos

Bourbon Chicken Tacos. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: With grilled chicken, bourbon honey, rainbow cabbage, jalapeno ranch, and green onions, the Bourbon Chicken Tacos are a winner, IMO.

Grilled Romaine Salad

Grilled Romaine Salad. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: For me, this might be one of the menu items that I could actually have. My cardiologist might go along with this one with a little arm-twisting (smile). The Grilled Romaine Salad has grilled artisan romaine, chopped bacon, bleu cheese crumbles, heirloom tomatoes, and bacon aioli. It’s kind of naked BLT of sorts. For me it was the most eye-catching of the new menu items. Lots of visual appeal.

Instagramwich Bacon Bomb

Instagramwich Bacon Bomb. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: How about THIS one? A hand-pattied burger with a blend of 60% ground chuck and 40% ground bacon, cheddar cheese, battered and fried bacon, bacon aioli, and a fried egg, all on a pretzel bun. Wowzer!

Joker's Wild Burger

Joker’s Wild Burger. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: The Joker’s Wild Burger is served with ghost chili pepper jack cheese, beer battered onion rings, and mofo mustard. Mercy mercy me!

Manimal Smash Burger

Manimal Smash Burger. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: Two quarter-pound patties smashed thin characterize this Scotty’s burger, served with American cheese, sauteed onions, and thousand island dressing.

Paleo Burger in a Bowl

Paleo Burger in a Bowl. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: This is another I might be able to try, with spring mix, heirloom tomatoes, and red onion. You can add the cheese at no extra charge to go non-Paleo.

Piggy Mac Grilled Cheese

Piggy Mac Grilled Cheese. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: This ought to get your motor runnin’! BBQ pulled pork, cheddar and American cheese, plus macaroni and cheese. Oh my!

Roasted Jalapeno Poutine

Roasted Jalapeno Poutine. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: Natural cut fries, ghost chili pepper jack cheese, roasted jalapeno country gravy, fresh jalapenos, and green onions make up the Roasted Jalapeno Poutine at Scotty’s.

Roasted Jalapeno Poutine Burger

Roasted Jalapeno Poutine Burger. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

ABOVE: The Roasted Jalapeno Poutine Burger features natural cut fries, ghost chili pepper jack cheese, roasted jalapeno country gravy, jalapenos, and green onions.

And oh, by the way, can Scotty’s take care of guys like me on a cardiac diet? Sure:

Scotty's Broccoli

Scotty’s Broccoli. [smile] staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

So I was a good boy, stuck to my guns with some chicken and broccoli, came home satisfied, and am here to share these photos with you. All-in-all, it was an excellent evening receiving high praise from those in attendance.

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: A Pots & Pans Production, LLC, parent company of Scotty’s Brewhouse, provided, LLC (and many other invited guests) with a free meal at their soft openings and new menu rollout events in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 at the 96th Street Scotty’s, Scotty’s Lakehouse in Fishers, Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. in Broad Ripple, Scotty’s Burger Joint in Columbus, and Scotty’s Brewhouse in Southport.

‘Typhoid Mary’ at the Phoenix Theatre, Apr. 30 to May 24, 2015

April 16, 2015 Leave a comment
Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Ben Rose
Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the World Premiere production of Typhoid Mary opening April 30, 2015 on the Frank and Katrina Basile Stage. This production runs through May 24, 2015, with Bill Simmons serving as director.

Tom Horan wrote Typhoid Mary in 2013 during his first season as the Phoenix Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence.

The play was part of a staged reading at The Lark Theatre in New York in the spring of 2014. Producing Director, Bryan Fonseca, then selected the play as part of the Phoenix Theatre’s 32nd season.

The play was also subsequently selected for a staged reading at the National New Play Network’s National Showcase of New Plays in November of 2014.

“If I’m getting national attention, it’s because this play, and my work in general, was fostered by the theater community here in Indianapolis.” –Tom Horan, Playwright


You’ve probably heard of “Typhoid Mary,” but most of us are unfamiliar with Mary Mallon, the cook behind the name.

In this World Premiere production, Mary—this feisty, vulgar, yet deeply religious Irish-immigrant—meets a host of peculiar people, including bumbling policemen, unsympathetic nurses, a female doctor, a mass of unsettling judges, and a doctor who wishes he was a detective.

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?

“In my recent plays, I like to say that I’m taking odd stories from history books and then doodling in the margins. What initially drew me to Typhoid Mary is the strange story.

“Typhoid Mary takes place in the early 1900s, when notions of health and morality – which had been associated with religious cleanliness – were challenged by new scientific understanding of germs.

“I’m fascinated by this moment, where Mary’s disease is so new and different, that there aren’t easy answers, and people are forced to make difficult decisions about the rights of individuals vs. the good of the group …and then live with the consequences.” –Playwright, Tom Horan


Bill Simmons’ relationship with Bryan Fonseca and the Phoenix Theatre began with Durang/Durang in 1998. Since then, he’s acted in or directed more than 20 Phoenix productions including The Action Against Sol Schumann, A Number, End Days, The Most Damaging Wound, Sunlight, My Name is Asher Lev, August: Osage County, Seminar, Clybourne Park, 4000 Miles and North of the Boulevard. As Bogie once said, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”


Lauren Briggeman plays the title character, Mary. Her Phoenix credits include Seminar, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, and The Housewives of Mannheim. Most recently, she had the pleasure of working alongside Ben Asaykwee in Cabaret Poe with Q Artistry, and last summer she played Hamlet in Acting Up Productions’ Hamlet.

Jolene Moffatt plays Dr. Sara Josephine Baker—the female doctor who twice tracked down Mary Mallon—along with various other roles throughout. Jolene was most recently seen in the new Indy Eleven Theatre at the iNDYfRINGE Building as part of DivaFest 2015. Before that, as Carrie Nation in The Useful Woman as part of iNDYfRINGE 2014. Audiences have seen Jolene on both stages at Phoenix Theatre, The IRT, ShadowApe Theatre Company, The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, Booth Tarkington Civic, TOTS, and The Edyvean Repertory Theatre.

Ben Asaykwee plays George Soper—the man who discovers that Mary Mallon is an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid—along with several other characters throughout the play. Ben is an actor, director, composer and playwright living in Indianapolis. He is also the Artistic Director of original works organization Q Artistry. His work has been heard and/or seen throughout the midwest at many lovely places, including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Lilly Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory (Chicago), the University of Indianapolis, Light Opera Works Chicago, and Indy Fringe.


Tom Horan is a Writer, Sound Designer and Co-Artistic Director of the Austin-born theater collective The Duplicates, along with Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director, Courtney Sale.

Tom co-founded The Duplicates in 2009 and, with them, he served as Script and Sound Designer for over a half a dozen plays, iIncluding a site-specific spectacle about the Dionne quintuplets entitled “The Fictional Life of Historical Oddities,” a love story told with objects entitled “The Man With the Dancing Eyes,” a playful memorial entitled “september play,” and a drive-in puppet theater about Elvis’ car entitled “Elvis Machine.”

Their latest, The Poison Squad, earned six Austin Critics Table nominations, including Sound Design, Drama Production and New Play, winning awards for Lighting and Ensemble.

His solo toy theater play, The King & The Clockmaker, received Best-of-Week and Best-of-Fest honors at FronteraFest (Austin) and a subsequent production with Great Small Works (New York City.)

He developed his looping ghost story, Static, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, for a workshop production at the University of Texas at Austin, where Tom received his MFA. Also at UT, Tom created an interview driven sound installation entitled Headphone Stories.

Currently, Tom serves as Playwright-in-Residence at the Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis, through a grant from NNPN, and works as Assistant Professor at Earlham College.


Immediately following the performance on Sunday, May 3, there will be a post-show discussion on the ethics of medical quarantine, and other modern-day issues of medical ethics raised within Typhoid Mary.

The panel is co-hosted by the Production Sponsors, Eskenazi Health and the Eskenazi Health Foundation, and will be moderated by Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO of Eskenazi Health.

Other panelists include: Dr. Eric Meslin, Director, Indiana University Center for Bioethics; Tim Stephens, CEO of Managed Emergency Surge for Healthcare Coalition (MESH); Professor Ross Silverman, Professor of Public Health & Law at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. IndyStar Reporter Shari Rudavsky will introduce the panelists.


Tickets for Typhoid Mary are on sale now. The entire first weekend are CheapSeats performances, and tickets are just $20.00 per person.

Remaining performances are $27.00 per person on Thursdays and Sundays, $33.00 per person on Fridays and Saturdays, and $20.00 for anyone 21 & under.

Tickets for Typhoid Mary may be purchased by calling the box office at 317-635-7529 or visit Curtain times for the production are: Thursdays – 7 pm; Fridays and Saturdays – 8 pm; Sundays – 2 pm.

“Savor the South Shore” Restaurant Week, Apr. 6-19, 2015

April 3, 2015 Leave a comment
Savor the South Shore Restaurant Week.

Savor the South Shore Restaurant Week, Apr. 6-19, 2015.

By Stacina Stagner
South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority

‘Savor the South Shore’ Restaurant Week, a two-week event offering diners specially priced lunch and dinner menus, begins Monday, April 6, and runs through Sunday, April 19, 2015. More than 25 restaurants throughout the South Shore are participating in the inaugural Restaurant Week.

“The South Shore offers diners a diverse selection of restaurants including fine and casual dining, fast food and barbecue establishments, and more,” said Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA. “We look forward to helping our local restaurants highlight their establishments, as well as helping visitors and residents discover all that is available along the South Shore.”

Participating restaurants include:

54 Main Bistro, Hobart

Asparagus, Merrillville

Bombers BBQ, Munster

Bub’s BBQ, DeMotte

Cabela’s Black Oak Grill, Hammond

Ciao Bella, Schererville

The Crown Town Grill, Crown Point

El Taco Real, Hammond

The Farmhouse Restaurant, Fair Oaks

Freddy’s Steakhouse, Hammond

Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, Hammond

Jordy N Jax BBQ, DeMotte

Lucrezia Ristorante, Crown Point and Chesterton

Mirage Grill, Merrillville

Miller Bakery Café, Gary

Sage Restaurant, Valparaiso

Spire Farm to Fork, La Porte

The Steakhouse @ Majestic Star Casino, Gary

Surefire, Valparaiso

Teibel’s, Schererville

T.J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub, Merrillville

Timbrook Kitchens, Munster

Vaps Street Food, Valparaiso

Venice Italian Steakhouse, Dyer

White Rhino Bar & Grill, Dyer

Menus and additional information, as well as information about a texting promotion in which diners can receive exclusive offers and specials, can be found on the ‘Savor the South Shore’ website, No coupons are necessary; diners only need to ask to see the Restaurant Week menu.

Additional specials, promotions and information can also be found by visiting the ‘Savor the South Shore’ Facebook page,

‘Savor the South Shore’ Restaurant Week is sponsored by The Times of Northwest Indiana. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or for more information about ‘Savor the South Shore,’ contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at 219-989-7770.

New Admission Pricing Begins Apr. 7, 2015 at the Museum of Art

April 2, 2015 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Stephanie Perry
Indianapolis Museum of Art

On April 7, 2015, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will shift from à la carte pricing for special exhibitions and parking to a single general admission ticket.

While members will continue to enter free of charge, the new admission ticket will grant non-members access to the IMA’s 52-acre upper campus, including the Museum galleries and special exhibitions such as Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, along with the surrounding gardens and Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens.

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres will remain free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. Along with the Park, guests will be able to enjoy the IMA Café, Museum Store and Dudley and Mary Louise Sutphin Mall— home of the Sutphin Fountain, Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture and Roy Lichtenstein’s Five Brushstrokes— free of charge.

The new general admission ticket will cost $18 for adults and $10 for youth ages 6-17. Free admission will be offered for children ages 5 and under, along with prescheduled Marion County school field trips.

Students at four-year, public and nonprofit Marion County colleges and universities will receive free membership to the museum. The IMA will also proudly continue its participation in the state-wide Access Pass program, which provides $1 admission per person per visit for qualifying families.

Under the new model, free admission will be offered on the first Thursday of each month from 4 to 9 p.m. The IMA will also host free Community Days, supported by The Hagerman Group, as part of the new ARTx series made possible with a gift from The Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).

Upcoming Community Days include:

Summer Solstice—Saturday, June 20, 2015
Autumn Equinox—Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Silent Night—Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015
Winter Solstice—Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration—Sunday, Jan. 18, 2016

The IMA will also celebrate National Museum Day on May 19 with free general admission.

Membership Promotion
Annual membership prices for the Museum will remain the same. The IMA is offering a special membership promotion with automatic, free upgrades for Individual and Dual/Family memberships through Sunday, April 5.

Guests purchasing an Individual membership for $55 will receive a free upgrade to a Dual/Family membership, a $75 value. Visitors purchasing a Dual/Family membership will receive a free upgrade to an Associate membership, a $125 value. Upgrades are valid with on-site purchases only.

Along with receiving free, unlimited admission to the campus, IMA members will continue to receive early access to Museum exhibitions, free or discounted admission to IMA programming and special events, and discounts in the IMA Café, Museum Store and Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse Shop.

Campus Improvements
Over the past three months, the Museum has been working on campus-wide updates, including additional pedestrian walkways, enhanced garden plantings and new signage to help guests better explore the 152-acre campus.

Other recent additions include new sidewalks into the campus from the 38th Street and Michigan Road entrances to provide safer access for guests taking public transportation. Parking booths have also been removed to allow for free parking for all guests— even those who do not purchase general admission tickets.

Beginning the week of April 13, a new garden tram will take visitors from the main museum building through the Oldfields Estate, including a stop at the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse & Shop. A narrated garden tour with information about the history of the estate and the gardens will accompany the tram ride. Tickets are free for members and will cost $5 for non-members, and can be purchased at the main Guest Services desk in the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion.

The Museum of Art is located at 4000 Michigan Road in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more about the new admission policy and campus changes, visit