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“Saturday Night Fever” at Beef and Boards @beefandboards, Feb. 6 to Mar. 29, 2020

February 6, 2020 Comments off
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“Saturday Night Fever” at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

INDIANAPOLIS – The fun flavor of the 1970s is “Stayin’ Alive” at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre with its premiere production of Saturday Night Fever, now on stage from Feb. 6 to Mar. 29, 2020.

Capturing the historic flavor of disco-mania in New York City, this energetic musical is based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 film. Told through the eyes of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing, Saturday Night Fever explores relationships on and off the dance floor with humor, conflict, style and unforgettable swagger.

Powered by the chart-breaking hits of the Bee Gees, the pulsating score includes “Stayin’ Alive,” “If I Can’t Have You,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “Boogie Shoes,” and “Disco Inferno.”

Jeremy Sartin, last seen at Beef & Boards as Pablo in the 2016 production of Sister Act, and also in Les Misérables, 9 to 5, Chicago, and Legally Blonde, stars as Tony Manero. Amanda (Downey) Tong, last seen in Man of La Mancha in 2018, plays Stephanie Mangano. Also returning to the Beef & Boards stage are Peter Scharbrough (Monty), Michael Davis (Frank Manero), Susan Smith (Flo Manero), Jeff Stockberger (Mr. Fuso), and Lauren Morgan (Doreen).

Making their Beef & Boards debut in this production are Kyra Leeds (Annette), Joshua J. Schwartz (Bobby C), Damian Shembel (Frank Manero Jr.), Megan Callahan (Linda Manero), Alex Domini (Gus), Benjamin Henley (Double J), Marc Pavan (Joey), Mike D’Amico (Ceasar), Priscilla Greco (Maria), Megan Hasse (Pauline), and Megan Flynn (Candy).

Saturday Night Fever is rated PG-13 for adult language and sexual innuendo, and is on stage for 59 performances through March 29. Tickets range from $47.50 to $72.50 and include Chef Odell Ward’s buffet, fruit & salad bar, unlimited coffee, tea, and lemonade.

For tickets visit beefandboards.com, or call the box office at 317-872-9664 any time between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. For complete show schedule, visit https://beefandboards.com. Saturday Night Fever is sponsored in part by Current Publishing.

ClusterTruck Food Delivery Now Open in Carmel, Indiana @clustertruck

January 17, 2020 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: I am an independent contractor who makes deliveries for ClusterTruck in Carmel, Indiana on a part-time basis as of December 2019.

I’ve written in the past in this blog about the impressive and remarkable ClusterTruck food delivery service that opened in Indianapolis in 2016 (and at this writing also has locations in Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado).

ClusterTruck recently opened a new location in Carmel, Indiana on December 2, 2019 in cooperation and partnership with Kroger. The delivery-only kitchen is located in the old Max & Erma’s restaurant building next door to the Hampton Inn on North Meridian.

ClusterTruck is a state-of-the-art restaurant-quality DELIVERY ONLY kitchen that delivers to any street address within the delivery area, including all residential, business, and commercial addresses. It’s not a sit-down restaurant; you can’t go in there and order or eat.

Real chefs prepare over 100 breakfast, lunch, and dinner items from a LARGE menu when you order, including pancakes, biscuits and gravy, croissants, bagels, omelets, burgers, tenderloins, Cubans, club and other sandwiches, chicken strips, pizza, wings, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, noodles and rice dishes, mac and cheese, smoked pork, wraps, soups and salads, gyros, tater tots, a good selection of side orders, delicious desserts, beverages, a kids menu, gluten free and vegetarian options, and more.

Just this week they added menu items for babies, as well as three new Dinner for 4 choices served 4-9 pm, and also recently added Sahm’s famous whole sour cream coffee cake!

Here are a couple of amateur snapshots from my smartphone, just a tiny sampling of the numerous choices available. These are photos of actual deliveries that I ordered for myself:

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Mushroom pizza with chicken at ClusterTruck Carmel.

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Breakfast Tacos combo at ClusterTruck Carmel.

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Breakfast Croissant with bacon at ClusterTruck Carmel.

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BBQ Chicken Strips at ClusterTruck Carmel.

  • Does everyone in your office or family want something different? No problem. Group ordering is available.
  • Want your food delivered at a specific time? No problem. Scheduled ordering is available.
  • Headed home from work after a busy day? No problem. Schedule an order for delivery to your home to arrive just after you do! But be careful: sometimes the couriers get there before you do! The #1 comment I’ve heard while making deliveries: “You guys are fast!”
  • Taking your kids to one of the city parks for some play time? No problem. Designate the park’s address as the point of delivery and have lunch in the park.
  • Hanging around the house on a cold and dreary winter morning? Why go out? No problem. Hot breakfast available seven days a week.

And it’s easy…

Download the ClusterTruck app on your smartphone for iOS or Android. If you don’t want to install another app on your phone, simply go to https://krogerdeliverykitchen.com. Order and pay online in the app at checkout just like any other online purchase. Use Promo Code RB6277 at checkout to save 50% on your first order.

There are no service or delivery fees, regardless of the size of your order, small or large. Delivery couriers carry no cash and there are no cash transactions. Tipping is included in the app.

It typically takes the kitchen 8-10 minutes or so to cook your order. Dedicated ClusterTruck couriers are waiting at the kitchen door and when they are handed your order, they typically arrive at your address in another 7-10 minutes or so, depending upon distance from the kitchen, traffic, etc.

For that reason, hot food is still hot when it arrives. It just came off the stove when it was handed to a courier. What a concept! Compare that to other food delivery services where a restaurant prepares an order for you and then waits and waits and waits for a delivery driver to show up. You know which delivery services I mean. ClusterTruck couriers take one order at a time to one customer at a time. Couriers don’t have half a dozen orders for six different addresses getting cold in the back seat of the car while they make deliveries.

So ClusterTruck deliveries are often delivered within 20-30 minutes of your order, although unscheduled large orders, group orders, and peak order hours may take longer. But scheduled orders are always prepared when scheduled (hint, hint!). You can even schedule your order in the app at checkout BEFORE the kitchen opens for the day. And scheduling helps the kitchen ensure that it has enough couriers on hand to make all the deliveries in a timely manner.

The Carmel delivery area is approximately 96th to 146th Streets (south to north) and Towne Road to Keystone Parkway (west to east), plus an expanded area between Keystone Parkway and Gray Road from 116th to 136th has recently been added to the delivery area. The delivery area is limited so that hot food is still hot when it gets there.

If you live or work outside the delivery area (you can see the delivery area here: https://www.clustertruck.com/locations/carmel), simply designate a delivery address inside the delivery area — such as a mall, a gas station, a hotel parking lot, etc. — and meet your courier there! Just be sure to give good delivery instructions in the app, when you order, so your courier can find you upon arrival. For example: “Meet me at Entrance B” or “I’m in a black Ford Escape in front of the hotel entrance” or “3rd door on the left past the roundabout” or “I’ll be out front wearing a Pacers hoodie,” etc.

From personal experience I can tell you that it is hard to find some Carmel addresses, especially at night, and especially in multi-tenant complexes. If you live in such a complex be sure to give both the BUILDING number and the UNIT number in the delivery instructions.

The kitchen will send you a text message when your order leaves the kitchen. For your safety, it tells you the name of your driver, describes his or her vehicle, and gives you an approximate time of arrival at your address.

Once your order leaves the kitchen, you can follow the courier’s location in real time on the map in the ClusterTruck app and see exactly where he or she is enroute with your food.

The kitchen will also send you a text message when the courier has arrived at your address. MEET THE COURIER AT YOUR CURB who will hand you a sealed bag with your order. Simple as that! For customer and courier safety and to expedite the kitchen’s numerous deliveries, couriers do not get out of their vehicles.

SAVE 50% ON YOUR FIRST ORDER by using the referral link here: https://www.clustertruck.com/referral?promo_code=RB6277. This link is good at all ClusterTruck locations nationwide, not just Carmel. The 50% discount applies to all first-time orders regardless of size! Even if you were to make a $200, $300, $400 or more group order, you still get half off if it’s your first order.

So share this referral link with your family, friends, and colleagues: any first-time customer may use it! DISCLOSURE: If you make a purchase using this link, I get a referral bonus from ClusterTruck.

I’ve been an avid fan and customer of ClusterTruck since it first opened in 2016 in downtown Indianapolis. Now that I’ve experienced the total operation from both sides of the fence as a customer and as a courier, I am in awe of the efficiency, the quality of the food, the proprietary high tech software (written completely in-house!) that drives the entire operation, and the expeditious delivery service utilizing multiple dedicated ClusterTruck delivery couriers.

There’s no other food delivery service of which I am aware that even comes close. Why? Because ClusterTruck owns and controls the entire process from ordering and payment to cooking and delivery. No other food delivery service does this — at least not any that I know of. Correct me if I am wrong.

Is ClusterTruck popular with Carmel residents? I’ve already made nearly 500 deliveries in only seven weeks, and I’m just one of more than 40 couriers who have signed on to make deliveries from the Carmel kitchen.

Give ClusterTruck a try. And if you are ordering in Carmel, you never know who might show up to deliver your order! [big grin]

 

Indiana Author Awards Launch, Oct. 21, 2019 @inhumanities @artscouncilindy

October 7, 2019 Leave a comment

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By Greg Weaver
Indiana Humanities

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 7, 2019)—The expanded Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards, newly powered by Indiana Humanities, will launch on Oct. 21. 2019, 4 to 6 p.m. with special cocktails, on-demand poetry and a pop-up bookstore at a free Indianapolis Artsgarden event celebrating Hoosier writers and readers.

The public is invited to attend “Write Now: A Celebration of Indiana Literature,” where details about the expanded awards program will be revealed. The event will feature poets Adam Henze, Tony Brewer and Blaine Carrell creating new works on demand and an Indy Reads Books popup store of books by Indiana authors. Snacks, drinks and a complimentary signature cocktail or Sun King beer will be served.

Re-fashioned as biennial honors, the expanded Indiana Authors Awards also will offer author talks and writing workshops across the state, all aimed at celebrating Indiana writers, shining a light on the Hoosier literary community and deepening connections between the state’s writers and readers.

“We look forward to launching the expanded Indiana Authors Awards with an event that matches the excitement of today’s Indiana literary scene,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “Indiana authors are creating adventurous and surprising works, and we intend to reflect that in everything we do.”

“Write Now,” the awards and related programming are made possible through the generous support of Glick Philanthropies, which invited Indiana Humanities to re-imagine the Indiana Authors Awards and build on the successful program guided by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation for the past 10 years.

“We’re excited to continue celebrating Indiana authors and offer more ways to showcase their award-winning work to a wider audience through Indiana Humanities’ established and expansive statewide network,” said Marianne Glick, chair of the Glick Family Foundation and daughter of Eugene and Marilyn Glick. “Our state is producing many wonderful writers, and we want to be sure they are known to Hoosier readers.”

WHAT: Write Now: A Celebration of Indiana Literature

WHEN: Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m.

WHERE: Indianapolis Artsgarden

COST:  Free

RSVP:  https://writenowindiana.eventbrite.com/

In addition to honoring the best books written by Indiana writers, the Indiana Author Awards – which will be awarded next in 2020 – also will encourage residents to read and recommend more works by Hoosier authors and help make them more widely known in Indiana and across the nation.

Among the new initiatives will be:

  • More awards in more categories, to better honor the breadth of writing in Indiana, from fiction and nonfiction, to graphic novels and genre fiction, to poetry and drama, to books for young readers, teens and adults. Nominations for the 2020 awards will open Oct. 21.
  • More opportunities for Hoosiers, especially students, to meet and interact with authors. The Novel Conversations Speakers Program, which features Indiana Authors Awards winners, will expand to include writing workshops. Applications are now open to book an author talk or writing workshop in 2020. Learn more at http://www.indianahumanities.org/indianaauthorsawards.
  • A communications blitz after each round of awards to increase awareness and excitement among Hoosier readers. Among other things, every library in the state will receive posters, bookmarks, and other materials to create displays and programming around selected books.
  • Starting in 2021, a statewide “rock star” tour, featuring one of Indiana’s high-profile literary all-stars. Over an intensive week every other fall, thousands of Hoosiers will have the opportunity to hear from a favorite writer and connect with other readers.
  • A new monthly book review column, offered to newspapers around the state and posted online, that will help readers find their next great Hoosier read. Each review will be written by an Indiana author.

Full details about these changes will be announced at “Write Now.” Sign up to attend the event at https://writenowindiana.eventbrite.com/.

To keep up with the Indiana Authors Awards, including deadlines, winners and other news, Hoosiers also can sign up for the authors awards newsletter at http://www.indianahumanities.org/indianaauthorsawards  and follow the Indiana Authors Awards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Indiana Authors Awards

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards honor the best books written by Indiana authors. Awarded every two years, they celebrate Indiana writers, shine a light on the Hoosier state’s literary community and deepen connections between Indiana writers and readers. They were established in 2009 as a vision of Eugene and Marilyn Glick and are a new component of Indiana Humanities’ rich and diverse literary programming.

About Glick Philanthropies

Glick Philanthropies is a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity. Together, Glick Philanthropies strives to strengthen the quality of life in central Indiana and in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located to ensure that people in those local communities can reach their full potential and lead lives of dignity. Glick Philanthropies includes the Glick Family Foundation, Glick Family Housing Foundation, Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), and Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI). Since 1982, Glick Philanthropies has awarded over $150 million to charitable causes and has led a transformative effort to improve education and economic opportunity on Indianapolis’ far eastside where the Gene B. Glick Company was originally headquartered. Learn more at http://www.glickphilanthropies.org.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read and talk. Learn more at http://www.indianahumanities.org.

28th Heartland International Film Festival, Oct. 10-20, 2019 @heartlandfilm

October 7, 2019 Leave a comment

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By Paige Liston, Bohlsen Group
On behalf of Heartland Film

INDIANAPOLIS – Presented by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film, the 28th Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF) will take place in Indianapolis from Oct. 10-20 in venues throughout the city and The Historic Artcraft Theatre in Franklin. With a record 200 plus feature films and 400 film screenings, HIFF is the largest and longest-running film festival in Indiana.

“We could not be more excited about what’s in store for this year’s Heartland International Film Festival and welcome filmgoers to explore our bold cinematic space,” said Craig Prater, Heartland Film President. “From award contenders, premieres, stars, and sensational events, Heartland is proud to be able to represent this important art form on such an international scale here in Indiana.”

Major Event Titles

TriStar Pictures’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” directed by Marielle Heller featuring Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, which will open HIFF on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Newfields.

Netflix will present “Marriage Story,” directed by Noah Baumbach featuring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, as HIFF Centerpiece on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Newfields in addition to “The Two Popes,” directed by Fernando Meirelles featuring Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins as the HIFF Showcase Screening on Thursday, Oct. 17 at AMC Castleton Square.

Closing HIFF on Sunday, Oct. 20 will be Warner Bros. release “Just Mercy” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson based on the memoir of the same name by Bryan Stevenson.

Cash Prizes and Competition Titles

The Heartland International Film Festival will award $60,000 in cash prizes across multiple categories, recognizing the best in independent filmmaking from all over the world. Only 10 Finalist films are chosen to compete for HIFF Grand Prizes, five Narrative Features and five Documentary Features, and each category will carry a $15,000 cash prize. Narrative Finalists in competition include “Colewell” (Tom Quinn starring Karen Allen), “The Garden Left Behind” (Flavio Alves), “Greener Grass” (Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe), “Guest Artist” (Timothy Busfield starring Jeff Daniels), and “House of Hummingbird (Bora Kim). Documentary Finalists in competition include “17 Blocks” (Davy Rothbart), “Ernie & Joe” (Jenifer McShane), “For Sama” (Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts), “Jump Shot” (Jacob Hamilton), and “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements” (Irene Taylor Brodsky). Fifty percent of these competition titles are directed or co-directed by women.

Earlier this year, Heartland Film officially signed the 5050×2020 Pledge to solidify its commitment to gender parity in its programming. At HIFF 2019, 43 percent of the films in the overall lineup are directed or co-directed by women.

Beyond its top prizes, HIFF will present cash awards for Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender, best premieres, Indiana Spotlight, Richard D. Propes Social Impact Awards, Humor and Humanity, and the Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award, which is the only sanctioned festival award in the beloved actor’s namesake approved by the Stewart Family.

Select 2019 HIFF Featured Titles:

Highlights from the 200 plus feature film lineup include:

  • “63 UP” directed by Michael Apted (Independent Television ITV)
    • Michael Apted scheduled to attend to receive the HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award
  • “The Apollo” directed by Roger Ross Williams (HBO), Award Season Spotlight Program
  • “Breaking Away” directed by Peter Yates, 40th Anniversary Special Presentation
    • Actor Dennis Christopher scheduled to attend
  • “By the Grace of God” directed by François Ozon (Music Box Films), Special Presentation
  • “The Cave” directed by Feras Fayyad (National Geographic), Award Season Spotlight Program
  • “Clemency” directed by Chinonye Chukwu (NEON), Special Presentation
  • “Dolor y gloria / Pain and Glory” directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Sony Pictures Classics), Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender Program
  • “Il traditore / The Traitor” directed by Marco Bellocchio (Sony Pictures Classics), Special Presentation
  • “I Lost My Body” directed by Jérémy Clapin (Netflix), Special Presentation
  • “In Fabric” directed by Peter Strickland (A24), Special Presentation
  • “Midnight Cowboy” directed by John Schlesinger, 50th Anniversary Special Presentation
    • Photographer Michael Childers scheduled to attend with a moderated Q&A hosted by Bruce Fessier
  • “The Mummy” directed by Stephen Sommers, 20th Anniversary Special Presentation
    • Actor Brendan Fraser scheduled to attend with a moderated Q&A hosted by Pete Hammond
  • “Parasite” directed by Bong Joon Ho (NEON), Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender Program
  • “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” directed by Céline Sciamma (NEON), Special Presentation
  • “Slay the Dragon” directed by Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance (Magnolia Pictures), Special Presentation
  • “Synonyms” directed by Nadav Lapid (Kino Lorber), Special Presentation
  • “Systemsprenger / System Crasher” directed by Nora Fingscheidt (Ad Vitam Distribution), US Premiere in the Cultural Journey: Germany and Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender Programs
  • “Waves” directed by Trey Edwards Shults (A24), Special Presentation
  • “When We Last Spoke” directed by Joanne Hock, Official Selection
    • Actor Cloris Leachman to receive the HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award, Actor Corbin Bernsen scheduled to attend

Full Lineup and Info

Venues for the HIFF include Newfields, AMC Castleton Square 14, AMC Showplace Traders Point 12, The Historic Artcraft Theatre, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery Lounge at Castleton Square Mall and The Montage. Tickets for HIFF events and screenings will go on sale Sept. 13 for Heartland Film members and Sept. 16 to the public, and can be purchased online at heartlandfilmfestival.org. To view the entire lineup, visit heartlandfilmfestival.org, or click here: HFF 2019 Film Festival Lineup

About Heartland Film, Inc.
Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Heartland Film presents the annual Heartland International Film Festival, Academy Award®-qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival, the Heartland Film Roadshow, and bestows the Truly Moving Picture Award industry honor to major film releases throughout the year. For more information, visit heartlandfilm.org.

Indiana Pork BBQ Split at the State Fair @indystatefair @IndianaPork @INporkproducers

July 28, 2019 Leave a comment
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The Indiana Pork BBQ Split is coming to the Indiana State Fair, Aug. 2-18, 2019.
Photo provided by the Indiana Pork Producers Association and used with written permission.

By Jeanette Merritt
Indiana Pork Producers Association

Indiana Pork will showcase a new food item for the 2019 Indiana State Fair “Taste of the Fair” contest.

The Indiana Pork BBQ Split features three delicious items; a scoop of pulled pork, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw.  The BBQ Split resembles a banana split and will be served with a pickle on the side.

“Indiana Pork is excited to promote our Taste of the Fair entry at the 2019 Indiana State Fair,” said Jeanette Merritt, Director of Checkoff Programs for Indiana Pork.  “Fairgoers love our pulled pork!  We think the Pork BBQ Split will delight guests and be easy on their wallets!”
The Indiana Pork BBQ Split will be available for guests to purchase for $9 at the three Indiana Pork tent locations during the Indiana State Fair, August 2-18, 2019.  Indiana Pork tents are located in front of the Swine Barn, in front of the West Pavillion (Cattle Barn) and near Pioneer Village.
For more information, visit https://indianapork.org, or call 317-872-7500.