Ft. Ben Theater Gets the Green Light

The city of Lawrence and Partnerships for Lawrence, a nonprofit organization that promotes the arts, will partner to bring the performing arts and other community programs to the Fort Benjamin Harrison Theater on Otis Avenue. Partnerships for Lawrence has been interested in reviving live theater in Lawrence for some time. Judy Byron, its executive director, approached the Jessup administration to form a partnership that will allow the nonprofit to rent the building, occupy it Oct. 1 and begin programming performances and community activities soon thereafter. “We’ve been pleased to see … Read More

BlueIndy Membership is Now Open

INDIANAPOLIS — Membership in BlueIndy, the electric car rental program, is now open to the public. Join now and you will receive your first 6 months of membership free. That’s a $60 saving. Eastside BlueIndy stations include 2212 E. 10th St.and 27 S. Audubon. Other stations are located downtown and in Broad Ripple. Until November 15, the usage fee for trips up to 2 hours will be capped at $10 for 2 hours of driving whenever you want, wherever you want in Indianapolis.The new website also has an interactive map … Read More

Pacific War Living History Event at Ft. Harrison State Park

LAWRENCE —  The Museum of 20th Century Warfare (M20CW) at Fort Harrison State Park will be hosting a living history weekend, August 29-30, to commemorate the fighting and sacrifice that took place in the Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) during World War II. Living historians will display their personal collections of equipment and uniforms used by soldiers from both sides in the Pacific Theater from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in building 710 in the Historic Camp Glenn area of the park.  At 1 p.m. both days, a … Read More

Old Bethel’s Summer Fare Opens Aug. 27

INDIANAPOLIS — Old Bethel United Methodist Church, 7995 E. 21st St., will hold its annual Summer Fare Aug. 27-29. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. and Sat., and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday. The drive-through will be open during those … Read More

“South Pacific” at Beef & Boards

INDIANAPOLIS — Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 10-time Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific is now on stage at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre through Oct. 4. While 2015 marks 70 years since the end of World War II, South Pacific continues to … Read More

What Can You Tell Me About My House?

Often visitors to the Bona Thompson Memorial Center will ask me, “What can you tell me about my house?” And I’ll answer, “What is your address? There may be a little information or a lot.” One of the best resources … Read More

What’s So Special About Indianapolis?

o Jared Fogle “the Subway  Guy” and now internationally recognized pedophile has become  the latest Indy resident to achieve media notoriety. What is it about being born and bred in the center of the Hoosier State that seems to turn … Read More

Swat!

The first human cases of West Nile virus were reported last week in Indiana’s Madison and Huntington counties. This isn’t unexpected at this time of year, and Indiana joins 44 other states reporting West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquitoes, birds, … Read More

Three Jews Walked into A Shopping Center: A Memoir by Elizabeth Kraft Taylor

Of course, Elizabeth Kraft Taylor’s memoir, Three Jews Walked Into A Shopping Center. . . , tells about her life. She was born into difficult circumstances in Chicago which she overcame through hard work, perseverance and luck. That alone would … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Aug. 28-Sept. 4

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, September 2, 1915: Today is Orphans’ Day. Hoosier Motor Club members, driving 100 cars, will take children from various orphanages in Indianapolis for a long afternoon ride. After picking-up the tots, drivers will proceed to … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Aug. 28-Sept. 3

From The Indianapolis Star, Monday, August 30, 1915: Three thousand German-American citizens residing in Indianapolis pledged anew their support to the United States and protested against alleged insinuations of disloyalty toward this country at the annual celebration of German Day … Read More

I’ve Become Older, But No Bolder

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, he will be met with a success unexpected. — Henry David Thoreau Anne La Bastille could have lived anywhere, but she deliberately chose to fulfill her dream, regardless of difficulties … Read More

A Very Sad Ending to the IndyCar Season

The Pocono IndyCar 500 mile race had all the elements needed to make it one of the best races of the 2015 season: Hard driving, lots of lead changes and some strong performances from some new drivers that had everybody … Read More

Going, Going, Gone: Auctions

It has been almost 20 years, but I remember it like it was last week. I was new to the antique and vintage resale business and fascinated by the stories my new dealer friends would share about their most recent … Read More

Car-Toons

The cab pulled into my driveway and though I was pleased to see that my night-light was still burning, my car looked funny, and slumped on its haunches. I inspected it and found that the air in my right rear … Read More

Applause!: Aug. 28-Sept. 4

• Art vs. Art Paint Day will be Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Irving Theatre in Irvington. On Paint Day, each artist has a maximum of four hours to complete a painting. Every painting must … Read More

Merrill’s Hi-Decker

Summertime is closing fast and the Indiana State Fair has come and gone for another year. So I figured I’d break out one last gasp of summertime from 38th and Fall Creek that might jog a memory or two for … Read More