Historic Benton House Book Sale a Community Event

Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.   — Elizabeth Gilbert, American novelist For many years, the Historic Benton House Book Sale has been  the place to pick up some great book bargains while supporting an east side historic landmark. The sale will be held July 25 from 4-7 p.m, July 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and July 27 … Read More

Ernest Malone Named New Fire Chief

INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Greg Ballard and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs recently named 28-year fire veteran, Ernest Malone, as the 42nd Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department.  Chief Malone will succeed Chief Brian Sanford, who announced in April he planned to retire from IFD, on August 11. Malone started his career at IFD in 1986 as a firefighter. During his service he has held every merit rank in the department including Battalion Chief. Since 2010, Malone has served as IFD’s Assistant Chief of Fire, assisting Chief Sanford with the overall … Read More

Foundation East Public Art Wins First Place in Poll

INDIANAPOLIS — Foundation East’s traffic signal box project on the east side won first place in the category of Best New Public Art in NUVO’s 2014 Best of Indy Readers Choice Poll. Eastside artists who developed the themes and painted … Read More

IPS Announces Open Houses

INDIANAPOLIS — Starting July 21, many schools began on-site enrollment for families and are prepared to answer any questions about the upcoming year. Schools also welcome returning Middle/Junior High and High School students and their families to complete the registration … Read More

. . . And Now for Something Completely Different — The End of an Era

For second-wave Boomers (and GenXers), the last Monty Python show on July 20, simulcast throughout the world, was our one last chance to see the British comedy troop live on stage. Here in Indianapolis, is was shown at the Galaxy … Read More

New York Street to Close Temporarily

INDIANAPOLIS — Starting on or after July 28, three repair projects will begin on New York Street. New York Street from LaSalle to Gale Street as well as New York Street under CSX bridge will be resurfaced. Curb and sidewalk … Read More

2014 Indiana Authors Award Winners Announced

Hoosier author Michael Shelden has been selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Author prize given by the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation funded by The Glick Fund, … Read More

Indy 5×5 Finalists Named

INDIANAPOLIS — The finalists for the 5×5 Arts and Innovation Prize Competition, re:MIX — Spinning Culture, Community and Place, will present their ideas on Friday, August 1 in the Harrison Center’s historic sanctuary at the corner of Delaware and 16th … Read More

IRT Announces Collaboration with Local Artist

INDIANAPOLIS — Artist Kyle Ragsdale has partnered with the Indiana Repertory Theatre to create unique works for each of the plays they will present in the 2014-15 season. “For the work I did for the IRT I wanted the viewer … Read More

Swimmer’s Itch – The Good, Bad, and Creepy

‘Tis the season for vacations, and travel to a freshwater lake or an ocean comes to mind. But a condition known as swimmer’s itch can ruin your vacation. Swimmer’s itch is far more complex and fascinating than the name suggests … Read More

Radio Nights Concludes Entertainment on the Plaza

GREENFIELD — Entertainment On The Plaza concludes the concert season with a free performance by Radio Nights on Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m. on the Hancock County Courthouse south lawn and City Plaza in downtown Greenfield. A performance of … Read More

Tony Dungy and Michael Sam, Plus James Garner

Tony Dungy is in a bit of hot water over a comment he made about Rams’ rookie linebacker Michael Sam, the first NFL draftee to openly acknowledge his homosexuality before he started his pro career. Coach Dungy said “I wouldn’t … Read More

Clifton Webb – Forgotten Hoosier Hollywood Icon

Al Hunter is hard at work on his new story collection, Bumps in the Night, based on his columns for this paper. This is a reprint of an article that appeared on April 26, 2009. Al will be back with … Read More

The Romance of Trains

All day the fire-steed flies over the country, stopping only that his master may rest, and I am awakened by his tramp and defiant snort at midnight, when in some remote glen in the woods he fronts the elements encased … Read More

Applause!: July 25-Aug. 1

• The Vogue will hold a A Night of Peace fundraiser for the Indy Public Safety Foundation on July 25 from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. There will be a silent auction, donation buckets, guest speakers, live music and a DJ. This … Read More

100 Years Ago this Week: July 25-Aug. 1

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, July 30, 1914: Patriotism is running higher and higher among members of the Indianapolis Serbian colony with every fresh bulletin from the war zone. At the Foreigners’ House, 617 W. Pearl St, a crashing, clashing … Read More


“1 July ’43,” the man said to the clerk. He asked her if she had seen the movie The Bridge Over the River Kwai. She crafted a small smile, glanced around nervously and replied that she had. “You have?” There … Read More

Next Steps on the Pennsy

The Indianapolis greenways system will get a little longer by July 2015 if all goes according to plan. The long-awaited second phase of the Pennsy Trail on the east side will be discussed at the next Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission … Read More

Volunteers Needed for Benton House Book Sale

IRVINGTON — One of the largest charitable booksales in Indianapolis will be held Friday, July 25 from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, July 27 from noon-4 p.m., at the Benton House, 312 S. Downey … Read More

Theatre Review: Q Artistry’s ZirkusGrimm

Q Artistry’s 2013 production of ZirkusGrimm was so successful, they decided to do it again this summer. A slightly different cast, some judicious editing, and the addition of some new songs make this zirkus (“circus” in German) a wonderfully new … Read More

Entertainment on the Plaza Continues

GREENFIELD — Entertainment On The Plaza continues with a free performance by The Park Avenue Band on Friday, July 18, at 7 p.m., on the Hancock County Courthouse south lawn and City Plaza in downtown Greenfield. The Park Avenue Band, … Read More

The Historic Irvington Halloween Festival Poster Contest

The Historic Irvington Community Council (HICC) is requesting proposals for a poster to commemorate the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival. The poster should represent and reflect the spirit and essence of the event. Entries may be created using a variety of … Read More

Theatre Review: Bobdirex’s Hair

The Age of Aquarius is alive and well in Bobdirex’s production of Hair, now at the Athenaeum. The “American tribal love-rock musical” first took the stage in 1968, and its music has never really left the consciousness of Baby Boomers … Read More

The Civil War 150th Anniversary: July 1864

The sound of improvement can be heard in every quarter of the city. The “splendid” additions taking place on South Meridian Street where the city’s main wholesale business will be carried on and the new buildings “springing up” along Massachusetts … Read More

The Kings of Ebenezer

Although the anniversary date has recently passed, my mind wanders back to a sad incident from 40 years ago. I was almost 12 years old and thunderstruck by the news, and even more stunned by the fact that no one … Read More

The Indiana Gymnastics Hall of Fame Inductee Luncheon & Gary Lee

This coming Saturday, July 19, the Indiana Gymnastics Hall of Fame will hold its third annual induction of candidates to the IGHOF at the Athenaeum Turners building in downtown Indianapolis. The Hall of Fame was an idea proposed by Betty … Read More

100 Years Ago this Week: July 18-25

From The Indianapolis News, Monday, July 20, 1914: The Fletcher Savings & Trust Co has adopted the Flak system of finger prints for identification of depositors, who are unable to write their names, to insure absolute security and certainty of … Read More

Applause!: July 18-25

• A big thank you to the “anonymous weeders” helping out at Irving Circle. You are a big help in keeping the beds beautiful. •  Connect-2-Help reported recently they have received over 275,000 calls from Indiana residents seeking help with … Read More

Retro Footwear

“Give a girl the right pair of shoes, and she can conquer the world” — Marilyn Monroe Shoes reflect our personality, our fashion sense, our role in society and our mood on any given day. Without a word they say, … Read More

The Kindness of Strangers

The landline to my friend’s house rang, and I answered it. “Nancy?” a woman’s voice inquired. I told her that my friend was in Colorado, and I was caretaking the house and animals. “Well, I wanted to tell her that … Read More