(Re)Defining Spaces with Public Art

The movers and shakers of Foundation East are embarking on a new push to bring public art to the east side of Indianapolis on the eve of the first anniversary of the organization. Started last year with a flurry of signal box artworks placed strategically around Irvington by a variety of artists, the founders of the organization, Aaron Story and Vishant Shah have been delighted by the public response the pieces have attracted. Recently, other areas of Indianapolis have started their own signal box art projects, including Fletcher Place and … Read More

“Cosmos” Host Neil deGrasse Tyson Coming to UIndy

INDIANAPOLIS — Internationally known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of the updated Cosmos science television series, will speak Oct. 22 at the University of Indianapolis. “This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe” is the theme of Tyson’s presentation, which will begin at 7 p.m. in UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. A question-and-answer session will follow. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets for the general public will be available starting at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 through the Event Ticketing Center at the auditorium. Tickets may be … Read More

K.V. Memorial Library Welcomes Gourd Artist

INDIANAPOLIS — The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will feature a new exhibit featuring works of renowned gourd sculptor Nancy Miller. Miller is revisiting the works of Kurt Vonnegut that she read her in twenties and thirties, specifically Slaugtherhouse-Five. She recently … Read More

“Oklahoma!” at Beef & Boards

INDIANAPOLIS — An enduring all-American musical brings many fresh faces to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre this month as it presents Oklahoma!, the very first collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. This high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and … Read More

LHSI Senior Competes at Junior Olympics

INDIANAPOLIS — Lutheran High School Senior Jessica Wilson competed in the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Junior Olympics for the second year in a row in both Discus and Sport Stacking. The AAU Junior Olympics was held in Des Moines, Iowa … Read More

John C. “Papa Jack” Eichacker

John C. “Papa Jack” Eichacker passed away on August 21 after a courageous battle with leukemia. Jack Eichacker had an enthusiasm for life and a passion for making his corner of the world a better and more humane place. His … Read More

Local Artist Susan Hodgin Loses Her Battle

Indianapolis has lost a talented artist, loving mother and a sweet soul; Susan Hodgin, age 36, passed away on Friday, August 22, from cancer. An east sider, with a studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts, Hodgin’s artwork has … Read More

Burma Shave and A&W

Cheer Up Face/The War is Past/The “H” is Out/of Shave at Last/Burma Shave. If you traveled down any highway, country roadway, or rural pathway during the 1950s, you saw the Burma Shave signs. They were as much a part of … Read More

Applause!: Aug. 29-Sept. 5

• The 2014 Feast of Lanterns was well attended on Aug. 23, but Mother Nature didn’t exactly cooperate! A big “Thank You” should go out to all the volunteers and organizers who made the event possible. The Feast is truly … Read More


I have a few thousand songs on my iPod, which play as I fall asleep at night. I will sometimes waken to a song that I must climb from my bed to identify, but in the weeks before the publication … Read More

The “Family Affair” Curse, Part 1

My wife and I went to an antique mall the other day. As we walked in the door I couldn’t help but notice an odd little doll staring back at us from behind a glass case in the entryway. I … Read More

Summertime, Part 2

One thing leads to another and takes me into unforeseen byways. I am you, and you are me. We build on each other’s memories, and common experiences such as the enjoyment of food make us feel more connected. I feel … Read More

100 Years Ago this Week: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, August 30, 1914: Physicians and social workers from many states have visited the City Hospital within the last few days to view the novel decorative scheme in the new children’s ward of the recently constructed … Read More

Sports Trivia

Seabiscuit, the horse whom many believe was the finest racing thoroughbred  to ever gallop down a race track, ran 89 races. He won 33 races, finished second in 15 races, and placed third in 13. His grandfather was the legendary … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Aug. 29-Sept. 4

From The Indianapolis News, Monday, August 30, 1914: The poor little canary is about to get “its” as a result of the European War. The price of the canary’s favorite seed has more than doubled and is still going up. … Read More