Friday, September 28, 2012

A Morbid Fear

"Indiana was a free Union state, but one with strong pro-slavery sentiments," writes Stephen Towne in "Emancipation in Indiana", part of a series on the Civil War in The New York Times.

" The racism of the majority whites in Indiana of that era was profound. Both Republicans and Democrats shared a hatred and morbid fear of African-Americans."

Read the whole article here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A World of Difference

The fifth annual "A World of Difference – An International Parade" will step off at 10 a.m. September 29 from Lafayette Square Mall, Indianapolis (map).

The celebration from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes the parade, but also an informational fair, restaurant taste event and performances. More than 40 different cultural organizations are involved in the World of Difference, which is sponsored by the Lafayette Square Area Coalition.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Indiana Town Hall Series

Join the conversation at the Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, for the first of three public forums on health care.

"Vaccines: Yesterday and Today" is the topic for the 4 October session, moderated by Barbara Lewis, host of WFYI's Sound Medicine.

It begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by the panel conversation beginning at 7 p.m.

The last two sessions are set for 1 November and 6 December.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Golf Classic

The 21st annual Golf Classic sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Indiana and the Indiana Japan Chamber will be held 23 September at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, 4400 West 16th Street, Indianapolis.

After a continental breakfast, the shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. An awards luncheon at 2:30 p.m. ends the day. Registration fee for non-members is $170.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

If You've Never Driven in Carmel...

For those of us who just can't figure out how to navigate roundabouts, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works has scheduled open houses throughout Marion County to provide an overview on "how to drive, ride and walk them".

That's because Indy will start building their own, and doesn't want confused drivers, bicyclists or pedestrians. Seriously.

If you want to attend, here's the schedule:

Warren and Lawrence Townships- 20 September, 4-6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 4332 German Church Road

Pike and Washington Townships- 24 September, 4-6 p.m., Nora Branch Library, 8625 Guilford Avenue

Perry and Franklin Townships- 26 September, 4-6 p.m., Franklin Road Branch Library, 5550 South Franklin Road

Center Township- 1 October, 4-6 p.m., Damenverein Room, The Athenaeum, 401 East Michigan Street

Wayne and Decatur Townships- 2 October, 4-6 p.m., Decatur Branch Library, 5301 Kentucky Avenue

(Photo courtesy of

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fest-Filled Weekend

Everybody knows that September is Indy's best month, weather-wise, and the stack of things to do this weekend is proof.

Indy Jazz Fest is well underway (it started Monday), with the big performances Saturday and Sunday in Broad Ripple's Opti-Park.

The 17th annual Irish Fest starts today and runs through Sunday in Military Park downtown.

The Indianapolis Sister Cities International Festival is from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday at the Indianapolis City Market downtown.

Also on Saturday is the 32d Fiesta sponsored by La Plaza, which celebrates Indy's Latino communities. It's on the American Legion Mall downtown from noon 'til midnight.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

If You Wanna Know Why The Star Has Tanked....

...check out this post by Paul K. Ogden: "Former Indianapolis Star Editor is Flown to Spokane..."


..." former Star Editor-in-Chief Dennis Ryerson was flown out to Spokane to support the Straub in his appointment as 'director of law enforcement' of that city."

As Ogden says, "seriously?"

Monday, September 10, 2012

Can Somebody Who Follows the Colts...

...explain to this Indianapolis Observer just why the team sent Peyton Manning away?

"Manning Magnificent in Denver Debut".

And we're surprised, why?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Liz Naumann at the Athenaeum Art Space

A wine and cheese reception marks the opening of the exhibition of the art of Liz Naumann.

The event takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (7 September) in the Athenaeum Art Space, 401 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis. It's open to the public at no charge.

A German artist from Gutach/Breisgau in the Black Forest, Naumann brings the art of Heimat to the Athenaeum. Her paintings of rural farmhouses, landscapes, Fastnacht (Fasching) masks and little chapels are full of vibrant color. Included are numerous images from Freiburg, the Black Forest and, in particular, Pfaffenweiler -- the ancestral village of many Hoosier Germans (especially in Jasper).

The exhibit will continue through September. For more information, contact the Max Kade Center, 317:274-2330.

(Painting by Liz Naumann courtesy of the Max Kade Center)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wet Enough For Ya?

Citizens Energy Group and Mayor Greg Ballard today [4 September 2012] announced the recession of Executive Order #4, which declared a water shortage warning and contained mandatory water use restrictions, effective at noon tomorrow [5 September 2012].

The mandatory warning and water restrictions took effect 13 July 2012.

"Haunted DC"

Gear up for Halloween by watching "Haunted D.C.", a presentation of Victorian Theatre by Candlelight.

The play, by James Trofatter, will be staged on weekend days from 12 through 21 October in the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 North Delaware Street Indianapolis.

The performance progresses through the mansion as guests encounter different ghosts, among them: Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison, James Garfield and Dolley Madison who are rumored to haunt D.C. to this day.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6 to 17); no children under 6. Advance registration required.