Saturday, June 29, 2013

Not Too Late to Be Early

The 2013 Indianapolis Early Music Festival is well underway, but you still have two chances to catch performances in the Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis (map).

Wayward Sisters present the "naughty list" music at 7:30 p.m. 12 July and The Flanders Recorder Quartet offers "a chest of flutes" at 7:30 p.m. 14 July.

Naughty list? That's music by braggarts, hotheads, curmudgeons and snobs, according to the festival: not all composers were nice guys. The Wayward Sisters are the 2011 winners of the Early Music America/Naxos Recording competition.

The chest of flutes will include works by Cabezon, Scheidt, Gabrieli, Bach and Brahms.

Single tix start at $22.

Did you know that Indianapolis Early Music is America’s oldest continuous presenter of Early Music? This is their 47th season.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Swimsuits in Michigan

The Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau in Michigan has signed an agreement with the Indianapolis Colts to arrange for the Colts Cheerleaders to shoot their 2014 Swimsuit Calendar in the Saugatuck-Douglas area next week.

As the Visitors Bureau points out in a press release, the agreement will provide the CVB with "promotional opportunities for the Saugatuck-Douglas area".

This Indianapolis Observer wonders why the Colts aren't shooting their swimsuit calendar in their own home town. (Of course, she also wonders why the Colts aren't the subjects of the photos, but that's another discussion.)

Yeah, the realities are that the Saugatuck-Douglas CVB must've dangled significant cash before their eyes, but -- heck -- haven't we ponied up enough Indianapolis tax dollars for Jim Irsay? Why is he (and "our" team) promoting travel to Michigan?

(Photo, courtesy of, is not a Colts cheerleader)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

New IndyGo Route Traverses 86th Street/82nd Street

On Monday (10 June), IndyGo will introduce its new cross town service on Indianapolis's north side.

The Route 86 will travel along the 86th St./82nd St. corridor with service between Traders Point and Community North Hospital every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday.

This new local service route has stops approximately every 1/4 mile and connects with seven other IndyGo routes. Buses will use the curb lane to stop for passengers wanting to board or exit. Expect to see heavier pedestrian traffic and stopped buses along the route especially at local bus connection points:
*West 86th St. at Michigan Rd. for connections with Route 34.
*West 86th St. at Harcourt Rd. for connections with Route 28.
*West 86th St. at College Ave. for Connections with Route 18.
*Inside the Keystone Crossing development for connections with Routes 26 and 18.
*Inside Castleton Mall parking lot for connections with Route 19.
*Inside Community Hospital North campus for connections with Route 4.

This Indianapolis Observer is grateful for a long overdue bus route.