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February 2014

Vol. 37 » Issue 7

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Editor's Note

Amanda Heckert introduces our February issue and shares her personal checklist of must-do's in Indianapolis.

Features

COVER STORY: The New Indy Must-Do List
So you’ve climbed the Monument, munched on corn at the Indiana State Fair, had your mouth set afire by a certain shrimp-cocktail sauce. But what are the modern-day rites of passage? We have answers.

Plus: The hot happenings everyone’s flocking to, a Hoosier-pride shopping spree, local eats foodies can’t live without, and more.

» WEB EXTRA: Must-Snaps
Our New Indy Must-Do List boasts a bevy of great experiences. Now, tag your social-media shots #IndyMustDo—or share them on our site—and we'll give away prizes to our three favorites!

ARTS: No Love Lost
Robert Indiana’s fondness for places is evident in the retrospective of his prints opening at the IMA this month. Is Indy one of them? Like his work, that’s complicated.

PROFILE: 50 Shades of Green
What happens when romance fans read Lexi Ryan’s bestselling novels? Sparks fly, the money rolls in, and traditional publishers quake. Here’s how the Hoosier writer keeps them panting for more. discussions.

THE BEAT: For Better or Worse
One influential backer of the state’s proposed constitutional gay-marriage ban has been quiet lately. But that doesn’t mean Micah Clark has changed his mind.


Circle City

FRONT & CENTER: Keep It Rio
Brazilian artist Artur Silva hosts the hottest carnaval in town.

ASK ME ANYTHING: Kevin Burke
The caveman comedian's relationship advice to women: Sit quietly.

REALTY CHECK: $1.3 Million in Crows Nest
A greenhouse, legendary gardens, and the ideal New England-style estate.

AT HOME: My Dinosaur Museum
Named after Indiana Jones, a business mogul's son does the fictional archaeologist proud.

DECOR: Moving on Up
Inhabit will open its debut showroom in Irvington this spring. Here's a look at the brand's impressive evolution.

TRAVELER: Idyll Worship
Kentucky's charming Shaker village makes a warm winter retreat.

Shopping & Style

WANTED: Embellished Heels
A fine way to put yourself on pedestals.

EVERYWHERE WE LOOK: Fox News
Cute creature caricatures—how clever!

MY LOOK: Elisa Gudsteinsdottir's Infinity Scarf
This Icelandic designer knows how to stay warm.

SHOPTALK: Man of Steel
The furniture at Adam Graef's Rogue Decor bears a whiff of shop-class cool.

MORE! THE THREAD
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Arts & Culture

CULTURE Q&A: Lee Smith
The Winterfest organizer hosting thousands of hopheads at the State Fairgrounds.

CULTURE CALENDAR: Motown & Magnolias
These events will make February even sweeter.

MORE! THE TICKET
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Eat + Drink

REVIEW: Eat + Drink
The Taste Cafe spinoff reimagines cocktail swank with a fussy drink list, spruced-up tavern fare, and a refined under-the-bridge feel.

FOODIE: Ed Sahm of Rockstone Pizzeria
The successful restaurateur adds a new topping to this long-standing reputation.

VIDEO RECIPE: Piece of Cake
Wyliepalooza's Ice Cream Emporium imparts to us yet another indulgent sweet.

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH: Perfect Pairings
In (and out of) the kitchen with eight foodie couples heating up the local dining scene.

REVISIT: Ambrosia
The Italian mainstay moves south and tweaks the menu.

TOP FIVE: Soul-Food Restaurants
Finger-lickin' good.

THE DISH
Because food and drink news is a dish best served bold.
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RESTAURANT GUIDE
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Columnists

BACK HOME AGAIN: All the Rage
We have nothing to gripe about except the gripers themselves.
by Philip Gulley

THE HOOSIERIST: The Big Cover-Up
Sam Stall on manholes, historical markers, and dino bones.

DEBORAH PAUL: Feline Blue
For the first time in my 60-plus years, there is no pet to greet me at the door and warm my lap.

 

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