June 2014

June 2014 issue of Indianapolis Monthly magazine

Vol. 37 » Issue 11

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Editor’s Note

Amanda Heckert introduces our June issue and struggles to find “fault” with bestselling author—and IM cover boy!—John Green. (“His multifaceted empire,” she writes, “makes most of us feel like chronic underachievers.”)



COVER STORY: John Green Finally Goes to the Movies
Even before a director got his hands on a script circulating Hollywood (the film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which hits theaters this month), the Indy author had already attained a certain degree of fame. If you still have no idea who he is, that’s all about to change.

GREENLIGHT! His Next Blockbuster Film?
We’re flipping through the author’s other novels in search of a future hit—and casting it.

QUICK READS: John Green’s Best Tweets
With 2.3 million Twitter followers, he wrote the book on connecting with readers via social media.

» WEB EXCLUSIVES: The Big Green Machine
Young-adult author John Green has gone from a publishing phenomenon to a multimedia juggernaut over the course of a few years. We’ve got photo outtakes from our shoot with him, plus a look at the (deep breath) 10 Best John Green Quotes We Couldn’t Squeeze Into This Month’s Cover Story.

Jump, flip, and paddle for joy—we’ve found nine calorie-burns fit for fun summer living, plus motivation tips from the Hoosier on Bravo’s Toned Up. Ready for Zumba in the pool and spinning to Poison? Shake it to the right.

PHOTO ESSAY: Small World
The immigrants living and working near Lafayette Square have transformed the decaying corridor into the most diverse corner of the city.

POLITICS: Man in the Middle
Senator Joe Donnelly was a relative unknown until an upset election win thrust him into the national spotlight. Now he is working to be the country’s most moderate legislator. It’s not sexy. But he’s pretty sure it’s what you want.

THE BEAT: Turning the Page
An Indy investor saved The Saturday Evening Post. Can his daughter get America to read it?

Circle City

SPEED READ: Dean Norris
First, Breaking Bad. Now, Under the Dome. How the Hoosier actor conquered TV.

» PHOTOS: Dean Norris’s High School Yearbooks
Before he became a TV star, he was a big man on campus at South Bend’s Clay High School. See yearbook pics from a time when Norris still had a full head of luxurious locks.

ASK ME ANYTHING: Rachel Hoover Lekic
A prodigal daughter dishes on the family restaurant empire.

CITY LIFE: Who Will and Won’t Use Bikeshare
Plus: Bikeshare 101 to get you on the right path.

NEIGHBORHOODS: Where the #!*% Is Midtown?
This month’s Chow Down Midtown event begs the question: Where, exactly, is the emerging area? Depends on whom you ask.

REALTY CHECK: $625K in the Old Northside
Four bedrooms, a backyard pool, and tropical landscaping.

AT HOME: A Cupcake Pioneer’s Vintage Kitchen
After countless Red Velvet Elvis sales, Flying Cupcake owner Kate Drury treats herself to a sweet remodel.

STREET SAVVY: 16th Street
Heading to Herron-Morton’s art fair? Make time for the revitalized surroundings, too.

Shopping & Style

SHOPTALK: Life of the Party
Paper Source pushes the party envelope.

EXPERT ADVICE: Ceramic Stools
Tom Myers, Kittle’s Studio: “I like using garden stools in both outdoor and indoor living spaces.”

WANTED: Skate Shoes
No longer just for kids. (But they are for kids who wear Prada.)

You can’t fade these colors.

MY LOOK: Maggie Conner’s Sequined Skirt
Communications specialist by day; by night, not afraid of a little sparkle.

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Arts & Culture

CULTURE COUNTER: Columbus Has a New Angle
The Southern Indiana architecture hub expands is lofty ambitions, starting with sculpture.

CULTURE Q&A: Brent Havens
On June 27–28, the conductor and the ISO will rock Conner Prairie with a symphonic tribute to the Eagles and Led Zeppelin.

CULTURE CALENDAR: Bell, Brews, and Ballet
Plus: Full coverage of Indy Pride’s Circle City IN Pride Festival, Ray LaMontagne, The Book of Mormon, and the Strawberry Festival.

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Eat + Drink

REVIEW: Thunderbird
In a revamped 1950s music club, it offers craft cocktails, Southern fare, and Fountain Square’s coolest new hangout.

FOODIE: Endangered Species Chocolate’s Whitney Bembenick
Meet the mastermind behind the candymaker’s unusually indulgent flavors.

Pizzology’s head chef imparts the ingredients of a well-balanced summer pie.

Local creameries go after their own wedge of the market.

Discovery: The New Old-Standard Baking Co.
A roving patisserie makes decadent custom cakes, the vegan and organic way.

NEW IN TOWN: Your Local Deli and Market
Sammies, house pickles, and locally made kitchenware in Irvington.

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BACK HOME AGAIN: Flyover Country
Places to cross off of your list before ever visiting.
by Philip Gulley

Sam Stall on lifeguards, cricket, and dining with canines.

DEBORAH PAUL: Amazing Disgrace
When it comes to language—show, don’t tell.


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