Arts & Culture

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R.E.M.'s music video shot in Indiana

Frontman Michael Stipe filmed this 1987 video himself with no edits at an Indiana rock quarry. Rolling Stone readers ranked the tune No. 6 among all R.E.M. songs.

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Hug It Out

Life imitates art today on the Circle, where around 280 black-clad student-stylists from the south side’s Paul Mitchell school are embracing anyone within arm’s length. Even those with split ends. The mass squeezing is a national Paul Mitchell campaign in its third year, and a late shift will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Air kisses optional.

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When Monster Trucks Attack

Transformers have nothing on these beasts. Monument Circle became a haven for guttural noise of the mechanical kind today, as three monster trucks from this weekend’s show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds revved up their engines for all to see. On September 16-18, it’s an entirely different story: 4,000-plus 4-wheelers will descend upon the Fairgrounds.   Gaping passersby witnessed (and snapped mobile photos of) these huge trucks, including Chalkboard Chuck, an

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Caption This: Kerry Collins Edition

And another message, for the Colts defense: Mind the gap.   Your turn! Caption the photo in the Comments field.   (Poster by Art Press, a local screenprinter, spotted in the window of the WIBC studio on the Circle. Art Press donated a limited number of posters to People for Urban Progress, and we hear that the nonprofit organization will make them avai

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Breaking News: Stan Lee's Indy Appearance CANCELED

Attendees who signed up for ExactTarget’s upcoming Indianapolis conference hoping to see pop-culture icon Stan Lee are in for a big disappointment, Circle Citizen has learned.   Last month, the interactive marketing company, headquartered next door to Circle Citizen’s 40 Monument Circle offices, announced in a splashy

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BRICK OF THE MONTH: Melvin Simon & Associates

Walking around the Circle, you may have noticed the faint etchings of names in the bricks. In the late 1970’s, Commission for Downtown began a revitalization project that included re-bricking Monument Circle and allowed citizens to have their names engraved there in return for a small donation. These are the stories of the individuals, families, and companies whose names can be found engraved along the most famous streets in the city.

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Horse Play

Barry R., Noblesville

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Tony Bennett Has All the Answers

Editor’s Note, Nov. 7, 2012: Despite outspending his opponent, Glenda Ritz, by a 10-to-1 margin, Tony Bennett was unseated as Indiana’s schools czar on Nov. 6. Here, our September 2011 feature profile on the man who catalyzed a lot of visceral responses—both for and against him

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Sunday Drive: Peyton Manning

This article originally appeared in the September 2008 issue.

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Breaking Comic Book News (and a Confession)

Circle Citizen has important news to report from the world of comic books.   But first, a confession: Your Circle Citizen correspondent is a recovering comic-book geek. In the 1980s, he squandered many hours of his youth in a poorly lit basement comic-book store in Bloomington called 25th Century Five and Dime, digging in dusty boxes and

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What I Know: Greg Hess

“This is not just for firefighters,” Hess says of downtown Indy’s 9/11 memorial. “We do need to remember the people who ran into those buildings. But nearly 2,700 other people died that day.”

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Cathedral Choirs Hold Auditions for Kids

Founded in 1837, Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle may be the oldest religious building still in use in Indianapolis, but it’s getting younger.

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The Monument's Freed Slave: A Brief History

It appears in a group of sculptures on the west-facing side of the monument known as “Peace.” In the center, a robed Liberty holds a shield inscribed with the Latin “E Pluribus Unum.” A man sits at her feet, shirtless, gazing at her as he holds out a set of broken shackles.

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Cultural Trail Finally Reaches The Circle

Well, the wait is over.

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Loved & Lost: The Life of Jan Ruhtenberg

At the very least, argues Vess Ruhtenberg, the chairs place his grandfather at the center of a pivotal moment in 20th-century architecture and design. And they bolster his case that Jan Ruhtenberg deserves wider recognition.