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Local Cultural Events With New Wrapping

Some packages benefit from a seasonal sprucing-up.

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Window Dressing: Remembering Christmas Windows of L.S. Ayres

Most lifelong Indianapolis residents over the age of 40 still light up like a twinkling star at the mention of L.S. Ayres’s Christmas windows.

As seen on brides (and sisters) Alice and Margaret Landon, the dress length of the day revealed ankles in decorative silk stockings above bejeweled satin heels.
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Tying the Knots at the IMA

A double wedding on a fine June evening nearly a century ago graced the IMA grounds.

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Photos from the First Indy 500 in 1911

In one image, a sampling of the 80,000-plus spectators take in the action from the fourth turn, some in the north grandstands and others from their own vehicles. Some fans appear somewhat more debauched—particularly the gentleman to the right of the rutted roadway who appears to be unconscious.

Arthur Newby
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Newby Oval: The Track Before the Track

One of the Speedway’s gonzo founders hit a wall with his first racing venue.

Madam Walker
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Madam C.J. Walker: Uncommon Drive

To the rest of the country, Madam C.J. Walker may have been a name on shampoo containers in African-American households. But it was here, perhaps, that the industrious and indefatigable pioneer loomed largest as an inspirational figure and community member.

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Catch Bicentennial Fever: Great Ways to Salute Indiana in 2016

Indiana is going all out to salute the big 2-0-0. Want to get in the Hoosier State spirit? We have a few ideas.

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Best of Indy: Arts & Culture

After two sold-out performances at the Palladium in July, Pat McAfee swore he was punting on any future comedy evenings. Thankfully, that was a fake.

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Literary Indiana: The Write Stuff

Sometimes literary archives house hidden gems.

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New Ryan White Book Highlights Indiana’s Mixed Legacy of Acceptance

In some ways, the recent furor over Indiana’s RFRA echoed a heated discrimination debate from three decades ago, when the state was previously a battleground in the national culture wars.

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Speed Read: Putting on (L.S.) Ayres

To enter the exhibit, guests walk through a vintage photograph that appears to hang in midair.

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Sneak Preview: New Baseball History Exhibit Hits Home Run

The exhibit includes a picture of women playing baseball in the 1890s, five decades before the movie characters portrayed by Geena Davis and Madonna had a “League Of Their Own” during World War II.

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Local Museums, Libraries Collaborate on '60s Flashback

Five museums and archival sites will show us their take on the 1960s beginning this month in a joint exhibition called “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

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80 Writers Light Up Holiday Author Fair

Despite the unseasonably pleasant weather, Dec. 1 saw the Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center decked out in Christmas finery for the 10th annual Holiday Author Fair. More than 80 authors from around the state came to meet stalwart fans and first-timers to the literary event.

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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.