Wednesday, September 28

Theater Review: Phoenix Theatre: Spring Awakening

The Phoenix Theatre shows another side of its multi-faceted self during the 2011-12 season-opening weekend  -- a musical side. "Spring Awakening," based on the 19th century drama by Frank Wedekind, brought in a full house and will likely sell out throughout its run to Oct. 23.
Not for children, this winner of eight Tony Awards is a study of teen angst in repressed turn-of-the-century Germany in an in-your-face Rock & Roll-meets-Broadway style which (somehow) makes perfect sense. The story showcases that confusing time when sexual feelings can lead to serious results, in an unvarnished manner. 

The musical numbers, particulally "Song of Purple Summer" and "The Word of Your Body" represent well the inner turmoils, with "Totally F#!*ked" having the most energy.

The talent is polished and solid, most noticably with Kurt Owens in "Adult Men," bringing sterness to a whole new level.

Kurt Owens and Danny Kingston
Danny Kingston is quickly become one of my Destination Actors for good reason. I was last impressed with Kingston in Beef and Boards' “Camelot” production as the deliciously conniving Mordred. He sinks teeth and talent into the role of Moritz as well. No matter the role, and whichever is needed -- both his intensity and delightfully evil dark side are captivating to watch.

Standing out most to this critic is how Phoenix is able to switch gears time and again, creating a desire to return and see what director Bryan Fonseca and company are doing.

Bottom Line: “Spring Awakening” will make you fall in love with The Phoenix Theatre all over again.

For tickets and schedule, visit PhoenixTheatre.org.
Photo Credit: ZachRosing

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Monday, September 26

Indiana's Office of Tourism launches new fall travel website

VisitIndianaFall.com features festivals, agritourism venues and leaf updates











INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has launched a new travel planning resource just in time for fall. Tour, Taste, Traditions is a promotion that highlights dozens of fall excursions, u-picks and markets, wineries and breweries and festivals throughout Indiana. The information is now available at VisitIndianaFall.com. The new website also features the Fall Color Blog, an interactive tool designed to help track the changing leaves.

Detailed information about some of Indiana's many great autumn getaway options can be found at the seasonal website. In addition, nearby dining and hotel options are showcased alongside each attraction or event listing. The Fall Color Blog provides frequent updates on leaf-peeping opportunities across the state. Naturalists from DNR are among the experts providing content to the blog.

VisitIndianaFall.com is live through November 14. It is linked with VisitIndiana.com, the official state travel website where discounts, trip ideas and helpful tips are easily accessible. Indiana visitor information is also available via Twitter and Facebook.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGO and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Sunday, September 25

Review: Indianapolis Opera: Madama Butterfly

With a flick of a fan, Indianapolis Opera opened its 2011-12 season with Puccini. Madama Butterfly, arguably one of the greatest tragedies ever told, graced the Clowes Memorial Hall stage, in Indianapolis this weekend.

The story is of a self-centered American naval officer, Lt. Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, portrayed by tenor Garret Sorenson, marrying a naive, young Asian girl, in his desire to have a girl in every port.

The performance is made even more remarkable by the talent of the title role. Stage time, and an emotionally draining character, requires a strong talent, not just her mesmerizing soprano voice, but also in acting abilities. Cio Cio San, aka Madama Butterfly, is portrayed with the necessary ability by Jee Hyun Lim. Lim (Madama Butterfly ’04) returns to Indy to wow the audience by bringing forth the naivety and infatuation geisha Butterfly carries early on, as well as the inner strength to believe Pinkerton will return for her and her child. Lim carries us through the story, from joy and laughter to tears of betrayal.

Baritone Jeffrey Mattsey portrays Sharpless, the U.S. consul in Nagasaki, with sensitivity and strong vocals having no trouble being heard to the back of the house. Mattsey's acting was as solid as his vocals were smooth.
(L) Pinkerton at wedding to Cio Cio San (C) with Sharpless (R)
Bottom Line: Indianapolis Opera shines early in the 2011-12 season with Madama Butterfly leaving the audience with the desire to attend its next offering.

For full schedule and ticket information, visit Indyopera.org.
Photo credit: Denis Ryan Kelly, Jr.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGO and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Saturday, September 24

ISO: 2011-12 Season Opening Event with Krzysztof Urbanski

Maestro Krzysztof Urbanski has fun with Pops conductor Jack Everly
Maestro Krzysztof Urbanski officially opened the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's 2011-12 season, Sept. 18, with style, humor and champagne. The black-tie affair was injected with the sense of joviality and camaraderie that will be known throughout the symphonic world as the signature of the Era of Urbanski. The entire evening followed suit with practical jokes, laughter and favorite classical and pops selections.

Jack Everly, principal pops conductor, joined in on the good-natured shenanigans, as did Garrick Ohlsson, pianist, and popular ensemble in-residence, Time for Three.
Covering Tchaikovsky, Berlin, Bernstein and Chopin; Urbanski, Everly, Ohlsson, and Time for Three brought the audience to its feet in thunderous applause.
  
The reception, held in front of Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, brought out ISO patrons in their finest attire prior to the raised baton. Included at the annual affair were music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres provided by local restaurants, such as Shula's, Fogo de Chao and The Oceannaire.

Bottom Line: If you have avoided attending ISO concerts because you thought it stuffy, old-fashioned and boring -- Fear no more. The ISO is now entrenched in "The Era of Urbanski" proving the symphony is downright enjoyable. In fact, the party has just begun.

Tickets, schedule and information: IndianapolisSymphony.org.
Photos: T Wengers
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGO and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Friday, September 23

Phoenix Theatre Announces 2011-12 Season


Spring Awakening
September 22-October 23, 2011
Music by Duncan Sheik, Lyrics and Book by Steven Sater
Mainstage – Midwest Premiere
Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. Set in late nineteenth-century Germany, it is all about teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality.
Jericho
October 27-November 20, 2011
By Jack Canfora
Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre – National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
 This comic drama that deals in a sharp and witty way with where we are as a nation in regard to this tragedy and more specifically the process of grief, forgiveness and healing. Beth’s husband Alec died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and she sees and talks with him often.
A Very Phoenix Xmas 6: Our Goose is Cooked!
December 1-December 23, 2011
By Various Artists
Phoenix Mainstage 
The Phoenix Theatre continues its “tradition” of providing counter-programming to the traditions of other arts organizations, starting with all-new sketches.  
Current Economic Conditions
January 12-February 12, 2012
By Don Zolidis
Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre – World Premiere
Current Economic Conditions is a charming, yet bitingly sarcastic, look at the serious social message of how skewed our society’s perceptions of our work force have become. Lily Booker is trained as a writer and has an entry-level job at a publishing company. She soon finds out that her job is being eliminated and she has the option of staying on at the company as an unpaid intern or leaving entirely.
August: Osage County
February 16-March 11, 2012
By Tracy Letts
Phoenix Mainstage – Midwest Premiere
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Play, Tracy Letts’ darkly comic drama August: Osage County is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household mysteriously vanishes, the clan gathers to simultaneously support and attack one another.
Freud’s Last Session
March 15-April 15, 2012
By Mark St. Germain
Suggested by The Question of God by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.

Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre – Midwest Premiere
This exciting and thought-provoking drama centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud takes his own life.  Freud’s Last Session is a deeply touching play filled with humor and exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time. 
 TBA
April 19-May 13, 2012
Phoenix Mainstage
Special Presentation
May 17-May 26, 2012
Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre
 We will soon be announcing details about our sixth annual bilingual play to be seen during this time slot in the season.   
Next Fall
June 7-July 8, 2012
Geoffrey Nauffts
Phoenix Mainstage – Midwest Premiere
Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, Next Fall goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us all to examine what it means to “believe” and what it might cost us not to.
With A Whimper
July 12-August 12, 2012
By Pete McElligott
Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre – World Premiere
 Pete McElligott continues his postmodern superhero tale with the second in a trilogy that started with last season’s With A Bang.
For more information about any Phoenix programs or to purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 317.635.PLAY(7529). The theatre’s website is www.phoenixtheatre.org.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, music, restaurant and performing arts critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Thursday, September 22

Stepping Out in Style 2011


Dress for Success Indianapolis Announces Models for Stepping Out in Style 2011

Patricia Miller (L) and Charlotte Lucas (R) escorted by IFD at 2010 event

Modeling the latest fashions, having fun and giving back to the community will be rolled into one event when Dress for Success Indianapolis, in conjunction with title sponsor PNC Bank, presents Stepping Out in Style 2011, Thursday, September 22, at the JWMarriott.

Guest models for the 2011 event are:
Tamika Catchings, President, Catch the Stars Foundation
Sonia Chen, Counsel-Therapeutic Areas, Eli Lilly and Company
Jody DeFord, Corporate Counsel, Vertellus Specialties Inc.
Anita DuBois, Global Medical Communications Director, Eli Lilly and Company
Jennifer Browning Holmes, Founder & President, Integrating Woman Leaders, Inc.
Anna Kimble-Roberson, ACCEL Retail Development Program Associate, PNC Bank
Melina Kennedy, Former Deputy Mayor & Co-owner, BlueMile
Mary Leffler, Division Director of Community Engagement, Volunteers of America Indiana, Inc.
Janie Maurer, Community Volunteer
Bev Miller, President, A Sign By Design
Jennifer Satterfield Siegel, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
Sara Snow, TV Host & Author
B. Kaye Walter, Ph.D., Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana Region

Now in its ninth year, this signature event includes a reception, dinner, and the much-anticipated fashion show. Aronstam FineJewelers will again host the Diamond Dig and the grand prize for the Prize Purse Raffle. Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. returns as Reception Sponsor and, for the fourth year, RJE Business Interiors will provide the matching donation for the evening. The Indianapolis Fire Department will bring added excitement by providing fashion show escorts.

“I am truly looking forward to this year’s event in one of Indianapolis’ newest venues,” said Barbara Ellsworth, Executive Director of Dress for Success Indianapolis. “Our programs benefit so many women in the community, and help them remain motivated and energized about returning to the workforce. Stepping Out in Style is a wonderful, fun event that supports a great cause.”

“Stepping Out in Style is a premier event in Indianapolis that provides fun, networking development, and the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way,” said Billie Dragoo, Honorary Chair of Stepping Out in Style 2011.

Individual tickets for Stepping Out in Style will go on sale in August. A limited number of corporate sponsorships are still available. For information, call Dress for Success Indianapolis at 317/940-3737.

About Dress for Success Indianapolis
Dress for Success Indianapolis is an affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide, a non-profit organization that provides interview suits and career development services to low-income women. Since its launch in Indianapolis in 1999, over 7,000 women have been served. The organization also promotes economic independence through its programs to connect women with professional resources, and assists in establishing a network of support to help women thrive in work and in life. For more information on Dress for Success Indianapolis or Stepping Out in Style, please visit www.dressforsuccess.org/Indianapolis, www.steppingoutinstyle.org, or contact Dress for Success at 317/940-3737.


Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Wednesday, September 21

Indianapolis Opera 2011-12 Season includes Madama Butterfly


Indianapolis Opera
Announces
2011-12 Season
Indianapolis Opera’s 36th season

Madama Butterfly
When: Sept. 23 & 25, 2011
Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis
Cost: $30, $70, $98, $115

A Water Bird Talk & Bon Appetit!
When: Nov. 4-13, 2011 (six performances)
Where: Basile Opera Center, 4011 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis
Cost: $34, $60

Opera Goes to the Movies
When: March 9 & 11, 2012
Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis
Cost: $30, $70, $98, $115

Faust
When: May 4 & 6, 2012
Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis
Cost: $30, $70, $98, $115

Discounts are available for seniors, military personnel and students. Season subscription cost is $105-$360. For tickets and further information, visit www.indyopera.org.



Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Tuesday, September 20

Theater Review: IRT: Dracula

IRT flew into its 2011-12 season with a bite...a huge bite. The highly anticipated "Dracula" opened to a full house of vampire enthusiasts, IRT devotees and fans of the playwright. The play is penned by Steven Dietz who raced into our consciousness last season with his delightful "Becky's New Car," which brought its own rave reviews.

Not a light-hearted version of Bram Stoker's novel, this performance includes the necessary, raw sexual undertones woven throughout, while bringing forth the strong Gothic vibes.
To keep the darkest core of Dracula, portrayed intensely by Wade McCollum, just one shade lighter, enter the supporting role of Reinfeld, played by Dieterich Gray.

Reinfeld's role as insane asylum inmate brings forth the darkest of fears and mood-lightening barbs in pingpong fashion, keeping the audience from slipping too far into the depths of Stoker's world of vampires. Gray's ability to balance precariously on the cliff overlooking complete mental fracture is emphasized by his rapier wit and vulnerable undercurrent.

Tom McElroy portrays Van Helsing bringing scientific theories to the circle, keeping logic at forefront, while acknowledging the need to address superstitions.
Dietz stays true to Victorian beliefs, medical abilities and societal allowances of the time period while introducing the blackest underbelly in stark contrast to the "don't ask, don't tell" attitude of the day.
Jennifer Joan Thompson brings to the stage, Lucy, the opposition: a lighthearted, fully alive personality which proves the ultimate temptation to the wicked immortal.

With the minimalist stage, scenic designer Robert Mark Morgan allows no one to escape the dark realities or the scientific mood.
Director Peter Amster permits the overtly sensual mood to permeate the theater, emotionally saturating theatergoers with the pulsating need of the Count of Transylvania: blood.

Bottom Line: IRT's "Dracula" sets the standard for all Indianapolis area theaters to reach this season.

Photo Credit: JulieCurryPhotography.com
For Dracula tickets, performance times and details, visit IRTLive.com.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Wednesday, September 14

Theater Review: Beef and Boards: Singin' in the Rain

Timothy Ford as Don Lockwood
Classics become classics because they resonate with a majority of people and stand the test of time. Singin' in the Rain is one of those stories, becoming a hit film in 1952 starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds.

The musical romantic comedy's story line revolves around the transition from silent movies to "talkies" in 1927. Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, brings in some of their heavy hitters for this well known tale, including Timothy Ford (White Christmas) and destination actors Jeff Stockberger (Annie Get Your Gun) and Sarah Hund (Smoke on the Mountain). Large talent behind the scenes is also needed to tackle a show as well loved as this one and bringing in the stage design talent of Michael Layton takes this stage to the level it deserves.
Ford and Hund

Ford is the very essence of old Hollywood glamour with his interpretation of silent film star Don Lockwood, enamoring the audience with his boyish charm and wistful longing for true love. Dancing the famous footwork with near perfection, his enjoyment was understood by all that he was in top form in this role. Coupled on the silver screen with Lockwood is Hund's Lina Lamont.

Aah, Sarah Hund...


Douglas E. Holmes and Sarah Hund
What can possibly be written about this multitalented performer that has not already been inked? If ever there was a role created for this woman with such dynamic stage presence it is this one. But, then again, the same words can be (and probably have been) said about every single role she has performed. Hund's comedic timing is sharper than ever, her vocal abilities even more fine-tuned and her ability to speak with only a glance or nod continue to shine ever more polished.
Shepard and Ford
Lockwood's love interest, Kathy Selden, portrayed by Sara Brophy, wanes in the romantic moments but returns with credibility during the feisty lover spats, singing and dance numbers.

Stockberger impresses with his low-key style as stressed studio head R.F. Simpson. He also directs the black and white shorts shown, much to the delight of the audience, on a drop-down screen.
Other notable performances include Doug King as Lockwood's best friend Cosmo Brown, enchanting all with his top-quality dance numbers and slapstick abilities, Douglas E. Holmes as Roscoe Dexter and Kenny Shepard as the diction coach.
King, Holmes, Hund and Stockberger
Bottom Line: Strong performances, zany antics and dazzling footwork make Beef and Boards' Singin' in the Rain a must-see this year in Indianapolis' theater season lineup.

Photo Credit: Julie Curry Photography
For show tickets, schedule and details, visit BeefandBoards.com

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Friday, September 9

Lord's Acre Autumn Harvest Festival 2011


McCordsville United Methodist Church
Lord's Acre Autumn Harvest Festival
Schedule of Events
SCHEDULE
Time
9-15-11  Thursday

Pizza War 2
  - Food Tent
 
 ****Tickets are Limited
5:30 pm-8:30 pm
9-16-11  Friday

4 pm-
9 pm
4 pm-
9 pm
Silent Auction
5 pm-8:30pm
Children Activities
    Bounce House
5 pm-6:30pm
Entertainment Tent
    Stage -
 Talent Show 1st Round
5 pm-
9 pm
Walk Around
5 pm-
6 pm
Fellowship Hall
Children/Family Movie

7 pm-
8:30 pm
9-17-11  Saturday

Community Morning
  Blood Mobile
  Pacer Fan Van
  Health Fair
  Recyclable Collection
  Car Care Check
  Lions Club Eye Van
8 am-11:30am





 
Food Tent
 Chicken and Noodles (11am - until supplies last)
11am-
9pm
11:00am-9:00pm
Children Activities
   *Decorate a Cookie
         (1pm-2pm and 4pm-5pm- $1/cookie)
1 pm-
5pm
Quilt Auction (Stage)
2 pm
Parade
4 pm
Touch a Truck
5 pm-
6:30 pm
Entertainment Tent
  Mt Comfortaires (6:30pm-6:55pm)
 
 Talent Show Finale (7:00pm-8:15pm)
  Awards (8:15pm-8:25pm)
5 pm-
9pm
Fellowship Hall
Children/Family Movie
7 pm-8:45pm
9-18-11  Sunday

Services Under the Tent-All Are Welcome to Attend!
9:30am-10:45am


DIRECTIONS
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

Wednesday, September 7

Restaurant Review: Northside Nights 2011

Dessert fondue dippers                                 Photo: Izzy Evans
Similar to Devour Downtown, Northside Nights provides Indianapolis foodies and occasional diners the opportunity to sample cuisine at restaurants they have been eyeing or introduce them to a new food choice via a special $30-per-person or two-for-$30 offer. I was recently invited to check out a few of the menus for the event, including those at Scotty’s Brewhouse, Sullivan’s Steakhouse and The Melting Pot. I was unable to make Scotty’s but did try the other two.

Oven-roasted chicken breast
Sullivan’s, 3316 E. 86th St., lists three salads and four entrees for its special. The salads were traditional fare done extremely well with the steakhouse mixed greens winning my vote over the classic Caesar and wedge salads. I also tasted each of the entrees: steak and potatoes, broiled Atlantic salmon filet, Bleu cheese meatloaf and oven-roasted chicken breast.

Atlantic salmon filet
Steak options are a 6-ounce filet or 10-ounce New York strip with additional toppings, Gorgonzola butter, bleu cheese gratin, horseradish crust, and Cabernet goat cheese butter, available at an additional cost. The offerings were well presented with the strip and horseradish crust giving just enough bite without overpowering the beef, and the bleu cheese meatloaf giving a modern twist to a classic staple. The eatery has an atmosphere of old school steakhouses and boasts a varied wine cellar.

Yin & Yang dessert fondue
The Melting Pot, 5650 E. 86th St., is already well-known to me as a one of the winners of the Gotta Go choices for “Best 6 Spots to Get Shaken, not Stirred” in Indianapolis with its Yin-yang martini. The food at the fondue eatery is also familiar as I am a fan of all things cooked in cute little pots, especially those containing cheese or chocolate.

The $30-per-person menu includes a choice of Queso or Cheddar Cheese fondue for an appetizer and either Heartland Selection or The Vegetarian for entrĂ©e fondues. The dessert section, which I sampled heavily, includes White Chocolate Turtle, Yin & Yang and Chocolate S’Mores. Yin & Yang is perfect for a dark chocolate lover and the S’Mores takes you right back to childhood.

Northside Nights continues through Sept. 18 with all restaurants and menus available at NorthsideNightsIndy.com.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.