Monday, January 30

6 Places to Go if You aren't Going to Super Bowl XLVI

Super Bowl XLVI is the once-in-a-lifetime event no one in Indiana wants to miss. Or don’t they?­
Although the festivities will be glorious, there might be some who are comfortable with not attending (the sure-to-be best-ever) Super Bowl XLVI.
Image provided by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
The football spectacle will bring an extra 150,000 folks to the downtown area, along with the accompanying parking, traffic and crowd issues. If you are not one of those 150,000 fans then here's the list for you. Proving there is more than football in Indiana, here are 6 Places to Go if you are not wanting to hang out at the Super Bowl Village, or anywhere near downtown, for that matter.

And, just in case you want to keep an eye on the game without attending, some of the places making the list have televisions onsite to check the score.
  1. Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre-Located far north of the craziness which will ensue, the live theater venue has on stage Dixie Swim Club, (review here) Steel Magnolias-meets-Golden Girls comedy for those wanting to laugh, rather than scream at football fumbles. Website: BeefandBoards.com
  2. Conner Prairie-Hearthside Dinners are a family friendly activity that makes learning about history fun. Website: ConnerPrairie.org
  3. Hoosier Park Racing and Casino-Located outside the circle of madness, in Anderson, the casino offers almost 200 slot machines, poker tables and several restaurants for those wanting to bet on something besides the pigskin. Website: HoosierPark.com
  4. Paoli Peaks-Skiing, snowboarding or curling up in front of the massive fireplace are all available on Super Bowl Sunday. Website: PaoliPeaks.com
  5. French Lick Resort-Escaping from all the hustle is easy in this southern Indiana getaway. Spas, restaurants and nearby shopping allow you to relax resort style. Website: FrenchLickResort.com
  6. Mallow Run Winery-Winter Warmup Weekend, in Bargersville, dishes up soup, warm bread and desserts along with live music and wine tastings. Website: MallowRun.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.

Friday, January 27

Final Two Super 46 Sandwiches Selected for Super Bowl XLVI


Hoosiers Select
Final Two Super 46 Sandwiches
Mile High Club
*** Press Release ***
The Schnitzelbank Restaurant’s Bratwurst and Rock Cola 50s Café’s Mile High Club Sandwich are the finalists in Indiana Office Tourism Development’s Super 46 Sandwich promotion.

The contest began with 46 sandwiches. Voting for the latest round lasted a week, and garnered 28,516 votes. Since the contest began on Jan. 3, 228,064 votes have been cast.

Rock Cola Café’s sales are up this month by more than 40 percent. The restaurant, located in Indianapolis, has sold more Mile High Club Sandwiches in the last 30 days than it has in the last three years.

The Schnitzelbank Restaurant in Jasper is going through 100 pounds of bratwurst, which is about 500 to 600 links. Typically this time of year only 30 pounds are used.

Voting to determine the winner of the Super 46 Sandwich contest will begin today, and end Thursday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. with a winner announced that day. The public will receive an opportunity to view the final two sandwiches on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. in Super Bowl Village. Special guests will be invited to try the two sandwiches and give their opinion.
Bratwurst
Voting for the Super 46 Sandwiches will continue in a bracket-style playoff that coincides with the NFL Playoffs. Voting to determine the winner will continue at Super46.com. Each visitor to the site may only vote once per round.

The Super 46 Sandwich promotion was launched by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee and the publishers of Indianapolis Monthly, to showcase Indiana foods and restaurants to Super Bowl visitors.
Images: Izzy Evans

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.

Tuesday, January 24

Dance Kaleidoscope Fundraiser Gala 2012 Stardust

Dance Kaleidoscope
Fundraiser Gala 2012
Stardust
*** Press Release ***
This season's Gala theme, Stardust, promises an elegant evening to remember on Saturday, February 25. Join Dance Kaleidoscope for an event reminiscent of a glamorous Supper Club.

The event will take place at the White River Ballroom inside the downtown JW Marriott Indianapolis that has a private entrance and wonderful amenities. The evening will include a performance by DK dancers, dinner, a silent auction and surprises from our chair, Stephen Taylor.

Master of Ceremonies - Eric Halvorson
Music - David Meek & Friends, DJ for Dance Party - DJ n GO

Timeline
6 pm Cocktails (Cash Bar) and Silent Auction

7:30 pm Silent Auction ends

7:35 pm Live Auction

7:45 pm Ballroom Opens (DK Performance, Dinner, Hochoy Award Presentation, Raffle Drawing)

9:15 pm Checkout Begins

9:15 pm - 1 am Dance Party

Ticket/Table Information
To reserve a table or to purchase individual tickets, please call the DK office at 317.940.6555. Please give as complete a list of names for your table as possible. This will help our efforts to make each guest feel welcome. When calling, please also specify if any of your guests will need vegetarian meals.

Corporate Table of 10 - $1350
Patron Table of 10 - $1200
Individual Ticket - $120 each ($70 is tax-deductible)

Stardust Raffle Tickets
Raffle Ticket - $10. You could win up to $3000 at the Gala. Purchase several raffle tickets to increase your chances of winning! Proceeds benefit Dance Kaleidoscope. Drawing to be held at the end of the Gala on February 25, 2012 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. License number 126484.

If 1200 Tickets Sold:
1st Prize $3000; 2nd Prize - $2000; 3rd Prize - $1000
If Under 1200 Tickets Sold:
1st Prize - 25% of Total Take; 2nd Prize - 15% of Total Take; 3rd Prize - 10% of Total Take

To purchase raffle tickets, contact the DK office at 317-940-6555, email janies@dancekal.org

Entrance/Parking Instructions
The White RIver Ballroom at the JW Marriott Indianapolis has a private entrance. Take W. Washington around the property (passing Fairfield Inn and Courtyard by Mariott) to Event Center Dr. You may drop guests off there, or take advantage of the Valet Parking.

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, January 23

Top 10 Performing Arts in Indianapolis 2011

Gotta Go Top 10 List for Performing Arts
Indianapolis 2011
The annual compilation of the Gotta Go Top 10 Best Performing Arts performances in Indianapolis is always difficult to select due to the quantity of great talent and shows in the Indy metro area. As the 12th largest city in the nation, the Circle City offers something for just about everyone.
With so many shows, and only one of me, let me say as always that this is not an all-inclusive list and represents only the performances personally attended and reviewed by this critic.
Some of the reviews were in print, some online, and some were on WIBC.
Whether you agree, disagree, or have comments or questions, I would enjoy hearing your thoughts.

1.  Opening Night Gala: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Krzysztof Urbanski-Urbanski brings in a whole new era for Indy. The energy that evening was palpable. Click here for review.

2.  Puccini People: Dance Kaleidoscope-Quite simply, this is the best, in my opinion, of David Hochoy's work in the five years I have been a performing arts critic in Indianapolis. I reviewed it on WIBC to give listeners the time to catch it.**

3.  Stephanie J. Block: The Cabaret at The Columbia Club-Fun, flirty and feisty. Click here for review.

4.  Idina Menzel: ISO-Delightful, charming and utterly impish. Click here for review.

5.  39 Steps: IRT-Proving it doesn’t have to be dramatic to be worth noting. Click here for review.

6.  Singin' in the Rain: Beef and Boards-Wet with a movie-set ambiance. The acting, the set, the dancing…all fabulous. Click here for review.

7.  Evening with the Stars: Indianapolis City Ballet-This is consistently in the Top Ten List for an excellent reason. I reviewed it on WIBC to give listeners the time to catch it.*

8.  Dracula: IRT-The not-so-light version by Stephen Dietz packed the house. Click here for review.

9.  Tierney Sutton:The Cabaret at The Columbia Club-Ethereal and earthy at same time. Click here for review.

10. Madama Butterfly: Indianapolis Opera-A classic story told well. Click here for review.

*2011 Lesson learned: Write and post all reviews -- even on those performances I cover on air in order to have something to share with you at the end of the year.

Bottom Line: I have enjoyed 2011 and look forward to Indy's offerings for 2012. So many more could have, should have been mentioned. Each year it becomes more and more difficult to choose the best of the performances and that is a great problem to have.

Image by: T. Wenger


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, January 21

The Cabaret at The Columbia Club: The Puppini Sisters' Show Canceled

CANCELED
The Puppini Sister’s show at The Cabaret
TheCrystalTerrace/TheCabaretatTheColumbiaClub Image/GreatExposures
*** Press Release ***

January 19, 2012 (Indianapolis) — The Puppini Sisters have canceled their United States tour due to changes in the enforcement of United States tax laws. In addition to the other US venues, the performance at The Cabaret on March 9 & 10, 2012 has been canceled. Current ticket holders to that performance at The Cabaret may exchange their tickets for a future performance or receive a refund for their tickets.
The Cabaret may be adding another performance later in the season, but the details are unknown at this time.

*** Full schedule of optional performances are available by clicking here.


Contact The Cabaret at 317-275-1169 or email info@thecabaret.org for more information.

ABOUT THE CABARET
The Cabaret is a professional, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of the Cabaret is to elevate the cabaret art form; attract, develop and retain high-quality local performance talent; and provide a unique and important contribution to the city’s artistic and cultural life.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s 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, January 20

Super Bowl Village XLVI 2012 Band Schedule

2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Schedule
Bands in Super Bowl Village
*** Press Release ***

Indianapolis – The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee announced dates and times for the musical performances in the Super Bowl Village starting Friday, Jan. 27.

Two stages - the Pepsi Stage at Meridian and Georgia Streets and the Verizon Stage at Pennsylvania and Georgia Streets – will host bands daily through Super Bowl Sunday for the public to enjoy for free.

“The Super Bowl Village will provide an outdoor fan festival gathering spot for visitors and residents alike to enjoy,” said Allison Melangton, president and chief executive officer of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. “Whether you’re a fan of country, hip-hop or rock, you’ll find music on both stages to enjoy.”

Emmy-award winning Zuri Hall will serve as the on-stage emcee in the Super Bowl Village as well as host for “Village TV.” Comedian and Super Bowl ambassador Mike Epps will also make special appearances throughout the week.
“Fire and Ice” Lounges will provide food and beverage sales in several locations through the Super Bowl Village.
Super Dash, two human-powered wheels, one dedicated to each fan base of the competing Super Bowl teams, operate similar to a hamster wheel. Each day, the top 100-yard dash scores will be announced. On February 5, the division that generated the most energy will be crowned champion.
Kinect NFL PLAY 60 FanDome provides an immersive 360 degree inflated dome with full-body gaming on Kinect for Xbox 360. Kinect responds to body movement with controller-free gaming. The interactive Kinect gaming is exciting and new for seasoned gamers and rookies alike.
Papa John’s will provide a mobile kitchen near the Verizon Stage on Pennsylvania Street with pizza for purchase.

An up-to-date schedule may be accessed by clicking Super Bowl Village XLVI.

Other previously announced elements in the Super Bowl Village include:
ESPN Broadcast Studio on Pan Am Plaza
The Ice Gurus Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield from the Food Network’s show Ice Brigade will entertain with live ice sculpting performances
While pre-sale for ZipLine tickets has ended, walk-up sales for $10 per ride will be available daily for visitors to enjoy the 96’ tall, 800’ long ride down Capitol Avenue through the Super Bowl Village. Tickets must be purchased at the time of the ride, while spots last.
Tailgate Town and Touchdown Alley will provide a fun football atmosphere as you enjoy the Village.

The Huddle at Circle Centre
The Host Committee also announced details for “The Huddle at Circle Centre,” the space formerly occupied by Nordstrom at Circle Centre. As a key venue near the Super Bowl Village, the Huddle will provide entertainment and dining options for visitors as well as a second floor retail component operated by LIDS Sports Group. Specifically, the Huddle will include:
  • Chef’s Table
  • End Zone Beer Garden
  • Warming area with limited seating
  • NFL Ticket Exchange
  • LIDS Locker Room @ Circle Centre - 23,000 square feet of retail space with a wide assortment of Super Bowl and NFL merchandise
Entertainment
LIVE WISH-TV broadcasts from the 24-Hour News 8 Huddle at Circle Centre studio
Clear Channel Communications’ nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show will do live morning broadcasts from The Huddle Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3.
Limited space available. Check http://www.bobandtom.com/ for show details.

Hours of operation for the public area of The Huddle at Circle Centre:

  • Friday, January 27 3:00 p.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday, January 28 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
  • Sunday, January 29 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 30 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 31 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 1 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 2 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
  • Friday, February 3 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
  • Saturday, February 4 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
  • Sunday, February 5 11:00 a.m. - TBD


With the support of The Penrod Society, the Host Committee also announces “The Huddle After Hours Club” that will be open during the celebration leading up to Super Bowl XLVI. The "Huddle After Hours Club” is located in the heart of the Super Bowl Village at 130 S. Meridian St (formerly the men’s department at Nordstrom). The Huddle After Hours Club is open to the public (21 years of age or older with valid state issued ID and a small cover charge) and will be an ultra lounge destination featuring top shelf cocktails, an exclusive VIP area and entertainment. Patrons can enter The Huddle After Hours Club near the intersection of Maryland and Meridian streets.

All access passes to The Huddle After Hours Club can be purchased in advance by clicking HuddleAfterHours.com or IndyHuddle.com. The Huddle After Hours Club is smoke-free and will be open during the following hours:

  • Friday, January 27 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 28 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 29 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 2 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 3 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 4 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Street Restrictions
Important street restrictions can be found by clicking StreetRestrictions.

Park and Ride
Park and Ride tickets are available in advance for $2 per person by clicking ParkandRide. 
Limited cash sales accepted onsite at all locations for $10 per car.

Super Bowl Village Schedule of Bands
Additional bands to be announced and can be found on IndianapolisSuperBowl.com

Friday 1/27/2012
Super Kick Off
The Last Good Year
3:30 PM
Pepsi Stage

Kramus (Q-95 band contest winner)
4:30 PM
Verizon Stage

Max Allen Band
5:45 PM
Pepsi Stage

Bret Michaels
9:30 PM
Verizon Stage

Saturday 1/28/2012
Indy's Super Cure

Orquesta Bravo
12:30 PM
Pepsi Stage

Jon McLaughlin
1:30 PM
Verizon Stage

Cynthia Layne
2:45 PM
Pepsi Stage

Lynda Sayyah
5:15 PM
Pepsi Stage

Jennie DeVoe
8:00 PM
Pepsi Stage

Patti Labelle
9:15 PM
Verizon Stage

Sunday 1/29/2012
Super Families
Special plans to be announced soon
Pepsi Stage

Corey Cox
1:30 PM
Verizon Stage

Will Hoge
4:00 PM
Verizon Stage

Railroad Earth
6:30 PM
Verizon Stage

Dierks Bentley
9:15 PM
Verizon Stage

Monday 1/30/2012
Super Community

Healing Sixes
3:30 PM
Pepsi Stage

Stereo Deluxe
5:00 PM
Pepsi Stage

Living Proof
7:45 PM
Pepsi Stage

Tuesday 1/31/2012
Super Sports

Greta Speaks
3:30 PM
Pepsi Stage

DJ Helicon & Special Guests
5:00 PM
Pepsi Stage

Hunter Smith Band
7:45 PM
Pepsi Stage

Fuel
9:00 PM
Verizon Stage

Wednesday 2/1/2012
Super 'Biz Bowl'

Roxie
3:30 PM
Pepsi Stage

Indy's Legends of Doo Wop
5:00 PM
Pepsi Stage

The Meatball Band
7:45PM
Pepsi Stage

Big Head Todd & The Monsters
9:00 PM
Verizon Stage

Thursday 2/2/2012
Super Heroes

Hero, Jr.
11:30 AM
Pepsi Stage

John Spencer
12:45 PM
Pepsi Stage

Corey Cox
2:00 PM
Verizon Stage

Otis Gibbs
3:15 PM
Pepsi Stage

Sixpence None the Richer
4:30 PM
Verizon Stage

Red Wanting Blue
5:45 PM
Pepsi Stage

Edwin McCain
7:00 PM
Verizon Stage

Darius Rucker
9:30 PM
Verizon Stage

Friday 2/3/2012
Welcome Super Fans

DJ Limelight
11:30 AM
Pepsi Stage

Blackberry Jam
12:45 PM
Pepsi Stage

Morris Day and the Time
2:00 PM
Verizon Stage

Bashiri Asad
3:15 PM
Pepsi Stage

En Vogue
4:30 PM
Verizon Stage

Gentleman Alphonse
5:45 PM
Pepsi Stage

Fitz & the Tantrums
7:00 PM
Verizon Stage

LMFAO
9:30 PM
Verizon Stage
Images by Super Bowl Host Committee 

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living columnist and blogger, 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.

Thursday, January 19

King Arthur Flour Sponsors 2012 Sweet Victory Challenge

King Arthur Flour Sponsors
2012 Sweet Victory Challenge
at National Maple Syrup Festival

*** News Release ***
January 17, 2012 – Norwich, Vt. – Amateur home cooks and bakers nationwide will have an opportunity to showcase their best recipes using maple syrup at this year’s Sweet Victory Challenge, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, at the National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Ind.

The competition is open to adults (18 and over) and youths (17 and under) with original recipes in one of three categories: Savory (Main Dish), Dessert, and Breakfast. Each recipe must include both King Arthur Flour and 100% pure maple syrup.

A panel of judges will select five finalists in each division/category based on creativity, appetizing description, ease of preparation, and appropriate use of the required products. On the competition days –March 3 for the youth division, and March 10 for the adult division – local volunteers and culinary school students will prepare each dish for final judging.

The grand prize for each category in the adult division is a KitchenAid mixer and a customized Indiana Artisan ceramic pitcher; second prize will also receive a customized pitcher.

In the youth division, first prize in each category is a $250 U.S. Savings Bond; second prize is a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. Each finalist will also receive a gift basket from King Arthur Flour.

The National Maple Syrup Festival is an annual event created to celebrate maple-sugaring season and the coming of spring. Hosted each year by Burton’s Maplewood Farm in Medora, Ind., the festival includes demonstrations, entertainment, food, and maple syrup from every maple-syrup producing state in the country. Net proceeds from the festival go to Camp About Face, an organization designed to benefit youth, ages 8-18, with craniofacial anomalies. For details, visit nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com.

King Arthur Flour is America’s oldest flour company and premier baking resource, offering ingredients, mixes, tools, recipes, educational opportunities, and inspiration to bakers worldwide. More information is available at kingarthurflour.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.

Wednesday, January 18

Easley Winery Strikes Gold with Riesling in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Easley Winery Strikes Gold in San Francisco 
***Press Release***
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 18, 2012) - Easley Winery has struck gold with its 2010 Michigan Riesling - a gold medal that is, at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Selected as one of four gold medals awarded in a competitive field of similar Riesling offerings, Easley Winery could not be more proud of its 2010 Michigan Riesling.

"It's great to step out onto the field of competition and bring home a victory," states Easley Winery owner Mark Easley. "Easley Winery has been producing high-quality wines for years, and this gold medal, along with other recent wins such as Reggae Red's Best of Class at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition and others, keep driving that point home."

Easley Winery's 2010 Michigan Riesling is produced at the Easley Winery production facilities in downtown Indianapolis, and the Riesling grapes are grown in southwest Michigan, just 12 miles north of Indiana's border.

The climate of southwest Michigan proves to be the ideal location for growing Riesling grapes. Lake Michigan's effect on the vineyard is similar to the traditional Riesling growing regions of the world. Easley Winery works very closely with their grape growers to produce the finest wines possible. Easley Winery has been creating high-quality wines and champagnes since 1974. Depending on the year and season, Easley Winery produces 20 or more wine or champagne varieties. 2010 Michigan Reisling can be purchased at Indiana Meijer locations, select retailers that carry great wines, and Easley Winery, where great wines are created everyday.

For wine review, details, events, directions and hours, visit EasleyWinery.com
For Indy Wine Trail dates click  IndyWineTrail.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.

Sunday, January 15

Theater Review: Beef and Boards Dixie Swim Club

I like British farces. I really do. I look forward to Beef and Boards' tradition of opening every season with one. Now the powers that be have decided to switch things out and run a "regular" comedy for the opening show of the 39th season. Curious, I attended wondering if the changing of the guards was a wise choice.

Dixie Swim Club brings together, annually, the members of a college girls' swim team for a long weekend with "no men, no kids and no work." Martinis are definitely allowed, however, as are laughter, tears and bickering. Toss in loyalty, friendship and strength and you will have mixed up a potion of unconditional love as tasty as one of the cocktails consumed continually by Dinah, portrayed superbly by Rita Thomas.
Spanning a period of 33 years, the five southern women share their lives, trials and triumphs with sass and spunk. Through marriages, divorces, career changes, health issues and death, their team spirit makes their reliance on each other grow stronger with each passing year.
Destination Actor Sarah Hund portrays an Eyeore-esque character named Vernadette, whose life is full of one mishap and woe after another. The plucky lady greets her jinxed life with a wisecrack and smile.

Thomas portrays the career-driven attorney without a love life but plenty of mixed drinks and financial success.
Jill Kelly portrays Lexie, the over-the-top divorcee (again and again) who still believes the world revolves around her.
Sheree, played by Angela R. Plank, runs her life, and the lives of her friends, with the precision from her days as the swim team captain.
Sweet, naive Jeri Neal, performed by Laurie Walton, has just left her old existence behind and is on an exciting journey of all the firsts in life.

Reminiscent of every great chick flick and great for-females television program, DSC brings together the lives of women in an endearing, funny and poignant manner. The well written script (Nicholas Hope, Jessie Jones, Jamie Wooten) covers all the facets of a woman's life without harping on any one period more than others. Trimming down on specifics, such as wrinkles, and committing heavier coverage to the major events lends the play to more universal topics: Life. Love. Death.

Creating characters most people can relate to (or resemble themselves) gives credibility to the flow and blending of the women's lives. Challenges produce change and the ladies push each other, sometimes unwillingly, to reach inside themselves to be stronger, softer or kinder as the need arises.

Time will tell whether the British farce or southern comedy will win more of the audience affection. If I had to make a bet, however, I would not count out the ladies.

Bottom Line: If you are a fan of Menopause: The Musical, Church Basement Ladies or Steel Magnolias then you will howl with laughter and well with tears at Beef and Boards' Dixie Swim Club.

For shows, tickets and complete details, visit BeefandBoards.com
Images: JulieCurryPhotography.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.

Saturday, January 14

Beef and Boards Announces 2012 Season

Beef and Boards Announces 2012 Season
Press Release***
INDIANAPOLIS – The 2012 Season at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre will take audiences from Chicago to Iowa to Oz, with a whole lot of fun in-between! Four new shows bookend three favorites for a season with everything from blondes to the church basement.
Starting the season with some Southern charm, Beef & Boards presents its debut production of Dixie Swim Club. (Read Gotta Go review here) Dive in to this comedy about five women whose friendships formed many years ago on their college swim team. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they reunite every year at a beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. This touching show about friendship that lasts forever is on stage from Jan. 12 through Feb. 12. Book by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten.

          Beef & Boards goes blonde in February with its premiere production of Legally Blonde the Musical, opening Feb. 16. (Read Gotta Go review here) After being dumped by her boyfriend for someone “serious,” Delta Nu sorority president Elle Woods drops the credit cards and hits the books to win him back. She’ll take on Harvard Law, but also learn a lot about herself in the process. This seven-time Tony Award nominee is on stage through April 6. Book by Heather Hach, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin. Based on the movie Legally Blonde.
          The Music Man marches in to Beef & Boards starting April 12. (Read Gotta Go review here) This six-time Tony Award winning musical centers on the fast-talking “Professor” Harold Hill, a con man who convinces the people of River City, Iowa, to buy uniforms and instruments for the boys’ band he promises to create. While his plan is to skip town with the cash, he doesn’t bank on falling for the town librarian who sees right through him. On stage through May 25. Book, lyrics and music by Meredith Wilson.
       
The Yellow Brick Road leads to Beef & Boards for the 2012 Family Show, The Wizard of Oz. (Read Gotta Go review here) Join Dorothy and her unlikely friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion as they take a fanciful journey that teaches them there’s no place like home. On stage May 31 through July 15, special $10 discounts are offered for this show for kids ages 3-15. Book by L. Frank Baum, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.
          Summer signals the time for a great religious comedy and 2012 brings the return of the Beef & Boards favorite, Nunsense! (Read Gotta Go Review Here). This side-splitting spoof about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who present a hilarious fund-raising talent show is on stage from July 19 through Aug. 26. Book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, who refers to the show as “just good-time fun.”
          Then things really heat up as the Tony-Award winning sizzler Chicago makes its debut at Beef & Boards starting Aug. 30. Step back into the roaring Twenties in Chicago, where Roxie Hart murders her lover and seeks to become a celebrity while incarcerated. Her newfound fame could launch an entertainment career – but only if she’s acquitted by her charismatic lawyer. On stage through Oct. 7 and rated PG-13. Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander.
          As the seasons change, it’s time to go Away in the Basement for A Church Basement Ladies Christmas starting Oct. 11. It’s 1959 and those zany Lutheran ladies are doing their part for the children’s Sunday School Christmas program. Come on back to the basement for more of their hilarious antics and stories! On stage through Nov. 25. Book by Greta Grosch, music and lyrics by Drew Jansen.
          If ever there was a season to celebrate traditions, it’s the holidays. And Beef & Boards’ annual holiday production, A Beef & Boards Christmas marks its 20th year in 2012. Opening Nov. 29, A Beef & Boards Christmas makes the most of the season, with beautiful music, energetic dance numbers, colorful costumes and stirring voices. Gather with friends and family for this original production, on stage through Dec. 23.
          Plus Beef & Boards brings back its one-hour musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol starting Dec. 7. This classic, enhanced with holiday carols, tells the timeless Charles Dickens story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge whose cold heart warms with the visits of several spirits on Christmas Eve. The production is on stage for select dates through Dec. 21.
CHILDREN’S THEATRE
           The Pyramid Players are also announcing their 2012 Live Theatre for Kids series. Designed to entertain children of any age, these shows are a great way to introduce preschoolers to live theatre. Plus, kids have the opportunity to meet the cast after each show for pictures and autographs.
          Dora’s Pirate Adventure  sails in to Beef & Boards for the first time and docks from Feb. 24 through March 31. Dora the Explorer Live! presents a show with Nickelodeon’s Dora, her best buddy, Boots the monkey, and the rest of their friends as they take an exciting trip to Treasure Island.
          Cinderella, the childhood favorite about a young girl’s journey to becoming a princess, is on stage starting Oct. 19. A young girl with a wicked stepmother, Cinderella’s fate seems sealed. But with a little help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella secretly slips off to the royal ball where she and the Prince fall in love. The magical fairy tale comes to life at Beef & Boards through Nov. 17.
          Performances take place on select Fridays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Performances last just one hour, are presented without intermission, and include juice and a snack.
CONCERTS
          Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre also offers several concerts throughout the year. These performances always include Chef Odell Ward’s specially prepared buffet.
Indiana’s own Wright Brothers return for their annual Race Day concert on Sunday, May 27.
More featured concerts are planned, with performance dates to be announced throughout the season. 
For tickets, show times and details, visit BeefandBoards.com

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s 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.

Tuesday, January 10

List of Devour Downtown Restaurants Winterfest 2012


Winner's Circle
Devour Downtown begins today with the event running through January 22. $30 menus (for one or two
depending on location) give foodies and regular diners alike the ability to try out three courses at more than 40 restaurants in the downtown Indianapolis area. This year select eateries are also offering $20 lunches.



Devour Downtown Winterfest 2012
Participating Restaurants

To check out each restaurant's menu, visit DevourDowntown.org

120 West Market Fresh Grill 
14 West
Adobo Grill
Barcelona Tapas
Bella Vita at Circle Centre
The Capital Grille
Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant
Chef Joseph's at the Connoisseur Room
The Columbia Club
The Circle City Bar & Grille
Colts Grille
Columbia Club
Creation Café
Dunaway's
Eagle's Nest
Elbow Room
Fogo De Chao
Forty Five Degrees
Goose the Market
Greek Islands
Hard Rock Café
Harry & Izzy's
High Velocity
Iaria's Italian Restaurant
Iozzo's Garden of Italy
Kilroy's
Libertine
Lorenzo's Ristorante
McCormick & Schmick's
Mesh
Milano Inn
Miguel's Southern Kitchen
Morton's The Steakhouse
The Elbow Room
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Osteria Pronto
Palomino
Pearl Street Pizzeria
The Rathskellar
R Bistro
Rock Bottom
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Sahm's Tavern
Scotty's Brewhouse
Sensu
Severin Bar & Grille
Shula's Steak House
Skyline Club
Slippery Noodle
Smokehouse on Shelby
Smoking Goose
St. Elmo Steak House
Tavern on South
The End of the Line Public House
Turner's at the Canterbury
Weber Grille
Claddagh
Winner's Circle

Since 2005, the Indianapolis Downtown Restaurant & Hospitality Association (IDRHA) has hosted Devour Downtown. Originally an annual event, Devour Downtown now is held twice a year – in the winter and summer.

To view the list of participating restaurants and their specific prix fixe menus, visit www.devourdowntown.org.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s 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, January 9

Restaurant Review: The Roost

Coffee Cake                                                Image/IzzyEvans
The Roost has unveiled its new menu and it consists of all the comfort foods a Midwesterner could hope for.
Meatloaf? Check. Fried chicken? Oh yeah. Gravy? Poured on anything that sits still long enough.

Located at 7373 E. 116th St (right at Allisonville Rd.) The Roost is the second oldest member of the Sahm's Restaurant Group, which has been in existence for about 25 years. Normally known as a breakfast and brunch spot for residents of Fishers and other northsiders, the restaurant recently launched its new menu for dinner.
Having been a comfort food-Midwest style cook for my entire life, I am always happy to find it done well in a restaurant. It is absolutely heartbreaking to crave fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans, and end up with a mountain of flavorless white glob, mushy green beans (well done, they are my personal favorite vegetable) and greasy, over-cooked poultry.
Fried Chicken                           Image/IzzyEvans

The Roost provides crispy, juicy fried chicken, mashed potatoes worth eating sans gravy (not that you would) and grean beans seasoned just right. Other menu items worth mentioning are the apple butter and fried biscuits which could satisfy as an addition to any meal, from breakfast on; meatloaf, which was juicy and great alone or as a sandwich, and dessert.

Fried Biscuits/Apple Butter        Image/IzzyEvans
Dessert, which rightfully has many restaurants fighting for a "wow" factor item, can be powerful in its own simplicity. Case in point: Sour Cream Coffee Cake. The northside food spot has outdone itself by not trying to outdo itself. The coffee cake represents the best in flavors without attempting to ooze anything, crystallize sugar or even contain the usual must-have ---- chocolate. A light dusting of powdered sugar is all that is required to carry this cinnamon-enhanced to its goal of satisfying without saturating your sweet tooth.

Bottom Line: The Roost sets out what intends to do: provide Hoosiers with comfort food done simply, done well, and done right here in Indy.

For a full menu, directions and information, visit Sahms/TheRoost

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s 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.

Sunday, January 8

Devour Downtown Winterfest 2012 Signature Drink Winners

Devour Downtown continues its tradition of offering menus at a reduced cost from Indianapolis-area restaurants. The event, which takes place each winter and summer, has become a mecca for foodies, many who attempt to hit each eatery. The 2012 Winterfest runs from Jan. 9 - 22, and includes more than 40 eateries this time.

For a $30 prix fixe menu, one or two guests can dine on specially selected three-course meals. Devour Downtown, originating in 2005, is hosted by the Indianapolis Downtown Restaurant & Hospitality Association. For full list of restuarants, menus and locations, click DevourDowntown.org. Information is also available on Facebook or follow on Twitter @DevourDowntown.

Accompanying the cuisine are the winners of the Signature Drinks competition. I am always pleased to be selected as one of the judges of this distinguished competition. It brings out the best mixologists in Indianapolis for cash prizes and bragging rights. The three categories' liquors, Canadian Club, 1800 Tequila and Grey Goose, are required as the main ingredient in the new recipe, created specifically for the Devour Downtown event.

Winners
1800 Tequila
Drink: 1800 Holiday Wish
Mixologist: Elesia Rock
Restaurant/Bar: Harry & Izzy's
Recipe: Muddle cranberries and lime with simple syrup. Add ice, cranberry juice and 1800 with splash of pomegranate and cranberry juices. Add Triple Sec and a splash of sour mix. Sugar rim of glass, set aside. Shake in a different glass. Build 1/2 of ice, layer of cranberries, other 1/2 of ice, then strain into rimmed glass.


Grey Goose
Drink: The World Traveler
Mixologist: Bryce Tremont
Restaurant/Bar: Lorenzo's Ristorante
Recipe: 1.5 oz. Grey Goose Vodka, 1 oz Huber Winery Blueberry-infused dessert wine, 0.75 oz Chilean Tamaya baby pear juice, splash of St. Germain, splash of Prosecco, Chilean Tamaya baby pear
Pour vodka, dessert wine, pear juice and St. Germain into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and serve in well-chilled martini glass. Garnish with Chilean Tamaya baby Pear. Top with a splash of Prosecco.

Canadian Club Whiskey
Drink: Hoosier Holiday Blend
Mixologist: Elesia Rock
Restaurant/Bar: Harry & Izzy's
Recipe: Muddle cranberries, oranges and cinnamon stick with bitters and light simple syrup. Add Canadian Club and cranberry juice and splash of Sprite.

Images: Izzy Evans
For sponsor information, visit Republic National Distributing Company

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.

Saturday, January 7

Lynyrd Skynyrd Headliner for 2012 Indy 500 Carb Day Concert

LYNYRD SKYNYRD HEADLINES MILLER LITE CARB DAY CONCERT 2012
It hasn't been announced whether Jim Nabors will be singing Back Home Again in Indiana at the Indianapolis 500 2012, but Carb Day's musical headline is definite.

**Press Release**
INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 - Legendary American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will headline the Miller Lite Carb Day concert Friday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The concert, free with Miller Lite Carb Day admission of $20, will take place on the Miller Lite Stage in the IMS infield. Miller Lite Carb Day tickets are available now at www.IMStix.com.

"It's very exciting to welcome Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Lynyrd Skynyrd for the Miller Lite Carb Day concert," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "The band's incredibly powerful live show will help to keep the good times rolling at IMS all the way through Race Weekend."

Lynyrd Skynyrd is the definitive Southern rock band, with a catalog of more than 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million. The band is a cultural icon that appeals to all generations with its backbone of rock and country, passionate vocals and trademark layered guitars. Among the band's popular hits are "Free Bird," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Saturday Night Special" and "What's Your Name?"

The band has persevered with indomitable will and spirit through triumph and tragedy, including a plane crash in 1977 that claimed three band members. Lynyrd Skynyrd's latest album,"God & Guns," continues to feature a muscular, three-guitar attack led by original band member Gary Rossington.

Lynyrd Skynyrd consists of Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals), Rickey Medlocke (guitar), Mark "Sparky" Matejka (guitar), Michael Cartellone (drums), Robert Kearns (bass) and Peter Keys (keyboards), with Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase providing backing vocals as the Honkettes.

The Miller Lite Carb Day Concert featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd will be the finale of an action-packed day at IMS. Also scheduled are the final practice for the 33 starters in the Indianapolis 500, the Freedom 100 race for Firestone Indy Lights and the popular IZOD Pit Stop Challenge.

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for noon Sunday, May 27.
2012 Indianapolis 500 tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race Day ticket prices start at just $30. Fans can buy tickets online at www.imstix.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or by visiting the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

Children 12 and under will be receive free general admission to any IMS event in 2012 when accompanied by an adult general admission ticket holder.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.

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, January 4

Super Bowl XLVI 2012 Indianapolis Gets Super 46 Sandwiches

Meatball Sub-Historic Steer Inn                        Image/Izzy Evans
Hoagy, stacker, sammy... whatever the preferred nickname, pretty much everyone loves some sort of filling between two pieces of some type of bread. In honor of Super Bowl XLVI, the first time ever event in Indianapolis, Super 46 was created by the Indiana Office of Tourism to showcase local foods in the favorite Super Bowl party form.

The sandwich.

The press conference held at Shapiro's Delicatessen January 4 brought out, for the media, some of the 46 sandwiches created by local eateries.
Reuben/Shapiro's                                                                        Image/IzzyEvans
















A great place to highlight great sandwiches, considering the history of the world-famous Indy food stop. Started in 1905, the downtown place has been in the right location for many memorable occasions at Conseco, now Banker's Life Fieldhouse, the Hoosier (aka RCA) Dome, Lucas Oil Stadium, Market Square Arena,, the list goes on...
Prime rib/Harry&Izzy's-St. Elmo's Image/Evans
So many places which have come and gone, and those that are still here, all within walking distance of the still-standing sammy spot. Now the Super Bowl will be within minutes of its doors... one Indianapolis landmark event meeting one Indianapolis landmark restaurant...

Now...on to the sandwiches.
All 46 restaurants were not at the press conference but, the ones that were showcased their goods with flair. Heaping platters of sandwiches were pleasing to the eye and palate. Here is a list of my favorites from the eateries in attendance and their offerings.


Batali/GoosetheMarket             Image/IzzyEvans

















For a complete list of Super 46 sandwiches, click here... in.gov/visitindiana/super46/
For information on the events in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, visit IndianapolisSuperBowl.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.