Tuesday, April 30

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino 2013 Summer's Greatest Hits Music Series Includes Go-Gos, B-52s & More


Hoosier Park Racing & Casino includes bigger names, a variety of genres and both genders this year in its lineup for 2013 Summer's Greatest Hits Music Series.


Located on the track side of the Anderson venue, the amphitheater has become a summer tradition for fans of numerous types of music.

For reviews, return to GottaGo.us throughout the 2013 season. Ticket information and links are located below schedule.


2013 Performances

Huey Lewis & the News
Saturday, June 8
Known for such hits as “The Heart of Rock and Roll” and “I Want a New Drug”  Huey Lewis & the News kick off the summer concert series on with their "Sports" Anniversary Tour, named after their seven-time platinum 1983 album. 

The B-52s and The Go-Go’s
Saturday, June 29
Fellow 1980s rockers, The B-52s and The Go-Go’s, will bring their new-wave brand of rock to the stage playing their respective hits that include “Love Shack” and “We Got the Beat.”

Willie Nelson and Family
Friday, July 12
Country music legend Willie Nelson will treat country music fans to the classics that built his storied career such as “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind.” Alongside his series of fan favorites, Nelson and Family will play songs from their album, “Let’s Face the Music and Dance,” described as a collection of American standards and country classics.

The Beach Boys
Saturday, Aug. 31
The smooth, surfer-inspired harmonies of The Beach Boys will once again grace the Hoosier Park summer stage since last performing at the Anderson racetrack and casino in July '09. Recently coming off their 50th anniversary international tour, they've released a new studio album that represents a new harmonic blending from a super group with such hits as “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin’ U.S.A,” and “Kokomo.”


Hoosier Park's outdoor music center accommodates up to 4,500 reserved ticket seats. The music center features a wide variety of ticket options, including premium VIP seating and private party decks complete with personal beverage service.

Tickets range from $23 to $67 and can be purchased by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting Ticketmaster.com. Special VIP seating is available for an additional charge. Concertgoers may also purchase directly from the box offices located in Shelby’s Gifts at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino or in Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB located in downtown Indianapolis. Club Centaur members receive a 20 percent discount on tickets purchased at either Hoosier Park box offices.

Images: Provided by Hoosier Park

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Saturday, April 20

Vintage Indiana Wine Festival Seeks Volunteers June 1, 2013

Vintage Indiana Wine Festival ~ June 1, 2013, Seeks Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the 14th annual Vintage Indiana Wine Festival. Volunteers signing up for a three-hour shift will receive free admission, a t-shirt, free parking and a wine glass. Help serve more than 200 wines samples, sell thousands of bottles of Hoosier-made wine, greet visitors assist chefs at food demonstrations and food sales.

To sign up, go to www.vintageindiana.com/volunteer and choose the shift and work area preference.

JW Marriott and Vintage Indiana package includes two adult tickets and a hotel room. Click JW Marriott Vintage Wine Festival Pkg. for the package.

Tickets are available by clicking TicketsPurchase now, or can be purchased at any Marsh Supermarket beginning May 1.Wineries, restaurants, artisan vendors and concerts will be announced soon.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Thursday, April 18

Jimmy Buffett Sings in Indianapolis While Lulu Buffett Serves Up Fun and Food in Gulf Shores, Alabama

JIMMY BUFFETT AND THE CORAL REEFER BAND
"Songs from St. Somewhere" Tour 2013
Thursday - June 27 - 8 pm

In a 2013 summer concert lineup heavy in country artists, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band is one of few standing out at Klipsch Music Center for alternate options. For one performance, Buffett will take the stage, Thursday, June 27, as part of his “Songs From St. Somewhere” Tour 2013.

The artist will be back in the studio to record a new album, tentatively titled "Songs from St. Somewhere," to be released on Mailboat Records. Last summer the Margaritaville singer-songwriter released a new CD/DVD on Mailboat Records called "Welcome To Fin City," which was recorded during two Las Vegas concerts.
Having not been to a Buffett concert as of this date, my curiosity is piqued. Perhaps mostly because others crow about the fun and I dined at his sister's restaurant recently in Gulf Shores, AL. Fans may have known the touring party guy has a sister, but it was news to me.

The happening spot, called Lulu's, (www.LuluBuffett.com) is a restaurant, live music venue, gift shop and bar all rolled into one, giant party-atmosphere adult and child play land of sorts. Although I attempt to keep an open mind when reviewing all the various restaurants I review, patterns do form and generally tourist town food offerings are not the strongest point at "fun palaces." However...Lulu's is one of the exceptions. In fact, the food was outright phenomenal rising high above expectations.

What's the best food to order from the menu?

Easy ~ seafood. You are in a Gulf Shores beach town after all.

First off, a must-try are crab claws. They are fresh, blue claws and you will want them fried.

Yes, fried ~ you're on vacation and calories don't count, right? Besides, and you can trust me on this one, you will be in the Gulf's water swimming, kayaking and playing so much you will absolutely burn off any calories you might accidentally pick up. This is the first travel-writing trip ever where I arrived home weighing less than before I went ~ by four pounds, to be exact. Also get the oysters (fried) and the fried green tomatoes.

One other must-get... smoked tuna dip served with various dippers. Once you try smoked tuna dip, you will look for it on menus all over town.

Lulu's exemplifies the very essence of Gulf Shores attitude, which is: Have fun! Whether playing sand volleyball, hollering at friends sitting nearby or dancing the night away to the live music entertainment, it is difficult to not let the waves of happiness and relaxation wash right over you, sweeping your troubles right on out with the tide.

Having visited his sister's jumping joint, it is only fitting to now visit the one who started the whole idea that hanging out and having fun past the age of 30 is perfectly okay. If I make Jimmy Buffett's concert, you will be able to catch the review right back here.

Tickets: Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, (800) 745-3000.
Buffett images: Provided by Klipsch
Lulu's images: Izzy Evans & Elizabeth J. Musgrave

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Thursday, April 11

Restaurant Review: Another Broken Egg Cafe

It's exciting when a new restaurant opens in town. It's even more exciting when the concept is something just a little different. Another Broken Egg Cafe opens Monday, April 15, in Indianapolis at the 96th and N. Meridian area with a breakfast~brunch~lunch concept.

Checking out the new eatery from Ruth's Chris' local franchisee owners, I was impressed upon entering at the warm atmosphere, colors and decor. Imagine, if you will, a place where modern French Country decor, whimsical artwork and southern charm blend together harmoniously ~ silently inviting you to sit and sip mimosas, nibble on biscuit Beignets ($4.99) and catch up with friends and family in a sunny dining area or at the roomy bar.

Service is more than the obligatory niceness; there appears to be genuine caring about customers' needs and an excitement in the staff about the food selection, which includes the familiar with an unfamiliar twist.

Grits? Yes, but with blackberries. Omelettes? Naturally, however they come in such options as: The Floridian with cream cheese, crab meat and Monterey Jack cheese, Bacquezo with bacon, chorizo (made in house), The Mardi Gras loaded with Andouille, crawfish and red bell peppers, just to cite a few.

The menu bears marks signifying items that are Gluten-free, Vegetarian, House-made and Signature dishes. Healthy and indulgent choices give the diner several ways to eat, depending on his mood. For the behaving guest, the Seasonal Fruit Platter ($6.99) currently includes mangoes, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries and more with a dip for temptation's sake.

Sweet Potato Pancakes ($7.49) arrive to you with one plate-size pancake topped with cinnamon-marmalade infused syrup, spiced pecans and whipped cream. The Southern Crabstack ($13.49) comes in a skillet with a crabcake nestled atop a gritcake and surrounded by Andouille sausage and shrimp saute and a serving of crispy cubed potatoes.

Influenced with comfort food of the Midwest, the southern region and Creole favorites, the menu has a wide variety without going overboard. Burgers, salads, a variety of Signature Benedicts and Scramble Skillets, with a lengthy list of sides rounds out the menu nicely.

The full-service bar serves up local spirits, including Fuzzy's vodka in its well-garnished and infused-vodka Bloody Mary. Perfect-for-brunch cocktails, including Mimosas and Peach Bellinis, are listed at a lower price point than anticipated as are specialty coffee drinks.

Collectible stoneware coffee mugs, handcrafted by Deneen Pottery, are available as a souvenir or gift at the front counter in a variety of colors (I chose periwinkle).

Another Broken Egg Cafe will open a second Indy location toward the end of summer in the new hotel The Alexander and will offer dinner as well. Hours at the north side spot are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. seven days a week. Located in the strip mall which includes Daddy Jack's and Kona Jack's, this is not a Cracker Barrel or Waffle House style morning eatery and will easily become a favorite brunch choice for me.

Must-try items on the next visit are: Cinnamon Roll French Toast ($10.99) a giant cinnamon roll grilled with French toast batter, served with cream cheese, Bananas Foster sauce, berries and whipped cream; Southern Shrimp Salad ($9.99) with mixed greens, grilled shrimp, strawberries, blueberries, sprouts, feta and sliced almonds with garlic French bread; Baked Brie Delight ($10.49) with apples, pecans and raisins sauteed in a Grand Marnier butter sauce over warm Brie cheese with toasted French bread and the Lobster & Brie Omelette ($14.99) a cream-cheese filled omelette with Brie and sauteed lobster meat, topped with a Champagne butter sauce, diced tomatoes and scallions.

Okay...maybe my next two or three visits.

Bottom Line: Another Broken Egg Cafe is a welcome addition to the food scene on the north side with a menu that is lively, portions that are great for sharing and a welcoming ambiance.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Wednesday, April 10

20th annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House April 26 and 27

For the twentieth year, the historic former car factory that houses artists’ studios will come alive for a weekend in the spring. More than 70 artists will welcome visitors to their studios at the 20th annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House April 26 and 27.

The event began in 1993 when building owner Turner Woodard, an abstract painter himself, joined with a few other artists to host an open house. They threw some beer on ice in a plastic kids swimming pool and invited some friends.

Now, the event attracts 5,000 people every year, bringing to the historic Stutz building art lovers of all types who welcome the chance to wander through artists’ studios.

“Lots of people have been to art galleries and art fairs, but what’s different at the open house is that you get the chance to see where and how the work is created,” said Tom Potter, co-chair of the 2013 event.

The open house is an opportunity to see artwork in the settings where it’s created. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. The event also offers a rare chance to see vintage cars on display in the historic Stutz car factory.

Friday night, the event includes live music, including electric violinist Cathy Morris, while Saturday afternoon features hands-on art activities, an exhibition of work by Saturday School students from the Herron School of Art and Design, and free ice cream beginning at 2 p.m. while supplies last.

Housing the largest group of artists under one roof in the Midwest, the exterior of the yellow brick buildings that comprise the complex have changed little since the Stutz motor car was made here. Located on an entire city block in downtown Indianapolis, the interior of the 400,000-square-foot former car factory has been renovated into studios and office space.

Participating artists include:

Barbara Applegate-Jones, painting

John Bartlow, photography

JD Bills, paint & digital media

Faith Blackwell, photography

Linette Bledsoe, painting

JanettMarie Braun, painting

Susan D. Brewer, painting

Francie Broadie, jewelry

Vicki Broadie, painting

Emily Budd, sculpture/jewelry

Lydia Burris, mixed media

Martha Carlson, painting/photography

Shawn Causey, painting

Andy Chen, photography

Susan Christensen, painting/collage, jewelry

Katie Clayton, quilts/fabric

Cathy Cunningham, mixed

Anthony Dunne, photography

Camille Dunne, photography

Leigh Dunnington-Jones, metal & jewelry

Wendy Franklin, fiber

Bonnie Fillenwarth, painting

James Gerard, painting/drawing/sculpture

Victoria Gillieron, painting

Ritch Hanna, painting

Judy Hauth, metal/metal-clay/jewelry

Susan Hazer, jewelry & metalwork

Pete Howard, photography

Sarah Kercheval, photography

Amy Kirchner, painting

John Kirchner, woodwork

James Klosterman, encaustic painting

Jane Knight, finger painting

Lauren Kussro, sculpture/print-making

Laura LaForge, acrylic painting

Joe Leavell, photography/painting

Diane Lyon, painting

Terri McCatchie, painting

Mallory Marty, mixed

Bruce Moore, painting

Gayle Moore, photography

Sally Moore, fine art painting

Colleen Murphy, painting

Adam Noel, mixed media

Melissa Parrott-Quimby, sculpture/ceramics

Brian Phillips, collage/painting

Tom Potter, photography

Martha Sando, oil painting

Elise Schweitzer, painting

Constance Scopelitis, painting

David Joseph Sloma, silver resin jewelry

Taylor Anne Smith, painting

Rita Spalding, oil painting

Stewart Sparks, photography

Heather Stamenov, painting/photography/video

Ed Stewart, photography

Michael Swolsky, metal sculpture

Caroline Tabac-Shank, sculpture

Martha Vaught, painting/printmaking

Jack Wickes, photography

Julia Zollman Wickes, painting & drawing

Vicky Shaffer White, painting

Turner Woodard, painting

WHAT: 20th annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House
WHEN: Friday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Stutz Business Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis
Enter Bearcat Alley from 10th or 11th streets.

(Free event parking in designated lots and free on-street parking on Capitol and Senate avenues and 11th Street.)

COST: $10 advanced sale tickets at select Old National Bank branches and the Stutz Business Office; $14 at Eventbrite; $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free

INFO: www.stutzartists.com, 317-503-6420

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Thursday, April 4

Roger Ebert Dies at 70

Roger Joseph Ebert
(June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013)

Roger Joseph Ebert, best known for his candid film reviews, has died from a lengthy battle with cancer today.

Having written for the Chicago-Sun Times for more than four decades, Ebert was teamed with Gene Siskel to debate over movies, giving audiences opposing view points and their well-known thumbs up or thumbs down after each critique. "At the Movies" and "Siskel and Ebert At the Movies" made the pair famous around the world. Television partner Gene Siskel, passed away in 1999 at the age of 53 from complications arising from brain surgery. Ebert continued on solo, then with Richard Roeper. The critic also garnered accolades, winning a Pulitzer in 1975 for film criticism and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Chicagoan was also the author of 15 books, a contributor to various magazines, a blogger, and instructor and lecturer at the University of Chicago.

Ebert was 70 years old and survived by his wife, Chaz Hammelsmith.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Wednesday, April 3

Broadway Across America Indianapolis 2013-2014 Season Gets Wicked with Ghost, Flashdance and Mormons

BroadwayInIndianapolis.com brings fresh shows and a (now) classic favorite to the 2013-2014 season. Check back to GottaGo.us for reviews of each of the shows or catch them on WIBC Saturday mornings.

2013-2014 SEASON

FLASHDANCE
October 1-6, 2013
*Clowes Hall
FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. It features the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance - What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," and "I Love Rock & Roll."

WICKED
November 13-December 1, 2013

*Old National Centre
Back by "Popular" demand. Variety calls WICKED "a cultural phenomenon,” and when it last played Indianapolis in 2011, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is the story of  long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete - and completely satisfying - new musical in a long time" (USA Today).

GHOST THE MUSICAL
March 4-9, 2014
*Old National Centre
Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar-winning movie GHOST in a brand-new Broadway musical. GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.

MEMPHIS
April 1-6, 2014
*Clowes Hall
From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, comes a hot new four-time Tony winning Broadway musical with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY
May 13-18, 2014
*Clowes Hall
THE ADDAMS FAMILY is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you.

THE BOOK OF MORMON
June 17-22, 2014
*Old National Centre
THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s
Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

For more information visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Theater Review: Broadway Across America ~ Indianapolis: American Idiot

American Idiot opens this week in Indianapolis, running through Sunday, April 7, at Clowes Memorial Hall, on Butler University campus.The punk-pop opera features tunes from the Green Day album, with extra songs added in to the delight of fans.

With a story line that is none too original, the performance starts out loud and raucous becoming more so as the tempers, frustrations and desperation mounts within the main characters, Johnny, Will and Tunny. Three friends wanting to shed their boring, do-nothing, suburban lives post high school, aim to go to the city for all the action they believe will make their lives count for something more. Will and Tunny, portrayed by Casey O'Farrell and Thomas Hettrick, "escape" to the city sans Johnny, played by Alex Nee, whose girlfriend has become pregnant.

O"Farrell, Hettrick and Nee rock the stage and audience with an opening of approximately minutes worth of their emotional outburst, squarely letting the world know they are ready for action.
The setting is wired for audio/visual with about two dozens television sets of varying sizes, strobe lights, and all the other punk-rock fixtures you would imagine at their concert. If you are prone to migraines or are adverse to ultra-loud noises, it would be best to skip this show.

Heather, played by Kennedy Caughell, and Whatsername, portrayed by Alyssa DiPalma, added decidedly to the quality of vocal talent produced by the main trio. Although the music was too loud to understand the men more often than not, the females were able to be understood and appreciated much more.

Bottom Line: With a setting of stark reality, an aerial performance midstream and an in-your-face visual and audio attack to the senses, fans of American Idiot and Green Day will not be disappointed by this performance.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Tuesday, April 2

CASINO AZTAR TO BECOME TROPICANA EVANSVILLE

*Press Release*
Casino Aztar opened its doors in December of 1995 in Evansville, Indiana introducing casino-style gaming to the Hoosier state. Today, Casino Aztar has become one of Evansville’s largest employers with almost 950 team members and has established itself as a leading corporate citizen.

Over the past 17 years, Casino Aztar has invested over $212 million into the development of their Riverfront Park location with many milestone developments: Riverfront Pavilion in 1996; Casino Aztar Hotel in 1996; Aztar Executive Conference Center in 2004; and $40 million Entertainment District featuring the Le Merigot Hotel, Blush Ultralounge and restaurant venues in 2006.

In 2010, Casino Aztar emerged from bankruptcy from former owner Columbia Sussex with a new company -- Tropicana Entertainment, Inc. At that time, the City of Evansville formed a new relationship with Tropicana Entertainment, Inc. and ushered in a new era of prosperity for Casino Aztar. Additional improvements of hundreds of new slot and gaming machines, a pedestrian bridge connecting the boutique Le Merigot hotel directly with the gaming floor and pavilion amenities, and a recent renovation to the Casino Aztar Hotel worth more than $6 million have been highlights of a capital investment plan over the last three years that has totaled over $19.3 million.

Casino Aztar will be rebranded as Tropicana Evansville in June 2013.

Guests can look for additional changes in the near future to launch the new brand in June, including a stronger sense of arrival to the downtown casino property complimenting the customer service and fun gaming experience. A full slate of rebranding events to celebrate the transition to Tropicana Evansville will be announced in the near future.

Tropicana Entertainment Inc. owns and operates 7 casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and New Jersey. In addition, the company owns a development property in Aruba. Tropicana Entertainment properties collectively have 5,750 rooms, 8,300 slot positions and 240 table games.

Images: Furnished by Casino Aztar

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Monday, April 1

Theater Review: Beef and Boards Menopause the Musical

Menopause the Musical opens at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre this week to the sound of an audience
gone wild. Who knew menopausal-age women (and their menfolk, by the way) could be so energetic and exuberant?

I do now.

Lest you believe only the Red Hat Society ladies like this show, the audience was young, old, male and female.

Four women "meet" each other while fighting over a black brassiere in a sale bin at Bloomingdale's, NYC. Four women from four different lifestyles find they all have one thing in common ~ menopause. Hot flashes, night sweats, crankiness, crying jags, sex drive and vibrators all get discussed ~ and sung about ~ in the 90-minute show, which has no intermission, by the way.

Lamenting, laughing and listening to each other about the symptoms transferring them to their golden years bring on songs from the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Lyrics befitting the problems associated with aging explain away their pains, desires and frustrations. "Chain of Fools," Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Puff the Magic Dragon," Good vibrations," "What's Love  Got to do With It?" and "I Got You Babe" are just a few of the two dozen songs revamped for the cause. Short of stamping their feet, the theater-goers gave their stamp of approval to the well known and loved show. And, who could blame them?

Tiffanie Bridges, a veteran of Menopause graces the northside stage with all the freshness of her first performance as Professional Woman in the worldwide phenomena known to middle-age women as true, accurate and hilarious. Chances are if you saw Menopause at the Athenaeum a few years back, it was Bridges who blew you away with her vocals.
Bridges has appeared in the show in more than 40 cities over the past eight years. Also known throughout the Indy area, the powerhouse of vocal talent brings the audience to cheers and tears. With an arch of her eyebrow the soulful singer wins arguments with the other three ladies ~ with a song or two she wins over the audience's admiration. This lady is quickly becoming one of my Designation Singers in town.

Joining Bridges in the quarrelsome foursome is Judy Bridgewater, absolutely delightful portraying Iowa Housewife. Bridgewater brings a naivete required for the role, while still able to sass it up when necessary. Dee Etta Rowe hums along in her role as Earth Mother, giving the holistic approach for aging.

Rebecca Fisher, as Soap Star, debuts at B&B, which is surprising as she rocks the diva role, portraying the shallow, vain television actress with a devilish charm. If this is her first performance at B&B, let us pray it isn't her last.

*Special note: Adult-themed subject throughout the performance makes this an adults-only program.

Bottom Line: Women and men will enjoy ~ equally ~ the hilarious Menopause the Musical at Beef and Boards due to the creative lyrics and fabulous talent.

For tickets, performance times and group discounts, visit www.BeefandBoards.com.
Images: www.JulieCurryPhotography.com

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for www.GottaGo.us. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com, and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.