Monday, July 29

Indiana Author Rita Kohn's play, "Rich Lives" Highlight of Indiana State Fair's Pioneer Village


"Rich Lives," a play by Indiana's well known author, (True Brew) playwright and columnist, (Beer Buzz-NUVO) Rita Kohn, will be one of the highlights at the Indiana State Fair 2013.

The play is based on "Voices of American Homemakers: An Oral History Project of the National Homemakers Council," and includes oral histories of early to Mid-20th Century homemakers. Collected and edited by Eleanor Arnold, Kohn brought the stories and women to the stage, with the performances honoring the 50th anniversary of Pioneer Village, an annual staple of the fair.

The cast includes: Sandra K. Dosterglick, Susan Harless, Myra L. Dworski, Janet Tyner, Sandra J. Barton, Jeannette Simpson Edwards and Fran Wampler Lucas.

Performances at Indiana State Fair/Pioneer Village
Aug. 11 at noon
Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m
Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. and noon.

Price: Free with State Fair admission. 

Image: Andy KlotzElizabeth 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 Fine-living Adviser on Indy Style television program at WISH Ch. 8 (CBS affiliate). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Saturday, July 27

Indianapolis City Ballet Announces 5th Annual Evening with the Stars 2013

Indianapolis City Ballet will host its 5th annual Evening with the Stars performance Sat., September 7, at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre in downtown Indianapolis.

Once again the show will showcase signature pieces from world-renown choreographers, companies and dancers at the annual event. I have written a review in prior years, and it has made this critic's Top 10 List every year.

The performance features principal dancers from key dance companies around the world including: Gillian Murphy and Cory Stearns from American Ballet Theatre, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera and Mikhail Kaniskin from Berlin Ballet, Paulo Arrais from Norwegian National Ballet, Whitney Jensen from Boston Ballet, Aaron Smyth from England National Ballet and soon Joffrey Ballet, Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith from San Francisco Ballet, Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly from Stuttgart Ballet and Andrij Cybyk. Demitra Bereveskos, a young prodigy from Indianapolis who studies in New York City and has metaled at ballet competitions in Boston and Berlin, will also be featured in the performance.

*Artists are subject to change without notice.*

Tickets: at the Murat Theatre Box Office, or by calling 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For information, visit www.IndianapolisCityBallet.org or call (317) 339-1413.

Images from past performances, provided by ICB

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 Fine-living Adviser on Indy STyle television program (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Friday, July 26

Wine Review: Wine App Launches at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar


When reviewing wines, there are many accessories, tools and gadgets that complement the word of wine enthusiasts and I enjoy checking out as many as possible. Case in point: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has launched a useful item called the WiNEPAD.

The custom app on an iPad assists diners with their selection from Fleming's rather extensive list. As daunting as a typical wine list is, the steakhouse's wine offerings are almost overwhelming in its options.

Enter the WiNEPAD. Hand delivered to the table by a server or wine steward, the iPad was developed by Fleming's national wine director Maeve Pesquera and national IT training coordinator Craig Sheppard.
What it is:
Available at all 65 locations, nationwide, the app has a user-friendly touch screen which the guest uses to select their entree and the app offers pairing choices. Tasting notes, labels and the story behind some of the wines are also on the gadget.

What's Your Mood-allows you to choose based on your whim of the moment. In the mood for a white, fruity wine? No problem, touch the button and several choices pop up for your perusal. Ready for a big red? It has those, also. Ten moods with various options should match any mood you are feeling.

Wine List-gives the entire rundown available, categorized by lightest to fullest by region and varietal. Local selections by the wine manager and the famous Fleming's 100 (wines by the glass) is also sorted out for you.

Maeve's Raves-Selections by the creator of the software and the chain's wine guru, Pesquera gives insights to the various favorites.

Perfect Pairings-Based on the guest's food selection, three options are suggested.

Spin the Bottle-In the mood for a surprise? Touch the bottle icon and watch it spin and land on your choice for wine, selected randomly.

Share This Wine-Email yourself the wine you liked or didn't in order to remember on your next visit. The name, notes and image of the label arrives promptly to your inbox.

Friend of Fleming’s-sign up for wine tastings, seasonal menus and more from the iPad.

Tonight’s Features-Lets you know what is going on at the steakhouse nightly.

What I liked: I like having the entire wine menu presented in a lightweight iPad that is updated constantly rather than trying to hold a heavy book of choices that is often in need of updating as in some restaurants.

What I would like to see: A way to suggest personal favorites to the wine director directly on the app, and thoughts on the selections. More of an interactive software.

Bottom Line: Fleming's WiNEPAD is fun, informative and easy to use for those who are interested in wine without fuss.

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, July 23

The Top 10 Best Chocolate Treats in Indianapolis 2013

Chocolate ~ we crave it, love it and seek it out in every form... and that is perfectly fine. After all, it has healthy antioxidants and tastes delicious. Here is a list of folks bringing chocolate goodness to our world and city that I have searched all over to find.

These are The Top 10 Best Chocolate Treats in the Indianapolis area!











Wyliepalooza
Caffeinated chocolate ice cream and Zanzibar chocolate shakes

Severin
Chocolate-dipped bacon

Ruth's Chris Downtown
7-layer chocolate cake
Shula'sIndy.com

Complexions Spa
Chocolate spa treatments
ComplexionsSpa.com

Young Audiences
Chocolate Festival

Handels
Frozen Hot Chocolate, Handels Pops and Chocolate-dipped bananas
Endangered Chocolate
Chocolate candy bars

Sun King
Chocolate Wee Mac

Schakolad Chocolate Factory
Handmade European-style chocolates
SchakoladChocolateFactory.com

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 lifestyle adviser on Indy Style televison (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Monday, July 22

Day-by-Day Schedule for Brickyard 400 2013 Super Weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Day-by-Day Schedule for Brickyard 400 2013
Super Weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

THURSDAY, July 25
On-Track Schedule
9-10:50 a.m. Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Practice
11:05-11:30 a.m. Rolex Sports Car Series GT/GX Practice
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Rolex Sports Car Series Practice (all cars)
12:30-12:55 p.m. Rolex Sports Car Series DP Practice
1:10-1:55 p.m. Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Practice
2:10-2:45 p.m. Rolex Sports Car Series Practice (all cars)
3:20-3:35 p.m. Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST Qualifying
3:45-4 p.m. Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Qualifying
4:15-4:30 p.m. Rolex Sports Car Series GT/GX Qualifying
4:35-4:50 p.m. Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Qualifying
Total Track Activity Time: Six hours

Off-Track Activities
•Social Media Garage: Free social media hub, driver visits, tweet-ups, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., under Tower Terrace grandstand
•Fifth Annual Hauler Parade (Free, Main Street, Speedway)
5-6 p.m.: Live Music, Main Street Stage
6 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Haulers Arrive
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Hauler Hustle 4K run/walk (Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Registration fee required to participate; visit iwant2run.com)
6:45-7:45 p.m.: Pit Stop Challenge (selected fans will perform simulated pit stops on stock cars) 
8-9 p.m.: Live Music, Main Street Stage
Note: Various NASCAR and GRAND-AM drivers and personalities will be interviewed periodically on the Main Street Stage. GRAND-AM race cars also will be on display.

Tickets
•General admission: $10. Children 12 and under admitted free with adult general admission ticket-holder.
•Super Weekend Ticket: Four-day general admission, $80. Children 12 and under admitted free with adult general admission ticket-holder.


Gates Open
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
FRIDAY, July 26
On-Track Schedule
8:30-10 a.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice
10:30-11:25 a.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice
11:35 a.m.-1 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
2-4:30 p.m. Brickyard Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) Race (Timed, 2.5 hours)
5:30-8:30 p.m. Brickyard Grand Prix (Rolex Series) Race (Timed, three hours)
Total Track Activity Time: Nine hours, 20 minutes

Off-Track Activities (Chevy Day at the Brickyard)
•Chevy Driver Autograph Sessions (all in East Chalet, Pagoda Plaza): 8:30 a.m., Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jamie McMurray, Danica Patrick. 2:05 p.m., Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick. All participating fans must have a wristband for each session, one autograph per person. Wristband distribution for both sessions starts at 8 a.m. in the Pagoda Plaza, with 125 wristbands available per session. All participants - adults and children - must have a wristband.

•Team Chevy Driver Q&A (all on Chevy Stage, Museum Lot): 10:05 a.m., Team Chevy Drivers; 1:15 p.m., Johanna Long; 1:45 p.m., Team Chevy Drivers; 4:15 p.m., Jamie McMurray; 4:30 p.m., Paul Menard.

•GRAND-AM Fan Fest: GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race cars on display, drivers available for fan interaction, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Hulman Boulevard (back straightaway of road course)

•Brickyard Sports Car Challenge Pre-Race Ceremonies: Driver introductions, command to start engines, 1:30-1:50 p.m.

•Brickyard Grand Prix Pre-Race Ceremonies: Driver introductions, patriotic songs, command to start engines,5-5:30 p.m.

•Kids Zone: Free games, bounce houses, face painting and more, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., infield

•Hero Zone: Military-themed competitions, obstacle courses and more, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., infield

•Social Media Garage: Free social media hub, driver visits, tweet-ups, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., under Tower Terrace grandstand

Tickets
•General admission: $30/Children 12 and under admitted free with adult GA ticket-holder.


Gates Open
•6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, July 27
On-Track Schedule
9-11 a.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
12:05-1:45 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying
2:10-3:45 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying
4:30-7 p.m. Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race (100 laps)
Total Track Activity Time: Approximately seven hours, 45 minutes

Off-Track Activities
•NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Autograph Session: Autographs with Travis Pastrana, Elliott Sadler and other selected Nationwide Series drivers, 10-11 a.m., East Chalet, Pagoda Plaza. All participating fans must have a wristband, with one item to be signed per driver. Wristband distribution for both sessions starts at 8 a.m. in the Pagoda Plaza, with limited availability.

•NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Autograph Session: Autographs with Jimmie Johnson, Casey Mears, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, noon-12:45 p.m., East Chalet, Pagoda Plaza. All participating fans must have a wristband, with one item to be signed per driver. Wristband distribution for both sessions starts at 8 a.m. in the Pagoda Plaza, with limited availability.

•Cimorelli Concert: 11 a.m., IMS Kids Zone, just north of Pagoda Plaza.

•IMS Kids Club Event: Noon-2 p.m., North Chalet 6A, Pagoda Plaza. For IMS Kids Club Members and their families only. www.ims.com/kidsclub

•Team Chevy Driver Q&A (all on Chevy Stage, Museum Lot): 1 p.m., Danica Patrick; 1:15 p.m., J.J. Yeley, Dave Blaney; 2:15 p.m., Justin Allgaier, Nelson Piquet Jr., Kyle Larson.

•Pre-Race Ceremonies: Driver introductions, military salute, patriotic songs, invocation, command to start engines, 4-4:20 p.m.

•Brickfest Music Festival (Free with admission, Pagoda Plaza Stage)
7:30-8 p.m.: The Cadillac Three
8:15-9:45 p.m.: Justin Moore

•Kids Zone: Free games, bounce houses, face painting and more, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., infield

•Hero Zone: Military-themed competitions, obstacle courses and more, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., infield

•Social Media Garage: Free social media hub, driver visits, tweet-ups, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., under Tower Terrace grandstand

Tickets

•Reserved seats: Range from $50-65.
•General admission: $25/Children 12 and under admitted free with adult general admission ticket-holder.

Gates Open
•7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, July 28
On-Track Schedule
1-4 p.m. Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com
Total Track Activity Time: Approximately three hours

Off-Track Activities
•Team Chevy Driver Q&A (all on Chevy Stage, Museum Lot): 9:10 a.m., Jeff Burton, Austin Dillon; 9:30 a.m., Ryan Newman; 9:45 a.m., Juan Pablo Montoya; 10 a.m., Kevin Harvick; 10:15 a.m., Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne; 10:30 a.m., Dale Earnhardt Jr.; 10:45 a.m. - Jamie McMurray pit crew autograph session.

•Brickfest Music Festival (Free with admission, Infield Stage behind Hall of Fame Museum)
9-9:30 a.m.: The Cadillac Three
9:45-10:15 a.m.: Laura Bell Bundy
10:30-11 a.m.: Dustin Lynch
11:15-11:45 a.m.: Cassadee Pope
Note: Fans also can enjoy a zip line, pool tables, corn hole games, inflatable darts, volleyball, a huge slide, games and more in the Brickfest area.

•Track Walk: Fans who purchased Reserved Seats for Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 can take a complimentary walk on IMS oval from 9:15-10:30 a.m.

•Brickwalk: Fans can watch drivers walk down Yard of Bricks in Pagoda Plaza to Pagoda for driver introductions, noon-12:25 p.m.

•Pre-Race Music Performances (Trackside Stage, Yard of Bricks)
Noon-12:30 p.m.: Justin Moore
12:30-1 p.m.: National anthem, Cassadee Pope; "America the Beautiful," Laura Bell Bundy

•Pre-Race Ceremonies: Driver introductions, military salute, patriotic songs, invocation, command to start engines, 12:30-1:08 p.m.

•Kids Zone: Free games, bounce houses, face painting and more, 8 a.m.-Lap 80 of race, infield

•Social Media Garage: Free social media hub, driver visits, tweet-ups, 8 a.m.-Lap 80 of race, under Tower Terrace grandstand

Tickets
•Reserved seats: Range from $40-150.
•General admission: $30/Children 12 and under admitted free with adult GA ticket-holder.

•Turn 3 Infield Public Parking: $25. Must be purchased in advance from IMS Ticket Office or www.ims.com/tickets. Parking in other IMS lots outside of track available for $20.


Gates Open
•6 a.m.-6 p.m.

IMS ONLINE

•Web: www.ims.com


•Twitter: www.twitter.com/IMS or @IMS


•Mobile app: Search for Brickyard Mobile at iTunes, the Android Market or Google Play
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2013 Kroger Super Weekend tickets: Ticket orders for the 2013 Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard can be made at www.ims.com/tickets and through 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.

Images by: Chris Owens

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, July 17

Filmmakers, Screenwriters, Publishers and more at Across the Arts July 20

Debbie Knox, WISH TV 8 anchor at Indy 500
Being invited to speak, either on a panel or solo, is always an honor for me. I enjoy teaching others what I have learned over the years of working on and with newspapers, magazines, radio, online and television.

Being invited to speak at Across the Arts is particularly exciting as it is for more than just writers. It encompasses Award-winning filmmakers, publishers, screen writers, social media experts (including me) and more giving their time and expertise to the up and coming artists. The all day event will be held at The Palladium, and is followed by a wine and cheese party. I hope you will join us as this is going to be a 'learn more than you thought possible' opportunity.

My topic will be the practical application of social media for creative  occupations. I would love to meet everyone and answer any questions you may have. And, because we are a creative lot, the organizers have made it a FUN and interactive conference so you will not be bored. I like that...

WriteStuff Writers and The Center for Performing Arts in Carmel will team up for Across the Arts, Sat., July 20.

The one-of-a-kind event transforms the Palladium into a “Writer’s Studio” for a day of literary fun with up-close-and-personal conversations with some of Indiana’s finest writers across the writing spectrum.

Use promo code "Write Stuff" for discounted tickets

Guest Speakers
Michael Shelden
Pulitzer Prize finalist and esteemed biographer (Simon & Schuster)

Angelo Pizzo (Hoosiers, Rudy)
Academy Award-winning screenwriter
Angelo Pizzo (L) with Rob Reiner at Flipped red carpet event
Dan Wakefield
Novelist and screenwriter

Edward Kelsey-Moore
Fiction author and noted cellist

Michael Husain
Emmy-winning documentarian

Matthew Tully
columnist/Indianapolis Star

Elizabeth J. Musgrave
syndicated columnist, GottaGo.us, Indy Style, travel writer and photographer
Elizabeth J. Musgrave, lifestyle writer, photographer & adviser

Debbie Knox
WISH-TV news anchor

Andy Murphy

author/literary agent
Andy Murphy ~ literary agent and author

Amanda Heckart
Editor, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine

Tania Moskalenko
President, Center for Performing Arts

Dick Wolfsie
Humorist

Publishers
Saturday Evening Post
Indianapolis University Press
Dog Ear Publishing
Towne Posts

The event, noon to 6 p.m., will be divided into two sessions made up of panels including Indiana authors, publishers, columnists, magazine editors, social media experts, filmmakers and film festival executives, with plenty of time for audience Q&A. And audience members will have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes while being treated to the laugh-inducing game show Wait, Wait, Do Tell Me! hosted by humorist Dick Wolfsie.

Dog Ear Publishing will host a 30-minute educational presentation for those attendees interested in learning about the current state of the publishing industry.

Across the Arts will cap off with an After the Event VIP wine and cheese party followed by a special movie presentation hosted by Heartland Film Festival/Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.

General admission tickets are $60, $40 for seniors (55+) and $18 for any student or teacher with a valid student/school ID. To purchase tickets, call the Center for Performing Arts Box Office at (317) 843-3800 or order online at www.TheCenterPresents.org.

For a complete Across the Arts program listing, visit www.writestuffwriters.com. For more information on the event, contact WriteStuff Writers founder Andy Murphy at (317) 432-9804 or andymurphy@sbcglobal.net.

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.

Monday, July 1

Sammy Terry Dies at 83

Sammy Terry (Robert Carter) 1929- June 30, 2013
Sammy Terry (nee Robert "Bob" Carter) who appeared as the ghoulish character "Sammy Terry" during the 1960s, '70s and '80s as host on late night "Nightmare Theater," and "Shock Theater," has died. Terry appeared on local television affiliate WTTV in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The weekend popular program showed two films with break commentary by the host. The host would play with his faithful pet spider, George, and chat with the audience.



Outside of the campy, B-movie show, Carter owned and managed his music store, Family Music Center,  on Indy's east side.
Carter had lived for the past several years in a retirement community, passing away Sunday. A public viewing is expected to be arranged and announced.

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.