Friday, June 13, 2008

Indianapolis Is Cool!

So, Thursday night was a pretty neat evening. Stacy and I traveled downtown for the ol' dinner and a movie date, but with a few twists. First, we took advantage of Devour Downtown and dined at The Capital Grille. Located in the fabulous Conrad Indianapolis Hotel, the restaurant is an infusion of Indiana Heritage, elegance, and great food. We were treated like food critics, and received a complimentary tuna appetizer, which had such a perfect malaise, it melted in mouth. Our meal was the standard Devour menu, we chose the Kona Sirloin, which has a coffee ground crust. It was served with a side of mash potato's and creamy spinach. My father once told me that you can tell the quality of a steak by the look and presentation, and at The Capital Grill this is exactly the way it worked. The steak was a perfect combination of taste and quality. Most of all, the desert, which was the cheesecake, was delicious and graciously portioned. One final comment about my dining experience, if you are a big fan of knowledgeable service, our servers were top notch. Ask for Brian Phillips or Scott Starret, they went well beyond their required service to make the dinner a perfect experience.

Following, dinner Stacy and I went for a quick stroll around the circle, and then caught the Red Line. The Red Line is a part of IndyGo Transportation, which provides free trips up (and down Ohio Street) and around IUPUI. It was my first bus experience, and I've realized that I have to be a little less outgoing on the bus because I talk to too many people. This one guy (who only had one eye and was homeless), who I had a little conversation with, got a little too friendly and wanted to start a bus riding friendship with me. But I survived, and feel a lot more comfortable with the whole process now.

We jumped off the route just outside the Indiana Historical Society, which was featuring their summer concert series. This is why Indianapolis is so cool because there is always something going on. Just up the street, set-up has begun for this weekends Jazz fest. Finally, we arrived at the Indiana State Museum for our night-cap.

Yats, along with Hanover College, Butler Toyota Scion, the Jazz Kitchen, and Nuvo, were presenting a New Orleans Fund-raiser called "The Voice of the Wetlands" at the IMAX Theater. It featured two films. The first was short film called Happiness, which is a personal reflection of Yats founder Joe Vuskovich and was directed by Duncan Alney. The main film was MacGillivray Freeman's Hurricane on the Bayou. This IMAX film follows four musicians at they dig through the culture of New Orleans, and most of all, it presents the current environmental issues affecting the wetlands.

Here's a short clip from Happiness:

Click here for more information on the IMAX film, Hurricane on the Bayou.

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