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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: Sept. 01, 2017

Buzzing Around Town

Labor Day Street Fair
Monday, September 4, 2017
The Jazz Kitchen sidewalk
5577 N. College Ave - all-ages, free, 2:30 - 8 pm
I cannot believe that this is the 21st year for the Labor Street Fair neighborhood party - I counted back on my fingers and it's true. I was working at CATH Inc at the time and set up kiddo games - I think I still have the duck pond supplies in my basement - and sold iced tea and sodas. I love that the tradition has continued.
The corner of 54th and College looked different then. CATH was across 54th street from the Jazz Kitchen, where Fresh Market is now. Atlas Supermarket was open on the northeast corner of the same property. Brooke's Army Navy Supply was on the northwest corner and the Broad Ripple Pie Company next to them.
There will be food and beverages available for purchase from Yat's and The Jazz Kitchen. There will be limited seating, so feel free to bring a lawn chair.
The musical lineup is:
Clifford Ratliff & Friends | 2:30-4p
Pavel and Direct Contact | 4:30-6p
Rob Dixon and Friends | 6:30-8p
I'll see you there!

French Market
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Saint Joan of Arc Church
4217 Central Ave - all-ages, free, noon - 10 pm
Speaking of long-running neighborhood festivals, this will be 27th year for the French Market. Saint Joan of Arc's fundraiser started as a Sunday afternoon picnic in a parishioner's back yard. Now the day-long event includes music, artisans, children's activities, and of course, delicious food and wine (and beer).
Don't forget to purchase a raffle ticket or four. Prizes include cash, a scooter, a quilt, an iPad, and Colts tickets.
The funds raised from the French Market are used for maintenance and upkeep of the school and gorgeous built-in 1929 church. You can take a formal tour of the historic church led by historian and parishioner William Selm at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. Mass will be celebrated in French by Father Michael Hoyt at 4:30.
I will be there all day with our Second Helpings students who are getting some real-life training working in a small kitchen and preparing classic French dishes. Be sure and thank them when you see them.
The musical line up is:
The Julia Kahn Band |noon - 2:00
Midtown Mad Men | 2:15-4:15
French Axe | 4:30 - 6:30
Toy Factory | 7 - 10

Tonic Ball
Friday, November 17, 2017
Various Fountain Square Venues
21+ (one all-ages venue), $50, 7 - 10 pm
I'm giving you all a huge heads-up. Tonic Ball will surely sell out again this year. The event, benefiting Second Helpings, will take over Fountain Square and part of Prospect Street. If you haven't been to Tonic Ball before I can guarantee that it will be an absolute blast.
Each venue will feature a dozen bands covering the songs of a different artist. This year's lineup is:
Wilco - Radio Radio
James Brown - HiFi
Dolly Parton - Pioneer
The Cure - White Rabbit
Simon & Garfunkel - Fountain Square Theatre
Get your ticket while you still can!

Not-for-profit director by day, music writer by night, Nora Spitznogle reviews music that happened and previews music and events around Broad Ripple Village. Nora managed CATH Inc coffeehouse at 54th Street and College Avenue for seven years. During that time she hosted hundreds of local and touring musicians, both at the coffeehouse and her home. When CATH closed in 2004 and the music was no longer coming to her, she had to wander from her corner of Broad Ripple to see what is happening elsewhere. You can find her at Second Helpings during the work day, waitressing at the Red Key on Saturday nights and prowling Broad Ripple music venues the rest of the time. Visit Nora's Web site, send any questions, comments or suggestions to
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