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  • Evan West

    Executive Editor

    Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. "The Collapse," West's account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. In addition to IM, his work has appeared in Fast Company, American Way, NFL, Atlanta, and Wabash magazines. He lives on the near-east side.

 

Street Savvy: East 10th Steet

Regulars at scrappy little Tin Comet Coffee leave their favorite mugs—dated vessels touting IHOP, Florida travel, The Far Side, and so on—hanging on a wall for use on return visits. Read more...

Traveler: Southern Indiana & Thunder Over Louisville

Spectators needn’t leave Indiana to take it all in: Across the water from the bluegrass metropolis, a cluster of Hoosier burgs offers visitors a view of the aerial extravaganza against a glittering skyline backdrop. And saves you from the region’s bane: bridge congestion. Read more...

Remember the Tigers

The players of Crispus Attucks High School wrote a new chapter in the book of Hoosier basketball lore—one in which underdogs could be kids from urban ghettos, could grow up shooting in alleys and parks, could be black and be a vital part of the glory of the game. Read more...

The Give Guide: The Good Words

"I had a lot of disappointments, not being able to read. Problems in school, people making fun of me, people laughing. I left when I was about 15. I was good with my hands, so I tried going into Job Corps." Read more...

The Give Guide: Puppy Love

Whenever I took walks in the park with my own dog, Puppy would run out of an alley or from between two houses to meet us. I liked to believe that when it got dark and the night turned cold, he went back to wherever he was supposed to be, and someone there let him inside. Read more...

Taste Test: IM Drinks Sun King on the Job

Reading Michael Rubino’s Sun King feature in the October issue made us thirsty—so we took our growlers to the brewery and got fill-ups of all the current offerings. And we asked Dave Colt, Sun King's head brewer, to lead the tasting. Read more...

Taste Test: Indiana State Fair and Dig IN

If the Fair is for eaters, Dig IN is for foodies. Read more...

Go Now: 5 Great Indiana Lakes

Be advised, though: Properties right on the water don’t come on the market very often. You might need to make a few trips. Try to suffer through it. Read more...

Street Savvy: Speedway

Dawson’s on Main has only been open for a few years, but it feels like an old town favorite. Read more...

Monon Trail Dog-Lover's Guide

Your best buddy can party in Broad Ripple, too: The deck and patio at Plump’s Last Shot is a happening scene for sociable dogs, with water bowls and servers who’ve been known to bring biscuits. Read more...