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Gift Local: A Very SoBro Option

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Our Gift Local series provides a cavalcade of smart, creative gift ideas designed to make your holidays merry and artful. We're asking local tastemakers, arts leaders and curators of culture for their ideas for best bets.

Today's Gift Giver: Michael Kaufmann has made a career out of unlikely artful adventures. He's worked in music, performance art and film archiving, and he ran a mighty independent music label, Asthmatic Kitty. After 11 years of label development, project management and A&R (artists and repertoire), he took a position with Eskenazi Health, where he currently works as director of special projects and civic investment - he's one of the key figures behind their art collection and musical adventures. He also contributes his time to an impressive number of boards and community efforts.

Michael Kaufmann has made a career out of unlikely artful adventures, and he wants to help you find some of your own in SoBro. - POLINA OSHEROV/ LUNA MUSIC
  • Polina Osherov/ LUNA music
  • Michael Kaufmann has made a career out of unlikely artful adventures, and he wants to help you find some of your own in SoBro.

His Recommendation: "The South Broad Ripple Cultural Experience" - with stops at several shops at the corner of College Avenue and 52nd Street. He recommends beginning at La Mulita with fish tacos. Then, head across the street to LUNA music to pick out a record "from one of the many great local labels" putting out music. Finally, around the corner on 52nd street, go to PrintText and let them choose a magazine, though Kaufmann suggests "steering them toward Pattern or Driftless," two magazines made in Indiana with a great deal of style and care. If you want to add a final twist, you can head a few blocks west and south to Gelo, Napolese's little sister spot serving up delizioso gelato. Unless you've broken the bank, in which case he thinks you should just go to the gas station across the street and pick up some Reese's peanut butter cups.

The ideal candidate: "This is the right gift for me -- or for all the Fountain Square snobs (just kidding, he jokes)-- who don't think there's any culture north of 16th street."

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