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The Ghost Inside drummer asked for Mary…and is ready for the future!

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One of the most amazing stories to come out of Mary Free Bed in my three years at the rehabilitation hospital…and there are a TON of wonderful stories every day. The band The Ghost Inside was involved in a horrible bus accident in the Fall of 2015, each band member has had their own challenges and rehabilitation to face since. This video kicks off a new series as we follow Andrew Tkaczyk and his progress to drumming at a rock show once again.

IndyFringe Theatre and Fest – An Indy love of mine

Introducing the 2012 IndyFringe - DoItIndy party.

Introducing the 2012 IndyFringe – DoItIndy party. More in 2013!

When we started DoItIndy in 2010 a theatre and its shows hit my radar very quickly – IndyFringe. I love to look back at the first IndyFringe Winter Magic Festival which is where I met Pauline Moffat, executive director. I didn’t know it at the time but that would be the start of an amazing relationship. Check out one of our first videos – we have gotten A LOT better now. 🙂

Months later I was looking at the BIG IndyFringe Festival program and thought to myself, “we need to get involved.” That is exactly what happened. In 2012 I came on board to help work with the social media efforts of IndyFringe and to do some communications volunteering. Amazing. I never truly knew how much good the organization does for SO MANY people. Can I say amazing again.

In 2012 we started the first ever “official” hahstag for the IndyFringe Theatre Festival – #Fringe12. I had no idea what would happen – we trended for multiple days in Indy, the festival grew over 20 percent and we were engaged with more people than ever before. I can’t say it all happened because of social media, but a LOT did. Plus DoItIndy came on as a sponsor and had a COOL party at the #Fringe beer tent.

After that I returned to my graduate classes in the fall and had the opportunity to create a public relations plan for a nonprofit company in Indy. Of course I wanted to use IndyFringe – our group of four created a campaign that was amazing, strategic and used both traditional and new media. Let’s say that it has worked.

The first big part was indyfringetalk.org – a blog that talks about theatre, volunteerism, Indy, tech and more. The blog has been live now for about a month and we have seen some amazing writing and comments! Exactly what we envisioned it being – a tool to connect with more of our audience. Phase two – the actual indyfringe.org website and it needed some help. Patrick McCarney (tech director) took the lead and together we helped create what you see today. More info, easier navigation, Progressive site (changes for mobile devices) and a streamlined look.

If you would like to read a few of my IndyFringe blogs here you go:
Why I volunteer and love IndyFringe
IndyFringe and social media – it can work

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

I geeked out. I really do love Star Wars, back to seeing my first film (Return of the Jedi) in the movie theatre with my parents when I was a kid. Star Wars Rules. The Indiana State Museum has a new exhibit, Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. The whole purpose of the exhibit is to show you some COOL Star Wars relics and show you how our own technology and science came into play when creating new science fiction!

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Yes there are lots of different ships, costumes and vehicles. PLUS – you can ride a land speeder replicator (hover ship), play games and visit some of the worlds (Tattoine, Hoth, Corruscant and more) of Star Wars. The exhibit is not only fun, but educational for children too!

Check out the video with Aja May – social media guru for the museum.
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Video interview with Aja

I have camped out for the opening of Episode 1 and loved the re releases of Star Wars in the late 90’s (I actually got a job working at a movie theatre just to watch the movies). As a 35 year old man, I still love to get a good Star Wars toy and read the books.

CLICK HERE to see more pics of the Star Wars Exhibit

The exhibit which shows you movie memorabilia and real science and technology runs now through September 2013. In the end, amazing time and when you pay the $10 admission price you get to see the rest of the museum as well! Now that is a good deal.

I was taken prisoner by the Empire. I escaped...

I was taken prisoner by the Empire. I escaped…

Bands 4 Boobies 2013

Give Back - come and party with us to live, local music.

Proud sponsor & emcee of the 2013 Bands 4 Boobies charity rock show.

My good friend, Shawn June (writer of the DoItIndy theme song) called me up a few weeks ago and told me about a new charity show. Bands 4 Boobies. He asked if I might be interested in being involved and helping spread the word and have the crew help emcee. I was completely sold on the idea when he asked. My mother (Barb) is a breast cancer survivor and then a decade later had another cancer battle. Thank goodness she beat the odds both times and is still with us. I will do this for her.

Hanging out with my parents at an Indianapolis Colts game in 2012.

Hanging out with my parents at an Indianapolis Colts game in 2012.

DoItIndy Music Editor MPCavalier’s blog

I chatted with Jason Oldham of Audio Hitmen (creator of show) and told him we were in. There will be TWO locations on Saturday, April 20, 2013 for Bands 4 Boobies. Kelly’s Pub on the west side of Indianapolis and Drifty’s Sports Pub on the south side of Indy. Jason will be emcee of Kelly’s Pub and the DoItIndy crew will be emcees of Drifty’s Pub! Fun starts at 7:30 p.m.

More info and band lineups online. Please like the Facebook page of Bands 4 Boobies and be informed. Thanks for all your help.

Audio Hitmen in the DoItIndy studio to film a promo for Bands 4 Boobies.

Audio Hitmen in the DoItIndy studio to film a promo for Bands 4 Boobies.

A Drink with Ben & Steve: Google + Hangout

Social Media and Google + Hangout

Ben and Steve will chat social media, the drink of the week and life on the 30 minute weekly webcast.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine, Steve Neville, of Intelligent Designs Media said we should chat social media more. We geek out. I completely agreed as I’m a social media junkie and can talk platforms and strategies all the time. Yes, this conversation was had while drinking a beer.

SO…a Google + Hangout was thought up. There are a lot of different podcasts about social media, but none focus on being a gentleman, having a gentleman’s beverage and social media. This week we chat #Vine – the new web six second video platform to use with Twitter.

I hope that you will join us to chat social media and just have some fun. The link to the Google + Hangout will be posted around 7:10-7:15 on Thursday evening via our Twitter handles. We will also take live questions and chat from Twitter – please use the hashtag #DrinkWBS to chime in and say hi!

Ben Risinger on Twitter: @Ben Risinger  |  Steve Neville on Twitter: @IntelMediaGroup

I got engaged to Slick LaRoo

Big Ben loves Slick LaRoo.

Both sides of the family got to watch the engagement LIVE at Fox 59 WXIN.

Wow. I am 35 years old and I am in love. On Tuesday, 2/5/13 I asked Slick LaRoo (a.k.a. Kelly Campbell) to marry me. Not just any proposal, a LIVE proposal on Fox 59 WXIN after our weekly DoItIndy Kid’s segment. I was confident of a yes, but I still had the inside jitters.

CLICK HERE to watch the engagement video on Fox59.com

I won’t forget the day that @IndyVal, DoItIndy reporter told me she had a Twitter friend (@SlickLaRoo) I needed to meet. I really didn’t think much of it at the time. AND…things didn’t work out exactly like a regular relationship either… Kelly became a friend in October 2011, reporter for DoItIndy after that and we finally fell in love in the summer of 2012. I’m excited, a little anxious, scared and I want to be an amazing person for the woman I will wed very soon.

Many adventures will come in the future, and I can’t wait to share them with the love of my life.

If you would like to chat the wedding with us, please use the Twitter hashtag #WedBK.

The Wedding Website – Campbell and Risinger love. 

Thanks to our buddy Priscilla for making this for us.

Thanks to our buddy Priscilla for making this for us.

Jimmy Fallon – Super Bowl XLVI – Indianapolis

What a wonderful time to watch Jimmy Fallon LIVE!

I got to see the Jimmy Fallon show at the Hilbert Circle Theatre on Monument Circle on Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012. SO GOOD! My friend Becca got tickets to the show and I was privileged enough to go along. I was excited to see the show, but it was AMAZING. The live taping absolutely surpassed all my expectations.

I was pumped to see the show LIVE at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.

Jimmy Fallon has been seen around town the last few days and he delivered in his first show at the theatre – he commented on how his usual audience is very small compared to the size of the Hilbert Circle. That made the crowd go wild!

Thanks to Jimmy Fallon for coming to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI

It was cool to see Neon Deon Sanders, Tracy Morgan was wild, and Tim Tebow is really a class act guy. I was impressed with the way he handled himself and jabbed back with Jimmy. THEN…Tim signed a jersey that he shot into the crowd with a t-shirt gun. The JERSEY WAS FIVE FEET FROM ME!!!! I couldn’t go crazy and fly over people to get the jersey – I thought about it for a second. But, it was really cool to be see if fly by my eyes. I really wish I had that jersey now. 🙂

Thank you to Becca for being SO cool and letting me go to the taping with her.Great interview from The Boston Globe with Jimmy after he finished taping some bits at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Thanks for the experience. I know that the city of Indianapolis was very happy to have you with us in the city. I can’t wait for the Super Bowl to come back to the city?! 🙂

It was nice to not have to wait for tickets! The line was LONG!