True Heidi Shackleford twirls a glow-in-the-dark ghost puppet during Peewinkle Puppet Studio's annual adult show in Indianapolis, Friday, June 7, 2013. Alex Farris
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2013.06.13
Last weekend was the most photo-intensive weekend I've had since the J&C. Danese Kenon called me on Wednesday to see if I could take the Kendrick Lamar concert on Thursday, she texted me on Thursday to cover Peewinkle Puppet Studio's annual adult show Friday, and she texted again Friday about a gig for Saturday. That gig turned out to be VentureCamp, an entrepreneurial competition in which the participants hone their pitches while living in Kessler Mansion, formerly owned by one Jerry Hostetler. I've been to his other, more run-down house for an assignment, and knowing what I knew about his "flagship" estate, my expectations were high that I would meet with opulence and, for the first time in a while at the house, beautiful people. I got both in large quantities.

I also got centerpiece on the IndyStar website and ::trumpets sounding:: a photo on the front page above the fold. Not bad for one weekend's work.

For more on the whole weekend, click on the story links: Kessler Mansion, Peewinkle's adult show, and Kendrick Lamar.

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Kendrick Lamar performs on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Kendrick Lamar performs on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Alex Farris
Ab-Soul performs on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Ab-Soul performs on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Alex Farris
The crowd waits for another performance on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 6, 2013. The crowd waits for another performance on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Alex Farris
Schoolboy Q gives a lit blunt to a crowd member as he performs on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Schoolboy Q gives a lit blunt to a crowd member as he performs on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Alex Farris
A stage guard watches as concert promoters spray water bottles onto the crowd before Kendrick Lamar\'s set on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 6, 2013. A stage guard watches as concert promoters spray water bottles onto the crowd before Kendrick Lamar's set on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 6, 2013. Alex Farris
Peggy Melchior, mother of Peewinkle Puppet Studio co-owner Heidi Shackleford, sits in front of puppets on display before Peewinkle\'s annual adult show in Indianapolis, Friday, June 7, 2013. Peggy Melchior, mother of Peewinkle Puppet Studio co-owner Heidi Shackleford, sits in front of puppets on display before Peewinkle's annual adult show in Indianapolis, Friday, June 7, 2013. Alex Farris
Michael Jackson, operated by Peggy Melchior, moonwalks to \ Michael Jackson, operated by Peggy Melchior, moonwalks to "Billie Jean" during Peewinkle Puppet Studio's annual adult show in Indianapolis, Friday, June 7, 2013. Alex Farris
Three puppets perform the skit \ Three puppets perform the skit "Bulbous Bouffant" during Peewinkle Puppet Studio's annual adult show in Indianapolis, Friday, June 7, 2013. Alex Farris
Heidi Shackleford twirls a glow-in-the-dark ghost puppet during Peewinkle Puppet Studio\'s annual adult show in Indianapolis, Friday, June 7, 2013. Heidi Shackleford twirls a glow-in-the-dark ghost puppet during Peewinkle Puppet Studio's annual adult show in Indianapolis, Friday, June 7, 2013. Alex Farris
Local chef Adam Laskowski prepares food for a pool party for VentureCamp at the Kessler Mansion in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Local chef Adam Laskowski prepares food for a pool party for VentureCamp at the Kessler Mansion in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Alex Farris
Participating entrepreneurs Brady Churchill (left) and Jeremy Armer (right) talk with Kessler Mansion owner Chad Folkening during a pool party for VentureCamp at the mansion in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Participating entrepreneurs Brady Churchill (left) and Jeremy Armer (right) talk with Kessler Mansion owner Chad Folkening during a pool party for VentureCamp at the mansion in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Alex Farris
Chad Folkening describes the Kessler Mansion, formerly owned by Jerry Hostetler, during a pool party for VentureCamp at the mansion in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Entrepreneurs will live at the mansion as they compete to create the best business plan. The competition is being filmed and will be pitched as a reality show. Chad Folkening describes the Kessler Mansion, formerly owned by Jerry Hostetler, during a pool party for VentureCamp at the mansion in Indianapolis, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Entrepreneurs will live at the mansion as they compete to create the best business plan. The competition is being filmed and will be pitched as a reality show. Alex Farris

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