Lou's arts thank-you list

November 26, 2008
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A few things I'm thankful for:

--I'm thankful that there's plenty of material to write about in this blog. And that it has found a loyal readership (between 350 and 900 hits a day).

--I'm thankful for the smart, insightful, fun responses posted from these readers. More than a few times I've been complimented on the quality of participants in the discussion here. That's not my doing. It's yours.

 --I'm thankful that we've got lots to look forward to in Indy. While there's justifiable concern about the economy, it's possible to accentuate the positive for now and celebrate new theater spaces opening (I can't wait to see a film at the Toby), new companies percolating (just heard that some of the producers of last year's "bare" will be taking a shot at the charming off Broadway musical "Zanna, Don't" next summer), and new art popping up in many places (I still haven't seen all the visual treats at the new airport).

 --I'm thankful that established companies seem to be holding on. For instance, we still have an opera company (See story here on Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Company suspending all opera productions for the 2009-1010 season due to its $11 million losses over the last six years). FYI: My review of Indianapolis Opera's "Hansel & Gretel" will appear in the upcoming IBJ.

 --I'm thankful that some individual shows are finding enthusiastic, word-of-mouth-spreading audiences, even with limited marketing money and media behind them. Both the Phoenix Theatre's "November" and Theatre on the Square's "Evil Dead: The Musical" extended their runs, meaning that more people than expected abandoned, at least for a night, their TVs and multiplexes in favor of theater.

--I'm thankful that the ISO and the IMA both seem to be continually inventing new methods of engagement without losing track of their core missions.

--I'm thankful that philanthopists, foundations and companies continue to supply the funding necessary to make the arts as vibrant here as they are.

--I'm thankful that arts PR folks realize that I can't get to see everything. And I'm thankful to live in a city where there's so much going on that it's physically impossible to experience everything that I want to experience.

--I'm thankful for the folks in IBJ's IT department who thanklessly make sure that my weekly e-mail blast of arts previews goes out (Not a free subscriber yet? Just click over here and sign up for IBJ Daily).

--And I'm thankful for my tolerant family. 

Care to add anything you are thankful for, arts-wise?
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  • And thank YOU, Lou, for bringing something special to the print and online versions of the IBJ. Though few of us ever weigh in to say it, we appreciate your humor and enthusiasm.

    Also, It's heartening that the leaders of IBJ and in many central Indiana businesses understand what the arts contribute to the bottom line, quality of life, and overall humanity of an enterprise (even a straight-ahead business organization.)

    OK, now--back to plotting your next round of arts events.
  • Thanks to IBJ and you, Lou, for this blog. I don't have much time to attend arts events, but I look forward to reading your blog every day. I actually love all the IBJ blogs.
  • I'm thankful for you and this blog community, too, Lou.

    For example, I'm going to the Symphony next month because your enthusiasm for it (and your readers' kind encouragement) got me there last month.

    But I still mostly limit myself to live theatre and storytelling because that is what I love most. Even within those arts categories, it is physically impossible for me to experience everything I want to experience. Like you, I'm grateful for that abundance.

    I am planning a thank you post for my own blog, too, so I'll say more there. But I would also like to say thank you, here, to everyone at the IBJ - from the the head muckety-mucks to the grunts - for their support of the arts and for their readable coverage of all kinds of news that I wouldn't be reading otherwise.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Hope Baugh - www.IndyTheatreHabit.com
  • Thank you to the arts organizations that collaborate so that more people can see more arts events at reduced prices, and so more young people can take part in arts performances. I'm especially grateful right now to the Indianapolis Opera for allowing members of the Indianapolis Children's Choir to perform in Hansel & Gretel. What a wonderful opportunity for those kids!
  • I'm thankful for the successes of the Indy Fringe Festival, the several film festivals (did I say several? yeppers!) and the Story-Telling Arts Festival. I'm thankful that, based on what I've been reading, our newish mayor may not be the completely cold-hearted anti-art person some have made him out to be (maybe his heart is starting to thaw like the Grinch's did).

    And I'm thankful to be able to call Lou a friend.
  • Lou, thanks for your revent review of The Lion King and Hansel and Gretel, too. Fun and thought-provoking to read...

    Hope Baugh
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

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