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REVIEW: 'The Great Bike Race'

August 21, 2014
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And from out of nowhere, a loopy semi-musical comedy surges to the front of the pack of Indy Fringe shows.
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The best of Dig IN 2014

August 18, 2014
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Here were my favorite five, representing not just Indy but also Valparaiso and Fort Wayne eateries.
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Indianapolis Art Center names new president from within

August 14, 2014
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Patrick Flaherty, former director of exhibitions for the IAC, to fill spot vacated by Carter Wolf. Plus staff shift and new hires at the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
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How to do IndyFringe: A beginner's guide (update)

August 14, 2014
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There are still first-timers who have yet to experience the Mass Ave.-area 10-day fest. On its 10th anniversary, here's some guidance.
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Alone in the universe: Why I didn't like 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

August 11, 2014
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We finally have a summer blockbuster. But I'll take "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" instead.
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Review: 'The Tempest' at White River State Park

August 3, 2014
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The show proper began, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in the sizable crowd bracing for sound problems…and relieved when none occurred. In fact, the sound was impeccable.
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Indy Eleven kicks in $75K for theater naming rights

July 31, 2014
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Indy's American Soccer League team shows support for to-be-built second theater for IndyFringe.
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IRT and NoExit season announcements shine

July 30, 2014
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I'm not talking about the shows they've selected, but the promos they created.
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Review: Cirque du Soleil's “Varekai”

July 25, 2014
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This seemingly Cirque-grown species of superhumans contort while flying, connect while swinging, tumble while balancing, hurl one another with their feat, and defy gravity.
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A new dance company, a theater in crisis, and a WNAP raft race redo

July 23, 2014
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Emptying the arts notebook...and bracing for the return of the greatest spectacle in drunken river riding.
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REVIEW: 'Miles & Ellie' at the Phoenix Theatre

July 21, 2014
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Who'd have thought that the place to go for a Teflon summer romantic comedy would be the Phoenix Theatre?
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CHICAGO REVIEWS: 'Brigadoon' at the Goodman; 'This is Our Youth' at Steppenwolf

July 17, 2014
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A trip to Chicago yields a pair of well-worth-the-drive pleasures from two of the country's leading regional theaters.
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Josh Kaufman among Indy Jazz Fest headliners

July 15, 2014
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The multi-venue fest also will feature funk/soul saxophonist Maceo Parker and SNL trombonist Steve Turre.
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Review: Acting Up's 'The Tragedy of Hamlet'

July 14, 2014
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Acting Up Productions isn't the first theater company to cast a woman as the great Dane. But what could have been a gimmick instead proved to be a casting coup.
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REVIEW: "Hair" at the Athenaeum

July 11, 2014
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There are worse problems to have in theater than an audience so enthusiastic about what they are seeing and hearing that their hooting and hollering dampens the emotional impact of the end of your show.
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Emmy nomination thoughts

July 10, 2014
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Praise for "The Normal Heart, categories in flux, and Matt LeBlanc nominated for playing Matt LeBlanc. Plus the best awards-show number ever.
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'Swarm Street' sculpture not worth the wait

July 8, 2014
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Had it been ready along with the rest of the commissioned artwork, the latest addition to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail might be seen in a more positive light.
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Notes on nudity: Splitting hairs on 'Hair'

July 3, 2014
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Yes, "Hair" is set in a world where "free love" was one of the mantras. But that's not what the infamous scene is about.
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Lichtenstein installation to be part of the IMA landscape

July 1, 2014
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"Five Brushstrokes" to be unveiled at event in August. Five elements range from 19-40 ft. tall.
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You-review-it Monday

June 30, 2014
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For me, the weekend included a teen "Hair," movie screenings, and more. What did you do on the A&E front?
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When Hollywood botches Broadway

June 26, 2014
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There has been much Internet chatter about possible changes in the film version of "Into the Woods." Here are 10 ways movies have made a mess of musicals in the past.
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IBJ ticket giveaway: Neo-Impressionists at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

June 25, 2014
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Win tickets to see the show that includes work by Vincent Van Gogh and more.
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You-review-it Monday: Songbook gala, etc.

June 23, 2014
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Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole were celebrated, the Jersey Boys took the stage at a theater near you, and the Symphony opened its Prairie season. What did you do over the weekend?
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REVIEW: 'The Book of Mormon' at the Murat

June 18, 2014
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Broadway in Indianapolis brings the Tony-winning Best Musical to the Murat. And the tour is still a strong one.
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2014 Palladium season includes Randy Newman, George Benson & much more

June 17, 2014
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Wynton Marsalis, Trace Atkins, and Emerson String Quartet also make the cut. Schedule announced prior to the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame weekend.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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