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A&E priority list for April 18-24

April 16, 2013
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This week, you can see many of Indy's finest performers on one stage, it's up-and-comers on another, or, on a brand new stage, both.
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Outside critics chime in on Indy, part 2

April 15, 2013
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More columns from those who attended the American Theatre Critics Conference in Indy.
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You-review-it Monday

April 15, 2013
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What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?
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Arts Council announces latest round of $10K Creative Renewal fellows

April 12, 2013
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Visual artists and arts administrators dominate list of grant recipients.
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REVIEW: Thoughts on '42,' the Jackie Robinson biopic

April 12, 2013
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The film dares not to back away from the blatant racist taunts and threats that were a reality of Robinson’s entry into the game.
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A few hundred possible names for a theater restaurant

April 9, 2013
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Two Gentlemen with Coronas? A Raisin in the Scone? Moon Pie for the Misbegotten? What would you call a theater eatery?
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Ticket giveway: Doc Severinsen and his Big Band

April 9, 2013
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Win one of two sets of seats to see the former "Tonight Show" bandleader.
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A&E priority list for April 11-18

April 9, 2013
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The American Pianists Association fellowships, a storytelling benefit, and a lot more is happening in the upcoming week.
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You-review-it Monday

April 8, 2013
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First Friday? 'Clybourne Park'? The IBJ A&E Road Trip? What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?
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Thoughts on 'Ai Weiwei: According to What?' at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

April 5, 2013
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The IMA is one of only five North American stops for the show by perhaps the most famous contemporary living artist in the world.
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Review: 'American Idiot' at Clowes Hall

April 3, 2013
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The Green Day music-fueled show at Clowes Hall isn't just for members of its characters' demographic group. The Broadway show that “American Idiot” most recalls is “Movin’ Out.” That, too, focused on a group of friends who take different paths into the world.

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IBJ A&E Road Trip: 'Disney's The Jungle Book' at Chicago's Goodman Theatre

April 2, 2013
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We're hitting the road for the world-premiere, pre-Broadway production directed by Tony-winner Mary Zimmerman.
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REVIEW: Humana Festival of New American Plays

April 2, 2013
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Will Eno's "Gnit" hilariously highlights world premieres at Louisville's nationally recognized Humana Festival of New American Plays.

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Ticket giveaway: Ai Weiwei exhibition

April 1, 2013
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Win tickets and a catalog for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's special exhibition of work by the famed Chinese artist.
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A&E priority list for April 4-10

April 1, 2013
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Highlights for this week include a controversial artist at the IMA, an edgy hit play at the Phoenix, and more.
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You-review-it Monday: Humana Fest, etc.

April 1, 2013
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For me, the weekend meant a theatrical pilgrimage to the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville. What did I miss back home in Indiana?
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Restarting an arts engine in Louisville at Humana Festival

March 29, 2013
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Lou Harry is exploring innovative ways to cover the arts this weekend as part of a team creating a here-today/gone-soon pop-up newsroom at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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Outside theater critics chime in on Indy experiences

March 27, 2013
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While under no obligation to write about their experiences at the American Theatre Critics Association conference in Indianapolis last week, scribes from around the country can't help but offer opinions.
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A&E priority list for March 28-April 3

March 27, 2013
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A wide range of offerings, from "American Idiot" to Easter at the Zoo, make the recommended list.
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ISO season: Cole Porter, Sandi Patty, Mario Venzago

March 26, 2013
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The most surprising thing on the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s lineup isn’t the mix of classics and pops or the name of a guest violinist or pianist. Rather, it’s the return of former Music Director Mario Venzago.

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Ticket giveaway: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's 'Rite of Spring'

March 26, 2013
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This week, win tickets to hear Stravinsky's groundbreaking piece.
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Beauty and the teach: Robby Benson joins IU faculty

March 25, 2013
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The vocal star of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and 1970s film icon ("Ice Castles," "Ode to Billy Joe") to join telecommunications faculty.
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You-review-it Monday

March 25, 2013
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For me, the weekend included leading critics from around the country to just about every theatrical venue around Indy. What was happening elsewhere?
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Critics conference journal #4: Who gets to participate as a playwright in American theater?

March 24, 2013
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"Often Ivy-League-educated, with connections and MFAs costing the price of a mortgage..." says playwright Tammy Ryan.
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Critics conference journal #3: Cole Porter Room, IRT and Columbia Club shine

March 23, 2013
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Sometimes, in looking at the artwork, we forget to admire the frame.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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