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You-review-it Monday

February 10, 2014
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Martha Graham Dance Company? Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? "The Lego Movie"? What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?
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Goodbye, Jay Leno. And don’t let the stage door hit you…

February 6, 2014
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As "The Tonight Show" transitions, there's nothing I'll miss and a lot I'm looking forward to. Here's to the Fallon era.
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Announcing the next IBJ A&E Road Trip: We're going to Canada!

February 4, 2014
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Care to join IBJ's Lou Harry on a trek to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (with a side trip to Niagara Falls and the Shaw Festival)? Details here.
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You-review-it Monday: Super Bowl ads, Vonnegut on stage, and more

February 3, 2014
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What did you think of this year's Super Bowl ads? Apart from the fact that they were (slightly) better than the game?
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Think warm: Eddie Izzard, Tim McGraw, Cirque and more coming this summer

January 30, 2014
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And, for those who really like to plan ahead, super heroes are set to fill Bankers Life Fieldhouse next January.

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You-review-it: Grammy Awards, 'Caveman,' and ??

January 27, 2014
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For me, the weekend included "Defending the Caveman" at Theatre on the Square and live tweeting the Grammy Awards. What did the last few days hold for you?
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Review: Lily & Madeleine, Time for Three, Tony Styxx with the ISO

January 24, 2014
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The folk duo joined the Symphony for a Happy Hour concert that mixed styles and brought it a significantly younger demo than usual. All to the good.
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Emptying the arts notebook: Hoosiers in NYC, a State Fair theme, and more

January 23, 2014
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Sasheer Zamata isn't the only Indianapolis high school graduate making a name in New York. Plus a local coaster earns more praise.
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IBJ movie night: George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men'

January 23, 2014
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Join IBJ for a sneak preview of the new film that focuses on the rescue of artwork from Germany during WWII. Clooney directs and stars with Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett
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You-review-it Monday

January 20, 2014
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So did you get to see Megan Hilty at the Cabaret? 'Tribes' at the Phoenix? Any of the Winter Magic Festival at the Fringe or the Cook?
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Arts at stake in marriage vote

January 15, 2014
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I cannot imagine the state without its gay artists and administrators, but I’d completely understand if they left should this amendment pass.
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Ticket giveaway: IRT does Vonnegut with 'Who Am I This Time?'

January 15, 2014
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You-review-it Monday: Emerging from the snow

January 13, 2014
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Did you get to see "Tribes" at the Phoenix? DK doing Gershwin? What A&E did you find when you emerged from your snow fort?
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Sasheer Zamata (Sasheer Moore in her Pike High days) joins SNL cast

January 9, 2014
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2004 Pike graduate to become the first African-American female cast member since 2007 on the long-running show. See performance clips here.
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Ticket giveaway: LA Theatre Works production of 'The Graduate'

January 8, 2014
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Marian University hosts a tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the generation-defining novel. You know the Dustin Hoffman version. Now you can see it, live, onstage.
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In lieu of You-review-it Monday: Your favorite cold movies

January 5, 2014
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Of course, the ideal movie for these weather conditions is Disney's "Frozen." But since you probably aren't going to make it to the multiplex, try these at home.
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You-review-it Monday: What A&E did you get for Xmas?

December 30, 2013
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So what did Santa (or whatever other gift delivery system you use) get you this year? Show tickets? Books? Music?
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Bored of your board games? Try these.

December 25, 2013
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Between Christmas and New Year's Day is when many families raid the game closet. If all you've got are Monopoly and Scrabble, consider picking up one of these.
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REVIEW: The Leisure Kings at the Jazz Kitchen

December 24, 2013
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Other performers may dip a (mistle)toe into outrageous waters around holiday time, but I've seen none offer as consistently outrageously entertaining an X-mas program as the Leisure Kings.
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You review it Monday: Leisure Kings, $3 Bill and more

December 22, 2013
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Did you go for the sacred or the profane this weekend? Or opt out of A&E completely?
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Top movies of 2013: Lou's picks

December 18, 2013
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"Inside Llewyn Davis" and "American Hustle" among my personal picks for best films of the year. What topped your list?
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Indiana Film Journalists (including yours truly) pick movie bests for 2013

December 16, 2013
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"12 Years a Slave" tops the list for Indiana Film Journalists Association. See what else made the list—and where I agree and disagree.
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IBJ Movie Night: 'American Hustle.' Win tickets.

December 13, 2013
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The 'Silver Linings Playbook' stars meet the leads from 'The Fighter' in David O' Russell's look at Abscam.
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'Wicked' ecomonic impact for hit musical

December 13, 2013
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How popular was the return engagement of the blockbuster musical? $4.7 million popular.
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You-review-it Monday: 'Yuletide Celebration' and more

December 9, 2013
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Did you get to see Sandi Patty and company at Hilbert Circle Theatre? Do some book buying at the Indiana History Center's Holiday Author Fair? Thaw your heart at "Frozen"?
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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