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You-review-it Monday

July 5, 2009
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I spent much of the weekend participating in panel discussions, leading a pub trivia game, assisting a charity auction, and playing games with my son, all at the InConjunction convention. (Particularly popular: The card games Fluxx and Castle.) Didn't make it...
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Can arts save their way to health?

July 1, 2009
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"Arts organizations that consistently do good work and are aggressive about their marketing are the ones which succeed, both programmatically and financially."...
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Review: "Public Enemies"

June 30, 2009
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Just when you've made it through another unfocused prison break sequence or another bank job more about the sound of the machine guns then the strategy or risk of the heist, "Public Enemies" gives a glimmer of hope it's going...
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You-review-it Monday

June 28, 2009
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Were you first in line to see the boy king at the Children's Museum? Check out more Rickeys at the Indianapolis Art Center? Or take advantage of the no-cover Friday night performance at the now-smoke-free Jazz Kitchen? I caught up with...
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New Indy ballet co. names names

June 26, 2009
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The city’s latest aspiring ballet company, Indianapolis City Ballet, is making good on its promise to bring international stars to town for a gala event at the Murat Theatre, Sept. 12. IBJ's Kathleen McLaughlin takes over the blog today for...
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Cultural Trail Peace Walk first look

June 25, 2009
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Ground will be broken today for another leg of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Also being touted: A $2 million memorial to great humanitarians (including Susan B. Anthony, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Albert Einsten). Take a look at renderings of the...
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Jazz Kitchen goes smoke-free

June 25, 2009
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As of tomorrow, June 26, the city's top jazz club, The Jazz Kitchen, will adapt an all smoke-free/all the time policy.  You can still puff on the patio, but the club itself--which hosts top national and local musicians--with stress clean air...
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Ticketing Tut

June 24, 2009
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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is hoping to make a big splash with its about-to-open King Tut exhibition. (For details, click here.) But are artifacts from the boy king a big enough draw to get you to part with $25...
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Some "bests" better than others?

June 23, 2009
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A number of arts organizations are making the push now for your votes in The Indy Channel's A-List competition. Soon we'll be seeing Nuvo's Best of picks and the latest superlatives from Indianapolis Monthly. Question: What is the value of such...
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You-review-it Monday

June 22, 2009
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For me, the weekend (starting with Thursday, of course), included a belated trip to "Octopus" at the Phoenix Theatre and a mellow opening night for Symphony on the Prairie, featuring the music of the Grateful Dead. In and around those...
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The tweet smell of success

June 18, 2009
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Yes, I waited a while to embrace this particular communication tool, but I'm now official a part of the Twitter world. Want to follow? Just click on the site and add IBJarts to you list. You can also add IBJdining, which...
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Comic apologies: a brief history

June 17, 2009
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All the dialogue in the previous post about David Letterman's apology to Sarah Palin sent me searching for previous comedian apologies. Here are some I found: Jamie Fox to Miley Cyrus. Bill Maher to Pope Benedict Al Franken to John...
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Letterman apologizes to Palin

June 16, 2009
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(Lou Harry is now twittering the arts at IBJarts. Follow along...) After a few days of back-and-forthing, David Letterman has offered an on-air apology to Sarah Palin for a joke he made referencing her daughter. In case you missed it, here's...
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Film fest titles announced

June 16, 2009
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(Hey Twitter-ers:  Follow Lou Harry's A&E at    IBJARTS)   The Indianapolis International Film Festival has announced its lineup for its shifted-to-summer 11-day July event. You can find the full schedule here. As previously noted, the festival has not only shifted time, but location as...
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You-review-it Monday

June 14, 2009
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This week, for me, included Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's "India Ever After" and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's tribute to Irving Berlin. More on both in the upcoming IBJ print edition. I also enjoyed strolling through White River State Park for the...
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Emptying the arts notebook

June 11, 2009
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Some quick notes: -If you had mixed feelings about the Tony Awards coverage on Sunday (and have a bit of a mean streak in you), then check out this hilariously rude recap from the knuckleheads at Broadway Abridged. And if...
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Bottoms Up at TOTS

June 10, 2009
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Hot on the heals of its successful run of "Does This Show Make My Butt Look Big," Theatre on the Square will soon announce a July opening for a new below-the-belt show, "America's Next Top Bottom." The "inter-active, reality late-nite series," a staple at...
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Top 200 artists since 1900

June 9, 2009
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Yesterday, the London Times published a list of the top 200 artists since 1900. The rankings were based on over 1.4 million votes. Before you click over and take a look, let's have some fun: 1. See how many of the top...
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You-review-it Monday

June 8, 2009
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So what did you do this weekend? From "Janis Rocks" at Birdy's to the Indianapolis Symphony's "Pictures at an Exhibition" to "Wicked" at the Murat, there was a lot to do.  I caught "Wicked" on Thursday (review coming up next week in the print...
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NYC4: "Toxic Avenger" etc.

June 7, 2009
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Fourth in a series of blogs from my recent NYC trip. As mentioned previously, this trek to New York included visits to the Broadway productions of "Hair," "Reasons to Be Pretty," and "9 to 5," all of which are up for...
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Vogue ticket knockdown

June 5, 2009
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The Vogue has just announced discounted ticket prices for a batch of upcoming shows. The catch is that tickets must be purchased between June 8 at 10 a.m. and June 10 at 10 p.m. Here's the lineup: June 11 PJ HARVEY...
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NYC3: Hoosier-hosted cabaret

June 4, 2009
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Third in a series of reports from my recent NYC trek. I swear I wasn't looking for an Indiana connection when I set out to find out where Broadway show folk hang out -- and perform -- after the curtains come...
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Scoop: 09/10 B'way in Indy season

June 1, 2009
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"Wicked" hasn't yet opened at the Murat Theatre, but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead to what's happening in the about-to-be-announced 2009/2010 Broadway in Indianapolis series -- which contains four first-time-in-Indy musicals (and doesn't really get rolling until December). --"The...
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You-review-it Monday

May 31, 2009
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So what did you do on the A&E front this weekend?  Did you catch "Up" at a theater near you? Venture to Buck Creek Players to see the U.S. community theater premiere of "Grey Gardens"? Or jam with Dan Zanes at the...
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Efroymson back at IMOCA

May 30, 2009
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I'll take a break from my NYC dispatches so that IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin can offer this report. Philanthropist Jeremy Efroymson has a rather unorthodox plan for leading the contemporary art venue that he co-founded out of financial straits. Efroymson will become...
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