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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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NYC 2: B'way blocks/Fallon talks

May 29, 2009
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Second in a series of dispatches from New York.  I've got mixed feelings about the, for now, temporary move to block traffic on Times Square and Duffy Square in midtown Manhattan. (Look for yourself here) The experiment, which started this week, certainly gives the...
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NYC pt. 1: Road plays

May 28, 2009
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For the next few posts, I'll be logging in from New York City, where I'm on a multi-tasking trip that includes a trio (at least) of Broadway shows to review. I also will be reporting from BookExpo America, the publishers/booksellers...
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You-review-it Mon./Tues.

May 25, 2009
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So, was this a weekend of celebrity spotting (see previous post)? Maybe you included The Ohio Players downtown concert in your race plans, or caught one of the bands harmonizing with the engine roars at the Speedway. Perhaps you got out...
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500 celeb spotting

May 24, 2009
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Celeb spotting is kind of a human catch-and-release game. Seeing a familiar TV or film face, grabbing a photo, maybe scoring an autograph--all are signs of...what? I'm not sure. It's not like seeing talented...
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"Wicked" on the cheap

May 22, 2009
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Passed on tickets to "Wicked" because of the steep price? Or maybe you just waited too long for good seats. Well, there's another option. Broadway Across America...
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"Idol" speculation

May 21, 2009
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Okay, so our nation has annointed another "American Idol." And the chat rooms are buzzing about whether or not humble guy Kris Allen deserved the win over the in-your-face Adam Lambert. The fact remains that both have been given a huge launch pad....
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Do away with music competitions?

May 20, 2009
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As home to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the American Pianists Assocation Fellowship Awards -- and with IVCI head Glenn Kwok recently named President of the World Federation on International Music Competitions (the first American to land the position) -- Indy has a...
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Michelle Obama and the arts

May 19, 2009
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Not content with just catching a show at the Kennedy Center, first lady Michelle Obama made a clear statement with this week's trip to New York: She sees value in the arts and is interested in promoting them. And not just mass appeal...
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You-review-it Monday

May 17, 2009
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The Broad Ripple Art Fair couldn't ask for a nicer Sunday. But that annual event is far from the only event happening this past weekend. I also caught the ISO and Indianapolis Opera joining forces on Wagner at Clowes Hall,...
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Dramatic battle in Carmel

May 15, 2009
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Carmel Community Players, a volunteer theater founded in 1993, has announced an ambitious season of all Pulitzer-Prize-winning shows -- even though a chunk of its funding was shot down by the Carmel Support the Arts Fund and its performance...
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"Ben Hur"(in Latin) and more

May 14, 2009
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Time to empty the arts notebook:  --On the short list of bestsellers penned by Hoosiers is 1880's Biblical epic "Ben Hur," by Lew Wallace. Well, now it's coming to the stage in London...in Latin and Aramaic. Click here for more...
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Too much contact?

May 13, 2009
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Arts organizations are tweeting. Arts organizations are facebooking. Arts organizations are inviting you to post reviews on their sites. Arts organizations are asking you to participate in surveys. Arts organizations seem to be trying every way to reach out to...
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Arts bargains everywhere

May 12, 2009
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It's not just houses that are going cheap right now. So are tickets to some of Indy's prime arts events. --At the Indianapolis Opera site, you can land a 50% discount on tickets to this weekend's epic collaboration between IO and...
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You-review-it Monday

May 10, 2009
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For me, it was a weekend primarily focused on dance--but since that dance was the recital for Village Dance Studio, where my daughter is a ten-year vet, don't expect a review from me. But I will say that the army of...
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Zippy “Zoomerville” launched

May 8, 2009
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It's always a challenge staging an unknown show. It's even more challenging to stage an untested show. It is far more challenging to stage an untested musical. That's probably why you won't find many brand new musicals being staged here in Indianapolis. Just...
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'thinmanlittlebird' at the Library

May 7, 2009
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In the print edition of IBJ this week, I offered my thoughts on Peter Shelton's "thinmanlittlebird," which now adorns the front of the Central Library. See story here. Since that appeared,...
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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