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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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Opera voting, ICO and more

May 5, 2009
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Here's more from the looking-ahead file: --Indianapolis Opera, which has its "Das Rheingold" collaboration with the ISO coming up on the 15th, has just anounced its 2009/2010 season. It kicks off October 2 with Indianapolis native Angela Brown in her first...
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You-review-it Monday

May 3, 2009
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Yes, I know, you ran the Mini. But what else did you do this weekend? Anybody else catch "Miss Saigon" at Footlite or "Twentieth Century" at Civic? Or find your way into one of the sneak previews of the new "Star...
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Nagler resigns from iMOCA

May 2, 2009
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Kathy Nagler has resigned as executive director of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art to "pursue personal passions and spend more time with her family." She had been with the organization for three years. iMOCA curator Christopher West will serve as...
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Sondheim spoken here

May 1, 2009
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Missed the Stephen Sondheim/Scott Simon chat that occurred on the stage at IU Auditorium last night? Sorry to hear that. It's not the same thing as being there, but I'll empty the notebook for those who weren't part of the sizable crowd...
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INtake/Indy.com/Metromix

April 30, 2009
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The free Thursday off-shoot of the Indianapolis Star is once again going through a name change. An editorial in today's edition of indy.com says that, in the renamed and redesigned Metromix, "we'll be hitting the topics you asked us to feature...
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Reviews: 'Chitty,' Patti, etc.

April 29, 2009
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A few quick reviews that couldn't fit into the print IBJ: --If you liked the chandelier in "Phantom of the Opera," and the helicopter in "Miss Saigon," you may love the title car in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," which is parked...
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Audiences behaving badly

April 28, 2009
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It happened again on Sunday. During an intensely delicate -- and totally silent -- moment in the Indiana Repertory Theatre's production of "Rabbit Hole," an audience member opted to unwrap a piece of candy. Not a get-it-over-with unwrapping, this process took...
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More schedule scoops

April 27, 2009
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--Among the performers slated for the yet-to-be-announced 2009/10 Clowes Hall series of concerts: Jazz artist Joshua Redman on Sept. 19, Ballet Hispanico on Oct. 10, a big name country artist and former CMA Male Vocalist of the Year on Nov....
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You-review-it Monday

April 26, 2009
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Thanks to all those who came to the pre-show discussion at the Patti LuPone concert. I was honored to host it and share the time with you. I hope to write more about later--and fill you in on next year's...
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IBJ Movie Night: "Girlfriends Past"

April 23, 2009
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In the mood for a free chick flick? Want to join us for a screening of the upcoming romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" April 29 at AMC Castleton? Just leave a comment here...
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Want to see Sondheim?

April 22, 2009
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On Thursday, April 30, Stephen Sondheim will be discussing his career in an on-stage interview with NPR's Scott Simon at IU Auditorium in Bloomington. Yes, it's the same Stephen Sondheim who wrote...
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Cultural road tripping

April 22, 2009
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I spent a fair amount of yesterday at a meeting with representatives of tourism departments from around the state. Each touted his or her region's attractions--from Lincoln Amphitheatre (back in action this year) to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo,...
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'Spotlight,' the rally, and optimism

April 21, 2009
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Times are tough, no question about it. But four events over the last few days conspired to put me in an optimistic mood about the future of the arts in Indy. That feeling may pass, but for today--inspired by last night's Spotlight...
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Arts rally on the Circle

April 19, 2009
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Monday is/was (depending on when you are reading this) the Indy Culture Matters Rally on  Monument Circle. Music starts/started at 11:30. Speakers at noon. I will be/was there. And I suspect many of you will/were be, too. Enough of that. So share...
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