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Greatest plays of all time?

May 23, 2008
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A few days ago in this blog, I mentioned Daniel S. Burt's book "The Drama 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Plays of All Time." While we can all agree that such a list is highly subjective, we can probably...
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'Rent' at a theater near you

May 22, 2008
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Yes, "Rent" -- the movie -- already played movie theaters (and didn't do particularly well). But now it looks like it's getting another shot. Not a second run of the film, though. This will be a from-the-stage performance of the hit...
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In you face: 3-D on the way

May 22, 2008
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1500 movie screens across the country will be upgraded to 3-D. So announced Regal Entertainment Group on Tuesday. What was once a gimmick, now looks to be the standard for  future moviegoing. This summer's "Journey to the Center of the Earth"...
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Beyond 'Dancing with the Stars'

May 21, 2008
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So TV's "Dancing with the Stars" has another winner. Hooray. I caught some of the finals last night without having seen the rest of the series. And having been to Dance Kaleidoscope's season ending performance Sunday, I'm curious as to whether the huge...
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Arts and depression

May 20, 2008
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Two books I’m in the midst of reading combine to raise questions about the future of art and audiences. The first, “Against Happiness,” posits that our society’s increased emphasis on smoothing over the rough edges of life (through pharmaceuticals and...
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“Sweeney” at IU/“Idols” at Purdue

May 19, 2008
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While the reaction seems to be very positive for this year’s Broadway series here in Indy (which includes local premiers of “Wicked” and “Avenue Q”), some theater buffs have wondered if we’ll ever see the tours of the acclaimed John...
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You-review-it Monday

May 19, 2008
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For me, the weekend included a local premier at Theatre on the Square, a popular revival at Beef & Boards and a mix of old and new with Dance Kaleidoscope. Plus a stroll through the Broad Ripple...
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Let the art fair season begin

May 16, 2008
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This weekend marks the unofficial launch of the summer art fair season, with the Broad Ripple Art Fair sure to attract mobs to the Indianapolis Art Center grounds (weather cooperating, of course).  I'm a fan of BRAF and its end-of-summer-IMA-bookend,...
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Art auction record shattered

May 15, 2008
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Last night at Sotheby’s auction house in New York, a 1976 angst-infused triptych by Francis Bacon sold for $86.3 million. Apparently that’s the highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of contemporary art. My instinct was to ask...
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Robert Rauschenberg R.I.P.

May 14, 2008
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Few artists in history have changed the rules the way Robert Rauschenberg, who died Monday at age 82, did. By incorporating found objects (a pillow, a stuffed goat…) into his paintings, Rauschenberg challenged contemporary art and artists to connect their work...
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The ‘Times’: Nothing in Indy

May 13, 2008
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Readers of the New York Times received their “Summer Stages” preview in Sunday’s Arts & Leisure section. The annual piece offers a rundown of what’s happening around the country in Dance, Theater, Pop/Jazz and Classical Music. And while the Cleveland and...
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You-review-it Monday

May 11, 2008
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It was a low-key weekend for me, with my only arts stop being a visit to Fountain Square for Primary Colours' Allotropy event--which I may get to in a later blog. Okay, I also watched "Lucky You," the terrible Drew Barrymore/Eric Bana poker romance...
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'Wicked,' 'Ave. Q' &...'Happy Days'?

May 9, 2008
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The big news on Broadway in the 2003-2004 season was the Tony-Award battle between mega-musical “Wicked” and where-did-that-come-from upstart “Avenue Q.” (For an up close and personal look at the development of both shows, check out the documentary “ShowBusiness,” which...
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Dessert at intermission

May 8, 2008
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A while back, I was asked by a charitable foundation if I’d be willing to be part of a silent auction package at a fund-raising dinner. The prize? The highest bidder would join me on one of my reviewing assignments....
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One for the books: Barden/Obama

May 8, 2008
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One of Indy’s most notable writers, Dan Barden, earned national acclaim for his book “John Wayne: a novel,” published in 1997 by Random House. He’s also penned essays for such publications as GQ and Details, teaches creative writing at Butler...
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Go *$%#*&@ Speed Racer!

May 7, 2008
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Last night I caught a sneak preview of “Speed Racer,” the would-be summer blockbuster from the makers of “The Matrix.” This overlong adaptation of the cheesy kids show of yesteryear has a cool color palate, a lead performance from Emile Hirsch...
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Enochs' blocks added to Saxony

May 6, 2008
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This Thursday, the folks behind Saxony, the latest let’s-make-a-town-from-scratch in Hamilton County, will be dedicating a new sculpture by Bloomington artist Dale Enochs. The piece will be a prominent part of the 725-acre housing/office/retail community.More

NY notes: Upright Citizens

May 5, 2008
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About a year ago, on a previous trip to NYC, I happened to be in town with a free Sunday evening. That's usually not the most happening time in any town, but I knew there had to be something outstanding...
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You-review-it Monday

May 4, 2008
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So I've been away from town for a few days and had to skip the weekend arts and entertainment activity in Indy. So what did I miss? Were you at Clowes Hall for Indianapolis Opera's "Tales of Hoffman"? Catch the new comic...
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NY notes: Jazz at Birdland

May 2, 2008
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The last time I was in New York City was about a year and a half ago. I was doing a story on things to do when you are in town on business and you find yourself with a few...
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Your reviews: 'Young @ Heart'

May 1, 2008
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So who caught the IBJ Night at the Movies screening of "Young @ Heart"? And what did you think?
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From NY II: celeb spotting

May 1, 2008
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I'm jazzed to write about both the Lincoln Center revival of "South Pacific" and the new Broadway musical "Cry-Baby" when I return to Indy. And to catch two more shows Saturday. And to share, perhaps tomorrow's blog, some thoughts on my...
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Movie night: 'Young @ Heart'

May 1, 2008
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Pass are still available for tonight's screening of "Young @ Heart" at Landmark Keystone Art's Cinema. They are available while supplies last at the IBJ front desk. Go. If you do make it, remember to post comments here tomorrow....
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Greetings from New York I

April 30, 2008
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The line is short at the temporary TKTS half-price ticket booth (although just about everyting is available), every third non-tourist woman seems to want to be Tina Fey, and Central Park looks great. Wish you were all here. I'm blogging from...
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What outsiders think

April 29, 2008
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Conner Prairie landed its own four-page section in the current issue of Smithsonian magazine and, of course, the powers that be at the rustic landmark are thrilled. In a press release, Brenda Myers, executive director of the Hamilton County Convention...
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