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You-review-it Monday

April 28, 2013
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What did you see, hear or do on the A&E front this weekend? 'Into the Woods' at Civic? Lea Salonga with the Symphony? The Stutz Artists' Open House?
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Garfield Park adds 'bike-in' movie series

April 24, 2013
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Summer's movie options expand with new program to bring bikers into the south-side park
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A&E priority list for April 25-May 1

April 24, 2013
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Choices for this week include Diana Krall, "Into the Woods," and the Stutz Artists Open House.
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Ticket giveaway: Broad Ripple Art Fair

April 24, 2013
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Win a quartet of passes to the May 18 Indianapolis Art Center event.
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You-review-it Monday

April 22, 2013
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Catch the American Pianists Association competition? Attend one of the first concerts at the Schrott? What did you do on the A&E front this weekend?
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IBJ Night at the Movies: 'The Great Gatsby'

April 17, 2013
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What happens when DiCaprio meets Fitzgerald? Win tickets to a pre-release screening of the new cinematic version of the American classic and find out.
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Cincinnati raises stakes with strong casino music lineup

April 16, 2013
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Willie Nelson, The Shins and Ben Folds Five among summer entertainers for the Shoe at Horseshoe Casino.
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A&E priority list for April 18-24

April 16, 2013
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This week, you can see many of Indy's finest performers on one stage, it's up-and-comers on another, or, on a brand new stage, both.
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Outside critics chime in on Indy, part 2

April 15, 2013
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More columns from those who attended the American Theatre Critics Conference in Indy.
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You-review-it Monday

April 15, 2013
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What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?
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Arts Council announces latest round of $10K Creative Renewal fellows

April 12, 2013
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Visual artists and arts administrators dominate list of grant recipients.
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REVIEW: Thoughts on '42,' the Jackie Robinson biopic

April 12, 2013
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The film dares not to back away from the blatant racist taunts and threats that were a reality of Robinson’s entry into the game.
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A few hundred possible names for a theater restaurant

April 9, 2013
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Two Gentlemen with Coronas? A Raisin in the Scone? Moon Pie for the Misbegotten? What would you call a theater eatery?
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Ticket giveway: Doc Severinsen and his Big Band

April 9, 2013
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Win one of two sets of seats to see the former "Tonight Show" bandleader.
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A&E priority list for April 11-18

April 9, 2013
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The American Pianists Association fellowships, a storytelling benefit, and a lot more is happening in the upcoming week.
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You-review-it Monday

April 8, 2013
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First Friday? 'Clybourne Park'? The IBJ A&E Road Trip? What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?
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Thoughts on 'Ai Weiwei: According to What?' at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

April 5, 2013
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The IMA is one of only five North American stops for the show by perhaps the most famous contemporary living artist in the world.
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Review: 'American Idiot' at Clowes Hall

April 3, 2013
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The Green Day music-fueled show at Clowes Hall isn't just for members of its characters' demographic group. The Broadway show that “American Idiot” most recalls is “Movin’ Out.” That, too, focused on a group of friends who take different paths into the world.

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IBJ A&E Road Trip: 'Disney's The Jungle Book' at Chicago's Goodman Theatre

April 2, 2013
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We're hitting the road for the world-premiere, pre-Broadway production directed by Tony-winner Mary Zimmerman.
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REVIEW: Humana Festival of New American Plays

April 2, 2013
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Will Eno's "Gnit" hilariously highlights world premieres at Louisville's nationally recognized Humana Festival of New American Plays.

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Ticket giveaway: Ai Weiwei exhibition

April 1, 2013
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Win tickets and a catalog for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's special exhibition of work by the famed Chinese artist.
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A&E priority list for April 4-10

April 1, 2013
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Highlights for this week include a controversial artist at the IMA, an edgy hit play at the Phoenix, and more.
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You-review-it Monday: Humana Fest, etc.

April 1, 2013
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For me, the weekend meant a theatrical pilgrimage to the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville. What did I miss back home in Indiana?
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Restarting an arts engine in Louisville at Humana Festival

March 29, 2013
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Lou Harry is exploring innovative ways to cover the arts this weekend as part of a team creating a here-today/gone-soon pop-up newsroom at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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Outside theater critics chime in on Indy experiences

March 27, 2013
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While under no obligation to write about their experiences at the American Theatre Critics Association conference in Indianapolis last week, scribes from around the country can't help but offer opinions.
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  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.

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