Arts under your tree?

December 27, 2008
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So did you get anything cultural for the holidays? Tickets to a local concert? A DVD you always wanted?

  • The only thing I got that qualifies is the Giant (Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson) DVD a friend gave me when I admitted I'd never seen one of her all-time favorite movies. I didn't even get any movie theater gift cards...I'm going to have to beg my daughter to take me to the movies with HERS!
  • I hadn't thought about my pile of presents in terms of an arts perspective, but:

    My brother sent me the novel HOUSEKEEPING, by Marilynne Robinson. It looks interesting!

    One of my cousins who is a multi-media artist sent me a tiny piece with a magnet on the back to put on my refridgerator. It is very fun! I like to think that the two little people hiding in the bushes are journalists but they are probably just soldiers.

    A friend gave me a kit to plant paperwhites - bulbs that will bloom in 6-8 weeks and add beauty to my kitchen.

    My father sent me a check that will come in handy for a number of reasons but I plan to spend part of it seeing multiple performances of Edges: A Song Cycle. This is the show that a new theatre company called Programs is presenting at Theatre on the Square January 2-4 (next weekend.)

    I used to love seeing the same show more than once, but since I started my theatre blog, it is more than I can do to even begin to cover the theatre being offered in the Indianapolis area.

    (By the way, Lou, I loved your recent print piece about the ten arts events you loved best this year. Thanks for covering as much as you do! You expanded my horizons more than once in 2008.)

    I haven't been able to indulge myself in seeing multiple performances of one show in over a year. So...since I am the boss of my own business when it comes to my blog, I am giving the staff (me) Edges tickets as her holiday bonus.

    Not opening night, though, because I am looking forward to blushing and reviewing A Night in Vegas at Theatre on the Square on January 2.

    I might spring for a ticket to the Wizard of Oz sing-along at the Indianapolis Civic theatre on New Year's Day (Thursday, 7pm). That sounds like fun, too, and unfortunately I have missed most of its run. However, that will depend on how much work I have completed on my own projects by then.

    If I could be two places at once, I would see This Wonderful Life at the IRT again two or three times. It runs through January 4 as well. I liked it more than you did, Lou. (But I liked reading your review even so.)

    Are you including the fashion arts in your question? I would like to spend part of my father's check on new clothes, if I can find time to order some!

    Hope Baugh
  • My brother got me a book by composer Charles Ives called Essays before a Sonata which he wrote before writing his famous Concord Sonata, which is on my top 10 of favorite works.

    I also bought myself a Christmas gift, which was a plane ticket to New York City in mid January to catch some Gustav Mahler concerts, one at Carnegie Hall (collaboration of musicians from many orchestras) and one at Lincoln Center, with conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the New York Philharmonic. I can't wait!
  • Seasons greetings to all!
    My gifts included a two-CD retrospective of Pete Seeger (icon, legend and, I'm proud to say, a Unitarian Universalist like the late Paul Newman). Also a gift of iTunes so I can download the irresistible.

    Perhaps the most fun will be a spiffy DAK turntable and mixer so I can take my vintage albums and create MP3 files or burn CDs using my laptop.

    Also--for birthday but I'll mention it since it was in December--my first 12-string guitar! I've played guitar since LBJ was president but never owned a 12. I'm greatly enjoying some new techniques and improvising with this very different instrument. Leo Kottke has nothing to fear, but what a hoot for me!
  • Dan,
    Enjoy Pete.
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Seeger at length for a story a few years back. It was an as-told-to piece so I had to translate the interview into an essay by him and go back and forth with him on the editing. Alas, the magazine went out of business before it could be published. A charming, introspective, interesting man and a very important part of American music history.
    Have fun with teh 12-string.
  • Hubby and I treated ourselves to an early holiday gift the first of December and spent a lovely weekend in Chicago enjoying theatre.

    We caught Wicked (our second viewing) and enjoyed it every bit as much the second time around.

    We were thrilled to get tickets to experience William Peterson in Dublin Carol. A dark but beautiful production. Mr Peterson was smooth as silk.

    And we wrapped up the weekend seeing a delightful French farce, Don't Dress for Dinner.

    And to cap off our weekend of the arts we walked our little feet off and shopped our way through the One of A Kind art show at the Merchandise Mart. If you've not been before (this was our second year), I highly encourage you to put it on your schedule for next year. A plethora of artists in all media and an abundance of gifting in all price ranges.

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