LouHarry

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Harry joined IBJ in 2006, having previously served as editor-in-chief of Indy Men’s Magazine and, prior to that, senior editor of Indianapolis Monthly.  A native of Wildwood, N.J., Harry has written for more than 50 publications including Variety, InTheatre, TheatreWeek, Dramatics and Mental Floss. His 30 published books include The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures, Kid Culture, Creative Block, and The High-Impact Infidelity Diet: A Novel. The latter, co-written with Eric Pfeffinger, has been translated into Russian and Portuguese and optioned by Warner Bros. He once took a pie in the face from Soupy Sales. A playwright and former professional stand-up comic, Harry is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and has hosted events for Indy Reads, Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He can be seen discussing arts and entertainment Thursday mornings on WXIN-TV Channel 59.

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Recent Articles

Q&A: Ron Spencer

July 19, 2014
After more than 250 productions, Theatre on the Square's executive artistic director exits with a look back.
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DINING: Newcomer Union 50’s creativity marries cuisines

July 19, 2014
Mass Ave around the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and East Street has been bursting lately with new dining options. Here's the latest.
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DINING: Pint Room taps into Carmel's burgeoning burger market

July 12, 2014
Is it better than Bub's? Livelier than Scotty's? I dodge both questions.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy International Film Fest 2014 flick picks

July 12, 2014
Favorites this year include harrowing drama, amoral comedy, intense historical doc, and much more. Festival begins July 17.
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DINING: Pub brings Irish fare to Mass Ave

July 5, 2014
Nine Irish Brothers brings bangers and mash to Mass Ave. New pub also features live music.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A bang and a whimper end two trilogies

July 5, 2014
Reviews of the final volumes of Ben H. Winters' end-of-the-world detective series "The Last Policeman" and Walter Wangerin Jr.'s "Dun Cow" books.
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TRY THIS: Water coasters at Splashin' Safari

June 28, 2014
You can have roller coasters; I’ll take these wet rides. Plus, what's new at Camp Rudolph.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Feinstein and company raise funds, pay tribute

June 28, 2014
The Feinstein initiative’s Great American Songbook Hall of Fame brings Johnny Mathis and Shirley Jones to the Palladium. Also honors Nat King Cole and Linda Ronstadt.
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DINING: Marsh markets lunchtime meals

June 28, 2014
No fine dining establishments in central Indiana is likely to have as much of an impact on the dining habits of local residents and workers as the new downtown Marsh Cafe.
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ISO sees surge in ticket sales, led by subscriptions

June 25, 2014
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra enjoyed a nearly 19-percent surge in ticket sales during the 2013-14 indoor concert season, which ended this month, the ISO said Tuesday.
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LOU's VIEWS: ‘Cock Fight’ turns Phoenix into barbed-wire arena

June 21, 2014
Minimal staging starkly contrasts with rich characters in "The Cock Fight Play." Local premiere runs through July 6.
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DINING: North End Barbecue brings local farm flavors to Nora

June 21, 2014
The main event, of course, is the meat. The mounds and mounds of meat.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Neo-Impressionist show impresses at IMA

June 14, 2014
They shimmer. And that's just the surface appeal of many of the works at this new exhibition.
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Recent Blog Posts

REVIEW: 'Miles & Ellie' at the Phoenix Theatre

July 21, 2014
Who'd have thought that the place to go for a Teflon summer romantic comedy would be the Phoenix Theatre?
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CHICAGO REVIEWS: 'Brigadoon' at the Goodman; 'This is Our Youth' at Steppenwolf

July 17, 2014
A trip to Chicago yields a pair of well-worth-the-drive pleasures from two of the country's leading regional theaters.
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Josh Kaufman among Indy Jazz Fest headliners

July 15, 2014
The multi-venue fest also will feature funk/soul saxophonist Maceo Parker and SNL trombonist Steve Turre.
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Review: Acting Up's 'The Tragedy of Hamlet'

July 14, 2014
Acting Up Productions isn't the first theater company to cast a woman as the great Dane. But what could have been a gimmick instead proved to be a casting coup.
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REVIEW: "Hair" at the Athenaeum

July 11, 2014
There are worse problems to have in theater than an audience so enthusiastic about what they are seeing and hearing that their hooting and hollering dampens the emotional impact of the end of your show.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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