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Indy Eleven kicks in $75k for theater naming rights

July 31, 2014
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Indy's American Soccer League team shows support for to-be-built second theater for IndyFringe.
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IRT and NoExit season announcements shine

July 30, 2014
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I'm not talking about the shows they've selected, but the promos they created.
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Review: Cirque du Soleil's “Varekai”

July 25, 2014
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This seemingly Cirque-grown species of superhumans contort while flying, connect while swinging, tumble while balancing, hurl one another with their feat, and defy gravity.
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A new dance company, a theater in crisis, and a WNAP raft race redo

July 23, 2014
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Emptying the arts notebook...and bracing for the return of the greatest spectacle in drunken river riding.
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REVIEW: 'Miles & Ellie' at the Phoenix Theatre

July 21, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Emmy nomination thoughts

July 10, 2014
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Praise for "The Normal Heart, categories in flux, and Matt LeBlanc nominated for playing Matt LeBlanc. Plus the best awards-show number ever.
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'Swarm Street' sculpture not worth the wait

July 8, 2014
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Had it been ready along with the rest of the commissioned artwork, the latest addition to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail might be seen in a more positive light.
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Notes on nudity: Splitting hairs on 'Hair'

July 3, 2014
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Yes, "Hair" is set in a world where "free love" was one of the mantras. But that's not what the infamous scene is about.
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Lichtenstein installation to be part of the IMA landscape

July 1, 2014
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"Five Brushstrokes" to be unveiled at event in August. Five elements range from 19-40 ft. tall.
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You-review-it Monday

June 30, 2014
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For me, the weekend included a teen "Hair," movie screenings, and more. What did you do on the A&E front?
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When Hollywood botches Broadway

June 26, 2014
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There has been much Internet chatter about possible changes in the film version of "Into the Woods." Here are 10 ways movies have made a mess of musicals in the past.
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IBJ ticket giveaway: Neo-Impressionists at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

June 25, 2014
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Win tickets to see the show that includes work by Vincent Van Gogh and more.
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You-review-it Monday: Songbook gala, etc.

June 23, 2014
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Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole were celebrated, the Jersey Boys took the stage at a theater near you, and the Symphony opened its Prairie season. What did you do over the weekend?
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REVIEW: 'The Book of Mormon' at the Murat

June 18, 2014
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Broadway in Indianapolis brings the Tony-winning Best Musical to the Murat. And the tour is still a strong one.
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2014 Palladium season includes Randy Newman, George Benson & much more

June 17, 2014
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Wynton Marsalis, Trace Atkins, and Emerson String Quartet also make the cut. Schedule announced prior to the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame weekend.
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You-review-it Monday

June 16, 2014
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"Daphnis et Chloe"? "22 Jump Street"? Zoobilation? What was on your Father's Day weekend A&e plate?
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Zoobilation 2014 favorites

June 14, 2014
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One person can't try it all. But from what I sampled before I entered a food coma, here were the standouts.
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Arts notebook roundup: IRT adds kid's theater, new IAC events, and the end of the world

June 12, 2014
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Plus an Indiana-premiere musical version of "The Beverly Hillbillies." Yeah, I know.
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Clowes Hall season to include Jay Leno, Rosanne Cash, Lightwire, and more

June 11, 2014
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Kevin Eubanks to join former "Tonight Show" host. Jasmine Guy to star in Harlem Renaissance show.
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IBJ movie night: Win tickets to see 'Jersey Boys'

June 10, 2014
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As a boy from Jersey (who happened to be born in late December back in '63), I'm thrilled to offer tickets to an advance screening of "Jersey Boys."
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You-review-it Monday

June 9, 2014
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What did you do on the A&E front this weekend? Chime in here.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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