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Arts at stake in marriage vote

January 15, 2014
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I cannot imagine the state without its gay artists and administrators, but I’d completely understand if they left should this amendment pass.
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Ticket giveaway: IRT does Vonnegut with 'Who Am I This Time?'

January 15, 2014
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You-review-it Monday: Emerging from the snow

January 13, 2014
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Did you get to see "Tribes" at the Phoenix? DK doing Gershwin? What A&E did you find when you emerged from your snow fort?
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Sasheer Zamata (Sasheer Moore in her Pike High days) joins SNL cast

January 9, 2014
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2004 Pike graduate to become the first African-American female cast member since 2007 on the long-running show. See performance clips here.
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Ticket giveaway: LA Theatre Works production of 'The Graduate'

January 8, 2014
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Marian University hosts a tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the generation-defining novel. You know the Dustin Hoffman version. Now you can see it, live, onstage.
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In lieu of You-review-it Monday: Your favorite cold movies

January 5, 2014
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Of course, the ideal movie for these weather conditions is Disney's "Frozen." But since you probably aren't going to make it to the multiplex, try these at home.
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You-review-it Monday: What A&E did you get for Xmas?

December 30, 2013
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So what did Santa (or whatever other gift delivery system you use) get you this year? Show tickets? Books? Music?
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Bored of your board games? Try these.

December 25, 2013
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Between Christmas and New Year's Day is when many families raid the game closet. If all you've got are Monopoly and Scrabble, consider picking up one of these.
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REVIEW: The Leisure Kings at the Jazz Kitchen

December 24, 2013
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Other performers may dip a (mistle)toe into outrageous waters around holiday time, but I've seen none offer as consistently outrageously entertaining an X-mas program as the Leisure Kings.
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You review it Monday: Leisure Kings, $3 Bill and more

December 22, 2013
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Did you go for the sacred or the profane this weekend? Or opt out of A&E completely?
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Top movies of 2013: Lou's picks

December 18, 2013
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"Inside Llewyn Davis" and "American Hustle" among my personal picks for best films of the year. What topped your list?
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Indiana Film Journalists (including yours truly) pick movie bests for 2013

December 16, 2013
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"12 Years a Slave" tops the list for Indiana Film Journalists Association. See what else made the list—and where I agree and disagree.
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IBJ Movie Night: 'American Hustle.' Win tickets.

December 13, 2013
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The 'Silver Linings Playbook' stars meet the leads from 'The Fighter' in David O' Russell's look at Abscam.
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'Wicked' ecomonic impact for hit musical

December 13, 2013
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How popular was the return engagement of the blockbuster musical? $4.7 million popular.
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You-review-it Monday: 'Yuletide Celebration' and more

December 9, 2013
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Did you get to see Sandi Patty and company at Hilbert Circle Theatre? Do some book buying at the Indiana History Center's Holiday Author Fair? Thaw your heart at "Frozen"?
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TV's 'Sound of Music' a ratings hit

December 6, 2013
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I'll refrain from Underwood bashing. Instead, here's some good that can come from NBC's live production.
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Review: 'A Christmas Carol Unscripted'

December 5, 2013
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What happens when Scrooge and company encounter a group of talented improvisers and an audience bent on putting off-color words in their mouths? Big laughs.
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IBJ Movie Night: The Coen Bros.' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

December 3, 2013
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Win passes to see the quirky comedy/drama (with music) from the makers of "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men."
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You-review-it Monday: 'A Very Phoenix Xmas' and more

December 1, 2013
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Did you jump start the holiday season at the IRT or the Phoenix? Catch a movie on one of the busiest cinematic weekends of the year? What did you do on the A&E front?
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Places I'd Never Been: Indy Hostel concert with Grimm, Marcy and Styka

November 27, 2013
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Imagine you have incredibly talented musician friends. Now imagine them in your living room.
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You-review-it Monday: 'Ice Age Giants,' a high school musical, and more

November 25, 2013
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Pike's first-in-Indiana high school production of 'The Color Purple' highlights an arts-filled weekend. What did you get out to see?
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A&E news and notes: Billboards with Indy artists, JFK's arts legacy, etc.

November 21, 2013
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And what about the movie theater ushers who have to work on Thanksgiving?
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You-review-it Monday: 'Wicked,' cabaret hopping, and more

November 18, 2013
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Did you brave the storm to go see "Wicked"? Meet up with mammoths at the State Museum? Talk loudly at the bar during a cabaret performance?
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Review: 'Wicked' returns to the Murat

November 15, 2013
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The not-so-wicked witch is back in a production that hasn't given in to road fatigue. Flaws and pleasures remain on my fourth trip down this particular yellow brick road.
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Happy 'Odd Couple' Day: a review

November 13, 2013
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"On Nov. 13, Felix Ungar was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife." My request: See ATI's production.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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