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Arts rally on the Circle

April 19, 2009
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Monday is/was (depending on when you are reading this) the Indy Culture Matters Rally on  Monument Circle. Music starts/started at 11:30. Speakers at noon. I will be/was there. And I suspect many of you will/were be, too. Enough of that. So share...
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IBJ movie night: 'Wolverine'

April 17, 2009
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Summer's coming, so why not start the film season with a big popcorn movie? I've got passes to the April 30 midnight screening of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" at Regal Village Park and Galaxy 14. Want to go? Just leave a note here stating...
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Review: 'Most Happy Fella"

April 16, 2009
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I’ll admit that expectations played a big part in my experience of Indiana University Opera’s production of Frank Loesser’s “The Most Happy Fella” (running through April 18). Many, many listens to the cast recording of the original 1956 original—plus a...
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New ballet co. in town

April 15, 2009
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IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin chimes in with an update on efforts to launch a new Indianapolis ballet company:   The potential launch of a...
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Arts Council CEO out. What's next?

April 15, 2009
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As the Arts Council of Indianapolis begins searching for a new CEO to replace outgoing Greg Charleston (See IBJ's story here), the obvious question is: What are we looking for? What should be the role of the Arts Council's CEO...
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Scoop: Beatles, Queen, the Dead...

April 14, 2009
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If you're looking for classical music at Conner Prairie this summer, well, you'd better look carefully. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's soon-to-be-announced northside season is heavy on pop access, low on the traditional classical cannon. Is that a good thing or a...
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Quotas in theater schedules?

April 13, 2009
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The Denver Post offers a thought-provoking piece about "slot plays." That is, an annual "African-American play" or "Hispanic play" that fills a regular slot in a theater's schedule. Right now, to some eyes, the IRT is doing that with "Crowns" and the Phoenix with...
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You-review-it Monday

April 13, 2009
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It's that time again. Time to chime in with your A&E experiences from the weekend. I had a three-day run of catching "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" at the Phoenix Theatre, the launch of "Treasure Island" at...
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09/10 ISO schedule announced

April 9, 2009
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I previously gave a sneak peek at some of the Pops concerts on the way from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (including appearances by Maureen McGovern and Marvin Hamlisch as well as a Florence Henderson/Shirley Jones TV mamas double bill). Today, though,...
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D.C. botch: Art at the ballpark

April 9, 2009
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The unveiling of the fairly hideous new artwork at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (see article and photos here) got me wondering if anyone has done this sort of fusion of sports arena and visual art any better. A quick...
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Monumental arts mobilization

April 7, 2009
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I'm guessing that many of you have already seen the e-mail that is being circulated prodding you to join a rally on Monument Circle April 20 designed to "increase awareness of the importance of the arts to the local economy...
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New downtown art arrives April 21

April 6, 2009
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IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin chimes in with an update on the latest downtown public art showcase:  Installation of "George Rickey: An Evolution" begins April 21 at 10 locations downtown. Printed guides will be...
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You-review-it Monday

April 5, 2009
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So was it a visit to the American Pianists Association Fellowship Awards finals with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? A gallery hopping First Friday? A trip to the multiplex for a movie? For me, the weekend was a low-key one--but I was...
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Critic axed by Cleveland Orch?

April 3, 2009
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The fascinating story of the battle between The Cleveland Plain Dealer, its high-profile music critic, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra has been a long-standing buzz topic in the arts world. In short, critic consistantly writes negatively about maestro. Symphony pressures newspaper....
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Review: 'Drowsy Chaperone' at IU

April 2, 2009
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The major colleges that ring Central Indiana often host touring shows that aren't part of the Broadway in Indianapolis series (the Reuben Studdard/Frenchie Davis tour of "Ain't Misbehavin' is next at Purdue). For me, the appearance of a yet-unseen show...
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'Adventureland': Your thoughts

March 31, 2009
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If you attended the screening Tuesday night, please post your comments. Sorry I missed it. Well, not sorry. I was at the American Cabaret Theatre relaunch concert. Should I go out of my way to see "Adventureland" when it hits theaters? Your...
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ISO Scoop: Partridge and Brady

March 30, 2009
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While the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's '09/'10 Pops Series won't be formally announced until April 10, maestro Jack Everly enthusiastically told sold-out crowds at the Hilbert Circle Theatre this weekend that the upcoming progam will include three world premiere programs: --Mama Brady...
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You-review-it Monday

March 29, 2009
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So let's hear it. Did you get to DK at the IRT? (My thoughts here.) HART at the Indy Fringe building? (My thoughts here.) Did you Cirque with the Symphony (I'll review in an upcoming IBJ) or go modren...
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Scoop: John Green leaving Butler

March 27, 2009
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Students were notified this week that John Green, the visionary head of Butler University's theater program has accepted the position of Chair of Theatre at Columbia College in Chicago. Green has been a frequent guest director at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, most recently working on...
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Get thee to Dance Kaleidoscope

March 27, 2009
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Normally, I would wait until the next print edition of IBJ to review an A&E offering. But sometimes, that's too late and I'm thankful for this forum to share what I've seen. Having experienced Dance Kaleidoscope’s “America, the Modern” last night,...
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Scoop: IRT's 2009/2010 season

March 26, 2009
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“We are very intentionally reaching out to family audiences,” says Indiana Repertory Theatre Managing Director Steven Stolen, in discussing with me the about-to-be-announced 2009/2010 schedule for our state's largest regional theater. He’s not doing that just through programming—which includes a full...
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Review: “In a Dark Dark House”

March 25, 2009
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Neil LaBute is know outside theater circles for writing and directing the lightning-rod film “In the Company of Men,” which he produced while teaching in Fort Wayne. A long string of writing and directing gigs followed, leading to, this month,...
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Mellencamp on today's music biz

March 24, 2009
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Over at the Huffington Post, John Mellencamp has gone on at length about the state of the music business today. Some excerpts: --"Sadly, these days, it's really a matter of 'every man for himself.' In terms of possibilities, we are but...
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You-review-it Monday

March 22, 2009
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For me, the weekend included Heartland Actors Reperory Theatre's production of Neil LaBute's "In a Dark Dark House," a sneak look at the very disappointing Dreamworks 3-D animated film "Monsters vs. Aliens" (Who decided that the core emotional conflict in...
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Cabaret comeback

March 20, 2009
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Since I first started writing about arts in Indianapolis in the mid-90s, I've been baffled as to why the American Cabaret Theatre offered so little traditional cabaret. The format of cabaret is fairly simple: A singer and an accompanist (sometimes a...
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