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Chicago hotter than Broadway

December 23, 2008
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In January, more than a dozen Broadway productions will be shutting down, including "Spring Awakening," "Gypsy," "Hairspray" "13," and "Young Frankenstein." And there's little on the horizon to replace them. (Are you really anxious to see "Shrek: The Musical"? Didn't...
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You-review-it Monday

December 22, 2008
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I like to think of myself as a realist. So I know that this is unlikely to have been the busiest weekend for arts activity. Still, there may be some of you who warmed themselves by the light of the ISO,...
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A Fink among Muppets

December 17, 2008
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On Wednesday, "A Muppet Christmas--Letters to Santa" made its holiday debut on NBC. Why am I mentioning that here? Two reasons. 1. It was co-written by Indianapolis native Hugh Fink, a former SNL scribe and very funny man. (Check out some funny business...
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'Seven Pounds': Your thoughts

December 17, 2008
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So did you brave the weather--and the massive overbooking of the theater--and get in to see "Seven Pounds" last night? If so, let us know what you thought.
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The art of 'Friending' on Facebook

December 16, 2008
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I've recently joined the Facebook revolution. Yes, I know, I'm late in this, but I also didn't start watching "L.A. Law" until the third season and still haven't seen "Mad Men," so I'm not always an early adaptor. I signed on to Facebook,...
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You-review-it Monday

December 15, 2008
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This weekend, I finally got to see "On Thin Ice: A Very Phoenix Xmas 3" (the best yet). I also hopped over to opening weekend of Actors Theatre of Indiana's "A Year with Frog and Toad" (as wonderful as last year....
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Quick-notes Friday

December 12, 2008
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--Consider a stop at the Indiana Historical Society some time in the next few weeks. Most of it--including the gift shop, "You are There: 1945 Hoosier Home Front" and the History Lab will be closing to the public beginning Jan....
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Golden Globes/critic's ignorance

December 11, 2008
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I'm not one of those "TV is beneath me" snobs, but the reality is that, as your friendly neighborhood arts guy, I don't have much time to watch the tube. Still, when I saw the Golden Globe nominations this morning, I had to...
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IBJ Movie Night: 'Seven Pounds'

December 8, 2008
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[Note: all winners have been contacted. See you at the movie.]  Join IBJ for a sneak preview of the new Will Smith film "Seven Pounds." It will be held Tuesday, Dec. 16 at AMC Castleton Square 14. To score the passes, discuss your favorite Will...
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Indianapolis Star arts coverage

December 7, 2008
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In Sunday's Indianapolis Star, editor Dennis Ryerson commented on staff departures, announcing that "Talk of the Town," Susan Guyett's former column, will continue with another TBA writer. And that Jay Harvey will take over arts reviewing. See the story More

You-review-it Monday

December 7, 2008
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So did you get to one of the many Nutcrackers? Catch the first weekend of the ISO's "Yuletide Celebration"? Experience "This Wonderful Life" at the IRT? Or go to Storytelling Arts' presentation of Bill Harley and Carrie Newcomer? (I did all...
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Quick-notes Friday

December 5, 2008
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--Let the movie awards season begin. "Slumdog Millionaire"--which IBJ A&E readers got a chance to see earlier this week (see your comments here)--was just named 2008's Best Film by the National Board of Review. See story here. --Another potential...
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Dark day for Indy arts media

December 4, 2008
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It's a sad day for Indianapolis media and for the arts as massive layoffs gut the Indianapolis Star. Whitney Smith: gone. Chris Lloyd: gone. Susan Guyett: gone. Abe Aamidor: gone.  My thoughts and best wishes go out to these and other talented former Star writers, editors...
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"Slumdog": Your thoughts

December 2, 2008
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We had a great crowd at the IBJ Night at the Movies screening of "Slumdog Millionaire." If you were there, let us know what you thought of the film.
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Indy in January: Back to the '50s

December 1, 2008
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Break out the poodle skirts and leather jackets. Mid-January, 2009, is being taken over by the 1950s. At least, in Central Indiana it is. Nobody planned it this way. It's not a part of some cross-promotion. It just seems to be...
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You-review-it Monday

November 30, 2008
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So did you get to "A Christmas Carol Unscripted" at ComedySportz? Check out "Australia" at the multiplex? Hear Sam Harris and the Indianapolis Children's Choir at Pike Performing Arts Center? Or just veg out in front of the TV and...
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Lou's arts thank-you list

November 26, 2008
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A few things I'm thankful for: --I'm thankful that there's plenty of material to write about in this blog. And that it has found a loyal readership (between 350 and 900 hits a day). --I'm thankful for the smart, insightful, fun responses...
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From the blog roll: IMA, etc.

November 25, 2008
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Today, I'm just going to serve as your GPS, guiding you to some interesting arts writing from my blog roll. Happy clicking. --Recent Indy visitor Tyler Green (of IMOCA/IMCPL/IO's "10 Things I Hate About Contemporary Art") comments on his recent trek...
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You-review-it Monday

November 23, 2008
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For me, the weekend meant two evenings at my daughter's school musical--congrats to the whole Pike High School company of 'Children of Eden'. Sunday meant performances by the Indianapolis Opera and the touring company of "The Lion King." Look for reviews...
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First look: Celebration Plaza art

November 21, 2008
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Installation begins Monday on the 500 Festival 50th Anniversary Legacy Art Project at Celebration Plaza in White River State Park (near where the big guitar player was last year).  So what sort of art does...
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IBJ 'Slumdog' movie night

November 21, 2008
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Okay, now that we've groggily made it through a pair of midnight screenings of Hollywood popcorn flicks ("Quantum of Solace" and "Twilight"), let's change the pace a little with a serious Oscar contender...at a reasonable hour. "Slumdog Millionaire" has not only earned rave reviews,...
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Heartland's Oscar buzz

November 19, 2008
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You know how, when you're gathered in the living room filling out you Academy Award ballot with friends and there are the inevitable jokes about nobody having any idea what the nominated documentaries are about? Well, this year, it could be...
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New art windows on Penn

November 17, 2008
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Every once in a while, I'll turn the blog over to reporter Kathleen McLaughlin, who is now covering the arts business beat for IBJ. Welcome her aboard and look for her writing here and in the print edition of IBJ. Take...
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You-review-it Monday

November 17, 2008
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Before I get to the regular portion of the Monday blog, I'd like to take a moment to note with sadness the death of Matthew Oskay, director of the Warren Performing Arts Center. Matt, 30, was one of our town's four arts...
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Quick notes Friday

November 14, 2008
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I'm still a little groggy from the midnight showing of "Quantum of Solace" last night, so I'm kicking off a new occassional short-attention-span feature here that I'm calling Quick Notes Friday. Welcome aboard. --This was actually my second time seeing the...
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