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Taking the "art" out at Keystone

June 25, 2008
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I've got a pretty broad definition of art. And a pretty broad definition of art films. But "Get Smart"? "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"? "Indiana Jones"? "The Happening"? "Sex in the City"? Such is the lineup at Landmark's Keystone Art...
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Ann Patchett on opera and veggies

June 24, 2008
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"Sometimes I worry that culture is like vegetables and that I'd be better off eating that which is locally grown," writes novelists Ann Patchett in today's Wall Street Journal. The piece isn't a celebration of local arts. Rather, it's a tribute to the...
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Tobias Theatre events announced

June 23, 2008
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The folks at the Indianapolis Museum of Art have named names (at least some) for programming at its soon-to-be-opening  Tobias Theatre. The initial schedule for this new "living room" for the arts includes: --"Virtuosos and Visions," featuring violinist Cho-Liang Lin, pipa artist Min Xiao-Fen,...
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DC: Final critical thoughts

June 23, 2008
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More random thoughts from the American Theatre Critics Association conference in Washington. * If the powers that be in Carmel--or any other place that aspires to be an arts destination--hasn't already made contact, they should reach out immediately and speak to...
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You-review-it Monday

June 23, 2008
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Okay, so what did I miss? Anyone visit the ISO on the Prairie, shop at the Eiteljorg's Indian Market, participate in the 48 Hour Film Project or stop in at the Florie Leviton show at the Indianapolis Art Center? What A&E encounters did you...
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DC: Awards matter

June 21, 2008
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It's the fourth day of the American Theatre Critics Association annual conference and my feet or sore, my eyes a little glazed over, and my excitement about theater and its potential increased. Here are some notes: * One of the factors credited...
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The death of the CD

June 20, 2008
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Reports of the death of the CD aren't exagerated. Wired magazine reports that Apple's ITunes store has sold over five billion songs. Meanwhile, Price WaterhouseCoopers LLC released a report that sales downloaded songs will surpass that of CDs by 2010. In...
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DC: Backstage at the Kennedy Center

June 19, 2008
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The latest in a serious of reports from the American Theatre Critics Association conference in Washington, D.C.  It's past intermission, but I chose not to go back into the theater. Stomach issues, I claim. Truth is, I saw a much better directed, better...
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DC: Dancing with Presidents

June 18, 2008
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We're on the stage of the National Theatre, rich in history but on the verge of irrelevance. With a mere 1675 seats, it's difficult to compete for tours and concerts with the Kennedy Center and other larger houses. This is...
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DC: Dinner with Harry Hamlin

June 18, 2008
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"Hi, I'm Harry," he says, shaking my hand. And when he sits down at our table, a woman next to him asks, "Who do you write for?" That's the standard first question here at the American Theatre Critics Association conference in Washington. But, in this case,...
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"Get Smart"--Your thoughts

June 17, 2008
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Since I'm out of town, I had to miss the Tuesday IBJ Night at the Movies preview of "Get Smart." So if you were there, enlighten me. What did I miss?
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DC: Critical mass in Washington

June 17, 2008
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It’s been about a decade since I’ve been to Washington, D.C., but memories rush back. On a junior high field trip, a kid sticking his hand in front of my Super-8 movie camera as I tried to film a “Hard Day’s...
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You-review-it Monday

June 16, 2008
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A busy weekend for me included spending quality time with "Some Men" at the Phoenix Theatre, an afternoon visit to the Indy Jazz Fest, finally getting to see "Iron Man" at the movies, a trip to Bollywood courtesy of the Gregory...
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Preview: Chakaia Booker in Indy

June 13, 2008
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IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson takes over the blog for a moment with some info on the upcoming Chakaia Booker public art exhibition. New York-based artist Chakaia Booker’s nine new sculptures will be taking over downtown...
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Chakaia Booker

June 13, 2008
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Chakaia Booker: Mass Transit, a public art display of nine original pieces and one existing sculpture, will be set up in downtown Indianapolis on July 14. Here's where to go to see them: 1. “Gridlock” 2. “Tailgaiting” 3. “Plus or Minus?”...
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A&E reviews, contests...and TV

June 13, 2008
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Welcome to Friday. I just wanted to alert you to a couple of things. First, we've added a new portal page to make it easy for you to find not just this blog, but also the A&E reviews from my column in the print...
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Caring about the Tony Awards

June 12, 2008
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The Tony Awards , the annual celebration of the Broadway season, are being handed out this Sunday night. Did I hear a yawn? You aren’t alone. A notorious ratings loser, the show each year seems to squander the opportunity to excite....
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The latest from Twyla Tharp

June 11, 2008
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The pride of Portland, Indiana, choreographer Twyla Tharp premiered a new work, “Rabbit and Rogue” with the American Ballet Theatre last week, earning a range of reviews from enthusiasm to dismissal . In reading them, I was taken back...
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Chicago's Muti pageant

June 10, 2008
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I’m sure there are arts patrons in Central Indiana who travel across the border to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I just don’t know any of them. For most of us, the musical difference between a true world-class orchestra like the...
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You-review-it Monday

June 9, 2008
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Welcome to Monday. I hope your weekend was a satisfying one. Mine included trips to Buck Creek Players to see the musical "Honk!" (where my son slept during the second act) and to Tibbs Drive-in (where my son slept through the...
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Art & Nature Park

June 6, 2008
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Here's more on the works that will be part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Art and Nature Park, courtesy of IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson. Atelier Van Lieshout, a Danish studio run by artist Joop van Lieshout,...
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First look: IMA park art

June 6, 2008
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IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson takes over the blog today with a sneak peek at some of the work planned for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's backyard. Today, the IMA is releasing preliminary renderings for three of the eight inaugural artworks slated...
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Summer on the tube

June 5, 2008
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Since “The Sopranos” staged its final hit, “Desperate Housewives” became, well, desperate, and “American Idol” lost some of its water-cooler luster, I’m hearing fewer people outside of the media talk about television shows. (Except for...
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Crow kicks off Lawn season

June 4, 2008
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I’ll admit that I never quite got a handle on Sheryl Crow. As catchy as some of her songs are, her hits always seemed all about the chorus. No harm there—just nothing that made me want to go out...
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The man who improved improv

June 3, 2008
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Half my lifetime ago, I journeyed across the country from East Coast to West and found myself on my own for a few days in Los Angeles. Looking for some cheap entertainment, I picked up a $6 ticket to see...
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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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