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You-review-it Monday: Dig IN, Indy Fringe, and more

August 26, 2013
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What was your favorite farm-to-fork sample at the downtown food feast? Or highlight from the anything-can-happen fest on and around Mass Ave?
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Are museums just 'graveyards for stuff'?

August 23, 2013
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At CNN, an opinion columnist blasts the state of museums. But should museums worry so much about entertaining?
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Kondrat's return, scoring Tutu tickets, and more

August 20, 2013
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Unless you are a Bulldog, getting tickets to see the Nobel Prize laureate will be tough. Elsewhere, the Phoenix scores a coup...and an extension for a hit show.
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You-review-it Monday: GenCon, Indy Fringe, and more

August 19, 2013
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Did you hit Mass Ave. to see one of dozens of Fringe fest shows? Play games (or people watch) as Gen Con once again rolled the dice on Indy?
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Emptying the Gen Con notebook

August 16, 2013
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News, notes and numbers from opening day trolling (so to speak) the aisles of the massive gaming convention. So how much money can actually be made there?
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10 things I like (and don't) about 'Shrew.' HART's 'Taming of the Shrew' reviewed

August 12, 2013
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Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre's production of Shakespeare's comedy brought big crowds to White River State Park. What worked and what didn't?
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You-review-it Monday: State Fair, Shakespeare in the Park, and more

August 12, 2013
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Kevin Costner at the Indiana State Fair? The Contours at Conner Prairie? What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?
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A&E Roundup: Raves for Harry & Izzy's, Dr. Who coming, etc.

August 9, 2013
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USA Today names a local favorite as Best U.S. Airport Food. Faust gets solo show. GreekFest grows.
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The arts group I'll play for at Indiana Grand Casino is...

August 5, 2013
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My contest partner has been selected. Now it's time to dust off my Phil Gordon books.
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You-review-it Monday: Indiana State Fair, Jazz on the Prairie, and more

August 4, 2013
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Did you get to the Fair? Take in Indy Jazz Fest's night at Conner Prairie? Explore First Friday options? What did you hear, see or do this weekend?
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Betting on a central Indiana arts group could net $11,000 for your favorite charity

July 31, 2013
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I'm playing in a celebrity poker tournament in September. You can help select the group I'll be playing for.
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Winners named in both film fest and songbook competitions

July 29, 2013
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Yes, there was a race over at the Brickyard over the weekend. But for fierce competition, nothing beat the high schoolers squaring off on the songs of Porter, Gershwin, etc.
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You-review-it Monday: Feinstein competition and more

July 28, 2013
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For me, most of the weekend was spent in Muncie and Chicago. So what did I miss?
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DeHaan, Hiatt among Governor's Arts Award recipients

July 26, 2013
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Recipients of the 40th annual awards were announced Friday. An awards ceremony is scheduled for September.
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Toussaint, Lewis, Schurr to headline multi-venue Jazz Fest

July 25, 2013
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For the 15th edition, Indy Jazz Fest venues include Butler's new Schrott Center, the Cabaret at the Columbia Club, and the terrace at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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Review: 'ZirkusGrimm'

July 24, 2013
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Under the big top inside Irvington Lodge, Q Artistry offers an entertaining evening exploring the dark side of fairy tales. Fellow artistic directors co-star with Q's Ben Asaykwee.
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A&E priority list for July 25-31: Steve Martin and more

July 23, 2013
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Teens croon at the Palladium. Steve Martin strums at the Murat. Karen Irwin sings Janis Joplin. It's a busy week for music in central Indiana.
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You-review-it Monday: Summer Celebration, 'ZirkusGrimm,' and more

July 21, 2013
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Did you hear the music of the Rolling Stones via the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? Hear tales of "Love, Loss and What I Wore" at the Phoenix? Catch a concert or an art show?
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Summer Celebration exhibits open at convention center

July 19, 2013
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Indiana Black Expo's signature event means different things to different attendees. While Spike Lee and Billy Dee Williams were being honored, I was checking out the art.
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Film fest's 'Medora' looks at state's worst hoops team

July 19, 2013
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What's it like to be on a team with no wins in an Indiana town with few prospects? The gutsy documentary "Medora" will be screened Friday in the Harrison Center gym.
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Review: 'Turbo' hits the wall

July 17, 2013
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How does a snail end up serving as an Indy car? A better question: Why does the film wait so long to introduce potentially fun characters and then do nothing fun with them.
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Zinn and the art of historical revisionism

July 17, 2013
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Mitch Daniels called Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" "propaganda." For me, it was a flawed eye-opener.
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A&E Priority List for July 18-24: Summer Celebration, film fest, and more

July 16, 2013
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This week, Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration events extent to American Legion Mall and beyond while the Indianapolis International Film Festival also goes on location. More picks here.
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Heartland Film Fest grabs spotlight with $75K gift

July 15, 2013
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The money from Clowes Charitable Foundation will be used to support year-round programming. October fest also benefits.
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You-review-it Monday: McCartney and more

July 15, 2013
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The weekend included the Paul McCartney show at the Fieldhouse, "ZirkusGrimm" in Irvington and lots of other options. What did you do?
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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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