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Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre lands new executive director

August 27, 2014
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The theater, in residence at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, has hired John Hedges, most recently executive director for Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio.
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School is open: Time to appreciate arts teachers

August 26, 2014
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Little did I know that my music teacher was an accomplished composer and arranger. Little did I know I'd continue to be influenced by her decades after graduating.
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REVIEW: 'The Great Bike Race'

August 21, 2014
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And from out of nowhere, a loopy semi-musical comedy surges to the front of the pack of Indy Fringe shows.
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The best of Dig IN 2014

August 18, 2014
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Here were my favorite five, representing not just Indy but also Valparaiso and Fort Wayne eateries.
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Indianapolis Art Center names new president from within

August 14, 2014
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Patrick Flaherty, former director of exhibitions for the IAC, to fill spot vacated by Carter Wolf. Plus staff shift and new hires at the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
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How to do IndyFringe: A beginner's guide (update)

August 14, 2014
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There are still first-timers who have yet to experience the Mass Ave.-area 10-day fest. On its 10th anniversary, here's some guidance.
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Alone in the universe: Why I didn't like 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

August 11, 2014
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We finally have a summer blockbuster. But I'll take "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" instead.
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Review: 'The Tempest' at White River State Park

August 3, 2014
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The show proper began, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one in the sizable crowd bracing for sound problems…and relieved when none occurred. In fact, the sound was impeccable.
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Indy Eleven kicks in $75K for theater naming rights

July 31, 2014
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Indy's American Soccer League team shows support for to-be-built second theater for IndyFringe.
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IRT and NoExit season announcements shine

July 30, 2014
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I'm not talking about the shows they've selected, but the promos they created.
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Review: Cirque du Soleil's “Varekai”

July 25, 2014
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This seemingly Cirque-grown species of superhumans contort while flying, connect while swinging, tumble while balancing, hurl one another with their feat, and defy gravity.
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A new dance company, a theater in crisis, and a WNAP raft race redo

July 23, 2014
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Emptying the arts notebook...and bracing for the return of the greatest spectacle in drunken river riding.
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REVIEW: 'Miles & Ellie' at the Phoenix Theatre

July 21, 2014
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Who'd have thought that the place to go for a Teflon summer romantic comedy would be the Phoenix Theatre?
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CHICAGO REVIEWS: 'Brigadoon' at the Goodman; 'This is Our Youth' at Steppenwolf

July 17, 2014
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A trip to Chicago yields a pair of well-worth-the-drive pleasures from two of the country's leading regional theaters.
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Josh Kaufman among Indy Jazz Fest headliners

July 15, 2014
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The multi-venue fest also will feature funk/soul saxophonist Maceo Parker and SNL trombonist Steve Turre.
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Review: Acting Up's 'The Tragedy of Hamlet'

July 14, 2014
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Acting Up Productions isn't the first theater company to cast a woman as the great Dane. But what could have been a gimmick instead proved to be a casting coup.
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REVIEW: "Hair" at the Athenaeum

July 11, 2014
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There are worse problems to have in theater than an audience so enthusiastic about what they are seeing and hearing that their hooting and hollering dampens the emotional impact of the end of your show.
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Emmy nomination thoughts

July 10, 2014
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Praise for "The Normal Heart, categories in flux, and Matt LeBlanc nominated for playing Matt LeBlanc. Plus the best awards-show number ever.
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'Swarm Street' sculpture not worth the wait

July 8, 2014
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Had it been ready along with the rest of the commissioned artwork, the latest addition to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail might be seen in a more positive light.
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Notes on nudity: Splitting hairs on 'Hair'

July 3, 2014
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Yes, "Hair" is set in a world where "free love" was one of the mantras. But that's not what the infamous scene is about.
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Lichtenstein installation to be part of the IMA landscape

July 1, 2014
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"Five Brushstrokes" to be unveiled at event in August. Five elements range from 19-40 ft. tall.
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You-review-it Monday

June 30, 2014
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For me, the weekend included a teen "Hair," movie screenings, and more. What did you do on the A&E front?
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When Hollywood botches Broadway

June 26, 2014
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There has been much Internet chatter about possible changes in the film version of "Into the Woods." Here are 10 ways movies have made a mess of musicals in the past.
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IBJ ticket giveaway: Neo-Impressionists at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

June 25, 2014
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Win tickets to see the show that includes work by Vincent Van Gogh and more.
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You-review-it Monday: Songbook gala, etc.

June 23, 2014
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Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole were celebrated, the Jersey Boys took the stage at a theater near you, and the Symphony opened its Prairie season. What did you do over the weekend?
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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