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Review: Daniel Radcliffe in Broadway's 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

April 21, 2014
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The Harry Potter star places himself in an outstanding ensemble ... and rises to the occasion.
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You-review-it Monday

April 21, 2014
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For me, it was a trip to New York for Broadway's latest. How about you? What did you see on the A&E front over the weekend?
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Review: NoExit Performance's 'Middletown'

April 16, 2014
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During moments when it hits its stride, “Middletown” offers the strongest combination of writing, directing and acting I’ve seen in a long time in Indy.
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Indianapolis Art Center head Carter Wolf to retire

April 15, 2014
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"My MO is being a change agent. And that means you have to know what you need to do and know when to step aside and let somebody else come in."
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IU honors Meryl Streep—plus my favorite performances

April 14, 2014
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An honorary degree and a film retrospective greet the actress April 16 in Bloomington.
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Ticket giveaway: Stutz Artists Open House

April 14, 2014
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It's a sure sign of spring on the Indy cultural calendar. And we've got two pair of passes to give away to the 20th-anniversary event.
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You-review-it Monday

April 13, 2014
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Mandy Patinkin was in the neighborhood. Cher and Pat Benatar converged on Bankers Life Fieldhouse. What did you do on the A&E front over the weekend?
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Opera patrons offered trade-in for cancelled show

April 11, 2014
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What to do about those tickets you had for "Albert Herring,"? Three local arts organizations have an idea.
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'The Christians' highlights 2014 Humana Festival

April 7, 2014
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Lucas Hnath creates an original, riveting, thought-provoking drama with characters whose sincerity fuels fascinating conflict.
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You-review-it Monday

April 7, 2014
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Did you get to any Butler ArtsFest events? Gallery hop for IDADA's First Friday?
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Who should replace Letterman?

April 4, 2014
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Now that the retirement announcement has been made, let the speculation begin.
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Review: 'Memphis' tour at Clowes Hall

April 2, 2014
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It's a lot like its lead character: Awkward yet oddly compelling, overflowing with both soul and cheese, and with a tendency to repeatedly state the obvious.
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Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art expanding to CityWay

April 1, 2014
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iMOCA adds South Street space in a partnership that includes the Alexander Hotel. September targeted for opening.
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You-review-it Monday: Out-of-town edition

March 31, 2014
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I was away in New York and D.C. Which means I need to hear about what I missed here in Indy.
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Review: Broadway's new revival of 'Les Miserables'

March 28, 2014
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My biggest concern going wasn't whether the rethought design would hold up to memories of the turntable-fueled original. It was whether I would hear the people sing...in the audience.
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IRT season to include 'Red,' 'Good People' and Shakespeare

March 24, 2014
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"A Christmas Carol" and "The Giver" set to return, along with a Sherlock Holmes adaptation.
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You-review-it Monday

March 23, 2014
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Did you get to the one-minute play fest at the Phoenix? Hear the Symphony? Catch Cashore Marionettes at the CPA?
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ISO announces stars for 'Anything Goes' concert

March 21, 2014
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Broadway vets Rachel York, Gary Beach, and Judy Kaye to appear in May performances
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Review: 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

March 20, 2014
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Acting Up Production's take on Tennessee Williams' classic drama features a compelling Stella at its core.
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You-review-it Monday: 'Streetcar,' 'Other Desert Cities,' and more

March 17, 2014
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It was a weekend packed with theatrical offerings. What did you get to see?
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10 observations from the Public Library Association convention

March 14, 2014
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Librarians from around the country converged on the Indiana Convention Center this week. Here's a few things I observed after a visit to the Public Library Con.
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IBJ Movie Night: 'Draft Day' with Kevin Costner

March 14, 2014
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It's a life-changing day for an NFL GM. IBJ sneak previews Ivan Reitman's latest
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Indy's Josh Kaufman finds his voice on 'The Voice'

March 11, 2014
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The last time you heard him here might have been while you were ordering a sandwich on Monument Circle.
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Review: Stephanie J. Block at the Cabaret

March 11, 2014
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The Tony-nominated Broadway star of "Drood" and the pre-Menzel Elphaba offered an evening of song...and an unexpected wardrobe change.
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Ticket giveaway: Shen Yun

March 10, 2014
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Win a pair of tickets to see the touring celebration of Chinese dance at Clowes Hall April 18-20 at Clowes Hall.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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