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You-review-it Monday: What A&E did you get for Xmas?

December 30, 2013
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So what did Santa (or whatever other gift delivery system you use) get you this year? Show tickets? Books? Music?
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Bored of your board games? Try these.

December 25, 2013
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Between Christmas and New Year's Day is when many families raid the game closet. If all you've got are Monopoly and Scrabble, consider picking up one of these.
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REVIEW: The Leisure Kings at the Jazz Kitchen

December 24, 2013
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Other performers may dip a (mistle)toe into outrageous waters around holiday time, but I've seen none offer as consistently outrageously entertaining an X-mas program as the Leisure Kings.
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You review it Monday: Leisure Kings, $3 Bill and more

December 22, 2013
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Did you go for the sacred or the profane this weekend? Or opt out of A&E completely?
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Top movies of 2013: Lou's picks

December 18, 2013
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"Inside Llewyn Davis" and "American Hustle" among my personal picks for best films of the year. What topped your list?
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Indiana Film Journalists (including yours truly) pick movie bests for 2013

December 16, 2013
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"12 Years a Slave" tops the list for Indiana Film Journalists Association. See what else made the list—and where I agree and disagree.
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IBJ Movie Night: 'American Hustle.' Win tickets.

December 13, 2013
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The 'Silver Linings Playbook' stars meet the leads from 'The Fighter' in David O' Russell's look at Abscam.
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'Wicked' ecomonic impact for hit musical

December 13, 2013
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How popular was the return engagement of the blockbuster musical? $4.7 million popular.
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You-review-it Monday: 'Yuletide Celebration' and more

December 9, 2013
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Did you get to see Sandi Patty and company at Hilbert Circle Theatre? Do some book buying at the Indiana History Center's Holiday Author Fair? Thaw your heart at "Frozen"?
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TV's 'Sound of Music' a ratings hit

December 6, 2013
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I'll refrain from Underwood bashing. Instead, here's some good that can come from NBC's live production.
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Review: 'A Christmas Carol Unscripted'

December 5, 2013
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What happens when Scrooge and company encounter a group of talented improvisers and an audience bent on putting off-color words in their mouths? Big laughs.
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IBJ Movie Night: The Coen Bros.' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

December 3, 2013
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Win passes to see the quirky comedy/drama (with music) from the makers of "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men."
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You-review-it Monday: 'A Very Phoenix Xmas' and more

December 1, 2013
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Did you jump start the holiday season at the IRT or the Phoenix? Catch a movie on one of the busiest cinematic weekends of the year? What did you do on the A&E front?
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Places I'd Never Been: Indy Hostel concert with Grimm, Marcy and Styka

November 27, 2013
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Imagine you have incredibly talented musician friends. Now imagine them in your living room.
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You-review-it Monday: 'Ice Age Giants,' a high school musical, and more

November 25, 2013
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Pike's first-in-Indiana high school production of 'The Color Purple' highlights an arts-filled weekend. What did you get out to see?
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A&E news and notes: Billboards with Indy artists, JFK's arts legacy, etc.

November 21, 2013
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And what about the movie theater ushers who have to work on Thanksgiving?
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You-review-it Monday: 'Wicked,' cabaret hopping, and more

November 18, 2013
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Did you brave the storm to go see "Wicked"? Meet up with mammoths at the State Museum? Talk loudly at the bar during a cabaret performance?
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Review: 'Wicked' returns to the Murat

November 15, 2013
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The not-so-wicked witch is back in a production that hasn't given in to road fatigue. Flaws and pleasures remain on my fourth trip down this particular yellow brick road.
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Happy 'Odd Couple' Day: a review

November 13, 2013
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"On Nov. 13, Felix Ungar was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife." My request: See ATI's production.
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Ticket giveaway: Indy International Festival

November 12, 2013
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Want to see the world without leaving the Indiana State Fairgrounds? We've got four sets of tickets to give away.
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You-review-it Monday: Lithgow, 'The Odd Couple' and more

November 11, 2013
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Some fine and funny Neil Simon highlighted my arts weekend. What did you see?
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Review: 'An Iliad' at the Indiana Repertory Theatre

November 8, 2013
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One-man show not a homer, but a solid, interesting production. Henry Woronicz stars.
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You-review-it Monday: What did I miss?

November 4, 2013
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I was away for the weekend. Fill me in one what you saw while I was away. Matisse? Patti LuPone A Spirit & Place event?
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'Kurt Vonnegut's Make Up Your Mind' opens in Boston. But whose play is it, anyway?

October 30, 2013
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Nicky Silver turned eleven drafts by Vonnegut into a play...and added the legendary author himself as a character.
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You-review-it Monday: DK with innertubes, ISO with Pixar, more

October 28, 2013
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This weekend, the Phoenix offered "Rancho Mirage." Dance Kaleidoscope incorporated big round dance partners. And the Indianapolis Symphony musically shared some toy stories. What did you see?

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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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