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Indianapolis Star arts coverage

December 7, 2008
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In Sunday's Indianapolis Star, editor Dennis Ryerson commented on staff departures, announcing that "Talk of the Town," Susan Guyett's former column, will continue with another TBA writer. And that Jay Harvey will take over arts reviewing. See the story More

You-review-it Monday

December 7, 2008
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So did you get to one of the many Nutcrackers? Catch the first weekend of the ISO's "Yuletide Celebration"? Experience "This Wonderful Life" at the IRT? Or go to Storytelling Arts' presentation of Bill Harley and Carrie Newcomer? (I did all...
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Quick-notes Friday

December 5, 2008
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--Let the movie awards season begin. "Slumdog Millionaire"--which IBJ A&E readers got a chance to see earlier this week (see your comments here)--was just named 2008's Best Film by the National Board of Review. See story here. --Another potential...
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Dark day for Indy arts media

December 4, 2008
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It's a sad day for Indianapolis media and for the arts as massive layoffs gut the Indianapolis Star. Whitney Smith: gone. Chris Lloyd: gone. Susan Guyett: gone. Abe Aamidor: gone.  My thoughts and best wishes go out to these and other talented former Star writers, editors...
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"Slumdog": Your thoughts

December 2, 2008
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We had a great crowd at the IBJ Night at the Movies screening of "Slumdog Millionaire." If you were there, let us know what you thought of the film.
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Indy in January: Back to the '50s

December 1, 2008
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Break out the poodle skirts and leather jackets. Mid-January, 2009, is being taken over by the 1950s. At least, in Central Indiana it is. Nobody planned it this way. It's not a part of some cross-promotion. It just seems to be...
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You-review-it Monday

November 30, 2008
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So did you get to "A Christmas Carol Unscripted" at ComedySportz? Check out "Australia" at the multiplex? Hear Sam Harris and the Indianapolis Children's Choir at Pike Performing Arts Center? Or just veg out in front of the TV and...
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Lou's arts thank-you list

November 26, 2008
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A few things I'm thankful for: --I'm thankful that there's plenty of material to write about in this blog. And that it has found a loyal readership (between 350 and 900 hits a day). --I'm thankful for the smart, insightful, fun responses...
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From the blog roll: IMA, etc.

November 25, 2008
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Today, I'm just going to serve as your GPS, guiding you to some interesting arts writing from my blog roll. Happy clicking. --Recent Indy visitor Tyler Green (of IMOCA/IMCPL/IO's "10 Things I Hate About Contemporary Art") comments on his recent trek...
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You-review-it Monday

November 23, 2008
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For me, the weekend meant two evenings at my daughter's school musical--congrats to the whole Pike High School company of 'Children of Eden'. Sunday meant performances by the Indianapolis Opera and the touring company of "The Lion King." Look for reviews...
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First look: Celebration Plaza art

November 21, 2008
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Installation begins Monday on the 500 Festival 50th Anniversary Legacy Art Project at Celebration Plaza in White River State Park (near where the big guitar player was last year).  So what sort of art does...
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IBJ 'Slumdog' movie night

November 21, 2008
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Okay, now that we've groggily made it through a pair of midnight screenings of Hollywood popcorn flicks ("Quantum of Solace" and "Twilight"), let's change the pace a little with a serious Oscar contender...at a reasonable hour. "Slumdog Millionaire" has not only earned rave reviews,...
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Heartland's Oscar buzz

November 19, 2008
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You know how, when you're gathered in the living room filling out you Academy Award ballot with friends and there are the inevitable jokes about nobody having any idea what the nominated documentaries are about? Well, this year, it could be...
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New art windows on Penn

November 17, 2008
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Every once in a while, I'll turn the blog over to reporter Kathleen McLaughlin, who is now covering the arts business beat for IBJ. Welcome her aboard and look for her writing here and in the print edition of IBJ. Take...
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You-review-it Monday

November 17, 2008
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Before I get to the regular portion of the Monday blog, I'd like to take a moment to note with sadness the death of Matthew Oskay, director of the Warren Performing Arts Center. Matt, 30, was one of our town's four arts...
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Quick notes Friday

November 14, 2008
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I'm still a little groggy from the midnight showing of "Quantum of Solace" last night, so I'm kicking off a new occassional short-attention-span feature here that I'm calling Quick Notes Friday. Welcome aboard. --This was actually my second time seeing the...
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Hating contemporary art

November 13, 2008
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A whirlwind of a day started with my earlier-than-usual weekly Fox 59 segment (if you missed it, you can catch it here later today) and will end with the IBJ Night at the Movies midnight screening of "Quantum of Solace"...
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Review: "Whirl of the Divine"

November 12, 2008
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It was encouraging to a see a packed house at the Central Library for the Nov. 9 performance of "Powered by Poetry-- Whirl of the Divine." It was even better to see that the production itself--a collaboration between Butler University Departments...
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Conservative theater-an oxymoron?

November 11, 2008
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An interesting Wall Street Journal piece (read it here) asks why we don't see conservative political theater. Apart from Tom Stoppard and David Mamet, the writer of the piece "can't think of a single well-known American or British playwright...
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You-review-it Monday

November 9, 2008
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So, did you go Spirit-and-Place-ing this weekend? (I got to the "Madness and Creativity" conversation at Butler University and the remarkable "Whirl of the Divine" performance at the Central Library.) Do some First Friday gallery hopping? (Maybe we crossed paths at IMOCA or the...
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Review: B.J. Novak at Clowes

November 7, 2008
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At his strongest when addressing the largely student audience on generationally-specific subjects, stand-up B.J. Novak--best known from his role as Ryan on NBC's "The Office"--riffed smartly on OnStar, iTunes, Bill Nye, Wikipedia and GoogleMaps during his Thursday night set at...
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IBJ movie nights: Bond, etc.

November 5, 2008
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In the past, I've hosted a wide range of IBJ Night at the Movies screenings. The next two, however, are a little different. The tickets I'm giving away are, to be accurate, for IBJ LATE Nights at the Movies. Midnight, to be specific.  First...
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Cultural two-fers

November 5, 2008
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One of the more convenient excuses given for not going to cultural events is the cost. Well, with the 25th anniversary Zoobook now in release, that excuse has once again been mitigated. Yes, I know that there are those of you...
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Fictional Presidential match-ups

November 3, 2008
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Here, for your entertainment, some fictional election match-ups (ignoring party affiliations). Who gets your vote? Peter Sellers in "Dr. Strangelove" vs. Michael Douglas in "The American President" vs. Morgan Freeman in "Deep Impact"? Next round: Martin Sheen on "The West Wing" vs. Donald...
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You-review-it Monday

November 2, 2008
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For me, the weekend included catching up with shows at the Phoenix and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It also involved stealing moments to read, flipping between David Wild's goofy new "He Is...I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying...
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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