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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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Random tricks/random treats

October 31, 2008
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Some random thoughts on cultural horrors.  --Boris Karloff may be Hollywood's most underrated golden-era star. Watch him in "Son of Frankenstein" if you get a chance (although the film itself isn't as good as the perversely fun "Bride of Frankenstein"). --When we...
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Bookstore booze to be tested

October 30, 2008
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According to the Western Michigan Business Review, Schuler Books and Music in Grand Rapids (an outstanding locally owned chain) is looking to go beyond the cafe-and-sweet-treats ammenities that have become stapes in bookshops. The downtown store has applied for a...
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Film: Can 'best' = 'most popular'?

October 28, 2008
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Interesting stat in today's New York Times: The last four winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture ("No Country for Old Men," "The Departed," "Crash," and "Million Dollar Baby") combined didn't bring in the box office money of 2003's...
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On celebrity interviews

October 28, 2008
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Peter Bart, one of the smarter guys in Hollywood, has an interesting blog over at Variety. His topic: Celebrity interviews. (Find it here.) In the piece, Bart elequently points out something I've felt for a long time now: That most...
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You-review-it Monday

October 26, 2008
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There was a lot to choose from this weekend. Did you pick Hubbard Street Dance or David Byrne at Clowes? Or Gregory Hancock's "Oh My Goth"? Stop in at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, or the...
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