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Confess: books you haven't read

July 23, 2008
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At England's Ways with Words literary festival, authors were asked to name books that they are ashamed to admit they haven't read. See story here. For me, that would be a long list, including "Catch-22," "Moby Dick," "Remembrance of Things...
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Vote casting: 'Legally Blonde,' etc.

July 22, 2008
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Broadway has a new lead actress for "Legally Blonde: The Musical," thanks to an MTV talent competition (see story here). London and Broadway have also cast talent for revivals of "Grease," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "The...
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You-review-it Monday

July 20, 2008
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So how was your weekend? Did you go through some "Transformations" with ShadowApe Theatre? Take a trip down the yellow brick robe to see "The Wiz"? Take in a Black Expo Summer Celebration concert? Check out Chakaia Booker's downtown artwork?...
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Dick Lugar makes The Onion

July 18, 2008
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A little light reading for the day, care of The Onion. It's the senator's first appearance in the satiric newspaper since this story in 2004. Enjoy. Just don't forward these as real news, please.
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Emmy nominees announced

July 17, 2008
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The Emmy Awards don't have the same cache--or offer the same box-office boost--as the Oscars or the Tonys. But they do lend prestige to the TV shows and talent that win them. Because much of my evening time is spent at...
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Summer of the Superhero

July 15, 2008
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There was Iron Man. There was the Hulk. There was Hell Boy. Now, Batman is back. Summer has long been the time of blockbuster special effects movies, but this year seems disproportionately super hero focused. What does it say that so many films--not...
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All the music we can handle?

July 14, 2008
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With concerts booked heavily at Verizon Wireless Music Center, the Lawn at White River State Park, the Murat, the Indiana State Fair, Music Mill, the Vogue, the casinos and other venues as well as Indy Jazz Fest, IBE's Summer Celebration, and RibAmerica, it...
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You-review-it Monday

July 13, 2008
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So did you catch DK's Gershwin show? Do the Time Warp again with the rest of the "Rocky Horror" fans at the Indianapolis Museum of Art? Or catch the young adult production of "Once on this Island" at Footlite? Whatever your...
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Flashback: Our liveliest arts blogs

July 11, 2008
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Somewhere between the 100th and 200th episode of any self-respecting sitcom, there's usually a moment where the cast is trapped ...
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Your summer reading list

July 11, 2008
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At the top of my reading pile right now is Doug Crandell's new novel "Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed." Crandell has Indiana roots, a big heart, and lots of talent and I'm looking forward to gliding into this one. It will...
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Awarding high school theater?

July 10, 2008
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Forgive the randomness of today's posting. I'm in a clearing-my-desk frenzy before taking off tomorrow afternoon for a family trip to the Jersey shore. (Thank goodness I have some LA Theatre Works plays on tape to get me through...
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Pretending to like new music

July 9, 2008
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Noted curmudgeon—and very smart and funny writer—Joe Queenan recently threw down the gauntlet at contemporary classical music and those who, in his view, claim to like it. Some notable quotes from his article “Admit It, You’re as Bored as...
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Smoking ban for 'Jersey Boys'

July 8, 2008
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Chris Jones at the Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago production of "Jersey Boys" (an outstanding show, by the way--and that's me talking, not Jones) has gone smoke free. He's not talking about the theater. He's talking about the...
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Hutcherson visits 'Journey' crowd

July 8, 2008
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Last night, the Heartland Film Festival (sorry, I mean Heartland Truly Moving Pictures--I'm still getting used to the new name) added some dessert to a packed advance screening of the new adventure flick "Journey to the Center of...
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You-review-it Monday

July 6, 2008
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It was a long weekend. Surely you found some entertainment beyond the barbecue. Like me, did you take the opportunity to visit with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Conner Prairie...on with the Sanders Family in "Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming"...
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Att. shoppers: explicit material

July 2, 2008
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My just-over-the-cubicle-wall colleagues at Indiana Lawyer reported yesterday that Judge Sarah Evans Barker "threw out a new Indiana law requiring bookstores and other retailers to register with the state and pay a $250 fee if they want to sell...
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'Wall*E': Quality as business plan

July 1, 2008
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"Quality is the best business plan of all." So Pixar chief John Lasseter told the L.A. Times. And the combination of reading that statement and seeing Pixar's remarkable "Wall*E" last night gives me hope for, well, everything. I'm not going to...
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Avg. TV viewer is now over 50

June 30, 2008
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Today's Variety quotes a study stating that the average age of TV network viewers--at least, those viewing shows live and not on DVR--is now 50. That's the highest it's ever been. CBS has the oldest average age viewer, at 54. The...
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You-review-it Monday

June 30, 2008
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So did you visit the "On the Road" scroll at the IMA? Swing to "Swing" at American Cabaret Theatre? Try to understand the great Joe Cocker at Verizon Wireless Music Center? Let us know what A&E you experienced this weekend. For me, much...
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Meet Indiana's new poet laureate

June 27, 2008
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I know the suspense was killing you, so here's some relief. As of last week, Indiana has a new poet laureate. He's Norbert Krapf, a St. Joseph's College grad with an M.A. from Notre Dame. His name is on 21...
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Mayor Ballard, arts patron

June 26, 2008
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When I attended last night's sneak preview of the "On the Road Again..." exhibition at the IMA, there was Mayor Ballard. When I attended Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's "Hooray for Bollywood" performance at Pike Performing Arts Center, there was...
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Taking the "art" out at Keystone

June 25, 2008
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I've got a pretty broad definition of art. And a pretty broad definition of art films. But "Get Smart"? "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"? "Indiana Jones"? "The Happening"? "Sex in the City"? Such is the lineup at Landmark's Keystone Art...
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Ann Patchett on opera and veggies

June 24, 2008
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"Sometimes I worry that culture is like vegetables and that I'd be better off eating that which is locally grown," writes novelists Ann Patchett in today's Wall Street Journal. The piece isn't a celebration of local arts. Rather, it's a tribute to the...
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Tobias Theatre events announced

June 23, 2008
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The folks at the Indianapolis Museum of Art have named names (at least some) for programming at its soon-to-be-opening  Tobias Theatre. The initial schedule for this new "living room" for the arts includes: --"Virtuosos and Visions," featuring violinist Cho-Liang Lin, pipa artist Min Xiao-Fen,...
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DC: Final critical thoughts

June 23, 2008
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More random thoughts from the American Theatre Critics Association conference in Washington. * If the powers that be in Carmel--or any other place that aspires to be an arts destination--hasn't already made contact, they should reach out immediately and speak to...
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