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'Wicked,' 'Ave. Q' &...'Happy Days'?

May 9, 2008
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The big news on Broadway in the 2003-2004 season was the Tony-Award battle between mega-musical “Wicked” and where-did-that-come-from upstart “Avenue Q.” (For an up close and personal look at the development of both shows, check out the documentary “ShowBusiness,” which...
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Dessert at intermission

May 8, 2008
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A while back, I was asked by a charitable foundation if I’d be willing to be part of a silent auction package at a fund-raising dinner. The prize? The highest bidder would join me on one of my reviewing assignments....
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One for the books: Barden/Obama

May 8, 2008
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One of Indy’s most notable writers, Dan Barden, earned national acclaim for his book “John Wayne: a novel,” published in 1997 by Random House. He’s also penned essays for such publications as GQ and Details, teaches creative writing at Butler...
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Go *$%#*&@ Speed Racer!

May 7, 2008
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Last night I caught a sneak preview of “Speed Racer,” the would-be summer blockbuster from the makers of “The Matrix.” This overlong adaptation of the cheesy kids show of yesteryear has a cool color palate, a lead performance from Emile Hirsch...
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Enochs' blocks added to Saxony

May 6, 2008
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This Thursday, the folks behind Saxony, the latest let’s-make-a-town-from-scratch in Hamilton County, will be dedicating a new sculpture by Bloomington artist Dale Enochs. The piece will be a prominent part of the 725-acre housing/office/retail community.More

NY notes: Upright Citizens

May 5, 2008
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About a year ago, on a previous trip to NYC, I happened to be in town with a free Sunday evening. That's usually not the most happening time in any town, but I knew there had to be something outstanding...
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You-review-it Monday

May 4, 2008
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So I've been away from town for a few days and had to skip the weekend arts and entertainment activity in Indy. So what did I miss? Were you at Clowes Hall for Indianapolis Opera's "Tales of Hoffman"? Catch the new comic...
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NY notes: Jazz at Birdland

May 2, 2008
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The last time I was in New York City was about a year and a half ago. I was doing a story on things to do when you are in town on business and you find yourself with a few...
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Your reviews: 'Young @ Heart'

May 1, 2008
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So who caught the IBJ Night at the Movies screening of "Young @ Heart"? And what did you think?
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From NY II: celeb spotting

May 1, 2008
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I'm jazzed to write about both the Lincoln Center revival of "South Pacific" and the new Broadway musical "Cry-Baby" when I return to Indy. And to catch two more shows Saturday. And to share, perhaps tomorrow's blog, some thoughts on my...
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Movie night: 'Young @ Heart'

May 1, 2008
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Pass are still available for tonight's screening of "Young @ Heart" at Landmark Keystone Art's Cinema. They are available while supplies last at the IBJ front desk. Go. If you do make it, remember to post comments here tomorrow....
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Greetings from New York I

April 30, 2008
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The line is short at the temporary TKTS half-price ticket booth (although just about everyting is available), every third non-tourist woman seems to want to be Tina Fey, and Central Park looks great. Wish you were all here. I'm blogging from...
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What outsiders think

April 29, 2008
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Conner Prairie landed its own four-page section in the current issue of Smithsonian magazine and, of course, the powers that be at the rustic landmark are thrilled. In a press release, Brenda Myers, executive director of the Hamilton County Convention...
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IBJ Night at the Movies

April 28, 2008
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I’m going to be out of town later this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be part of another IBJ Night at the Movies in my absence. This time, it’s the critically praised documentary “Young @ Heart,” sneak previewing Thursday...
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You-review-it Monday

April 28, 2008
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For me, it was a whirlwind of a weekend, especially if you start with Thursday (OK, so I’m still a college student at heart). I started with a road trip to Louisville to catch the national tour of “Avenue Q,” found...
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Reading into "On The Road"

April 25, 2008
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In June, the Indianapolis Museum of Art will be showcasing the 120-foot-long scroll on which Jack Kerouac wrote his landmark work "On the Road." My question: Is the scroll itself art or artifact? The scrollMore

Film fest opens

April 24, 2008
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The Indianapolis International Film Festival opened last night with a screening of the Sundance Film Festival hit “Son of Rambow.” I’d tell you more about this charmer, but since that was the only festival screening for the film, I’ll...
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Edgy musicals on the way

April 23, 2008
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Old school musical purists, cover your eyes. A parade of new, irreverent musicals (some not yet officially announced) are on the way to Indy. Some examples: In the fall, Theatre on the Square not only will be offering the blood-spattered “Evil Dead:...
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Talking turkeys: bombs on stage

April 22, 2008
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The New York Times today reports on a revival of “Moose Murders”—considered by many to be the worst play ever staged on Broadway. (See Frank Rich’s original review, here.) While New Yorkers will often pay as much attention to...
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You-review-it Monday

April 21, 2008
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For me, the weekend included the second half of the James Still double bill at Indiana Repertory Theatre and a run to Purdue University for an exhilerating student production of "Hair" (a midnight show, no less). And you? Did you catch the...
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Are candidates hiding from the arts?

April 18, 2008
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Political candidates are all over the state these days, grabbing photo ops wherever they can … except, it seems, at arts events. Think about it: When was the last time you saw a candidate - local or national - posing in...
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IBJ Movie Night: "88 Minutes"

April 17, 2008
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So were you there last night at the screening of “88 Minutes”? If so, what did you think? And whether you were there or not, feel free to chime in with your favorite/least favorite Al Pacino performances. Side question: Anyone out there...
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Pope-ular music

April 16, 2008
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With Pope Benedict XVI on his U.S. tour, attention is being paid to just about every aspect of the Catholic Church…including its music. Not only is the playlist for the Pontiff’s stadium mass in Washington being scrutinized, but thoughts are...
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Classical musicians: hot or not?

April 15, 2008
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Yes, it’s the music that matters. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s acknowledge that classical music organizations aren’t shy about using images of attractive musicians in their marketing. A hottie violinist, the theory goes, will sell more tickets than a...
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"Forbidden B'way"/You-Review-It

April 14, 2008
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So what did you do this weekend? Hear the Earth Harp at the IMA or the slew of country stars at the Fairgrounds? Discover “Black Gold” at the Phoenix? My weekend included the national tour of “Forbidden Broadway” at Clowes Hall,...
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