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'Ann' dances…and annoys

March 11, 2008
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Yesterday, I found myself deliberately not making a left turn on Vermont from New Jersey Street. My reason: I just didn’t want to see the Julian Opie “Ann Dancing” electronic sculpture. Now, I’m a big fan of public art. I believe it...
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You-review-it Monday

March 10, 2008
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For me, the weekend included stops at the new gallery at the Stutz Building, a visit to the art spaces at the Murphy Art Center in Fountain Square, and finally exposing my two youngest kids to the movie “Hoosiers” —...
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IRT’s new season

March 7, 2008
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Yesterday the Indiana Repertory Theatre announced its 2008/2009 season and while it’s clearly too soon to pass any judgments – or make accurate predictions – I have to admit that the optimist and the pessimist in me had a field...
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Blu-ray not singing the blues

March 6, 2008
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So Blu-ray won the high-definition format battle, effectively turning HD DVD into this generation’s Betamax. Personally, this didn’t affect me at all. I managed to stay out of this turf war largely because a clearer picture and movie theater-quality sound are...
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‘Fair’er by far: a winner at Clowes

March 5, 2008
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Blame it on the weather. Blame it on the familiarity of the material. Blame it on the lack of a name star. But there were empty seats at last night’s opening of “My Fair Lady.” It's a shame, because unlike many other...
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Another critic bites the dust

March 4, 2008
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The Los Angeles Times has decided it doesn’t need a full-time dance critic and so Lewis Segal is now out of a job. What does that matter to you? Well, it’s no secret that daily newspapers are placing less emphasis on arts...
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You-review-it Monday + March tips

March 3, 2008
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For me, the weekend meant visiting the new Children’s Theatre Institute on North Keystone, screening more films in advance of the Indianapolis International Film Festival (early predication: “Operation Filmmaker” will be a fest favorite), and trying my hand at paper...
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Kid stuff the focus for new theater

February 29, 2008
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In yesterday’s IBJ Daily A&E e-mail, I discussed the Children’s Theatre Institute at the Junior Achievement Center, which officially opens its doors tonight with a party and performance of “Treasure Island.” The company promises a full slate of kid-centric productions,...
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"The Other Boleyn Girl"-your reviews

February 28, 2008
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So what's your verdict on Thursday evening's IBJ Night at the Movies film "The Other Boleyn Girl"?   (Sorry I couldn't make it.) Your thoughts?
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Reviews, previews, blogs, etc.

February 28, 2008
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While this blog has loads of readers (110,000 page visits in January.), I’ve found, anecdotally, that that number includes some who know little about IBJ’s other arts and entertainment coverage. So I thought I’d take today’s posting and give you a...
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Mellencamp: the musical

February 27, 2008
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The long-discussed John Mellencamp/Stephen King stage musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” at last has an opening date. It’s scheduled to premiere in Atlanta at the Alliance Theatre in April…of 2009. (The Alliance, FYI, won the Tony Award for Oustanding Regional Theatre...
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Musical detente in N. Korea

February 26, 2008
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What to make of the New York Philharmonic’s decision to include a concert in North Korea on its latest musical road trip? Conductor Lorin Maazel explained:  "Music is a powerful language in which those of us who are humane and intelligent...
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You-review-it Monday (+ Oscars)

February 25, 2008
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Catch any of the three Ps this weekend (“Proof” at TOTS, “The Piano Lesson” at the IRT, or Pilobolus at Clowes Hall)? Get to the Indianapolis Art Center or the Symphony? Or just groggy from watching the Oscars? Whatever the case, let...
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“Assassins” shot down

February 22, 2008
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"All of us have a healthy respect for the freedom of artistic expression that college theater represents, and all of us agree that out of respect for the families of those victims of the tragedies at Northern Illinois University and...
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IBJ Night at the Movies IV

February 21, 2008
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A few reasons why I’m interested in “The Other Boleyn Girl”: 1. Natalie Portman, still looking for a post-“Star Wars” winner. 2. Scarlett Johansson, ready to step up from the promise of her early, less challenging roles. 3. Eric Bana, in a role...
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TV alert: Sondheim tonight

February 20, 2008
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Today I am PBS’ biggest fan. That’s because tonight, the long-running series “Great Performances” is premiering “Company,” a taped-from-the-stage production of the George Firth/Stephen Sondheim musical. In case you are unfamiliar, “Company” is a landmark musical from 1970 that bypassed traditional story...
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Sense or censorship?

February 19, 2008
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“It is important for those in the industry to show some thought about who they are marketing some of these programs to.... I'm concerned about sex, but I'm also concerned [about] some of the violent slasher-horror films that come out.......
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Theater 2008-2009?

February 18, 2008
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We’re getting closer to the point where Indianapolis-area theater companies and presenters announce their 2008-2009 seasons. Already, Footlite Musicals has staked out territory that includes “Crazy for You,” “Miss Saigon” and—the one I’m most looking forward to—the local community theater premiere...
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You-review-it Monday

February 18, 2008
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Lots going on this week, from a new play opening at the Alley Theatre to African Footprint at the Madame Walker. Me, I had my first Storytelling Arts experience at the Indiana Historical Society, visited the Indianapolis Art Center and caught...
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Striking developments

February 15, 2008
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So we all survived the Hollywood writers strike. Bully for us. As a writer — and as someone with an optioned script in limbo at a major studio — I’m...
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Your “In Bruges” reviews

February 13, 2008
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Thursday evening was lively at Keystone Art Cinema, where the latest IBJ Night at the Movies featured a screening of Martin McDonagh’s film "In Bruges." Some of you may know McDonagh as the playwright responsible for "The Lieutenant of Inishmore,"...
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The end of poetry?

February 13, 2008
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I have flexible hours here at IBJ due to the amount of evening and weekend A&E events I attend. One of the advantages of such a non-schedule is that at least twice a week I’m in the car at 9 a.m....
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An all-black “Cat” on Broadway

February 12, 2008
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Tonight, a new production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” begins performances on Broadway with a high-profile cast, including Terrence Howard, Phylicia Rashad and James Earl Jones. Obviously this isn’t the cast that Tennessee Williams had in mind when the...
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You-review-it Monday

February 11, 2008
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For me, this weekend meant the Phoenix Theatre’s production of “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” Mickey Rooney’s visit to the Warren Performing Arts Center, and screenings of a few of the films we’ll be reviewing prior to the Indianapolis International Film...
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Jazz riffs

February 8, 2008
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Yesterday, the announcement was made that Aretha Franklin would be headlining this year’s Indy Jazz Fest. More acts, of course, to follow. Three questions : 1. Who else would you like to see on the lineup this year? 2. More provocatively, who wouldn’t...
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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