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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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Symphonic crisis in Columbus

February 7, 2008
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Our big-ish city neighbor to the east, Columbus, Ohio, is facing problems with its orchestra. Wrestling with $1.5 million deficit this season, management has proposed downsizing from 52 to 31 full-time players. A truncated season (cutting out 12 of the usual...
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Justifying PBS

February 6, 2008
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President Bush’s proposed budget features significant cuts to public broadcasting: 2009’s allocation goes from $400 million to $200 million. And 2010’s drops from $420 million to $200  million. More details here. Public broadcasting certainly had an easier time justifying...
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Eastern Star (and 'Superstar')

February 5, 2008
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The balcony was shaking. Literally. You could see the flag bouncing in the windless Artsgarden and I half-jokingly asked Alpha Blackburn, of Blackburn Architects, about the structural stability of the place. What was causing this seismic disturbance? The Eastern Star Church Gospel Choir,...
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You-review-it Monday

February 4, 2008
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This is normally the time when I ask you what you did last weekend, but I've got a pretty good idea what you were up to on Sunday. Still, there was Friday and Saturday to catch something on stage, in galleries...
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IBJ Night at the Movies III

February 1, 2008
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Maybe you’ve already been introduced to the intense, funny, bloody work of Martin McDonagh. He wrote the acclaimed play “The Pillowman,” which the Phoenix Theatre produced last year. And he wrote “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” opening at the Phoenix this month. He...
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'Project Runway' goes artsy

February 1, 2008
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It had to happen eventually, I suppose. The “Project Runway” creators are shopping another reality/competition show to the networks—this one looking at the art world. "There will be creative challenges, unexpected challenges, things that will test these artists outside of their comfort...
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'Bang' bounced at TOTS

January 31, 2008
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A last-minute switch in the lineup at Theatre on the Square was mysteriously announced yesterday. In the just-around-the-corner late February slot, out went the relatively unknown survivalist comedy “Bang.” In comes the Pulitzer-Prize winning “Proof.” Why? According to the news...
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The Kindle, bootleg movies, etc.

January 31, 2008
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A few technology and the arts stories for you forward-thinking readers: According to yesterday’s Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com has experienced better-than-expected sales of the temporarily-out-of-stock Kindle, the $399 electronic book gizmo it launched last November.More

Sneak peek at "Great Ideas"

January 30, 2008
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Elsewhere at ibj.com, Jennifer Whitson reports on the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ selection of two projects as winners in this year’s “Great Ideas” contest. More

First impressions/free tickets

January 29, 2008
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What was the first production that woke you up to the potential pleasures of the stage? Were you tuned in as a kid? As a teen? Did interest in theater, dance, opera or live music wait until you were grown? Or...
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You-Review-It Monday, 1/28/08

January 28, 2008
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So what did you do this weekend? Catch “Doubt” at the IRT? Visit the new gallery show at Herron? Take sides in the “Beethoven vs. Mozart” concert with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra? Being under the weather, I was limited to the...
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Almond on Vonnegut

January 25, 2008
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I’m a bit shamed to admit it, but when I picked up Steve Almond’s recent collection of essays "(Not that You Asked)" I cringed a little when I saw that the first substantial one focused on the author’s literary hero,...
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“Three Girls and Their Buddy”

January 24, 2008
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Anyone else catch the “Three Girls and Their Buddy” concert at Clowes Memorial Hall—featuring Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, and Patty Griffin— last weekend? Putting aside the enthusiasm of the fan base for each of the performers for a second, the one-nighter...
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Live … from the Toby

January 23, 2008
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The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Tobias Theater will be renovated and reopened thanks to a $1 million gift from the Randall and Marianne Tobias. Announcements of specific programs for “The Toby” are still forthcoming, but IMA reps say it will be...
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Oscars, ‘trotters and “Menopause”

January 22, 2008
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Some unrelated thoughts on a catch-up Tuesday:  The Academy Award nominations are out  and it’s interesting to note that “Transformers” (3) received more nominations than “Norbit” (1). Seriously, though, for those of us who watch the Oscars the way others...
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You-review-it Monday, 1-21-08

January 21, 2008
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I had a busy A&E weekend, with the "Three Girls and Their Buddy" concert at Clowes Hall on Friday night (more on that later), the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s hot ticket "Rite of Spring" performance on Saturday (see previous blog entry...
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