You-review-it Monday

January 21, 2013
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For me, the weekend began in Florida (look for a story in the upcoming IBJ Golf and Travel Guide) and ended back in Indy.

Once I adjusted to the temperature change, I caught The Fab Faux at the Palladium and look forward to writing about this unique cover band in an upcoming blog or column.

In the meantime, fill be in on what you saw, hear or did on the A&E front this weekend. Did you see Kurt Elling at the Cabaret? The Elvis tribute show at Pike Performing Arts Center? "Arsenic and Old Lace" at Beef & Boards or "Jackie and Me" at the IRT? Something else?

Your thoughts?

 

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  • Book of Mormon
    Went to Chicago for Book of Mormon. Loved it! It was great, perfect, and had great music but I must admit I shudder to think when my grandkids ask about my top musicals..."Music Man, Les Miz, Annie, uh, Book of Mormon" I might end up leaving that one off of the list!
    • Mormon
      Glad you enjoyed "Book of Mormon." My thoughts on the show can be found here: http://www.ibj.com/lous-views-the-book-of-mormon-and-shock-values/PARAMS/article/38829
    • Kurt Elling
      Kurt Elling was one of the best shows I've ever seen. The Cabaret is doing great work bringing performers like him to Indianapolis.
    • FabFauxFabulous
      Awesome show by the FabFaux. I would pay the price of admission again just to hear Jim Boggia sing "OH DARLING"
    • Indy Acoustic Cafe Series
      IACS is the best kept secret in Indianapolis. Saturday night's show was the opener, Cincinnati area singer/songwriter Griffin House, and headliner Ari Hest, an amazing singer and songwriter from New York City. The best acoustic music you will ever hear in a great listening room at the Wheeler Center for the Arts in Fountain Square. Highly recommended...next show is 2/23...the great David Wilcox. Thanks to Mark Butterfield for hosting these shows for 15 years now, the best entertainment, at very inexpensive prices...IndyAcousticCafeSeries.com for online tickets.

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