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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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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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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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The death of the CD

June 20, 2008
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Reports of the death of the CD aren't exagerated. Wired magazine reports that Apple's ITunes store has sold over five billion songs. Meanwhile, Price WaterhouseCoopers LLC released a report that sales downloaded songs will surpass that of CDs by 2010. In...
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DC: Critical mass in Washington

June 17, 2008
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It’s been about a decade since I’ve been to Washington, D.C., but memories rush back. On a junior high field trip, a kid sticking his hand in front of my Super-8 movie camera as I tried to film a “Hard Day’s...
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500 winners: Florence, Jim and us.

May 27, 2008
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I'd like to add one brief A&E thought to all of this weekend’s Indy 500 coverage: Two of the reasons why it's still possible to love the race--even if you aren't an open-wheel racing fan--are Jim Nabors and Florence Henderson. That...
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Arts and depression

May 20, 2008
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Two books I’m in the midst of reading combine to raise questions about the future of art and audiences. The first, “Against Happiness,” posits that our society’s increased emphasis on smoothing over the rough edges of life (through pharmaceuticals and...
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Know your pros

March 27, 2008
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Today I noticed in another publication that a fully-professional arts organization in town was referred to as a “community theater.” I brought this up at lunch and an arts professional dining with me said something to the effect of “Yes, a...
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Artwork in front/drop box in back

March 26, 2008
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Yesterday I had my first encounter with the new Central Library’s conveyor-belted drive-up drop-off box. And in its own small way, it made me like the library even more — especially when I received a courtesy call saying that we...
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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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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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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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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

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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Cruise and the cult of biography

January 15, 2008
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Yes, it’s the big day. The unauthorized Tom Cruise biography is out. Guess who won’t be reading it? For one, a few clicks will get you all the couch-jumping, the Scientology, the wild rumors, and the rest that you could possibly want....
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Super hero museum closes

January 8, 2008
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Superman leaps tall buildings in a single bound (note: If he can fly, why does he bother leaping? Just asking). Dane Nash took his own enormous leap—of faith—when he decided to put his Superman and Batman memorabilia collection—including a full-sized Batmobile...
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You-review-it Monday

January 7, 2008
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This weekend, I caught Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Funny Feet,” The Phoenix Theatre’s “End Days,” Beef & Board’s “Run for Your Wife” and stopped in, briefly, at the Midwest Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Backyard” at the Harrison Center. In short, I spent a...
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Indy arts: The Ballard years

January 2, 2008
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“…  Frankly, if it comes down to another piece of art or another cop on the street, that’s not a close call.” So said Greg Ballard in a post-election interview with IBJ. With Ballard now officially on the job as mayor of...
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Price points

December 17, 2007
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One of the productions I’ll be reviewing in the next IBJ is “Assassins,” the Stephen Sondheim musical staged by the new Indy-based company Lowbrow Productions (information at www.lowbrowproductions.org). Something I probably won’t be mentioning in the article: The fact that...
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End Times/Good Times

December 14, 2007
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Today, “I am Legend” opens in theaters and “The Mist” is still lingering. I’m hoping to see both this weekend. Next month, “End Days” opens at the Phoenix Theatre, and Spotlight Theatre will stage the apocalyptic “Early One Evening at the...
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The Value of Controversy?

December 11, 2007
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“As long as artists are at liberty to feel with high personal intensity, as long as our artists are free to create with sincerity and conviction, there will be healthy controversy and progress in art.” That line isn’t from Michael Kammen,...
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The Art of the Blog

December 7, 2007
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Welcome to the IBJ A&E corner of the blogosophere—a salon of sorts where arts and entertainment issues large and small, local and national, low-, medium- and high-brow, will be discussed, debated, argued about and wrestled with. It’s a place I hope...
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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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