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Review: 'Hello, Dolly!' with Sandi Patty and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

January 14, 2012
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It's so nice to have a concert musical back where it belongs....on the ISO schedule.
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Super Bowl music lineup announced for Georgia Street

December 21, 2011
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Darius Rucker, Dierks Bently, En Vogue, O.A.R. and Patti LaBelle among acts presenting free shows.
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Review: 'Million Dollar Quartet' national tour

December 13, 2011
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 If we must have a jukebox musical every season, let them all be this fun, professional, and tuneful.

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Questioning Vonnegut

November 8, 2011
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What would you ask Kurt Vonnegut if you had the chance?
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Larry Bird play to open on Broadway in March

November 1, 2011
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More details on the yet-to-be-cast show "Magic/Bird."
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Review: Ben Folds and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

October 27, 2011
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Folds joined the ISO for a strong show...then stuck around to entertain on his own.
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Marketing Urbanski

September 27, 2011
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No, that isn't Corey Hart on the t-shirt in the Hilbert Circle Theatre gift shop.
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Review: Civic's 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

September 9, 2011
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Local premiere of Tony-winning musical shines brighter than it did in its national tour.
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Indy Fringe part 3: Three admirable shows...with caveats

August 23, 2011
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Sometimes, it helps to know going in what you aren't going to get.

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A&E road trip: Warhol musical "Pop!" at Studio Theatre

August 17, 2011
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In Washington, Warhol and his Factory crew break into song, with mixed results.
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A&E road trip: Arena Stage's "Oklahoma!" in D.C.

August 14, 2011
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Proving once again that Rodgers and Hammerstein's show is more than a collection of hit songs--when in the right hands.
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Review: "The Eel Catchers" a new play by Bennett Ayres

July 26, 2011
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Leading men Doug Johnson and Ben Tebbe bring weight to a surprisingly engaging historical noir thriller.
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NYC: "Catch Me If You Can" reviewed

July 21, 2011
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Why so much scorn heaped on a show that should be hailed as one of the best new Broadway musicals in years?
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More on Tarkington launch: David Hyde Pierce + free DK, more

July 8, 2011
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The latest stage at the Center for the Performing Arts celebrated with free performances by local groups.
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Ticket giveaway: Arlo Guthrie and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

June 28, 2011
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Win a four-pack of tickets to see the folk music legend.
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Earth, Wind & Fire joining up with Symphony

June 23, 2011
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Also, ballet at the multiplex, B'way's original Javert with the ISO, and more.
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What's driving engine28.com?

June 15, 2011
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This week, I've joined 20 other theater journalists—and a team of top arts editors—to create an experimental pop-up newsroom in L.A.
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Tony Awards actually deliver this year

June 13, 2011
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It was a predictable year for the awards, but Neil Patrick Harris and company offered a quirky, fun show. Some thoughts.
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Martin Short to play Palladium

May 25, 2011
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Comic actor joins familiar musicians on summer schedule.
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The cultural tourist part 1: Washington, D.C.

May 24, 2011
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First in an ongoing series of explorations of arts beyond Indiana borders. This time: The Kennedy Center's "Follies" and Arena Stage's "Ruined."
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Ticket giveaway: 'Avenue Q' at the Phoenix Theatre

May 18, 2011
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See the grown-up puppets-and-people musical in its regional theater premiere.
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'In the Heights' and other shows that passed by Indy to play IU

May 10, 2011
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'Shrek' and 'Young Frankenstein' also on 11/12 schedule
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Scoop: What's up at the Palladium in 11/12?

May 8, 2011
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Lineup includes Bernadette Peters (with Michael Feinstein), Sandi Patty (with Michael Feinstein), and Marvin Hamlisch (with Michael Feinstein)...plus more acts without Michael Feinstein.
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New 'Clowes Off Center' series part of 2011/12 lineup

May 5, 2011
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Esperanza Spalding, Bela Fleck and Mike Birbiglia also announced for Clowes Hall mainstage season.
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Review: 'Spotlight 2011'

May 3, 2011
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OK, so maybe 'review' isn't the right word.
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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