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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. We gotta stop this Senior crime. Perhaps long jail terms for these old boozers is in order. There are times these days (more rather than less) when this state makes me sick.

  2. One option is to redistribute the payroll tax already collected by the State. A greater share could be allocated to the county of the workplace location as opposed to the county of residency. Not a new tax, just re-allocate what is currently collected.

  3. Have to agree with Mal Burgess. The biggest problem is massive family breakdown in these neighborhoods. While there are a lot of similiarities, there is a MASSIVE difference between 46218 and 46219. 46219 is diluted by some stable areas, and that's probably where the officers live. Incentivizing is fine, but don't criticize officers for choosing not to live in these neighbor hoods. They have to have a break from what is arguably one of the highest stress job in the land. And you'll have to give me hard evidence that putting officers there is going to make a significant difference. Solid family units, responsible fathers, siblings with the same fathers, engaged parents, commitment to education, respect for the rule of law and the importance of work/a job. If the families and the schools (and society) will support these, THEN we can make a difference.

  4. @Agreed, when you dine in Marion County, the taxes paid on that meal go to state coffers (in the form of the normal sales taxes) and to the sports/entertainment venues operated by the CIB. The sales taxes on your clothing and supplies just go to the state. The ONLY way those purchases help out Indianapolis is through the payroll taxes paid by the (generally low-wage) hourly workers serving you.

  5. The government leaders of Carmel wouldn't last a week trying to manage Indianapolis. There's a major difference between running a suburb with virtually no one below the poverty level and running a city in which 21+% are below the poverty level. (http://www.census.gov/did/www/saipe/data/interactive/#view=StateAndCounty&utilBtn=&yLB=0&stLB=15&cLB=49&dLB=0&gLB=0&usSts_cbSelected=false&usTot_cbSelected=true&stateTot_cbSelected=true&pLB=0?ltiYearSelected=false?ltiYearAlertFlag=false?StateFlag=false?validSDYearsFlag=false)

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