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Alone on stage

September 10, 2009
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Butler U.'s excellent "Galileo" brings up questions about one-person shows.
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Erich Kunzel dies

September 1, 2009
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Cancer takes first ISO Pops Music Director.
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IndyFringe, the final chapter

August 31, 2009
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Thoughts on the last day of IndyFringe '09.
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Indy Fringe part 5 (briefly)

August 29, 2009
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A very short review of another Fringe show.
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Indy Fringe part 4 (plus teens)

August 26, 2009
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Last night I only made it to one Indy Fringe show, due to my misreading of the program (my fault, not the designers). This led to the last minute pick of "The Stetson Manifesto," presented by Lebenon, Indiana's Happy Holler Productions.
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Indy Fringe part 3

August 24, 2009
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Third in a series of blogs on experiences at Indy Fringe 2009. For more, click here and here.

I knew I had to hit the wall eventually.

That wall came in the form of what should have been a slam dunk on a kiddie basketball court. How hard is it to engage a willing audience in a fun game of Bingo while playing a pair of silly characters?
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Indy Fringe part 2

August 23, 2009
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Second in a series of blogs on experiences at Indy Fringe 2009. For the first, click here. My Saturday Indy Fringe experiences were divided into two distinct parts. The afternoon was devoted to family friendly fare. The evening to more adult matters
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Indy Fringe part 1 (and more)

August 22, 2009
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First in a series of reports from Indy Fringe 2009, the non-juried festival of short theater works running through Aug. 30 at theaters on and around Mass. Ave. For a full schedule and more details, visit www.indyfringe.org. Plus thoughts on Sharon McKnight's visit to the...
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'Frog' out, 'Caveman'/Feinstein in

August 18, 2009
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--Theatre on the Square has announced its upcoming season. It opens Sept. 18 with "Ug! The Caveman Musical" which seems a good fit for audiences that enjoy such recent TOTS successes as "Evil Dead: The Musical." Other potential highlights...
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Carmel theater finds home at mall

August 17, 2009
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On Wednesday, an official announcement will be made that the troubled Carmel Community Players, once on the list of tenants for the in-the-works Carmel Performing Arts Center, will instead be putting down roots at Clay Terrace. Simon Property Group and Lauth Property Group...
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A step forward for Carmel PAC

August 13, 2009
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The announcement that Steven Libman, former managing director of the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, is taking on the same job for the Carmel Performing Arts Center is a strong indication of the aspirations of the powers that be...
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White Rabbit news

August 10, 2009
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Wondering what's up with Fountain Square's new White Rabbit Cabaret? (See Property Lines blog here.) Debra Silveus, a partner in the new 2000-square-foot, 100-person capacity venue, tells me that her new space will include, but won't be limited to,...
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Bates out at Madame Walker

August 7, 2009
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Christopher L. Barney, new board chairman of the Madame Walker Theatre Center, announced today that Cynthia Bates will be leaving her job as President of the arts organization. It's the third major transition for Indy's arts presenters over the past season,...
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Jazz Fest to be all-week affair

August 6, 2009
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A weekend of jazz not enough for you? Well, then clear the week on your calendar for this week's Indy Jazz Fest. Yes, there will still be two days of outdoor music (Sept. 26-27 on two stages at The Lawn...
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Phoenix new season announced

August 3, 2009
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Today, the Phoenix Theatre announced its lineup of 2009/2010 productions which, true-to-Phoenix form, looks to take adventurous theatergoers into untested and unfamilair territory. And it's going to be doing it at a cheaper price. The Phoenix is dropping a regular...
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Venzago out as ISO maestro

July 30, 2009
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Mario Venzago is out as Music Director for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. A search begins immediately for a replacement. According to a memo sent minutes ago by Simon Crookall, ISO CEO and President, to his staff: "For a number of reasons...
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Review(ish): student 'Rent'

July 30, 2009
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Commenting on a summer teen theater workshop production is akin to writing about high school plays. Friends and family constitute 95 percent of the audience, and extended applause between songs and standing ovations afterwards are a given. So rather than offer...
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Does anyone miss music mags?

July 29, 2009
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Slate has an interesting piece running about the death of music magazines. Writer Jonah Weiner points to the folding of Vibe and Blender, lay-offs at Spin, and staff cuts at Rolling Stone. He further notes te notes the challenges faced in covering music...
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'Racing Dreams' & more win IIFF

July 24, 2009
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"Racing Dreams," an outstanding documentary about competitive karting, took the Audience Award at the Indianapolis International Film Festival earlier this evening. Its three charming teen subjects and its director were all on hand to bask in the acclaim. Other feature winners...
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Tweeting on the lawn

July 23, 2009
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Annoyed by text-reading patrons at concerts? Well, Washington's National Symphony Orchestra is now actively encouraging it. For an upcoming concert at Wolf Trap, it will be Tweeting live program notes to audience members on the lawn during a performance of Beethoven's "Pastoral."...
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Review: "Walking with Dinosaurs"

July 10, 2009
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There are lots of ways that "Walking with Dinosaurs" (with performances through this weekend at Conseco Fieldhouse) could have compromised itself. It could have turned too jokey. It could have gone anthropomorphic or "Land Before Time" cute. It could have...
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Civic to add concert musicals

July 7, 2009
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In addition to its slate of plays and musicals, Indianapolis Civic Theatre will be adding a pair of concerts to the upcoming season. Currently being considered are concert versions of "Hair," and "Rent." Tickets will be $24 with performances Oct. 2-4 and...
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New Indy ballet co. names names

June 26, 2009
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The city’s latest aspiring ballet company, Indianapolis City Ballet, is making good on its promise to bring international stars to town for a gala event at the Murat Theatre, Sept. 12. IBJ's Kathleen McLaughlin takes over the blog today for...
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Jazz Kitchen goes smoke-free

June 25, 2009
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As of tomorrow, June 26, the city's top jazz club, The Jazz Kitchen, will adapt an all smoke-free/all the time policy.  You can still puff on the patio, but the club itself--which hosts top national and local musicians--with stress clean air...
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Comic apologies: a brief history

June 17, 2009
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All the dialogue in the previous post about David Letterman's apology to Sarah Palin sent me searching for previous comedian apologies. Here are some I found: Jamie Fox to Miley Cyrus. Bill Maher to Pope Benedict Al Franken to John...
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