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Playing it straight

May 13, 2010
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How much does our knowledge about an actor's private life influence his or her stage or screen credibility?
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Museum attendance, and museum stress, up

March 3, 2010
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A report from the American Association of Museum's notes increases, particularly in Midwest.
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Snow business like show business

January 8, 2010
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Does the over-dramatization of weather conditions keep audiences away?
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Looking back on 2009

December 30, 2009
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Thought on the Regional Performing Arts Center, Michael Jackson, and more.
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Ohio's urban casino future

November 4, 2009
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Can Indiana gaming halls compete with their new neighbors?
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An attack on common percents

October 18, 2009
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Don Pallotta, author of "Uncharitable," pushed local leaders to think big and stop talking about overhead.
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'Laramie' lures protesters

September 24, 2009
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What's the best way to counter hateful reaction to North Central's production?
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ArtPrize: Do you trust the public to judge art?

September 22, 2009
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Call it the American Idol-ing of art. Starting Sept. 23, what's being billed as the world's largest art prize competition begins in Grand Rapids...with you as judge.
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Sept. 12 frenzy in Indy arts

August 19, 2009
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I'm ready to officially declare Sept. 12 the most overloaded day of the Indy arts season. For starters, there's the Penrod Art Fair, occupying the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art from 9-5. Then there's Indianapolis Opera's new Operapalooza...
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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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Kaiser: Not time for arts cutbacks

August 12, 2009
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Representatives from most of the area's professional arts organizations -- plus other interested parties -- gathered yesterday at Butler for a Q&A session with Kennedy Center chief Michael Kaiser. It was the latest stop on his 50 state Arts in Crisis tour...
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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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NEA grants impact Indy arts groups

July 13, 2009
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IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin guest blogs today. If our report last week about federal stimulus money for the arts piqued your interest, we have an update this morning from the Indiana Arts Commission. See the list below for details on who...
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Can arts save their way to health?

July 1, 2009
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"Arts organizations that consistently do good work and are aggressive about their marketing are the ones which succeed, both programmatically and financially."...
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NYC pt. 1: Road plays

May 28, 2009
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For the next few posts, I'll be logging in from New York City, where I'm on a multi-tasking trip that includes a trio (at least) of Broadway shows to review. I also will be reporting from BookExpo America, the publishers/booksellers...
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500 celeb spotting

May 24, 2009
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Celeb spotting is kind of a human catch-and-release game. Seeing a familiar TV or film face, grabbing a photo, maybe scoring an autograph--all are signs of...what? I'm not sure. It's not like seeing talented...
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Michelle Obama and the arts

May 19, 2009
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Not content with just catching a show at the Kennedy Center, first lady Michelle Obama made a clear statement with this week's trip to New York: She sees value in the arts and is interested in promoting them. And not just mass appeal...
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Too much contact?

May 13, 2009
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Arts organizations are tweeting. Arts organizations are facebooking. Arts organizations are inviting you to post reviews on their sites. Arts organizations are asking you to participate in surveys. Arts organizations seem to be trying every way to reach out to...
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Audiences behaving badly

April 28, 2009
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It happened again on Sunday. During an intensely delicate -- and totally silent -- moment in the Indiana Repertory Theatre's production of "Rabbit Hole," an audience member opted to unwrap a piece of candy. Not a get-it-over-with unwrapping, this process took...
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Cultural road tripping

April 22, 2009
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I spent a fair amount of yesterday at a meeting with representatives of tourism departments from around the state. Each touted his or her region's attractions--from Lincoln Amphitheatre (back in action this year) to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo,...
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Arts rally on the Circle

April 19, 2009
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Monday is/was (depending on when you are reading this) the Indy Culture Matters Rally on  Monument Circle. Music starts/started at 11:30. Speakers at noon. I will be/was there. And I suspect many of you will/were be, too. Enough of that. So share...
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Arts Council CEO out. What's next?

April 15, 2009
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As the Arts Council of Indianapolis begins searching for a new CEO to replace outgoing Greg Charleston (See IBJ's story here), the obvious question is: What are we looking for? What should be the role of the Arts Council's CEO...
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Monumental arts mobilization

April 7, 2009
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I'm guessing that many of you have already seen the e-mail that is being circulated prodding you to join a rally on Monument Circle April 20 designed to "increase awareness of the importance of the arts to the local economy...
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Timberlake fiasco at Indiana Live!

March 15, 2009
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3/17 update: Barbara Coles of Coles Marketing Communications announced this afternoon that she is terminating her company's relationship with Indiana Live! Casino. For more details, click here. Update: For more on the story, click here. Replying to a request for...
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'Arts Day' at the State House

March 12, 2009
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Arts advocates are used to having trouble getting attention. But today's Arts Day at the Indiana State House is being double teamed by a downtown fire and the Big 10 tournament. (The fire already bumped my Fox 59 weekend A&E preview segment off...
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  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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