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DC: Backstage at the Kennedy Center

June 19, 2008
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The latest in a serious of reports from the American Theatre Critics Association conference in Washington, D.C.  It's past intermission, but I chose not to go back into the theater. Stomach issues, I claim. Truth is, I saw a much better directed, better...
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The ‘Times’: Nothing in Indy

May 13, 2008
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Readers of the New York Times received their “Summer Stages” preview in Sunday’s Arts & Leisure section. The annual piece offers a rundown of what’s happening around the country in Dance, Theater, Pop/Jazz and Classical Music. And while the Cleveland and...
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One for the books: Barden/Obama

May 8, 2008
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One of Indy’s most notable writers, Dan Barden, earned national acclaim for his book “John Wayne: a novel,” published in 1997 by Random House. He’s also penned essays for such publications as GQ and Details, teaches creative writing at Butler...
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From NY II: celeb spotting

May 1, 2008
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I'm jazzed to write about both the Lincoln Center revival of "South Pacific" and the new Broadway musical "Cry-Baby" when I return to Indy. And to catch two more shows Saturday. And to share, perhaps tomorrow's blog, some thoughts on my...
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Greetings from New York I

April 30, 2008
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The line is short at the temporary TKTS half-price ticket booth (although just about everyting is available), every third non-tourist woman seems to want to be Tina Fey, and Central Park looks great. Wish you were all here. I'm blogging from...
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What outsiders think

April 29, 2008
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Conner Prairie landed its own four-page section in the current issue of Smithsonian magazine and, of course, the powers that be at the rustic landmark are thrilled. In a press release, Brenda Myers, executive director of the Hamilton County Convention...
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Are candidates hiding from the arts?

April 18, 2008
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Political candidates are all over the state these days, grabbing photo ops wherever they can … except, it seems, at arts events. Think about it: When was the last time you saw a candidate - local or national - posing in...
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Pope-ular music

April 16, 2008
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With Pope Benedict XVI on his U.S. tour, attention is being paid to just about every aspect of the Catholic Church…including its music. Not only is the playlist for the Pontiff’s stadium mass in Washington being scrutinized, but thoughts are...
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Arts to the left, arts to the right

March 21, 2008
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David Mamet has stirred lots of debate with his recent column in The Village Voice. The message can be boiled down to his line "I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my...
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The 'SNL' effect

March 13, 2008
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Much is being made about the impact of “Saturday Night Live” on the presidential election. For the latest New York Times story, click here According to the argument, the way “SNL” characterize the candidates is the way the public will...
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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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“Assassins” shot down

February 22, 2008
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"All of us have a healthy respect for the freedom of artistic expression that college theater represents, and all of us agree that out of respect for the families of those victims of the tragedies at Northern Illinois University and...
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Justifying PBS

February 6, 2008
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President Bush’s proposed budget features significant cuts to public broadcasting: 2009’s allocation goes from $400 million to $200 million. And 2010’s drops from $420 million to $200  million. More details here. Public broadcasting certainly had an easier time justifying...
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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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Naked in Carmel

January 9, 2008
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Few would object, on the one end, to a Norman Rockwell painting being hung in an art gallery window. Few, at the other end, would approve of a city park screening of a Jenna Jameson skin flick. But where is the line...
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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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A new ISO marketing move

December 18, 2007
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Just yesterday, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced a new addition to its schedule--a Tuesday night preview concert of music excerpts from upcoming shows. The Jan. 8 coming-attractions evening ticket price is $5, which also includes a 2-for-1 offer for a future show. Getting...
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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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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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