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REVIEW: "Hair" at the Athenaeum

July 11, 2014
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There are worse problems to have in theater than an audience so enthusiastic about what they are seeing and hearing that their hooting and hollering dampens the emotional impact of the end of your show.
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Emmy nomination thoughts

July 10, 2014
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Praise for "The Normal Heart, categories in flux, and Matt LeBlanc nominated for playing Matt LeBlanc. Plus the best awards-show number ever.
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'Swarm Street' sculpture not worth the wait

July 8, 2014
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Had it been ready along with the rest of the commissioned artwork, the latest addition to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail might be seen in a more positive light.
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Notes on nudity: Splitting hairs on 'Hair'

July 3, 2014
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Yes, "Hair" is set in a world where "free love" was one of the mantras. But that's not what the infamous scene is about.
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Lichtenstein installation to be part of the IMA landscape

July 1, 2014
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"Five Brushstrokes" to be unveiled at event in August. Five elements range from 19-40 ft. tall.
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You-review-it Monday

June 30, 2014
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For me, the weekend included a teen "Hair," movie screenings, and more. What did you do on the A&E front?
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When Hollywood botches Broadway

June 26, 2014
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There has been much Internet chatter about possible changes in the film version of "Into the Woods." Here are 10 ways movies have made a mess of musicals in the past.
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IBJ ticket giveaway: Neo-Impressionists at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

June 25, 2014
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Win tickets to see the show that includes work by Vincent Van Gogh and more.
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You-review-it Monday: Songbook gala, etc.

June 23, 2014
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Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole were celebrated, the Jersey Boys took the stage at a theater near you, and the Symphony opened its Prairie season. What did you do over the weekend?
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REVIEW: 'The Book of Mormon' at the Murat

June 18, 2014
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Broadway in Indianapolis brings the Tony-winning Best Musical to the Murat. And the tour is still a strong one.
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2014 Palladium season includes Randy Newman, George Benson & much more

June 17, 2014
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Wynton Marsalis, Trace Atkins, and Emerson String Quartet also make the cut. Schedule announced prior to the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame weekend.
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You-review-it Monday

June 16, 2014
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"Daphnis et Chloe"? "22 Jump Street"? Zoobilation? What was on your Father's Day weekend A&e plate?
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Zoobilation 2014 favorites

June 14, 2014
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One person can't try it all. But from what I sampled before I entered a food coma, here were the standouts.
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Arts notebook roundup: IRT adds kid's theater, new IAC events, and the end of the world

June 12, 2014
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Plus an Indiana-premiere musical version of "The Beverly Hillbillies." Yeah, I know.
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Clowes Hall season to include Jay Leno, Rosanne Cash, Lightwire, and more

June 11, 2014
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Kevin Eubanks to join former "Tonight Show" host. Jasmine Guy to star in Harlem Renaissance show.
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IBJ movie night: Win tickets to see 'Jersey Boys'

June 10, 2014
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As a boy from Jersey (who happened to be born in late December back in '63), I'm thrilled to offer tickets to an advance screening of "Jersey Boys."
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You-review-it Monday

June 9, 2014
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What did you do on the A&E front this weekend? Chime in here.
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New restaurants make the Zoobilation lineup

June 6, 2014
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The annual Indianapolis Zoo fundraiser offers a seemingly endless supply of food samples from some of Central Indiana's leading restaurants. Here are the newbies.
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REVIEW: 'The Fault in Our Stars' film is loyal to a fault

June 4, 2014
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The filmmakers' faithfulness to John Green's book leads to both the pleasures and the limitations of the movie version.
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You-review-it Monday

June 2, 2014
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Did you get to Indy Pop Con? Wear your prom finest to "Carrie: The Musical"?
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IBJ Movie Night: 'The Fault in Our Stars'

May 30, 2014
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Win sneak preview tickets to the film version of John Green's bestselling novel. Enter now.
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Jack Everly re-ups with Indianapolis Symphony

May 29, 2014
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The Indiana native will stay with the IS0 through 2023. He took over as principal pops conductor in 2002.
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You-review-it Tuesday: What did you do over the Memorial Day weekend?

May 27, 2014
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Did you gawk at the 500 Festival Parade? Revisit the X-Men at the multiplex?
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Give a listen to Josh Kaufman's 'Voice'-winning voice

May 21, 2014
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Is he the next Steve Winwood or this year's Taylor Hicks? Who cares? He's ours. (And here's tour info.)
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You-review-it Monday: Broad Ripple Art Fair and more

May 18, 2014
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One advantage of a daughter graduating college in D.C. is another visit to the Hirshhorn Museum. A disadvantage is missing the season's first big art fair and more. So fill me in.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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