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Review: Cirque du Soleil's “Varekai”

July 25, 2014
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This seemingly Cirque-grown species of superhumans contort while flying, connect while swinging, tumble while balancing, hurl one another with their feat, and defy gravity.
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A new dance company, a theater in crisis, and a WNAP raft race redo

July 23, 2014
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Emptying the arts notebook...and bracing for the return of the greatest spectacle in drunken river riding.
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REVIEW: 'Miles & Ellie' at the Phoenix Theatre

July 21, 2014
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Who'd have thought that the place to go for a Teflon summer romantic comedy would be the Phoenix Theatre?
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CHICAGO REVIEWS: 'Brigadoon' at the Goodman; 'This is Our Youth' at Steppenwolf

July 17, 2014
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A trip to Chicago yields a pair of well-worth-the-drive pleasures from two of the country's leading regional theaters.
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Josh Kaufman among Indy Jazz Fest headliners

July 15, 2014
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The multi-venue fest also will feature funk/soul saxophonist Maceo Parker and SNL trombonist Steve Turre.
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Review: Acting Up's 'The Tragedy of Hamlet'

July 14, 2014
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Acting Up Productions isn't the first theater company to cast a woman as the great Dane. But what could have been a gimmick instead proved to be a casting coup.
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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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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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