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A&E priority list for April 18-24

April 16, 2013
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This week, you can see many of Indy's finest performers on one stage, it's up-and-comers on another, or, on a brand new stage, both.
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Outside critics chime in on Indy, part 2

April 15, 2013
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More columns from those who attended the American Theatre Critics Conference in Indy.
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You-review-it Monday

April 15, 2013
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What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?
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Arts Council announces latest round of $10K Creative Renewal fellows

April 12, 2013
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Visual artists and arts administrators dominate list of grant recipients.
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REVIEW: Thoughts on '42,' the Jackie Robinson biopic

April 12, 2013
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The film dares not to back away from the blatant racist taunts and threats that were a reality of Robinson’s entry into the game.
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A few hundred possible names for a theater restaurant

April 9, 2013
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Two Gentlemen with Coronas? A Raisin in the Scone? Moon Pie for the Misbegotten? What would you call a theater eatery?
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Ticket giveway: Doc Severinsen and his Big Band

April 9, 2013
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Win one of two sets of seats to see the former "Tonight Show" bandleader.
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A&E priority list for April 11-18

April 9, 2013
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The American Pianists Association fellowships, a storytelling benefit, and a lot more is happening in the upcoming week.
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You-review-it Monday

April 8, 2013
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First Friday? 'Clybourne Park'? The IBJ A&E Road Trip? What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?
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Thoughts on 'Ai Weiwei: According to What?' at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

April 5, 2013
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The IMA is one of only five North American stops for the show by perhaps the most famous contemporary living artist in the world.
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Review: 'American Idiot' at Clowes Hall

April 3, 2013
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The Green Day music-fueled show at Clowes Hall isn't just for members of its characters' demographic group. The Broadway show that “American Idiot” most recalls is “Movin’ Out.” That, too, focused on a group of friends who take different paths into the world.

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IBJ A&E Road Trip: 'Disney's The Jungle Book' at Chicago's Goodman Theatre

April 2, 2013
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We're hitting the road for the world-premiere, pre-Broadway production directed by Tony-winner Mary Zimmerman.
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REVIEW: Humana Festival of New American Plays

April 2, 2013
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Will Eno's "Gnit" hilariously highlights world premieres at Louisville's nationally recognized Humana Festival of New American Plays.

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Ticket giveaway: Ai Weiwei exhibition

April 1, 2013
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Win tickets and a catalog for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's special exhibition of work by the famed Chinese artist.
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A&E priority list for April 4-10

April 1, 2013
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Highlights for this week include a controversial artist at the IMA, an edgy hit play at the Phoenix, and more.
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You-review-it Monday: Humana Fest, etc.

April 1, 2013
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For me, the weekend meant a theatrical pilgrimage to the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville. What did I miss back home in Indiana?
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Restarting an arts engine in Louisville at Humana Festival

March 29, 2013
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Lou Harry is exploring innovative ways to cover the arts this weekend as part of a team creating a here-today/gone-soon pop-up newsroom at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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Outside theater critics chime in on Indy experiences

March 27, 2013
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While under no obligation to write about their experiences at the American Theatre Critics Association conference in Indianapolis last week, scribes from around the country can't help but offer opinions.
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A&E priority list for March 28-April 3

March 27, 2013
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A wide range of offerings, from "American Idiot" to Easter at the Zoo, make the recommended list.
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ISO season: Cole Porter, Sandi Patty, Mario Venzago

March 26, 2013
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The most surprising thing on the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s lineup isn’t the mix of classics and pops or the name of a guest violinist or pianist. Rather, it’s the return of former Music Director Mario Venzago.

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Ticket giveaway: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's 'Rite of Spring'

March 26, 2013
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This week, win tickets to hear Stravinsky's groundbreaking piece.
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Beauty and the teach: Robby Benson joins IU faculty

March 25, 2013
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The vocal star of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and 1970s film icon ("Ice Castles," "Ode to Billy Joe") to join telecommunications faculty.
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You-review-it Monday

March 25, 2013
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For me, the weekend included leading critics from around the country to just about every theatrical venue around Indy. What was happening elsewhere?
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Critics conference journal #4: Who gets to participate as a playwright in American theater?

March 24, 2013
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"Often Ivy-League-educated, with connections and MFAs costing the price of a mortgage..." says playwright Tammy Ryan.
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Critics conference journal #3: Cole Porter Room, IRT and Columbia Club shine

March 23, 2013
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Sometimes, in looking at the artwork, we forget to admire the frame.
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