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How close will 'The Book of Mormon' get to Indy?

June 25, 2012
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Chicago and St. Louis are, for now, the nearest stops for the blockbuster musical.
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You-review-it Monday

June 25, 2012
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What did you hear or see this weekend?

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Ticket giveaway: Conner Prairie/Symphony on the Prairie

June 20, 2012
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Celebrate Independence Day on the Prairie.
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You-review-it Monday

June 18, 2012
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I was in Chicago at a theater conference. Where were you?
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Review: 'Eastland' at Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre

June 17, 2012
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Outstanding Chicago show turns a disaster into a deeply moving musical
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Review: 'Immediate Family' and more in Chicago

June 15, 2012
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Notes from the American Theatre Critics Association conference.
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Ticket giveaway: Cirque du Soleil's 'Quidam'

June 13, 2012
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Win seats at the last Cirque show to visit Indy.
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You-review-it Monday

June 11, 2012
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Were you on the Prairie? Showing your pride? Hiding in a multiplex?
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Review: Dance Kaleidoscope's 'Cole!'

June 9, 2012
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Cole Porter's music is celebrated in modern dance.
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Review: Beef & Boards' 'The Wizard of Oz'

June 8, 2012
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Familiar trip down yellow brick road highlighted by performers who don't copycat the movie.
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Lou’s arts picks for June 7-13

June 7, 2012
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This week's events including new activities at Conner Prairie, Dance Kaleidoscope's 'Cole!' and more.
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Thoughts on Ray Bradbury

June 6, 2012
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The late writer turned many a kid into a lifelong reader. Including me.
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IBJ Movie Night: "Moonrise Kingdom"

June 6, 2012
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Win tickets to the new Bill Murray/Bruce Willis film.
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IBJ ticket giveaway: Idina Menzel

June 5, 2012
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Win tickets to see the "Wicked" star in concert.
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You-review-it Monday

June 4, 2012
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What did you do on this relatively quiet weekend on the A&E front?
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Lou’s picks for May 31-June 6

May 31, 2012
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Movies at the IMA, Punch Brothers at the Palladium, and more.
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Ticket giveaway: Great American Songbook Competition plus dinner

May 30, 2012
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Prize includes gift card for Fleming's and event judged by Feinstein, Patty, McNair, and more.
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You-review-it Monday

May 28, 2012
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Did you go celebrity spotting at the 500? Visit the Zoo or Conner Prairie?
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Lou’s arts picks for May 24-30

May 24, 2012
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Birds at the Zoo, Hot Wheels at the Children's Museum, and more.
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Ticket giveaway: Chow Down Midtown...before or after a comedy show

May 22, 2012
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Win tickets to a comedy show at Crackers, plus two gift cards for participating Chow Down Midtown restaurants.
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You-review-it Monday: Broad Ripple Art Fair and more

May 21, 2012
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What A&E did you encounter this glorious weekend?
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Lou's weekend A&E picks

May 17, 2012
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Broad Ripple Art Fair and more.
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IBJ A&E road trip: 'Sunday in the Park with George'...and Lou

May 16, 2012
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Join me on a Chicago trek to see masterpieces by Seurat and Sondheim. And have a blast doing it.
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Ticket giveaway: Vintage Indiana

May 15, 2012
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Win tickets to the June 2 food and wine fest.
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You-review-it Monday

May 14, 2012
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This week, I re-encountered 'Oedipus' at the IMA and spent quality time in a Chicago bar with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. What about you?
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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