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Your 'District 9'/'Serenity' thoughts

August 14, 2009
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So were you among those at the "District 9" or "Serenity" screenings last night? I'll admit, I had every intention of making it a double feature. But after the enthusiastic, GenCon-er packed revisit to the terrific "Serenity," I decided to opt out...
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A step forward for Carmel PAC

August 13, 2009
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The announcement that Steven Libman, former managing director of the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, is taking on the same job for the Carmel Performing Arts Center is a strong indication of the aspirations of the powers that be...
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Kaiser: Not time for arts cutbacks

August 12, 2009
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Representatives from most of the area's professional arts organizations -- plus other interested parties -- gathered yesterday at Butler for a Q&A session with Kennedy Center chief Michael Kaiser. It was the latest stop on his 50 state Arts in Crisis tour...
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White Rabbit news

August 10, 2009
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Wondering what's up with Fountain Square's new White Rabbit Cabaret? (See Property Lines blog here.) Debra Silveus, a partner in the new 2000-square-foot, 100-person capacity venue, tells me that her new space will include, but won't be limited to,...
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You-review-it Monday

August 10, 2009
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This weekend, for me, included a shift with "Pump Boys & Dinettes" at Indianapolis Civic Theatre, a visit with the kimodo dragons at the Indianapolis Zoo, and exposing two more people to "Memory Cloud," the new installation at the entrance to the Indianapolis...
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IBJ movie night: 'District 9'

August 7, 2009
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Here are two opportunities to take an early look at "District 9," the acclaimed new science fiction film about alien refugees on Earth. (More details on the film here, but isn't it a lot more fun going in without...
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Bates out at Madame Walker

August 7, 2009
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Christopher L. Barney, new board chairman of the Madame Walker Theatre Center, announced today that Cynthia Bates will be leaving her job as President of the arts organization. It's the third major transition for Indy's arts presenters over the past season,...
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Jazz Fest to be all-week affair

August 6, 2009
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A weekend of jazz not enough for you? Well, then clear the week on your calendar for this week's Indy Jazz Fest. Yes, there will still be two days of outdoor music (Sept. 26-27 on two stages at The Lawn...
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IBJ movie night: 'Serenity'

August 3, 2009
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There's a good chance you missed "Serenity" when it first played in theaters. The adventure from Joss Whedon (of "Buffy" fame) is one of the best reviewed science fiction films of the decade so far (88% from the top critics at More

Phoenix new season announced

August 3, 2009
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Today, the Phoenix Theatre announced its lineup of 2009/2010 productions which, true-to-Phoenix form, looks to take adventurous theatergoers into untested and unfamilair territory. And it's going to be doing it at a cheaper price. The Phoenix is dropping a regular...
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You-review-it Monday

August 3, 2009
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For me, it started with an early Friday visit to the ISO and the faux-Beatles at Hilbert Circle Theatre and a stop in at UA Circle Centre to catch "Aliens in the Attic" in preperation for a guest host house on WFYI's...
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Venzago out as ISO maestro

July 30, 2009
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Mario Venzago is out as Music Director for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. A search begins immediately for a replacement. According to a memo sent minutes ago by Simon Crookall, ISO CEO and President, to his staff: "For a number of reasons...
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Review(ish): student 'Rent'

July 30, 2009
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Commenting on a summer teen theater workshop production is akin to writing about high school plays. Friends and family constitute 95 percent of the audience, and extended applause between songs and standing ovations afterwards are a given. So rather than offer...
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Does anyone miss music mags?

July 29, 2009
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Slate has an interesting piece running about the death of music magazines. Writer Jonah Weiner points to the folding of Vibe and Blender, lay-offs at Spin, and staff cuts at Rolling Stone. He further notes te notes the challenges faced in covering music...
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You-review-it Monday

July 27, 2009
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For me, the weekend included closing night at the Indianapolis International Film Festival featuring the deserving-national-release documentary "Racing Dreams" (and subsequent party and award presentation), a Saturday visit with the "Smoke on the Mountain" crew at Beef & Boards' "Sanders...
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'Racing Dreams' & more win IIFF

July 24, 2009
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"Racing Dreams," an outstanding documentary about competitive karting, took the Audience Award at the Indianapolis International Film Festival earlier this evening. Its three charming teen subjects and its director were all on hand to bask in the acclaim. Other feature winners...
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Tweeting on the lawn

July 23, 2009
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Annoyed by text-reading patrons at concerts? Well, Washington's National Symphony Orchestra is now actively encouraging it. For an upcoming concert at Wolf Trap, it will be Tweeting live program notes to audience members on the lawn during a performance of Beethoven's "Pastoral."...
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500 Days of Summer thoughts

July 22, 2009
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So, did you make it to the screening of "500 Days of Summer"? If so, what did you think? I'll let a few others post before I chime in with my thoughts.
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How I spent my summer vacation

July 21, 2009
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I just returned from a vacation with family at the New Jersey shore. But, of course, I didn't leave A&E behind. No, I didn't catch any Atlantic City casino shows -- although, I regret missing Chazz Palminteri do his one-man show,...
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You-review-it Monday

July 20, 2009
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I've been out of town this week, so I've missed, well, everything. But I plan on catching up in a big way this week. In the meantime, tell me about your weekend arts experiences. Did you get to the latest "Smoke...
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IBJ Movie Night: '(500) Days...'

July 17, 2009
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Want to join me at a sneak preview of the new romantic comedy "(500) Days of Summer" starring Zooey Deschanel? (More info on the film here) I've got passes for the Wednesday, July 22 7:30 screening at AMC Castleton Square...
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Get ready for Operapalooza

July 16, 2009
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IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin guest blogs today. The Indianapolis Opera is adding another event to the busy fall festival scene, but it’s definitely striving to carve out a distinct niche. Operapalooza, planned for Sept. 11 and 12, will mix sets by...
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NEA grants impact Indy arts groups

July 13, 2009
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IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin guest blogs today. If our report last week about federal stimulus money for the arts piqued your interest, we have an update this morning from the Indiana Arts Commission. See the list below for details on who...
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You-review-it Monday

July 13, 2009
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So did you walk with dinosaurs? Hang out at Conner Prairie with the Symphony? Catch one of the final performances of "Octopus" at the Phoenix Theatre? I spent Sunday afternoon at the oldest continually operating theater in the country catching a...
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Review: "Walking with Dinosaurs"

July 10, 2009
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There are lots of ways that "Walking with Dinosaurs" (with performances through this weekend at Conseco Fieldhouse) could have compromised itself. It could have turned too jokey. It could have gone anthropomorphic or "Land Before Time" cute. It could have...
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