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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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IBJ movie night: "Zift"

July 8, 2009
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The upcoming print issue of IBJ will include a preview of the Indianapolis International Film Festival, including our guide to the Best of the Fest. When that hits the stands, you'll also find a rundown of Recommends, If You...
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Civic to add concert musicals

July 7, 2009
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In addition to its slate of plays and musicals, Indianapolis Civic Theatre will be adding a pair of concerts to the upcoming season. Currently being considered are concert versions of "Hair," and "Rent." Tickets will be $24 with performances Oct. 2-4 and...
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You-review-it Monday

July 5, 2009
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I spent much of the weekend participating in panel discussions, leading a pub trivia game, assisting a charity auction, and playing games with my son, all at the InConjunction convention. (Particularly popular: The card games Fluxx and Castle.) Didn't make it...
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Can arts save their way to health?

July 1, 2009
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"Arts organizations that consistently do good work and are aggressive about their marketing are the ones which succeed, both programmatically and financially."...
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Review: "Public Enemies"

June 30, 2009
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Just when you've made it through another unfocused prison break sequence or another bank job more about the sound of the machine guns then the strategy or risk of the heist, "Public Enemies" gives a glimmer of hope it's going...
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You-review-it Monday

June 28, 2009
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Were you first in line to see the boy king at the Children's Museum? Check out more Rickeys at the Indianapolis Art Center? Or take advantage of the no-cover Friday night performance at the now-smoke-free Jazz Kitchen? I caught up with...
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New Indy ballet co. names names

June 26, 2009
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The city’s latest aspiring ballet company, Indianapolis City Ballet, is making good on its promise to bring international stars to town for a gala event at the Murat Theatre, Sept. 12. IBJ's Kathleen McLaughlin takes over the blog today for...
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Cultural Trail Peace Walk first look

June 25, 2009
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Ground will be broken today for another leg of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Also being touted: A $2 million memorial to great humanitarians (including Susan B. Anthony, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Albert Einsten). Take a look at renderings of the...
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Jazz Kitchen goes smoke-free

June 25, 2009
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As of tomorrow, June 26, the city's top jazz club, The Jazz Kitchen, will adapt an all smoke-free/all the time policy.  You can still puff on the patio, but the club itself--which hosts top national and local musicians--with stress clean air...
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Ticketing Tut

June 24, 2009
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The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is hoping to make a big splash with its about-to-open King Tut exhibition. (For details, click here.) But are artifacts from the boy king a big enough draw to get you to part with $25...
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Some "bests" better than others?

June 23, 2009
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A number of arts organizations are making the push now for your votes in The Indy Channel's A-List competition. Soon we'll be seeing Nuvo's Best of picks and the latest superlatives from Indianapolis Monthly. Question: What is the value of such...
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You-review-it Monday

June 22, 2009
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For me, the weekend (starting with Thursday, of course), included a belated trip to "Octopus" at the Phoenix Theatre and a mellow opening night for Symphony on the Prairie, featuring the music of the Grateful Dead. In and around those...
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The tweet smell of success

June 18, 2009
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Yes, I waited a while to embrace this particular communication tool, but I'm now official a part of the Twitter world. Want to follow? Just click on the site and add IBJarts to you list. You can also add IBJdining, which...
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Comic apologies: a brief history

June 17, 2009
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All the dialogue in the previous post about David Letterman's apology to Sarah Palin sent me searching for previous comedian apologies. Here are some I found: Jamie Fox to Miley Cyrus. Bill Maher to Pope Benedict Al Franken to John...
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Letterman apologizes to Palin

June 16, 2009
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(Lou Harry is now twittering the arts at IBJarts. Follow along...) After a few days of back-and-forthing, David Letterman has offered an on-air apology to Sarah Palin for a joke he made referencing her daughter. In case you missed it, here's...
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Film fest titles announced

June 16, 2009
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(Hey Twitter-ers:  Follow Lou Harry's A&E at    IBJARTS)   The Indianapolis International Film Festival has announced its lineup for its shifted-to-summer 11-day July event. You can find the full schedule here. As previously noted, the festival has not only shifted time, but location as...
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