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Scoop: 09/10 B'way in Indy season

June 1, 2009
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"Wicked" hasn't yet opened at the Murat Theatre, but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead to what's happening in the about-to-be-announced 2009/2010 Broadway in Indianapolis series -- which contains four first-time-in-Indy musicals (and doesn't really get rolling until December). --"The...
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You-review-it Monday

May 31, 2009
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So what did you do on the A&E front this weekend?  Did you catch "Up" at a theater near you? Venture to Buck Creek Players to see the U.S. community theater premiere of "Grey Gardens"? Or jam with Dan Zanes at the...
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Efroymson back at IMOCA

May 30, 2009
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I'll take a break from my NYC dispatches so that IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin can offer this report. Philanthropist Jeremy Efroymson has a rather unorthodox plan for leading the contemporary art venue that he co-founded out of financial straits. Efroymson will become...
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NYC 2: B'way blocks/Fallon talks

May 29, 2009
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Second in a series of dispatches from New York.  I've got mixed feelings about the, for now, temporary move to block traffic on Times Square and Duffy Square in midtown Manhattan. (Look for yourself here) The experiment, which started this week, certainly gives the...
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NYC pt. 1: Road plays

May 28, 2009
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For the next few posts, I'll be logging in from New York City, where I'm on a multi-tasking trip that includes a trio (at least) of Broadway shows to review. I also will be reporting from BookExpo America, the publishers/booksellers...
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You-review-it Mon./Tues.

May 25, 2009
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So, was this a weekend of celebrity spotting (see previous post)? Maybe you included The Ohio Players downtown concert in your race plans, or caught one of the bands harmonizing with the engine roars at the Speedway. Perhaps you got out...
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500 celeb spotting

May 24, 2009
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Celeb spotting is kind of a human catch-and-release game. Seeing a familiar TV or film face, grabbing a photo, maybe scoring an autograph--all are signs of...what? I'm not sure. It's not like seeing talented...
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"Wicked" on the cheap

May 22, 2009
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Passed on tickets to "Wicked" because of the steep price? Or maybe you just waited too long for good seats. Well, there's another option. Broadway Across America...
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"Idol" speculation

May 21, 2009
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Okay, so our nation has annointed another "American Idol." And the chat rooms are buzzing about whether or not humble guy Kris Allen deserved the win over the in-your-face Adam Lambert. The fact remains that both have been given a huge launch pad....
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Do away with music competitions?

May 20, 2009
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As home to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the American Pianists Assocation Fellowship Awards -- and with IVCI head Glenn Kwok recently named President of the World Federation on International Music Competitions (the first American to land the position) -- Indy has a...
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Michelle Obama and the arts

May 19, 2009
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Not content with just catching a show at the Kennedy Center, first lady Michelle Obama made a clear statement with this week's trip to New York: She sees value in the arts and is interested in promoting them. And not just mass appeal...
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You-review-it Monday

May 17, 2009
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The Broad Ripple Art Fair couldn't ask for a nicer Sunday. But that annual event is far from the only event happening this past weekend. I also caught the ISO and Indianapolis Opera joining forces on Wagner at Clowes Hall,...
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Dramatic battle in Carmel

May 15, 2009
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Carmel Community Players, a volunteer theater founded in 1993, has announced an ambitious season of all Pulitzer-Prize-winning shows -- even though a chunk of its funding was shot down by the Carmel Support the Arts Fund and its performance...
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"Ben Hur"(in Latin) and more

May 14, 2009
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Time to empty the arts notebook:  --On the short list of bestsellers penned by Hoosiers is 1880's Biblical epic "Ben Hur," by Lew Wallace. Well, now it's coming to the stage in London...in Latin and Aramaic. Click here for more...
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Too much contact?

May 13, 2009
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Arts organizations are tweeting. Arts organizations are facebooking. Arts organizations are inviting you to post reviews on their sites. Arts organizations are asking you to participate in surveys. Arts organizations seem to be trying every way to reach out to...
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Arts bargains everywhere

May 12, 2009
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It's not just houses that are going cheap right now. So are tickets to some of Indy's prime arts events. --At the Indianapolis Opera site, you can land a 50% discount on tickets to this weekend's epic collaboration between IO and...
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You-review-it Monday

May 10, 2009
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For me, it was a weekend primarily focused on dance--but since that dance was the recital for Village Dance Studio, where my daughter is a ten-year vet, don't expect a review from me. But I will say that the army of...
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Zippy “Zoomerville” launched

May 8, 2009
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It's always a challenge staging an unknown show. It's even more challenging to stage an untested show. It is far more challenging to stage an untested musical. That's probably why you won't find many brand new musicals being staged here in Indianapolis. Just...
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'thinmanlittlebird' at the Library

May 7, 2009
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In the print edition of IBJ this week, I offered my thoughts on Peter Shelton's "thinmanlittlebird," which now adorns the front of the Central Library. See story here. Since that appeared,...
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Opera voting, ICO and more

May 5, 2009
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Here's more from the looking-ahead file: --Indianapolis Opera, which has its "Das Rheingold" collaboration with the ISO coming up on the 15th, has just anounced its 2009/2010 season. It kicks off October 2 with Indianapolis native Angela Brown in her first...
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You-review-it Monday

May 3, 2009
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Yes, I know, you ran the Mini. But what else did you do this weekend? Anybody else catch "Miss Saigon" at Footlite or "Twentieth Century" at Civic? Or find your way into one of the sneak previews of the new "Star...
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Nagler resigns from iMOCA

May 2, 2009
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Kathy Nagler has resigned as executive director of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art to "pursue personal passions and spend more time with her family." She had been with the organization for three years. iMOCA curator Christopher West will serve as...
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Sondheim spoken here

May 1, 2009
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Missed the Stephen Sondheim/Scott Simon chat that occurred on the stage at IU Auditorium last night? Sorry to hear that. It's not the same thing as being there, but I'll empty the notebook for those who weren't part of the sizable crowd...
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INtake/Indy.com/Metromix

April 30, 2009
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The free Thursday off-shoot of the Indianapolis Star is once again going through a name change. An editorial in today's edition of indy.com says that, in the renamed and redesigned Metromix, "we'll be hitting the topics you asked us to feature...
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Reviews: 'Chitty,' Patti, etc.

April 29, 2009
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A few quick reviews that couldn't fit into the print IBJ: --If you liked the chandelier in "Phantom of the Opera," and the helicopter in "Miss Saigon," you may love the title car in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," which is parked...
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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