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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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Audiences behaving badly

April 28, 2009
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It happened again on Sunday. During an intensely delicate -- and totally silent -- moment in the Indiana Repertory Theatre's production of "Rabbit Hole," an audience member opted to unwrap a piece of candy. Not a get-it-over-with unwrapping, this process took...
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More schedule scoops

April 27, 2009
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--Among the performers slated for the yet-to-be-announced 2009/10 Clowes Hall series of concerts: Jazz artist Joshua Redman on Sept. 19, Ballet Hispanico on Oct. 10, a big name country artist and former CMA Male Vocalist of the Year on Nov....
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You-review-it Monday

April 26, 2009
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Thanks to all those who came to the pre-show discussion at the Patti LuPone concert. I was honored to host it and share the time with you. I hope to write more about later--and fill you in on next year's...
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IBJ Movie Night: "Girlfriends Past"

April 23, 2009
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In the mood for a free chick flick? Want to join us for a screening of the upcoming romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" April 29 at AMC Castleton? Just leave a comment here...
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Want to see Sondheim?

April 22, 2009
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On Thursday, April 30, Stephen Sondheim will be discussing his career in an on-stage interview with NPR's Scott Simon at IU Auditorium in Bloomington. Yes, it's the same Stephen Sondheim who wrote...
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Cultural road tripping

April 22, 2009
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I spent a fair amount of yesterday at a meeting with representatives of tourism departments from around the state. Each touted his or her region's attractions--from Lincoln Amphitheatre (back in action this year) to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo,...
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'Spotlight,' the rally, and optimism

April 21, 2009
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Times are tough, no question about it. But four events over the last few days conspired to put me in an optimistic mood about the future of the arts in Indy. That feeling may pass, but for today--inspired by last night's Spotlight...
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Arts rally on the Circle

April 19, 2009
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Monday is/was (depending on when you are reading this) the Indy Culture Matters Rally on  Monument Circle. Music starts/started at 11:30. Speakers at noon. I will be/was there. And I suspect many of you will/were be, too. Enough of that. So share...
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IBJ movie night: 'Wolverine'

April 17, 2009
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Summer's coming, so why not start the film season with a big popcorn movie? I've got passes to the April 30 midnight screening of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" at Regal Village Park and Galaxy 14. Want to go? Just leave a note here stating...
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Review: 'Most Happy Fella"

April 16, 2009
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I’ll admit that expectations played a big part in my experience of Indiana University Opera’s production of Frank Loesser’s “The Most Happy Fella” (running through April 18). Many, many listens to the cast recording of the original 1956 original—plus a...
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New ballet co. in town

April 15, 2009
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IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin chimes in with an update on efforts to launch a new Indianapolis ballet company:   The potential launch of a...
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Arts Council CEO out. What's next?

April 15, 2009
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As the Arts Council of Indianapolis begins searching for a new CEO to replace outgoing Greg Charleston (See IBJ's story here), the obvious question is: What are we looking for? What should be the role of the Arts Council's CEO...
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Scoop: Beatles, Queen, the Dead...

April 14, 2009
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If you're looking for classical music at Conner Prairie this summer, well, you'd better look carefully. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's soon-to-be-announced northside season is heavy on pop access, low on the traditional classical cannon. Is that a good thing or a...
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Quotas in theater schedules?

April 13, 2009
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The Denver Post offers a thought-provoking piece about "slot plays." That is, an annual "African-American play" or "Hispanic play" that fills a regular slot in a theater's schedule. Right now, to some eyes, the IRT is doing that with "Crowns" and the Phoenix with...
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You-review-it Monday

April 13, 2009
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It's that time again. Time to chime in with your A&E experiences from the weekend. I had a three-day run of catching "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" at the Phoenix Theatre, the launch of "Treasure Island" at...
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09/10 ISO schedule announced

April 9, 2009
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I previously gave a sneak peek at some of the Pops concerts on the way from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (including appearances by Maureen McGovern and Marvin Hamlisch as well as a Florence Henderson/Shirley Jones TV mamas double bill). Today, though,...
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  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

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  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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