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New downtown art arrives April 21

April 6, 2009
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IBJ reporter Kathleen McLaughlin chimes in with an update on the latest downtown public art showcase:  Installation of "George Rickey: An Evolution" begins April 21 at 10 locations downtown. Printed guides will be...
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You-review-it Monday

April 5, 2009
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So was it a visit to the American Pianists Association Fellowship Awards finals with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? A gallery hopping First Friday? A trip to the multiplex for a movie? For me, the weekend was a low-key one--but I was...
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Critic axed by Cleveland Orch?

April 3, 2009
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The fascinating story of the battle between The Cleveland Plain Dealer, its high-profile music critic, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra has been a long-standing buzz topic in the arts world. In short, critic consistantly writes negatively about maestro. Symphony pressures newspaper....
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Review: 'Drowsy Chaperone' at IU

April 2, 2009
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The major colleges that ring Central Indiana often host touring shows that aren't part of the Broadway in Indianapolis series (the Reuben Studdard/Frenchie Davis tour of "Ain't Misbehavin' is next at Purdue). For me, the appearance of a yet-unseen show...
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'Adventureland': Your thoughts

March 31, 2009
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If you attended the screening Tuesday night, please post your comments. Sorry I missed it. Well, not sorry. I was at the American Cabaret Theatre relaunch concert. Should I go out of my way to see "Adventureland" when it hits theaters? Your...
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ISO Scoop: Partridge and Brady

March 30, 2009
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While the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's '09/'10 Pops Series won't be formally announced until April 10, maestro Jack Everly enthusiastically told sold-out crowds at the Hilbert Circle Theatre this weekend that the upcoming progam will include three world premiere programs: --Mama Brady...
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You-review-it Monday

March 29, 2009
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So let's hear it. Did you get to DK at the IRT? (My thoughts here.) HART at the Indy Fringe building? (My thoughts here.) Did you Cirque with the Symphony (I'll review in an upcoming IBJ) or go modren...
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Scoop: John Green leaving Butler

March 27, 2009
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Students were notified this week that John Green, the visionary head of Butler University's theater program has accepted the position of Chair of Theatre at Columbia College in Chicago. Green has been a frequent guest director at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, most recently working on...
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Get thee to Dance Kaleidoscope

March 27, 2009
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Normally, I would wait until the next print edition of IBJ to review an A&E offering. But sometimes, that's too late and I'm thankful for this forum to share what I've seen. Having experienced Dance Kaleidoscope’s “America, the Modern” last night,...
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Scoop: IRT's 2009/2010 season

March 26, 2009
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“We are very intentionally reaching out to family audiences,” says Indiana Repertory Theatre Managing Director Steven Stolen, in discussing with me the about-to-be-announced 2009/2010 schedule for our state's largest regional theater. He’s not doing that just through programming—which includes a full...
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Review: “In a Dark Dark House”

March 25, 2009
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Neil LaBute is know outside theater circles for writing and directing the lightning-rod film “In the Company of Men,” which he produced while teaching in Fort Wayne. A long string of writing and directing gigs followed, leading to, this month,...
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Mellencamp on today's music biz

March 24, 2009
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Over at the Huffington Post, John Mellencamp has gone on at length about the state of the music business today. Some excerpts: --"Sadly, these days, it's really a matter of 'every man for himself.' In terms of possibilities, we are but...
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You-review-it Monday

March 22, 2009
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For me, the weekend included Heartland Actors Reperory Theatre's production of Neil LaBute's "In a Dark Dark House," a sneak look at the very disappointing Dreamworks 3-D animated film "Monsters vs. Aliens" (Who decided that the core emotional conflict in...
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Cabaret comeback

March 20, 2009
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Since I first started writing about arts in Indianapolis in the mid-90s, I've been baffled as to why the American Cabaret Theatre offered so little traditional cabaret. The format of cabaret is fairly simple: A singer and an accompanist (sometimes a...
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Still reading magazines?

March 19, 2009
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Even with talk of the demise of print journalism, many of us still turn to magazines not just for information, but for pleasure. After all, you don't see any Kindles being sold at supermarket check-out lines. And so while they don't...
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IBJ movie night: 'Adventureland'

March 17, 2009
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Maybe I'm just being nostalgic, but having spent my formative years working at a roller coaster/bumping cards/knock-down-the-milk-bottles summer resort, I'm looking forward to seeing "Adventureland," the upcoming comedy about amusement park workers in 1987. It...
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You-review-it Monday

March 15, 2009
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Friday night at the opera. Saturday triple-header at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville. Sunday night catching up on back episodes of "How I Met Your Mother." (Okay, so I'm about three years behind, but the sitcom...
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Timberlake fiasco at Indiana Live!

March 15, 2009
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3/17 update: Barbara Coles of Coles Marketing Communications announced this afternoon that she is terminating her company's relationship with Indiana Live! Casino. For more details, click here. Update: For more on the story, click here. Replying to a request for...
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Justin Timberlake at Indiana Live?

March 13, 2009
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UPDATE: Still working to confirm that Timberlake and company were actually there. Anyone with information, please e-mail lharry@ibj.com. Justin Timberlake is on the guest list for the opening of the Indian Live casino tonight. But so far, the new...
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'Arts Day' at the State House

March 12, 2009
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Arts advocates are used to having trouble getting attention. But today's Arts Day at the Indiana State House is being double teamed by a downtown fire and the Big 10 tournament. (The fire already bumped my Fox 59 weekend A&E preview segment off...
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After-show receiving lines

March 11, 2009
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There's a lively--to say the least--discussion going on over at www.indianaauditions.com (primarily frequented by those in the local theater community). And I thought I'd drag the topic over here, where most of our readers aren't in the business, for...
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You-review-it Monday

March 9, 2009
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My weekend included the "European Design Since 1985" show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, "The Ladies Man" at the IRT, and "Mauritius" at the Phoenix. Plus, semi-related to the later, I finally saw the film version of David Mamet's...
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ISO drops popular park concerts

March 6, 2009
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Turning over the blog for this item to reporters Kathleen McLaughlin and Scott Olson: The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is bowing out of the free summer concert series at Garfield and Holliday parks. Symphony CEO Simon Crookall said he decided last fall, after...
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Dave Wilson: Farewell to the King

March 6, 2009
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News came last night (see story here) that Dave Wilson was among 105 full and part-time Emmis employees caught in the most recent round of layoffs. When I arrived in Indy nearly 15 years ago, Dave "The King" Wilson was...
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'Watchmen": Your thoughts

March 6, 2009
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Some of you got to the midnight screening of "The Watchmen" Thursday evening/Friday morning. Others may be catching it today. What did you think?
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