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Cramming for the Oscars

February 19, 2009
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The Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday and, while I know the best film of the year won't win (since "Wall*E" wasn't even nominated), I'll still be tuning in to root for some favorites (Go "In Bruges" for Best...
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Revisiting "Movin' Out"

February 17, 2009
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When you appreciate a musical or play a lot better the second time you see it, it's sometimes difficult to sort out why. It could be that the piece just grows richer on repeat viewings. It could be that the change of...
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You-review-it Monday

February 15, 2009
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For me, the weekend included the tour of "Movin' Out" at the Murat, "Crime and Punishment" at the IRT (more on this outstanding production in next week's print IBJ), and Michael Feinstein with the Indianapolis Symphony (see previous blog post). Did...
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Reviews: Cirque and Feinstein

February 13, 2009
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There's not enough room in my IBJ print column this week to discuss all I'm seeing this week. Plus, I wanted to get word to you on these two while they are still in town. So here's two quick reviews: First,...
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First look: State Fair concerts

February 13, 2009
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More than any other concert series, the Indiana State Fair's is influenced as much by the atmosphere as it is by the act. Catch a slight breeze on a warm-but-not-too-hot night after a loop around the Fair with friends or...
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Video: Arts funding roundtable

February 11, 2009
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Got a little time? And some interest in the future of the arts in Indianapolis? Sit back and watch IBJ's arts funding roundtable. Your thoughts, of course, are most welcome.  [kml_flashembed movie="http://weblive.ibj.com/ibj/video/ae/articlePlayer.swf" height="250" width="306" /]
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Thomas Kinkade, painter of...cars?

February 9, 2009
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I'm all for populist art. But I'll readily admit to being a bit embarrassed for the city that Thomas Kinkade, the much-collected -- and much-mocked -- "painter of light," has been named the featured artist for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway...
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You-review-it Monday

February 8, 2009
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For me, the last few days included an opening at the Phoenix, a world premiere with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and finally getting around to watching "Love Actually." How about your weekend? Did you take in any First Friday events? Catch "Durang-O-Rama" or "To...
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Arts roundtable: funding

February 6, 2009
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Last week, we at IBJ gathered a panel of local arts professionals to discuss funding issues. A story about that insightful talk will appear in the upcoming print IBJ while a video will appear on line. I'll give you more...
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Shakespeare hall-of-famers

February 5, 2009
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Tonight, the Guthrie Theatre's touring production of "Henry V" comes to Purdue University. Shortly after talking about it on the air today at Fox 59 (where I offer a weekly preview of upcoming arts events--see clip at www.ibj.com/arts), I...
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Should libraries charge?

February 4, 2009
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Should libraries be charging for the hottest materials? The Dallas Public Library thinks so. It's slapped a $5 surcharge on a short list of bestsellers and new-release DVDs. You can find more details here. A slippery slope or a smart move? And,...
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Chicago: Weathering the arts storm

February 3, 2009
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I know I'm not alone among Indianapolis arts lover in taking occassional trips to Chicago for a change-of-venue cultural fix. So I like to keep an eye on the news up there. Well, the Chicago Tribune recently reported on some...
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You-review-it Monday

February 1, 2009
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Yes, there was the amazing football game. But, for me, the weekend also included LA TheatreWorks' production of "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial" at Clowes and InterAction Theatre's "Durang-o-Rama" at the IndyFringe space. While well acted, "Monkey Trial" fell between two stools. At its...
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Good news for the arts?

January 30, 2009
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Last night, on my way to the Phoenix Theatre to see "Love Person," I called and discovered that the play was sold out. And I hadn't made a reservation. On the one hand, I'm frustated that I didn't get to the show...
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Pinball passion resparked

January 29, 2009
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At the tail end of an IBJ piece I wrote last week on Xscape, the amusement center at Lafayette Square Mall, I lamented the absence of pinball machines at the facility. Growing up in the boardwalk town of Wildwood, NJ,...
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Free tickets...with a catch

January 28, 2009
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Free tickets are being offered for theaters throughout the city. But the catch is one you don't have much control over...your age. It's the tenth year for Free Ticket February, presented by The League of Indianapolis Theatres (which, given its name,...
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13 noms for IBJ Movie Night films

January 27, 2009
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Films that were screened as part of our IBJ Night at the Movies previews scored 13 Oscar nominations. Ten of those noms were for "Slumdog Millionaire." Two others were for "The Duchess" while the final one was a well-deserved Best Original...
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You-review-it Monday

January 25, 2009
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Greetings from New York. My weekend included catching three Broadway shows (I'll be reviewing them in the print IBJ this week) and reading a chunk of Dennis Lahane's novel "The Given Day" while on the trains back and forth to New...
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Beckmann Theatre folds

January 23, 2009
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The Beckmann Theatre--named for Robert D. Beckmann Jr., first president of the Arts Council of Indianapolis--announced today that it will cease operations. "Given the current economic climate and competition for entertainment dollars and sponsorships, the Beckmann Theatre has made the...
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American Cabaret in transition

January 22, 2009
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UPDATE: More news from ACT. The changes at American Cabaret Theatre go well beyond cancelling a single production (see original post below). Information released today states that the company is under new management and will leave its home at the Athenaeum. Shannon...
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Presidential poetry

January 20, 2009
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For only the fourth time in history, poetry was officially a part of the U.S. Presidential inauguration. So did the piece work for you? (You can find the text of Elizabeth Alexander's poem here.) How did it hold up to...
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Exec pay, Chicago discounts, etc.

January 20, 2009
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Occassionally, I like to devote a blog to connecting you to conversations on other blogs. It's that time again. Of course, feel free to comment here on anything you find out there (Hint: right click and open any link in another...
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You-review-it Monday

January 19, 2009
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So, did you catch "Love Person" at the Phoenix? "Defiance" at the multiplex? Comic Joel McHale at the Murat? Or did you listen to frequent blog contributer Hope Baugh talkin' Lincoln with Storytelling Arts? I regretably missed all of that this...
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Marlee Matlin, audience member

January 16, 2009
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Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin ("Children of a Lesser God") got into town early for her "Dancing with the Stars" performance in time to catch the Phoenix Theatre's production of "Love Person." The play stars Tami Lee Santimyer, who also starred in...
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'Defiance': Your thoughts?

January 14, 2009
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Even with the cold, there was a full house for Wednesday's screening of "Defiance"--including many who won tickets here on the blog. So, attendees, what did you think?
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