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What new TV season?

October 3, 2008
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The fall TV series is off and running. Well, not running. Stumbling is a better word. What used to be an exciting time in TV land is now, well, just ask yourself when the last time was that people in your...
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Carnage: Art vs. Art and "Sweeney"

October 1, 2008
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As I mentioned Monday, I finally got to Art vs. Art  (Sept. 26), the crazed art auction/game show/demolition derby that uptowned from Fountain Square to the Vogue this year. I’ll confess to getting caught up in the same blood lust...
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Bible tour: For better or verse?

October 1, 2008
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Zondervan, one of the world's leading publishers of Bibles, announced that it will be printing a hand-written version, with more than 31,000 Americans performing the penmanship. It's being called Bible Across America and, yes, there's an RV involved. You can find the...
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In Cleveland, a critical clash

September 30, 2008
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Classical music fans, musicians, critics and administrators around the country are taking sides in a battle that's been raging in Cleveland. The situtation: After years of blasting Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Most, Cleveland Plain Dealer music critic Donald Rosenberg has...
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You-review-it Monday

September 28, 2008
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So how was your weekend? For me, it included a run to Ball State to visit its art museum and check out the student production of the music "Violet" (a show I've wanted to see for years that I, unfortunately, missed...
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Cultural void at the debates

September 26, 2008
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Check out this smart Los Angeles Times piece about the "well, duh" observation that culture won't be a subject for any question during the Presidential debates. "If I were moderating tonight's TV debate," writes Times art critic Christopher Knight, "...
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On the Pentagon 9/11 memorial

September 25, 2008
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A few months back, when blogging about an arts-centric Washington, D.C. visit, I mentioned that one of my most memorable college moments was a spontanious road trip to the city, including a silent midde-of-the-night walk through a tourist-free Vietnam Veterans Memorial. As...
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Review: Bill Cosby at IU

September 24, 2008
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Singers of a certain age often coast on nostalgia. The primary pleasure of attending one of their concerts isn't so much the sound of their voice or the wit of their banter. It's being able to say you saw them....
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Review: IRT's 'Sherlock Holmes'

September 22, 2008
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Neither engagingly mysterious or particularly thrilling, “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” the season opener for the Indiana Repertory Theatre (running through Oct. 11) offers a handsome but passionless production that lacks either a convincing threat or a committed style. Despite...
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You-revew-it Monday

September 22, 2008
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For me, the very busy weekend included visits to two art shows in Bloomington prior to quality time with Bill Cosby at IU Auditorium--and the drive-time opportunity to listen to Ricky Ian Gordon's new American opera "The Grapes of...
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The death of David Foster Wallace

September 19, 2008
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A few weeks back, in my A&E Season Preview in the print IBJ, I picked as one of the highlighted events David Foster Wallace's scheduled talk at Butler University. That won't be happening. The acclaimed writer, best known for his essays and...
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Reviews: Phoenix, Civic, ATI

September 18, 2008
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Space is limited in this week's print IBJ, so instead of cutting down the week's reviews, I thought I'd share my thoughts here on three recent theater production openings. (FYI: You can find A&E reviews every week in IBJ's Not Strictly Business...
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Lehman's not-for-profit fallout

September 17, 2008
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When a major company goes under, it's not just the employees and shareholders who take hits. It's also the not-for-profits that the company helps support. A Bloomberg story today reports on Lehman Brothers endowment, which contributes to over 200 causes...
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'Lakeview Terrace': your reviews

September 16, 2008
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So, were you among the crowd at the sneak preview of "Lakeview Terrace," the new film directed by former Hoosier Neil LaBute? What did you think? Comments encouraged.
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The incredible shrinking diva

September 16, 2008
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"Traditionally, it isn't over until the fat lady sings. But it seems it will soon be over for the singing fat lady." So opens a piece in The London newspaper The Independent concerning the slimmer and fitter brand of opera...
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You-review-it Monday

September 15, 2008
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It seemed like theater was everywhere this weekend--and I caught as much of it as I could, with visits to the Phoenix Theatre's "November," Indianapolis Civic Theatre's "Little Shop of Horrors," and Actors Theatre of Indiana's "Perfect Wedding." More on...
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IBJ Movie Night: 'Pulp Fiction'

September 11, 2008
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As part of its Flashback Feature series of Wednesday night classics, Circle Centre 9 will be screening "Pulp Fiction" on Sept. 24 at 8. If you'd you'd like to take advantage of this rare chance to see it on the big screen, e-mail...
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Mamet to actors: Stay out of school

September 11, 2008
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With David Mamet's latest play, "November," opening this week at the Phoenix Theatre, I was interested in reading the acclaimed playwright's latest words on his art. What I found in his recent book "True and False: Heresy...
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U.S. premiere to launch Heartland

September 10, 2008
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Heartland Truly Moving Pictures announced today that its Opening Night Event, Oct. 16, will feature the North American premiere of the Miramax film "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas." Actor David Thewlis (best known from the Harry Potter films),...
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Tharp, true cabaret at ACT, etc.

September 9, 2008
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Time to empty the notebook with some quick items. --It was announced today that Indiana's own Twyla Tharp will be the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honors this year. She'll be joined by Morgan Freeman, Barbra Streisand, George Jones, Pete Townshend...
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You-review-it Monday

September 8, 2008
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From the looks of the crowd at Penrod on Saturday, every single one of you spent time this weekend at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. So what did you think of this year's fair? And/or did you get out and sample...
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IBJ Movie Night: 'Lakeview Terrace'

September 4, 2008
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Note: All passes are gone. If I get more, I will repost. I'll contact winners early this week. Look for news of another IBJ Night at the Movies soon. --LH  On Sept. 16th, I'll be hosting...
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Col. Esserman at Start with Art

September 4, 2008
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Today's Start with Art luncheon at the Convention Center unofficially marks the start of the arts season in Indy. So were you there? If so, what did you think of Col Dean M. Esserman's talk? For those who weren't, Esserman--Chief of Police...
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Pretending to like classical music?

September 3, 2008
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Many an inbox has found an e-mailed link to the website Stuffwhitepeoplelike.com over the last few years.  I'm mentioning it here, though, because it's most recent entry--#108 if you are keeping score--takes an open shot at classical music, claiming among other things...
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Ballard not starting with art

September 2, 2008
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For the first time in its 22 year history, the season-kickoff Start with Art luncheon (being held this Thursday) won't include a visit from the Indianapolis' mayor. Greg Ballard, as has been reported elsewhere, will be at the Republican National Convention. The...
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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