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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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You-review-it Monday

September 1, 2008
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I don't expect there to be many visitors here today--which I hope means you are enjoying the long weekend. Still, whether you are checking in Monday or Tuesday (or beyond), let me know what you've seen, read or experienced this weekend. As for...
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Short fiction in newspapers?

August 29, 2008
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Publishers Weekly reports that the Rocky Mountain News has decided to start publishing fiction in its newspaper. Specifically, original short stories. See story here. On the surface, fiction might seem no more out of place in a newspaper than comics or...
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ISO announces all-star musical

August 28, 2008
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For years, other cities have been experiencing the unique pleasures of seeing musicals in concert. In New York, they call it Encores! In L.A., it's Reprise! Finally, Indianapolis is catching on. And while there is no exclamation-marked name for our version...
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Fringe review sparks discussion

August 28, 2008
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A brief review I posted here on Friday of the IndyFringe show "Peace on Terror" has generated some intense reaction. See the post and ongoing comments here. The conversation, led by someone involved in the show, has spilled over...
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International theater launching here

August 26, 2008
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You heard it hear first--unless you've been hanging out in the halls of Butler University. BU theater head John Green and prof/actress/director Diane Timmerman will be launching a new theater company next summer. Dedicated to bringing the best of world theatre artists...
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You-review-it Monday

August 25, 2008
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As you can see from the previous three posts, I spent most of the weekend on and around Mass Ave soaking up IndyFringe. It was great to see such strong crowds out. The festival continues through Aug. 31 and while...
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IndyFringe reviews 3

August 24, 2008
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Today, some family friendly fringe--in the company of my 6-year-old son. We started with "Tastes Funny," in which a pair of goofballs (the Ed Grimley-haired Daniel Oldaker and the stunning, "Pretty Woman"-era-Julia-Roberts-looking Ranik Huszar) performed admirable feats of  plate spinning, juggling, and...
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IndyFringe reviews 2

August 23, 2008
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Today, at Indy Fringe, I went looking for laughs. I started with a performance by Cool Table, a Chicago-based improv group that, two years ago, provided a very memorable evening anchored with a still-ringing-in-my-head song about the children's game Duck, Duck,...
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IndyFringe reviews 1

August 23, 2008
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For the first night of this year's IndyFringe Theatre Festival (aka IndyFringe or Indy Fringe), I decided to select four showsthat looked to be among the most risk-taking. After all, what's a fringe without something out there on the fringe? (Skip...
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Democrats' composer in residence

August 22, 2008
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David Amram (recently seen here in town at the opening of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Kerouac/Frank exhibition) has been named Composer in Residence for the Democratic National Convention. See full story here. The story reports that Amram, who has...
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Are crosswords anti-reading?

August 21, 2008
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Ron Rosenbaum at Slate.com seems think so. "What always gets to me," he writes, "is the self-congratulatory assumption on the part of puzzle people that their addiction to the useless habit somehow proves they are smarter or more literate than the...
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