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DC: Dancing with Presidents

June 18, 2008
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We're on the stage of the National Theatre, rich in history but on the verge of irrelevance. With a mere 1675 seats, it's difficult to compete for tours and concerts with the Kennedy Center and other larger houses. This is...
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DC: Dinner with Harry Hamlin

June 18, 2008
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"Hi, I'm Harry," he says, shaking my hand. And when he sits down at our table, a woman next to him asks, "Who do you write for?" That's the standard first question here at the American Theatre Critics Association conference in Washington. But, in this case,...
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"Get Smart"--Your thoughts

June 17, 2008
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Since I'm out of town, I had to miss the Tuesday IBJ Night at the Movies preview of "Get Smart." So if you were there, enlighten me. What did I miss?
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DC: Critical mass in Washington

June 17, 2008
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It’s been about a decade since I’ve been to Washington, D.C., but memories rush back. On a junior high field trip, a kid sticking his hand in front of my Super-8 movie camera as I tried to film a “Hard Day’s...
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You-review-it Monday

June 16, 2008
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A busy weekend for me included spending quality time with "Some Men" at the Phoenix Theatre, an afternoon visit to the Indy Jazz Fest, finally getting to see "Iron Man" at the movies, a trip to Bollywood courtesy of the Gregory...
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Preview: Chakaia Booker in Indy

June 13, 2008
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IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson takes over the blog for a moment with some info on the upcoming Chakaia Booker public art exhibition. New York-based artist Chakaia Booker’s nine new sculptures will be taking over downtown...
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Chakaia Booker

June 13, 2008
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Chakaia Booker: Mass Transit, a public art display of nine original pieces and one existing sculpture, will be set up in downtown Indianapolis on July 14. Here's where to go to see them: 1. “Gridlock” 2. “Tailgaiting” 3. “Plus or Minus?”...
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A&E reviews, contests...and TV

June 13, 2008
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Welcome to Friday. I just wanted to alert you to a couple of things. First, we've added a new portal page to make it easy for you to find not just this blog, but also the A&E reviews from my column in the print...
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Caring about the Tony Awards

June 12, 2008
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The Tony Awards , the annual celebration of the Broadway season, are being handed out this Sunday night. Did I hear a yawn? You aren’t alone. A notorious ratings loser, the show each year seems to squander the opportunity to excite....
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The latest from Twyla Tharp

June 11, 2008
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The pride of Portland, Indiana, choreographer Twyla Tharp premiered a new work, “Rabbit and Rogue” with the American Ballet Theatre last week, earning a range of reviews from enthusiasm to dismissal . In reading them, I was taken back...
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Chicago's Muti pageant

June 10, 2008
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I’m sure there are arts patrons in Central Indiana who travel across the border to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I just don’t know any of them. For most of us, the musical difference between a true world-class orchestra like the...
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You-review-it Monday

June 9, 2008
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Welcome to Monday. I hope your weekend was a satisfying one. Mine included trips to Buck Creek Players to see the musical "Honk!" (where my son slept during the second act) and to Tibbs Drive-in (where my son slept through the...
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Art & Nature Park

June 6, 2008
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Here's more on the works that will be part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Art and Nature Park, courtesy of IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson. Atelier Van Lieshout, a Danish studio run by artist Joop van Lieshout,...
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First look: IMA park art

June 6, 2008
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IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson takes over the blog today with a sneak peek at some of the work planned for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's backyard. Today, the IMA is releasing preliminary renderings for three of the eight inaugural artworks slated...
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Summer on the tube

June 5, 2008
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Since “The Sopranos” staged its final hit, “Desperate Housewives” became, well, desperate, and “American Idol” lost some of its water-cooler luster, I’m hearing fewer people outside of the media talk about television shows. (Except for...
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Crow kicks off Lawn season

June 4, 2008
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I’ll admit that I never quite got a handle on Sheryl Crow. As catchy as some of her songs are, her hits always seemed all about the chorus. No harm there—just nothing that made me want to go out...
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The man who improved improv

June 3, 2008
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Half my lifetime ago, I journeyed across the country from East Coast to West and found myself on my own for a few days in Los Angeles. Looking for some cheap entertainment, I picked up a $6 ticket to see...
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IBJ Movie Night: Get Smart

June 3, 2008
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Want to join IBJ for a screening of the new comedy "Get Smart," starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway? It's happening June 17 at AMC College Park For a pair of tickets, just take both of the following steps: 1. Post a comment...
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You-review-it Monday

June 2, 2008
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I wish I had more to report from the weekend, but I was under the weather and didn't get to take advantage of Indy's offerings. If nothing else, I had hoped to get out to The Jazz Kitchen for Sunday night's...
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Bigger names at Indiana casinos

May 30, 2008
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It seems like Indiana’s casinos are starting to step up when it comes to consistent summer showroom entertainment. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out how to...
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Concerts: the great outdoors?

May 29, 2008
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This week, Sheryl Crow launches the season for the Lawn at White River State Park and Eric Clapton plays Verizon Wireless Music Center. It seems an appropriate time for you to offer what you see as the pros and cons of...
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On Sydney Pollack

May 27, 2008
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The sad thing—well, one of the sad things—about the death of filmmaker Sydney Pollack yesterday is the nagging feeling that there should be more to be excited about on his directing resume. Pollack, a native of Lafayette who grew up...
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500 winners: Florence, Jim and us.

May 27, 2008
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I'd like to add one brief A&E thought to all of this weekend’s Indy 500 coverage: Two of the reasons why it's still possible to love the race--even if you aren't an open-wheel racing fan--are Jim Nabors and Florence Henderson. That...
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Greatest plays of all time?

May 23, 2008
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A few days ago in this blog, I mentioned Daniel S. Burt's book "The Drama 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Plays of All Time." While we can all agree that such a list is highly subjective, we can probably...
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'Rent' at a theater near you

May 22, 2008
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Yes, "Rent" -- the movie -- already played movie theaters (and didn't do particularly well). But now it looks like it's getting another shot. Not a second run of the film, though. This will be a from-the-stage performance of the hit...
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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