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Harry Potter in the buff

April 10, 2008
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Much is being made of the fact that actor Daniel Radcliffe (you know him as Harry Potter) will be appearing nude in the upcoming Broadway production of “Equus,” recreating the role he played to acclaim and box office success in...
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Broadway bound: new in NY

April 9, 2008
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It’s an interesting year on Broadway, where … “August: Osage County” (which we could have seen last summer at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre) is winning over critics and drawing comparison to Eugene O’Neil’s work. Revivals of “South Pacific” and “Gypsy” are turning into...
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Paying attention to the Pulitzers

April 8, 2008
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There's always lots of hype about the Academy Awards and the Grammys, but doesn't anyone care about the Pulitzer Prizes which were announced yesterday? Among this year's winners: Fiction: "The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz Drama: "August: Osage...
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IBJ's "Smart" Night @ the Movies

April 7, 2008
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What did you think of "Smart People," Monday's IBJ Night at the Movies sneak preview? Comments most welcome below. Whether you made it or not, act now to be a part of the next one. We'll be hosting a screening of the...
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Exclusive: new at W.R. State Park

April 7, 2008
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IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson offers this interesting piece of news.   Look for an announcement, likely next week, from White River State Park about a new summer series featuring local performing arts groups with shows geared toward family audiences. The free offerings will...
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You-review-it Monday 4/7

April 7, 2008
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Did you get to the final performances of Roundabout Theatre’s outstanding “Twelve Angry Men?” Catch Michael Cavanaugh with the ISO? Patrick Ball (and harp) with Storytelling Arts? Were you part of the mob at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Project Runway...
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'12 Angry Men,' one happy audience

April 4, 2008
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I usually save reviews for my print column. (See the latest here. But since “12 Angry Men,” running through Sunday at the Murat Theatre is so good — and, for us, so unique — I felt attention should be paid...
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Matthews and Obama: The Concert

April 3, 2008
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As I write this, lines are forming at the downtown Barack Obama headquarters for free tickets to this Sunday’s Dave Matthews Band concert in Bloomington. It’s nothing new to see performers stumping for candidates. My question, though, is whether or not...
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Ribbit redux

April 2, 2008
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I was jazzed to take my kids to revisit Actors Theatre of Indiana’s “A Year with Frog and Toad” last weekend at The Children’s Museum, where a truncated version is being presented free with museum admission. Unfortunately some rights issues kept...
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Who needs local movie critics?

April 1, 2008
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The New York Times today reports on the continued trend of newspapers ditching their film critics. Yes, we’ve discussed cuts in newspaper coverage of the arts here in the past — but this debate is a little different when it...
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You-review-it Monday 3/31

March 31, 2008
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This whirlwind of a weekend (if you count Thursday) included a "Showboat" revisit at Beef & Boards, a play I won’t be discussing here on Friday night, and a run to the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville...
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Ralphie’s got a gun ... & tap shoes

March 28, 2008
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Playbill.com reports that “A Christmas Story,” the Jean Shepherd-based film that put Hoosier holidays on the pop-culture radar, is being developed as a stage musical. Already in my head, I’m hearing the song “Lick the Pole” sung to the “Little...
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Know your pros

March 27, 2008
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Today I noticed in another publication that a fully-professional arts organization in town was referred to as a “community theater.” I brought this up at lunch and an arts professional dining with me said something to the effect of “Yes, a...
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An IMA bridge too far?

March 26, 2008
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IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson has a scoop on developments at the in-the-works IMA  Art and Nature Park. I temporarily turn the blog over to her: The proposed 1,200-foot walkway and bridge by artist Mary Miss slated to swoop down from IMA’s...
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Artwork in front/drop box in back

March 26, 2008
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Yesterday I had my first encounter with the new Central Library’s conveyor-belted drive-up drop-off box. And in its own small way, it made me like the library even more — especially when I received a courtesy call saying that we...
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IBJ Night at the Movies V

March 25, 2008
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IBJ blog readers are, of course, very smart people. So it is only...
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You-review-it Monday

March 24, 2008
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For me, the weekend included lots of reading for upcoming book reviews, a visit with Dance Kaleidoscope (review to appear in next week’s IBJ) and screenings of the classic “Mildred Pierce” and the less-than-classic “Horton Hears a Who.” So what did...
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Arts to the left, arts to the right

March 21, 2008
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David Mamet has stirred lots of debate with his recent column in The Village Voice. The message can be boiled down to his line "I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my...
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On the passing of stage greats

March 20, 2008
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When a great movie actor dies, there tends to be a rush to screen his films. But when a great stage actor dies, there’s not much you can do besides mourn the performances you missed. Paul Scofield — by all accounts...
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Summer Nights, summer slights?

March 19, 2008
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The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Summer Nights film series is one of the most popular warm-weather attractions in the city — at least, one where those who want to attend often outnumber the room the IMA has to accommodate them. This...
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Cows, racecars … and now pianos?

March 18, 2008
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Ever since the Chicago cows appeared in 1999, city marketers and arts folks have been trying to find attention-getting gimmicks to boost awareness of their towns’ coolness. Many of these—including our very own artist-decorated race cars—have been reactive rather than...
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You-review-it Monday

March 17, 2008
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I’m still groggy from a weekend that included the Indianapolis Opera’s take on “Tosca” as well as a run to Chicago to see “Carousel” at the Court Theatre and stop in at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art...
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A book by its cover

March 14, 2008
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On my long to-do list for this weekend is to dig into Barbara Shoup’s upcoming young adult novel “Everything You Want” (set for release in April from Flux books). Shoup is an Indiana writer with a stack of acclaimed books to...
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The 'SNL' effect

March 13, 2008
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Much is being made about the impact of “Saturday Night Live” on the presidential election. For the latest New York Times story, click here According to the argument, the way “SNL” characterize the candidates is the way the public will...
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Clarian art project raising eyebrows

March 12, 2008
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For today, I’m turning the blog over to IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson.  ------- Clarian Health Partners is calling on patients, doctors and amateur photographers to submit photographs to help it decorate three new buildings. Clarian hired locally based Jacqueline Buckingham Anderson LLC to...
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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