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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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'Ann' dances…and annoys

March 11, 2008
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Yesterday, I found myself deliberately not making a left turn on Vermont from New Jersey Street. My reason: I just didn’t want to see the Julian Opie “Ann Dancing” electronic sculpture. Now, I’m a big fan of public art. I believe it...
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You-review-it Monday

March 10, 2008
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For me, the weekend included stops at the new gallery at the Stutz Building, a visit to the art spaces at the Murphy Art Center in Fountain Square, and finally exposing my two youngest kids to the movie “Hoosiers” —...
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IRT’s new season

March 7, 2008
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Yesterday the Indiana Repertory Theatre announced its 2008/2009 season and while it’s clearly too soon to pass any judgments – or make accurate predictions – I have to admit that the optimist and the pessimist in me had a field...
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Blu-ray not singing the blues

March 6, 2008
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So Blu-ray won the high-definition format battle, effectively turning HD DVD into this generation’s Betamax. Personally, this didn’t affect me at all. I managed to stay out of this turf war largely because a clearer picture and movie theater-quality sound are...
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‘Fair’er by far: a winner at Clowes

March 5, 2008
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Blame it on the weather. Blame it on the familiarity of the material. Blame it on the lack of a name star. But there were empty seats at last night’s opening of “My Fair Lady.” It's a shame, because unlike many other...
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Another critic bites the dust

March 4, 2008
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The Los Angeles Times has decided it doesn’t need a full-time dance critic and so Lewis Segal is now out of a job. What does that matter to you? Well, it’s no secret that daily newspapers are placing less emphasis on arts...
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You-review-it Monday + March tips

March 3, 2008
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For me, the weekend meant visiting the new Children’s Theatre Institute on North Keystone, screening more films in advance of the Indianapolis International Film Festival (early predication: “Operation Filmmaker” will be a fest favorite), and trying my hand at paper...
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Kid stuff the focus for new theater

February 29, 2008
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In yesterday’s IBJ Daily A&E e-mail, I discussed the Children’s Theatre Institute at the Junior Achievement Center, which officially opens its doors tonight with a party and performance of “Treasure Island.” The company promises a full slate of kid-centric productions,...
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"The Other Boleyn Girl"-your reviews

February 28, 2008
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So what's your verdict on Thursday evening's IBJ Night at the Movies film "The Other Boleyn Girl"?   (Sorry I couldn't make it.) Your thoughts?
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Reviews, previews, blogs, etc.

February 28, 2008
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While this blog has loads of readers (110,000 page visits in January.), I’ve found, anecdotally, that that number includes some who know little about IBJ’s other arts and entertainment coverage. So I thought I’d take today’s posting and give you a...
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Mellencamp: the musical

February 27, 2008
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The long-discussed John Mellencamp/Stephen King stage musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” at last has an opening date. It’s scheduled to premiere in Atlanta at the Alliance Theatre in April…of 2009. (The Alliance, FYI, won the Tony Award for Oustanding Regional Theatre...
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Musical detente in N. Korea

February 26, 2008
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What to make of the New York Philharmonic’s decision to include a concert in North Korea on its latest musical road trip? Conductor Lorin Maazel explained:  "Music is a powerful language in which those of us who are humane and intelligent...
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You-review-it Monday (+ Oscars)

February 25, 2008
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Catch any of the three Ps this weekend (“Proof” at TOTS, “The Piano Lesson” at the IRT, or Pilobolus at Clowes Hall)? Get to the Indianapolis Art Center or the Symphony? Or just groggy from watching the Oscars? Whatever the case, let...
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“Assassins” shot down

February 22, 2008
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"All of us have a healthy respect for the freedom of artistic expression that college theater represents, and all of us agree that out of respect for the families of those victims of the tragedies at Northern Illinois University and...
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IBJ Night at the Movies IV

February 21, 2008
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A few reasons why I’m interested in “The Other Boleyn Girl”: 1. Natalie Portman, still looking for a post-“Star Wars” winner. 2. Scarlett Johansson, ready to step up from the promise of her early, less challenging roles. 3. Eric Bana, in a role...
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TV alert: Sondheim tonight

February 20, 2008
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Today I am PBS’ biggest fan. That’s because tonight, the long-running series “Great Performances” is premiering “Company,” a taped-from-the-stage production of the George Firth/Stephen Sondheim musical. In case you are unfamiliar, “Company” is a landmark musical from 1970 that bypassed traditional story...
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