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The Kindle, bootleg movies, etc.

January 31, 2008
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A few technology and the arts stories for you forward-thinking readers: According to yesterday’s Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com has experienced better-than-expected sales of the temporarily-out-of-stock Kindle, the $399 electronic book gizmo it launched last November.More

Sneak peek at "Great Ideas"

January 30, 2008
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Elsewhere at ibj.com, Jennifer Whitson reports on the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ selection of two projects as winners in this year’s “Great Ideas” contest. More

First impressions/free tickets

January 29, 2008
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What was the first production that woke you up to the potential pleasures of the stage? Were you tuned in as a kid? As a teen? Did interest in theater, dance, opera or live music wait until you were grown? Or...
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You-Review-It Monday, 1/28/08

January 28, 2008
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So what did you do this weekend? Catch “Doubt” at the IRT? Visit the new gallery show at Herron? Take sides in the “Beethoven vs. Mozart” concert with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra? Being under the weather, I was limited to the...
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Almond on Vonnegut

January 25, 2008
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I’m a bit shamed to admit it, but when I picked up Steve Almond’s recent collection of essays "(Not that You Asked)" I cringed a little when I saw that the first substantial one focused on the author’s literary hero,...
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“Three Girls and Their Buddy”

January 24, 2008
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Anyone else catch the “Three Girls and Their Buddy” concert at Clowes Memorial Hall—featuring Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, and Patty Griffin— last weekend? Putting aside the enthusiasm of the fan base for each of the performers for a second, the one-nighter...
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Live … from the Toby

January 23, 2008
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The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Tobias Theater will be renovated and reopened thanks to a $1 million gift from the Randall and Marianne Tobias. Announcements of specific programs for “The Toby” are still forthcoming, but IMA reps say it will be...
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Oscars, ‘trotters and “Menopause”

January 22, 2008
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Some unrelated thoughts on a catch-up Tuesday:  The Academy Award nominations are out  and it’s interesting to note that “Transformers” (3) received more nominations than “Norbit” (1). Seriously, though, for those of us who watch the Oscars the way others...
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You-review-it Monday, 1-21-08

January 21, 2008
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I had a busy A&E weekend, with the "Three Girls and Their Buddy" concert at Clowes Hall on Friday night (more on that later), the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s hot ticket "Rite of Spring" performance on Saturday (see previous blog entry...
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Ticket scalping...for the symphony?

January 19, 2008
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This evening's performance of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra featured something extraordinary ... and I'm not talking about the performances of Beethoven's "Pastoral" and Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" (although those were outstanding). I'm talking about ticket scalping....
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Opie art dancing on Mass Ave.

January 18, 2008
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IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson takes over the blog today with news on new downtown artwork. Take it away, Jennifer: First came the Tom Otterness public art exhibit in 2005. The roly-poly brass sculptures captured some hearts, including those beating in some...
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'Blood' reviews/Oscar picks

January 17, 2008
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Tonight is the IBJ Night at the Movies screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s film “There Will Be Blood.” Many of you will be at the screening, since we gave away passes last week. So, what did you think of the film? If...
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Great shakes at Butler

January 16, 2008
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“I just pass on the enthusiasm and make it about them.” That’s what Roger Rees, one of the world’s most acclaimed Shakespearian actors (and perhaps familiar to you for his stints on “Cheers” and “The West Wing”) modestly told me when...
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Cruise and the cult of biography

January 15, 2008
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Yes, it’s the big day. The unauthorized Tom Cruise biography is out. Guess who won’t be reading it? For one, a few clicks will get you all the couch-jumping, the Scientology, the wild rumors, and the rest that you could possibly want....
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World’s best bookstores, etc.

January 14, 2008
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One of the most pleasant hours of my weekend was spent chatting with staff and customers at Big Hat Books, the Broad Ripple independent that gave the city a low-key cultural infusion when it opened a few years ago....
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You-review-it Monday

January 14, 2008
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What did you see, read or experience this weekend? Did you join the crowd at “End Days” at the Phoenix? Hear Marvin Hamlisch with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? Contemplate the totems at the Eiteljorg? Catch the opening of “Say You Love...
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Hamlisch and show music matters

January 11, 2008
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Appreciative applause met Marvin Hamlisch when, just a few hours ago, he announced from the podium at the Hilbert Circle Theatre that he’d be conducting a medley of songs from “My Fair Lady” as part of his pops program with...
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Tell it to the Marines

January 10, 2008
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Today’s New York Times features an enlightening story about Mishawaka-native Adam Driver, a former University of Indianapolis student who organized an evening theater performance for the Marines at Camp Pendleton. Driver, an honorably discharged Marine himself, had the notion that Marines...
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Naked in Carmel

January 9, 2008
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Few would object, on the one end, to a Norman Rockwell painting being hung in an art gallery window. Few, at the other end, would approve of a city park screening of a Jenna Jameson skin flick. But where is the line...
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Super hero museum closes

January 8, 2008
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Superman leaps tall buildings in a single bound (note: If he can fly, why does he bother leaping? Just asking). Dane Nash took his own enormous leap—of faith—when he decided to put his Superman and Batman memorabilia collection—including a full-sized Batmobile...
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You-review-it Monday

January 7, 2008
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This weekend, I caught Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Funny Feet,” The Phoenix Theatre’s “End Days,” Beef & Board’s “Run for Your Wife” and stopped in, briefly, at the Midwest Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Backyard” at the Harrison Center. In short, I spent a...
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Lining up for Romans

January 4, 2008
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A three-hour wait to see a show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art?That's what patrons report occurred in late December as Hoosiers took advantage of some free time to see "Roman Art from the Louvre" during its final...
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IBJ Night at the Movies

January 3, 2008
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Want to join us at an advance screening of one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year? I’ll get to how in a second. First, I wanted to ask if critics—of books, art, concerts, whatever—have influenced where you’ve decided to...
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Indy arts: The Ballard years

January 2, 2008
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“…  Frankly, if it comes down to another piece of art or another cop on the street, that’s not a close call.” So said Greg Ballard in a post-election interview with IBJ. With Ballard now officially on the job as mayor of...
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Stand-Ups on Screen

December 27, 2007
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With “Mad TV” star Aries Spears performing this week at Morty’s Comedy Joint and Chris Rock coming to the Murat, I’m thinking about stand-up comics transitioning into movies. Although he seems to have the talent to do so, Spears hasn’t broken...
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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