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Are museums just 'graveyards for stuff'?

August 23, 2013
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At CNN, an opinion columnist blasts the state of museums. But should museums worry so much about entertaining?
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Kondrat's return, scoring Tutu tickets, and more

August 20, 2013
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Unless you are a Bulldog, getting tickets to see the Nobel Prize laureate will be tough. Elsewhere, the Phoenix scores a coup...and an extension for a hit show.
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You-review-it Monday: GenCon, Indy Fringe, and more

August 19, 2013
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Did you hit Mass Ave. to see one of dozens of Fringe fest shows? Play games (or people watch) as Gen Con once again rolled the dice on Indy?
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Emptying the Gen Con notebook

August 16, 2013
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News, notes and numbers from opening day trolling (so to speak) the aisles of the massive gaming convention. So how much money can actually be made there?
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10 things I like (and don't) about 'Shrew.' HART's 'Taming of the Shrew' reviewed

August 12, 2013
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Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre's production of Shakespeare's comedy brought big crowds to White River State Park. What worked and what didn't?
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You-review-it Monday: State Fair, Shakespeare in the Park, and more

August 12, 2013
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Kevin Costner at the Indiana State Fair? The Contours at Conner Prairie? What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?
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A&E Roundup: Raves for Harry & Izzy's, Dr. Who coming, etc.

August 9, 2013
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USA Today names a local favorite as Best U.S. Airport Food. Faust gets solo show. GreekFest grows.
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The arts group I'll play for at Indiana Grand Casino is...

August 5, 2013
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My contest partner has been selected. Now it's time to dust off my Phil Gordon books.
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You-review-it Monday: Indiana State Fair, Jazz on the Prairie, and more

August 4, 2013
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Did you get to the Fair? Take in Indy Jazz Fest's night at Conner Prairie? Explore First Friday options? What did you hear, see or do this weekend?
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Betting on a central Indiana arts group could net $11,000 for your favorite charity

July 31, 2013
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I'm playing in a celebrity poker tournament in September. You can help select the group I'll be playing for.
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Winners named in both film fest and songbook competitions

July 29, 2013
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Yes, there was a race over at the Brickyard over the weekend. But for fierce competition, nothing beat the high schoolers squaring off on the songs of Porter, Gershwin, etc.
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You-review-it Monday: Feinstein competition and more

July 28, 2013
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For me, most of the weekend was spent in Muncie and Chicago. So what did I miss?
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DeHaan, Hiatt among Governor's Arts Award recipients

July 26, 2013
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Recipients of the 40th annual awards were announced Friday. An awards ceremony is scheduled for September.
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Toussaint, Lewis, Schurr to headline multi-venue Jazz Fest

July 25, 2013
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For the 15th edition, Indy Jazz Fest venues include Butler's new Schrott Center, the Cabaret at the Columbia Club, and the terrace at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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Review: 'ZirkusGrimm'

July 24, 2013
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Under the big top inside Irvington Lodge, Q Artistry offers an entertaining evening exploring the dark side of fairy tales. Fellow artistic directors co-star with Q's Ben Asaykwee.
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A&E priority list for July 25-31: Steve Martin and more

July 23, 2013
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Teens croon at the Palladium. Steve Martin strums at the Murat. Karen Irwin sings Janis Joplin. It's a busy week for music in central Indiana.
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You-review-it Monday: Summer Celebration, 'ZirkusGrimm,' and more

July 21, 2013
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Did you hear the music of the Rolling Stones via the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? Hear tales of "Love, Loss and What I Wore" at the Phoenix? Catch a concert or an art show?
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Summer Celebration exhibits open at convention center

July 19, 2013
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Indiana Black Expo's signature event means different things to different attendees. While Spike Lee and Billy Dee Williams were being honored, I was checking out the art.
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Film fest's 'Medora' looks at state's worst hoops team

July 19, 2013
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What's it like to be on a team with no wins in an Indiana town with few prospects? The gutsy documentary "Medora" will be screened Friday in the Harrison Center gym.
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Review: 'Turbo' hits the wall

July 17, 2013
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How does a snail end up serving as an Indy car? A better question: Why does the film wait so long to introduce potentially fun characters and then do nothing fun with them.
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Zinn and the art of historical revisionism

July 17, 2013
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Mitch Daniels called Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" "propaganda." For me, it was a flawed eye-opener.
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A&E Priority List for July 18-24: Summer Celebration, film fest, and more

July 16, 2013
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This week, Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration events extent to American Legion Mall and beyond while the Indianapolis International Film Festival also goes on location. More picks here.
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Heartland Film Fest grabs spotlight with $75K gift

July 15, 2013
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The money from Clowes Charitable Foundation will be used to support year-round programming. October fest also benefits.
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You-review-it Monday: McCartney and more

July 15, 2013
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The weekend included the Paul McCartney show at the Fieldhouse, "ZirkusGrimm" in Irvington and lots of other options. What did you do?
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IBJ Movie Night: 'The Way Way Back'

July 11, 2013
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Win tickets to a sneak preview of the new film featuring Steve Carrell and Sam Rockwell. All you have to do is share some summer memories.
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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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