Emptying the arts notebook

June 11, 2009
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Some quick notes:

-If you had mixed feelings about the Tony Awards coverage on Sunday (and have a bit of a mean streak in you), then check out this hilariously rude recap from the knuckleheads at Broadway Abridged. And if you are baffled by some of the plot holes in "Wicked," well, then click here for BA's skewering of that show.

--FYI: My review of "Wicked" will be featured in the upcoming print IBJ--along with thoughts on the new Conner Prairie attraction and the movie "Up." (Do you see a pattern?)

--Can't get to New York City to see the Tony-winning revival of "Hair"? Ball State University Theatre has just announced its 09/10 season, which will kick off with the Age of Aquarius musical. My thoughts on the Broadway version can be found here.

--Up for some trivial pursuits tonight (Thursday)? I'll be serving as emcee for a pub trivia competition at Pat Flynn's Public House. Proceeds benefit Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre. More info here. (Does your not-for-profit need an event host, panelist, or contest judge? If available, I may be able to help. Drop an e-mail to lharry@ibj.com.)

--Since moving locations, independent bookseller Big Hat Books is now calling itself Big Hat Books and Arts. The new digs include a private room that can seat up to 100, theater style.

--A study in San Francisco establishes that giving out free tickets doesn't just serve to "attract new theatergoers to a free show, but also to convert a significant number into future paying customers." More details here

--Ticket giveaways are back on my IBJ Daily A&E e-mail. If you aren't already a free subscriber, click here and sign up.

Your thoughts on any of the above?
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  • I like opera, which is a niche pursuit. I think just giving out tickets can be good, but also it is a challenging medium to get used to. Maybe for straight theater it is different.
  • Like any marketing activity, an organization should measure whether giving out free tickets seems to have an effect on that and subsequent shows. I'd guess that giving out a free ticket with every paid ticket might generate additional attendance at an event; the venue would then need to determine whether it also resulted in enough additional revenue (and media coverage) to make the promotion worthwhile.

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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