Emptying the arts notebook

October 24, 2008
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Today, some random notes from around the arts world:

--Chris Jones at the Chicago Tribune has an interesting item today about customer service in theaters. See it here. Have you had any overwhelming negative or positive experiences from the front-of-the-house staff of Indy theaters?

(And let me use that topic as an opportunity here to belatedly note, with sadness, the passing of Agnes Fonseca, who made intermission cookies a mandatory element of an trip to the Phoenix Theatre. Now that was customer service.)

--The L.A. Times reports on the Presidential candidates' positions on the arts. The story can be found here.

--Speaking of elections, the Bad Idea Bears--two of my favorite characters from the just-left-Indy musical "Avenue Q"--have some thoughts on voting. Find them here.

--Finally, if you happen to be in Broad Ripple this Saturday, stop by Big Hat Books, where my co-author, Todd Tobias, and I will be hosting a launch event for our latest book "Kid Culture" (Cider Mill Press). The book is a fun guide to getting you up to speed on kid-focused books, movies, TV, etc.  

The family-friendly event will feature live magic, trivia contests and fun, dramatic readings of some of your favorite children's book. Plus plenty of time to chat. We'll be there from 5-8 p.m. More info here.

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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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