Col. Esserman at Start with Art

September 4, 2008
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Today's Start with Art luncheon at the Convention Center unofficially marks the start of the arts season in Indy.

So were you there? If so, what did you think of Col Dean M. Esserman's talk?

For those who weren't, Esserman--Chief of Police of Povidence, RI, gave a sombre, almost Cormac McCarthy-ish speech about the need to "invest, not just arrest" when it comes to kid. "We all come from a family," he said, "but also from a place and time" and argued that "knowledge and success follow love, not fear."

Your thoughts?

This week also marks IBJ's first Arts and Entertainment Season Preview, which is included in this week's IBJ. (Feedback welcome here or by e-mail to If you don't have one already, you can pick one up at Start with Art or spring for the IBJ's $1.75 cover price.

It seems the right time to ask: What A&E events are you most looking forward to this season? Is there a particular concert, production, recital, film or exhibition that you already have marked on your calendar?

Of course, arts folks, try to refrain from mentioning events that you are actually involved with.
  • There's so much this season, it's hard to choose! I'm of course looking forward to the Opening Gala at the Indianapolis Symphony. Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra is a fave of mine, and I'm anxious to hear what Mario Venzago does with that monstrous work. Also, in November, UIndy is celebrating the 100th bday Olivier Messiaen at Christ Cathedral, and that should be great. Actually, most of UIndy's faculty recitals look awesome---they really stretch their audiences ears with newer compositions, which personally, I really appreciate.

    (no, I'm not involved in any of these.) :-)
  • I have seven quarters. I'll go buy a copy of the Preview. I look forward to reading it. I bet it was a fun, and agonizing, project to put together.

    In the meantime, I'd like to see Wicked when it comes to town. The original novel by Gregory Maguire was so interesting, as was the movie that you (Lou) recommended a while back that showed the process of making Wicked and a few other shows on Broadway.

    However, I have not bought my ticket yet, and it may sell out before I can do that.

    I have firmly committed to seeing and judging (but NOT writing about - eep!) fifty-five Encore Association community theatre shows around town over the next year. I have assigned myself to see and write about as many of the shows at our local professional theatres that I can squeeze in, too. I am looking forward to all of that.

    I was not at the luncheon today, and I don't know Col. Esselman, but I agree with what you quoted from him.

    Hope Baugh
  • It was too bad Mayor Ballard couldn't hear the talk by Col. Esserman. I wish he could have provided a few facts and actual stories of how the arts impacted a reduction of crime. instead of the generalities offered. I'm glad so many of our City Councilmen were present to witness to so many testimonies of how the small arts budget impacts us locally on so many levels.

    The A&E events on my calendar already are the Indianapolis Art Center Open House September 12th, and each of the First Fridays.
  • Hello Lou,

    It was good to see you at Start with Art. It was my first time in attendance, beautiful synergy!

    The Col.'s speech had me fighting back tears. It's such a simple premise of love, and expectation.

    If you think about it, a society that dislikes a certain class or race perpetuates itself. For example, if you have a child (of color) that buys into what they see on T.V., they have that same low expectation for themselves. Too many times I have heard, 'They' won't give us a chance, or it doesn't matter what we do, why try?. Believing in the status quo, makes matters exponentially worse.

    How do you teach love, when hate comes so easy? How can an individual love himself, when general society says 'you are less'?

    My children are doing well, 'in spite of', general societal expectations. Thanks for asking, and listening.

    I'm headed out for First Friday gallery tours!

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