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 lharry@ibj.com.) 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.
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  • 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
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com
  • 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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  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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