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LOU'S VIEWS: Why Gilbert & Sullivan?

October 23, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Indianapolis Opera's "The Mikado." Plus, the holiday season arrives early with Beef & Boards' "White Christmas."
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LOU'S VIEWS: IMA's new Warhol exhibit as much about commerce as art

October 16, 2010
Lou Harry
It’s impossible to extricate Andy Warhol and his art from the world of commerce, because the artist himself was so influenced by—and generated so much—money. Plus, season openers from the Indiana Repertory Theatre and Dance Kaleidoscope.
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LOU'S VIEWS: What to see at this year's Heartland Film Festival

October 9, 2010
Lou Harry
Heartland Freedom
                           WVNot sure how to weed through the 100-plus offerings at this year's Heartland Film Festival? Here are some recommendations from IBJ movie buffs.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Art wars

October 2, 2010
Lou Harry
Art vs. Art and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis set artist against artist
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lost & found at state museum's 'Titanic' exhibit

September 25, 2010
Lou Harry
What is it about the “Titanic” that continues to attract us—through books, films, a stage musical and, in the case of the touring show at the Indiana State Museum, an exhibition of artifacts?
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LOU'S VIEWS: City Ballet benefit rises to the occasion again

September 18, 2010
Lou Harry
Ballet's “An Evening with the Stars” fundraising event featured stars of the Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and much more.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Two coaches face off in Actors Theatre's 'Rounding Third'

September 11, 2010
Lou Harry
Is "good enough" good enough when it comes to live theater?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Painting the blues in Washington, D.C.

September 4, 2010
Lou Harry
Yes, my mission in Washington, D.C., was to deliver my daughter into the arms of academia. But with the chance to visit the Smithsonian, can you blame me for making an early exit from campus orientation?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Beyond the Fringe

August 28, 2010
Lou Harry
Just going to Indy Fringe makes you a part of it. It’s difficult to be a passive observer during the 10-day event, which ends Sunday.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dancing to the classics

August 21, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre uses American lit as a launch pad; plus: books by local authors.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The playing's the thing at GenCon

August 14, 2010
Lou Harry
While fantasy role-playing games form the core of GenCon, the convention has a lot to offer casual game players whose comfort zone is closer to Yahtzee and Monopoly than Wizards of Warcraft.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Local music makes 24-hour road trip sound sweet

August 7, 2010
Lou Harry
With apologies to Willie Nelson, the truth is I could wait to get on the road again.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'A Funny Thing' happening at Athenaeum

July 31, 2010
Lou Harry
In most productions of the raucous musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the lead character, Pseudolus, is a just-this-side-of desperate middle-age guy with an overactive libido who could break out in a major sweat at any moment.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Record-breaking artist offers the vinyl word on music stars

July 24, 2010
Lou Harry
Seen from a distance, Lobyn Hamilton’s work might seem like something you’d find in a music shop—simple, faithful re-creations of familiar portraits of the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. Get a little closer, though, and the medium becomes part of the message.
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LOU'S VIEWS: LaBute's new play 'Pretty' impressive

July 17, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, "Reasons to be Pretty" at the Phoenix Theatre, plus Famous Monsters and InConjunction conventions.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Best of the Fest ... and more

July 10, 2010
Lou Harry
Baseball doc and drama from Finland among strongest offerings.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The King without kitsch and other Brown County pleasures

July 3, 2010
Lou Harry
It didn’t occur to me on the drive down Interstate 65 for a Brown County getaway that I’d be returning with praise for an Elvis impersonator.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 100 thoughts on 100 Acres

June 26, 2010
Lou Harry
Watch video icon for 100 Acres100 Acres, a new art and nature park, opened behind the Indianapolis Museum of Art June 19. This major addition to the city’s cultural and social landscape seemed worthy of at least 100 thoughts—and two videos.
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LOU'S VIEWS: (Jersey) Boy wonders settle in at Murat

June 19, 2010
Lou Harry
“Jersey Boys” is much more than just a tribute show. It delivers the musical goods with impeccable showmanship and style.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Feinstein more than fine at Great American Songbook Competition

June 12, 2010
Lou Harry
High school vocal competition soared in second year. Winner landed New York gig.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Race to Indianapolis Zoo's new cheetah exhibit

June 5, 2010
Lou Harry
Cheetahs: Race for Survival” is a terrific addition to the Indianapolis Zoo, even though its primary selling point—speed—can’t actually be seen.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Theatrical distractions abound, both in audience and in wings

May 29, 2010
Lou Harry
Complaints of cell phones, texters and candy wrappers are common. But what about seeing into the wings?
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LOU'S VIEWS: At Eiteljorg, it's all in the family

May 22, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, free-associating across the arts landscape from the “Generations” show at the Eiteljorg Museum to “Heartland Art” and a one-man play at the Indiana State Museum to the Broad Ripple Art Fair.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Phoenix premiere is more than a John Prine tribute show

May 15, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, a tribute that transcends at the Phoenix Theatre, plus thoughts on this year's Spotlight benefit.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IRT's 'Around the World in 80 Days'

May 8, 2010
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the Indiana Repertory Theatre's season closer ... and an average day at Conner Prairie.
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