Arts reviews

LOU'S VIEWS: Pigeon Forge on a roll with new ways to lure tourists

August 31, 2013
Lou Harry
In the Smokies, you can tumble down a hill in a Zorb, cheer on feuding lumberjacks, or take pictures with waxen Hollywood stars. And, of course, there's Dollywood.
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LOU'S VIEWS: GenCon game discoveries for mere mortals

August 24, 2013
Lou Harry
You don’t have to slay dragons or pilot a starship to find great games at Gen Con. Here are ten new favorites.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy Fringe for first-timers

August 17, 2013
Lou Harry
The annual summer event continues to grow even as it continues to baffle the uninitiated. Here's a guide to help you navigate
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LOU'S VIEWS: Glass Barn farming exhibition among fair’s best newbies

August 10, 2013
Lou Harry
We know what the Indiana State Fair does well. But every year, there are a few new attractions to explore.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Arts no exception to Indy’s competitive streak

August 3, 2013
Lou Harry
Student singers, national authors, feature films and more square off here regularly. Could Indy be the competitive arts capital of the U.S.?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Chicago's 'Jungle Book' goes beyond ‘bear necessities’

July 27, 2013
Lou Harry
Disney's latest stage show effectively captures the charm of the animated movie classic while also broadening its artistic focus, making it sumptuously theatrical.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indianapolis International Film Festival offers [pop]cornucopia

July 20, 2013
Lou Harry
10th annual event includes an animation nightmare, the worst basketball team in Indiana, and more. Screenings held at IMA and beyond.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Where there's 'Smoke,' there's fervor

July 13, 2013
Lou Harry
Gospel musical "Smoke on the Mountain" once again a dinner-theater highlight.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In two recent novels, a cop copes with apocalypse

July 6, 2013
Lou Harry
"The Last Policeman" and "Countdown City," by Butler U.'s Ben H. Winters, both provide page-turning pleasures.
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LOU'S VIEWS: I'm no fan of the movie "Avatar"...but the exhibit is another matter

June 29, 2013
Lou Harry
Most of the Children’s Museum’s core under-10 audience may not be interested in the movie props, but the interactives are outstanding.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The Once and Farcical King rules in tuneful 'Spamalot'

June 22, 2013
Lou Harry
The extremely silly musical, based on 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' gets an extremely satisfying local production.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Going for seconds at Carmel gallery walk

June 15, 2013
Lou Harry
Carmel's Arts & Design district has grown to represent nine galleries. It's Second Saturday walk has grown into a popular social event.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In with the old as Conner Prairie adds to its offerings

June 8, 2013
Lou Harry
At the living history museum, new activities are mixed with old favorites—including the grand game of Rounders
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LOU'S VIEWS: Star Wars exhibit on display in a State Museum not far, far away...

June 1, 2013
Lou Harry
Warning: The following column contains a critical mass of geeky references. If you don’t know your elbow from an Ewok, discretion is advised.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Jim Gaffigan's book offers notes on parenting from a funnyman father

May 25, 2013
Lou Harry
The stand-up comic—and Indiana native—puts five kids’ worth of experience into book form. Plus, thoughts on Dance Kaleidoscope’s ‘Barefoot Renegades.’

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LOU'S VIEWS: In Indy Opera’s ‘Flying Dutchman,’ strong voices almost drowned by overdone visuals

May 18, 2013
Lou Harry
Season closer tackled Wagner's large-scale seafaring tale. Plus, thoughts on ‘4000 Miles’ at the Phoenix Theatre.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Civic's 'Into the Woods' explores what's after ‘happily ever after’

May 11, 2013
Lou Harry
Plus thoughts on NoExit Performance's world premiere of David Hoppe's 'Our Experiences During the First Days of Alligators' in Garfield Park
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LOU'S VIEWS: To learn about the Cultural Trail, walk it

May 4, 2013
Lou Harry
While I’ve been bullish on the Cultural Trail, I realized recently that I haven’t actually walked it—at least, not all of it. Time to change that.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Spotlight shines on lesser-known Indy artists

April 27, 2013
Lou Harry
Sure, Indy's large arts presenters made a splash at the annual benefit, but smaller companies also earned attention and applause.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Going back for seconds … or more

April 18, 2013
Lou Harry
The IRT's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the Phoenix' "Clybourne Park" offer pleasures whether you are seeing these plays for the first or fifth time.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Doing it Ai Weiwei's way

April 13, 2013
Lou Harry
The eyes of the creative world are on Ai Weiwei. The Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a chance to put your eyes on his works. Plus, thoughts on the IBJ A&E “War Horse” road trip.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Rock solid ‘American Idiot’ works for more than just Green Day fans

April 6, 2013
Lou Harry
Angst-ridden musical a highlight of the Broadway in Indianapolis season.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A critical mass of theater critics descend on Indy

March 30, 2013
Lou Harry
A pack of conferencing critics had their eyes opened to Indy’s arts pleasures. In turn, they opened my eyes to some things I shouldn’t take for granted.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Catching up with a kaleidoscope of reviews

March 23, 2013
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the latest from DK, Acting Up, and an American Pianists Association fellow.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The critics are coming … the critics are coming

March 16, 2013
Lou Harry
Journalists from San Francisco to D.C. and from New Haven to New Orleans descend on Indy for a first-ever critical mass of theater.
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