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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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LOU'S VIEWS: Eiteljorg shows how the West was strummed

March 9, 2013
Lou Harry
While I could look at most of the instruments on display at the new “Guitars: Roundups to Rockers” exhibition at the Eiteljorg with cool detachment, Woody Guthrie’s Martin 000-18 acoustic guitar stopped me.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Barging in

March 2, 2013
Lou Harry
IU fills a spot in Indianapolis Opera’s schedule with Philip Glass’ challenging “Akhnaten.”
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lincoln exhibit highlights presidential precedents

February 23, 2013
Lou Harry
It’s the fringes where those of us not steeped in Lincoln lore might find the freshest material.
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IBJ A&E ROAD TRIP: Heading to Chicago for some ‘Big Fish’

February 16, 2013
Lou Harry
The latest IBJ A&E road trip features a world premiere, heading-for-Broadway musical.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Making it up for 20 years

February 16, 2013
Lou Harry
At an awards-show parodying gala, ComedySportz celebrated two decades of spontaneous laugh-making.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Say it isn't so, Diane

February 9, 2013
Lou Harry
When a region stands to lose one of its finest actresses, a critic can't be too proud to beg
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LOU'S VIEWS: Team playing from ensemble highlights IRT's 'Night Music'

February 2, 2013
Lou Harry
Opera star Sylvia McNair offers subtle take on "Send in the Clowns."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Copy that

January 26, 2013
Lou Harry
By letting it be, The Fab Faux honors the music of the Beatles
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LOU'S VIEWS: Hoosier writers' novels transcend novelty

January 19, 2013
Lou Harry
Recently, I dug into the books of three Indiana writers who beat the odds.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Pictures perfect at the Eiteljorg show

January 12, 2013
Lou Harry
Whether in a dog-eared magazine or on the gallery walls of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the photography from National Geographic magazine continues to stun.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'The Book of Mormon' and shock values

January 5, 2013
Lou Harry
Language and content aren't the only thing shocking about the hit musical, now playing in Chicago.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 2012 A&E favorites

December 28, 2012
Lou Harry
With so much to choose from, it's impossible to say what was best. Instead, here are some of my favorites of the year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Beasts' among movie bests

December 22, 2012
Lou Harry
Unlike similar lists for the live arts, movie top 10 lists tend to generate more push-back. That’s because audiences have greater opportunity to see the work for themselves and formulate their own opinions.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Graphite the power

December 15, 2012
Lou Harry
The Indianapolis Museum of Art proves that the mineral isn't just for pencils. Plus new shows at the Indianapolis Art Center.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Three long-running holiday shows offer degrees of variation

December 8, 2012
Lou Harry
Tradition, by definition, involves familiarity. And three of the top Indy on-stage holiday offerings embrace tradition in their own way.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dean demystified

December 1, 2012
Lou Harry
A new show at the Indiana State Museum includes memorabilia, film clips and more from the legendary James Dean.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Not your average movie book

November 24, 2012
Lou Harry
Lou Harry is on vacation this week. In lieu of his regular column, here’s an excerpt from his new e-book, “The Movie Uncyclopedia: Everything You Think You Know About Movies is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong.”
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LOU'S VIEWS: Art centers focus more on creating than on creation

November 17, 2012
Lou Harry
In this week of Thanksgiving, I’d like to focus on places more centered on the creating than the creations and more about community than about artistic results.
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LOU'S VIEWS: God is in the details

November 10, 2012
Lou Harry
At the IMA, an Islamic art show holds glorious surprises.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Michael Feinstein shines in book on the brothers Gershwin

November 3, 2012
Lou Harry
For me, the highlights of any Michael Feinstein concert come in between the numbers, when the cabaret and concert star—and artistic director of the Center for the Performing Arts—shares anecdotes and insight about the composer and lyricists who crafted the tunes. His storytelling style translates nicely to the printed page.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Art + theater made for memorable road trip

October 27, 2012
Lou Harry
George Seurat’s painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884” provided the inspiration for the musical “Sunday in the Park with George.” For an Oct. 20 visit to both the painting and the musical, I was in the company of 35 participants in the first IBJ A&E Road Trip, an exercise in arts connectivity.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Wicked Workshop' works across generations

October 20, 2012
Lou Harry
My take on the Children's Museum attraction, plus generation-jumping thoughts on Jonathan Groff at the Cabaret and DK’s Beatles celebration.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Picks from the Heartland

October 13, 2012
Lou Harry
Strong films at the upcoming Heartland Film Festival include a coming-of-age story and a documentary about dancing trucks. Among my favorites: "Starry, Starry Night."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Phoenix continues to rise

October 6, 2012
Lou Harry
New experiences are still what's important to the 30-year-old theater.
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