Arts reviews

LOU'S VIEWS: God, a monster and Michael

March 1, 2012
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Marian University's military 'Godspell,' the 'Phantom of the Opera' sequel 'Love Never Dies,' and Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson tribute.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Osage,' you must see

February 25, 2012
Lou Harry
Phoenix Theater offers Indiana premiere of "August: Osage County," a sprawling, brutally intimate epic both intensely personal and apocalyptic.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Pleasures of 'Godspell' are in the details

February 18, 2012
Lou Harry
In Actors Theatre of Indiana's production, the apostles aren't blank slates to write on but, rather, people who have experienced life.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Downtown isn't just for Super Bowl week

February 11, 2012
Lou Harry
Dear Suburban Folks Who Rarely Come Downtown But Did for Super Bowl Activities ...
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LOU'S VIEWS: This spud's for you

February 4, 2012
Lou Harry

The guy with the detachable eyes and a rear end built for storage is the subject of an interactive exhibition at The Children’s Museum

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LOU'S VIEWS: Turf's up at downtown art showcase

January 28, 2012
Lou Harry
The art installation exhibition occupying old Indianapolis City Hall doesn't feel like it was created by committee.
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LOU'S VIEWS: City stages home to a trio of theatrical winners

January 21, 2012
Lou Harry
Indiana Repertory Theatre's "Radio Golf," the Phoenix's “Current Economic Conditions,” and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra rely on character-driven shows.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Very different stages at Theatre on the Square

January 14, 2012
Lou Harry
Where else but TOTS can you choose between a porn musical and a hostage drama? Reviews of "Debbie Does Dallas" and Acting Up's "Two Rooms."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Walls of fame

January 7, 2012
Lou Harry

Have you picked your favorites from among the “46 for XLVI" murals? I have.

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LOU'S VIEWS: Jokes old but spirits high in B&B burlesque show

December 31, 2011
Lou Harry
Taking a break from the typical B&B fare, “Jack Milo’s Baggy Pants Burlesque” begins knowingly, with a wife dragging her husband to the theater.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Best in shows for 2011

December 24, 2011
Lou Harry
Highlights included the ISO's Opening Night Gala, Civic's "Drowsy Chaperone," and the opening of the Miller House.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indiana critics pick flicks for 2011

December 17, 2011
Lou Harry
Discussions of 'bests' in the arts are silly ... and fun. Here are my picks, and those of the Indiana Film Journalists Associations, for the best films of the year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Yule have choices for holiday entertainment

December 10, 2011
Lou Harry
Looking for live holiday entertainment this season? How edgy do you want it? Thoughts on No Exit's 'The Nutcracker,' ISO's 'Yuletide Celebration,' and 'A Very Phoenix Xmas 6.'
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LOU'S VIEWS: IMA shows are worlds apart

December 3, 2011
Lou Harry
Three shows at the Indianapolis Museum of Art display a wide range of artistic approaches.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Sandi Patty, Carrie Newcomer and more from the CD shelf

November 26, 2011
Lou Harry
Thanksgiving, for many, is road-trip time—which also makes it a good time to give a listen to the latest discs from Indiana performers. Here’s a stack I’ve taken pleasure in over the past month.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Biennial Eiteljorg show offers edgy art

November 19, 2011
Lou Harry
In an effort to lead the field in today's Native American art, the Eiteljorg celebrates five artists showcasing very recent work.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indianapolis Opera production takes wing

November 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Unfamiliarity breeds appreciation at intimate double bill: "A Water Bird Talk" and "Bon Appetit!" paired at Basile Opera Center.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Blood, spoof and fears

November 5, 2011
Lou Harry
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Indiana and newcomer Acting Up mix it up.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Adieu, Anderson

October 29, 2011
Lou Harry
Are we better off, as arts patrons, then we were five years or so ago when Maxwell Anderson joined the Indianapolis Museum of Art?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Exhibition on ice

October 22, 2011
Lou Harry
When I tell you the Indiana State Museum’s exhibition “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition” isn’t a tactile show, don’t let that turn you off.
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LOU'S VIEWS: More flick picks from Heartland Film Fest

October 15, 2011
Lou Harry
An intense documentary, a romantic comedy, and even a horror film for your consideration.
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LOU'S VIEWS: It takes a circus

October 15, 2011
-Lou Harry
A team of collegiate collaborators turns Cathy Day's acclaimed book into a stage musical
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LOU'S VIEWS: Heartland Film Fest starter set

October 8, 2011
Lou Harry
Having trouble picking from the more than 100 films at this year's event? Try these critic's picks.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Productions, written 100 years apart, explore teen sex

October 1, 2011
Lou Harry
Thoughts on the Phoenix Theatre's "Spring Awakening" and Indianapolis Opera's "Madama Butterfly."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Urbanski renewal for Indianapolis Symphony

September 24, 2011
Lou Harry
A new maestro sparks the ISO, plus thoughts on Indiana Repertory Theatre's "Dracula" and Beef &Boards' "Singin' in the Rain."
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

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  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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