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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: 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: '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: 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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LOU'S VIEWS: Lessons from Lotus

September 29, 2012
Lou Harry
With all the acts off to their next gigs, this space is better used discussing what we could learn from the Bloomington fest
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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.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  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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