Performing Arts

City gives $82,000 for IndyFringe theater project

August 19, 2011
The grant from the city's parking meter fund will be used to rebuild a nearby alleyway, repair sidewalks and install access curbs at the organization's theater building on Saint Clair Street.
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Indiana hires outside firm to review state fair disaster

August 18, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana has hired an outside firm to help with its investigation into a fatal stage collapse at the state fair after questions were raised about the state's ability to conduct an objective probe itself.
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Damage cap limits state's potential losses from concert tragedy

August 18, 2011
Scott Olson
An Indiana law that limits damages paid by state entities likely will prompt lawyers to sue several other parties besides the state fair to try to recover as much as possible for victims of the concert calamity.
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Elaborate outdoor concerts amp up safety concerns

August 17, 2011
Associated Press
As the multi-billion-dollar outdoor concert business has evolved from little more than shows under a canopied stage to productions featuring up to 20 tons of lighting and video equipment, experts point to the Indiana State Fair's fatal stage collapse as evidence of the necessity for caution — and regulation.
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State fair attendance, revenue expected to decline

August 17, 2011
Scott Olson
Attendance through Tuesday was down 7 percent compared to the same time last year following the collapse of a concert stage on Saturday that killed five people. The loss of four shows will be a blow to revenue projections.
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Court affirms Murat Centre renaming decision

August 16, 2011
A state appellate court upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to block the Old National Centre naming rights deal.
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Indiana State Fair reopens, honors five killed in stage collapse

August 15, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents.
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UPDATE: Tragedy prompts fair to cancel some events

August 14, 2011
Associated Press
Fair organizers plan to reopen Monday with a memorial service for the victims.
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Report: Investigators tailed Libman before resignation

August 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
A WXIN-TV Channel 59 report suggests the city of Carmel hired private investigators to tail Steven Libman, who resigned abruptly last month as CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
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Palladium sells well, ups ante for its competitorsRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
About 40 percent of the tickets sold during the Palladium’s first half-season went to subscribers, prompting managers to expand the series offerings for the full season that begins later this month.
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Libman resigns from Carmel arts center

July 29, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Steven Libman, CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, resigned late Friday afternoon—less than three months after his contract was extended through 2016.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Spidey crashes, other Broadway shows soar

July 23, 2011
Lou Harry
Thoughts on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," "Catch Me If You Can," Shakespeare in the Park, and more.
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Basiles back IndyFringe's building acquisitionRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Gift kicks of $600,000 campaign to renovate, expand theater building.
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Palladium works out kinks in accessible seating

July 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The staff at the Palladium in Carmel will receive more training on how to accommodate people with disabilities after a would-be concertgoer said she was denied a pair of $20 tickets.
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Indianapolis Symphony ventures into ZionsvilleRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Horse farm owner Elizabeth Johnson extended an invitation to play, and local businesspeople and volunteers have been selling concert tickets.
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Museums prepare to open permanent exhibits

May 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Conner Prairie and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis each plan to open new permanent exhibits in June at a combined cost of $8.5 million.
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Number of Indiana arts organizations increased in 2010

May 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Positive numbers could signal growth in sector that continues to lose jobs.
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Performing arts center extends CEO's contract

May 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel has extended CEO Steven Libman's contract through 2016, the board of directors announced Wednesday.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Landmark event turns into celebration of Bill Cook

April 23, 2011
Lou Harry
Benefactor's presence strongly felt at opening of new arts center.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IU Opera premieres 'Vincent'

April 15, 2011
Lou Harry
As ambitious an arts project as you are likely to find so far this century in central Indiana, IU Opera’s world premiere production of “Vincent” overflowed with stunning design and strong music.
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Investor rates bond for Palladium among nation's best

April 13, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Municipal bond manager Josh Gonze of Thornburg Investment Management in Santa Fe, N.M., picked the $80 million bond on Carmel's Palladium concert hall as one of the six best in the nation.
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Butler University to close 102-year-old dance academy

March 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Butler University said Thursday that it plans to close its Jordan Academy of Dance due to economic reasons. The academy, which has more than 200 students, ages 3-17, will shut down May 31.
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Feinstein works Carmel's Palladium into national program

March 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
PBS film crews will be at the Palladium May 12 for “Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project.
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Ex-Emmis exec uses estate toolkit to fund Butler venueRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Howard Schrott will provide $6.5 million toward the $13 million performing-arts building.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Palladium premieres

February 5, 2011
Lou Harry
I’m not ready to use the word “perfect” but, in my lifetime, I honestly don’t expect to hear chamber music in a better-sounding venue than I did Jan. 30.
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