Lou's Views

LOU'S VIEWS: Booking art on the library's pedestals

May 4, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, new artwork in front of the Central Library, and a Pulitzer-winning play at IRT.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Two ambitious shows yield mixed results

April 20, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, two ambitious shows—a new musical at Beef & Boards and magic realism at the Phoenix
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LOU'S VIEWS: IMA's artbabble.org offers visual art videos

April 13, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, an online visit with a new Indianapolis Museum of Art, plus a local take on "Forbidden Broadway."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Come (back) to the Cabaret

April 6, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, the reborn American Cabaret Theatre and a symphonic circus draw packed houses.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Block party at the Children's Museum

March 30, 2009
Lou Harry
At the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, I spent quality time at "Lego Castle Adventure," which features impressively massive Lego sculptures, a dress-up area, some instructional sessions on castle construction and lots of tables and lego pieces for building.
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'Pirates' anchored by strong performances

March 23, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, pirates take over Indianapolis Opera, and a trio of plays isn't the half of it at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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LOU'S VIEWS: At IMA, the shape of things that came

March 16, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, the IMA celebrates design, the IRT attempts a rewritten French farce, and the Phoenix puts its stamp on "Mauritius."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indianapolis Art Center turns the familiar into new art

March 2, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, familiar objects take on new looks and meaning at the Indianapolis Art Center.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Crimes' at the IRT

February 23, 2009
Lou Harry
For a terrific example of an adaptation that works, go no further than the Indiana Repertory Theatre and see...
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LOU'S VIEWS: Hahn for the record books

February 16, 2009
Lou Harry

This week, emptying the notebook on recent work at the ISO, the Phoenix and the IRT.

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LOU'S VIEWS: Kondrat gives inspired performance in 'Menagerie' spoof

February 9, 2009
Lou Harry
Playwright Christopher Durang can deliver hilarious results, but in the case of InterAction Theatre's "Durang-O-Rama," he disappoints the audience with too much outrageous, exhausting behavior.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A trio of terrific leading ladies in NYC theater

February 2, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, an ogre's beloved, a troubled and troubling mother, and a cad's catch highlight a sampling of the current Broadway season.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A fun Xscape to Lafayette Square

January 26, 2009
Lou Harry
Ever since Xscape took over a sizable chunk of Lafayette Square Mall late last year, I've heard speculation about what goes on behind its walls.
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LOU'S VIEWS: New comedy group carries a big schtick

January 19, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, the debut of sketch comedy group Three Dollar Bills, a good enough bedroom farce, dancing to the Beatles, and a word about "Happy Days: A New Musical."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Harrison showcases recent additions to the Overman oeuvre

January 12, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, great characters pop off the wall at the Harrison Center, the audience upstages the Civic cast, and a fledgling company fumbles.
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LOU'S VIEWS: IMA acquires 50 head-scratching works

January 5, 2009
Lou Harry
"My 6-year-old could do that." Stand around the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Forefront Gallery long enough and you are likely to hear some variation on that contemporary-art-bashing cliche.
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Year in review: 10 reasons I loved my job in '08Restricted Content

December 29, 2008
Lou Harry
Traditionally, as the year winds down, critics' thoughts tend toward "best of the year" lists. But I'm feeling the need for a more accurate label.
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A&ERestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, thoughts on three holiday shows-and one in-your-face alternative.
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Enjoy the latest wit from Bob & Tom on CD; relish the voice of Claire Wilcher at 'Cabaret'Restricted Content

December 8, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, another stocking stuffer from the Bob and Tom crew and holiday-country music fusion at American Cabaret Theatre.
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Lion King, Hansel & Gretel excel in music, staging and dancingRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, a return visit is made to review "The Lion King" and a Sendak-ed "Hansel and Gretel."
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'The Big Picture' offers stunning array of photosRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Jim Cota
Sometimes only a picture will do.
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Spark your holiday spirit with IRT's creative version of 'Carol'Restricted Content

November 24, 2008
Lou Harry
Despite its annual appearance for many years during the holidays, "A Christmas Carol" continues to be produced creatively by fine actors, directors and designers at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.
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Hansel & Gretel interpreted through visual art, operaRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Lou Harry
The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library and the Indianapolis Opera have come together to produce "Hansel & Gretel: Lost in the Arts."
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Visit Museum of Art for 'China's Ming Dynasty Exhibit,' and the Phoenix Theatre for political one actsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, low-key dynasty dynamics at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and a mismatched couple at the Phoenix Theatre.
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IU, Sapphire Co. theater productions falter

November 3, 2008
Lou Harry

This week, two attempts at stage bawdiness — "Lysistrata," and "The Wild Party," come up short.

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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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