You-review-it Monday

April 9, 2012
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For me, the weekend included a one-sitting rip through Michael Kun's hilarious new novel "Everybody Says Hello" and a trip to Bloomington to see IU Opera's production of "Candide" (more on the latter later).

What about you? Did you get to Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre? The Phoenix? Take in First Friday gallery openings? See "Hunger Games" for the second (or third) time?

What did you hear, see or do on the A&E front this weekend?

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  • Hunger Games
    I got to see the Hunger Games movie - for the first time - early in the weekend and found it a great adaptation of the book. I went into the screening with worries that it would just be a watered down version of the book, but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't so. While it obviously is hard to get every nuance of a novel into a movie, I think it brought some of the best aspects of the book to the big screen.
    • Roller Derby
      Naptown Roller Girls vs. Steel City at the State Fair Pepsi Coliseum. The Indianapolis Junior Roller Derby team did a half time exhibition. indianapolisjuniorrollerderby.com.
    • Candide for me too
      I was in Bloomington Saturday night for the final production of IU's opera season. Candide has a long and somewhat confusing second act, but the music is fabulous throughout. The Saturday night cast was close to perfect and the orchestra played the difficult score extremely well. Over all a very enjoyable production with one more weekend to see this seldom produced work.
    • NYC weekend
      Was in NYC catching some shows:

      Once: slight in scale, full of heart. If you liked the movie, you'll love the show.

      Clybourne Park: great place, timely questions about race, excellent cast.

      End of the Rainbow: Bennett's performance moves between amazing and somewhat histrionic, but well worth seeing. The play's book though is very weak.

      One Man, Two Guvnors: well-executed farce that had the audience in stitches, but I found it too much of too little.

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