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?

  • 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.
    • 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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    1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

    2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

    3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

    4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

    5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.