You-review-it Monday

June 11, 2012
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For me, the weekend included "Next Fall" at the Phoenix, a visit to a newly refreshed Conner Prairie, another encounter with Ridley Scott's aliens via "Prometheus," watching Dance Kalaidoscope moved by Cole Porter, and stop-ins at the open houses of some high school friends bolding going into theater and creative writing.

Plus I had a blast live tweeting the Tony Awards with some of you (twitter: IBJARTS).

Sound busy? Well, there was a lot that I missed, including Pride Fest, Asia Fest, Talbott Street Art Fair, Independent Art & Music Fest and more. I'm assuming some of you were at those or others. Fill me in.

Your thoughts? 

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  • Stacey Kent
    Stacey Kent at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club was as close to perfect as a show can be. While not heavily publicized, the show sold out both nights and her combination of standards and original songs had the audience enthralled.
  • Talbot Pride
    Was at both the Talbot Street Art Fair and Pride Fest. Was disappointed that the art never really seems to change though I did see a couple of vendors highlighting "Man Cave" art!! And I could not believe the crowds at Pride Fest nor the corporate sponsorships!!
  • Concert and Art Fair
    While not technically over the weekend, I saw the Punch Brothers last Wednesday at the Palladium in Carmel. Not sold out but a very entertaining show to a very enthusiastic crowd. I was also at Talbott Street Art Fair over the weekend. I was relieved to see less jewelry vendors this year than in the past. I also saw several artists I have not seen at the event before which was refreshing. Didn’t make it to Pride but I heard it was a blast.

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