You-review-it Monday

August 6, 2012
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For me, the weekend included quiet time with Michael Feinstein's upcoming book about Ira Gershwin, play time with some new games in preperation for a Gen Con story, writing time with the upcoming IBJ A&E Season Preview, and listening time with a CD that features Kurt Vonnegut reading his own words. And a stop at Beef & Boards to see what the latest game of "Nunsense" nuns is up to. Look for more on all of these here or in the print IBJ.

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

Your thoughts?

  • Time for Three
    We attended the Symphony Under The Stars at Wild Air Farms in Zionsville. The ISO and Time for Three performed, and it was fantastic. The music was awesome and fun, and the setting is stunning. Thanks ISO and Wild Air Farms!
  • Bye Bye American Pie
    Lou, I would be interested in the perspective of your readers who attended the Don McLean concert at Connor Prairie Friday night. 1) I was disappointed that he didn't sing "Starry, Starry Night" but the play list included several odd particular his "hit" song singing the praises of President Eisenhower. This complaint though is minor. 2) For a concert advertising to be 40 years of "American Pie" as an all-time top five song, I was hoping for a little more R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for the song. He rushed into it with no intro. He sang an upbeat version and did not even include the verse where the 'Father, Son and Holy Ghost took the last train for the coast. The day the music died". I wasn't there the Day the music died, but I paid for a ticket the Night it died. If at 67, Don is tired of this song, then don't feature it has a 40-year remembrance. 3) The most unusual and disconcerting thing was the ISO packed up their string instruments and walked off stage as he started his last song. By the time he finished the song, they were carrying their cases through the crowd heading for the parking lot. I am not a Connor Prairie summer series regular, but I am assuming this is not normal operating behavior. It was only 10:10 p.m. Maybe Don had gone pass their two-hour union contract, but I found the behavior rude and disrespectful to Mr. McLean and the audience. If it had been a junior high orchestra doing this, I would have been very embarrassed. It will certainly come to my mind the next time ISO solicits me for additional funding. Can't speak for what happened Saturday night but would be interested to know. Obviously, there was no encore Friday night.
    Did anybody attend the Barry Manilow concert? The house wasn't sold out. Barry said he will be 70 soon. His body movements were as tight as his face lifts! But the oldies were still good!
  • Train Concert Great Choice for State Fair
    The pop-rock band, Train, was outstanding in Banker's Life. It was the first time I attended a rock concert that was appropriate for anyone from age 6 to 60. Kudos to organizers for booking a band and holding it in a venue that had something for everyone. Downtown Indy...what can I say? Great time.

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