You-review-it Monday

March 4, 2013
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You had lots of choices this weekend, with "The Lyons" opening at the Phoenix Theatre, First Friday gallery stops througout downtown, Oscar-winning movies to catch up on at a theater near you, "Sister Act" raising the roof at the Murat (see my review here), and lots more. Or maybe you stayed home and read a book-which would be fine, too.

So what did you experience on the A&E front over the past few days? 

Your thoughts?

Oh, and if you act now, there's still a chance to win tickets to Dance Kaleidoscope's "Piaf Plus" here.

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  • Live music!
    Hillbilly Happy Hour at the Melody Inn, with Indy's own Gamblin' Christmas and Columbus, Ohio-based Mike's Wilson. You can't call either of those acts strictly country, but some element of "hillbilly" definitely applies. At 5 bucks, HHH is consistently one of the best bargains in Indy. Then Saturday, ukuleles at Indy Hostel with the kids! Flea Bitten Dawgs and Uncle Elvis. You'd be amazed at the depth of ukulele music that the Dawgs can do. Love the Hostel as a family friendly venue.
  • Wine, Witches and a Wicked Fiddle
    We indulged in all manner of entertainment this weekend. Friday night we attended the Ice Miller WFYI Wine Tasting event. Saturday, we donned our masks for a night of dinner and dancing to Lemon Wheel the 9th Annual Gaia Works Masquerade Ball to benefit Coburn Place. This year the Wyndham outdid themselves on the buffet. The food was delicious and the meat was melt in your mouth tender. Already have my calendar marked for the 10th anniversary ball March 1, 2014. I hear it will be a roaring 20s theme. Finally, we wrapped up the weekend with Natalie MacMaster at the Palladium. If you enjoy bluegrass or Celtic music, MacMaster is NOT to be missed. This was the second of her concerts we were lucky enough to attend. And if you like Celtic fiddle, be sure to catch local Celtic fiddler Emily Anne Thompson around town.

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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.

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