You-review-it Monday: Dig IN, Indy Fringe, and more

August 26, 2013
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Think back ten or so years ago when late August meant little on the A&E front besides concerts.

Now, thanks to such events as Indy Fringe and the farm-to-fork fest Dig IN—the two events where I spent most of my weekend time—there's no shortage of stuff to get out and do.

So did you make it to either? Did you have a favorite Fringe show this time around? How about a favorite food or drink sample from Dig IN? (Mine was the lamb meatball with muhammara sauce from Bloomington's One World Catering. Or maybe it was the goat summer sausage on a stick from Goose The Market.  Or maybe the roasted corn popsicle from Nicey. Or maybe...?) 

What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

  • Fringe/Dig In
    At the Fringe this weekend saw "La Vie, L'Amour," "Stairway to Kevin," "We May Very Well Be Sued," "The Beast, The Lady, and the Sanguine Man" and "Menagerie Macabre." The lines were sometimes long and confusing, but wow was the area abuzz with energy. Buying tickets in advance proved a really smart thing to do for the popular shows, but it sounds as if the five for the price of four thing was more trouble than it was worth. Highlights were definitely "The Beast, The Lady, and the Sanguine Man" and "Stairway to Kevin." Dig In was really fun, as usual. The lines didn't seem so long this year, except for the always-puzzling lengthy line for Joseph Ducuis. I also liked the lamb meatball but also Northside Social's chicken salad lettuce wraps and The Local's beautifully prepared offering. It's a great event with a very diverse crowd, considering it is not inexpensive to get in.
    • Diana Ross
      We saw Diana Ross At The Palladium. A two hour show would have been preferred over 90 minutes, but she can still deliver, it was a great show.
    • Fringe/Dig-IN
      Wished we'd have looked at the NUVO before going to some, but Dance Kaleidoscope and the guy with the penis named Linda were the highlights for us. Northside Social and Goose the Market were the best in show at Dig-IN. They should put those on the menu.
    • Keith Urban concert
      Keith Urban concert last Saturday night at Klipsch was terrific. Urban is tremendous musician and, unlike some of the other big name acts touring this summer, doesn't taking himself too seriously while on stage. He knows that he's the conductor of a Saturday night party. In support of this, Urban is the champion of weaving in covers into his concerts -- for instance, Saturday night, he offered up the following: Mellencamp's Authority Song (complete with Larry Crane on lead guitar); Bruno Mars' Locked Out of Heaven, Adele's Someone Like You, Tom Petty's Mary Jayne's Last Dance, and the Who's Won't Get Fooled Again. Plus, the opening act, Little Big Town, did a killer version of Fleetwood Mac's The Chain.
    • Fringe
      Really invigorated downtown...I will try to go more than 2 times next year..."De Sade" and "2 Mo%^#*(@ker's On a Ledge" were excellent offerings, and I enjoyed the NoExit offering as was my first time seeing any of Fringe...It was really an eye-opener...I have done theater my whole life, but with a few exceptions, I have done mostly popular mainstream shows, and have grown weary of that...I knew this was a whole different deal, but it really was fun and inspiring...a great year, I will try to see a lot more.
    • what treats!
      had seen DK at the palladium so didn't see again. know was great. thought Monkey house and Fruit flies outstanding-also enjoyed going, going, and the infidelity diet as well as the con.
    • Ms. Ross
      Overall a good show just a tad on the short side at 80 min with no intermission. While she still has it, I got the feeling that the song set list and the costumes have been the same since...well, the 70's.

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