You-review-it Tuesday: WARMfest, the new Playscape, and more

September 3, 2013
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For me, the weekend included exploring the Children's Museum's Playscape overhaul/expansion, catching Beef & Boards' "Father of the Bride," and supervising the Fringe encore double feature with Three Dollar Bill Comedy. Alas, an at-home illness kept me away from WARMfest and other Labor Day weekend events.

I'll write about Playscape in my next column. But how about filling me in on what you did?

Did you get to Broad Ripple Park? Trek to Noblesville for Mumford & Sons or the faux Beatles concert closing the season at Symphony on the Prairie? Something else?

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

  • Telluride
    Hey Lou, I was out in Telluride, CO this weekend for the 40th Annual Telluride Film Festival and caught a bunch of flicks. Managed to see Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Nebraska, All is Lost, 12 Years a Slave, The Invisble Woman, The Past, The Lunchbox, Gravity, Prisoners and Tim's Verneer. I'd say we are in for a busy awards season w/ 12 Years leading the way. Also, make sure you seek out Tim's Vermeer. Great documentary from Penn & Teller!
    • Telluride
      Chris: Inside Llewyn Davis is at the top of my must-see list. Dare I ask how you liked it?--Lou
      • WARM fest
        WARM fest was terrific, particularly impressive for a first time event. It was a bummer about Saturday but Sunday was great and Monday was one of the best days of music I've ever experienced with Trombone Shorty, G. Love and Michael Franti. I hope they pulled enough in to make this an annual event - would be wonderful to have a signature music festival as big as Forecastle (Louisville) at home.
      • The Amazing Warmfest
        I think they did an amazing job on the inaugural year of the fest. I hope they bring it again net year.
      • WARM fest
        Let this be the first of many years. Great festival, great spirit. Normally I would have to leave town to find such a grand music festival. Franti really knocked it out of the park last night. All of the musicians did an amazing job in that heat. Well Done!
      • Inside Llewyn Davis
        Well when you start with a show from the Punch Brothers and T. Bone Burnett is there to talk about the music, it's pretty special...and the film is too. It's a Coen Brothers so expect to do a bit of thinking, but it's a great film. Oscar Issac is wonderful & John Goodman could very well get a supporting nod for his small, but well acted role. Def check it out. My only dud for the festival, and I am in the minority from what I could tell, was Gravity. Just didn't do anything for me.
      • Classical Mystery Tour-Symphony on the Prairie
        Attended the Sunday night show and it was fantastic! This group has 12 muscians who rotate out for Beatles tribute concerts (no symphony was there.) They seemed to enjoy entertaining us. It was huge crowd due to rain checks being issued for the Fri & Sat shows. The coordination of everything from starting timely, friendly security, and especially traffic management was handled very professionally. So nice for a venue to still let you bring the tailgating (even wine/beer, etc.) to the lawn. (They were even selling beers if you can believe it, for $2.00 a can!!!) All ages were represented and seemed to equally enjoy it. I cannot think of another musical group that has so many songs that so many people know all the words to. Hope they return next year. Definitely a magical time that brought back many memories!!
      • Playscape
        We braved the crowds Sunday to visit the new Playscape (we'd missed the members-only hour Saturday morning due to our timed tickets for Star Wars at the State Museum, also terrific), and it is amazing! My 2 year-old daughter loved it and only really scratched the surface of all the things she can do there. I'm anticipating many, many hours of fun there. It's really pretty great.
      • warmfest
        Warmfest was impressive in scale and delivery: it really didnt need 5 stages and the line up could have had more contemporary draws but overall it was pretty much what you would want from a fest in a park = beer within walking distance, loosely concentrated areas for commerce and music, and a few clean portolets.

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