You-review-it Monday: Penrod, City Ballet, Playscape, etc.

September 9, 2013
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For me, the first big weekend of the arts season included meeting many of you at the Penrod Arts Fair and handing out hundreds of copies of the IBJ A&E Season Preview. (If you didn't get a hard copy, you can check it out electronically here.)

If you arrived late and I missed you, that's because I needed to scoot out in order to get to the Indianapolis City Ballet's annual benefit event featuring some of the top dancers on the planet. More on that later.

The weekend also included Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre's season-opening "Pippin" at the Center for the Performing Arts. 

Did you get to any of the above? Or did you take the smaller members of your household to experience the Children's Museum's Playscape upgrade? Maybe you gallery hopped for First Friday or bought some art at the Eiteljorg's annual Quest for the West.

What A&E did you experience over the weekend?

  • Music and Drink
    Penrod was great but there was a conspicuous lack of Indiana wineries and breweries. And local musical talent on the stages! We have much better bands than what I heard.....
    • Local Beer and Wine
      I was at Penrod yet again this year and saw the "Indiana Craft Beer Garden" with Flat 12 (who actually made a special brew for the Fair called Penrod 22 - tasty stuff), Upland and Thr3e Wise Men all is attendance and selling locally made beers. Great place to enjoy the fair by the way. I addition, I saw Easley Winery and Chateau Thomas there on the local wine front. Near as I can tell, the Fair had the best of what our local wine and beer makers produce. Sorry to hear that Juliana missed these offerings.
    • Ballet comments
      As always this was an excellent in its 5th year. The talent was outstanding with top-rated performers from the US and abroad. Suggestions for 2014: Omit any ballet done without music (it just doesn't work.) Tell the MC to spend less time talking, and tell him that Clowes is pronounced 'clues' - you could really tell he's not from around Indianapolis. Otherwise, great show. (Nice touch to have so many student dancers in the audience too.)
    • Friday Night Penrod Preview
      What a fantastic event! Organizers tell me it was sold out. The Friday night preview should be an annual tradition the night before the fair, for many years to come. Absolutely Indiana's Nicest Weekend! Everything was wonderful, the artists, food, local craft beer, wine, entertainment and company. Who wouldn't want to spend their evening on grounds of the IMA on a beautiful September evening? We will be back every year.
    • Penrod
      Penrod always impresses, I would like to see the addition of some misting fans if it's going to be hot.
    • Penrod Parking
      Kudos to organizers for a well run show. Despite the heat, we had a great time and really enjoyed the variety of artists. One thing I didn't enjoy, was the sign requesting tips on the Bus I rode in from the Velodrome. I'm not sure if that is a Penrod or Durham Bus issue but, it would be nice to see it fixed
      • Penrod Parking
        Rick, I am very glad to hear that you had a great time at the Penrod Arts Fair this past weekend. However, I am very sorry to hear that one of the bus drivers was seeking tips. As a heavily involved member of the Penrod Society, which plans the Arts Fair from top to bottom each year, I can assure you that Penrod did not, and does not, condone our contracted bus drivers seeking or accepting tips from our patrons. We will take corrective action to ensure that something like that does not happen again in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and for your support of the Arts Fair.

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