You-review-it Monday: What did I miss?

November 4, 2013
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I couldn't talk my daughter into rescheduling her wedding so that I could catch the first Spirit & Place events or the Patti LuPone concert at the Palladium.

So I'm calling on you to fill me in on what I missed in Indy over the weekend? 

Did you visit the Matisse show at the IMA? Hear Mario Venzago lead the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? Catch a Spirit & Place event?

Whatever your A&E experience, share a thought or two here.

  • IMA
    The IMA proved a perfect place to plan or weekend around, with a visit to the very entertaining Matisse show on Saturday and a trip on Sunday to the 100 Acres. Our dogs were more interested in the abundant squirrels than the new "signs" installation in the park, but our human contingent was very amused.
  • Patti LuPone
    Tons of stage presence and personality, but left at intermission becasue of HORRIBLE sound mix. Vocals were muddy and could not distinguish any of the 5 piece back up band when they all played at same time. A few weeks ago, Sutton Foster had little stage presence but fabulous sound mix.

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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.