You-review-it Monday

September 14, 2009
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I'm still a little breathless from the Indianapolis City Ballet benefit. I can't recall the last time I was compelled to give a standing ovation in the middle of a performance.

I'll write more about it this week, but I'll just say for now that the bar for dance in this town has just been raised through the roof. A stunning evening.

I also spent Saturday morning at Penrod and enjoyed meeting so many IBJ readers--and future IBJ readers. It was a perfect fest day and a good-sized crowd, especially considering the number of alternative events being offered on the 12th.

In between, I had a chance to stop in at Indianapolis Opera's Operapalooza, hear some lovely music, and take the stage for some opera-ish trivia. (What was the name of Queen's 4th album?) It was also a chance to walk through IO's new home, the Basile Opera Center, and I'm looking forward to many a performance there once renovations are complete.

Plus, this weekend, I started screening Heartland Film Festival films for our annual Best of the Fest feature. I can't give you any details on those until after the lineup is officially announced. But I will say that, for me, it's already off to a positive start.

Your thoughts? What did you see, hear or read this weekend?

  • I went to "Evita" at Indianapolis Civic Sunday and enjoyed every aspect of the show.Just a very well done production with powerful voices that didn't disappoint.
  • I, too, attended Penrod. It was a beautiful day for it. The crowd was noticeably smaller than the last few years.

    I was disappointed to see 13 non arts organizations (who were not fair sponsors) with booths at this Art Fair. All fine organizations I'm sure but Penrod isn't the place for them and it made it seem like every other town festival or street fair, not one solely focused on artists and arts organizations.
  • We attended the Opening Night concert of U2's 360 Tour on Saturday Night at Soldier Field. It was awesome. They played approximately 22 songs to a sold out crowd. The evening weather was perfect which made it all that more enjoyable. The stage is huge. It resembles a large spider and is set out from the end zone allowing a significant amount of general admission ticket holders to get right next to the stage. The band is as tight as ever and the show is as tight as if it had been performed 100's of times. It's a shame that Indianapolis is not on the schedule YET. A must see if it comes here.
  • I'm surprised that IBJ is not giving any report to one of the news-breaking stories of the week -that of Eli Lilly's job restructuring! If IBJ doesn't deem this as newsworthy, then I don't know what IBJ is trying to cover!
  • Nice to see you at Penrod, L.H.! It was the most gorgeous Penrod in memory...and I saw a lot of purchased art walking by. Then we headed to LCHS for a marching band competition...go Cathedral 'Pride of the Irish'! What a beautiful night for marching band, amongst the fireflys of late Indiana summer...

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.