You-review-it Monday

December 6, 2009
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For me, this weekend included more movie screenings in order to better vote in the Indiana Film Critics Association awards (a new thing this year, which you'll be hearing more about). There's an embargo on commenting on some of these films until their release dates, but I'll be sharing thoughts as those hit.

I also participated in the Indiana Author Fair at the Indiana History Center and caught Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's "The Nutcracker." Add in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's "Yuletide Celebration" and a revisit to "A Muppet Christmas Carol" on TV and it's been a very full few days.

So what did you get to? Explore First Friday galleries? Catch "A Christmas Carol"? Visit with "The Fantastic Mr. Fox"?

Your thoughts?

  • "only" one show
    I stayed home nursing a cold for most of this past weekend, so I missed visiting storyteller Bil Lepp (drat!) and several holiday shows. (double drat!)

    I did get to see the opening of "Jewtopia" at Theatre on the Square on Friday night, but I am still processing that experience. I won't really know what I think about that show until I finish writing about it for my own blog.

    I can tell you that my friend (who happens to be Jewish) and I (who happen to be Christian) had a great time seeing it together. We both laughed a LOT. And I learned a LOT.

    I read a bunch this weekend, too - and told someone that I write about books sometimes here on "You Review It Monday!" - but I have to stop writing now and get ready to go to my day job.

    Maybe someone else will write about what they've been reading instead.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Striaght No Chaser
    In addition to participating in a holiday performance (Capital City Chorus' annual Holiday Harmony), I was able to sneak in the Straight No Chaser performance at The Murat on Saturday. It was a packed house (as all of the performances have been). The "band" was excellent. Anyone can tell that they truly enjoy what they are doing. A number of us in CCC are working on a road trip to Bloomington for their next performance in April.
  • Bill Lepp - I am still laughing
    We had a chance to see Bill Lepp on Saturday night, and I am still laughing.

    He sucks you in with a story which starts out reasonably enough, but the longer it goes on, the more outrageous it becomes, and the funnier it gets.

    We are hooked on good story tellers and are are looking forward Bill Harley's performance in January
  • Cinematic Kin
    We saw "Brothers" this weekend.
    Stellar performances by all the actors -particularly Tobey Maguire.
    There is a scene in a kitchen that will leave you wondering how far into one's soul a person must reach to summon so much rage.
    Very character-driven, with folks who never disappoint, including Sam Shepard and Mare Winningham.
  • Yay! New Storytelling Fans!
    Lorraine, I am DELIGHTED that you guys enjoyed Bil Lepp's storytelling last weekend. I first heard Bil tell at the "National" Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, a few years ago, and have enjoyed his tall tales more than once here in Indy, too. Is he a hoot or what!

    I am looking forward to hearing Bill Harley tell again, too, at the Indiana History Center on Saturday evening, January 9. He is funny, too, but in a different way.

    Maybe I will see you there!

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Butler Nutcracker
    I attended the Butler Ballet's Nutcracker. There are three elements that MUST be present in any Nutcracker performance to make it "right" to my mother and me. First, the tree in Act 1 must grow. The growing tree is equivalent to building the barricades in Les Miz - a spectacular moment when the scenery grabs your attention and tells the story on its own. Second, the Gingerbread mother and her children under the skirt must be in Act II (they can call the character anything, but there has to be a ton of kids under than giant dress!) And Finally, the sleigh with Clara must fly at the end. Butler Ballet hit the mark with all of these elements.

    Nutcracker is also one of the rare ballets where minor imperfection is not only acceptable, but expected. Part of the magic is in seeing unpolished students getting their first opportunity at a major production. There were very few moments of imperfection and the majority of the evening was absolutely flawless.

    The only problem with the show was not the dancers, but the audience. Sitting in the 10th row, we had not less than 25 people show up late in front of us, blocking the aisles and disrupting the performance. The entire opening scene as guests arrived was blocked by people walking in and finding their seats.

    Still, despite the annoyance during the start of the performance, but the end of the night, we were delighted.

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