You-review-it Monday

December 14, 2009
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For me, the weekend included that rare visit from a touring symphony orchestra...in this case, playing the music from "Star Wars" at Conseco Fieldhouse. I'll discuss that event in an upcoming post. I also squeezed in a fair amount of reading in preperation for an upcoming column.

How about you? Did you listen to "Messiah"? Take the trip with the Civic folks to see the Ozian wizard? Watch a lot of holiday specials on TV?

Your thoughts?

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  • Star Wars in Concert
    It was great! Just the right amount of movie clips, music,lasers and Anthony Daniels!! Can't wait for the DVD!
  • Phoenix Xmas
    Took the annual pilgrimage to the Phoenix Xmas show. LOVED the little video vignettes and especially loved that the dismembered tree appeared to be part of the silent auction. Been the Phoenix show and Holiday Spectacular at Carmel High School, I've officially seen more tap dancing in two weeks than I have in 30 years.
  • Yuletide
    For several years now, my wife and I and our two boys went to the Yuletide performance. It was good as ever with one notable exception. They featured a look-alike of the late entertainer Liberace. And, while he did a nice impression, I thought it was rather schmaltzy and took away fromthe normally "high quality" entertainment I've always found so refreshing with this event.
  • Classical Christmas at the Scottish Rite Cathedral
    We attended the Classical Christmas performance Saturday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, conducted by Maestro Raymond Leppard. The music was marvelous and the choral presentation was beautiful. How fortunate we are in Indianapolis to have entertainment of this caliber available to us and presented in such an awe inspiring building. Bravo!
  • Liberace-ish
    David,
    For my thoughts on this year's "Yuletide Celebration," click here: www.ibj.com/arts
  • a book and two shows
    I read a hilarious memoir by Morman stand-up comic Elna Baker called...well, drat. It's a new book with a very long title and I already took it in to my day job to see if anyone else wants to read it. I'll have to get back to you on the title. (My home laptop is running too slowly for me to go check Amazon.)

    I went to see "The Wizard of Oz" at Civic Theatre Friday night. It was outstanding! A real treat. I could have done with less smoke or fog or whatever it was that blanketed the theatre from time to time, but other than that, I had a wonderful, wonderful evening filled with one theatrical delight after another.

    I also went to see "Jewtopia" again at Theatre on the Square on Sunday night. Partly this was because I really wanted to see a show but had to work at my day job in the afternoon and therefore missed Handel's "Messiah" at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and all of the afternoon shows in theatres around town. The TOTS show starts at 5pm on Sundays.

    But I also went because someone in the audience at Civic told me that one of the leads in "Jewtopia" had had to drop out. I was curious about who was replacing him.

    It was Christopher Hansen, the technical director at the Phoenix Theatre. Who knew he was such a cutie? Or such a good actor?

    I am still having writer's block about writing about "Jewtopia" in general, but I'm sure that will pass in a day or two. I hope.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Black Came Back
    Christmas isn't Christmas without attending the annual ISO Yuletide Celebration. Maureen McGovern provided a wonderful performance.
    Comedian Lewis Black came back to Indy last Saturday to present his sideways and self-deprecating style of comedic observations of the world. Love that guy.
  • title
    The book I mentioned earlier is called THE NEW YORK REGIONAL MORMON SINGLES HALLOWEEN DANCE: A MEMOIR.

    The author, Elna Baker, grew up fat, funny, and over-protected in a Mormon family that lived in Seattle, Spain, and London. Her parents wanted her to go to a Mormon university in Utah, but they reluctantly allowed her to study acting at a university in New York City instead. This book tells about her first few years in NYC.

    She loses a lot of weight, kisses a lot of men (but that's all), and tries to figure out what is "real" about her religious upbringing and what is not, all while writing and performing.

    I loved that her book was about many things. I.e. it is not just a faith-struggles book or a weight-struggles book or a figuring-out-my-sexuality-book or a coming-of-age book or any one thing.

    I also loved that when she dropped a bunch of weight, her life just became different, not necessarily better. Her sister was still prettier, for example.

    I also loved the book's tone: a cross between snarky and vulnerable.

    Not everyone I know loves this book, though. One friend hated that the author delights in being a liar, for example. I didn't like that part, either, but I thought the other parts made up for it.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

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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.

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