You-review-it Monday

January 25, 2010
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Go Colts.

Clearly a certain playoff game dominated the entertainment offerings this weekend. But there was more going on and I hope you'll take a minute to post what you saw, heard or otherwise experienced this weekend.

For me, the weekend started with the Indiana Repertory Theatre's "Romeo and Juliet" (more on that in next week's print IBJ). I also caught up with "The Hurt Locker" on DVD (powerful stuff that is more a very tense mood piece then a narrative film) and read Robert Sikoryak's brilliantly oddball 2009 book "Masterpiece Comics," which morphs popular comic strip characters with great works of literature. The result is highlighted by a concise "Candide" as a series of Ziggy panels, Camus by way of Superman, and Blondie and Dagwood as Adam and Eve. Indiana's own Garfield is included...as a key player in "Dr. Faustus."

How about you?

And, even if you didn't leave the house, do ou have any thoughts on the pair of American Idolers who sang the National Anthem for the playoff games?

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  • Young Victoria
    We went to catch a film at the Keystone Arts Cinema, trying to decide between A Single Man and Young Victoria. We picked the latter, which turned out to be a very pretty, graceful film albeit without quite as much content or depth as I had expected. Certainly worth seeing at least once, though.
  • Hurt... So Good
    We, too, watched "The Hurt Locker." Twice. Excellent film. And I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that we also caught "Rocky" on HBO. You know, I have to say it's not a bad movie. It seems like many movies made in the 70's manage to get worse over time (although there are exceptions, like "Three Days of the Condor.") :)
  • Acoustic Cafe
    Indy's Acoustic Cafe welcomed folk singer/acoustic performer and songwriter Ellis Paul on Saturday, Jan 16th at the Wheeler Arts Center...Ellis is considered the best of the new wave of singer songwriters/acoustic performers. Considering the Colts kickoff was just 30 minutes after Ellis started performing, the crowd size was surprising (100 +), and Ellis did not disappoint, mixing in some older songs with most of the songs from his new album, "The Day After Everything Changed". Ellis even composed a song on the spot about Peyton Manning and the Manning family to commemorate the fact that he had been unlucky enough to be booked several months prior, only to find out upon arrival that the playoff game would probably affect the turnout. The performance was great, and despite playing two sets and an encore, I still saw most of the second half of the game. A great night. Barbara Higbie, and Indianapolis native and gifted musician will perform next in the series, Feb.13...Mark Butterfield hosts a great series...www.indyacousticcafeseries.com will get you to the web page where you can see the performers for the remainder of the season and buy tickets.

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