You-review-it Monday

February 1, 2010
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For me, the weekend included a trek to Cincy to see Playhouse in the Park's premiere of bestselling author Walter Mosley's "The Fall of Heaven" (based on his novel "The Tempest Tales"). I also ventured to Muncie, where Broadway star Sutton Foster was conducting master classes at Ball State...and stopped in at the closer-to-home Indianapolis Art Center for its new "Art from the Heartland" show.

More on all those in upcoming columns/blogs.

Saturday night I had the pleasure of hearing Straight No Chaser's Jerome Collins at the packed Encore Vocal Arts benefit at the Skyline Club. An impressive ad-hoc group of IU musicians--plus EVA's artistic director Chris Ludwa--provided strong musical support.

Catching all of that meant missing many more events, including Groovaloo at Clowes Hall, Peter Bogdanovich at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Art & Soul kick-off event at the Artsgarden.

Did you get to any of those? What else did you see, hear, read or otherwise experience this weekend?

Your thoughts?

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  • Movie, play
    Bogdanovich was somewhat entertaining, but he acted like he was about 125 years old. Jim Naramore was actually more lucid and informative. But "Touch of Evil" is such an entertaining and weird movie. Also saw "The Housewives of Mannheim," which was beautifully acted and staged. The play itself, though, sure lacked any subtlety or shading. Sometimes it was almost comical.
  • Great Show
    I caught the Groovaloos show on Saturday night. It was jam packed with excitment and a thrill a minute. No intermission was no problem, even at the end I didn't want to leave. The show was an acrobatic, surreal experience set to music. That I expected! What came as an unexpected joy was the passion and personal stories that made seamingly disconnected dance snippets form into an alluring, inspiring tale. Ultimately the show was awesome and an amazing feat for the eyes, heart, and soul! I would highly recommend Groovaloo to others in the future.
    • Touch of Evil
      We went to the IMA for Touch of Evil and Bogdanovich. Both were vastly enjoyable. Neither of us had seen the entire movie and seeing it on the "big screen" was a plus. I hope the IMA will do something similar again.
    • Groovaloo Rocked!
      Wow, what an amazing show! I had no idea what to expect and it blew me away. Super talented dancers and an amazing storyline. I COMPLETELY recommend this to anyone --- kids and adults alike. Go find it!!
    • Great Show
      Groovalover is spot on with his/her comment!
    • Surprising and lovely
      We also caught at the Indianapolis Art Center. There were some other shows going on that night and I was pleasantly surprised by the big crowd and the variety and quality of work on display.

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