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For me, it was Tara Donovan at the IMA. And you?

April 4, 2010
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For me, the weekend included two trips to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to see the Tara Donovan exhibition. More on that in an upcoming column. I also watched a few films on DVD to prep for a trip to Nashville, TN, where I'll be serving on a jury for the Nashville Film Festival later this month.

And you? Did you get to one of the Final Four concerts on the Lawn at White River State Park? Hear some Classic Soul at the Athenaeum? Stay closer to home and catch up on movies? Watch Biblical epics on cable?

What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

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  • STP at White River
    I went to see Stone Temple Pilots at The Lawn at White River State Park. I was really disappointed.

    STP became popular while I was in high school. Although I haven't followed them much past high school, I decided it was a great night to attend an outdoor concert, and it was free, so why not.

    Scott Weiland clearly has not beat his addiction demons. He was slurring his words and most of the time making no sense in-between songs. Even the drummer seemed to start songs in the middle of Weiland's talking out of embarrassment or just to shut him up. I was really hoping that Scott was sober as has been reported in the past, but it's clear he is not. So sad.

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