You-review-it Monday: Film fest and more

July 19, 2010
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For me, the weekend included a trip to Conner Prairie for a science fiction Symphony on the Prairie program, quality time at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where the Indianapolis International Film Festival is in full swing (for IBJ's reviews of just about all of the features, click www.ibj.com/arts), and a trek through the cultural booths at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration.

How about you? Did you get to any of the above? Or did you join the curious at "Inception," catch the Brooks & Dunn concert at Verizon Wireless Music Center, or find some other A&E statisfaction.

Share your weekend arts experiences here.

Your thoughts? 

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  • Film Fest and White Rabbit
    Attended the Indianapolis International Film Festival with my all-access pass. Saw "Snake Hunters"/"LaPorte, Indiana" and "Dirty Mind" on Saturday, and "A NY Thing" on Sunday. About seven other screenings circled in my program for the week ahead. And now I can't wait to check out 100 Acres after seeing the promos at the IMA all weekend.
    Also checked out White Rabbit in Fountain Square for "Balkan Beats" with DJ Kyle Long, a Cultural Cannibals event. Definitely looking forward to more international music from them. Their site says 200+ people were there in the smallish space across from Radio Radio, and my friends and I couldn't help but notice it was THE most diverse crowd I've ever seen in Indy in every way. Also a great alternative to the Broad Ripple/South Meridian (downtown) bar experience for dancing/music.
  • Beam me up
    Disappointed when sci-fi night at Symphony on the Prairie was called due to storms, but did enjoy a lovely picnic beforehand. George Takei has a unique ability to hold my attention despite his conversational rambling. Sure wish the questions selected to represent the curiosities of the crowd would have been a bit less cliche. All said, you really can't beat the venue for a perfect summer evening. Looking forward to using my rain check before the 2010 season closes.
  • Rusted Root
    My wife and I took in the Rusted Root concert at White River Park. We decided to skip Umphrey's McGee and left the show at 8PM because we knew things would get bad after sunset. Unfortunately, we were right. We will not be going anywhere near downtown during next year's IBE.
  • a Full Weekend
    I started my weekend a little early with Lady GaGa on Thursday - it was a masterpiece! Such great sets for her 'Monster Ball' and of course her outfits were fittingly outrageous!!

    Next was Brooks & Dunn - long time fan, first time concert goer. The second opening act, Gary Allen, started the crowd going with a couple favorites everyone new. Then a short stage change and Brooks and Dunn were ready - or so I thought. I found their set was a bit scattered, like they didn't really know what was going on - then they did a couple slow songs in a row, not really the way to get the crowd into the music - but they closed with some faster favorites and the crowd went wild.

    Next, on to the Sci-Fi night at Conner Prairie - while it was disappointing to be cut short - what was heard was excellent - George Takei was a bit rambling and didn't make much sense at times, kinda seemed nervous - but rounded it out with some nice stories about some aspects of his career that many might not have known about. Too bad the rain came rolling in :( but can't wait to see another show - maybe they will have another Sci-Fi night next year!
  • Sci Fi
    After reading the above comments, I was glad I attended the symphony on Friday. Perfect weather and the symphony sounded wonderful. George Takei was a bit rambling but I found him entertaining. I loved War of the Worlds with a little narration from George, possibly my fave part of the evening.

    Saturday, attempted the Brewers Fest in Broad Ripple - we had won free tickets, but it was too hot, lines were too long, you couldn't see what brewers were in what tents, and then you had some rude people. After one sample each, we left. We had a much better time at Barcelona Tapas.

    Later that night I watched The Last Station on dvd - excellent movie with an excellent cast!
  • Still enjoying!
    Still enjoying the Indianapolis International Film Festival... day 5 of 10!!! Tonite is Wayman Tisdale documentary, for all us Pacer fans!
  • Inception
    Saw Inception. It was really excellent. Sorceror's Apprentice was better than I was expecting, but that's not saying much.
  • Last Rodeo
    Took the Wife to brooks and Dunn after work on Friday night. I am not a huge B&D fan, but have always liked their music. For their last tour, I was not impressed. Cheap stage show, lighting, and sound were all below par. The songs were good, as was the on stage banter. The opening act (Gary Allan) and his band were a joke IMO. Country love ballad singer with a band trying to be Megadeth. Lead guitarist in a KILT with a Motorhead t shirt on. Think major identity crisis. In all fairness...we saw Petty the previous Saturday, not even in the same league. Tom and the Heartbreakers were amazing, even at 150 per seat.

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