You-review-it Monday

August 1, 2010
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I was out of town for the week--which means you can expect an upcoming column to focus on books and CDs.

In the meantime, I'm counting on you to fill me in. What arts and entertainment encounters did you have this weekend? Tell me what I missed in Indy.

Your thoughts?

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  • great music
    Cara Jean Wahlers and Grover Parido's CD release party at the Indianapolis Art Center Saturday night was lovely. Beautiful music, beautiful night, beautiful setting. Wish there were more events there!
  • Matinee with The Kids
    Saw (and really enjoyed) The Kids Are All Right. Painful and extremely uncomfortable to watch in places, with really great comedic counterpoints. Watching Annette Bening parent her teens was like seeing a very unattractive reflection in the mirror. Oy. Straight. Gay. Single. Coupled. Being a mom is hard work.
  • Over the Weekend
    Saw the Sorcererâ??s Apprentice with Nicholas Cage. It was very good. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did and was greatly amused at the inclusion of the "cleaning up with mops" scene re-enacted from the animated Mickey Mouse version. Such fun!

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