You-review-it Monday

August 16, 2010
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Perhaps you braved the head to visit the Indiana State Fair. (Read my dining review--and see the video, here.)

Or you might have, as I did, caugh Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's "American Classics" program.

Perhaps you just sat in the air conditioning with a good book. (My reading this weekend included two new ones by locals, Howard Caldwell's  "The Golden Age of Indianapolis Theaters" and, in marked contrast, Sam Stall's  "Night of the Living Trekkies.")

Whatever the case, let us know what you saw, did or otherwise experienced this weekend.

Your thoughts

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  • The Other Guys
    Went to go see the new Will Ferrell movie, The Other Guys and it was absolutely HYSTERICAL!!! WE laughed so hard, our sides hurt the rest of the evening. I have to go see it again as there are SO many great on-liners in it....you can't get them all! Highly recommended and will definitely have to own it when it comes out on DVD!!
  • Pilgrim
    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Truly an Epic of Epic Epicness. Helps if you like Michael Cera as an actor and have played some videogames.
  • Hype
    Do not understand the hubbub around Inception. Lots of people shooting lots of guns and consistently missing their targets. Way overrated.
  • MJ Tribute
    Went to Symphony on the Prairie Friday night for the Michael Jackson tribute show. After a 30-minute lightning-in-the-area delay (during which we all just sat there, anyway), we got 90 minutes of fun music. The only weird part was the encore choice --- "We Are The World" isn't exactly the most peppy number to leave on.
  • Bluegrass in Broad Ripple
    Went to the Monon Food Co. (across from BR Brewpub) in Broad Ripple to hear the Old Fair & Square Band play. They were great, as always, but the surprise was the great sound - the owners have put in a nice sound system so you can hear the band both inside and out on the deck. Besides the fish tacos, another reason to love MFC!
  • Selena Gomez
    We took our daughter to see Selena yesterday and were able to meet her backstage as well. She was incredibly nice and willing to see a large number of people even though she was on a very tight schedule. She also toughed it out in the hot, humid Indiana sun and played more than planned on her original set list. Indy was also the biggest sold out she she had done. Great job in getting her here, Live-360!
  • Meteor Shower
    Tried out the Meteor Shower viewing party at the IMA's 100 Acres Park. They had music planned to coordinate with the shooting stars. Although it was neat to see the park after dark, there is TOO MUCH light in Indianapolis to see the meteors. Would have been a fun event, but the people of Indy need to learn to start shielding their outdoor lights, or better yet, turn them off, so the next viewing party can be a success!
  • Lake Cumberland Raft Up
    We joined 1653 other water craft in the Lake Cumberland Raft Up (www.lakecumberlandraftup.com) to break the Guiness Record of 1453, set in North Carolina. We had a fantastic time meeting other house boat and water craft owners as we floated around and enjoyed the hot Kentucky weather!
  • Books and Movies
    Lou, what did you think of the Caldwell book? I have it sitting on my desk to read as well.

    This weekend I continued reading Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem and saw Scott Pilgrim vs. the World....twice.
  • Summer of Love
    Headed to the Prairie to see APHC's Summer of Love show live. Really, really entertaining. There are a handful of men I could listen to talk regardless of what they say. One is our president. One is Garrison Keillor. Sara Watkins was great as well. I've decided I'm officially old for liking this show, but that's okay. It was a perfect summer evening outing.
  • Dance and Love
    Went to Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's American Classics- The Scarlet Letter was fabulous- Rachel Maryonovskaya is incredible. Sunday night headed over to Connor Prairie to see Prairie Home Companion.
    Garrison Keillor and company made for a fantastic night out with my youngest daughter who has been dying to see this show . I would agree with a previous person- I could listen to GK talk all night. Fred Neumann is a master! we are so lucky to have so many choices here in Indy!
  • Summer of Love Rated R for Repulsive
    NOT FOR ALL AGES!
    OUR GROUP OF 10 PEOPLE ALL WENT HOME MID SHOW AFTER GARRISON KEILLOR GRAPHICALLY EXPLAINED CONCEPTION AND BIRTHING TO OUR YOUNG FAMILY!
    THIS SHOW WAS FOR MATURE AUDIENCES WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN WARNED OF THE OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE AND THE SEXUAL SITUATIONS DISCUSSED IN MANY OF THE SONGS.

    THIS EVENT WAS BILLED AND TICKETS SOLD FOR "ALL AGES". GRANDMA, MOM, DAD, AUNT'S, UNCLE'S AND ALL THE YOUNG COUSINS AGE 4-12 ALL PLANNED FOR A GREAT NIGHT INSTEAD WE ENDED UP WITH A SOUR NOTE ON THE PRAIRIE.
    POOR! POOR! ISO FOR NOT WARNING THEIR LOYAL FAMILIES AS TO THE SEXUAL CONTENT IN THIS SHOW WE ARE VERY DISAPPOINTED AND WE HAVE LOST TRUST IN YOU AND YOUR TRUTH IN MARKETING BY ADVERTISING THIS EVENT FOR ALL AGES.

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