September 7, 2010
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Did you get your food and music fill at Rib America? Catch up on films at a theater near you?

For me, the weekend included a trip to the ball field, sans Cracker Jack, courtesy of Actors Theatre of Indiana's production of "Rounding Third." Plus a catch with my son at the IMA's 100 Acres Art & Nature Park. (Speaking of which, if you didn't see the PBS News Hour segment on the IMA, take a look here.)

And you? What did you hear, see or do this weekend?

  • Great Weekend at Ribfest
    We spent a good amount of time at the Rib America Festival this weekend. The music line up was fantastic, the weather was amazing, and of course the food was great as usual. We actually planned on getting some tickets for the Indians game, but after grabbing "dinner" at Ribfest, we decided to just stay there for a few hours. Great event, can't wait until next year!
  • Weekend Review
    Attended an "Iron Chef" competition in Bloomington. Winning the "Golden Spatula Award" for the second year in a row - Dave Tallent chef of the restaurant "Tallent" on the square in Bloomington. About $15,000 was raised for the Community Kitchen Food Pantry. Great Fun!
  • A book, a show, and an "away game"
    I read and loved baseball historian Joseph Wallace's first novel for adults, Diamond Ruby (Touchstone 2010.) It is about a girl with unusually long arms growing up in Brooklyn around 1920. She feels like a freak, but after most of her family dies from influenza, Ruby is able to take care of her two young nieces by pitching baseballs in a sideshow act on Coney Island. The supporting characters in the story include Babe Ruth, boxer Jack Dempsey, and a slew of creeps related to Prohibition.

    I didn't plan to read a baseball novel the same weekend I saw a baseball play, but it was fun that it worked out that way. I saw ATI's "Rounding Third" on another night from you, Lou, and enjoyed it very much. (Full review is up on my blog.)

    On Sunday I drove down to Bloomington to see "Grapes of Wrath" presented by the Cardinal Stage Company in the Waldron Auditorium. Oh. My. Goodness. This was worth the road trip! Two bad there is only one more weekend of performances.

    Speaking of only one more weekend, I wish I had time to see "Pure Prine" at the Phoenix again. I feel lucky to have seen it once, though.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

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