You-review-it...Tuesday

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?

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  • 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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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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