You-review-it Monday: The arts season begins

September 13, 2010
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So the art season is officially off and running and the choices were many.

For me, the weekend included a revisit to the Phoenix Theatre's "Pure Prine"--which looks like it will have a well-deserved afterlife in other cities. Details when they solidify. I also got a chance to say hello to many of you at the Penrod Art Fair before trekking over to the Murat Theatre for the Indianapolis City Ballet's "Evening with the Stars" benefit (more on that in the upcoming issue of IBJ).

Did I mention that it was a great weekend to be in Indy?

Plus, I started screening some Heartland Film Festival flicks (Sorry, can't tell you about any of those for now--the fest is in October).

And you? Did you get to any of the above? Or hit Greek Fest or French Market? Or get in on the ground floor of the International Violin Competition? Or witness concerts at Clowes or White River State Park? Perhaps you journeyed to Bloomington for the final weekend of Cardinal Stages' "The Grapes of Wrath" (I really regret missing that one).

What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

Your thoughts?

  • French Market
    When the rain abated, we headed to French Market. We loved it last year and couldn't wait to return. There was again a great variety and good quality of food offerings. The bands we lively and either ok or very good. The art was lacking, however. Last year, there were a number of artists and artisans, whereas, this year it was mostly booth after booth of junk plastic jewelry. We still enjoyed the festivities and hope it returns to its former caliber.

  • Wunderbar
    Was wonderful to have Oktoberfest back at German Park. The weather was beautiful, the crowds were great, bands lively - who could ask for anything more?
  • IBJ Arts Preview
    Lou, congratulations on the IBJ Arts & Entertainment Preview! Definitely the best printed arts preview guide this year from any local media. Easy to read, well designed, and I was thrilled to find some listings for events that I had not heard of yet. I'm actually going to keep this one as a reference. You and your team did an excellent job!
  • Penrod
    After the rain, we were able to attend Penrod for the sixth year in a row. While much of it is the same from year-to-year, we did meet several vendors who were new to the event. Good music and fun at the blues tent, too and always enjoy the wineries.
  • Perfect weather for Penrod
    After making it to the Zionsville Fall Festival parade which included some great 9/11 tributes and a bit of rain, we made it to Penrod in the afternoon and enjoyed the great weather. It was a bit muddy in areas, but a great setup, excellent food booths, and new artists such as D. Leigh Arts. We will be getting a beautiful ceramic baby announcement from her soon!
  • Movies & Set Construction
    Friday involved going to see The Kids are All Right. Very enjoyable.

    Saturday involved painting and building for Buck Creek's upcoming production of I Love You Because. It also involved a trek to Franklin to enjoy Gone with the Wind as the Artcraft.
  • What Penrod Artists had to say
    Nice review of the Arts in Indy. Really reminds me of what a great art town it is. Maybe some of your readers would be interested in the artists take on Penrod. At this link:
  • 3 shows, 3 books
    I saw "The Boy in the Basement" at White Rabbit, "Camelot" at Beef and Boards, and "Annie" at Civic. I enjoyed all three of these shows, but for very different reasons. More about them on my own blog now and in the next few days.

    I also read three books:

    1) Insatiable, by Meg Cabot (HarperCollins 2010) - To my surprise, I loved this! I have enjoyed several other books by this bestselling author but since they all seemed pretty similar in tone and romantic plot, I saw them as fairly reliable beach reads rather than fresh, substantive escapes, if that makes sense.

    However, this novel about Meena Harper, a New York soap opera writer who can sense how people will die, manages to both poke fun at the current fascination with vampires and seriously refer to Bram Stoker's classic Dracula novel. Even with her own special gift, Meena doesn't believe in vampires... until she meets one at a dinner party.

    Insatiable is funny, but not juvenile...steamy, but not crass... It is my favorite Meg Cabot novel for adults (she also writes for teens) so far.

    2) I Am Not a Serial Killer, by Dan Wells (TOR 2010) - Oh, my, this murder mystery/thriller is not for the squeamish, but at least you can't say you didn't know what you were getting into, because from the very first page the 15-year-old narrator shares his fascination with dead bodies. He lets you know, in detail, what he enjoys most about helping his mother and aunt work on dead bodies in their home mortuary business.

    Yet he also hastens to tell you about the rules that he follows to keep himself from becoming a serial killer. And when someone starts violently killing people in his small town, he goes to work to try to figure out who it is...and stop them.

    The book changes genre a bit in the middle, which is off-putting, but once you re-suspend your disbelief at that point, the story is off and running again.

    This is not normally my kind of book, but "I couldn't put it down" and it ended up being a very exciting, satisfying read.

    A friend called this novel "Dexter meets Six Feet Under" but since I have not seen or read the Dexter series, I'll just have to take her word for it.

    In any case, I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Mr. Monster, which just came out this month.

    3) Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History, by Jason Vuic (Hill and Wang 2010) - This conversational nonfiction book is packed with interesting details from the author's research. Ultimately it was too much info for me, and I ended up skimming the middle and only reading carefully the beginning and the end.

    However, I think that someone who likes to read about business and/or cars and/or the effect of world events on business would enjoy this.

    I did get a kick out of the Yugo jokes that preface each chapter.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Indy City Ballet
    I attended the Indianapolis City Ballet's "Evening With the Stars" gala event last Saturday, and I was completely blown away. Wow! Amazing. What a display of artistic beauty, elegance, grace and athleticism. How fortunate to have this event in Indianapolis. Hope it continues for years to come.

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