You-review-it Monday: Warhol and more

October 11, 2010
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It was opening weekend for the Andy Warhol show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art  and I took a preview look before moderating an interesting art and commerce panel there on Friday. I also caught Dance Kaleidoscope dancing to Broadway tunes at the IRT. More on both in upcoming columns or blogs (

What about you? Did you take in the new penguins and polar bears exhibition at the Children's Museum? Hear Midori with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra?

It's Monday. Consider this your office water cooler. Share what you saw this weekend.

Your thoughts?

  • Indiana Premiere Musical
    I saw the Indiana Premiere of the hit Off-Broadway musical, "I Love You Because" at Buck Creek Players. What a talented cast! Including pros like Angela Manlove, David Michael Cress, and Kate Ayers, this small cast of six really packed a lot of punch with this show which wowed audiences in NYC in 2007. It is so refreshing to see new material on Indianapolis stages.
  • Big Red!
    I saw the motion picture "Secretariat" - twice. It is a terrific film - I highly recommend it. Wonderful to see a movie touch audiences to the point where they are cheering and applauding the action on the screen!
  • Gallery Tour and Movie
    I strolled through the gallery tour in Broad Ripple Friday evening, and was especially impressed by the selections featured in Sigman. Saturday night we caught "Catfish" at the movies - a pop culture documentary.
  • young talent
    I saw "Frankenstein" at Ben Davis High School. I have been to various high schools' theatrical productions the past several years and we have a lot of talented youth!
  • Witch-o-saurous
    I just love the fact that the dinosaurs outside the Dinosphere at the Children's Museum are wearing witch's hats. Hysterical!
  • 2 shows, 1 radio show, 2 books
    There were at least THIRTEEN performance art shows that I wanted to see last weekend, but I haven't finished blogging about the two I saw the previous weekend, and plus I wasn't feeling well physically, so I limited myself to just two more:

    On Friday night, I went to see a friend in a church fundraiser production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." The friend invited me to see it just for fun, not to review, so I am only going to say that I did have fun and that it was a treat to see my friend in a show for the first time. However, icing was seeing/hearing Indianapolis Civic Theatre regulars Tobin Strader and Paul Nicely, who were also in the show.

    On Saturday night, I enjoyed all of the five Indiana tellers in Storytelling Arts of Indiana's "Disquieting Tales" event for adults on Saturday night at the Indiana History Center. More about them on my own blog soon.

    On the way home from that event, I happened to listen to a "Moth" personal storytelling program on NPR and was moved to tears by one of the stories. I wish I could go to the "Jabberwocky" event at the Indy Fringe Theatre this Tuesday night to hear more Moth-like stories. I think the theme this month is stories related to teachers and teaching.

    I read two novels:

    Savages, by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster 2010), is about two young and successful marijuana growers in California who try to resist being taken over by a Mexican drug cartel. The Mexicans kidnap the boys' shared girlfriend and threaten very believably to saw off her head. This fast-paced adventure is not a book for the faint of heart, but among all the cursing and violence and sex and nail-biting drama it is layered with good food for thought. I admired the author's strong voice once he stopped cursing at me directly. I think this book will appeal to fans of Chuck Pahlniuk (Fight Club, etc.) and to fans of Quentin Tarentino's movies.

    Ape House, by Sara Gruen (Spiegel & Grau 2010) is about a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer who is sent to interview a woman who works with a family of bonobos, or great apes, who can communicate with American Sign Language. The reporter loses his job about the same time someone bombs the apes' university home and steals them. Meanwhile the reporter's novelist wife gives up trying to sell her second novel and goes to Hollywood to try to fit in there. I loved this book because it was about the fascinating "hippie" ape family but also about various human families and about writers. Reading this made me want to read the author's first (I think) book, Water for Chocolate.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
    • and of course...
      ...I spelled Chuck Palahniuk's name wrong above. 'Sorry!

    • Water for Elephants
      Hey, Hope, Sara Gruen's other book is called "Water for Elephants," and I highly recommend it.

      No Indy art for me this weekend; I was in my hometown for my 15th class reunion. But a lot of people saw my alma mater's production of "Hairspray" and said it was great!
    • water, chocolate, elephants...
      Thanks, Laura, for the correction! Hah! That's what I get for trying to do "just one more thing" before I drop from exhaustion at the end of the day.

      I have not read Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, OR Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel, but I would like to read both some day!

      Hope Baugh
      Indy Theatre Habit

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