You-review-it Monday: Bands of America, Blue Man Group, etc.

November 15, 2010
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With Bands of America's Gradn national Championship hitting full musical blast at Lucas Oil Stadium, Blue Man Group doing its thing at Clowes Hall, Spirit & Place and the Ann Katz Festival of Books going strong, and Bugs Bunny joining the ISO, there were lots of choices this weekend. 

Me, I caught the finals of the first and the last peformance of the second. And while some out-of-my-control elements forced me to cancel my date with Bugs and company, I did make it out to the Noises open-mic at the White Rabbit Cabaret in Fountain Square (to listen, not to sing). 

More on all of those here or in the print IBJ. In the meantime, what did you do, see, or hear this weekend? When you weren't celebrating a Colts victory, of course.

Your thoughts?

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  • Blue Man Group
    Having not seen them since they were two guys doing their "thing" down in DisneyWorld many years ago I was sort of surprised they had a whole show to themselves. I found it to be entertaining but overpriced.
  • Phenominal bands and play
    Fourth time seeing the semi-finals of the band competition - always a great time! Yeah for Avon!

    Also, saw My Name is Asher Lev at the Phoenix Theatre. Wonderful script and excellent performances. Lighting was terrific. I heard they are almost sold out, so try to get tickets, if you can.
  • Love the ISO!
    We loved Bugs Bunny at the ISO. The conductor was wonderful and it was a great treat to watch the musicians playing in real time with the cartoons. A fun change!
  • Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
    Color me a skeptic....Bugs Bunny at the Smyphony? I've never been a fan of cartoons, but I was intrigued as to how this show was going to be presented. To my surprise and delight it was very entertaining. Once again, our very talented symphony was exceptional!
  • Spirited Chase
    Had a great time on Saturday participating in the Spirited Chase. Loved hearing the history of the City Market and our visit to The Best Chocolate in Town. The Winter Market was another amazing stop. Big thanks to Second Helpings for a delicious lunch and an even bigger thanks to Congregation Beth-El Zedeck for AMAZING treats. Just a wonderful event all the way around. After a long day of eating, took a quick break before dinner at Napolese. Water and workouts for me this week!
  • BUGS @ ISO
    My grandson (age 11) was a little suspicious about going to the symphony until we arrived and he saw Bugs. He had the best time - and was fascinated with the conductor. Great exposure for kids to a wonderful symphony orchestra and a wonderful show!
  • BOA
    Bands of America was awesome! Only got to see finals. Brentwood High School Marching Band (Brentwood, TN) was great! Not many got to see their show, however.
  • The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
    I spent the weekend running sound for the hilarious production of John Bishop's THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 at the Oaklandon Civic Theatre (www.oaklandoncivictheatre.org). I also directed the piece. Two performances remain this Friday and Saturday, November 19 & 20, at 8PM. Join us!
  • Camped out at Clowes
    I helped to usher both shows of Blue Man Group at Clowes on Saturday --- sold out for both! Great fun and just an incredible amount of paper, confetti, and cereal bits to clean up at the end.
  • catching up
    the wife thought that we should watch all of the Harry Potter movies, in order, before the release of the final two. we've gotten through the first 3 (#2 is loooooong) but had to break up our time on the couch with a trip to H20 to try some of the new *cooked* menu items. yum.

    & it was my understanding that BMG started in NYC, not at Disney. they're a little too creative and subversive for the Maus.
  • BLUE MAN GROUP
    I TOOK MY THREE GRANDCHILDREN TO SEE THEM. THEY ARE 15,14,13 AND 8. THEY ALL LOVED IT. FOR ONCE THERE IS A FAMILY SHOW WITHOUT FILTHY LANGUAGE THAT APPEALED TO ALL AGES. MY 13 YEAR OLD DRUMMER WAS REALLY IMPRESSED. YES IT WAS PRICY BUT I TOLD THEM IT WAS PART OF THEIR CHRISTMAS. GREAT WAY TO SPEND TIME WITH THEM. THE PARKING UP THERE IS TERRIBLE.
    • grandchildren
      no, i have 4 grandchildren
    • Bands of America
      As a former marching band member and BOA Grand Nationals participant, I was excited to see the Finals competition on Saturday evening. It did not disappoint. I think it is wonderful that so many young people are involved with marching band. There is much to learn about dedication, camraderie, and leadership. Those life skills are priceless. And how wonderful that my high school alma mater (in addition to 4 Indy-area schools) made finals! I felt very proud.
    • looking back from Wednesday
      I enjoyed Q Artistry's production of "Perry Haughter and the Magical Musical last Saturday night.

      This "Q-munity" spoof features some of the Q's regular, professional performers plus some experienced members of the larger Indianapolis community theatre world. It also incorporates several newcomers to community theatre, including a group of IRRESISTABLE "home elves."

      This show's quality (especially the sound quality) is not as consistently high as in past Q artistry productions such as "Cabaret Poe," but the show nonetheless makes for a family-friendly, zany-fun evening at the theatre, especially if you are also looking forward to seeing the newest Harry Potter flick (no relation to Perry - hah!) in the movie theatres this coming weekend.

      "Perry Haughter" only runs through this coming weekend.

      Also...

      My preference is always for live performance art but last weekend I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit to see the world premiere of a documentary called "Talbott Street 1980-1986." It was shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of the 2010 LGBT Film Festival. It was written, directed, and narrated by Kent J. Harry, the then-owner of the Talbott Street nightclub/theatre here in Indy.

      I enjoyed the movie, but even more I enjoyed hearing Kent tell in person, after the screening, some of the stories that didn't make it into the film. The experience whetted my appetite for more Indy performance art history.

      After that I stayed for the second documentary, something called "The Adonis Factor." I didn't know anything about this film going in, but I figured I would do what the IMA's Toby Theatre blurb says and "be culturally adventurous." And after all, I had already paid my eight bucks.

      I can't remember who directed or wrote "The Adonis Factor" but it was an eye-opening experience for me. It discussed the various ways that men these days, especially gay men, suffer from pressures related to body image. The director interviewed several men and shared their stories. I had no idea there were so many subcategories among gay men or that they could be so mean to each other when the larger world is already so mean.

      But who am I to judge other people's judgmentalness? I have a long way to go in terms of compassion and seeing past physical appearances, myself.

      Anyway, "The Adonis Factor" gave me a lot to think about.

      Now I am trying to decide which holiday shows to see. Indianapolis has a wealth of choices, as usual!

      Hope Baugh
      Indy Theatre Habit

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