You-review-it Monday

January 16, 2011
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I really need your help here.

I'm on vacation, which means I missed everything in Indy last weekend.

So fill me--and the readers--in. What did you see, hear or do this weekend? Film Noir at the Indianapolis Museum of Art? The Harlem Globetrotters at Conseco Fieldhouse? A run down to the new IU Cinema for the David Lean fest?

What did I miss?

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  • helping Lou out :-)
    Well, let's see. This past weekend I wanted to fit in a performance of the Epilogue Players' community theatre "bonus show" because a) a friend was in it and b) it just sounded like fun, but the whole second weekend was sold out. I was happy for them, sad for me.

    I also wanted to see "Norway" at the Phoenix Theatre because I had been out of town when it opened. I heard that Friday night would be easier to get into than Saturday night, so that's when I went.

    Oh, my goodness, it is a heart-wrenching piece, beautifully performed! I agree with what you (Lou) said in your "Lou's Views" review: this is "a trio of well-cast, truth-focused actors..." I felt privileged to be present in the room where they were doing their thing, and privileged to be getting such an honest, vulnerable look into the characters themselves.

    I wish I could be two places at once next Saturday night when the playwright, Samuel D. Hunter, will be in town for a post-show discussion. I would love to see "Norway" again and then get to know the playwright a little.

    However, I would also like to hear and see again one of my favorite storytellers, Jim May, who will be sharing stories for adults next Saturday night at the Indiana History Center. I haven't gotten to hear Jim tell in several years, so I'm not sure, yet, what I'm going to do next weekend.

    Oh! Except that I do know I will be seeing "Last Night of Ballyhoo" at Civic. I am looking forward to that, too, even though I don't really know anything about that show. I confess that I like saying "Ballyhoo."

    I did go back to see "9 to 5: the Musical" a second time at Clowes Hall this past Saturday afternoon, and loved it even more. I will have more about my experience on my own blog tonight at the latest. (My review keeps getting longer and longer! Aggh!)

    Right now on my blog is a list of the 2011 Alex Award winners. The Alex is given to up to 10 books that were published for adults but which have potential appeal to teens. A lot of adults like to check out the Alex winners because they know they will be substantive but also fun to read.

    The 2011 Alex winners plus a "Vetted List" of 25 other good books that had been nominated for the 2011 Alex were announced at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in San Diego a week ago. I think I have mentioned here before that this was my fourth and final year serving on the Alex committee, but I didn't have time to write about this year's winners here last Monday.

    After four years of power-reading and reviewing hundreds of potential Alex winners is very odd to be free, now, to read whatever I want.

    Lou, I hope you and your family are having a great time, reading whatever you want on vacation. I'll look forward to reading as much you're willing to share about your time off when you get back.

    Okay, my dinner break is over. What did anyone else see, hear, or do this weekend?

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • little things
    After a Friday night of watching the German film 7 Dwarves via Netflix (skip it, everyone, donâ??t watch it) Saturday held a lot of promise after a 3 hour block of watching Campus PD: Seeing Liz Janes play selections from her Say Goodbye album at Luna Music Uptown. In-stores are always a great way to get inside of songs, be within arms length of the performer, and share an experience with others willing to show support for music even when its for free. Her newer songs are more soulful than previous works and carry some hefty emotional weight - reoccurring topics of worth, placement in the universe, family and creation. I had $10 and picked up Asthmatic Kitty's Import/Export double-split 7". I only got one listen in but I am pleased with the artists selected to represent some of the better music being made in or originating from Indianapolis.

    Sunday, in preparation for the golden globes, was spent watching the Rabbit Hole; Iâ??m a big fan of forceful dramas and this one was at first a HUGE let down. The first hour is spent waiting for something to move you, waiting for someone to act like they arenâ??t acting (comes off so much like a stage work its insulting) then ... kablammo! The rest of the film is incredibly played. Each actor goes from reserved, anyone-could-play-this to perfectly-standing-out-in-the-story. Directed well and shot naturally, itâ??s really good, but not great.
    then I watched Ricky Gervais kill it on the golden globes.
  • The Palladium
    Attended a "tuning concert" by the Parker Quartet at the Palladium on Wed.-- a great opportunity to see this wonderful concert hall without the crowds that the grand opening promises to bring. Wow. I mean, wow! Very interesting to see the acousticians adjust the glass "clouds" during the performance. There appears to be few "bad" seats in the concert hall -- even the balcony seats commanded a great view of the stage without one feeling that you're in the nose-bleed section. The upper box seats to the left and right seem the least desirable. The Parker Quartet played interesting works, but I'd like to see them again when I'm not rubber-necking to gawk at the concert hall accoutrements. Run, don't walk, to get tickets to the pre-grand opening events -- and anything else that strikes your fancy.

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