You-review-it Monday

April 11, 2011
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The weekend, for me, was anchored with a trip to Bloomington to see IU Opera's world premiere production of "Vincent." I'll have more to say about it in an upcoming column. I also spent some front-porch time finishing reading Simon Callow's "On Being an Actor," a 25-year-old book that's as insightful now as when it was written. (Don't know Callow? He's the stage vet best known to moviegoers for his performances in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Shakespeare in Love.")

Oh, and Friday morning called me to the Thornton Dial symposium at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. While some was heavily academic (there are only so many times a layperson can hear phrases like "ontological totality" without shutting down), much of the rest was insightful and interesting. I wish other obligations didn't keep me from being there the entire day. 

What about you? Did you get to the Joffrey Ballet at Clowes? See storyteller Beth Horner? Join Tchaikovsky for a night with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra?

What did you hear, see or otherwise experience this weekend?

  • Vinyl Cafe
    Stuart McLean at the Hilbert Theatre was fantastic, as were his musical acts Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet. Mr. McLean does not tour often, especially in the US, so we were so happy to enjoy his show. The audience ate it up.
  • Over the Weekend
    I took my grandson to see Soul Surfer - outstanding! Very uplifiting story of courage and faith!
  • Over the Weekend
    I took my grandson to see Born to be Wild at the Indiana State Museum IMAX theater. Outstanding! Entertaining and educational and fun for all ages.
  • Fun weekend
    We started the weekend off by seeing I Hate Hamlet at Carmel Community Players. It was a fun show and the two male leads were outstanding. The show closed this weekend - but their upcoming shows look like fun as well. Next - on Saturday we took in the remake of Arthur - which was unexpectedly fun. We found Russel Brand to have great depth of character and Helen Mirran was as excellent as we anticipated she would be.
    Finished the weekend out by visiting the IMA 100 Acreas area. It was our first visit - and surely not our last. I will look forward to visiting again when the grounds are a bit greener - but we were delighted by the sculptures found there as well as the intriguing spaces created. It's apparently a favorite fishing hole for many as well - as there were quiet a few poles being dipped around the lake. A wonderful arts filled weekend.
  • Vincent
    I traveled to Bloomington on Saturday evening to see the second performance of "Vincent". I thought the production design was beautiful using a few set pieces but mostly a colorful and and imaginative use of projections; the music was okay but we didn't leave the MAC humming any tunes. If anybody's thinking about attending, the drive is well worthwhile. I'm looking forward to reading Lou's assessment.

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