You-review-it Monday

April 18, 2011
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For me, the weekend included a visit to the first Indiana Artisan Marketplace at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Vendors I spoke to were thrilled with the crowds.

There was also the Friday night opening reception for the Indianapolis Art Center's show celebrating the work of the last round of Creative Renewal Grant Recipients, the finals of the American Pianists Association Fellowship Awards, and the opening of the Indiana Landmarks Center (including a two-song set from John Mellencamp). More on the latter two in an upcoming column.

How about you? Did you get to any of the above? Or did you opt for a Night of Vonnegut, the Phoenix Theatre's "This," or Kronos Quartet at the Palladium?

Or something else.

Come on, spill it. What did you see, hear or otherwise experience over the weekend?

Your thoughts?

Oh, and there's still time to enter to win tickets to see the in-movie-theater screening of Broadway's "Memphis" (click here) or to catch Brett Dennan at the Vogue (click here).

  • Debby Boone
    OK...I'll admit it, I was not looking forward to this concert. But Debby's charm and talent won me over. Another magical evening at The Palladium. It was a moving tribute to her Mother in Law, Rosemary Clooney. Michael Feinstein introduced her, and you could feel the admiration he had for her (Debby's husband & Judge Judy officiated Michael's wedding to his long time partner Terrence). Indiana is lucking to have a Mayor like Jim Brainard that makes nights like these possible!
  • One more weekend of "This"
    I had SO MUCH FUN attending Broadway Across America's "Rock of Ages" at Clowes last Thursday night and then tweeting (@IndyTheatre) about it off and on all weekend. I agree with you, Lou, that it is, in spite of its weaknesses, a show with heart. I'm sad that it has already moved on to its next city. I will write about it more on my own blog soon as a souvenir for myself of a very fun evening.

    I also read the just-published final book in Jean Auel's "Earth Children" series. The first book in the series, The Clan of the Cave Bear, came out in 1980. None of the others have been as good as that first one, and the newest one, The Land of Painted Caves, is the most disappointing of them all. There is too much repetition, not enough new story, not enough growth in the characters, and not enough tying up of loose ends.

    However, I am glad that Jean Auel wrote it, and I am glad that I got to read it. In spite of all the blah-blah-blah, I still care about the characters in this series and I enjoy thinking about what it might have been like to live when they did, in prehistoric times. I still appreciate the author's careful and thorough research, too. I am sad that this was the last book in the series. In some ways for me it was like reading the last Harry Potter book.

    Speaking of "lasts"...I don't think this was the last weekend for "This" at the Phoenix Theatre. I think NEXT weekend is the last. I hope so, anyway - I would like to see it again!

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • My review
    Atlas Shrugged - not as much crowd as I expected, definitely will go to part 2, doubt it is going to have an exclusive showing in the White House.
  • Debby Boone
    I would agree that the Debby Boone concert was wonderful. The songs sung many years ago by her mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney were beautifully adapted and sung by Debby Boone, a very talented woman. It was also the second concert that I've attended at the Palladium where Michael Feinstein made a surprise appearance, the first being Marvin Hamlish. Seeing and hearing from Michael Feinstein is a great surprise for we Palladium ticket holders!
    First let me say I'm a season ticket holder to the Naptown Roller Girls. This is my Third Season to attend the bouts at Pepsi Coliseum. Saturday Double Header against Evansville was the most boring sporting event I've ever attended. NRG has grown so much in its 5 seasons. They have the best players, great fans, the Pepsi Coliseum works really well for these events. But, they suffer for very poor front office management. Naptown is a top team and the fans deserve to see the girls play other top teams in the league. Instead, too often this season, minor opponents lead to boring one side bouts like Saturdays. Lets all hope its growing pains, but there needs to be some major adjustment is the front office. Come on, no half time show for the past two events? Any please lets all agree that the announcers have overstayed their welcome. They were funny last season. Now we need someone at the mike who is more interested in what is going on on the track, not beer jokes and worse. I love the NRG, I'll buy the season ticket again. But please, think of your poor fans!
  • The Blues
    Acoustic Cafe ...Fountain Square Wheeler Center for the Arts, April 16...2 great singer songwriters, Amy Speace and the one of the world's great acoustic blues guitarists/singers Brooks Williams. Fantastic show...
  • John46220
    John - The NRG is good and I was at the match before this and will disagree about the half time show. I can't recall what it was but there was entertainment between the two matches.

    However I suggest that you travel up to the Forum at Fishers and support JUNIOR Roller Derby. It may not be to the level in play and atmosphere if the Pacers, Ice, Colts and so on but for $6 and a couple of hours, you will be entertained! The next bout is May 21st. I have a granddaughter that plays.

    LOU HARRY and John - Please Check out
  • "Win Win"
    I really enjoyed the movie"Win Win" that I won tickets for from you, as did my guest. I liked the story line. It was serious yet had some comedic lines, which made it even more enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone.
  • "Win Win"
    I really enjoyed the movie"Win Win" that I won tickets for from you, as did my guest. I liked the story line. It was serious yet had some comedic lines, which made it even more enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone.
  • "Win Win"
    I really enjoyed the movie"Win Win" that I won tickets for from you, as did my guest. I liked the story line. It was serious yet had some comedic lines, which made it even more enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone.

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