You-review-it Monday: Civil War at Conner Prairie and more

June 26, 2011
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For me, the weekend included a trip to Conner Prairie to check out the new Civil War interactives. More on those in my upcoming column.

I also finished reading E. L. Doctorow's "Reporting the Universe," a slender book of essays from 2003 about literature and religion that I didn't know about until I found it in a used book store last week.

"Whitman when he walked the streets of New York loved everything he saw..." writes Doctorow of the famed poet. "...he could carry it all, the whole city, and attend like a nurse to its illnesses but like a lover to its fair face. And so must we."

Inspiring, thought-provoking stuff.

I also have been chipping away at screening as many Indianapolis International Film Festival movies as I can, the better to offer a recommendation list prior to the July event.

And you?

What did you see, hear or do this weekend on the A&E front?

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  • Avenue Q
    I saw Avenue Q at the Phoenix this weekend and it was Outstanding! The cast, crew and band should be quite proud of themselves. Especially amazing were the costume changes - lightning quick costume changes for the puppets! The unsung delight of the show is the Phoenix intern Macy. She assists in the handling of several puppets and she is so into her/their character - she knows all the dialog and lyrics and dances in tandem. It was fun just watching her. Good News - the Phoenix has extended the run for an extra weekend, so there's still time to catch the show. Keep in mind, though, it is definately targeted for an Adult audience.
  • A Few Good Men
    Went to Anderson's Mainstage Theater (oldest Amateur theater in the state...51 years and running) for a great production of "A Few Good Men". Kudos to all involved! Excellent, well acted and very well paced. 2 1/2 hour production that flew by.
  • ISO
    I went to the opening night of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Symphony on the Prairie season. The all-classical concert featured wonderful works by mostly American composers and, as always, played well by our own ISO.
  • The Monkees
    I attended Sunday night's performance by The Monkees and had a spectacular time. I was on my feet two hours cheering and singing along. They proved, once again, not only to be great entertainers, but also great musicians who are way underappreciated due to their fabricated beginnings. I had such a good I went up to South Bend for last night's performance. Sadly, the energy from the crowd there didn't match that in Indianapolis, but the guys and their wonderful back-up band still put on an excellent show.

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