You-review-it Tuesday: The 4th, Florence, etc.

July 5, 2011
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For me, the long weekend included the Florence + the Machine concert at the Lawn at White River State Park followed by a turn-and-face-the-other-direction view of the downtown fireworks.

Before that, it was quality time at the InConjunction science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention. There I had the honor of sharing the stage with Kevin Cole as charity auctioneers helping to raise money for the Indiana Literacy Association and One Laptop Per Child by selling such items as a pretty amazing handmade Captain America shield.

I also found the time for more movie screenings in preperation for my Indianapolis International Film Festival preview (see the July 11 IBJ).

Things I missed included Symphony on the Prairie's traditional patriotic show, "Camp Rock" at the Atheneum, the first Rock and Roll BBQ in the Victory Field Parking lot, and everything at the movies. So I'm counting on you to fill me in on those and more.

What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

Your thoughts?

  • Super 8
    I saw and enjoyed Super 8 this weekend. I thought it was a fast paced, exciting movie with a nice human backstory and good acting.
  • Chinglish
    Saw David Henry Hwang’s new work, “Chinglish,” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. This is a very funny, thought-provoking play about an American small-businessman trying to do business in China without knowing the language or the culture, and it should get a great reception when it goes to Broadway in the fall – the audience loved it. It’s the kind of smart entertainment that used to be more widespread than it is now. If you get the chance, be sure to see it, because it presents a real hurdle for regional companies: all of the actors but one are required to speak large chunks of dialogue in Mandarin (the surtitles are projected directly onto the amazingly imaginative set). Even one Australian character speaks fluent Mandarin. The play is hilarious and expertly performed, with Jennifer Lim a particular knockout.
  • Bad Teacher earns C
    Saw "Bad Teacher," which was in desperate need of a better editor. Some sections went on way too long, while more-intriguing plotlines were suddenly abandoned. Lucy Punch is hilarious, though. Rental at best.
  • Weekend
    Did several events this weekend. Stopped by the Rock and Roll BBQ on Friday night (should have waited until Sunday when the concert lineup was better). Food was overpriced, as expected. Saturday night was Symphony on the Prairie and that did not disappoint, except for the lightning that cut the concert short by one song. Carmel Fest and the music and food was great on Monday! Fun weekend overall.
  • Florence
    Saw Florence & the Machine. Sorry we didn't bump in to you there. Good concert, though a bit taken aback by the two arguments that broke out next to us.

    Walked along the canal to get home -- more crowded then I've ever seen it.

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