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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  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.