You-review-it Monday

March 12, 2012
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For me, the weekend including an advance look at the "Steel Ponies" show at the Eiteljorg prior to a weekend away from most A&E (except for a chance to finish reading Dan Barden's new novel, "The Next Right Thing." More of both soon.

And you? Did you catch Lisa Lampanelli at the Egyptian Room. or Indianapolis Opera celebrating the movies? What about storyteller Bill Harley or Soweto Gospel?

What did you do this weekend on the A&E front? 

  • Very Legally Blonde
    Have been to many Beef 'N' Board presentations. this one is the best I have seen. The music was great, the dancing was good, the singing was impressive, and the movements on stage coordinated perfectly with the enjoyable music. Reminded me of an up-beat opera with its many key changes. Well done, BNB!!
  • opera goes to the movies
    amazingly interesting production. technical and artistic at their best.
  • Cycles, etc.
    The Steel Ponies exhibit is First Rate!! I was also able to catch the final performance of "August Osage County" at the Phoenix and it was better than first rate! Makes me wish Tracey Letts would write a "cycle" for the Weston Family!
  • Cheaters
    Went to a trivia competition at a local bar, and the "winners" all used their smartphones the whole night. Kinda took the fun out of using our brains.
  • Steel Ponies Opening Day
    Kudos to the Eiteljorg staff for putting together the awesome Steel Ponies exhibit! My 2005 documentary "Why Sturgis?" was well attended, as were the presentations and discussions with Mark Mederski (National Motorcycle Museum), Jim Yellowhawk (artist), Jean Davidson (of that "Harley-Davidson" brand you may have heard about), and White Wolf James (Eiteljorg staff member and curator of the exhibit).

    The carnival-like atmosphere was great with activities, artists and representatives from various motorcycle organizations.

    Exhibit runs for 5 months, and looking forward to the next special saturday event in April!
  • Appalachian Spring, Russian Summer, and a Denver Fall
    We had a very full A/E week starting on Friday, Mar 2 with Copeland's Appalachian Spring at the ISO. The performance started with Karl Blench's original prize-winning work Abstract No 1. Blench's work evoked a feeling of anxiety and felt like the soundtrack to a Hitchcock film.

    Tuesday, we caught the opening of Fiddler on the Roof at the Murat. Jonathan Preece portrayed Tevye with a quiet, subtle humor.

    Finally, we ended the week back at ISO for Rocky Mountain High: A Tribute to John Denver. Jim Curry's appearance and voice are both stunningly similar to John Denver and he performed Denver's music with passion and sincerity.

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