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LOU'S VIEWS: At the Cabaret, Karen Irwin’s Janis Joplin tribute transcends

August 2, 2014
Lou Harry
Sans wig, sans period costumes, sans impersonation, Irwin found the beauty in Joplin's not-pretty styling, filtering it through her own persona and sensibilities. What emerged was a show celebrating two artists
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LOU'S VIEWS: Discovering a new festival—and new musicals—at Ball State

July 26, 2014
Lou Harry
Thanks to the Discovery New Musical Theatre Festival, an uphill climb for new tuners has gotten just a little bit easier. Not easy, mind you, just easier.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy International Film Fest 2014 flick picks

July 12, 2014
Lou Harry
Favorites this year include harrowing drama, amoral comedy, intense historical doc, and much more. Festival begins July 17.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A bang and a whimper end two trilogies

July 5, 2014
Lou Harry
Reviews of the final volumes of Ben H. Winters' end-of-the-world detective series "The Last Policeman" and Walter Wangerin Jr.'s "Dun Cow" books.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Feinstein and company raise funds, pay tribute

June 28, 2014
Lou Harry
The Feinstein initiative’s Great American Songbook Hall of Fame brings Johnny Mathis and Shirley Jones to the Palladium. Also honors Nat King Cole and Linda Ronstadt.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Neo-Impressionist show impresses at IMA

June 14, 2014
Lou Harry
They shimmer. And that's just the surface appeal of many of the works at this new exhibition.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Welcome to the ape house

May 31, 2014
Lou Harry
The zoo’s new orangutan house is ready for prime(mate) time. And visiting is addictive.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Beef & Boards banks on Disney

May 24, 2014
Lou Harry
Disney destroyed Broadway. Disney saved Broadway. You hear both sides.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Glick glass exhibition at IMA shimmers with variety

May 17, 2014
Lou Harry
When Dale Chihuly’s work is among the least interesting pieces on display, you know you’ve got a strong glass art show. Such is the case with Indianapolis Museum of Art’s “Masters of Contemporary Glass: Highlights from the Marilyn and Eugene Glick Collection.”
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LOU'S VIEWS: Children’s Museum brings 2,200-year-old statues to Indy

May 10, 2014
Lou Harry
Terra Cotta Warriors make rare U.S. appearance. Chinese treasures were commissioned by the first emperor of China.
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LOU's VIEWS: Print Newcomer pens poems, essays

April 19, 2014
Lou Harry
Since her first album in 1991, I’ve been listening to Carrie Newcomer sharing her musical reflections on the ordinary, lending her rich alto to songs less interested in stories than in moments.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Eskenazi Hospital's healthy dose of art

April 5, 2014
Lou Harry
Here’s just a sampling of the work found in its halls, lobbies and waiting rooms, making a visit worthwhile even if you are in perfect health.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The Cabaret at 5

March 29, 2014
Lou Harry
I’m not usually big on anniversary stories, but the fact that the Cabaret's creative gamble paid off—and that its first half-decade has brought so much pleasure—warrants a birthday shout out.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dramatically different plays

March 22, 2014
The IRT's "Other Dessert Cities" and Acting Up's "A Streetcar Named Desire" demonstrate how casting choices influence a play's impact.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dance Kaleidoscope explores undiscovered country (& western)

March 15, 2014
Lou Harry
Even saddled with distracting costumes, DK shines in country show. Highlights include choreographer Cynthia Pratt's "If I Needed You."
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LOU'S VIEW: A pair of trios with DK and the Phoenix

November 2, 2013
Lou Harry
Three choreographers make magic while three couples mine marital misery.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Civic Theatre's ‘Pippin’ lacks magic

September 14, 2013
Exceptional production values stand out from rest of an unfocused production. Fun added by brief 3D sequence.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Larger scope for Children's Museum's Playscape

September 7, 2013
Lou Harry
When an outstanding temporary exhibition opens, that’s cause for excitement. When a permanent exhibition gets an outstanding upgrade, that’s cause for celebration.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy Fringe for first-timers

August 17, 2013
Lou Harry
The annual summer event continues to grow even as it continues to baffle the uninitiated. Here's a guide to help you navigate
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LOU'S VIEWS: Arts no exception to Indy’s competitive streak

August 3, 2013
Lou Harry
Student singers, national authors, feature films and more square off here regularly. Could Indy be the competitive arts capital of the U.S.?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Where there's 'Smoke,' there's fervor

July 13, 2013
Lou Harry
Gospel musical "Smoke on the Mountain" once again a dinner-theater highlight.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In two recent novels, a cop copes with apocalypse

July 6, 2013
Lou Harry
"The Last Policeman" and "Countdown City," by Butler U.'s Ben H. Winters, both provide page-turning pleasures.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The Once and Farcical King rules in tuneful 'Spamalot'

June 22, 2013
Lou Harry
The extremely silly musical, based on 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail,' gets an extremely satisfying local production.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In with the old as Conner Prairie adds to its offerings

June 8, 2013
Lou Harry
At the living history museum, new activities are mixed with old favorites—including the grand game of Rounders
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LOU'S VIEWS: Civic's 'Into the Woods' explores what's after ‘happily ever after’

May 11, 2013
Lou Harry
Plus thoughts on NoExit Performance's world premiere of David Hoppe's 'Our Experiences During the First Days of Alligators' in Garfield Park
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

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  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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