Lou's Views

LOU'S VIEWS: 'Wicked Workshop' works across generations

October 20, 2012
Lou Harry
My take on the Children's Museum attraction, plus generation-jumping thoughts on Jonathan Groff at the Cabaret and DK’s Beatles celebration.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Picks from the Heartland

October 13, 2012
Lou Harry
Strong films at the upcoming Heartland Film Festival include a coming-of-age story and a documentary about dancing trucks. Among my favorites: "Starry, Starry Night."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Phoenix continues to rise

October 6, 2012
Lou Harry
New experiences are still what's important to the 30-year-old theater.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Lessons from Lotus

September 29, 2012
Lou Harry
With all the acts off to their next gigs, this space is better used discussing what we could learn from the Bloomington fest
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LOU'S VIEWS: Treetop adventure at Eagle Creek Park

September 8, 2012
Lou Harry
The new Go Ape course is an outstanding excuse to revisit Eagle Creek Park, one of the country's largest municipal parks.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Two fledgling arts companies take the stage

August 18, 2012
Lou Harry
Initial productions by Indianapolis Urban Theater and Dance Company and Vagabonds' Bridge Theatre Company inspire hope for the future.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Studio Vonnegut

August 11, 2012
Lou Harry
A new CD combines Kurt Vonnegut's voice with eclectic music with worthwhile results.
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LOU'S VIEWS: On heroes and villains

July 28, 2012
Lou Harry
Subject of superheroes isn't as playful as it was a short time ago.
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LOU'S VIEWS: When painters snap

July 21, 2012
Lou Harry
Indianapolis Museum of Art’s new ‘Snapshot’ exhibition examines the photography that inspired 7 artists. Plus, ‘Cabaret’ at the Athenaeum.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy International Film Fest favorites worth the weight

July 14, 2012
Lou Harry
A bodybuilder looking for love, high-wire walkers and super heroines are among my favorites at this year’s Indianapolis International Film Festival, set for July 19-29.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Gregory Hancock's 'Hunchback' is back

July 7, 2012
Lou Harry
Plus thoughts on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
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LOU'S VIEWS: Chicago second to none as theater town

June 23, 2012
Lou Harry
I love New York. But, frankly, there are more exciting offerings in the alleged "Second City"—including Lookingglass Theatre’s world-premiere “Eastland.”
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LOU'S VIEWS: A little something new on the Prairie

June 16, 2012
Lou Harry
I’ve been taking my kids and their pals to Conner Prairie for 15 years. But the most recent visit was the first time they wanted to spend the whole time in Prairietown.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Myth-busting the Indy arts scene

June 9, 2012
Lou Harry
The food at Beef & Boards is pretty good, all Vonnegut movie adaptations are not awful, and Jennie DeVoe doesn't play at every local festival.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Hot Wheels exhibition off track

June 2, 2012
Lou Harry
What you can’t do, alas, is the most fun thing about Hot Wheels: Create and test your own track layouts
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy Zoo's new 'Flights of Fancy' area soars

May 26, 2012
Lou Harry
What's new at the Zoo. Plus thoughts on "Forever Sung" and "Antigone."
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LOU'S VIEWS: In and out at the IMA

May 19, 2012
Lou Harry
Inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art, there's African art. Outside, there's "Oedipus at Colonus."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Special Oed

May 12, 2012
Lou Harry
Thoughts on 'Oedipus Rex' on the grounds of the IMA, Indianapolis Opera's excellent 'Faust,' and more.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Midwest vision quest

May 5, 2012
Lou Harry
Thoughts on "Art from the Heartland," Mike Birbiglia and moonlighting by the "Avenue Q" puppets.
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LOU'S VIEWS: No great Shakes

April 28, 2012
Lou Harry
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that, with limited resources, IUPUI’s Hoosier Bard Productions doesn’t make a masterpiece out of the most obscure of Shakespeare’s plays—one that may not even be Shakespeare’s play at all. To be sure, “The History of Cardenio” is an oddity.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Broadway beyond musicals

April 21, 2012
Lou Harry
Thoughts on 'One Man, Two Guvnors,' 'Other Desert Cities,' 'Peter and the Starcatcher' and more.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Live on Broadway it's ... Larry Bird?

April 14, 2012
Lou Harry
Often stilted, often hokey, and just as often charming, “Magic/Bird” is a Broadway oddball—a biographical drama without romance and without family conflict, but with an ample supply of game clips and a very mobile backboard.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Urban etchings reveal treasures

April 7, 2012
Lou Harry
This week: a small but strong show at the IMA, plus thoughts on the Humana Festival, A&E road trips, and some Disney magic.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Early Noel Coward play suddenly back in vogue

March 31, 2012
Lou Harry
"Fallen Angels” concerns a pair of London gal pals who have in common marriages in need of spark and a past hot-and-heavy relationship with the same man.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The art we leave behind

March 24, 2012
Lou Harry
At services for my daughter, there came an outpouring of support—much of it from the Indy arts community—that I can compare only to my first time looking out over the Grand Canyon.
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