Lou's Views

LOU'S VIEWS: Playing catch-up with Indy stage productions

July 30, 2011
Lou Harry
Reports on shows by Actors Theatre of Indiana, the Phoenix, ComedySportz, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and more.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Spidey crashes, other Broadway shows soar

July 23, 2011
Lou Harry
Thoughts on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," "Catch Me If You Can," Shakespeare in the Park, and more.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Ife sculptures at IMA paint a thousand words

July 16, 2011
Lou Harry
I love a good creation story, and the Yoruba people of the ancient city of Ife, in what is now Nigeria, have a doozy. It involves a god indulging in a bit too much palm wine, a snail-shell full of soil, a chameleon, and a chicken (with five toes).
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LOU'S VIEWS: Get a jump start on Indy International Film Festival

July 9, 2011
Lou Harry
The festival, which runs July 14-24 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, offers a diverse line-up, from mainstream films to innovative cinema.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Conner Prairie's best raid plans

July 2, 2011
Lou Harry
If you asked me a week ago what I knew about Indiana’s direct involvement in the Civil War, you would have been met with a blank stare. Then I was part of the regiment that helped kick the raiding party out of Indiana as part of the new “1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana” interactive exhibit at Conner Prairie.
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LOU'S VIEWS: In the City of Angels, the stars aren't only on screen

June 25, 2011
Lou Harry
Greetings from California, where the question of the week was, “Is L.A. a theater town?
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LOU'S VIEWS: Exploring museum's new discovery channels

June 18, 2011
Lou Harry
It’s impossible for those of us who have raised kids with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to imagine what it’s like to enter it, as a child, for the first time.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Soul searching on 'Avenue Q'

June 11, 2011
Lou Harry
The R-rating-worthy, 'Sesame Street'-style show gets its regional theater premiere at the Phoenix.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Urbanski impresses during weekend with symphony

May 28, 2011
Lou Harry
While his official tenure doesn’t begin until September, Krzysztof Urbanski’s unofficial coming-out party came May 20-21 when he led the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the first time since being named music director.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 2011 Field Guide to 500 Festival celebrity spotting

May 21, 2011
Lou Harry
Even if most of them aren’t showing off any talent beyond waving from a car on the parade route, there’s no denying that celebrities visiting Indy for the 500 add a kick to the month of May. Of course, one person’s celebrity is another’s “Who’s that?”
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LOU'S VIEWS: Home is where the art is

May 14, 2011
Lou Harry
With the Miller House open, Columbus becomes even more of a design draw.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'Chicago' razzle-dazzles at ATI’s new home

May 7, 2011
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Actors Theatre of Indiana's in-your-face production of the Kander and Ebb musical. Plus Butler University's Chekhov variations.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'The 39 Steps' is spoof positive of laughs in Hitchcock's work

April 30, 2011
Lou Harry
There’s a blissfully funny sequence in the first act of the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s production of “The 39 Steps,” the local premiere of the Broadway hit.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Landmark event turns into celebration of Bill Cook

April 23, 2011
Lou Harry
Benefactor's presence strongly felt at opening of new arts center.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Savion Glover's got a tap for that

April 9, 2011
Lou Harry
Thoughts on Savion Glover at the Palladium, 'This' at the Phoenix, and 'Annie Get Your Gun' at Beef & Boards.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The closing of Borders ... read it and weep

March 26, 2011
Lou Harry
The coffee smell dissipates. The signs drop from 25%-50% off to 40%-60% off. Shelves of books migrate from soon-to-be-closed-off sections to empty shelf space elsewhere, causing category labels to lose their meaning. Customers linger, wondering if a novel unworthy of their $24 might be worthy of $12. This is how it ends for Indianapolis’ only downtown full-service bookshop.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Indy Opera's 'Carmen' shows upside of downsizing

March 19, 2011
Lou Harry
When word went out that one of the three Indianapolis Opera presentations this season would be a production of “Carmen,” sans chorus, sans full orchestra, sans biggie-size sets, and sans Clowes Hall stage, it was perfectly understandable that some patrons may have lowered their expectations.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Youth appeal at the Phoenix and Butler U. theaters

March 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Is theater dead? Three different productions from three different companies over the past few weeks point to some ways to counter—or at least hold off—the decline.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Inside the outsider at the IMA

March 5, 2011
Lou Harry
Thornton Dial created his own artistic rule book; the results are stunning.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Making history at arts venues

February 26, 2011
Lou Harry
Three leading Indiana institutions—the Indiana History Center, the Eiteljorg, and the IRT—look at volatile moments in American history.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Alas, poor patrons

February 19, 2011
Lou Harry
If intent were all that mattered, I would be writing in praise of Hoosier Bard's "Young Hamlet."
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LOU'S VIEWS: Feasting on First Friday

February 12, 2011
Lou Harry
Plus thoughts on "Diary of Anne Frank" and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra meets Chaplin
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LOU'S VIEWS: Palladium premieres

February 5, 2011
Lou Harry
I’m not ready to use the word “perfect” but, in my lifetime, I honestly don’t expect to hear chamber music in a better-sounding venue than I did Jan. 30.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Many are talented, but few are stars ... what makes the difference?

January 22, 2011
Lou Harry
As someone addicted to the arts, I’ve seen a lot of talent on stage. Every once in a while, though, I see star power.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A trio of world premieres at ISO, DK and the Phoenix

January 15, 2011
Lou Harry
In a single weekend, three Indy professional arts groups offered first looks in dance, music and drama
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