Reviews, previews, blogs, etc.

February 28, 2008
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While this blog has loads of readers (110,000 page visits in January.), I’ve found, anecdotally, that that number includes some who know little about IBJ’s other arts and entertainment coverage.

So I thought I’d take today’s posting and give you a rundown on what you can find where.

Reviews. In the print edition of IBJ — and on the main page of – you can find my weekly A&E column. There, I review two or three arts events I caught that week. The mix includes music, theater, dance, visual art, literary arts and more. If you want honest opinion on Indy offerings (and an occasional out-of-town production), take a look. FYI to arts geeks: My critical guru is Howard Clurman, who penned reviews for Harper's, The New Republic and elsewhere for more than six decades. If my work can hold a candle to his, then I'm doing okay.
Previews. Sign up for IBJ Daily at and you’ll get an e-mail blast every Thursday with critically selected previews of A&E events. These aren’t just rewritten press releases. Instead, I try to provide some insight into why these events are on my high-hopes list. IBJ Daily A&E also includes a weekly ticket giveaway contest. In the past, we’ve give tickets to the Indianapolis Opera, the Broadway Series, concerts at the Music Mill and Conseco Fieldhouse and much more. We also tie in a question to the contest every week and link readers to the often very fun results.
News. Reporter Jennifer Whitson covers the business of arts and entertainment for IBJ. Her stories appear in both the print edition of IBJ and IBJ Daily. Her recent news stories can also be found at Occasionally other IBJ writers and freelancers will contribute A&E stories as well.
Blog. You probably already know what we do here (since you are, well, here). But for newcomers, Lou Harry’s A&E blog is a virtual office watercooler for discussion of arts and entertainment locally, nationally and internationally. This is also where we announce—and hear readers reviews of—IBJ Night at the Movies, featuring preview screenings of films (including, tonight: “The Other Boleyn Girl”). Your comments are encouraged for the day’s or for previous day’ posts.

I’d love to hear your comments on our coverage. Feel free to post here or e-mail me at

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