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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  1. Now if he'd just stay there...

  2. Daniel - what about the many US citizens who do NOT follow what the Bible teaches? The Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others who are all American citizens entitled to all rights as Americans?? This issue has NOTHING to do with "What the Bible says..." Keep all Churches separate from State! Pence's ongoing idiocy continues to make Indiana look like a backwards, homophobic state in the eyes of our nation. Can't we move on to bigger issues - like educating our kids?

  3. 1. IBJ should link to the referenced report. We are in the age of electronic media...not sharing information is lazy. Here is a link 2. The article should provide more clarity about the make-up of this panel. The commenters are making this item out to be partisan, it does not appear the panel is partisan. Here is a list of the panel which appears to be balanced with different SME to add different perspectives 3. It suggests a by-pass, I do not see where this report suggests another "loop". 4. Henry, based on your kneejerk reaction, we would be better off if you moved to another state unless your post was meant as sarcasm in which case I say Well Done. 5. The article and report actually indicates need to improve rail and port infrastructure in direct contradiction to Shayla commentary. Specifically, recommendation is to consider passenger rail projects... 6. People have a voice with their elected officials. These are suggestions and do not represent "crony capitalism", etc. The report needs to be analyzed and the legislature can decide on priorities and spending. Don't like it, then vote in a new legislature but quit artificially creating issues where there are none! People need to sift through the politics and provide constructive criticism to the process rather than making uninformed comments in a public forum based on misinformation. IBJ should work harder to correct the record in these forums when blatant errors or misrepresentations are made.

  4. Joe ... Marriage is defined in the Bible ... it is mentioned in the Bible often. Marriage is not mentioned once in the US or Indiana Constitution ...

  5. Daniel - Educate me please: what does the Bible have to do with laws? If the government wasn't in the business of marriage to begin with, then it wouldn't have to "define" marriage at all. Marriage could be left as a personal, religious, or otherwise unregulated action, with no ties to taxes, legal status, etc. Then people could marry whomever they want, and all this silliness would go away. Remember to vote Libertarian in November.