The Art of the Blog

December 7, 2007
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Welcome to the IBJ A&E corner of the blogosophere—a salon of sorts where arts and entertainment issues large and small, local and national, low-, medium- and high-brow, will be discussed, debated, argued about and wrestled with.

It’s a place I hope you’ll visit frequently to share your opinions and to see what others have to say.

It will be a spot for everyone from the occasional museum visitors to the academic, from the hardcore symphony subscriber to the bar-dwelling band fan, from the passionate student to the arts administrator, from the tortured artist to the generous philanthropist.

IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson, whose beats include arts and tourism, will occasionally be joining me here. And we’ll solicit the opinions of arts professionals as well.

As for me, I’m exploring specific productions in my A&E review column in the print edition of the IBJ (see the latest HERE) and in my IBJ Daily A&E preview (to sign up for the latter, for free, click HERE).

But this is something different than those—more of a place for me to raise questions and hear from you.

For starters, let’s talk about what we’ve got … and what we are missing.

Specifically: What A&E have you experienced in 2007 around Indy that was truly outstanding?

And what do you think Indy is missing? What do you need to go out of state to find in sufficient quality?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

P.S. This blog also will be the place to find out information about IBJ A&E special events and offers. For instance, this week, how about joining me at an advance screening of the new Philip Seymour Hoffman/Laura Linney film The Savages? Geoff Berkshire of the Chicago Tribune says this R-rated drama features “…some of the best writing and acting on screen all year, The Savages shouldn’t be missed.”

I’m not going to miss it—in fact, I’m offering 25 of this blog’s readers a chance to join me and see it at Landmark’s Keystone Arts Cinema on Dec. 17. I’ll give pairs of passes to the first 25 e-mails HERE. If you hear back from me, that means you’re a winner and you can pick up your passes from IBJ’s downtown office.

To suggest a topic for Lou Harry’s A&E, send a note HERE.
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  • Welcome to blogging. Looking forward to some lively conversation.
  • Outstanding work at Butler U with Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah. Really groundbreaking stuff. Not the easist thing for audiences but really thrilling.

    Other than that, well, the Phoenix gave a strong presentation to Stuff Happens, the political play.

    And Indy Jazz Fest was terrific.
  • Indy Jazz Fest for sure - I enjoyed that again. And it is always great to hear Tad Robinson play with his band or with Soul Bus.
  • How about the Indiana Ballet Company's production of Phantom of the Opera? It was amazing!

    Granted it was totally different than I was expecting, but it was mesmerizing!

    They are bringing it back in October '08'!

    You shouldn't miss it!
  • We are looking forward to your blog, Lou. Your column is always enjoyed.
  • Looking forward to reading more - love your Thursday e-mail!
  • Thanks for the good words. And the comments on the outstanding events.

    Still a few movie passes left. E-mail lharry@ibj.com and I'll let you know if you got in on it in time.
  • Neil Hamburger's show at Local's Only (where he was neither a local, nor the
    only performer that evening) was incredible, and his status (cult? fringe?
    meanstream?) is something you don't often see here.

    The food at both the Theatre on the Square Fundraiser (texas trash theme) and
    the Phoenix's fundraiser (wine theme) were outstanding.

    The inertia that Hart (local theatre startup) is getting is amazing, in all sense of
    the word.
  • FYI: Tamara Jenkins just won Best Screenplay from the LA Film Critics Association for The Savages.
  • Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre (HART) (referenced earlier) is gathering steam. We will be offering much more than just readings in 2008, although we will be continuing our popular Be Well Red series at Easley Winery too.
    Be on the lookout for a world premiere in the spring and an idea both old and new coming to downtown in the summer!
    Ben Tebbe
    Company Manager of HART
    www.myspace.com/heartlandactors
  • Hey there, mister. This is awesome. I'm excited to see how low any lowbrow discussions go. :-)

    sp
  • FOUL!

    Sorry readers, I should have caught this sooner.
    Leah Oblak, who posted above praising the Indiana Ballet Company is, surprise!, the marketing director of the Indiana Ballet Company.

    Bad form.

    I welcome arts professionals to join audiences and other interested parties in the conversation here. But if you are going to tout your own company, at least admit your connection.

    Better yet, just add something to the discussion and our readers will see that the folks from your company are wise about their art. Maybe then they will want to look into what your group is up to.

    Sound good?
  • Lou,

    I will ad my title on any further posts. I did give my correct contact information.

    I was not planning on commenting as Marketing Director of IBC but was/am here for my personal enjoyment. I read you regularly for the entertainment value, not work.

    As far as Phantom, the reviews speak for the quality of the show -- hence no need for a link to a site for an ad or review. I was just adding my two cents as a paying patron; IBC is not the only arts organization I frequent in the city.

    I will restrict my posts to a marketing stand point if necessary.

    I apologize if I offended.

    Thank you.

    Leah B. Oblak
    Marketing Director
    Indiana Ballet Company
    Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana
  • looking forward to many good reads! glad to see more coverage of the arts.
  • I went to sign up for your daily A&E preview, and found that it is only once a week, and that the other days I am going to get the daily whatever from IBJ. Is there a way to get just your post and not the non-arts transmissions?
  • The A&E e-mail is part of the IBJ Daily news package.
    If you want to check it out without subscribing, you can click on www.ibj.com and see the most recent one posted.

    Of course, I encourage you to take advantage of the free IBJ Daily subscription. Good info. Solid reporting.

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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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