You-revew-it Monday

September 22, 2008
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For me, the very busy weekend included visits to two art shows in Bloomington prior to quality time with Bill Cosby at IU Auditorium--and the drive-time opportunity to listen to Ricky Ian Gordon's new American opera "The Grapes of Wrath" (just out on CD) and Tim Grimm's new disc "Holding Up the World".

Then there was Saturday's visit to Theatre on the Square's Mass Hysteria event and a Sunday with the IRT's "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure."
More thoughts on some of these later. For now, though, I'd like to hear about your A&E experiences this weekend.

  • Ensemble Voltaire performed a great concert this past Friday at Trinity Episcopal. While I tend to gravitate towards the big orchestral monsters of the past 100 years or so, I'm beginning to think the music of the Baroque (and before) is just as passionate as music from the Romantic era and beyond. Sometimes even more so!
  • Over the weekend, we took in the Indy Irish Fest. Great music, but the beer was really expensive and the Bailey's prices were outrageous!

    Last week, I took in The Producers at Beef & Boards and Little Shop of Horrors at the Civic Theatre. I'd seen both shows in larger theatres in Seattle and was interested in seeing how they would translate to the smaller venues. I did notice that the tidy-uup scene was cut from The Producers and some of the language was tidy-uup instead.

    As for Little Shop, I was surprised by how many audience members didn't even know what the show was about. For a show that's been around so long as both a movie and a live performance, it was really fun to watch with a fresh audience. The gasps of surprise when Audrey II started moving were almost as funny as the Audrey II herself.
  • Went to NOVEMBER at the Phoenix, SHERLOCK HOMES at the IRT and finally saw THE DARK KNIGHT! I enjoyed and recommend all three.
  • Wasted money on Burn After Reading at the movies. Quirky yes, entertaining no. The Indianapolis Children's Choir sang downtown at Fiesta Indianapolis -- as always, they were great!
  • We went to the Irish Fest as well. The music was great! The beer prices were what you would expect for a fest. However, the kids area (wee folks) was awesome! For 5$ you can do all of the activities all DAY. It was great as we traded off watching the kids with listening to music/buying unusual Irish items. The dancers were neat to watch as well. It was a great time for the entire family.
  • I loved Burn After Reading! Farce isn't for everyone, but it was both time and money well spent.

    IrishFest, as well. I couldn't do three days of it, and I'm not a Riverdance afficiando, but you can't see those dancers go at it without marveling at their precision.
  • We saw Time for Three with the ISO on Saturday night. Their performance had the Symphony audience whooping with delight and even impressed my 16-year-old son (something that's hard to do without an electric guitar being involved). The little jazz singer (whose name escapes me, Marilyn someting) was cute too.
  • We went to Oranje Saturday night. My wife and I agreed that it was our least favorite of the 3 or 4 we've been to. It didn't seem to be as well attended as in prior years by both patrons and artists. Several of my artist friends told me they've stopped showing there because it is expensive (I don't know the cost for a booth so this could be relative in terms of the starving artist's budget) and because they don't sell much to make it worthwhile. We didn't see too many items being sold. The music was good as usual and I think they had more bands this year. BUT, that being said, will we go next year? Most likely.

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