You-review-it Monday

May 11, 2008
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It was a low-key weekend for me, with my only arts stop being a visit to Fountain Square for Primary Colours' Allotropy event--which I may get to in a later blog.

Okay, I also watched "Lucky You," the terrible Drew Barrymore/Eric Bana poker romance on DVD.

So what did you do this Mothers Day weekend? Take Mom to the "Breaking the Mode" exhibition at the IMA? Race to "Speed Racer" at the IMAX? Laugh with Eddie Izzard?

Come on, share a little...
  • We spent the day at home here in the Arizona Desert on the telephone talking to family and friends and wishing them all a Happy Mothers Day. We had some very pleasant conversations and we actually surprised a lot of family and old friends who we haven't seen in a long time.
  • I stayed at home for most of the weekend. My mother died exactly two years ago Mother's Day (May 11) so I really did not want to be where other people were celebrating the day.

    However, I enjoyed buying several trilliums at the annual native plant sale held by the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society on Saturday. My mother loved trilliums, and so do I, so it felt good to come home and plant some in her honor in my garden.

    My garden COULD be a work of art, but it is not yet, and probably won't ever be, given the (lack of) time I have to devote to it, so we won't go there, subject-wise. The individual plants ARE natural works of art though, I must say. Go, God!

    I also saw Our Dad Is In Atlantis in English at the Phoenix Theatre on Thursday night. I am not going to blog about it until after I have gone back to see/hear it done in Spanish, but the powerful story still lingers in my mind and heart, days later.

    Also, I want to hear the cowboy accordion player again. He tells stories with his music.

    I also saw and loved the Carmel Community Players' production of The Foreigner.

    On impulse, I bought a used DVD of the movie, The Producers, from the bin at my local Marsh store. But when I watched it at home, I thought I was going to scream and/or fall off the sofa from boredom. Now I am definitely going to go see this show when it is at Beef 'n' Boards because I'm curious: surely it is more engaging when it is live?

    Hope Baugh
  • I went on a tour of a lovely theater in North Vernon, IN that shows movies & has live entertainment. It is amazing to see how well it was remodeled after years of neglect. As a citizen of a small town, it was nice to see how North Vernon has embraced the effort. I only hope that my community will do the same when we endeavor to start the rehab of our theater.
  • We enjoyed touring the Breaking the Mode exhibit at the IMA on Friday night - then settled in for some martinis and appetizers at the IMA's Happy Hour (BTW - bartender Jeff makes fabulous $6 chocolate martinis).
    We scrambled the minute it was announced that Eddie Izzard was coming to Indy - and got terrific seats at the Murat to see him Saturday night. It must be incredibly courageous to be a solitary performer on stage like that - I think he's tremendous!
  • I caught the final performance of Iron Kisses at the IRT and thought it was fabulous. Ryan Artzberger and Constance Macy were amazing in their portrayal of multiple characters.
  • My husband took me to see Joseph...Dreamcoat at The Actors Studio in Fishers on Saturday night. The performers were very good, considering that it was a very small community theatre with mostly student actors. Sadly, the production was marred by the poor acoustics. The orchestra off-stage was significantly louder than the singers and many of the lyrics were completely drowned out.
  • Thanks to all for chiming in.
    Please check in any time you have a spare Monday moment.--Lou

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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.