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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