You-review-it Monday

May 19, 2008
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For me, the weekend included a local premier at Theatre on the Square, a popular revival at Beef & Boards and a mix of old and new with Dance Kaleidoscope. Plus a stroll through the Broad Ripple Art Fair.

Quick notes on this year's BRAF:

1. Nice to "discover" a local artist who wasn't on my radar. This time, it was Fountain Square-based painter Susan Hodgin. See more here.

2. Love the new Mario Venzago baseball shirts touting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conductor. Marketing can be fun (although I couldn't find the shirts on the ISO's site).

3. Was it just me or did the festival seem roomier this time around? I mean that in a good way.

4. For the most part, the local radio station booths had all the energy of waiting rooms at the BMV. This is your public face. Shouldn't you act like you want to be there?  

5. With Artspark, the Indianapolis Art Center has one of the best backyards in the city.

So what caught your eye at the Fair? Or what else did you see, hear, read or experience this weekend?

Unrelated note: My review of four New York shows, mentioned in previous blogs, is now posted here.
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  • Thanks for the New York reviews, Lou, especially the one of the off-broadway show. That Fuerzbruta sounds wild!

    I didn't make it to the BRAF this year, but I am glad to hear that you had a good time. I hope other people write about it here, too. I wish I could have gone.

    At the last minute, I tried to see Five Course Love at TOTS, but when I got there on Sunday afternoon, there was a sign that said, Today's performance cancelled due to illness.

    So, basically, I worked a lot at my day job this weekend. However, I did finish reading three wonderful new novels:

    THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, by Garth Stein (Harper Collins 2008) - A dog who wants to be human narrates this funny, poignant story about a race car driver and his family. The voice in this story is just so great. I _know_ this dog! And I loved the info about racing and the exploration of death and reincarnation, too.

    THE HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET, by Margot Livesey (Harper Collins 2008) - Five British people whose lives are connected through literature, theatre, photography, and, of course, the house on Fortune Street, tell their stories. It starts out kind of glum - the first narrator is a guy who left his wife and can't seem to finish his dissertation for Oxford - but it is immediately engaging and it becomes more layered as all of the characters explore a wide variety of ethical questions.

    THE HEROINES, by Eileen Favorite (Scribner 2008) - I just finished this this morning. The weekend goes from Thursday night to Monday morning, right? Anyway, this is an odd and fantastic-yet-somehow-believable story of a girl and her mother who run a bed-and-breakfast where characters from literature show up when they need a break from their own stories.

    Hope Baugh
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

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