You-review-it Monday

July 6, 2008
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It was a long weekend. Surely you found some entertainment beyond the barbecue.

Like me, did you take the opportunity to visit with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Conner Prairie...on with the Sanders Family in "Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming" at Beef & Boards? (More on those in upcoming print columns.)

Did you catch up on missed movies? (My viewing included "Magnolia," "The Mist," and an old made-for-TV recording of Lanford Wilson's play "The Mound Builders"--now there's an upbeat trio.)

 Or rock out with Tom Petty, John Mayer?

Or was there something on your reading pile that you finally got to?

Share your thoughts here.

And make sure to check out past blogs, arts reviews, and previews (including my new Fox59 A&E recommendations segments) at
  • Okay, so I know I'm a few years late, but I finally saw Wicked in Chicago this weekend - it was fabulous!

    The singing, the set and the acting were all top-notch, and even the theater was gorgeous.

    I'll be waiting in line for tickets when it comes to the Murat next year!
  • I took my mother to see Swing for her birthday at ACT. The music was fantastic! The dancing, for the most part, however was technically spot on but lacked feeling. Swing is meant to be DANCED, not just choreographed and executed.
  • I spent all of last week on a history quest of sorts... American history and my own personal history. I spent some time in Gettysburg PA. I saw the battlefields and memorials, as well as a house tour, a couple of ghost walks, and a winery. Then we spent a few days in DC, including the 4th of July. We took a tour of the Capitol Building (courtesy of Lugar's office), several Smithsonian museums, the 4th of July parade, ect. My favorite thing though in Washington DC was the Portrait Gallery. The building is beautiful and was previously a patent office, civil war hospital (where Walt Whitman nursed the wounded), and the site of Lincoln's 2nd inaugural ball. They had a couple of wonderful temporary exhibits... Ballyhoo! Posters as art, and Katherine Hepburn in photos. I LOVE Kate and was so excited to find this exhibit there. They had her four Oscars included with this exhibit and it was so exciting to see them up close! The museum itself is really interesting... I think I spent nearly 5 hours in there! It was really worth the time though. We also spent an evening in Alexandria VA which is a lovely historic area, barring the Chico's, Ann Taylor, and Ross Dress for Less stores that are sprinkled in with historic taverns and G. Washington's church!
  • Entertainment endeavors this weekend included viewings of Wanted and Get Smart. We enjoyed both. Wanted was action packed from frame one and Get Smart was

    The balance of the weekend was devoted to creating art for this year's State Fair. It's just around the corner, and I can't wait!

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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.