You-review-it Monday

August 4, 2008
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This weekend, family commitments kept me out of the arts loop--although I did find time to take some sports-crazy out-of-towners through the National Art Museum of Sport and my in-laws to the "To Live Forever" show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Still, I couldn't get to First Friday. Or join the estimated 1000 people at "The Merchant of Venice" on the canal downtown. (Can we all agree that White River State Park should host free summer Shakespeare every year? And for more than one performance.)

So I'm counting on you to tell me about what I missed. What arts and entertainment activities did you take advantage of this weekend?
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  • Yes more Shakespeare! That was great!
  • Absolutely! I loved the venue. HART did a great job.
  • I attended the Elegant Funk event on Friday (full disclosure: my wife was one of the participating artists, and my employer, VisionDirect, printed the promotional materials). I was staggered by how successful the event was. There were at least 300 people at Wug Laku's studio there on Brookside -- the most I've seen at his place or ANY First Friday event.

    I loved Pat Mack's bronze sculpture, Todd Bracik's giant flower made from different pieces of metal, Nancy Digman's jewelry, and of course, my wife's (Toni Deckers) handbags made from cigar boxes.

    There are some reviews and photos of the event on Smaller Indiana, under the Events for the Creative Class.
  • I attended and participated in the show Elegant Funk on Friday, even helped out on the organizing committee. Yeah, I'm biased, too. Definitely the largest crowd of people I've seen at a non-festival type art show. Main thing was - the art. It was good-to-great and was all from members of Smaller Indiana's social networking group called Creative Commerce: Art & Design. Growing some great artists right here in the heartland. And food/wine-tasting was definitley a step up - absolutely elegantly funky.
  • Again a post from not so innocent bystander as my husband's art was in the show. but Elegant Funk was definitely a great addition to the local art community.

    If you want to see a bit of what you missed, check out:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/innovationcreation/sets/72157606527866981/detail/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/28699610@N05/sets/72157606498138842/

    Or check out Zack Legend's video:
  • i, too, participated in and attended Elegant Funk Friday nite. I usually go to First Fridays, and was really impressed with the turn out of this 1st-time event!
    the studio was sweltering, but the art was fabulous and so was the food & drink, of course! the name of the event definitely held true.
    you missed out, lou!
  • Thanks to Walker Theatre and the IBJ, my husband and 12-year-old son attended the Brian Culbertson show. They had a great time, the proof of which is in the fact that my son willingly stayed for the entire show.

    The only drawback was the seats; from the back of the center balcony, the musicians were sometimes out of sight when they approached the front of the stage. (In response to the crowd up there, Brian at one point said, There's a balcony? And one of the spotlight operators had to ask an enthusiastic audience member to sit down because she was blocking the light.)

    The music was excellent, however, and Brian quite personable. Thanks for having your weekly contest, Lou!
  • I attended Merchant of Venice on the Canal - and - it - was -awesome!
    Yes, we should have Shakespeare Downtown all summer long in my opinion.
    It was so lovely, I felt like I was in a different city with the lights on the bridge, the reflection of the water, the occasional duck passing by, the people on bikes with their picnics and even some kids.......and then Shakespeare, for FREE. And it was well done to boot!!!
    It was truly like being in another city. It needs to be done again and again and again.......................

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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.

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