You-review-it Monday

February 4, 2008
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This is normally the time when I ask you what you did last weekend, but I've got a pretty good idea what you were up to on Sunday.

Still, there was Friday and Saturday to catch something on stage, in galleries or in your DVD player. Anyone besides me trek down to Bloomington for IU Opera? (I'll have a review in the upcoming IBJ). Or did you catch Civic's Sinatra show? Maybe you gallery hopped for First Friday? Or gave in to your blood lust and saw "Rambo" at a theater near you?

Tell us what you did.

Or assess the entertainment value of the Super Bowl commercials.

(And, yes, we do have some tickets left to the IBJ Night at the Movies screening of "In Bruges" a week from Wednesday. E-mail me at lharry@ibj.com to claim yours. Supplies are, as you know, limited.)

Your thoughts?
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  • I finally caught END DAYS at the Phoenix, but didn't get (as I'd hoped) to SAY YOU LOVE SATAN at TOTS. So, score one for Jesus. And Stephen Hawking. I thought END DAYS could have used some script work, being overlong and a little too sitcommy in places. That said, the show did feature some great performances by Bill Simmons, Phebe Taylor, and Matt Roland as both Jesus and Hawking - doing a sort of fantastic deadpan hybrid of Hawking and Dr. Strangelove for the latter, complete with computer voice.

    As for the Bowl commercials, the only one that really paid off was the Doritos spot with the mouse assault. Well, okay, the Victoria's Secret spot held my attention, too.
  • I finally got to the Harrison Center for First Fridays (1505 N. Delaware) to check out a few local artists. I'd never been and was very impressed (and that's not just because they had free food and drinks). I skipped the karaoke room, but checked out the Underground event, a look at Kenyan and other African cultures through art, food, music, and of course people who have been or are from there. The rest of the galleries reminded me that I wish I had a little more money to spend on original art. But I definitely hope to do a First Friday soon, and I think March is one of the Harrison Center's semi-annual (?) open studios.

    I also went to Hairbangers Ball at the Vogue later that night. It was fun enough for $7 (would have been better if I didn't have to walk/stand in the cold for 20 minutes), but could be summed up as a huge dude-fest and less than comfortable for myself and a few of the other dateless ladies I was with. Maybe we're just getting too old to be crushed and/or otherwise bothered by big, sweaty guys, but I'm not even 30 yet. But I'll probably still go to their next show in March if my friends go. Might even get dressed up in some '80s gear. (and maybe if I wasn't the designated driver it would have been just that much more entertaining...)
  • We caught the latest program by Storytelling Arts of Indiana. Lyn Ford told delightful stories of family and childhood, and had the knack of helping us all recall childhood moments - When parents used all three of your names, you knew you were in trouble! This was my second storytelling experience, and I'm looking forward to hearing Bill Lapp on Feb. 16. This is definitely a hidden gem in Indy!
  • I rented Once from my cable's Movies On Demand Saturday - loved it. Watched it again Sunday morning. It's kind of a musical about an Irish street singer who meets a Czech girl who turns out to be a musician as well. It reminded me a little of Lost in Translation, another movie I loved. Highly recommended.
  • I caught Lyn Ford's wonderful storytelling program, too. I wrote about it on my blog: www.IndyTheatreHabit.com.

    I also saw End Days at the Phoenix Theatre for the fourth time, and loved it again. Based on your (Lou's) review, I paid careful attention to the coffee scene. I understand what you mean about the possible value of cutting it, but I am also glad that I got to see it. Thanks for that good food for thought.

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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