You-review-it Monday

October 13, 2008
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What a weekend.

For me, it included the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's once-in-a-lifetime production of "Guys and Dolls" (Okay, so I saw it twice), Butler University Theatre's "Phedre," Theatre on the Square's "Evil Dead: The Musical" and reading through most of Walter Mosley's latest novel. I already chimed in a bit on "G&D here. More on it and the rest in later blogs and columns.

How about you? Catch any of the acts at the Hoosier Storytelling Festival? See the latest at your local multiplex? Lose yourself in a good book?

Your thoughts?
  • I saw the Laramie Project at TOTS last night. A very moving work about Matthew Shepard and the town of Laramie WY. A very insightful look into the minds and attitudes of a small town. All proceeds from the show went to the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

    I saw Religulous on Saturday. VERY funny and VERY scary. I love the trucker chapel in Raleigh the Holy Land theme park in Orlando where he talks to Jesus. The Mormons and the Vatican run him off. He doesn't target any one religion but rather points out the follies of several mainly, Jews, Catholics, and Muslims, but a few others are thrown in. It's interspersed with old movie clips, religious cartoons, and fun captions.
  • I went to the Hoosier Storytelling Festival in Military Park on Saturday afternoon primarily to see Kevin Kling. He did not disappoint. He's been a favorite of mine, since I saw him perform last year. Like many of my other favorite tellers, Kevin has the audience balancing on the razor thin line between laughter and tears. Admittedly, he keeps you mostly leaning toward laughter. This was especially the case in his second love-themed performance.

    I also enjoyed the Asante Children's Theatre performance of an African tale I'd heard a couple times before. It was a truly unique and entertaining performance.
  • Hey! Ryan, I was at Kevin Kling's love stories session, too! I had never heard him tell before, but I loved him and his work, too. I will write more about him and the other featured tellers on my own blog soon.

    'Speaking of blogs, I just now looked at yours to see if I knew you in real life. I don't think I do, but I laughed out loud at your post about the new SPAM-ME Awards.

    Lou, I already said this on your previous post, but I _LOVED_ the Guys and Dolls show at the ISO Sunday night. Thanks again for convincing me to go see it. I'll look forward to reading the rest of your thoughts about what you took in this weekend.

    Since this blog is part of the Indianapolis BUSINESS Journal, I'll also mention that on Saturday morning I participated in the first part of a two-part seminar on The Balanced Scorecard for my day job. It was artistic and entertaining in that a) it was well run, b) the other participants were people I respect and whose company I enjoy, and c) it provided good food for thought in terms of measuring and evaluating what's most anything.

    Also, I have a stack of DVDs from my public library that I'm going to have to take back without watching (drat!) because they are due and other people are waiting to watch them, but I did make time to watch a short DVD from the Indiana History Center called Young Lincoln.

    The 200th anniversary of his birth is coming up in 2009, you know.

    What I did not do this weekend was mow my lawn or clean my house, or find time to hire someone to do this for me...or even sleep much.

    But I agree with you, Lou, it was a GREAT weekend.

    Hope Baugh
  • Well, Hope, I look forward to reading your reaction to this past weekends tellers. I didn't get to see as much of the Festival as I would have liked. Newborn babies have a knack for altering plans (that's who I was sitting with in the back/left of the tent).

    As an aside, Kevin Kling will actually be back in February for a solo performance, which I was excited to hear about.

    Oh, and thanks for checking out my blog, Hope — and liking it. :)
  • I'm sorry I missed out on Guys and Dolls. I tried a few times to order tickets online on two different computers and kept getting a technical error and no one answered the telephone at the box office. I took it as a sign I wasn't meant to go, and as it turned out, a family emergency would have kept me from attending anyway.

    We did attend Ale Yeah! on Saturday - a beer tasting fundraiser for Giving Sum. What a great turn-out for a first-time event and a new non-profit. Congratulations to all involved.

    Sunday should have been Celtic Thunder at Conseco, but we missed that too (despite having bought tickets...) *sigh* I am torn between wanting to read a review and not wanting to know what a good time I missed.

    Looking forward to Avenue Q tomorrow night and Chicago at Purdue next week!
  • Friday night I checked out probably the best installment thus far of the Indianapolis Songwriters Cafe, a rotating lineup of the best musicians that Indy (and elsewhere) have to offer.

    Usually at Boulevard Place Cafe, it moved to Fountain Square Friday night to accommodate the crowd for Justin Townes Earle. Every time I see Earle perform, the show gets better and the crowd gets bigger. This time, a couple hundred people people ranging from early 20s to well over 50 were dancing along to Earle's hillbilly music, actually foot-stomping classic country with a guitar, a mandolin, and a fiddle. And oh yeah, he's Steve Earle's son and named after Townes Van Zandt.

    Cliff Snyder (the organizer of the Cafe), Mandy Marie, and Chicago's Joe Pug opened for Earle with the Cafe's normal in the round format. Snyder's done a great job of putting on some quality shows--it'd be great if more people came out to check out Indy's talented songwriters.

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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.