You-review-it Monday

October 26, 2008
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There was a lot to choose from this weekend.

Did you pick Hubbard Street Dance or David Byrne at Clowes? Or Gregory Hancock's "Oh My Goth"? Stop in at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, or the Indiana Repertory Theatre? Or, like me, were you curious about Sapphire Theatre's inaugural production of "Lysistrata"?

Where did you spend your A&E time this weekend?
  • Lou,

    You're a little ahead of the game. Gregory Hancock's Oh My Goth is this coming Friday and Saturday at the Pike Performing Arts Center.
  • My mistake. Thanks for the correction.
  • Saw Stuart McLean and his Vinyl Cafe show (the CBC radio program carried here on WFYI) at the Hilbert Theater last night. Great storytelling, great music, and everyone in attendance floated out of the theater on a cloud of optimism thanks to the host's gentle humor. Don't know what WFYI did to get this great group in our city, but thanks to all who made it happen!
  • I'm going to stretch it out and consider Thursday to be part of the weekend. For it was then where I saw Cirque Mechanics: Birdhouse Factory at Ball State. It was a great show with some amazing stunts and solid laughs. I hope it comes back next year.

    The rest of the weekend I spent at Magna cum Murder, the mystery convention held every year at Muncie. This year the guest of honor was Louise Penny, an impressive author from Canada. As always it was a fun weekend. This was my fourth time attending and I had the joy of being on two panels and helping out with another. Unfortunately there shall not be a Magna next year for a larger mystery convention, BoucherCon, will be in Indianapolis next fall. (At BoucherCon, the fan guest of honor will be Kathryn Kennison, the head hancho of Magna)
  • We heard a scintilating reading of a children's book on underwear and participated in a heated bout of children's trivia (can you recite the 8 Disney Princesses?). All that and we got Lou and Todd to autograph their new book Kid Culture at Big Hat Books in Broad Ripple. A great time was had by all!
  • High school marching band semi-state competition at Warren Central. It was cold, but great! Helps restore your faith in teenagers.
  • I just have two words for you ... Saw Five. Lower your eyebrows now. You heard me, Saw Five. It played to a packed house. And you can bet that there will be Saw Six.
  • We also saw Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe at the Circle Theater. I agree with Liz, it was a wonderful experience. We also watched an episode of Ken Burn's Jazz. It too was an enjoyable view. To paraphrase Wynton Marsalis in the movie, ...when an art form is created the question is how do you come to it, not how it comes to you. The music of Beethoven is not going to come to you. The art of Picasso won't come to you. You have to go it it and when you go to it you get the benefits of it. This made me think about the importance of keeping the arts active and available to all. Wouldn't it be great if our government would increase budgets for the arts and cut the budgets for bullets and bombs and the activity of killing people. The arts will feed our society and culture; the killing will do just that - kill our society and culture.

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