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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  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.