You-review-it Monday

November 23, 2008
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For me, the weekend meant two evenings at my daughter's school musical--congrats to the whole Pike High School company of 'Children of Eden'.

Sunday meant performances by the Indianapolis Opera and the touring company of "The Lion King." Look for reviews of the latter two in the upcoming IBJ. (No, I won't be reviewing my kid's show.)

Plus, I finished reading "Put on a Happy Face," a memoir by Charles Strouse, composer of "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Annie." As with most autobiographies, I skimmed the formative years stuff and jumped right into the fascinating trying-to-save-shows-before-they-get-to-New-York tales. And who knew that the composer of two of Broadway's biggest hits still worked at an advertising agency even after landing Tony Awards?

So what did you do? See a good movie? (Speaking of potentially good movies, I've still got passes for 'Slumdog Millionaire. Click here.)

Or did you get to the Tonic Ball? Check out the latest installment of 'A Very Phoenix Xmas'? Visit the Stutz holiday show?

Do tell.
  • It was a busy weekend for us, artistically.

    We took in the movie, Bolt, a fun film with a good message. I think it was a little too talky for the younger kids in the audience, but it seemed as though the adults enjoyed it.

    Submitted and had work accepted in the student show of the Indianapolis Art Center. I believe the show opens Dec 1st, and for what I saw that was accepted, it will be a very diverse and interesting show.

    Spent the majority of the rest of my weekend at The Belfry in Noblesville for It's a Wonderful Life, a live radio show. I directed the production so won't provide a review, but we have one weekend left if you wish to check it out for yourself. Go to for details.

    Happy Thanksgiving week to all!
  • I see Lou isn't counting it, but I shall. I attended the Indiana Authors party at The Mystery Company this friday, which included Lou Harry as one of the authors. As always it was a very fun event. I always enjoy seeing people who I haven't seen in a while and this year was fun for there were a lot of new faces.

    I wish I was in town that night to see Slumdog Millionaire for it looks to be a great film. This one is getting a whole lot of Oscar buzz especially after winning the Audience Award in Toronto this year. Also Danny Boyle is always a very interesting director. He is one that never seems to do the same genre twice. Everyone who's in town should really try to go.
  • The student show at IAC opens on December 5 with a reception at 6:00 and awards ceremony at 6:45. Lots of good pieces were submitted this year. I'll have to look for Karla's piece - congratulations Karla!
  • This weekend was exciting! Friday night was the opening of the Toby at the IMA, which was SPECTACULAR. It was, by far, my favorite concert in Indy of 2008 so far.

    Saturday I headed out west to hear the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra play Mahler's 9th symphony, which was out of this world.

    Sunday I caught the Messiaen concert at Christ Church Cathedral, which was also great. 3 days of incredible music in a row!

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