You-review-it Monday

January 12, 2009
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A busy weekend for me included a Friday evening run to Mass Ave. for the opening of Three Dollar Bill's new sketch comedy show "Fiddleschticks," a Saturday evening at Beef & Boards where "Don't Dress for Dinner" kicked off the season (Yes, everyone in the audience was, in fact, dressed for dinner), and a Sunday afternoon at the IRT for Dance Kaleidoscope's "Magical Mystery Tour." I ended the weekend with a television revisit of Buster Keaton's "Steamboat Bill, Jr." (I still prefer Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin.) and a taste of the Golden Globe Awards, where a few previous IBJ Night at the Movies screeners, "Slumdog Millionaire" and "In Bruges" picked up some awards.

So did you read/see/experience anything interesting over the weekend?

Your thoughts?
  • This week end we watched Man on Wire. Being that I do not like heights I was a little queasy at times with the scenes from the top of the World Trade Buildings. But it was a very interesting and enjoyable movie/documentary. We can recommend it to all.
  • Friday night we had dinner in Broad Ripple and caught some live music with Touch of Grass at the Corner Wine Bar.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Happy Days tomorrow and then Don't Dress for Dinner later this month (pending my mother-in-law's busy schedule).
  • DK's Magical Mystery Tour was awesome! They out-did themselves on this one. I even preferred their interpretation of the Beatles music to Cirque du Soleil's interpretation I saw a few years ago. David Hochoy is amazing. Check out the excerpt on their web site to see what you missed if you weren't there!
  • It was a busy weekend for me, too, but I would not have missed ANY of it. It will take me a while to post on my own blog about all of the shows I saw, so I will give you the short versions of my reviews below.

    Thursday night: Love Person at the Phoenix. Textured and wonderful. Continues through Saturday, January 31. No Sunday performances. Thursdays are Cheap Seat Nights - tickets are $15 instead of the usual $25.

    Late Friday night: Fiddlesticks presented by Three Dollar Bill Comedy Company at ComedySportz. What a hoot! (Several hoots, actually.) - Continues for the next five Fridays, with variations, so I'm going to try to get back for the sixth show, too. I'm told it will have completely morphed into something else by then. The first show sold out. I felt lucky to have a seat.

    Saturday night: Tales of Now and Zen by storyteller Motoko - presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center. Funny and thought-provoking. Motoko's default voice sounds like the taste of black cherries and sugar cane. She was only here for one night.

    Sunday afternoon: Magical Mystery Tour presented by Dance Kaleidoscope at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. A colorful, shamanic wonder. This was the last night for this run, but I hope DK will reprise it again some time.

    Hope Baugh -
  • We eagerly attended Dance Kaleidoscope's Magical Mystery Tour concert Friday night (I'd seen the world premiere in 07).

    It was incredible again. Hochoy's choreography, Glover's lighting, Doss's costumes, and of course the dancers themselves - solo, in groups, or the entire ensemble - continue to get stronger and more cohesive. Hochoy's artist additions and deletions have helped and individual company members continue to grow as well.

    Athletically and artistically I marvel at how this company continues to surpass their previous achievements.

    Their next concert is America, the Modern, 3/26 - 29. Tickets - or 317-635-5252
  • Following up on my earlier comment, I did see Happy Days last night.

    The show was a one-timer - something I am glad I got to see, but wouldn't bother to see it again if it came around.

    It was nice to see the familiar characters, although some were definitely more familiar than others. The stand out performer was by far Joey Sorge who almost completely nailed The Fonz (with a little Danny Zuko mixed in).

    The music was uninspiring and seemed to drag on and on. The dance numbers were mediocre at best. The villians were cheesy and their ode to their own badness was incredibly long and boring. Still, it had its moments and some good one-liners here and there.

    Well worth the cheap tickets in the balcony, (even if the family in front of us couldn't keep their kids in their seats), but not worth seeing again.
  • Friday night we enjoyed lounging in an oversized beanbag (alternative seating) and taking in the Maltese Falcon at the IMA. A wonderful evening - we'll be sure to go again for another film.

    Have thought about Don't Dress for Dinner, but just saw a wonderful production of it in Chicago, so don't know if we want to see it again so soon.

    We are seeing Happy Days tonight.

    And took a first time ceramics class at The Art Center - threw my first cylindar and it's a keeper. Yeah! I love the arts!

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