You-review-it Monday

March 1, 2009
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For me, the weekend included a visit to Pike Performing Arts Center to see BodyVox (more on that in an upcoming review), finishing Dennis Lehane's epic Boston police novel "The Given Day" (the first big book in a long while that I've been able to loose myself in), and caught "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" on Hulu.com (The guy fascinates me).

And with the end of the weekend approaching, I realized that Steven Stolen was singing as part of the Meridian Song Project at Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday evening, so I rushed over there just in time for the start of the program. 

How about you? Did you get to Fringe Friday? Attend the last show at the Music Mill? Or catch up on the Oscar-winners you missed? What A&E was a part of your weekend?

Your thoughts?
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  • Hi Lou,
    I'm so happy that you were able to attend the performance of BodyVox. Unfortunately I couldn't attend because of a prior committment, but I was a bit concermend that I could find no mention of it in either the Star or Nuvo. As someone who is constantly working on the exposure of new audiences to dance in our community I am constantly reminded that dance is the stepchild of the arts. Thanks for your advocacy!
  • My weekend included a trip to the White River State Park to catch Under the Sea 3D. We took a relative for her birthday because she'd never seen an IMAX or a 3D film before. The short 45 minute show was perfect for all ages. It was especially delightful watching all the first-timers reaching out to catch the 3D bubbles. It brought back the wonder of childhood for me.
  • I was lucky enough to be able to attend the final show at the Music Mill on Friday with Brett Dennen. It was a pleasant experience, as it always has been, to visit the Music Mill and Brett Dennen was as enjoyable this time as he was the first time I saw him. It's been a pleasure to see this talented artist come into his own on stage and in the studio. The intimacy of the Music Mill made this a perfect place to experience his music. It will be sad to see this northside venue go :(
  • Douglass - I couldn't agree more about your sentiments regarding the Music Mill. I'll miss it too...

    Friday night had dinner with friends then went over to the Indy Hostel for yet another great, intimate show. The Hostel continues to book talented artists. I have yet to be disappointed in anything I've ever seen there. It's extra fun that that you can bring in your own snacks and beverages if you like.

    Saturday night we saw another great show at Spencer's Stadium Tavern. The Two Man Gentleman Band from NY. Really a fun show with songs like Corn Liquor and William Howard Taft. The audience all got kazoos for joining in.

    I have one huge drawback to this though - what the hell are all the businesses surrounding the stadium supposed to do when LOS has events? There was NO parking or no decent parking anywhere! We eventually found parking off street next to the interstate ramp and had to walk down a dark and pot holed alley to get to Spencers (about 3 blocks almost all in darkness). I've been downtown for many an event but never in my life have I seen parking that bad. Almost every garage was full and were charging $20 anyway. Spencer's lot was full and I'm pretty sure it wasn't full of just his patrons. I had never been to Spencer's before and we actually really liked the bar - the service and food was good, and the prices really reasonable. I would think twice about heading down there for a show though if LOS was having an event. It was such a pain in the __s! We actually had one friend that didnt' make it out for fear of not finding parking or having to walk blocks alone in the dark. Spencer - start towing we wanna come to your place more often now!
  • On Saturday I attended a few of the entries in the University of Indianapolis' annual high school jazz festival. For those who don't know about it, local high schools have their jazz combos perform and then they get a recorded critique and a live clinic after their performance. I only saw my kid's school's combos (they entered 3) and the last number from the combo scheduled ahead of them (which was more of a big-band than a jazz combo, but they were good), but it was a good two-plus hours of budding musicianship that I saw--they started at 8am and ran all day--and free to attend. Here's the announcement: http://arts.uindy.edu/event.php?id=46639. Mark your calendars now for next year's event, although by then it might get too popular and they may start charging!.
  • I read three books:

    NEVER TELL A LIE: A NOVEL OF SUSPENSE, by Hallie Ephron (HarperCollins 2009.) I started reading this in a book store, couldn't afford to buy it and so put it on hold at my local public library, and then anticipated it more eagerly than any other book since...since, I don't know, the last Harry Potter (although this is nothing like that.)

    When it came in for me at the library, I took it home and devoured it. Since then, I have had other people tell me they could see the ending coming a mile away, but I was suprised by it. I still say this is a wonderfully creepy, nail-biter of a read...about what really happened back in high school.

    FEED ME: WRITERS DISH ABOUT FOOD, EATING, WEIGHT, AND BODY IMAGE, edited by Harriet Brown. (Ballantine Books 2009.) Not every essay in here resonated with me, but it was a fairly satisfying read overall.

    THE MUSIC TEACHER: A NOVEL, by Barbara Hall. (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2009.) A fairly fast read about an alternately confident and closed-up 40-year-old violin teacher who is trying to cope with something that happened between her and a gifted, teenaged student. Her ruminations on the meaning of music and other things are interesting. I think I need to re-read the ending, though.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • At FringeFriday we had a great response to a senior high school slam poet, Michael Davis. Look forward to him being in Fringe Next, the youth portion of the Fringe Festival. Really brilliant insights both on poetry and minority education. He also performs at the Earth House free open mic nights on Fridays.

    The other hit of the night was the new Comedy group $3 bill. They perform at Comedy Sortz late night on Fridays and are outrageously funny. A very talented, clever and high energy group. Its hard not to have fun, because you can tell they truly are.

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