You-review-it Monday

March 9, 2009
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My weekend included the "European Design Since 1985" show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, "The Ladies Man" at the IRT, and "Mauritius" at the Phoenix. Plus, semi-related to the later, I finally saw the film version of David Mamet's "American Buffalo."

What did you see, hear or do this weekend?

FYI: The conversation continues on previous blog posts, including thoughts on the Dave "The King" Wilson here, Thomas Kincaide at the IMS here, and "Watchmen" here.
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  • Mass Ave Artwalk- always fun.
  • We went to the symphony Saturday and it was excellent. Andre Watts was, as always, outstanding.

    Saw Craig Ferguson at the Murat Sunday night. He was as funny as we had hoped, considerably more blue than on his television show. The only down side was his warm-up act; he was boring and stayed on stage too long. Apparently he's Ferguson's regular first act but I think I would have enjoyed the show more without him. Bill Maher walked out on stage and talked for 2 hours. I think Craig Ferguson could have done the same thing.
  • Friday nite started at the Indiana Humanities Council office for a presentation by the first fellows granted by The Mind Trust (http://www.themindtrust.org/). This is the education entrepreneurship organization started by the Arts and Education Friendly former Mayor Bart Peterson. (gratuitous editorilization intended). you can read about their proposed work at the website above.

    Left there and went to wUG lAKU's sTUDIO and gARAGE (that's how he writes it) and saw the low brow exhibit called Hi Pop. Work by William Denton Ray and James Ratliff were featured. Excellent show. Wug does a nice exhibition. I always try to get by his studio for First Friday.
  • The symposium at the IMA this weekend was one of those special things that hapens in Indy maybe once in a lifetime. Incredible. Thanks for making this happen IMA.
  • I judged an Encore show and saw two other shows, reviews of which I am writing for my own blog. They are: Dog Sees God at Theatre on the Square and The Ladies Man at the IRT.

    I also looked at four new or forthcoming books:

    THE APOTHECARY'S DAUGHTER, by Julie Klassen (Bethany House 2009). This is a solidly soothing Regency romance novel.

    THE SCENT OF SAKE, by Joyce Lebra (Avon 2009). I had high hopes for this historical novel set in Japan, but I confess I only read the first 50 pages. Life is too short to read wooden writing that is not part of a school or job assignment.

    THE WELL-DRESSED APE: A NATURAL HISTORY OF MYSELF, by Hannah Holmes (Random House 2009). I didn't read all of this, either, but I may go back to it. The mixture of memoir and science-speak was jarring to me. However, the information that the author presented about humans as creatures that can be analyzed and described like any other mammal was fascinating.

    INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH: A NOVEL, by Luis Alberto Urrea. (Little, Brown and Company - Forthcoming May 2009). Oh, my, I loved this book! It has substantial literary quality but it is also an enjoyable read. It is about immigration but it is not about a person looking to move to the United States for a better life. Nayeli and her notorious girlfriends are inspired by the movie, The Magnificent Seven, to illegally cross the border at Tijuana to bring back seven Mexican warriors to defend their rural Mexican village from bad guys (banditos.)

    I loved the characters and their adventures, the light-hearted but comapssionate tone of the narrator, and the author's fairly well-balanced exploration of a variety of subcultures and communities in both the United States and Mexico.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

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