You-review-it Monday

March 29, 2009
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So let's hear it.

Did you get to DK at the IRT? (My thoughts here.) HART at the Indy Fringe building? (My thoughts here.) Did you Cirque with the Symphony (I'll review in an upcoming IBJ) or go modren at the IMA? (Thoughts here.)

Or maybe you caught a lot of basketball, with an occassional missed DVD in the mix. (Late Saturday night, I watched "The Happening." Even as a defender of "The Village" I have to wonder if M. Night Shyamalan's career can survive this one?)

Your thoughts on this weekend's A&E activities?
  • We went to Cirque with the Symphony and enjoyed it beyond words. We had seats in the side boxes so we were very close to the performers and the symphony. We have never had those seats before and wanted to sit there for this concert. The symphony is always enjoyable; this unique experience was unexpectedly perfect. We were exhilarated for two days. In addition, we spent an hour and a half at Mass Ave Toys store; culture, fun, drama, art. It was delightful.
  • We headed over to the IMA on Saturday afternoon. The grounds look absolutely beautiful - can't wait until the Greenhouse is in full swing. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the European Design exhibit - even though the overlap between items in design store and the exhibit were a bit obnoxious at times. That being said, I've really enjoyed how the IMA has brought exhibits that challenge the traditional definition of art - modern design, fashion, etc.

    Also hit the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library to renew some expired memberships... Even with all the fuss over the construction of that building, it is a gorgeous place to just visit and walk around. Those seventh floor views of downtown are incredible.

    On a more pop culture note, we saw Duplicity with Clive Owen & Julia Roberts. While the picture isn't going to be winning any Oscars, it was still pretty entertaining. Plus, it was really nice to Julie Roberts on the big screen again!
  • I took my daughter and my mother to see DK on Thursday and it was a spectacular way to kick off the weekend. Neither are big modern dance fans, but they both enjoyed themselves more than they thought they would. All three choreographers are top notch, but I just love the way David Hochoy choreographs his dancers. It was fluid, powerful, graceful and athletic. Plus the dancers just look like they are having as much fun as the audience is.
  • The Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis provided a delightful program on Sunday at Pike Performing Arts Center. A Program of Operatic Music by Giuseppe Verdi presented as a tribute to P.E. MacAllister for his years of love and support for opera and his important civic contriubtion to Indianapolis featured wonderful singers performing large sections of LaTraviata and Rigoletto.

    Senator Lugar was there to pay tribute. Other testimonials provided moving context especially that of Renowned Tenor Michael Sylvester.

    I was told over 1,000 people were in attendance. The orchestra played with enthusiasm and true love of the music. Jackson Wiley and his son, Scott Jackson Wiley handled the majority of the conducting duties with Indianapolis Opera Artistic Director Jim Caraher invited to the podium for the famous Rigoletto Quartet.

    P.E.'s contribution to our community and to the art form of opera on an international level are notable and well deserving of this recognition. Mr. MacAllister was, of course, his truly humble self encouraging others to share in the love of the arts and singing.

    Thanks to the Philharmonic for organizing this program!

    NEXT on the OPERA STAGE? Ironically, a competitor and contemporary of Verdi's was Wagner. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Opera partner to present a multi-media semi-staged concert version of DAS RHEINGOLD. This first part of the Ring Cycle starts off the mythological tale not unlike Lord of the Rings. Great singers with the ISO under the baton of Maestro Venzago...2 1/2 hours of wonderful art, May 15 & 17. Don't miss this!
  • I am very sorry to have missed DK's American Modern. I had been looking forward to it since last August! However, I have been going to a lot of shows lately, and teaching a class on top of my fulltime day job, and...and..and in the middle of last weekend I just hit a wall and decided to stay home a day or two. I cancelled my reservations for an Encore show, too, the first one I've cancelled as a judge. (Drat.)

    Anyway, I am glad to hear that people loved the DK show.

    I did enjoy seeing one of the last performances of Mauritius at the Phoenix Theatre. I also enjoyed popping in for the second act of the last performance of the Three Dollar Bill Comedy Company's Album Cover series at ComedySportz. Those guys are a hoot.

    I also am glad to have seen the Heartland Actors' Reportory Theatre's production of A Dark, Dark House, by Neil LaBute in the Indy Fringe building. It was not what I had expected. I had brought a big wad of tissues in my pocket because I had heard things that made me think the show would make me weep and want to process, but my face stayed completely dry and all I really wanted to talk about with anyone afterwards was Now, what exactly happened?

    But in any case, it was an excellent show. Exceptionally good acting, a cool set, and my man Neil's unique outlook on life. I wish I had time to see it again before it closes next Saturday.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • PS - I didn't have time to comment on your (Lou's) post last week about the IRT's upcoming season, so I'll just say here that I am DELIGHTED to see James' Still's new play about Abraham Lincoln in the line-up. And intrigued to see THE GIVER.

    I also enjoyed reading the IBJ article about IRT/Civic set designer Ryan Koharchik. (I'm sorry, I can't remember who wrote that article.)

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • I have to second John's opinion of the Philharmonic concert. This is an under-appreciated organization that rose to the occasion on Sunday with a spirited performance of some of Verdi's greatest hits.

    P.E. told an inspiring story about meeting up with a past spear carrier on a Florida golf course who still revels in the fact that he and his fellow volunteers found the beat and the rhythm and mastered their triumphal march on stage in P.E.'s Indianapolis Opera performance of Aida.
  • Took in the Civic's West Side Story. Love the music--Maria, Tony, and Anita were all great fits for their roles. Some of the large dance numbers were hard to watch with the numbers of performance on stage all at once, but the songs were fun. Mayor Ballard and body guard were in the audience so that added another celebrity siting to the weekend.
    Also saw ISO Side by Side on Tuesday--what a neat tradition to continue!
    Rented a Tommy Lee Jones straight to video movie In the Electric Mist that was a pleasant surprise!
  • I went to a world premier screening of a docmuentary called
  • Oops! Sorry about the previous post.

    As I was saying, I went to the screening of a documentary called DTour at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre in Bloomington.

    DTour is about Indiana-native Pat Spurgeon, a drummer in the band Rogue Wave. Just as his band is about to embark on their first major tour, he finds out his kidney is failing (again) and he must perform twice-daily dialysis and needs a kidney transplant. The film touches on the hardships of dialysis on the road; at times he was performing dialysis in their van or backstage and he suffered headaches and swelling in his ankles. But the film was about so much more including the lack of affordable healthcare and insurance and the importance of conversations with loved ones about organ donation. We laughed; we cried. It was all around a great documentary!

    Director Jim Granato (also an Indiana native) says he hopes to bring it to Indianapolis, so stay tuned!

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