You-review-it Monday

May 10, 2009
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For me, it was a weekend primarily focused on dance--but since that dance was the recital for Village Dance Studio, where my daughter is a ten-year vet, don't expect a review from me.

But I will say that the army of kids participating -- from the adorable toddlers to the graceful graduating seniors (some of whom went directly from performance to prom) -- left me with just a hint of the number of kids at studios around the region being positively influenced by this demanding and rewarding art form. Shoes off to them all.

In other A&E matters, I previously mentioned catching the Phoenix Theatre's new musical comedy "The Zippers of Zoomerville." I also managed to slip in some DVD time this weekend with the remarkable one-woman show "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty" and the solid children's film "Bridge to Terebithia."

How about you? I know: You went to see "Star Trek" (I'll join the chorus of reviewers and audiences saying how much fun this is for fans and newbies alike--and adding that it's even more remarkable considering how easy it would have been to mess up. Witness the last botched attempt to reboot Superman.)

But, in addition to Kirk and company, maybe you also caught Beethoven's 5th with the ISO, "Rabbit Hole" at the IRT, or the final concert of the season from the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

Whatever A&E you experienced this weekend, you are invited to share here at the Monday water cooler.

Your thoughts?
  • I thought that was you I walked by yesterday. Later I saw your name in the program and decided that yes, indeed, that was you I walked by. They put on a real good show.
  • My son was home from Purdue, it was Mother's Day, and we all wanted to see Star Trek. Right after church we made it to the 1:15 show at Castleton before it got crowded. We all agreed it was great. Star Trek became the main topic of conversation for the next several hours. Every scene was awesome. My only little wish for something done differently would to have William Shatner's voiceover at the very end.
  • I saw the ISO on Saturday, and they were PHENOMENAL. I can't wait for the opera this weekend!
  • Well, I went to see the world premiere of The Zippers of Zoomerville at the Phoenix Theatre, as I mentioned here on Friday. More of my thoughts about that show are now up on my own blog, Indy Theatre Habit, and very briefly on my Twitter account, IndyTheatre.

    Also this weekend, though, I went to the annual plant sale of INPAWS (the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society.) I love the botanical storytelling that is always a part of the auction of special plants at the end. I have gone for the past three or four years. Three experts have always been there to take turns telling about each special plant's needs and what it looks like through the seasons.

    They never introduce themselves, and I have always been too shy to go up and introduce myself, but from what I have gleaned just by listening over the years, the three experts are:

    Hilary Lee Cox, of Leescapes Garden Design in Avon. She is originally from England and therefore has a delightful accent in addition to her wealth of plant (plahnt) knowledge.

    Kevin? from Spence Restoration Nursery, I think, in Muncie, Indiana. I love the twinkle in his eye that he gets when he talks about the plants.

    And a woman who works in the gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, I think. She was wearing a name tag this time, but I didn't write it down because I thought I would remember it. Silly me. Anyway, most of her plant stories mention the museum, too, in some way, and I love imagining what it must be like to work in those vast gardens.

    All three experts obviously love working with plants that are native to Indiana. Every year their little spoken stories about plants and gardening re-inspire me to do my best with my own gardens.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • I'm with Dan. Saw Star Trek at the IMAX in Noblesville. IMAX is definitely the way to go for this movie. They did an excellent job of casting for the main characters. The stand out had to be Karl Urban as Bones, but Chris Pine made an excellent Kirk. Also, if you like Chris Pine as Kirk, check him out in Bottle Shock.
  • We went to ISO Friday night and it was wonderful. I had not heard Beethoven's Fifth Symphony from start to finish for a couple of years and one forgets what a marvelous work it is. Bravo!
  • Thanks Chantal and Marsha for coming to the Symphony this weekend! The only thing I could squeeze in personally was finding more George Rickey sculptures downtown. This is my favorite exhibition so far in the lineup.

    Jessica Di Santo
    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • I haven't seen Star Trek yet, but will. My question, though, is this: What's with the word reboot being applied to this movie? So many journalists are using it now. Is this the new catch phrase?
  • My son and I went to see the Philharmonic's Spring's Progress concert at Pike Performing Arts Center. We enjoyed it very much. The first piece was a soaring Aaron Copland piece and it was typical--very American-sounding with obvious cowboy-on-the-range themes (or is it only obvious now because Copland invented it? hm....) . The second piece was a Delius intermezzo that was very quiet and lyrical, and although it was played very well it was too quiet for a Sunday afternoon in the dark. Luckily it was short (about 10 minutes) or else we might have snoozed a bit. After the intermission was the fabulous Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony, with the cool waltz 3rd movement.

    We really loved the Philharmonic--how cool is it that so many volunteer musicians can sound so polished and professional and be able to offer a quality symphonic experience to the public for as low as $5/ticket! They are going to do free concerts at Garfield Park weekly in June, so I thoroughly recommend people check it out.
  • Cindy,
    The reboot thing started a few years ago, as far as I can tell, with the attempts to relaunch such seemingly exhausted properties as Superman. It was used often when the second Hulk film was made so close to the failed first one. The Cupid TV show falls into the same category.
    It differs, I think, from a remake in that there's a serious effort to turn the property not just into a new film but into a series or franchise.
    Anyone know of any earlier uses of the term in regard to movies or TV?
  • Rabbit Hole @ IRT was really terrific. And Cardinal Stage's production of Doubt in Bloomington was also great!
  • I would say the reboot really became popular with Casino Royale. It wasn't just seen as another entry in the Bond series, but a reboot. With that being such a critical and financial success, the reboot has bounced around many more times, most notably, like Lou said, with Superman and bizarrely the Hulk series.

    The difference is with Casino Royale and Star Trek is that they took franchises that were become stale and ridiculous and adapted them into a more modern appreciation. Where Superman and The Incredible Hulk failed was that they kept looking back with nostalgia.
  • Austin,
    Thanks for the insight. Yes, Casino Royale showed how it could be done in ways that are both critically and financially successful.
    So what's next? What franchise is ready for a re-boot?
  • Wonder Woman. Actually, I don't know if this even fits the conversation, because I'm still not sure what you guys are talking about in terms of franchises and reboots (I don't go to see many movies!), but it all reminded me that I would like to see a modern Wonder Woman movie.

    She has to keep the bracelets, though.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Hope,
    A Wonder Woman film is in development. Target is 2011 but no cast or director announced yet, as far as I can tell. We might actually have invisible planes by the time it comes out...
  • Lou asks what franchise is ready for a reboot.

    My vote: Ma and Pa Kettle!
  • Wonder Woman is one of those projects that I never believe will actually take off. Joss Whedon was working on it for a long time. He worked with the studios for quite a while with that script but he ultimately walked away from it, apparently out of frustration. If there ever would be a Wonder Woman movie I wish Whedon would do it. Despite problems I have with Buffy the Vampire slayer, he knows how to write respectful women heroes.

    I can't think of any franchises that I want to see rebooted. A few years ago I would have said The Pink Panther but we saw how they messed that up. (I still stand by the idea that Kevin Kline should have been Clouseau and Steve Martin should have been Dreyfus.) If anyone in Hollywood even thinks about touching The Thin Man franchise, I'm going to have gray hair at a very young age.
  • Austin,
    An effort to do The Thin Man on Broadway tanked with Barry Bostwick and Joanna Gleason. Nick and Nora ran for less than a month in 1991.

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