You-review-it Monday

July 27, 2009
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For me, the weekend included closing night at the Indianapolis International Film Festival featuring the deserving-national-release documentary "Racing Dreams" (and subsequent party and award presentation), a Saturday visit with the "Smoke on the Mountain" crew at Beef & Boards' "Sanders Family Christmas" (more on that in next week's print column), a Sunday afternoon look at a student production of "Rent" at Park Tudor (part of the Summer Stock progam led by local actress Emily Ristine Holloway), and, in between, finishing reading Cormac McCarthy's "All the Pretty Horses" (the last of my vacation books this summer).

How about you? Did you catch Dance Kaleidoscope at White River State Park? Were you in that long line at the IMA to see the midnight "Rocky Horror Picture Show"?

Share your thoughts on your weekend's A&E experiences.
  • Ducked in from a beautiful afternoon yesterday to see the Hendrick's Community Theater's presentation of Grease. Very entertaining with some solid young talent. Both my 16 year old daughter and I enjoyed it very much.

    Also, a belated shout out of thanks for the preview tickets to (500) Days of Summer. Absolutely loved the film - just quirky enough to keep each scene an opportunity for surprise, plus a great soundtrack. Thanks again for the opportunity.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art was wonderful. As my niece and I made a few friends as we waited a the end of what must be the longest line ever for a Summer Nights movie event. When we finally made it in, we spread out a blanket on the top tier of the terrace and watched people dance the time away - the DJ spun some really good crowd pleasers, including a three song set of Michael Jackon's best, culminating in a very large re-enactment of the Thriller dance. A few stuffed-shirt staff members decided the virgin sacrifice event just prior to the movie was too hot for the audience and cut the mic mid-countdown, that was the only drama of the night.

    An RHPS virgin myself, I was not prepared for how entertaining a night this would be. I have no idea what group of genius Rocky Horror cult followers was responsible for the night's constant para-theater and shouted ad-libs, but it made for the best movie experience I've had since I was a kid easily entertained by big explosions and anthropomorphic cats. If you have a chance to catch RHPS in a theater, do it. You won't be disappointed.
  • I not only atteneded Rocky Horror at the IMA, I was performing in it. I was the tall bald guy playing the Criminologist.

    Definitley a fun time. Moving the showtime to midnight (as it shoud be) probably made a big difference in the size and makeup of the crowd.
    I still don't understand the ban on rice. This was an outdoor show. But that's minor. We had a good ad-hoc cast, but hopefully next year we'll have a few more people in costume.
  • Saturday I attended the Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre fundraiser at Tom McTamney and Larry Hurt's house and it was terrific. Marni Lemons and Cindy Lasher sang, accompanied by one of the most talented people in the city, Brent Marty. I confess I sang a lot too. Maybe too much!

    It really was fun - a wonderful party of people who love and support the arts in Indianapolis

    Last night I attended another fundraiser not for an arts organization, but for a friend of a friend's medical treatment. The fundraiser itself was at ComedySportz and all the CS and $3Bill Comedy people donated their time, the venue, their tips even to this cause. The performances were absolutely hilarious and such a great reminder of how many talented people we have in this city.
  • Sun evng Indpls Symphonic Band performed at the Lions Club, Zionsville,
    the last concert of the Lions Club Sunday concerts in July. Saturday evening had dinner with friends at Ruby Tuesday. Earlier this past week visited Fair Oaks Dairy Farm in Fair Oaks IN. This is something to see. Looking forward to seeing the Julie and Julie movie. Did see 500 days of summer. Are there any previews coming soon?
  • Too much?! Megan, I wish you had sung more! It was a treat to listen to you.

    I tried to write a little something about the HART party on my blog, too. Not a review, exactly, because it's weird, isn't it, to review a party? But a post to acknowledge for the record that something blissful and semi-serendipitous had occurred in the world of live, local performance art.

    I couldn't attend the fun(d)raiser at ComedySportz Sunday night, but I believe you and the several other people who wrote about it in my Facebook feed the next day that it, too, was a very special event.

    Actually, I love that there were, and almost always are, LOTS of wonderful, live performance art events and happenings going on around town, way more than any one person can possibly attend. I check Lou's You-Review-It Monday faithfully because I get to feel as if I am attending a lot of events vicariously. Thanks, everyone who posts.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • PS - My favorite book for this week is MORTAL COILS, by Eric Nylund. (Tor Books 2009)

    It's a long but very engaging and often funny read about a pair of orphaned twins, Eliot and Fiona. Their apartment in California is filled with books but there is a list of 100 do not rules posted on the back of every door. The rules prohibit everything from music to hand lotion to fairy tales. So...the twins are in some ways very well-read, and they are definitely mentally gifted, but they have led a very sheltered life being strictly homeschooled by their cold grandmother and ditzy great-grandmother. They only leave the apartment to do menial labor every day at a nearby greasy pizza parlour.

    When they turn 15, however, they learn that the rest of their family is NOT dead. In fact, their mother's family are gods and goddesses while their father's family are fallen angels. Both families are now after the children, and neither family is all good or all bad.

    I almost never ask a librarian or bookseller for suggestions of what to read (ironic, I know) but I was very sad when this book ended. I can imagine going in to my local public library and asking the readers' advisory librarians, Do you have another book just like this one? just to see what they say.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

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