You-review-it Monday

August 10, 2009
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This weekend, for me, included a shift with "Pump Boys & Dinettes" at Indianapolis Civic Theatre, a visit with the kimodo dragons at the Indianapolis Zoo, and exposing two more people to "Memory Cloud," the new installation at the entrance to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

And you? What A&E did you encounter this weekend? 
  • This weekend...

    After viewing the film Departures Saturday evening I would quickly put this high on the most under viewed must see films. In prime time Saturday evening there were only 40 folks to appreciate this great (foreign film Academy Award) film. A must see! Very slow moving, but it has to be. A great study in cultural universals of how we approach the great changes in life events and how in our life we change. And, it is beautiful!

    Glenn Pratt

    DEPARTURES (1:00 4:30) 8:00

    Keystone Art Cinema
  • Glenn, I was hoping to catch Depatures sometime this week. Glad to hear that you liked it.
  • I'm going with a group of eight friends tonight to see Julie and Julia - so my pending review with be (sort of) based upon this focus group's reviews. I feel like this movie mandates a dinner with items that have been heavily introduced to butter. Uhm, movie popcorn does not count.
  • Julie & Julia over the weekend. Loved it. Looking back, I would have loved it equally had it just been Julia. Really brilliant performances by Streep and Tucci. I've already set the dinner party date for Boeuf Bourguignon.
  • Saturday night I saw the final performance of The Light in the Piazza performed by the IU Opera department. It was very well done and I'm only sorry I didn't see it last weekend so I could encourage some of you to go see it. The leads were very well cast and the sets were simple but perfect. And as is normal for the IU Opera productions, they used a full orchestra.

    For those who've never heard of The Light in the Piazza, it won the 2005 Tony award for best musical. The music was written by Adam Guettel, the grandson of Richard Rogers.
  • I judged two Encore community theatre shows and saw one of the farewell performances of Pump Boys and Dinettes at the Indianapolis Civic Theatre. I wrote about the Civic show on my blog.

    I also read a novel called PROSPERO LOST, by L. Jagi Lamplighter (Tor 2009). It is a sumptuous modern-day fantasy about the daughter of the wizard in Shakespeare's The Tempest. I have never seen or read the play, but I still enjoyed the novel very much. The characters and settings are more important than the plot, which doesn't move very quickly or very far, but I loved that it took me forever to finish reading this. It is the first in a series.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • I spent my weekend working the fundraiser show at BCP - The Sound of Music: Play-A-Part. It was a great time and audiences really loved it! I haven't heard laughing so hard in a long time. We have this type of show every other summer, so maybe Lou & Hope will be able to join us next time :-)
  • I spent First Friday checking out the two-man show Power Over Poverty benefitting Gleaners at The Stutz. I especially loved the ink drawings by Derek Powell in the silent auction -- extremely moving and expressive.
  • My week seems to have mirrored your weekend. Thursday we saw PB&D at Civic. Having never seen the show (and always wanted to) it was a real treat the catch it at last. I remembered seeing a clip on TV when I lived in Alaska, but it never came near a city I lived in. What a treat to finally see it after 20 years of waiting. It did not disappoint.

    Sunday we were supposed to take my sister-in-law to the zoo. Sadly, a back injury on my part, and the overwhelming heat forced us to move the zoo date to her next visit. Maybe October will be more pleasant weather?

    Instead, we took in the first floor of the IMA. Everyone found something they loved. Mom enjoyed going over the amazing detail in some of the paintings. I enjoyed the Memory Cloud (once I got close enough to realize they weren't salt shakers or shuttlecocks). I also really liked the historical Indiana photos in the American art section. Being new to Indiana, it's great to see the city's rich history and heritage. My sister-in-law had never seen an art museum before and couldn't decide what her favorite part was, but she thoroughly enjoyed the new experience. Next time, (when my back doesn't hurt) we'll catch the rest of the exhibit and tour the grounds.
  • I attended the all Mozart Symphony on the Prairie concert Sat. A large crowd and a wonderful concert.

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.