You-review-it Monday

August 16, 2009
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For me, the weekend included a trip to the 1970s with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre's "Romeo and Juliet at the Disco" and the testing of dozens of new games at GenCon. More on both soon.

I also finished Philip Roth's short novel "The Dying Animal," which doesn't quite come together as a novel but proves a memorable character sketch (actually, the continuation of a character he's been sketching for years). The 2004 novel feels like a career placeholder, but a coasting Roth is better than most writers on full.

So what did you see, read, or do this weekend?

Your thoughts?
  • Yay! I am glad you're going to write about the Gregory Hancock show and GenCon, Lou. I would have liked to get to both, but couldn't.

    My arts weekend started on Wednesday. I shared stories about Abraham Lincoln with a wonderful, full-house audience of residents and guests at the very elegant Stratford at West Clay in Carmel.

    Then I spent two invigorating days at the second annual BlogIndiana conference on the IUPUI campus.

    Then I saw and judged two Encore community theatre shows - the last two shows of my judging year. I made it to the end! I can hardly believe it. Now all that's left is to vote for the winners. It was an excellent experience, one I would like to repeat in a few years, but for now I am glad to be free again to see and write and talk about whatever shows interest me.

    Late Sunday afternoon I judged the first (and annual, I hope!) Liars Contest sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana State Fair. That was a rewarding experience, too. I wrote about it on my own blog as well.

    AND I worked at my day job this weekend, so I didn't get a chance to read books at all, which made my weekend feel incomplete, in spite of how full it was. I'm glad you mentioned a book this week, Lou.

    I slept in until 10:00 this morning and woke feeling grateful that I'm not due at my day job until 1:00pm today!

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Saw a great movie--The Hurt Locker--and started a great book,The Art of Making Money, a true story about a master counterfeiter.
  • Went to Conner Prairie for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (one of only 18 year-round professional orchestras in the country) performance of The Music of Queen. Brent Havens's masterful arrangements and conducting along with Brody Dolynuik's spot-on vocal tribute to Freddie Mercury could not have been more enjoyable. Personally I can't wait for The Music of Pink Floyd.

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