You-review-it Monday

March 24, 2008
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For me, the weekend included lots of reading for upcoming book reviews, a visit with Dance Kaleidoscope (review to appear in next week’s IBJ) and screenings of the classic “Mildred Pierce” and the less-than-classic “Horton Hears a Who.”

So what did you do this weekend? Catch Orquesta Bravo at the Jazz Kitchen?  Drew Hastings at Crackers? The Peter Shelton show at Herron Gallery?

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  • Ah yes, Mildred Pierce. My favorite version featured Ron Spencer as Veda at Theatre on the Square! But then, as 'Veda's father,' I'm probably biased.
  • We just stayed home this week end so I could try to get rid of this cold; but we watched Diner. It has been many years since either of us had seen it. Great movie; great old cars; and interesting connection to the Baltimore Colts. Remember them?
  • I saw Dance Kaleidoscope's The French Connection on Thursday evening, and I thought it was wonderful. I've seen all of their shows during the past two seasons, and this one is in my top three. I especially loved the first act - I immediately sensed what they were trying to portray without having to read the notes in the program.

    By the way, if anyone else saw Thursday's performance, did you notice the large group of elderly, French patrons? It was neat to watch a performance about a culture with its own people.
  • I read a book this weekend that made me think, Ooh! I want to tell Lou and the gang about THIS on Monday!

    What can I say? I loved Circle Time as a child, too.

    Anyway, the book is called SHARP TEETH. It was written by Toby Barlow and it came out last month from Harpercollins. Novels in verse usually just annoy me, but this one is very compelling.

    On the surface, it's about werewolves in Los Angeles, and it is not for the faint-at-heart, but it is also about love, friendship, community...all that good stuff. I have been suggesting it to every horror fan I know, but also to lots of other people.

    It will make you look at both your dog and your lover differently.

    I also wanted to mention that I finished reading ONE HELLUVA RIDE: HOW NASCAR SWEPT THE NATION, by Liz Clarke (Villard, 2008). I think I mentioned this book a couple Mondays ago. It, too, is a very engaging read. I think that racing fans will enjoy it, but also Indy residents who, like me, have been wondering what all the fuss is about.

    I cried when I read about Dale Earnhardt's death.

    Hope Baugh
  • Hope,
    Now there's an idea -- Circle Time on Monument Circle in the Circle City every Monday. That would be a great way to start the week.

  • I, too, saw DK's show. I actually liked the first act the least. I thought the performance continued to build with each act. DK is really a treasure for our city, I hadn't seen them in quite a while, and I'm so glad we made the effort to go.
  • The origami show at IMA is worth a trip. Even though it's a small exhibit in a single room, the idea that someone can make sculptures that intricate out of a single sheet of paper is mind-boggling, and you can't really appreciate it until you're there in person. Even the 13-year-old boys liked it.

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