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Thomas Kinkade, painter of…cars?

I’m all for populist art. But I’ll readily admit to being a bit embarrassed for the city that Thomas Kinkade, the much-collected — and much-mocked — “painter of light,” has been named the featured artist for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway…

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You-review-it Monday

For me, the last few days included an opening at the Phoenix, a world premiere with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and finally getting around to watching “Love Actually.”

How about your weekend? Did you take in any First Friday events? Catch “Durang-O-Rama” or “To…

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A&E: Durang hits and misses-WEB ONLY

When playwright Christopher Durang is in control-and when he’s got a cast in sync with his satirical world-the results can be hilarious. When his desire seems just to be more outrageous at every turn-the results can be awkwardly exhausting. His anchor-less “Titanic,” which occupies the entire second half of InterAction Theatre’s “Durang-ORama” (through Feb. 14 […]

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A&E: Durang hits and misses-WEB ONLY

When playwright Christopher Durang is in control-and when he’s got a cast in sync with his satirical world-the results can be hilarious. When his desire seems just to be more outrageous at every turn-the results can be awkwardly exhausting. His anchor-less “Titanic,” which occupies the entire second half of InterAction Theatre’s “Durang-ORama” (through Feb. 14 […]

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Arts roundtable: funding

Last week, we at IBJ gathered a panel of local arts professionals to discuss funding issues. A story about that insightful talk will appear in the upcoming print IBJ while a video will appear on line. I’ll give you more…

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Shakespeare hall-of-famers

Tonight, the Guthrie Theatre’s touring production of “Henry V” comes to Purdue University. Shortly after talking about it on the air today at Fox 59 (where I offer a weekly preview of upcoming arts events–see clip at www.ibj.com/arts), I…

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Should libraries charge?

Should libraries be charging for the hottest materials?

The Dallas Public Library thinks so. It’s slapped a $5 surcharge on a short list of bestsellers and new-release DVDs. You can find more details here.

A slippery slope or a smart move?

And,…

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Chicago: Weathering the arts storm

I know I’m not alone among Indianapolis arts lover in taking occassional trips to Chicago for a change-of-venue cultural fix. So I like to keep an eye on the news up there.

Well, the Chicago Tribune recently reported on some…

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You-review-it Monday

Yes, there was the amazing football game. But, for me, the weekend also included LA TheatreWorks’ production of “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial” at Clowes and InterAction Theatre’s “Durang-o-Rama” at the IndyFringe space.

While well acted, “Monkey Trial” fell between two stools. At its…

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A&E: Theater in NYC-WEB ONLY

This week, an ogre’s beloved, a troubled and troubling mother, and a cad’s catch highlight a sampling of the current Broadway season. Yes, the stories you’ve heard are true. The lights have gone out on much of Broadway. With a long list of shows shutting down, the pickings are slimmer for anyone who goes to […]

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DINING: SCOTTY’S BREWHOUSE-WEB ONLY

Remember that guy in college who kept screwing up and, sometimes, disappointed you? But when it came down to who people wanted to hang out with the next weekend, he was the guy? The “that guy” phenomenon helps explain how two out of three diners at our recent lunchtime visit shared stories about past Scotty’s […]

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A&E Theater in NYC: A trio of terrific leading ladies-WEB ONLY

This week, an ogre’s beloved, a troubled and troubling mother, and a cad’s catch highlight a sampling of the current Broadway season. Yes, the stories you’ve heard are true. The lights have gone out on much of Broadway. With a long list of shows shutting down, the pickings are slimmer for anyone who goes to […]

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DINING: SCOTTY’S BREWHOUSE-WEB ONLY

Remember that guy in college who kept screwing up and, sometimes, disappointed you? But when it came down to who people wanted to hang out with the next weekend, he was the guy? The “that guy” phenomenon helps explain how two out of three diners at our recent lunchtime visit shared stories about past Scotty’s […]

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A&E Xscape to Lafayette Square-WEB ONLY

Ever since Xscape took over a sizable chunk of Lafayette Square Mall late last year, I’ve heard speculation about what goes on behind its walls. Most of that guesswork came from people jumping to conclusions based on the decline of its shopping center surroundings, combined with nightmare experiences at the likes of Chuck E. Cheese. […]

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DINING: ROCKSTAR PIZZA-WEB ONLY

The year-old Rockstar Pizza (19 N. Green St., Brownsburg, 858-1188) earns its name honestly. The gold-record-covered walls (Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz, etc.) and photos-with-celebs under the clear tabletops are testament to the rock and roll connections of its co-owner, former promotions rep Colby Matthews. The positive spirit of the place-I love places that proudly sponsor […]

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A&E Xscape to Lafayette Square-WEB ONLY

Ever since Xscape took over a sizable chunk of Lafayette Square Mall late last year, I’ve heard speculation about what goes on behind its walls. Most of that guesswork came from people jumping to conclusions based on the decline of its shopping center surroundings, combined with nightmare experiences at the likes of Chuck E. Cheese. […]

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