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The Grammy Awards, 'Wonderful Life' and more

December 3, 2009

Time to empty the notebook:

--The Grammy Award nominations have been announced and while pop singers get a lot more attention, I’d like to point out how regionally diverse the top five are for Best Classical Album. Represented are the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia. Who says everything worthwhile in the arts comes from New York? Details here.

--John Leguizamo’s latest one-man show, which had an in-progress performance at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, at last has a name. It’s being called “John Leguizamo’s Diary of a Madman.” Latest stop: San Diego. Details here.

--In the mood for one of the greatest films of all time? Sure you are. Tonight, UA Circle Centre will be screening “It’s a Wonderful Life” tonight (Dec. 3). Pre-show festivities include appetizers, games, and a trivia contest hosted by your’s truly. Tickets are only $5, with proceeds going to Downtown Indianapolis beautification. Details here.

--Go see "The Fantastic Mr. Fox."

--Hope Baugh, a frequent poster here, raised an interesting question on her Indy Theatre Habit blog recently. What do you do when a fellow audience member’s laugh drives you to distraction. Read the post, part of her review of “Chicago,” here.

--I encourage theater professionals and those interested in the marketing of the arts to take a look here. It's actually a commentary from the always-reliable Clyde Fitch Report on another article, in the Guardian. Both concern the state of stage photography.

My question: How much should the images released to media or used in ads or on websites reveal about the shows themselves? I think that many of the amateurish images sent by some local theaters would actually repel potential audiences rather than attract them, but there are exceptions.Can you recall a time when photography from a play made you want to see it?

Your thoughts?

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