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You-review-it Monday: First Friday and more

November 8, 2010

This weekend kicked off the Ann Katz Festival of Books at the JCC and the Spirit & Place Festival. Did you catch any of those events?

As for me, I attended a workshop-ish read of Actors Theatre of Indiana's developing Hoagy Carmichael musical (Rule of thumb in life: Take any opportunity to hear "Skylark") and opening night of "Mary's Wedding" at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

On the way to the IRT, I did some First Friday gallery hopping with a stop at the Arts Council of Indianapolis' Gallery 924, featuring the 6th Annual IDADA Members Exhibition. Question: What do you think of the Arts Council housing a gallery of its own?

There was also time for a visit to the Harrison Center for the Arts where the work (lots of it) of Kyle Ragsdale is featured through the end of the month (Yes, you can go to galleries other times besides the first Friday of the month).

In one of the three Ragsdale-devoted spaces, his paintings are presented in conjunction with photographs by Paul Baumgarten and text by John Beeler, Tyler Henderson and Cindy Ragsdale. All are featured in "Share, Half-Share," a booklet created for the Indiana Humanities Council's Food for Thought program.

My own thoughts on some of the above in later blogs and columns.

In the meantime, what did you see, hear or otherwise experience this weekend?

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