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Lou Harry's A&E

Yes, you've found Lou Harry's A&E, IBJ's home for opinion, debate and discussion on arts and entertainment matters in Indy and beyond.  Thanks for stopping by.

Reviews, previews, blogs, etc.

While this blog has loads of readers (110,000 page visits in January.), I’ve found, anecdotally, that that number includes some who know little about IBJ’s other arts and entertainment coverage. So I thought I’d take today’s posting and give you a...
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“Assassins” shot down

"All of us have a healthy respect for the freedom of artistic expression that college theater represents, and all of us agree that out of respect for the families of those victims of the tragedies at Northern Illinois University and...
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Justifying PBS

President Bush’s proposed budget features significant cuts to public broadcasting: 2009’s allocation goes from $400 million to $200 million. And 2010’s drops from $420 million to $200  million. More details here. Public broadcasting certainly had an easier time justifying...
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Cruise and the cult of biography

Yes, it’s the big day. The unauthorized Tom Cruise biography is out. Guess who won’t be reading it? For one, a few clicks will get you all the couch-jumping, the Scientology, the wild rumors, and the rest that you could possibly want....
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Naked in Carmel

Few would object, on the one end, to a Norman Rockwell painting being hung in an art gallery window. Few, at the other end, would approve of a city park screening of a Jenna Jameson skin flick. But where is the line...
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Indy arts: The Ballard years

“…  Frankly, if it comes down to another piece of art or another cop on the street, that’s not a close call.” So said Greg Ballard in a post-election interview with IBJ. With Ballard now officially on the job as mayor of...
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A new ISO marketing move

Just yesterday, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced a new addition to its schedule--a Tuesday night preview concert of music excerpts from upcoming shows. The Jan. 8 coming-attractions evening ticket price is $5, which also includes a 2-for-1 offer for a future show. Getting...
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Price points

One of the productions I’ll be reviewing in the next IBJ is “Assassins,” the Stephen Sondheim musical staged by the new Indy-based company Lowbrow Productions (information at www.lowbrowproductions.org). Something I probably won’t be mentioning in the article: The fact that...
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The Value of Controversy?

“As long as artists are at liberty to feel with high personal intensity, as long as our artists are free to create with sincerity and conviction, there will be healthy controversy and progress in art.” That line isn’t from Michael Kammen,...
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The Art of the Blog

Welcome to the IBJ A&E corner of the blogosophere—a salon of sorts where arts and entertainment issues large and small, local and national, low-, medium- and high-brow, will be discussed, debated, argued about and wrestled with. It’s a place I hope...
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