Almond on Vonnegut

I’m a bit shamed to admit it, but when I picked up Steve Almond’s recent collection of essays “(Not that You Asked)” I cringed a little when I saw that the first substantial one focused on the author’s literary hero,…

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Live … from the Toby

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Tobias Theater will be renovated and reopened thanks to a $1 million gift from the Randall and Marianne Tobias.

Announcements of specific programs for “The Toby” are still forthcoming, but IMA reps say it will be…

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Oscars, ‘trotters and “Menopause”

Some unrelated thoughts on a catch-up Tuesday: 

The Academy Award nominations are out  and it’s interesting to note that “Transformers” (3) received more nominations than “Norbit” (1).

Seriously, though, for those of us who watch the Oscars the way others…

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You-review-it Monday, 1-21-08

I had a busy A&E weekend, with the “Three Girls and Their Buddy” concert at Clowes Hall on Friday night (more on that later), the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s hot ticket “Rite of Spring” performance on Saturday (see previous blog entry…

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Ticket scalping…for the symphony?

This evening’s performance of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra featured something extraordinary … and I’m not talking about the performances of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” and Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” (although those were outstanding).

I’m talking about ticket scalping….

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Opie art dancing on Mass Ave.

IBJ reporter Jennifer Whitson takes over the blog today with news on new downtown artwork. Take it away, Jennifer:

First came the Tom Otterness public art exhibit in 2005. The roly-poly brass sculptures captured some hearts, including those beating in some…

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Great shakes at Butler

“I just pass on the enthusiasm and make it about them.”

That’s what Roger Rees, one of the world’s most acclaimed Shakespearian actors (and perhaps familiar to you for his stints on “Cheers” and “The West Wing”) modestly told me when…

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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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World’s best bookstores, etc.

One of the most pleasant hours of my weekend was spent chatting with staff and customers at Big Hat Books, the Broad Ripple independent that gave the city a low-key cultural infusion when it opened a few years ago….

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You-review-it Monday

What did you see, read or experience this weekend?

Did you join the crowd at “End Days” at the Phoenix? Hear Marvin Hamlisch with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? Contemplate the totems at the Eiteljorg? Catch the opening of “Say You Love…

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