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 Thursday, May 14, 2009

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Checkmark Broad Ripple Art Fair. Clay, lady, clay.
Checkmark "Das Rheingold" Ring in the summer.
Checkmark Fall Out Boy. Lawn and order. 
Checkmark Elton John/Billy Joel. Piano men.
Checkmark This week's contest: Win tickets to Indianapolis Museum of Arts' Summer Nights film series.
Checkmark Lou Harry's A&E blog: For reviews, previews, TV clips and blog discussion, visit www.ibj.com/arts
 

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Broad Ripple Art Fair
May 16-17
Indianapolis Art Center
Summer unofficially begins when the first piece of art is purchased at the Broad Ripple Art Fair. This year's event - featuring 225 juried artists - also includes music on four stages, including one devoted just to kids stuff. For details, click here.

"Das Rheingold"
May 15, 17
Clowes Hall

It's the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in full force. It's the Indianapolis Opera in full force. It's Wagner in full force. And it's "Das Rheingold," which has never been done here in Indy.

What's happening on stage at Clowes Hall this weekend is not a full production of the opera, but it's not exactly a concert version either. With video projected across the length of the stage, 14 singers acting (albeit not in full costume), smoke effects, a rising and descending stage, and the ISO front and center, filling the hall with Wagner's epic sounds, this won't be a passive experience.

I'll confess, I peeked in at a rehearsal just to see what the design team is up to. Now I'm even more excited about seeing the full performance. You've got two chances, Friday evening or Sunday afternoon. I'll be there for the latter. For details, click here.


Fall Out Boy

May 15
The Lawn at White River State Park

Next week, they'll be on "The Today Show." This week, they're kicking off the season at The Lawn at White River State Park. And if you haven't heard of Fall Out Boy, well, that's because you aren't between the ages of 13 and 17 and too cool for the Jonas Brothers.

If this show isn't to your liking, there's plenty else to choose from this summer. Upcoming concerts on the Lawn include O.A.R.; the Indianapolis Symphony performing the music of Led Zeppelin; The Fray; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Bonnie Raitt with Taj Mahal; The Moody Blues and more. For details, click here.
Elton John/Billy Joel
May 19
Conseco Fieldhouse
It is difficult to imagine two solo acts with greater individual longevity. Billy Joel and Elton John have both been household names in four decades.

So how about a pop quiz on these kings of pop?

1. Which had the first hit, Elton John or Billy Joel?

2. Which was first to have his music featured in a Broadway hit?

3. Which was the voice of Dodger in Disney's animated "Oliver & Company"?

4. Which played piano on The Hollies' hit "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"?
5. Which one sang the National Anthem at a Super Bowl?

6. Which was the first to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

7. Where should you click for more details on the concert at Conseco Fieldhouse?

Answers:

1. John's "Your Song" was released in 1970. Joel's "Piano Man" came out three years later.

2. John's "The Lion King" premiered in 1997 - and is still running. Joel's "Movin' Out" opened in 2002.

3. Joel

4. John.

5. Joel ... at Super Bowl XXIII.

6. John, in the class of 1994. Joel didn't arrive until 1999.

7. Here

Also this week:
The Cabaret at the Connoisseur Room presents "Lee Lessack: Too Marvelous for Words, the Songs of Johnny Mercer," May 15-16. Click here for details.

The Indiana Repertory Theatre presents "Interpreting William" through May 31. Click here for details.

Indiana State Museum presents its Performing Arts Festival, May 17. Click here for details.

Bloomington Playwrights Project presents the "BloomingPlays Festival" May 14-30 at 107 W. 9th St., Bloomington. Click here for more details.


This week on Lou Harry's A&E blog:
You-Review-It Monday
Arts bargains everywhere 
Too much contact?

This week's contest

This week, you can win tickets to any film in the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Summer Nights film series. It opens June 5 with "The Bourne Identity" and continues weekly with such films as "Roman Holiday" (June 12), "Fight Club" (July 10), "Hustle & Flow" (Aug. 7) and a midnight showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (July 24). Picnicking is very popular at these outdoor screenings, so patrons are encouraged to bring food, blankets and lawn chairs.

Want tickets for a party of four? All you have to do is fill out the form here. I'll pick one winner at random. While you are entering, describe what you'd find in an ideal picnic basket. Your response won't help you win, but it gives us something to include on our popular Contest Results page.

Last week, I offered four - count 'em, four - pairs of $40 tickets to the elegant and fun new Cabaret at the Connoisseur Room. Upcoming shows include Liz Callaway, Sharon McKnight and, this weekend, Lee Lesack (see above).

The winners? Megan Marcum, George Hanlin, C. David Moore, and Sharon Connell.

I also asked you to tell your favorite Lee. You can find some of the responses here.

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