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Abracadabra! You Need to Visit This New Albany Magic Shop

Do you believe in magic? Brent Braun does, and might make you as well. You won't regret checking out this New Albany magic shop. Braun launched J&B Magic Shop inside the Greentree Mall in Clarksville back in 2002, intending only to stay open for the holiday season. A move across the street to the…

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Fort Wayne’s Embassy Theatre Unveils New Features

The Avett Brothers were a new name to me, but knowing they combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky tonk and ragtime is intriguing. I might have to give it a go! For the past couple of years those of us who live in the Fort Wayne area have heard of a…

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It's a Beef & Boards Christmas 2014

It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing about the Beef & Boards Christmas special, looking forward to last year's performance. Here it is a couple days before I get to attend again, and I've realized this is the fourth or fifth time I've previewed B&B's Christmas special (it's…

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Watching The Tempest at White River State Park

Call it serendipity, call it blind luck, call it a mystic spell that took me to some remote island, but Saturday night found my two youngest kids, Emma and Ben, and me at White River State Park to see Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre (HART) showing of The Tempest . Every year, HART puts on…

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Back With the Church Basement Ladies at Beef & Boards

If there's one show that I absolutely clamor for at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, it's the Church Basement Ladies. This month, Beef & Boards is showing A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement , bringing Mrs. Snustad, Mrs. Gilmerson, Karin Engelson, and Pastor Gunderson back to their subterranean abode of…

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Beef & Boards Kicks Off 2014 Season With 'Lend Me A Tenor'

It's a rare event for Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre to do a regular play with little to no singing. But when they do, it's always a special treat for me. This year, Beef & Boards kicked off their upcoming 2014 season with the romantic farce, Lend Me A Tenor . A couple years ago, they pulled out one of…

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Two Festival of Trees in Indiana This Year

Paramount Theatre Festival of Trees, Anderson, Indiana At the Paramount Theatre, they're bringing back the local favorite, the Festival of Trees. With decorated trees, wreaths, Larry Davenport's world-famous train village, musical concerts, a visit by Santa Clausweek-long children's entertainment…

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IndyFringe Festival Wrap-Up: New Attendance Record. Again.

The 9th annual IndyFringe Festival closed Sunday, August 25th, having set attendance and box office records yet again. According to the Festival organizers, 17,286 people watched a play during the 10 days festival, marking a 16% increase over 2012 (another record setting year). They also returned…

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Civic Theatres in Indiana

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about live theatres around downtown Indianapolis. And while I missed a few theatres we have around town (Asante Children's Theatre, Beef & Boards, as well as theatres out in the suburbs), I realized I was also giving short shrift to other theatres in other cities. I…

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