Saturday, September 20

Theater Review: IRT: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT), breaks its pattern of opening with an edge-of-the-seat drama and opens the 2014-2015 season with a comedy. Last year the downtown theater started its season with The Crucible, in 2012 it was the stark (and fantastic) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,  the sensually dark Dracula in 2011 had everyone talking and Holes opened the historic theatre in 2010.

This year's offering for Indy ~ Shakespeare's, The Two Gentlemen of Verona ~  is one of the Bard's earliest works and tells of two friends who become opponents in the game of love.

If you have been loathe to sample, or reacquaint yourself with, Shakespeare, this comedy is good one to try. Friends go on their individual life's journeys and reunite only to fight over the affection of a woman. While Proteus, portrayed by Chris Bresky, and Valentine, played by Charles Pasternak, search for the loves of their lives, they find their own character and flaws.

Ryan Artzberger portrays the comedic servant, Launce, with Crab, his faithful canine sidekick (who received oohs and aahs throughout the show). Female love interests were: Lee Stark as Julia and Ashley Wickett as Silvia.

The laugh-a-minute comedy is a great addition to the LORT theatre's list. Solid performances by the entire cast are enjoyable to watch and highlighted most by Pasternak's smooth portrayal of the play's morally just character.

I must admit, however, that although this is a play worth seeing for any stage fan, it lacks the wow factor of opening shows in years past. When one sets the bar as high as IRT has done with its season starters for so long, to open with a comedy is ~ anticlimactic.

Much better to continue with grabbing potential theatre-goers and current subscribers with another by-the-throat drama. This one could easily have been set to stage somewhere in the middle of the season. Perhaps they will return next year to a schedule with an anticipated play such as one by Tennessee Williams (my hope) and set the standard high once more.

Bottom Line: Charles Pasternak turns in a flawless performance in IRT's season opener comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Wednesday, September 17

Ruffs & Tails at the IRT 2014 Benefits Humane Society of Indianapolis

Dog parents will get a chance to help the Humane Society of Indianapolis while enjoying a night out on the town with their four-pawed friends. The Indiana Repertory Theatre is launching its inaugural ‘Ruffs & Tails’ event Owners and their furry pals can meet other canines, nibble on human and doggy treats and get their picture taken wearing Shakespearean ruff.

The event takes place opening weekend of IRT's 2014-2015 season with The Two Gentlemen of Verona and their furry, tail-wagging cast member, Crab. Dogs are welcome to enjoy Three Dog Bakery goodies with flavors they’ll love including vanilla, peanut butter and carob. Think your dog is the most adorable in Indiana? Win over the crowd and have your dog’s picture taken in Shakespearean ruff to show off his or her theatrical side. Pictures of each future star will be taken and a specialty Three Dog Bakery gift basket will be awarded to the most ‘liked’ dog photo on the IRT’s Facebook page.

Learn more about the Humane Society and bring donations for their Humane Society Wish List. Donations include an entry to win a class from Bark Tutor School for Dogs. With special code, “IRTdog,” $2 per ticket of the Wed, Oct. 1, 7:30 pm performance and the Sun, Oct. 12, 5pm performance will be donated to the Humane Society of Indianapolis.

For more information about the IRT (Indiana Repertory Theatre), schedule, ticket pricing and full season calendar, please visit irtlive.org.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Tuesday, September 16

Restaurant Review: Top 10 Best Northside Nights 2014

Northside Nights 2014 will take place Sept. 15-28 bringing Indy's northernmost eateries into the
 limelight. The restaurant week, similar to Devour Downtown, is a foodie favorite with independents and chains sharing value-priced menus alike. The culinary fest includes 45 eateries for a peek at places you have been dying to try, check back on favorites and discover ones you have not heard of before the food event.

As it was so popular for Devour Downtown, I am noting the Top 10 Best menus by highlighting the "Top 10" restaurants in green. All restaurants will have links to the menus for the event. An asterisk marks new participating restaurants.

How did I decide? The criteria includes those that seem to be the best combination of good value, innovative menu and going above the others (ex. offering beer or wine also). And, so I give you the ...


Northside Nights
Top 10 Best Restaurants 2014

1881 Grille at Marten House Hotel

Bazbeaux

Bella Vita at the Marina

Champps Americana

Chef Mike's Charcoal Grill

Coalition Pizza*

Cobblestone Grill

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Divvy

Eddie Merlot's

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse

The Gathering Bistro & Pub at Geist

Hall's Castleton Grill

Harry & Izzy's North

Hellas Cafe

Hollyhock Hill*

J. Razzos (Carmel)

J. Razzos (Westfield)

Late Harvest Kitchen

The Local Eatery & Pub

The Loft at Traders Point Creamery

MacKenzie River Pizza Company (Carmel)

MacKenzie River Pizza Company (82nd Street)

Matt the Miller's Tavern

Mellow Mushroom*

Melting Pot

North End BBQ*

Oakley’s Bistro

Ocean Prime

Patrick's Kitchen and Drinks*

Peterson's

Pizzology

Rockstone Pizza & Pub

Sahm's Restaurant & Bar

Scarlet Whiskey & Wine Bar

Scotty's Brewhouse

Seasons 52

Stone Creek Dining (Noblesville)

Stone Creek Dining (Zionsville)

Sullivan's Steak House

Woody's Library

The list of participating restaurants and corresponding menus will be updated online at NorthsideNightsIndy.com. Additional information and special offers will also be posted on the Northside Nights Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Monday, September 15

Broadway in Cincinnati 2014 - 2015 Season Includes Redheads, Lions and Elves

Cincinnati is only an hour and 15 minutes away from Indy and a skip across the river from Louisville. It only makes sense to include Cincy in your go-to towns, pop over and catch a live show and escape for a weekend.

This is particularly true if you see a show in the 2014 - 2015 season lineup that Indianapolis or Louisville doesn't have in its schedule (click here to see Indy's lineup), or (click here to see Louisville's schedule). Or, perhaps you missed the show in your own city.

Either way, Cincinnati has grand hotels, like Netherland, tasty food like in the hip OTR neighborhood or at Moerlein Lagerhouse, and listed below are the great shows to catch while in town.





Broadway in Cincinnati
2014 - 2015 Season

DIRTY DANCING
September 23 – October 5, 2014
It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On vacation in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, Baby shows little interest in the resort activities, and instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters when an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor.

ONCE
November 11 – 23, 2014
Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians play their own instruments onstage. A Dublin street musician is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

ELF The Musical
December 2 – 7, 2014
 
Buddy, a young orphan child, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

CINDERELLA
January 6 – 18, 2014
 
This production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists. Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.

ANYTHING GOES
February 17 – 22, 2014
All aboard for this winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography as Cole Porter’s musical comedy is sailing to Cincinnati. When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love…proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”

Disney’s THE LION KING
March 31 – April 26, 2015
Cincinnati’s best-loved musical makes a triumphant return to the Aronoff Center following its record-breaking 2007 engagement. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life and thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Let your imagination run wild when the Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation returns to the stage.

I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE
June 2 – 14, 2015
It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY episodes. Stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage, a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.” The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”


Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Saturday, September 13

Wanted: Halloween Inspired Cocktails 2014

2012 winning entry LastDropBar.com
Think you (or your mixologist) has the best recipe for a cocktail inspired by Halloween? Selected Halloween-inspired cocktails will be featured in Gotta Go, giving readers the Top 10 best entries to enjoy and create with the 3rd annual Top 10 Best Halloween Cocktails 2014.

All recipes, images and contact information for the submission need to be in via email to elizabeth@gottago.us or elizabethjmusgrave@gmail.com, by Friday, October 17, 2014. Posting will occur the week of October 26. This will be a fun way for readers to enjoy cocktails made with great products and inspired by a ghoulish holiday.


All entries must include images of the cocktail and all of the below information (template below). Please remember to send a Twitter handle/link and website link. This helps the readers go immediately to you and check out how wonderful your company, bar, restaurant, et al, is and follow you on Twitter.

Those chosen will be featured on GottaGo.us. 

E-mail submissions only are required, no physical attendance needed for this one.

Include (in order and completely) the following information:

1) Cocktail's themed name

2) Bar/company/restaurant/mixologist/winery name and location

3) Website and Twitter handle so readers can check you out!

4) Recipe, including measurements, garnish and glassware

**Don't forget** 
5) Inspiration for drink-obviously Halloween, but what exactly inspired you to make this particular drink? The idea is to feature cocktails inspired by Halloween and all the scary, fun, ghoulish feelings about the holiday. Let your imagination run wild with this one...it can go many directions: Candy, apples, Jack-o-lanterns, costumes, movies, songs, vampires ...you get the idea!

6) Image-Please make sure it is a good quality.

This is open to anyone within the spirits/wine/beer company/restaurant realm including mixologists, bars, fine dining, bartenders, sommeliers, hotels, companies, spirit entrepreneurs, et cetera.

***Special Note***
Several cocktails were disqualified in past Top 10 cocktail lists due to the drink name and/or inspiration missing or not applicable to the theme. Let's see your best themed drink! Sending in a cocktail with a non-themed name and/or inspiration will, unfortunately, be disqualified.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Friday, September 12

Theatre on the Square 2014 - 2015 Season Includes Calendar Girls, a Sister and Dr. Ruth

Theatre on the Square
2014 - 2015 Season

Calendar Girls 
September 12 – October 11, 2014
Based on a true story ~ when Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.

Lightning and Jellyfish 
October 17 – November 8, 2014
Set in a rock-and-roll poster shop in the ’80s, Lightning and Jellyfish takes a realistic one-set play and explodes it, taking us into the hearts—and futures—of its characters. It’s about an evening in the life of a young woman on the brink of change–change that she’s trying to convince herself that she’s ready for. Realism vs. romanticism. Youth and frustration. Coming-of-age as a process rather than as moment. It’s about what we forgive in others and ourselves.

Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical 
November 14 – December 20, 2014
It’s Christmastime in the Armadillo Acres mobile home community, and everyone is filled with visions of kegnog and beer. In this sequel to "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," you’ll meet new residents of north Florida’s premiere mobile home community, including Darlene (the neighborhood Scrooge), her boyfriend Jackie and Rufus (a redneck with a heart of gold). Longtime Armidillo Acres residents Betty, Lin and Pickles are back with voices as big as their hair, but when a freak accident strikes Darlene, everyone’s Christmas cheer will be put to the test.

Late Night Catechism 
January 2 – 24, 2015
Catechism classes are never as much fun – or as hilarious – as when led by Sister. A piece of theater taking audience members back – sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully – to the children they once were. Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of “students” (the audience). Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school, with an omniscient authoritarian at the helm.

Wolves 
January 30 – February 28, 2015
In Wolves, two men’s folie à deux overtakes their small apartment and spills out onto city streets. When ex-boyfriend Jack brings a strange man home to woodland-obsessed Ben’s apartment, the Narrator can barely keep a lid on the looming violence. This “deconstruction” of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a darkly comic, predatory fairy tale for adults that explores the conflation of sex and fear in modern culture, the comfort of lava lamps, and the dangers of a handy axe.

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
March 6 – April 4, 2015
Welcome to the darkly comic world of Shel Silverstein, a world where nothing is as it seems and where the most innocent conversation can turn menacing in an instant. The 10 imaginative plays in this collection range widely in content, but the style is unmistakable.

Rapture, Blister, Burn 
April 10 – May 2, 2015
After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs—the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.

Becoming Dr. Ruth
May 8 – 30, 2015
Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth,” Americaʼs most famous sex therapist.

The Perfect “10” - A Dramatic Comedy with Music
June 5 – July 4, 2015
After a separation from a long-term relationship, a hilarious, self-foiling sexual conquest ensues in hopes of recapturing lost years chasing fantasies of youthful beauty in this semi-autobiographical story loosely inspired by the classic 1979 film starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews and Bo Derek.

Love, Loss and What I Wore
(fundraiser for TOTS)
July 10 – August 1, 2015
Written by Nora and Delia Ephron and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, the show is a scrapbook of stories about unfortunate prom dresses, the traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, short skirts and the existential state of having nothing to wear. Accessorizing these tales — which are mostly comic but often sad or sentimental too — are the mothers who disapprove, the men who disappear, the sisters who’ve got your back.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Wednesday, September 10

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir 2014 - 2015 Season

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir opens its 2014 - 2015 Season with Mozart: Requiem, followed by the 200-member Symphonic Choir’s annual holiday favorite Festival of Carols with four performances in downtown Indianapolis and Carmel.

From the traditional Handel’s Messiah to the consistently classy annual Gala Bel Canto, the season is highlighted with the world premiere performance of Farué Requiem & Fairouz Zabur pairing the intimate piece with a new commissioned work from composer Mohammed Fairouz. A pillar of choral-orchestral repertoire, Beethoven’s Ninth concludes the season alongside the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Krzysztof Urbański.

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
2014 - 2015 Season

Mozart: Requiem
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., Hilbert Circle Theatre (with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra)

Festival of Carols
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, 7 p.m., Scottish Rite Cathedral; Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, 8 p.m., The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts; and Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts

Handel’s Messiah
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, 8 p.m., The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
(with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra)

Gala Bel Canto: New York, New York
Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015, 6 p.m., The Conrad Indianapolis

Fauré Requiem & Fairouz Zabur
Friday, April 24, 2015, 8 p.m., Hilbert Circle Theatre
(with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Children’s Choir)

Beethoven’s Ninth
Friday, June 12, 2015, 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 13, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Hilbert Circle Theatre, and Sunday, June 14, 8 p.m. at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
(with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra)
Season Subscriptions are available for $145 and individual tickets range from $20 to $62. Student tickets are $15. Tickets and more information are available at indychoir.org or by calling the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir at (317) 940-9057.

About the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir 
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is proud to be one of central Indiana’s most established and dynamic musical institutions, marking its 78th season in 2014 - 2015. Among the most active symphonic choruses in the nation, the choir reaches in excess of 25,000 people each season with more than 25 performances and a comprehensive educational outreach program.
The 200 volunteer singers demonstrate the choir's commitment to musical excellence through their talent and dedication during each 42-week season. The choral partner of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Choir was founded in 1937 at the ISO’s request to perform the great choral-orchestral repertoire. The choir is now in its sixth year as the official choral partner of Indianapolis Public Schools, providing teacher training, educational resources, performance experiences and free printed music.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Tuesday, September 9

Phoenix Theatre 2014 - 2015 Season Includes Gable, Streisand and Typhoid Mary

Phoenix Theatre, located in the Arts District of Mass Ave, Indianapolis, is a year 'round theater. Starting its 2014 - 2015 season lineup with a dark comedy, the schedule continues with twisted holiday offerings and shows to make you think.


Check back here for reviews.
For tickets and complete details, visit PhoenixTheatre.org.

Phoenix Theatre
2014 - 2015 Season

Clark Gable Slept Here
September 18 - October 19
As one of the silver screen's brightest stars charms his way through the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, his staff tries to figure out what to do with the dead male prostitute in his hotel room at the famed Chateau Marmont. This glamorously dark satire explores the make-believe world of Hollywood, where nothing is ever what it seems and closets are used for so much more than hanging up your tuxedo.

Old Jews Telling Jokes
October 23 - November 23
This Off-Broadway hit comedy pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. Think you’ve heard them all before? Not this way. If you’ve ever had a mother, visited a doctor or walked into a bar with a priest, a rabbi, and a frog, Old Jews Telling Jokes will sit in the dark, give you a second opinion and ask you where you got that. You'll laugh 'til you plotz.

A Very Phoenix Xmas 9: Flashing Through The Snow
November 28 - December 21
Share your holiday with us! We’re back with another round of all-new sketches, songs and dances! We’ve got everything on your list: traditional holiday music, madcap comedy skits, and some very talented people to help you celebrate this most joyful—and stressful—time of year. We turn the holidays on their head with local and national playwrights putting a new spin on all things traditional. An Indy favorite!

River City
January 8 - February 1
Shaken by her father's death, Mary sets off to uncover three generations' worth of family secrets buried in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. Mary's journey spans four decades and investigates race, memory, and the ghosts that haunt one American city. River City is a fascinating and funny story about how you find your “people” when you check more than one box to define your cultural heritage.

The Cripple of Inishmaan
February 5 - March 1
When a Hollywood director visits a remote Irish island to cast his latest film, the locals clamor for their once-in-a-lifetime chance at movie stardom. But it's Billy, a frail young man with the odds stacked against him, who has the biggest Hollywood dream of them all. Direct from a smash-hit run on Broadway, this dark comedy features a cross-eyed look at Irishness and what it means to follow your heart, twisted as it may be.

Buyer and Cellar
March 5 - April 5

Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar, Barbra Streisand. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? This hugely successful Off-Broadway hit is an outrageous one-man comedy about celebrity, the oddest of odd jobs and the pursuit of utopia.

Dontrell Who Kissed The Sea
April 9 - April 26

18-year-old Dontrell Jones III decides that it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past. Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea is a present-day hero’s quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history’s wrongs.

Typhoid Mary
April 30 - May 24
You’ve probably heard of “Typhoid Mary,” but most of us are unfamiliar with Mary Mallon, the cook behind the name. This quirky, anachronistic telling of the discovery of Mary’s peculiar disease, as well as her forced quarantine, unfolds in front of a backdrop of changing notions of medicine, morality and cleanliness – Did she willfully infect others? Was she a victim of a misguided medical authority? Or is the truth even stranger?

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
July 9 - August 9

What will endure when the cataclysm arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? This imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, when what begins as a simple reminiscing of foundation a past episode of The Simpsons eventually leads to the development of the of a new civilization. Mr. Burns is a vibrant exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Saturday, September 6

Buck Creek Players 2014-2015 Season Includes Champs, Ghosts and A Few Good Men

Besides the plays I performed in (including portraying Tiny Tim at the age of 12), throughout middle and high school my first live theater experience was at a community theater. Immediately hooked on this way of immersing myself into a story, I was forever hooked on live stage performances.

Buck Creek Players' 2014-2015 season has drama, comedy and holiday spirit to please everyone. And, being located near Buck Creek Winery is an added bonus ~

No, I didn't write a review back then, I simply sat enthralled at the tale coming to life before my young eyes. The story has remained dear to me ~ Harvey. Lighting, shadows and talented performers created the six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka that looked like a rabbit with a protective and quirky attitude.

Community theaters are a wonderful addition to any town, providing a creative outlet for those with "day jobs," working on progressing to the big leagues and people who want to give back in their own way. I encourage everyone to support community theaters by attending at least one performance throughout the upcoming season. Check back here for theater reviews.

Buck Creek Players
2014-2015 Season
For tickets, location,and show times, visit BuckCreekPlayers.com

THINGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME
October 3-12, 2014
Olivia and Gabe have just packed all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country to start a new life together in Chicago. Moving day doesn't go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help.

A DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL
December 5-21, 2014 
From the bonny shores of England comes a stuffy old traveling troupe embarking on their 15th annual farewell tour of the Dickens' tale. The company diva pretends to be ill, certain the production will be cancelled. Mayhem ensues as this professional company scrambles to keep the show going, and everything that could possibly go wrong does…to hilarious, ridiculous results.

COLD STORAGE
January 30-February 8, 2015 
This intimate masterpiece and dark comedy examines health care and end-of-life issues at a cancer hospital. This cynical, life-affirming, and absurdly humorous Dramatists Guild award-winning play focuses on two patients at Hope Memorial Hospital, as they coax and banter their way toward the meaning of life. 

A FEW GOOD MEN
March 27-April 5, 2015 
The story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of murder. This riveting courtroom drama investigates both the nature of our military mentality and the Marine code of honor.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
June 5-21, 2015
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescent children vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves. At least the losers get a juice box.

THE MUSIC MAN
July 31-August 2, 2015
Quickly becoming an audience favorite, the Play-A-Part Fundraisers separate themselves from traditional productions in that all roles are "won" through an online silent auction with no required auditions. Veteran musical theater performers join first-timers to give this classic musical a comedic twist much like The Carol Burnett Show. 

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Friday, September 5

Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) 2014-2015 Season Includes Gentlemen, Spirits and Hounds


Indianapolis theater staple Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) opens its 2014-2015 season with William Shakespeare's comedy about a love and heartache. Also included in the schedule are dramas, its traditional holiday show and a mystery. As one of my recommended Top 10 best things to do in downtown Indy, IRT continues to create a lineup with a variety that connects with everyone. Check back to this site for reviews throughout the season.

TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
September 16 - October 19
The grass is always greener, especially in Milan. Best friends Valentine and Proteus are in love with the same woman: will it destroy their friendship or teach them a lesson? Join us for an adventure in laughter and frivolity as we meet a circus of outlaws, a cross-dressing heroine, a dog-loving clown and two friends who discover that love isn’t an easy game to play. 

RED
(Upperstage)
October 14 - November 9
It’s 1958 and abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko had just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art. With the help of his assistant, Rothko frantically struggles against his insecurities while trying to create a definitive and moving body of work. Electrifying and captivating, this winner of the Drama Desk Award and Tony for best play investigates the conflicts inherent in the tension between a great artist’s desire to be understood and respected.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
November 13 – December 24
The beloved classic of loss and redemption returns to IRT’s snow-covered stage as Dickens’ characters bring new life every season in this faithful, fanciful and frolicsome adaptation. It’s Indy’s favorite holiday tradition. Experience it for the first time all over again.

GOOD PEOPLE
January 7 – February 1
Single mother Margie Walsh may be on her last leg financially, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humor. Could reconnecting with an old sweetheart be the answer to all of her struggles? In this intensely observed portrait of a poignantly brave woman down on her luck, Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lindsay-Abaire lights up the stage as he considers whether it is strength of character or just plain luck that ultimately determines our fates in today’s America.

THE GIVER
January 20 – February 22
No pain. No desire. No choice. Sameness reigns in a utopian society set in the not-too-distant future. But for 12-year-old Jonas, his controlled and predictable life is unraveling before his eyes. Based on the award-winning book by Lois Lowry, this complex and controversial story forces us all to question the dangers of conformity and the power of truth.

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
February 18 – March 15
Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as Baker Street’s fabled detective duo investigate a deadly threat to the heir of the Baskerville estate. Will Victorian London’s keenest mind deduce the source of the monstrous mongrels before they claim another victim? Family secrets, haunted hounds, romance, and mysteries abound in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless tale of supernatural suspense. 

WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS
March 17 – April 12
1973 Atlanta. The politics of race, class and gender are rapidly transforming as the city elects its first black mayor. What better time to begin a romantic escapade than during the eve of an historic election? Old loves rekindle and new loves ignite in this expertly funny and delightfully urbane love story. 

ON GOLDEN POND
April 14 – May 10
As Ethel and Norman return to the familiar summer ritual of their tranquil vacation home on the water, they get a surprise guest in the form of their daughter’s young stepson-to-be. This tender tale paints an honest look at the labors and liveliness of a couple in the midst of their twilight years. This beloved Tony Award winning play reminds us that each moment we receive is a gift we share with those we love.

About the IRT
Founded in 1972, the IRT is the largest and leading fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The IRT continues to be one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state, providing experiences that engage, surprise, challenge and entertain.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

4th Annual Indiana Short Film Festival to be held October 10-11, 2014


Movie buffs will be pleased to learn Indiana has a growing-in-popularity event devoted to moving pictures. The 4th Annual Indiana Short Film Festival will take place October 10-11, with films being shown on the big screen at the Royal Theater in Danville, Indiana.

The only event solely dedicated to short films in the Central Indiana region, the festival received a record 217 films this year. A selection committee narrowed the list to 47 that will be shown at the 4th Best Short Film Festival in North America awarded by AudienceAwards.com.

The films will be divided into six showings, with five of the six showings lasting about 90 minutes. The other entitled “Saturday Nite Frite” includes science fiction, horror and other films not recommended for children, lasting about 120 minutes. Each showing is followed by a short question-and-answer session with filmmakers.

A panel of judges will select their favorite films during the event with a $250 cash award given to the grand jury winner. The VIP Filmmakers Meet-and-Greet event will be held between showings at 4:30 p.m. Saturday for attendees with the weekend pass. One hundred weekend passes can be purchased giving patrons full access to the entire festival.

Tickets, times and details are available at INShortFilmFest.com.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Thursday, September 4

Broadway Across America's Broadway in Louisville 2014 - 2015 season includes a prince, a king and a queen


Broadway in Louisville's 2014-2015 season brings to stage a confused prince, the king of the jungle and the queen of comedy.

Broadway in Louisville shows typically run for one week at The Kentucky Center. Tickets for individual shows typically go on sale to the general public 4-6 weeks prior to the opening of the show. For tickets and full schedule, visit BroadwayinLouisville.com.



I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE
October 7-12, 2014
It’s 1952 and you are a member of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two "I Love Lucy" episodes. A host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process of this brand new thing called “television,” the Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in 50's style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time.

NEWSIES
November 18-23, 2014
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines. Direct from Broadway comes the new musical from Disney based on true events. It tells the story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York.

ONCE
January 20-25, 2015
The winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards features an ensemble of actor/musicians playing their own instruments onstage. The show tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but the unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than everyday romance.

THE LION KING
March 3-29, 2015
The stage adaptation to the hit film returns with animals brought to life as the prince of the jungle seeks answers to the death of his father. The pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands includes the unforgettable score from Elton John and Tim Rice’s, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.”

PIPPIN
June 2-7, 2015
Back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago, the Tony Award-winner tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life or risk everything for a singular flash of glory?

Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Monday, September 1

Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet 2014 Stage Schedule

The seventh annual Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet takes place in Millennium Park Sept. 27-28. It offers a schedule of programming designed to showcase Chicago’s culinary talent, deliver the latest epicurean trends and to satisfy the hungry minds (and stomachs) of attendees.

In the beginning, I listed the restaurants, chefs, sommeliers, etcetera. This foodie event has grown too big for me to continue that practice and there are so many other details for you to check out so here is the link.
For a complete list of restuarants click here.

Two days of food from favorite and famous restaurants; wine and spirits tastings courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits of Illinois; beer sampling; celebrity chef demos; educational seminars; book signings, culinary competitions and more. Attendees have the chance to rub elbows with hundreds of culinary and beverage experts.  including Bon Appétit magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport and Restaurant and Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlton, more master sommeliers than ever before and renowned chefs like Carla Hall, Morimoto, Rick Bayless, Tony Mantuano, Stephanie Izard, Mindy Segal, Jeff Mauro, Takashi Yagihashi and Carlos Gaytan.

THE BON APPÉTIT MAIN STAGE LINEUP
 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

12-12:30 p.m.
Mexican Takeover
Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO), Carlos Gaytan (Mexique)

1-1:30 p.m.
Simple Meal Ideas from the Late Summer Farm Harvest
Stephanie Izard (Girl & The Goat/Little Goat Diner), Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa)

2-2:30 p.m.
The Whole Fish 
Masaharu Morimoto (Japonais by Morimoto)

3– 3:30 p.m.
Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World 
Carla Hall (“The Chew”)

3:45- 4:15 p.m.
Chicago’s Classic Italians
Jeff Mauro (“Sandwich King”), Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno/Piccolo Sogno Due)

4:30-5 p.m.
James Beard Award Winners
Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig), Justin Aprahamian (Sanford Restaurant)

5:15-5:45 p.m.
A Classic Chicago Roast
Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia/Terzo Piano/Bar Toma/River Roast), John Hogan (River Roast), Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven/The Purple Pig)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

12:30- 1 p.m.
Pastry Pillars
Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart), Della Gossett (Spago Beverly Hills)

1:30-2 p.m.
Chicago’s Top Restaurateurs
Donnie Madia (One Off Hospitality), Rohini Dey (Vermilion), RJ Melman (Lettuce Entertain You), Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm (BOKA Restaurant Group)
2:30-3 p.m.

Trans Atlantic Experiments
Sergi Arola (Arola), Homaro Cantu (Moto)   
3:30-4 p.m.

A Trotter-Inspired Dish
Graham Elliot (graham elliot/g.e.b.)
4:30-5 p.m.

Culinary Travel Inspiration
Bill Kim (bellyQ/urbanbelly/Belly Shack), Mindy Segal (Mindy’s Hot Chocolate)


WHAT’S NEW IN 2014

Primetime Pavilions
BBQ Pavilion, in partnership with the Illinois BBQ Alliance: Including Chicago q, Bub City, Old Crow Smokehouse, Sweet Baby Ray’s, Smoque BBQ and others.

Green City Market Pavilion: Featuring Farmhouse Craft Tavern, 2 Sparrows, CICCHETTI, Spritzburger, Karyn’s on Green and more.

Centennial Pavilion (in celebration of the Illinois Restaurant Association’s 100th Anniversary): Featuring Mike Ditka’s Chicago, Gibsons Restaurant Group, The Signature Room at the 95th, The Berghoff, Italian Village and others.

Neighborhood Pavilion: Featuring Hash House A Go-Go, Nana, Autre Monde Café and Spirits, Marion Street Market, The Chop Shop and more.

Mariano’s Pavilion: Featuring Trenchermen, Three Dots and a Dash, Piccolo Sogno Due, The Bristol, Three Aces, The Radler and others.

Street Eats. Travel the world at the newly added Global Street Food Market, developed in collaboration with Chicago’s Sister Cities, located in the South Promenade. Featuring internationally-loved foods from China, Ireland, Africa, Columbia, and 11 of Chicago’s sister cities, highlights include offerings from Bolat, K-Kitchen, Shokolad Pastry & Café, Vermilion, Red Butter, Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods and several others. The Global Street Food vendors share the pavilion with breweries, a newly added entertainment stage and an artisan market presented by Artizone featuring Chicago vendors selling their wares.

Craft on Draft. Beer geeks can ‘hop’ their way through the festival, and enjoy a refreshing offering of craft brews. Stella Artois, Goose Island, Lagunitas Brewing Company and New Belgium will be on hand to present pairings, tastings and extensive beer knowledge to interested attendees.

Glittering Grand Cru. The ultimate food and wine experience, the Grand Cru, offers attendees the opportunity to taste more than 90 of the finest wines in the world, as chosen by the event’s impressive and largest line up of Master Sommeliers. During these select tastings, each day from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Harris Theater Rooftop, these leading wine experts will pour, present and discuss their picks.

Beard-Worthy Bites. Guests holding a golden ticket to the Grand Cru will also indulge in food pairings from the James Beard Foundation’s elite. Heralding from restaurants championed both locally and throughout the United States, the talent includes esteemed chefs recognized by the James Beard Foundation. Visiting chefs have been paired with a Chicago-based counterpart who will present a side-by-side showcase.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave writes two magazine food and wine columns: Destination Dining and White Linen & Corks,and is a travel, features, food and wine writer, travel and food photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as the Travel & Leisure Adviser on FOX59 Morning News Show. She also is a speaker, consultant and trainer for hospitality, travel and luxury businesses, P.R., and tourism groups, as well as a radio and television guest and host. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.