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Preview: Indy Zoo's New Exotic Birds Exhibit

The eagerness of brilliantly hued lorikeets as they stretch their necks to reach nectar. Long, curly eyelashes that lend a touch of flirtatiousness to the otherwise formidable southern ground hornbill, a 13-pound meat-eater that uses its enormous beak to skewer prey.

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The Theban Trilogy at the IMA

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to see No Exit’s wonderfully unconventional Antigone on the grounds of the IMA. And as powerful as the Sophocles play was, I couldn’t help but feel as if I had walked into a movie an hour late. Having not seen the prequels Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus, performed earlier this month, I had to pick up elements of the backstory not remembered from college on the fly. Lucky for you, No Exit will stage all three plays on May 31, June 1, and June 2.

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Artists Shine as Spotlight Nets $401K Toward AIDS Relief

Local arts stars collided at Clowes Memorial Hall on May 7. Their universal mission: to entertain, and to raise money for the Indiana AIDS Fund, at Spotlight’s 17th showcase of live performance talent.

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What I Know: Tasha Jones

Life on the road isn’t glamorous, unless your idea of glamour is waking at 4 a.m. to practice your performance, dressing your kids at 6, writing until lunch, making phone calls all afternoon, then picking the kids up, cooking dinner, and sleeping for five hours.

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46 Super Reasons to Love Indy

I. The Vonneguts were here (and still are). The new Kurt Vonnegut mural along Mass Ave has made the likeness of Indy’s most famous author a permanent fixture of the cityscape. And the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, opened in 2011, allows visitors to lay fingers on the very typewriter keys the giant once tapped (and […]

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What I Know: Joshua Bell

Noteworthy: French Impressions, his album with pianist and fellow IU Jacobs School of Music alum Jeremy Denk, comes out this month.

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Time for Three Opens New Season of ISO Happy Hours

No offense to The Three Muskateers (opening at theaters across the country this weekend), but we’re partial to our own trio. Time for Three will launch another ISO Stella Artois Happy Hour Series on Thursday, and the group leaked us the musical selections:

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Beauty and the Beast Comes Up Roses at Clowes Hall

A well-worn “tale as old as time” brought all of its truisms and talents to the Clowes Memorial Hall stage on Tuesday night. It was opening night for the NETworks production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which yet runs Oct. 13 through 16 here. This latest nationally-touring take on the show jump-starts both the Broadway in Indianapolis 2011-12 season and the source material itself.

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Fairytale Beginning: Hoosier Emily Behny Stars in Broadway Tour

As a Ball State musical-theater grad, Emily Behny was prepared for drama—and she got plenty of it last fall when she auditioned for the lead in the Broadway touring production of Beauty and the Beast. At the conclusion of one callback in New York City, where Behny was living, she was asked to return the next day and sing for a musical director. She already had plans: She was getting married. In a rather Disney-esque sequence of events, Behny spent the evening waiting tables, went out for her bachelorette party, made the 10 a.m. audition for the part of Belle, and dashed off to her afternoon nuptials at City Hall. When she and her Prince Charming returned from their honeymoon, she learned she had landed the role. “I heard the good news from my agent on the tarmac,” Behny says.

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Breaking News: Stan Lee's Indy Appearance CANCELED

Attendees who signed up for ExactTarget’s upcoming Indianapolis conference hoping to see pop-culture icon Stan Lee are in for a big disappointment, Circle Citizen has learned.   Last month, the interactive marketing company, headquartered next door to Circle Citizen’s 40 Monument Circle offices, announced in a splashy

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Breaking Comic Book News (and a Confession)

Circle Citizen has important news to report from the world of comic books.   But first, a confession: Your Circle Citizen correspondent is a recovering comic-book geek. In the 1980s, he squandered many hours of his youth in a poorly lit basement comic-book store in Bloomington called 25th Century Five and Dime, digging in dusty boxes and

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The Monument's Freed Slave: A Brief History

It appears in a group of sculptures on the west-facing side of the monument known as “Peace.” In the center, a robed Liberty holds a shield inscribed with the Latin “E Pluribus Unum.” A man sits at her feet, shirtless, gazing at her as he holds out a set of broken shackles.

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Urbanski Arrives: This is Big

How apropos that the long, rudderless period at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra finished last weekend with an exciting evening of music featuring no  conductor at all.

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What I Know: Florence Henderson

The Southern Indiana native will sing the opening number at the Indianapolis 500 this month, a tradition she started 20 years ago.

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