Monday, August 31, 2009

Hancock finds new home

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre...

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is proud to announce the OPENING of THE ACADEMY OF GREGORY HANCOCK DANCE THEATRE. The professional modern dance company has a new home and rehearsal space along with a school to train dancers.

THE ACADEMY of GHDT will open in late September of 2009.

The Academy will be located at 329 Gradle Drive in Carmel, Indiana.

This is a major step for the company. Students from the Academy will not only receive top quality year-round dance training but will have the opportunity to appear in productions with the professional company as well as opportunities to participate in G2 (the pre-professional company of GHDT) and a new Junior Company.

The Academy will offer year-round training from professional dancers of GHDT and guest instructors. Curriculum will include: Modern Dance, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Bharata Natyam (Classical Dance of India), Bollywood Dance, African Dance, and Bollywood/Bhangra Workouts. Classes are available for dancers age 6 through Adult.

The company will also present its popular "cabaret-style" concerts in the new rehearsal space. Students from The Academy will have the opportunity to appear in GHDT's highly-popular annual production of THE NUTCRACKER in December and a year-end production at the Pike Performing Arts Center.

For information regarding classes, open houses and registration for THE ACADEMY, please contact GHDT at (317) 846-2441 or via email at: ghdt@sbcglobal.net.

www.gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org

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Carmel Community Players Reschedule Opening Night

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from Carmel Community Players...

Carmel Community Players Reschedule Opening Night

Rabbit Hole to Open One Day Earlier on Thursday, October 15th Adding an Extra Performance

(August 28, 2009 - Carmel, Indiana) - Carmel Community Players has rescheduled the opening of their production of Rabbit Hole at the Carmel Community Playhouse, moving opening night up by one day.

"Friday night is a busy night in Hamilton County. Because we have some great surprises planned for our opening in the new Playhouse, we want to give people an opportunity to attend this very special celebration of community theater," says CCP spokesperson Brian Koning. "Thursday night just seems like a better option for people due to football games and other local events scheduled for Friday."

Because the opening of the new Carmel Community Playhouse at Clay Terrace was delayed three weeks as details were being worked out with the new lease, the opening of Rabbit Hole was pushed back by three weeks. The opening on October 15th adds an eighth performance to the two-week run.

"We're excited to be opening a great show under the direction of Ken Klingenmeier, a fantastic director, in a beatiful new facility at Carmel's Clay Terrace outdoor mall," says CCP president Michael Long. "The community is going to be impressed."

Carmel Community Player's Rabbit Hole opens Thursday, October 15th at the new Carmel Community Playhouse and runs for two weekends. Production dates are October 15-18, and 22-25. For more information visit www.carmelplayers.org or www.carmelplayhouse.com.

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The Eiteljorg for a buck

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from the Eiteljorg...

$1 admission for Labor Day at the Eiteljorg Museum and

third annual Canal sidewalk sale

Who: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the Indiana State Museum

What: On Labor Day, the Eiteljorg Museum will offer $1 general admission. Guests can celebrate their day off work enjoying the great exhibitions of Western and Native American art and artifacts and the interactive stagecoach exhibit in the Pulliam Education Center and the Moments and Monuments: The Plein Air and Studio Paintings of Curt Walters exhibition.

Special sidewalk sale of merchandise from two of the stores of major cultural institutions along the Downtown Canal. Each institution will offer a wide assortment of merchandise including gifts, books, t-shirts, one-of-a-kind items and more at discounts up to 50 percent.

When: Eiteljorg Museum Store sidewalk sale, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while merchandise lasts.

$1 general admission for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

Where: The sale will take place on the canal sidewalk behind the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Revised release re Arts Education Grants

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Here's a revised release from the Indiana Arts Commission regarding their arts education grants program...

Please note this release contains corrected links to the Arts Education program guidelines and online application. Please disregard the previous release.

Arts Commission now accepting online applications for arts in education grants

(Indianapolis, Indiana) — The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today it is now accepting online applications for its arts in education program.

"This marks the second year for this program designed to support curriculum needs, and impact individual student engagement and performance at the primary and secondary levels," said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC executive director. "In the year since this program was launched it has been exciting to see how the individual investments made to the Indiana Cultural Trust Fund are paying off by encouraging young people who will be Indiana's next generation of artists and arts patrons."

The IAC anticipates funding approximately 12 to 13 applications with grants up to $5,000. Applicants much match dollar for dollar the IAC grant awarded with school funds, contributed funds, in-kind donations, or services. Funding may not replace or supplant existing resources. Project activities must take place during the scheduled school day and may not fund afterschool or summer activities.

"The Indiana Arts Commission believes the arts are essential to a balanced, quality education and a vehicle for increasing critical thinking skills," Ricci said. "Schools will be asked to develop a balanced and working partnership with a qualified artist, organization, business, or group to help develop and implement a successful project."

The arts in education grant program is open to any Indiana pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public, private, or parochial school. Grant guidelines and application are currently available online at: www.in.gov/arts.2420.htm

Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the grant guidelines as there have been a number of changes since last year.

Applications must be submitted through the Indiana Cultural Grants Online (http://indiana.cgweb.org/) no later than October 1st, 2009. Projects must include a planning phase and implementation plan between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

On behalf of the people of Indiana, the Indiana Arts Commission advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life.

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MIke Beas: Will Bob Knight show up?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Is he or isn't he? Will he or won't he? And if he does, will his acceptance speech qualify as mean-spirited or be so ridiculously sweet that it has those in attendance dabbing their eyes? Now the biggie: will he position himself behind the microphone modeling a somewhat larger replica of one of his hideous plaid sportscoats from the 1970s?

No one knows because when it comes to Bob Knight, no one does. The man's demeanor has been as directionally predictable as a ping-pong ball in a typhoon.

Indiana University's decision to induct its former men's basketball coach into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame nine years after pointing him toward the unemployment line is the ultimate no-brainer on paper. Whether Knight, he of the three national championships in Bloomington, actually attends the Nov. 6 event is fast becoming a topic of great interest.

At this point nothing is embedded in cement other than the fact Myles Brand won't be asked to introduce Knight. Or Dale Brown. Or Connie Chung. Or any member of the San Juan police department. Or any sportswriter not named Bob Hammel. Or Neil Reid. Let's see, Pete Newell and Henry Iba have passed away, which clearly rules them out, so I'm leaning toward Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doing the honors.

Again, what do I know? When it comes to Knight, what do any of us know?

Now a short bounce-pass from 69-years-old, which he turns Oct. 25, Knight long ago separated himself geographically, emotionally and perhaps even spiritually from Indiana University, which relieved him of his duties as men's basketball coach on Sept. 10, 2000.

Memories of Knight will live forever - the titles, the chair, the hundreds of lives positively impacted - but the man won't. Now is the time. He's been invited back to Bloomington, and hopefully Knight graciously accepts and one last time, for one final evening, holds an entire basketball-adoring state captive.

Grand entrances are welcome.

EARTH TO LOU: Don't know if he's been mentally affected by nearly drowning in his own spittle over the years or whether some Woodstock leftover slipped something whacky in his Metamucil, but former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz has officially lost his mind.

Taking his homerism to new levels, Holtz has done the impossible by taking the heat off fellow broadcasting moron Beano Cook ("Ron Pawlus will win two Heisman Trophies") by predicting a Florida-Notre Dame matchup in the 2010 Bowl Championship Series title game inside the Rose Bowl.

All together now. Huh?

Would this be the same Notre Dame that ranked 100th nationally in rushing in 2008 by averaging a less-than-stellar 109.7 yards per game or the one scheduled to play in Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh and Palo Alto with home games lined up opposite traditional butt thorns Michigan State, USC and Boston College?

In Holtz's defense, the Irish schedule is softer than it's been in years, so in a way I see where he's going with this. If Notre Dame completes the regular season with fewer than 10 victories and a major bowl bid tucked in its back pocket, coach Charlie Weis should return 30 percent of his salary to the university.

But to accomplish what Holtz thinks the Irish can accomplish, Notre Dame must run the table. Given the above statistics, it would appear it has difficulty running anywhere.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Circle of Lights auditions

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in about auditions for this year's Circle of Lights...

Show off your talent at the 2009 Circle of Lights® presented by

the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481

Watch out American Idol and America's Got Talent! It's time for Indy's own infamous auditions.

Thousands of people gather each year to enjoy the annual holiday lighting ceremony on Monument Circle. There isn't a better time to show your talent than at the 47th annual Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. Quality Connection, IBEW 481, RTV6 and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. are seeking entertainers to perform a variety of numbers including, but not limited to, vocal acts ranging from soloists to show choirs and dance troupes.

Auditions will take place Saturday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Oct. 1 at the following locations:

· Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 — 11:30 a.m.

Electrical Training Institute, 1751 S. Lawndale Ave.

(Take Sam Jones Expressway to Lynhurst. North on Lynhurst to Minnesota. West on

Minnesota to Lawndale. Left on South Lawndale just before the I-465 overpass.)

· Thursday, Oct. 1 from 4 — 8 p.m.

IBEW Local 481 Hall, 1828 North Meridian St.

There is no need to pre-register for auditions. Acts will be auditioned in the order in which they arrive. Those acts who audition in person are generally more successful.

Performers should prepare a number/act using the following specifications:

· Not to exceed 2 minutes. This time limit will be strictly enforced at auditions. Acts chosen for the show will have approximately 3 — 3½ minutes to perform but for the sake of time, we must limit auditions;

· A holiday theme is required;

· A keyboard and microphones will be provided. Please provide your own keyboardist. If you are performing to a track, please format your track to CD for the audition.

· Stage dimensions are 24' x 16';

· Group size not to exceed 25 persons.

Individuals/groups will be judged on talent, visual presentation, stage movement and commitment. Selected groups must commit to two evening rehearsal dates prior to the event and from 2:30 — 8:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

Call 317.594.0743 or email akellison@indydt.com with questions.

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City Ballet announces repertoire for debut

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

The new Indianapolis City Ballet announces the repertoire for its gala coming out party Sept. 12...

The Indianapolis City Ballet (ICB) today released additional information about its September 12, 2009 "Evening with the Stars" performance, including additional dancer information and repertoire.

"We are so fortunate to have secured the services of some of the best dancers from the world's great companies and paired them with dance repertoire that demonstrates their unique strengths across the ballet styles from classical to contemporary," said ICB Chairman Robert Hesse.

Hesse continued, "This special presentation by the Indianapolis City Ballet is designed to gauge the interests of the Indianapolis dance community by showing a well-rounded mix of repertoire by the leading dancers of our generation. Without the generous support of the many donors and volunteers who have given their time, energy and expertise, this evening would not be possible. And so with just two weeks before our inaugural performance, the dancers are rehearsing in cities around the world in anxious anticipation of their performances in Indianapolis".

Mary Levin, co-chairperson of the Gala event following the performance stated "This performance is the type of gala event held once a year in the major dance capitals of the world — events to which tickets are usually impossible to get."

The event will have 11 different pieces of repertoire and have something for everyone. Fans of the classical and romantic works will enjoy the stunning pas de deux's from Diana and Acteon and Le Corsaire (Pas D'Esclave), the lyrical beauty of the bedroom pas de deux from Manon and the romantic Romeo & Juliet danced so gorgeously by American Ballet Theatre's Julie Kent and David Hallberg. The neoclassical Balanchine hit Stars & Stripes gives a light-hearted moment of technical bravura that will be danced by New York City Ballet's Joaquin De Luz and Tiler Peck.

Adding more contemporary works and style, Dance Kaleidoscope's David Hochoy will re-fashion his Fascinatin' Rhythm for a ballet pas de trios, placing it on De Luz and Peck along with American Ballet Theatre's stunner Sarah Lane. Sizzling, new and ultra-contemporary, Stuttgart Ballet stars Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly will unveil Mono Lisa, a European-style contemporary piece by choreographer Itzak Galili. The Ukranian power couple from the Kirov Ballet, Denis and Anastasia Matvienko, will give a pas de deux from Radio and Juliet, Edward Clug's reinterpretation of Shakespeare's "Romeo" with music from multi-Grammy winners Radiohead.

Artistic Chairman John Meehan explained, "ICB decided to have an international group of stars, show off the variant ballet styles and the influences of the various schools of ballet, and put on an evening of great entertainment and importance. We also wanted to show the dynamic talent of these artists across the ballet vocabulary and have most artists dancing both stunning classical and contemporary works. We still have a few surprises up our sleeves - and obviously this is a very special performance that the artists are very much looking forward to."

An "Evening with the Stars" will take place at the Murat Theatre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis on Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m.Tickets are available at www.murat.com or via telephone at 1-877-598-8703. General admission seats are $65, $45 and $25. Reduced price, group sales (10 or more tickets) are available by calling 317-339-1413.

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State arts commission accepting arts in education grants

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in from the Indiana Arts Commission...

Arts Commission now accepting online applications for arts in education grants

(Indianapolis, Indiana) — The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today it is now accepting online applications for its arts in education program.

"This marks the second year for this program designed to support curriculum needs, and impact individual student engagement and performance at the primary and secondary levels," said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC executive director. "In the year since this program was launched it has been exciting to see how the individual investments made to the Indiana Cultural Trust Fund are paying off by encouraging young people who will be Indiana's next generation of artists and arts patrons."

The IAC anticipates funding approximately 12 to 13 applications with grants up to $5,000. Applicants much match dollar for dollar the IAC grant awarded with school funds, contributed funds, in-kind donations, or services. Funding may not replace or supplant existing resources. Project activities must take place during the scheduled school day and may not fund afterschool or summer activities.

"The Indiana Arts Commission believes the arts are essential to a balanced, quality education and a vehicle for increasing critical thinking skills," Ricci said. "Schools will be asked to develop a balanced and working partnership with a qualified artist, organization, business, or group to help develop and implement a successful project."

The arts in education grant program is open to any Indiana pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public, private, or parochial school. Grant guidelines and application are currently available online at: www.in.gov/arts.2348.htm

Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the grant guidelines as there have been a number of changes since last year.

Applications must be submitted through the Indiana Cultural Grants Online (http://indianacgweb.org/) no later than October 1st, 2009. Projects must include a planning phase and implementation plan between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

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Rain garden at IMA

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in about the IMA's new rain garden...

Beautiful art can take many forms. There are many beautiful art objects that are even outdoors. And now with our nice weather, you are encouraged to visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) greenhouse parking lot, and view one of their newest art exhibits- a rain garden. It looks great and like most art, should only improve with age. What is a rain garden? It's a depressional area planted with wildflowers and other plants that collects some of the water after a rain and allows the water to soak back into the ground instead of all running off. Rain gardens can help decrease stormwater runoff volumes from urban, suburban, and town developed sites. This conservation practices is being demonstrated to help cities and towns find alternative ways to help decrease peak volume stormwater runoff after a larger rain, and at the same time add to the natural beauty of the landscape. Individually these practices may have a small effect, but collectively many such practices can make a major reduction in the volume of runoff water to local streams. They also can attract wildlife such as birds and butterflies. In addition, they can include many natural plants that have a unique beauty of their own, while they also send deep roots to help water soak into the ground even better.

The new rain garden at the IMA is just part of many new conservation practices being currently planned for at the museum that will demonstrate Low Impact Development (LID) practices. An interpretative sign is being completed that will also be installed at the site to provide more background details about rain gardens. These new conservation practices, or art objects, are being installed at the IMA to share ideas, better educate the public, and to showcase some new landscape ideas for landowners to consider. The rain garden installation was made possible with assistance from the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation & Development Council, and it's Plant-A-Million Program. Grant funds from the Lilly Endowment helped cover most of the cost of the rain garden installation. For more information about rain gardens visit the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District website at www.marionswcd.org .

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Christopher West lands Dean Johnson space

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 AM

This just in regarding a new gallery venture involving Christopher West and the Dean Johnson Gallery...

Indianapolis, IN, August 26, 2009: christopher west presents, a contemporary art gallery focusing on emerging regional and national artists, will open at 646 Massachusetts Avenue on October 1, 2009 featuring a new installation by painter Danielle Riede.

The intimate gallery space will focus primarily on solo exhibitions and feature approximately ten artists per year. The gallery program will capitalize on director Christopher West's more than ten years experience in curating and selling contemporary art both in Indianapolis and on the West Coast. West says that although the economic times are challenging this seems like the perfect opportunity to start this new venture. "It's times like these that the entrepreneurial spirit really comes alive. Businesses must become more creative, new partnerships need to be formed, and ultimately a better product emerges."

West is partnering with Scott Johnson of Dean Johnson Design. In exchange for gallery space, West will help refocus and reinvigorate the already popular Dean Johnson Gallery. "I see a real opportunity with Dean Johnson's space. They've always provided an amazing service to the local arts community and now we are both excited to continue evolving and pushing the arts scene forward." After fulfilling current obligations with exhibitions already planned for 2009, Dean Johnson Gallery will start focusing on contemporary design from Central Indiana and the Midwest beginning in December of this year.

"We're excited to expose new artists and ideas to the community and Christopher has a record of finding fresh, new talent". West and Johnson see both gallery spaces as being a great fit for Massachusetts Avenue. "Our hope is that both of our galleries can feed off each other and add to the vibrancy of what is certainly the cultural heart of the city."

for more info: www.ChristopherWestPresents.com

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Mike Beas: On Vick and Favre

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Here in America, professional football is the biggest, baddest dude on the sports block. The one so incredibly muscular and annoyingly Teflon that negativity, adamant in its refusal to stick, simply slides away.

Collectively, the National Football League can do no wrong. Oh, it's players and coaches can — see poster idiots Michael Vick and Oakland coach Tom "Sugar Ray" Cable — yet sum the thousands of its parts from stadium grounds crew members all the way up to team owners and the NFL is the untouchable force.

Half the league's payroll could be doing hard time and it wouldn't matter. They play, we hear the silent dog whistle and come a runnin'. By now, the league basically sells itself, which one would think might lighten the work load of the league's marketing department.

If only.

With the two-ring circus known as Vick and Brett Favre returning in 2009, couch potatoes coast-to-coast are going to be inundated with can't-miss-this promos touting these quarterbacks bound only by the positions they play and the fact each passed his prime three years ago.

But Vick's rep for bankrolling a dog-fighting operation and the almost-40-year-old Favre treating his reputation like a birthday Pinata with wishy-washy behavior pertaining to retirement make them lightning-rod subjects. Hovering above like famished buzzards are the television networks, NFL players who haven't been to Leavenworth or made an enemy out of the entire state of Wisconsin be damned.

Controversy sells, yes, but it's more than that.

A friend of mine refers to this country as the United States of American Idol, her point being that good looks, charm and any sort of whiff of the unprecedented kick open doors that simply shouldn't be kicked. Exhibit A in this person's mind presently occupies the big chair inside the White House. Truth be known, he's Exhibit B as once upon a time Bill Clinton smoothly played the media game perfectly and wound up elected.

Vick and his handlers will do this, too, and in time we will soften in regards to his incredibly poor choice of supplemental income. Favre likely makes a few humorous commercials and back he goes to being that cool, Wrangler-wearing everyman playing touch football with the guys.

In the good ol' US of American Idol where second chances grow plentiful and more-deserving football players are constantly swimming upstream in an attempt for even a few precious moments of limelight, anything is possible.

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Nora at the State Fair: Day 14

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Fair food consumed:

Tomato Bob on a stick

Chicken on a stick

Grilled sweet corn

I had a mission for this trip to the Fair; I realized that had yet to eat anything on a stick. How can that be? But I got sucked in to Lego Town on my way to food row. Did you know that more than 400 billion Lego bricks have been produced since 1949? No stats on how many have been stuck in toddlers noses.

My first stop was for a grilled ear of sweet corn; I know corn it is not technically on a stick, but I consider the cob nature's stick. Since I can't walk and eat at the same I plopped down on the little hill next to the Jaycees corn booth to watch the parade, corn in one hand, camera in the other. What I didn't account for was the nice breeze. My skirt flew up and it took me a second to decide whether to sacrifice my camera or the corn. The corn won and the camera made a gentle landing. The folks of Engine 31 fire station got to see a little entertainment of their own.

My next stop was for a Tomato Bob, fresh veggies on a stick for $3.00. It was good for what it was — cherry tomato, cucumbers and green peppers on a skewer. After I tossed the green peppers in the trash, I made quick work of the rest of it.

I found a booth advertising Chicken on a Stick. Chicken chunks layered with onions and pickle slices and plunked in the fryer, no breading or anything. I'm not an onion fan, so I sat on a bench by a trash can so I could toss the slices in it. I was not $7.00 thrilled with it.

I can't believe how much fun I've been having in Lotto Town. I occasionally buy lottery tickets., but do a horrible job of redeeming them. Later I will run across a winning ticket and discover that the game expired two years earlier. I loved being able to scratch them off and turn them in for more tickets and prizes or throw them in to the second chance drawing immediately. I spent $20.00 on the first day of the Fair and I'm still playing and turning in tickets from those winnings.

I spent some time in the Communications Building. I love all of the old Fair posters along the walls — Party Animals was a big theme in the 90s. It would be fun to see posters from all of the years. I wonder if they are catalogued anywhere?

I experienced what may well turn out to be my favorite thing about the State Fair this year - Hammer Time!

M.C. Hammer played the free state in Celebration Park. I giggled the whole time I was there. Hammer was a blast and the crowd was cheering and having fun. I even saw some gold parachute pants in the crowd. It was a nice mix of people. I get frustrated with the unspoken racial divide at the Fair and Hammer seemed to be the event that brought everyone together. I also loved how many Fair volunteers and employees were there. Gary Rainey, who manages the parking staff for the Fair told me all of his folks were really looking forward to the show. I think it was a nice boost for everyone after two weeks of hard work. Hammer brushed by me on way to dance in the crowd. I'm here to report that you can "touch this," if you're standing in the right place anyway.

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