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Fictional Hoosier of the Month – Catherine Stark

Posted on December 17, 2011

This month’s honoree is Catherine Stark, a college professor at an Indiana university who begins an affair with a new female coed in “Bloomington.” Mmmm…Catherine is portrayed by Allison McAtee. This indie film has won some awards and it’s website says it was filmed entirely in Indiana (Carmel, Indianapolis, Columbus) but technically not in “Bloomington” where Indiana University hangs out. Actually,  it technically doesn’t say it’s set at Indiana University but c’mon, let’s assume it is. No, haven’t seen the film yet, but I plan too. Her bio says Allison has appeared in “Californication” – one of my favorites. I imagine a small part – so many women trop through that Duchovny vehicle.

‘Once,’ falling softly into a musical

Posted on December 13, 2011

At New York Theatre Workshop, ‘Once,’ falling softly into a musical. This is one of several amazing reviews of the new play/musical “Once” based on the loving film. It’s at a workshop now in New York prior to heading to Broadway. Most of the play (It’s hard for me to call it a musical, although technically it is I suppose. But when I think musical I think “Wicked” or “Lez Mis” or “Urine Town”) takes place in a Dublin pub. Now that’s what I call ‘well done!” Marketa Irglova was just in Chicago a few weeks ago…and I missed her. One of my favorite songs from the original film is her stunning “If You Want Me.” A New York trip might be on the…

I’ll bring the beer and check out your fashion

Posted on December 12, 2011

I’m not a beer expert. They are out there though, those who dissect every ingredient, smell, taste, aftertaste and whatnot about everything beer. I do usually scan through their blogs and websites about the best beers and I do so this time of year especially to check out what’s up with the Christmas beers. Some of those I’ve read about/drunk are Sam Smith’s Winter Ale Welcome, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Avery Old Jubilation Ale, Anchor Christmas Ale and something I think called Samichlaus. The list goes on. But what I brought the other day is New Orleans’ Abita Christmas Ale. I’ve long had an affinity for New Orleans and I enjoy it’s locally brewed beer (and Hand Grenades, but that’s another story). I brought…