Yesterday I presented on A Hard Day's Night at the central branch off the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library. It was very interesting speaking in an auditorium - it gave a very different atmosphere from the multipurpose "community rooms" where I usually present. On one hand, it was great to be in a super nice room with a huge screen and high quality speakers. On the other hand, though, it had a much more formal atmosphere. It felt rather similar to the academic programs I sometimes give at universities, which (obviously) have a more academic flavor. The auditorium also had an interesting effect on the audience. Whenever performing in any context, there's a certain energy that exists between performer and audience. I typically sense a very strong connection when speaking on the Beatles (that energy during the program at Glendale on Sunday was particularly strong). But last night the auditorium seemed to dull that connection. Up on stage, it was very difficult to feel any sort of response from my audience. I certainly didn't get bad vibes (and I did receive many nice compliments afterward), but during the program itself it felt rather sedate.
The Indianapolis portion of my Indiana lecture tour concludes today at the Irvington Branch (5625 E.Washington St, Indianapolis, IN) with the Indiana premier of "The Beatles' Alter Ego, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from 6-7:30pm.
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