Birds & Bees
Feb
2
to Jun 2

Birds & Bees

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Birds and Bees
Hyndman Gallery, Brinka/Cross Gallery, and Susan Block Gallery

Ten artists share their personal interpretations and connections to birds or bees through drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, mixed media, installation and video. This exhibit celebrates these creatures while bringing awareness to their environmental plight.

Exhibiting Artists: Aimée Beaubien, Kimberly Beck, Karen Bondarchuk, Ladislav Hanka, Kelly Heaton, Kristina Knowski, Lauren Levato Coyne, Laura Marie Panozzo, Stephanie Metz and Aimee Tomasek

Opening Reception: February 2, 2018 @ 5-8PM (CST) | Free Admission | Cash Bar

Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Curator Led Gallery Tour on Feb. 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Curatorial Roundtable April 12th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
219.874.4900

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Pink Noise:  Works by the Stella Collective
Mar
9
to Apr 27

Pink Noise: Works by the Stella Collective

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It turns out much of our world operates in this sweet spot between chaos and control: The pink noise pattern has been found in most genres of music, the shot lengths in Hollywood films, the structure of DNA, the rise and fall of the tide, the flow of traffic, and variations in the stock market. The world is basically awash in pink.”  — Meghan Neal, The Many Colors of Sound, The Atlantic, February 2016.

The Stella Collective resonates in Pink Noise. A mixture of all the audible frequencies playing simultaneously, where every octave has equal power, Pink Noise is a metaphor for the dynamics of this collective. An unrelenting desire to have their voices expressed in unison, in this particular political time, led the group to create an exhibition with each member contributing their own take on Pink Noise.

For the past eight years, the Stella Collective has been cultivating support among women in the fine art world. The twelve members gather monthly to show and critique new work, develop their practices, and promote community. Rooted in photography, their individual approaches also incorporate video, installation, fiber, sound, and sculpture in order to explore and expand the boundaries of the medium.

The Mary-Frances and Bill Veeck Gallery
4th Floor
773.371.5400

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Funkytown Art by Charles Rowling
Mar
10
to Apr 30

Funkytown Art by Charles Rowling

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"Funkytown" is a collection of new work by E. Charles Rolwing III. The opening reception for the exhibit will be Saturday, March 10, 2pm til 9pm at Paul Henry's Art Gallery, 416 Sibley, Hammond, IN 46320. A broad representation of Rolwing's work will be on display, giving each visitor a thorough introduction to the art of one of the most dramatic, unique and original artists in our midst.

Paul Henry's Art Gallery
219.378.5015

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6th Annual Art Competition Exhibit
Mar
21
to May 3

6th Annual Art Competition Exhibit

This is the 6th year for the juried art competition and exhibition, awarding $3,000 in prizes to Chicago and vicinity artists in an awards ceremony. The Annual Art Competition was created to showcase the exceptional talents and abilities of Bridgeport and Chicago area artists.

The competition is open to all artists, aged 18 and over, who live or have studios within a 150-mile radius of Chicago. Work must have been created within the last three years. The competition accepts a broad spectrum of art media and styles.

Bridgeport Art Center
4th Floor Gallery
773.843.9000

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Native Visions
Apr
6
to Apr 29

Native Visions

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For the fourth year, SSAA is hosting an exhibition of arts and crafts produced by the Native American Circle at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, curated by Karl and Kathy Dennis.  Native American inmates with many different tribal affiliations, meet weekly to study and are taught that we are related to all living things, to respect themselves, their families, their friends, their community, and all of creation. They also study Native American thoughts, philosophy and spirituality and how it relates to the intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual.  

On view will be paintings and Native American jewelry and crafts, all handmade one-of-a-kind items.  Proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be split between two organizations: Camp New Happenings, which is run by the Episcopal Diocese in Northern Indiana (the camp provides a week-long camping experience for boys and girls ages 8 – 11 who have a parent or parents who are incarcerated); and the Potawatomi Trail of Death Association, whose purpose is to collect, preserve, research and interpret the history and heritage of the Potawatomi 1838 Trail of Death March from Indiana to Kansas.  

During this First Friday’s free Opening Reception, one of the world's preeminent Native American flute instructors, John Sarantos will be playing. John has facilitated contemporary Native American flute workshops from coast-to-coast for over 20 years, at New York City's prestigious Open Center, at national cultural gatherings and intimate flute circles.

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Adventures in Glass
Apr
6
to Apr 29

Adventures in Glass

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Join us in the gallery to see the new art work and to meet the exhibiting artists Al Lukasec and Rebecca Chambers. This is an opportunity for the viewing audience to experience this fun and engaging exhibition. The artists will be in attendance to explain their vision and creative process, as well as to answer questions from the attendees.

The Rising Phoenix Art Gallery
480.216.2583

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Time Ghost - Surrealism by Gregg Hertzlieb
Apr
7
to May 6

Time Ghost - Surrealism by Gregg Hertzlieb

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Opening Reception Saturday April 7th  6-9pm  Artist talk begins at 7:30pm

Please join us for the Opening Reception of this exhibit featuring 39 recent surrealistic creations by Hertzlieb employing watercolor and ink on paper, and acrylic. The theme for Time Ghost is a world where various characters and elements exist as fantasy or metaphor.  Hertzlieb is inspired and influenced by nature and art of all kinds.  His message is of peace, delight, and joy in the possibilities of the imagination. It is all recent work in a surrealist style.

Hertzlieb has a master’s degree in fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

An exhibiting artist working primarily in watercolor and pen and ink, Hertzlieb has shown his art in numerous exhibitions.  His work is in both public and private collections.

Hertzlieb enjoys collecting art, fossils (particularly crinoids), comic books, toys, and antiques.  He likes to walk along the Lake Michigan shore and see the steel mills on the horizon.  In addition, he has traveled extensively and feels that his experiences visiting other countries have greatly influenced his art.  His work at the museum is inspiring as well, since each day he is able to handle objects of a wide variety of styles and from a variety of time periods.

Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
219.938.6278

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The Fiber Art 2018
Apr
8
to May 8

The Fiber Art 2018

Style show and reception on Sunday, April 8th from 1 - 4 p.m.
The Duneland Weavers' Guild is celebrating 65 years!  Expect plenty of glitz this year as a result of the Guild President's Challenge of weaving with metalic fibers in honor of this 65th anniversary.  Show and sale continues through May 15.

Duneland Weavers Guild
219.851.6764

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Valparaiso University Art Student & Faculty Exhibition
Apr
10
to May 13

Valparaiso University Art Student & Faculty Exhibition

Art Student Exhibition Opening Reception and Award Ceremony
Wednesday, April 11, 7pm

Art Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, April 20, 7pm

Gallery Talk with Robert Sirko
Thursday, May 3, 7pm


Valparaiso University Art Student Exhibition
Wehling and McGill Galleries

Each year, the Brauer Museum of Art is proud to host an exhibition of works produced by student artists in Valparaiso University’s studio classes.  This exhibition offers the Brauer Museum the opportunity to display creative and thought-provoking works, while allowing Valpo art students the opportunity to showcase their talents and inspirations.

Valparaiso University Art Faculty Exhibition
West Gallery and Small Ferguson Gallery

Come see the recent work of Valparaiso University’s talented art professors, displayed in the Brauer Museum’s West Gallery.  A variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and video, will be represented, demonstrating the many approaches to art that faculty members consider in their studios and classrooms.

Valparaiso University Senior Seminar Exhibition
Large Ferguson Gallery

Robert Sirko Paintings and Drawings
Gallery 1212

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From Then to Zen
Apr
12
to May 3

From Then to Zen

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Northwest Indiana artist, Patti Shaffner, brings her multi-media talent to The Village Gallery.  “From Then to Zen” spans her artistic journey from bold realism to the more abstract, non-representational nature of Zentangle®. 

Primarily a self-taught artist, Patti has been engaged in the arts, from music and theater to poetry and visual artistic expression since childhood. During the 1990’s, she reveled in creating large and dramatic portraits that focused often on one aspect of a face, lips or one eye, allowing the viewer to complete the portrait in their minds eye.

When life threw her into a difficult period she stumbled onto Zentangle®, the art of making patterns out of basic, deliberate strokes that build upon each other. Patti’s one of a kind pieces of art have taken her in a new direction in her creations. “When working, it is necessary for me to let go of preconceptions of perfection and symmetry. My focus becomes one of being present for each line I draw and allows it to be a meditative process and, as in mediation, not to judge what happens,” explains Patti.

In addition to creating art, Patti is also a certified Zentangle® teacher, singer/songwriter, teacher, craniosacral therapist, certified hypnotist and meditation leader and believer in “the fundamental goodness of life.”

To learn more about Patti - go to pattishaffner.com 

Pines Village Art Galley
219.465.9966

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Gray Area
Apr
13
to May 6

Gray Area

Art has a way of bringing people together from all walks of life. At Blackbird Café, the focus isn’t just about the coffee and paninis; It has an extraordinary focus on art, making itself the epicenter of art culture in Valparaiso, a midwest ‘Vesuvio Café.’  Blackbird Café held an art reception and colloquium for Cortney Carey last week.  The event featured brand new works by Carey in an exhibit titled Gray Area. 

Not only does Blackbird Café foster a sense of community within the collective of local artists, but it attempts to develop and promote them as well. The artists help Blackbird out by decorating the walls with cool art, and the cafe returns the favor by selling their art. The cafe doesn’t even take a penny for commission on any art that sells. Artists dream of displaying their works and Blackbird Café gives them that opportunity and asks nothing in return. Carey had to pinch herself to make sure she wasn’t dreaming after seeing her art on the walls of Blackbird Café.

“Not only did I work here, but this was the hub, everybody always went to Blackbird Café. So to have my art here after seeing all the art on the walls for so many years is surreal,” Carey proudly explained.Audiences were able to view Carey’s art and hear her explain the pieces, thus building a deeper connection with the artist. “It brings so many people together in one place to celebrate something that is really personal,” Carey said surrounded by family and close friends. “It doesn’t happen as much anymore. You don’t really get together with all the people you care about to celebrate accomplishing something. I think that’s really special.”With its exposed brick walls and intimate seating, Blackbird Café nurtures artists or anyones need for belonging.  “Every time anyone comes home, that’s the first thing we do is stop at Blackbird Café,” said Carey. “It’s kind of just like home for all of us.”

Blackbird Cafe
219.548.2811

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Moonlight and Magnolias
Apr
13
to Apr 28

Moonlight and Magnolias

HILARIOUS COMEDY: It’s 1939 and Hollywood is all abuzz! Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. The screenplay just isn’t working so the Hollywood mogul who is being hounded by the film’s stars and gossip reporters, enlists the help of famed screenwriter, Ben Hecht and pulls the formidable director, Victor Fleming off the set of The Wizard of Oz to fix it. For the next five days, locked in a room on a diet of bananas and peanuts, it will be up to these three men to fashion the screenplay for one of the greatest motion pictures ever made. Based on actual events, this tale of desperation and genius makes for an engaging and hysterical night of entertainment.

Opening Night Party on Friday, April 13, 2018 following the show at Martinis 1004 Calumet Ave. Valparaiso, IN for ages 21& Up.

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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Lost in Yonkers
Apr
13
to Apr 27

Lost in Yonkers

What happens to children in the absence of love? That is the question that lies at the heart of this funny and heartrending play by one of America's most acclaimed and beloved playwrights. Debuting at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 1990, Lost in Yonkers went on to win four Tony Awards, including Best Play, as well as the Pulitzer Prize, and tells the moving drama about the cruelties and painful memories that scar a family.

It is New York, 1942. After the death of their mother, two young brothers are sent to stay with their formidable grandmother for the longest ten months of their lives. Grandmother Kurnitz is a one-woman German front—a refugee and a widow who has steeled her heart against the world. Her coldness and intolerance have crippled her own children: the boys' father has no self-esteem . . . their Aunt Gert has an embarrassing speech impediment . . . their Uncle Louie is a small-time gangster . . . and their Aunt Bella has the mentality of a child. But it is Bella's hunger for affection and her refusal to be denied love that saves the boys—and that leads to an unforgettable, wrenching confrontation with her mother. Filled with laughter, tears, and insight, Lost in Yonkers is yet another heartwarming testament to Neil Simon's talent.

L'Arc en Ciel Theatre Group
219.365.3197

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Under 18 Children's Art Show
Apr
16
to May 5

Under 18 Children's Art Show

The 119th Street Artists are sponsoring the annual Under 18 Art Show which opens Saturday, April 16th at the CornerStone Art Gallery located inside Centier Bank, 1500 - 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana. This event is a chance for young artists to show their work in a professional setting and experience a real artists' opening reception; this will not be a juried show and is free. All artists will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the Under 18 show. We have been sponsoring this children's show for over 10 years, and we take pride not only in giving young artists a chance to display their work in a professional setting, but also the opportunity for friends and family to celebrate the works of these students.

119th Street Artists
Cornerstone Gallery
 

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Bead Town Along the South Shore
Apr
17
to Sep 30

Bead Town Along the South Shore

Be a part of history as we attempt to break a new Guinness World Records® with Bead Town: Along the South Shore. Thousands of participants will place nearly 15 million recycled beads on a 3,311 sq. ft. mural at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. 

This interactive art exhibit brings people together using innovative teaching methods and is completely free and open to the public! Bead Town: Along the South Shore will highlight iconic buildings, historic places, landscapes and people along the southern shores of Lake Michigan. The mural will also feature real people from around the globe making it an international work of art. 

The mural will feature Chicago's major skyscrapers by night at South Shore Indiana's iconic buildings by day. The project will take two years to complete and is the latest attempt to set a Guinness World Records® for the largest bead mosaic. 

Visitors can participate in free workshops; see the mural on the road or sign up for a "make and take" workshop like Bead and Brew.

Indiana Welcome Center
219.989.7770

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David Landau - Comedien
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

David Landau - Comedien

Cutting his comedic teeth as a teenager in Detroit in the Second City's Conservatory, Dave Landau has risen to become one of the most in-demand headliners working today. He's appeared on Comedy Central's "Live At Gotham" and was a finalist on season 8 of "Last Comic Standing." He's become a regular on the nationally-syndicated Bob & Tom radio show and was honored as one of the top 21 club comics of today at HBO's Las Vegas Comedy Festival.

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Jon Weber
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Jon Weber

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One of our most popular performers -- Jon Weber, the current host for Marian McPartland jazz piano series on PBS, will return to play popular pieces upon your request or his whims.  He will tell you the history behind each piece he plays and will perform it in the various styles of past entertainers.  Jon is a wealth of interesting information and a considerably talented pianist. You don't want to miss this one!

Concert Association of Valparaiso
219.462.5305

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Music Heritage Series
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Music Heritage Series

Come out for a night of festive music and singing. The Save the Tunes Council is a group of local musicians devoted to preserving and passing on folk songs in the traditional way, using a variety of musical instruments including guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, harmonica, bagpipe, penny whistle, and other obscure instruments.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
219.395.1882

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Zine & Small Press Fest
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Zine & Small Press Fest

Zine (noun, informal) - a miniature magazine, typically self published

ABOUT THE EVENT
10:00 AM - NOON: Participate with your children in an interactive family zine-making workshop at Michigan City Public Library. (All Ages, Free to Public)

12:30 - 5:00 PM: Lubeznik Center for the Arts will host 30 - 40 zine-makers, small presses and indie authors to exhibit and share their work. The art center will be bursting at the seams with talent. Artists, activists and academics host a panel at 2:00 PM. Poets will read their work from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. (All Ages, Free to Public)
Poets on the lineup: Kayla Greenwell, Lily Rex, Kei Constantinov, Bill Yarrow, Janine Harrison, Carol Estes, Joseph Pete, Tina Porter, Briana Petty, Miranda Morley, Matthew Barron, Joe Gianotti, Wendy Lee Spacek, A.S. Coomer, and Fred Wright. 

6:00 - 9:30 PM: Sit back, relax and listen to a group of storytellers, poets & musicians tickle your eardrums at Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts. Hosted byThe Literary Underground. (Ages 16+, Free to Public) Cash Bar, Beer & Wine 21+.
Storytelling hour organized by Gregg Fraley. Lineup TBA.
Featured Poets: Ezhno Martin, Jeremiah Walton, Dan Denton, Krista Cox, William Taylor Jr., Iris Berry and Michael D. Grover.
Music by A.S. Coomer

PARTNERS
Michigan City Public Library
Mythos Publications
The Literary Underground
Calumet Artist Residency

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Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts
Apr
21
6:00 PM18:00

Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts

Acorn favorite Miles Nielsen has spent over a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul. Just back from their first European tour, having released their hugely successful third LP, "Heavy Metal," this band is well on their way to stardom. If you've never seen them, you don't want to miss this show. If you have, chances are you're a groupie already!

Pre-Concert Milestone Birthday Party celebration for Acorn Theater board president, Jen Shoup! Miles' Party ticket price includes Small Bites, 2 Drink Tickets, Concert Ticket AND hanging out with Miles and the band! Tickets are LIMITED! $25 per ticket is considered a tax deductible donation.

The Acorn
269.756.3879

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Blues Hip Hop Experience
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Blues Hip Hop Experience

 

A one-night only concert exploring the rich blues legacy of Chicago and its parallels to hip-hop. Music has long served as a vehicle to give voice to the plight of the people, and to their triumphs. Two all-American genres have played a critical role in sharing stories of African Americans and everyday people: Blues and Hip Hop.

Back by popular demand, the evening is co-hosted by three-time Grammy-nominee and hometown blues hero, Billy Branch, and award-winning journalist and PBS TV personality, Sylvia Ewing. Billy's band, The Sons of Blues will be joined by an all-Chicago collection of vocalists, hip-hop artists and performance poets. Guest vocalists include blues artists Lucy Smith and Melody Angel, hip-hop collective artists avery r. young, international music star Ugochi, and hip hop artists FM Supreme, Sense, HSHBRWN and Urbanized Music featuring Amina Norman Hawkins and Coolout Chris!

The concert is dedicated to the memory of Nick Charles, a longtime member of Billy's Sons of Blues band and a protegee of Howlin Wolf; Koko Taylor the Queen of the Blues; Gwendolyn Brooks muse of poets and artists in Chicago and champion of youth everywhere; and finally, to the young people of Chicagoland who should gain strength from and carry on the legacy of Charles, Taylor, and Brooks.

Center for Performing Arts
708.235.2222

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The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery
Apr
21
to Apr 29

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery

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Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening's entertainment with the cunning whodunit, "Murder at Checkmate Manor." And just in case the audience should get bored there's a Film, a Fashion Show and a Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a Prize! You won’t want to miss this hilarious show!

Marian Theatre Guild
219.473.7555

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Paul Henry's Gallery Rumba
Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

Paul Henry's Gallery Rumba

Cuban Rumba is a drum ensemble style of music, created by multiple drummers playing individual rhythms, in a conversational arrangement. Join us in exploring these beautiful rhythms, and learn how to talk with one another, through the drum.

Appropriate instrumentation will be provided.
Experience is not necessary, but is welcome.

$5 fee for gallery support

Paul Henry's Art Gallery
219.678.5015

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Belle Gunness - The Murder Musical
Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

Belle Gunness - The Murder Musical

Canterbury Winter Arts invites you to a special reading of a new musical about Belle Gunness, who murdered dozens of men, women and children while living on her La Porte farm in the early years of the 20th century, earning her place as one of the nation's most notorious female serial killers! Written and composed by Dan Schaaf.

Canterbury Theatre
219.875.4269

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An Evening with Nu-Blu
Apr
22
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Nu-Blu

Over the years, One Night Jam has presented artists representing rock, folk, blues, pop, Americana, country, and Celtic/Flamenco.
However, we have not, to date, presented an evening of one of the most American of music genres, Bluegrass. That's all about to change.

We are thrilled to present one of the hottest Bluegrass bands in the country, Nu-Blu! I was introduced to the band by longtime ONJ friend Jim Peterik when we went to see them at a music festival in Illinois. I knew immediately that they needed to be part of our series.

From their website: "Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Clint White on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound. 

Their sound is part tradition, part new. Harmonies are golden, musicianship is top-notch. A nice bridge between old-school Bluegrass and a more modern, up-to-date sound.

Come experience the future of Bluegrass. Come experience something Nu.

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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383rd Acoustic Jam
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

383rd Acoustic Jam

TRUE ACOUSTIC night at Paul Henry's Art Gallery. The JAM begins at 7PM.

Musicians, singers and songwriters, and fans thereof, bring your voices and your instruments and your energy, 7PM til 11PM. (Each and every Thursday!! 

No amps!! No mics! Just you, the music and the audience. Additionally, bring your contribution to the potluck food table, entree, side dishir, dessert or finger food. If you play or bring a food item, it is worth two dollars off the cover charge of $5.00

Visit the following links if you would like a fine look at the activities during the JAM, This one is courtesy of Jim Quattrocki. http://vimeo.com/59661699 https://vimeo.com/81274098

The latest video clip is from Lakeshore Public TV during the 189TH JAM, //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ27l-n_tAY

And here's a new one by Jim Quattrocki. https://vimeo.com/240168160

Paul Henry's Art Gallery
219.678.5015

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Heartland:  Images of Small Town & Rural Midwest
Apr
27
to Jun 2

Heartland: Images of Small Town & Rural Midwest

A call for entries show displaying images of and about life in and around small towns, farms, and rural
areas. An exhibit of images of and about life in and around small towns, farms, and rural areas. Views of time spent away from urban concerns. Memories of earlier, less complicated days. Reflections on the 

beauty, pace, responsibilities and rewards of living beyond the city's boundaries. Images might represent historic buildings, railway stations, gas stations, grain elevators, stores, farms, barns, landscapes, wide open spaces and skies, fields, crops, machines, animals, fairs, parades, people working, celebrations, special events.

Tall Grass Arts Association
708.748.3377
 

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The Last Five Years
Apr
27
to Apr 29

The Last Five Years

A richly detailed portrait of a young couple's marriage comes to life in this strikingly personal, award-winning musical. Cathy, an actress, and Jamie, a writer, meet in their early twenties and become committed, get married, and eventually separate. In this innovative show, Jamie begins the play at the start of their relationship and Cathy at the end. This relatable and deeply romantic story is told through intricate, engaging songs that tell a beautiful story.

Dunes Art Foundation
219.879.7509

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Blithe Spirit
Apr
27
to May 13

Blithe Spirit

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy and cantankerous novelist Charles Condomime who is remarried but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira, who is called up by by a visiting "happy medium", one Madame Arcati.  Elvira truly raises spirits when she makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles' marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who can neither see or hear the ghost.  Memorial Opera House is delighted to present this hauntingly funny classic, one of the first plays presented here when the Community Theatre Guild was in residence!

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Ronny Cox
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Ronny Cox

Beatniks on Conkey proudly welcomes to its stage, for a single performance, Mr. Ronny Cox.  He will grace our stage on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:00pm.  Ronny Cox is a superbly talented singer-songwriter, musician and actor who has been consistently active in the music world and Hollywood for over 40 years. With the gift of a consummate storyteller, he shares funny, sad and tender moments. His loyal band of listeners are blessed, if only for a while, to spend time with a truly remarkable man.  A look of familiarity has helped make Cox one of Hollywood’s most versatile character actors. His first time in front of a camera featured him playing the guitar in the Dueling Banjos scene in Deliverance, creating one of the most iconic moments in the history of moviemaking. He has also appeared in films like Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall, Taps, Bound For Glory, The Onion Field, all told over 125 movies and television appearances. Despite his great success in movies and TV, what he says he loves most is singing and playing the guitar. According to him, nothing cuts through to the heart like music. The cost for this special performance is $25.00 and includes the best refreshments this side of the lake. 

 

Beatniks on Conkey
219-852-0848

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Chris Jones & the Night Drivers
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving bluegrass music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country. Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as “. . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones’ voice is up there with the great masters.” Their latest release, Made to Move, stresses the band’s original material, exciting arrangements, and soulful vocals, and it has yielded two #1 songs so far on the bluegrass airplay charts. Collectively, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers have won nine IBMA awards.

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879
 

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Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen

Steve and Cindy have been performing together for 25 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Their six duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the WFMT Midnight Special (Chicago) to The Boston Globe.

Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 1960's. Since Ian and Sylvia first recorded "Darcy Farrow" in 1965, Steve's songs have been covered by John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Josh Ritter, and many others. But Steve's own versions are some of the best, with his warm baritone voice and his unique finger-picking guitar style (using a flat-pick and two fingers). Steve has many solo and duo (with Cindy Mangsen) recordings available. His solo album, Texas and Tennessee, was named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year by Tower Records. Steve has conducted songwriting workshops all over the US and Canada, and has been a long-time participant in The Kerrville Folk Festival. He is author of the book Songwriting and the Creative Process, a standard text in songwriting groups.

Cindy Mangsen is "one of the finest singers in American folk music" (Come for to Sing). Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer, Cindy is known for her compelling interpretations of traditional ballads, as well as for her own writing and her wonderful ear for harmony. She has recorded several solo albums (Songs of Experience received the Editor's Choice Award from Crossroads), as well as collaborations with Steve Gillette, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, and Michael Smith. Her latest solo album, Cat Tales, is devoted to "songs of the feline persuasion." Cindy has led singing and ballad workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia and The Woods in Ontario, Canada.

Front Porch Music
219.464.4700

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Forever Plaid
May
3
to Jun 3

Forever Plaid

One of the most popular and beloved of musical revues, “The Plaids” are a quirky quartet of high school chums in the spotlight for the biggest performance of their lives. Their spirited antics and comic banter weave together such hits as “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Heart and Soul” and “Love is a Many Splendored Thing,” in this playful tribute to the close harmony of “guy groups” of the 1950’s.

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Melting Point, Glass Exhibition
May
4
to Jun 2

Melting Point, Glass Exhibition

The Thaddeus C. Gallery proudly presents "Melting Point" an art glass exhibition featuring the return of Kristin Perkins, an award winning glass jewelry artist. Kristin will be present at the reception to showcase her entire collection! This will be Kristin’s fourth exhibition with the gallery. Also on display will be the fun and functional hand blown glass vessels of Janet Zug. New works by several gallery artists including Ananda Khalsa, Richard Glass, Alison Haddon, Kent Stetson and more, will be exhibited. The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, May 4, from 5-8pm and run through June 2nd 2018.

Kristin Perkins began making jewelry in high school, taking several courses on metalsmithing. She completed a degree in History from the University of Michigan, and after graduation she studied glass blowing at Baron Glassworks in Ypsilanti, MI, and taught herself the lampworking method. Her design aesthetic is immediately recognizable through her use of vibrant color combinations, bold geometric shapes and flowing compositions. “I’m inspired by clean, simple, yet striking shapes and by the vivid colors of nature,” she states.  Kristin uses the lampworking technique which involves melting and manipulating glass rods at a torch, then annealing each bead in a kiln. She designs and makes every sterling silver setting. All of her pieces are handmade, one at a time, in her Ypsilanti MI studio.

Janet Zug started blowing glass in 1990 and over the next 14 years, rented other artist’s studios to create her designs. She worked as a studio assistant for a variety of glass blowing classes in Penland, NC and Corning, NY. Then in 2004 she installed her own glass blowing studio in her home in Vermont. “Having the freedom and ability to make bright and cheerful creations is very satisfying but my highest compliment is the feelings of joy that people have when they experience beauty through a piece of my work.” Janet’s use of deep jewel-toned glass to create functional designs adds to the playfulness of her work.

The exhibition is free to the public and runs May 4 through June 2, 2018. The Thaddeus C. Gallery is located at 822 Lincolnway, Downtown La Porte. Regular hours are Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat, 10am-3pm, or by appointment. For more information email at info@thaddeusc.com

Thaddeus C Gallery
219.326.8626

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Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike
May
4
to May 13

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives.  Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.  Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house.  Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

The Drama Group
708.755.3444

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Greater Tuna
May
4
to May 13

Greater Tuna

Greater Tuna is set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. This hilarious comedy is an affectionate comment on small-town Southern life and attitudes, but also a withering satire. Adding to the hilarity is that two men play the entire cast of over twenty eccentric characters of both genders and various ages.

Dunes Summer Theatre
219.879.7509

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Windy City Dueling Pianos
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Windy City Dueling Pianos

Hobart Kiwanis Breakfast presents Windy City Dueling Pianos to perform at the wonderful Art Theatre in downtown Hobart. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Riley Hospital for Children.

Tickets can be purchased from your favorite Kiwanis member for $15. Tickets will be $20 at the door.

Cash bar and food will be available through Three Monkeys Pub

Event takes place Friday, May 4, 2018 and is an all ages show.

Hobart Art Theatre
219.942.1670

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First Fridays Comedy Show
May
4
to May 6

First Fridays Comedy Show

  • D Performance Comedy Theatre (map)
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NWI's only comedy club hosts NWI's only Weekly Comedy Open Mic every Wednesday night. Ever wanted to try stand up comedy? Are you a current stand-up comedian or a sketch or improv performer? Do you just love to laugh? Come on out to the Lake Street Arts district in Miller to theD Performance Comedy Theatre. Special Guest hosts supplement the usual hosts King-David Lane, Mr 12 & 20, & Darryl Perfor Mance! No admission fee to watch or perform. All you pay for is your food & drink. First 15 Comedians are guaranteed 5 mins but several 7 & 10 min slots are available. Come get seen by guys who book shows in Northwest Indiana. Did I mention it's FREE? There's no reason not to come on down! Message the King to reserve a slot in advance or sign up at 8 pm after the doors open. 

D Performance Comedy Theatre
773.796.1327

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From Hollywood to Broadway
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

From Hollywood to Broadway

Philip J. Bauman presents final performance with LCSO!

Featuring scores from familiar Hollywood shows:
"Avatar", "Harry Potter", "Hoosiers", and "Up", along with Broadway selections from "Hamilton", "Mama Mia", and a tribute to Richard Rodgers!

LCSO welcomes guest pianist Andrew Tallackson for a "La La Land" selection!

Guest conductor, Rick DeJonge, will present an exclusive LCSO premier of his "Tribute to Silent Films". After beginning his career in La Porte in the late 80's, he has since wowed Hollywood and has worked with powerhouse studios such as Paramount and Fox. DeJonge has numerous composition credits including work in television on shows such as CSI Miami, Beautiful People, and Lost, and has been the official arranger/composer for Walt Disney World's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2011!

Doors open at 6:30...enjoy lite hors d'oeuvre, drinks, and a slide show tribute to Philip J. Bauman's tenure and experience with the orchestra over the past 23 years. 

TABLE SEATS $30
Adults $20
Seniors $18
Children & Students FREE

La Porte County Symphony Orchestra

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Short Attention Span Theater:  8 Plays in 80 Minutes
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Short Attention Span Theater: 8 Plays in 80 Minutes

Come to the Acorn for 80 minutes of exciting theatre! Professional actors will delight you as they perform 8 of the best 10-minute comedies and dramas submitted to the Acorn by playwrights from America, England, and Ireland. Jane Brody, award-winning casting director and stage director will be in charge. As a casting director, Jane was responsible for many of your favorite movies, TV shows and commercials, Some of her film credits include Groundhog Day, The Father of the Bride, and Fargo for which she was awarded the Casting Society Award for Best Location Casting. Jane is a nationally-known acting teacher and coach whose students include Michael Shannon, TR Knight, Eric Stonestreet, Joe Keery, Melissa Peterman, and many others. Her books, Acting Archetype, and Neuroscience (Routledge) and The Actor's Business Plan (Bloomsbury) are used by actors and acting schools throughout the world.

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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Purdue Glee Club
May
8
2:00 PM14:00

Purdue Glee Club

An annual favorite!  Purdue Varsity Glee Club  is a dynamic musical troupe employing a versatile repertoire including gospel, vocal jazz, swing, contemporary hits, romantic ballads, classical choral selections, barbershop, folk melodies, patriotic standards, familiar opera choruses, country and novelty tunes, and utilizes small groups and outstanding soloists to further enhance each show.  Join Theatre at the Center and the distinguished members of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club as they treat our audiences to a delightful event filled with pitch perfect harmonies, warm renditions of your favorite songs and music that will make you feel the Boilermaker spirit. 

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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O Sole Trio
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

O Sole Trio

Soprano, baritone, and virtuosic pianist/violinist breathe new life into their show, Heart & Sole which includes Journey’s Open Arms (in English and Italian), a Latin grooved “‘O sole mio” and a stunning version of “Edelweiss”. Stellar voices with commanding accompaniment.

Lakeshore Community Concerts
219.923.7879

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The Originalist
May
10
to Jun 10

The Originalist

When a Harvard Law School graduate with decidedly different views takes on a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of America’s most brilliant and polarizing figures, she discovers in him an infuriating opponent and an unexpected mentor. Their relationship faces the ultimate test as they confront one of the most polarizing cases to reach the nation’s highest court.

Written by Charles MacArthur Award winner John Strand, this daring new work shows just how much passion for the law and risk it takes to defend one’s version of the truth. Court is thrilled to introduce this brilliant play to Chicago, with Edward Gero at its center. Molly Smith’s production is a sensation in Washington, D.C., where it premiered and has been revived twice.

Court Theatre
773.752.4472

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Symphony: Showboat & Show Tunes
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Symphony: Showboat & Show Tunes

Featuring Brooklyn Snow, soprano; Kate Tombaugh, mezzo; Justin Berkowitz, tenor; David Govertson, bass and the Symphony Chorus   

Before they were a team, Rodgers and Hammerstein had their own successful writing partnerships. Rodgers and Lorenz Hart collaborated on over 30 productions filled with classic songs like My Funny Valentine, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, It’s Easy to Remember, Mimi, This Can’t Be Love, Little Boy Blue, and I Married an Angel performed by legendary singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Maurice Chevalier, Nat King Cole, Janice Joplin and Johnny Mathis. Meanwhile Hammerstein partnered with popular musical theatre composer Jerome Kern on numerous productions, including their most popular, Show Boat. Our guest vocalists will perform selections of hits from the show including Ol’ Man River, Make Believe and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.

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Patti Shaffner & David Cowan
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Patti Shaffner & David Cowan

Shaffner is no stranger to Front Porch Music, having performed there many times including when she was with the Uptown Trio and also hosting the CD release party for her solo "A Dervish Heart" EP there in December 2014.

"They're very supportive of local musicians. This is a venue we can count on as supporting us as artists," said Shaffner, of Gary's Miller Beach community.

"They have a lovely performance space. It's the kind of place that invites people to have an intimate experience with the artist. You end up going away feeling like you just sat in someone's living room and listened to them perform for you. There's a comfort level that's sometimes not available in a larger hall."

Front Porch Music
219.464.4700

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You've Got a Friend in Me!
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

You've Got a Friend in Me!

Join Jeanene and the Friends for a deligtful afternoon of food, friends and finding your family.  She will provide you with some hints and tips on genealogy research in a light, informative way.  Whether you're just starting out or have researched your lineage before, there are always new resources available and innovations in the field.  Perhaps you've hit the brick wall and just need a way to break it down.  In the genealogy tradition or like Woody & Buzz, remember you're not alone.  "You've got troubles, and I've got 'em too, we stick together and can see it through."  

Crown Point Library Literary Luncheon & Tea
219.306.4599

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NWI Listen to Your Mother
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

NWI Listen to Your Mother

Listen to your Mother NWI is a series of live performances by local performers, including readings, poetry, stand up comedy, and song, all themed around motherhood!

Join us for this emotional production that is bound to make you both laugh and cry, on Saturday, May 12 th at the Art theater in Hobart at 7 pm.

Cocktail hour begins at 6 pm with entertainment by the jazz duo, Vintage Postcard, and food and beverages by Three Monkeys Pub.

Producer/Director: Carrie Bedwell

Emcee: Chris Mahlmann

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Songs of Irving Berlin
May
16
1:00 PM13:00

Songs of Irving Berlin

George Gershwin is quoted as saying "Irving Berlin is the greatest songwriter that ever lived" and Broadway choreographer and director Jerome Kern famously said "Irving Berlin has no place in American music - he is American Music". Born May 11, 1888, Berlin's songwriting career spanned decades and produced some of the most famous songs for some of the most famous performers. Featuring patriotic songs, ragtime swing, famous movie tunes, and of course Broadway classics, we'll be celebrating Berlin's 129th birthday with plenty of song!

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Time Travelers Jubilee - The Indiana Dunes
May
17
12:30 PM12:30

Time Travelers Jubilee - The Indiana Dunes

Our time machine will take you to life around the time of the Civil War...you know, when the Memorial Opera House was built by Veterans. That's when President Abe Lincoln gets the ball moving to protect America's Wonders, including our beautiful Lake Michigan sand dunes. Visit the Theater of Imagination (also known as the radio play) about Hoosier Heroes with cameo appearances from Stephen Mathers, Colonel Leiber, Diana of the Dunes and Gene Stratton Porter. Enjoy a rollick with the woodland plant and animal puppet show. Sing the chorus along with the South Shore Brass Band Quintet to "Back Home Again in Indiana" and "The Moonlight Shines Tonight Along the Wabash". Take home a Time Traveler's Home Companion booklet about the Duneland heroes, plants, and animals; and also learn about how the Family Folklore Foundation, Inc. actors and puppeteers created this wonderful trek back in time!

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Music Heritage Series
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

Music Heritage Series

Come out for a night of festive music and singing. The Save the Tunes Council is a group of local musicians devoted to preserving and passing on folk songs in the traditional way, using a variety of musical instruments including guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, harmonica, bagpipe, penny whistle, and other obscure instruments.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
219.395.1882

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Mississippi Heat
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Mississippi Heat

Led by harmonica master and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame, Pierre Lacocque, Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Traditional Blues With A Unique Sound, they present fresh yet vintage-based musicality. Mississippi Heat now features Carla Stinson as their lead singer. Inetta Visor - Mississippi Heat long-time beloved singer - will also be part of this sextet band. A special treat as Inetta’s travel is restricted due to health issues. Critical acclaim: “Mississippi Heat delivers its traditional urban blues with a freshness, energy and competence that makes them a treasure on today’s Chicago scene.” - Living Blues Magazine; “been a long time since I heard a good blues band like this.” - Buddy Guy; “Can’t find enough words to express how blown away everyone was with the Mississippi Heat performance!” - Bonnie Tallman, Billtown Blues Festival (Hughesville, PA).

Acorn Theater
269.756.3279

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Student Art Show
May
20
to May 31

Student Art Show

Representative art work from students in grades 1-12 will be on display at the Art Center by Duneland School Corporation students during the month of May.  The exhibit runs May 20 – 31 and will feature the artwork of students in grades 9-12.

Chesterton Art Center
219.926.4711

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Fool for Love
May
25
to Jun 9

Fool for Love

GRITTY COMEDY/DRAMA: Sam Shepard has always been a CST favorite and Fool for Love gives audiences a look at an earlier work that led to him becoming one of America’s greatest living playwrights. In a seedy motel room on the edge of the Mojave Desert, the story is set for May and Eddie, two lovers who can’t live with or without each other. Surrounded by ghosts of their pasts and a mysterious old man who sits in a corner of the stage, they must survive the passions and volatility that keep drawing them together.

Opening Night Party on Friday, May 25, 2018
hosted by Pikk’s Tavern.

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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The Spitfire Grill
May
25
to Jun 10

The Spitfire Grill

Percy, a young woman who was recently released from prison, arrives in a small town in Maine with hopes of beginning a new life. She lands a job as a waitress at The Spitfire Grill, owned by Hannah, whose gruff exterior conceals a kind heart and little tolerance for the grill's regular customers who are suspicious of Percy's mysterious past. None is more suspicious than Caleb, whose wife Shelby, works at the diner. Despite Percy coming up with an ingenious plan to help Hannah sell her restaurant, she is accused of stealing proceeds from the sale.

Dunes Art Foundation
219.879.7509

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Journeyman - The Best of Cream/Eric Clapton Hits
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Journeyman - The Best of Cream/Eric Clapton Hits

Journeyman - the #1 tribute to Eric Clapton returns to the Acorn for two amazing nights, spanning Clapton’s illustrious 50 year career. Each show will feature two special sets, don’t miss out on either one!
Night One - The Best of CREAM / Eric Clapton Hits
Night Two - Eric Clapton Unplugged / Eric Clapton Hits

Shaun Hague has built quite the resume in the last decade of his life. At just 17, he was named “The Best Young Blues Guitarist” by The House of Blues and by 21, the young guitarist was playing guitar for blues phenom Kenny Wayne Shepherd. 

In honor of his biggest musical influence (Eric Clapton), Hague has been making waves with his Journeyman – A Tribute to Eric Clapton. The show features Robert Monroe (keys/vocals), Darius Peterson (drums) and Laura Lopardo (backing vocals). Together, they provide a powerful performance of all aspects of Clapton’s career from Bluesbreakers to From The Cradle!

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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Swale Music Festival
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Swale Music Festival

Kick off Memorial Day weekend with the newest music festival in the Uptown Arts District!

Swale Music Fest features a blend of local and national acts representing all genres of music including indie rock, country punk, blues rock, hip hop, and other medleys of musical fusion. Featuring over 20 acts playing on three stages set up on the premises. 

This all ages event features food from Smokey G’s BBQ, beer, and wine. Pre-sale tickets are currently on sale for $10 (plus a small service fee). Tickets are $15 at the gate. 

Michigan City Main Street Association
 

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Night Two - Eric Clapton Unplugged/Eric Clapton Hits
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Night Two - Eric Clapton Unplugged/Eric Clapton Hits

Journeyman - the #1 tribute to Eric Clapton returns to the Acorn for two amazing nights, spanning Clapton’s illustrious 50 year career. Each show will feature two special sets, don’t miss out on either one!
Night One - The Best of CREAM / Eric Clapton Hits
Night Two - Eric Clapton Unplugged / Eric Clapton Hits

Shaun Hague has built quite the resume in the last decade of his life. At just 17, he was named “The Best Young Blues Guitarist” by The House of Blues and by 21, the young guitarist was playing guitar for blues phenom Kenny Wayne Shepherd. 

In honor of his biggest musical influence (Eric Clapton), Hague has been making waves with his Journeyman – A Tribute to Eric Clapton. The show features Robert Monroe (keys/vocals), Darius Peterson (drums) and Laura Lopardo (backing vocals). Together, they provide a powerful performance of all aspects of Clapton’s career from Bluesbreakers to From The Cradle!


Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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Marco Villareal with Charles Heath & Scott Pazera
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Marco Villareal with Charles Heath & Scott Pazera

Marco Villarreal resides in Northwest Indiana where he teaches and plays guitar. From solo guitar to playing in various ensembles such as Freek Johnson, Frank Russell Group, Willie Waldman Project, Steve Hashimoto Quintet, MVProject, et al. During the fall of 2013 Marco made his debut recording as a solo artist. The project featuring bass legend Tony Franklin and LA drum prodigy Tony Austin offer an adventurous feel to Marco's style of composition. 
He starting playing the guitar at 15 and has not turned back. Some teachers include Pat Martino, Fareed Haque and Mick Goodrick. Studied at Musician's Institute '91-'92. Berklee College of Music 2002. Continues to learn every day and tries to improve overall musicianship and facility on the guitar.

There will be a guitar workshop at 6:00 p.m.

Front Porch Music
219.464.4700

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Felix Cavaliere's Rascals With Special Guest The Spaniels Forever
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Felix Cavaliere's Rascals With Special Guest The Spaniels Forever

Felix Cavaliere, American singer, songwriter, musician and member of the Rock N 'Roll Hall of Fame is coming to Northwest Indiana to play a one night only show to raise funds for Hospice of the Calumet Area. Opening the show for Felix will be Gary Indiana's own The Spaniels Forever. The event will follow with a special VIP reception hosted by the Porter County Museum.  

A Fundraiser for Hospice of the Calumet Area
Memorial Opera House
219.922.2732

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Family Arts Festival
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Family Arts Festival

 

Everyday Heroes
10 am, 12 pm
Sing and dance along with Everyday
Heroes that pop out of our friendly Kid’s
storybook. Super Guy will introduce
us to his Everyday Super Hero Friends.
You just might find one more when you
look in the mirror! Tickets available in
advance from Box Office: 836-3255 or
online at TheatreAtTheCenter.com
$8.00 Children; $10.00 Adults

Brunch / 11 am–2 pm
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet brimming
with delicious breakfast and
luncheon dishes.
Call 836-1930. $24.00 Adults;
$12.00 Children ages 4-11;
$4.00 Children under 3

Backstage Tours / 11-3 pm
See what goes on behind the
scenes of a professional theatre.
Free-Sponsored by Theatre at the Center

Theatre Games / 11-3 pm
Learn acting techniques through
fun theatre games.
Free-Sponsored by Theatre at the Center

Ice Carving Demonstration
12-2 pm
Free-Sponsored by Trama Catering
Weather permitting

All Tyed Up / 11 am-3 pm
Create your own wearable art with
tie dye - make it and take it home!
T-shirts $10 and other items priced
$5 and up.

Face Painting / 11-3 pm
Free-Sponsored by Theatre at the Center
Balloon Art Creations / 11-3 pm
Take home an inflated favorite design.
Free-Sponsored by Theatre at the Center

Get Your Fresh, Hot Popcorn
11-3 pm
Free-Trama Catering

Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Chips & Pop
11-3pm
Available for purchase
Summer Song Ice Cream & Trama Catering

In the Gallery:
Pumped Up: The Art of Wheels,
Rigs and Hogs
Runs through June 10-August 26, 2018
Opening Reception: 12-3pm in the
Main Gallery
Free-Sponsored by South Shore Arts

In the Atrium: Straight Shooters:
Photography by Larry Lapidus
Runs through June 18, 2018

Make a Superhero Mask
11am-3pm, Studio A
Create your own mask to save the day.
Perfect for heroes of all ages.
Free-Sponsored by South Shore Arts

Drawing Superheroes
11am-3pm, Studio B
Learn how to draw a superhero from
one of our popular South Shore Arts
instructors. Ages 8–adult.
Free-Sponsored by South Shore Arts

Make an Instrument
11 am-3 pm
Preschool Studio
Make an instrument with the
Northwest Indiana Symphony
Orchestra. Great for all ages.
Free-Sponsored by the Northwest Indiana
Symphony Orchestra

Musical Performances
Members of the Northwest Indiana
Symphony Youth Orchestra will
perform throughout the day.
Free-Sponsored by the
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Graceland
Jun
13
to Jun 16

Graceland

With jets roaring overhead during Chicago’s annual Air and Water Show, a brother and sister reunite in Graceland, the city’s oldest cemetery, on the occasion of their father’s puzzling death. When the pair decides to look for answers at his favorite tavern, their weekend becomes complicated by bad choices and startling revelations, with hilarious and heartbreaking consequences!

Canterbury Theatre
219.874.4269

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The Bikinis
Jun
20
to Jun 30

The Bikinis

It’s the new millennium, and the girl group that everyone loves is bringing back the sun, fun, and all the great songs they sang down on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore... all to raise money for the good folks at Sandy Shores RV Resort. In front of a live audience, The Bikinis relive their heyday and beyond, beginning in the summer of ’64, when the group got their name winning the Belmar Beach Talent Contest in their bikinis!

Canterbury Theatre
219.874.4269

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End of the Rainbow
Jul
5
to Jul 14

End of the Rainbow

The award-winning musical drama, End of The Rainbow, focuses on Judy Garland's "comeback" concerts during Christmas, 1968, both onstage and off. With a six-week booking at London's famed Talk of the Town nightclub, it looks like Garland is set firmly to make a triumphant return to the spotlight. The failed marriages, the suicide attempts and the addictions are all behind her. At forty-six and with new flame, Mickey Deans, at her side, she seems determined to carry it off and recapture her magic.

Canterbury Theatre
219.874.4269

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Festival of the Lakes
Jul
18
to Jul 22

Festival of the Lakes

  • Wolf Lake Memorial Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hammond lured rap legend Nas to play July 21 at its annual Festival of the Lakes, and now the rest of the lineup has been largely rounded out.  Sublime with Rome returns to the summer festival at the Wolf Lake Pavilion to headline on July 20. The ska-punk band from Long Beach, California, played its 1990s hits "What I Got," "Santeria," "Wrong Way" and "Doin’ Time" while headlining Festival of the Lakes in 2014.  The alternative metal band Chevelle, which hails from the Chicago suburbs, will headline on July 19. Hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash, who's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, headlines opening night on July 18. His many laurels over his long career include a Grammy Award and an I Am Hip Hop Icon Award. All the free concerts start at 7 p.m. with the headlining acts taking the stage about 9 p.m.  Festival of the Lakes runs from July 18 to 22 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park.

Festival of the Lakes

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Tick, Tick...Boom!
Jul
18
to Jul 28

Tick, Tick...Boom!

Before 'Rent', there was 'Tick, Tick...Boom!'. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning creator of the Broadway phenomenon, 'Rent', is the story of Jon, a composer, and the sacrifices that he makes to achieve his big break in theatre. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city, his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue and, yet, Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical!

Canterbury Theatre
219.874.4269

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Fame
Jul
27
to Aug 5

Fame

An unmistakable title from the unforgettable film and television franchise, Fame The Musical inspired generations to fight for fame and light up the sky like a flame!  Conceived and developed by David De Silva – now known affectionately to the planet as “Father Fame” – this high-octane musical features Academy Award-winning title song and a host of other catchy pop numbers.  The show follows the final class of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts from their admission to their graduation.  All the struggles, fears and triumphs – from prejudice to substance abuse – are depicted with razor-sharp focus as the young artists navigate the worlds of music, drama and dance.

The Drama Group
708.755.3444

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A Texas Romance
Aug
2
to Aug 4

A Texas Romance

Daisy Wilson lives in a small Texas town, a widow since her philandering husband was shot by his mistress—an action with which she has some sympathy. It’s 1928, and romance reenters Daisy’s life when she finds Garland Steinholden in the front yard awaiting permission to call on her, despite her older sister’s chagrin. What follows is the inquisition, the courtship, the pecan pie, and the big, loud rocks crashing down on a small wooden table!

Canterbury Theatre
219.874.4269

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60th Annual Chesterton Art Fair
Aug
4
to Aug 5

60th Annual Chesterton Art Fair

Join us in August for the 60th Annual Chesterton Art Fair. Over 100 juried artists from across the country, bringing the highest quality art for you to peruse. Painting, pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber photography, wood, metal, and mixed media will be represented. Local restaurants, food trucks, live music, children's art experience area, and more. This is truly a family-oriented event in a beautiful setting. Easy, close parking that is accessible for all. Admission is $5 for adults. Children under 12 are free. We ask that you leave your pets at home. Proceeds benefit the Chesterton Art Center, a not-for-profit arts organization proudly a fixture in Chesterton for 58 years. Call 219-926-4711 for more information. See you there!

Chesterton Art Center
219.926.4711

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382nd Acoustic Jam
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

382nd Acoustic Jam

Musicians, singers and songwriters, and fans thereof, bring your voices and your instruments and your energy, 7PM til 11PM. (Each and every Thursday!! 

No amps!! No mics! Just you, the music and the audience. Additionally, bring your contribution to the potluck food table, entree, side dishir, dessert or finger food. If you play or bring a food item, it is worth two dollars off the cover charge of $5.00

Visit the following links if you would like a fine look at the activities during the JAM, This one is courtesy of Jim Quattrocki.http://vimeo.com/59661699 https://vimeo.com/81274098

The latest video clip is from Lakeshore Public TV during the 189TH JAM, //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ27l-n_tAY

Paul Henry's Art Gallery
219.678.5015

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