The Photography of David Robert Austen
Sep
7
to Dec 9

The Photography of David Robert Austen

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The Brauer Museum of Art welcomes you to an Opening Reception for fall 2018 exhibitions on September 7th from 7 - 9 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Free and open to the public. 

Special Exhibitions through Dec. 9:
- "The Photography of David Robert Austen: We Ended Up Australian. Lives Honored and Dreams Imagined." Based on a True Story.
- "Krista Steinke: Good Luck with the Sun" and other works

Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. Gallery talk and Christ College Symposium with artist, Krista Steinke. 

Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. Student coffee hour with Artists David Robert Austen.

The Brauer Museum of Art is home to a nationally recognized collection of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American art. Learn more about the museum and its exhibitions at valpo.edu/brauer-museum-of-art.

Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University
219.464.5365

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Ghost - The Musical
Sep
13
to Oct 28

Ghost - The Musical

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September 13 – October 14, 2018

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This musical adaptation of the 1990 Academy Award winning film follows the love story of Sam and Molly. After Sam’s untimely death, he tries to protect Molly from an unknown threat. In an attempt to communicate with her, he enlists the help of a storefront psychic to hilarious and harrowing effect. This tale about the power of love features a score by Grammy Award winning songwriters Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, and includes the classic “Unchained Melody.”

Talkback Event

Sept. 20 and Sept. 26

A post show discussion directly follows this performance, is free of change and features members of the cast responding to question from the audience!

Dinner/Theatre Event

October 4
Dinner at 5:30PM | Show at 7:30PM

For your total night out, enjoy a pre-show special dinner conveniently located right across from the theatre lobby! For $55.00 (plus tax), the evening includes a delicious dinner, games, fun surprises and a show. CASH BAR AVAILABLE Friday and Saturday Performances!

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Franciscan Art, Franciscan Artists
Sep
16
to Dec 15

Franciscan Art, Franciscan Artists

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From the tradition of the Christmas crèche to art inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si which quoted St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures, there has been a longstanding relationship between Franciscans, Franciscan spirituality, and the arts. This exhibit seeks to bring together work by contemporary Franciscan artists without regard to its content, and work from artists that use Franciscan themes.

 Mounted in conjunction with the school’s 50th anniversary, acknowledging the Franciscans (Sacred Heart Province) as one of the three founding religious communities of the school, and enhancing an October symposium focused on Franciscan lifelong formation, the show’s title comes from the Franciscan rule of 1223. Its 5th chapter states the friars are to “work faithfully and devotedly so that…they do not extinguish the Spirit of holy prayer and devotion to which all temporal things must contribute.”

 Our goal is to mount a show that records and celebrates contemporary artists’ efforts to work “faithfully and devotedly,” filled with the “Spirit of holy prayer and devotion.”

The Mary-Frances & Bill Beeck Gallery

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Patterns of Nature
Sep
21
to Nov 2

Patterns of Nature

Throughout history, artists have been fascinated with the depiction and interpretation of nature, especially as exemplified in landscape painting.  Today, many of the underlying patterns and relationships in the natural world that have been revealed by science and technology are providing new inspiration for artists as expressive themes and images.  

Artists include:  Ilze Arajs, Shar Coulson, Helen Dannely, David Krzeminski, Raul Ortiz and Peter Van Ael.

Bridgeport Art Center
773.843.9000

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Soundwaves, Colorcodes - Nature Forms
Sep
28
to Nov 3

Soundwaves, Colorcodes - Nature Forms

Four artists interpret objects and ideas through abstract imagery
Paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by artists who have created a large body of work that is primarily abstract; who explore concepts related to music, sound, natural forms and pure geometric design. Works represent a clearly identifiable and personal language of form, shape, color, texture, imagery and mark-making or process. 


Artists include: James Bowden, Bill Dixon, Linda Haynes, Patricia Moore


Curators: Claudia Craemer, Deborah Craemer

Tall Grass Arts Association
708.748.3377

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Cabinets of Curiosities
Oct
4
to Oct 27

Cabinets of Curiosities

Cabinets of curiosities have fascinated the public since the 16th century, and served as the precursors to natural history museums especially. Today, answers to any question or curiosity can be known instantaneously by searching a hand-held device, and the desire to collect and curate the odd, abject, vestigial or disappearing traces of organisms or natural objects persists in many formats.

Union Street Gallery
708.754.2601

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Birds in Nature
Oct
5
to Oct 25

Birds in Nature

For me, the biggest part of making art is looking.

Finding a subject is easy, because everything is interesting in some way if you stare at it long enough. Some subjects grab you from the start, and some become more special when you take time to look a little deeper.

I like to paint all sorts of things. I could tell a story about each one, and why I was drawn to that image...but when it comes down to it, I simply enjoy the act of looking and painting things the way I see them. 


~Lindsay Sandbothe

The Village Art Gallery at Pines Village
219.465.1591

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Evil Dead - The Musical
Oct
5
to Oct 27

Evil Dead - The Musical

Book and Lyrics by George Reinblatt Music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris & George Reinblatt
directed by Mike Glorioso
Don’t miss this fun-loving musical parody of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead films. When a group of fresh-faced college kids go to a cabin in the woods for spring break, it's only a matter of time before spells are spoken and demonic possession begins.

Meet the Cast and Crew following the performance on Friday, October 5 for an Opening Night After Party hosted by Main + Lincoln located at 210 E. Lincolnway in downtown Valparaiso. Enjoy a cash bar and complimentary light appetizers.

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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The Artists Eye
Oct
9
to Oct 28

The Artists Eye

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Each artist, photographer or sculptor brings their individual vision to everything they create.  This exhibit will showcase those visions across the entire spectrum of their art world.  The 'artist's eye' will allow viewers' entry to explore those perceptions of each artist's vision, their own interpretation of how they see their world.     

Join us in Michigan City's historic Uptown Arts District. Open Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from noon to 5pm (cdt)

Southern Shore Art Association is a non-profit gallery supporting local artists throughout the Michiana area.  Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sundays from noon to 5pm.  All are welcome free of charge. 

Southern Shore Arts Association
219.879.4980

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Space
Oct
9
to Oct 31

Space

Based on the theme of space, this exhibit will showcase work of local artists who work in a wide variety of mediums - including glass, spray paint, photography and more.

Rising Phoenix Gallery
480.206.4980

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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Oct
12
to Oct 21

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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The meteoric first collaboration of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, opens our season with a bang. Join Israel’s favorite son, Joseph, through his tumultuous ascent to the top in this timeless reminder of the unquenchable thirst of a man with a dream who had the courage to forge the destiny of a people and its powerful message of hope. The classic story of Joseph is paired with exuberant music, featuring favorites such as "Close Every Door," "Go, Go, Go Joseph" and "Any Dream Will Do."

La Porte Little Theatre Club
219.362.5113

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The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Oct
12
to Oct 28

The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

Twelve-year-old Helen Keller lived in a prison of silence and darkness. Born deaf, blind, and mute, with no way to express herself or comprehend those around her, she flew into primal rages against anyone who tried to help her, fighting tooth and nail with a strength born of furious, unknowing desperation. 

Then Annie Sullivan came. Half-blind herself, but possessing an almost fanatical determination, she would begin a frightening and incredibly moving struggle to tame the wild girl no one could reach, and bring Helen into the world at last....

Beatniks on Conkey
219.852.0848

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Sister Act
Oct
12
to Oct 21

Sister Act

Sister Act pits disco-dancing nuns against dangerous gangsters in a joyous feel-good musical comedy. It celebrates the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music. Based on the hit film and nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical.

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Drama Group Milford Studio Theatre
Phone: 708-755-3444

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Annex
Oct
13
to Nov 10

Annex

For over a decade now, Ben Murray has been making artwork about memory and the imperfections that arise in our attempt to recollect events and places as human beings in our daily lives. Annex will showcase a collection of autobiographical paintings and sculptures positioned on returning "home" since his move back to Northwest Indiana in 2017.

Ben Murray was born in Merriville, IN and currently lives in Gary, IN. He holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from the Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, Indiana. He has exhibited at Cleve Carney Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Elmhurst Museum of Art and Gallery 400, Illinois; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; The Armory Show, New York. He is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. 

SideCar Gallery
708.337.1090

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La Louce - Ellen Campbell
Oct
17
to Oct 18

La Louce - Ellen Campbell

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Exhibition continues through October 18th

Artist Reception October 18th 3-4 p.m.

The animate world —the non-technical, what is generally called nature, is receding from the constructed world. What remains are denatured, proliferating and commodified expressions of a largely abandoned place, ersatz images and products that pretend to the natural; the souvenirs of spoliation. Nature's stand-in is now the collective cultural detritus that surrounds us: floral and plant motifs that attempt to naturalize paper towels, placemats, plastic bags, etc. The ubiquitous daisy shaped bathtub sticker, meant to prevent falls, tries to con us that we still live in the garden. This paradox of the simultaneous existence of mountains of manufactured imitations alongside a diminished and probably dying biome has been an ongoing inspiration and central problem that I study in my art. 
I use these manufactured, denatured renditions of the organic world to create new visual and psychological relationships, accommodating the malformed nostalgia of cheap goods to reanimate them in a fantastical state of nature. Through shifts and palette and an intimate close-up perspective I attempt to mirror the tension between the technological accelerations of modern existence and the wished-for endurance of the natural world. 

I see the echoes of my childhood fascinations in this work my attraction to color and what I see as forth coming work delving into the more obviously built space. 

Ellen Campbell’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and cultural centers in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, Iowa and Chicago. Campbell is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Yaddo and Ucross Foundation artist residencies. In addition, her work is in many private and corporate collections. Ellen Campbell received her M.F.A. from the University of Chicago and her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives, works and teaches in Chicago.

South Suburban College - Lee E. Dulgar Gallery
708.596.2000

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The Man Behind the Mask
Oct
17
to Oct 24

The Man Behind the Mask

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An exhibition of photographs and digital art by David Hauptschein

Now through October 24th

Closing Reception: Wednesday October 24th at 12:30 pm.

David Hauptschein is a man of many talents…

ART
Hauptschein is currently working on several series of photo-based digital paintings. Selections from Never Before Seen and The Mask Behind the Mask were exhibited at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago in 2016.

PLAYS
Hauptschein’s play, In Memory of Edgar Lutzen (2010), was produced by Secret Life Theatre at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London. Secret Life Theatre also produced The Gurney (2008) in Chicago, An Alchemy of Flesh (2008) in London, and The Playactor (2007) in London. In 2004, his play The Ballad of Johnny 5 Star, co-written with David Vlcek, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and then transferred to the Library Theatre in Manchester, England. Hauptschein’s other produced plays include Trance, When the Walls Have Ears, The Persecution of Arnold Petch, Breakdown and Out, and The Lucid Dreamers, all of which premiered in Chicago. In addition, Trance was staged at the White Bear Theatre in London in 2002. Trance received a Fringe First Award at the 1996 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and was featured at the 1997 Arts Festival in Brighton, England.

Among Hauptschein’s other theatrical events are the Heartless Theatre production of selections from Hauptschein’s The Frank Monologues, featuring Michael Shannon; Pig American Theater’s production of No One Goes Mad: From Writings of the Insane; and The Duplex Planet Project, based on David Greenberger’s magazine The Duplex Planet.

FILMS
Hauptschein’s screenplay, Country of Hotels, is scheduled to be released in 2017. He is also the creator of an award-winning experimental animated short film entitled Fecundation.

South Suburban College - Dorothea Thiel Gallery
708.596.2000

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Aaron Harris & the Fuze, jazz program
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Aaron Harris & the Fuze, jazz program

Aaron Harris is a classically taught master guitarist who brings his influences to the world of jazz and currently serves as adjunct music professor for Ivy Tech and Visible Music College and teaches privately. The Fuze is Aaron’s backing band that is made up of some of the top performers and teachers in the Chicagoland area. Aaron Harris and The Fuze will take you on a journey from the classic Jazz standards to the current world of Jazz Fusion and everything in between. Come enjoy the amazing Jazz experience.

Portage Township Live Music Association
219.762.5025

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The Nerd
Oct
19
to Nov 4

The Nerd

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Set in Terre Haute, Indiana, late 1979…The Nerd tells the hilarious story of an architect named Willum who can’t make the decision about marrying his long-time girlfriend Tansy. Soon, a fellow ex-GI whom Willum has never actually met - but who saved his life in Vietnam - pays Willum a visit on the evening of his 34th birthday party. Surprise! Willum & Tansy are delighted at first, but Rick’s awkward behavior throws the party into a shambles, and that is just the beginning…

L’arc en Ciel
219.226.4640

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Carrie The Musical
Oct
19
to Oct 28

Carrie The Musical

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it…

Towle Theater
219.937.8780

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International Film Festival
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

International Film Festival

The first installment in Valparaiso University’s annual International Film Festival kicks off October 19. The 1959 Brazilian film “Black Orpheus” will show at the Christopher Center in Room 205. Allannah Karas, asst. prof. of foreign languages and literature will lead a post-film talk. Each screening is free and open to the public.

Valparaiso University
219.464.5341

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Hollywood Swinging:  A Tribute to Kool & the Gang
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Hollywood Swinging: A Tribute to Kool & the Gang

Hollywood Swinging: A Tribute to Kool & The Gang kicks off our main series on Friday, October 19. This 7 piece band is the ultimate tribute to the supergroup!  Kool & the Gang won numerous awards including two Grammy Awards and seven American Music Awards. Earlier this year, they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Hollywood Swinging will bring the party hits of Kool & The Gang from the 70’s thru the 80’s, combining the excitement of a live show with a super-charged dance party to remember!

Hollywood Swinging: A Tribute to Kool & The Gang songlist includes, Celebration, Jungle Boogie, Ladies Night, Hollywood Swinging, Get Down On It, Fresh, Too Hot, Joanna, Tonight, Summer Madness, Cherish, Funky Stuff, Steppin Out, and many more.

Freedom Hall at Nathan Manilow Theatre
708.747.0580

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Songsisters
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Songsisters


Amy Dixon-Kolar, Patti Shaffner, and Sue Fink are singer/songwriter friends who discovered that their own distinctive songs and styles worked very well together, like contrasting spices that somehow blend to make one very tasty stew. They perform in-the-round, adding harmonies to each other’s songs and favorite cover songs. 

"The SongSisters? Top shelf talent times three and a pure delight! Sue Fink, Amy Dixon-Kolar, Patti Shaffner ... are outstanding solo artists who shine alone, but together become a solar force to be reckoned with, as they exchange their superb songs along with exceptional harmonies, friendly bantering and spot-on humor--great music and great entertainment from these lovely ladies! “ 
-Lilli Kuzma, host of "Folk Festival" on WDCB Public Radio (Glen Ellyn/Chicago)

Front Porch Music
219.464.4700

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Shameka Copeland & the Cash Box Kings
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

Shameka Copeland & the Cash Box Kings

Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice—capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring—delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. With her new Alligator Records album, America’s Child (available August 3rd), Copeland confidently announces an electrifying new chapter in her constantly evolving story. Produced by Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year winner Will Kimbrough, America’s Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise.

The Cash Box Kings are fueled by the powerhouse harmonica work of Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter Joe Nosek and the huge, gritty vocals of Chicago bluesman Oscar Wilson. Every song they perform – be it a striking original or a scorching Chess, Sun or Vee-Jay cover – explodes with contemporary authority and radiates old-school authenticity. According to Grammy Award-winning blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, “The Cash Box Kings play with real taste and feel. Not only is it good blues but it’s a jumping good time, too! I ain’t lyin’!”

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Late Night Catechism
Oct
21
2:30 PM14:30

Late Night Catechism

Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Burnett. This is part catechism class, part stand-up routine. It’s an interactive comedy, one of the longest running shows in Chicago and U.S. theater history.

The New York Times calls it, "hilarious, well-written and inspired." Jeffrey Lyons from TV’s Sneak Previews calls Late Nite Catechism "something to savor and enjoy....one of the most intimate, rewarding shows in town."

You, the audience member, are part of Sister’s class. She’ll take you back to the days of the Latin Mass, meatless Fridays, and remind you about that good old ruler across the knuckles!

Brunch Available: $23 plus tax
Tickets: $35
Subscribers: $30

Group rates available by calling 219-836-3258

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Art in Focus:  Tiny Homes & Acts of Architectural Activism
Oct
22
10:00 AM10:00

Art in Focus: Tiny Homes & Acts of Architectural Activism

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Join South Shore Arts for a mini film festival featuring shorts and excerpts from films that question the dominant norms of domestic living spaces and consider the barriers that prevent access to thoughtfully designed homes. The films will be acompanied by a brief survey of contemporary artists engaged in creative approaches to designing and building shelter. Film & Conversation.

South Shore Arts Board Room
219.836.1839

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Education Concerts - NWI Symphony
Oct
23
to Oct 24

Education Concerts - NWI Symphony

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The annual Education Concert takes place this year in the fall at Monbeck Auditorium in Highland and Valparaiso High School Auditorium. This concert features the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra performing selected works for a young audience. These concerts target elementary and middle school students. Prior to the concert provide learning materials for the teachers, students and parents. These materials will prepare the younger and older audience members for the concert by giving background information on the composers, the musicians and the music.

TCHAIKOVSKY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY

A Fairy Tale Favorite

This concert will feature selections from Russian composer Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky’s score for the ballet Sleeping Beauty. From Charles Perrault to the Brothers Grimm to Walt Disney, the story of Sleeping Beauty has entertained audiences for centuries. Join us for a timeless tale full of familiar characters and learn how music can tell a story.

The concert program includes the famous Sleeping Beauty Waltz, which audience members will recognize from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

Maestro Kirk Muspratt will lead the concert and engage the audience in a visual presentation about the composer, the music, and the story of Sleeping Beauty. They will also learn about the different instruments used in the orchestra. Docents and study guides will be made available to ticketholder classrooms in advance of the concert upon request. This concert aligns with Indiana Academic Standards for Music and Social Studies. 

  

 

Tuesday, October 2­3, 2018
For students in grades 2 - 12.
Performance Times 9:25 am & 10:50 am
Monbeck Auditorium at Highland High School
Cost per student/adult: $6

Wednesday, October 2­4, 2018
For students in grades 2 - 12.
Performance Times 9:25 am & 10:50 am
Valparaiso High School Auditorium
Cost per student/adult: $6

Call 219-836-1839 x101 to register
Re­gistration Deadline:  September 21, 2018

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Russian Cello
Oct
26
6:15 PM18:15

Russian Cello

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Featuring Richard Hirschl, cello

 RACHMANINOFF - Vocalise for Cello and Orchestra 
TCHAIKOVSKY - Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin for Cello and Orchestra 
TCHAIKOVSKY – Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra 
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Scheherazade

 Superstar CSO cellist Richard Hirschl performs three pieces that showcase the instrument’s beauty. The cello takes the place of the human voice in the Vocalise and Lensky’s Aria, while the Rococo Variations are a tribute to Tchaikovsky’s hero, Mozart. Scheherazade, based on The Arabian Nights, uses dazzling, colorful orchestration with a mix of Eastern flare to tell the musical stories of an exotic princess who spins her tales each night to stay alive.

Pre-concert lecture at 6:15 p.m.
Concert at 7:30 p.m.

NWI Symphony Orchestra
219.836.0525, ext. 200

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The Trouble Notes
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

The Trouble Notes

Munster native Bennet Cerven and his group The Trouble Notes make their second appearance on the TATC stage! The Trouble Notes is a wildly popular band across the US and Europe, having played over 400 shows in 15 countries and counting! Their gypsy, street music vibe connects music lovers with styles new and old alike.

October 26th, 2018
7:30 pm

Tickets: $25
Subscribers: $20
Cash Bar Available

Group rates available by calling 219-836-3258

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Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Frankenstein
Nov
1
to Dec 2

Frankenstein

Love, loss, and creation merge in unexpected ways in this thrilling classic gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema. Stories of Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, and his Monster expose how the forces of family, community, and education shape personhood—or destroy it by their absence.

In a special world premiere presentation, internationally-renowned multimedia company Manual Cinema stitches together the classic story of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley’s own biography to create an unexpected story about the beauty and horror of creation. Manual Cinema combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen.

Court Theatre
773.753.4472

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Lady Windermere's Fan
Nov
1
to Nov 4

Lady Windermere's Fan

Lady Windermere has her suspicions that her husband of just under two years is having an affair with another woman. After he denies her allegations, she decides to invite the woman in question to her 21st birthday party.

Oscar Wilde’s comedy is set in 19th-century London, and sees Wilde poke fun at the social upper classes, and their moral attitudes, of the period. It’s a play about relationships and infidelity in English high society.

Valparaiso University Studio Theatre
219.464.5162

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Waiting for a Sign
Nov
2
to Jan 12

Waiting for a Sign

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Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) invites you to the opening reception of "Waiting for a Sign". Opening reception is from 5 - 8 p.m.

Film Screening: Saturday, Nov. 3 from 12:30 - 2:30 Willie Baronet will present his documentary “Signs of Humanity” and there will be a curated gallery tour on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 am - noon.

This provocative exhibition explores the use of signage, text and iconography to deliver messages of environmental justice, protest, identity, mystery and hope.

Exhibiting artists include Willie Baronet, Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Corey Hagelberg, Cheryl Pope, Kay Rosen, Joel Ross, Deb Sokolow and Bernard Williams.

Come discuss the work with the artists, enjoy light bites and a cash bar. Admission is FREE.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts
219.874.4900

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Peter and the Starcatcher
Nov
2
to Nov 18

Peter and the Starcatcher

 

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

4th Street Theater
219.926.7875

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Muriel Anderson in Concert
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Muriel Anderson in Concert

One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Her CD “Nightlight Daylight” was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine and her “Heartstrings” recording accompanied the astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery. She has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her obvious joy of music, humor and her facility across the genres of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. An engaging performer, Muriel’s unique approach to the instrument virtually transforms the guitar into a lyrical choir, then a marching band, then a Japanese koto, then a Bluegrass band, one minute launching into a Beatles’ tune and the next, a Rodrigo concerto. Her video “Why Worry” has garnered a total of over 8 million views. Muriel is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the MUSIC FOR LIFE ALLIANCE charity. In addition, her new program is highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen, including a re-enactment of the solar eclipse.

Front Porch Music
219.464.4700

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Hospice Artisans' Holiday Gift Boutique
Nov
10
9:30 AM09:30

Hospice Artisans' Holiday Gift Boutique

Jump start your holiday shopping with an enticing array of quality handcrafted merchandise at the Friends of Hospice second annual Hospice Artisans’ Holiday Gift Boutique. Shoppers will find unique paper goods, fine hand knit accessories, polymer clay and beaded jewelry, fabric bags, children’s toys, as well as, an incredible selection of artisan designed greeting cards and special displays for stocking stuffers, teachers, pet lovers, and more!

Hospice of the Calumet Area
219.922.2732

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A Whirlwind Tour of Europe
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

A Whirlwind Tour of Europe

elcoming our FIRST Guest Conductor candidate, RUSSELL GER!
A pops classique, "A Whirlwind Tour of Europe" will undoubtedly open our season and the Bravo Maestro Series with flare.

Audience members will be given the opportunity to become a part of the selection process by providing an annonymous survey evaluation of Ger, and we HOPE you do! 

Doors open at 6:30 for sweet, savory, cash bar, and mingling!

A Whirlwind Tour of Europe:
When was the last time you saw the Eiffel Tower? Or took a cruise boat down the Danube in Vienna? Or felt the breeze of a warm summer evening on your face in Barcelona? However long it’s been, on November 10th you don’t have to leave the comfort of the concert hall to experience all this and more. Come and join the LCSO for an unforgettable night crisscrossing the Continent with your personal tour guide, Maestro Russell Ger. From the frigid forests of Finland to the grand majesty of London, from hearty Hungarian goulash to delicate Parisian croissants, there is something here for everyone. With an exciting array of wonderfully varied music, this concert promises to whisk you away on a European Holiday unlike you’ve ever had before.

Featuring familiar classical favorites such as Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture", "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss, and Neapolitan Italian selection, "O Sole Mio", which will feature LCSO tenor extraodinaire, Tim King!

La Porte County Symphony Orchestra
219.362.9020

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Get Happy:  Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland
Nov
13
1:00 PM13:00

Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland

A star is born as award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll celebrates American icon Judy Garland, as seen on her current PBS television special. Ingersoll won acclaim for her stunning portrayal of Garland in the play End of the Rainbow (Chicago, Los Angeles). Live in concert, Ingersoll shines as a force all her own. She superbly captures Garland’s emotional and vocal power, and crafts passionate stories with a naturally winning humor. Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “Phenomenal. Judy Garland has been reborn.” Broadway World raves, "Ingersoll is transcendent... singing classic after classic to flawless perfection.” Songs include "Over the Rainbow," "Come Rain Or Come Shine," and "The Man That Got Away.”

Freedom Hall at Nathan Manilow Theatre
708.747.0580

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Veterans Day Salute
Nov
14
1:00 PM13:00

Veterans Day Salute

The Memorial Opera House wouldn't be where she is without the brave men and women who have fought for freedom! Join us as we enjoy the 125th anniversary of our great memorial by saluting those who made it possible. Featuring songs from the eras of World War I through Desert Storm, we proudly thank the brave souls that have made America truly great with this patriotic afternoon.

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Miracle on 34th Street
Nov
15
to Dec 23

Miracle on 34th Street

From Meredith Willson, composer of The Music Man, and inspired by the beloved 1947 film, audiences will enjoy the gift of music and laughter for the holidays. After Santa encounters a skeptical little girl during the season of sharing and caring, a message about the importance of believing is made clear to all. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” became famous as one the memorable songs in this joyous favorite for all ages.

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Talkback Event

Nov. 27 & Nov. 29

A post show discussion directly follows this performance, is free of charge and features members of the cast responding to questions from the audience!

Dinner Buffet/Theatre Event

December 6 & December 14

Dinner at 5:30PM | Show at 7:30PM

For your total night out, enjoy a pre-show special dinner buffet conveniently located right across from the theatre lobby! For $60.00 (plus tax), the evening includes a delicious dinner, fun surprises and a show.
 CASH BAR AVAILABLE Friday and Saturday Performances!

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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ARTability
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

ARTability

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Join us for the 12th annual ARTability art show and sale featuring artwork by artists with disabilities! Set against the backdrop of Valparaiso University's Christopher Center Community Room, ARTability will showcase the diverse artwork of the men and women served by the Art Enrichment Program at Opportunity Enterprises. Proceeds from the event not only benefit the Art Enrichment Program, but also provide the artists a commission for each piece sold. Entrance to this event is free and open to the public.

Opportunity Enterprises
219.464.9621

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Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues & Lynn Jordan Grand Finale with Sam Lay
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues & Lynn Jordan Grand Finale with Sam Lay

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Lynne Jordan and Sam Lay is the second concert in our main series. Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer/songwriter, and recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. Along with the members of the ensemble and the illustrious guest collaborators Chamber Blues continues to break new ground in its 30th year of innovation.

Freedom Hall at Nathan Manilow Theatre
708.747.0580

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Charlie Brown Christmas
Nov
23
to Dec 16

Charlie Brown Christmas

by Charles M. Schulz
based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson
stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
directed by Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano and Kathleen Erny

Experience the Peanuts characters everyone knows and loves brought to life on stage. Featuring the song, “Christmas Time is Here,” and the music of Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas is the perfect way to ring in the holidays.

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636, ext. 1

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Vocal Trash
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

Vocal Trash

Vocal Trash is entertainment with a conscience. An urban-themed Broadway style production that performs on custom instruments made from recycled materials. The interactive performance of singing, break-dancing and comedy leave the audience not only entertained, but inspired to spread peace, love and recycling. Glee Meets Stomp!

Lakeshore Community Concerts
219.923.7879

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Masters of Soul
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Masters of Soul

Masters of Soul is part of our main series. An encore performance for Masters of Soul with a holiday twist! Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. This 90-minute show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band. For many, Masters of Soul is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For younger generations, the show offers an opportunity to experience an era in our country's history that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded.

Masters of Soul will perform Gladys Knight & The Pips - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - The Temptations - The Four Tops - Diana Ross & The Supremes - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Barry White - Sam and Dave - James Brown - and many more!

Freedom Hall at Nathan Manilow Theatre
708.747.0580

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It's a Wonderful Life, The Musical
Nov
30
to Dec 16

It's a Wonderful Life, The Musical

Based on the beloved 1946 film, this musical faithfully follows George Bailey from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond as we all take a journey to discover whether his life has mattered at all. Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, this adaption breathes musical life into a familiar story while retaining the warmth, humor and pathos of the original. The Memorial Opera House is delighted to wrap up our 125th anniversary celebration with this new holiday classic for devotees and newcomers alike.

FUN FACT: Beulah Bondi, who played George Bailey's mother in the film, got her theatrical start right here on the Memorial Opera House Stage!

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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The Holiday Shop
Dec
4
to Dec 15

The Holiday Shop

A young child stumbles across a magic snow globe and toys from around the world come to life and share their holiday traditions. Laugh and sing-a-long with a happy elf, a royal soldier, a Spanish-speaking doll, an adorable teddy bear and Santa! Celebrate the magic of the season with this original musical.

Produced by Charles Misovye & Associates 
Running Time: 1 Hour
Grades: Pre-school thru 5th

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Mon., Dec. 10*; Tue., Dec. 4* & 11;
Wed., Dec. 5 & 12; Thu., Dec. 6 & 13; 
Fri., Dec. 7* & 14* - 9:30 & 11:15 am

* Enjoy lunch in the Dining Venue following the 11:15 am performance

SCHOOL GROUP TICKET PRICES

Students - $6.50 // Adults - $8.00 
Groups - $5.50 (100 or more paid student reservations)

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

Sat., Dec. 8 & 15 – 10:00 am & 12:00 pm Children - $8.00 // Adults - $10.00

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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A Double Wide Texas Christmas
Dec
7
to Dec 16

A Double Wide Texas Christmas

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas is an outrageously funny comedy It’s in the newest—and tiniest—town in Texas and is having a lot of trouble. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being doubled-crossed by the County.

Footlight Players
219.874.4035

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
Dec
7
to Dec 16

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

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Two compelling stories come together in this heartwarming play inspired by the famous editorial Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, 1897, in New York City, eight-year-old Virginia is left pondering whether or not Santa really exists after a series of unhappy events. Meanwhile, a young newspaper editor also struggles against tough holiday times as he is faced with losing his job if he can't find his writer's voice by morning. Even though they don't know each other, the spirit of Christmas is about to bring these people together, creating in the process an unforgettable and cherished part of classic Christmas folklore.

La Porte Little Theatre Club
219.362.5113

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The Christmas Express
Dec
7
to Dec 16

The Christmas Express

The Christmas Express
By: Pat Cook
(A Christmas Comedy)

Directed by: Wayne Puchkors

"This is the most hopeless place in the world!" Hilda intones as she dreams of faraway places and only finds tedium in running the Holly Railway Station. That is, until Leo Tannenbaum drops in out of nowhere the day before Christmas Eve. Suddenly, an old radio that hasn't worked in years springs to life, the local group of carolers (which usually yowls like a gang of wet cats) begins to sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the whole town gets the Christmas spirit. Coincidence? …. Or is Leo doing all this? This nostalgic theatrical greeting card is full of eccentric small town characters, wise-cracking their way to finding the true wonder of Christmas. And on the way they make us all wish we could take a ride on The Christmas Express.

Hammond Community Theatre
888.928.6648

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Claudia Schmidt in Concert
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Claudia Schmidt in Concert

If it were the intention of the creator or creators of this universe to perfectly blend together the night sky with moon and stars, it might have been their intention as well to deliver Claudia Schmidt as their messenger of reminder.

To say that Schmidt is simply a performer with a talent to entertain would be a miscarriage of understatement. Schmidt takes her audiences into her world as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box.

From lying on sandy beaches under an endless barrage of northern lights, to the expected anguish and frustration of spinning tires on cars stuck deep in snow, from the age-old struggle of change between adolescence and adulthood to the observation of sheer idiocy, she leaves it to the imagination of her audience to conjure their own images of her storytelling and song. No interpretation of a Claudia Schmidt song or story is wrong-she invites audiences to tie their associations to her style.

Front Porch Music
219.464.4700

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Line/Force/Burn Rubber:  Sarah Krepp & Olivia Petrides
Jan
8
to Mar 31

Line/Force/Burn Rubber: Sarah Krepp & Olivia Petrides


Opening reception for all exhibits is January 13th at 2 pm

Line/ Force/ Burn Rubber: Sarah Krepp & Olivia Petrides
February 13 at 7 pm: Gallery Talk with Artists Sarah Krepp and Olivia Petrides

Also exhibiting: The Art of Lynn Olson & The Icons on Ammo Boxes: Art by Sofia Atlantova and Oleksandr Klymenko

Gallery Talk with Artists Sofia Atlantova and Oleksandr Klymenko
Lecture by Rev. Dr. Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, Acting Director, Huffington
Ecumenical Institute, Loyola Marymount University, titled “Eye-witnessing the War in Ukraine” Friday, January 18, 7 pm

Valparaiso University
219.464.5365

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