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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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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The Gift of Art
Nov
8
to Dec 30

The Gift of Art

  • Southern Shore Art Association (map)
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This annual holiday celebration kicks off with a variety of paintings, sculpture, photography, prints and a selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry and art pieces.

South Shore Art Association
219.879.4980

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A Christmas Story Comes Home
Nov
10
to Dec 31

A Christmas Story Comes Home

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The "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit centers around 6 animatronic window displays from Macy's Department Store in New York featuring different scenes from "A Christmas Story".

There are also a variety of events and activities going on all season long. The holiday classic, "A Christmas Story", was written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark and was based on Shepherd's 1966 book, "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash".

The book is a compilation of short stories based on Shepherd's experiences growing up in Hammond, Indiana. A number of the short stories appeared in Playboy magazine and originated from his unscripted radio broadcasts in the 1950's, 60's and 70's.

Shepherd narrated the entire movie and also had a cameo in the Department Store scene. The movie was set in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana which was a disguise for Shepherd's hometown: Hammond. Hohman is one of Hammond's busiest downtown streets.

Indiana Welcome Center
219.989.7979

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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.

Make your theatre experience complete by adding on a special event to your ticket!

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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Considering the Circle
Nov
16
to Jan 4

Considering the Circle

Artists consider the circle from numerous viewpoints and in various media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, calligraphy, photography, film and video, tapestry, and others. The Greeks saw it as a symbol of perfection, but is this concept still valid? With guest curator Carole Harmel.

Bridgeport Art Center
773.843.9000

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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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Holiday Happiness
Nov
26
to Jan 5

Holiday Happiness

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Our Gallery and Gift Shop are filled with dozens of beautiful gifts  for those on your list.  You will find watercolor and oil paintings, pastels, mixed media, prints, photos, ceramics, fiber works, jewelry, sculpture, candles, apparel, purses, pillows, books, ornaments in glass, wood and metal, and more.

 

Artists included in Holiday Happiness are:

Carole Brejcha - Javier Chavira - Joe Chomyn

Claudia Craemer - Linda Curl - Jill DeBardelaben

Pam Eberlin - Bronwyn Elkuss - Debra Glenn

Edwin Harris - Pam McDonald - Jennifer Meyer

Chuck Michaels - Patricia Moore 

Pottery Boys (Keith Herbrand & Glenn Woods)

Richard Schmidt - Melvina Stemley - Beverly Szaton

Patrick Thompson - Susan Wade 


Curated by Diana Cruz and Janet Muchnik

Tallgrass Arts Association
708.748.3377

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Contemporary Printmaking
Nov
28
to Feb 11

Contemporary Printmaking

From the collection of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University

21 Works by Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, Leonard Baskin, Romare Bearden, Roger Brown, Jim Dine, Leon Golub, Luis Jiminez, Richard Hunt, Ellen Lanyon, Martin Puryear, Robert Rauschenberg, Faith Ringgold, Alison Saar, Hollis Sigler, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Nancy Spero and Frank Stella.

Curated by Gregg Hertzlieb, Gloria Ruff and Corey Hagelberg

School of the Arts Gallery at IUN
Arts & Sciences Building, 2nd floor
219.980.6810

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The Nutcracker - Indiana Ballet Theatre
Nov
30
to Dec 15

The Nutcracker - Indiana Ballet Theatre

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Everyone’s favorite holiday tradition is just around the corner — The Nutcracker. Indiana Ballet Theatre (IBT) will be performing its 21st annual performance throughout Northwest Indiana this year.

Composed in 1892 by treasured composer Peter IIyich Tchikovsky’s, The Nutcracker, is one of the most memorable ballet classics. The colors and classical ballet dances are simply breathtaking. Experience the immense wonder of a child as young Clara’s world transforms into a fantastical land of snow, Land of Sweets, and adventure. Follow Clara through her journey as she and her beloved Nutcracker encounter the Mouse King and his soldiers, and are entertained by dancers from various countries. We invite you and your family to immerse yourselves in the magical sceneries and timeless holiday story.

Under the direction of Founding Artistic Director, Gloria Tuohy and Associate Artistic Director, Amanda Tuohy. Ranging in ages from 4 to 74, watch in awe as casts of more than 100 take to the stage and bring this classic to life.

Share the memorable tradition with family and friends this season with tickets to this year’s performance located in three convenient locations throughout the region – Crown Point High in Crown Point IN, Valparaiso High in Valparaiso, IN, and Indiana University Northwest in Gary, IN.

Crown Point High School
November 30th – 10am (SOLD OUT) & 7pm
December 1st – 7pm
December 2nd – 2pm

Valparaiso High School
December 7 – 10am(SOLD OUT) & 7pm
December 8th – 7pm

Indiana University Northwest
December 13th – 10am (SOLD OUT) & 7pm
December 14th – 10am (SOLD OUT) & 7pm
December 15th – 7pm

🐭 Tickets are available at ibtnw.org/events/

Indiana Ballet Theatre
219.755.4400

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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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Plaid Tidings
Nov
30
to Dec 16

Plaid Tidings

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings is a brand-new show that offers the best of Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top! Filled with Christmas standards that have all been “Plaid-erized,” our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. At first they aren’t sure why they’ve returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they’re needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world.

Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favourites like their riotous three minute and eleven second version of “The Ed Sullivan Show” - this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir, and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas which puts the “Day-O” in Excelsis! This is one holiday treat that is truly “heaven-sent!”

Towle Theater
219.937.8780

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Blue Christmas
Dec
1
to Jan 5

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas, Holiday Exhibition at Thaddeus C. Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1st, 5-8pm

The Thaddeus C. Gallery is proud to present the 14th annual holiday exhibition, Blue Christmas.  Located in downtown La Porte since 2004, this yearly exhibition draws hundreds from the regional community and beyond. The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, December 1st from 5-8pm.

A wide variety of work from Indiana based artists as well as artists from Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, and England will be on display. Among the many artists included in the exhibit are Andrew Avara, Emily Christie, Richard Glass, Gregg Hertzlieb, Laurel Izard, David Ma, Laura Marmash, Rob Plater, Pete Railand, Linda Redmond, Valerie Taglieri, Tom Torluemke, Kristine Virsis, Melissa Washburn, Janet Zug and gallery owners Thaddeus and Laura Cutler.  

The exhibition will run through January 5, 2019.  The gallery is located at 822 Lincolnway, Downtown LaPorte. Gallery hours are Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat 10am-3pm. Additional hours will be added for the holiday season, for more information call 219-326-8626 or email at info@thaddeusc.com

Thaddeus C Gallery
219.326.8626

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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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The Gift of Art
Dec
4
to Dec 30

The Gift of Art

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This annual holiday celebration kicks off with a variety of paintings, sculpture, photography, prints and a selection of one-of-a-kind jewelry and art pieces for the home.  Bring your holiday shopping list as you're sure to find something wonderful!  And we still have a wonderful selection of barely used books at bargain prices.   

Southern Shore Art Association

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Doublewide, Texas Christmas
Dec
7
to Dec 16

Doublewide, 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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Dancing at Lughnasa
Dec
7
to Dec 16

Dancing at Lughnasa

The play depicts the late summer days when love and happiness briefly seems possible to the five Mundy sisters. However, as the summer ends, the family foresees the sadness they will suffer as all hopes fade. A masterpiece by Brian Friel set in Ireland’s County Donegal in August 1936 in the fictional town of Ballybeg.

The Drama Group
708.755.3444

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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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Midwestern Soliloquy
Dec
9
to Jan 6

Midwestern Soliloquy

 

A new exhibit featuring oil artist, Laurie Schirmer Carpenter opens at The Village Gallery Sunday, December 9. The exhibit, “Midwestern Soliloquy”, features 22 original oil paintings depicting the beauty and quite of midwestern landscapes. Laurie will give a gallery talk at the Meet The Artist Reception, which is free and open to the public, at 1:30 pm on Sunday, December 9. Paintings can be viewed and purchased at The Village Gallery through January 17, 2019.

Carpenter grew up in northwestern Illinois and graduated from Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado with a degree in English Literature in 1967. After returning to school at the University of Colorado, Denver to study art, she graduated With Distinction with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a BA in Art History in 1988 and has been painting full time since then. When her husband was transferred to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1990 she became reacquainted with her Midwestern roots and developed an interest in the landscape, especially the skies, which are often depicted in her paintings.  Moving to northwestern Indiana in 2006, Carpenter continues to paint the landscape and skies around her.

Influenced by the 19th century German Romanticist, Caspar David Friedrich, and by the Luminist Painters of the Hudson River School, Carpenter describes her works as depicting the ephemeral quality of the atmosphere while maintaining the sense of the earth’s solidity, resulting in a perception of the vastness, beauty and quiet in the landscape. “Painting, for me, begins with seeing and ends with seeing better.” states Carpenter.

 A Co-founder of the WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019, Carpenter also served on the Board of the Ann Arbor Women Artists organization. Since moving to Indiana, she has been juried into the Area Artists Association of the Lubeznik Center of the Arts in Michigan City as well as the Oak Park Art League of Oak Park, IL. Exhibiting locally and nationally, her oil paintings can be found in many private and corporate collections

Pines Village Gallery
219.465.1591

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NWI Symphony Holiday Pops
Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

NWI Symphony Holiday Pops

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Featuring Jesse Donner, tenor; 
Munster High School Chorale, 
Northwest Indiana Suzuki School, 
and the Symphony Chorus

The spirit of the Holidays comes alive at this festive concert. With a combination of traditional favorites and new sounds, our orchestra and chorus will celebrate the season. Sing along to beloved carols and keep an eye out for visitors from the North Pole. Get your tickets early to this South Shore tradition.

Bring your donation of any non-perishable food item to the concert.

For tickets call 219/836-0525, ext. 200 or 
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A South Shore Christmas
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

A South Shore Christmas

The Bergamot are an American duo breaking out as "the hottest emerging music talent" -People Magazine.
Originally from South Bend, IN, currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. founding members and songwriters of The Bergamot are husband and wife Nathaniel Hoff and Jillian Speece. The Bergamot's uplifting songs are powered by unbreakable harmonies with seamless songwriting of both the joys and heartaches of life. Their sound is similar to artists like Of Monsters and Men, Feist, and the Dave Matthews Band. In 2016 they toured 264 dates to all 50 states on The Unity Collective. In 2018 they won an Emmy for a segment Grotto Network created, have a documentary "State of the Unity" and new record "Mayflies" (2019) and featured on ABC, HGTV and NBC. Paste Magazine describes hearing The Bergamot as, "Hard Hitting and Catchy as Hell." U.K.'s Daily Mirror wrote, "Dreamy Pop New York Duo The Bergamot are about to turn the Indie scene on its head with their new release."

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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NWI Symphony Holiday Pops
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

NWI Symphony Holiday Pops

  • Valparaiso High School Auditorium (map)
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Featuring Jesse Donner, tenor; 
Munster High School Chorale, 
Northwest Indiana Suzuki School, 
and the Symphony Chorus

The spirit of the Holidays comes alive at this festive concert. With a combination of traditional favorites and new sounds, our orchestra and chorus will celebrate the season. Sing along to beloved carols and keep an eye out for visitors from the North Pole. Get your tickets early to this South Shore tradition.

Bring your donation of any non-perishable food item to the concert.

For tickets call 219/836-0525, ext. 200 or 
https://nisorchestra.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0S0a000005O9WuEAK

NWI Symphony at Valparaiso High School Auditorium

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dec
15
1:30 PM13:30

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Twin City Players presents a very special staged reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This lively, dramatic staged reading will delight children and adults alike when the Grinch and some special Whos come to visit. It will be followed by a special reading of The Night Before Christmas and a visit from Santa Claus. Children are welcome to attend in their PJ’s. Parents may bring cameras and letters to Santa are also encouraged. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Some lucky youngsters will also receive Grinch surprises. Holiday decorations, hot cocoa and cookies will make this a memorable family event. Tickets $5 for kids, $10 for adults.

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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A Christmas Carol with Grant Fitch
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

A Christmas Carol with Grant Fitch

Grant has been performing his one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" for over 2 decades.  With costumes and props and skillful characterizations, he deftly  tells the tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and how he is visited by spirits and shown the true meaning of Christmas.  Through his vocal and physical prowess, Grant transforms himself into the roles of Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit and the Ghosts of Christmas past, Present and Future. It is a cozy evening at the Art Barn that will warm the hearts of all who experience it.

As an award winning actor, Grant has performed on many stages throughout Northwest Indiana. Some of his best roles have been in "Same Time Next Year", "The Drowsy Chaperone", "1776", "The Foreigner", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Little Shop of Horrors", and "Inherit the Wind."  He has also directed several shows, including his adaptations of Shakespeare's classics "King Lear", and "Hamlet."

Art Barn School of Art
219.462.9009

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South Shore Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert
Dec
21
7:30 PM19:30

South Shore Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert

Maestro Troy Webdell and South Shore Orchestra return to the Memorial Opera House stage for a Holiday Celebration the entire family can enjoy! Featuring traditional and comtemporary music of the holiday season including music from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Respighi's The Fantastic Toyshop, Christmas Sing-A-Longs and much more! Get your tickets now, this concert will sell out!!! 

South Shore Orchestra
219.548.9137

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Classical Blast:  Dark Side of the Yule
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

Classical Blast: Dark Side of the Yule

Christmas Meets Classic Rock in Classical Blast’s Dark Side of the Yule holiday concert, a most unique Christmas musical experience which provides a new take on traditional carols, by mashing with rock music from the '60s to current, all performed on a mix of classical and rock instruments and featuring special guests. 

Dark Side of the Yule includes music by Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Moody Blues, Metallica, Evanesence, and others, mashed with Christmas classics, medieval carols, and original holiday songs. 

This year’s show features new Classical Blast vocalist Sophie Monroy, plus special guest vocalist, Laura McDonald, along with the outstanding musicianship expected from the musicians of Classical Blast. Members have performed live with Survivor, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, David Foster, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and other top names. Dark Side of the Yule has wowed crowds throughout the Midwest. This is a holiday entertainment must!

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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Harbor Country Opera's Christmas at the Acorn
Dec
22
8:00 PM20:00

Harbor Country Opera's Christmas at the Acorn

Harbor Country Opera returns to the Acorn Theater for the fourteenth anniversary of its beloved Christmas show.
Swan says-”Each Christmas we try to find fresh new songs people haven't heard before, or favorites that we have somehow missed.” You would have to look far to find the eclectic concoction of humor and beauty to be found in this show. As usual, there are plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in song, with selections like We Three Kings, Silent Night, and White Christmas! And a touch of Santa and Rudolph.
Not to mention plenty of free hot roasted chestnuts!
Music is good for the soul...and so is Laughter. Great Christmas music, beautifully sung...generous helpings of laughter, with perhaps a touch of mulled wine or hot buttered rum, and a special sense of community that never fails to brighten the season—this is what HCO’s Christmas at the Acorn is all about.

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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American English
Dec
28
to Dec 29

American English

With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments, and special effects, American English magically creates a Beatles Tribute that transforms the audience to feel like they are at an original Beatles show.

In 2018, American English will perform two consecutive shows at Theatre at the Center, each focusing on one classic Beatles album (Introducing the Beatles & Revolver) as well as playing some of the Beatles most popular hits.

Sam Leach, the original promoter of the Beatles and author of “The Birth of the Beatles” says, “Lightning has struck twice, first with the Beatles and now again with American English!” Changes of outfits to represent the Beatles’ different stages of musical evolution are a staple of American English shows, which include the rich sound of keyboard-fueled horn and strings. American English features Eric Michaels as Paul McCartney, James Paul Lynch as George Harrison, Tom Gable as Ringo Starr, Jim Irizarry as John Lennon and Ken Zemanek as George Martin.

December 28th, 2018 7:30 pm – Introducing the Beatles & Beatles Hits
December 29th, 2018 7:30 pm – Rubber Soul & Beatles Hits 

Tickets: $35
Subscribers: $30
Student: $20
2 Show Package: $50

Cash Bar Available

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3258

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Unforgettable:  Falling in Love with Nat King Cole
Dec
31
6:00 PM18:00

Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole

Chicago leading man Evan Tyrone Martin (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, DREAMGIRLS, SIDE SHOW) warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Chicago Tribune calls Martin “Destined for Stardom: One of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre,” and BCR News praises, "Martin's vocal ease would have done Nat King Cole proud." Martin intimately relates Cole’s musical journey: from his upbringing in the Chicago church, to shuffling along the jazz scene, to his emergence as a popular music icon. Classic tunes include “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “L-O-V-E,” and “Smile.”

December 31st, 2018 
6:00 pm | 10:00 pm

Tickets: $45 
Subscribers: $40
Dinner: $30 plus tax
Cash Bar Available

Artist’s Lounge 3 Show Package also available! - $100.00 

Includes: 
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine
DARIN: Bobby’s Biggest Hits
Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole

Theatre at the Center
Group rates available by calling 219-836-3258

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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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Art in Focus:  City as a Canvas
Dec
10
10:00 AM10:00

Art in Focus: City as a Canvas

Join South Shore Arts for a viewing of a documentary that captures the burgeoning hip hop and graffiti culture of the late 1970s and early 1980s in New York. Hear the stories from the practitioners of these then new art forms, as they provide firsthand accounts of what motivated them to make their art.

South Shore Arts
219.836.1839, ext. 103

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The Dark Side of the Yule
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

The Dark Side of the Yule

Classical Blast, based out of the Chicago area, is wildly popular for their mix of original music and innovative new arrangements of classic rock tunes, played with cello, acoustic guitar, violin, bass and drums.  Last year was a sell-out so make your plans early for this One Night Jam tradition!  

Christmas Meets Classic Rock in Classical Blast’s Dark Side of the Yule holiday concert. It's one of the most unique Christmas musical experiences you’ll hear, with a mix of new, classic and surprising. Dark Side of the Yule provides a new take on traditional carols, rocking them and mashing with rock music from the 60s to current, all performed on a mix of classical & rock instruments and featuring special guest artists. Dark Side of the Yule includes music by Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Moody Blues, Metallica, Evanesence and so much more, all mashed with Christmas classics, medieval carols, and original holiday songs. This definitely isn’t Grandma’s Christmas concert, yet she’s sure to love it too! There’s something for the entire family.

This year’s show features new vocalist Sophie Monroy and more surprises, along with the outstanding musicianship you’ve come to expect from Classical Blast. Dark Side of the Yule has wowed crowds throughout the Midwest. You’ll want to add this to your holiday entertainment list!

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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An International Christmas
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

An International Christmas

Harbor Country Singers warmly invite you to enjoy Christmas music from around the world. You will hear both familiar and not so familiar Christmas carols with many different styles, sounds and instrumentation. Like the Holiday, this is an event for the whole family, and may just become a family tradition! Harbor Country Singers is celebrating their third year together. Singers from all over Harbor Country sing in this group and new members are always welcome.

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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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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Holiday at the Pops
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Holiday at the Pops

The Healthcare Foundation of La Porte will welcome the following event performers at our December 8, 2018 concert:

Cripple Creek
Mark & Laura Krentz
Donna M. Mitchell
The Singing Company of La Porte County Children’s Choir, Directed by Matthew Nelson

Healthcare Foundation of La Porte
219.326.2471

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Divas & Kings of Gospel
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Divas & Kings of Gospel

The Divas and Kings of Gospel will perform their third annual Spectacular Christmas Concert in Gary Saturday.

The African American Achievers Youth Corps, Inc. is sponsoring the Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Glen Theater at 20 W. Ridge Road in Gary. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The performers Mateena Hough, Debra Bournes, Lorraine Jenkins Cole, Melva Castleberry, Rosalind Portis, Lisa Powell, LaVonne Jarrett, Celecia “CeCe” Tapp, Deborah Moore, Carma Jones, Gloria Morson, Jannie Dates, Rev. Marquise Washington, Michael Curtis, Bruce Pearson, Damien Johnson and Sylvester Mabone will sing a variety of Christmas and gospel songs.

Tickets cost $20 at the door or $15 in advance at Beautiful Things at the Village Shopping Mall at 3596 Village Court on Gary's West Side.

Glen Theater

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Salt Creek Ballet - The Nutcracker
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Salt Creek Ballet - The Nutcracker

A magical tale featuring Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, festive set and costumes. Meet the young Clara and her hero, the Nutcracker, as you are transported on a magical journey, encountering toys that come alive, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages! The production features internationally recognized soloists Maria Mosina, Ballet Mistress of Colorado Ballet and Sterling Baca, Principal Dancer of Pennsylvania Ballet, along with a cast of 100 students from Salt Creek Ballet, ages eight to seventeen. Salt Creek Ballet is artistically directed by Sergey Kozadayev who trained at the famed Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia

Governor State Performing Arts
708.534.5000

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Holiday Traditions in the Dunes
Dec
8
12:00 PM12:00

Holiday Traditions in the Dunes

Join staff and volunteers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as we celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes.” The program takes place on Saturday, December 8, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Chellberg Farm and the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the region’s cultural history while enjoying a fun-filled afternoon with family and friends.

A traditional Swedish Christmas will be presented at the national lakeshore's Chellberg Farm. In the farmhouse, volunteers in traditional dress will explain the Swedish holiday customs as well as decorations on display and present Santa Lucia and her story while Jul Tomte (Santa) listens to children's wishes in the parlor. Then meet Papa and learn how the Santa Lucia legend is celebrated in many Swedish households. Finish your tour in the kitchen where various Swedish foods of the holiday season will be displayed and a traditional holiday cookie will be given to each visitor.

At the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., children will get to make traditional holiday decorations and put them up on the Christmas tree or take them home. There will also be traditional stories and songs to be enjoyed by all.

Chellberg Farm is located on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. Highways 12 and 20 in Porter. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. 

Dunes National Lakeshore
219.395.1882

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Artspace After Hours
Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

Artspace After Hours


Artspace After Hours! 8-10 PM hang around after the 1st Friday Artwalk (5-8) & join us on the 7th floor for LIVE music, poetry and more music. 
FREE ADMISSION
Cash bar beer/wine

music by 
The Dream Eels 
https://www.facebook.com/TheDreamEels/
&
CURTA 
http://curtamusic.com/

poetry by
Nick Wort
Michele McDannold
&TBA

**the Holiday Gift Shop filling the galleries on the ground floor will have extended hours! original art, handmade crafts, jewelry, holiday decor, books, bags, apparel and other unique gifts PLUS a this-night-only POP-UP BOOK & ZINE SHOP featuring local and regional authors and makers.

Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts

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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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Carol Fest
Nov
30
to Dec 1

Carol Fest

Valparaiso University’s Christmas Concert returns the first weekend in December with three performances in two spectacular venues — Valpo’s historic Chapel of the Resurrection and the famed Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center in Chicago.

Continuing an 80-year tradition, the Valparaiso University Christmas Concert: A Carol Festival features more than 200 student performers in the Chorale, Men’s and Women’s choirs, Chamber Concert Band, and Symphony Orchestra. Many featured soloists will be performing.

Unique collaborations of voices and instruments present a dazzling variety of beloved Christmas carols and seasonal works. Hear music like   selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and Handel’s “Messiah,” settings by Britten, Willcocks and Rutter, as well as traditional favorites such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night.”

The concert opens the Christmas season for the University, community, alumni and friends from throughout the Midwest, with a special opportunity this year as the concert returns to Chicago’s premier venue, Orchestra Hall.

The Christmas Concert premieres Friday,  at 7:00 p.m., with encore performance Saturday, at 7 p.m. at the Chapel of the Resurrection, and Sunday,  at 5:00 p.m. at Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center in Chicago.

Ticket prices for the Valpo concerts are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-Valpo students. Special pricing for the Chicago performance applies.

Valparaiso University
219.464.5162

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Game of Tiaras'
Nov
30
to Dec 2

Game of Tiaras'

  • Holdcraft Performing Arts Center (map)
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When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, hilarious tragedy. Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.

Young People’s Theatre Company
219.873.2070

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Kevin Firme Solo Exhibit
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Kevin Firme Solo Exhibit

  • Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Viewers can celebrate their beautiful imperfections with artist Kevin Firme from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in the Miller Beach section of Gary. That’s when the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District will host an Artist’s Reception for Firme, who currently has 38 drawings and 28 sculptures on display at the Center.

Firme, who did his undergraduate work at DePaul University, and did graduate studies in sculpture and painting in upstate New York and at Notre Dame University in South Bend, is currently presenting studies of water plants (Aroid Arum). These plants grow in the great marsh. “I like the leaves and their relationship to the stems,” he explained. “The leaves are not perfect, they are flawed. Like us, with our imperfections, they make beautiful compositions.”

Firme’s works, which are all for sale, will be on view at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts November 30 through January 6.

Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
219.938.6278

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Service
Nov
26
to Dec 6

Service

Service: works by US veterans borrowed from both the Pritzker Military Museum and the National Veterans Art Museum Nov. 5-Dec. 6, 2018. This exhibition features works in all media that express both the experiences and emotions of veterans during various military engagements.

Prairie State College
708.709.7738

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60 Credits
Oct
28
to Dec 6

60 Credits


The Village Gallery will showcase the fine art works of 12 Valparaiso University Junior art majors. 60 Credits: Valparaiso University Junior Exhibition was juried by Richard Brauer, Professor Emeritus of Valparaiso University and Director of the university’s Brauer Museum of Art.

Works depict a variety of mediums and styles, all addressing the various goals and priorities of each artist.  There are 24 works chosen by Professor Brauer.  “I like artworks that provoke and clarify ideas and provide beauty.” states Brauer.  These pieces represent mediums including photography, print work, drawing and painting.

The exhibit kicks off with A Meet the Artist Reception on Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m. The students will give a gallery talk at the reception, which is free and open to the public. The exhibit can be viewed at The Village Gallery through December 6.  The exhibiting artists are Ashley Borg, Mary Egan, Autumn Fagenbaum, Elle Howard, Nicole Jones, Andrea’ Kutemeier, Nicole Lubarski, Aaron Melendez-Castro, Jordan Pagel, Anna Styrczula, Nina Tadic and Claire Utzinger.

 The Village Gallery is a non-profit art gallery at Pines Village Retirement Communities offering artistic experiences to the community to enhance its appreciation and understanding of various art forms and to give support and recognition to artists. Located at 3303 Pines Village Circle, the gallery is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Pines Village Gallery
219.465.1591

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The Photography of David Robert Austen
Sep
7
to Dec 9

The Photography of David Robert Austen

  • Valparaiso University - Brauer Museum of Art (map)
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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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