"eCollage"
Jan
31
to Feb 27

"eCollage"

  • Lubeznik Center for the Arts (map)
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Local artist, Jay Zerbe's digital collages are constructed in photoshop using elements from his paintings & drawings ordered in many layers.  

Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Opening reception Feb. 2nd from 5 - 8 p.m.
219.874.4900

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Art Exhibits of the Works of Preston Jackson
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Art Exhibits of the Works of Preston Jackson

  • Purdue Northwest - Westville (map)
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Preston Jackson is a prolific sculptor and painter who became a visual storyteller at an early age and now uses his talents to create works that reflect the history of humans without any bitterness or hostility for the events of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

First Floor Student Union & Library Building
219.785.5593

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Visions
Feb
2
to Feb 25

Visions

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The Southern Shore Art Gallery is opening their first exhibit of the New Year, "VISIONS," with a fine collection of art in all genres.  This exhibit will continue through February and will showcase the artists' interpretation of their world as seen through their artist's eyes.

Southern Shore Art Association
 

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Birds & Bees
Feb
2
to Jun 2

Birds & Bees

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

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

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

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

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

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The Art of Frank Di Giacomo
Feb
2
to Feb 28

The Art of Frank Di Giacomo

  • La Porte County Conv. & Visitors Bureau Gallery (map)
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Frank Di Giacomo's work will be on exhibit at the Lake County Convention & Visitor Bureau through the end of March.  You can see his work Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Opening reception is part of First Friday Arts and will take place on March 2nd from 5 pm - 8 pm.

La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau Gallery
219.872.5055

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Places and Peoples, Here and There
Feb
4
to Feb 27

Places and Peoples, Here and There

Recently returned from a life-changing trip to Sierra Leone, Trent Albert will display his photography from his trip, as well as from trips to Nepal and Guatemala.  The Indiana Dunes and other local treasures will be included in the exhibit.  

Chesterton Art Center
Artist reception Feb. 4th from 2 - 4 p.m.
219.926.4711

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The Bicycle Project - The Stories Collection
Feb
8
to Feb 28

The Bicycle Project - The Stories Collection

Local photographer, Donna Lind, will be exhibiting at Valparaiso's Uptown Cafe & will stop in to mingle with local bike and photography enthusiasts during her exhibit titled, "The Bicycle Project: The Stories Collection." Donna is not only inspired by the elegance of a bike, but by the story that is behind each of them.  She began photographing bicycles seven years ago and continues to find them wherever she travels, tucked into the fabric of our everyday lives. It became increasingly evident that the photos were inspiring people to remember, relate and reminisce, leading Donna to gather bicycle stories to accompany her photos.  Stop in to see what she has been capturing and enjoy the narrative she shares on each of the pieces. Donna's show will be up through February 28.

Uptown Cafe Valpo
219.246.2526

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Hunchback of Notre Dame
Feb
16
to Mar 4

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Weekend Performances:  February 16 Through March 4, 2018

We open our 125th Anniversary Season with Victor Hugo's epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.  Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There", observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda.  Quasimodo isn't the only one captivated by her free spirit though - the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled.  As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies, and it's up to Quasimodo to save them all.  A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic.  Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Steven Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney Film.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI)
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI

Memorial Opera House
104 E. Indiana Avenue
Valparaiso, IN
219.548.9137

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Paint it Black
Feb
17
to Feb 25

Paint it Black

  • Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts (map)
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A mixed media exhibit celebrating Black History Month.  Photography, paintings, textiles and more.  Documentary screening on February 17 of "Rosenwald" the incredible story of how businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald joined forces with Booker T. Washington, and African-American communities in the segregationist Jim Crow South to build more than 5,000 schools.  

Marshal J. Gardner Center for the Arts
773.822.8086

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Theater: Steel Magnolias
Feb
22
to Mar 25

Theater: Steel Magnolias

A hilarious and heart-warming play set in a Louisiana beauty shop, it follows the hopes, dreams, triumphs and tragedies of six colorful characters and inspired the 1989 film which starred Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine and Dolly Parton. It’s a story exploring the bond between a mother and daughter, and friendships of those who feel like family.

“Smooth interplay and quick laughs.” – Chicago Tribune

BOX OFFICE
219.836.3255

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The Familiar From Different Views
Feb
23
to Mar 17

The Familiar From Different Views

Duneland Photography Club members will exhibit their photographs showcasing four familiar locations:  49er Drive-In Theater, the Porter County Courthouse, Michigan City lighthouses and Bailly Homestead/Chellberg Farm - from a different view.

Duneland Photography Club at the Red Cup Cafe
219.929.1804

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Pageant Play
Feb
23
to Mar 11

Pageant Play

Chicagoland Premiere
A Comedy
By Mark Setlock & Matthew Wilkas

Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.  

Director, Jeff Casey
Assistant Director, Suzanne Nyhan


Welcome to the hilarious, terrifying and surreal world of child beauty pageants. Pinky Corningfield will do anything to make sure her little angel wins the ultimate title, Supreme Queen. When Marge, a newcomer to the pageant circuit, shows up and starts grabbing all the glory, Pinky and her minions, Bob and Bobby, use some unorthodox methods in order to ensure her darling, Chevrolet, is victorious. Glitz. Glamour. Kidnapping. Money. Really, really small false teeth.

Towle Theater Box Office
219.937.8780

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Jessica Haug - Multi Media
Feb
25
to Apr 5

Jessica Haug - Multi Media

  • Pines Village Retirement Communities (map)
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Jessica Haug is driven by her deep appreciation of nature, drawing much of her artistic inspiration from the environment. The forms and orders that shape the natural world inform all aspects of her work. "I find that most people feel sentimental connections to animals, sometimes more so than with humans. I play on those emotional attachments and use animals to express human emotions and situations," states Jessica.  Her whimsical choices of subjects, colors and settings, often juxtapose conflict with a touch of playfulness. She hopes they inform the viewer while enticing them to gaze a little longer and perhaps, create their own narrative.   An Indiana native, Jessica studied Fine Arts and Art History at Indiana University Kokomo. She has exhibited throughout Indiana and her outdoor mural design "Great Blues On Pink" of a heron flying to a nest was selected by the Highland Redevelopment Commission and Highland Main Street and appears in downtown Highland.

The Village Art Gallery at the Pines
219.465.1591

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Triumph:  The Untold Story of Perry Wallace
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace

Perry Wallace crossed the line in 1966 in the deep south as the first African-American to play in sectional basketball finals, for Vanderbilt University, without any university or coaching support to buffer crowds waving Confederate flags and shouting racial epithets.  His story is told onscreen 50 years later narrated by actor Forest Whitaker.

Bergland Auditorium
219.980.6596

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Michigan City Art League Exhibit
Mar
2
to Apr 1

Michigan City Art League Exhibit

Join us as we celebrate the talented local artists of the Michigan City Art League.  This is your chance to meet the exhibiting artists and to chat about where they draw their inspiration from and to learn about each of their specific artistic techniques.  Opening reception is March 2nd from 5 - 8 p.m.

The Rising Phoenix Gallery
480.216.2583

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Masters' Art Reimagined
Mar
2
to Mar 31

Masters' Art Reimagined

  • Southern Shore Art Association (map)
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The Southern Shore Art Gallery is opening the "MASTERS' ART REIMAGINED" exhibit with a fine collection of art in all genres.  Artists will present interpretations in the style of their favorite Master's paintings.  Van Gogh's "Starry Night" may have a lighthouse, Mona Lisa may have a frown or a Jackson Pollock may be monotone but all interpretations will be from the artist's imagination. Visitors will see something for everyone executed in oils, acrylics, watercolors, sculpture, photography, jewelry and wearable art.  First Friday on March 2nd will open with a new selection of items in the Gift Shop.  A reception with libations and hors d'oeuvres will be offered on First Friday from 5 to 8pm.  

Southern Shore Art Association

 

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Mocha Flavored Clouds
Mar
2
to Mar 3

Mocha Flavored Clouds

  • Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts (map)
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Celebrate First Fridays on Lake Street at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts with Gary born artist LaRon Emcee! LaRon (Ronald Randolph) is a painter, illustrator and street artist who now resides in Las Vegas and has come home for one weekend only! So mark your calendar and come out to see what he has to say!  Join us for the Open House on First Friday 3/2 from 6-9pm or for the Reception on Saturday 3/3 from 6-9pm.

Marshall J. Gardner
773.822.8086

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South Shore Orchestra
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

South Shore Orchestra

The South Shore Orchestra is an auditioned orchestra committed over the last 13 years to bridging musicians, audiences and communities to advance enjoyment and appreciation of orchestra music throughout the south shore region.  “We believe music inspires innovation and capital ideas, development and growth. Music brings communities together to share thoughts of understanding, equality, tolerance. Your entire perspective on life may be changed after hearing a single piece of music. Without a doubt, music remains a powerful force – and we are deeply passionate about it.”

Portage Township Live Entertainment
219.762.5025

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Mar
2
to Mar 18

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

By John Olive
Based on the Book Series by Louis Sachar
Directed by Kari-Anne Innes

MARCH 2 - 18, 2018 

FAMILY FUN: You can imagine the confusion at Wayside School when the builder made a terrible mistake. Instead of building 30 classrooms side by side, he built them one on top of another. Perhaps this accounts for all the wacky goings-on in Mrs. Jewls’ class where children are being turned into apples or dead rats wearing raincoats, and little girls are trying to sell their toes. Based on the best selling book series by Louis Sachar, these Sideways Stories are a ridiculously good time for the entire family.

A huge thank you to all of the auditioners for Sideways Stories! We had an overwhelming response and two fun auditions. If you were not cast in Sideways Stories please consider auditioning for one of our future shows.

There will be a read through for each cast some time in December. Rehearsals will start in January. 

Sideways Cast:
Mrs. Gorf: Jakob Innes
Myron: Zeke Bloom
Bebe: Karlie Mann
Leslie: Alexandria Shoppa
Rondi: Sophia Urschel
Dameon: Jack Reichert
Louis: Carter Stoner
Mr. Kidswatter: Asher Knauff
Mrs. Jewels: Katie Golding
Sammy: Brody Jordan
Student and Pigtail 1: Tulip Saavedra
Student and Pigtail 2: Wolfie Saavedra
Mrs. Zarves: Meg Bell
Mr. Pickle: Zoe Irving
Miss Valoosh: Aleksandra Ramon
Mr. Gorf: Nathan Stoner
Miss Mush: Natalie Parker

Wayside Cast:
Mrs. Gorf: Donna Rowland
Myron: Julian Cruz
Bebe: Cadence Orange
Leslie: Mia Rettew
Rondi: Katherine Stalmah
Dameon: Ty VanBenthuysen
Louis: Benjamin Rosenberger
Mr. Kidswatter: Tyler Stump
Mrs. Jewels: June Saavedra
Sammy: Michael Thomas
Student and Pigtail 1: Aira Robinson-Ryzewski
Student and Pigtail 2: Asher Knauff
Miss Zarves:  Denise Woodside Murray
Mr. Pickle: Tony Thomas
Miss Valoosh: Rea Robinson
Mr. Gorf: Jason Kaplan
Miss Mush: Amber Jordan

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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The Flames of Paris
Mar
3
11:55 AM11:55

The Flames of Paris

In the era of the French Revolution, Jeanne and her brother Jérôme leave Marseille for Paris in support the revolutionary effort that is taking over the capital. While fighting for freedom, they both encounter love along the way… Very few ballets can properly depict the Bolshoi’s overflowing energy and fiery passion as can Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris. With powerful virtuosity and some of the most stunning pas de deux, the Bolshoi Ballet displays an exuberance almost too enormous for the Moscow stage.

Fathom Events
Schererville 16

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Art with Marge
Mar
3
to Mar 31

Art with Marge

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MooonTree Studios will be holding the opening reception for Art with Marge, a watercolor exhibit featuring local artist Marjory Burkholder, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 1-3 PM at the Gallery Studio. Marjory Burkholder was born and raised in Indiana and has been drawing and painting since the age of twelve.  Along with numerous awards, Marge won first place and People’s Choice at the 2016 T. C. Steele September PaintOut. In 2017 she won first place in the Elkhart Art League calendar contest.  MoonTree Studios Gallery is free and open to the public Monday thru Friday 8:30-11:30AM and 1:00-4:00PM.  Art with Marge will be on exhibition in the MoonTree Gallery until March 31, 2018.

MoonTree Studios Gallery
574.935.1712

 

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Pet Rock 2018
Mar
3
5:00 PM17:00

Pet Rock 2018

This year’s annual “PET ROCK” concert at County Line Orchard in Hobart benefitting the HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST INDIANA, will feature the hugely popular MR. FUNNYMAN. The hugely popular party band's musical repertoire offers something for all tastes! They go from Elvis to Elle King, The Monkees to Bruno Mars, Pink Floyd to Prince… Get the idea? Bring your dancing shoes!  Opening the show on stage will be Midwest-based singer/songwriter/recording artist JEF SARVER.  

County Line Orchard
219.947.4477

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BoDeans:  Stripped Down, Beautiful Renditions of BoDean Classics
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

BoDeans: Stripped Down, Beautiful Renditions of BoDean Classics

Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continue to tour year-round and continue to deliver amazing, high-energy performances. “I realized some time ago that the key to the BoDeans identity is the fans’ connection to our music–nowhere is that more evident or rewarding as when we come together–live. We love to connect with the fans who have supported us for so long and who have brought us so much inspiration,” says Kurt Neumann, the band’s founder and front man. “We will continue to play as long as they continue to come out and sing along.”

Acorn Theatre
269.756.3879

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Tom Foolery Fun Club 4th Anniversary Show
Mar
3
8:00 PM20:00

Tom Foolery Fun Club 4th Anniversary Show

Please join the celebration at Langel's Pizza (the birthplace of Tomfoolery) as they celebrate their 4th Anniversary of bringing high-quality comedy-based entertainment to NW Indiana!!
Guests include friends from Las Locas Comedy to provide the laughs! Multi-talented instrumentalist Terry Higgins provides a whirlwind of sounds to keep the evening flowing!! 

Tom Foolery Fun Club

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Switchback
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

Switchback

Back by popular demand! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with internationally renowned Switchback. For over two decades, the musical partnership of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, has been entertaining audiences around the world. The duo has shared the stage with such notable Celtic musicians as Cherish the Ladies, Gaelic Storm, Liz Carroll, and John Williams. They annually tour Ireland and frequently perform at Ireland’s Westport County Mayo pub owned by The Chieftain’s Matt Malloy, who often appears there as well. Their amazing blend of American roots and Celtic soul is sure to have everyone feeling the luck of the Irish.

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Dance to the Movies
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Dance to the Movies

Celebrate dance, as seen on the big screen, through a variety of dance disciplines including contemporary, Broadway musicals, jazz, ballet, tango, hip-hop, and more.

Patrons will enjoy movie clips brought to life on stage through stunning choreography by Director Megan Lindsay and featured work from GSU student choreographers and dancers, and special guest troupe Fatal Dance.

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Ordinary Days
Mar
9
to Mar 25

Ordinary Days

Performance Dates: March 9 -25, 2017

Written by: Adam Gwon
Presented through Special Arrangement with Rodgers and Hammerstein
Directed by: Linda Pauli
Vocal Direction by: Linda Pauli
Music Direction by: Jeff Otto

From one of musical theatre's most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point.) ORDINARY DAYS tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. ORDINARY DAYS is an original musical for anyone who's ever struggled to appreciate the simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.

4th Street Theater

219.926.7875

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Always...Patsy Cline
Mar
9
to Mar 11

Always...Patsy Cline

The girls are back in the hit musical, Always...Patsy Cline! Starring Mary Kay Steele as Patsy Cline and Michele Gustin as Louise Seger. Always...Patsy Cline is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. The show combines humor, sadness and reality. It offers fans who remember Cline while she was alive a chance to look back, while giving new fans an idea of what seeing her was like and what she meant to her original fans. Written and originally directed by Ted Swindley. Produced and designed by Zachary Gipson and the Ensemble Theatre Company.

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Kennedy's Kitchen
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Kennedy's Kitchen

Kennedy’s Kitchen returns to the Acorn for a celebration of 'The Great Day,' in the season of Saint Patrick. You’ll be asked to sing along with joHn Kennedy’s rich melodic baritone and you’ll have no choice but to tap your toes and even stomp your feet as the band launches into their modern take on a set of traditional jigs or reels. You’ll hear some old favorites, and learn some new ones. And expect a tear or two, for as joHn Kennedy’s grandfather would say, “A tear or two, to improve the taste of your beer." It’s homemade Irish music, traditional and original, and an evening to remember.

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Mar
9
to Mar 18

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • La Porte Little Theatre Club (map)
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McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse.

La Porte Little Theatre Club
219.362.5113

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 Semiramide
Mar
10
11:55 AM11:55

Semiramide

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.

Fathom Events
Live at the Met in HD

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The Northsiders
Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

The Northsiders

Founded in 2013, The Northsiders is a high-energy award-winning foursome that has become the finest barbershop quartet in the City of Chicago! Their remarkable blend of voices take you back to old-time barbershop standards as well as doo-wop and contemporary faves with a bit of humor. They’re sure to put a smile on your face!

Portage Township Live Entertainment
219.762.5025

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Fantasia
Mar
11
3:00 PM15:00

Fantasia

  • La Porte County Symphony Orchestra Holdcraft Performing Arts Center (map)
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Our classical concert will bring Peter Boyer’s, The Dream Lives On, painting a portrait of the endearing Kennedy brothers. High-profile narrators will present three iconic speeches of John, Robert and Ted Kennedy set to a backdrop of classical triumph including choral flair. Other works include Symphony in E by Arthur Sullivan, Korngold’s Much Ado about Nothing Suite and more!

"This project is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency."

Guest Artists

  • Nanda Danitschek, Narrator
  • Howard Brenneman, Narrator
  • Greg Fruth, Narrator
  • Bruce Johnson, Narrator
  • Illumination, Becky Osborn, Director

La Porte County Symphony Orchestra
Holdcraft Performing Arts Center
219.362.9020

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"The Songs" with Jim Peterik
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

"The Songs" with Jim Peterik

Chicago Street Theatre is thrilled to welcome Grammy-winning artist Jim Peterik back to our stage for a very special, intimate acoustic performance! Here's your chance to spend an evening hearing the stories behind such monster hits as "Vehicle," "Eye Of The Tiger," "The Search Is Over," "Hold On Loosely," "Rocking Into The Night," "Heavy Metal," "L.A. Goodbye," and many more from a career spanning almost 50 years. Jim has written and performed with the best and the brightest.  Jim recently released an acoustic career retrospective, "Jim Peterik: The Songs," produced by legendary producer Fred Mollin (Kris Kristofferson, Art Garfunkel, Jimmy Webb) featuring imaginative new arrangements of his classic hits. The "The Songs" concerts, featuring his acoustic band "The Stormchasers," have been wildly successful. For our stage, he's bringing a scaled-down-but-no-less-talented version of the band. 

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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Art in Focus:  The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
Mar
12
10:00 AM10:00

Art in Focus: The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

This documentary focuses on the tumultuous early days of this iconic vaudeville superstar who ruled the 1920's flapper era in the US.  Before Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, and Madonna, Tucker was the first woman to infatuate her audiences with a bold, bawdy and brassy style unlike any other previous performer.

South Shore Arts
219.836.1839, ext. 104

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Lunchtime Cabaret -Women of Broadway
Mar
14
1:00 PM13:00

Lunchtime Cabaret -Women of Broadway

In honor of National Women's Month, we will be recognizing some of the talented ladies who have acted, sang, directed and danced their way into our hearts.  From Ethel Merman's Rose's Turn & Barbara Streisand's People to Idina Menzel's Defying Gravity, we will be covering a great anthology of ballads, torch songs and star turns.  You won't want to miss this wonderful afternoon of music and memories!
 

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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The Narrow Margin
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Narrow Margin

The popular film/lecture series “Thursday Night Noir”, hosted by IUN Fine Arts faculty member Peter Aglinskas, creator of the lecture series “The Noir Style in Image, Word, and Sound”, returns to The Brauer Museum of Art on the campus of Valparaiso University for its fourth season of fun and informative forays into the shadowy world of noir.  Political cover-ups, double-crosses, undercover intrigue, cops in hot pursuit of hideous hoods…topics as relevant today as they were during the heyday of classic noir!

The Brauer Museum of Art
Valparaiso University
219.464.5365

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Symphony: Ballets by Tchaikovsky
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Symphony: Ballets by Tchaikovsky

Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra

MOZART            Clarinet Concerto 
BACALOV           Misa Tango 
TCHAIKOVSKY    Sleeping Beauty Suite 
TCHAIKOVSKY    Swan Lake Suite

Featuring J. Lawrie Bloom, basset clarinet; 
and the Symphony Chorus

Unique instruments! Enchanting dances! CSO clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom performs Mozart’s last orchestral work, the Clarinet Concerto. Written for the rare (even today!) basset clarinet, it is considered the greatest in the repertoire. Film composer Luis Bacalov’s Misa Tango sets the classic mass to the rhythms of the Argentinian Tango and features the bandoneon accordion. Two lush and lovely Tchaikovsky ballet suites will fill everyone with fairy tales. 

“Superb, evocative, and so very powerful.” -KIRK MUSPRATT

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Heartache Tonight - A Tribute to the Eagles
Mar
17
7:30 PM19:30

Heartache Tonight - A Tribute to the Eagles

A benefit for The Shirley Heinze Land Trust. Known for delivering an Eagles concert experience that includes everything from the notable guitar duel in "Hotel California" to the harmonies of "Peaceful Easy Feeling." There are no prerecorded backing tracks used in this show. All instruments and vocals are live with a set list that covers songs from all eras and incarnations of the Eagles, including "Seven Bridges Road," "Life In The Fast Lane" and "Take It Easy," plus solo hits such as Joe Walsh’s "Rocky Mountain Way" and Don Henley’s "Dirty Laundry."

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Little Red Riding Hood
Mar
21
to Mar 25

Little Red Riding Hood

Join Little Red Riding Hood on her journey to Grandma's house in this original musical comedy adaptation of the classic bedtime story.  Will Little Red stray from the path? Perfect for both school groups and families!   My, what big fun you will have on the way to a happy ending!

Drama Group's Milord Studio Theatre
708.755.3444

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Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes

Nostalgic look at Hank Williams and his influence on country music performed by Obie Award-winning singer/actor Jason Petty who brings Hank’s music back to life paying tribute to artists such as Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb and The Carter Family. A must-see for all country music fans!

Lakeshore Community Concerts
  at Munster High School Auditorium
219.923.7879

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Art in Focus:  Basquiat - The Radiant Child
Mar
26
10:00 AM10:00

Art in Focus: Basquiat - The Radiant Child

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary, delving into Basquiat as an iconoclast.  His dense bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist and conceptual art was the fad  As a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions.  Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat's own words and work that powerfully confey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.

South Shore Arts
219.836.1839, ext. 100

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2018 Jazz Fest
Apr
2
to Apr 6

2018 Jazz Fest

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Valparaiso University will host the 2018 Jazz Fest on April 2 through April 6 with an array of performances, highlighted by the Jazz Festival Concert with The Tierney Sutton Band featuring Tierney Sutton and opening act The Bill Boris Trio.  The band features Sutton on vocals, Don Braden, composer/arranger/tenor saxophone soloist, and The Bill Boris Trio.  An eight-time Grammy nominee, Sutton has fronted The Tierney Sutton Band since 1993, collaborating with Christian Jacob, Trey Henry, Kevin Axt and Ray Brinker. In 2011, the group received a Grammy nomination for their collaborative arranging, the only band to receive this honor.  The Bill Boris Trio features jazz guitarist Bill Boris, who has taught at Columbia College Chicago since 2001. Boris performs regularly throughout the Chicago area, and has led workshops at the Pescara Conservatory in Pescara, Italy.  Braden has toured globally for more than 30 years and is known as an interactive jazz soloist, composer, educator and a specialist at arranging and performing classic popular songs in modern jazz style.

Valparaiso University
219.464.5415

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for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Apr
5
to Apr 7

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

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For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, Ntozake Shange’s first work, tells the stories of seven women who have suffered oppression in a racist and sexist society. The choreopoem is an innovative combination of poetry, drama, music, and dance. For Shange, the combination is important. She learned about her identity as a woman through words, songs, and literature; she learned about her identity as an African through dance.

Governors State University
708.235.2222

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Annie
Apr
6
to Apr 17

Annie

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. 

Footlight Theatre
219.874.4035

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The Neverly Brothers
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Neverly Brothers

Back on the Theatre at the Center stage for a third performance is The Neverly Brothers! Cruise down memory lane with their rock ‘n roll tribute from Elvis to the Beatles! The Neverly Brothers will take you on a guided “musical tour” of 1955 to 1965 paying tribute to the pioneers of the rock ’n roll movement as well as those that reinvented the movement. Prepare to dance in your seat as you listen to some of your favorites like Johnny B. Goode, Satisfaction, Summertime Blues, and many more! 

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Camping with Henry & Tom
Apr
6
to Apr 15

Camping with Henry & Tom

In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding took a camping trip together into the Maryland woods to escape civilization; what they couldn't escape was each other. Inspired by an actual event, Camping with Henry and Tom is an exploration of friendship, politics and leadership; a comedic and dramatic clash of two great minds and one great heart of the twentieth century. 

Hammond Community Theatre
219.852.0848

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Judy Garland:  Come Rain or Come Shine
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine

Chicago Tribune calls her “Magnificent. The best Judy Garland Chicago ever saw. Barring the real one.” Chicago Sun-Times exclaims, “Phenomenal. Angela Ingersoll was born to play Judy Garland. Ingersoll’s tour de force performance might well leave you believing you’ve encountered the ghost of the beloved film star.” Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include “Over the Rainbow,” “Get Happy,” and “The Man That Got Away.”

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Beatles in the Barn
Apr
14
6:00 PM18:00

Beatles in the Barn

MegaBeatles is a talented group of musicians from Northwest Indiana/Chicago that recreate the music of the Beatles with precision, passion and Love! The band features members of both the Chris and Lou band and the CrawPuppies both Northern Indiana favorites. As individual bands they both have very successful reputations as original and cover bands. It is a rare treat when these bands combine for a high energy set of amazing post 1965 Beatles hits, deep cuts and fan favorites. A Splendid time is guaranteed for all!!

County Line Orchard
219.947.4477

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The Lineup
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Lineup

The popular film/lecture series “Thursday Night Noir”, hosted by IUN Fine Arts faculty member Peter Aglinskas, creator of the lecture series “The Noir Style in Image, Word, and Sound”, returns to The Brauer Museum of Art on the campus of Valparaiso University for its fourth season of fun and informative forays into the shadowy world of noir. Political cover-ups, double-crosses, undercover intrigue, cops in hot pursuit of hideous hoods…topics as relevant today as they were during the heyday of classic noir!

Brauer Museum of Art
Valparaiso University
219.464.5365

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Zine & Small Press Fest
Apr
20
to May 19

Zine & Small Press Fest

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The Lubeznik Center, Michigan City Public Library, Calumet Artist Residency and Mythos Publications will stage the festival to showcase the work of about 40 artists who produce zines, self-published underground magazines that often feature poetry, comics and subversive viewpoints.  On April 21st there will be exhibit booths, a zine workshop, panel discussion, live music and readings.  

The Lubeznik Center for the Arts
219.874.4900

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

Symphony: Showboat & Show Tunes

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

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

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Vance Gilbert
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Vance Gilbert

Considered by many to be an integral part of the national folk scene, Gilbert's approach to the acoustic singer songwriter idiom is significant. Gilbert's compositions, while frequently employing sophisticated melodies and harmonies that attest to his jazz roots, remain sublime attestations to the storyteller's craft. He even has a tune on a Grammy Nominated children’s album. 

Front Porch Music
219.464.4700

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Made in America - A Tribute to Toby Keith
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Made in America - A Tribute to Toby Keith

It’s time to experience the most authentic Toby Keith tribute show, Made In America! Within the Acorn’s intimate space you’ll feel the empowering energy and patriotism that has packed venues like House of Blues (Chicago), Joe’s Live (Rosemont, IL), and Rave (Milwaukee). Made in America’s 12-piece band’s spot-on versions of Red Solo Cup, I Love This Bar, How Do You Like Me Now, and Shoulda Been A Cowboy, will blow you away. Members of the band include musicians from Ides of March, Suburban Cowboys and Whiskey Fist. And Made in America’s lead singer is a 4-time Country Thunder headliner! This is a power packed show that mirrors the touring band of the real Toby Keith.

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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Liz Carroll with Jake Charron & Nic Gareiss
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Liz Carroll with Jake Charron & Nic Gareiss

Carroll will bring her talent to the stage of the Beverly Arts Center at 8 p.m. Feb. 24. The show will serve as a prelude to St. Patrick's Day and includes performances from step dancer Nic Gareiss as well as guitarist and pianist Jake Charron.  Carroll was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for her duet album with John Doyle called, "Double Play." In 2011, she became the first American-born composer honored with Ireland's most significant traditional music prize — the Cumadóir TG4.

Beverly Arts Center
773.445.3838

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La Boheme
Feb
24
11:30 AM11:30

La Boheme

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production starring a cast of young stars, including Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Fathom Events Presents
Live at the Met
Schererville 16, Portage 16 & Cinemark Valpo
11:30 a.m. 

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ARTIST TALK @ARTHOUSEGARY WITH GUS POWELL
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

ARTIST TALK @ARTHOUSEGARY WITH GUS POWELL

ArtHouse would like to have you join us to hear Gus Powell speak about his work and experience photographing Bloomberg Philanthropies' Public Art Challenge from the 4
winning cities, Gary, IN, Spartanburg, South Carolina, Albany, Schenectady & Troy, New York
and Los Angeles, California , which is currently on display here in Gary at ArtHouse.  
Gus Powell is an established photographer; his work has been exhibited internationally
including a solo show at The Museum of The City of New York; and group exhibitions at The
Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and FOAM, NL. His photographs
have been published in Aperture, Harpers, Vogue, Wired, Fortune, W, and The New Yorker
magazine.

ArtHouse:  A Social Kitchen
219.979.8156

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The Wiz
Feb
16
to Feb 24

The Wiz

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The Wiz by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown

directed by Mark Spencer

  • Performance Dates - February 16th - 17th & February 23rd-24th
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After celebrating the demise of the Wicked Witch of the East with the Munchkins, Dorothy departs for the Emerald City with a live yellow brick road. The words are jive, the songs upbeat. She encounters a hip Scarecrow who wants to join her because he has a feelig he isn't going anywhere; an uptight Tin Man who needs Dorothy's help to hang loose again, and a mama's boy Lion who has lost faith in the psychiatric help he's been getting from an owl. Together they will seek help from the great and powerful Oz.

Theatre Northwest at Indiana University Northwest
Art & Sciences Building
219.980.6808

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Talking With...
Feb
16
to Feb 24

Talking With...

Talking With... is a 1982 play by Jane Martin, published by Samuel French Incorporated.The play is composed of eleven ten-minute monologues, each featuring a different woman who talks about her life.The play includes the pieces, "Fifteen Minutes," "Scraps," "Clear Glass Marbles," "Audition," "Rodeo," "Twirler," "Lamps," "Handler," "Dragons," "French Fries," and "Marks."  The play deals with the personal ordeals of each of the female characters. The ladies cover a wide spectrum of life and age from the fading rodeo star in "Rodeo" to the young aspiring actress in "Audition", there is much tenderness and diversity in the subject matter involved in the play.

The Old Court House on the Square
Crown Point, IN
219.663.0660

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Funny Valentines
Feb
11
to Feb 25

Funny Valentines

Author of the "Beanie" books for children, Andy Robbins has been unhappy and unproductive since his divorce 8 months before from Ellen, his wife and former collaborator.  In a strange series of events, Ellen re-enters his life 8 months pregant, his agent arrives with a TV contract that needs both Andy's & Ellen's approval, a beautiful lawyer appears to wrap up the deal and seduce Andy while she's at it, and Ellen's mother makes an unexpected appearance...all in one incredible day!

L'arc en Ciel Theatre Group
219.776.0888

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