Fiber Art Show
May
3
to Jun 23

Fiber Art Show

Everybody’s been to a museum. Everybody’s seen the signs and knows the score. You’re not supposed to touch the art.

There is though one artistic medium where texture is an integral part of the experience: fiber art. The Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts will “celebrate the sense of touch with a fiber art exhibit” featuring an array of different fiber mediums between 5 pm and 9 pm. “Most of us take for granted the information that we receive from our sense of touch,” Artspace said in a press release. However,, an entire art form called ‘fiber art’ has taken shape from this sensation. Fiber art consists of everything from stuffed animals creation to quilting beautifully intricate blankets, quilts, or hanging wall pieces all made from yarn, thread, or other fibrous materials.” Felecia Clark-Viou, who’s worked as a fiber artist for more than four decades, will curate the show, which will feature her work as well as that of several other artists. Known as Miss V, she’s worked in the medium since she took up crochet as a child and then sewing as a teenager. She’s crafted handbags, recycled upholstery fabric and crocheted with various materials. She also helped launch the Needlearts League, an open forum for needle arts practitioners that runs between 5:30 pm and 8 pm every Thursday at the Michigan City Public Library. “We (fiber artists) discern fiber imperfections,” she said. “We glory in textures. we pull, weave, cut, manipulate, sew, unravel, until what is left in their hands acquiesce to our will.”

May First Friday features Mindy Marie Art, Laurel Izard, and Ruth Graff. Curated (and hung beautifully) by resident artist Latreese Neal.


Additional open gallery hours throughout May: Sat & Sun 11am-2pm

Artspace
219.814.4648

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The Adventures of Augie Marsh
May
9
to Jun 23

The Adventures of Augie Marsh

Young Augie March is a product of the Great Depression: plucky, resourceful, searching for love, and striving to grow up and away from home. Through odd jobs and encounters with unique characters, Augie explores what it takes to succeed in the world as a true individual.

A novel written by Nobel Prize-winner Saul Bellow, is adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn. Bellow was a University of Chicago faculty member for three decades, and his experiences in the city of Chicago and at the University are at the heart of his writing. The Adventures of Augie March is an epic coming-of-age story that bridges continents and stages of life, exuding the endearing confidence of a boy taking in a complex world. This world premiere will be directed by Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director.

Court Theatre
773.753.4472

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26th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
May
18
to Jun 27

26th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

The Art Barn School of Art is delighted to announce our 26th Annual Juried Art Exhibition from May 18 through June 27, 2019. We are proud to continue the longstanding tradition and dream of our late founder Jan Sullivan. The purpose of the exhibition is to promote the creation and recognition of original quality 2-dimensional works of art.  The exhibition attracts entries from aspiring and established artists from Northwest Indiana, Chicago suburbs and Southwest Michigan, and beyond. We are pleased to announce celebrated artist and long-time faculty member of Indiana University South Bend, Alan Larkin, as the 2019 juror. He will bring an expert eye to this year’s exhibition, and will help the Art Barn insure the highest standards and integrity in the jury process. Alan Larkin is the 2019 juror.

Art Barn School of Art
219.462.9009

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These 2 Painters:  Cole Pierce & James Jankowiak
May
20
to Aug 9

These 2 Painters: Cole Pierce & James Jankowiak

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The Indiana University Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana community are invited to view an exhibit by “These 2 Painters: James Jankowiak and Cole Piece,” in the Gallery for Contemporary Art, located in the Savannah Center. The exhibit runs through August 9.

 An artists reception and talk is planned for 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 15.

 “These 2 Painters,” explores unconventional painting techniques such as geometric shape and pattern configurations, ritualistic layering of paint, and fine line work. For both artists, the use of color is explosive and a driving force behind the creation of optical illusions with color intensity and precision.

 “This body of work represents a relationship between the artist and arts practices, particularly through painting, how they adapt and encounter reflections on the physical, psychological, and the environment,” said Lauren Pacheco, director of arts programming and engagement.

 Inspired by ritual, music and divine symbols, Jankowiak uses painting as a means to document the reverberations of music and prayer. He makes emotive abstract paintings and installations that invite the viewer to project their own personal associations and connections to the physical and spiritual.

 Pierce uses geometry and bold gradients of acrylic, informed by the Op Art movement of the late 20thcentury, to create a more unpredictable form of art than the errorless, measured precedent set by Op Art.

 The IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The gallery is located in the Savannah Center neighboring the IU Northwest Book Store. For information about parking policies at IU Northwest, visit http://www.iun.edu/parking/visitors-and-guests/index.htm

For more information, contact Lauren Pacheco at 219-981-5627 or lpachec@iu.edu.

 

Savannah Gallery for Contemporary Art
Indiana University Northwest
219.712.0686

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61:  An Exhibit Celebrating the 61st National Park
May
23
to Sep 21

61: An Exhibit Celebrating the 61st National Park

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As of February 15, 2019, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has a new name - Indiana Dunes National Park. The National Park System consists of 419 of our nation’s most special places with more than two dozen different titles like National Lakeshores, Seashores, Parks, Historic Sites and Memorials. Only 61 of the 419 are called “National Park.” Now Indiana Dunes is on that list. We are working with park partners to seize this opportunity to rebrand Indiana Dunes National Park

This interactive exhibit gives you just a glimpse of what we have to offer - beautiful forests, meadows and lake beaches with towering dunes nestled among towns and cities in Northwest Indiana that are friendly and welcoming.

We invite you to discover why the Indiana Dunes is the most visited attraction in Indiana. If you live here, you know how great it is. If you are visiting, I suspect you will be impressed with the wonderful natural landscapes that you never imagined were this close to the third largest city in the United States.

The exhibit is open every day, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with extended hours until 6:00 PM from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Indiana Welcome Center Exhibit Hall
219.989.7770

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Cultural Jet Lag
May
23
to Jun 30

Cultural Jet Lag

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CULTURAL JET LAG OPENS AT PAUL HENRY’S ART GALLERY

Cultural Jet Lag, an exhibit featuring the works of artists Jim Siergey and John Anthony Giemzik III, two players in the underground art scene for over two decades, opens at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery in Hammond on May 18 & 19.

Siergey’s art has been described as an illogical combination of high and low culture with no regardfor time and space while Giemzik’s self-taught, urban-organic style creates complex, whimsical and thought-provoking work. Two public opening receptions are planned for the May 18/19 weekend: Saturday from 1-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-6 p.m. The exhibit continues through June 30.
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Jim Siergey was already active in the underground and alternative comix world since the 1970s when he met Tom Roberts in the 1980s in an animation class at Chicago’s Columbia College where they found they had a penchant for meshing what was considered high culture with low culture and Cultural Jet Lag was born. 
The first Cultural Jet Lag comix strip appeared in New City, a Chicago weekly newspaper, in 1990. CJL went on to appear in over 150 alternative publications across the country. A separate CJL was created for Time Magazine, where it ran as a regular feature for 4 ½ years. A composition of CJL appeared in the Sunday magazine supplement of USA Weekend. Two comic book compilations also followed. 
New City’s Aaron Cohen wrote “Cultural Jet Lag goes beyond strictly comic art, stretching into the realms of philosophy and politics to force highbrows and lowbrows to swim in the same pool.”

Tom Roberts had muscular dystrophy and passed away in 1999 at the age of 39. Siergey continued the strip for another decade or so before retiring it. 
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Growing up, John Anthony Giemzik III was fueled by his fascination with 1970s underground comic books and would doodle on everything: textbook margins, the backside of envelopes and bathroom stalls were all fair game. Twenty five years later, his once meaningless doodles have maintained a timeless appeal with a delightfully bizarre approach. Pure imagination is always relevant…as Giemzik assigns a crammed, clamoring grab of faces to the human condition within the crowd surrounding us.

Paul Henry’s Art Gallery is located at 416 Sibley Street in downtown Hammond, IN 46320. For more information about the gallery, call David Mueller at 219.678-5015. Free parking is available in the lot directly behind the gallery between Sibley and Fayette streets.

Paul Henry’s Art Gallery
219.678.5015

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Hobart Concerts in the Park
May
30
to Aug 29

Hobart Concerts in the Park

FREE CONCERTS begin @7pm on Thursdays in the Festival Park Bandshell !! 

The farmers markets are at Festival Park every Thursday from 3pm to 8pm....concerts begin at 7pm. How fun!

**Summer 2014 Entertainment Schedule ** 
June 5 -- The Navy Band 
June 12 Kids Night -- Tiki Tom Toms & the Pineapple Beach Party
June 19 -- James Bulanda
July 3 -- Little Lover
July 4 -- Muddsharks
July 10 -- Mo' Beat Blues
July 17 -- Dave Alamillo
July 24 -- Ronn Barany
July 31 -- Nawty Acoustic
August 7 -- The Difference
August 14 - 17 -- ** Lakefront Festival ** (no market)
August 21 -- The Relics
August 28 -- Buckdaddy
September 4 -- Peter Nye & the Chicago Bluegrass Band

Festival Park

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Haunts:  An Urban Legend
May
31
to Jul 7

Haunts: An Urban Legend

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Haunts, will run May 31 through July 7, 2019, with an Artist Reception on Friday, May 31, 2019, from 6-9pm at The Marshal J. Gardner Center for the Arts. Curated by John Cain, this exhibit will feature the work of guerilla photographers who have been lured to Gary and other cities to capture the haunting beauty of architectural ruins on the verge of being repurposed as gardens and other public spaces.

Gallery Hours: Thursday and Friday afternoons 12-6pm, Friday and Saturday evenings 6-9pm, Sunday afternoons 1-4pm

 

 

Miller Beach Arts & Creative District
(219) 938-6278

 

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Music in the Park
Jun
2
to Sep 1

Music in the Park

Sundays 3:30-10:00 PM, Outdoor Venue

Food Trucks, Wine/Beer Tent by Clancy’s. Bring a blanket or chair, and umbrella if necessary.


06/02: Dixie Crush - Country Party Rock, Dec8de - 80's Alternative Music, Mellencougar - Nation's Best Tribute - John Cougar-Mellencamp
07/07: Chronic Flannel - Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop, R&B, Reggae, and Funk, Indika Reggae - Reggae, Soca, Roots, Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones - 50’s, 60’s & 70’s Rock
07/20: BONUS
08/04: Overdue - 90's Alternative Rock, Vintage Postcard - A vintage-modern band-today's hits, yesterday! The Newports - Blues, Rock, Soul
09/01: Jerica Paliga - Country pop, Jamrose - Rock, Pop, Soul, Soundz of Santana - Latin Rock, Santana Cover band

Founder’s Square Park
219.762.1675

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Music in the Park
Jun
4
to Aug 27

Music in the Park

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FREE CONCERTS! Through a collaboration between Portage Parks & Recreation, Portage Chamber of Commerce and Portage Live Entertainment, a series of Summer Music in the Park will be presented each Tuesday night at Woodland Park from June through August. All concerts will be held indoors in Oakwood Grand Hall. Concerts are open to the public. Music ranges from 40s to 50s, rock & roll, swing, blues, contemporary and all featuring local talent. Bring the whole family. Concessions will be Available for Purchase.
Tuesday Nights at Woodland Park from 6:00-7:30pm

6/4/2019 Jim Bulanda (Salute to the Stars song and comedy)
6/11/2019 The Fabtones with Ted Allotia (Dance Music of the 60s)
6/18/2019 Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones (50’s and 60’s Show Band)
6/25/2019 Island 49 (Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show)
7/2/2019 Wolffgang (Hobart High School Girls Choir)
7/9/2019 John Truncali (Tribute to Tom Jones)
7/16/2019 Jon and Megan (Variety Acoustic Covers)
7/23/2019 Chris & Lou (The Beatles Celebration)
7/30/2019 Larry Spurlock Little Big Band (Big Band Music)
8/6/2019 Hot Sauce (Pop music and vocals)
8/13/2019 Monterrey (Music and Song Past and Present)
8/20/2019 Harley Hehr (Music, Song, Comedy, Impressions)
8/27/2019 Diamond & Elvis (Tribute to Neil Diamond and Elvis)

Woodland Park - Oakwood Hall
219.762.1675

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La Porte's Arts in the Park
Jun
6
to Aug 29

La Porte's Arts in the Park

Each Thursday features a new genre of music: tribute bands, jazz, pop, blues, country, bluegrass, Christian, rock, funk, big band...something for everyone. Visit our Band Schedule page to find out who is playing each week! Concerts start at 7:00 pm

Wednesdays: 7pm - The La Porte City Band


6/6 – Junior & The Igniters – Rockabilly Blues; Pre-concert hour: The Singing Company – Children & Adult Choirs

  • 6/13 – Aftermath – Arena Rock; Pre-concert hour: The Erly Band

  • 6/20 – Jordans & James – American Acoustic Blue & Rock; Pre-concert hour: YMCA Zumba

  • 6/27 – Me & the Boys – Jazz from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s; Pre-concert hour: Ebonie Hoops Hula Hoop Artist

  • 7/2 – Indiana Army National Guard Band; Pre-concert hour: LaPorte County Symphony Brass Quintet

  • 7/11 – PT & the Cruisers – Blue/Rock; Pre-concert hour: Go Aerial Fitness

  • 7/18 – People & Songs with the Emerging Sound – Songwriters & Worship Leaders

  • 7/25 – Midwest Hype; Pre-concert hour: LaPorte Drum Circle

  • 8/1 – Crosby Stills & Nash Tribute Band – Marakesch Express; Pre-concert hour: Trail Creek Dog Show/K9 Demo/Animal Shelter

  • 8/8 – Cripple Creek Stone Lake Beach Party; Pre-concert hour: 350 West

  • 8/14 – Middle of the Road; Pre-concert hour: LPHS Marching Band

  • 8/15 – Gato – Country Rock; Pre-concert hour: Jim Post – Country Artist

  • 8/21 – Agape Worship Band; Pre-concert hour – Youth SWAG in the Park/Spiritual Wisdom and Godliness w/Ron Gaston & FCA

  • 8/22 – Indika – Reggae Band; Pre-concert hour: Frontline Foundation – The Salt Exchange

  • 8/28 – Jerica Paliga – County; Pre-concert hour: Guitar Madness – Final Four

  • 8/29 – the Tom Milo Band; Pre-concert hour: Ballroom dancing with Dance Sophisticates & Guitar Madness Finale


    Fox Memorial Park - Dennis F. Smith Amphitheater
    219.363.9317

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Chesterton Woman's Club Art Show
Jun
7
to Jun 28

Chesterton Woman's Club Art Show


The Chesterton Woman's Club will host their long-standing Annual Art Show at the Chesterton Art Center during the month of June. Artists from Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan will be participating in a variety of mediums including painting, pastel, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, glass, mosaic and 3-dimensional fiber. This is 68th year for the show, which will hang through Friday, June 28.

The Chesterton Woman's Club is a member of the Indiana Federation of Clubs, a volunteer organization focused on all area of the lives of its members, their families and communities. The Chesterton chapter has partnered with the Art Center for many, many years encouraging the arts in NW Indiana.

Chesterton Art Center
219.926.4711

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Windswept
Jun
7
to Jun 30

Windswept

Windswept
by Neil Kienitz
Oils, Acrylics, & Watercolor
June 7 - 30

Prints will be available in two sizes:
24" x 30" $30 or $50 for 2 copies
9" x 11" $10 or $15 for 2 copies

Neil Kienitz fervently believes that his work, and the work of all artists, should reflect his or her beliefs, values, ideals and concepts of beauty.... that art ideally should relate more to the spirit than to the eye. Integrity must be the cornerstone of our work. Further more, good artwork must be competent. That is, it must embody the highest standards of technique, composition and design. When any of these areas suffer, a wall is built between the viewer and the work, excluding all possibility of any meaningful communication. When they are done well, however, the viewer is invited into the artist's world and is impacted by a caring attitude. An artist must really care.

It is this spirit that Neil brings to his new work being shown for the first time ever in this exhibit titled "WINDSWEPT". It is the next evolution of his iconic style that he has developed over the course of his career as an artist. A career that is filled with more than 100 national and regional awards, Corporate and private commissions including Fox Head Oil Co., International Port of Indiana, South Shore Railroad Posters and many many more. His work is in collections around the world and he and has been featured in hundreds of magazines and newspapers.

His greatest desire for his work and his life is that they will bring glory to the God of his creation and salvation.

Rising Phoenix Gallery
480.206.0964

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LOK Young Artists' Expo
Jun
10
to Jul 13

LOK Young Artists' Expo

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LOK Young Artists’ Expo
June 7 - July 13
NIPSCO Arts Education Studios

A family-friendly showcase of some of the region's most talented visual art students presented through the partnership of LCA and Lindsey O'Brien Kesling (LOK) Wishing Tree Foundation.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts
219.874.4900

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Sounds of Summer
Jun
13
to Aug 24

Sounds of Summer

Bulldog Park in Downtown Crown Point will host music on the following nights:

Wednesdays
Music & Market (4 - 8 pm)

June 19 - Liz Mandeville & Blue Points
July 10 - The Hazzard County Band
August 7 - “Mogo” Morganfield & the Manish Boyz

Thursdays
Car Show Night (4 - 8 pm)

June 13 - Dave Rudolf’s British Re-Invastion
July 18 - The Crawpuppies
August 15 - The Relics

Saturdays
Concert in the Park (7 - 10 pm)
June 29th - Sounds of Santana
July 6 - Mr. Funnyman
July 27 - High Performance with Say Yes
August 3 - Switchback
August 24 - Midnight Drive

Bulldog Park in Crown Point Square
219.662.3290


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Between You and Eye
Jun
14
to Aug 16

Between You and Eye

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The Hammond Development Corporation is pleased to present the works fo these talented photographers. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 14, 2019. The HDC celebrates Entrepreneurs, Creatives & Thinkers.

Rita Anthony
Bridet Covert
John Brudek
Wesley Bushby
Christy Bushby
James Jankowiak
Fernando Lopez
Joe Lax-Salinas
Jordan Hestermann

Hammond Development Corporation
219.314.4312

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Dyer Summer Concert Series
Jun
18
to Aug 6

Dyer Summer Concert Series


 2019 Summer Concert Series                                                                     
AT PHEASANT HILLS PARK  7pm- 8:30pm

JUNE 18: Time Bandits

JUNE 25: Jack Whittle Band

JULY 9: Good Clean Fun Band

JULY 16: The Sting Rays

JULY 23: Breaking Dawn Band

JULY 30: Chris Peters

AT CENTRAL PARK w/ NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 7pm-8:30pm

AUGUST 6:  Crawford's Daughter

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The Queen Bees
Jun
19
to Jun 29

The Queen Bees

Connie, Diane, and Brenda are determined to rise above their rough-and-tumble Queens, NY, neighborhood by topping the pop music charts with their girl group, the Queen Bees. They soon realize that their meteoric rise comes with a price, as relationships strain and their rebellious music falls quickly out of fashion. Featuring hit songs from the 60s such as “Leader of the Pack,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” and “The Boy From New York City,”!

Canterbury Theatre
219.874.4269

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Live on Lake Street
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Live on Lake Street

You asked, we listened! We've been conducting community discussions and asked what you want. YOU (everyone we talked to) said they would enjoy live music, on a regular basis.

So, we are pleased to announce that we are kicking off our inaugural monthly Live on Lake Street live music series! Each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month, the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District will be holding a live music event. The music will vary, as will the cost, depending on the band or musician.

Rebecca Anne & Co. has stepped up to be our first band performing live in this music series. And the Miller Beach Farmers Market has agreed to be the sponsor this month - Big Thank You!

Tickets for this concert are $10 and can be purchased at the door on the night.

A cash bar will be available.

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Kick -  The INXS Experience
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Kick - The INXS Experience

“KICK- The INXS Experience will take you back. Are you ready for a new sensation!?!" Ages 21 & over. Rain or Shine! $7 general admission. Table reservations available for $10 per per person (includes admission). minimum of 8 required per table. CASH ONLY! Full bar and food available for purchase from Da Portable Rican food truck. Doors open at 6:30PM. For more info call 219-932-2530 x324 or x331. Season passes for $50 on sale now. www.get-kicked.com

Wicker Memorial Park
219.932.2530

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The Doors of Chicago
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

The Doors of Chicago

North America’s Most Authentic Tribute to The Doors! The Doors of Chicago is the #1 Doors Tribute Band offering a high energy Doors show that captures the music and dynamics of Jim Morrison and the Doors in their prime. William Blake wrote “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” This poem inspired the Doors to choose their name and it was that philosophy that helped them create timeless music that is as relevant today as it was decades ago. The Doors of Chicago have decided that the message and the music of the Doors should live on infinitely as well. The show features all of the traditional hits as well as many of the deeper cuts the die hard Doors fans will love.

Note: Performance Time is Eastern Standard Time

The Acorn
269.756.3879

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Sand:  A Migrating Performance in 4 Parts
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Sand: A Migrating Performance in 4 Parts

Sand: A Migrating Performance in 4 Parts features choreography by Kristina Isabelle, dramaturg Melli Hoppe, sound media artist Elise Kermani, and sand creature by Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch. The series is inspired by the play Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices, written by David Hoppe, and the book Sacred Sands: The Struggle for Community in the Indiana Dunes, written by J. Ronald Engel. Filmed by Diana Quiñones Rivera.

Featured performers:  Kristina Isabelle, Rachel Ferring, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Angela Luem, Cara Sabin, and Jannah Schwartz.  The June 22nd performance will feature Walkabout Theater and the South Shore Dance Alliance.  

The work will culminate with a dance film by Elise Kermani and shot by Diana Quiñones Rivera featuring live performers choreographed by Kristina Isabelle and dramaturg Melli Hoppe.

All evenings can be viewed as one complete performance experience or you can follow the evolution of the production by catching each iteration. 


Part 3: Community  
June 22 at 6:00pm

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk - Indiana Dunes National Park 

This summer solstice performance incorporates the audio tour of the play Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices recorded by Dan Schaaf.  
As well as performers from the South Shore Dance Alliance and Walkabout Theater. 

Part 4:  Succession/Migration
July 20 at 7:00pm

Tryon Farm, 1500 Tryon Rd. Michigan City

Part 4 culminates the work into a film projected on the barn at Tryon Farm with live performers.
Film: Elise Kermani 



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Mr. Blotto & Family Groove Company
Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

Mr. Blotto & Family Groove Company

Mr. Blotto & Family Groove Company
The Acorn Concert Series is back for 2019. On summer Saturdays, enjoy family-friendly evenings at Gabis Arboretum while listening to a variety of musical artists, sipping craft beer and wine and savoring food from local vendors. Don't forget your lawn chair!

Gates open at 6:30 pm, Concerts start at 7:00 pm

Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 week of

Series ticket: $60 member/$70 non member

Mr. Blotto:
Mr. Blotto was born in Chicago as an off-night vehicle for musicians who loved each others playing but were in different bands at the time. The only rule was that they would only play what they absolutely loved to play. That philosophy continues to this day and has led Mr. Blotto into unique musical situations.
Mr. Blotto takes the Jam band aesthetic into areas unfamiliar to the standard Jam Scene. They have been known to cover entire albums by Led Zeppelin and The Who as well as perform entire shows of Country and Reggae. Artists as diverse as the Grateful Dead, the Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson and The Velvet Underground have seen their material interpreted by Mr. Blotto in the 2400+

Gabis Arboretum
219.462.0025

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Back to the Dean Martin Show
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Back to the Dean Martin Show


Memorial Opera House Foundation presents Back To The Dean Martin Show Featuring Felix J. Denaeu, Jr. as Dean Martin on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Proceeds To Benefit The Memorial Opera House Foundation.

Admission Information
Main Floor: $40.00
Orchestra: $60.00
Loge: $80.00
Balcony: $80.00
Processing Fee Applied At Checkout
Full Service Bar Available

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Towle Youth Ensemble  Showcase
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Towle Youth Ensemble Showcase

Saturday, June 22 at 8pm 

Towle Theater’s longest standing youth program, Towle Youth Theater Ensemble (TYTE) is scheduled to perform its first ever summer showcase. The young people involved in TYTE come from all over Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland to participate in the theaters rigorous ensemble-focused program and are excited to share their individual talents with the public.

This showcase will feature everything from original scenes to full length dance numbers, all created and perfected by TYTE members themselves. Tickets are only $5. This display of talent is something you won’t want to miss if you are passionate about the arts or youth – or even if you are just looking for something entertaining and family friendly to do this June.

Reservations Strongly Suggested.  Call 219-937-8780 for tickets.

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Mississippi Heat
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Mississippi Heat

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

Note: Time is Eastern Standard Tim

The Acorn
269.756.3879

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The Princes & the Pea
Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

The Princes & the Pea

Tickets: $8 children & $10 Adults
Part of the 10th Annual Family Festival
Produced by Chicago Kids Company

Only a real Princess can feel a PEA under a stack of 20 mattresses!  Meet Princess Penelope and her crazy friends—and find out if she can pass the ultimate Princess Test. You won’t want to miss this great show—and the 12-Foot Bed!

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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10th Annual Family Arts Festival
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

10th Annual Family Arts Festival

The Princess and the Pea
9 am & 11 am
Only a real Princess can feel a PEA under a stack of 20 Mattresses! Meet Princess Penelope and her crazy friends. You won’t want to miss this show – and the 12-foot bed!
Tickets available in advance from Box Office: 836-3255 or online at TheatreAtTheCenter.com
$8.00 Children; $10.00 Adults

Master Magician Dennis Watkins
2:30 pm
Students $15.00, Adults $30.00
Subscribers $25.00
Brunch / 11 am–2 pm
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet brimming with delicious breakfast and luncheon dishes.
Call 836-1930. $24.00 Adults;
$12.00 Children ages 4-11;
$4.00 Children under 3

Backstage Tours / 10 am-1 pm
See what goes on behind the scenes of a professional theatre. Free-Sponsored by Theatre at the Center

Theatre Games / 10 am-2 pm
Learn acting techniques through fun theatre games.
Free-Sponsored by Theatre at the Center

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

All Tyed Up / 10 am-2 pm
Create your own wearable art with tie dye - make it and take it home!
T-shirts $10 and other items priced
$5 and up.

Face Painting / 10 am-2 pm
Free-Sponsored by Theatre at the Center

Balloon Art Creations / 10 am-2 pm
Take home an inflated favorite design. Free-Sponsored by Theatre at the Center

Get Your Fresh, Hot Popcorn 10 am-2 pm
Free-Sponsored by Trama Catering

Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Chips & Pop / 10 am-2pm
Available for purchase
Trama Catering

In the Gallery: Renee McGinnis: Tales from the Biosphere
June 10-August 25, 2019
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 23 1-3pm in the Main Gallery
Free-Sponsored by South Shore Arts

In the Atrium: Bob Palmierei: Straight Shooters
June 21 – September 8, 2019

Wizard Hat Workshop
10 am-2 pm, Studio A
Create and decorate your very own wizard hat. Fun for all ages.
Free-Sponsored by South Shore Arts

Magic Wand Workshop
10 am-2 pm, Studio B
Cast a spell with your very own magic wand. Fun for all ages.
Free-Sponsored by South Shore Arts

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

Free Door Prize Raffle!
FOOD and FUN for Everyone!

Center for Visual & Performing Arts

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Queen Flash -  Queen Tribute
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Queen Flash - Queen Tribute

Hailing from Montreal, Johnny Zatylny is considered to be among the world’s top three Freddie Mercury impressionists. He has performed over the last eight years throughout Europe and North America with his Queen tribute band. Ages 21 & over. Rain or Shine! $7 general admission. Table reservations available for $10 per per person (includes admission). minimum of 8 required per table. CASH ONLY! Full bar and food available for purchase from Da Portable Rican food truck. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more info call 219-932-2530 x324 or x331. Season passes for $50. www.queenflash.ca

Wicker Memorial Park
219.932.2530

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Other Desert Cities
Jun
28
to Jul 14

Other Desert Cities

This smart, entertaining play explores family dynamics when prodigal daughter, Brooke, returns home to share her imminent book release. Her book chronicles events surrounding her late brother’s act of rebellion which shattered more than lives. Desperate to keep her book shelved forever, Brooke’s high-profile, conservative parents (best friends of Ronald and Nancy Reagan) agonize before unfolding the true details of a tragic wound they don't want reopened. Brooke’s often inebriated aunt and sarcastic younger brother add a healthy dose of family discord to this play. Other Desert Cities premiered at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater and played to sold-out houses.

Dunes Summer Theatre
219.879.7509

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1st Annual Valparaiso Art Festival
Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

1st Annual Valparaiso Art Festival

Premiering this year, the Valparaiso Art Festival will showcase the talents of more than 80 juried artists and artisans from across the nation. Come discover your new favorite masterpieces and meet the makers. This may be a first-time event for Valparaiso, yet the talent will be spectacular as the Festival will be staged and curated by renowned art organizers Amdur Productions, a nationally acclaimed arts festival production company.
For more information visit our website, https://valparaisoevents.com/events/valparaiso-art-festival/

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5th & Final National Juried Art Show
Jul
1
to Aug 2

5th & Final National Juried Art Show



In order to promote the arts in Northwest Indiana, 119 Street Artists is holding Concepts and Compositions, a National Juried Art Competition, July 1 - August 2. As part of the Art Competition, cash awards will be given to winning participants. There will be at least four cash prizes: Best of Show and First Place in each category: Photography, Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media.

Prospectus with entry form can be found here:
http://www.119streetartists.org/2019CCApp.pdf

Questions can be emailed to info119sa@gmail.com

WHERE: The exhibit will be on display at CornerStone Gallery, located in the back of Centier Bank at 1500 — 119th Street in Whiting, Indiana.

The reception is July 12, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend.



119th Street Artists

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Cedar Lake Summerfest Live Concert Series
Jul
3
to Jul 7

Cedar Lake Summerfest Live Concert Series

Cedar Lake Summer Fest 2019 Live Concert Series!!! With more concert lighting and lasers on the stage than ever before!!!

Wednesday July 3rd @ 5PM local favorites NAWTY will open up the festival.  They will be playing a wide variety of Top 10, Pop Hits and Classic Rock!!

Headlining the evening will be Chicagolands best Led Zeppelin tribute band KASHMIR!!  Filling the night with all of your favorite Zep tunes!!  Complete with fireworks on the lake!!

On Thursday July 4th, Local talent “The Picks” will open the evening with 80’s and 90’s classic rock!!

Headlining on the 4th will be another Local area band “Kik-N-Jimi”!! Jamming out more classic rock tunes from bands like Whitesnake, Journey ,Bon Jovi, Styx, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Queen, Heart and many more!!

Friday night July 5th back for their 7th year in a row it’s Mr. Funnyman followed by an evening of Pink Floyd Music from Echoes of Pompeii!!!  Complete with lasers and video!!! 

Saturday July 6th is Country/Southern Rock night!!!  At 5PM Erika Raen will play an acoustic solo set.  Erika is originally from Cedar Lake and now resides in Nashville, TN where she plays now!!

Following Erika will be up and coming star Jerica Paliga!!!  Jerica plays sold out shows all around the area and has opened up for such stars as Eric Church, Jarrod Niemann, Phil Vassar and most recently David Allan Coe!!!

And to jam the evening out Southern/Rock Style.  Cedar Lake Summerfest is proud to bring in national touring Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band FREEBIRD!!!  What better way to celebrate Americas’ Independence than an evening of Skynyrd tunes and our extravagant fireworks night???  You won’t want to miss this night!!!

Closing things out on Sunday July 7th from 5-8 will be the always fun Wise Guys!!!

Wednseday July 3rd, 2019

5:00pm 
NAWTY - Top 10, Pop Hits and Classic Rock8:30pm
Kashmir - (Led Zeppelin Tribute) 
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Thursday July 4th, 2019

5:00pm 
The Picks8:30pm
Kik-N-Jimi 
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Friday July 5th, 2019
5:00pm 
Mr. Funnyman8:30pm
Echoes of Pompeii (Pink Floyd Tribute) 
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Saturday July 6th, 2019
5:00pm 
Erika Raen - Country Acoustic Set6:00pm 
Jerica Paliga - Country8:30pm
Freebird - (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute) 
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Sunday July 7th, 2019
5:00pm 
Wise Guys

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Vanities:  The Musical
Jul
3
to Jul 13

Vanities: The Musical

Based on the hit Off-Broadway play, Vanities: The Musical chronicles the life-affirming journey of three vivacious Texas teens, from cheerleaders to sorority sisters to housewives to liberated women and beyond. This musical captures a snapshot-sharp portrait of the lives, loves, disappointments, and dreams of these young women growing up during the turbulent sixties and seventies and reconnecting in the late 1980s. A funny and poignant look at three best friends through rapidly changing times!

Canterbury Theatre
219.874.8269

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First Friday Art Walk
Jul
5
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Art Walk

The First Friday Art Walk is a multi-venue event which occurs downtown in the Uptown Arts District which focuses on fostering the arts and the artists who help create it. On the first Friday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., local, uptown businesses open their doors to the public and host artists and their work. These “pop-up” galleries showcase anything from painting to sculptures, to live performances. Each month, the number of participating businesses varies and so does the artwork, so be sure to come out each month and see what’s new!

Uptown Arts District
219.874.4900

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Progeny by David Baker
Jul
5
to Jul 28

Progeny by David Baker

Artist Statement
In all art ‘the archer aims at himself’. Yet when he hits the mark the work often transcends the artist’s own particular circumstances. So, paradoxically, sometimes very personal work touches a universal human theme. That is the artist’s hope.

My work all grows out of personal experience. Sometimes it is just the experience of being present and attentive to the day. Often the paintings are musings about the human condition or spiritual matters. They are informed by personal experience and by the observation of nature. I find moments in the natural world that read as metaphors for my own existence. Sitting. Looking. Reflecting. I look beyond the physical realm.

Artist reception July 5 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Rising Phoenix Gallery
480.206.0964

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Bruce in the USA
Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

Bruce in the USA

"The most powerful and intense Springsteen tribute on the planet” ~ Legends In Concert, LV.

Bruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute...

This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show.

Matt Ryan, from the World Famous “Legends In Concert” cast, began playing the Springsteen character in 2000, in Legends “full scale” Las Vegas show. The great success in the famous Las Vegas show brought him to performances across the world, eventually evolving his character into the Bruce In The USA show.

The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians. The show has hosted musicians from such acts/bands as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The Ojays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, Slash... and so many more.

This high end, powerhouse, band has taken this genre of performance art to a whole new level, making it the World’s #1 Tribute to the E Street Band’s musical legacy.

To millions of diehard fans around the world, it’s Springsteen’s marathon, party-like performances that have elevated him to hero status. Bruce’s legendary concerts (in the largest arenas) sell-out within hours of their announced sale. For those even lucky enough to get a ticket, there was nothing that could fill the aching void in between Bruce’s long-awaited tours...until now....

The Bruce In The USA show was born on the Las Vegas Strip in the winter of 2004, with its debut at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in the majestic “V Theatre.”

The show assaulted the senses in a fun-filled and exciting party atmosphere on the Vegas Strip, while suspending disbelief for even the toughest skeptics. They’ve been met with critical acclaim, from the Stone Pony, large theaters, and Performance Art Centers across the country, as well as corporate events spanning across the globe for over a decade. Sellout crowds are on their feet from the first song to the last.

Note: Performance time listed is eastern standard time

The Acorn
269.756.3879

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First Fridays at D PerforMANCE
Jul
5
8:30 PM20:30

First Fridays at D PerforMANCE

The First Friday of the month we put together a great line up of stand up comedy and/or improv. This month's show features a stacked line up of Chicago/NWI talent! Yaz Bat, Derrick Dnice Smith, Mistaa Brown, Albert Mora Escobedo & a few surprises too! Tickets can be bought from King David or on BrownPaperTickets.com . $8 in advance or $10. Doors open at 7:30! Show starts at 8:30. Music playing before & after the show. Free admittance if February is your birthday month. Just show your state ID.

Kings Komedy Open Mic
219.613.4585

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Over the Tavern
Jul
11
to Aug 11

Over the Tavern

Heaven help 12-year-old Rudy after he tells his ruler-wielding teacher Sister Clarissa his plans to “shop around for a more fun religion.” It’s the 1950s and the Pazinski Family live in a tiny apartment above the neighborhood bar they run. They face the real and often comical struggles of life in this funny and touching semi-autobiographical play by Tom Dudzick.

“A hilarious and touching depiction of Americana…a little bit of heaven!” - - The Chicago Tribune

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

Talkback Event

July 18 & 24

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

August 1

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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Southern Accents - Tom Petty Tribute
Jul
11
7:30 PM19:30

Southern Accents - Tom Petty Tribute

They're back!! Tom Petty tribute, Southern Accents, is back to rock the house again with all the songs you love! Ages 21 & over. Rain or Shine! $7 general admission. Table reservations available for $10 per per person (includes admission). minimum of 8 required per table. CASH ONLY! Full bar and food available for purchase from Da Portable Rican food truck. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more info call 219-932-2530 x324 or x331. Season passes for $50. www.southernaccentsband.com

Wicker Memorial Park
219.932.2530

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Macbeth
Jul
11
to Jul 21

Macbeth

July 11—12, 2019 at Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza
July 18—21, 2019 at Chicago Street Theatre

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barbara Baker Malangoni

After receiving a prophecy of his future kingship from three witches, and coerced by his scheming wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan, but he is increasingly oppressed by the guilt of his crime in this darkest of Shakespearian tragedies. One of his most powerful works, Shakespeare’s Scottish play exposes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfill the ambition for power.

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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Mama Mia!
Jul
12
to Jul 28

Mama Mia!

Over 60 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel good show. Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and...

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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String
Jul
12
to Jul 28

String


Directed by Jeff Casey
Musical Direction by Elizabeth Tuazon

On a starry mountaintop, three sisters -- goddesses known as the Fates -- spin, measure, and snip the strings of life for every human on earth. After angering Zeus, they find themselves banished to a modern office building in the mortal world, where they continue their work hidden among the mortals whose destinies they weave. When the eldest sister meets a security guard in the building and falls in love, she bends the rules of Fate to keep him at her side -- but can the fabric of the Universe stand a flaw? An original musical about fate, love, and the imperfections that make us human. 

Towle Theater
219.937.8780

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The Kinsey Report
Jul
13
6:30 PM18:30

The Kinsey Report

The Acorn Concert Series is back for 2019. On summer Saturdays, enjoy family-friendly evenings at Gabis Arboretum while listening to a variety of musical artists, sipping craft beer and wine and savoring food from local vendors. Don't forget your lawn chair!

Gates open at 6:30 pm, Concerts start at 7:00 pm

Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 week of

Series ticket: $60 member/$70 non member

The Kinsey Report:
The Kinsey brothers, vocalist/guitarist Donald, drummer/vocalist Ralph, and bassist/vocalist Kenneth, enjoyed enormous success throughout the 80s and 90s recording, and touring first with their late father, Lester Big Daddy Kinsey, as Big Daddy Kinsey and the Kinsey Report, and then on their own. The Kinseys arrived on the blues scene in 1985 with a winning formula, joining forces with their father to create a signature sound that mixed the traditional with the contemporary. Big Daddys rich baritone vocals, slide guitar and harmonica playing reflected his Mississippi Delta roots, while the younger Kinseys added reggae, rock, gospel and soul to the mix. Driven by Donalds soulful vocals and impassioned guitar playing, and the tight, in-sync rhythm section of Ralph and Kenneth, the Kinsey Report created a singular sound that caught the attention of blues fans worldwide.

Gabis Arboretum
219.462.0025

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Songs of the Silver Screen:  The Soundtrack of Our Life
Jul
17
1:00 PM13:00

Songs of the Silver Screen: The Soundtrack of Our Life

Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a sidesplitting comedy, the right song at the right moment will always elevate the impact of a scene. Many songs written for films have stood on their own, with the popularity of some even eclipsing the movies that inspired them. Take some time from your "9 To 5" to spend an afternoon with us---we're sure you'll be singing and dancing along.

Admission Information
Adults: $13.00
Seniors - Students - Military: $11.00
$2.00 Processing Fee Applied At Checkout

For tickets and more information, please visit: https://memorialoperahouse.com/531/Songs-Of-The-Silver-Screen

Memorial Opera House Lunchtime Cabaret
219.548.9137

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Festival of the Lakes:  Nelly
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Festival of the Lakes: Nelly

Diamond Selling, Multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning rap superstar, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and actor, Nelly, has continually raised the bar for the entertainment industry since stepping on the scene in 2000 with his distinctive vocals and larger-than-life personality. His collaboration with Florida Georgia Line received Diamond status and he is only one of seven rappers to reach this honor. He is touring around the globe and recently was the first artist to play in Saudi Arabia with a mixed gender/family crowd. He is the first hip hop artist to play with multiple symphonies nationwide and played himself in BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood with Kevin Hart. His sports knowledge and love of all sports secured him a gig as a sports caster with Skip Bayless. 2019 is going to be a huge year for the hip hop mogul, currently Nelly is in studio preparing for new music to be released in addition to several business ventures to be announce in first quarter.

Wolf Lake Pavilion

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John & Jen
Jul
17
to Jul 27

John & Jen

The story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns of her life: her younger brother, and his namesake, the son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. A truly original musical that honors brothers and sisters, as well as parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, John & Jen is a gem of a show, brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies!

Canterbury Theatre
219.874.4269

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Festival of the Lakes:  3 Doors Down
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Festival of the Lakes: 3 Doors Down

Formed in 1995, Grammy Award-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. The quintet’s many accolades include selling 16 million albums globally, receiving three Grammy nominations, and winning two American Music Awards, and five BMI Pop Awards for songwriting including “Songwriter of the Year.” Their debut The Better Life, became certified six-times RIAA platinum in 2000 and was fueled by the success of juggernaut hit “Kryptonite”. This was followed by 2002’s sophomore album, Away from the Sun which went triple-platinum and saw similar success with “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You”. 2005’s platinum Seventeen Days and 2008’s 3 Doors Down each earned #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, while Time of My Life landed at #3 in 2011. Ignited by the single “In The Dark”, 3 Doors Down unleashed their sixth full-length album, Us and the Night, which debuted top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2016.

Festival of the Lakes

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Valparaiso Summer Concert Series
Jul
18
to Aug 29

Valparaiso Summer Concert Series

eaturing a fabulous variety of artists and musical styles, this summer concert series is a treat for music lovers of all ages. On special Thursday nights throughout the summer, concertgoers gather under a beautiful night sky at The Porter Health Amphitheater in Central Park Plaza. Bring your picnic, your blanket or chairs, and get ready to tap your feet at this free summer highlight event.

Admission is FREE and all concerts begin at 7pm on the following Thursdays:

July 18 - Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio
July 25 - Bobby Cool and the Nashville Players
August 1 - Afrodisiacs (Aphrodisiacs) Chicago
August 8 - Nightrain - The Guns & Roses Tribute Experience
August 15 - Rhythm Rockets- Chicago's Jump, Swing, Rhythm & Blues Band
August 22 - LAVA Rock
August 29 - Wedding Banned

Valparaiso Events
219.464.8332

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Festival of the Lakes:  Bad Company
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Festival of the Lakes: Bad Company

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One of the most acclaimed bands of the classic rock era, England’s Bad Company has put its indelible stamp on rock ‘n’ roll with a straight-ahead, no-frills musical approach that has resulted in the creation of some of the most timeless rock anthems ever. Led by the incomparable singer and songwriter Paul Rodgers, arguably the finest singer in rock ‘n ‘ roll and a huge songwriting talent.

Formed in 1973, Bad Company came to life when Rodgers was looking to start anew after the disintegration of his legendary band Free. His powerhouse vocals and songwriting were a main ingredient during Free’s impressive five-year run; a period of time that saw the release of seven extremely influential albums that featured Free’s minimalist blues-rock approach. Included among Free’s dynamic body of work is the 1970 smash, “All Right Now,” one of the most recognizable rock anthems ever recorded. Lyrics and melody by Rodgers. He was Free’s main songwriter.

Rodgers had met Mott The Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and after jamming together and listening to new songs that Ralphs had penned and songs that Rodgers had penned, Ralphs made the decision to leave Mott and form a new band with Rodgers. The duo recruited former King Crimson bassist/vocalist Boz Burrell, added drummer Simon Kirke and Rodgers Christened the band Bad Company. Rodgers’ brought in Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant and Bad Company became the first band signed to Zeppelin’s Swan Song label. “I had to fight to get the management and the record company to accept the name Bad Company,” explains Rodgers. “They thought it was a terrible name. Peter Grant called a meeting and the band met beforehand. I told them that I had been through this before with Free as Island Records had wanted to call us the Heavy Metal Kids. We agreed to go in and tell them that we were going to be called Bad Company and that was the end of the story. As soon as Peter heard how strongly I felt about the name, he became very supportive and together we turned the record company around.”

Bad Company was an instant hit worldwide. Their 1974 self-titled debut went platinum five times over and featured the smash hits, “Can’t Get Enough,” (a Number One single) and “Movin’ On” along with electrifying rock anthems like “Ready For Love,” “Rock Steady” and the title track. Because of their association with Grant, a unique opportunity arose for them when it came time to record that classic first album in November 1973. “We were bursting at the seams to get into the recording studio,” says Rodgers. “Led Zeppelin had a mobile studio together at Headley Grange all ready to go, but they were delayed for two weeks. Peter told us that if we were quick, we could probably use the studio to lay a couple of tracks down. We steamed in and put the entire album down. Headley Grange was very atmospheric. We had the drums set up in the hallway and the guitars in the living room. We did interesting experiments like placing the vocal microphone way out in the fields for the song ‘Bad Company.’ We recorded that track late at night underneath a fall moon.”

Festival of the Lake

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The Little Mermaid
Jul
19
to Jul 28

The Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid the musical! Join us for this Lavish Production July 19-28
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Disney's The Little Mermaid offers a fantastic creative opportunity for rich costumes and sets, as well as the chance to perform some of the best-known songs from the past 30 years.

Center Stage Theatre
219.947.4922

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45th Annual Park Full of Art
Jul
20
to Jul 21

45th Annual Park Full of Art

Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, the Griffith Park Full of Art committee is hosting the 45th Annual Park Full of Art in Central Park, Griffith, Indiana.

This show is a juried fine arts show featuring artwork in the categories of Oils/ Acrylics, Sculpture, Pottery, Graphics, Photography, Jewelry and more! Come visit the park, support the art community and find your perfect piece of artwork.

In 1974, under the leadership of Mary Campbell, the Griffith Park Board suggested a fair of fine arts be held in Griffith Central Park.

A committee of people who appreciated arts and culture was formed. This new endeavor would be known as A Park Full of Art. Charles VanGorp was appointed the chairman with the Griffith High School art teacher, Charles Ricks, brought in as a consultant. After the first show he assumed the chairmanship and is currently residing.

The first show had 54 artists and a few committee members. Today the show hosts over 120 artists and has many new committee members as well as the original few. This show continues to be a juried show and follows specific guidelines of expectations so that we may continue to bring the finest art to our community.

In the early 80s the committee began awarding a scholarship to Griffith High Schools' senior students interested in further fine arts education. A scholarship sub committee was created to review submitted acceptance letters and portfolios.

Today the show has grown in stature and popularity. It draws upward of 5,000 people for the 2 day show. Participating artists represent home states as far away as New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin as well as a number of artists who reside locally.

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Festival of the Lakes:  The Roots
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Festival of the Lakes: The Roots

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The legendary Roots Crew have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four GRAMMYS, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.” This brings the band’s GRAMMY nomination count to twelve. Additionally, “The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, has become a celebrated institution. The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone and serve as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Most recently, The Roots announced that they are developing an animated children’s series, along with a live action children’s series, in partnership with Amazon.

Festival of the Lakes

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One of These Nights - Eagles Tribute
Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

One of These Nights - Eagles Tribute

We welcome One of These Nights to Wicker Park for a great night of Eagles music!. Ages 21 & over. Rain or Shine! $7 general admission. Table reservations available for $10 per per person (includes admission). minimum of 8 required per table. CASH ONLY! Full bar and food available for purchase from Da Portable Rican food truck. Doors open at 6:30PM. For more info call 219-932-2530 x324 or x331. Season passes for $50. www.oneofthesenightsband.com

Wicker Memorial Park
219.932.2530

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Roald Dahl's Willie Wonka
Jul
25
to Aug 3

Roald Dahl's Willie Wonka

Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

Main Square Park Gazebo

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South Pacific in Concert
Jul
26
to Jul 28

South Pacific in Concert

Presented in-concert, this award-winning classic musical tells the heartwarming story of anAmerican nurse stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II, who falls in love with a middle-aged expatriate French plantation owner. The story is told through crowd favorite tunes including "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair," "Younger in Springtime," "Bali Ha'i," "There Is Nothing Like a Dame," "Younger Than Springtime," "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy," and more. South Pacific won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950 and ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Libretto. It is the only musical production to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories. Join us on July 27 for our Annual FUNraiser!

Dune Summer Theatre
219.879.7509

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Hold Me
Aug
1
to Aug 3

Hold Me

From the mind of the legendary Jules Feiffer, who for decades was considered the most widely-read social satirist in America, comes this delightful, laugh-filled revue of sketches and vignettes that inhabit the stage with the engaging and all-too-human characters made famous in his popular comic strips. Hold Me! abounds in warmth and humor, and in the sad/funny truths that, in the final essence, are the very stuff of life!

Canterbury Theatre
219.874.4269

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Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Tribute
Aug
1
7:30 PM19:30

Kashmir - Led Zeppelin Tribute

By far, the best Zeppelin tribute band around! Ages 21 & over. Rain or Shine! $7 general admission. Table reservations available for $10 per per person (includes admission). minimum of 8 required per table. CASH ONLY! Full bar and food available for purchase from Da Portable Rican food truck. Doors open at 6:30PM. For more info call 219-932-2530 x324 or x331. Season passes for $50. www.kashmirchicago.com

Wicker Memorial Park
219.932.2530

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Hansel & Gretel Go Cajun
Aug
2
to Aug 10

Hansel & Gretel Go Cajun

August 2, 3, 9, 10

All performances at 11 AM CST
$5 Children/$10 Adults (Included in Season Ticket Pass)
Children’s Theatre

This wacky, spicy twist on a fairy-tale favorite follows Hansel Jo and Gretel Lou as they journey into the Louisiana Bayou in search of a legendary long-lost pirate treasure. But beware, deep in the Everglades lives Badweena the Swamp Witch and her wacky alligator henchmen. They have a certain taste for…well, come see the show and you’ll find out! Don’t miss this down-home, foot-stompin’ romp through the swamp, featuring a dragon who roars, a princess who snores, a handsome brave knight and swashbuckling sword fights!

Dunes Summer Theatre
219.879.7509


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Fun & Games by Terri Duncan
Aug
2
to Aug 31

Fun & Games by Terri Duncan

Terri Duncan is a mixed media artist that specializes in creating acrylic paintings that are suspended with in multiple layers of resin. Her technique creates dynamic works that change depending on the views perspective within the environment. Multiple paintings are suspended in the many layers of resin. Each painting floating above the others creating shifting negative spaces for the hidden imagery below to be playfully discovered in what becomes and interactive experience for the viewer.

Artist Reception August 2 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Rising Phoenix Gallery
480.206.0964

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Andrew Salgado In Concert
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Andrew Salgado In Concert

For one night only, Dunes Summer Theatre welcomes Nashville-based Singer/Songwriter and heart throb, Andrew Salgado, to the stage. Andrew has performed with Carrie Underwood and co-written songs for Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, Clint Black, Brian Wilson, Kacey Musgraves, and others. In 2019, his song "Back Home" was placed in the feature film, Heavens to Betsy 2, which Woman's Day Magazine named one of the Top 10 Christian Films to See in 2019. Andrew is currently being showcased on the nationally-aired PBS special, Songs at the Center, and has been featured extensively on WGN, ABC, and NBC. Join Andrew as he performs some of his songs at our Annual FUNraiser on July 27!                    Click here to watch a video of Andrew!

Dunes Summer Theatre
219.879.7509

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Chesterton Art Fair
Aug
3
to Aug 4

Chesterton Art Fair

The 61st Annual Chesterton Art Fair will take place on August 3-4 at Dogwood Park in Chesterton, Indiana. Over 100 artists from all over the country will take place in this well-established event. Visitors will find talented work in a huge variety of mediums from jewelry to pottery to fiber to paintings and more! To accompany the field of artists will be food vendors and musicians. The hours are Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4. Tickets for the event are $5 for a single day, or $7 for both days. Children ages 12 and under get in free. Parking is free.

For more information, contact the Chesterton Art Center at 219-926-4711.

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Get Happy...A Judy Garland Celebration
Aug
3
7:30 PM19:30

Get Happy...A Judy Garland Celebration

A celebration of the genius of Judy Garland marking the 50th anniversary of her death and the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. Over a dozen of her greatest hits are featured including Over the Rainbow, The Trolley Song, Get Happy, That's Entertainment, and more. Concerts are free!

Mary Bercik Memorial Pavilion

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The Way Down Wanderers & Gato
Aug
10
6:30 PM18:30

The Way Down Wanderers & Gato

The Way Down Wanderers and Gato
The Acorn Concert Series is back for 2019. On summer Saturdays, enjoy family-friendly evenings at Gabis Arboretum while listening to a variety of musical artists, sipping craft beer and wine and savoring food from local vendors. Don't forget your lawn chair!

Gates open at 6:30 pm, Concerts start at 7:00 pm

Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 week of

Series ticket: $60 member/$70 non member


The Way Down Wanderers:
The Way Down Wanderers are from the very heartland of America central Illinois, Peoria, to be exact which is reflected in their distinctive sound, which draws on elements of bluegrass, but also touches on classic rock influences including the multi-part harmonies of the Beach Boys and The Bands hybrid soul, as well as the roots qualities of The Avett Brothers and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, with surprising elements of jazz, classical music and even hip-hop.

Gabis Arboretum
219.462.0025

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Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones - Prince Tribute
Aug
15
7:30 PM19:30

Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones - Prince Tribute

“If you’ve never seen Ford’s interpretation of Prince, you’re in for quite a surprise. He’s got the look, moves and sounds down jaw-droppingly well. Hear – and see – for yourself what it sounds like when Dean Ford’s doves cry.” Ages 21 & over. Rain or Shine! $7 general admission. Table reservations available for $10 per per person (includes admission). minimum of 8 required per table. CASH ONLY! Full bar and food available for purchase from Da Portable Rican food truck. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more info call 219-932-2530 x324 or x331. Season passes for $50. www.beautifulonesband.com

Wicker Memorial Park
219.932.2530

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Lubeznik Art Festival
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Lubeznik Art Festival

The 2019 Lubeznik Arts Festival (LAF), held by Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA), returns for its 38th year.

LAF takes place on LCA's grounds to connect festival-goers to our dynamic programming and exhibitions. This event features fine art and fine craft exhibitors alongside contemporary art galleries, food and interactive family activities. All proceeds from this event are invested back in the community.

Admission:
• $5 per day
• FREE for LCA members, children ages 16 & under and active military personnel with ID

Free off-site parking and shuttle service are available.

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Prairie Magic Music Festival
Aug
17
1:00 PM13:00

Prairie Magic Music Festival

The Prairie Magic Music Festival is an annual celebration of Rock, Americana, and Blues music that takes place each August.

This year, Los Lobos will headline the event. Additional bands will be announced in late spring.

Bring your lawn chairs and sun shades to enjoy an afternoon of amazing music at our outdoor amphitheater. Food trucks, bounce houses, a beer garden, and kids activities will be available all day!

Doors open at 12:00 pm, and music will begin at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance.

Porter County Parks & Recreation is also opening up the Sunset Hill Farm Campground for camping the night of the festival. Visitors can rent space in the campground for just $5.

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Flower Power Funkadelic Fest
Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

Flower Power Funkadelic Fest


Get groovy, baby! It's all about Flower Power at the Gardens at this 21+ fundraising event. The late 60's to early 70's theme is far out! Hang loose or groove to the music by Johnny V and the Wild Flowers. Bell bottoms, go-go boots, mini's and foxy attire are optional. Peace, love and Flower Power!

Ticket price includes light appetizers, 2-3 cocktail samples and beer and wine samples from local brewerie!. This is a 21+ event. No refunds.

Friendship Botanic Gardens
219.878.9885

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Working 2012
Aug
23
to Sep 8

Working 2012

Musical with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Taylor, and others

Based on the works of Studs Terkel, with a book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso 

Based on the book by the late Chicago journalist, Studs Terkel, Working 2012 is a revised version of the Tony Nominated musical Working and includes new songs, by Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame), James Taylor and others. This high-energy, toe-tapping musical explores a day in the life of several characters in their various careers.

Dunes Summer Theatre
219.879.7509


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Babapaloosa 2019
Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

Babapaloosa 2019

Babapaloosa 2019 is on the books!
Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Sunset Hill Farm
Our bands this year are a great mix of old and new friends.
Kicks off at noon with Only on Tuesday
1pm Vintage Postcard
230 The Jerrica Paliga Band
400 AfroKatz
530 Tommy Thompson Band
700 The Phantom Zone
830 Chronic Flannel
Tickets and raffle tickets coming soon.
See you all on the hill!

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Lyric Opera at the Gardens
Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Lyric Opera at the Gardens

Friendship Botanic Gardens is proud to host to a special evening of world-class artistry from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Join us among the scenic vistas of the Gardens for a preview of the Lyric Opera Of Chicago's 2019-2020 season, performed by some of the biggest names in the Chicago arts and culture scene:

All proceeds contribute to the continued restoration and maintenance of Friendship Botanic Gardens, a historic 105 acre botanical park in Michigan City that serves as the region's premiere destination where nature meets culture.

Regular seating available for $45, Premium seating (first 4 rows) available for $50. Please note: Premium seating is limited to 40 people.

Light appetizers included with your ticket. A cash bar with beer and wine will be on site.

Join us at 3:00 for wine, beer, beverages and light appetizers while you linger through the gardens. The performance starts promptly at 4:00.

Friendship Gardens
219.878.9885

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Calumet Revisited:  Sarah Coulter
Sep
3
5:00 PM17:00

Calumet Revisited: Sarah Coulter

Monthly discussions, led by guest speakers, shed light on the region’s rich human history and environmental treasures. In addition, participants will share practical suggestions for meeting the needs of region residents while honoring and preserving the natural beauty around us.

Discussions are held on Calumet College’s Campus.

September’s speaker is Sarah Coulter, director of Calumet Collaborative, on the organization’s mission, purpose and current projects.

Jointly sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative and Calumet College.
219.933.7149

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Together - Motown
Sep
5
7:30 PM19:30

Together - Motown

Join us for an encore performance by Together at this special concert! They were such a great addition to our series last year and can't wait to have them back. Ages 21 & over. Rain or Shine! $7 general admission. Table reservations available for $10 per per person (includes admission). minimum of 8 required per table. CASH ONLY! Full bar and food available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30PM For more info call 219-932-2530 x324 or x331. www.togethermusic.com

Wicker Memorial Park
219.932.2530

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The Smell of the Kill
Sep
6
to Sep 22

The Smell of the Kill

SEPT 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 2019
Fridays-Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm
A Dark Comedy
By Michele Lowe

Presented by special arrangement with  Dramatic Publishing.

Take three delicious, malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands—and chill. That's the recipe of Michele Lowe's tantalizing comedy that had Broadway audiences cheering. The Smell of the Kill revolves around Nicky, Debra and Molly who have tolerated one another during once-a-month dinners for years. While their unseen spouses play golf in the dining room, the women exchange confidences for the first time revealing that all three marriages are on the brink of disaster and all three women are facing the challenges of their lives. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker the women are faced with a life-or-death decision—should they leave the men out in the cold—permanently—or let them thaw?

The Towle Theater does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, language or age-appropriateness that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 219-937-8780.

EDUCATOR APPRECIATION NIGHT
SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20

Teachers and Administrators will receive buy-one-get-one FREE tickets just show school ID. Reservations Required. This is a buy one get one free offer only. No half price tickets will be available. 

The Towle Theater
219.937.5205

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Billy Bishop Goes to War
Sep
13
to Sep 22

Billy Bishop Goes to War

This musical drama with a comedic heart tells the story of World War I Canadian ace fighter pilot, Billy Bishop. First assigned to fight in the muddy trenches, Bishop quickly becomes frustrated. In July of 1915, after watching a Royal Flying Corps aircraft return from a mission, Bishop reportedly said, "I'll bet you don't get any mud or ‘horse pucky’ on you up there. If you die, at least it would be a clean death.” He was soon transferred to the RFC. His subsequent no-holds-barred missions soon earn him the temporary honor of being the highest scoring ace in the RFC, second only to his nemesis, Germany's Red Baron. Mike Nichols directed this original two-man show in the New York production.

Dunes Summer Theatre
219.879.7509

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Mike Farris & The Blues Project
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

Mike Farris & The Blues Project

Mike Farris and The Blues Project
The Acorn Concert Series is back for 2019. On summer Saturdays, enjoy family-friendly evenings at Gabis Arboretum while listening to a variety of musical artists, sipping craft beer and wine and savoring food from local vendors. Don't forget your lawn chair!

Gates open at 6:30 pm, Concerts start at 7:00 pm

Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 week of

Series ticket: $60 member/$70 non member


Mike Farris
Coming off of an incredible GRAMMY win for 2015s SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE (Best Roots Gospel album), Nashville rocker Mike Farris keeps it earthy and personal on SILVER & STONE, out September 7 on Compass Records. The title refers to his wife Julie's wedding ring, and the album is a celebration of their 23 years of marriage and her steadfastness in sticking by him through his years struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Now sober for 7 years, Farris has the energy and conviction of a man saved, a stack of anecdotes and life experiences that would make most peoples heads spin, and a soulful vocal delivery reminiscent of Sam Cooke or Otis Redding. SILVER & STONE isnt a gospel album by any means, but Farris still takes us to church on these 12 engaging tracks, including a cover of Bill Withers Hope Shell be Happier

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Lyrical Strings
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Lyrical Strings

Lyrical Strings, Northwest Indiana's Premiere String Orchestra, presents for your enjoyment an encore presentation of our annual Christmas concert on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2019, at 7:00pm. We will perform standard favorites and exceptional sacred selections within the clear acoustics of our chosen auditorium.

If you plan to attend both this concert as well as our Southlake Mall concert on Saturday, December 7, 2019, you will be delighted to hear some repeated favorites as well as some never-before-performed arrangements at this particular concert. Come celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, as we honor Him in music and in voice. We hope you will be a part this Christmas season!

All of our concerts are free, family-oriented, and open to everyone!

Lyrical Strings
219.613.0222

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Lee Ligocki:  Contemplating 70 Years
Jun
18
5:00 PM17:00

Lee Ligocki: Contemplating 70 Years

Llee Ligocki’s work is visually compelling. There is much to see and discuss in her work. Each piece tells a story and that story can be different to different viewers. She creates work that facilitates social dialogue. Please join us at the opening reception, June 14th from 5 to 7 pm.

The Depot Museum & Art Gallery
219.874.8000

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M & R Rush
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

M & R Rush

Formed in the early 70's, M&R RUSH signed with the same Chicago-based management then guiding another local Chicago group called STYX for whom M&R Rush opened a string of concerts for in the early years.

In 1980, WLUP-FM aka "The Loop" radio in Chicago chose M&R Rush for their first hometown album. The song "Rock & Roll Chicago," written and performed by M&R Rush, became a #1 hit on the station's play list and remains a fan favorite!

Today, the original line-up continues to rock 'n' roll throughout the Midwest annually and has amassed a seven album catalog, including 2018's "Between The Lines." Their live shows mix original songs with covers by Styx, Journey, Head East, Kansas and other bands sharing their classic sound.

Note: Time is Eastern Standard
Acorn Theater
269.756.3879


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Captain Ambivalent's Every Kind of Talent Show
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Captain Ambivalent's Every Kind of Talent Show

YOU (yes, you) have talent worth sharing!
You just need a fantastic variety show to share it in.
It's open mic meets vaudeville meets show and tell!
We're looking for solo or group musicians, magicians, dancers, filmmakers, actors, comedians, poets, storytellers, Ted-ish talkers, visual artists, crafters, animal trainers... We mean EVERY kind of talent! (Yes, being a good audience member counts as a talent.) Then we'll put all the pieces together into one phantasmagorical experience.

Here is the sign-up link:
https://goo.gl/forms/0HRfEALTumP0lMpr1

The Nest
219.262.5200

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Arethra Franklin:  Queen of Soul
Jun
15
3:00 PM15:00

Arethra Franklin: Queen of Soul




Award-winning Chicago Dreamgirl Donica Lynn triumphs in an awe-inspiring homage to the legendary Aretha Franklin. Lynn earned critical acclaim, as well as Chicago’s Jeff Award and Black Theatre Alliance Award for her heart-wrenching performance in Dreamgirls. Chicago Tribune named her among the Chicagoans of the Year, citing “Lynn has stepped up to Chicago stardom.” Most amazingly, Lynn is a two-time brain tumor survivor, currently battling a third cancerous tumor. Her intimate stories of perseverance and Aretha’s soul-stirring music combine for a deeply spiritual and moving celebration. Uplifting signature songs include, “Respect,” “Think,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

DONICA LYNN
Chicago Sun-Times calls her “Show-stopping: Her astonishing voice and fierce acting chops should catapult her to stardom.” Donica Lynn earned Chicago’s Jeff Award, Time Out Award, and Black Theatre Alliance Award for her heart-wrenching performance as Effie White in Dreamgirls. Most amazingly, Lynn is a two-time brain tumor survivor, currently battling a third cancerous tumor. For her courageous artistry, Chicago Tribune named her among the Chicagoans of the Year. Other theatre credits include: 42nd Street, Rock of Ages, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Jeff Award Nomination), The Color Purple, Hair, Hairspray , Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Footloose, Barnum, Confessions of a P.I.M.P. (opposite Andre DeSheilds), Lady in Denmark, Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Once On Ths Island, and A Wonder in My Soul. Television: Chicago Fire. Concerts: Aretha Franklin: Queen fo Soul. As a recording artist, Donica has performed, recorded, lent backgrounds vocals, and toured with artists including Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, New Kids on the Block, Natalie Cole, and Gladys Knight.

Group rates available by calling 219-836-3258
*Cash Bar Available

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Rockopelli Music Festival
Jun
15
2:00 PM14:00

Rockopelli Music Festival

Rockopelli Music Fest is a benefit concert in Northwest Indiana that has donated almost $80,000 to local charities in its seven years of operation. Rockopelli provides the full experience with live music, local food vendors, specialty art and craft vendors and craft brews! This summer, proceeds from the festival will benefit Planting Possibilities and Murph’s Gift of Music.

Rockopelli Music Fest 2019 is on Saturday, June 15th at Central Park in Griffith, Indiana. The concert is a free experience for all ages. Come out and support the community through food, beer, arts and, of course, music.

For more info visit us at www.rockopellifest.org!

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Cash Box Kings Alive
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Cash Box Kings Alive

Traditional blues innovators The Cash Box Kings celebrate the release of their new Alligator Records CD, Hail To The Kings! at The Acorn!  Co-led by real-deal Chicago blues vocalist and songwriter Oscar Wilson and Madison, Wisconsin-based songwriter, harmonica master, and singer Joe Nosek, the band plays brilliantly raw and unvarnished house-rocking blues. Wilson’s huge, gritty vocals and Nosek’s powerhouse harmonica fuel their razor-sharp original songs.

With deep feeling, boundless energy, and top-shelf talent, they deliver raw, passionate Delta blues, jumping proto-rock ‘n’ roll, and steamrolling “bluesabilly,” their original mix of Chicago blues and Memphis rockabilly. As anyone who has ever been to one of the band’s raucous performances will testify, The Cash Box Kings know how to throw a party.

Please note time is eastern standard time
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Fox Gallery Open Mic Jam Night
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Fox Gallery Open Mic Jam Night

The Fox Gallery will be hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Friday. Bring Your Friends and Let's Rock out and Dance! It's the halfway point for Gary Collins treatment, come celebrate with him! ☃️❄🎄🎁🎅

There is a $5 COVER CHARGE! DON'T FORGET! Included in this is light snacks and drinks! The Fox Gallery is going POTLUCK! PLEASE, bring a side dish or a sweet treat! We will accept any additional food, beverage, or paper product donations. (Such as paper and plastic plates, napkins, or cups) If you have these items, please bring them! All of this helps is defray our costs!! WE ACCEPT DONATIONS Art Supplies, or FINANCIAL DONATIONS for the Gallery!

The Fox Gallery is a nonprofit organization! WE are Starting our 2018 Fundraising Drive this Week! The Fox Gallery needs to raise $5000 to COVER our start up Costs for our Non Profit! We now have various musical equipment up for sale as well. Thank you! Your donations are also tax deductible!

The Fox Gallery is located at 2901 Dekalb Street, Lake Station, Indiana, 46405! From 80-94, take the Central Ave exit, which is exit number 13! At the exit, turn right onto Central Avenue! Follow Central Avenue to the second stop light, which is Dekalb Street! Turn right onto Dekalb and follow it two blocks south of Central Avenue! Fox Gallery is on the left side as the road curves! Look for the Fox on the sign and you know that you have arrived! Parking is available in the lot, and inside the fence at the other end of the building. There is ample parking inside the fence. PLEASE DO NOT PARK at other businesses. $5 Cover Charge, Thanks.

This is a public event and you are welcome to join it and to share this event with your friends as well as inviting your friends directly to the event page as well! We would love everyone to come out and enjoy the show and perform if they wish. We are a family friendly event so families and children are welcome as well! Please remember to supervise your younger children as well. Unattended children will be given a drum solo, a guitar pic, and, some 80's C D's, maybe!

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440th Acoustic Jam
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

440th Acoustic Jam

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Henry’s Art Gallery
219.595.0097

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Pear Jam Tribute Chicago
Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

Pear Jam Tribute Chicago

Back by popular request, Pearl Jam Tribute Chicago returns to Wicker Park to open our 2019 season! Ages 21 & over. Rain or Shine! $7 general admission. Table reservations available for $10 per per person (includes admission). minimum of 8 required per table. CASH ONLY! Full bar and food available for purchase from Da Portable Rican food truck. Doors open at 6:30PM. For more info call 219-932-2530 x324 or x331. Season passes for $50 on sale

Wicker Memorial Park
219.838.3420

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Schererville Summer Fest
Jun
12
to Jun 16

Schererville Summer Fest

Headlining bands include:

The Unstoppables at 8 p.m. June 12
Mr. Funnyman at 8 p.m. June 13
Dick Diamond and the Dusters at 8:30 p.m. June 14
Libido Funk Circus at 8:30 p.m. June 15
The Crawpuppies at 7 p.m. June 16.

There will be opening bands each day.

Redar Park
219.322.2211

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Constellations
Jun
12
to Jun 15

Constellations

A love story that bends time and space. This spellbinding, romantic journey, which delighted both critics and audiences in New York and London, begins at a backyard barbecue, with a simple encounter between Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a theoretical physicist, who believes that every decision we make, and have never made, exists in an unimaginably vast multitude of parallel universes. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know!

Canterbury Theatre
219.874.4269

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2nd Annual Canis Major Outdoor Music Festival
Jun
8
to Jun 9

2nd Annual Canis Major Outdoor Music Festival

The Joe Betustak Jr. Memorial Foundation which helps raise funds for NWI families battling cancer, is teaming up this year with local promoter Dave Bobeck for this 2 day music festival held at Sci-Fi Donuts.
Admission is free!

Saturday Bands (12p - 9p)
Back Roads
Cat Man Dog
Flip Phone And A Cajon
Mike Valentine & The Heartbeats
The Mike Dangeroux Band

Sunday Bands (11a - 5p)
Johnny T & Friends
The Local Group
Rick Lindy & The Wild Ones

Sci Fi Donuts
219.513.6880

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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Jun
7
to Jun 16

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

 Drama Group gleefully continues its 88th season with the delightful fast-paced “whodunnit,” THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940, written by playwright John Bishop and directed by Mary Ellen Fawk. Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Studio Theatre on June 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15 at 7:30 pm and matinees on June 9 & 16 at 2:00 pm. After which the cast and crew will fly to Hastings, England to continue performances at The Stables Theatre in Hastings.

Tickets in the US are $23 for adults, $21 for seniors and $17 for students with ID. Group discount rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444 or online https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4093174 The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre is located at 330 W. 202nd Street in Chicago Heights. For directions and other information regarding Drama Group activities, please visit our Website  www.dramagroup.org.

SYNOPSIS – THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940

Not a musical at all and hardly a murder mystery, this campy farce is a cross between “Noises Off” and “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” satirizing a few archetypes from the history of show business.

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher," assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with revolving bookcases, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people - all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous "slasher" makes his reappearance and strikes again.

 Drama Group
708.738.1440

 

 

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Crossroads Chamber Corn Roast
Jun
7
to Jun 8

Crossroads Chamber Corn Roast

  • Franciscan Health Pavilion at Bulldog Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Corn Roast – Friday, June 7th
4pm- 11pm – Corn Roast
4pm-10:30pm – Beer Garden
4pm – 9pm – Kids Zone 
7:30pm- 10:30pm – Amphitheater – PRX (Party Rock Xperience)

Corn Roast – Saturday, June 8th
Noon – 11pm – Corn Roast
Noon - 2 p.m. - Splash Pad (weather permitting)
Noon – 9pm – Kids  Zone 
Noon-6pm – Five Star DJ, LLC
Noon – Dolly’s Parade with Princesses
Noon – 1pm - Registration for Corn –on-the-Cob Eating Contest
1pm – Corn-on-the-Cob Eating Contest
2pm – 10:30pm – Beer Garden
7:30pm – 10:30pm – Amphitheater – The Dave Miller Band

Crossroads Chamber at Franciscan Health Pavilion at Bulldog Park
219.769.8180

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Dyer Summer Fest
Jun
6
to Jun 9

Dyer Summer Fest

yer Summer Fest 2019

Pheasant Hills Park

Dyer's 28th Annual Summer Fest will kick off with a carnival ride wristband special will be on Thursday, June 6th ($25 ea.). “Tribute to our Veterans & First Responders” will take place on Thursday, June 6th at 6:40pm. Join in on the fun by walking the midway, grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors, and don't forget about the beer garden and casino.

Entertainment on various days of the fest include:
Little Giants [Thurs],
Together [Fri],
Crawpuppies [Sat],
Dyer Wind Ensemble [Sat],
5 N Time [Sat],
Jerica Paliga [Sat]
Dixie Crush [Sun]
Sound Connection [Sun].

Other Wrist band specials will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 2-6pm and Sunday, June 9th from 1-5pm with the Last Blast Special ($20) from 6pm-9pm. Dyer VFW Post 6448 will be doing a motorcycle bike run on Saturday, June 8 at 11AM. Dyer Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a Kidz Zone Sat and Sun 2-8PM There will be a Summer Fest parade on Sunday, June 9th at 1PM and the annual fireworks display will also be held on Sunday, at 9:00pm

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Dearly Departed
May
31
to Jun 9

Dearly Departed

In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest attempt to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

Beatniks on Conkey
219.852.0848

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Smoke & Mirrors
May
31
to Jun 16

Smoke & Mirrors

 

This captivating comedy takes audiences to an isolated island off the Mississippi gulf coast where Hamilton, a power-hungry film producer/director, proves he will stop at nothing to kill off the insufferable star actor of his multi-million-dollar film. Hamilton enlists the support of his writer to plot a suicide scene which results in the star's demise. The only witness to the murder is Hamilton's wife. All goes as planned until a wily, eccentric sheriff unearths one surprise after another. This riveting mystery/comedy will keep audiences guessing to the end. 

Dunes Summer Theatre
219.879.7509

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Regional Industrial Insights
May
19
to Jun 13

Regional Industrial Insights

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Award winning artist, Kathy Los-Rathburn will open her new exhibit, “Regional Industrial Insights” at the Village Gallery on Sunday, May 19. The works on exhibit “capture the complex beauty and nature of the region’s industrial landscape”. Kathy 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, May 19. The exhibit will be on display at The Village Gallery through July 11.

 A native of Indiana, Kathy received her formal art training as a realist in watercolor at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  She holds signature status in the Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois Watercolor Societies and belongs to many art organizations.  

 Her love for watercolor and passing on the joy and gratification of the medium to others has gained her teaching experience at the American Academy of Art, Purdue University, and many local art organizations and groups since 1974.  She also teaches drawing and painting in her studio . 

The Gallery located at 3303 Pines Village Circle, Valparaiso, IN, is open from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday. All exhibits are free to the artist and public. For more information

Village Gallery
(219) 465-1591.

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Sacred Wanderings
Feb
10
1:30 PM13:30

Sacred Wanderings

Sacred Wanderings. 4 Walks In 4 Seasons.

Building from last year's popular Interfaith/Earth Day hike at the Miller Woods, park ranger Kim Swift developed an idea for Sacred Wanderings, a walking series connecting spirituality with the seasons. The winter walk will occur on February 10, beginning at 1:30pm at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N. Lake Street. 

Guest are invited to bring a short reading that speaks to their spiritual connection to nature in the winter. Naturalist Kim Swift and artist Sam Love will facilitate the first walk. The walk will be moderate and as long or short as guests want. All are welcome. No registration needed.

Miller Woods, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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Indy Wind:  A Love Story
Feb
8
to May 31

Indy Wind: A Love Story

“Indy Windy: A Love Story” is part of a Two-part Exhibit Series Showcases Artists showcase artists whose work is sparking new life in old places. “Haunts” is the second exhibit. Each exhibit premiers at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster and then moves to the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District, the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center, and Art House: A Social Kitchen in Gary. Lead underwriting for the series has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Legacy Foundation and Peoples Bank. Thanks to a special grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Fund at Legacy Foundation they are able to be shared with 3 venues in Gary.

 

Gary Public Library and Cultural Center, 220 W. 5th Avenue
Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm, Friday & Saturday 9am - 5pm

                                               
Indy Windy: A Love Story features artists from Indiana and Chicago who execute large public artworks to create new environments in aging urban and manufacturing areas, while also documenting their experiences and creating new work in their private studios. It is curated by Ish Muhammad, a self-taught artist from Indiana who maintains a studio at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport community on the south side. The exhibit will present an overview of creative activity currently underway by a community of Midwest artists, some of whom have been working together for nearly 30 years.

Muhammad states, “The inspiration for the exhibition is tied to the hustle of being an artist in Northwest Indiana and the relationships built along the way. What started out with artists building professional networks has evolved into true friendships with wedding invitations, graduations, and rent parties. Each has served as mentors, mentees, participated in exhibitions, organized events and collaborated with each other. This exhibit presents artists who respect each other and sincerely desire success for their peers.”

 Indy Windy: A Love Story will capture the relationship that Northwest Indiana artists maintain with the creative community in Chicago. Informational didactics will help viewers understand the diversity throughout this sprawling metropolitan region and how the artwork is being used to create new environments. The exhibit will showcase a dozen artists, along with two crews and a collective. Among the artworks on display will be selections from Still Crazy: 30 yrs. of Crazy Indiana Style Artists, an exhibition of artifacts and paintings, covering the history of Indiana’s first Latino artist collective, from the Indiana State Museum.

 Although Indy Windy: A Love Story will include the grit of the graffiti writing movement, it is not intended to be a graffiti-only show, nor will it be a response to whether graffiti is art or vandalism. The exhibit will include the polished work of veteran muralists, fine artists, sculptors, and woodworkers in an environment where the viewer can experience the excitement of urban communities and make connections to the creative energy embodied by the artists’ work.

 Artists featured in Indy Windy: A Love Story include Ruben Aguirre, members of the Crazy IN-Style Artists (CISA) Crew, FAB Crew, graffiti writer Mario “ZORE” Gonzalez, self-taught artist Tyrue “Slang” Jones, Emmet Kerrigan, Felix Maldonado, Liz Mares, Ish Muhammad, Brian Presnell, Tom Torluemke, members of the artist collective The Unwonted, former steel worker Roman Villarreal, and Chicago-based street artist ZorZorZor.

Gary Public Library
219.886.2484

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