Nature vs Everything
Feb
1
to Jun 8

Nature vs Everything

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Nine contemporary artists reflect on the perilous battle between humanity and the natural world in the showdown that is Nature vs. Everything. Participating artists: Dan Attoe, Amy Casey, Juan Angel Chavez, Diane Christiansen & Shoshanna Utchenik, Michael Pajon, Liliana Porter, Alison Ruttan and Tom Torluemke.

Opening reception on February 1st from 5 - 8 p.m.
Curator-led gallery tour: February 9 from 11 am - noon
Family Day Tours & Projects: February 23 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts
219.874.4900

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Indy Wind:  A Love Story
Feb
8
to May 19

Indy Wind: A Love Story

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“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.

 

                  Indy Windy: A Love Story       Opening Reception Feb 8th 6-9pm  

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.

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Art in the National Lakesore
Feb
9
to May 11

Art in the National Lakesore

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Please call to confirm that event will be happening.

Dates: Feb. 9, Mar. 9, Apr. 13, May 11

Meet local artists who use the dunes as inspiration to create their art. Learn how they photograph, paint, draw, and write. Programs may be inside or outside. Please call 219-395-1882 for more information.

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu.

Art shown created by Douglas David

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Spring  Art Exhibit
Feb
20
to May 11

Spring Art Exhibit

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Ivy Tech Community College in Michigan City has started displaying artwork from local artists in hallways and other public spaces on its campus. Jesse Johnson, he owner of BESS Art Exposure Gallery in Merrillville and an arts professor at Ivy Tech curated the college’s first annual Winter Art Exhibition which is being displayed throughout the building. The campus is displaying the work of Johnson, Emily Dyrek Maurice Hodo, Valerie Johnsen, and Mark McPhail, who are all local painters or photographers.

Ivy Tech - Michigan City Campus

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Cogitating the Inscrutable, Art by Rick Therrio & Ken Wolak
Feb
23
to Apr 26

Cogitating the Inscrutable, Art by Rick Therrio & Ken Wolak

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On February 23rd you will have a very special chance to do some serious contemplation of the unbounded and variously focused work of Ken Wolak and Rick Therrio in a duo show opening at Paul Henry's Art Gallery, "Cogitating the Inscrutable," 2-7PM.

And a big plus, the Cosmically Adjacent sound of musician Q Kiser.

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Rick Therrio has been a Chicago artist for many years. He exhibited publicly throughout the 80’s and 90’s at galleries such as World Tattoo and Art-o-Rama and was part of the collaborative known as The Colson Truck Group who staged monthly shows at a jazz club on Division Street ‘The Bop Shop’ in addition to organizing their own exhibitions.
For 12 years or so, beginning in 200 Rick focused on producing work and had little enthusiasm for finding venue’s to exhibit in. For the last 10 years he has worked in Prismacolor colored pencil and pencil, sometimes using graphical software on a computer to manipulate his work. In 2012 he moved from Humboldt Park in Chicago to Lansing, IL and joined Paul Henry's Art Gallery where he has exhibited his colored pencil drawings, oil paintings, painted lamps, and work produced on a Wacom tablet. He served 4 years working with Jen Jackson and others, organizing shows with the South Lake Artist’s Co-op. Most recently, he was chosen to be the debut artist for Art-O-Rama Online Gallery which can be found at aor.gallery.
His imagery has evolved from a wide variety of sources, music, films, literature, comics, history, and science fiction. He finds an inexhaustible source of humor in the absurdity of existence.

CONTACT:
Rick Therrio
rtherrio@sbcglobal.net

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Ken Wolak has been a professional artist for the past thirty-five years. He has ventured down many different roads of the visual arts field, working in design, advertising, movies, comics, and at present, fine art. His philosophy on life is simple:” Every new road is an adventure. Don’t settle for just one.” He can be contacted at https://www.facebook.com/artistkenwolak

Paul Henry’s Art Gallery
219.678.5015

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7th Annual Art Competition Exhibit
Mar
15
to May 3

7th Annual Art Competition Exhibit

Opening reception Friday, March 15 |  7-10 PM

PRIZES:

Best of Show: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250

Additional $250 prizes in 5 categories:
Best Three-Dimensional
Best Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
Best Photo or Photo-Based work
Best Drawing/Graphic
Best Collage/Mixed Media

JURORS:

Stano Grezdo is an artist and curator. He was born in 1972 in Piestany, Czechoslovakia and graduated from The Graphic School in Bratislava, Slovakia. Stano was part of the cultural underground in Czechoslovakia, and came of age on the cusp of the Velvet Revolution in 1989, which greatly influenced his work. After relocating to the US, he continued this exploration as an artist and DJ with the pirate radio station “Free Radio Austin” based in Austin, Texas. His radio program focused on the underground scenes in Soviet bloc countries.

After moving to Chicago, Stano became curator of The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) from 2007-2017, where he curated or co-curated over 60 exhibitions. He also cooperated on exhibitions with other institutions such as The Ukrainian Museum in New York; Ukrainian Institute of America in New York; The Bauhaus Chicago Foundation, The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, Chicago and others. Stano is currently co-owner and Director of The One After 909 gallery in Chicago.
http://stano-g.com
http://oneafter909.org

Joyce Owens is a painter, sculptor and curator. Owens studied with preeminent artists at Howard University (BFA) and Yale University (MFA in painting). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries, museums, art centers and U.S. embassies. She has earned multiple commissions, most recently at a new hotel in Hyde Park and Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel.

Owens has been the curator for exhibitions at Chicago State University from 2006-2015, Woman Made Gallery and the Logan Center at the University of Chicago, among others. She is a published arts writer, juror, panelist and speaker who has lectured at various institutions including The Art Institute of Chicago.

Bridgeport Art Center
773.843.9000

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IU Northwest School of the Arts Senior Thesis Exhibitions
Apr
1
to Apr 26

IU Northwest School of the Arts Senior Thesis Exhibitions

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School of Arts Student Thesis Exhibition
April 1 – April 19, 2019

Savannah Center Gallery for Contemporary Art
Public Viewing M-F 12pm-5pm

Student Artists: Emily Dyrek, Haley Olenik & Monique Ramirez
Savannah Center Gallery for Contemporary Art
April 1 - 19
Opening Reception: April 2 from 4 - 7 pm

Student Artists: Carlos Luna, Julie Vale, Kayla Grkinich & Jennifer Maguire
IUN School of the Arts Gallery
April 8 - 26
Opening reception April 8 from 4 - 7 pm


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Everyday Life in My World
Apr
5
to Apr 28

Everyday Life in My World

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April 2019 - "Everyday Life in My World" 
Opening Reception, April 5, 2019, 5:00-8:00pm 
Exhibit runs through April 28, 2019

What is it that connects and grounds you to your ordinary experiences and environments?  The artists will show works that depict home, work, errands or pastimes including those special people, places, pets or things that make up the patterns of human life. The perspectives will illustrate what is important to them and to those around them, their hobbies, their loved ones and their interests.  
 

The Gallery is located at 724 Franklin Street, Michigan City, IN.  
For more information, visit the SSAA website at 
www.SouthernShoreArtAssociation.com or visit the SSAA Facebook page .
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Modernwerld
Apr
5
to Apr 28

Modernwerld

Join us for the opening of Artspace artist Jose Vela’s exhibit of repurposed abstract expressionism, "Modernwerld."

CASH BAR, 21+ drinks provided by Mcginnis Pub

MODERNWERLD invites the exploration of social, political and cultural issues prevalent in American contemporary society. Using economic and environmentally friendly materials, consumerist culture and its profound impact on accessible art-marking and marginalized peoples is called into question. The artist's background in underground music, punk theology, and DIY ethos informs a consistent methodology in confronting a landscape of constructed disorder.

Jose Vela is a first generation self taught, self-described abstract expressionist painter. Growing up he had no problem finding ways to unload his creative energy whether in poetry/creative writing, music, and painting or photography. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida in March 1985, he recalls being taught how to run from crocodiles and trees that rained snakes. The wet to dry textures of the wetlands made an impression on him that he caries to this day.

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

Artspace
219.814.4648

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Duneland Weavers Guild Fashion Show
Apr
7
to May 2

Duneland Weavers Guild Fashion Show

The Duneland Weaver's Guild will host their annual Fashion Show at the Chesterton Art Center on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00. This 70 year-old fiber group consists of approximately 60 members who are interested in not only weaving, but spinning, crocheting, knitting and felting. During the fashion show, guests will see a wide array of handmade, wearable art - much of it for sale. The event will be emcee'd by one of the members and guests are encouraged to arrive early since seating is limited. The doors will open at 1:00.

After the fashion show, the work will remain hanging at the Chesterton Art Center for the rest of April. The exhibit will consist of not only wearable work, but homegoods and tapestries as well. The Duneland Weaver's Guild meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Westchester Public Library Baugher Center from 10-12 beginning in September and ending in May. For more details about the Duneland Weaver's Guild, see their website at www.dunelandweaversguild.org.

Chesterton Art Center
219.926.4711

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Juried Art Student Exhibition & Senior Showcase
Apr
9
to May 12

Juried Art Student Exhibition & Senior Showcase

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April 9 – May 12, 2019

Opening Reception and Award Ceremony: Wednesday, April 10, 7 pm, Brauer Museum of Art.
These exhibitions were made possible through funds provided by the Partners for the Brauer Museum of Art and Valparaiso University’s Zahn Fund.

ADMISSION is Free and open to the public.  Donations welcome.

GROUP TOURS

Free.  Donations welcome.

Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.

To schedule a tour, please call (219) 464-5276.
REGULAR HOURS
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Mondays.

CLOSED

Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday

Brauer Museum of Art
(219) 464-5365



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Boeing Boeing
Apr
12
to Apr 28

Boeing Boeing

This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian Lothario, Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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Under 18 Annual Children's Art Show
Apr
13
to May 4

Under 18 Annual Children's Art Show

UNDER 18
Annual Children's Art Show Reception
Free and Open to the Public

 

We will be hosting our annual children's art show reception this Saturday, April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Response from the community was overwhelming, and we have young artists from Scott Middle School and Clark Middle School in Hammond, the Nathan Hale Elementary School in Whiting, the Carmelite Home in East Chicago, and other independent entries.

If you can't make the reception, the show will be up through May 4th.  The Gallery is open during bank hours, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.  The lights are automatic so just walk in and check it out!  These young artists did phenomenal work, come and see for yourself!

119th Street Artists

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Botanical Photographs by Jim Shirey
Apr
13
to Apr 28

Botanical Photographs by Jim Shirey

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Jim Shirey will be exhibiting his unique and intricate photographs at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts - 540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN - from April 13 – 28. An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday April 13th from 6-9pm. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday afternoons 12-6pm, Fridays and Saturday evenings 6-9pm, and Sundays 1-4pm.

Patrons will be delighted by photographs of flowers such as:
Deptford Pink; Dianthus Armeria
This small blossom would fit easily into a finger-nail, and the two pistils are barely visible to the naked eye. Taken at about 3X optical magnification. The lighting effects are an artifact of changing light and the stacking algorithm.

Jim grew up near Gary IN and worked in the steel mills in the early 60s. After receiving a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Purdue University, he moved with his wife Sandy and family to Athens, OH where he taught as a professor of Mathematics until his retirement. His career as a photographer began shortly thereafter. Jim and Sandy live adjacent to a wildlife area from where Jim draws inspiration.

Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
773.822.8086

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Symphony of Color
Apr
14
to May 16

Symphony of Color

Watercolor artist, Lee Bauman unveils her new exhibit, “A Symphony of Color,” at the Village Gallery on Sunday, April 14. The palette for the paintings was inspired by the colors of stage lighting and the energy of live musical performances. Lee 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, April 14. The exhibit will be on display at The Village Gallery through May 16.

 

Her recent artistic journey documents and celebrates snippets of time from her work as the executive director for the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra. “My life is rich in musical experiences. I developed an artistic urge to express in a series of paintings the warmth that is created from musicians,” Lee shares. Golden hues and yellow washes combine with warm red tones to enhance the look of the instruments and performers while the contrast of dark shadows or black attire increase the intensity and contrast seen in the details. 

 

Lee earned a degree in Fine Arts and Business and is a member of Duneland Plein Air Painters. In addition to following her personal artistic passions, Lee is a graphic artist, art teacher and community volunteer.

The Village Gallery is a nonprofit art gallery at Pines Village Retirement Communities offering artistic experiences to the community to enhance its appreciation and understanding of various art forms and to give support and recognition to artists. 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.

The Village Gallery
219.465.1591

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Art, Sweet, Art!
Apr
14
to Apr 28

Art, Sweet, Art!

The Chesterton Art Center will host work by their children's classes in an exhibit titled, "Art, Sweet Art" during the month of April. The exhibit will kick off with an Opening Reception on Sunday, April 14 from 2-4 p.m. The Chesterton Art Center offers (8) children's classes each week from September to May. Classes include preschool, after school and home school children ages 3-16. Each month, Jennifer Martin selects a different artist to study and the children do projects that revolve around that artist's style and subject matter. "Art, Sweet Art" will be a colorful collection of nearly an entire school year's worth of artwork.

All are welcome to attend the Opening Reception for, "Art, Sweet Art" - it is a free event and open to the community. The exhibit will hang in the gallery through the end of April.

Chesterton Art Gallery
219.926.4711

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Spring Into the Arts
Apr
18
to May 18

Spring Into the Arts

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Spring into the @rts 2019

>>>>> April 11th - May 18th <<<<<

Honors Art Show:   

Thursday, April 18-19th 6-8p 

VHS Upper Gym
The Honors Show presents our very own VHS students at an incredible level of talent!  If you haven't experienced this exhibit before, make sure you do this year! Students present artwork in a booth-like setting, with a variety of personal pieces collected throughout the 2018-19 school year.  Please support our creative artists by visiting the VHS Honors Show in the upper gymnasium on the nights and times listed above.

The @rt-chitecture Walk :    

Saturday, April 27th 11a-2p

Urschel Pavilion
This kick-off event will showcase VISUAL ARTS!!!! VCS student artwork (K-12) will be on display for a month-long celebration at 5 downtown landmark locations.  The @rt-chitecture Walk showcases a range of creativity across ALL age levels.  The @RT-chitecture Walk exhibit will stay on display from April 20th - May 18th. The kick-off event will serve as an exciting introduction to our amazing artists! Those who attend the kick-off will have a chance to win incredible ARTastic prizes by presenting event maps at each location and submitting completed map cards at Urschel Pavilion at 1:15 for a live art-related prize drawing.

VALPO Film Festiv@l :   

Saturday, May 4th 6 -8p 

VHS Auditorium
This is our 3rd year offering The VALPO Film Festival to our students as an opportunity to creatively explore the world of film!  We have five unique categories students can submit their "One Minute to Film It" creations: Drama, Music, Stop-Motion, Documentary, + Adventure.  This year we've added a NEW collaborative category for students, families, residents, and regional talent! "May the 4th Be With YOU" is a Star Wars-themed category for any OUT OF THIS WORLD film you wish to create "solo" or with a group!  So get your camera ready, submit your creation, and join us on May 4th as we reveal the winners who will take home some amazing prizes to keep their passion for film GROWING.

Where Did V@n Gogh :    

Saturday, May 18th 1 - 4p 

Urschel Pavilion
Our final event is inspired by the legend: Mr. Vincent Van Gogh!

Follow us on FB to read clues as to where Van Gogh could be.  He will move from business to business during our month long festival and YOU can win prizes for finding him! Like us and check our page for our weekly clues.  Then on Sunday, May 18th join us as we celebration PERFORMANCE ART with a wide array of student and professional talents on display! WE will wrap up the festival with a collective show of theater, choir, orchestra, dance, and FIRE!!!!

No tickets necessary for any of our events. 

As always, all events are free to the public.

Thank you for your support in our 2019 festival!

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435th Acoustic Jam
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

435th 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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Oops...UNintended Consequences
Apr
26
to Jun 1

Oops...UNintended Consequences

Ten photographers interpret the Unintended, Unanticipated, Unforeseen. Sometimes an intended perspective can go astray and an unintended opportunity happens. Curator Richard Burd has gathered together an extraordinary group of  highly respected and honored photographers who interpret the show's theme of outcomes that are not foreseen or anticipated by a purposeful action. They reward us with an awesome exhibit of works and surprise us with their diverse responses to the concept of allowing unexpected images to emerge and take us through a wide array of subjects and photographic

Shedding their light on Unintended Consequences: Jay Boersma       Xander Burd       Lloyd DeGraneRobert Daum       Richard Fisher Jennifer Moore       Andy Sawyer       Paul Schranz John Spomar       Michael Wasniowski 

From the extreme realism of documenting the lives of homeless people in Chicago  to graphic abstractions of light spun through glass; from studies of forms in nature that  move so close they become pristine designs in texture and color, to whimsical  compositions built around figures, animals, and toys; and from stunning  reminders of once-grand architectural structures to complex, surreal,  layered images that invite us to study and discover relationships  and reasons, the show is filled with dozens  of "accidental wonders."

Artist reception April 27 from 1 - 3 p.m.

Tall Grass Arts
708.748.3377

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Apr
26
to May 5

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forumtakes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright, Plautus, with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a nonstop laughfest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted, courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two.

This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine – “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”

Drama Group at Milord Studio Theatre
708.755.3444

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La Cage Aux Folles
Apr
26
to May 12

La Cage Aux Folles

Winner of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Musical Revival (2005, 2010), La Cage tells the story of Georges, the owner of a swanky and sexy Saint-Tropez nightclub, and his partner Albin who moonlights as the glamorous drag queen songstress Zaza. When their son brings his fiancee (and her conservative parents) home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! La Cage is a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together, stay fabulous, and above all else, stay true to themselves.

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Betrayal
Apr
26
to May 5

Betrayal

 

Set in 1977, the play begins with a meeting between former lovers, Emma and Jerry, two years after their affair has ended. During the scenes of the play, we move back in time, through the states of their affair, with the play ending in the house of Emma and Robert, her husband, who is Jerry's best friend.  The classic dramatic scenario of the love triangle explores themes of marital infidelity, duplicity, and self-deception. With poetic precision, rich humor and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romantic love triangle. It is described as “the greatest, and the most moving of all Pinter’s plays” (Daily Telegraph).Betrayal won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1979. Set in England, the play is loosely based on this critically acclaimed playwright's own life experiences.

Dunes Summer Theatre
219.879.7509

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Fox Gallery Open Mic Jam Night
Apr
26
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!

Fox Gallery

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10-Minute Play Festival
Apr
26
to Apr 27

10-Minute Play Festival

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There are two dozen students featured in this fourth annual Theatre Northwest 10-Minute Play Festival in the Main Stage Theatre at the Arts & Sciences Building at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. The free event showcases seven short plays directed by and starring students in both performances. Both nights will feature all seven of the short plays the students selected. All of the plays have already been published. The students who are directing and starring in each of the titles are from the university’s acting classes. They had 50 plays to choose from.

Indiana University Northwest
Mainstage Theatre
Arts & Sciences Building
888.968.7486

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Pippin
Apr
26
to May 5

Pippin

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Director: R. Andrew White
Musical Director: Dennis Friesen-Carper

Location: University Theatre

Performances: April 26, 27, and May 3 at 8 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m.

About the Performance:
Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of power. In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen everyday.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from Steven Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.

Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
219.464.5162

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4th Annual Jazz Extravaganza
Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

4th Annual Jazz Extravaganza

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and tickets are on sale for the 4th Annual Jazz Extravaganza at St. Timothy’s Church in Gary. The event will celebrate the musical accomplishments of iconic jazz trumpeter Art Hoyle and those of international jazz guitarist, recording artist Henry Johnson, both Gary natives. Performing will be Northwest Indiana’s own Billy Foster Quartet with special guest, Henry Johnson.

219.977.0079 or 219.886.3412

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Dames at Sea
May
2
to Jun 2

Dames at Sea

A loving parody of early Hollywood movie musicals, Ruby arrives in New York City with just a pair of tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart and falls in love with a sailor who also happens to be an aspiring songwriter. He helps Ruby land a job in the chorus and she gets her chance in the spotlight when the star becomes ill. It’s a playful romp filled with song, dance and lots of laughs.

“Prepare to be thoroughly charmed.” - - USA Today

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

Talkback Event

May 9 & 15

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

May 23
Dinner at 5:30 PM | Show at 7:30 PM

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.


Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Timeless Mysteries by Dorothy Graden
May
3
to Jun 5

Timeless Mysteries by Dorothy Graden

  • The Rising Phoenix Gallery (map)
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Dorothy Graden is an award winning contemporary artist whose art is inspired by Ancient Visions, prehistoric art of the Americas. Her mission is to bring awareness of these amazing places and to promote preservation and protection of ancestral sites on this continent, most of which are considered sacred to Native Americans. For over 30 years she has been traveling through the American west to photograph and draw prehistoric rock art. These rock art images were incised, pecked, abraded and painted on cave and canyon walls and boulders. Rock Art has been found on every continent except Antarctica. Some sites are 30,000 years old.

As all artists, Dorothy is inspired by personal experiences. She has explored the world of the seas scuba diving with her family. And a recent trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya influences her palette with colors of the savannah.

Ms Graden pulls and pigments cotton rag in the paper studio and then applies mixed media to create her art. Often, images emerge from the paper as she works and her technique is a truly creative process.

Ms Graden has presented her field work on rock art at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow at University College Cork, Ireland and at the University of Innsbruck in Austria (2014). Her photographs have been published in the Theosophical Society's journal, Quest. She also presents, lectures and exhibits her drawings and ceramic sculptures at various venues throughout the Midwest and the Chicago area.

She draws with great admiration, respect and humility for the ancients who inspire her work.

Rising Phoenix Gallery
480.206.0964

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Evidence of Time Spent
May
3
to May 26

Evidence of Time Spent

  • Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts (map)
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Opening reception with the artist: Friday, May 3rd from 6-9pm

Evidence of Time Spent by Carmella Saraceno evolved from Hiding in Public/Conversation Pieces Series (2018). By design Carmella Saraceno flows from one project to another and back again. She deliberately selects discarded objects, found or bequeathed, then assembles them into free-standing sculptures and installations constructed from plywood. Saraceno collects clues from everyday life and honors the chaos by creating moments of order: “I look for that quality without a name… then respond, paint, construct and assemble, until a new but familiar emerges… Consider this, says Saraceno: an object has stored energy much like a seed. An object is perpetual transmutation of energy. An object has energy beyond its original function and/or its original purpose. Until planted in an optimum environment, an object just like a seed remains dormant; its energy can emerge again to connect and transform.” The selection and repurpose of objects becomes an exploration of the connection between the past, present, and future. Each object informs moments and situations when we are all most alive and aligned.

 Saraceno’s two centerpieces at the exhibition are the Wishing Wells, which emerge from her notes and drawings, buried inside her sketchbook for years. In her creative process of walking away and returning, she learns how to “drill deeper”, and still remain engaged in life and its challenges. The Wishing Wells are a sculptural representation of our universal hopes and dreams. They exist to serve as a reminder of the possibility, that deposited dreams and ideas are still safe and reachable. Alongside these sculptures, Saraceno is showing a series of watercolors that inform her sculptural work. The exhibition may appear as her individual story but the intent is to connect and stimulate the viewer’s personal journey. To discover the investments of moments in their own past and present, impacting and shaping their future.

Carmella Saraceno - Artist, Sculptor, Writer, Visual Storyteller, Creative Entrepreneur - earned a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1979, a period during which she also studied art in Rome. She lived and worked in NYC during the 1980s, and relocated to Chicago after participating in Sculpture Chicago’86. In 1990, she founded Methods & Materials, which she now co-owns with her husband Roger Machin. In 1992 Saraceno co-founded A+CCT (Artists and Children Create Together) an NFP community arts organization. From 1994 until 2000, Saraceno was an instructor, advisor, and the Director of International Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Saraceno‘s creative entrepreneurship in Miller Beach includes Miller Beach Market Place, Carmella’s Café on the Lake, Carmella’s Stage on Shelby.

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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Anne of Green Gables
May
3
to May 12

Anne of Green Gables



Performances are Friday/Saturdays 7:30PM & Sundays 2 PM CST

When aging brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert send to the orphanage in Nova Scotia for a boy to help them on the farm, they get more than they bargain for. Due to a mix-up, they are instead left with 11-year-old Anne Shirley. Over the course of six years, this romantic, hot-headed, and energetic girl wins their hearts and turns the stodgy, rural Canadian community into a bright world of "kindred spirits." This swift yet theatrical adaptation of the classic novel is an all-ages crowd-pleaser.

La Porte Little Theatre Club
219.362.5113

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The Real Inspector Hound
May
3
to May 12

The Real Inspector Hound

Feuding theatre critics Moon and Birdboot, the first a fusty philanderer and the second a pompous and vindictive second stringer, are swept into the whodunit they are viewing. In the hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie-like melodramas that follows, the body under the sofa proves to be the missing first string critic. As mists rise about isolated Muldoon Manor, Moon and Birdfoot become dangerously implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman!

Valparaiso Theatrical Company
219.874.4269

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The Musical of Musicals
May
3
to May 19

The Musical of Musicals

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell. It is structured into five acts, each of which is a short musical parodying (and paying homage to) the style of an American or British musical theatre composer or composer/lyricist team, all dealing with roughly the same classic melodrama plot: “I can’t pay the rent!”

Footlight Theatre
219.874.4035

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Mama's Boy
May
3
to May 19

Mama's Boy

MAY 3-5, 10-11, 17-19, 2019
Fridays-Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm
A Drama
By Rob Urbinati

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 

The riveting story of Lee Harvey Oswald and his complex relationship with his overbearing mother Marguerite, Mama’s Boy follows Marguerite's reckless attempts to reunite her family, from Lee's return to the U.S. from Russia, through the assassination of Kennedy, to her son's own murder and her defense of his innocence in the months that follow. A fascinating examination of family dynamics and obsessive maternal devotion played out in the shadow of history. 

Towle Theater
219.937.8780

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First Fridays at D PerforMANCE
May
3
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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Rodgers &amp; Hammerstein
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

Rodgers & Hammerstein

La Porte, IN – The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra will close its 2018-19 season with Music Director Candidate, Alexander Platt leading the LCSO in an evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Beloved selections from CAROUSEL, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH PACIFIC and THE SOUND OF MUSIC,among other Rogers & Hammerstein musicals, will be featured in this performance guaranteed to lift the heart. Joining the LCSO at the end of each half will be the choral ensemble ILLUMINATION along with a community chorus providing the voices to “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from CAROUSEL and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

Platt is the third candidate to audition for LCSO's Music Director position. He currently serves the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Philharmonic as Music Director. Platt also spent 12 seasons as Resident Conductor and Music Advisor for the Chicago Opera Theatre and has guest conducted throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Denmark, England, Germany and Scotland. In addition, he has recorded for Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio and the BBC.

In addition to the above mentioned selections the concert program will include:

CAROUSEL Waltz

Suite from OKLAHOMA

Suite from SOUTH PACIFIC

Suite from THE KING AND I

Suite from THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Interim Music Director, Chuck Steck, shared “The May 4 concert is a celebration of community and of the great music performed by our orchestra. The voices of our community chorus will join with Illumination as we welcome the return of the Magic Baton Auction, a time-honored tradition that gives a lucky someone from our community the chance to be a ‘Maestro for the Moment.’ And lastly, the joy of Rodgers and Hammerstein will have our hearts singing! “

La Porte Civic Auditorium
219.362.9020


Tickets to the May 4 concert may be purchased now at: www.LCSO.net, or by calling the LCSO Office at 219-362-9020. In addition, tickets may be purchased at the following outlets: Civic Auditorium and Roxy’s Music in La Porte and the La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau in Michigan City.


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Motown Magic
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Motown Magic

Tomfoolery Productions proudly presents Motown Magic! Relive the magic of music's golden age while taking trip down Motown's memory lane! Timeless and classic music from the 1960s and 1970s is brought back to life in this vivid re-creation of many of the hits from Motown's super groups such as The Temptations, Four Tops and The Supremes! Singing sensation Teddy M leads the way through an amazing journey down Motown memory lane!

$5 cover charge paid at the door on the evening of the event.

Hosted by Tomfoolery Fun Club

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New Play Festival
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

New Play Festival

  • Valparaiso Univeristy Center for the Arts (map)
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Performance: May 6 at 7 p.m.

About the Performance:
Join us for the third Valpo New Play Festival where we feature staged readings of new work written by undergraduate playwrights.

Valparaiso University Center for the Arts - Duesenberg Recital Hall
219.464.5162

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Calumet Revisited:  Paul Labovitz
May
7
5:00 PM17:00

Calumet Revisited: Paul Labovitz

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.

May’s speaker is Paul Labovitz, superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, on national heritage status.

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

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The Adventures of Augie Marsh
May
9
to Jun 9

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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Kiwanis Presents Windy City Dueling Pianos at Hobart Art Theater
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Kiwanis Presents Windy City Dueling Pianos at Hobart Art Theater

Back by popular demand, Hobart Kiwanis presents Windy City Dueling Pianos entertains at Hobart Art Theater in Hobart, IN at 7pm!

Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. You can purchase them from any Hobart Kiwanis member or from a limited supply at the Art Theater.

Drinks and small bites will be available for purchase the night of the show.

Hobart Art Theater
219.942.1670

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SAXsational!
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

SAXsational!

Rob Verdi from Disney will present a swing, classical and pop concert with the Munster High School Band. Rob explores the new generation of popular music with a regional school band or community jazz ensemble and performs a repertoire of swing era classics along with trendy pop, rock and R&B songs. Parents and presenters are proud to see their children in a professional concert setting. Rare saxophones and crowd pleasing swing.Join us for this great performance!

Lakeshore Community Concerts
219.923.7879

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Dialogue des Carmelites
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Dialogue des Carmelites

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.

Music:Poulenc

Language: French, with English subtitles
The Met: Live in HD

AMC Schererville 16
Portage 16 with IMAX

Showing at 11:00 a.m.

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Art in Focus:  Traditional Crafting/Extraordinary Art
May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Art in Focus: Traditional Crafting/Extraordinary Art

On the last Art in Focus of the 2018-19 season, please join us for a fun movie that shows the myriad possibilities of a humble material—yarn. It’s not just for winter sweaters and knit socks. See how traditional crafting practices can be redeployed to make shockingly contemporary art.

Center for Visual & Performing Arts
219.836.1839, ext. 101

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Rock Around the Opera House
May
15
1:00 PM13:00

Rock Around the Opera House

Johnny Cash. Bill Haley. Buddy Holly. Wanda Jackson. Elvis Presley. These are some of the great artists that helped plant the seeds of what would develop into the music that defined generations. Before rock 'n' roll, there was rockabilly. Spend an afternoon with us as we travel both sides of the Mason-Dixon line and "Rock Around The Clock" (for an hour at least)!

Memorial Opera House Lunchtime Cabaret
219.548.9137

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Music Heritage Series
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Music Heritage Series


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

Additionally, you can tune up your vocal chords and join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform!

Meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center located at 1215 N. State Road 49 just south of the intersection of 49 and U.S. 20 in Porter, Indiana.

National Park Service
219.395.1882

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Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield Blues Concert
May
18
4:00 PM16:00

Joseph "Mojo" Morganfield Blues Concert

The late Muddy Waters was a towering legend whose many accolades include a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame, a commemorative stamp and streets named after him in his native Mississippi and his adopted Chicago.

The bluesman's legacy is being carried on by the next generation.

His son Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield will play a number of Muddy Waters favorites and songs from his own debut EP "Mojo Risin" at the Sunset Hill Farm County Park amphitheater at 775 N. Meridian Road in Valparaiso this spring. Morganfield will headline the Spring Out to Sunset festival, which will start at 4 p.m. May 18 at the outdoor music venue with a barn-shaped amphitheater.

“This is an exciting addition to the annual Spring Out to Sunset festival,” Parks Event Coordinator Madison Binkowski said. “Along with the inaugural Kansas City BBQ Society competition this year, the concert adds a tremendous element to a fun, family-friendly event.”

Local opening act James Gedda and Jack Whittle will perform dueling guitars playing Americana and Blues. There will also be a festival from noon until 4 p.m. before the concert with food vendors, a beer garden, farm animal visits, face painting and bounce houses.

The main attraction is Morganfield, an inductee of the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.

"Morganfield literally grew up in the Blues, as legends like Eric Clapton, Willie Dixon and others stopped by his house to jam," the Porter County Parks Department said in a press release. "Mojo's band, The Mannish Boyz, includes Alligator recording artist Maurice John Vaughn and guitarist Rick Kreher, a member of Muddy Water's band."

Tickets for the concerts are $10 and available at portercountyparks.org/springconcert. Tickets for just the festival are $5 per car.

Sunset Hill Park

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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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Captain Ambivalent's Every Kind of Talent Show
May
18
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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Carmen Suite/Petruska
May
19
11:00 AM11:00

Carmen Suite/Petruska

Captured live the same day from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, this double-bill event for cinemas encapsulates and showcases the soul of Russian Ballet.

Carmen is as sensual and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug.

Fathom Events at AMC Schererville
Showing Time: 11:00 a.m.

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Bridges of Madison County
May
24
to Jun 9

Bridges of Madison County

Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five YearsParadeSongs for a New World) and Marsha Norman, The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question" "What if...?" Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca's life.

4th Street Theater
219.926.7875

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Wetlands, Wind &amp; Water Festival
May
25
to May 26

Wetlands, Wind & Water Festival

  • Wolf Lake Initiative at Calumet College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

AWLI’s initial festival was held in 2001 as a way to showcase Wolf Lake as a bi-state resource for recreation, education, and family fun. These are usually two-day events held over Memorial Day Weekend. Morning activities are held at the Environmental Education Center, Hammond. Afternoon events are held at the William Powers State Fish & Wildlife Area in Chicago. Activities include canoeing and kayaking, fishing clinic, kite flying, face painting, and demonstrations of wind surfing, sailing, and competitive rowing.

A sunrise service, complete with ecumenical choir and color guard, starts Sunday events at the William Powers State Fish & Wilflife Area. This is followed by breakfast and other activities.

Wolf Lake Initiative
219.933.7149

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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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Swale Music Fest
Jun
1
1:00 PM13:00

Swale Music Fest

Decisions are tough. We get it! That's why we've collected a kick-ass lineup of local and national acts covering a variety of musical styles. The 2nd annual Swale Music Fest –– held in beautiful Charles R. Westcott park of Michigan City's Uptown Arts District –– is the perfect way to kick off summer.

Music Lineup (so far):
Pinc Louds
Jordanna
Lung
Plus 23 more eccentric acts!

Charles R. Westcott Park

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9th Annual Jammin' with Save the Dunes
Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

9th Annual Jammin' with Save the Dunes

It's time again for Jammin with Save the Dunes!! Jammin is our signature fundraiser which brings hundreds of dunes lovers to beautiful Washington Park in Michigan City on the Lake Michigan shoreline. The festival features many of your favorite local breweries, local wineries and local food. We also are delighted to bring back awesome bands with local ties!

We are thrilled to announce this year’s headliner, Jon Langford and The Waco Brothers! The Waco Brothers are classified as Country Rock with added Punk. They've produced eight studio albums with Bloodshot Records. Author and music critic, Sarah Vowell told the Chicagoist, "I've never been able to find a live band in New York as consistently thrilling, funny and fun as the Waco Brothers." (our other bands will be announced soon!)

Food, beer, and more! As in the past, we will feature delicious local grub from a number of food trucks as well as craft beer and wine from local breweries and wineries. Be sure to also check out our vendor area where you can find cool dunes related swag. And, of course, be sure to stop by the Save the Dunes' table and become a member!

Guess what? Our event is FAMILY FRIENDLY! All ages are welcome! Be sure to check out our Kids Zone during the hours of 4:00pm - 8:00pm!

Get your tickets today! Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. All beer is only $5 each and includes a signature recyclable plastic cup. Food and beverages are available for an additional cost. Not only is this an amazing deal to see these bands, but it supports a worthy cause!

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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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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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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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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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Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit
Mar
21
to Apr 21

Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit

  • Lubeznik Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Congratulations to all of the Michigan City Area Schools artists currently exhibiting their art in the MCAS Elementary Art Show. We had a wonderful opening reception tonight!

The students' work will remain on display through April 21st. Please be sure to stop by LCA and check it out. We are every day of the week and admission is FREE!

Lubeznik Center for the Arts
219.874.4900

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Hypnotic
Mar
11
to Apr 3

Hypnotic

  • Prairie State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Annual High School Art Exhibit

A juried art competition for high school students in Community College District 515

Awards Ceremony & reception on March 21st from 5 - 7 pm.


Christopher Art Gallery
708.709.7738

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The Artist's Narrative
Feb
16
to Apr 21

The Artist's Narrative

The Area Artists Association (AAA) of the Lubeznik Center for the Arts will display a collection of narrative works at the Indiana Welcome Center. The exhibition, “Artist’s Narrative” will be displayed from February 16 to April 21 and will have FREE entry.

The Area Artists will feature an eclectic collection of narrative works that bespeak their diverse membership. Most works are visual and some tactile. Other works will connote human emotion directly and some subtly. Visitors to the exhibit can expect to see experimentation and find awe in a least one narrative.

Indiana Welcome Center
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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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