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

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


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

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

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

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

Valparaiso University
219.464.5365

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Thursday Night Noir
Jan
17
to Apr 18

Thursday Night Noir

The popular film/lecture series “Thursday Night Noir”, hosted by Peter Aglinskas, creator of the lecture series “The Noir Style in Image, Word, and Sound”, returns to the Brauer Museum of Art on the campus of Valparaiso University for its fifth season of fun and informative forays into the shadowy world of noir.

Thumb a dead-end ride with glamour gals and oily hoods, hapless squarejohns caught in the crosshairs of fate, and the most vicious femme fatale in the history of classic film noir!

Four iconic movies representing distinct themes and eras of film noir will be featured:

January 17
Detour (1945)

February 21
The Window (1949) 

March 21
Kansas City Confidential (1952)

April 18
Nightfall (1957)

A lecture/discussion will follow each screening.
Events start at 7 p.m. CST and are free and open to the public.

Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University
219.464.5365

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Blackout
Jan
19
to Mar 31

Blackout

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The new "Blackout" exhibit at BESS Art Exposure in Merrillville highlights contemporary African-American art.

"BESS Art Exposure has a mandate to engage the public in open dialogue about issues and ideas that affect African-American communities," owner Jesse Johnson said. "'Blackout' is the theme of the exhibition in which artists speak on the culture and controversy that surrounds them. Every African-American may not feel the same way on all issues – as you will see in their individual works. The issue of 'am I black enough' or 'am I too black' often play on the minds of some artists as well as African-Americans in general."

Johnson said he wanted, with this exhibit, to create a space for African-American artists to introduce viewers to their perspectives. 

"Although our experiences may vary, you're going to know everyone is black by their work," he said. "We are all connected by our collective blackness. However, as individuals, we have a unique narrative to share through our respective pieces of art. The foundation or our artistry is that we are all black. Some artists might follow a trend of their favorite artists, while other artists speak on issues of race, discrimination, or an appreciation for those who fought for justice and equal rights."

Local and national artists are showcasing a variety of contemporary artworks, including photography and graffiti-influenced pieces. They include Kenard Jackson, Mark McPhail, Maurice Hodo, Craig Carter, Afi Ese, and Johnson himself.

BESS Art Exposure Gallery
219.318.3816

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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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FlowersandBombs
Feb
2
to Apr 6

FlowersandBombs

Jack Piening…

…lives in Cedar Lake, Indiana.

…doesn’t drive.

…doesn’t do the Internet and kinda’ hates cable TV.

…borrows from fine art magazines like… all the time.

…and his aesthetic are [ fill in the blank ].

…chooses his color palette from cereal boxes and New York at night and deep sea creatures.

…has - one - f’n - hell - of an eye.

…hides (himself) (and) (other) (things) in plain sight.

…gets his imagery from the wild and the U.S.A. and busted up time machines.

…really does want to Make Native America Great Again.

…is The One who fame skipped.

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We at the Promise You Art House…

…Promise You a public freak out.

…Promise You some home-grown quality you can’t help but feel in your dreams.


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Jack Piening | Flowers and Bombs | An Honest American Retrospective | Dropping Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 12-6 pm | Promise You Art House | 8830 Kennedy Ave | Highland, IN

Groundhog Day. Jack Piening comes out of hiding.

Exhibit runs thru April 6.

Promise You Art House
219.595.0097

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Indy Wind:  A Love Story
Feb
8
to Mar 31

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.

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Black Creativity:  Artists, Aesthetics and Movements
Feb
11
to Mar 22

Black Creativity: Artists, Aesthetics and Movements

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BLACK CREATIVITY: Artists, Aesthetics and Movements - opening during Black History Month - is a multidisciplinary exhibition exploring the work of artists who have developed and explored themes that touch upon both the historical and contemporary in pushing their respective practices. This exhibition is a dedicated space in celebration of the creative process from visual voices who present a range of points of views on relevancy, social justice, agency and currency, the built environment, intersectionality, identity, materials, urban life, and gender. While supporting living emergent and established artistic perspectives, BLACK CREATIVITY also intends to showcase creative contributions by no longer living artist Wesley Willis, as a way to share their arts practice with a broader public.

In honor of The Black Student Union (BSU) formation at Indiana University Northwest (IUN) in 1969, BSU President Toni Dickerson will present archival images and documents collected from campus staff and the Calumet Regional Archives in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Artists include: Wesley Willis, Tyrell Anderson, Ray Noland (private collection), James Nelson, Armani Howard, Jamiah Calvin, Hebru Brantley (private collection), Max Sansing, Ricky Willis (private collection), ZEB, David Anthony Geary, Ken Ellis, Akeem Muhammad, Marianeta Hicks Porterfield, Arrington Porter, Norman Teague, Andrea Ledbetter, and, Parris Gill, Jr.

Artists reception: February 13, 2019 from 2 - 5 p.m.

February 11 - March 22, 2019
Public Viewing Hours M-F 12PM to 5PM
Savannah Gallery for Contemporary Art
3400 Broadway Avenue, Gary, IN 46408

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Million Dollar Quartet
Feb
14
to Mar 31

Million Dollar Quartet

On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what became one of the greatest jam sessions ever. This thrilling musical invites audiences into the recording studio for the true story of one unforgettable night. These four legends bring down the house with hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “Walk the Line.”

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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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
219.989.7979

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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 7

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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Old, New & Renewed
Mar
1
to Mar 30

Old, New & Renewed

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Opening Reception, March 1, 2019, 5:00-8:00pm 

We live a life of cycles.  What was old becomes new again, what is new becomes old.  "Modern" styles come and go through the decades with newer styles soon taking center stage while the old still has interest and value, becoming collectibles.  If we consider people, some are given emeritus status and become sages and mentors.  Exhibited work will depict one or more of these stages – grandparent with baby, antique or resale shops, plants, pets, furniture or clothing may comprise the body of this exhibit. 

Southern Shore Art Association
219.879.4980

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Trees, Rocks & Water:  A Collection of Reflections
Mar
3
to Apr 10

Trees, Rocks & Water: A Collection of Reflections

Wheatfield painter, Doris Myers will be featured artist at The Village Gallery March 3 through April 10, 2019. A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held at 1:30 pm on Sunday, March 3 with Doris sharing the stories behind her collection. The work she presents in this exhibit is only a glimpse of the prolific body of work she has produced for over 70 years. The exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

 

Over the years, Myers has explored a wide range of stylistic directions, ranging from abstraction and pointillism to more realistic imagery. Drawing inspiration from her environment, whether it be the pond in her backyard or a lush marsh in Savannah, Myers feels most at home drawing upon nature for her subject matter. “Although I have developed a personal style, I like to approach each of my paintings as an individual statement as I continue to contemplate and respond to my surroundings,” Myers shares.

 

After 17 years of marriage and mother to 4 children, Myers enrolled at Valparaiso University earning her BS and then her MA from Ball State University. Retiring after twenty-three years as an art educator in public schools, she continued as a professional artist and educator giving lectures, demonstrations and workshops in a variety of media including painting, pottery and silk painting. Myers will celebrate her 98th birthday in November and looks forward to many more years of creative endeavors including painting, creative writing and staying active in her local community. Her Paintings can be viewed and purchased at The Village Gallery through April 10, 2019. 

 The Village Gallery
219.465.1591

 

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Oil & Water
Mar
8
to Mar 31

Oil & Water

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

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.

Additional open gallery hours throughout April: Friday evenings, Sat & Sun 11am-3pm

Artspace Uptown Artists Lofts

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All My Sons
Mar
8
to Mar 24

All My Sons

During the war Joe Keller and Steve Deever ran a machine shop which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father's partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is a fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity.

4th Street Theatre
219.926.7875

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Studio Conversations
Mar
9
to Apr 14

Studio Conversations

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3-person show featuring collaborative and individual works by Mary Bookwalter, Jan Meister, & Carol Weber.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed

Tall Grass Arts Assocation
708.748.3377

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Hypnotic
Mar
11
to Apr 3

Hypnotic

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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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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf
Mar
14
to Apr 14

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf

“A triumphant event, filled with humor. Pure theatre.” —New York Daily News  

“A poignant, gripping, angry and beautiful work.” —Time

A sisterhood of eight women tell their stories through dramatic prose poetry, music, and movement. Told in vivid language, their experiences resound with fearless beauty and unity, despite exposing the unending challenges and oppressions that women of color face every day.

Director Seret Scott (Native Son) returns to playwright Ntozake Shange‘s cherished work after performing as a member of the original Broadway cast from 1976-1978. She will inspire new audiences with this series of stories that still resonate profoundly forty years later.

Deepen your experience by attending one of our curated, community-focused events as part of beyond the rainbowLearn more →

Court Theatre
773.753.4472

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Works of Monica Rezman
Mar
15
to Apr 8

Works of Monica Rezman

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Monica Rezman
An exhibition of large scale drawings and sculptural works will be in the Visual Arts Gallery from March 8 to April 8, 2019.

An artist's talk will take place on Wednesday, March 27 at noon in the Visual Arts Gallery for GSU students, faculty/staff, and the general public. Please join us for this opportunity to talk with the artist directly about her work, process and artistic vision.

A closing reception will take place on Saturday, March 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery. At the artist's request, a tour of the sculpture park will take place at 3 p.m. weather permitting. Please join us for the reception and sculpture park walk - all events are provided free of charge and are open to the public.

Artist's Talk
Wednesday, March 27
12 -2 p.m. with remarks at 12:30

Closing Reception
Saturday, March 30
2-4 p.m.

Walk theNate at 3 p.m.
Governors State University
708.534.4021

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Polaroids by Julie Schwarz
Mar
15
to Apr 7

Polaroids by Julie Schwarz

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Photographer Julie Schwarz will showcase her smushed Polaroid collages at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts.

“Polaroids by Julie Schwarz” will be displayed in the gallery at 540 S. Lake Street in Gary's lakefront Miller neighborhood from March 15 through April 7.

“My first camera was a Polaroid One-Step that I received for my 10th birthday in the mid-1970s. That’s when the interest started,” said Schwarz, who studied the craft at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana. “Professionally, when I was at RMSP they held a workshop on hand-manipulating SX-70 Polaroids that I was unable to attend. While I was away, my husband bought a Polaroid camera at a garage sale and, when I returned, I bought a book and taught myself the process. I call it 'smushing' and, when I smushed my first Polaroid, I always say ‘the clouds parted and the angels sang.’ When I left RMSP, I felt like my photos looked like everybody else’s, but when I smushed the Polaroids, I made them my own. I finally found a way to get a picture that matched what was in my head.
More than 50 of her works will be on display.

"I just take pictures of whatever moves me at the time,” she said. “Sometimes I get an idea in my head and go from there, other times I'm just out and about and I see something. I can tell you I don't care to take pictures of people. Trees are some favorite subjects for collages. I’m also quite nostalgic and love to take pictures of pop culture from the past, like 45 records and record players, old diner coffee cups, typewriters, old bicycles and trikes, etc. Musical instruments are wonderful collage subjects, too.”

All of the photo manipulation in Schwarz's work is done by hand, not computer programs like Photoshop.

“I feel just using Polaroid is unique in this digital world. People seem drawn to my subject matter. It's not usually what you see pictures of,” she said. “Also, what you see in front of you is what comes out of the camera. There’s no fixing them. Being a photographer that doesn't reproduce is also unique.  I do, however, reproduce and enlarge, in limited editions, the hand-altered SX-70 pictures from my first foray into Polaroids.”

An open reception will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 15.

The gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit millerbeacharts.org or find Miller Beach Arts & Creative District on Facebook.

Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
219.938.6278


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Snapshots:  A Musical Scrapbook
Mar
15
to Mar 24

Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook

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Stephen Schwartz new musical features all the beloved songs from his previous musicals including songs from Godspell, Pippen, Wicked, Children of Eden, Enchanted, and more.
The story of Dan and Sue and their younger selves tell their story with lyrics rewritten to tell a heartwarming family story.

Genesius Guild
219.614.6835

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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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Children's Art Exhibit
Mar
16
to Mar 27

Children's Art Exhibit

Each year our Children’s Exhibit is held in March to celebrate our young artists ages 5 through 18. The exhibit highlights the art made by our students throughout the previous year.

Families and friends are invited to come and view the exhibit during our open hours. The show begins with an opening night party to honor each participant on March 16, 5:00-7:00 pm with refreshments and an award for each participating artist.

Art Barn School of Art
219.462.9009

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Whiskey Brothers - Traditional Irish Music & Song
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Whiskey Brothers - Traditional Irish Music & Song

The Whiskey Brothers is Chicagoland's premier Irish band, playing traditional jigs and reels, fun sing-along songs, beautiful Irish ballads, American music with an Irish flair, and much more! The Whiskey Brothers aim to add joy, laughter, and excellent music to your evening of enjoyment with friends, and even foes.

Portage Township Concerts
219.762.5025

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429th Acoustic Jam
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

429th 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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Ball State Singers
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Ball State Singers

 

We can't get enough of them! (we suspect admiring parents and relatives)  Indiana's own Ball State University Singers -- their full show newly arranged for 2019, new and different, astounding and memorable! A Show Choir, college style! This was highly popular the last four years and we were urged to have them return again.  It's becoming a tradition, and as long as you like them, we like them, so we booked them right away. Do not miss this spectacular event. This is a perfect show for the boys and girls in high school music programs.

Valparaiso Community Concerts
219.926.8379

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Your Alien
Mar
22
10:00 PM22:00

Your Alien

ArtsPower’s newest musical touches down with a stranded alien who strikes up a fabulous friendship with a boy who finds him. They go to school and have loads of fun together. As evening approaches, the alien grows homesick. Will the boy be able to figure out how to help his new friend? This funny and uplifting new musical shows how the power of true friendship can last a lifetime.

Available for school groups. A limited amount of single seats are available to purchase.

Grades: Pre-K - 2

Performances at 10:00 am and 12:30 pm
Freedom Hall
708.747.0580

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Captain Ambivalent's Every Kind of Talent Show
Mar
23
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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Heartache Tonight:  A Tribute to the Eagles
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

Heartache Tonight: A Tribute to the Eagles

Enjoy an Eagles concert experience and support the conservation work of Shirley Heinze Land Trust at the same time! This performance by Eagles tribute band Heartache Tonight  includes everything from the notable guitar duel in "Hotel California" to the harmonies of "Peaceful Easy Feeling."

All instruments and vocals are live with a set list that covers songs from all eras and incarnations of the Eagles, including "Seven Bridges Road," "Life In The Fast Lane" and "Take It Easy," plus solo hits such as Joe Walsh’s "Rocky Mountain Way" and Don Henley’s "Dirty Laundry."

The six members of the band are veteran musicians who have shared stages with some of the outstanding names in rock, including Jimmy Buffet, Joe Cocker and the Doobie brothers, and have played festivals and performing arts centers across the country including The Taste of Chicago, Ravina Festival, and Wrigley Field.

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9173

Featured opener: Ted Yoder, master dulcimer. Ted became a viral sensation when he covered "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", by Tears for Fears and the Facebook video went viral with over 101 million views. 

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One Helluva Ride:  The Bessie Stringfield Story
Mar
23
to Mar 24

One Helluva Ride: The Bessie Stringfield Story

This is the true to life story of Bessie Stringfield, a rebellious young black women, who traveled the country on her Harley in the 1930’s & 40’s. She followed her dreams, her restless spirit and her wanderlust to ride the circle of death with traveling circus’s across the country. A pioneer in an era when women, but more especially black women, were relegated to the kitchen and servitude. This rebellious young woman could not live a life of mediocracy. Straddling a Harley, in a man’s world, her life became One Hell of a Ride.

Beatniks on Conkey
219.852.0848

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Art in Focus:  Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago
Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Art in Focus: Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago

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Join guests from the Art Institute of Chicago’s textile conservation department for an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at caring for the textile collection at a major arts institution. Kathleen Kiefer, Conservator of Textiles, Erica Warren, Assistant Curator of Textiles and Isaac Facio, Conservator of Textiles, will share their expert knowledge and a few examples of their work. 

Theatre at the Center
219.836.1839, ext. 101

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Our Town
Mar
27
to Mar 31

Our Town

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Director: Lee F. Orchard

Performances: March 27, 28, 29 at 8 p.m. and March 30, 31 at 2 p.m.

Location: Studio Theatre

About the Performance: 
Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life”, “Love and Marriage”, and “Death and Eternity”. Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die.

Valparaiso University Center for the Arts

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Who's Bad:  A Tribute to Michael Jackson
Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Who's Bad: A Tribute to Michael Jackson

GSU Dance Company presents

Who's Bad: A Tribute to Michael Jackson

Tickets: $15

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Choreographed by Director Megan Lindsay and featured work from GSU student dancers.

The GSU Dance Company commemorates the 10th anniversary of legendary Michael Jackson's tragic death. Combining a variety of dance disciplines including jazz, contemporary, African, modern, and hip-hop, the company performs to Jackson's iconic favorites, such as "Bad," "Thriller," "Billie Jean," "Black or White," and more.

"When Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of apparent cardiac arrest in Los Angeles at age 50, the outpouring of first shock, then grief, was the largest, most instantaneous of its kind the world had ever known...In 2009 Jackson was the biggest-selling artist in the world." - Rolling Stone magazine.

Governors State University Center for Performing Arts
708.534.5000

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No
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

No

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Military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his permanence in power in 1988, the leaders of the opposition persuade a young daring advertising executive - René Saavedra - to head their campaign. With limited resources and under the constant scrutiny of the despot's watchmen, Saavedra and his team conceive of a bold plan to win the election and free their country from oppression. 

Neils Science Cener - Room 234
219.464.5341

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Peter Pan
Mar
29
to Apr 7

Peter Pan

When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic and make-believe ensues.

Towle Theater
219.937.8780

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Tour the World with Classical Music, Food & Wine
Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

Tour the World with Classical Music, Food & Wine

You are invited to join LambStone Cellars along with Duo Sequenza, and Chef Mark Brand on a global tour for the senses. We will be pairing classical music from seven different countries with our wines and small bites from each country. This is a musical experience that you do not want to miss!

Ticket price is $40 per person


First course: Chardonnay - California
Peach & Scallop Ceviche

Second Course: Merlot – Italy
Cheese Tortellini / Veal Bolognese / Shaved Pecorino

Third Course: Cabernet – Argentina
Seared Sirloin / Charred Red Pepper Chimichurri / Grilled Crostini

Fourth Course: Petit Syrah – Spain
Pulled Pork Empanada / Manchego / Olive Tapenade

Fifth Course: Mid Night Red – Cuba
Chorizo Croquetas / Grilled Pineapple Relish / Cilantro Oil

Sixth Course: Mid Day Rose- France
Brie/ Caramelize Shallot / Fig Jam / Sour Dough

Seventh Course: Days End White – Germany
Micro Buttermilk Pancakes / Black Currant Jam / Candied Pecans


Chef Mark Brand started his culinary career at The Four Seasons Chicago. He went on to work at the Wit Hotel, the Chicago Hilton, then the exclusive Chicago Club. Now he along with his wife have started Steel Cut Provisions, a private catering company. They specialize in fresh, seasonal, local farm to table faire.

Duo Sequenza's appearance made possible with financial support from South Shore Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts

Duo Sequenza at Lambstone Cellars Winery
219.628.0914

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IU Northwest School of the Arts Senior Thesis Exhibitions
Apr
1
to Apr 19

IU Northwest School of the Arts Senior Thesis Exhibitions

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Emily Dyrek, Haley Olenik, & Monique Ramirez

April 1 – April 19, 2019

At Savannah Center Gallery for Contemporary Art

 Opening Reception:
April 2, 2019, 4PM-7PM

Carlos Luna, Julie Vale, Kayla Grkinich, & Jennifer Maguire

April 8 – April 26, 2019

At the Indiana University Northwest School of the Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:
April 8, 2019, 4PM-7PM

Indiana University Northwest Department of Fine Arts
219.712.0686

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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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Valparaiso University Jazz Festival
Apr
1
to Apr 5

Valparaiso University Jazz Festival

VU Jazz Fest 2019

Valparaiso University will host the 2018 Jazz Fest April 1–5, 2019 with an array of exciting performances by talented artists, including local performers as well as The Tierney Sutton Band featuring Tierney Sutton, vocals, Don Braden, composer/arranger/tenor saxophone soloist, and The Bill Boris Trio.

Featured Jazz Fest events:

The 34th Valparaiso University Jazz Festival

Monday, April 1, 2019 6pm – Local High School Bands (Washington Township HS, Morgan Township HS, Portage HS, Hobart HS, Portage HS) Harre Union Ballrooms – Free to All, General Admission First Come First Seated, as available.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019-  7:30pm – Local High School Bands (Chesterton HS, Valpo HS, Valparaiso University Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Ensemble) Harre Union Ballrooms – Free to All, General Admission First Come First Seated, as available.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 6:00pm – The Jazz Festival Big Band Bash, Featuring: The VU Faculty Jazz Trio, The Northwest Indiana Jazz Educators Big Band; Calumet Ridge Jazz Ensemble; Midwest Big Band. Harre Union Ballrooms.  Tickets: VU faculty, staff, student free (please pick up a ticket by showing your ID at the Harre Union Welcome Desk). VU Retirees, Alumni, and Seniors (60 and over) $8.  All other public tickets $10.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 7:30pm – The Chicago Jazz Showcase with Valparaiso University Jazz Ensemble, Directed by Jeffrey C. Brown. Featuring Special Guests: Scott Burns, tenor saxophone, Pharez Whitted, trumpet, Tom Garling, trombone. Harre Union Ballrooms.  Tickets:  VU faculty, staff, student free (please pick up a ticket by showing your ID at the Harre Union Welcome Desk).  VU Retirees, Alumni, and Seniors (60 and over) $8.  All other public tickets $10.

Friday, April 5, 2019

4pm – Master Class with Stefon Harris – Harre Union Ballrooms. Tickets: VU faculty, staff, student free (please pick up a ticket by showing your ID at the Harre Union Welcome Desk). VU Retirees, Alumni, and Seniors, and all other public tickets $2.

7:30pm – The 34th Annual Jazz Festival Concert: Stefon Harris and Blackout, Opening Act, The Marco Villarreal Quartet: Harre Union Ballrooms.  VU students $5.  VU Retirees, Alumni, Faculty and Staff and Seniors $20.  All other public tickets $25. *Evening Host – The Lembke Family Endowment

**Tickets for all Jazz Fest Harre Union Ballroom shows are available at the Harre Union Welcome Desk and online at valpo.edu/union (select Tickets on the left side menu).  Online ticket purchase for Ballroom shows are available on Monday, February 25, 2019 and become available in person at the Welcome Desk in the Harre Union beginning on Monday, March 11, 2019.

Tickets available by calling 219-464-5007.

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The Keys to France
Apr
5
6:15 PM18:15

The Keys to France

with Winston Choi, piano 
and John W. W. Sherer, organ 

SAINT-SAËNS- Piano Concerto No. 2 
RAVEL - Boléro 
SAINT-SAËNS - Symphony No 3, Organ Symphony  

French composer Saint-Saëns was at the peak of his career when he wrote his popular Organ Symphony, featuring an ingenious use of the organ along with other keyboard instruments He said of the work, “What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." Chicago pianist Winston Choi returns by popular demand to perform Saint-Saëns' unique and light-hearted Piano Concerto No. 2, his most popular. A showcase of instruments carry the haunting tune in Ravel’s famous Boléro as it builds to its ascendant conclusion.

Pre-concert lecture at 6:15 pm
Concert at 7:30 pm

NWI Symphony at Living Hope Auditorium
219.836.0525

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The Keys to France
Apr
5
6:15 PM18:15

The Keys to France

SAINT-SAËNS- Piano Concerto No. 2 
RAVEL - Boléro 
SAINT-SAËNS - Symphony No 3, Organ Symphony 

French composer Saint-Saëns was at the peak of his career when he wrote his popular Organ Symphony, featuring an ingenious use of the organ along with other keyboard instruments He said of the work, “What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." Chicago pianist Winston Choi returns by popular demand to perform Saint-Saëns' unique and light-hearted Piano Concerto No. 2, his most popular. A showcase of instruments carry the haunting tune in Ravel’s famous Boléro as it builds to its ascendant conclusion.

Pre-concert lecture at 6:15 p.m.
The Auditorium at Living Hope Church
219.836.0525

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Comedy Night at the CVPA
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

Comedy Night at the CVPA

Karen Rontowski's fast-paced, quirky and charmingly optimistic comedy has been featured in clubs, TV, radio, and at corporate events all around the world. Her stand-up showcases endearing, self-effacing and intelligent characters that catch you by surprise every time. Karen has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Sirius Satellite Radio, Comics Unleashed, Comedy.com, Live at Gotham, Comedy Central and Mysteries of the Unexplained. You can see her new special called Ridiculous Me on VidAngel.com.

Doors open at 6:30pm
Dinner Buffet from 7pm - 8pm
Comedy Show starts at 8pm

$45 / Person for Dinner & Show
$27 / Person for Show Only
Cash Bar Available

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Ruthless
Apr
5
to Apr 14

Ruthless

Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady! This aggressively outrageous musical hit garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run.

Hammond Community Theatre at Beatniks on Conkey
219.852.0848

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First Fridays at D PerforMANCE
Apr
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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Little Red Riding Hood
Apr
8
to Apr 14

Little Red Riding Hood

Join Little Red Riding Hood on her journey to Grandmother’s house in this original musical comedy adaptation of the classic tale. Who will Little Red meet on her journey? Will she stray from the path? My what big fun you will have with your friends and family on your way to a happy ending!

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

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Mon., April 8; Tue., April 9; Wed., April 10; Thu., April 11 & Fri., April 12 – 9:30 and 11:15 am

SCHOOL GROUP TICKET PRICES

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

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

Sat., April 13**; Sun., April 14 – 10:00 am & 12:00 pm
Children - $8.00 // Adults - $10.00
** Prince and Princess Party available.

PRINCE & PRINCESS PARTY

Sat., April 13, 2019 10am - 12pm
Enjoy activities, food, and fun for everyone!
Buffet of chicken tenders, french fries, juice box, and chocolate sundae - $12 per person
12pm performance available for additional cost

Attending Groups – Enter the “Little Red Riding Hood” Coloring Contest for a chance to win a two for one pass to Wolf Park!  — Wolf Park, Battle Ground, IN

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3258

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Art in Focus:  Seriously Unserious Millinery
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Art in Focus: Seriously Unserious Millinery

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Originally a Pastry Chef, Amanda Joyner put down her whisk for a sewing needle and never looked back. Her hats have been worn all over the world and have been featured on television, major magazines, red carpets, runways and more! Amanda’s Art in Focus presentation will include examples of her work, as well as a blocking demonstration. Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear fancy hats to the event!

Center for Visual & Performing Arts
219.836.1839, ext. 101

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Ronan Tynan
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Ronan Tynan

Sony platinum artist, motivational speaker and 18-time Paralympic Gold Medalist, Ronan is known for his versatile repertoire, including operatic and popular music genres. Ronan has performed for Presidents, two Popes and at the National Memorial Day Concert. He has been a member of The Irish Tenors since 1998. America’s Irish Tenor.

Lakeshore Community Concerts
219.923.7879

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Sleeping Beauty
Apr
10
to Apr 14

Sleeping Beauty

The Drama Group is always pleased to present quality live theatre for children, schools and daycare. This season we bring you the beloved classic, SLEEPING BEAUTY, directed by Charlie Misovye. Performances will be held at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre on April 10, 11 & 12 at 9:30 am and 11:15am; Saturday, April 13 at 10am and 1pm; and Sunday, April 14 at 1:00 pm only. 

Tickets are $6 in advance; $5 for groups of 25+ and $7 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 708-755-3444

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.

 A classic fairy tale of young Princess Aurora cursed by an evil witch to die on her 16th birthday when she pricks her finger. But, thanks to her guardian fairies, she only falls into a deep sleep that can only be broken with a kiss from a handsome prince. 

Come visit the land of good fairies, evil witches, old kings, loving queens, handsome princes and beautiful princesses.

See what spells the magic of love can weave.

Drama Group Studio Theatre
708.709.4140

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Sleeping Beauty
Apr
12
to Apr 13

Sleeping Beauty

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Our spring 2019 ballet production of Sleeping Beauty focuses on the time honored love story of Aurora and Prince Desire as well as the battle of good versus evil with the Lilac Fairy and Carabosse. With music written by Tchaikovsky, as good conquers evil and the wedding of the couple occurs, other fairytale characters come to celebrate such as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf; Puss ‘n Boots & White Cat; Cinderella & Prince Charming; Bluebird; Snow White, the Dwarfs, the Witch, and Beauty and the Beast.

This production is perfect for the family with captivating scenery and costumes that bring the stage to life to tell the classic story of Sleeping Beauty.

Indiana Ballet Theatre at Lake Central H.S. Auditorium

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Lean on Me:  The Brotherhood of Rock and Roll
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Lean on Me: The Brotherhood of Rock and Roll

PBS television stars (Under the Streetlamp) and former Jersey Boys castmates Michael Ingersoll and Christopher Kale Jones unite for an uplifting evening of inspirational rock anthems including “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Valli, “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor, and “America the Beautiful” by Ray Charles.

Micheal Ingersoll - Chicago Sun-Times declares, “He’s got star written all over him.” Performer/producer Michael Ingersoll is the creator of the Artists Lounge Live concert series. A favorite of PBS audiences, Ingersoll toured the country performing with his retro-rock vocal group Under the Streetlamp, whose television concert specials air in millions of homes nationwide. He is also known for starring as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in Jersey Boys for the original Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles companies.

Christopher Kale Jones - a nationally touring recording artist. Jones is best known for starring as Frankie Valli in the Tony Award-winning smash hit Jersey Boys for the original San Francisco, Los Angeles, and First National Tour companies. He also won hearts touring nationwide as a founding member of retro-rock sensation Under the Streetlamp, seen in millions of homes on PBS. Other theatre highlights include starring as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors opposite his wife, actress Jenna Coker-Jones; Mercury in Olympus On My Mind for which he received a Barrymore Award Nomination, and Ragtime, The King & I, The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, Peggy Sue Got Married.

Freedom Hall
708.747.0580

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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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Art in Focus:  Celebrating Birds
Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Art in Focus: Celebrating Birds

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Artists Kimberly Beck and Kristina Knowski will deliver a presentation on their work as part of the Celebrating Birds exhibition in the Atrium Gallery at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts. Following the presentation, the artists will lead the group through a tour of the Atrium Gallery.

Center for Visual & Performing Arts - Board Room
219.836.1839, ext. 101

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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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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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Timeless Mysteries by Dorothy Graden
May
3
to Jun 5

Timeless Mysteries by Dorothy Graden

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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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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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New Play Festival
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

New Play Festival

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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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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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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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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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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 Fundadelic Fest
Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

Flower Power Fundadelic 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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The Smithereens
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Smithereens

Join BrightSide Music in welcoming The Smithereens for their third appearance at the Memorial Opera House. On March 16th, Marshal Crenshaw will be joining the band as lead vocalist, filling the place of Pat DiNizio who passed in late 2017. Since the 1980s New Jersey born The Smithereens have exemplified east coast rock, with hits like "A Girl Like You" and "Only A Memory", which skyrocketed them into national fame. Coming a long way since the '80s they have now released eleven studio albums in total with their last release being 2011, and five live albums. The band has been touring nationally and internationally for over thirty years, making them veterans and experts of rock n' roll. Join us on March 16th to see why The Smithereens are one of the greatest live bands from their era. 

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Merrie England
Mar
15
to Mar 17

Merrie England

  • University of Chicago - Mandel Hall (map)
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A classic of British musical theater, Edward German & Basil Hood’s Merrie England unfolds to the backdrop of an idyllic, romanticized setting... that is quickly unraveled by scurrilous love, jealous rivalries, harebrained murder plots, and witchcraft, of course. The heart of Queen Elizabeth I belongs to the frustratingly charming Sir Walter Raleigh—who, unbeknownst to his Queen, loves another: the Lady-in-Waiting, Bessie Throckmorton! When a love letter intended for Bessie falls into the hands of the rather unfortunate Jill-All-Alone, the horrid truth unravels, no thanks to the machinations of the Earl of Essex, and the Queen’s wrath swiftly follows. The only force standing between these unfortunate fellows and certain doom? An ill-conceived murder plot brewing in the court and, just maybe, the merry monarch’s gracious mercy.

Spurring over five hundred amateur productions during Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation year (1953), Sir Edward German’s Merrie England was the first new project launched at the Savoy Theatre after the death of Arthur Sullivan. Featuring masterful wordplay and a lively score in the style made famous by its predecessors, German’s patriotic operetta is a raucously fun tribute to the pioneers of English comic opera.

Presented by the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and the Department of Music

Tickets: $60 Patron | $25 General | $5 Student | $15 General Group (groups of 10 or more)

This performance will run approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including one intermission.

University of Chicago Department of Music - Mandel Hall
773.702.2787

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Music Heritage Series
Mar
15
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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True West
Mar
3
to Mar 16

True West

TRUE  WEST is a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. It is set in the kitchen of their mother's home 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house and using Austin's car. In addition, the screenplay which Austin is pitching to his connection in Hollywood  somehow gets taken over by the pushy con-man tactics of Lee, and the brothers find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both their lives. In the process, the conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other's shoes.

Great Oaks Dinner Theatre
219.374.8000

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Bedtime Stories (As told by our Dad) (Who messed them up)
Mar
1
to Mar 17

Bedtime Stories (As told by our Dad) (Who messed them up)

It's Dad's turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and The Pea, The Boy Who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw. You may think you know your fairy tales, but not the way Dad tells them.

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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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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Quilting Gone Wrong
Feb
3
to Feb 28

Quilting Gone Wrong

Leslie Cefali and students of her “Quilting Gone Wrong” class from last year will be showing their unique take on art quilts in the back gallery. Traditional quilting rules will be tossed out the window. Leslie, the instructor, provided this description, "We broke all rules - we love knots, we celebrate big stitches and we never, ever turn under a hem. Oh, and we pretty much outlaw straight, even edges. Big stitches and knots were encouraged in an effort to create fiber pieces full of texture, color and wild abandon!

Frontline Foundation clients will be exhibiting their art work in the front gallery.

Chesterton Art Center
219.926.4711

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Frida Kahlo's Garden
Jan
29
to Mar 16

Frida Kahlo's Garden

  • Four Rivers Environmental Education Center (map)
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Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is considered one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. Her body of work, consisting of some 250 paintings and drawings, is at once intensely personal and universal in scope, and relies heavily on the natural world. The exhibition Frida Kahlo’s Garden transports visitors to Kahlo’s garden to experience her world as she did.

Hours:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sundays: Noon-4 p.m.

The exhibition will explore iconic photographs of the artist and her home and garden, in addition to reproductions of several of her paintings. Also included are: information about native Mexican plants that were grown in her garden, a dress from the Mexican state of Oaxaca where Kahlo sourced much of her attire, and examples of folk art collected by Kahlo and her husband, painter Diego Rivera.
Additionally, visitors can learn about Mexican culture, including traditional festivities, food and drink, and agricultural practices.

This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Frida Kahlo’s Garden is adapted from the exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: ART, GARDEN, LIFE, organized by guest curator Adriana Zavala at The New York Botanical Garden. It was made possible with major funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Karen Katen Foundation, The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, MetLife Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Gillian and Robert Steel. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
815.722.9470

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