Contemporary Printmaking
Nov
28
to Feb 11

Contemporary Printmaking

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

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

Curated by Gregg Hertzlieb, Gloria Ruff and Corey Hagelberg

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

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Dreaming
Jan
2
to Jan 24

Dreaming

featuring works by Jim Waid, Clark Ellithorpe, Teresa Pankratz, Anne Hughes, Reginald Coleman

Artist reception January 16 from 11:30 am - 2 pm.

Prairie State College
708.709.7738

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

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


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

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

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

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

Valparaiso University
219.464.5365

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Dunes Plein Air Painters Exhibit
Jan
14
to Jan 30

Dunes Plein Air Painters Exhibit

Approximately 20 members of the group will display their paintings that were partially or fully completed while working outside (“plein air” is a painting style where artists work outdoors). The group started 10 years ago with Pat Herman, Julia Holmaas and Julie Kasniunas. They meet once a week for about 6 months of the year or while the weather cooperates. Each week they meet at a different venue, set up their stations and paint a few hours. Then, the group holds a critique and enjoys lunch. Stop in and see the show before January 30th.

Chesterton Art Center
219.926.4711

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Opera: Adriana Lecouvreur
Jan
16
1:00 PM13:00

Opera: Adriana Lecouvreur

Fathom Events and The Met: Live in HD present a broadcast of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, live in select cinemas nationwide on Saturday, January 12. For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great 18th-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczała. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea’s tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. The cast also features Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess of Bouillon, Adriana’s rival for Maurizio’s affections, and Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet.

Cinemark at Valparaiso

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Photograph 51
Jan
17
to Feb 17

Photograph 51

History may well remember the work of Watson and Crick that shaped biology, but it was British chemist Rosalind Franklin who provided the key to the double helix DNA discovery. Photograph 51 shares the complex story of an ambitious female scientist in a world of men, her pursuit for the secret of life, and her forgotten accomplishments.

Court Theatre
773.753.4472

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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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Small Jokes About Monsters
Jan
17
to Feb 16

Small Jokes About Monsters

Small Jokes About Monsters is my first play written for other people, and it’s getting produced!

The play is good. You will laugh, and you will ride a rollercoaster of a story. I am proud of the writing.
The cast is TERRIFIC. The director is an amazing woman. Tickets are VERY AFFORDABLE.

Please come, if you can. This is so special to me. I want you all to be there if it's possible.

Reviews from the Houston production:

The Houston Chronicle: "The keenly observed realism in Steven Stafford's play "Small Jokes About Monsters," which runs at the Landing Theatre through Feb. 18, has tinges of Sam Shepard, Tracy Letts and Stephen Karam. But its central character, Ryan, is a singular creation. Just listen to the way he talks, the words he picks like bullets from a belt. His style of speech is loose and mordant, his jokes peppered with piercing truths that betray a wounded man underneath"

The Houston Press: "Strafford’s script does greatly amuse along the way thanks to some terrific bouts of writing and clever comedy that often loops throughout the play. Yes, those movie monsters factor nicely a couple times as does a very funny “that fucking guy” gag. Not to mention the ongoing antics of Mom that never gets old. Strafford also wisely layers up on the trauma he bestows on the boys, taking the climax from stock chestnut to something far more disturbingly complicated."

16th Street Theater
708.795.6704

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Curators Create 2nd Biennial Exhibition
Jan
18
to Mar 1

Curators Create 2nd Biennial Exhibition

Curators Create Second Biennial Exhibit

4TH FLOOR GALLERY

January 18 – March 1, 2019

Opening reception Friday, January 18 |  7-10 PM

Locally and globally, curators create compelling experiences of art, culture, and creativity that change how people understand themselves and the world by stimulating new perspectives, ideas, and feelings. – From the mission statement of the Association of Art Museum Curators (Aamc)

Although Aamc represents art museum curators, its mission statement can be seen as an aspirational description of curatorial work in general, including that done at colleges/ universities, galleries and art centers.

Bridgeport Art Center’s second Curators Create biennial exhibit features work by nine artist-curators, and includes oil paintings, ceramics, encaustics, graphics, textiles, digital art, and sculptures. The exhibit presents work by some of the region’s most notable curators who are also prominent practicing artists. Artists include: Dan Addington, Sherri Denault, Deb Flagel, Lora Fosberg, Suzanne Cohan Lange, Yaoundé Olu, Corey Postiglione, Doug Stapleton  and Christina Warzecha

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Keely & Du
Jan
18
to Feb 2

Keely & Du

From the author of Talking With, here is an explosive and controversial drama. Du, a right-to-life activist, and Keely, a pregnant rape victim Du is confining, transcend their circumstances and the ideological issues that separate them. Keely and Du is a mind-probing issue play with a gripping human face. Who is accountable? What is the extent of individual freedom? What are a rape victim’s rights? What are a Christian’s realities of procreation? Their passionate stories exist on the extreme edge of everyday reality.

Chicago Street Theatre
219.464.1636

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Music Heritage Series
Jan
18
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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Blackout
Jan
19
to Feb 28

Blackout

  • BESS Art Exposure Gallery (map)
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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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Pentimento
Jan
19
to Feb 23

Pentimento

  • Tall Grass Arts Association (map)
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Exhibition of works based on earlier marks and images.
Curators: Mary Bookwalter, Linda Lane Haynes

January 19 - February 24, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 19, 1-3pm

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

Tall Grass Arts Assocation
708.748.3377

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Megabeatles
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Megabeatles

Join us for our fifth annual Megabeatles concert! This event kicks off 2019 with another amazing evening of Beatles hits and legendary renditions of all the favorite songs spanning decades of songwriting genius. This event historically sells out so get your tickets soon! All proceeds benefit Memorial Opera House Foundation.

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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Kashmir
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Kashmir

Kashmir was formed in late 2001 after guitarist Frank Livingston decided to form a show based on substance and feel rather than, as he decribes, just “fitting the suit.” Livingston believes: It is important to look the part, but way too often, tribute bands seem to forget that without the sound, the look does nothing.” Kashmir creates a very entertaining show, bringing only the best of Led Zeppelin to their fans. The group seeks to recreate the experience of a Zeppelin show utilizing authentic vintage stage gear, costumes, and special effects with great attention to detail in what the members describe as “a non-pretentious way.” However, most importantly, Kashmir does not take liberties on improving the music. “Led Zeppelin should be played as it was, using only the equipment of the era, and should be reproduced dead on with great respect and admiration,” says Livingston. “It’s not about us, it’s about Led Zeppelin.” Kashmir concerts are a true sensory experience with a sophisticated laser light show, similar to those of the Led Zeppelin era.

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Harriet Tubman
Jan
22
to Jan 26

Harriet Tubman

  • Theatre at the Center (map)
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This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Her courage helped to change the world. Share her adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson.

Produced by Virginia Rep on Tour
Running Time: 1 Hour
Grades: 4th thru 12th

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Tue., Jan. 22; Wed., Jan. 23 - 9:30 am & 11:15 am
Thu., Jan. 24; Fri., Jan. 25; - 9:30 am , 11:15 am & 1:00 pm

SCHOOL GROUP TICKET PRICES

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

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE

Sat., Jan. 26 – 11:00 am Children - $8.00 // Adults - $10.00

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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No Small Matter
Jan
22
to Jan 29

No Small Matter

  • Purdue University Northwest (map)
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

6:30-9:30pm
Purdue University Northwest - Student Union Library Building 150D
2200 169th Street, Hammond, IN 46323

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country. Visit www.nosmallmatter.com or https://youtu.be/Shm-KRh4LFg to watch the trailer and learn more!

Greg Jacobs, Co-Director will join us for a post-screening conversation thanks to the generosity of Lake Area United Way.
The documentary will be shown at the Westville campus on January 29 at 6:30 pm.

For more information: 219.465.1591

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Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Events
Jan
24
to Feb 12

Martin Luther King Jr Celebration Events

  • Indiana University - Savannah Center (map)
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Indiana University Northwest’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (ODEMA) invites the campus community and general public to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month with three events designed to heighten awareness of the contributions of African Americans throughout history.

Jan. 24: “MLK and the Strength of Shared Dreams,”

2:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center

Emmy award-winning actor and diversity trainer Ron Jones is the co-creator of Dialogues on Diversity, a social justice and diversity theater company that uses theatrical models to express messages of difference, inclusion and social justice.

Through live character portrayal, and video, Jones will deliver a performance lecture that depicts how Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Poor Peoples Campaign” was a turning point in inter-sectional advocacy demonstrating how a broad cross-section of cultural groups came together to fight against poverty.

Using video excerpts during a one-man show, Jones will offer a multi-dimensional performance to illustrate lessons learned during a pivotal moment of America’s civil rights journey.

Feb. 5: “Life and Times Bessie Coleman: The First African American Female Pilot”

2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center

Just as other tales of pilots returning from World War I inspired us all, so did Bessie Coleman’s pioneering journey from the cotton fields of Texas to the skies above Paris. The first African American female pilot, Coleman became an inspiration to generations of pilots who followed her. Her tale is performed in an interactive one-woman show by her great-niece, Gigi Coleman.

Feb. 12: “Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture”

2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center

An Indiana native and Harvard University graduate, Judge Robert Wilkins is a U.S. Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. As the author of “Long Road to Hard Truth, the 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture,” Wilkins will discuss how the museum came to be, evolving from the early history of advocates clamoring for a monument to recognize Black soldiers in the Civil War, to the September 2016 opening of the NMAAHC, a process that took 100 years.

For more information on these events, contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs at 219-980-6596 or kevsbrya@iun.edu.

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Jesus Christ Superstar
Jan
25
to Jan 27

Jesus Christ Superstar

  • Governors State University (map)
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 A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events. Witness the last seven days of Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot in this 1970 rock opera. Concerned that Jesus' followers will be perceived as a threat to the occupying Roman Empire, Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss at the Garden of Gethsemane for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus is arrested and condemned to death on the cross.

Governors State University
708.534.4021

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Dance Ensemble
Jan
31
to Feb 3

Dance Ensemble

  • Valpo University - Center for the Arts (map)
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Directors:
 Ann Kessler and Salena Elish

Performances: Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.             

and Feb. 2nd and 3rd at 2 p.m.

Location: University Theatre

About the Performance: 
The Dance Ensemble takes the stage in the month of February, bringing student and faculty choreographed dance to the Valparaiso community.

Valparaiso University Center for the Arts
219.464.5162

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Nature vs Everything
Feb
1
to Jun 8

Nature vs Everything

  • Lubeznik Center for the Arts (map)
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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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Motown in Munster
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Motown in Munster

Don’t miss this amazing show starring Bobby Brooks Wilson, the Son of R&B legend Jackie Wilson and special guest Spaniels Forever. Enjoy an evening full of everybody’s favorite Motown hits. Tickets on sale NOW!

Sparks Productions at Theatre at the Center
708.846.4080

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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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Love Letters
Feb
3
2:30 PM14:30

Love Letters

Join Post-Tribune Columnist Phil Potempa and a special guest for this one afternoon only event! A unique and imaginative theatre piece which, in the words of the author, "needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance." The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

Theatre at the Center
219.836.3255

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Dan Navarro
Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

Dan Navarro

Dan started as a songwriter, most often with Eric Lowen, for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations, Dionne Warwick, The Triplets, Dutch star Marco Borsato, and Austin outlaw legend Rusty Weir.

Opener singer songwriter Patti Shaffner will bring the joy! No stranger to the Acorn stage, Patti was 1st runner up, twice in the Acorn Singer Songwriter Competition and 1st in the Great American Song Contest (Singer/Songwriter) 2016.

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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And the Winner Is
Feb
8
to Feb 17

And the Winner Is

AND THE WINNER IS tells the comic story of Tyler Johnes, a self-obsessed movie star, who is finally nominated for an Oscar, then dies the night before the awards. Outraged at his bad luck and determined to know if he wins (even though he's dead), he bargains with a heavenly gatekeeper to return to earth for the big night. Along the way, he drags his agent, his acting rival, his bombshell girlfriend and his ex-wife into the journey, in a wildly twisting tale of Hollywood, the afterlife, and how we are judged

Hammond Community Theatre at Beatniks on Conkey
219.852.0848

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Art in the National Lakesore
Feb
9
to May 11

Art in the National Lakesore

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (map)
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Please call to confirm that event will be happening.

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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That's Amore!
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

That's Amore!

Join us for a new series, SMSO Presents. It's great entertainment in a smaller, more intimate setting at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks.

Our inaugural event is:
THAT'S AMORE
An afternoon cabaret of Arias & Love Songs

Featuring
Paul Mow, Tenor
Joshua Goines, Piano

Along with:
Meredith Best George
Kacie Colleen Mercer
& Abby Murray Vachon

Acorn Theatre
269.756.3879

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Broadway's Next H!T Musical
Feb
12
11:00 AM11:00

Broadway's Next H!T Musical

  • Freedom Hall - Nathan Manilow Theatre (map)
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The Tony Awards meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every show is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The New York Times calls Broadway’s Next Hit Musical “Hilarious!” Time Out NY says “At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.” Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous show of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical! Don’t miss the next great American musical – it could be written in your town!

Freedom Hall - Nathan Manilow Theatre
708.747.0580

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Million Dollar Quartet
Feb
14
to Mar 24

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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Shrek The Musical
Feb
15
to Mar 3

Shrek The Musical

"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the rousing fairy tale adventures of ogre turned likely hero that is coming to the Opera House stage to kick of our 2019 season. This Tony Award winning musical based on the Oscar Award winning Dreamworks Animation film features a wise cracking Donkey, a feisty princess, a short-tempered villain, a cookie with an attitude, and dozens of other fairy tale misfits that stir up muddled mayhem that calls for a real hero.

Memorial Opera House
219.548.9137

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History of Ireland Through Music
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

History of Ireland Through Music

Irish singer Colm Keegan, most known for his role as a Celtic Thunder principal singer, is launching his fresh, new, and completely original show, and has chosen the Acorn for its debut!

Combining Colm's musical talent, stunning voice, and performance / teaching experience, the show takes the audience on a heartwarming journey through the rich history of Ireland through Music. Experience a lively and enlightening evening of history, education and live music with charismatic Colm Keegan as your guide.

Acorn Theater
269.756.3879

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Music Heritage Series
Feb
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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A Raisin in the Sun
Feb
15
to Feb 24

A Raisin in the Sun

In Chicago’s south side, three generations of family search for a better life.  Insurance money comes to them and they each have an idea of what to do with it.  The prejudice they face and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world form this seminal American drama.

A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem “Harlem” by Langston Hughes. The story tells of a black family’s experiences in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood as they attempt to “better” themselves with an insurance payout following the death of the father. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named it the best play of 1959.

Drama Group at Milord Studio Theatre
708.755.3444

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Raul Midon
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

Raul Midon

  • Freedom Hall - Nathan Manilow Theatre (map)
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Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices. His guitar playing is a syncopated, flamenco- and jazz-infused wonder in which bass, harmony and melodic lines fly from the fretboard in a way that seems to belie the fact that all the music is being produced by just two hands. He released his ninth studio album, Bad Ass and Blind, on March 24, 2017, and his live 2016 rendition of John Coltrane’s jazz classic “Giant Steps” – which sees him fly through all 12 keys – has earned more than 1.2 million views via Facebook.

Freedom Hall - Nathan Manilow Theatre
708.747.0580

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Swing State
Feb
22
to Mar 10

Swing State

What if the people who are ruining this country were your only friends? In SWING STATE, Bonnie has promised God she’ll save every little soul in her Appalachian Kindergarten class, and if that means risking her job, or happens to trigger her chronic back pain – well, so be it. Neil, the new chiropractor in town, sees things differently. A gay, new-age transplant from Brooklyn, Neil is over the moon when his first treatment turns out to be a miracle cure. But Bonnie is feeling things she hasn’t felt in years and has a different response: “Put me back.” The moment Neil refuses, they’re off…and another epic battle in the Culture Wars is ON. With both of their professional lives now in flux, Neil is determined to help Bonnie recover and return to a normal life, no matter what the cost…

Towle Theater
219.937.8780

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Vagina Monologues
Feb
23
to Feb 24

Vagina Monologues

The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than a decade, “The Vagina Monologues: has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls. (www.vday.org) 

V-Day Hammond joins the global effort to stop violence against women and girls.  Proceeds benefit the V-day global campaign and Haven House of Hammond, a shelter for women and children of domestic violence. For more information on the V-Day movement, visit www.vday.org. 

Beatniks on Conkey
219.852.0848  

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Windiana
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Windiana

  • Valparaiso University - Chapel of the Resurrection (map)
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The program continues Windiana’s tradition of showcasing new music that was commissioned by band conductors in Indiana. Windiana is professional level concert band based in Valparaiso with a mission to perform concert band literature at the highest level and to provide a concert band opportunity for professional level musicians.

Valparaiso University - Chapel of the Resurrection

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Arsenic and Old Lace
Mar
1
to Mar 10

Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family.The hero, Mortimer, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn.His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide.

Footlight Players
219.874.4035

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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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Switchback
Mar
5
11:00 AM11:00

Switchback

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Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers, & Simon and Garfunkel. So relax and let their music take you Travelin’ Down an Irish Road.

Freedom Hall - Nathan Manilow Theatre
708.747.0580

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Two Symphonies & a Modern Mass
Mar
8
6:15 PM18:15

Two Symphonies & a Modern Mass

Featuring Southlake Children’s Chorus, 
Eisenhower Elementary Choir, 
and the Symphony Chorus 

MOZART - Symphony No. 34 
RUTTER - Mass of the Children 
BRAHMS - Symphony No. 2

Two festive and cheery symphonies bookend this uplifting concert. Brahms’ first symphony took 21 years of struggle and soul-searching to compose, so it was a surprise when he introduced his second within months. Composed while on summer vacation, his second symphony has been called pastoral, evoking rippling streams, blue skies, and sunshine. Contrastingly, Mozart’s 34th is full of fanfares and flourishes. Rutter’s Mass of the Children, an uplifting celebration of youth, is a traditional Mass with Latin text interwoven with English poems.

NWI Symphony at Living Hope Auditorium
219.836.0525

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Ruthie Foster
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Ruthie Foster

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Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk, and gospel.

In the tight-knit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t.

If you do, word gets around. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row. And those nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year. It’s not only Ruthie’s music that endears her fans to her; she has been recognized by United States Artists as an “inspiring” American artist, and, in early 2018, was awarded a grant as a ‘2018 Fellow’ in recognition of that title.

Freedom Hall - Nathan Manilow Theatre
708.747.0580

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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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Vox Fortura
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Vox Fortura

A powerhouse display of vocal panache and sheer class. With backgrounds in musical theatre, Vox Fortura is able to perform almost any genre of music in their iconic crossover style including selections by Elgar and Bizet’s Pearl Fishers to David Bowie, John Legend, and Ed Sheeran. Bringing classical vocals back into the mainstream.

Lakeshore Community Concerts at Munster H.S. Auditorium
219.923.2078

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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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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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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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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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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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