First Friday at Lubeznik features open mic

Fourth-grader Genevieve Smoot, of Discovery Charter School in Porter, checks out an exhibit at Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City in December.


Performers will take the stage at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts First Friday in downtown Michigan City on Friday.

Musicians, poets, stand-up comedians and spoken word artists will entertain crowds at the popular open mic night hosted by local musician Tim Rounds at the lakefront gallery at 101 W. 2nd Street in Michigan City. The monthly First Friday event, when the gallery loosens up and invites visitors for an evening soiree, takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Any artists interested in testing a new song or poem out on the public will have to get on the wait list because it's booked up.

While musicians play, visitors can imbibe at a cash bar while checking out the art on display at the Lubeznik. They get a last chance to shop for local arts and crafts at the annual Holiday Artisan Market in the lobby, which closes for the season Friday.

The night also offers a last chance to see Kimberly Jensen Stout's whimsical mixed media paintings in All Buttoned Up exhibit and the multi-artist Hunt-The Prey-The Spirit exhibition that includes rogue taxidermy, installation, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. Both shows close Saturday.

For more information or to get on the open mic wait list, visit or or call (219) 874-4900.

The Lubeznik Center is normally open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.


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