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‘Play Dates’ premieres at Towle Theater

Jeff Casey, managing director of Hammond’s Towle Theater, thinks his production of the romantic comedy “Play Dates” will be a tour-de-force for the four-member cast and a memorable experience for theatergoers.

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A lucky color: Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa embraces its hue with fame, fortune and fun

A lucky color: Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa embraces its hue with fame, fortune and fun

The management and staff at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa are happy to say their entertainment oasis, on the shores of blue and beautiful Lake Michigan in Michigan City, has had a colorful past while betting on blue skies for a sunny future.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, August 28, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, August 28, 2014

Interested in being a beneficiary? Bentwood Tavern is looking to give back and serious Labor Day weekend fests at CTG in Valpo and also beautiful downtown Buchanan, Michigan.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

August 27, 2014 2:00 am

Reinventing the reel: Hoosier Theatre goes digital

Reinventing the reel: Hoosier Theatre goes digital

WHITING | Once a movie palace known for silent films, the Hoosier Theatre is now fitted with equipment to make the sights and sounds of Hollywood pop.

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Unique short plays showcased at 4th Street’s ‘6X10’

Linda Pauli, a producer of Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater’s “6 X 10 Play Festival,” doesn’t see the half dozen stories that make up their inaugural shorts showcase as mere skits.

August 21, 2014 1:00 am

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, August 21, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, August 21, 2014

Time is running out if you want tickets to the Green Sense-Whole Foods-Miller Bakery Cafe collaborative dinner on Sunday and a very special weekend of music at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joe.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and E…

August 20, 2014 2:00 am

Culinary magic in 'Cascabel': Chicago chef Rick Bayless delivers flavor, pizzazz on stage

Culinary magic in 'Cascabel': Chicago chef Rick Bayless delivers flavor, pizzazz on stage

Mexican food fans in Chicago and around the world long have believed Rick Bayless exhibits a wizardry of sorts in creating standout, artistic recipes.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Dramatic retreat: American Players Theatre beckons with classical, modern works

Dramatic retreat: American Players Theatre beckons with classical, modern works

Midwestern tourists with a passion for plays need not automatically think of Broadway for their theatrical enjoyment.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, August 14, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, August 14, 2014

My suggestion: Start the weekend early with a visit to Meijer Gardens; followed by a Friday Open Studio Night at Ox-Bow; Saturday at Lubeznik's art fest and Sunday Cafe Carlyle in Three Oaks.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Sh…

August 13, 2014 2:00 am

As Seen on TV: Morning news comical trio returns to center stage at Theatre at the Center

As Seen on TV: Morning news comical trio returns to center stage at Theatre at the Center

After a successful near sold-out one-night performance on the Munster stage in 2012, the three-of-a-kind comedy names are returning for another one-night run at Theatre at the Center at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22.

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Hammond Community Theatre brings 'Hell' to stage

Hammond Community Theatre brings 'Hell' to stage

Earle Howe, co-director of Hammond Community Theatre's production of George Bernard Shaw "Don Juan in Hell," says the subjects debated in the play are uncannily relevant to today's audiences.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am

Stage Right: Theatre at the Center in Munster celebrating 25th Anniversary with world premiere work

Stage Right: Theatre at the Center in Munster celebrating 25th Anniversary with world premiere work

When planning each annual season of selected stage productions for audiences at Theatre at the Center in Munster, general manager Richard Friedman and artistic director William "Bill" Pullinsi have an agreed-upon checklist.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, August 7, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, August 7, 2014

A slightly noir weekend for mature audiences includes Scott Covert's show at Firme gallery; Civil War soldiers tonight at the Heritage and the debut of Christopher Cozier's Gas Men.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

August 06, 2014 2:00 am

Drama Group brings ‘Reefer Madness’ to Chicago Heights

Drama Group brings ‘Reefer Madness’ to Chicago Heights

Stacy Broutman, director of Chicago Heights’ Drama Group’s production of “Reefer Madness,’ says bringing the cult musical comedy to her stage is a regional rarity.

July 31, 2014 1:00 am

Waves of experience: Chicago's First Lady and Mercury Skyline cruises showcase wonders on the water

Waves of experience: Chicago's First Lady and Mercury Skyline cruises showcase wonders on the water

Desirée Rogers is used to a whirlwind of parties and social etiquette.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 31, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 31, 2014

Check out a range of creative options this weekend around Lake Michigan including NISO outdoor concerts, alt-rockers in Three Oaks and chalk art in St. Joe.--- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

July 30, 2014 2:00 am

Scott Covert and the Forever Grateful Dead

Scott Covert and the Forever Grateful Dead

Scott Covert's new show will open on August 8 with an artist's reception and refreshments starting that evening at 5pm at Firme in Beverly Shores.

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Footlight Players turns 65 with ‘Carnage’

Footlight Players turns 65 with ‘Carnage’

Daulton Dickey, director of Michigan City’s Footlight Players production of “God of Carnage,” sees his production of the acclaimed dark comedy as a balancing act of sorts for his four-member cast.

July 24, 2014 1:00 am

Searching the 'Web:' Lessons and laughter intertwine in Emerald City's new production of 'Charlotte's Web'

Searching the 'Web:' Lessons and laughter intertwine in Emerald City's new production of 'Charlotte's Web'

Actress Tosha Fowler, who has lived in Chicago for eight years, but still has a hint of an accent from her Savannah, Ga. family roots, was considered for a couple roles in the new stage production of "Charlotte's Web" produced by Broadway In …

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Weighing in with the Wayans Brothers

Weighing in with the Wayans Brothers

Having come a long way from the Manhattan apartment they once called home with their loving parents Howell and Elvira Wayans and six other siblings – brothers Keenen, Damon, Shawn and Marlon – are as much an entertainment empire these days as…

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 24, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 24, 2014

Get to know historic Benton Harbor on foot; experience the ultimate in glamping and rare photos of Bob Dylan are on exhibit in South Haven, Michigan.--- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

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‘Human Jukebox’ brings '60s back to Hammond

‘Human Jukebox’  brings '60s back to Hammond

Chicago-based performer Gerry Grossman is not one to describe his “Human Jukebox Reloaded” music and comedy show as art.

July 23, 2014 1:00 am

Chicago Street Theatre offers ambitious 'Romeo and Juliet'

Just in time to usher in its groundbreaking 60th season, Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso's 60th anniversary season includes an ambitious take on the Shakespearean classic "Romeo and Juliet."

July 22, 2014 12:00 am

AugSept 2014 Shore Letter from the Editor

AugSept 2014 Shore Letter from the Editor

Let’s start with my most vivid Friday before Memorial Day memory when I went with a group of friends to tour, taste and sit on the terrace deck gazing out over the glowing sea of iridescent green vineyards at Tabor Hill winery headquarters in…

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Ross Music Theatre pays tribute to founder with musical, film

Ross Music Theatre pays tribute to founder with musical, film

Ross Music Theatre’s production of “Spamalot” is a bittersweet affair for the region-based theater company.

July 17, 2014 1:00 am

Genesius Guild plays ‘Pajama Game’

Genesius Guild plays ‘Pajama Game’

Andy Leahy, director of Hammond’s Genesius Guild’s production of “The Pajama Game,” issued an important dictum to his cast when beginning production on the musical favorite.

July 17, 2014 1:00 am

Stage storybooks: CST's 'Seussical' brings favorite Dr. Seuss characters to Navy Pier for summer fun

Stage storybooks: CST's 'Seussical' brings favorite Dr. Seuss characters to Navy Pier for summer fun

Actor George Andrew Wolff, along with so many reading generations, realized long ago that the stories and characters dreamed-up by Dr. Seuss share very important lessons wrapped in whimsical illustrations and whirlwind rhymes.

July 16, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 17, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 17, 2014

It’s about time John Cain, who has been basking in the glories of the 1960s, can celebrate the era with real legitimacy beginning tomorrow; along with a brief meditation on a very successful party at the Lubeznik Center last Saturday night.--…

July 16, 2014 2:00 am

Modern ‘Hamlet’ staged in Crown Point

Modern ‘Hamlet’  staged in Crown Point

Grant Fitch, director of Crown Point Community Theatre’s production of “Hamlet,” sees William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy as being as relevant today as it was when it was first staged more than 400 years ago.

July 15, 2014 1:00 am

Feature Focus

Feature Focus

Julianne and Derek Hough 'Move' in high energy show

July 10, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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From 'the sticks' to the stage: 'Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical' opens tonight in Munster

From 'the sticks' to the stage: 'Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical' opens tonight in Munster

Actor John Stemberg never realized how important rope could be to the functioning fashion of a wardrobe.

July 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Terry Fator aims to 'throw' vocal talents in Hammond

Terry Fator aims to 'throw' vocal talents in Hammond

There aren't many performers like Terry Fator.

July 09, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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Julianne and Derek Hough 'Move' in high energy show

Julianne and Derek Hough 'Move' in high energy show

The world's favorite dance siblings Julianne and Derek Hough will step onto the stage of The Chicago Theatre Friday when they bring their first major production Move Live On Tour to the Windy City.

July 09, 2014 2:30 pm

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 10, 2014

My connection with Saugatuck started some years ago when I met local VIPs including Julee Russo, an author and celebrity in the NYC publishing and a talented Irish Chef, Shaun Glynn.--- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

July 09, 2014 2:00 am

Valparaiso brings Shakespeare to the great outdoors

Valparaiso brings Shakespeare to the great outdoors

Chicago Street Theatre director Eric Brant attributes his inspiration for their Shakespeare in the Park festival to regular drives he took four years or so ago with his wife through downtown Valparaiso.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am

U.K. musical makes U.S. debut ‘Up Here’ at Towle

U.K. musical makes U.S. debut ‘Up Here’ at Towle

Sherry Sweeney, director of Hammond’s Towle Theater’s production of the musical “From Up Here,” appreciates the quality of the story which the musical drama allows her and her cast to present.

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Struck by Lighting: Purdue professor sheds light on stage career and new show at First Folio

Struck by Lighting: Purdue professor sheds light on stage career and new show at First Folio

Michael McNamara ranks lighting as his favorite "character" in a stage production.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Sting walks 'Ship's' red carpet

Sting walks 'Ship's' red carpet

Musician Sting's first musical "The Last Ship" debuted in Chicago last week at Bank of America Theatre. The pre-Broadway run of the production continues to July 13. "The Last Ship is scheduled to begin previews in New York on Sept. 29.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 3, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 3, 2014

Shockingly wonderful developments in tragicom by Donna Blue Lachman in Three Oaks and I'm trying a low-key family Fourth of July in Saugatuck for 2014.--- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

July 02, 2014 2:00 am

Learning letter-perfect lines: Actor ready to spell 'success' in Drury Lane run of 'Spelling Bee'

Learning letter-perfect lines: Actor ready to spell 'success' in Drury Lane run of 'Spelling Bee'

Actor Eli Branson's experience joining the cast of the new production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," opening today at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., shares a few parallels to what his character William Barfee …

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'The Last Ship:' Sting's maiden voyage drops anchor in Chicago

'The Last Ship:' Sting's maiden voyage drops anchor in Chicago

One of the most anticipated musicals of the year has sailed into the Windy City.

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Break dancers soar in 'Flying Bach'

Break dancers soar in 'Flying Bach'

Two audiences people wouldn't expect to come together in a theater are enjoying the work of championship break dancers The Flying Steps in Chicago this week.

June 25, 2014 3:30 pm

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 26, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 26, 2014

Prepare for John Cain's 60th birthday and an ArtBash at Lubeznik's lakefront location and this weekend New Buffalo area artists open their gallery doors for ARTigras.--- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

June 25, 2014 2:00 am

Legendary Michael Jackson celebrated in Cirque du Soleil show

Legendary Michael Jackson celebrated in Cirque du Soleil show

The magic of majestic circus arts and the music of the legendary King of Pop combine on stage for the Chicagoland return of a unique production.

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L'arc en Ciel presents teen version of 'Once upon a Mattress'

L'arc en Ciel presents teen version of  'Once upon a Mattress'

When directors Angie and Paul Lowe were deciding on their upcoming musical production, the choice was clear, "Once Upon a Mattress" was an absolute match for their theater.

June 20, 2014 12:00 am

Theater Listings

Theater Listings

JUN 18-21 Crimes of the Heart Festival Players Guild, Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4269. festivalplayersguild.org. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play opens on the three Magrath sisters who have gathered in Hazlehu…

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Fanciful musical romance: Goodman's revival of 'Brigadoon' brings back classic stage story

Fanciful musical romance: Goodman's revival of 'Brigadoon' brings back classic stage story

The large-scale stage musical story "Brigadoon" is not a tale theaters often bring to audiences.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Baby boomers celebrated with South Shore exhibit

Baby boomers celebrated with South Shore exhibit

John Cain, executive director of South Shore Arts and curator of its “Baby Boom or Bust!” exhibit, found his inspiration for his show from a personal milestone.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 19, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 19, 2014

Take a deep breath because there are a zillion events this weekend and construction on upper I-94; in Chicago with the Ed Paschke arts center opening.--- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

June 18, 2014 2:00 am

Stellar Shakespearean stage run in Miller continues this weekend

Stellar Shakespearean stage run in Miller continues this weekend

An element of simplicity radiates from almost every aspect of director Morgan McCabe's adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet," produced by Gary Shakespeare Co. and staged at 500 S. Lake St. in Miller. The show continues through Sunday.

June 12, 2014 1:30 am

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