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APR 18 The Eve of Jackie West Side Theatre Guild, 900 Gerry St, Gary. Starring Chester Gregory, The Eve of Jackie is a closer look at Jackie Wilson, live in concert, on an evening when he decides to reveal his true feelings.This particular ev…

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Holy Saturday! A tribute to benefit the Great Lakes in cocktails and song and more

Holy Saturday! A tribute to benefit the Great Lakes in cocktails and song and more

An Environmental Party and Roan & Black opening on Saturday in Michigan and then back to Merrillville for a splendid, even intimidating buffet at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville. The weather looks divine.--- Pat Colander, Associate…

April 17, 2014 10:00 am

America's Music Catalog: 'Motown the Musical' ready to groove in Chicago

America's Music Catalog: 'Motown the Musical' ready to groove in Chicago

The Motown sound stands on its own for not only its great creativity and mirthful messages but also for its ability to connect people of all races, backgrounds and ages.

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Jay Leno to perform at Four Winds Casino

Comedian and former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno will bring his stand-up act to Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mich. next month.

April 11, 2014 12:00 am

'Peter and the Starcatcher' features clever, humorous theatrics

'Peter and the Starcatcher' features clever, humorous theatrics

Fans of the tale of Peter Pan will no doubt be curious about the production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" running through April 13 at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago.

April 10, 2014 5:15 pm

GO THEATER LISTINGS: What's new in live performance this week

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APR 10-13 Lost in Yonkers Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. This comedy-drama opens as two young teenage brothers are left by their widower father to live with their stern, intimidating gr…

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Epic audience experience: Drury Lane Theatre celebrating 30th anniversary with stage run of 'Les Mis'

Epic audience experience: Drury Lane Theatre celebrating 30th anniversary with stage run of 'Les Mis'

During the 19 years actor Ivan Rutherford toured and starred in productions of the legendary musical "Les Miserables," having logged more than 2,000 performances as the lead Jean Valjean, he never played any of the famed stages and marquees o…

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'Aladdin' comes to life on TAC stage

'Aladdin' comes to life on TAC stage

The tale of Aladdin traditionally blends magic, mystery, love and fun. Beginning today and continuing through Sunday, the merriment surrounding the Aladdin story will have all of that while receiving a slightly different treatment on stage at…

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Chicago Street to ‘Play it Again’

Chicago Street to ‘Play it Again’

For Jason Utesch, helming Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre’s production of “Play it Again, Sam” is an ideal fit.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

Sing a song: Sesame Street Live dances onto Star Plaza Theatre stage

Sing a song: Sesame Street Live dances onto Star Plaza Theatre stage

The star characters of Sesame Street are set to create a musical adventure on stage in Merrillville.

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APR 4-12 Laughter on the 23rd Floor 8-10pm, Beatniks On Conkey, 418 Conkey St, Hammond. 888.928.6648 or 219.852.0848. hammondcommunitytheatre.org. This comedy by Neil Simon was inspired by the playwright's youthful experience as a staff write…

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Hooked on it: New Broadway tour of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' is prequel to 'Pan' story

Hooked on it: New Broadway tour of 'Peter and the Starcatcher' is prequel to 'Pan' story

There's a reason Peter Pan's arch nemesis Captain Hook became the dapper pirate villain of the lagoons of Neverland, even before the infamous sea crocodile chomped off his left hand.

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Holbrook's 'Mark Twain' show reaches 60th year

Holbrook's 'Mark Twain' show reaches 60th year

Hal Holbrook is in the midst of a marathon of theater and has no intention of stopping.

April 03, 2014 12:00 am

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, April 3, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Round Barn in Baroda is one of 50 "Michigan Companies to Watch," Michigan City's SSAA throws a banquet tomorrow and enthusiastic tree planters, with work gloves and spade shovels, are needed at Meadowlark in Valpo next weekend for a "refo…

April 02, 2014 12:00 am

Actor Jake Klinkhammer ready for next life in 'Cats' run

Actor Jake Klinkhammer ready for next life in 'Cats' run

It was in 2010 when Chicago actor Jake Klinkhammer last sported ears, a tail and lots of fur cast in the musical stage story of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats."

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MAR 28-APR 12 Time Stands Still Friday & Saturday performances at 8pm, Sunday performances at 3pm, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. 219.805.4255. After surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, photojournalist Sar…

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Three of a Kind: 'Saturday Night Live' trio Schneider, Meadows and Lovitz laughing it up at Blue Chip

Three of a Kind: 'Saturday Night Live' trio Schneider, Meadows and Lovitz laughing it up at Blue Chip

Comedian Rob Schneider is happy to be spending his weekends with some funny familiar faces from his days as a favorite cast member on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 27, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 27, 2014

Congratulations to director Glenn Hering and lead actors Ric Heath, Matt McCann and Kevin Doler, also Caroline Rau Geldernick and numerous others in the cast and orchestra in 4th St. Theater's production of Sweeney Todd.--- Pat Colander, Asso…

March 26, 2014 12:00 am

Singing for Spring: High schools bring out their best for this season's musicals

Singing for Spring: High schools bring out their best for this season's musicals

High schoolers look forward to spring as a time for prom, time for baseball and time to sing. Spring musicals fill local school auditoriums with song and dance, showcasing the triple threat for students who can act, sing and dance.

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THROUGH MAR 21 Inaugural Shakespeare Week, 7:30pm, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso. 219.464.5162. March 18: Songs and Sonnets of Shakespeare. Presented by the Departments of English and Music, the perf…

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Magical dance: Houston Ballet brings 'Aladdin' to Chicago

Magical dance: Houston Ballet brings 'Aladdin' to Chicago

One of the most adventurous and enchanting tales will come to life in a dance format this weekend in Chicago.

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Area thesps make ‘Time Stand Still’ in Crown Point

Area thesps make ‘Time Stand Still’ in Crown Point

Kate Ryan, director of Crown Point Community Theatre’s “Time Stands Still,” saw an immediate connection with the four actors and their respective characters in her production of the acclaimed drama.

March 20, 2014 12:00 am

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 20, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 20, 2014

PNC hosts a couple of adventurous musical events this weekend with performances by International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) musical group, the first ever Box Factory Follies in St. Joe and edgy art and birding at Fernwood Gardens in Buchanan…

March 19, 2014 12:00 am

Environmentalists inspire a photographer's passion for wildlife

Environmentalists inspire a photographer's passion for wildlife

“Just a guy, a camera and a lot of clicking,” Michael Lewandowski says on his Lew Shots Facebook page.

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Misty Copeland shares her story about rising to success in spite of adversity

Misty Copeland shares her story about rising to success in spite of adversity

When Misty Copeland takes the stage this spring as the principal title character in the classic ballet, "Coppelia", her rise to this pinnacle of stardom as a soloist who has danced around the world, seems meteoric in itself. But reading her m…

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Arts instructors nurtured area talent

Arts instructors nurtured area talent

The Northwest District of the Federation of Women's Clubs & Indiana Federation of Clubs annual art contest for area students in their senior year of high school is now a talent-tapping tradition.

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NWI troupes boast long runs across region

NWI troupes boast long runs across region

Earle Howe, vice president of Hammond Community Theatre, is proud of the support and dedication of both the collected talent on stage and the eager audiences who make his productions a success.

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Penn and Teller conjure up magical moments in Hammond

Penn and Teller conjure up magical moments in Hammond

The atmosphere at Penn and Teller's March 7 show at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino was indeed magical. The production showcased the duo's award-winning stage antics and polished comedic skills.

March 13, 2014 7:30 pm

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MAR 14 The Weir Festival Players Guild,Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4269. festivalplayersguild.org. Set in a rural Irish Pub, this typically Irish play is sad and sweet. Written by Conor McPherson, this play’s t…

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An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

Charlie Blum, president, CEO and talent buyer for Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, still recalls the first "big stage entertainers" he ever purchased a ticket to see on stage.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 13, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 13, 2014

Behold a handful of off-cycle events scheduled in the next seven days that deserve attention including glass artistry in Chicago and Benton Harbor, along with the dazzling annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show. --- Pat Colander, Associate Pub…

March 12, 2014 12:00 am

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MAR 8-9, 14 The Weir Festival Players Guild,Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4269. festivalplayersguild.org. Set in a rural Irish Pub, this typically Irish play is sad and sweet. Written by Conor McPherson, this pla…

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New favorite faces of Disney: 'Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure' a treasured stage ticket

New favorite faces of Disney: 'Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure' a treasured stage ticket

Kausha Campbell, who hails from Lehi, Utah, just finished earning her college degree from Utah Valley University studying dance, with a resume that includes doing competitive cheerleading for four years.

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Leslie Green: Miller Beach's Native Artist

Leslie Green: Miller Beach's Native Artist

Before Leslie Green started living the dream, she was in the rat race with the rest of us.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 6, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dramatic developments in the wake of the Oscars in Miller Beach on Saturday, First Friday fest in Michigan City bounces to life and at the Box Factory, St. Patty's Day arrives early. --- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

March 05, 2014 12:00 am

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offers fascinating program

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater offers fascinating program

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is no stranger to Chicago audiences as it's graced stages in the city often over the last few decades. The troupe, founded by Alvin Ailey in the late '50s, is known for its dynamic choreography and soulful p…

March 04, 2014 12:00 am

Best Bet: Joffrey Academy presents 'Winning Works'

If you're looking for entertainment this weekend, head to The Joffrey Academy of Dance's show "Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Award."

February 28, 2014 1:45 pm

World of Dance: 'Heartbeat of Home' from producers of 'Riverdance' showcases international stage flair for dance styles

World of Dance: 'Heartbeat of Home' from producers of 'Riverdance' showcases international stage flair for dance styles

After a world stage premiere in Dublin last October, director John McColgan realized immediately his new two-hour international salute to dance called "Heartbeat of Home" was meant to tour cities around the world.

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FEB 28 African Americans Achieving in the Performing Arts 6:30pm, Glen Theater, 20 W Ridge Road, Gary. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 219.883.3907. In recognition of Black History Month and in support of the African American Achievers…

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, February 27, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, February 27, 2014

Three special art exhibits this weekend plus a buy-one-get-one-free offer at the Towle Theater in downtown Hammond, plus fast forward to a dueling pianos concert coming up at Bethel. --- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

February 26, 2014 12:00 am

Leslie Green: Miller Beach's Native Artist Returns

Leslie Green: Miller Beach's Native Artist Returns

Before Leslie Green started living the dream, she was in the rat race with the rest of us.

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Beatniks continues traditional ‘Monologues’ production

Beatniks continues traditional ‘Monologues’ production

Bonnie Johnson, director of Hammond’s Beatniks on Conkey’s fundraising production of “The Vagina Monologues,” has an idea why the women-themed play has been a smash with audiences throughout the world.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am

Man in Black Back: Johnny Cash 'Ring of Fire' opens tonight at Theatre at the Center

Man in Black Back: Johnny Cash 'Ring of Fire' opens tonight at Theatre at the Center

Actor and singer Michael Goodman says playing the role of Johnny Cash, "Young Johnny," to be specific, is an intimidating challenge while trying to capture not only the legendary vocal sound, but also a larger-than-life personality.

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FEB 20-MAR 30 Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash Theatre at the Center, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.3255. From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith,…

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, February 20, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, February 20, 2014

The weekend meltdown gets underway tonight with NWI Dancing with the Stars competition in Merrillville and a shout-out to size zeroes to grab those stilettos and head to Indian Summer in Chesterton on Saturday. --- Pat Colander, Associate Pub…

February 19, 2014 12:00 am

Joffrey Ballet's latest collection is a contemporary mix

Joffrey Ballet's latest collection is a contemporary mix

The latest program from the Joffrey Ballet offers a blend of works that are not only entertaining but compelling and thought-provoking.

February 18, 2014 4:30 pm

Mike Tyson shares his story in 'Undisputed Truth'

Mike Tyson shares his story in 'Undisputed Truth'

Audience members saw a more thoughtful and even humorous Mike Tyson during his one-man show "Undisputed Truth" Feb. 8 in Hammond.

February 14, 2014 1:45 pm

Jerauld Reinhart, founder of Ross Summer Music Theatre, dead at age 85

Jerauld Reinhart, founder of Ross Summer Music Theatre, dead at age 85

Jerauld Joseph Reinhart, whose Ross Summer Music Theatre has entertained area audiences for decades and served as the stage classroom for generations of theater hopefuls, died Thursday in Merrillville surrounded by friends, family and the mus…

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In 'Chicago': Valparaiso face and toe talent Drew Nellessen back this month for Broadway national tour

In 'Chicago': Valparaiso face and toe talent Drew Nellessen back this month for Broadway national tour

There is something extra special about the Broadway musical "Chicago" for actor, singer and dancer Drew Nellessen.

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THROUGH FEB 15 The Mousetrap 8-10:20pm, Beatniks on Conkey, 418 Conkey St, Hammond. Cost: $15. beatniksonconkey.com. Hammond Community Theatre presents Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap", the longest running play in England.   A group of stran…

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