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Beatniks celebrates Halloween with ‘Imbalance’ debut

Beatniks celebrates Halloween with ‘Imbalance’ debut

Bonnie Johnson, co-director of Hammond’s Beatniks on Conkey’s “Chemical Imbalance,” knows the title of their current production may come off as misleading.

October 23, 2014 1:00 am

Oppulent Audience Favorite: Marriott Theatre happy for a new stage reign for 'King and I'

Oppulent Audience Favorite: Marriott Theatre happy for a new stage reign for 'King and I'

Choreographer Tommy Rapley realizes the important connection costuming has to movement and dance steps when planning the many intricate scene sequences for a grand scale production like "The King and I."

October 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Joffrey offers a splendid 'Swan Lake'

Joffrey offers a splendid 'Swan Lake'

The classic ballet "Swan Lake" remains one of the most beloved of dance works.

October 22, 2014 5:00 pm

Drama Group plays ‘A Little Night Music’

Drama Group plays ‘A Little Night Music’

Billy Vitucci, director of Chicago Heights’ Drama Group’s production of “A Little Night Music,” says the beloved musical’s moral is fitting for viewers young and old.

October 19, 2014 4:00 pm

Chicago Street plans spook-tacular fun for all ages

Chicago Street plans spook-tacular fun for all ages

To Chicago Street Theatre director Mark Baer, “Frankenstein” isn’t just about a mad scientist and his taller, madder monster.

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Cast of 'So You Think You Can Dance' brings show to M'ville

Cast of  'So You Think You Can Dance' brings show to M'ville

Dance fans will want to be in the house when cast members of "So You Think You Can Dance" bust the moves Saturday on stage in Northwest Indiana.

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Harris' atypical life is now atypical book

Harris' atypical life is now atypical book

From starring in two popular TV series, hosting award shows and appearing on Broadway, Neil Patrick Harris has many experiences to fill a book.

October 15, 2014 1:00 am

Star stage treatment: Joan Rivers gets special tribute when Frank Marino's 'Divas' returns to Blue Chip Casino

Star stage treatment: Joan Rivers gets special tribute when Frank Marino's 'Divas' returns to Blue Chip Casino

When comedienne Joan Rivers died last month on Sept. 4 at age 81, Las Vegas entertainer Frank Marino was among the famous invited mourners at her funeral in New York City.

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London exhibit charts chilling allure of gothic

London exhibit charts chilling allure of gothic

There's a part of us that loves to be scared.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Price is Right - LIVE!' back at Star Plaza in 2015

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Price is Right - LIVE!' back at Star Plaza in 2015

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am

‘Oliver’ comes to Footlight Theatre

‘Oliver’ comes to Footlight Theatre

Laura Meyer, director of Michigan City’s Footlight Players’ production of the musical “Oliver,” has both personal and professional histories with the classic Charles Dickens-inspired musical.

October 02, 2014 1:00 am

Faces of 'Grace' : New Broadway musical tells about origin of famed song of faith

Faces of 'Grace' : New Broadway musical tells about origin of famed song of faith

When Broadway actor and singer Josh Young was in Chicago last month to do interviews for the pre-Broadway launch of the new musical "Amazing Grace," he was equally excited about his return to the Windy City as he was about the new stage project.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, October 9, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, October 9, 2014

A 25th birthday party at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts concurrent with a rare performance of the classic Eurydice and an exceptional lineup for Lebowski Fest Chicago next weekend.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Sh…

October 01, 2014 12:00 am

'Art begets art': Purdue North Central campus a visual beehive

'Art begets art': Purdue North Central campus a visual beehive

Even before Lisa Tressler was a student at Purdue North Central in Westville, she was always intrigued by the varied display of large and impressive art sculptures along the campus entrances on U.S. 421.

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'Evil' stage encounter: Campy Broadway in Chicago musical 'Evil Dead' promises fearful fun

'Evil' stage encounter: Campy Broadway in Chicago musical 'Evil Dead' promises fearful fun

Chicago actress Callie Johnson is used to the scary feeling that happens when performing live before an audience.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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John Leguizamo captures audience with 'Ghetto Klown'

John Leguizamo captures audience with 'Ghetto Klown'

The laughs were many as actor John Leguizamo presented his latest one-man show to Windy City audiences.

September 22, 2014 1:15 pm

Dorothy Tristan lights up the screen in new John Hancock film

Dorothy Tristan lights up the screen in new John Hancock film

Actress, model, painter, writer of books, plays, and films, her career focus has gone from glamour to gritty to grandmother in a career spanning six decades.

September 22, 2014 11:06 am Photos

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South Shore Arts thinks "everykid" deserves a chance to be an artist

South Shore Arts thinks "everykid" deserves a chance to be an artist

South Shore Arts' everykid program served 7000 kids in early 2000. Today the program serves 30,000 kids in Lake and Porter counties.

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OctNov 2014 Shore Letter from the Editor

OctNov 2014 Shore Letter from the Editor

Has all the world become a stage? Or is it just my world? So many fantasies are such common currency. While in school all the women I knew intended to become teachers, maybe there were a few who aspired to be nurses. (I attended an all-female…

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Joffrey opens new season with innovative program

Joffrey opens new season with innovative program

As it celebrates its 20th anniversary in Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet is also opening a new season of works starring dances by eclectic choreographers.

September 18, 2014 1:00 am

Director takes ‘Prisoners’ with Neil Simon play

Director takes ‘Prisoners’ with Neil Simon play

Stephen Sienicki, who is making his Memorial Opera House directorial debut with “The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue,” is as much of a fan of his venue as he is of Neil Simon’s dark comedy.

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A big winner: Four Winds New Buffalo celebrating 'lucky' seven-year anniversary

A big winner: Four Winds New Buffalo celebrating 'lucky' seven-year anniversary

When Four Winds New Buffalo Chief Operating Officer Matt Harkness helped launch the new entertainment destination in New Buffalo, Mich., it was 2006 and a year before the property opened.

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Art Nouveau: How the Lubeznik Center is evolving with Michigan City

Art Nouveau: How the Lubeznik Center is evolving with Michigan City

Things are lively at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, where new opportunities for enjoyment of art in its many forms are popping up all the time.

September 17, 2014 11:06 am Photos

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 18, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 18, 2014

Receptions for two great artists on both sides of Lake Michigan tonight and a preview event for the Great Chicago Fire Celebration which begins September 30th.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore Magazine.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am

Crazy in love: Theatre at the Center's 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' offers romantic rilings

Crazy in love: Theatre at the Center's 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' offers romantic rilings

Editor's note: Actor Bernie Yvon, a talented stage favorite at Theatre at the Center and performance venues throughout Chicagoland, was cast in the role of the narrator for this month's run of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." On S…

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Donna Blue Lachman gets a second wind in Three Oaks and local galleries feature Michiana artists in upcoming exhibitions including Mitch Markovitz, Dora Natella, Marc Ullom, Sara Sokol and Kevin Gross.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and …

September 10, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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Family-friendly ‘Beast’ at Chicago Street

Eric Brant, marketing director of Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre’s production of “Beauty and the Beast,” has an idea why the lesson of “Beauty and the Beast” has resonated with audiences for ages.

September 07, 2014 8:56 pm

Crown Point Theatre hosts ‘Spelling Bee’

Crown Point Theatre hosts ‘Spelling Bee’

KeriAnne Valuckis, director of Crown Point Community Theatre’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” sees the comedy/musical as a perfect fit for her stage.

September 04, 2014 1:00 am

'Game' Players: Star leads ready for Drury Lane fun with silly stage mystery

'Game' Players: Star leads ready for Drury Lane fun with silly stage mystery

Actress Alene Robertson is a true fan of mysteries.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Character study: John Leguizamo keeps audiences laughing with latest one-man show

Character study: John Leguizamo keeps audiences laughing with latest one-man show

With his talent for storytelling, witty characterizations and fine-tuned comedic timing, actor John Leguizamo is a master at creating and executing the perfect one-man show.

September 03, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 4, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, September 4, 2014

The force is with Benton Harbor, Anna Russo Sieber and the ARS Gallery "I Am The Greatest" project, kicking off the season on Friday, and initiating ties with the Ali Center in Louisville.---Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor, Shore…

September 03, 2014 2:00 am

Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in serious condition

Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in serious condition

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

August 29, 2014 1:51 pm

‘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.

August 28, 2014 1:00 am

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.

August 23, 2014 11:00 pm Photos

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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

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