This weekend, you can belt out karaoke songs, snap your fingers to spoken word poetry, watch Puerto Rican and Cambodian food being cooked, and of course look at art at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts.
The Lubeznik Center at 101 W. Second St. No. 100 in downtown Michigan City will host its second annual karaoke contest from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday during the First Friday open house. Ten karaoke contestants will compete for a prize of $250.
Attendees can vote for their favorite for a $5 donation that will benefit children's educational art programming. They can enjoy light bites, get drinks at a cash bar and buy raffle tickets for a photograph of David Bowie by local photographer Bobby Talamine.
They can check out the nationally juried Home exhibit, photographer Patty Carroll's Anonymous Women series and new art.
"Opening in the NIPSCO Education Studios Area Artists' Association Gallery is artist Kei Constantinov's Through a Medieval Lens," the Lubeznik Center said in a news release. "Using time-honored methods and materials with a somber out-of-time palette Constantinov seeks to "edutain" herself and her audience. The references, both literary and historical, are presented within a 13th century context, often dealing with cruel Inquisitors, Gypsies, Black Plague and cogship seafaring."
Then on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m., artists Anthony Febo and Ricky Orng will stage Adobo-Fish-Sauce, an interactive poetry cooking show, at the Lubeznik.
The Lubeznik Center describes them as "a Puerto Rican and Cambodian duo that fuses spoken word, cooking, music, crying and laughing through an interactive multicultural spoken word show."
"I became acquainted with these guys while living in Massachusetts and I'm so excited to bring them to LCA," Education Director Hannah Hammond-Hagman said. "Spoken-word performances really seem to resonate with our audiences here, so I felt it was a natural fit as a program. We are so fortunate to have them come to Michigan City with their amazing show."