South Shore Arts presents the 74th Annual Salon Show, a tradition that began in the late 1930s, when 10 area artists organized an art exhibit in the lady’s hat department at Minas Department Store in downtown Hammond. Thanks to the on-going generosity of many long-time contributors, $10,000 in cash awards will be distributed to winning artists from Indiana and Cook County at a reception and awards ceremony from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 17. This year’s juror is Gregg Hertzlieb, director/curator of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, who viewed over 200 submissions by 120 artists and chose 51 works from 51 artists. 219-836-1839 or

It’s the Music of Chicago

Celebrating the music of one of the world’s most successful pop/rock groups, Brass Transit has been dazzling audiences with flawless performances and spectacular attention to every detail of the Chicago songbook. Performing hits like “Saturday in the Park,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and “You’re the Inspiration,” Brass Transit embodies the music. Join the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra as it takes a trip down memory lane. 219-836-0525, ext. 200, or

The Four Freshmen

In 1948, four young men created a sound that forever changed the way vocal jazz harmony was heard and performed. Known as the Four Freshmen, they toured in bowling alleys and small clubs across the country. Their sound has endured for over six decades. Lakeshore Concerts opens the 2017-18 concert season with the Four Freshmen at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Munster High School Auditorium. 219-836-3200 or

It’s Mark Twain Set to Music

Theatre at the Center presents “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Sept. 14 through Oct. 15. The winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, “Big River” is the musical telling of Mark Twain’s treasured tale with songs and music by Roger Miller. Country, bluegrass and gospel sounds reveal the humorous and harrowing journey of Huck and Jim as they encounter a collection of characters as only imagined by one of America’s greatest writers. 219-836-3200 or

Hooked on Art

Frontline Foundations hosts a family-friendly festival that fuses visual and performing arts with the community. Hooked on Art takes place at Thomas Centennial Park in downtown Chesterton from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23.. Street artists, delicious food, unique shopping, live music and art activities for all ages are just a few of the highlights of the day. Proceeds from Hooked on Art are used to provide affordable substance abuse treatment to the community. 219-728-1638 or

Opinions are solely those of the writer. John Cain is the executive director of South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He can be reached at (219) 836-1839, ext. 102.