John Cain

John Cain

The Northwest Indiana Symphony presents the South Shore Summer Music Festival in towns across the Region with patriotic songs, light classical pieces and movie and Broadway tunes. Kids are welcome one hour before the show to try their hand at playing an orchestral instrument from Plum Grove Music. Concerts are on July 22 in Cedar Lake, July 29 in Crown Point, Aug.5 in Griffith, Aug. 11 in Hammond’s Wolf Lake Pavilion and Aug. 12 in Schererville. Additional concerts will be performed on Aug. 2 in Valparaiso and Aug. 4 at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. 219/8360525 or www.nisorchestra.org for rain locations.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Memorial Opera House presents this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic with lyrics by Tim Rice for your summer entertainment now through July 30. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock, this Old Testament tale emerges as both timely and timeless. 219/548-9137 or www.memorialoperahouse.com

Eclipse: Dance of Shadow & Light

Stop and enjoy art in nature at the Merrillville Community Planetarium with “Eclipse: Dance of Shadow & Light,” a public program that runs through July 22. The show is presented on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. For the first time since 1979, a total solar eclipse will be visible over the 48 contiguous U.S. states on Aug. 21. In Northwest Indiana, just under 90 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon. Reservations are required. 219/650-5486 or http://www.mcpstars.org/public/summer

By One of Their Own

See Hammond Community Theatre veteran Don Taylor’s “The Big Bad Ugly,” a story of a handsome prince who is turned into an ugly creature by a witch. He only wants to be friends with all the animals of the forest but all of his attempts to befriend them go painfully wrong. The animals of the forest, led by the wise old owl, get together and decide to put a bell on the BBU so they will always know when he's around. See what happens at the clearing on Bald Mountain! July 21 through 23 at Beatniks on Conkey. 219/852-0848 or www.hammondcommunitytheatre.org

The Pop-Up 2017

The Pop-Up: A Valparaiso Art Experience is a regional art competition organized by Valparaiso Events and The Enclave Project. Over the course of 18 days, Valparaiso becomes an artistic playground, where anyone can discover an artwork that inspires or spurs conversation. Art from around the Region will “pop-up” in neighborhood businesses with each venue serving as a voting station where you can help select the winner of the People’s Choice Award. July 20 through Aug. 6. 219/464-8332 or www.valparaisoevents.com for a schedule of events.

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. The opinions are the writer’s.

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