John Cain

John Cain

This exhibit, spanning the dawn of temperance and leading to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment during the Great Depression, takes visitors through the rise and fall of prohibition in Indiana. The era’s conflicting cultures are demonstrated through colorful historic figures such as Edward S. Shumaker of the Indiana Anti-Saloon League, along with the bootleggers, moonshiners and bathtub gin distillers who found their way around the law in Indiana. Through Aug. 23 at the Merrillville History Museum. 219/756-2042 or www.merrillvillehistory.org

Chesterton Art Fair

More than 80 juried artists will be featured at the 59th annual Chesterton Art Fair on Aug. 5 and 6 in Dogwood Park, a venue that successfully hosted its first fair in 2016. Known for the high quality of their work, the fair’s artists represent all media, including drawing, glass, jewelry, painting, metalwork, clay, fiber and pottery. A children’s art booth allows budding young artists to experience art-making through the creation of their very own art piece to take home. The Chesterton Art Fair raises funds for the nonprofit Chesterton Art Center, which serves the community with classes, exhibits and a gift shop showcasing original work by local artists. 219/926-4711 or www.chestertonart.com

As You Like It

What started in 2013 with a few Shakespeare enthusiasts who believed that every citizen of the Steel City should experience a live theatrical performance has become Gary Shakespeare Company, a group offering free Shakespeare for all of Northwest Indiana. This summer, the company stages "As You Like It" at outdoor and indoor spaces throughout our region. The cast brings together actors from Dyer, Gary, Griffith, Hammond, Hobart, Merrillville and Valparaiso in this lighthearted comedy about the many forms love takes. Mark Baer, president of Gary Shakespeare Company and associate professor of acting and directing at Indiana University Northwest, looks forward to this being the first theater performance at IUN’s new Arts and Sciences Building at 3401 Broadway, on Sept. 16 and 17. Other upcoming performances include Lake Hills Amphitheatre, St. John, on Aug. 5; Marquette Park Pavilion, Gary, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27; Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, on Aug. 10; Centennial Park, Munster, on Aug. 12; and Chesterton Amphitheatre on Aug. 19. 219/938-4565 or www.garyshakesco.org

Not Fade Away

The Miller Beach Arts & Creative District presents the photography of Chesterton resident Bobby Talamine through Aug. 27 at the Marshall J. Gardner Center in Miller. Talamine, who has been photographing music legends for more than three decades, estimates that he has photographed more than 3,500 artists, including Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, the Pet Shop Boys and Johnny Cash. 773/822-8086 or www.millerbeacharts.org

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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