From one of musical theater's most exciting new composers comes this refreshingly honest and funny musical about making connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should). “Ordinary Days” tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. When Deb loses her most precious possession (the notes to her graduate thesis), she unwittingly starts a chain of events that turns the ordinary days of four friends into something special. “Ordinary Days” is about growing up and enjoying the view. Sing along at 4th Street Theater, March 9 through 25. 219/926-7875 or

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest' lands in NWI

Dale Wasserman’s stage adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel made its Broadway preview on Nov. 12, 1963, in a production starring Kirk Douglas as R.P. McMurphy, a troublemaking criminal who shows up one day at a mental hospital. The prison where he’s been incarcerated wants to get rid of him because he’s so out of control, but there's word that McMurphy has been faking it all along. Presented by the LaPorte Little Theatre Club, March 9 through 18. 219/362-5113 or

Thursday Night Noir series set at IUN

IUN Fine Arts faculty member Peter Aglinskas returns with his fourth season of informative forays into the shadowy world of film noir at Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art. Political coverups, double-crosses, undercover intrigue, cops in hot pursuit of hideous hoods — these are topics as relevant today as they were during the heyday of classic noir. Join him March 15 for “The Narrow Margin” from 1952 and on April 19 for “The Lineup” from 1958. 219/464-5365 or

'Always ... Patsy Cline' enchants in Valpo

More than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963, this musical play explores the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger. The two continued their correspondence until the singer’s death. Filled with down-home country humor, true emotion and a little audience participation, the show includes many of Patsy’s most unforgettable hits. See it March 9 through 11 at Memorial Opera House. 219/548-9137 or

Ballets by Tchaikovsky sure to please

Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom joins the Northwest Indiana Symphony on March 16 for Mozart’s last orchestral work, the Clarinet Concerto, considered the greatest in the composer’s repertoire. Film composer Luis Bacalov’s “Misa Tango” sets a classic mass to the rhythms of Argentinian tango, featuring the bandoneon accordion. Two lush and lovely Tchaikovsky ballet suites will fill the audience with fairy tale visions from the “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake” suites. 219/836-0525 or

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.