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John Cain

John Cain

The Gary International Black Film Festival is a three-day cultural event that brings independent Black film to local audiences, providing rich, authentic opportunities to celebrate African-American heritage and culture. This year’s festival runs Oct. 14 through 16 at Savannah Hall on the IUN campus, beginning with director Ava DuVernay’s “13th.” By burrowing deep into the national psyche, exposing incriminating documents along with potent archival footage and drawing from interviews with activists, politicians, historians and leaders, DuVernay has created a work of crucial and illuminating historical scope. Tickets for the opening night red carpet reception and post-screening discussion are $25. 219/200-4243 or www.gibff.org

The Golden Age

Fathom Events presents choreographer Yuri Grigorovich’s “The Golden Age,” broadcast live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow! In a seaside town where business and the mafia are flourishing, The Golden Age cabaret is the favorite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revelers. Here, the young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but also the friend of a local gangster. Set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich, “The Golden Age” is a satire of Europe during the Roaring 20s, a dazzling show with a jazzy score, music-hall atmosphere, vigorous chase scenes and decadent cabaret numbers. At AMC Showplace Schererville 16 on Oct. 16. 219/322-9762 or www.fathomevents.com

‘Wait Until Dark’

Beatniks on Conkey takes on this suspenseful thriller. Harry Roat, a sinister con man, and two ex-convicts are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam had been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered, the situation becomes more urgent and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. When darkness falls, Susy turns off the lights, leveling the playing field between her and her assailants. Opening night is Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 6. 219/852-0848 or www.beatniksonconkey.com

Nature, Art & Me

DeMotte artist Mary Ann Van Soest’s art fills both galleries at the Chesterton Art Center throughout the month of October. Retired in 2009 after a successful 33-year career in real estate, Mary Ann found her niche as a fiber artist, combining batiks, hand-dyed fabric and paint to create art quilts inspired by the natural world. Mary Ann has exhibited locally, statewide and nationally, most recently at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Opera House Gallery in Delphi and Artists’ Own gallery in Lafayette. Nature is the thread that binds it all together. The opening reception for Mary Ann’s show will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today. 219/926-4711 or www.chestertonart.com

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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