John Cain

John Cain

South Shore Arts invites you to spend a summer afternoon at its glorious new location at the Artful Garden, 611 N. Indiana Ave. in Crown Point.

A party featuring local artists, brews, wine, appetizers and jazz will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept.10. The event serves as a benefit for South Shore Arts programming in south Lake County. Entertainment will be provided by the Jeff Brown Trio! $100 per person before Sept. 5; $125 per person thereafter. Ticket price includes two drink tickets. All but $30 of ticket price is tax deductible. Limited to 200 people. Casual attire. For reservations (required): www.southshoreartsonline.org

Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival

Be among the thousands of art enthusiasts from Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Michigan's nearby Harbor Country when the Lubeznik Center for the Arts hosts its 36th annual outdoor art festival on Aug. 19 and 20. The fair will feature contemporary art, artist activations, family activities and food. Discover the next big thing at all price points. Presented off-site for many years, the festival is now held on the Lubeznik Center’s grounds, where visitors can be immersed in the LCA experience. All proceeds are invested back into the Michigan City community through artistic and educational programs provided by LCA throughout the year. 219/874-4900 or www.lubeznikcenter.org

Plays in the Park

The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation presents Park Plays on Thursday evenings through September at the Indiana Dunes State Park Pavilion. Enjoy comedies, dramas, musicals, improv and more in these free performances near the beach. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and kick back for some great entertainment. Performances take place at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, performances will take place at Wilson Shelter. www.parkplays.org

'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)'

With people’s schedules being as busy as they are these days, quite possibly the best way to enjoy Shakespeare is to see all of his 38 (or is it 37?) plays performed by three actors in 97 minutes. Fast paced, witty and physical, this is the Bard unlike you’ve ever seen him — perfect for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike. This inaugural production of the newly formed Seedlings Theatre is on stage at the M & M Theatre in Hobart, 227 Center St., through Aug. 20. 219/281-2829 or www.seedlingstheatre.org

'Crimes of the Heart'

Set in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, in the mid-20th century, “Crimes of the Heart” is an American tragicomedy about the three Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home after Babe shoots her abusive husband. Past resentments bubble to the surface as each sister is forced to face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" that she has committed. Through Aug. 20. 219/874-4035 or www.footlightplayers.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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