OFFBEAT: Louie Lilac, Dunes and Blooms and winning names are today's news bouquet

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2014-06-19T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Louie Lilac, Dunes and Blooms and winning names are today's news bouquetBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

The producers of the silly, but very popular, ABC television show "Batman," which was a ratings hit from 1966 to 1968, have said they had stars (and their agents) campaigning to be cast as one of the series' famed celebrity villains.

And once they exhausted Batman and Robin's Rogues Gallery of Villains from the comic books which inspired the show, producers would make up their own bad guys.

Comedian Milton Berle aka "Mr. Television," who died at age 93 in 2002, played one of the show's array of "invented" characters. His character Louie the Lilac was a gangster with a passion for flower-themed crimes. 

This month's special photography exhibit, Dunes and Blooms, currently on display at South Shore Arts in the Atrium Gallery would be of particular interest to Louie the Lilac's liking.

This exhibit displays the works of Northwest Indiana residents, Pete Doherty and Joanne Markiewicz, with a percentage of the proceeds to be donated to Hospice of the Calumet Area. After long careers in different fields, I'm told Pete, a former bank marketing executive, and Joanne, a former surgical technician, have taken their love for photography and launched into the next phase of their life journeys, with a focus on giving back to the community.

Pete started his own company, Doherty Images, LLC in 2005 ( A freelance photographer, he specializes in Chicago lakefront and Indiana Dunes photography. I'm told Hospice of the Calumet Area cared for Pete's mother in 2012, and he and his family have continued to support the organization.

Joanne retired from the medical field in 2001 and since then has dedicated a large portion of her time to volunteering. Her charity work has benefited many local organizations over the years. Joanne has many volunteer roles with Hospice of the Calumet Area - she is an active member of the board of directors and a trained patient companion volunteer, as well as being a past president and committed member of Friends of Hospice. Joanne's photography and polymer clay jewelry creations have been influenced by her travels, and Hospice of the Calumet Area benefits from the sale of her brilliant work. FYI:

Dunes and Blooms is currently on exhibit at the Atrium Gallery located at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster and the closing reception is from noon to 3 p.m.  Sunday.

Winning names

Thank you to all who called in to answer Sunday's trivia question in my column. The correct answer is Lazer Wolf was the village butcher in the Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof." Our lucky winners are: Judy Katz of Crown Point, Marianne Gilanis of St .John, Karen Broadski of Munster and Susan Devorsak of Highland, all headed to Sunday's Lazer Lloyd concert with copies of his latest CD awaiting. Congrats!

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