Star Plaza Theatre

The show is slated to go on at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

The Star Plaza Theatre has a new lease on life, and that’s worth applause throughout the Region and far beyond.

Prior to last week’s announcement that the theater will stay open, Charlie Blum, president and CEO of the theater and Star Productions, had shared with us a complete list of the artists who have performed at the venue over its 37 years.

The list goes on for pages and covers many great artists, but what stands out is the number of performances by each artist. Some have played in Merrillville an astounding number of times.

We’re using this list as the basis of a quiz that is in its second week in our new 219 entertainment section. For four weeks, we’re asking three questions and inviting you to submit answers.

Winners of random drawings of entrants with all correct answers will win four tickets to a Star Plaza show. And the overall winner — drawn at random from all four weekly winners — will receive two tickets to any or all of the theater’s January and February shows.

In all, 55 readers submitted all correct answers in week one, and the winner was April Lusk. We were amazed so many readers picked the correct answer to the toughest question, the number of times Sesame Street Live performed at the Star Plaza Theatre. Can you believe 276 times?

This week’s contest includes this question among the three: “How many times did the Oak Ridge Boys perform at Star Plaza Theatre?”

The contest can be found at nwi.com/digital/graphics. Entries are accepted through Tuesday. Give it a try each week.

TV Times

Make sure you look for TV Times in your paper today. You won’t want to miss the return of a TV book for the first time in more than 10 years.

The television listings, movie guide, features and puzzles will take you through the week. Enjoy it.

Moving forward, our daily primetime television grids in The Times will include only primary channels and the most popular cable channels.

We hope you keep TV Times around and refer to it for a complete listing of channels and comprehensive grids covering from 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Early voting

Count me among early voters this time around. I voted last week at Schererville Town Hall.

If you haven’t voted and are still undecided in the presidential race, look over our “Why it Matters” issues stories packaged at nwi.com/politics.

Also, visit the site to read candidate responses to our questionnaires, mailed to every candidate in the Region, along with coverage of local and state races.

Be sure to vote Tuesday, and visit us at nwi.com on election night for national and local coverage and results.

Thanks for reading us. Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.

Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or bob.heisse@nwi.com.

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Bob is editor of The Times Media Co. He started in Northwest Indiana in April 2014 following stints as executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.