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Of Notoriety with Philip Potempa

From play and restaurant openings to premiere parties and red carpet movie screenings around Chicago and Northwest Indiana, columnist Philip Potempa reports on celebs and notable names from near and far.

The Culinarian

The Culinarian with Jane Dunne

Food/Wine columnist and features writer Jane Dunne never runs out of ideas when it comes to cooking for family, entertaining at home or dining out. Her blog covers the gamut-literally from soup to nuts.

Starcast with Fran Smith

Starcast with Fran Smith

As with Shorecast by Fran Smith, which appears regularly in Shore magazine, the 12 sun-signs are highlighted; here, the focus is on how every planetary move affects each of the 12 sun-signs. Its contents include specific-and fun-information that readers won't find anywhere else.

Will Travel For Food

Will Travel For Food with Jane Ammeson

Food correspondent-at-large Jane Ammeson will travel far and near to write about her latest foodie finds. From tastings to chef profiles, Jane will whet your appetite.

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The Look with Marcia Froelke Coburn

As expert analysis of contemporary fashion morphs up to fine art, Marcia Froelke Coburn knows who, what, when and wear this season. From celebrity statements to fashionistas in the streets, this blogger and bold face name's commentary channels the mind behind the designs.

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 24, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 24, 2014
July 23, 2014 2:00 am  • 

Get to know historic Benton Harbor on foot; experience the ultimate in glamping and rare photos of Bob Dylan are on exhibit in South Haven, Michigan.

An Unusual Way to Get to Know Historic Benton Harbor: For two consecutive Fridays --- July 25 or August 8 --- you can join a guided walking tour of historic downtown Benton Harbor. The Benton Harbor Heritage Hikes, led by a staffer at the Heritage Museum and will lead the trip through Benton Harbor's historic downtown and arts district. The tour includes historical landmarks such as the Farmers and Merchants Bank, the Vincent Hotel, Brammall Industrial Supply, the State Theater, the Fidelity Building, and several other businesses.The tour covers about an hour and a mile of Benton Harbor's historic downtown district beginning at the Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park (corner of E. Main and Pipestone Streets) at 10 am (ET). A $5 donation would be appreciated.

The Ultimate Glamping Package:This is an idea whose style has come. Interior designer Robert Northington and the Dunes Learning Center have teamed up to raise money to send deserving kids to camp. The “glamorous camping” suite they have produced features a nine-person Wenzel Grandview tent (which sleeps two “very comfortably”) and a hand-picked collection of luxury outdoor furnishings. Proceeds from the luxury, amenity-filled camp site sale will benefit kids in underserved communities. A Chicago native, Northington says that childhood experiences in nature inspired his creativity. “It is so important, especially for kids growing up in urban areas like Gary or Chicago, to develop a personal connection to the outdoors,” he says. Robert teamed up with Sandi Weindling, Director of Marketing and Development at Dunes Learning Center. “I just love Robert’s sense of style and his willingness to take risks,” she says. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to collaborate with him again, and I knew this was it!” They were inspired by the challenge of creating a luxury environment that is both rugged and practical.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 17, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 17, 2014
July 16, 2014 2:00 am  • 

It’s about time John Cain, who has been basking in the glories of the 1960s, can celebrate the era with real legitimacy beginning tomorrow; along with a brief meditation on a very successful party at the Lubeznik Center last Saturday night.

Reflections on ArtBash: I have been to the Lubeznik Center a half dozen times over the years but have never seen it quite so splendid as it was last Saturday with silent auction visual art and jewelry in the main first floor room --- I bid a few that I didn’t win, but I dearly loved Patty Carroll’s glycee-enhanced photo, which must have gone well, the opening bid was $750. Board members including the effervescent Bunny Fisher were greeting people at the door trying to reassure them that it was OK to wander through the corridors with surprises all around the bend. The food was as impeccable and impressive as the galleries of art work. Great Lakes Catering manned a mighty Prime Rib carving station and in the same upstairs room, there was Chicken Piccata by Rodini/Galveston paired with unmistakable light bites by Bartlett’s along with the usual outstanding Middle Eastern vegetables and goat cheese stuffed dates from the Pickle and Turnip by Moe of course. I was lucky to get to try Stop 50’s meatballs. (Just as good as ever. I have decadently ordered peppers with a similar meat stuffing way too often.) ArtBash was a well-attended shindig there were folks from Chicago, friends from Miller Beach who I haven’t seen in years, the New Buffalo and Michigan City crowds of course and even those second home owners from further up the Red Arrow Highway. Regional Ivy Tech Chancellor Tom Coley was there to show his support along with stalwart Cindy Hall and President of Ivy Tech’s Michigan City campus Rick Soria, who did double-duty as co-chairman for the evening.

NIPSCO’s Don Babcock, another loyal Lubeznik supporter was the honoree for the evening so his cohort Nick Meyer was there with his beautiful wife Colleen. Also New Buffalo Times’ Dee Dee Duhn, Kathy Dennis and Jahn and Anneke Decker, a one-woman Franklin St. revival artist. Dani Lane, who along with Bunny Fisher and others starred in Donna Blue Lachman’s Mixed Nuts a couple of weeks ago was also there. This was an action-packed 90 minutes which included dancing and synchronized head-bobbing and open bars everywhere you looked. ABC 7’s Ron Magers, managed to get the crowd in the tent to settle down long enough for a few thank you speeches while, Spire, which I had never heard of but am unlikely to forget, served dark chocolate brownies with blueberry ice cream that was absolutely brilliant, light and a fantastic dessert.

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The Culinarian: A beautiful summer salad

The Culinarian: A beautiful summer salad
July 14, 2014 11:45 am  • 

During the years when my late husband and I owned a house in the Indiana Dunes, this easy make-ahead salad was often trotted out on summer weekends when we had guests for lunch. With hues of pink, red, white and bright green, it is pretty as a picture and tastes like a winner. Serve alongside a glass of chilled white wine and a basket of warm "anytime" muffins.

While the Pernod in the dressing ingredients is optional, I think its anise flavor punches up the fresh tarragon. A bottle of Pernod is a good investment and you'll find plenty of uses for it in the kitchen, especially in French dishes. It will last a long time.

SEASHELLS WITH SHRIMP AND SUGAR SNAP PEAS

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Starcast: July Part 1

Starcast: July Part 1
July 11, 2014 9:00 am  • 

Editor's Note: Fran Smith is off this week, but we are re-running a Starcast from March because it predicts the changes in the planetary influences that are coming to fruition for the week beginning July 13, 2014.

Welcome to “Starcast” – an amazing look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. There’s no doubt about it. Our solar system is magnificent and unrelenting in its forward motion – truly one of the most compelling entities in the entire Universe. To this point, let’s focus on the anticipated arrival of the planet, Jupiter (signifying abundance, luxury, ease, and good fortune; namely, Lady Luck), in the glamorous sun-sign of Cancer, the Crab, last June 25, 2013 at 9:42 p.m. (ET). And here, its sumptuous sojourn will continue until Wednesday, July 16, 2014 – when it leaves and enters the center-stage sun-sign of Leo, the Lion (absolutely, a “Starcast” for another time).

This isn’t trivial. This is your Life – every second of it. Because whichever one of the 12 sun-signs you are, this powerful and ongoing planetary activity affects you directly, since the strong and resourceful Cancer governs one of the twelve houses within your birth chart (also known as the zodiac wheel). And the remarkable journey of the planet, Jupiter (forever, Lady Luck), through Cancer will include the emergence of “good fortune and delight developments” that only you will know what to do with. With Jupiter in Cancer, the Crab, there’s the promise of protection, direct action, and an unwavering desire to advance all manner of mental, emotional, and material goals. High drama dominates – plus! the reality that Cancer (the human being), ruled by the Moon (the subconscious mind), remembers simply everything.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 10, 2014
July 09, 2014 2:00 am  • 

A couple of special days in Douglas and Saugatuck: My connection with Saugatuck and Douglas started some years ago when I met some Saugatuck VIPs. One was Julee Russo, originally a New York celebrity, who wrote many cookbooks and two very successful classics with her business partner Sheila Lukins before the tidal wave of food-ism began --- The Silver Palate Cookbook and then The New Basics Cookbook. (They are both well-written, illustrated and exceedingly useful even to a person who seldom cooks.) The books are still for sale at the Wickwood Inn, a high-end bed and breakfast that Julee, who grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and often spent summers in Saugatuck, established with her husband 20+ years ago.

There were other significant players in the tourism business throughout the years, but the other B&B proprietors I met that turned into veterans and community stalwarts were Chef Shaun Glynn and Peter Ta who ran the Belvedere Inn just off Interstate 196. Like Julee they had left the big city to open a small business in the historic and scenic beach town. (Oval Beach in Saugatuck consistently makes the top 20 list of great beaches in the world.) Peter had been a trader in Chicago and Shaun, though originally from Ireland, was brought to the U.S. by Hilton Hotels and worked downtown for years.

Shaun is and was a fabulous cook and artist in every visual way. The Belvedere has a two dining rooms with a limited fixed price menu and in season (and probably out of season as well) the place is packed. Years ago, my brother asked for a recommendation and ended up staying at the Belvedere many times and can’t get enough of Shaun’s cooking or the hospitality of the place. When my brother realized that he could rent the house owned by the Belvedere that sleeps 8 for the week starting on the 4th of July he grabbed it. A family reunion of sorts was born. Of course, we ate at the Belvedere on Saturday night where I grasped that the menu is more than a little bit French, one of the few restaurants where you can order foie gras and sweetbreads in the same meal (outside of Chicago or possibly Grand Rapids). I love both. My husband managed to split a Chateaubriand for two, which he remembered was a house specialty, with my sister-in-law Linda. What a feast!

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 3, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, July 3, 2014
July 02, 2014 2:00 am  • 

Shockingly wonderful developments in tragicom by Donna Blue Lachman in Three Oaks and trying a low-key family Fourth of July in Saugatuck for 2014.

An Improvisational Weekend in Chicago and Michigan: This started as a nostalgia trip for Judi Stone (author-editor at multiple national magazines including Prevention, McCall’s, Good Housekeeping, O, Sunset and currently Dr. Oz and author of the book When She Was White basis for the movie Skin.), Screenwriter and Shore Contributor Denise DeClue (who were both in Second City touring companies) to catch the 4 pm show at the historic theater---there are several theaters and twice as many companies of actors in residence at Second City now. The show was funny, but tame, full of quick-take blackouts, audience-friendly improv bits, very slick and professional. That was Saturday.

On Sunday, we joined about 250, maybe more, who packed the house at the Acorn Theater for the debut of “Mixed Nuts,” a 7-scene inter-related sequence theatrical piece created and developed by Donna Blue Lachman and her company of players including Dani Lane, Ric Heath, Bunny Fisher and others I don’t know as well who worked on the show for the past five months. (I am working on a story about the surge in personal narrative and improv workshops and theater among the-not-so-very-ancient Baby Boomers.) Ironically, this was a show very much more like the original Second City, where the work was personal, edgy, politically incorrect, surprisingly good and shockingly relevant. The production---complete with music, also ala Second City---was free but the audience was networked into the players from across the area including part-time residents who also live in Chicago and the increasing numbers who live in Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan full-time. Donna Blue Lachman, a transplant from the city herself, famous for her outstanding and award-winning one-woman shows, has done an incredible job. Small wonder she gets a lot of support from the Four Winds Pokagon fund, matched by community enthusiasm.

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Starcast: June Part 2

Starcast: June Part 2
June 27, 2014 9:00 am  • 

Welcome to “Starcast” – an absorbing look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. One of those interesting cycles in our solar system occurs today – the Sun entered the stunning sun-sign of Cancer, the Crab, last Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:52 a.m. (ET) – and a week later, the New Moon (when the Sun and the Moon are in perfect alignment within the same sun-sign, signifying “dazzling new starts”) occurs in Cancer, the Crab, today, Friday, June 27, 2014 at 3:09 a.m. (ET). And all of this ongoing, not-to-be-stopped activity has a direct effect on everyone. It matters, not in the least, where you exist on Earth. You’re part of it all.

And here’s why: Everyone (remember, no one is excluded) has the captivating sun-sign of Cancer, the Crab, ruling one of the twelve houses within their own birth chart. So, everyone is influenced – in a very personal way – by whatever planetary activity occurs with this particular sun-sign. Therefore, when the New Moon (which is always very good) takes place in the protective, tough, and glamorous sun-sign of Cancer, the Crab, today, Friday, June 27, 2014 at 3:09 a.m. (ET) – it creates a superb force field that unfolds favorably over the 10 to 12 days that follow. In fact, this singular New Moon promises to exude its own remarkable qualities; namely, the essence of incredible protection, a strong defensive action, and an unrelenting desire and intent to advance its own emotional and material life, regardless of the opposition.

Now, think of a numerical (1 through 12) clock or wristwatch. That’s the zodiac wheel – that’s your birth chart. And each pie-shaped wedge (5 to 4 o’clock, for example) is a house, an area of activity (love, money – in every currency imaginable – work, and so on) in your day-to-day world, one of which Cancer, the Crab, governs in your birth chart. Know, too, that this influence (the New Moon in Cancer) exists and moves forward – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never stops.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 26, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 26, 2014
June 25, 2014 2:00 am  • 

Prepare for John Cain’s 60th birthday and an ArtBash for the first time hosted at Lubeznik’s fabulous lakefront location and this weekend New Buffalo area artists open their gallery doors for ARTigras.

Birthday Party for South Shore Arts ED John Cain: Just as I stopped reverberating from the multi-talented John Cain’s passing the mid-century mark, which involved a Sunday brunch that led to a dinner party, including hours of dancing at Miller Bakery Café, he is now turning 60 on July 18th this year. And of course, South Shore Arts will again be throwing a benefit-party for the occasion. This year, the money will go to the exhibitions fund. In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that not only am I a board member at South Shore Arts but I am on the committee for this party so when we discussed what area needed funds---exhibitions stood out right away. SSA has had some outstanding, hot topic exhibitions over the years with fascinating work ranging from Norman Rockwell to Andy Warhol. And of course, the price of shows and the cost to venues continues to rise as well as the competition for the most interesting work that is well-curated. (Even though South Shore Arts has built and curated many outstanding local shows by networking with artists and gallery owners across the country and the globe.) There is not a contingency fund in case of a moment of serendipity with a show on the horizon. Now, hopefully there will be.

The birthday event will be held Friday, July 18th at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts, during the traditional summertime Happy Hour from 4-6:30pm. There will be lots of surprises, music, appetizers, beverages and other extravagances. Tickets are $75 and reservations can be made by visiting the SSA web site or calling South Shore Arts at 219-836-1839.

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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 19, 2014

Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, June 19, 2014
June 18, 2014 2:00 am  • 

Take a deep breath because there are a zillion events this weekend and construction on the upper I-94; taking this in order starting from the northwest corner of the Lake with the Ed Paschke museum debut in Jefferson Park, Chicago.

Ed Paschke Arts Center opens Sunday in Jefferson Park, Chicago: Opening day of the arts center, which would have been the artist’s 75th birthday, will feature a party “Paschke in the Park” across the street from the center. The art center will hold the largest collection of Paschke’s work from 1969-2004 and will also showcase other Chicago artists and eventually, an artist-in-residence program. Upcoming events include a Paul Natkin photography exhibition; collaboration with Luminarts, a cultural foundation that supports and encourages rising Chicago artists; and a Steve Schapiro photography exhibit: Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground..Ed Paschke Arts Center, 10am-7pm Mon-Sun, Jefferson Park, Chicago. 312.533.4911 or visit edpaschke.org. http://www.edpaschke.org/

Barrymore event at Miller Arts District: “The performance Saturday night by Chicago actor, Jeffery Baumgartner, was extraordinary….,” Karren Lee enthuses, best one-man show in NWI ever. If you weren’t able to make it last weekend, the second and final performance is Saturday at 8 pm. The Miller Beach Arts & Creative District in partnership with Chicago City Creatives is presenting the production at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake St. in Miller. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be ordered online at Eventbrite.com. Also, a very impressed patron loved the play and is offering 25 tickets free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Starcast: June Part 1

Starcast: June Part 1
June 13, 2014 9:00 am  • 

Welcome to “Starcast” – an incredible look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. On Earth (where human beings live), there’s always so much going on – who has the time to worry (or wonder, for that matter) about what’s taking place in our solar system? Just a few. Nonetheless, what actually takes place – like the planet, Mars (raw energy) now in Libra, the Balancing Scales – does influence each of us. And it’s all dial-adjusted to fit our individual sun-sign. Here’s how it works: Whatever your sun-sign, this powerful planet placement (Mars in Libra) affects you directly – because Libra governs one of the twelve houses within your birth chart (also known as the zodiac wheel).

In your mind’s eye, scroll back to last Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:41 p.m. (ET). That’s when Mars entered the charming sun-sign of Libra, the Balancing Scales – and will be traveling through there until Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:25 a.m. (ET) – when it leaves and enters the no-nonsense sun-sign of Scorpio, the Scorpion (definitely, a “Starcast” for another time). Ruled by the powerful planet, Venus (love, close relationships, and creativity), Libra is engaging, yet strangely fearless. This is an invaluable time during which you’re energized to change things for the better, to move situations forward; and possibly, to place outside of your Life whatever and whomever is holding you back. Pace yourself – mentally, emotionally, physically, financially, and spiritually. And keep your thoughts, optimistic; your actions, strong and subtle.

Look at a numerical (1 through 12) clock or wristwatch. That’s the zodiac wheel – that’s your birth chart. And each pie-shaped wedge (7 to 6 o’clock, for example) is a house, an area of activity (love, money – in every currency imaginable – work, and so on) in your existence, one of which Libra, the Balancing Scales, governs in your birth chart. Now, know that this influence (Mars in Libra) now energizes your thoughts and actions. Still, don’t discuss this divine and ongoing activity with anyone. It’s all the more powerful for being kept hidden.

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