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Shore's Associate Publisher and Editor Pat Colander brings you up-to-date on what's going on in the Shore universe-evenings, weekends and all times in between issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Time is running out if you want tickets to the Green Sense-Whole Foods-Miller Bakery Café collaborative dinner on Sunday and a very special weekend of music at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joe.
Beach Foodie Alert: Green Sense-Whole Foods-Miller Bakery Café Dinner is 75% Sold-Out: The dinner coming up on Sunday represents a unique collaboration with Green Sense Farms, a pioneer in vertical indoor agriculture growing vegetables in a very large space in the Portage Ameriplex and harvesting every two weeks, is teaming up with Whole Foods and Miller Bakery Café for an extravaganza. “ The Farm-To-Table, Wine-Paired, Dining Experience,” menu:
Boy, have I been waiting for late summer tomatoes! I felt like buying out my local farmers market on my last visit as I eyed jewel-like yellow, orange, purple and bright red cherry tomatoes, the large, luscious red and yellow beefsteaks, and perfect romas. Biting into a freshly-picked, still warm from the sun tomato is one of my best food memories and something I still love to do today, although I’m prudent enough these days to do it over the kitchen sink. A pinch of salt and you’ll think you’ve gone to heaven.
Two of my favorite recipes follow. While the crostata is prettiest with red tomatoes of a similar size, the tomato and watermelon salad shines with a selection of cherry tomatoes, so go wild. Hope you will try both recipes as these never disappoint if made in season.
HEAVENLY TOMATO-CHEDDAR CROSTATA (6 servings)
My suggestion: Start the weekend early with a visit to Meijer Gardens; followed by a Friday Open Studio Night at Ox-Bow; Saturday at Lubeznik’s art fest and Sunday Café Carlyle at the Acorn.
The Lubeznik Center’s Lakefront Art Festival on Saturday: This is the art show and sale that is so high-end that you think it must be curated or juried or something but it isn’t. There is so much quality work available at this show. There will be more than 100 artists and the fair starts Washington Park in Michigan City at 10am on Saturday (closes at 6pm) and again on Sunday when it’s finished at 5 pm. Admission for non-LCA members is $4. You can park for free nearby and take a shuttle or pay $7 to park at on-site.
Other Last Gasps of Summer: I just went to check out the Meijer Gardens web site to see what’s going on with their summer concerts and noticed the only one that is not sold out is the Moody Blues on August 21. But, even if you can’t make a concert there you really should visit at least once before the weather changes. The sculpture garden, which grows every year, is already getting almost too much to take in with one visit. I continue to be impressed every time I go.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Welcome to “Starcast” – a fascinating look into what the Cosmos has
in store for the 12 sun-signs. There’s so much activity on Earth – but
Prepare for an interesting and slightly noir weekend, at least on the mature audience side. Highlights include opening of New Buffalo's Scott Covert’s new show of graveyard art at Firme gallery in Beverly Shores; an exhibition on the Civil War soldiers tonight at the Heritage Museum and coming this weekend, Artist Christopher Cozier’s Gas Men, a single channel video made near the Lake Michigan shore, debuts in NWI.
Civil War Historian Presents a Public Program Tonight: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center on Main Street in St. Joe is hosting "St. Joseph/Benton Harbor Area Boys in Blue, 1861-1865.” The opening program at 6:30 pm (ET) by John Urschel, introduces the exhibit Southwest Michigan in the Civil War, documenting who the area's Civil War soldiers were and includes details on the local "home" regiments; the 12th and 19th Michigan Volunteer Infantries. There is no admission charge for Heritage Museum members and $5 admission for visitors.
Opening on Friday with Free and Not-So-Free Refreshments: Scott Covert at Firme Gallery (free) near Bartlett’s (not-free) in Beverly Shores; Peter Nye performing at McGinnis Pub starting at 7 (CT) on 7th Street in Michigan City (not-free) and Vicki Quade’s Bible Bingo & Late Nite Catechism at The Royal George Theatre in Chicago (not-free). And the reception for Christopher Cozier’s Gas Men, a debut of the Trinidadian artist’s newest single-channel video hosted by the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District in co-operation with Monique Meloche and Allison Glenn of the Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago begins at 6 pm at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts at 540 S. Lake Street in Miller Beach, Gary, Indiana. The gallery will also be open from 6-9 pm on Saturday and from 2-4 pm on Sunday the artist will talk about his work.
Even though he learned to cook more classical dishes from his mother as the family moved between West Africa and Lebanon, Moe Mroueh likes to add contemporary touches to the menu at The Pickle & Turnip, his newly opened restaurant and wine bar in a trendy historic district on Franklin Avenue in Michigan City, Indiana.
The menu reflects this modern take on traditional while retaining classic Middle Eastern dishes as well Moe tells me as we sit at table laden with time honored favorites-- bacon wrapped Medjool dates stuffed with feta and goat cheese and drizzled with pomegranate molasses, fried plantains in a spicy red pepper sausage, hummus-- that pureed chickpea delicacy that goes so well with fresh pita made here, lamb chops marinated with sumac, oregano and thyme mixed with the only olive oil Moe will use—the specially imported Kolossos brand (which is available at Al’s Supermarkets which two locations in Michigan City, two in LaPorte, one in in South Haven, Indiana and also available at Barney’s Market in New Buffalo), lamb sausage spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and served with tahini, a paste made from ground, hulled sesame seeds and baba ganouj—toasted eggplant pureed with tahini sauce, garlic and lemon.
And there’s the not-what-your-Lebanese-grandmother-would-make-- watermelon caprese, layers of watermelon and halloumi cheese sprinkled with mint, salt and pepper, sumac seared sea scallops and a variety of dips for including hummus—muhummara which is a blend of roasted red pepper, walnuts and pomegranates, aubergine which Moe describes as a type of baba ganouj only made with avocado, roasted eggplant, tahini and lemon along with my favorite, toum--egg whites mixed with olive oil, lemon, garlic and potato.
Check out a range of creative options this weekend around Lake Michigan including NISO outdoor concerts, alt-rockers in Three Oaks and chalk art in St. Joe.
Creative Process Part 1: St. Joe 18th Annual Chalk the Block Weekend has artists chalking downtown Saturday and Sunday. Blocks are being judged and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place blocks. Cook Nuclear/Indiana Michigan Power is the presenting sponsor on this event. Also this weekend in St. Joe farmers market, Antiques on the Bluff (Sunday) and the Saturday night movie is The Philadelphia Story with Katharine Hepburn.
Creative Process in Michigan Part 2: Alt-rock icons Cracker are appearing at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks on Friday night at 8pm (ET) and tickets are $40. On Saturday at 2 pm (ET) the Acorn will host Chicago’s leading theater organist and president of both the Chicagoland Theatre Organ Society and Silent Film Society of Chicago, Dennis Scott, on the Acorn’s magnificent Barton Theater Organ accompanying the famous silent movie, Safety Last. Admission to the performance and movie is $15.
Welcome to “Starcast” – an absorbing look into what the Cosmos has in store for the 12 sun-signs. Here’s a good thought. No matter how dull, how uneven, or how uninspired a day may seem – know this. Life – your Life – is constantly moving forward.. Nothing stays the same. And due to the constant forward motion of the heavenly bodies within our solar system – everything changes. And if You think the right thoughts (love, happiness, harmony, etc.) only – everything changes for the better.
Leading the way is the changing of the Sun as it slips from one sun-sign into the next. An excellent example of this occurred last Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:42 p.m. (ET), when the Sun moved into the dazzling sun-sign of Leo, the Lion. Noteworthy: the Sun itself, around which all other planets revolve, is at the core of our solar system. Interestingly enough, the Sun is the ruler of the dramatic Leo, the Lion, gifting this particular sun-sign with a magnificence enjoyed by no other sun-sign.
Still, everyone, everywhere, has Leo ruling one of the 12 houses within their birth chart. The result: Everyone is directly affected by whatever planetary activity is taking place in this sun-sign. Case-in-point: The New Moon (new beginnings – when the Sun and the Moon are in perfect alignment within the same sun-sign) will take place tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:43 p.m. (ET). So, then – and over the 10 to 12 days that follow – is the ideal time in which to initiate new ideas, new plans, new projects, and certainly, new relationships.
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.
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.