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Adventures in Everyday Living
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.
Receptions for two great artists on both sides of Lake Michigan tonight and a preview event for the Great Chicago Fire Celebration which begins September 30th.
Opening Reception Tonight for John H. White Retrospective: Though John H. White is not a name that sticks out in most memories, everyone who has spent time in the world of Chicago journalism knows about the work of this legendary photographer. The exhibit is called “Faith, Focus, Flight,” which gives an indication of the nature and depth of the work. According to Mike Zajakowski, a former colleague and now editor at the Chicago Tribune, the exhibit was made possible by Michael Ensdorf, Founder and Director of Gage Gallery, and co-curator Tyra Robertson, Media Coordinator. The exhibit is explained by the John H. White this way:” I have witnessed war, unrest, pain, death, hate, tragedy, and chaos, and have been close enough to capture daily doses as a photojournalist. They are a large part of the ingredients of life, but many of the images in this exhibition are “just because” moments, the other side of pages of life, the joy, hope peace and love. Here are glimpses that have captured my heart, and it’s my hope that some will cause your heart to smile, also. These photos, just moments, those little moments, frozen visual timeless treasures, precious moments in time. Life is an open book. Photography preserves its pages.”Gage Gallery is at 18 S. Michigan and the reception starts at 5 p.m. The photos will be on displahy through December 20th.
An Event Around the Great Chicago Fire: A start-up lab known as 1871 and now a festival as the historic re-building of the city celebration gains momentum all the time. This year the memorial starts with a preview event, movie-screening of Love Under Fire: The Story of Bertha and Potter Palmer, and a disussion afterwards with Executive Producer Lori McGunn, Director Amelia Dellos and Chicago historians Sally Sexton Kalmbach and Richard Bales set for Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 6:30-8pm (CT) at the Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington Street. The event is free and open to the public.The screening is presented by Redmoon in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District. The Great Chicago Fire Festival will culminate on Saturday, October 4 with interactive activities and a fire spectacle that will take place on the Chicago River between the State Street and Columbus Drive bridges in the heart of downtown.
Donna Blue Lachman gets a second wind in Three Oaks and local galleries feature Michiana artists in upcoming exhibitions including Mitch Markovitz, Dora Natella, Photographer Marc Ullom, Sara Sokol and Kevin Gross.
Donna Blue Lachman Seeks 50-Somethings: The Director resets her newly-minted Second Wind Theater Company designed for people 50+ willing to commit to a four-month long, weekly improv workshop (Pure speculation on my part but this may get developed into a show something like the very funny and reality-based Mixed Nuts set at the Acorn last June.) If you are interested bring a story to tell September 13, 20 and 27 to Strip Mall #3 next to Ipso Facto in Three Oaks between 1-3pm (ET).
Ellen Firme Gallery Hosts South Shore Posters Artist Mitch Markovitz: An opening reception for Mitch Markovitz will be held from 5-8 pm on Friday at the Ellen Firme Art Gallery in Beverly Shores. Wine, cheese, brownies, and spice cake will be served and the show will be open for the next few weeks. Markovitz, best known for his “Just Around the Corner” series of South Shore, was the founding artist and art director for the modern series of posters that consider life in Northwest Indiana cities. Markovitz also co-authored and illustrated the poster collection book, Moonlight in Duneland.
The force is with Benton Harbor, Anna Russo Sieber and the ARS Gallery “I Am The Greatest” project, kicking off the season on Friday night with the second annual beach party and a season of strengthening ties with the Ali Center in Louisville.
This Friday the “Second Annual I Am The Greatest Beach Bash”: Anna Russo Sieber is the force behind many of the great things that are happening in Benton Harbor but the past few years her dedication has been focused on support and awareness for the “I Am The Greatest,” project. While it started as an art project the scope has grown on multiple levels helping kids with education, inspiration and nourishment. (And that would be tangible, food nourishment, as in making sure the children in the program have enough to eat!)
Sieber’s program started as a celebration of the life and impact of Muhammad Ali, who maintained a home in the area and supported countless organizations and youth-oriented causes for over 30 years, with a public art installation involving 16 sculptures by Detroit-based artist John Sauve placed throughout the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph area in 2012. But this quickly grew beyond a one-time commitment, the I Am The Greatest has maintained and grown from its base at the ARS Gallery Arts and Culture Center, part of the New Territory Arts Association.
Interested in being a beneficiary? Bentwood Tavern is looking to give back and serious Labor Day weekend fests at CTG in Valpo and also beautiful downtown Buchanan, Michigan.
New Buffalo’s Bentwood Tavern Give-Back Program: Looking towards the 2015 season of give-back dinners at Bentwood Tavern, the restaurant is soliciting applications for five local non-profits to benefit from the program originally established in 2007. The premise is simple: Everybody is invited to have dinner at Bentwood and 50 percent of the proceeds from the selected evening go to charity. The program has raised over $71,000 since it began and organizations that have benefitted include Chikaming Open Lands, Fernwood Botanical Garden, Michiana Humane Society, Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Berrien and Cass Counties, and the Samaritan Counseling Centers.Chefs Jenny Drilon and Alberto Ilescas lead Bentwood Tavern’s culinary team, which specializes in ‘artisan comfort cuisine’ crafted from seasonal and, whenever possible, locally grown ingredients. Bentwood has eight Michigan craft beers on tap and a carefully curated wine list with over 20 by-the-glass selections.If your organization would like to benefit from a give-back dinner, an online application can be found on Bentwood’s website, www.bentwoodtavern.com. Applications for the 2015 season are due September 7, 2014.
End of August at Chicago Street Theatre: CTG will be presenting a new adaptation of a fairy tale favorite- Beauty and the Beast by Nicholas Stuart Gray starting Friday August 29th through September 13th. On Friday night there will be an Opening Night party at nearby South Bend Chocolate Cafe. Children and their families can also join the cast for games and activities at CST's Beauty and the Brunch event at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 13 at 12:30 PM. Details on the brunch and performances can be found on the theatre's website.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.