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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.
Dramatic developments in the wake of the Oscars in Miller Beach on Saturday; First Friday fest in Michigan City bounces to life and at the Box Factory, St. Patty’s Day arrives early.
On Saturday, Gary Shakespeare Company---the same folks who brought you a stunning rendition of King Lear at IUN’s temporary theater on Grant Street last summer---are holding auditions from 1 pm-5:30 pm at 500 S. Lake Street in Gary. If you would like to try out sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org. In a not-unrelated development acting classes are beginning at the same location on Lake St. Corya Channing, acting and theater teacher at Purdue Calumet for 13 years and her artistic partner John Lisbon Wood, an actor and playwright who has amassed an array and long list of credits---just Google---along with Vincent Banks, a talented recent grad of Wirt Emerson, are offering acting classes working with theatre games, improve, monologues and audition preparation. To learn more about acting classes send email to email@example.com.
Later on at 7 pm Saturday an Ella Fitzgerald documentary, will be shown at the Marshall J. Gardner Arts Center, across the street from Gary Shakespeare with an expert commentary by Larry Lapidus for the benefit of the Miller Beach Arts Association. Admission is $12.
Three special art exhibits this weekend plus a buy-one-get-one-free offer at the Towle Theater in downtown Hammond, plus fast forward to a dueling pianos concert coming up at Bethel.
Towle Theater Event Starts at 7 on Friday: Artistic Director Jeff Casey is hosting a special “Come for the Art (exhibit) stay for the Art (performance)” with an exhibition of the illustrative art of Ariana Koultourides paired with a matinee performance of Adrift In Macao, a parody of 1950s film noir, set in post-war China. And a limited number of invited guests will get a 2-for-1 package ticket. Both of the shows are bound to be great: Koultourides work is excellent and the Towle is well-known for producing amazing mid-20th century period pieces. This may be the time to contemplate acquiring friends.
South Shore Arts Sunday Exhibit Receptions: The work of prominent folk artist William Dawson (1901-1990) will be exhibited at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts in Munster through April 20th. The show William Dawson was organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama and features carved wood totems, sculptures and works on paper. Charles Dawson began creating art in his 60s and achieved national prominence when he was included in an exhibition Black Folk Art in America 1930-1980 held at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. At the same time Fenders and Figures: Works by Sandi Kozlowski will be on display in the Atrium Gallery and the reception for both openings starts at 1 pm.
The weekend meltdown gets underway tonight with NWI Dancing with the Stars competition in Merrillville and a shout-out to size zeroes to grab those stilettos and head to Indian Summer in Chesterton on Saturday.
Matt Sharp Has Been Taking Dancing Lessons for Weeks: Dancing with the Northwest Indiana Stars is tonight at the Radisson in Merrillville. Four couples will compete including Shore’s own Matt Sharp, starting at 7 pm (CT). Proceeds from the $20 ticket go to the United Way.
A Model Call on Saturday: The first model call for the 3rd Annual Fashion on the Shore event is Saturday at Indian Summer 131 S. Calumet Road in Chesterton, Indiana starting at 10:30 am (CT). We need 30 runway models for our top emerging designers this year so beautiful people it is time to get out your high heels and join us at the boutique.
This is a mixed-up weekend full of pent-up energy for love and romance, re-scheduled events during the first meltdown, pre-Mardi Gras, pre-Oscar pre-planning and a special Presidents Day shopping sales.
Annual Big Love Fest at LaPorte County Historical Museum: One of my favorite small museums has always been all about Valentine’s Day with a collection of antique cards that takes center stage during February. This year creative Curator Susie Richter and staff are having a program at 1 pm on Saturday called are trying something new called “Great Loves of La Porte County.” They have asked fans and friends to submit stories over the past several weeks, and volunteers will read them at the party. The stories will then be put into the Historical Society’s archives. Some stories are current and some are historical. Forms are still available at the museum for anyone wishing to add another story to the collection. Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and include the story. Party refreshments will be served and enjoyed by all visitors. The program and party are free; however, regular museum admission will apply.
A Couple of Art Shows Worth Traveling to See: ARS faculty exhibit at the Anna Russo-Sieber Gallery in Benton Harbor opens this weekend and Water Street Gallery in Douglas---a marvelous spot---at 98 Center St., is hosting Little Boxes, a show composed of artists’ creation of small objects. The works that emerge are quirky and definitely unique. For more information, please contact Water Street Gallery at 269-857-8485. Visit the website at www.waterstreetgallery.com
Three hundred people on the street in downtown St. Joe; Mark Spenser’s Fences has been extended until Sunday and Chicago Lighthouse throws a benefit for programs for visually-impaired children at the DeLux Bar & Grill in Chicago.
Olive Cart Wins Chili Pepper Award: Congratulations to Jill Stone and the fabulous St. Joe Today folks who got 300 participants to taste the chilli at the 19 downtown St. Joe businesses that competed for the Chili Pepper Award during the second year of the tour. The tourists, who got more than just chili to taste, have spoken and picked on my favorite establishments---ta da, the Olive Cart---for the winner. The gourmet oil and vinegar purveyor, which is a great place to taste the inventory without a festival, featured “Too Sexy Chili” by Chef Edward Bareham of Harbor Shores. So the Olive Cart will not only host the Chili Pepper Award Trophy throughout 2014, but you can go there any day and sample my personal favorite smokehouse vinegar or the orange-infused olive oil, another knockout.
Good News for August Wilson and Mark Spencer Fanatics: Mark Spencer’s production of Wilson’s play “Fences,” has been extended over this weekend starting tonight at 7:30pm , also Friday and Saturday with the finale matinee at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Don’t miss the performance at the theatre just off I-80/94 at 3600 Grant Street. Read more about the production and the actors here.
Blizzards and storms may have cut into my meeting and party schedule, but the silver lining is long stretches of unanticipated time to read book after book, like a glutton, including selections from Carl Sandburg, James McBride and Solomon Northrup.
My Snowbound Reading List: I have managed to venture to southwestern Michigan a few times since Thanksgiving that the weather permitted. On one of my journeys I stopped to see my friends John and MaryJo, who spend summer and winter in Three Oaks. McHugh, who was interviewed extensively for the new Steve James documentary about Roger Ebert (Life Itself, based on Roger’s memoir) , got around to discussing the movie. And that led into a discussion of movies in general. Discussing movies with McHugh is easy because he doesn’t see many movies and never liked them much. But that led inevitably into a conversation about good books we’ve been reading lately. John recently read Carl Sandburg’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, which got us going on that and then back to movies.
What emerged from this book-movie talk was what a remarkable story is told in Twelve Years a Slave, by Solomon Northrup , which John had read. (Now I have read the book and seen the movie and I would urge everyone to do the same.) But, that opened up another topic that has been a big part of my life lately, that is reading everything I can that’s been written by James McBride. I started with Good Lord Bird, his most recent novel about the John Brown uprising prior to the Civil War, which got the National Book Award for fiction last year. I read Song Yet Sung next and The Color of Water after that. Most people had started with The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, a book that was on the bestseller lists for months more than a decade ago. The Color of Water is a mesmerizing story that will resonate forever. No fiction story could possibly be as real and as human as the non-fictional lives of this particular family. How and why we are in a moment that we’re enthralled with Lincoln, trying to digest the horrors of slavery, is a mystery to me, but it’s there. This may be a trend in big movies but the big books like Carl Sandburg’s have been around a long, long time. (And I’m including Mark Twain’s books, up to the two volumes of his autobiography published recently after a hundred years.) So, that’s what’s been happening in my head this winter and I have to thank these authors who built these important and painful stories for posterity. But there is a footnote to this story: McHugh, who can be an incredible geek at times despite being a poet at heart, has signed up for a free online class at an East Coast University exploring the topic of slavery in America. So we'll see how that goes.
I am keeping calm and carrying on through the snow to the dunes and back to civilization, slowly. This takes grit that builds character in Midwesterners. Also, creates this thrilling determination to make the weekends count. Strategize, car pool, take the train, but get out there, there is so much to do.
While Sitting in a White Out Yesterday: I found a lot solace in my unusually long commute yesterday, hearing texts and emails float across my phone. Half my traitorous family is in Florida, New Orleans, California and Mexico. And don’t get me started on my friends. Other years, when we were spoiled by mild weather, these were the people who missed out on some fun because they opted out. Of course, the Customs Imports and NBBA’s Dee Dee Duhn has the timing of her annual Bali trip down to a science. This year was a particularly stellar choice of dates: she left in early January, during a lull between storms and will return just in time for the biggest NBBA event of the year, Bev’s Second Season Ball at the Crystal Ballroom at the Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo on Saturday, February 1. The $80-tickets are so worth it. I never miss this party. (For more info on this event and other Winterfest Weekend activities in New Buffalo go to the Shore home page and check out pages 58-59 in the replica edition of the magazine there.) Paging my menu items the other day, Ms. Duhn graciously sent along a photo of her Bali office, pictured here.
Other Fun Stuff Up Ahead: St. Joe hosts a chili tour next weekend with retailers in the downtown area. Everybody participates. Also White Pine winery is holding their annual Winter Comforts Evening from 6-8 either tonight in their tasting room on State St. also in St. Joe. WP Winemaker Dr. Dave Miller---we have a story coming up on these learned winemakers in southwestern Michigan in the next Shore--- will be releasing his 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc at the event. Tickets are $30 with early reservation and $35 at the door.
The ice and snow appreciation edition has info on re-scheduled, re-rehearsed and re-emerging self-improvement projects, warm-up exercises and back-to-school specials.
SAIC/WaterStreetGlassworks Exhibition and Performance: For the past two weeks, students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago teamed up with local artists for an intensive glass-making training session. On Saturday night there will be a special exhibit and performance to celebrate and show off the work that came out of the workshop. The event at Glassworks in Benton Harbor is free and open to the public starting at 6pm (ET).
What the Expert Gardeners Do in Winter: Originally set for last weekend when the roads were impassable in Miller Beach, the famous garden club will present “Gardening 101,” at 9am on Saturday at the Aquatorium in Marquette Park. For questions about the event, or other details, call Corya Channing 219 938 8532 for more information.
Eat, Drink and Support the Arts on Friday: This is the fifth year for the Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative birdhouse auction event in New Buffalo on Friday night. Fifty artists, many of them from the Harbor Country area, make birdhouses for the auction and the funds raised benefit the purchase and installation of public art here in southwestern Michigan. Tickets, which are $35 at the door and $30 if purchased in advance, buy a seat at the festivities, appetizers and either two glasses or wine or beer. You can get tickets in advance by calling the Marina Grand Resort at 269-469-9900 or Fusion Design Group at 269-469-8226. The Marina Grand Resort is hosting the event from 5pm – 8pm (ET). For full details and birdhouse photos check out the hcpai.com web site.
Eat, Drink and Support the Arts (and Methodist Hospital Foundation) on Thursday and Saturday: The Twelfth Night celebration at Bead Town Northwest Indiana has been postponed until the Fifteenth Night---that’s tonight---at 7pm (CT) at the Marshall Gardener Center in Miller Beach. This celebration is $25 which covers beer, wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and potluck to help and support the Methodist Hospital Foundation. There will be another fundraiser for Miller Arts district and reception for the Bead Town project inventor, artist Stephan Wanger on Saturday night, March 11 at the Rutsen-Rogge house on Vigo in Miller. The smaller Saturday night shindig has the more exclusive ticket price of $50 per person. For more information contact Karren Lee at email@example.com
Upcoming parties take planning now. If you were snowed in for New Year’s, there chances to party coming up on the calendar, so fire up that tablet and take note.
Bead Town Opening Night is January 6: Twelfth Night, also known as Little Christmas, is the day the Wise Men supposedly arrived in Bethlehem, the perfect evening for a pre-Mardi Gras soiree in Miller Beach. The main installation and kickoff party at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in Miller, hosted by the Methodist Hospitals Foundation and the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District, will be held from 7 to 10 pm Monday. The reception is open to the public. Admission is $25 and includes beer, wine, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and potluck dishes. Maria Diaz at the foundation office is taking reservations now at 219. 886.4468.
There is another party for Stephen Wanger next Saturday, January 11th at the Rutsen-Rogge house on N. Vigo in Miller. Stephen Wanger is an interesting guy, but you want to see the house too. We featured it in Shore last year. Jog your memory with a peak at the article. Admission, which benefits the Miller Arts district, is $50. Tickets are limited so RSVP by January 8 to Karren Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.