Unusual self-portraits of artist Lauren Levato in the show opening at Packer Schopf Gallery tomorrow; Timothy T. from Buchanan has a happy start to 2013 and opts to invest his $700K penny-slot winnings; a camera phone class at Fernwood, an outstanding Irish band and a plea for risers.
Notes on the Slightly Slower Season: Though, I expected a toned-down weekend buzz after the holidays, January 2013 is a bit bolder than I remember for January. While it could be just optimism about a milder winter there are opportunities besides bargain-hunting in Shoreland. Artist Lauren Levato who exhibits and lives in Chicago though she grew up in Hobart is part of show at Packer Schopf Gallery opening Friday called Wundkerkammer. Lauren created a series of imaginative self-portraits that detail remarkable machinations going on inside...her gastro-intestinal system.
A Big Winner at the Penny Slot Machine:Four Winds casino sent us an announcement pleased that Timothy T. from Buchanan, Michigan, won a $744,966.02 jackpot playing The Great and Powerful Oz slot machine from WMS Gaming in the early morning of Tuesday, January 1. Timothy came to Four Winds for the New Year’s Eve celebration, which included cash prize drawings, a seafood buffet, celebrity impersonators and a concert by Purple Reign at Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds and at least according to the Four Winds folks plans to invest his money.
Fernwood Recognizes a Need in the Market: This is a class I can really use, Smartphone Photography 101 is going to hold a 90-minute session on Saturday from 1-2:30 pm to teach lousy amatuer photographers like me how to take better pictures with their phones. The class will learn basic tools and techniques but also which apps help. Pre-register for the Saturday session by Friday for $15. (Fernwood members can join the class for $12.) On Sunday, the garden and gallery is hosting a Sunday Journey to French Wine Country led by Ron Spears owner of Grape News Importing, Ltd, also at 1 pm and suggested lunch in the cafe prior to the presentation and registration by Saturday for $10 for the program.
From the Shore In-Box: Kennedy's Kitchen, an Irish music band that travels around the country from a home base in South Bend, makes its 8th appearance at the Box Factory for the Arts on January 12th with a brand new CD -- "The Birds Upon the Trees." The concert begins at 7:30 pm with John Kennedy and his Kitchen band. General admission is $10; $8 for students and seniors; children 12 and under admitted free. Led by joHn Kennedy, band members include joHn's nephews, Liam and Nolan Ladewski; Chris O'Brien, Rob Weber and Jacob Turner. Instruments include fiddle, flutes, whistles, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, tenor banjo, harmonica, bohdran and bass. And they sing -- they love to sing. For more on this and other Box Factory events, visit the Box online at www.boxfactoryforthearts.org or be a Friend on Facebook. For more on Kennedy's Kitchen, visit them online at www.kennedyskitchen.com or on Facebook.
An Email From John Vinzant: “By now you know that my dear wife Linda works harder than your average bear, teaching K-6 music to 745 young-uns at the Thea Bowman Leadership Academy here in Gary, Indiana. What you probably don’t know is that the time of year for her ‘Winter Program’ is fast approaching. ...She needs risers for the program but there’s no money to purchase them. So, she’s taken the initiative to place an ‘Ask’ through the Legacy Foundation of Lake County, to raise the $2,500 she needs to buy risers. Click on the link here and you can make a tax deductible donation.