For a pre-Halloween weekend pondering--- the meaning of masquerades, especially in Miller this weekend; films on eternal life and an unveiling by Mitch Markovitz at the Merrillville-Ross Township Museum.
Miller Citzens Corporation’s 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball this Saturday: I missed the first annual masquerade, so I’m not sure what to expect at the party this weekend at the newly-renovated Marquette Pavillon. My expectations are that the masks will be good, but I’ll still be able to recognize most of my neighbors. Masquerades have this inherent problem--- everyone likes to be seen at parties, that’s why Shore sends photographers. But, really, if no one recognizes you, what’s the point? When Truman Capote held his famous black & white masked ball, the biggest celebrities --- like Frank Sinatra --- wore the smallest masks---think Zorro. I’ll keep you posted.
“I Love Lucy,” the Musical Gets an Extension: Broadway in Chicago just announced that Rick Sparks’ I Love Lucy show is going to stay around until at least the beginning of March at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 East Chestnut St.). A new block of tickets for performances Dec. 29, 2012 - March 3, 2013 went on-sale Tuesday.
Flight’s Big Night: The 48th Chicago International Film Festival will present the Founder’s Award to Chicago filmmaker Robert Zemeckis and his latest movie “Flight” on Closing Night, tonight at 7 p.m. at the AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). The Founder’s Award is given to that one film “across all categories that capture the spirit of the Chicago International Film Festival for its unique and innovative approach to the art of the moving image,” according to the release. Of course, the big movie news event for Friday is the debut of Cloud Atlas, which not even Roger Ebert can figure out totally, although he has hinted in the social world that he thinks it’s a good movie. I read the book a while ago, not even thinking about a movie. while I enjoyed the experience of reading the book, (David Mitchell is a terrific writer.) I was disappointed that the ending wasn’t much of a revelation. I figured when I got to the conclusion, because I had just read Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, that the writer is wound up about time and randomness and changing perspective---an obsession with certain age groups---and so there is bound to be emotional ambivalence. Reincarnation has been a tough sell lately. In conclusion, though I am more interested in Martin ‘In Bruges’ McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths---and Denise DeClue’s “City on the Make,” which just opened at Columbia College’s 11th St. Theatre---I am looking forward to seeing Cloud Atlas, maybe more than once.
Unveiling at the Merrillville-Ross Township Historical Society: With support from the Dean & Barbara White Foundation, the township commissioned a 100th Anniversary Poster commemorating the Old Lincoln Highway in Merrillville.The official unveiling will be hosted by the artist, Mitch Markovitz, founding artist of the now-famed new “South Shore Line” series of posters.
The event will be held at the Merrillville-Ross Township Museum, 13 West 73rd (one block west of Broadway),Merrillville, on Sunday at 2:00pm. Posters will be available for sale at the event. Weather permitting, The Winamac Old Auto Club & The Early Ford V-8 Club will be there to show some of their favorite cars. Admission is free.
The original1913 Lincoln Highway is known today as73rd Avenue from the Porter County line, through Deep River, Ainsworth and Merrillville to Schererville. The original 1913 route, roughly followed what was part of the Great Sauk Trail used by native Americans and early pioneers.