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An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

Charlie Blum, president, CEO and talent buyer for Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, still recalls the first "big stage entertainers" he ever purchased a ticket to see on stage.

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Fight of His Life: Mike Tyson's 'Undisputed Truth' one-man show ready to hit Horseshoe Casino in Hammond

Fight of His Life: Mike Tyson's 'Undisputed Truth' one-man show ready to hit Horseshoe Casino in Hammond

When fighter Mike Tyson served his prison sentence in Indianapolis for rape after an incident in Indy while judging a beauty pageant in 1992, his who's who list of approved celebrity visitors made headlines.

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OFFBEAT: Funny Ellen Cleghorne could give NBC's 'SNL' casting advice

OFFBEAT: Funny Ellen Cleghorne could give NBC's 'SNL' casting advice

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 27, 2013 12:00 am
Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, November 8, 2012

Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rick Kaempfer touts David Stern's Balding Handbook and an exclusive, tell-all-he-can-remem(oir)ber coming next year from John Records Landecker and Eckhartz Press. And straight from the Rock 'n Roll HOF, 80 stunning photographs. --- Pat Colander, Associate Publisher and Editor.

November 07, 2012 9:00 am
Fairy Tale Reflection: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella' comes to the Marriott Theatre

Fairy Tale Reflection: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella' comes to the Marriott Theatre

Matt Raftery, originally from Park Forest, Ill., and now one of Chicago theater's young and promising directors and choreographers, is his own Chicago's South Side "Cinderella" story.

November 01, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble Theater's stage tribute to reality singing contest a hit

OFFBEAT: Black Ensemble Theater's stage tribute to reality singing contest a hit

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 31, 2012 12:00 am

Entertainers who are addicts shouldn't be treated as gods

I am getting tired of people making these entertainers look like some sort of god.

February 28, 2012 12:00 am
Poplar Creek Music Theater Ticket for Whitney Houston circ 1986

Poplar Creek Music Theater Ticket for Whitney Houston circ 1986

By 1986, singer Whitney Houston was headlining as a solo artist at larger venues, including Chicagoland's Poplar Creek Music Theater.

February 21, 2012 12:00 am
Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville Ticket circa 1985 for Jeffrey Osbourne and Whitney Houston

Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville Ticket circa 1985 for Jeffrey Osbourne and Whitney Houston

When Whitney Houston was the opening act for singer Jeffrey Osbourne at Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville in August 1985, her name did not appear on the ticket.

February 21, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Reader grateful for Whitney Houston memories at Holiday Star Plaza

OFFBEAT: Reader grateful for Whitney Houston memories at Holiday Star Plaza

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 21, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Hammond reader asks if Whitney Houston played Star Plaza

OFFBEAT: Hammond reader asks if Whitney Houston played Star Plaza

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am
"Whitney Houston" First Album Cover 1985

"Whitney Houston" First Album Cover 1985

When Whitney played Star Plaza in Merrillville in 1985, her career was just launching, with her first album was released that year, titled 'Whitney Houston.'

February 19, 2012 12:00 am
Houston's Casket Arrives at Church for Funeral

Houston's Casket Arrives at Church for Funeral

The hearse carrying the body of Whitney Houston arrives at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. for the singer's funeral. (Feb. 18)

February 18, 2012 10:49 am
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Coroner seeking Houston medical, pharmacy records

February 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Whitney Houston soared briefly on film with 'Bodyguard'

Whitney Houston soared briefly on film with 'Bodyguard'

Whitney Houston's film career was short — just three big-screen releases in her lifetime. But it resulted in one of the few romantic smash hits ever to star a black actress.

February 15, 2012 2:15 pm
Interactive: Whitney Houston timeline

Interactive: Whitney Houston timeline

Follow the life of Grammy-award winning singer Whitney Houston who died at age 48 Feb. 11.

February 13, 2012 10:39 am
Dancing grandmas putting Gary on the map

Dancing grandmas putting Gary on the map

Walk into Lois Jackson's home in Gary's Glen Park neighborhood on Wednesday evening and you know you are among family. The cackling of mothers, grandmothers and wives in the living room can be heard from the porch. The smell of a turkey roasting in the oven greets you at the door.

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Whitney Houston voluntarily enters rehab

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