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John Cain

John Cain

The Decay Devils are celebrating Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH-ah), the fourth day and principle of Kwanzaa, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Gary Public Library Dubois branch. Ujamaa stands for Cooperative Economics, which means to build and maintain one’s own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them along with others. The ceremony will include education, engagement, interaction and entertainment for the community. www.decaydevils.org

PNW Student Photography Exhibit

Several Purdue University Northwest students studied abroad last summer in the City of Lights. Now these Communication and Creative Arts Department students will showcase their photographic record of Paris at CHESS Art Gallery, 6725 Kennedy Ave., Hammond. The exhibit runs through the end of December and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 219/989-2393 or www.facebook.com/ChessGalleryPNW/

The Return of an Iconic Rock Group

The Ides of March bring their unique brand of musical creativity and energy to the Tomfoolery stage at Whiting’s historic Hoosier Theatre with an evening of music and storytelling by Jim Peterik and band mates Larry Millas, Bob Bergland and Mike Borch. In true Tomfoolery fashion, variety will be the order of the night with local rock legend, Rocken Horse, opening the evening. No Tomfoolery event would be complete without a few laughs — Old School comedian Sharkie will be on hand. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30. 219/595-9372 or www.facebook.com/tomfooleryfunclub/

A Puncher’s Chance

Chris Guzman, a local artist and longtime boxing enthusiast, will showcase more than 50 of his hand-painted boxing gloves in a solo exhibit at Fluid Coffee Bar. A Gary art teacher and the official artist of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame in New York, Guzman will also showcase "upcycled magazine covers," onto which he paints pop culture images on vintage periodicals. The exhibit runs through the month of December at the downtown Valparaiso coffee house. 219/384-3732 or www.facebook.com/guzmangloves/

John Cain is the executive director of South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He can be reached at (219) 836-1839, ext. 102. The opinions are the writer’s.

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