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John Cain

John Cain

Successful TV actor Andrew Rally struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, while dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity. To complicate matters, Andrew also plays host to the ghost of the late legendary actor John Barrymore, who’s determined to persuade the young star to accept the part, even if he has to do it at sword-point. But when a Hollywood friend shows up offering Andrew a new role in a high-paying television pilot, the young star is conflicted. Will Andrew go for the big pay day or risk the same fate that haunts Barrymore beyond his grave? June 22 through July 2 at Dunes Summer Theatre. 219/879-7509 or www.dunesartsfoundation.org

Visions of Wayne

The Purdue University Northwest CHESS Gallery in Hammond presents Visions of Wayne, featuring original black and white silver print photography by Wayne Thomas Abell through June 31. This month marks the 20-year anniversary of Abell’s being censored out of a student show at St. Petersburg College. The artist’s first exhibit in 20 years and his first solo show in the Chicagoland area, “Visions of Wayne” represents a personal connection with film in the rock and roll era and the use of black and white paint splattered on canvas. The photography featured comes from the depths of Abell’s collection of individuals who embrace freedom of thought and style. See it at 6725 Kennedy Ave. in the Hessville neighborhood of Hammond. 219/898-2393 or www.facebook.com/chessgalleryPNW

Taking the Long View

South Shore Arts is pleased to present The Longview: Landscape Paintings by Terry Lacy & Dan Annarino through Aug. 27. The focus of the exhibit is the artists’ unique interpretations of rural Indiana, as depicted through Lacy’s handmade paper pulp paintings and Annarino’s oil paintings. Their work is based on a deep, personal passion for the natural world of rural Indiana in conjunction with their professional backgrounds in graphic design. The representation of natural landscapes through linear, grid-like elements such as crops, roads, electrical poles and buildings creates an intricate and complex mix. The juxtaposition of these natural and man-made elements follows a pattern that inspires the artists, leading to their creative output. 219/836-1839 or www.SouthShoreArtsOnline.org

HOME

This national juried exhibit at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts explores the concept of home in all media. The exhibit includes 16 artists whose work investigates a variety of interpretations, including shelter, family, immigration, homelessness, nostalgia, architecture, domesticity, and the home planet that we all share. HOME is on display through October 14, with an opening reception on Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm, concurrent with Michigan City’s First Friday Arts Walk. 219/874-4900 or www.lubeznikcenter.org

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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