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John Cain

John Cain

From the quietness of Copland to the rousing strains of “West Side Story,” enjoy a Latin-flavored fiesta of sights and sounds with the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra for its season opener on Nov. 5 at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium. Special guests include Mariachi Acero and Debra Bolanos, Director of Xel-Ha Escuela de Danza, who will dazzle you with color, choreography and style. 219/262-9020 or www.lcso.net

Art in Focus

Join writer, editor and publisher Pat Colander when she reads from her new book, “Hugh Hefner’s First Funeral and Other True Tales of Love and Death in Chicago.” Pat will discuss the motivation behind the book, as well as her experiences in writing and journalism from the 1970s to the present. This free Art in Focus presentation is at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 10 a.m. Monday. 219/836-1839 or www.southshoreartsonline.org

A Sondheim Classic

4th Street Theater in Chesterton presents “Into the Woods,” Nov. 4 through 20. Composer James Lapine and lyricist Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant modern classic. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child, Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Everyone’s wish is granted in the end, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. “Be careful what you wish for.” 219/926-7875 or www.facebook.com/4thstreettheater

Ronnie Kole Trio

Called “a piano man’s piano man,” Ronnie Kole is admired by top stars from Harry Connick Jr. to Allen Toussaint. You can catch the sounds of this New Orleans-based musician’s smooth style and elegant persona, when Lakeshore Community Concerts presents the Ronnie Kole Trio at Munster High School on Thursday. Enjoy the works of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. 219/923-7879 or www.lakeshoreconcerts.org

On Stage at Theatre Northwest

“Love and Information” by Caryl Churchill is a kaleidoscope of short scenes investigating frail relationships and how a single piece of information can change everything. There is no story and no reoccurring characters. Instead, there are passion, intensity, despair, worry, regret, frustration, relief and joy. Directed by assistant professor Mark Baer. General admission tickets are $10. Nov. 3 through 6. 219/980-6808 or www.iun.edu/theatre/

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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