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John Cain

John Cain

Roman Invasion

Join Maestro Troy Webdell and the musicians of the South Shore Orchestra as they invade Memorial Opera House with the powerful music of Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. The evening’s program includes the epic tone poems, “The Fountains of Rome”and “The Pines of Rome,” as well as the Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra to be performed by audience favorite, Russian violinist Violetta Todorova.

Maestro Webdell opens South Shore Orchestra’s 14th season on June 1, featuring an 80-piece orchestra with additional assistance from Valparaiso High School brass players, musically recreating the sound of Roman centurions marching along the Appian Way. 219-548-9137 or www.memorialoperahouse.com

The Unwonted Say ...

“Take It Outside” for this fourth annual pop-up, live art and music festival! The Artist Collective known as The Unwonted is back from the depths to bring you the coolest warm-weather art and music fest on this side of Lake Michigan.

Join your friends for good times at this year’s Take It Outside art party on Saturday, June 9, from 1 to 7 p.m., featuring the Bugaboo Tattoo & Piercing Truck, the Decay Devils, Driver's Gallery, Casey King Art and Mythos Publications for a small zine workshop. Music will include Rocketboat, Fragile Soul and HGS Music's Martin Bowman and Alex Barrios.

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Uber vendors include art by horror expert Matt Coundff, the Shadow Shop, Ziggy V Studio’s friendly and freaky plush and collectibles, Christopher Messer’s futuristic face-painting, Bertie's Handmade Home Wearables, Rick's custom and playable cigar box guitars, gourmet hotdogs, cupcakes and so much more! www.facebook.com/TheUnwonted/

Family Arts Festival

Every year in June, the Center for Visual & Performing Arts in Munster opens its doors to give the whole family an opportunity to experience theater, visual art, music and the culinary arts — all under one roof! Kids can sing along and dance with the “Everyday Heroes” who pop out of a friendly children’s storybook in shows at 10 a.m. and noon. Tickets are available in advance from the box office, 219-836-3255 or http://www.theatreatthecenter.com/.

Free backstage tours throughout the day will give kids of all ages a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes at a professional theater. There will be theater games where you can learn acting, ice-carving demonstrations on the back patio, and special art projects for Superboys  and Supergirls! You can even create your own wearable tie-dye art.

The Northwest Indiana Symphony will help you make your very own instrument, while members of the Symphony’s Youth Orchestra will be featured in musical performances throughout the day.

Meet the artists featured in the South Shore Arts summer exhibit, “Pumped Up: The Art of Wheels, Rigs & Hogs.” Photography by Larry Lapidus continues in the Atrium Gallery through June 18. There’s something for everyone on Sunday, June 10! 219-836-1839 or www.southshoreartsonline.org.

John Cain is 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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