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John Cain

John Cain

"Small But Mighty" runs through Jan. 26 at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, featuring more than 30 works by artists from as far away as California, New York, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin and as close as Crete. Juror Aron Packer selected from over 300 works by more than 100 artists. The show includes freestanding ceramic sculptures, relief, paintings, drawings, mixed media, fiber and collage with works ranging from hyper-realistic to very abstract. Opening reception is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12. www.prairiestate.edu/artgallery

Kubecca’s Ultimate Music Odyssey

The performance duo Kubecca combines the classical and jazz education of Kuba with Rebecca’s musical theater experience to create a diverse program featuring country, jazz and showtunes arranged for unique instrumentation, including the marimba, kalimba and flute in an amalgam of musical expression. Lakeshore Community Concerts presents this entertaining show at Munster High School at 7 p.m. Jan. 13. www.lakeshoreconcerts.org

Celebrating an anniversary

You’re invited to help Beatniks on Conkey celebrate an auspicious occasion and take a peek at its upcoming season along with resident theater companies, Hammond Community Theater and Variety Theater. The season includes eight plays and two Beatnik Babes Variety Shows. Don’t miss this one-night-only preview at 8 p.m. Jan. 14. www.beatniksonconkey.com

'Sand & Steel' at the Brauer

The opening reception of the Valparaiso University presentation of this Indiana Bicentennial celebration of 20th century dunes and industrial painting at 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Concurrent exhibits include Bill Jeter’s sculpture “The MARTIN Bell: A Commemoration to MLK in Form, Sound & Action” and photographs by Rebecca Nolan in “American Byways: Selections from U.S. Highway 80.” Jeter will give a talk at 7 p.m. Jan. 25. Nolan will be featured at a coffee hour at 7 p.m. Feb. 1. The exhibits run through April 2. www.valpo.edu/brauer-museum-of-art

'Four Score and Seven Years Ago'

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged. However, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in this special musical for young audiences. Jan. 17 through 20. www.theatreatthecenter.com

Duo Sequenza’s 'South Shore Suite'

“South Shore Suite” will receive its World Premier on the second half of Duo Sequenza’s winter concert at Memorial Opera House, Valparaiso, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 with composer Jorge Muniz in attendance. Poised to become an appealing Midwest legacy to a national audience, “South Shore Suite” is a major new addition to the flute and classical guitar repertoire, its inspiration including Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes and Mount Baldy. www.duosequenza.com

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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