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John Cain

John Cain

South Shore Arts is pleased to present the sixth in its Outstanding Midwest Artist Series, “Eleanor Spiess-Ferris: The Lady Is Not for Burning.” Trees, birds, poisonous plants, mythological symbols, the female form, and, especially, water gather to make up a symbolic stew of expressive elements in Spiess-Ferris’ work. With work dating from the 1970s to the present, the exhibit runs through April 12, with a reception for the artist from 1 to 3 p.m. March 12.

Beethoven & Bernstein

Rejoice in the reverence of Leonard Bernstein's “Chichester Psalms” when the Northwest Indiana Symphony presents the final classical concert of its 75th season. Sung in Hebrew and featuring countertenor Thomas Aláan, Bernstein's work is a showcase for the Symphony Chorus, harp and percussion section. Principal oboist Jennet Ingle performs Mozart's "Oboe Concerto," and Beethoven's joyous and spontaneous "4th Symphony" will leave everyone in high spirits. March 24 at Bethel Church, Crown Point. 219/836-0525 or www.nisorchestra.org

'Lillian'

This original play presented as a fundraiser for the Lake Courthouse Foundation tells the story of Lake County Sheriff Lillian Holley, who earned her place in history as Indiana’s first female sheriff, when she assumed her husband’s post in 1933, after he was killed in the line of duty. The fact of Lillian’s employment in law enforcement was by itself a significant occurrence, but fate intervened to amplify her significance when John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1, managed to escape from the newly built, "escape-proof" Lake County Jail. Written by Crown Point’s Marion Kellum. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., March 10 and 11; Sundays at 2 p.m., March 5 and 12 in the Maki Ballroom of the Old Lake County Courthouse. Tickets available at 219/663-0660 or www.brownpapertickets.com.

'Harvey'

Who doesn’t love Elwood P. Dowd and his constant companion, Harvey, a 6-foot-tall invisible rabbit? To his sister, his obsession with Harvey has been a thorn in her plans to marry off her daughter. But when she decides to put Elwood in a mental institution, a hilarious mix-up occurs, and she finds herself committed instead. It’s now up to Elwood and Harvey to straighten out this mess. The LaPorte Little Theatre Club presents this delightful classic March 10 through 19. 219/362-5113 or www.laportelittletheatreclub.com

Tamburitzans

Enjoy the world famous Tamburitzans at Munster High School on March 19 for their 80th season anniversary show, “Jubilee.” See the stunning visuals as the Tamburitzans present dance and music from Croatia, Armenia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, Ukraine, France and India. More than 400 costumes from 11 countries will be presented by 30 talented dancers, musicians and singers complemented by state-of-the-art sound, lighting and video to make for a memorable experience. 219/616-2828 or www.talentshadows.events

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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