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John Cain

John Cain

The Village Gallery will showcase the fine art by 12 Valparaiso University Junior art majors. Richard Brauer, VU professor emeritus and former director of the Brauer Museum of Art, juried the show. According to Brauer, the works exhibited depict a variety of mediums and styles, addressing the goals and priorities of each artist. A total of 24 works were selected, including photography, print, drawing and painting. The Village Gallery was established in 2009 to promote the arts in Porter County and celebrate artistic talent. Original artwork by artists from around the Region and U.S. are on display every six weeks. The exhibit kicks off with a “Meet the Artist Reception” at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and will remain on view through Dec. 6. 219/465-1591 or www.pinesvillage.org

A Peter Pan Prequel

The Tony-winning “Peter and the Starcatcher” upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be the boy who would not grow up. A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys”). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, “Peter and the Starcatcher” playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Nov. 2 through 18 at Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater. 219/926-7875 or www.4thstreetncca.com

A Perennial Favorite

It seems that all my life I’ve been seeing or writing about productions of “Harvey,” a play that, unlike me, never grows old. A Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, “Harvey” is the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, Harvey, a 6-foot tall invisible rabbit. When Elwood starts introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit him to a sanitarium. A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood. Mayhem ensues! Valparaiso Theatrical Co. performs this comedic classic at Canterbury Theatre, Michigan City, Nov. 9 through 18. 219/874-4269 or www.valparaisotheatricalcompany.org

And Finally, My 25th Annual Holiday Reading!

Please join me for the 25th anniversary of my annual holiday reading on Tuesday Nov. 13 at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Munster. This year, I will be returning with Jim West to read my first and favorite story, Truman Capote's “A Christmas Memory.” Originally published in “Mademoiselle”magazine in December 1956, this largely autobiographical story set in the 1930s, describes a period in the lives of the 7-year-old narrator and an elderly woman who is his distant cousin and best friend and their joy of giving during the Christmas season. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the gallery at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, with the reading to follow. 219/836-1839, ext. 103 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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