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John Cain

John Cain

South Shore Arts recently has relocated its Crown Point branch to the Artful Garden at 611 N. Indiana Ave. It will continue to offer popular art classes, while also taking advantage of the natural surroundings to explore outdoor art fairs and markets, chamber concerts and even yoga classes. The first of these community-focused events is a ribbon-cutting with the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce from 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 25. Our first exhibit at the new location also opens that day, featuring photography by Joanne Markiewicz and Pete Doherty. Stop by for a visit! The exhibit runs through July 15. 219/836-1839 or www.SouthShoreArtsOnline.org

Another Musical Milestone

Founded in 1967 by Donald Balk as the Hammond Area Youth Orchestra, the Northwest Indiana Youth Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary with a concert featuring current and alumni orchestra members on May 21 at Morton High School. Former members will perform Tchaikovsky’s “March Slave” as a side by side with current members. The concert also will feature the world premiere of “Aurora,” the Symphony’s first Composition Competition winner, by Fort Wayne native Patrick O’Malley. “It is great to have a legacy, having worked to fill a need for students from schools which had no orchestral outlet,” says Youth Orchestra founder Donald Balk. Students admitted free, adult tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 219/836-0525 or www.nisorchestra.org

Incorruptable

Welcome to the Dark Ages in Priseaux, France, where everything is really, really bad and the monastery's patron saint hasn't worked a miracle in 13 years. The river flooded again last week. The chandler's shop just burned to the ground. Nobody's heard of the wheelbarrow yet. Threatened by the success of a rival church and a visit from the Pope, a group of desperate monks looks to a shady, one-eyed minstrel to teach them outrageous ways to make their own miracles. May 19 through June 3 at Chicago Street Theatre. 219/464-1636 or www.chicagostreet.org

This is My Brave

This national organization is devoted to ending the stigma surrounding mental illness by sharing personal stories through poetry, essay and original music, live on stage. Join them in Valparaiso on May 21 as they present touching essays, original narratives, and heartfelt poetry performed by 14 individuals living with or loving someone with a mental illness. The power of the human connection through the telling of personal experiences will grab hold of the audience for the shows 90 minutes and beyond. Proceeds from this event will allow This Is My Brave to continue producing life-changing and life-saving storytelling events across the United States. In addition, it will support local mental health advocates and provide artistic opportunities for those facing adversities of many sorts. 219/548-9137 or www.memorialoperahouse.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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