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Chautauqua in the Dunes

Chautauqua in the Dunes is four full days of events, August 16-19, 2018. Chautauqua will build on the cultural, historical, environmental, economic, political, and religious heritage found here in Northwest Indiana and throughout the Dunes region. Chautauquas were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century as accessible and participatory educational models. They were…

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You’ll love the Fabulous “Rick Stone the Blues Man” at Black Ensemble Theater!

**** Recommended **** For all the blues aficionados out there, “Rick Stone the Blues Man” is the show for you! For this show, Black Ensemble Theatre has assembled an amazing cast of blues singers, led by Rick Stone himself. Since it is a review, in fact, almost a concert, I thought was really cool is…

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“Gutenberg! The Musical!” is lots of fun!

Ensemble Theatre Company’s production of “Gutenberg! The Musical!” is a silly but very funny story about two guys, Doug Simon (Zachary Gipson) and Bud Davenport (Dustin Ritchea), who are performing the first reading of their new musical on a make-shift stage in borrowed space, hoping that one of the Broadway producers rumored to be in…

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Stacy Keach is Amazing in “Pamplona”

**** Recommended **** You’ll remember that last year, on opening night for “Pamplona”, Stacy Keach became ill and lost his focus, but struggled valiantly to continue until Director Robert Falls finally called a halt. Move forward a year, the Goodman is advertising the return of “Pamplona”; and I happened to see Keach on “Windy City…

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Illiana Birds: Hammond Bird Sanctuary Workday

by Carolyn A. Marsh, Site Steward        The first Hammond Bird Sanctuary workday held July 21was a big success. The Orland Grassland Volunteers, Purdue University Hammond Bound students, a Hammond Port Authority crew and locals worked as a team to accomplish some much needed plant maintenance in the Lakefront Park and Sanctuary.       The effort…

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Have Fun this Summer with Steppenwolf’s “The Roommate”

**** Recommended **** I really enjoyed Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of “The Roommate”, which was a warm, funny, ‘chick’ play about two unlikely women who become roommates. Watching these women – an Iowa housewife and a vegan from Brooklyn – circling each other, negotiating terms, was a lot of fun. It’s not a particularly deep play,…

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“Support Group for Men” was Laugh-Out-Loud Funny

**** Recommended **** Goodman Theatre’s production of “Support Group for Men” was laugh-out-loud funny. Ellen Fairey’s brilliant comedy featured four clueless guys trying to figure out why their lives are so messed up. Being guys, they have to hide their need for answers behind silly rituals. 3 ½ Spotlights Every Thursday, these four guys get…

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Back To School Exams for $35

219 Health Network is providing Back to School Exams for only $35. Insurance will not be billed for the exam. Please MAKE APPOINTMENTS. Cost does not include immunizations, medications and diagnostic tests or follow up. Please bring school forms. Payment is due at the time of service. Appointments can be made by calling: Lisa Richardson,…

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Three Alisons shine in Towle Theater’s “Fun Home”

**** Recommended **** I really enjoyed the Towle Theater’s production of “Fun Home”, based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir of the same name. It works well on the smaller stage, making the story more intimate. I wish that young Alison’s voice wasn’t drowned out by the music, but otherwise it was very well done.…

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Women Triumph in “The Color Purple”

**** Highly Recommended **** As my readers know, I like stripped-down productions, those that eliminate elaborate scenery and props, so I can concentrate on the music. I really didn’t like “The Color Purple” because I thought the burdensome scenery got in the way of the story, so I wasn’t thrilled to see Broadway in Chicago’s…

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