Paramount’s “Hairspray” is an Exuberant Romp through the Sixties

**** Recommended **** The Paramount Theatre production of “Hairspray” is an upbeat, exuberant romp of a show.  “Hairspray” isn’t afraid to bring serious issues like bullying, bigotry stereotyping and segregation to the table, handling them in a totally upbeat way.  Your toes won’t stop tapping, so hurry and get your tickets to “Hairspray”, which I…

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Mercury Theatre’s “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes” is the Must-See Show this Winter!

***** Highly Recommended ***** I can’t think of a thing I’d change about “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes”, and that’s something I’ve never said before.  In fact, Mercury Theatre’s delightful musical whodunit is the must-see show this winter!  Actually, I think it’s ready for Broadway, so I give it 4 BIG Spotlights. “The Man…

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18th Street Brewery

     18th Street Brewery is one of the largest breweries in northwest Indiana and was named as the #1 Best Brewpub by USAToday’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2019.      Their 32,000 square foot location houses a taproom, production, packaging, barrel program, and a full-service kitchen.      It’s the perfect place to stop in…

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Green Sense Farms Commissions A Wall Mural

Why were 15 Science students spending their time back stage of the IUSB Theatre Department in their last semester of 2015? The students were painting a wall mural on 4 pieces of 6 foot by 8 foot canvasses for Green Sense Farms, Portage Indiana, home of the largest vertical farm in the country. The story…

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NASA Exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center

     The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, Challenger Learning Center and the Glenn Research Center present a NASA Traveling Exhibit – “Inspiring the Future: The Legacy of Exploration” from January 28th to March 22nd. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal business hours at the Indiana Welcome Center. This interactive…

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Symphony Valentines Concert – Bing Bang Boom

– Join the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director/Conductor Kirk Muspratt for “Bing Bang Boom! on Friday, February 12 at 7:30pm at The Auditorium at Bethel Church (10202 Broadway, Crown Point.)  The concert will feature Wael Farouk, piano, and the Symphony Chorus. Get your heart pounding and your passions swirling as you kick off…

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A Gorgeous Spectacle in Goodman’s “Another Word for Beauty”

*** Recommended *** There are a lot of words to describe “Another Word for Beauty”, the Goodman’s new production about the strangest beauty contest ever.  I’ve struggled to write this review because I couldn’t seem to come up with the right combination of those words – interesting, beautiful, flawed, tragic – never could figure it…

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George Millet Exhibits at Chesterton Art Center

Artist George Millet will have an exhibit and art show at Chesterton Art Center in Chesterton Indiana. The opening reception will be on Sunday, February 7th at 2pm. The exhibit will stay up thru the end of February. Mr. Millet began showing his art to the public in 2009 after a 32 year career as…

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Hammond Indiana is On the Move!

To an overwhelming crowd of over 300 people Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. spoke to the audience at the Dynasty Banquet Hall on Thursday, January 28th hosted by the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. The entire talk was about the future plans for Hammond and most of the topics are in the “entertainment” arena, including the Festival…

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Drury Lane’s “Bye Bye Birdie” is a Blast from the Past

**** Recommended **** If you’re looking for a delightfully irreverent blast from the past, take in Drury Lane’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie”.  Drury Lane’s new production of the 1963 pop culture satire is fast-paced, clever and colorful.  Before the Beatles hit the American pop charts, there was Elvis Presley.  “Bye Bye Birdie” pays delightful…

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