Don’t Waste Your Money on “Sherlock Holmes” at the Oriental

*  Not Recommended *  As I watched “Sherlock Holmes” the other night, I caught myself zoning out, thinking about anything but the play I was watching, and wishing I was somewhere else.  I love a good mystery, but “Sherlock Holmes” didn’t cut it.  Even the star power wasn’t enough to save it.  “Sherlock Holmes” is…

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White Ripple Hosts Holiday Market, Dec. 12th

Come out for a festive affair during White Ripple’s Second Saturday and Handmade Holiday Market event on Saturday, December 12th. You can get your picture taken with Santa or his gold old friend, the Grinch! Mingle, Shop and enjoy the festive spirit Hessville style. There will be a Handmade Holiday Market, Open Mic, Live Music…

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Charming Production of “A Christmas Story” at Theatre at the Center

**** Recommended **** Every family has their own holiday traditions.  In my family it was “A Christmas Story”.  For some reason, that was my children’s favorite Christmas movie.  More recently, it’s become one of my favorite plays.  Ralphie, Randy, Flick and the gang are back, in Theatre at the Center’s charming production.  No matter how…

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Get Your Holiday Spirit with “White Christmas” at Drury Lane

**** Highly Recommended **** Get yourself in the holiday mood with Drury Lane’s classy “White Christmas.  I guarantee you’ll get that whole nostalgia thing going when the fabulous cast sings the title song.  You’ll be humming along to Irving Berlin’s wonderful melodies.  I give “White Christmas” 4 BIG Spotlights. In case you’ve been living under…

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Eccentrics delight in “You Can’t Take It With You”

**** Highly Recommended **** I might be the only reviewer in the greater Chicago area who’d never seen “You Can’t Take It With You”, so seeing Northlight Theatre’s production was pure fun for me.  What a bunch of delightfully quirky screwball characters!  I give “You Can’t Take It With You” 4 Spotlights. Considering that “You…

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Chicago Street Theatre Season 61

For Season 61 the not-for-profit volunteer theatre has selected an eclectic mix of musicals, comedies, dramas, family presentations, new works and cutting edge shows that have gained them an impressive reputation throughout the region. This year the award-winning company will be taking on two new musicals with one being one of two holiday offerings. Chicago Street…

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Winter Wonderland January 13th, 2018

   The event, sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI), is free to the public. The morning session will be held at the Environmental Education Center, 2405 Calumet Ave., Hammond. The afternoon session will be held at the visitor’s center at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, 126th Place and Avenue O,…

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Buckley Homestead

by Robin Black        Settled in 1849 by Irish immigrants who developed their land into a 150-head dairy farm and sold milk to the Chicago market in the early 1900’s. The farm grew in size from 79 acres to 520 acres as it passed through four generations.       In 1977, part of the homestead…

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Indiana Dunes Tourism Gives 2016 Grants

– Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, announced that it has selected 17 non-profit organizations and other groups to receive $33,000 in grant money to help promote their festivals and events, sporting competitions and other tourism-related initiatives during 2016. “The goal of the grant program is to help those who plan…

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44 Memories Art Show

Join us for the opening reception of 44 Memories by world-class artist, Sergio Gomez. Reception is free and open to the public. Sated with figurative images, Sergio Gomez’s paintings are imbued with meditations on the multifaceted experiences of human condition and spirituality throughout the cycles of life. The artist unabashedly delves into the essence of…

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