Earth Day Takes a Break – New Service Offered

     The Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction board agreed to cancel the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration in April. The Porter County Expo Center, the venue the event has called home since 2012, will be wrapping up major renovations through May and will not be available.       “We did not find another venue that…

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“Swing State” – Review by Carol Moore

*** Recommended *** Some people may find Towle Theater’s “Swing State” heavy going. Forget about the title, this musical is not about elections. It’s about two people who would probably never meet under normal circumstances. It’s about bigotry, intolerance and loss. It’s very well acted, but a lot of the content is uncomfortable to hear/see.…

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Easter in Whiting, Indiana

Hop into the Easter spirit and bring the kids out to enjoy the annual Easter Parade!  It’s a bright, colorful, and fun way to begin the Easter holiday. The Parade is at 2p.m. Saturday, April 13.  The route begins at the Whiting YMCA and ends in front of City Hall.  If your organization or business…

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The Joffrey Ballet’s “Anna Karenina” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Anna Karenina” was quite simply, exquisite. That anyone could condense 864 pages of moody, broody and depressed Russians indulging in inexplicable and/or incomprehensible behavior into a 2½ hour ballet is awe-inspiring. Of course it took a pair of Russians to capture all that passion, all that angst, and…

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It’s a Fun-filled March At Lansing Country Club

The restaurant & bar at Lansing Country Club will continue to be open to the public through March 31st. The hours of operation for the restaurant are Wednesday & Thursday from 4:00pm – 8:30pm; Friday & Saturday from 11:00am to 8:30pm; Sunday 11am – 2:30pm. The restaurant offers casual, affordable dining & is the perfect…

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“La traviata” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** If you are a fan of classic operas presented in a very traditional manner and incorporating a mostly conventional approach to the narrative, then the current production of Lyric’s “La traviata” is a must-see. Giuseppe Verdi’s 1853 work, which is far and away the most romantic of his numerous creations, remains one of…

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TATC’s “Million Dollar Quartet” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Highly Recommended **** Theatre at the Center’s “Million Dollar Quartet” will have you dancing in your seat! On December 4, 1956, Johnny Cash (Tommy Malouf), Jerry Lee Lewis (Michael Kurowski), Carl Perkins (Zachary Stevenson) and Elvis Presley (Zach Sorrow) did a little jammin’ at Sun Records Studio in Memphis on December 4, 1956. “Million…

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“Short Shakespeare! Macbeth” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** I am always in awe when I see one of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s “Short Shakespeare!” performances. The very idea that someone can abridge one of Shakespeare’s complicated plots into 75 minutes is mind-boggling. That said, “Short Shakespeare! Macbeth” is an intense immersion into a dark world of greed and ambition. Although geared…

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“The Abuelas” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Last year, in the Teatro Vista production of Stephanie Alison Walker’s gripping drama, “The Madres”, we watched a mother’s desperate search for her daughter, one of Argentina’s disappeared. This winter, Teatro Vista brings us the sequel, “The Abuelas”, an equally gripping drama about a modern and very successful young woman living in…

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“Dear Evan Hansen” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** Watching “Dear Evan Hansen” is a gut-wrenching experience. It’s like watching a train wreck – you know it’s coming so you just sit back and wait for the fall out. On the other hand, it’s a hauntingly beautiful musical about a troubled teen complete with redemption in the end. By the way,…

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