Kevin Firme Solo Opening Reception – Dec 8th

 Viewers can celebrate their beautiful imperfections with artist Kevin Firme from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in the Miller Beach section of Gary. That’s when the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District will host an Artist’s Reception for Firme, who currently has 38 drawings and…

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One of My Favorite Holiday Shows, “Q Brothers Christmas” returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

***** Highly Recommended ***** Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s newest venue, The Yard, is rocking with the return of” “Q Brothers Christmas Carol”. Please note: this is not “A Christmas Carol” as Dickens wrote it. The Q Brothers Collective (GQ, JQ, Jax and Pos) have yanked Ebenezer Scrooge and the gang into the 21st century! I’ve seen…

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Theatre at the Center’s “Miracle on 34th Street” is Enchanting

My apologies to Theatre at the Center. I meant to get this review up sooner, but I’ve had some personal problems which prevented it. I’m soooo sorry for the delay! **** Recommended **** Theatre at the Center’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street” is a charming musical adaptation of the 1947 movie. This is your…

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Hall out the Holly, but Don’t Eat it

Holiday plants and greenery are cherished traditions. But under that pretty, green demeanor may be some toxins that are harmful to certain members of your family, including dogs and cats. Purdue Extension Porter County wants you and your family to be aware of some of the issues surrounding these holiday decorations.  Holly  All parts of…

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Northlight Theatre’s Production of “Mansfield Park” was a Disappointment!

*** Recommended *** As we were driving to Skokie to see the Northlight Theatre production of “Mansfield Park”, I told my friend Helen all about my love for all things Jane Austen. Obviously, I was looking forward to seeing another adaptation of an insightful and humorous Austen book. I wish I could say I loved…

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“Il Trovatore” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham for Spotlight on Lake

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** There is an individual set piece in Lyric Opera’s current production of “Il Trovatore” which dominates the entire evening’s proceedings. Located slightly upstage and positioned stage right is a large, crudely carved depiction of Jesus on the cross, hewn from a single block of dark timber. This crucifix remains fixed in place even…

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Take Your Little Prince or Princess to see “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

*** Recommended *** When I think of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”, I remember a pretty little village in France, and a beautiful castle on a hill. You won’t see either of those in Drury Lane’s production. Director Alan Souza has chosen to take this fairy tale to the dark side. It’s still a fairy…

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Marriott’s “Holiday Inn” is a Must-See!

**** Highly Recommended **** Whatever else you might do this holiday season, make time to see “Holiday Inn” at the Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire. This production is quite simply spectacular. The story is kind of sappy, but so what? The story is set in the war years, when everyone needed a happy ending. Packed with the…

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Manual Cinema brings “Frankenstein” to the Court Theatre

**** Recommended **** I’d never seen anything by Manual Cinema, so I really didn’t know what to expect when I went to see their production of “Frankenstein” at the Court Theatre. I thought I was seeing a play, but when I saw all the ‘stuff’ on stage, I knew I’d be seeing something completely different…

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White Pelican & Great Egret Spotted at Wolf Lake

by Carolyn A. Marsh        Rick Catania took the beautiful photograph of an American White Pelican with a Great Egret on October 11, 2018 seen here at Forsythe Park/Wolf Lake.  Another pelican joined it, but I saw only one on October 25.      There was a lot of drama at Forsythe Park in October. Many…

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