Category Archives: Blog

New Escape Room Opens in Whiting

by Gayle Faulkner Kosalko      The Region Escape Room will opened this week, bringing a truly unique and ever changing experience to Whiting and Robertsdale.      Jessica Schmidt, (a local rock singer) who, along with her husband Justin and partner “in crime” Rachael Boland opened the Room. They gave me a basic idea of what…

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Valparaiso Author Writes Children’s Books

     Once Upon a Time. There was a Professional Author named Joslin Fitzgerald, who enjoyed writing magical stories for all boys and girls. And loving kids of all races, faiths, weights, shades, also looks on their faces, while writing her original fairy tales.      This sweet lady wanted to teach children of all shapes and…

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City of Valparaiso Wins Bicycle Friendly Award

     Valpo Parks is pleased to announce that the City of Valparaiso has been named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists.  Valparaiso joins only ten other communities in the State of Indiana and is the only Northwest Indiana community with recognition.        Mayor Jon Costas announced the award at the…

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4 Biographical Musicals We’d Love to See

     A little while back, you might have seen Panoramanow’s glowing review of “Jersey Boys,” which has become one of the more special and timeless musicals of all time. At this point, it’s beloved as its own project. But, it’s also proven that the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has staying power…

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Owl Public Art Project

  Humane Indiana Owl Public Art Project unveiled of the majestic bird sculpture Porter County at its Wildlife Center. Again, it was displayed at the Munster Animal Shelter in Lake County.      The unveiling revealed the prototype of the four-foot, 50 lb., fiberglass owl sculpture.      The project’s goal is to bring awareness of Humane…

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“Dames at Sea” – Review by Carol Moore

**** Recommended **** If you’re looking for something fun to do, then Theatre at the Center’s new musical comedy, “Dames at Sea”, is the show for you. “Dames at Sea”, a 1969 off-Broadway hit, is an old-fashioned ‘boy-meets-girl, girl-becomes-star’ tap dance show, kind of. At any rate, this campy mash-up of “42nd Street”, “Anything Goes”…

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“West Side Story” – Review by Spotlight Associate, Jeffrey Leibham

****HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**** If you have never seen “West Side Story” on stage before, the current production at Lyric Opera of Chicago, part of their Broadway at Lyric series, may just be the most definitive version of this beloved musical that’s available and you are highly encouraged to seek it out. Conversely, if you feel that…

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“August Rush: The Musical” – Review by Carol Moore

** Somewhat Recommended ** I was really disappointed in “August Rush: The Musical”, the new production at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Although the music was gorgeous, the story was curiously unfinished and confusing. It wasn’t a big, showy, ‘ready-for-Broadway’ premiere, it was more like the first workshop of a new musical. The cast made…

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Loved “Chicago” – Only Here for a Week

**** Recommended **** “Chicago” is one of my absolute favorite musicals. I think I’d go almost anywhere to see it, so I was delighted that the tour came back to Chicago, this time starring former NFL star, Eddie George. I’m happy to say it did not disappoint – the music is sexy and jazz-y, the…

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May Public Happenings at Lansing Country Club

   TRIVIA NIGHT & DINNER 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Friday May 17th Bring your buddies and your brain on Friday May 17th for dinner & trivia! Arrive as a team or we will put you with a team… everybody plays!!! $25 per person entry fee (includes dinner buffet & game), cash bar.  Up to 10 players…

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