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about the frantic search for the kidnapper of two girls. When the chief suspect (Paul Dano) is released from custody by the police detective in charge of the case (Jake Gyllenhaal), Jackman’s father (“almost Charles Bronson-y,” he says) pursues and tortures him. “He just felt it was the perfect timing for him after playing the superhero and playing the nice guy a lot,” says Villeneuve. “He’s a very, very powerful and strong actor. He was ready to go there.” It’s a clear allegory for political issues, brought into a domestic setting. Gyllenhaal, whose pursuit is rational and next to Jackman’s morally questionable mania, says of the characters: “We are the right and left side of the brain of this film. We are the head and the heart.” hugh Jackman accosts Paul dano in a scene from “Prisoners,” opening this weekend in the area. But the 44-year-old actor, who will play Wolverine for the seventh time in next year’s interview. “I’m very averse to “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the labeling you get. One of keenly recalls the few times the downsides of doing press, his children have, for even a which is a necessity, both the moment, been hard to find. media and audiences go, ‘Oh Once, he was at Sydney’s he’s this kind of guy. He’s a ‘Nice guy’ Jackman takes on the role of rage-filled family guy, nice guy.’ Whatever Bronte Beach when his son was label it is, it’s the hardest thing suddenly nowhere to be seen. family man in upcoming kidnapping thriller Panic started to set in. for an actor to get past.” Making the situation Jackman JAKE COYLE / AP EntErtAinmEnt EntErtA rtA rt inmEnt WritEr all the worse was acknowledges it’s “a our MoV MoVie o oVie ratings that paparazzi were high-class problem a rage-spewing, formerly ugh Jackman ★ skip it there taking his of success.” But his alcoholic survivalist. may spend ★★ so-so photo. As Jackman years-long circling of That’s his character in the an inordinate ★★★ Good paced between a kidnapping drama “Prisoners,” the part speaks to his amount of time ★★★★ excellent playground and the strong desire to upend which debuted at the Toronto playing a mutant beach, he ignored their shouts. audience expectations. International Film Festival wolf superhero, but even the “Finally this guy goes, “For an actor,” he says, “it and will be released by Warner Australian actor realizes his ‘Hugh, he’s in the tree!’” says was one of those parts where Bros. on Sept. 20. It’s a new image is somewhat defanged. Jackman. “I’ve never been so you go, ‘OK, this is something kind of role for Jackman: A Whether it’s because he happy to have paparazzi follow rampaging father trying to find I haven’t done before, this is hasn’t shied away from his young, missing daughter at going to stretch me.’ It’s asking me. I said: ‘Whatever you musicals, on Broadway need.’” for a sustained intensity that I all costs. and in “Les Miserables,” or haven’t had before.” “I’m always looking to push because Jackman happens What Prisoners • run time 2:37 The film, directed by the boundaries of what people to be a charmingly upbeat • rating R • content Violence Quebec filmmaker Denis think I should be doing or family man, he isn’t typically • Where Villeneuve (“Incendies”), is can do,” said Jackman in an the first candidate to play

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irector and choreographer Stacey Flaster has faith in connection audiences have to the musical “Godspell.” “When you talk to people and them them this is the musical you’re producing, the first thing they say is always something about how they love the songs from the show,” said Flaster, who is heading a new revival production of the stage tale based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew at Theatre at the Center in Munster. “They’re right, the songs are amazing. Hailed as one of Broadway’s most popular rock musicals, “Godspell” opens this weekend and run until Oct. 20. Featuring the sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz of “Wicked” fame and an energetic book by original director John-Michael Tebelak, “Godspell” is the upbeat retelling of a series of biblical parables. “It’s definitely a very different type of show to direct and not a production that you see done all that often these days,” Flaster said. “It was considered very innovative when it was first created for audiences.” Described as “a celebration of worldwide community, packed with hit songs and irresistible goodwill,” “Godspell still remains one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time, running for more than 2,600 performances. The two-act musical follows a contemporary Jesus Christ as he recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance. It originally opened off Broadway in 1971 to rave reviews, where it ran for nearly two years. The musical’s immense popularity later led to a 1973 film version set in New York

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see the show ‘GOdsPELL’ ‘G a 1971 musical by sstephen tephen sschwartz chwartz and Johnmichael Tebelak. The Theatre at the Center production is directed and choreographed by stacey Flaster.

the cast of “godspell” at theatre at the center in munster running now until oct. 20 includes liam Quealy (center) portraying a contemporary Jesus christ and a cast of young talents as his followers.

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rOLLinG CAnVAs — Art And thE AutOmOBiLE Through oct 6 studebaker national Museum, 201 s Chapin st, south Bend. 574.235.9714. studebakermuseum. org. This exhibit centers on the idea of the automobile as an artistic medium and features artistic works on wheels— such as a wrought-iron Beetle from the Taj ma Garaj; Phantoms and Cigs Kill from the art Car museum in houston and a 1950 studebaker

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saturday ‘CABinEt OF CuriOsitiEs’ opening is 7-10 p.m. saturday; exhibit runs through Oct. 26 • PHD Gallery, 2300 Cherokee Street • 314-664-6644;

70th AnnuAL sALOn shOW sept 15-oct 27 Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline. org. Up to $10,000 of cash awards is on the line during this 70th annual exhibition. This juried exhibition accepts original art in all fine

art media—painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber, glass, digital, mixed media, ceramics, video, multimedia and jewelry. CitiZEn/sOLdiEr/ CitiZEn nov 1-Feb 9, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W second st, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. Contemporary works by military combat veterans will be on display at this exhibition honors those who have fought for freedom and those fighting to reintegrate into society after their war experiences. also, through oct 27: The documentation of nature, Fabricating for Funding, magical realism—Possible not Probable, nesting instinct and Water Wrackets; nov 2-Feb 24: Theater of Conflict. michigan

mindi BAGnALL Through sept 22 Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad st, st. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts. org. mindi K. Bagnall’s works include paintings, drawings and murals with a dreamlike quality suggestive of some other world or plane of existence. also, through sept 22: Fred zemlick and Two sisters Two Lenses. shAttErEd — COntEmPOrArY sCuLPturE in GLAss sept 18-Jan 5 Frederik Meijer gardens & sculpture Park, 1000 e Beltline Ave, ne, grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. as part of artPrize, twenty-five carefully selected artists were selected for this exhibit for working formally and conceptually in ways that greatly expand definitions of both glass art and sculpture. also, through oct: Bernar

Venet at meijer Gardens; sept 7-8: Fall rose show; Sept 14-15: Herb & Gourd Fest; sept 20-oct 27: Chrysantemums and more! oct 5-6: Fall Bonsai show. mOuntAins And WAtErs — LAndsCAPEs FrOm ChinA throughFeb 2 Kalamazoo institute of Arts, 314 s Park st, Kalamazoo. 269.349.7775. kiarts. org. This collection of Chinese landscapes are extolled for their characteristic us of “negative space,” as well as seemingly impossible crags; unsurpassed dramatic waterfalls; intimate scenes of trekkers, monks and scholars’ retreats; and lone but commanding pines perched on inaccessible peaks. also, through sept 15: a Precious artistic moment— Paintings by Catherine hinkle and modern

Twist—Contemporary Japanese Bamboo art; through sept 29: For and against modern art—The Armory Show + 100; sept 14-dec 1: Copley to Kentridge—What’s new in the Collection? sept 28-dec 8: 2013 Kirk newman art school Faculty review; oct 5-Jan 26: Boo! images of the macabre. FErnWOOd PhOtOGrAPhY COntEst ExhiBit sept 6-oct 20 Fernwood Botanical garden and nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd, niles. 269.695.6491. Visitors can get a look at Fernwood through the eyes of the best amateur and some professional photographers during this exhibit. also, sept 6-oct 20: Blown Glass Pumpkins from Water street Glassworks, exhibit and sale; oct 25-nov 20: monsters of the Garden, Great lkes

Fast Forward “Chicago,” sept. 20-22 at the Fox Theatre: John o’hurley, aka J. Peterman on “seinfeld,” and Paige davis, aka the host of “Trading spaces,” star in the Kander and ebb musical ➙ “The Wizard of oz,” sept. 20 in theaters: Visit the land of oz in 3-d when the classic film is rereleased in imaX theaters for one week only ➙ The Lumineers, oct. 4 at Chaifetz Arena: We’re still trying get the song “ho hey” out of our head ➙ Cinematic Titanic, oct. 12 at Family Arena: Creator Joel hodgson goes on a farewell tour with his show that riffs on bad movies from the past


AmEriCAn PAintinG tOdAY — PhYsiCAL & VisCErAL sept 13-oct 20 Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, st. Joseph. 269.983.0271. krasl. org. This painting exhibition looks at a diverse array of contemporary paintings that push boundaries and resist limitation. also, nov 8-Jan 12: sketches to sculptures—rendered reality, sixty Year with marshall m. Fredericks. 4th AnnuAL rEGiOnAL JuriEd shOW sept 27-nov 10 south Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix st, south Haven. 269.637.1041. The fourth annual juried exhibit features art

from artists living in the Great Lake states of Wisconsin, illinois, indiana, ohio and michigan in all media. also, through sept 22: Wild & Wooly—The Art of Barb Bare; nov 16-dec 8: 27th annual mistletoe market. CrEAturEs OF LiGht — nAturE’s BiOLuminEsCEnCE Through Jan 5 The Field Museum, 1400 s Lake shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. From glowworms to deep-sea fishes, this exhibit features the mysterious and magical world of bioluminescence. Visitors can discover the thousands of living organisms that blink, glow, flash and flicker. also, through Jan 20: Fractured—north dakota’s oil Boom.

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quality in common. a are you tough enough? focus on education is about 10,000 mud-covered runners supported by guest will navigate a matrix of ropes, balance lecturers, discussions andbeams courss and barbed wire in the st. Louis Tough mudder on sept. 14-15. next week, we’ll have your guide to the event.


80 At 80 Through Feb 2 Museum of science and industry, 57th st and Lake shore Dr, Chicago. 773.947.3133. Commemorating the museum’s 800th anniversary, this exhibit features 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection. many of these items

POrtAGE 16 imAx 6550 Us Hwy 6, Portage. 219.764.7569. The brand-new Portage 16 imaX showcases blockbusters as well as electrifying 3d films that are uniquely suited to the imaX format. With projected images up to eight stories high and a spectacular, wraparound digital surround-sound system, this theater offers a totalimmersion moviegoing experience.

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p.m.; sundays, noon to 2:30 p.m. extended box office hours on day of show. more info: (219) 836-3255, (800) 511-1552; www. sPecial youth event: “Teens Behind the scenes,” a special 4 p.m. performance on sept. 28, Cost is $10 per student.

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The magic of classic musical compositions and the precision of circus arts will blend when “Cirque de la Symphonie” takes the stage Sept. 20 at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. Continuing his theme of making it a priority to “amaze” audiences, Northwest Indian symphony Orchestra music director/ conductor Kirk Muspratt said the season’s opening concert is perfect to lead the way for the rest of the concert season. The opening show also includes a gala event featuring a pre-concert dinner and drinks and a postconcert champagne and dessert reception. Among tunes on the “Cirque de la Symphonie” concert playlist will be compositions by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Johann Strauss, Bernstein and more. Tickets for the opening concert are $25 to $65. Gala package is $115 per person in addition to a concert ticket. Proceeds will benefit the Symphony’s music and education programs. Concert season subscriptions are still available. For information, call (219) 836-0525 or visit

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ChiCAGO strEEt thEAtEr WhAt VinCEnt 154 W Chicago sAW st, Valparaiso. to paintings to drawings, phomCA dnA — sept 10-nov 18, 219.464.1636. Hammond. After a brief hiatus WArhOL And tography and the variety and the The Art institute during World War II, the exhibit mArisOL of Chicago, diversity is just huge.” now in its 58th resumed, and became known as Museum of 111 s Michigan season of bringing The diversity McClelland “the Salon Show.” Contemporary Ave, Chicago. live theatrical speaks of is partially evident in “For a not-for-profit arts Art, 220 e Chicago 312.629.6635. artic. entertainment to the the large number of entries for organization, to be doing someAve, Chicago. edu/aic. greater northwest 312.280.2660. Photographs of thing that’s gone on for 70 years, this year’s exhibit. indiana region, the the sites made CsT presents a variety More than 400 pieces of art I think is a testament to the Michigan inspired by the famous in the paintings of plays and musicals thE ViCKErs by 160 different artists were organization. There are a lot of multi-faceted of Vincent van Gogh each season, in thEAtrE businesses that haven’t survived submitted for the show, and 69 relationship offer insight into the addition to regularly 6 n elm st, Three pieces by 64 artists are 70 years,” said Mary of andy Warhol and beloved artist’s work. scheduled theater oaks. 269.756.3522. marisol, this exhibit also, through sept being presented. gallery classes for both McClelland, adults compares and 22: zarina—Paper and children. sept iF you The demographics of manager of South Shore home of the annual contrasts Warhol’s Like skin; through 14: The World’s Worst the artists represented Arts. “sound of silents silk screen printings sept 27: [insert YoU Fairy Godmother; oct Film Festival,” this are diverse as well, with and marisol’s wood here]; through sept 18-nov 2: dr. Jekyll The Salon Show is painstakingly restored sculptures side-by-side. 29: impressionism, the age of artists ranging having its reception and and mr. hyde; nov turn-of-the-century also, through sept 29: Fashion and modernity 29-dec 21: naughty or ceremony, free from a gentleman in his award art house screens Chicago Conceptual and Undressed—The nice holiday double What: Artist 80s who made a bronze and open to the puba variety of notable abstraction; through Fashion of Privacy; Feature. Reception and independent films. a sculpture to individuals lic, at 1 p.m. Sunday. oct 6: Theaster through oct 6: africa Award Ceremony dEBArtOLO lofty, two-story gallery Gates—13th Ballad; Wrapped, robed in their 20s who subThis year’s juror, Paul PErFOrminG Arts space, showcasing the through oct 13: and Beaded and When: 1 to 3 mitted paintings and Klein, who was the Art CEntEr works of midwestern homebodies and Beyond the Great p.m. Sunday drawings. artists, is open to University of Consultant/Curator for modern Cartoonist— Wave—hokusai’s the public before Where: South The entrants are the McCormick Place notre Dame, notre The art of daniel images of mount and between shows. Dame Campus.West expansion in ChiShore Arts Clowes; through nov Fuji; through oct from Indiana, Illinois Further enhancing 574.631.2800. Gallery of Center 10: Think First, shoot 20: Tomoaki suzuki; and Michigan areas, cago, not only decided its art-house cachet, performingarts. Later, Photography through oct 27: oscar for Visual and with most entrants from what pieces would be the Vickers hosts live from the mCa niemeyer; through Performing music, performance art Northwest Indiana; displayed, but also the The state-of-the-art, Collection; through dec 1: Play, Pretend Arts, 1040 Ridge and poetry readings on however, other pieces artists who would earn 150,000-square-foot nov: amanda ross-ho; and dream—Caldecott Rd, Munster its stage. facility, newly opened through dec 3: José medal and honor are from artists farther their share of $10,000 in 2004, is host to Lerma; through Jan hoW much: Books, 2010-2013; away, including pieces in cash awards. illinois some of the world’s 5: Paul sietsema; nov through Jan 5: new Free thE GEnE sisKEL from West Lafayette, Among the prizes most celebrated 9-mar 9: The Way of Views—The rendered FiLm CEntEr fyi: (219) 836Ind. and Champaign, Ill. given is the Surovek artists. in addition, the shovel—art as image in architecture; 1839 or southschool of the its stages l as theAward of Excellence, archaeology; nov through Jan 12: isaac With this diversity, Art institute of south Bend symphony 29-apr 13: CiTY seLF. 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SULLIvaN, hate it all’,” she said. brIaN roMPer supporter, the laterooM, aCryLIC from the Londonceremony and it serves as an in 1—Contemporary Blvd, Valparaiso. film critic Gene siskelstage—othello; sep 22: explorations in “They may not like every incentive for others to make the 800.326.3264, has been exhibiting audra mcdonald;trek. sept architecture and piece, but I can bet they are 219.464.0260. critically acclaimed, 26: Project Fusion; design; oct 5-Jan 5: going to come in here and find at “Let’s say this gentleman as well as entertaining oct 12: hot 8 Brass max Kozloff—Critic least one or two that they like.” Playing new releases “motion picture art” Band; oct 13: Jancomes [who made a particular and Photographer; as well as the McClelland said she felt each piece in its state-of-the-art Lisiecki; oct 18-nov 1: of art], and you want to oct 14-Jan 12: amar Cinemark Classic facilities since its macbeth; oct 27:know enso about it,” McClelland said. Kanwar—The Lightning piece in the gallery was the series, Cinemark is the inception in 1972. String Quartet; Nov Testimonies; oct 17product of a lot of hard work, “You can actually talk to the BY stEVE LEsKiEWsKi / timEs COrrEsPOndEnt leading motion picture Presenting more 7: estonian national Jan 9: Violence and and she enjoyed learning about artist about their work. Ask, exhibitor. Cinemark than 100 films each symphony orchestra; Virtue—artemisia at Valparaiso features the meaning behind some of the ‘Why did you do this? What the 70th Annual Salon Show annual South Shore month, the center nov 10: modigliana Gentileschi’she Judith roomy stadium showcases cuttingQuartet; Nov 15:does Turtle it mean?’ This show, in slaying holofernes; works. starting Sunday. 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the cast of director stacey flaster’s production of “godspell” is a “leap of faith” with what flaster describes as casting of “young talents and fresh faces” for the run now until oct. 20 at theatre at the center in munster. City, and a number of Broadway and off-Broadway revivals. The production was most recently revived on Broadway at the Circle on the Square theatre in November 2011, running through June 2012. The score by Stephen Schwartz showcases a range of popular tunes like the international hit “Day by Day” and “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side,” all sharing messages of kindness, tolerance and love. “Godspell” won the 1972 Grammy Award for Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album, and was a 1977 Tony nominee for Best Original Score. Audiences at Theatre at the Center will share the creative company of new talents on stage during the show’s run.

“I wanted to be very open with my casting and the result is a group of very pure and fresh talents, who work great together,” Flaster said. “We have a cast of 12 and when you watch what we’ve created, it’s very easy to see it’s the people and their portrayal of each of these identities that make this show what it is, all performing as one.” Her casting of “Godspell” stars Liam Quealy as Jesus Christ, Jim DeSelm as Judas and John the Baptist, Matt Deitchman as Jeffrey, George Keating as Lamar, Merrick Robison as Herb, Hillary Marren as Robin, Alexis Rogers as Joanne, Rose LeTran as Peggy, Kathleen Gibson as Sonia, Landree Fleming as Gilmer, David Hathaway as David and Lauren Paris as Lauren. “I knew immediately Liam was Jesus,” Flaster said. “And when he auditioned for the role, I was right. It was the fit I was looking for.” Quealy, who was born and raised in Mokena, Ill. and now lives in Chicago, has never performed at Theatre at the Center in Munster and said he was eager to be part of the production. “While people might often think of Andrew Lloyd Webber and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ it’s ‘Godspell’ that has all of the songs so many people love to revisit and that’s one of the first things I thought about when I was auditioning,” Quealy said. “Doing this production at Theatre at the Center makes it even more special, because of the design of the stage and space, the audience gets to have a close connection to what’s happening in every scene and musical number.” “Godspell’s” production team is led by Artistic Director William Pullinsi and features Musical Direction and Orchestrations by William Underwood. The design team includes Scenic Designer Angie Weber-Miller, Lighting Designer Shelley Strasser Holland, Sound Designer Luis Garcia, Props Designer Bridget Earnshaw, Costume Designers Brenda Winstead and Julia ZayasMelendez and Wig Designer Kevin Barthel. The Stage Manager is Matt McMullen, the Production Manager/ Technical Director is Ann Davis and TATC’s General Manager is Richard Friedman.

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Charles Murray, a gary native and Roosevelt High school alum is writer and director of the independent film “Things never said,” which is premiering sept. 21 in Merrillville. Murray will host a meet and greet session at 6 p.m. Friday just before the 7:25 p.m. screening at AMC showplace Theater12, 2590 southlake Mall in Merrillville. What’s the song “Best Days” all about? When i was selecting music for the album i heard this song (co-written by myron Butler) and i said, “Wow, this song is saying something i want to say to the people.” it was like a testimony, declaring our best days are yet to come.

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What was it like working with Franklin? it was amazing to me being with Kirk. i still miss it to this day. But the Lord saw fit to put me out front. What was your first meeting with Perry like? When i met him, i was just happy to be there. i said, “i’ll sing for you, and i don’t need no big role.” he told me he’ll have me acting too, and i gave him a smile.

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will ignite visitors’ memories from past exhibits—such as a gigantic Paul Bunyan statue and Tam, the Transparent anatomical manikin— while some are cuttingedge innovations. ongoing: The art of the Bicycle.

Traditional Victorian curio cabinets provided homes for objects that interested their owners: shells, perhaps, fossils, intriguing stones, a selection of mounted insects, often arranged in random ways that brought out unexpected aspects of each. Photographer Cary horton and metalsmith sherri Jaudes used those cabinets as a starting point for their new exhibition at Phd Gallery: silver haloid prints in black and white that offer unusual juxtapositions of context and object, the factual and the fantastic, next to metal sculptures of plants and insects, often presented in bell jars.

WE ArE POrtEr COuntY Through Feb 8 Porter County Museum of History, 153 Franklin st, Valparaiso. 219.465.3595. This interactive and engaging exhibit highlights the formation of the county from its founding in 1836 to present day and visitors can learn about the transformation of the county from frontier to modern landscape.

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rEFLECtiOns PhOtOGrAPhY ExhiBit Through sept 30 indiana Welcome Center W.F. Wellman exhibit Hall, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. This fourth annual exhibit features 107 photographs taken in the area—from Chicago to new Buffalo, mich.—by 58 local photographers.

hEArtLAnd — thE PhOtOGrAPhs OF tErrY EVAns Through nov 24 The snite Museum of Art, University of notre Dame, notre Dame. 574.631.5466. sniteartmuseum. in her first retrospective, artist Terry evans invites viewers to explore a beautiful, intricate and often overlooked landscape. This traveling exhibition features 66 photographs—centered on the prairies, people and artifacts of the midwest—selected from her 30+-year career. also, through sept 22: The Challenges We Face— Civil rights Photography at the snite museum of art; through oct 13: José Guadalupe Posada and his Legacy; oct 27-dec 22: The academy exposed—French Figure studies from the Permanent Collection.

The film is often harrowingly difficult to watch. But it’s ultimately concerned with being faithful to Northop’s experience (“Solomon deserved nothing less,” says McQueen), and capturing his undimmed dignity. Northop went on to be part of the abolitionist movement and lecture on slavery throughout the Northeast.


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Chiwetel Ejiofor (the “Dirty Pretty Things,” ‘’Kinky Boots” British actor of Nigerian roots, pictured below) plays Northop, a violinist taken from his family and put into servitude on plantations.

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Steve McQueen, the British director of the sex-addiction drama “Shame” and the Irish Republican Army hunger strike tale “Hunger,” had planned to make a film about slavery, but it didn’t take shape until his wife came across Solomon Northop’s 1853 autobiography, which straightforwardly tells of his nightmarish odyssey.


collectively, the Dickinsons lend their talents regularly to the likes of the Black Crowes and John Hiatt, they are arguably at North Mississippi Allstars, Stereophonics their best working side-by-side among acts preforming in the area this month as the all-stars they surely are. For proof, check out “World BY timE shELLBErG / t.shELLBErG@COmCAst.nEt Boogie Is Coming,” their most recent set released earlier this the ivories for the likes of the hile separated month. Rolling Stones and helmed the by a massive Hailing from Wales, Stereoboards for the varied likes of Big & tix body of water tunes phonics take their cue from Star, the Replacements and varying more recent and notable and Mudhoney, yet the stylistically, sources. Where the Dickinson siblings forte North Mississippi Allstars North Mississippians has, and remains, lo-fi, and Stereophonics, at critical draw from their bluesy homegrown blues rock junctures in their still-evolving surroundings circa mid reminiscent of their careers, made past musical 20th Century, lead (and namesake state. benchmarks sound like the next unrelated) Stereophonics Their debut, Y2K’s big thing. by tim shellberg Kelly and Richard Jones seem“Shake Hands With Shorty,” North Mississippi co-foundingly found their muse on their was an out-of-the-box clasers, brothers Luther and Cody homefront as well, honing in sic when it was released and Dickinson, have been blessed on and finding success with a remains one of blues/rock’s with stellar musical genetics; Stones/Faces/Zeppelin fusion. finest debuts more than a dozen their father is the late, great While Stereophonics released years later. Individually or Jim Dickinson, who tickled


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their debut, “World Gets Around,” in 1997, it wasn’t until 2001’s “Just Enough Education To Perform” when the band found their grove. Their artistic peak continued with 2003’s “You Gotta Go There to Come Back” and concluded with “Language. Sex. Violence. Other?” two years later. After a four-year gap between new sets, Stereophonics released their eighth original set, “Graffiti on the Train,” in March. It peaked in the number three spot on the U.K. albums chart and was certified gold. Both the Allstars and Stereophonics have also earned reputations at top-notch live acts as well. With both Chicago shows falling on Sept. 28, live rock music fans may be faced with a quandary, albeit a winning one at that. North Mississippi Allstars, 9 p.m. Sept. 28, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, Chicago. $25 in advance, $28 day of show (17 and older). FYI: (312) 923-2000, HOB. COM Stereophonics, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. $39 (18 and older). FYI: (773) 472-0449, JAMUSA.COM tiCKEts On sALE nOW For more information, contact the venues or ticket sales agencies listed below. Unless otherwise indicated, all shows are all-ages. • Bon Jovi, Oct. 23, United Center (UniTedCenTer.Com) • Mazzy Star, Nov. 13, Vic Theatre (JamUsa.Com) • Jay Z, Jan. 9, United Center (UniTedCenTer.Com) • Cut Copy, Nov. 14, Riviera Theatre (18 and older, JamUsa.Com) • Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Nov. 7, United Center (UniTedCenTer.Com) • Gary Clark Jr., Nov. 19, Vic Theatre (JamUsa.Com) • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dec. 31, Park West (18 and older, JamUsa.Com) • John Legend, Nov. 10, Chicago Theatre (TheChiCaGoTheaTre.Com) • Kelly Hogan, Nov. 14, Old Town School of Folk (oLdToWnsChooL.orG) • Cyndi Lauper, Nov. 1, Chicago Theatre (TheChiCaGoTheaTre.Com)

Jamaican jazz comes to Chicago

• Leroy Pierson, 7 p.m. Friday. • Ground Floor Band, 10 p.m. Friday.

Did you know reggae’s roots are in jazz? You can hear one of the originators of Jamaican jazz music as Derrick Harriott comes to Chicago’s Mayne stage at 1328 W. Morse Avenue on saturday, sept. 29 as part of The Jamaican oldies Weekend, put together by Chuck Wren of JUMP UP! Records.

• Selwyn Birchwood Blues Band, 7 p.m. saturday. • Boo Boo Davis & The Blues all stars, 10 p.m. saturday. • Marbin Jazz Rock, 7 p.m. sunday. • Brandon Santini Blues Band, 9 p.m. sunday. • Tony Simmons Band, 6 p.m. monday. • Park Avenue On Call, 9 p.m. monday.

harriott is one of the legends of the Jamaican jazz and reggae era who began his career with the horns of jazz and ska behind his falsetto vocals. he is perhaps most well-known for his reggae tunes that he not only sang but produced. he promises to bring back some of those songs as he takes the stage, as well as songs from the earliest era when jazz and ska was all the rage. make sure to come back the next day for a book reading and signing at the mayne stage at 1 p.m. for the new book “don drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist.” Then at 2 p.m., filmmaker Brad Klein will screen the U.s. premiere of his long-awaited documentary, “Legends of ska.” hear firsthand stories from the jazz and ska greats of Jamaica. To buy tickets and for info on derrick harriott visit What Derrick Harriott • When 7:30 p.m. Thursday • Where

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• Bob “Bumblebee” Kamoske & South end eric mcspadden, 9 p.m. Tuesday. • Rich McDonough & Rough Grooves Blues Band, 9 p.m. Wednesday. • Iron Mike with the demian Band, 8:30 p.m. Thursday. BinFOrd’s BAr & GriLL 3915 mid rivers mall dr., st. Peters, 636-477-7953 • 2 Chixx, 9 p.m. Friday. • Killer Whails, 9 p.m. saturday. BOttLEnECK BLuEs BAr At AmEristAr CAsinO 1260 s. main st., st. Charles, 636-940-4964

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• The Dirty Muggs, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. saturday. BrOAdWAY OYstEr BAr 736 s. Broadway, 314-621-8811 • The Hatrick, 10 p.m. saturday. • Jason Garms, 9 p.m. Tuesday. • Steven Wooley, 9 p.m. Wednesday.

• Capture The Crown, 5:45 p.m. sunday.

• DJ Scooter Lavile, 10 p.m. saturday.

• Stolas, Strawberry & Other Guest, 7 p.m. sunday.

JimmY’s CAFE On thE PArK 706 de mun ave., 314-725-8585

• Acacia Strain, Within The ruins, and other Guests, 7 p.m. monday. • We Butter the Bread With Butter and incredible me, 7 p.m. Tuesday. • Stardog Champion(XBreaking Benjaman) with other Guests, 8 p.m. Wednesday. hAmmErstOnE’s 2028 s. ninth st., 314-773-5565 • Honky Tonk Happy hour, 4 p.m. Friday. • Steve Reeb, 3 p.m. saturday. • Paul Bonn, 9 p.m. saturday. • Jam Session with Voo doo Blues, 4 p.m. sunday. • Erik Brooks, 8:30 p.m. sunday. • Tim Albert & stovehandle dan, 7 p.m. monday. • Naked Mike, 6 p.m. Tuesday. • Park Avenue Jam session featuring John Farrar, 7 p.m. Wednesday. • Paul Bonn, 8 p.m. Thursday.

mEYEr’s GrOVE 4510 manchester ave., 314-932-7003 • The Painted Ladies drag show, 10 p.m. Friday, 10 p.m. saturday. mOrGAn strEEt BrEWErY 721 n. second st., 314-231-9970 • Aaron Logan, 6 p.m. Wednesday. niGhtshiFt BAr And GriLL 3979 mexico rd., st. Peters, 636-441-8300 • Karaoke, 9 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. sunday, 8 p.m. Thursday. • Mike Matthews and Jeff Walchshauser acoustic rock show, 4 p.m. saturday. • Mike Matthews Project, 9 p.m. saturday. PAtriCK’s rEstAurAnt & sPOrts BAr 342 West Port Plaza, maryland heights, 314-439-0505

hELEn FitZGErALd’s irish PuB 3650 s. Lindbergh Blvd., 314-984-0026

• Leslie Craig & the Hell Benders, 9 p.m. Friday.

• Joe Dirt & the dirty Boys Band, 9 p.m. Friday.

shAnti 825 allen ave., 314-241-4772

• That 80’s Band, 9 p.m. saturday.

• A+ Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Tuesday.

• Leslie Craig & the hell Benders, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. hiLtOn st. LOuis At thE BALLPArK one s. Broadway, 314-421-1776 • DJ, 5 p.m. Friday. • Steve Leslie Band, 4 p.m. saturday.

• Roster McCabe, 9 p.m. Thursday.

hOriZOn At hArrY’s 2144 market st., 314-421-6969

FuBAr 3108 Locust st., 314-289-9050

• DJ Slant E, 10 p.m. Friday.

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• Jim Manley & Mark Friedricks, 11:30 a.m. sunday.

• Queen’s Blvd., 9 p.m. saturday.

p.m. saturday. • Glorious Blue, 9 p.m. saturday. sundECKEr’s 900 n. First st., 314-241-5915 • Jud Mehler, 10 p.m. Friday. • Steve Hunt, 10 p.m. saturday. sYBErG’s On dOrsEtt 2430 old dorsett rd., maryland heights, 314-785-0481 • Leslie Craig Duo, 4:30 p.m. Friday. • El Scorcho!, 9 p.m. Friday. • Dance Floor Riot, 9 p.m. saturday. • Steven D Hunt Band, 8:30 p.m. Thursday.


thE CLuBhOusE 1048 Wolfrum rd., Weldon spring • StaggerCatt, 9 p.m. Friday. • Bitter Pill, 9 p.m. saturday.

17 / FUEL The Quest in Schererville offers family favorites in a convenient location. 18 / TASTES Your guide to the hottest spots in the foodie scene of NWI.

thE CrACK FOx 1114 olive st., 314-621-6900 • Love Hz Drum and Bass, 9 p.m. Friday. • Conspiracy, 9 p.m. saturday. • Jason and the Punknecks, the Griddle Kids, GGJim, 9 p.m. Wednesday. tiF’s uGLY muG On thE LAndinG 801 n. second st., 314-241-3180 • DJ KDLZ, 9 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. saturday. • DJ Random, 11:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 p.m. saturday.

sKY musiC LOunGE 930 Kehrs mill rd., Ballwin, 636-527-6909 • Lucy’s Palace, 6:30 p.m. Friday. • Vote for Pedro, 9 p.m. Friday. • Steamroller, 6:30

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The Lone Bellow Take Their Americana Sound from Obscurity to Acclaim


‌by Tom Lounges‌

coustic music has provided the soundtrack to America since its discovery, which is why the term “Americana” came to be coined for those “old timey” groups whose use of stringed-instruments carries on the traditions of periods past, from cowboys and field hands strumming around campfires, mountain folks kickin’ back with front porch pickin’, and troubadour folk singers warbling of troubled times over simple chords played on a six-string. The advent of amplifiers and electric instruments never drown out the simple and pure acoustic sound. The rock-era has always been filled with acoustic heroes – Gram Parsons, The Band, The Flecktones, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and many others – and even the hard rockers come back to the roots music as when Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant teamed up with Alison Krauss a few years ago and scored a Grammy. Although Americana music has never gone away, all the hoopla around Plant/Krauss put acoustic music back on the front burner and re-introduced a new generation to the old timey sounds of by-gone eras through groups like The Avett Brothers, The Civil Wars, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons and The Decemberists. Count among those new revivalists The Lone Bellow, a trio of harmonizing singer/players, who augment their recordings and concerts with side accompaniment.


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“We see a lot of twenty-somethings in our audience to be sure, but we also see a good deal of older music fans,” said The Lone Bellow’s songwriter and founder Zack Williams. The group’s name was inspired by young Williams’ childhood visits to his grandparents’ home. “From the guest room where I slept, I could see this white thing in a tree on the other side of this big field and it looked like a ghost. Sometimes there was this low mournful sound that I would hear at night,” he said. Williams’ grandfather later explained the ghost was a white bag caught in the tree and the sound was a bull bellowing. “I never forgot that lone bellowing in the night.” Hailing from a family of musicians and singer who often performed locally, Williams surrendered to his musical genes in 2005 while in his early twenties. It was while spending long hours at his wife’s Stacy’s side during a prolonged hospital stay while she recuperated from a horrific horse riding accident; Williams began teaching himself guitar and writing notes in a journal that eventually became his first album. During the ordeal of recovery, a group of friends gathered with the couple and collectively pledged that if Stacy recovered, they would all move to New York to chase their dreams. She did. And they did. “About eight of us moved to Brooklyn,” he said. “For them (the group of friends) it made sense because they were all actors, aspiring playwrights and this


Brooklyn-based band The Lone Bellow brings their Americana sound to Memorial Opera House on Jan. 25.

and that. For me, I had already written the songs (for my first album) by this time and I wanted to pursue music. New York has a reputation of being honest and moving there, I would know there if I should just stay home and play for myself, or if I could do shows and if people could connect with my music. I knew I’d get honest feedback and the truth from New Yorkers.” Williams wrote, recorded and dabbled with a project the included jazz players during his first few years in the Big Apple, before co-founding The Lone Bellow with his longtime buddy Brian Elmquist, who had also made the move to Brooklyn. The musical puzzle

was completed after Kanene Pipkin (sister to another of Williams’ oldest friends) returned from living and hosting open mic nights in Beijing, China. Their sound of The Lone Bellow’s music has a distinct Southern flavor that reflects Williams/Elmquist’s roots, but along with the country, gospel and blues influences of Dixie, the songs are also slightly colored by the group’s current urban environment. “We recorded the album at our favorite little music hall in New York at Rockwood Music Hall on Allen Street with Charlie Peacock producing,” said Williams of “The Bellow,” which was later mixed and mastered in Nashville, Tennessee.

PARK WEST David Koechner, 7:30pm April 11. $25 (18 and older) Jesse Cook, 8pm May 1. $39.50 ‌All concerts listed below are all ages unless otherwise noted. Some of the ticket prices below do not include taxes and fees. FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE Fall Out Boy, Paramore, 7pm July 11. $33 — $85.50 LINCOLN HALL The Julie Ruin, 7pm April 9. $18 Wild Child, Robert Ellis, 9pm March 20. $14 (18 and older) Lydia, 7:30pm March 12. $15 (18 and older) James Vincent McMorrow, 8pm March 27. $22 (21 and older) Fanfarlo, Lillies on Mars, 9pm April 10. $15 (18 and older) RIVIERA THEATRE Provided

Part of the folk rock revival movement, The Lone Bellow’s up and coming sound entrances across genres.

Those who catch The Lone Bellow at Memorial Opera House on January 25 will hear most of the 12 tracks featured from that breakthrough album and some fresh songs too. “We’re always writing songs, you will be hearing some of the new ones when we do the show there,” Williams said, adding they are very excited about playing the historic Valparaiso venue known for its stellar acoustics and its rich past. Given their debut album was released via Descendant Records (a new Sony/BMG label) exactly one year ago this month, The Lone Bellow has escalated quickly in a tough industry, underscored by music industry trade publication “Billboard” hailing them — “One of the 10 Artists to watch in 2013.” The Lone Bellow has been living up to the accolades and endorsements heaped upon them by being spiked into line-ups of many major festivals while on their small theatre headline tour behind the album.

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Look for the group at the 2014 “Bonnaroo Music Festival” (June 12-15) in Manchester, Tennessee and doing several other prominent summer gigs currently in the works but not yet finalized. In the more immediate future, catch The Lone Bellow performing February 4 on ABCTV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and hear them on an upcoming episode of the hit ABC-TV series “Nashville.” “I’m also told we’ll have a song in a new NBC-TV pilot, but I don’t know the name of it yet,” said Williams, who clearly made the right call in leaving the green rolling hills of The South for the dirty streets of New York City. Hear music, see videos and get more info at: ‌WHO: The Lone Bellow WHEN: Saturday, January 25 @ 7:30pm WHERE: Memorial Opera House, 104 E. Indiana Street, Valparaiso, IN HOW MUCH: $35 Regular / $45 Gold Seats / All Ages MORE: (219) 548-9137 or

Kraftwerk, 8pm March 27. $51 (18 and older) ARAGON BALLROOM The Knife, 8:30pm April 23. $35 CHICAGO THEATRE Jennifer Nettles, 8pm March 12. $35-$55

SUBTERRANEAN The Ocean, Scale the Summit, The Atlas Moth, 8pm March 23. $13 (17 and older) Woods, 8:30pm May 7. $13 (17 and older) RED LINE TAP Afroman, 9pm March 15. $21.69 (21 and older) Layzie Bone, 8pm Feb. 27. $19.62 (21 and older) Paula Nelson Band, 8pm Feb. 19. $8.24 (21 and older) REGGIES ROCK CLUB Kayo Dot, 9pm March 21. $10-$20 (17 and older) Junius, 9pm Feb. 27. $12-420 (17 and older) Mickey Avalon, 7pm Feb. 27. $15 (17 and older) HOUSE OF BLUES “Metal Alliance Tour” featuring Behemoth, 1349, Inquisition and more, 5:40pm April 25. $39.05 BEAT KITCHEN Trampled Under Foot, Ben Miller Band, 8pm Feb. 8. $12 (17 and older)

METRO John Newman , 7:30pm April 7. $16


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Real Estate, 9pm March 27. $18 (18 and older)

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Something’s ‘Brewing’ in the Barn this Saturday

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ne can hope party rock band The Crawpuppies busts out some Village People and leads the capacity crowd in a rousing “YMCA” cheer on Saturday at the County Line Apple Orchard in Hobart. The popular Hoosier quartet along with Chicago’s Mr. Blotto band will be pumping out tunes while brew masters pump out savory craft beers at “Brews in the Barn,” benefitting Hobart YMCA’s annual “Changing Lives” campaign, which helps offset child care, membership expenses and program fees for less fortunate residents. “We have DJ Tonycue from 5 to 7pm spinning vinyl. The Crawpuppies take the stage at 7pm and Mr. Blotto ends the night with a 3-hour set starting at 9pm,” explained Scott Mockler, Vice President of the Board of Director for the Hobart YMCA. “This is the inaugural year for ‘Brews in the Barn’ and it’s our plan make it an annual event,” continued Mockler. “We had originally set a ticket limit of 1200, but as we started to get more and more vendors on board, we decided to cut that back to 850. We wanted to make certain the County Line Orchard barn didn’t get too crowded so we decided to be conservative and have a better experience for our guests. We are already looking at ways to increase capacity next year as this event has been sold out for a couple weeks and there is still huge demand for tickets.” “We will have about 35 breweries, five wine distributors and Journeyman Distillery all pouring samples of their beverages. Most of them are donating their product and time to help us produce this event. I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support,” said Mockler. Between 50 and 70 items are up for silent auction, including a signed and framed Elton John/Lady Gaga color photo with a certificate of authenticity. “The silent auction is a great mix of local products and services


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The Crawpuppies will perform at County Line Orchard’s Brews in the Barn event.

and also includes some highly collectable memorabilia,” said Mockler. “There will also be a Disney vacation package that will be given away at the end of the evening.” A list and photos of items to be auctioned is found at event’s website — . Various packages from regular ticket admission to VIP range in cost from $10 to $75 and include various perks. All net proceeds benefit the Hobart Family YMCA. Early VIP entry is at 5:30pm with regular ticket entry 6:30pm. Unlike most County Line Apple Orchard events, “Brews in the Barn” is a 21 and older only event. We are absolutely thrilled with the reception the event has received from the public,” concluded Mockler.

MUSIC NOTES: •  ‌Portage blues-rock trio Midnight Mass release of their 11-track original music CD – “Violet” — with a live 10pm performance on Saturday at The Roadhouse Bar & Grill (4

U.S. Highway 6) in Valparaiso. If the band’s name rings a bell, it’s because Midnight Mass had a run in region clubs over a decade ago when led by bassist/ vocalist Randy McKay. After a few years hiatus, original guitarist Randy Cole resurrected Midnight Mass last year with help from new recruits April Santos on bass, vocalist Mark Stiburski, and an electronic drum machine they have named Dr. Crank. •  ‌Grammy-award winning group CHICAGO perform a January 29 concert (7:30pm) at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois for victims of the devastating tornados that rolled through Central Illinois on November 17. Because of sponsorship from Country Financial the concert is free to attend. “The band wanted to do something special for the people of Central Illinois who have suffered any type of hardship related to the tornados,” said Chicago’s manager Peter Schivarelli. •  ‌Blues harmonica master James Cotton, who celebrates his 70th year of as a professional musician in 2014, received a Grammy Award nomination for his 2013 CD “Cotton Mouth Man,” produced by Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi) and released via Chicago’s Alligator Records. Guest performers on the album include Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Warren Haynes, Delbert McClinton and Keb Mo. The Grammy Awards airs Sunday, January 26, 2014. •  ‌Chicago Grammy-winning songwriter/ rocker Jim Peterik stops by The Lakeshore Public Radio to guest on “The Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” radio program airing on 89.1FM on Tuesday (Jan. 28) at 6pm. Peterik — who performs a solo “Storyteller’s” style show at Chicago Street Theatre on Sunday, February 9 — will perform acoustic versions of some of the famous radio hits he has written or co-written for Survivor, Ides of March, .38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sammy Hagar, Van Zant, REO Speedwagon, and others. The program streams live in real time worldwide radio.


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THEATER NOW SHOWING JAN 24, FEB 2, 7, 8, 16 SISTER MARY AMNESIA’S COUNTRY WESTERN NUNSENSE JAMBOREE Great Oaks Banquets, 13109 S Wicker Ave, Cedar Lake. 219.365.3197. Cost: $32 adults, $30 seniors, $25 children 12 and under. L’arc en Ciel Productions bring back the beloved sisters of Hoboken with “Amnesia,” the third installment of the popular “Nunsense” musical series.

JAN 27-31 THE MLK PROJECT: THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. This incredible onewoman show follows a student’s personal transformation through studying the Civil Rights Movement. In a tourde-force performance, the actress transforms into several different characters and brings life to both celebrated and unsung Civil Rights activists. Using hip hop, poetry, history and multi-media design, the performance shows the power of turning “anger into action” as the central character discovers that her poetry, raps, and mind are more powerful than her fists.

JAN 31-FEB 15 THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W Chicago Street, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. Co-winner of the 1998 Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding play, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” introduces audiences to small town girl Maureen. Maureen thought she’d be off on adventures with the man of her dreams…far away from her dreary existence in Leenane, Ireland, and the cruelty of her mother. Once again, directors Traci Brant and Jonni Pera explore the the dark comedy of Martin McDonagh (“The Pillowman” and “The Cripple of Inishmaan”) who wrote screenplays for “In Bruges” and “Killer Joe.” Be part of this terrifying story of love, longing, and sacrifice.

with dinner shows on Saturdays. Season ticket plans are available. April 26-27, May 3-4: The Guys. Nov 1-2, 8-9, 15-16: Shrek the Musical.


Mercedes Austgen, from left, Shannon Jones, Linda Slankard and Lynette Estes star in “Sister Mary Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree.”

JAN 31-FEB 15 GODSPELL Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. 219.805.4255. Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen

VENUES INDIANA CHICAGO STREET THEATER 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. Now in its 58th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CST presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater

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Schwartz, Godspell is one of the biggest offBroadway and Broadway successes of all time. This is the revised 2012 version, incorporating some of the changes and updated references used in the 20112012 Broadway Production. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, “Godspell” boasts a string of well-loved songs.

classes for both adults and children. FOOTLIGHT PLAYERS 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. This community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals. Feb 7-23: The Dream Continues. MARIAN THEATRE AUDITORIUM 119th and Lincoln Avenue, Whiting. 219.659.3776. The Marian Theatre Guild, founded in 1928, is the oldest continuous community theatre group in Indiana. The guild is committed to providing audiences with riveting dramas, lighthearted comedies and wonderful musicals with local Northwest Indiana premieres. Productions are shows in April and November

THE MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. This renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances. Feb 21-March 9: Anything Goes. ROSS MUSIC THEATER 227 Center Street, Hobart. Ross Music Theatre is a community theater group whose goal is to involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as theater. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical. STAR PLAZA THEATRE I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total

entertainment package to area theatergoers.

and a variety of artistic productions.

THE THEATRE AT THE CENTER, CENTER FOR THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS, Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Feb 20-March 30: Cash—Ring of Fire

BROADWAY IN CHICAGO various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. broadwayinchicago. com. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/ operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively Loop.

TOWLE COMMUNITY THEATER 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond.

ILLINOIS AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. A National Historic Landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances

CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. The theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. The architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater.

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Celeb birthdays J‌ an. 23: Singer-guitarist Robin Zander of Cheap Trick is 61. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 40. Bassist Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie is 39. Jan. 24: Singer Neil Diamond is 73. Actress Matthew Lillard is 44. Actress Merrilee McCommas (“Family Law”) is 43. Singer Beth Hart is 42. Actor Ed Helms is 40. Actress Tatyana Ali (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) is 35. Guitarist Mitchell Marlow of Fliter is 35. Actress Mischa Barton is 28. Jan. 25: Actress Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”) is 43. Guitarist Matt Odmark of Jars of Clay is 40. Singer Alicia Keys is 33. Actor Michael Trevino (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 29.

Reason to ‘Celebrate’

Disney on Ice brings favorite characters to life for a cool family-friendly entertainment spectacle ‌Philip Potempa /


rofessional skater Chad Westgate, a two-time top-10 finisher in Canadian Nationals, is an ice expert. He’s been skating with Disney On Ice for nearly 10 years, often as the role of Prince Charming, and now considers the performance arenas where he is in the spotlight as his “home away from home.” “Many of the places where our tour performs are the same arenas in these cities used by the National Hockey League, so the ice is perfect,” said Westgate, who hails from Toronto and is excited about his visit to Chicago this month. “This week’s arrival in Chicago marks the third time I’ve been to the Windy City with Disney on Ice and I know the ice stage arenas are fantastic. Westgate, in his guise as Prince Charming, is one of the stars of “Let’s Celebrate!,” which showcases favorite Disney characters in a salute to the holidays everyone of every age looks forward to each year. The show opened Wednesday and continues through Sunday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont and then continues Jan. 29 until Feb. 9 at Chicago’s United Center. This icy entertainment offering clocks in at just under two hours and is billed as “one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends.” Mickey Mouse and his friends, like Westgate’s Prince Charming, the


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smiling fellow who found the glass slipper of Cinderalla, star in fantastic skating routines to pay tribute to “a winter wonderland, a Halloween haunt and other magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe.” Westgate said favorite Disney songs, an original storyline, brilliant costumes and high energy action help audiences celebrating some of the world’s most popular events without ever leaving Chicago. The whirlwind tour includes stops in Brazil for a Carnival parade, Hawaii for a luau with Lilo and Stitch, and Japan for the Sakura cherry blossom festival, along with invitations to a frightfully festive Halloween party with Jack Skellington and his Disney Villain friends, and a lavish Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses. “Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! gives families a reason to celebrate no matter what time of year it is,” Producer Kenneth Feld said. “This uplifting and unforgettable spectacle showcases different celebrations around the globe, and families will walk away remembering to celebrate the everyday joys and successes in their lives.” From twisting and fire-twirling Hawaiian luau dancers to the zombielike movements of the ghoulish groupies in the Halloween segment, choreographer Cindy Stuart brings high-energy and a unique style to each performance number.

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse from “Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate” invite audiences to share holiday fun.

Audiences get a taste of New Orleans in a Mardi Gras performance that is packed with upbeat jazz-influenced choreography and music. In the Valentine’s Day segment, seven extraordinary pairs of Disney Princesses and Princes skate to contemporary remixes of classic songs from each princess’ story and then come together for a large number to “That’s How You Know” from Walt Disney Pictures “Enchanted.” In a Very Merry UnBirthday Party, a fast-paced skating frenzy ensues as the characters toss around the Mad Hatter’s hat. Then a uniquely choreographed precision skating number follows with Sorcerer Mickey bringing 15 skaters in broom costumes to life and sweeping across the ice in a synchronized formation. “Audiences are going to love this colossal celebration,” Producer Nicole

Feld said. “We take the most exciting holidays and special events and pack them into one monumental show. You can travel the world in style and experience all the fun and excitement with your favorite Disney characters.” As for how Westage captures the royal identity of his Prince Charming, he said “lots of smiling” is important. “It’s amazing what a smile can do not only for yourself, but for others too,” he said. Tickets for Chicago-area performances of “Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!” are available at the Allstate Arena and United Center box offices, all Ticketmaster locations, on the web at, and by phone at (800) 745-3000. All seats, excluding VIP and Front Row, are $12. Parking for all performances of Disney On Ice are free.

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Diverse slot floors make NWI special ‌JOHN G. BROKOPP / JBROKOPP@COMCAST.NET‌


ast week’s column was devoted to the latest monthly gaming report released by the Illinois Gaming Board and how the financial statistics revealed about the slot machines at the properties in the Chicago area impact decisions players can make about where to play. Today we’ll turn our attention to the Northwest Indiana casino market using information from the December 2013 report compiled by the Indiana Gaming Commission. The statistics clearly reveal that collectively the casinos in NW Indiana possess a dynamic quite apart from those on the Illinois side. The homogenized nature of the properties in Illinois makes decision making about where to play less complex than in Indiana. Surely each location has its own personality, but when it comes to the slot inventories it’s pretty much a standard playing field. NW Indiana is a different story. The most dominant and financially successful is Horseshoe. For the month of December the Shoe’s inventory of 2,965 slots generated adjusted gross receipts of $24.6 million which translates into a 10.10 percent “win”. Horseshoe took a 12.9 percent win on the 1,690 penny slots it houses on the casino floor, while its dollar slot inventory yielded a 7.06 percent win. The penny slot “king” based on sheer emphasis is Ameristar. No less than 1,518 of the 1,966 machines on the vessel are penny units. Because of this fact the casino’s penny handle (coin in) of $100.2 million was second only to Horseshoe’s $116 million. Whereas Horseshoe won $15 million on its penny games, Ameristar raked in $11.5 million for a “hold” percentage of 11.59. Ameristar’s hold on its entire inventory was 9.67 percent. The most diverse property from a slot denomination standpoint is Blue Chip. It generated only $4.9 million in casino win on its penny units (11.88 percent hold), but only 853 slots out of its total inventory of 1,921 machines are one-centers. Blue Chip’s overall hold of 8.34 percent

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was the lowest in NW Indiana in December, but even more significant is the fact the total coin-in of $33.4 million on its dollar games was second only to Horseshoe’s $56.6 million. Blue Chip held 6.46 percent on its dollar slots while Horseshoe stood at 7.06 percent. Both Majestic Star I and Majestic Star II place a priority on penny slots. Of the 897 machines on MS I, 590 are pennies. MS II numbers 647 one-centers among its total of 850 machines. The hold on Majestic Star I’s pennies amounted to 12.2 percent, while its sister vessel stood at 11.8 percent. Unfortunately, all of these statistics yield little help to slot players on their best chances of winning. They do have an influence on where to play based upon denomination preference.

BONUS ROUND-UP HORSESHOE: A groundbreaking partnership between a casino and a sports franchise has been forged with the announcement earlier this month that Horseshoe unveiled the Chicago Blackhawks Blackjack pit as a highlight of the property’s new and expanded sponsorship with the team. The agreement is for the remainder of the season. The Shoe’s Push Bar has become an official Chicago Blackhawks bar where viewing parties

will be hosted with team alumni throughout the remainder of 2013-2014 NHL season. In addition, two official RoadWatch parties will be held inside The Venue. The first 20,000 fans to arrive at the United Center for each remaining regular season home game this season and all next season will receive a Horseshoe Casino branded promotional card for a chance to win anywhere from $10 — $100 in free play. Coming up is a “Best Seats in the House” sweepstakes for an opportunity to win seats between the player benches for the Blackhawks game on Friday, March 14. Total Rewards members can enter by swiping their cards at the promotional kiosks in the casino. Additional Blackhawks tickets and free slot play will also be awarded at the drawing to be held on March 2. BLUE CHIP: There are some great dining values at the property’s bountiful Options Buffet this month. Stop in anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Sunday to enjoy two buffets for $20.14 plus tax. On Wednesday the “Hump Day Buffet” special features 30 percent off normal prices which translates into $8.39 plus tax for breakfast, $9.79 plus tax for lunch, and $13.99 plus tax for dinner. There’s an Early Bird bonus for breakfast in January with the 777 Sunrise Special for $7.77 plus tax from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

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1‌ 0 most recent best picture winners: 2003: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King | 2004: Million Dollar Baby | 2005: Crash | 2006: The Departed | 2007: No Country for Old Men | 2008: Slumdog Millionaire | 2009: The Hurt Locker | 2010: The King’s Speech | 2011: The Artist | 2012: Argo


Predicting Oscar winners not always guesswork ‌Matt Erickson / Times Correspondent‌


he race for the biggest prize in Hollywood got a lot tighter on Saturday night. On Sunday night, it got thrown right back into

chaos. “12 Years a Slave” was considered the frontrunner to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards on March 2. Then “American Hustle” took the ensemble prize from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday night, and the race drew to a virtual dead heat. But on Sunday, the Producers Guild of America handed out its prizes – and for the first time in its history had a tie. Both “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” took top honors from the PGA, beating “American Hustle” and sending the Best Picture chase back to potentially a three-horse race. The PGA best picture winner has gone on to win the Oscar for six straight years, and a whopping 71 percent of the time overall, making it one of the most accurate indicators come Oscar night. But this year, that particular cheat sheet will be muddled. While there always is potential for some surprises, predicting the Oscar winners is far from going off of hunches. The film industry, thanks to a plethora of precursor awards shows and honors from various guilds throughout the business, leaves us a wonderful trail of bread crumbs for clues on who we’ll see giving speeches on Oscar night. Let’s start with the Oscars’ Best Picture. We knew a week ago when


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the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Oscar nominees that we were essentially in a three-film race between “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle” and “Gravity.” Those three were thought

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to be the frontrunners going in, and they dominated the total nominations haul. “Hustle” and “Gravity” got 10 nods each, while “Slave” is up for nine awards. While that is a nice hint about

which films voters will gravitate toward when filling out their final ballots, there’s a little more to it than that. The Screen Actors Guild gave its award this year to “American Hustle.” And if you go inside the numbers to

see that nearly one-fifth of Academy members are comprised of actors – the same actors who vote for the SAG Awards – you find a giant voting bloc that prefers “Hustle.” The SAG ensemble winner – essentially those awards’ Best Picture – has gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars only 50 percent of the time, though, making it still a coin flip. A coin flip, that is, until the PGA handed out its awards. Even though it settled for a tie with the PGA, “12 Years a Slave” has to be considered the frontrunner at the Oscars once again. Saturday’s SAG Awards may have wrapped up the four acting awards, as well. Again, because the actors’ guild makes up the biggest portion of Academy members, crossover wins are quite common. The SAG Best Actor winner goes on to win the Oscar nearly 80 percent of the time. And that means Matthew McConaughey’s SAG win for his turn as real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodruff in “Dallas Buyers Club” puts him in a highly favorable spot against Chiwetel Ejiofor’s portrayal of Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave.” Nine straight years, the SAG winner has crossed over to win the Oscar. And for the first six years of those awards’ existence, the same happened. There was an odd stretch of four straight years in the middle where the winners didn’t match up. But it remains one of the surest indicators for filling out Oscar ballots. In addition, remember that voters are influenced by the performance they’re voting on, sure. But when they look around and see McConaughey with a scene-stealing performance in another nominated film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and on their TVs in the critically acclaimed new HBO series “True Detective,” and they remember that he’s no longer just Dave Wooderson from “Dazed and Confused,” they tend to lean the way of rewarding a career resurgence, of sorts, if they were on the fence. The Best Actress award may have been locked up by Cate Blanchett on Saturday, as well. In Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” she returned for her first lead role in six years and has absolutely dominated the awards circuit so far. She’s got the SAG and Golden Globe, and she has won from every major critics association. Factor

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critic competitions. She’s currently the frontrunner over Lawrence (“American Hustle”), but this may be a situation where anything can happen between those two in the next month or so – don’t discount the power of campaigning.

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in that the SAG winner goes on to win at the Academy nearly 70 percent of the time, and the amazing Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”), the most nominated actor in Oscars history, may be on the outside looking in. She has just three Academy Awards from her 17 previous nominations. The two SAG winners that aren’t as easy to predict going into the Oscars are the supporting performances. The Supporting Actress crosses over 67 percent of the time, while Supporting Actor doubles up 58 percent of the time. But this year, Supporting Actor may be one of the biggest locks on the ballot for Jared Leto in “Dallas

Buyers Club.” As transgender AIDS patient Rayon, Leto delivered a career-defining performance. Helping his cause, it would be a really tight race between the other four for who should be No. 2. But make no mistake, no one’s thinking about No. 2 because Leto has No. 1 locked in. The one race that may still be tough to call is Supporting Actress. Jennifer Lawrence picked up her third Oscar nod in four years, becoming the youngest to get three nominations in the process. She won at the Globes and is Hollywood’s darling right now. But Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) took the SAG award and has been the winner with the majority of

“The SAG Best Actor winner goes on to win the Oscar nearly 80 percent of the time. And that means Matthew McConaughey’s SAG win for his turn as reallife AIDS patient Ron Woodruff in “Dallas Buyers Club” puts him in a highly favorable spot ... .” 01.23.2014 / The Times Media Co. / Go!


Fandango Top 10 Presales ‌1. Lone Survivor | 2. Frozen 3D | 3. The Legend of Hercules 3D | 4. The Wolf of Wall Street | 5. American Hustle | 6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | 7. August: Osage County | 8. Saving Mr. Banks | 9. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones | 10. Her

In Theaters This WeekEND


‌I, Frankenstein

1 hr 32 min | PG-13 | Released Jan. 24

Director: Stuart Beattie 200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) is caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. Miranda Otto plays the queen of the gargoyles, leading her own race in their battle against the demons. From the creators of the hit supernatural saga UNDERWORLD, comes the action thriller I, FRANKENSTEIN, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie based on the graphic novel “I, Frankenstein” by Kevin Grevioux.


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‌Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

The Nut Job

Ride Along

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Director: Peter Lepeniotis

Director: Tim Story

To his friends and loved ones, young Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) appears to be an ordinary executive; however, he has secretly worked for the CIA for years. Jack must confront a new reality where secrets and lies are everywhere, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth.

In animated 3D, THE NUT JOB is an actionpacked comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.

When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother—a hot-tempered cop—to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life.

1 hr 40 min | PG-13 | Opens Friday, January 17, 2014

1 hr 25 min | PG | Released Jan. 17

1 hr 40 min | PG-13 | Released Jan. 17

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August: Osage County

Grudge Match

Director: Spike Jonze

Director: John Wells

Director: Peter Segal

HER, written, directed, and produced by Spike Jonze, explores the story of a sensitive and soulful man who earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after a long love affair ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with a new operating system called “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson).

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Pittsburgh boxers Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) shared a fierce rivalry back in the 1980s. Thirty years later, they are made an offer they can’t refuse: Return to the ring and settle the score once and for all.

1 hr 59 min | R | Released Jan. 10

1 hr 59 min | R | Released Dec. 25

1 hr 54 min | PG-13 | Released Dec. 25

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Kennedy Theatre 6735 Kennedy Ave. Hammond, IN 219.845.5336 Crown Theatre 19 N Court St. Crown Point, IN 219.663.1616 Hoosier Theatre 1335 119th St Whiting, IN 219.659.0567 Cinemark Theater 700 Porter’s Vale Blvd Valparaiso, IN 800.326.3264 Lansing Cinema 8 16621 Torrence Ave Lansing, IL 708.418.0300

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Lone Survivor

The Legend of Hercules

Director: Peter Berg

Director: Renny Harlin

Four Navy SEALs on an ill-fated covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative are ambushed by enemy forces in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Based on The New York Times bestseller.

Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero – the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, he embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

47 Ronin

2 hr 1 min | R | Released Jan. 10

1 hr 24 min | R | Released Jan. 3

Director: Gregory Plotkin In the fifth entry in the series, family and friends try to save a young man who seems to be a magnet for malevolent supernatural forces.

PG-13 | Released Jan. 10

PG-13 | Released Dec. 25

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box 1 hr 38 min | PG | Released Jan. 10

Director: Jonathan Newman Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth – but also devastating supernatural power.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Director: Carl Rinsch

1 hr 54 min | PG | Released Dec. 25

47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves) as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts.

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) inhabits a world of exciting daydreams. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when he is sent on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue of Life magazine.

Director: Ben Stiller

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HAPPENINGS INDIANA THROUGH MAR 2 SNOWMAN COMPETITION Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. Families can build a snowman at Taltree for a chance to win a free 1-year family membership to the arboretum and gardens.


Indoor Street Market 8am-1pm, 2nd Sat of each month, Lincoln Community Center Banquet Hall, 2450 Lincoln St, Highland. 219.838.0114. This street market moves indoors for the winter. Shoppers can browse breads, honey, spices, dog treats and more. JAN 23

Color and Design Trends Lake County Public Library Munster Branch, 8701 Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.365.0198. This fun and informative evening features the latest interior design trends and fabulous room makeovers. JAN 23

Harlem Globetrotters 7pm, Michigan City High School, 8466 Pahs Rd, Michigan City. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling millions of fans for 88 years, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways. Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment, letting fans vote on new rules to be used in actual games.

AN EVENING WITH JILLIAN FLATHERS 6pm, Freddy’s Steak House, 6442 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond. 219.844.1500. This special reception introduces Freddy’s Steakhouse new chef Jillian Flathers, a contestant on Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen Season 8.

JAN 23 HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS 7pm, Michigan City High School, 8466 Pahs Rd, Michigan City. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling millions of fans for 88 years, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways. Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment, letting fans vote on new rules to be used in actual games.

JAN 23 WINEMAKER DINNER WITH KEN FOSTER FROM MAHONEY VINEYARDS 6:30pm, Bistro 157, 157 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. Admission: $75. 219.462.0992. Enjoy a uniquely paired dinner from Chef Nicole Bissonnette and wine from Mahoney Vineyards.

JAN 24 “BEAD TOWN: LOUISIANA” DOCUMENTARY SHOWING 7-9pm, Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S Lake St, Gary. Admission: $12. See this workin-progress documentary about artist Stephan Wanger using recycled Mardi Gras beads to create exquisite murals. He is giving back to the communities of Louisiana that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina with his traveling exhibit of murals. This event in conjunction with the Bead Town: Northwest Indiana exhibit now showing at the Marshall J. Gardner Center and the Crown Point Library.

JAN 24 SAGE AFTER DARK 8:30-11pm, Sage Restaurant, 425 Sand Creek Drive, Suite B, Chesterton. 219.926.6500. Join Sage for live local music, cocktails, and tasting/bar menu. Sage Restaurant takes a fresh approach to your culinary experience with local fresh ingredients, setting the standard for


JAN 23 ASPARAGUS RESTAURANT & JOURNEYMAN DISTILLERY PAIRING DINNER 6:30-9pm, Asparagus, 7876 Broadway, Merrillville. Admission: $60.00 per person, not including tax or gratuity. 219.794.0000. the legendary local favorite restaurant featuring Asian Fusion and Nouvelle cuisine is ✔ Asparagus, partnering with Journeyman, the locally owned and operated distiller of organic, hand crafted spirits to offer a five course dinner, each course thoughtfully paired with a different taster cocktail fashioned from a Journeyman’s unique array of spirits. Simon Barrios, the authorized representative of Journeyman will be on hand to educate the diners on the craftsmanship and unique flavor sensation of each spirit.

our fusion of AmericanItalian cuisine. Jan. 24 showcases local acoustic artist Buddy Pearson.

JAN 24-25 MY BIG FAT GREEK MARDI GRAS 4-8pm Friday, 11am Saturday, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 7021 Hohman Ave, Hammond. Bring family and friends to a Big Fat Greek Mardi Gras. Enjoy lamb, Greek-style chicken, pastitsio, gyros, Greek salad, and lemon-rice soup, followed by a taste of Greek pastries and loukoumades. Take home a bundt cake.

JAN 24-26 WINTERFEST 3-5pm, downtown LaPorte. 219.331.5517. Live ice sculptures kick off this yearly event as artists craft unique works of art right on the streets of downtown LaPorte. Familyfriendly winter fun abounds throughout the weekend with arts and crafts, an adult coed softball tournament, a pancake breakfast, horse-drawn carriage rides, an ice fishing derby and more.

JAN 25 BREWS IN THE BARN 5:30pm VIP Early Entry, regular hours 6:30pm-midnight. County Line Orchard, 200 County Line Road, Hobart. 219.947.4477. Brews in the Barn at the historic County Line Orchard is your chance to sample some of the best craft beer from all over the region. Some of the finest brewers in the country will be pouring unlimited samples of their meticulously hand-crafted beer. There will also be live performances from the

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Crawpuppies and the legendary Chicago band Mr. Blotto. Also included in the ticket price will be an eclectic food buffet.

JAN 25 ADLER’S WALK TO BENEFIT PEDIATRIC BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH 12-4pm, Griffith High School Field House, 600 N Wiggs St, Griffith. Adler Bryce Shelbourne was just 3 years old when he passed away from PNET (a rare, aggressive brain tumor) in 2012. Walkers are asked to raise $30 each to participate. Proceeds will benefit Riley Children’s Hospital pediatric brain cancer research. There will be children’s activities/ entertainment, raffles, DJ, bake sale, blood drive, and more. We will also be collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald Houses.

JAN 25 LADIES AUXILIARY 10TH ANNUAL FAMILY DANCE 6-9pm, St. John Memorial Post 717 VFW, 10400 W 93rd Ave, St. John. Admission: $6. Dance the night away with family and friends. D.J., dance contests, raffles, cookies and snacks. Tickets available now in the post canteen. Proceeds benefit veterans and our troops.

JAN 25 ACTING FOR ADULTS 10am-1pm, Community Park Social Center, 8751 Lions Club Drive, Munster. 219.836.7275. Cost: Munster Resident $70, Non-Resident $75. Scott Alan, actor and director, will teach you the basics of costume work, theater acting, and even how to mascot. But that’s not all, he will also cover the importance of marketing yourself in the industry. Age 18+. Registration is required.

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‌JAN 25 11th Annual Gardening Show 8am-4pm, Porter County Expo, 215 E Division St, Valparaiso. by Purdue University Cooperative ✔ Sponsored Extension and its Porter County Master

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Gardeners, this award-winning event features presentations by national, regional and local gardening experts, special lodging and dinner packages, a seed and bulb exchange, a garden photography contest, a children’s corner, food service and 100 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for and about gardens and gardening.

Free Throw Competition‌ 6:30-7:30pm, St. Thomas More School Gym, 8501 Calumet Ave, Munster.‌ Knights of Columbus Monsignor Weis Council 10596 is presenting their annual Council Free Throw Competition. Registration and warm ups begin at 6:30 p.m. This free event is open to all boys and girls 9 to 14. Competitors will shoot 15 free throws. Winners in each division will advance to district competition at St. Thomas More on Feb. 1.

friends, win a raffle prize and enjoy baked goods from the baked sale during this event. All proceeds benefit Whiting Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter, and donations of wet cat or dog food are accepted.

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JAN 25 ‌ Wild Bird Seminar‌ 1-2pm, Alsip Home & Nursery, 10255 Wicker Ave, St. John. alsipnursery. com/event/ wild-bird-seminar.‌ Whether you’re an avian enthusiast or simply enjoy the chime of chirping in the morning, we encourage you to join in our Wild Bird Seminar. Learn how to attract birds to your yard and create a welcoming environment for our feathered friends.

Ave, Merrillville. nwindiana. Cost: $5.‌ Help the Purdue Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana collect nonperishable food items, paper goods, household items and donations for local food pantries, and join club members to watch the Purdue men’s basketball team as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers in a Big Ten battle. Cost is $5 for food and choice of pop, tea or coffee.

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JAN 25 ‌ PU Alumni Game Watch/Food Drive‌ 4-7pm, Catch 22 Restaurant & Sports Bar, 500 E 81st

A Mad, Wicked Folly Book Launch Celebration‌ 7-10pm, Riley’s Railhouse, 123 N 4th St, Chesterton.‌ Local author Sharon Biggs Waller celebrates the debut of her young adult novel A Mad Wicked Folly with refreshments, giveaways, actors in period costumes, party favors and a reading from the new book. The novel brings Edwardian England to life and celebrates the pursuit of dreams, art and women’s rights.

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The Lone Bellow‌ 7:30pm, The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive. com.‌ Named “One of the 10 Artists to Watch in 2013” by Billboard Magazine‌ The Lone Bellow play what they call “Brooklyn country music,” acoustic-based alternative rock with a powerful vocal incandescence.

Flying Wild‌ 9am-5pm, Douglas Center for Environmental Education, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 7-85 N Lake St, Gary. 219.395.9555.‌ Winter is a great time to learn about local birds. This workshop will provide formal and nonformal educators with an opportunity to explore the avian world and try several Flying WILD activities. Participants in the full workshop will receive a guide to take home.

Arts with the Animals‌ 11am-4pm, Whiting Masonic Temple, 1900 Temple Ct,

JAN 25 ‌ Lt. Dan’s New Legs‌ 10pm, Blue Chip Casino,‌ 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711.‌ Internationally known, Lt. Dan’s New Legs is a live hip-hop band covering a variety of songs—from old school classics to new school hits—designed to keep the audience dancing.

Whiting. 219.616.2031.‌ This adoption and fundraising event is free and open to the public. Visitors can shop the vendors, meet furry

Polish Dinner Fundraiser‌ Noon-3pm, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1801 Atchison Ave, Whiting. Cost: $10.‌ Dinner includes Polish sausage, sauerkraut, pierogi, cabbage roll, bread, dessert and a

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JAN 28 ‌ Phil Stacey‌ 6:30-8:15pm, Kolas Christian Bookstore, 2635 Highway Ave, Highland. 219.972.1000. American Idol‌ season six finalist Phil Stacey graces the concert stage with his gospel vocals.

JAN 28, FEB 4, 11‌ Wine & Canvas‌ 6pm, Blue Chip Casino,‌ 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711.‌ Cocktails and art collide at this fun painting class. An artist walks participants through the painting process, while the painters enjoy music, drinks and a great social atmosphere. All art supplies included and participants can take home their newly created original work of art.

JAN 25 ‌ Snowshoe Expedition and Lunch‌ 10am, Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern, 131 E Dunes Highway, Beverly Shores. 219.879.3081.‌ Meet at the Indiana State Park Nature Center at 10 a.m. where snowshoes will be supplied, have a quick introductory talk and then head out for about an hour hike. Afterwards, meet at Bartlett’s for a delicious lunch.

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Mad, Wicked Folly Book Launch Celebration

beverage. Two seatings will be offered; noon1:30pm and 1:30-3pm. Specify which seating when paying for tickets.

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Author Randall Lemon Book Signing‌ 11:30am-2:30pm, Miles Books, 2819 Jewett Ave, Highland. 219.838.8700.‌ Author Randall Lemon will be signing copies of his book, “Gryffon Master: Curse of the Lich King.” Lemon is a recently retired English teacher and head of the drama and speech department at Highland High School.

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‌JAN 25 Salute to the ‘60s 7:30pm, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre. com. Hermits featuring Peter Noone, The ✔ Herman’s Grass Roots (pictured) and The Buckinghams perform and take audience members back to an earlier time.


ILLINOIS‌ JAN 23-26 ‌ Strictly Sail Chicago‌ 11am-8pm Thu-Fri, 10am-7pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, Navy Pier Festival Hall A&B, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago.‌ The nation’s largest indoor “all-sail” boat show has become a must-attend event for all sailors. Attendees can see, board and buy boats; attend seminars and have more fun

than ever at this 19th annual show. Activities include seminars from an impressive group of speakers, live doit-yourself tutorials, a remote control sailing pond, a kids corner and more.

ACTIVITIES Indiana‌ JAN 25 ‌ Ice Fishing Derby‌ 6am-12pm, 5320 N Meridian Road, Valparaiso. Admission: $10 adult; $5 under age 17 — thru Jan. 24 Day of registration: $15 adult; $7 under age 17. 219.462.5144.‌ Catch the biggest fish and win! Categories include Panfish, Bass, Crappie, Walleye. Proceeds will go to

assist the funding of a new boat ramp at Rogers-Lakewood, co-sponsored by “Friends of Fishing” and the Valpo Parks Department.

JAN 31-FEB 8 ‌ Wilderness First Responder Certification Course‌ Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025.‌ The course will teach environmental emergencies and survival skills, response and assessment, musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, and CPR and other medical emergency techniques. Student skills and knowledge

will be developed in hands-on outdoor and indoor practicums. Nine-day onsite primitive overnight accommodations available for $135. Accommodations includes warm sleeping area and kitchen and bathroom with shower access. Single night overnight accommodations available $15/night.

THROUGH FEB 23 ‌ Ice Plaza at Deep River Waterpark‌ Thursdays 2-9pm, Fridays 2-10pm, Saturdays 12-10pm and Sundays 12-9pm, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E US 30, Crown Point. 219.947.7850.‌ Deep River Waterpark will be open for Ice Skating on the Friday after Thanksgiving day through the last Sunday in February.

EXHIBITIONS Indiana‌ THROUGH FEB 2 ‌ Mid-Century Modern—Style in the Age of Mad Men‌ South Shore Arts Gallery, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster.

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219.836.1839.‌ This swanky exhibit travels back in time to a more glamorous age, the time of the 1950s ad men made popular in recent years by AMC’s Mad Men. A tribute to the Mid-Century Modern movement in architecture and design, the exhibit features furniture, objects, art and advertising as seen on the popular TV series from this memorable era.

THROUGH FEB 8 ‌ We are Porter County‌ Porter County Museum of History, 153 Franklin St, Valparaiso. 219.465.3595‌ This interactive and engaging exhibit highlights the formation of the county from its founding in 1836 to present day and visitors can learn about the transformation of the county from frontier to modern landscape.

THROUGH FEB 9 ‌ Citizen Soldier Citizen‌ Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900.‌ Contemporary works by military combat veterans will be on display at this exhibition honors those who have fought for freedom and those fighting to reintegrate into society after their war experiences. AlsoThrough Feb 24: Theater of Conflict‌.‌

THROUGH FEB 15 Bead Town Exhibit Mon-Thurs 10:30am-6pm, Sat 10:30am-8:30pm, Sunday Noon-6pm, Marshall J. Gardner Center, 540 S Lake Street, Gary and Former Crown Point Library, 214 S Court Street, Crown Point. Artist Stephan Wanger will devote the Mardi Gras season to the creation of exquisite beaded mosiacs unique to Northwest Indiana in partnership with the Methodist Hospitals Foundation. Wanger’s art is made from thousands of individually placed recycled Mardi Gras beads from New Orleans, Wanger’s hometown.

THROUGH MAR 2 ‌ Fenders & Figures—Works by Sandi Kozlowski‌ The Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839.‌ Combining her passions for both art making and motorcycle riding, local artist Sandi Kozlowski pushes the boundaries of her multimedia pieces with the addition of a third dimension, plastic motorcycle parts incorporated on flat acrylic paintings.

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Discovering the Forest—Paintings by Robert Johnson‌ South Shore Arts Crown Point Branch, 123 N Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.0200. southshoreartsonline. org.‌ Robert Johnson’s paintings explore the nature of the forest in this exhibit.

THROUGH MAR 22 ‌ Money Tree— Encaustic Paintings by Deborah Landry‌ 10am-2pm, Substation No. 9, 435 Fayette St, Hammond. 219.836.1839.‌ Deborah Landry’s encaustic paintings are works of arts made using heated beeswax with added pigments.

THROUGH APR 6 ‌ Trucks—Recent Works by John Himmelfarb‌ Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo. edu/artmuseum.‌ Chicago-based artist John Himmelfarb showcase his whimsical representations of trucks at this exhibit. His works are executed in a wide variety of media—including sculpture, painting and printmaking—and an outdoor sculpture made out of an actual truck accompanies the exhibit.

Illinois‌ JAN 20 ‌ Lake Michigan’s Southern Shore—A Photographic Journey‌ 7pm, Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Dr, Tinley Park. 708.532.0160.‌ Environmental photographer Tom Gill leads a photography journey from historic

lighthouses to sand dunes and quaking bogs, while sharing the history and unusual characteristics of the region and helpful photography tips.

THROUGH JAN 26 ‌ focus—Monika Baer‌ The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic. edu/aic.‌ The first museum exhibition in the United States devoted to the work of Berlin-based artist Monika Baer, this presentation includes nearly 30 paintings created between 1990 and 2013. The selection of canvases and their nonchronological groupings reflect the emphatic diversity of subject matter and the stylistic and material explorations of Baer’s idiosyncratic practice. Also, through Feb 16: Dreams and Echoes—Drawings and Sculpture in the David and Celia Hilliard Collection‌ Through Jan 26: focus—Monika Baer‌ Through Jul 27: When the Greeks Ruled— Egypt after Alexander Great‌ Through Apr 14: Ugo Rondinone—we run through the desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted‌ Through Jan 27: Art and Appetite— American Painting, Culture and Cuisine‌

Through Feb 2 ‌ 80 at 80‌ Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.684.1414.‌ Commemorating the museum’s 80th anniversary, this exhibit features 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection. Many of these items will ignite visitors’ memories from past exhibits—such as a gigantic Paul Bunyan statue and TAM, the Transparent Anatomical Manikin—while some are cutting-edge innovations.

‌ Fish Fry Amvets Post No. 43, 14032 Torrence Ave., Burnham, will have a Fish Fry from noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Among items on the menu will be lake perch, walleye, ➼ frog legs, shrimp, scallops and more. For prices and more information, call (708) 862-9540. ➼Super Bowl Bash O”Donovan’s Pub and Restaurant, 2100 W. Irving Park Road,Chicago will present a “Super, Super Bowl Party” on Feb. 2. Restaurant general manager Frankie Zela, a native of Calumet City, Ill., said various drink and food specials will be available all day. Among specials by executive chef Victor DeLeon will be Open Face Blackened Prime Rib Sandwiches, a 14-ounce cut of Prime Rib, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and more. For more information, call (773) 478-2100. ➼Dinner and Show Dinner packages will be available during Comedy Night at the CVPA, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. Comedy nights will be held Friday and Feb. 14 and 28 and March 14. Cost is $35 for dinner and show, with cash bar available. Call (219) 836-1930.

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f you’re looking for everything from a massive burger to a hefty steak, pizza, pasta or a grilled seafood dish, you’ll find it all at The Quest in Schererville. For the last two decades plus, The Quest has delivered a menu strong on comfort food recipes, popular entrees and sandwiches. Live entertainment has long been on the agenda as well. The restaurant was established by Sabena Poore, whose mission is to cater to the local dining community with fresh, homemade fare. “One of our slogans through the years has been it’s a family (running the restaurant) and not a chain,” Poore said during a past interview. The Quest’s menu, which features much to peruse, stars a variety of goodies from a full page of appetizers to burgers, sandwiches, steaks and chops, pasta, seafood, chicken and more. Daily specials are also featured. Items that have been popular with local diners through the years include The Quest’s famous Monster Stuffed Burger, which is filled with a choice of mushrooms, onions, green peppers, pepperoni, jalapenos and cheese; Baby Back Ribs; Stuffed Mushrooms; and cheesecake which is billed as Millie’s Homemade Cheesecake, made exclusively for The Quest. During a recent Saturday lunch visit to the eatery, we chose a half slab of ribs ($14) and lemon pepper salmon ($12.95) as our entrees. Our meal began on a satisfying note

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with The Provolone Wheel ($7.95), considered a signature items at the restaurant, as well as a cup of homemade beef vegetable soup and a dinner salad. The Provolone Wheel proved a decadent but flavorful choice as it was seven layers of melted cheese hand battered and served with garlic bread and a sweet marinara sauce. The Quest’s ribs were tender and falling off the bone while the lemon pepper salmon also received a thumbs up at our table. Among other items starring on the restaurant’s menu are Bruschetta ($6.95); Calamari ($8.95); Jalapeno Bottle Caps, ($1); Center Cut Pork Chops ($15); Smothered Steak ($16.95) Stuffed Eggplant ($13.95); Smelt ($12.95) Smothered Chicken ($12.95); Italian Steak Sandwich ($10.95); Stuffed Hot Dog ($5.95); Whitefish Sandwich ($8.50); and much more. The Quest now serves breakfast on Sundays, which is available from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, diners will find various food and drink promotions and specials featured at the eatery on a daily basis. Call or visit the website for more information. Live entertainment

is regularly highlighted at The Quest as well. FYI: The Quest is located at 1204 Lincoln Highway, Schererville. Call (219) 3224812 or visit

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Valentines Day The

Bennett-Curtis House

Join us for a Romantic 5 Course Dinner Package with Horse & Carriage Ride (Limited Rides Available) Treat Your Sweetheart to a “Murder Mystery” Dinner Play February 14th & 15th (by Reservation Only) Paint by Wine

“Murder Mystery” Dinner

Psychic Luncheon

Speak Easy Jazz Night

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(815) 465-2283 • 302 W. Taylor St.—Grant Park, IL 60940 •

Every Friday! All You Care To Eat Yellow Lake Perch or Snow Crab Legs! Bennett-Curtis House


Kids Eat Free Wed Nights

Wine Down Wednesday

Up to 2 kids age 12 or younger can order from our kids 1/2 price any bottle of wine menu for every regularly priced adult entree purchased* (*Not applicable to sandwiches. Not valid with any other discounts, coupons or specials. Dine-in only.)


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BENNETT CURTIS HOUSE. 302 W Taylor St, Grant Park, Ill. 815.465.2288. The 18 room mansion was built in 1900 by George M. Bennett, then purchased by Illinois Senator Edward C. Curtis. The House is set on spacious ground shaded by 100 year old maples flanked by bubbling fountains, sweeping lawns, lush cool ferns & colorful flowers. The menu features luxury cuts of steaks, gourmet seafood and other specials prepared to perfection. Their five course wine and dine gives diners the best of everything. BLACKSTONE WOODFIRE GRILL. 7311 Mallard Lane, Schererville. 219.769.0000. Tucked away on old Route 30 in Schererville’s Foxwood Estates, BlackStone Woodfire Grill is Northwest Indiana’s destination for mouthwatering steaks, tender ribs and bonein chops, tasty chicken, and perfectly-grilled seafood. The aroma of the oak, hickory and apple wood-fired grill will awaken diners’ taste

$50.00 food purchase Mon-Thu 4-9pm Fri-Sat 4-10pm Sunday 12-9pm Pub Open Daily

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buds; the made-from-scratch appetizers, salads and soups will tease the palate. The selection of wines and decadent desserts will tempt all gourmet’s senses. CHUCK & IRENE’S BAR, RESTAURANT AND HOTEL. 6110 Kennedy Ave, Hammond. 219.844.9812. Chuck and Irene’s offers traditional family cuisine in a comfortable and homey atmosphere. Chuck and Irene’s offers a fullservice bar, restaurant and hotel. CIAO BELLA. 1514 US 41, Schererville. 219.322.6800. The cuisines of three different regions of Italy are featured at the newly opened Ciao Bella, a ristorante, pizzeria and wine bar. The extensive wine list focuses on European and Californian wines. Delivery and take-out available. ROUND THE CLOCK. Various Locations, Open 24 hours, Round the Clock restaurants have been a Region staple for and a popular favorite for family dining. Breakfast is always robust and flavorful, while lunches, dinners and desserts are sure to please any crowd.

full service Bar & restaurant No One Under 21 Admitted Smoking Allowed


fridays only - All you can eat

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no coupons or any discounts will apply. dine in only. All food consumed on premise only!

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AppETIzERS ARE HALF pRICE, MON - THURS. FROM 3 pM TO 6 pM Come watch all your favorite BIG 10 NETWORK teams on our 9 TVs & two 55" HDTV Widescreens! DJ David zane every Fri. and Sat. night, from 9 pM to 2 AM

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Round the Clock SEMENTO’S NAPOLI CAFÉ. 1200 West St, Valparaiso. 219.548.9046. A family-owned and operated restaurant, Semento’s serves true Italian-inspired favorites, along with classic American fare, with warmth and atmosphere. The menu is family friendly and even includes a wide selection of salads, entrees and quesadillas. SPIKE’S LAKESIDE INN. 21 E Joliet St, Schererville. 219.322.4444. This classic destination combines old-style elegance with modern favorites. Their salad bar is loved by all, and the wide variety of sandwiches offers something for everyone. For dinner, Spike’s seafood is the star, with everything from lake perch to crab cakes made fresh. Spike’s Lakeside Inn also offers catering services. TASTE OF INDIA. 761 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.755.4634. 418 Roberts Road, Chesterton. 219.921.1900. Taste of India uses only the freshest and finest authentic ingredients, prepared in ways that only millenia of culinary knowledge could offer. The restaurant offers a lunch buffet 7 days a week, and an extended menu available

• Homemade Soups • Tacos • Daily Specials • Great Variety of Seafood


Sandwiches, Steaks & Fried Chicken

Blackhawks Game Day special When the Blackhawks are playing, we will have Labatt Blue import draft on special Pints for $1.50 on Game day

for lunch and dinner. Their bar includes beer and wine selections from Asia. T.J. MALONEY’S AUTHENTIC IRISH PUB. 800 East 81st Avenue, Merrillville. 219.755.0569. diningtj-maloneys. T.J. Maloney’s is one of the area’s top social destinations for meeting with friends, family and business clients. In addition to the genuine atmosphere, the pub features signature, authentic Irish menu items, blended and balanced with American favorites. Irish classics include Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie and T.J.’s Famous Fish and Chips, while burgers, hearty sandwiches and homemade soups round out the savory experience.

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VILLA CESARE. 900 Eagle Ridge Dr, Schererville. 219.322.3011. Villa Cesare is a well-established catering and event venue in Schererville. Villa Cesare offers quality food in abundance and first-class service at its banquet facility. The European decor makes guests feel welcome and conveys a sense of elegance for any event. Among the events held at the Villa over the years have been weddings, anniversary celebrations, holiday parties,

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TASTE+SIP+DINE Valentines Day Dinner Dance Friday, February 14th Featuring Live Entertainment by

“The Relics”

Craft Draft Mug Specials Monday-Thursday Mon ~ $5 Italian Beefs Tue ~ $5 Cheeseburgers Wed ~ $5 Pasta & Lasagna Dinners Sun ~ $7.95 Prime Rib Sammich

Tickets Include Family Style Dinner Open Bar, Entertainment and Dancing

20% Discount for Dinner (Dine-In Only)

$40 per person Cocktails 6-7pm • Dinner 7-8pm Dancing & Entertainment 8pm - Midnight

1200 West Street | Valparaiso, IN Dine in only. 219.548.9046 Like us on Facebook 21 and over only.

900 Eagle Ridge Drive, Schererville, Indiana (219) 322-3011•

Thursday Early Bird Special First 30 people receive a $20 gift card to be used at next visit. Now accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day.

418 Roberts Rd | Chesteron, IN 219.921.1900 Behind St. Anthony’s ER Center 761 E 81st Ave | Merrillville, IN 219.755.4634

1514 US 41 | Schererville, IN 219.322.6800

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