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HERE’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEXT WEEK

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COVER STORY 10 / BLACK FRIDAY Where to go on the biggest shopping day of the year.

9 / THE LATEST LOCAL THEATER PRODUCTIONS AND SHOWS 12 / CAPSULES The lowdown on all the latest films at a multiplex near you.

Where to relax and refuel while out and about on Black Friday. 19 / TASTES Your guide to the hottest spots in the foodie scene of NWI.

“Spending the holiday on the farm with my parents.”

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WRITERS AND COLUMNISTS Eloise Valadez / food and restaurants Tom Lounges / music and theater Clay Myers / local music Tim Shellberg / picks and tickets John Brokopp / casinos Phil Potempa / events and entertainment Matt Sharp / listings and clubs

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MUSIC+CLUBS 4 / LOCAL SCENE SoPro’s 31st Annual Thanksgiving All-Star Revue features Francine Marie, Peaches Staten, Doug Lee and more.

FUN+GAMES 7 / CASINO SCENE Heartland Poker Tour at Majestic Star Casino draws crowds

SEE+DO 8 / ELF Phil Potempa’s entertainment column goes behind the scenes at “Elf: The Musical” in Chicago.

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CARE TO COMMENT? What’s your best Black Friday strategy? On Black Friday strategies: RENAYE MANLEY VIA FACEBOOK: “Favorite spots — Target, Kohls and Macys. We stay warm by dressing in layers. The best food stop is Paragon in Hobart. I have a phone app that let’s me compare prices. I always hit Walgreens and Menards because they have great deals as well.” STEPHANIE SONGER DEBOARD VIA FACEBOOK: “Stay at home and shop on Cyber Monday!” TIM POWELL VIA FACEBOOK: “This Black Friday, my girlfriend Meghan and I plan on sleeping in and then walking around downtown La Porte checking out all of the awesome displays in the windows of the small shops. We’ll probably grab coffee or hot chocolate at Temple News Agency. Follow us on social media to join the conversation. For next week, WHAT UPCOMING SHOW ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO? A HOLIDAY CLASSIC? A BRAND NEW TITLE? LET US KNOW! facebook.com/gonwitimes

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Top songs on iTunes • Tuesday ➙ 1. Royals by Lorde • 2. Counting Stars by OneRepublic • 3. Timber by Pitbull • 4. Demons by Imagine Dragons • 5. Let Her Go by Passenger • 6. Roar by Katy Perry • 7. Wake Me Up by Avicii • 8. Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus • 9. Applause by Lady Gaga • 10. Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake

and guitarists Frank Anastos and Joey Drada. Special guest Bobby Dunne will open the show with an acoustic Blues segment. The parade of local blues stars begins at 9 p.m. To keep attention focused on stage during moments of musicianswapping, Monaco will dish our door prizes and provide banter as the evening’s emcee.” More: sopromusic.com.

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t’s happening again! South Side production company, SoPro, presents its 31st Annual Thanksgiving Chicago All-Star Blues Revue Saturday with a stellar cast of musical talents onboard. SoPro partners Bud Monaco and Red Rose have fine-tuned this event over the years, as players step on and off stage in a timely manner for mini-sets of blues classics and original fare. Although meticulously structured, the show never comes off mechanical, as participants embrace the jam-heavy, free form style inherent to the blues. “We’ve got a lot of the familiar faces back with us, and we’re back for

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a second year at Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Eatery (4660 West 147th St.) in Midlothian,” said Monaco. “Sullivan’s is a perfect venue for this kind of multi-artist show because it has a full size stage, in-house sound and lights, and plenty of free parking.” Sullivan’s offers a varied menu, so blues fans can opt for a full dinner/ concert experience. This year’s event features performances by Francine Marie and Peaches Staten, harmonica player/vocalist Doug Lee, and guitarist/vocalist Billy King. Those folks and others will be backed by The Chicago Horns (featuring Bill McFarland, Hank Ford, Kenny Anderson and Tony Ferraro) and a crack band of instrumentalists — bassist John Falstrom, keyboardist Greg Wolfman, drummer Scott Bonshire,

ROCK TO THE RESCUE: Helping Tornado Victims At deadline for this week’s column came the news of a special benefit concert being organized by Midwest classic rock bands Styx and REO Speedwagon to help victims of the recent wave of storms and tornadoes in the Midwest. The event — “Rock To The Rescue: Extending A Hand To Those In Need” — happens Dec. 4 at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill. It will feature both bands, plus a bevy of special guests unconfirmed at press time but soon to be announced. All artists, vendors, crew and local staff will forgo any personal compensation for the evening. Styx guitarist and Chicago native James “JY” Young said, “As we come to the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I’m reminded of his famous quote, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ The good people of Illinois lent support and a helping hand to every artist on this bill at different times in their respective careers, and we owe a tremendous debt. It’s our turn to ask what we can do for this great state, and the best way we know to help those in need is to get on stage and let the incredible healing power of music play its part in rebuilding Illinois.” For updated show info: uscellularcoliseum.com. Donations: Rock to the Rescue at: rocktotherescue.net. MUSIC NOTES: • Fresh from another round of national touring The Steepwater Band, releases a new live concert album on Dec. 3 called “Live & Humble,”

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expanding the blues group from Griffith’s recording catalog to seven albums. “We recorded the album at the now defunct Ace Bar on Fullerton in Chicago with engineer Timothy Powell of Metro Mobile Recorders, who for over 30 years has recorded all the ‘Sunday Night Concerts’ and live shows for (Chicago radio station) WXRT,” said Steepwater drummer Joe Winters, noting his group is thrilled with the audio quality of the album. “Timothy Powell has recorded live shows by everyone from Buddy Guy to Pearl Jam.” “Live & Humble” will be released via Diamond Records as a physical CD and digital files via iTunes. Steepwater fans can get an advance copy at the quartet’s CD release party this Friday at Chicago’s Double Door (1572 North Milwaukee) with special guests The Muggs and The Nick Moss Band. Showtime: 8:30 p.m. /21 and older. More: Steepwater.com. • Chicago-based Americanarockers Cornmeal bring their acousticelectric sound back to the stage of The Vic Theatre on Saturday for the group’s 13th Annual Thanksgiving Show with special guest Willie Watson (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show). More:


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Live Music VENUES Buddy and Pal’s Place Crown Point 1206 E. Summit St., Crown Point, IN 46307; 219.662.0088

Meyers Castle Lounge 1370 Joliet Street, Dyer, IN 46311; 219.865.8452; meyerscastlelounge.com

Buddy and Pal’s Place Schererville 340 U.S. 30, Schererville, IN 46375; 219.865.8377; buddyandpals.com

Longshots Sports Bar 2251 US HWY 41, Schererville, IN 46375; 219.322.0080

J.J. Kelleys 2455 Bernice, Lansing, IL 60438; 708.474.9977; jjkelleyslansing.com

White Rhino 101 Joliet Street, Dyer, IN 46311; 219.864.9200; whiterhinoonline.com

Stadium 1480 Joliet Street, Dyer, IN 46311 Zodiac 113 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307; 219.663.0303; zodiaccafelounge.com Woodhollow After Dark 200 U.S. Hwy 41, Schererville, IN 46375; 219.864.8862 Bullpen Bar & Grill 1013 W. U.S Hwy 30, Schererville, IN 46375; 219.322.7788; gotobullpenbar.com

Goodfellas 11200 W. 129th Ave, Cedar Lake, IN 46303; 219.374.6700; Goodfellascedarlake.com Social 219 2350 Cline Ave., Schererville, IN 46375: 219.322.3060: socialtwoonenine.com Danny Z’s 1860 45th St., Munster, IN 46321; 219.924.3500: dzpubngrub.com Beer Geeks 3030 45th St., Highland, IN 46322: 219.513.9795: Beergeekspub.com

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band vocalist and the wife of guitar legend/bandleader, Ritchie Blackmore. The second helping is during the program’s regular Tuesday timeslot on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. when in-studio guest East Chicago music icon, Jim Skafish, takes part in “Tidings Of Comfort & Joy: A Jazz Piano Trio Christmas.” Tune in to 89.1FM or stream live in real time at: lakeshorepublicmedia. org/radio.

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Arcade Fire ‌All concerts listed below are all ages unless otherwise noted. Some of the ticket prices below do not include taxes and fees. DOUBLE DOOR Doubledoor.com

METRO Metrochicago.com

Nick Hexum Quintet, 8 pm Jan 19. $20 (21 and older)

Snarky Puppy, 8 pm Jan 16. $15 (18 and older)

Mucca Pazza, 9 pm Dec 31. $25-$28 (21 and older)

Mustard Plug, 8 pm Dec 28. $13 (18 and older)

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Arcade Fire, 7:30 pm Aug 26. $41.42-$82.32

Broncho, 8 pm Jan 14. $10 (17 and older)

CHICAGO THEATRE Thechicagotheatre.com

SCHUBAS Schubas.com

Bob Weir and Ratdog, 7:30 pm March 7. $41.02$79.97

Ane Brun, 7 pm Feb 15. $14 (21 and older)

REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB Reggieslive.com

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Dread Zeppelin, 7 pm Jan 4. $15 (17 and older)

Bobby Bare Jr., 8 pm Jan 3. $15 (21 and older)

Wooten Brothers, 7 pm Dec 17. $30-$90

John Corbett, 8 pm Feb 13. $35-$55 (21 and older)

Death, 8:30 pm Dec 31. $20-$80 (17 and older)

Ellen Jewell, 8 pm Feb 27. $20-$25 (21 and older)

Nipsey Hussle , 7 pm Jan 17. $20-$25 (17 and older)

Griffin House, 8 pm Feb 7. $22-$28 (21 and older)

ROSEMONT THEATER Livenation.com Il Divo, 8 pm April 18 $62.30-$137.65

Glasvegas, 8 pm Feb 24. $15 (21 and older)

LINCOLN HALL Lincolnhallchicago.com Houndmouth, 9 pm Feb 7. $20 (21 and older) Boy & Bear, 10 pm March 29. $15 (21 and older)

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hen the poker craze was in full swing a decade ago, the game was an unlikely component of mainstream entertainment world wide. Its popularity was fueled by innovations which made it a perfect fit for television, the most significant of which were mini table top cameras that revealed player’s hands to the viewing audience. Although its widespread pop culture presence has waned in recent years, poker remains the most high profile form of gambling. The annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas has been embraced by sports fans as a spectacle worthy of hours of coverage on ESPN throughout the year. In the wake of the recent World Series of Poker Circuit Event held at the Horseshoe, big time professional poker has returned to the Chicago area at Majestic Star Casino. The Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) is currently hosting a tournament at the Gary property that will continue through Dec. 8. The Heartland Poker Tour, founded in 2005, was designed to capitalize on the popularity of poker by making high stakes tournament play affordable to average players. The lure of giving card playing enthusiasts the opportunity to showcase their skills in a spotlight outside of the poker room norm has proved to be a highly successful formula. Majestic Star has partnered with HPT by hosting tournaments every

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year since 2006. More than $7 million has been awarded to participants in the 13 tournaments that have been held there. A record Main Event prize pool of $835,200 was distributed at the tournament held in December of 2007. The winner, Leon Morford, took home $233,016. In August of this year, the HPT Main Event at Majestic Star lured a record 520 entrants. It was captured by Schaumberg, Illinois resident Bob Chow who collected a $171,534 paycheck. Even though HPT prides itself on giving average players a shot at glory, the tournament has not been without established stars. Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, winner of the 2004 World Series of Poker, won three Heartland Poker Tour events in as many months in 2012 to secure Player of the Year honors. The current tournament at Majestic Star will be the first event to count towards points for Season X, the second year under which play is conducted according to a new tournament structure designed by one of the top professional poker stars of all time, Daniel Negreanu.

The Main Event competition will be held Dec. 5 – 8 with the televised Final Table set to begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. Two one-hour television episodes will be produced from the event which will be televised locally on Comcast and syndicated throughout the United States and countries around the world. For information regarding daily HPT tournament action and start times please visit www.hptpoker.com or the poker room at Majestic Star casino.

BONUS ROUND-UP: BLUE CHIP: B Connected player’s club members who earn 2,000 base points between 7 a.m. and midnight on Wednesdays in December may swipe their card at a kiosk to receive a voucher redeemable for a Pepsi holiday plush animal giveaway. FOUR WINDS: The New Year celebration starts early with $50,000 in cash prizes to be given away on Sunday, Dec. 29. Drawings begin at 1 p.m. (EST) with a $10,000 winner and continue hourly until 7:00 p.m. when one guest will be randomly selected for a $15,000 prize. W Club members

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receive one free entry daily starting Dec. 24 at Four Winds New Buffalo, Four Winds Hartford, or Four Winds Dowagiac. HORSESHOE: The poker room will be hosting a $100,000 guaranteed tournament tomorrow and Saturday (Nov. 29 & 30). The 34-table venue features poker action daily with games in a range of limits. Tournaments are held every week. High stakes gamblers are invited into Benny’s Back Room, a private area named for the founder of the original Horseshoe Casino in downtown Las Vegas, Benny Binion. Contact the poker room at (219) 4736065 for information. RIVERS: Visitors who sign up for a player’s club card now through Dec. 29 are eligible to receive a complimentary buffet or a $15 food credit voucher when they earn 10 slot points. The offer ramps up to $50 toward a meal at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House when 100 points are earned. The points must be earned by 11:59 p.m. on the day following sign-up. Visit Rush Player’s Club for more information.

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Celeb birthdays Nov. 28: Actor Judd Nelson is 54. Drummer Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden) is 51. Comedian Jon Stewart is 51. Actress Garcelle Beauvais is 47. Singer Dawn Robinson (En Vogue, Lucy Pearl) is 45. Musician apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas is 39. Rapper Chamillionaire is 34. Keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend is 30. Singer-keyboardist Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees is 30. Singer Trey Songz is 29. Nov. 29: Director Joel Coen is 59. Actor-comedian Howie Mandel is 58. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 53. Actress Kim Delaney is 52. Actor Tom Sizemore is 52. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 51. Actor Don Cheadle is 49. Singer Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block is 45. Actor Larry Joe Campbell (“According to Jim”) is 43. Keyboardist Frank Delgado of Deftones is 43. Actress Paola Turbay (“True Blood”) is 43. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 42.

Santa’s stage helper New national Broadway tour of ‘Elf the Musical’ in Chicago ‌ hilip Potempa / P philip.potempa@nwi.com

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ctor Will Blum is ready to spend his Thanksgiving in Chicago, but not so ready for the cold. Blum’s smiling face and boundless energy helped earn him the title role for the new Broadway national tour of “Elf the Musical,” the fun, silly story now set to songs about an extra-large elf in Santa’s North Pole workshop who doesn’t fit the yuletide expectations of his smaller, pointy-eared counterparts. “It’s going to feel like the North Pole in Chicago,” Blum joked earlier this month during a telephone interview from Raleigh, N.C., where the new tour launched the week of Nov. 15. “When I’m on stage, under the hot stage lights, even the elf tights get hot once you add the wig and hat to my costume. But walking around outside, is something entirely different.” Blum is spending his Thanksgiving morning waving from a float in downtown Chicago for the 2013 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Broadway In Chicago in association with NETworks Presentations, LLC is presenting the Chicago engagement

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of “Elf the Musical,” which opened Tuesday in Chicago and continues until Dec. 15 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit film starring “Saturday Night Live” favorite Will Ferrell, “Elf the Musical” features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin of “The Wedding Singer,” with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan of “Annie,” “The Producers” and “Hairspray” and Bob Martin of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The production features direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher. “I remember when I first saw the movie version, I thought to myself the story and subject lent itself to being a musical,” Blum said. “It’s funny, with plenty for both kids and adults to laugh at, but there’s also a message to the tale.” The two-hour holiday stage romp tells of Buddy, played by Blum, who is a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities force him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Blum, who was an understudy for the role of Elder Cunningham on Broadway for “Book of Mormon,” said he finds his “real life” constant smile and instant optimism, remain factors for his stage casting. “My agent submitted my name for the ‘Elf’ auditions last spring and I wasn’t sure I’d be what they were looking for,” he said. “The description for my character is this tall, more than 6-ft. guy and I’m only about 5’9” at the most.” “Chicago audiences are going to be a great way to welcome our big month of December run of performance dates.”

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Will Blum as Buddy in the national Broadway tour of “Elf the Musical” playing in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre until Dec. 22.

Blum is especially proud about what he describes as “dazzling and creative sets to help tell the story.” “The sets are all beautifully handpainted and are made to look like a giant pop-out book that unfolds right before the audience’s eyes,” he said. “We’ve found a wonderful way to tell this story.”

WHAT: “Elf the Musical” • WHERE: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago • WHEN: Now until Dec. 15 with performances 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays (except on Thanksgiving Day), 7:30 p.m. Friday with an additional 2 p.m. matinee Friday Nov. 29., 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. • HOW MUCH: $18-$90. • FYI: (800) 775-2000 or BroadwayInChicago. com or ElfTheMusicalOnTour.com.


THEATER NOW SHOWING T ‌ HROUGH DEC 22 A Christmas Carol The Musical Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster, 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter. com. In this musical twist on a classic Christmas story, Charles Dickens’ immortal tale of gets the full Broadway treatment. Audiences will revel in the story’s emotional power and the joy that comes from with memorable music as they watch Ebenezer Scrooge get a chance for redemption.

Adults $21, Seniors $18 and Military/Students $18. 219.548.9137. Watch as the March sisters grow up during the Civil War in America. This musical production is based upon the novel written by Louisa May Alcott.

NOV 30, DEC 7-8 Scrooge Nov 30 and Dec 7 at 7:30pm, Dec 8 at 3pm, Ross Music Theatre, 227 Center Street, Hobart. 219.947.4922. m-mproductions.com. M and M Productions’ annual tradition, “Scrooge,” is a lavish musical perfect for the whole family. This year’s production features new technological additions as well as an enthusiastic crew of more than 100. Tickets range from $9 to $12 in advance.

The Santaland Diaries Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W Chicago Street, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. Which of Santa’s lists will you be on this year? This comedic production of a Macy’s Department Store elf and what happens before, during and after the children visit Santa. Join the cast on Nov. 29 for an Opening Night Party at Martini’s.

NOV 29-DEC 15 Little Women Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Street, Valparaiso. Admission:

NOV 30-DEC 14 A Fabulous 50’s Christmas Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Avenue, Hammond. Admission: $17.00. 219.937.8780. The show style pays homage to the Perry Como and Andy William’s Christmas specials of the 1950s & 60s complete with original vocal arrangements and commercials from the era. Directed by Jeff Casey.

DEC 4-5 The Nutcracker 10am and 7pm, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrillville. 219.755.4444. Join Indiana Ballet Theatre in celebrating a 18-year partnership with the Star Plaza Theatre for their annual production of the holiday classic ballet, The Nutcracker.

NOV 29-DEC 21

NOV 30-DEC 21 Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. What would you do if you got the worst Secret Santa EVER? In this production adapted from the book series by Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones pulls her arch enemies name, May,

theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Nov 14-Dec 22: A Christmas Carol The Musical.

for the secret Santa gift exchange. Watch what Junie B. Jones will do as Santa is watching. Join the company after the show on Nov. 30 for cookies and cocoa at the theater.

DEC 7-14 The Velveteen Rabbit 11am and 1pm, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.3258. Celebrate the magic of the season with this timeless musical adaptation inspired by Margery Williams’ classic story of a stuffed toy rabbit made real by a child’s enduring love.

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Footlight Players 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. This community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals.

Chicago Street Theater 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. 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 classes for both adults and children. Nov 29-Dec 21: Naughty or Nice Holiday Double Feature. The Memorial Opera House 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive. com. 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. Nov

Ross Music Theater 227 Center Street, Hobart. m-mproductions.com. 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. Nov 29, Dec 6-8: Scrooge: A Christmas Tradition; Dec 20: Merry Christmas George Bailey Star Plaza Theatre I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre.com. 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. The Theatre at the Center Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity

Towle Community Theater 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. 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. Nov 30-Dec 1, Dec 6-8, 1315, 20-22: A Fabulous 50’s Christmas.

Illinois Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. auditoriumtheatre.org. A National Historic Landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances

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and a variety of artistic productions. 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. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St. Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut. Nov 14-Dec 29: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—The Musical. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St. Nov 26-Dec 15: Elf the Musical. Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph St. Oct 30-Dec 21: Wicked. Chicago Shakespeare Theater Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. chicagoshakes.com. 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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Black Friday

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Shoppers lined up early to cash in on super low prices at Target on Black Friday.

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ach Thanksgiving, Dana Parker wakes up and begins gathering coupons. Though many stay at home, safe from the crowds that will fill the stores and the malls beginning as early as tonight, Black Friday is one of the most exciting times of the year for Parker. “I look forward to this every year,” she said. “They all think I’m nuts, but this is my favorite time of year.” Parker doesn’t just spend her Black Friday each year shopping, however. As assistant manager of the Old Navy at Town Square shopping Center in Schererville, Parker spends part of the day on the other side of the counter — as an employee. “I’ll either go shopping and then come to work, or I go to work and then go shopping,” Parker said.

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Retailers are counting on die-hard shoppers like Parker — ones who even when they have to work, make time to hit the stores in search of the best bargains. In fact, the National Retail Federation expects holiday deals to drive 140 million shoppers to stores and online this Thanksgiving 4-day weekend, and stores are pulling out all the stops to be competitive this season. Like several retailers this year, JC Penney is opening earlier than ever. Doors will open in locations throughout Chicagoland at 8 tonight. “Last year, we didn’t open our doors until 6 a.m. (Friday), and many of our shoppers came to our door to find they were locked,” said Ann Marie Bishop, spokesperson for JC Penney. “Our customers told us they wanted to shop and we listened.” Old Navy will open at 7 tonight and won’t close until 11 p.m. Friday, while most Macy’s locations will open their

doors at 8 tonight and won’t close until 10 p.m. Friday. “Following the success of last year’s midnight opening, our customers asked for expanded hours,” said Lauren Dolan Rapisand, media relations manager for Macy’s North and Midwest regions. Even retail stores like Bass Pro Shops plan to open early, with the

outdoor recreation store opening at 5 a.m. Friday at its Portage, Gurnee and Bolingbrook locations. “We have a 6-hour sale on Black Friday that will have people lined up to get inside,” said Tammy Sapp, spokesperson for Bass Pro Shops. “There are amazing deals at our stores with things that everyone in the family will want to find under the tree — from jeans to


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smokers to toys for the kids.” This year, Bishop said JC Penney will bring back a popular holiday tradition from years past — offering Disney snow globes at 4 a.m. Friday. “We have some customers who have collected them for years,” she said. With more than 35,000 associates hired company-wide for the holiday season, JC Penney spends months prepping for the holiday rush — much of which store associates will see this weekend. “There’s a lot of preparation to get ready for this busy time,” Bishop said. “It’s exciting to see customers shopping in the stores and finding gifts for people on their lists.” Old Navy also is planning special deals as a reward for those willing to stand in line in the frigid cold, waiting for doors to open. The company is offering customers a chance to win a million dollars, and Parker says Old Navy is offering one of the best deals it’s ever had for Black Friday shoppers, though that deal is top secret until doors open. Though 33 million are expected to shop today, along with another 96 million on Black Friday, according to the National Retail Federation, several thousand more must work this holiday weekend to make sure doors are open for eager shoppers. Several associates, however, are offered incentives to give up their holidays, and many take the opportunity to earn extra pay and be a part of the hysteria the day offers. Macy’s, for example, surveyed store associates in advance, giving them an opportunity to share their preferences. The store is offering overtime pay to those who work tonight and until their shifts end. “Well over 90 percent of our opening selling shifts are being filled by regular associates who volunteered or did not indicate a specific schedule preference,” Rapisand said. She said, in fact, many associates prefer working Thanksgiving evening and overnight so they can be home or with family and friends on Black Friday. Parker said Old Navy puts up a sign-up list to help accommodate everyone’s schedules, and adds it fills up fast, with many choosing to work on Black Friday. “It’s the hustle and bustle,” Parker said. “All of the employees like it.”

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Fandango’s top ten ticket best sellers ‌1. Hunger Games: Catching Fire | 2. The Best Man Holiday | 3. Thor: The Dark World 3D | 4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | 5. Delivery Man | 6. 4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Double Feature | 7. Frozen 3D | 8. Last Vegas | 9. Justin Bieber’s Believe | 10. Captain Phillips

In Theaters This WeekEND

C O U R T ES Y T HE S T U DIOS

‌Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 2 hr 19 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 29

Director: Justin Chadwick Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba) serves 27 years in prison, is instrumental in the abolishment of apartheid and eventually becomes South Africa’s president.

‌Frozen

Oldboy

Homefront

Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Director: Spike Lee

Director: Gary Fleder

In “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.

Hoping to escape his troubled past, former DEA agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham) moves to a seemingly quiet backwater town in the bayou with his daughter. However, he finds anything but quiet there, for the town is riddled with an underbelly of drugs and violence.

1 hr 25 min | PG | Released Nov. 27

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1 hr 58 min | R | Released Nov. 27

1 hr 40 min | R | Released Nov. 27


Go! TO THE MOVIES AMC Showplace 16 875 Deer Creek Drive; Schererville, IN; 219.322.9762; amctheatres.com

The Best Man Holiday

Delivery Man

Black Nativity

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Director: Ken Scott

Director: Kasi Lemmons

After nearly 15 years apart, friends discover each other again in The Best Man Holiday, the longawaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. These college friends will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited.

Amiable slacker David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) drives a delivery truck for his family’s company and is content with a life of mediocrity. However, when he finds out that he is the biological father of over 500 offspring and many of them are suing to learn his identity.

As a Baltimore teen raised by a single mother (Jennifer Hudson), Langston travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with estranged relatives. Langston soon finds that Cobbs has strict rules, and the youth is unwilling to follow them.

2 hr | R | Released Nov. 15

1 hr 45 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 22

PG | Released Nov. 27

AMC Showplace 12 1400 Eagleridge, Schererville, IN; 219.322.9264; amctheatres.com AMC Showplace Hobart 12 2590 Southlake Mall; Merrillville, IN; 219.755.0377; amctheatres.com

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

Portage 16 & IMAX 6550 U.S. Highway 6; Portage, IN 46368; 219.764.7469; imax.com/ theatres/t/portage-16imax/ Art Theater 230 Main St.; Hobart, IN; 219.942.1670; hobartarttheater.com

Nebraska

‌Thor: The Dark World

About Time

Director: Alexander Payne

Director: Alan Taylor

Director: Richard Curtis

A man (Will Forte) accompanies his aging, cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) on a long road trip to Lincoln, Neb., to claim a cash prize that may not actually exist.

In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness.

When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is 21, his father (Bill Nighy) tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can’t shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life.

The Book Thief

Best Man Down

How I Live Now

Director: Brian Percival

Director: Ted Koland

Director: Kevin Macdonald

In 1938, young orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) arrives at the home of her new foster parents. When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language.

When their obnoxious and over-served best man (Lumpy) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, a bride and groom are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral.

Set in the near-future UK, Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.

1 hr 54 min | R | Released Nov. 15

2 hr 7 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 8

1 hr 51 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 8

1 hr 31 min | PG-13 | Released Nov. 8

2 hr 4 min | R | Released Nov. 8

1 hr 41 min | R | Released Nov. 8

the hunger games: catching fire [PG-13] 1000AM 1110AM 1220 130 240 350 500 610 720 830 940 frOZen [PG] [REALD3D] 1125AM 210 455 740 1025 [DIGITAL] 1000AM 1245 330 615 855 hOmefrOnt [R] 1130AM 205 440 715 950 thOr: the DarK WOrLD [PG-13] [REALD3D] 1030AM 120 410 700 950 [DIGITAL] 1155AM 245 535 825

DeLiVerY man [PG-13] 1005AM 1245 345 700 940 Last Vegas [PG-13] 1145AM 225 505 745 1025 JacKass Presents: BaD granDPa [R] 120 650 12 Years a sLaVe [R] 1015AM 345 915 free BirDs [PG] 1010AM 1235 300 525 750 1015

Doors open at 11am, first show 11:30am Starting Nov. 22 first show F-Sun 10am, M-Th 11:30

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HAPPENINGS INDIANA THROUGH DEC 11

NOV 29

Santa is Coming to Town 3-8pm, Schererville Community Center, 500 E Joliet St, Schererville. Schererville kicks of the holiday season with the arrival of Santa Claus and a tree lighting ceremony. The festivities continue afterward with the Christkindlmarket, pictures with Santa, crafts and holiday treats. NOV 30

IU/Purdue Tailgate Party noon, Miller Bakery Café, 555 S Lake St, Gary. 219.427.1446. millerbakerycafe.com. Football fans can tailgate before the IU/Purdue game and enjoy chili made by Ogden Dunes Chili Cook-off Contest winner, Jason Hinman. NOV 30

Winter Market 11am-4pm, Old Lake County Courthouse, 1 N Courthouse Sq, Crown Point. 219.662.3290. crownpoint.in.gov. Holiday crafts, custom gift baskets, jewelry, homemade items, baked goods, seasonal coffees, Christmas trees and more are available for sale at this hometown event.

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BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR Hobart: Brentwood at Hobart, 1420 St. Mary Cir. Merrillville: Brookdale Sterling House, 8253 Virginia St; Horizon Bank, 8590 Broadway; Towne Centre Senior Retirement Community, 7250 Arthur Blvd. Portage: Spring Mill Health Campus, 101 W 87th Ave. 219.793.9023. beasantatoasenior. com. Run by the local Home Instead Senior Care Center, this program ensures isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. The public is invited to select an ornament with a senior’s first name and gift requests from Christmas trees at participating retailers. Shoppers can return the gifts unwrapped to the store and gifts will be distributed by volunteers to the local senior.

NOV 28, DEC 6 CRAWPUPPIES Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Local favorites the Crawpuppies perform music ranging from the Rolling Stones to The Black Crowes.

NOV 29 CROWN BREWING ANNUAL BOTTLE RELEASE 11am, 211 S East Street, Crown Point. 219.663.4545, crownbrewing.com. Crown Brewing will have nine beers available in bombers for their annual Black Friday bottle release. The total bottle list includes Special Forces IPA, Crown Brown, Industrial Porter, Ignis Fatuus (Pumpkin Ale), Winter Warlock, Special Special Forces with Citra Hops, Java Porter, “The Dude” and Sour Raspberry Crown Brown. The specialty

beers are available in very limited quantities, so it is recommended that people arrive early.

NOV 29 FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 7pm, Prairie West Park, 11999 W 93rd Ave, St John. 219.365.6465. stjohnin. com. Prairie West Park sparkles with lights this holiday season. Visitors can stroll along the paths to view the beautifully decorated trees and enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie. Santa arrives for opening night and visits each Saturday through Christmas. J O H N J . WAT K I N S , T H E T I M E S

NOV 29 TWILIGHT CHRISTMAS PARADE 3-8:30pm, Downtown Chesterton. Chesterton’s Annual Twilight Christmas Parade will begin at 5:30pm, from Chesterton Middle School through downtown Chesterton. Before the Twilight Parade, visitors and guests will be treated to free horse drawn carriage rides provided by Buggies and Things and sponsored by Chesterton’s Mistletoe Market. The rides will begin at 3pm and will be accompanied by festive holiday music throughout the downtown. Rides are limited to the first 20 families, or as time allows before the beginning of the parade. After the Twilight Christmas Parade, Santa Claus will be in his house in Thomas Centennial Park to greet all the boys

NOV 29 PARADE OF LIGHTS Lowell Library 1505 E Commercial Ave, Lowell to American Legion Lowell Post, 12 E Commercial Ave, Lowell. 219.696.1570. A special guest from “Whoville” leads lighted floats through the streets of Lowell and Santa Claus’ arrival and the lighting of the tree concludes this magical holiday parade.

and girls from 6-8:30pm.

NOV 29-30 6TH ANNUAL LAKESHORE CLASSIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Noon-10pm, Genesis Convention Center, One Genesis Center Plaza, Gary. 219.885.7412. This year’s CN Lakeshore Classic features the two high schools that played in the 1955 Indiana state basketball championship basketball game. Gary Roosevelt and Indianapolis Attucks high schools made U.S. history by being the first schools with all-black lineups to play for a state title in the United States. Living members of that

historic, 1955 game will attend, including Attucks star and NBA legendary champion, Oscar Robertson, as well as Roosevelt’s two-time NBA champion, Dr. Dick Barnett, and 1955’s Mr. Indiana Basketball, Wilson Eisen.

NOV 29-DEC 21 HOLIDAY LIGHTS — A WINTER CELEBRATION OF SOLAR 4-7pm Fridays and Saturdays, Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. The prairie comes to life at night with LED and fiber optics as

the grass and prairie flowers blow sweetly in the breeze. The display begins with luminaries on the mounds and ends with the magnificent Signature Tree all aglow.

NOV 30 UGLY SWEATER SALE 8am-5pm, Old Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Crown Point. crownpointunitedmethodist. org. Crown Point First United Methodist Church will be selling “Ugly Christmas Sweaters” at Crown Point’s Winter Market on Nov. 30. Proceeds benefit St. Jude House domestic violence shelter.

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Crown Brewing Bottle Release

NOV 30 BEATNIK BABES CHRISTMAS SHOW 8-10pm, Beatniks on Conkey, 418 Conkey Street, Hammond. 219.852.0848. beatniksonconkey. com. The Beatnik Babes are bringing their boy toys along for some irreverent comedy, songs, and skits in their usual fun loving style. The Babes have added a few new faces for the holiday season. The cost is $15.00 and includes snacks dessert and beverages.

NOV 30 SANTA PARADE AND PHOTOS 10am-4pm, The Pointe Plaza, N Main Street, Crown Point. crownpoint.in.gov. Santa and Mrs. Claus will then be escorted into the city by fire truck with a parade to the courthouse where he will visit with children and families for photos. Visitors should bring their own camera.


DEC 6 ‌ Holly Days‌ 5-7pm, Central Park Plaza, Lafayette and Indiana Streets, Valparaiso. 219.464.8332.‌ Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in downtown Valparaiso. Guests can enjoy holiday music, ice carvings, holiday village market and live nativity.

NOV 30 ‌ Santa’s March and Tree Lighting, 4:30pm, Main Square Park, 3001 Ridge Rd, Highland.‌ Santa comes to town during this holiday event, featuring a parade, holiday lights and visits with Santa.

NOV 30 ‌ ‘A Major Event’‌ 11am-3pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond. achristmasstorycomeshome. com.‌ Join the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority for “A Major Event.” Enjoy fudge puppies, play games of bingo, watch the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” in the theater, participate in a scavenger hunt, write a letter to Santa and put it in the giant Santa mailbox, purchase a craft for kids to make for $1 or color Christmasthemed coloring pages while checking out the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit. Kids can also take a ride on the train for $1.

NOV 30-DEC 1 ‌ Fall Craft and Vendor Show 9am-4pm Sat, 11am-3pm Sun, Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln St, Highland. 219.838.0114.‌ Shoppers can browse handmade items, home décor, handbags, jewelry, candles, skincare, gourmet dips and more.

DEC 1 ‌ Holiday Festival Vendor & Craft Event 10am-4pm, Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.741.0435. anne-marieprince.

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com.‌ Attendees can browse the wares of more than 70 upscale vendors, crafters and direct sellers. The first 100 shoppers will receive free gift bags and the afternoon features entertainment, a cash bar and concession and raffle baskets. Proceeds benefit the Fair Haven Center for Women.

DEC 1 ‌ Holiday Market Noon-6pm, Centennial Park, 900 N Centennial Park, Munster. 219.836.6922. munster. org.‌ The place to go for sureto-be-loved gifts, this outdoor market offers a variety of one-of-a-kind items.

DEC 2 ‌ Calligraphy Workshop‌ 6:45-8:45pm, Center for Visual and Performing Arts Studio A, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. southshoreartsonline. org. Cost: $25.‌ This workshop is for intermediate level calligraphers. Learn how to create those fancy, flowery, flourishes. Turn your nice calligraphy into beautiful calligraphy – Scripta

Bella. Also covered are swash capitals, calligraphic borders and ornamentation. Learn how to do work that computers can’t. Bring your calligraphy pens, paper is supplied. Class is limited to 12 students. Registration is required.

Education Coordinator Lara Gonzalez gives a presentation on recycling and reusing during the holiday season, followed by a recycle craft session.

DEC 3 ‌

Cut Coupons For Military‌ 9:30am-Noon. Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave, Lansing. 708.323.5232. lansingpl.org.‌ Join the Lansing Business Women’s Association to cut and sort coupons for military families overseas. The coupons can be used six months past the expiration date at their commissary. Bring scissors and any coupons you have.

Persian Cooking Class‌ 10:30am-1pm, Hobart Arts League, 3850 Howard Street, Hobart. hobartarts.com.‌ Zobreh Joorabchi will bring a collection of authentic recipes from some of the world’s oldest cuisines to an International/Persian Cooking Class offered weekly on Tuesdays through Dec. 31 by the Hobart Arts League. All supplies included. Learn how to prepare and cook a meal and have lunch at the same time. Call to reserve a spot.

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Enviroholiday Recycle and Craft Program 3:30-5pm, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch Meeting Room B, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.3541. lcplin. org.‌ Lake County Solid Waste Management District Environmental

Oil Painting, 1-3:30pm, Schererville Community Center‌ 500 E Joliet St, Schererville. activenwi. com.‌ Artist Joyce Bolz provides instruction to help attendees develop skills in the art of oil painting at this three hour class for beginners. Painting supplies are included and attendees

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will learn to master brush techniques, color mixing and composition.

DEC 5 ‌ Bartlett’s 5 Year Anniversary‌ 5-10pm, Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern, 131 E Dunes Highway, Beverly Shores. 219.879.3081.‌ In honor of Bartlett’s 5-year anniversary, stop by the bar for $5 small plates, $5 drink specials, live music with Marco and Tracy plus a champagne toast at 5pm.

DEC 7 ‌ ‘Break the Cycle’ Luncheon/Fashion Show‌ 11am-3pm, Avalon Manor, 3550 E US 30, Hobart. promisingfuturesinc. org. Tickets $35 per adult, $20 ages 3-11.‌ Join Promising Futures Inc. for a luncheon, fashion show, guest speaker, entertainment, vendor booths, award presentations, raffles and much more. Promising Futures Inc. is dedicated to breaking the cycle and the silence of domestic violence.

DEC 7 ‌ Elaine’s Dolls Annual Christmas Open House‌ 9am-4pm, Elaine’s Dolls, 9005 Idlewild Drive, Highland.‌ Elaine’s Dolls of Highland is having its Christmas Open House to benefit orphans in Sierra Leone, Africa. Thirty percent of the proceeds will be going to The Savior of the World children’s home in Sierra Leone.

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highlandparks.org.‌ This 38th annual Pumpkin Plod race is put on by the Highland Parks & Recreation Department and is an official TAC certified 10k flat and fast course through the streets of Highland. It will be chip timed by T&H Timing. Traditional pumpkin pies will be awarded to top three runners in each category. Walkers are encouraged to join in a 5k noncompetitive fun walk.

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Bob Owen’s Turkey Shoot‌ 10am-Noon, Whiting Community Center, 1938 Clark Street, Whiting. whitingindiana.com.‌ Join basketball legend Bob “The Bulls-Eye Guy” Owen for a seasonal turkey shoot. With 43 World Olympic Medals, he has been nominated a “Master Athlete of the Year”, and sports 98 percent free throw accuracy — specializing in “eyes closed” free throws.

Hobart Santa Walk & Run‌ 9am, Hobart Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Road, Hobart.‌ A non-timed event for both athletes and nonathletes, the Santa Walk & Run is about spreading holiday cheer as Santas in full Santa outfits (or Santa hats or other holiday wear) walk or run through town.

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.

Nov 28 ‌ McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, 8-11am, State St from Congress to Randolph, Chicago. 312.235.2862. chicagofestivals.org.‌ Every year this televised parade draws more than 400,000 people. The parade features giant balloons, marching bands, horses, floats, performances and more.

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ACTIVITIES Indiana‌ NOV 28 ‌ Pumpkin Plod‌ 9-11am, Lincoln Community Center, 2450 Lincoln St, Highland.

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creations displayed in this exhibit. Her digital images are carefully duplicated and arranged to create new, interesting, abstract images.

EXHIBITIONS INDIANA THROUGH NOV 30 OFF THE WALL—AN ART EXHIBIT LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave, Suite 1, LaPorte. 219.324.6767. laportecountyhistory.org. Both old and newer pieces from the historical society’s collection are on display at this exhibit. Works include a pen-and-ink drawing by former LaPorte County Schools art teacher, Goldie Taylor; a large painting of the ship the USS LaPorte; a small watercolor by Isamu Noguchi and more.

THROUGH NOV 30 PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION Chesterton Art Center, 115 S St, Chesterton. 219.926.4711. chestertonart.com. A 40-year photography veteran, Martha McGuckin has moved from black and white enlargements to expressive digital

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THROUGH DEC 1 SOUTH SHORE ARTS PRESENTS ABSTRACTION...A SECOND LOOK: PAINTINGS BY TOM BRAND Center for Visual and Performing arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. Abstraction…A Second Look is on display in the Atrium Gallery at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts. The surface glow and luster of his paintings is achieved through the use of under painting and glazes, a studio technique developed during the Renaissance that is rarely found in modern abstract work.

THROUGH DEC 15 E. JOHN WALFORD EXHIBIT Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso. valpo. edu/artmuseum. Open 10am-5pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10am-8:30pm Wednesday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed

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NOV 28 2013 VALPARAISO TURKEY TROT 8am 10K start; 8:10am 5K start, 2727 N Campbell St, Valparaiso. porterstarke.org/turkeytrot. Since 2003, runners, walkers, supporters and volunteers alike have joined together Thanksgiving morning for this annual 10K run and 5K walk/run, hosted by Porter-Starke Services. The race travels through the streets of Valparaiso, features a costume contest and benefits the mental health and wellness programs and resources in Northwest Indiana.

Monday. The permanent collection and E. John Walford exhibitions at the Brauer Museum of Art are on display through Dec. 15. The permanent collection exhibition highlights the many first rate works that belong to the Brauer. Visitors can see in seven galleries fine examples of major movements in American art from the early 19th century to the present. E. John Walford’s exhibition of digital collages are the artist’s interpretation of biblical stories.

THROUGH JAN 3 “A CHRISTMAS STORY” COMES HOME Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond. 800.255.5253. The “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit centers around six animatronic window displays from Macy’s Department Store in New York featuring different scenes from “A Christmas Story”. There are also

a variety of events and activities going on — visit the website for more information. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, stop in Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm to get your photo taken with Santa for only $5.

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.

NOV 1-FEB 9 CITIZEN SOLDIER CITIZEN Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900.

lubeznikcenter.org. 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.

ILLINOIS THROUGH NOV 18 WHAT VINCENT SAW The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic. edu/aic. Photographs of the sites made famous in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh offer insight into the beloved artist’s work. Also, through Dec 1: Play, Pretend and Dream—Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 20102013; through Jan 5: New Views—The Rendered Image in Architecture; through Jan 12: Isaac Julien—The Long Road to Mazatlán; through Jan 12: Japanese Art of the

1960s—The Challenge of Tradition; Through Jan 5: Shomei Tomatsu—Island Life; Through Jan 5: 3 in 1—Contemporary Explorations in Architecture and Design; Through Jan 5: Max Kozloff—Critic and Photographer; Through Jan 12: Amar Kanwar—The Lightning Testimonies; Through Jan 9: Violence and Virtue—Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes; 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 JAN 5 CREATURES OF LIGHT—NATURE’S BIOLUMINESCENCE The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum.org. 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.

THROUGH FEB 2 80 AT 80 Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.947.3133. msichicago.org. 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. Ongoing: The Art of the Bicycle.

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Dining buzz S ‌ ilver Anniversary: Lucrezia Restaurants in Chesterton and Crown Point recently celebrated a combined “silver” 25-year anniversary between their two locations. Lucrezia Cafe in Chesterton has been open for 15 years while Lucrezia Ristorante in Crown Point has been open for 10 years. For more information on Lucrezia’s, visit lucreziacafe.com ➼ Eating Contest: As part of the event “A Christmas Story Comes Home,” there’ll be a “Mommy’s Little Piggy Eating Contest” at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond. Participants will compete in eating the most mashed potatoes. Visit achristmasstorycomeshome.com ➼ Murder Mystery Dinner: The Bennett-Curtis House, 302 Taylor St., Grant Park, Ill., will have its “Murder Mystery Dinner” on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 28, 29 and 31. Call (815) 465-2288 or visit bennettcurtis.com

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Asparagus MONDAYS: Buckets: Domestics 5 for $8/ Imports 5 for $13 “75¢ Wings” TUESDAYS: $2.50 Corona, Modelo, Dos XX Bottles/ $4 Patron “$1.00 Tacos”

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Located right in the mall, Cooper’s Hawk features everything from their signature wines and cocktails to a diverse menu featuring dishes such as chopped salads, soy ginger salmon, fish and chips, steaks, chicken, burgers and sandwiches and more.

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54 MAIN BISTRO 54 Main St, Hobart. 219.947.2817. bistro54main.com. The ever-changing menu created by Chef Scot Hinkel is sure to please gourmets, and the spectacular views are sure to entice anyone. This 1895 Victorian cottage is filled with local art offering organic wines, craft beers and specialty martinis with a gorgeous deck for outdoor waterfront dining. BLACKSTONE WOODFIRE GRILL 7311 Mallard Lane, Schererville. 219.769.0000. blackstonewoodfiregrill.com. 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 bone-in chops, tasty chicken and perfectlygrilled seafood. 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. chuckandirenes.com.

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.

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T-BONES PIER 11. 1111 Lakeside, LaPorte. 219.362.5077. pleastshore.com. This Italian steakhouse is carefully tucked into a cove of scenic Pine Lake. The spacious dining room is reminiscent of a traditional supper club, but a terrace overlooks the harbor and instead of being at a roadhouse, you are on the beach. As expected, the seafood hits a high standard; a range of salads, pizzas and pasta selections round out the lighter supper fare. This is the place to indulge in a T-bone, New York strip, filet mignon or flat iron steak grilled over a wood fire.

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