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With Fat Tuesday right around the corner, how do you celebrate around the Region? What’s the best place to go for Mardis Gras? Where do you get your paczkis? What’s your favorite flavor? ROBYN MCKEAGUE VIA FACEBOOK: “Fat Tuesday means pancake dinner with family at Zion Church on 113th in Dyer.” CAROL KOHAN VIA FACEBOOK: “Calumet Bakery has excellent paczki—strawberry and whipped cream and on and on.” SASHA CRESPO VIA FACEBOOK: “Paczki from Cakes by Karen in Highland!” TERRI WARD-KAMINSKI VIA FACEBOOK: “Paczki from Dunajec Polish Bakery in Bridgeview, IL are fabulous— just like in Poland. Also, Oak Mill Bakery in Niles, IL—worth the trip. Both authentic Polish.” Follow us on social media to join the conversation. For next week, WHO ARE YOUR BRACKET PICKS FOR MARCH MADNESS? WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE AROUND THE REGION TO WATCH THE GAMES? LET US KNOW!


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Nugent’s St. Holmes strips down songs for solo show


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n recent years, Derek St. Holmes had been a key component of the “Voices of Rock” national tour that united famous singers behind famous radio hits; and rightfully so, since it was St. Holmes’ indelible voice that powered Ted Nugent’s biggest hits. That legendary voice will be unleashed on Sunday at Chicago Street Theatre as promoter Paul Braun pulls a real rabbit out of the hat with this latest installment of his “One Night Jam” concert series. “I really don’t do many of these shows where it’s just me and my acoustic guitar,” confessed St. Holmes. “Probably my biggest reason for doing this show is because I used to live in Chicago and getting back to that area is always appealing because it’s a lot of fun to get together with old friends.” “The cool thing about this kind of show is that people get to hear the song without all the bombastic craziness going on,” said St. Holmes. “They hear how it sounded when we first wrote it on acoustic guitars backstage or in some hotel.” Many do not realize St. Holmes contributed much more than just vocals on timeless FM radio classics like “Snakeskin Cowboys,” “Stranglehold,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” and “Hey Baby.” The singer also wrote or co-wrote many Nugent tunes and even laid down many of the famous guitar licks on those old records that most believe were performed by Nugent. Although St. Holmes is equally Sunday’s set list will be mostly Nugent material, but also include


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songs from St. Holmes’ various side bands and projects. “I’ll probably do a song from St. Paradise album (a 1979 one album project with drummer Denny Carmassi of Montrose) and I’ll definitely do some from the Whitford-St. Holmes album (a 1980 project with Brad Whitford of Aerosmith),” said St. Holmes. Other tunes will come from his last solo release 2000’s “Then & Now.” When not playing dates with Nugent, he continues to perform shows with his own group, The Derek St. Holmes Band. “I just enjoy playing,” he said. “I’m getting ready to gear up the band for dates, because other than a 10-day Swedish rock fest, the Nugent group isn’t going out

this year (on the road) until the first week of July.” After taking a long absence from live performing, St. Holmes began popping up on selected live dates with Ted & Co. in 2008 and eventually returned full time to the gonzo guitarist’s side in 2010 to the delight of Nugent fans worldwide. “There was never any kind of issue between Ted and I. It wasn’t anything like that; I took the time away from it all because I needed to be with my family,” he said, reflecting on those years away from the public eye; years spent raising his kids and being by his wife’s side during her long fight against the cancer that finally claimed her. “I never left music,” stressed St. Holmes. “I just left the road for awhile, but I always was writing, playing and recording stuff at home.” His children now grown and busy making St. Holmes a very proud and happy grandfather, he is grateful to be back at Nugent’s side belting out the songs that made them both famous. “This morning I was sitting here at home playing with my grandkids who came to visit. Tomorrow I’m meeting Brad (Whitford) and the Nelsons in the studio. In a few days, I’ll fly out to see you guys in Chicagoland. Then later this year, I’ll be in Texas with Ted working on a new Nugent album and hitting the road with him once again,” concluded St. Holmes. “I’m in a pretty good place and enjoying life.” Email Tom Lounges at WHO: Derek St. Holmes with Robert Rolfe Feddersen. WHEN: Sunday, March 2 @ 7pm WHERE: Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago Street, Valparaiso, IN HOW MUCH: Regular $30 & VIP $60 MORE: (219) 464-1636

Keren Ann, 8pm May 7. $20-$25

‌All concerts listed below are all ages unless otherwise noted. Some of the ticket prices below do not include taxes and fees. THE VENUE AT HORSESHOE CASINO Horseshoe Huey Lewis and the News, 8pm June 13 (21 and older). $51-$72.50 UNION PARK Pitchfork Music Festival, 3pm July 18, 12pm July 1920. $60, $130 RUBLOFF AUDITORIUM AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Corbettvsdempsey. com Loose Booty (Thurston Moore, Richard Hell, Milford Graves and Joe McPhee), 7pm March 13. $30 RIVIERA THEATRE 5 Seconds of Summer, 7:30pm April 17. $25 CIVIC OPERA HOUSE Morrissey, 8pm June 13. $49.50$79.50

Avishai Cohen Trio, 8pm May 11. $25-$40 FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE Lionel Richie, Cee-Lo Green, 7:30pm June 13. $32-$144.50 HOUSE OF BLUES Eric Hutchinson, 7pm May 14. $15.04 RED LINE TAP Sam Llanas, 7pm May 10 (21 and older). $8.24 Amy LaVere, Kent Rose, 8pm April 3 (21 and older). $8.24 PARK WEST Band of Skulls, 8pm June 5 (18 and older). $20 Art Garfunkel, 8pm March 22. Ticket Prices TBA. SCHUBAS Justin Currie, 8pm April 25 (21 and older). $25 SUBTER RANEAN


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Louisiana jazz in Berwyn


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he South Side’s most eclectic music club — FitzGerald’s at 6615 W. Roosevelt in Berwyn — continues to celebrate its 33rd anniversary by bringing two favorite artists back for consecutive nights of great music hot enough to melt away all memories of recent snow storms and frigid weather. The Marcia Ball Band will fire up the venue’s “20th Annual Jambalaya Cook-Off” first on March 3. Next up is C. J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band to give Fat Tuesday on March 4 a true Louisiana flavor. Marcia Ball was FitzGerald’s first national touring act back in 1981. Since then, the raucous piano great has returned year after year, bringing her brand of rollicking Golf Coast R&B, soulful ballads and Texas stomp. Ball has been nominated for several Grammys and has garnered scores of other awards during her career. Ball’s first set is 8pm with a second set after the “cook off” judging is completed and the winner crowned at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Truth be known, it was actually Marcia during her four-night stand in 1981 who convinced club owner Bill FitzGerald to book in more Louisiana music in his venue. One performer in

particular she suggested was Zydeco great Clifton Chenier who created a lot of excitement when brought to Berwyn for a four-night stand a few months later. Chenier, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Grammy ceremony, returned to FitzGerald’s many times until his death in 1987. Since then, his son C.J. Chenier has carried on the tradition with the Red Hot Louisiana Band. The night begins with a traditional jazz set by Roy Rubenstein’s Chicago Hot 6 at 5:30 p.m., followed two sets by Chenier at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. “On Fat Tuesday, we will unveil a large framed photograph of Clifton Chenier taken by Chicago photographer Marc PoKempner during the Zydeco master’s first gig at FitzGerald’s, which will then hang in the club permanently,” reported Fitzgerald. FitzGerald’s celebrates Lundi Gras with the “20th Annual Jambalaya Cook-off Grand Finale,” featuring a competition between 10 past champions. Owner Fitzgerald is quick to note, “This will be the final year for jambalaya; gumbo is on the menu for next year.” As usual, free tastings will be offered of all entries. Louisiana cuisine will be featured fair on both nights. More:

Abbott – long recognized and hailed and as a stellar and gifted talent by international legit music media outlets (i.e. “Keyboard Magazine,” “Musician Magazine,” etc.) has made it to the heights of modern pop culture glory alongside the likes of Miley, Gaga and The Kardashians, by landing favorably in the show biz ramblings of the hugely popular celebrity blog site — Type Jeff Abbott in the “search” box to see a variety of photos and performance videos of the Hoosier Keytarman kickin’ up dust. • One of the region’s most veteran bands – FOX — who date back to the early 1970s and still boast an all original line-up hit a local stage this weekend. Shouts of “Tally Ho!’ will be heard as old school rockers hunt down the FOX boys at The Croatian Center (8550 Taft/SR 55) in Merrillville

on Saturday, March 1. The “Rock With Fox” party begins at 7pm and is a fundraiser for the non-profit organization Midwest Musicians Foundation, Inc. $5 Donation /18 & Over. More: (219) 738-2400. • Northwest Indiana singer/ songwriter Jef Sarver has scored a weekly 8-11pm house gig on Thursdays during March at The Rusty Nail (2420 Dombey Road) in Portage. Sarver will mix classic covers with originals and will likely use this acoustic rock platform to spotlight tunes from his latest CD, “Eight.” Sarver’s disc made aptly enough to the No. 8 spot on this columnist’s “Annual Top 10 Regional Albums” list for 2013. More: or (219) 850-4675. Email Tom Lounges at

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Celeb birthdays ‌Feb. 27: Singer Josh Groban is 33. Drummer Jared Champion of Cage the Elephant is 31. Actress Kate Mara (“House of Cards,” ‘’American Horror Story”) is 31. Feb. 28: Singer Pat Monahan of Train is 45. Actor Rory Conchrane (“24,” ‘’CSI: Miami”) is 42. Actress Ali Larter is 38. Singer Jason Aldean is 37. Actor Bobb’e J. Thompson (“The Tracy Morgan Show”) is 18. March 1: Actor Alan Thicke (“Growing Pains”) is 67. “Blues Clues” host Donovan Patton is 36. Singer Sammie is 27. Actress Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) is 21. Singer Justin Bieber is 20.

“Heartbeat of Home,” a music and dance spectacular from the producers of Riverdance features a world-class cast of 40 and includes a 10-piece band creating a new and electrifying sound written by award-winning, Golden-Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne. Image courtesy of Jim Byrne/Riverdream Productions 2013

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fter a world stage premiere in Dublin last October, director John McColgan realized immediately his new two-hour international salute to dance called “Heartbeat of Home” was meant to tour cities around the world. “This performance is a mulchcultural celebration that picks up right where ‘Riverdance’ ended,” said McColgan, speaking by telephone last Friday from his office in Dublin. “Audiences find this production to be heart-racing.”

Broadway In Chicago, McColgan and the producers of “Riverdance” are excited to have “Heartbeat of Home” make its U.S. premiere in Chicago for a run at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, for a limited two-week engagement March 4 to 16. “We did play Toronto in January, which was the first performance in North American,” McColgan said. “But our arrival in Chicago marks the U.S. premiere.” He said “Heartbeat of Home” is best described as a music and dance spectacular featuring the dynamic, vibrant components of traditional Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban music

“We had dancers who filmed themselves on a mountain on Colorado contrasted by other dancers filmed doing their routine in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia and yet other recorded in dance in front of the famed Hollywood sign.” John McColgan, “Heartbeat of Home” director and dance. The world-class cast of 40 includes a 10-piece band creating a new and electrifying sound written by award-winning, Golden-Globenominated composer Brian Byrne. The show also employs highdefinition, cutting-edge projection technology and has an engaging narrative structure. Produced by Moya Doherty, devised and directed by McColgan with narrative and lyrics by award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor. “When we marry the sexiness of salsa to the thunder of Irish dance, the lyricism of tango to the yearning of Sean-nós, what a night of storytelling we shall have,” are the welcoming words of O’Connor’s narration. The cast includes world-class Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban dancers and with choreography by David Bolger, to create a dream-world of joyous, heartstopping, high-energy music and dance. “I say that everyone is a star in this show,” McColgan said. “From London to New York and in Dublin, we did an exhaustive open search for talent, with 10 of the dancers cast via an unprecedented online talent search resulting in a dancer roster that comes from the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK. These dancers are the new generation bringing with them the versatility of other dance forms including tap, ballet, hip hop and street combined with their outstanding Irish dance skills. The online talent website received in excess of 2.2 million hits.” McColgan said a portion of the online auditions ask the dancing hopefuls to submit a minute and half video that not only showcased dance talent but also offered a nod to their home roots and scenery. “We had dancers who filmed

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Directed by John McColgan with lyrics and narrative by award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor, “Heartbeat of Home” features the dynamic, vibrant components of traditional Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban music and dance.

themselves on a mountain on Colorado contrasted by other dancers filmed doing their routine in front of the Sydney Opera House in Australia and yet other recorded in dance in front of the famed Hollywood sign,” McColgan said. In October 2012, a 40-minute workshop of “Heartbeat of Home” was held at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. International promoters traveled from China, Australia, USA, Canada, Germany and the UK to attend. McColgan said they were unanimous in their positive reaction to the presentation. “Since we launched, I’ve fine-tuned and added two routines,” McColgan said. “The final result offers audiences a unique blend of dance that spans everything from gymnastic ballet to hip hop and centuries old traditional steps. It’s an amazing showcase of talent from around the world.” WHAT: “Heartbeat of Home” • WHERE: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago • WHEN: March 4 to 16 • HOW MUCH: $30-$85 • FYI: (800) 775-2000 or or

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Matthew Huston, from left, and Ian Rigg appear in “Adrift in Macao” at Towle Theater.

Towle set ‘Adrift’ in latest production


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eff Casey, director of Hammond’s Towle Theater’s production of “Adrift in Macao,” has had nothing but fun with his cast being “Adrift” for their latest musical production. “This cast is phenomenal,” he said. “They’re very young and energetic, and it’s really fun to watch them on stage together. I laugh every night at rehearsal. It’s a very good time.” Opening Feb. 28 and running through March 16, “Adrift” chronicles the adventures of a handful of folks who make their way to Macao, China


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for a humorous musical homage to film noir, a crime cinema genre popular primarily in the 1930s through the 1950s and a source of visual and thematic influence in more recent films such as “L.A. Confidential” and “Dark City.” “Adrift” was penned by American playwright Christopher Durang. Past Durang productions, such as “Why Torture is Wrong, and the ‘People’ Who Love Them” and “Baby with the Bathwater,” have been hits with area theater companies such as Hammond Community Theatre and Indiana Northwest University’s Theatre Northwest.

Featuring songs such as “Pretty Moon over Macao,” “In a Foreign City” and “Mambo Malaysian,” Towle’s “Adrift” staging marks the musical’s Northwest Indiana debut. The play made its debut off-Broadway in 2007. “Christopher Durang is, in my opinion, one of our brightest contemporary comedic writers in American theater,” Casey said. “His stuff has a quirky quality to it. He doesn’t take himself too seriously as a playwright. But while (his plays) are lighthearted, they’re also clever … once we read (the ‘Macao’ script), we saw that it maintained that quirky quality, and it also contained some really good music.”

Kevin Bellamy from Hammond plays casino owner Rick in Towle Theater’s production of “Adrift,” with Sarah Mergener from Chicago as outof-towner Lureena. They are joined onstage by Ian Rigg from Orland Park as the unlucky Mitch and Mara Dale from Chicago as nightclub chanteuse Corrina. Towle Theater’s next production, the thriller “The Nightmare Room,” is scheduled to open May 2. WHAT: “Adrift in Macao” • WHEN: 8pm Feb. 28, March 1, 7-8 and 13-15, 2pm March 2, 9 and 16 • WHERE: Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave., Hammond • HOW MUCH: $17 • FYI: (219) 937-8780, TOWLETHEATER.ORG

THEATER NOW SHOWING ‌FEB 28 African Americans Achieving in the Performing Arts 6:30pm, Glen Theater, 20 W Ridge Road, Gary. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 219.883.3907. In recognition of Black History Month and in support of the AfricanAmerican Achievers Youth Corps Inc. and Brothers’ Keeper, Louise Lee will sponsor her annual historical musical, “AfricanAmericans Achieving in the Performing Arts.” The production will feature singers, instrumentalists and dancers. Tickets may be purchased at Beautiful Things in the Village Shopping Mall or by phone.

FEB 28 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.

FEB 28-MAR 1 Redemption 7pm Fri, 2:30pm & 7pm Sat, Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, Ill.

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773.935.6875. This story about political corruption, murder, manipulation and deceit follows eight characters as they discover that they are all connected by the sins they’ve committed. The show explores the theme of redemption and incorporates film and audience participation.


FEB 28-MAR 1 Mulan Jr. 7-9pm, Kankakee Valley High School, 3923 W Indiana 10, Wheatfield. Cost: $6. 219.554.9411. KVMulan. Kankakee Valley High School’s KV Theatre Kompany will present its Spring stage production “Disney’s Mulan Jr.,” one weekend only. Based on the legend of Fa Mulan, the story is of a young woman who ventures to do what she feels is right in order to bring honor to her family. The score is rich with melodies that reflect Chinese traditional music and the style of storytelling pays tribute to Chinese theatre and opera.

FEB 28-MAR 16 Adrift in Macao Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Avenue, Hammond. 219.937.8780. Set in 1952 in Macao, China, Adrift in Macao is a loving parody of film noir movies. Everyone that comes to Macao is waiting for something, and though none of them know exactly what that is, they hang around to find out. The


Ring of Fire characters include your film noir standards, like Lureena, the curvaceous blonde, who luckily bumps into Rick Shaw, the cynical surf and turf casino owner her first night in town. And don’t forget about Mitch, the American who has just been framed for murder by the mysterious villain McGuffin. With songs and quips, puns and farcical shenanigans, this musical parody is bound to please audiences of all ages.

MAR 1-2 Love Letters 8pm Sat, 2pm Sun, Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. A fundraiser for the theater, this play features just two

actors, who read 50 years’ worth of letters between friends and sometimes lovers. At times laugh-out-loud funny, bawdy and, in the end, heart-wrenching, this performance hits audiences with an emotional wallop.

THROUGH MAR 9 Anything Goes Fridays and Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm, Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Street, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. Madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash Theatre at the Center, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.3255. From the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family. More than two dozen classic hits – including “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune – performed by a multi-talented cast, paint a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a footstompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend.

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 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. 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 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.


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 theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest.

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 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. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St. Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph St.

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Fandango’s top 10 presales ‌‌1. The LEGO Movie 3D | 2. About Last Night | 3. RoboCop | 4. The Monuments Men | 5. 3 Days to Kill | 6. Pompeii 3D | 7. Frozen | 8. Ride Along | 9. Son of God | 10. Endless Love

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1 hr 22 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 28

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra The film takes place on an international flight from New York to London. Bill Marks is a burned-out veteran of the Air Marshals service. He views the assignment not as a life-saving duty, but as a desk job in the sky. However, today’s flight will be no routine trip. Shortly into the transatlantic journey from New York to London, he receives a series of mysterious text messages ordering him to have the government transfer $150 million into a secret account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes. When the bank account is discovered to be under Marks’ name and a bomb is found aboard the plane, Marks is branded as a hijacker. To save the passengers, he must gain their trust and clear his name while tracking down the real culprits killing passengers on the flight.


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The Bag Man

Son of God

Director: Philippe Caland

Director: David Grovic

Director: Khavn de la Cruz, Michael Noer

Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Tommy Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He’s parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the “untimely” death of his mother.

THE BAG MAN is a taut crime thriller that follows the story of JACK (John Cusack), a tough guy with chronic bad luck but human touches. Hired by DRAGNA (Robert De Niro), a legendary crime boss to complete a simple but unusual task, Jack and a host of shady characters must relocate to a remote location for unknown reasons. When Dragna finally arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for all.

This major motion picture event—an experience created to be shared among families and communities across the U.S.—brings the story of Jesus’ life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

1 hr 30 min | R | Released Feb. 28

1 hr 50 min | R | Released Feb. 28

2 hr 18 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 28

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‌3 Days to Kill


About Last Night

Director: McG

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Director: Steve Pink

Kevin Costner is an elite government hit man who is determined to give up his high stakes life after receiving news that he has a terminal disease. But when his agency offers him an experimental, potentially life-saving drug in exchange for one last mission, it’s an offer he can’t refuse.

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning). As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

In “About Last Night,” starring an all African American cast including Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Christopher McDonald and Paula Patton, the audience follows two new couples who journey from the bar to the bedroom and encounters the real world in between.

1 hr 40 min PG-13 | Released Feb. 21

1 hr 45 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 21

1 hr 40 min | R | Released Feb. 14

AMC Showplace 12 1400 Eagleridge Schererville, IN 219.322.9264 AMC Showplace Hobart 12 2590 Southlake Mall Merrillville, IN 219.755.0377

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-16-imax/ Art Theater 230 Main St. Hobart, IN 219.942.1670

Endless Love


‌Winter’s Tale

Director: Shana Feste

Director: José Padilha

Director: Akiva Goldsman

In this adaptation of the 1979 novel by Scott Spencer and a remake of the 1981 film starring Brooke Shields, passion yields to tragedy when the parents of a privileged girl (Gabriella Wilde) attempt to thwart her heated romance with a handsome valet (Alex Pettyfer).

Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life and build a part-man, part-robot police officer.

One night in early 20th-century New York, master thief Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) breaks into a Central Park mansion and quickly has his heart stolen by its occupant, Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay). Unfortunately, their love is star-crossed.

The Monuments Men

Vampire Academy

The Invisible Woman

2 hr 10 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 7

1 hr 44 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 7

1 hr 51 min | R | Released Feb. 7

Director: George Clooney

Director: Mark Waters

Director: Ralph Fiennes

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture.

Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa — a royal vampire Princess — have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St.Vladamirs Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy.

Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity.

1 hr 55 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 14

1 hr 42 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 12

1 hr 58 min | PG-13 | Released Feb. 14

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ideo poker has been described by some groups that oppose gambling as being addictive. It derives this reputation because it is marketed as a game of chance that incorporates an element of skill. If any genre of electronic gaming device deserves to be accused of having obsessive qualities it would have to be the penny slots. The intriguing nature of the games is complex. They come in a wide variety of game formats that are attractive to the senses and to the nostalgic inclinations of “baby boomers”. They can cast a hypnotic spell on people who are lulled into thinking they are playing an entertaining game rather than gambling. They add an exciting interactive dimension that traditional reel slots never had. Penny slots are huge money makers for the casinos. The hold (casino win) dwarfs that of higher denomination slot games. Penny slots, because of the unit of currency required to play them, are perceived by the gambling public as “affordable”. Gambling neophytes and players on strict budgets are attracted to them, only to discover that they’re not the one-coin-ata-time mechanical antiques of yesteryear but rather computer-charged monsters with voracious appetites for money: As much as $1 up to $5 for a single spin. When you’re subjecting a couple of dollars to a 4.8 to 5.8 percent hold on dollar slots that’s one thing, but when you’re taking that same couple of bucks and exposing it to a 11.7 to 14.3 percent hold on one-cent play, you can see that the theoretical value of your gambling dollar is weakened appreciably by the penny games. When you play high denomination slots, the hold is comparable to the built-in house advantage found at table games, including roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, and some bets at craps. The only difference is that you play slots at a must faster rate per hour, which increases the amount of time you are putting your


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money at risk and making it easier for the edge that’s working against you to wear you down. There are some proposition bets at the craps table, such as wagers on the hard ways, that the experts will caution you never to make. They’ll tell you they’re “sucker bets” that range around 9 to 10 percent (and even higher in some cases) against the player, mathematically speaking. Even though house advantage at the tables and percent hold at the slots are not comparable, they are close enough that one could infer that betting on penny slots should be avoided during your gambling ventures. My advice is not to avoid them if you have fun playing them, because there is a certain price you must place on entertainment value. But don’t be tempted to play inordinate amounts of money in them, or get trapped in what can be an obsessive pursuit of bonus rounds. Successful bonus rounds and the frequency with which they come can turn a twenty-dollar buy-in into a hundred dollars, two hundred, or even more in no time. It can be exhilarating but all too often followed by an onset of the “greed factor”. Then your

winnings are destined to dwindle off to Never Land. It is knowing when to stop chasing the bonuses, knowing when to cash out for a session profit, and knowing when to stop spending all that money on such a high volume currency vacuum cleaner that separates the good gamblers from the reckless ones.

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Happenings FEB 28 ‌


Rock to the Rescue doors open at 7pm, The Croatian Center, 8550 Taft St, Merrillville. Come join the band FOX for a fundraiser event, proceeds go towards local music education and assistance. There will be a cash bar, snacks and of course great live music. FEB 27

Stand Up For St. Jude House 6-10:30pm, Avalon Manor, 3550 US 30, Hobart. Cost: $85. stjudehouse. org. Stand Up For St. Jude House is an event that features cocktails, dinner, a comedy show and a silent auction of quality items. Cocktails begin at 6 with dinner at 7. All proceeds from Stand Up For St. Jude House support programming at the Crown Point-based organization that offers services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. All residential services are provided at no charge to adults and children. MAR 1

Micro Beer Brew Night 7-10pm, Centennial Park, 1005 S Centennial Drive, Munster. Cost: $35 per person, $65 per couple. 219.836.6930. Try seasonal brews paired with an appetizer buffet. Ticket price includes 7 tasting tickets per person and food buffet.

Comedy Night at the CVPA — Comedian Pat McGann‌ 6:30pm, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.1930. Cost: $35.‌ Pat McGann is a stand-up comedian and television host living in Chicago. Born and raised on the city’s south side, he now resides on the north side of the city near the legendary Zanies Comedy Club where he has been House MC since 2008. McGann is the creator and host of the television show The Chicago Stand-Up Project that airs on Chicago’s PBS station, WTTW. As a stand-up comic, McGann travels the country working comedy clubs, colleges, corporate events, and casinos. In 2010, he was among the country’s top comedians invited to perform at The Great American Comedy Festival. Ticket price includes dinner.

FEB 28 ‌ Illiana Misfits Banquet‌ 7pm-midnight, Andorra Banquets, 1112 US 41, Schererville. Cost: $40. 219.713.6848.‌ The Illiana Misfits Rugby Club will host its ten year anniversary banquet. The club was founded by two combat U.S. Marines. The $40 fee includes drinks and dinner. There will be entertainment, rugby skits, rugby songs and dancing.


Comedy Night at CVPA

MAR 1 ‌ Radio Tokyo‌ 10pm, Blue Chip Casino,‌ 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711.‌ This party band plays dance worthy music.

MAR 1 ‌ Dancing with the Hammond Stars‌ 7pm, Morton High School Auditorium, 6915 Grand Avenue, Hammond. Cost: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $8. 219.989.7316.‌ The Hammond Academy for Performing Arts Dance Ensemble and members of the Hammond Community. Special Performances by generations Dance Theatre, Talento de Barrio,

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FEB 28 ‌ Fight Night‌ 6pm, Horseshoe Casino Hammond, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. 800.745.3000 by Hitz Boxing, Northwest Indiana’s most elite boxers will display their skills in “the best ✔ Presented boxing venue outside of Vegas.” The event will be televised on ESPN2.

the HAPA Dance Ensemble and more.

MAR 1 ‌ MET Opera Live 2014—Prince Igor‌ 1pm Sat, 6:30pm Wed, Portage 16 IMAX, 6550 American Way,

MAR 1 ‌ AMC Best Picture Showcase‌ Noon-5:25am, AMC Showplace 12 Schererville, 1400 Eagle Ridge Dr, Schererville. Cost: $40. 219.322.9264.‌ For eight years, the AMC Best Picture Showcase has allowed moviegoers the ultimate experience of watching the year’s Oscar Best Picture nominations right before the winner is announced. Nominated films shown will include Nebraska, Captain Phillips, Her, American Hustle and Gravity.

MAR 1 ‌ Vegas Night‌ 7pm-midnight, St. Casimir School, 4329 Cameron Ave, Hammond. Cost: $10.‌ St. Casimir School will host blackjack, roulette, dice games, bingo, raffles and more. The $10 entrance fee includes dinner, beer/wine and dessert. All proceeds benefit St. Casimir School students. Provided

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Portage. 219.764.7469.‌ Theater goers can experience MET Opera’s performance of Prince Igor‌on the big screen. Borodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, takes a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop.

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MAR 3 ‌

MHA Antiques Show‌ call for times, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 219.464.0133.‌ This annual exhibition brings antiques and treasures to Porter County. Funds benefit Mental Health America of Porter County’s annual giftLIFT program, which connects people whose lives are impacted by mental health with the opportunity to receive gifts for the holiday season.

Dale Gonyea‌ 7:30pm, Munster High School Auditorium, 8808 Columbia Ave, Munster. Cost: $25. 219.923.2078.‌ At the age of five, Dale Gonyea got up very early one morning and, without a single lesson, spontaneously began playing the piano. His parents were astonished because they did not have a piano. They decided he either needed therapy or music lessons. Therapy was expensive, so they bought a piano and a career was born.

MAR 2 ‌ Ciao Bella Oscars Dinner 6pm, Ciao Bella, 1514 US 41, Schererville. Cost: $65. Join movie buffs at Ciao Bella for a Hollywood themed dinner, complete with a red carpet greeting and a starstudded menu.

MAR 4 ‌ Lupus Walk Kick-Off Dinner‌ 6-8:30pm, Avalon Manor, 3550 US 30, Merrillville. registration.‌ Top fundraisers from past walks, as well as guest speaker Karen Freeman-Wilson, will share their success stories and fundraising ideas. Receive promotional materials and valuable resources to use for this year’s Crown Point Walk.

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MAR 4-APR 8 ‌ Beginner Latin Dance Class‌ 7-7:40pm, Premiere Dance Studio, 435 US 30 Suite 100, Dyer. Cost: $50 (residents), $55 (non-residents).‌ Join Dyer Parks & Recreation at Premiere Dance Studio for some fun with Latin Dance. During this six week session you will learn dances such as the Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha, Rhumba and Swing while meeting new people and getting in shape. No partner or experience is necessary, just bring comfortable shoes to dance in. This class is for ages 18 and older.

MAR 5 ‌ Girls’ Night Out‌ 5-8pm, PAWS Resale Shoppe, 8149 Kennedy Ave, Highland. 219.513.8911.‌ Humane Society Calumet Area hosts this evening of shopping, pampering, wine tasting, sweet treats and raffles. Don Roberts Spa School offers free nail polish changes and massages and PAWS Resale Shoppe offers a 25 percent discount to shoppers.

MAR 7 ‌ Penn & Teller‌ 8pm, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. 800.745.3000.‌ Penn & Teller bring their unique comedy and magic show to Horseshoe Hammond. For 35 years Penn & Teller have defied labels — and at times physics and good taste — by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy.

MAR 7-9

Brews at the Shoe‌ 4pm, Horseshoe Casino Hammond, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. 800.745.3000.‌ Craft beer lovers and connoisseurs get ready. Chicagoland’s boldest beer festival is just around the corner. So get your tickets now to Brews at the Shoe at Horseshoe Hammond and sample over 150 beers from more than 30 breweries as you enjoy unlimited craft IPAs, stouts, ciders, ales, hefeweizens and more. Early entry begins at 3pm and general admission opens at 4pm.

HBA Home and Lifestyle Show 9am-7pm Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday, Porter County Expo Center, 215 Division Rd, Valparaiso. Cost: $7. The Home and Lifestyle Show offers home

✔ improvement, remodeling, home purchasing ideas and more, as well as ideas to enhance your lifestyle in many other ways. Local service and product providers will be available to meet face-toface in one location.

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ILLINOIS‌ FEB 28 ‌ Soul Train Party‌ 7-10pm, Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library, 19901 Stony Island Ave, Glenwood.‌ Help the GlenwoodLynwood Public Library celebrate its 40th anniversary with the “Hippest Trip in America” —The Soul Train. Those 18 years old and older are encourage to get out your 70s soul gear and shake your groove thing to the music of the great 70s. The event will feature a Soul Train Line, Scramble board, and costume contest for the most authentic 70s look.

MAR 1 ‌ Fundraising Banquet‌ 5:30-10pm, Lansing Knights of Columbus Hall, 178th and Lorenz Ave, Lansing. Cost: $25-$60.‌ The South Cook County Chapter of Pheasants Forever is proud to announced its annual Fundraising Banquet is nearly here. This event includes a full dinner, a cash bar, a silent auction and a live auction. All proceeds from the banquet will be put to good use in Illinois for habitat development, education and land acquisition.


ACTIVITIES Indiana‌ FEB 28 ‌ 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney‌ 4:30-10pm, Lake Hills Family Center, 9209 W 85th Ave, Schererville. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.‌ Lake Hills Family Center will host a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Each team is guaranteed at least two games, a tourney shirt, pizza and pop. The participants can be a part of 3 different shooting competitions. Only 8 teams will be taken for each division. Division are third and fourth grade boys, fifth and sixth grade boys, seventh and eighth grade

boys and sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls. Registration is based on first-come, first-served. Registration forms are available on the website. Early registrations may be turned in at the office.

MAR 1 ‌ The Dark Side of Plants – Poisonous Plants‌ 10:30am-noon, Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 71 N County Road 500 West, Valparaiso. Cost: $15 (members), $17 (non-members). carnivorous-poisonousplants.‌ Poisonous plants, such as Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac and Castor Bean


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plant, have adapted over millions of years to develop some crafty ways to fend off predators including deadly neurotoxins, thorns capable of puncturing tires, powerful digestive enzymes and more. This class will introduce students to the dark side of plants and the harm they can inflict. Learn how to identify the more common dark plants. Indiana Accredited Horticulturist can obtain 1.0 CEUs for this class. Adults only. This is an intermediate course. Beginners are welcome.

MAR 1 ‌ Orchids Seminar‌ 10-11am, Alsip Home and Nursery, 10255 US 41, St. John. event/orchid-seminarst-john.‌ Learn all about the many different varieties of orchids and how to care for them, how to choose a healthy orchid, along with tips for feeding and repotting. Visit one hour prior to this seminar for an encore to the Flowering House Plant seminar.

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MAR 1 ‌ Shelf Ice Exploration‌ 2pm, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton. 219.926.1390.‌ The Indiana Dunes State Park is offering safe opportunities for people who want a better look at the ice. The park is one of the best places to see the Lake Michigan shelf ice.

MAR 1-2 ‌ Woodland Indian Camp‌ 10am-4pm, Buckley Homestead County Park, 3606 Belshaw Rd, Lowell.‌ See how Woodland Indians in Lake County lived before the white man settled as volunteers from the Great Lakes Woodland Alliance representing the Lenape and the Anishinaabe tribes set up camp at Buckley Homestead for Native American Maple Sugaring. The camp, south of the pioneer cabin, will be open when re-enactors boil down the sap into maple sugar. Dress warmly for this free outdoor program. To visit the Woodland Indian Camp, follow the trail from the parking lot on Hendricks Road through the orchard and cross Belshaw Road. Take the trail east of the 1916 barn to the Pioneer Farm, then

National Lakeshore’s Maple Sugar Time‌ 10am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays, Bailly Homestead and Chellburg Farm, Highway 20 and N Mineral Springs Road, Porter. 219.395.1882.‌ See how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and learn how the early settlers used large iron kettles to create syrup. Then, stand in the warm steam of the sugar shack where sap is still boiled down the way the Chellberg family did it back in the 1930s. Try your hand at drilling a tap hole, lugging heavy sap buckets using an old-fashioned yoke, or just enjoying a free taste of pure maple syrup! Admission for all activities is free.

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.

EXHIBITIONS Indiana‌ THROUGH APR 30 ‌ Region United, Nation Divided— Following Lincoln‌ 8am-5pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond.

219.989.7770.‌ Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil war regimental battle flags tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men who fought to preserve the Union and end slavery.

THROUGH MAR 2‌ Postcards from Home,‌ Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation.‌ Local artist Claire Anderson Merrill combines original oils, watercolors, photographs, history records and family memorabilia in hopes of sharing her experience of searching of her elusive Norwegian ancestors after a century-old postcard unlocked the mystery of her family’s origins. Merill’s inspiration for this exhibit comes in part from a recent trip to her family’s homeland in Norway.

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.

Mardi Gras Parties The best Fat Tuesday celebrations in the region ‌MAR 1

Mardi Gras Las Vegas Night 6pm-midnight, St. John School, 9400 Wicker Ave, St. John. Cost: $15. The St. John Men’s Club is hosting its annual Mardi Gras Las Vegas Night. Included in the $15 admission is a menu of all-you-can-eat chicken, beef, sausage and sauerkraut, salads, and desserts, as well as beer, water, soft drinks, and coffee throughout the evening. Games include Blackjack 21, Poker, Roulette, Dice and Big 6 Wheel. Doors open at 6pm in the St. John School gym. MAR 1

Annual Paczki Dance 6pm, St. Andrew the Apostle School Gym, 768 Lincoln Ave, Calumet City. Cost: $10. A variety of Polish cuisine will be available for purchase, catered by the Gorka Deli of Orland Park, including hundreds of packzi for dessert. Doors


Fat Tuesday Bake Sale 7:30am-3pm, Franciscan St. Anthony Health Crown Point, 1201 S Main St, Crown Point. St. Clare Health Clinic will sponsor a Fat Tuesday bake sale. Proceeds will purchase diabetic test strips and otherwise assist diabetic programs offered to clinic clients who are underprivileged Northwest Indiana residents. There also will be a prize raffle. Bakers are needed. Goods can be delivered from 2 to 4 p.m. March 3 to the Doctors Dining Room in the hospital cafeteria.

open at 6pm, with polka music starting at 6:30. Entertainment will be provided by The Music Company. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. MAR 1

Mardi Gras Party 6-10pm, Marshall J. Gardner Center, 540 S Lake St, Gary. Cost: $65. A Mardi Gras Party will be held to support Miller Beach Arts & Creative District. Festive attire is encouraged. The ticket price includes music, dancing, food and drink.



LACE Fat Tuesday Bash 6-11pm, 18600 Wentworth Ave, Lansing. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Celebrate before Lent begins with appetizers, paczkis, entertainment, dancing, a candy buffet and more. The event also features a mask contest and a king and queen contest.

Mardi Gras Salad Buffet 5:45-10pm, St. Jude The Apostle Church, 154th and Cottage Grove Ave, South Holland. Cost: $13. St. Jude the Apostle Church will hold its annual Mardi Gras salad buffet. Tickets include dinner, dessert and donated salads. Attendees may also purchase raffle tickets to win prizes.

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From ➼ ‌ The Quest for breakfast The Quest, 1204 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville, now serves Sunday breakfast from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (219) 322-4812 or visit ➼ Grand Opening Lucrezia’s Good to Go recently had a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting in Valparaiso. ➼ Reserve dinner package Guests attending Comedy Nights at the CVPA can also choose a special supper. Dinner packages will be available during Comedy Night at the CVPA, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. Comedy nights will be held Feb. 28 and March 14. Cost is $35 for dinner and show, with cash bar available. Call (219) 836-1930. ➼ Brews at the Shoe Horseshoe Casino will present its “Brews at the Shoe” on March 8 at the casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. More than 150 beers from more than 30 breweries will be showcased. Live music will also be featured. Visit, call (800) 745-3000 or visit

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he parties are already starting down in New Orleans to usher in Mardis Gras with beads and King Cakes, but up here in Northwest Indiana the Fat Tuesday preparations begin in the oven. Local bakeries are gearing up by taking orders and some are already offering the beloved, diet-breaking paczki. The Polish treat is basically a sugar Bismark pastry—or jelly doughnut— with more butter, egg yolks and sugar. The traditional flavors of paczki are apricot, prune and rose, said Craig Streicher, owner of Beck’s Crown Bakery in Crown Point. Though, he said his most popular flavor is the cream cheese filled paczki. “Our paczki stand out because they are authentic,” he said. Streicher uses his father-in-law’s paczki recipe, which has been in use since 1969. Last year, Beck’s sold between 800-850 dozen. They already have at least that many orders so far. “We also have an extreme paczki or paczki-on-steroids,” Streicher said. For this extra decadent version, Streicher said, the doughnut is split in half, lined with whipped cream, Bavarian cream on the bottom, and then filled with one of Beck’s pie fillings. Beck’s isn’t the only bakery putting a spin on the paczki. New this year, Calumet Bakery with various locations around the Region,


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will be introducing a mango-flavored paczki. “I started making paczki when I took over the bakery in the 80’s, and they seem to get more popular around the area every year,” owner Kerry Moore said. “It think (paczki) is something different, and that’s why people like them.” Moore said sometimes the bakery would have 10 people packing up orders of paczki for more than 12 hours. He said they sell a couple thousand dozen each year. “If we run out of paczki and get more orders, we’ll just keep making more,”

Moore said. Continuously baking paczki is not the way Jean Theile does it at Branya’s Bakery in St. John. At Branya’s, customers have one day to get their hands on one of her square-shaped paczki because, like her recipe, Theile follows a long-standing tradition. Traditionally, paczki were only enjoyed on Paczki Day (Fat Tuesday), Theile said. “Paczki started in the old world by everyone going through their larders and getting rid of all the fats, sugars and preserves before Lent,” she said. “Today, I’ll give up Facebook or texting, but in the old days, people didn’t have those things. Their extravagance was the sweets.” The recipe Theile uses is from her busia (Polish for grandmother). “It had to be translated from Polish,” she said. “It’s straight from Poland and has probably been in use for more than 100 years. It’s the only recipe used in our family.” Theile’s paczki are square instead of the traditional round-shape to emphasize that hers are made from scratch and not from a box or mix. The same goes for her fillings. All

of the fillings in Branya’s paczki are homemade. Because they only sell paczki on Paczki Day, Theile said she and her husband are up for about 40 hours straight that day keeping up with orders. With all the popularity of paczki here, it’s almost baffling to travel just a state away or down to Indianapolis to find people don’t even know what the word means. Theile said paczki are so popular here because of the heavy Polish population. Streicher from Beck’s agreed. “The heavy Polish population and ethnic traditions of that culture spread from Chicago over to Northwest Indiana.” Polish or not, paczki seem to be deeply woven into the culture of NWI residents. Streicher, who said he has lines out the door and around the corner of his bakery on Fat Tuesday, probably sums up this sweet day best. “On Paczki Day, everyone is Polish.” Beck’s Crown Bakery, 1918 North Main St., Crown Point, Ind., (219) 663-4030, beckscrownbakery. com • Branya’s Bakery, 9159 Wicker Ave., St. John, Ind., (219) 558-8712, • Calumet Bakery, Locations in Whiting, Lansing and Chicago, (708) 895-3700,

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t’s not difficult to feel right at home when visiting The Town Club Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Highland. Owner Mark Hines makes it a point to make sure guests are cordially welcomed to the eatery. In fact, he’s often on hand to greet diners and if he’s not, there’s always a friendly face to take his place. With his menu, Hines said he wants to continue to offer excellence and also variety. “We have something for everyone,” he said, about Town Club’s fare. While they specialize in seafood and steaks, guests will also find various specials at the restaurant and can enjoy everything from sandwiches and burgers to salads and ribs. The Town Club, currently celebrating its 67th anniversary, has been owned by Dyer native Hines and his wife Tina for the past 17 years. The eatery was originally established in 1947. Hines, who is the restaurant’s fourth owner, said in a past interview that although Town Club hasn’t been operated by the same family through the years, it is “the oldest restaurant under one name, under one roof in Northwest Indiana.” Among customer favorites at the restaurant are prime rib, lake perch, frog legs, barbecued ribs, ribeye steaks and donut shrimp. Town Club’s donut shrimp is best described as shrimp which has the inside and outside veins taken out. When the shrimp is fried, it curls and turns out shaped like a donut. The barbecued ribs ($21.95) are flavored with a special dry rub which Hines said is inspired by a friend’s family recipe and dates back 50 years. “We were also the first ones 3 years ago to introduce a 30-ounce bone-in ribeye for $37.95 for the whole dinner. Other restaurants just don’t have it (a special like that) or it’s all priced separately,” he said. Another special feature at the

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quality ingredients are of utmost importance to Hines. “I also don’t have any farm-raised fish here,” he said, adding he serves fish that have been caught fresh every week. We visited Town Club on a recent Friday for lunch. The eatery, which was recently remodeled, proved a serene choice for a good late afternoon lunch. The interior, decorated by Hines’ wife Tina, had a warm, inviting look with browns, burnished reds, tans and golds throughout. Art work hangs on the walls and the decor has rustic winery-looking inspirations. Lunch items ordered were Tomato Blues ($6.95), a colorful salad featuring Beefsteak Tomatoes, red onions and bleu cheese; and lake perch, ($8.95 for the special lunch portion.) The salad, which was a good-sized entree salad, starred a light olive oil based dressing and the tomatoes proved sweet and juicy. The perch meal featured three perch filets and my choice of potato, which was

baked. A cup of delicately spiced clam chowder preceded the perch meal. While lunch entrees don’t come with Town Club’s relish trio, all dinners come with various relishes. A children’s menu is also featured. Among other items guests will find on the restaurant’s menu are sandwiches such as “Talk of the Town,” ($9.95) which is a huge chicken breast smothered in Swiss cheese and topped with ham and honey-mustard sauce; the “Big Bertha,” ($7.95), which is roast beef and cheese; Scallops ($18.95 for dinner); The Town Club Seafood Pasta ($15.95 for dinner); and Surf and Turf ($29.95 for dinner). Guests visiting Town Club will also find it has a type of retro and friendly “supper club” atmosphere. Diners will definitely feel welcome. FYI: Town Club Steak and Seafood Restaurant is at 2904 45th St., Highland. Call (219) 924-5227 or visit The restaurant opens at 11am Tuesdays through Sundays. Call for more information.


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