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ON THE COVER: Sesame

Street Live plays at Star Plaza this weekend.

8 / PHIL POTEMPA The Drury Lane Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary with Les Miserables.

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THE BIG SCREEN COVER STORY 9 / SESAME STREET Everyone’s favorite characters play live at Star Plaza

MUSIC+CLUBS 3 / LOCAL SCENE “Stars Over Valpo” raises money for public radio.

5 / LIVE MUSIC Folk fellows Curtis and Loretta play at Valparaiso’s Front Porch.

SEE+DO 7 / THEATER The latest local theater productions and shows.

10 / CAPSULES The lowdown on all the latest films at a multiplex near you. 12 / 24/7 Your guide to the latest events and happenings in Northwest Indiana and surrounding regions. 14 / FUEL Region restaurants serve up Easter treats.

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CARE TO COMMENT? What comedy shows do you go to in the region for a good laugh? AIMEE BODNAR VIA FACEBOOK: “WHOProv with Ryan Perišin at the Skybox downtown!” MICHAEL GOODPASTER VIA FACEBOOK: “From my experience the monthly ‘A Night Of Comedy’ in Crown Point

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best represents the region and seems to be the one, outside of Wisecrackers, to be around the longest.” JAKE KENNEY VIA FACEBOOK: “A show I run that will be debuting in three weeks with some fantastic NWI and Chicago comics Rascal’s Comedy Showcase at Rascals Pizzapubngrub.” Follow us on social media to join the conversation. For next week, WITH ALL THESE SPRING HOLIDAYS COMING UP, WHERE’S THE BEST PLACE TO GRAB BRUNCH AROUND THE REGION? facebook.com/gonwitimes

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Package Information General Admission $40 | 1:30pm - 5:00pm Includes Pint Glass.

VIP $75 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm Jazz bassist Buddy Pearson of The Freek Johnson Band will perform a solo tune for his part in “The Stars Over Valpo” fundraising concert for local low-power public radio station WVLP-98.3FM

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he second annual “Stars Over Valpo” all ages community concert to raise operating funds for lowpower public radio station WVLP-98.3 in Valparaiso takes place at 6 p.m. this Sunday in Duesenberg Recital Hall at the Valparaiso Center for the Performing Arts. “Stars Over Valpo came about as a skull session between myself and station founder Paul Schreiner as to how we would bring in more revenue, since our operating costs had increased while the economy had taken a toll on our ability to raise

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money through such normal means as donations, memberships, grants and other accounts,” explained WVLP’s Executive Director Gregg Kovach. “Paul came up with the idea then shared it with others and eventually other station activists refined the idea into what it is today – a musical revue comprised of a diverse collection of local talent,” continued Kovach. “The event last year was an enormous success which surpassed our expectations. We think this year’s event will be even better than the last one.” “Stars Over Valpo” features a non-stop parade of regional musical artists each performing one original

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composition. The artists onboard for the second annual event are — Robert Rolfe Feddersen, Buddy Pearson (of Freek Johnson), Patti Shaffner, Ronn Barany, Beatrice Eveland, Taylor Fleming & Devin Whitten, Ron Buffington, Angelo Cicco, Jason Murphy, Tekila Rose, Lou Samaniego, Brett Galvan, The Rodeas, The Webdolls, Melissa Welch, Waz, John Derado, Chris & Megan Marolf, Mami Matsuda & Kids and the trio Harlan/Jeff/Dot. “WVLP has about 50 very talented and committed volunteers. On behalf of this station and what we represent, it would be nice to see the seats filled with all of us as well, just to show our tacit support and so that all these generous musicians have a captive audience,” added air personality John King, host of the 7 p.m. Thursday evening program, “Livin’ It Up Radio.” We’re really excited to be a part of ‘Stars Over Valpo’,” said Feddersen who with his wife Teri Ann Feddersen co-hosts the new WVLP music showcase program “Left Of Center” on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. “The only hard part is figuring out which song to perform from our new album (“American Loser” produced by Steve Albini), but I think we’re leaning towards the new single, ‘Dave’s Lament’.”

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“The way this program is presented keeps things fast paced and offers something enjoyable for any music lover because its comprised of such a diverse collection of local talent of various styles and genres,” added Kovach. Tickets are $20 each and available at the door and in advance at Valparaiso businesses Front Porch Music and The Old World Market. More info: (219) 476-9000 orwvlp.org.

PURDUE CALUMET CAMPUS SET TO ROCK! The music of popular alt-rock band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will shake things up Friday at Purdue University Calumet with an 8 p.m. outdoor campus concert held at the south end of campus in the parking lot behind Peregrine Hall, 2440 173rd St. The band’s 2006 album “Don’t You Fake It” — featuring singles “Face Down,” “False Pretense,” “Your Guardian Angel” and “Damn Regret” — was certified gold and their music is also heard on the “Madden NFL 2007” game. “This is a great band, and people can see them for a terrific price,” said Purdue Calumet Assistant Director of Campus Life Debbie Bachmann. “This concert is not only exciting for

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, 9pm June 14 (18 and older). $25

‌ ll concerts listed A below are all ages unless otherwise noted. Some of the ticket prices below do not include taxes and fees.

Singer/songwriter Patti Shaffner will take part in the “The Stars Over Valpo” fundraising concert for local low-power public radio station WVLP-98.3FM.

people who are fans, but our campus is excited to bring such a big name act to northwest Indiana”. Food and beverages will be on sale. Outside food and beverages are not be permitted on campus. Admission is $10 ($5 for Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central students with student IDs). In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the gymnasium. Info: (219) 989-2369. Tickets online at: purduecal.edu/ studentactivities. Email Tom Lounges at beatboss@aol.com

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buddyandpals.com J.J. KELLEYS 2455 Bernice, Lansing, IL 60438; 708.474.9977; jjkelleyslansing.com MEYERS CASTLE LOUNGE 1370 Joliet Street, Dyer, IN 46311; 219.865.8452;

meyerscastlelounge. com LONGSHOTS SPORTS BAR 2251 US HWY 41, Schererville, IN 46375; 219.322.0080 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

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, 8pm June 14 (17 and older). $17-$20 THE VENUE AT HORSESHOE CASINO Horseshoehammond. com New Edition, 8pm July 27 (21 and older). $77.50-$98.50 COPERNICUS CENTER Copernicuscenter.org Elvis Costello, 7:30pm June 11. $45-$100 Yes, 6pm July 26. $50-$100 ARAGON BALLROOM Aragon.com

GO! OUT LIVE MUSIC VENUES BUDDY AND PAL’S PLACE CROWN POINT 1206 E. Summit St., Crown Point, IN 46307; 219.662.0088

REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB Reggieslive.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

Jurassic 5, 7:30pm July 25. $36 UNITED CENTER Unitedcenter.com Fleetwood Mac, 8pm Oct 2. $60.84-$203.94

FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE Liventaion.com “Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival,” featuring Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium and others, 1pm July 20. $38.50-$95.40 THE CHICAGO THEATRE Thechicagotheatre. com The Piano Guys, 7:30pm Oct 17. $25$125 SEARS CENTRE Searscentre.com Yanni, 7:30pm Sept 6. $55-$125 VIC THEATRE Jamusa.com Ziggy Marley, 8pm June 29 (18 and older). $38.50 Meshugga, 6:30pm June 15. $35 Within Temptation, 8pm Oct 1 (18 and older). $29 FIRST MERIT BANK PAVILION Livenation.com 311, 8pm July 11. $29.85 ALLSTATE ARENA Allstatearena.com Andrea Bocelli, 8pm Dec 13. $86.65$394.15

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oretta Simonet, one half of the Minneapolis-based folk duo Curtis and Loretta, considers stops at Valparaiso’s Front Porch Music to be a longtime highlight of their regular touring regiment. “That listening room is one of our favorite places,” she said. “For the type of music that we do – story songs, traditional music – it’s a quiet room. There’s no coffee machines blaring in the background or people drinking. It’s people listening to you and your music. And it’s an excellent place to play.” Scheduled to perform at Front Porch April 12, Simonet and her duo mate, Curtis Teague, have been making merry music together for nearly four decades now. The paths of Simonet, who was reared in Minnesota, and the Dallas-reared Teague, first crossed in Santa Cruz, Calif. in 1977. Romantic sparks flew first, with musical ones following shortly afterward. Both vocalists and multiinstrumentalists, Simonet and Teague are icons in the Twin City music strata and have played to audiences at venues and festivals across the country to rave reviews over the course of the last three decades plus. They have shared stages with the iconic likes of Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie as well as folk/acoustic mainstays such as Anne Hills, Greg Brown and Bill Staines. Their current tour has them logging in a hearty amount of time on the road this year, and Simonet couldn’t be happier. “What keeps us going is that energy that you get from people,” she said. “It’s incredible. You get up on stage, and you may be tired, and it’s the energy that we get from the audience that just keeps us going no matter what.” Performing and recording as Curtis and Loretta, the duo put out their first recorded effort, “Haymarket Minstrels,” in 1989, and followed that up with more

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than a half dozen sets of both original, cover and traditional works; their most recent set, “Our Heritage in Song,” came out in 2009. While Simonet and Teague have kept up a constant touring itinerary since the release of “Heritage,” they put new recordings on the back burner for several years to tend to Simonet’s ailing mother, who passed away last month. “We kept playing together the whole time for all those years … but now we’ll have more time,” Simonet said in regard to future recording. “I have written several new songs and will have a couple new songs for this tour. Right now we’re working on the (songs’) arrangements.” FYI: Curtis and Loretta will perform at 8pm April 12 at Front Porch Music, 505 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso. Cost is $12. For tickets and information, call (219) 464-4700 or visit FRONTPORCHMUSIC. COM

Folk duo Curtis and Loretta will perform at Front Porch Music on April 12.

“What keeps us going is that energy that you get from people. It’s incredible. You get up on stage, and you may be tired, and it’s the energy that we get from the audience that just keeps us going no matter what.” ‌LORETTA SIMONET, of the Minneapolis-based folk duo Curtis and Loretta

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CELEB BIRTHDAYS ‌April 10: Sportscaster John Madden is 78. Actor Steven Seagal is 63. Actor Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) is 29. Actor Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense”) is 26. Singeractress AJ Michalka of Aly and AJ is 23. Actress Ruby Jerins (“Nurse Jackie”) is 16. April 11: Rapper David Banner is 40. Drummer Chris Gaylor of All-American Rejects is 35. Singer Joss Stone is 27. April 12: Talk-show host David Letterman is 67. Singer-actor David Cassidy is 64. Actor Nicholas Brendon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 43. Actress Shannen Doherty is 43. Actress Sarah Jane Morris (“NCIS”) is 37. Bassist Guy Berryman of Coldplay is 36. Actress Claire Danes is 35. Actress Jennifer Morrison is 35. Singer-guitarist Brendon Urie of Panic at the Disco is 27.

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Corporation, which is the presenter of Sesame Street Live. Throughout the entire show the characters of Sesame Street find they just can’t stop breaking out into song and don’t know why. “As night falls on Sesame Street they’re still singing and they get sleepy,” she said. O’Hara said the show premiered in Atlanta last September and will continue its performance schedule through June. Fans will find characters such as Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Baby Bear, Grover, Murray, who makes his live stage debut, and others involved in the musical merriment in “Can’t Stop Singing.” O’Hara said a mix of signature Sesame Street tunes along with other popular songs and music written for this specific production will all be a part of the show. “The audience will experience brand new songs and parodies on popular music,” she said. Through song, O’Hara said, fans will learn various lessons from

he star characters of Sesame Street are set to create a musical adventure on stage in Merrillville. Gather up the family for Sesame Street Live’s production of “Can’t Stop Singing” running today through Sunday at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. The show recently played the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. as well as the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Ill. It also makes its way to Indianapolis for performances April 25 to 27. The production is one of Sesame Street Live’s newest shows and includes a variety of music, interaction and fun times with the characters that are loved by young and old alike. In the storyline of “Can’t Stop Singing,” audience members will delight in the comical situation Elmo has created for himself. “Abby Cadabby has a magic wand and Elmo, who is curious by nature, uses the wand and he casts a singing spell,” said Jane O’Hara, VP of marketing and communications for Vee

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A full cast of characters stars in Sesame Street Live’s “Can’t Stop Singing”

singing soft versus loud and other techniques. For example, in the tune “It’s Raining Cookies,” a playful take-off on the pop song “It’s Raining Men,” Cookie Monster learns how to sing fast versus slow. “Sesame Street has made learning fun for kids and adults in the audience,” O’Hara said, about the popular television show and its live renditions. In “Can’t Stop Singing,” fans will also get a chance to see one of the favorite characters who hasn’t been on stage for the last decade. “Hoots the Owl makes a comeback,” O’Hara said, adding “he serves as wise counsel to Elmo and Abby Cadabby. Another surprise moment in the show, O’Hara said, will be Oscar the Grouch’s performance. She said people are used to seeing him sing and talk in his can but this time, fans will see Oscar dance. There’ll also be mini stages off to the side of the main stage where characters will perform. About the fact that audiences are so fond of Sesame Street and its

beloved cast of loveable muppets, O’Hara said, “Everyone knows who the characters are and each one has a definite personality. Everyone can relate to one of the characters.” The lessons learned through this show are varied, O’Hara said. “Elmo teaches respect for other people’s property, that magic is something to be dealt with very carefully and that even though singing is fun, anything done to the extreme loses its magic,” she said. The age appeal of the show, according to O’Hara, is wide, with young toddlers to adults, who have long been fans of Sesame Street, easily engaging in the storyline, action and music in the production. FYI: Sesame Street Live’s “Can’t Stop Singing” will be performed at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today and Friday; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Star Plaza Theatre, Interstate 65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville. Tickets are $18 and $28. A limited number of $35 Gold Circle seats and $65 “Sunny Seats” are also available. Opening Night, all seats, excluding Gold Circle and Sunny Seats) are $15. A facility fee of $2 will be added to each ticket. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com or sesamestreetlive.com.


THEATER NOW SHOWING APR 10-13 Lost in Yonkers Footlight Players 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. This comedy-drama opens as two young teenage brothers are left by their widower father to live with their stern, intimidating grandmother and mentally challenged aunt. This humorous and bittersweet story explores themes of illness, health, love and family as the boys navigate a new, strange world called Yonkers.

APR 10-13 Towle Youth Theater Ensemble—Romeo and Juliet Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. The Towle Youth Theatre Ensemble—comprised of students in grades 6-12—present this Shakespearean classic.

APR 11 An Ideal Husband Festival Players Guild, Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4269. festivalplayersguild.org. Written by Oscar Wilde, this stage play explores the life of a respected politician who is threatened by scandal when an old acquaintance plots to reveal a dark secret from his past.

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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.

Aladdin, 7pm Fri, 11am & 1pm Sat, 1pm Sun, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3258. theatreatthecenter. com. The classic story of Aladdin comes to life in this musical production. Audiences will be swept off their feet during this magical journey through the Arabian nights. Provided

THROUGH APR 12 Laughter on the 23rd Floor 8-10pm, Beatniks On Conkey, 418 Conkey St, Hammond. 888.928.6648 or 219.852.0848. hammond communitytheatre. org. This comedy by Neil Simon was inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows.

THROUGH APR 12 Time Stands Still Friday & Saturday performances at 8pm, Sunday performances at 3pm, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. 219.805.4255. After surviving a bomb blast in Iraq, photojournalist Sarah Goodwin is forced to examine her high-risk career path. Returning home into the care of her long-time lover James, Sarah is caught off-guard by James’

The second location, now the Fourth Street Theater, opened its doors in the fall of 1999. In the summer of 2002, Fourth Street Theater joined the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, or NIETF, from whom they have since received over 120 nominations and 40 awards for excellence in all aspects of theatrical production.

The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive. com. This renovated, 364seat building—with red, white and blue stainedglass 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.

Marian Theatre Auditorium, 119th and Lincoln Avenue, Whiting. 219.659.3776. The Marian Theatre Guild, founded in 1928, is the oldest continuous

Ross Music Theater, 227 Center Street, Hobart. m-mproductions.com. Ross Music Theatre is a community theater group whose goal is to

An Ideal Husband desire for family and by the simple domestic life pursued by Richard, her editor, and his much younger girlfriend, Mandy.

THROUGH APR 19 Play It Again, Sam Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Told in Woody Allen’s classic neurotic style, this romantic comedy follows writer of film commentary Allan Felix as he begins dating again after his recent divorce. Bookish and insecure with women, Allan seeks dating advice from his hero, Humphrey Bogart, who appears to him in hilarious fantasy sequences.

VENUES Indiana 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. 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. Fourth Street Theater, 125 N 4th St, Chesterton. 219.926.7875. 4thstreetncca.org. Originally founded in 1990 as the North Coast Cultural Association and was located in the former St. Patrick’s Catholic Church until a fire burned the church down in 1998.

involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as theater. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical. Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. 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 theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780.

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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.

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 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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Hit musical seeks new audience Drury Lane Theatre celebrating 30th anniversary with stage run of ‘Les Mis’ ‌Philip Potempa / philip.potempa@nwi.com7‌

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uring the 19 years actor Ivan Rutherford toured and starred in productions of the legendary musical “Les Miserables,” having logged more than 2,000 performances as the lead Jean Valjean, he never played any of the famed stages and marquees of Chicago. “While many of my years were in New York on Broadway, including the 20th anniversary revival, I also did the national tours, just never any through Chicago,” Rutherford said during an interview last week. He was in between curtain times reprising his role of Jean Valjean for a new production of “Les Miserables,” finally for Chicagoland audiences, at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. “To be in this production with new staging, such a great cast and playing this intimate space gives this story and the musical numbers a new life so this also becomes a new experience for me as well.” In celebration of the stage space’s 30th anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre selected the passionate and moving musical journey, which opened Tuesday, April 8 and continues until June 8. Directed by multi-Jeff Award winner Rachel Rockwell, Rutherford is cast opposite Jeff Award-winner Quentin Earl Darrington as Javert and Jennie Sophia as Fantine. The sweeping tale of “Les Misérables” features a book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg,

lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, and music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, “Les Misérables” travels through three turbulent decades of 19th century France. Steeped with romance, passion, suspense and humanity, it is the story of the fugitive Jean Valjean, who is in a lifelong struggle to evade being captured as he is relentlessly pursued by the sanctimonious Inspector Javert. “Les Misérables” is the winner of more than 50 international theater awards, including eight 1987 Tony Awards (two of which were for Best Musical and Best Score) and the

musical has been translated into 21 different languages and has been seen by more than 65 million people worldwide. This production also stars Jeff Award-winner Mark David Kaplan as Thenardier as the story’s conniving innkeeper with Sharon Sachs as his bawdy barkeep wife Madame Thenardier and Christina Nieves as their long-suffering daughter Eponine while Skyler Adams plays Marius opposite Emily Rohm as Cosette. Jeff Award-winner Roberta Duchak serves as Musical Director. The colossal French Revolution-era set is by Scott Davis with Lighting Design by Greg Hofmann and Projection Design by Sage Marie Carter. Rutherford, who arrived in Chicago March 3 to begin rehearsals, said he is excited to be able to call Chicago

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An expansive, talented cast stars in a new production of “Les Miserables” at Drury Lane Theatre directed by Rachel Rockwell and playing until June 8.

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his temporary home for four months during the musical’s run as a special milestone chapter in the Drury Lane history. During the past 30 years, Drury Lane Theatre has provided 10,208 performances staged, 7,683 actors have been employed, and more than 9 million people have enjoyed the venue’s 308 productions and concerts. And along the way, Drury Lane has hired more than 10,000 musicians, designers, and crew members. “Working with Rachel Rockwell has made this run something special because she understands all of the challenges of stage for both actors and the production process,” Rutherford said. “The story of my character Jean Valjean is also something special for me at this point of my career because I feel I understand him now better than ever. When I started in 1995 with this role, I only had one child. Now, I have three. The struggles faced as a father are so much more clear to me now, as I think about what Jean Valjean is going through.” As for the attention and audiences last year’s big screen adaption of “Les Miserables” garnered, Rutherford has his own opinion. “It was a movie and that treatment of the story was very clear,” he said. “Yes, it did attract new audiences who didn’t know the characters and the journey. But seeing the story on stage is the way this journey is intended.” WHAT: “Les Miserables” • WHERE: Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. • WHEN: Now through June 8 with performance 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 1:30 and 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 and 8:45 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays. • HOW MUCH: $30 to $60 with lunch and dinner theater packages available. Student group tickets start as low as $30 and Senior Citizens start at $40 for matinees and $55 for a matinee luncheon package. • FYI: (630) 530-8300 or drurylane.com.

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or Jason Utesch, helming Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre’s production of “Play it Again, Sam” is an ideal fit. “In the shows that I’ve directed, I seem to be drawn to an imaginary character or something that’s offkilter, where there’s a playfulness with reality,” he said. “You have that, and you have this great humor already in the script.” Running through April 19, “Sam” tells the tale of Allan Felix, a shy, San Francisco-based screenwriter returning to the dating scene following a troubling divorce. To guide him through the singles strata, Felix relies on a fictional guide in the form of Humphrey Bogart. Allen penned “Sam” in 1968 and starred as Felix when it made its Broadway debut a year later. It ran with more than 450 performances and received a trio of Tony Awards, including a best supporting actress award for Diane Keaton. In 1972, Allen adapted his play for the big screen, with both himself and Keaton revising their onstage roles, to great acclaim. “Usually, if I read a script and I laugh out loud, it’s a good sign, and I did that a few times with this one,” Utesch said. “You have the humor that’s there, the tight writing, the whimsical play on reality, and then the opportunity to play this as a

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period piece. All combined, it makes for something interesting.” Jordan Chaddock from Porter plays Felix and Valparaiso’s Jeff Schultz portrays Bogart in Chicago Street’s “Sam.” They are joined onstage by Lindsey Elderkin from Valparaiso as Felix’ ex wife, Nancy, Lowell’s Matt Stinnett as Felix’ friend Dick Christie, Valparaiso’s Mary DeBoer as Dick’s wife, Linda, and a trio of Valparaiso-based thesps, Lori Utesch, Rebecca Fortner and Melissa Daloisio, assuming multiple roles of women who catch Felix’ fancy. While remaining loyal to the era in which “Sam” was originally written, staged and filmed, Utesch and Chaddock made a point to put their own touches on the main character. “One of the things (Chaddock) and I talked about when he was cast was that we don’t want a Woody Allen impersonation,” Utesch said. “We want that type of character, the intelligent, awkward person who doesn’t realize that he’s awkward, but not Woody Allen.” Next up for Chicago Street Theatre is a production of the drama “Rabbit Hole,” scheduled to open May 23. FYI: “Play it Again, Sam” will be performed at 8pm. April 11 and 12 and April 17 to 19 and 2:30pm. April 13 at Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 students and seniors and adults in groups of 10 people or more, $12 students in groups of 10 people or more. Call (219) 464-1636 or visit CHICAGOSTREET.ORG

Join us for a day of walking (1 mile), running (3 miles), raffles, shopping, kids activities and good food, all while supporting NNPDF in honor of Schererville resident Kailey Florkiewicz

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‌Fandango Top 10 Presales 1‌ . Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2. Noah 3. Divergent 4. God’s Not Dead 5. Muppets Most Wanted 6. The Grand Budapest Hotel 7. Mr. Peabody & Sherman 3D 8. Sabotage 9. Bad Words 10. Cesar Chavez

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‌DRAFT DAY

1 hr 49 min | PG-13 | Released April 11

Director: Ivan Reitman In “Draft Day,” on the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Kevin Costner) has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a lifechanging day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Director Ivan Reitman comments, “It was never my intention to make a great football movie. It was not a dream of mine, even though I’m a big football fan. I just happened to get this script, and I actually remember reading it in the middle of the night. I fell in love with it and couldn’t stop reading it. I read it in less than an hour. It’s a page-turner. You get totally caught up, the way I did there in the middle of the night. Kevin Costner’s character gets himself into a real bind, where he’s put his own career and his own team’s future in real jeopardy. Watching him unwind that is almost a mystery story, and we discover it as he figures things out.”

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RIO 2

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Director: Carlos Saldanha

Director: Mike Flanagan

It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all — his father-in-law.

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home.

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‌CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 2 hr 8 min | PG-13 | Released March 4

Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn.


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‌Noah

Cesar Chavez

Sabotage

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Director: Diego Luna

Director: David Ayer

From the inspirational story of courage, sacrifice, hope and redemption, Darren Aronofsky brings to the screen “Noah.” Academy Award winner Russell Crowe portrays the man chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, “Cesar Chavez” tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world.

In “Sabotage”, Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a highstakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done — until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.

2 hr 0 min | PG-13 | Released March 28

1 hr 38 min | PG-13 | Released March 28

1 hr 49 min | R | Released March 28

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

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‌Divergent

Muppets Most Wanted

‌Veronica Mars

Director: James Bobin

Director: Rob Thomas

“Divergent” is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.

The entire Muppets gang goes on a global tour, selling out theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais.

On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica soon finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.

The Single Moms Club

Need for Speed

‌300: Rise of an Empire

Director: Tyler Perry

Director: Scott Waugh

Director: Noam Murro

Brought together by an incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond, and create a support group that helps them find comedy in the obstacles of life, inner strength to overcome their personal challenges and inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood.

Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper).

This new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

2 hr 23 min | PG-13 | Released March 21

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1 hr 46 min | PG | Released March 21

2 hr 4 min | PG-13 | Released March 14

1hr 48 min | PG-13 | Released March 14

1 hr 43 min | R | Released March 7

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world apart from that once-a-year trip to Vegas. One strategy is to establish a goal. This could mean being a specific amount of money ahead, or perhaps even doubling your money. Once you have attained the goal you set for yourself, the next hurdle to overcome is sticking to it. It can be so easy to take “just one more twenty” and try your luck before calling it a day. The danger is that twenty will lead to another one and still another. Before you know it you’ve given all of your winnings back and are starting to work on the bankroll you came with. Squirreling away vouchers instead of putting them back into the machines is one easy way to preserve a winning casino trip. Modern technology has its disadvantages, too. It’s easy to lose perspective of just how much money you have in a machine when it is revealed to you in the form of a lighted display on a credit meter.

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APR 11-12 ‌ EASTER PHOTOS & BAKE SALE‌ 10am-4pm, PAWS Resale Shoppe, 8149 Kennedy Ave, Highland. 219.513.8911. hscalumet.org.‌ Humane Society Calumet Area hosts its annual event featuring photos with the Easter Bunny for pets and/ or children, as well as a bake sale. Proceeds benefit the animals of Humane Society Calumet Area.

APR 12 ‌ BRING OUT THE BONNETS‌ 2-3pm, downtown Whiting. 219.659.0292.‌ Participants at this annual event will walk in the parade and have their bonnets judged in the following categories—preschool to kindergarten, grade school, high school and 18 years old and older—for a chance at cash prizes.

APR 12 ‌ BEATLES AT THE BARN‌ 6:30pm doors open, County Line Orchard, 200 County Line Rd, Hobart. 219.947.447, ext. 304. countylineorchard. com.‌ With music by Chris & Lou, The Crawpuppies and The Megabeatles, this concert pays tribute to the music of the Beatles.

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THE TIMES ULTIMATE INDOOR GARAGE SALE‌ 7:30am-4pm, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 219.464.0133. porterco.org.‌

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Open to the public, this large annual garage-type sale features collectibles and deals. Last year’s event drew thousands and featured more than 200 booths.

APR 12 ‌ VINCE NEIL‌ Hammond Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Ave, Hammond. 219.853.6378. gohammond.com.‌ The legendary voice of Motley Crue performs.

APR 12 ‌ WANDA SYKES‌ 9pm, Four Winds New Buffalo, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. fourwindscasino.com.‌ Smart-witted stand-up comedian Wanda Sykes has been called one of the funniest stand-up comics by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America.

219.455.9725. vendacause.com.‌ Ladies are invited to an evening of relaxation with 20 vendors all for women, concessions, a cash bar, shopping, a 50/50 raffle and more.

APR 12 ‌ LADIES’ NIGHT OUT‌ 5-11pm, St. Ann Parish Hall, 3014 Ridge Rd, Lansing. 708.895.9972. saintanncatholicparish. com.‌ This evening for the ladies features vendors and crafters, services from local salons and bunco. The cost of admission includes heavy appetizers and a first beer, wine or soda.

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APR 12 ‌ LADIES EXHALE PARTY‌ 4pm, Hobart Elks Lodge, 3580 W 61st Ave, Hobart.

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APR 13 ‌ SAVE THE DUNES FIRST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER‌ 4-8pm, Miller Bakery Café, 555 S Lake St, Gary. 219.427.1446. millerbakerycafe. com.‌ Miller Bakery Café and Save the Dunes partner to raise funds and increase membership for Save the Dunes during this first annual fundraiser. The evening features more than 20 boutique wines, an all-you-can-eat buffet, a silent auction, a wine raffle and live music. Proceeds benefit Save the Dunes.

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APR 14 ‌ ILLIANA ARTISTS MEETING‌ 6:30pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.864.0593.‌ Lecturer/demonstrator Sandi Bacon of Golden Paints presents during this meeting of the Illiana Artists. The fun, fast paced hands-on lecture demo of the Golden product shows how to do transfers using paints, gels and pastes as well as working with paint skins and a variety of materials to take photos into the painting realm. Refreshments will be provided.

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‌ From nwi.com/go ➼Brewfest on Tap | The 4th annual Blue Chip Brewfest will be held Saturday at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City. Visit bluechipcasino.com for more information. ➼ Wine & Dine | The first annual Wine & Dine for Save the Dunes will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Miller Bakery Cafe, 555 Lake St., Gary. Cost is $50, which includes an open bar with boutique wines, craft beers, dinner buffet and live music. ➼ New Restaurant | Cajun/Creole restaurant Yats recently opened in Valparaiso. The Valpo eatery was opened by Kevin Pedersen. Yats is a franchise business based in Indianapolis. For more information, call (219) 286-3482. ➼ Dinner Packages | Star Plaza Theatre offers various dinner/theater packages for all their shows. Visit starplazatheatre.com for more information. ➼ French Toast Breakfast | Lansing Presbyterian Church, 2625 Ridge Road, Lansing, will have its “French Toast Breakfast” from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event is an all-you-can-eat breakfast. Cost is $6 and $3 for children younger than 12. Call (708) 474-2710.

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f you’d like to take a break from kitchen duty this Easter, think about treating your family to a special dinner at a favorite restaurant or banquet facility on April 20, Easter Sunday. Various restaurants offer special brunches or select menus specifically geared to Easter and the offerings are plentiful. From ham and prime rib displays to egg dishes, lavish salads and decadent desserts, the list of foodstuffs stars something for everyone. Some of the Easter feasts also feature special events such as appearances by the Easter Bunny or Easter egg hunts. Call your favorite facility for more specifics and head out to the nearest restaurant for your holiday meal. The following list is merely a sample of Easter menus in the Region. (All feasts will be served on April 20). The Bennett-Curtis House, 302 W. Taylor St., Grant Park, Ill. Call (815) 465-9882. An Easter Brunch Buffet will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner reservations that day will also be accepted between 2 and 8 p.m. More than 50 items will be featured on the brunch buffet which includes omelets, various entrees, salad bar, assorted desserts, chocolate fountain and more. Cost is $21.95 for adults and $10.95 for children. Blackstone Woodfire Grill, 7311 Mallard Lane, Schererville. Call

(219) 769-0000. The restaurant’s regular menu will be served on Easter Sunday. An additional special will also be featured. Call for more specifics on the menu. Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City. Visit bluechipcasino.com. At the casino’s William B’s Steakhouse, an Easter feast will be presented from 4 to 9 p.m. and will include seafood cannelloni, spring green salad, herb roasted rack of lamb and strawberry Napoleon. Cost is $34. Options Buffet will serve from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and feature items such as honey baked smoked ham, roast leg of lamb as well as American, Italian, and Asian specialties. Cost is $24.99 plus tax. The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. Call (219) 836-1930. The center regularly offers its lavish

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Easter Sunday Hours 11am-7pm Full menu available plus Easter specials! Times file photo

Adelyn Miller, 4, of Cedar Lake, gets a hug from the Easter Bunny during a past Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in Lowell. Appearances by the Easter Bunny are often on the agenda for various Easter brunches.

Sunday brunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call for availability for Easter brunch. Cost is $22.50 for adults; $11.50 for children 4 to 11 and $3 for children younger than 4. Ciao Bella, 1514 U.S. 41, Schererville. Call (219) 322-6800 or visit ciaobellaonline.com. An Easter buffet will be featured from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the menu will be an omelet station, carving station, salads, seafood plates, pasta station and assorted fruits and desserts. Cost is $25.99 plus tax and gratuity for adults and $13.95 for children 10 and younger. Gino’s Steakhouse, 1259 Joliet St., Dyer and 600 E. Lincoln Highway, Merrillville. Call (219) 8653854 for Dyer and (219) 769-4466. Both locations will have an Easter buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food offerings: Various starters, including Caprese salad and shrimp cocktail; carving stations; entrees including BBQ Baby Back ribs; chicken Marsala, tilapia fillet lemon and various desserts. Cost is $25 for adults plus tax and gratuity and $14 for children. Glenwood Oaks Rib and Chop House, 106 N. Main St., Glenwood, Ill. Call (708) 758-4400 or visit

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glenwoodoaks.com. A special Easter menu will star from noon to 6:30 p.m. The restaurant’s usual Champagne Sunday brunch will not be featured. Assorted entree selections will be on the menu. Call for details. Strongbow Inn, 2405 E. U.S. 30, Valparaiso. Call (219) 462-5121. Featured will be a brunch buffet, which will be served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carving stations, breakfast items, desserts and more will be highlighted. Cost is $29.95 for adults; $12.95 for children 9 to 12; $8.95 for children 4 to 8 and free for children 3 and younger. Teibel’s, 1775 U.S. Highway 41, Schererville. Call (219) 865-2000. The restaurant will serve a limited menu for Easter Sunday with a few specials. T.J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub, at Radisson Star Plaza, Interstate 65 and U.S. 30. Call (219) 755-0569. The annual Easter Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (2 p.m. is the last reservation). On the menu will be carving stations with prime rib and leg of lamb; breakfast foods; dessert display and more. Cost is $29.95 for adults; $24.95 for senior citizens and $15.95 for children; Children 3 and younger eat free.

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