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Berry Gordy and producer Kevin McCollum pose for a fun shot at the Pre-Broadway Sneak Preview Celebration for “Motown the Musical.”


THE BIG SCREEN 10 / CAPSULES The lowdown on all the latest films at a multiplex near you.


COVER STORY: 6 / CHESTER GREGORY Local star returns to “The Eve of Jackie” at West Side Theatre.


earlier era to the Chicago stage. 9 / PHIL POTEMPA A conversation with actor John Turturro on his new film, “The Fading Gigolo.”

12 / CASINO SCENE Slot bonus rounds are not always what they seem. 13 / 24/7 Your guide to the latest events and happenings in Northwest Indiana and surrounding regions. 14 / FUEL H.Dog offers classic American summer fare.




3 / LOCAL SCENE “The Signal” is scheduled for an encore performance. 4 / LIVE MUSIC Oak Ridge Boys bring their down home sound back to the Region.



SEE+DO 7 / THEATER The latest local theater productions and shows. 8 / ON STAGE Motown: The Musical brings the magic of an


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native Chester Gregory plays Jackie Wilson in an intimate play at the West Side Theatre.

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Care to comment? ‌With all the spring holidays coming up, where’s the



best place to grab brunch around the Region? Kellee Skurka via Facebook: “Indy Cafe in East Chicago.” Kathryn Kulka Loomis: “Strongbow in Valpo! Wonderful live music too!” Nicole Bissonnette: “Bartlett’s in Beverly Shores is an unknown spot for brunch, but has really great choices! You can’t beat the Bloody Mary!” Follow us on social media to join the conversation. For next week, CRAFT BREWERIES AND BEER FEST ARE POPPING UP EVERYWHERE. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CRAFT BEER FROM OUR REGION? Let us know on social media or email us at go@nwi.Com to be featured in next week’s feedback!


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Top songs on iTunes ➙ 1. Happy by Pharrell Williams • 2. All of Me by John Legend • 3. Let It Go by Idina Menzel • 4. Play It Again by Luke Bryan • 5. Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo • 6. Dark Horse by Katy Perry • 7. Sing by Ed Sheeran • 8. Turn Down for by DJ Snake and Lil Jon • 9. The Man by Aloe Blacc • 10. This Is How We Roll by Florida Georgia Line


Tribute to doo-wop reprise sold-out March debut


— which still sells tons of pre-owned LPs and even cassettes every day. Specially printed collectable LPs, many stamped in colored virgin vinyl, will be snatched up by rabid music fans who still appreciate a little crackle and pop served up organically with their music. Among such limited-edition releases are titles by The Ramones (“Meltdown With The Ramones”), The Doors (“Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine”), Rick James (“Rick James”), Otis Redding (“Pain In My Heart” 50th Anniversary Edition”) and Henry Mancini and His Orchestra (“The Pink Panther”).

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fter having playing to a standing room only audience and having to turn away people last month during its regional debut performance at The Aquatorium in Gary, “The Signal – A Rhapsody” has been scheduled for a second performance on April 27 at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts (540 S. Lake Street) in Gary. Tickets: $20 & $25 / Showtime: 4 p.m. This original 90-minute production written and produced by lifelong region resident Henry Farag is an historical tribute to the early doo-wop street sounds of Gary, Indiana. It traces the original urban music of Gary from the 1950s through the 1970s with The Jackson Five. Featured in its cast, along with contemporary regional performers are original members of hit-making vocal groups The Spaniels (“Goodnight Sweetheart”), Stormy Weather (“Street Corner Serenade”) and Willie Rogers & The Soul Stirrers (“Chain Gang”). Hall of Fame inductee Willie Rogers (who with The Soul Stirrers performed and recorded with late R&B icon Sam Cooke) will guest along with The Spaniels’ Billy Shelton and Stormy Weather’s Henry Farag on the April 22 live 6 - 7 p.m. broadcast of “The Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges” radio program on 89.1-FM/ Lakeshore Public Radio. The three R&B icons will perform live on air and share stories about their careers. Stream the program live online at:

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WILLIE ROGERS co-founder and vocalist of The Soul Stirrers, the legendary gospel/R&B who once performed and recorded with late R&B star Sam Cooke will perform as a cast member of “The Signal — A Rhapsody” and also guest live 6 - 7 p.m. on April 22 on the 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio program, “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges.”

that Saturday, April 19 in “Record Store Day” all across America. Several very limited run (generally only 2,5,00 to 10,000 copies each) re-issued LPs and limited run collectable vinyl from some of today’s modern artists will be on sale for this one day only at record shops. You can bet this columnist will be popping in to check out the special releases and my personal “go to” place for music – S&J Stereo in downtown Highland, Ind.

MUSIC NOTES… • Bud Monaco and Red Rose of Sopro Music, Inc once again blues up the Easter holiday with their “Annual Easter Parade Blues Revue” on Saturday. Begun in 1982, this year’s 32nd Parade is at Sullivan’s Irish Pub (4660 West 147th St.) in Midlothian. The 9 p.m. show features performances Southside blues musicians: guitarists Joey Drada, Frank Anastos, and Billy King; vocalists France Marie and Peaches Staten; along with bassist John Falstrum, drummer Jay Frank and The Chicago Horns Quartet. More: • South African-born and Midwest-raised singer/songwriter Jann Klose performs frequently in the Great Lakes Region, with an annual winter appearance in Chicago at The Uncommon Ground’s “The Jeff Buckley Memorial Concert.” Jann received four nominations in The 13th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA) including one for his for his a-cappella cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song To The Siren” on his new CD “Mosaic.” Tim Buckley was an

iconic ‘60s singer/songwriter and also Jeff Buckley’s father. “I fell in love with the song when I worked on the movie, ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’,” said Klose, who returns in June for a variety of Midwest performances. More: • At press time word came from my friends in the Bad Company camp that due to it being one of the most successful summer tours of 2013, the original line-up of the legendary British rock combo — Paul Rodgers (vocals/guitar/keys), Mick Ralphs (lead guitar) and Simon Kirke (drums) — team up once again this summer with Southern rock stalwarts Lynyrd Skynyrd. The three co-founders will be joined on tour by guitarist Howard Leese (of Heart) and bassist Todd Ronning (of Rodgers solo band). “Last year’s tour with our friends in Skynyrd was a fantastic time for all. We’re looking forward to spending ten dates with them and our fans again this summer,” said Paul Rodgers. The tour stops July 23 at The First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. More: • Are you a fan of musicals? The Munster Theatre Company of Munster High School’s spring presentation is “Fiddler on the Roof” — May 1-3 at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on May 4 – featuring the timeless musical selections “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” Sunrise Sunset” and “Tradition.” Munster’s producer/director Larry A. Brechner and his students always do a top notch job with their MTC productions. Tickets: $7 (senior/ student tickets $5). To order or more info: (219) 838-2235 or email to: Email Tom Lounges at

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Oak Ridge Boys take the stage at Blue Chip Casino

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he harmonizing country sounds of the Oak Ridge Boys will take the spotlight once again in the Region as the Grammy-winning group takes to the stage of the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino this weekend. The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the casino in Michigan City. In November, the Oaks, as they’re affectionately called, performed at Star Plaza Theatre, which has been a tradition for years. Richard Sterban, who performs bass vocals for the Oak Ridge Boys, and is the famed deep voice on “Elvira,” said they enjoy performing in the Midwest and their annual treks to Northwest Indiana. Sterban, along with Jon Bonsall, Duane Allen and William Lee Golden, make up the group which has garnered numerous music awards and other honors through the years. This week is a celebratory one for the Oaks as Sterban said the group’s first live album titled “Boys Night Out” was released April 15. “Basically it’s our greatest hits,” Sterban said. “We recorded 11 of our shows and then listened to them all and picked the best songs from the shows.” The group, which is now on Cleopatra Records, said they and record company personnel got together and worked on choosing Jack White, 8pm July 24. $56.61 — $87.34 THE CHICAGO THEATRE Jack White, 8pm July 23. $64.10-$90.23

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The Oak Ridge Boys will perform Saturday at Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.

the right tunes for the new album. “It’s a great representation of us and of an Oak Ridge Boys’ live concert,” he said. The Blue Chip Casino show will definitely include

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many of the hits heard on the album as well as other selections. “The live album was something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time and it’s

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something our fans have been asking for for a long time,” Sterban said. “For one reason or another, something has always come up and we put it on the back burner. But we didn’t want to put it on the back burner any longer.” Among songs on the new album are “You’re the One,” “American Made,” “Love Song,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Elvira,” and “Thank God For Kids.” Last year, the Oak Ridge Boys celebrated their 40th anniversary and currently maintain a packed touring schedule. Sterban said the Oaks “average about 150 days a year on the road” and never tire of the live performances. They enjoy adding new offerings to their show frequently. “We like to keep the show fresh,” he said.

About touring and performing, Sterban said, “We keep doing it because we love doing it. We still look forward to getting up there on that stage and doing a show. We’re still having fun.” Through the years, Sterban said he and the rest of the Oaks have remained “the best of friends.” “And we respect each other,” he said. Next up on the Oaks’ project schedule is to work on a new gospel album, which Sterban said has “no definite timeframe yet.” FYI: The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at 8pm Saturday at Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa, Michigan City. Tickets are $60, $45 and $35. Visit or

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Celeb birthdays ‌April 17: Singer Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls is 40. Actress Lindsay Korman (“Passions”) is 36. Actress Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) is 29. Actress Dee Dee Davis (“The Bernie Mac Show”) is 18. April 18: Actor James Woods is 67. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is 52. Talk-show host Conan O’Brien is 51. Actress Melissa Joan Hart (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”) is 38. Actress America Ferrera is 30. Actress Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) is 25. Actress Britt Robertson (“Under the Dome”) is 24. Actress Chloe Bennet (“Nashville”) is 22. Singer Nathan Sykes of The Wanted is 21.

Mr. Excitement Chester Gregory pays tribute to Jackie Wilson in Gary ‌Eloise Marie Valadez /


ans of Jackie Wilson will want to be in the audience when Gary native Chester Gregory brings his acclaimed tribute to Mr. Excitement to Northwest Indiana this weekend. West Side Theatre Guild will present Gregory in “The Eve of Jackie” Friday at West Side Theatre in Gary. Gregory, a Gary native, took home a Jeff Award while gaining much critical praise for his role in 2000 as Jackie Wilson in “The Jackie Wilson Story,” written by Jackie Taylor, founder of Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater. He then toured with that production. “It’s an honor to celebrate Jackie Wilson’s legacy. I never get tired of it,” said Gregory, during a recent phone interview. The actor/singer is doing occasional spot dates of “The Eve of Jackie” and has been busy over the last decade working on live theater and Broadway productions, most recently “Sister Act.” He’s also been in the casts of “Hairspray,” “Shrek,” “Dreamgirls” and “Tarzan.” Gregory said he’s looking forward to coming home to perform his special Wilson tribute, which is a show he created, wrote and produced. “I’m so excited to be performing in Gary. And I’m excited to see family and friends and to be coming home to perform after performing all over the world,” he said. “I always keep a connection to home.” While Gregory said he tries to get to the Gary area every three months


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“Mark Spencer is a generous person and I’m happy to get to work with him. I always check in with him periodically,” Gregory said. About Jackie Wilson, Gregory believes the singer, known as Mr. Excitement, was the forerunner to many of the great performers who came after, notably Michael Jackson, who said, throughout his life, that he was greatly influenced by Wilson. “There are people who laid down the foundation of pop culture as we know it today. And Jackie Wilson did that,” Gregory said. “He was absolutely a master. You had to have the look, talent, commitment and charm. And he had all of that.” FYI: “The Eve of Jackie” will be presented by The West Side Theatre Guild at 7pm Friday at The West Side Theatre, 900 Gerry St., Gary. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at or call (219) 791-3513.


Chester Gregory pays tribute to the legacy of Jackie Wilson in “The Eve of Jackie.”

or so to visit relatives and friends, but he hasn’t performed in the area for awhile. Gregory last performed in Chicago in March 2013. According to Gregory, “The Eve of Jackie” is a show that takes a “look at Wilson’s life the day before he collapsed.” (Wilson collapsed on stage in 1975 during a concert and then fell into a coma which lasted nine years. He died Jan. 21, 1984.) The performer said it’s been a joy to sing the Wilson songs. Bringing the show back to his hometown gives him a chance to also introduce Wilson’s tunes and story to a new audience. “I want to celebrate his legacy with those who know his work and introduce his legacy to those who don’t,” he said. “Everytime I do this show, it’s a new experience,” Gregory said, adding he often tweaks it and also adds new touches garnered from audience feedback and new ideas.

Known as a singer with an eight-octave voice, Gregory currently also performs as Chess in the musical world. His new record “Eclipse” is due out in a few weeks. Gregory said he was influenced by stellar singers such as Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, James Brown and his idol Michael Jackson, whom he had the opportunity to perform for in 2003 when Jackson visited Gary. A graduate of Emerson School of Visual and Performing Arts, Gregory also earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Columbia College Chicago. Gregory calls Mark Spencer, director of West Side Theatre Guild, “a friend.”

THEATER NOW SHOWING APR 18 THE EVE OF JACKIE West Side Theatre Guild, 900 Gerry St, Gary. Starring Chester Gregory, The Eve of Jackie is a closer look at Jackie Wilson, live in concert, on an evening when he decides to reveal his true feelings.This particular evening, he shares his thoughts on his accomplishments and struggles in his personal life and career in show business. He is unaware that it will be his final complete performance, as it is the evening before his inevitable collapse on stage the following day.

THROUGH APR 19 PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. 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.

APR 26-27 THE GUYS Marian Theatre Guild, 1849 Lincoln Ave, Whiting. Less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One

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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.

of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He’s looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. In the process, Nick and Joan discover the possibilities of friendship in each other and their shared love for the unconquerable spirit of the city.

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.

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

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Play It Again, Sam productions of dramas, comedies and musicals. FOURTH STREET THEATER, 125 N 4th St, Chesterton. 219.926.7875. 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.

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. 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,

ROSS MUSIC THEATER, 227 Center Street, Hobart. Ross Music Theatre is a community theater group whose goal is to involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as theater. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical. STAR PLAZA THEATRE, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s

shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers. 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. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond.

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

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

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LEFT: Chicagoan Allison Semmes stars as Diana Ross in the first national tour of “Motown the Musical.” Semmes stands in front of a sign advertising the musical at a recent Chicago press conference. RIGHT: Motown founder Berry Gordy attended a recent Chicago press conference to introduce and celebrate the first touring production of “Motown the Musical.” The show opens at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre on April 22.

Motown: America’s most authentic sound Eloise Marie Valadez


he Motown sound stands on its own for not only its great creativity and mirthful messages but also for its ability to connect people of all races, backgrounds and ages. It’s a sound to be celebrated and Chicago audiences will now have the chance to rejoice in the rich Motown catalog on another level when “Motown the Musical” comes to the stage of the Windy City’s Oriental Theatre next week. The theatrical production will celebrate its first national tour debuting April 22 and running through July 13. Kevin McCollum, the show’s producer, said he looks forward to debuting the touring production in Chicago. McCollum, who attended high school in Deerfield, Ill., said he’s long been a fan of the Motown sound, its rich musical culture and, of course, Berry Gordy, the man who started the iconic American record company in Detroit. “Motown was my life,” said producer McCollum. “I wanted to be Michael Jackson. I had all the moves down.” McCollum, Motown founder Gordy, and Doug Morris, chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment are all


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producers of “Motown the Musical.” The production debuted in April 2013 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, “Motown the Musical” traces Berry Gordy’s journey of starting the record company, introducing the world to monumental musical artists, and also delves into the life and dreams of the man who brought joy to the world. It’s based on Gordy’s autobiography “To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown.” Award-winning producer McCollum’s work on “Motown the Musical” began in 2009 after meeting with Gordy, who was ready to start talks about bringing his story and the story of the iconic record company to the stage. Though the Motown soundtrack had always been special to him, McCollum was also struck by the cultural significance of Gordy’s story and the dreams of the musical genius. “The thing about this show is it’s so joyous,” McCollum said. “It’s a musical journey of how art and music can change the world.” In “Motown the Musical,” audience members will be treated to dozens of songs made famous by the likes

of artists from The Supremes, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye to The Jacksons, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and more. For Chicago native Allison Semmes, it’s an exciting opportunity to be starring in the first national tour and to portray Diana Ross. “This is a dream come true,” said Semmes. The Hyde Park native said she grew up surrounded by music. “I started in the Chicago Children’s Choir. And my parents played a lot of Motown music at home.” About the attraction to the Motown sound, Semmes said: “It was the drum beat, bass line and, of course, the lyrics to these songs. It crosses all boundaries.” For Semmes, bringing Ross to life on stage can be a challenging feat but she said the creative team is great to work with in helping her achieve the Diana look, sound and character. “They’ve given me the freedom to find her and gave me certain things and points to capture her essence,” Semmes said. When Semmes talked with Gordy one on one about Motown and the show, she said she learned so much. “His memories are so sharp and

clear. He remembers everything,” she said, adding it was great listening to his stories. “Anytime you can get information from the source, it’s wonderful, she said. “The music of Motown wasn’t just music. It really connected so many people and so many social barriers were shattered through this music,” Semmes said. Actor/singer Lynorris Evans will be performing as one of the iconic Jackson Five in the production. “I feel honored to be a part of this show,” said Evans, who portrays Marlon Jackson. “I grew up listening to all the Motown music,” he said, adding the Jackson’s catalog was a particular favorite. About the Jackson Five and the attraction to their music, Evans said: “It was their energy, hearing their voices and just seeing how much fun they were having on stage.” According to Evans, “Motown the Musical” audiences “will get a great vision of how this wonderful music was created and how Berry Gordy became the Berry Gordy we know today.” FYI: “Motown the Musical” will be performed April 22 to July 13 at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph St. Tickets range from $30 to $103. Call (800) 775.2000 or visit

Romancing the Stone John Turturro enlists Woody Allen to help woo wealthy women in ‘Fading Gigolo ‌Philip Potempa /


ohn Turturro thanks his New York barber for the legendary casting of names for his new film “Fading Gigolo,” opening in theaters this weekend. Turturro, who not only stars in the movie, but also wrote it and directs, spent two years bringing the story to the big screen. “I share the same barber as Woody Allen, and I credit this as one of the reasons I was able to get Woody to look at what I was working on,” said Turturro, who discovered his project not only interested Allen, but also attracted the film and comedy icon to want to co-star opposite Turturro. “And after Woody was on board, the casting to get all of the other great talents in this film was much easier.” Also starring Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber and Sofia Vergara, “Fading Gigolo” is the story of an everyday guy named Fioravante, played by Turturro, who works as a florist and is urged by his friend Murray, played by Allen, to enter into “the world’s oldest profession,” escorting and romancing women of means. The idea comes after Murray’s beautiful dermatologist Dr. Parker, played by Stone, is looking for excitement to cure bedroom boredom, as is her equally gorgeous friend Selima, played by Vergara. Having just closed his rare bookshop, Murray

Actor John Turturro stars in “Fading Gigolo,” opening in theaters April 18.

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Actress Sharon Stone stars as a New York dermatologist eager for excitement, change and romantic adventures in “Fading Gigolo.”

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Woody Allen plays a struggling bookstore owner who convinces his florist friend, played by John Turturro, to escort wealthy women as a business venture to supplement both of their meager incomes in the new film “Fading Gigolo.”

rationalizes his help with arranging his pal’s “paid dates” is an ideal business venture to provide both men with income while also providing a service “making women happy.” “I spent a week working at a florist to capture all of the details of what my character would be doing in that environment,” said Turturro, during an interview in Chicago while in town to promote his new 90-minute film,

which is rated R. “We worked hard to capture the angles we wanted for each scene, from the orchids and flower arranging to connection of the characters meeting and dealing with their own nervous emotions.” While working with Allen would also be a nervous experience for most, Turturro said he felt fortunate to have the added guidance and support. “Woody was very generous to me throughout this process,” he said. “As both an actor and director, he let me know what he thought worked and didn’t work both with the script and the scenes as we filmed.” In the film’s press promotions, Allen provided his own blessing about why he agreed to do the movie: “I thought John had come up with an unusual and amusing notion; it had a group of entertaining characters, it had a little taste of romance to it, and there were moments of real human interest.” The character Avigal, played by Paradis, is the third client Murray finds for Fioravante, and she is an

Orthodox Chasidic widow from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. To further complicate lives, Liev Schreiber plays Dovi, a Chasidic man who has pined for Avigal since boyhood. Constricted both by religion and insecurity, his passion takes the form of watchfulness over Avigal and her children. Seeing Avigal with Fioravante arouses Dovi’s suspicion, and before long, his jealousy. “I wanted there to be some emphasis about faith and religion with this story, to explore further levels of what people must face with conflictions about their actions and desires,” Turturro said. Despite the story’s subject matter, and the mix of humor and drama that are blended, Turturro said he is pleased with the message the film shares about trust and temptation. “In one of the scenes, Sharon Stone’s character mentions how awkward she feels when meeting my character for the first time,” Turturro said. “She compares the tension and nervousness to a feeling just like being back in high school. And I think that’s a great moment that is also very telling. It’s also true for all of us. No matter how old we are, we all still have those moments that take us right back to our youth.”

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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 Amazing Spider-Man 2 7. Rio 2 8. Draft Day 9. Oculus 10. The Grand Budapest Hotel




1 hr 59 min | PG-13 | Released April 18

Director: Wally Pfister Dr. Will Caster is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed — to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn and best friend Max Waters, both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can — but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him. The movie stars Johnny Depp along with Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser, Paul Bettany, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Cory Hardrict. This is noted cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut.


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Director: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey

Director: Michael Tiddes

Director: Randall Wallace

Filmmakers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey chronicle a year in the lives of an Alaskan brown bear named Sky and her cubs, Scout and Amber. Their saga begins as the bears emerge from hibernation at the end of winter. As time passes, the bear family must work together to find food and stay safe from other predators, especially other bears. Although their world is exciting, it is also risky, and the cubs’ survival hinges on family togetherness.

Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is the sequel to the hilarious boxoffice hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spinetingling tension and hilarious punch-lines A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!

Heaven Is for Real is the story of a four-year-old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who says he experienced Heaven during emergency surgery. He talked about looking down to see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe. In Heaven, Colton says he met his miscarried sister whom no one had ever told him about and his great-grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born. He shared supposedly impossible-toknow details about each. Colton went on to describe the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and His chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help people.

1 hr 17 min | G | Released April 18

2 1 hr 27 min | R | Released April 18

1 hr 50 min | PG | Released April 16

Go! TO THE MOVIES ‌ MC Showplace 16 A 875 Deer Creek Drive Schererville, IN 219.322.9762 AMC Showplace 12 1400 Eagleridge Schererville, IN 219.322.9264

‌Draft Day

Rio 2


Director: Ivan Reitman

Director: Carlos Saldanha

Director: Mike Flanagan

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (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 life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.

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. 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.

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

1 hr 41 min | G | Released April 11

1 hr 45 min | R | Released April 11

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

‌Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Cesar Chavez

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Director: Diego Luna

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.



Muppets Most Wanted

Director: David Ayer

Director: Neil Burger

Director: James Bobin

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.

“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.

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.

1 hr 49 min | R | Released March 28

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

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

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

1 hr 46 min | PG | Released March 21

TRANSCENDENCE [PG-13] 800 1050 1220AM HEAVEN IS FOR REAL [NR] 1130AM 205 440 715 950 CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER [PG-13] 1135AM 250 605 920 [REALD 3 D] 1240 145 355 500 815 RIO 2 [G] 1125AM 200 435 [REALD 3 D] 715 950 A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 [PG] 800 1020 1205AM BEARS [G] 700 910 1205AM

DRAFT DAY [PG-13] 1115AM 200 445 730 1015 OCULUS [R] 1120AM 155 430 705 940 NOAH [PG-13] 1220 340 700 1020 THE RAID 2: BERANDAL [R] 1230 350 715 1035 DIVERGENT [PG-13] 1240 250 355 710 1025 MUPPETS MOST WANTED [PG] 1115AM 200 MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN [PG] 1115AM SON OF GOD [PG-13] 1125AM

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‌ Your Home Team Schedules ➙ April 18: Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20pm; White Sox @ Texas Rangers 7:05pm April 19: Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 3:05pm; White Sox @ Texas Rangers 7:05pm; Blackhawks @ St. Louis Blues, 2pm April 20: Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20pm; White Sox @ Texas Rangers 2:05pm


Casino Scene: Are slot bonus rounds really a bonus?



e all know what we’re up against when we play the slots: Every game is a computer program that guarantees a profit for the casino. Players as a collective group are guaranteed to be returned a vast majority of the money the machine takes in. Only a select few share in the wealth. Remember, there are thousands of people who play the machine over the course of a year. There is only one casino operator. What a slot machine possesses in the way of eye appeal is vitally important to both slot machine manufacturers and casino executives. The colors, the sights, the sounds, the name of the game, and the jackpot symbols and how they are depicted play a major role in attracting potential players to sit down and try their luck. A number of years ago slot machines went commercial when International Game Technology/Anchor Gaming introduced Wheel of Fortune, a slot format based on the iconic television game show of the same name. The popularity of Wheel of Fortune paved the way for WMS Gaming to enter into a licensing agreement with Hasbro Inc.’s Parker Brothers unit and unveil machines with a Monopoly theme, taking advantage of the board game that has been an American institution since the Great Depression. The so-called “bonus game revolution” in the slot machine industry rages on. Even though bonus games give players the illusion they are getting something extra for their slot machine play, it is in reality just that, an illusion. As much fun as it may be to watch the Wheel of Fortune wheel spin for a “bonus” pay out, as excited and filled with


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anticipation as a player may be, that player is still paying for it, often times in a way he or she may not realize. For example, all of the money paid out in bonuses comes from the base game itself. If a machine is programmed to return to players 93 percent of what it takes in, any bonuses are paid out of that amount. There is no “extra” money put aside for bonuses. The price can be hefty, too. Casinos have taken as much as 40 percent from the base game and put it into the bonus feature aspect! That means the amount of money the machine is programmed to pay for winning combinations outside the bonus feature suffers dramatically. The bottom line with casino owners and operators is which games generate the most profits, and right now the bonus games are red hot. Yet another means to extract more money from slot players in a faster period of time is multi-line games. Slot machines that give you the option of putting in larger of amounts of coins per spin are rampant. The lure, of course, is for the player to win more money and/or participate in bonus features based on the amount of coins he or she plays. The lesson to be learned from all of this is to not let the casino industry dictate to you how you should spend your wagering dollar. Don’t be tricked into thinking you’re getting something extra, or that you’re getting a bonus in addition to what you’re legally entitled to get. You’re getting what you pay for and not what the casino pays for. Also, don’t be tempted to spend more than you can afford, or to play more than what you want to play. The bonus lures and “eye candy” appeal of slot machines are designed with one thing in mind: To get a bigger share of your bankroll faster.

BONUS ROUND-UP: BLUE CHIP: The casino’s new Tournament Zone will be the scene of a $40,000 slot tournament May 11 – 12. Registration is open now through 5:30 p.m. on May 8 at the Spa Blu Hotel or by calling 888879-7711, Ext. 3. The first round of tournament action will be held May 11 at 7 p.m. The second and final round will take place at 9 a.m. on May 12. There is a $125 buy-in. MAJESTIC STAR: Your opportunity win a Harley comes every Saturday now through May 10. Each promotion day from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. two winners will be selected every half hour to win $200 in Promo Cash and 200 bonus entries into the grand prize drawing. At 10 p.m. one winner will be randomly selected to win a Sportster Super Low on April 19, April 26, and May 3. A Softail Fatboy Low will be the grand prize Harley on May 10.


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Happenings APR 17 ‌ Johnny V‌ 6-9pm, Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern, 131 E Dunes Hwy, Beverly Shores. 219.879.3081.‌ Johnny V plays an acoustic set in the dining room of Bartlett’s Grill & Tavern. The evening also features $5 small plates and drink specials.

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Spring Public Show 7:30pm Fri-Sat, Merrillville Community Planetarium, 199 E 70th Ave, Merrillville. 219.650.5486. mcpstars. org/public/spring. This family presentation of “The Water Planet” celebrates Earth by comparing it to the other planets in the solar system. The program also explores the atmosphere, water, land, life and geology of Earth. THROUGH APR 27

Beyond the Obvious— Photography by Kathleen Hocker Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. As a former teacher of chemistry and physics, artist Kathleen Hocker is drawn to the natural world and her work explores botanicals using a telephoto lens. She concentrates on the intricate detail found in nature and transforms everyday plant life into beautiful compositions of abstract color. THROUGH MAY 11

Valparaiso University Art Student Exhibition Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. artmuseum. Valparaiso University studio art students exhibit their artwork, which has been selected by their professors.

APR 19 ‌ 68th Annual Birthday Open House‌ 5-10pm, Dyer Memorial VFW Post #6448, 2125 Gettler St, Dyer. 219.865.9730.‌ The Dyer VFW celebrates its 68th birthday with an open house featuring food, fun and entertainment—including an Elvis impersonator.

APR 19 ‌ Libido Funk Circus‌ 10pm, Blue Chip Casino,‌ 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711.‌ Covering everything from the good ol’ Motown days to the bass-thumping beats of today’s music, Libido Funk Circus is a human juke box playing music that appeals to a wide range of audiences.

APR 19 ‌ Shanetta Sarcoidosis 2nd Annual Walk‌ 2-4pm, Michigan City Washington Park Beach, Michigan City. 219.5854.‌ This walk raises awareness and educates others about sarcoidosis,



THROUGH APR 20 ‌ South Shore Arts presents William Dawson‌ Monday-Friday 10am-5pm Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. Cost: $2. 219.836.1839.‌ Several dozen carved wood sculptures, totems and works on paper will be included in this extraordinary show of works created by a man raised on his grandfather’s farm in Huntsville, Ala., who made his way north to Chicago and didn’t begin creating art until he was in his sixties. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, Alabama, with additional selections from Chicago-area collections.

THROUGH APR 27 ‌ The Banquet‌ Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation.‌ During the month of April, long custom tables will feature “tableware” from a multitude of artists in a variety of media. Table arrangements will include plates, bowls and goblets created from wood, ceramics, alabaster, textile and glass, by gallery and regional artists, with small paintings

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‌APR 19 Roller Derby 6:30pm, Jean Shepherd Center, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Dr, Hammond. 219.306.1756. During the home opener of the season, South Shore Roller Girls square off

✔ against the Barbed Wire Betties of Dekalb County, Ill. Food and beer are

available for purchase during the game. Captain America and a princess for children, as well as a craft table, local vendor tables and an Easter Egg Hunt at halftime. A portion of the proceeds benefit Chasing Dreams, a charity that helps children and families with Down Syndrome.


and photographs as placemats.

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.

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Spring Chimes Exhibit‌ 8am-7pm, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree. org.‌ Artistic wind chimes decorate the arboretum.

THROUGH MAY 10 ‌ Sentinels‌ South Shore Arts, 123 N Main St, Crown Point. southshoreartsonline. org.‌ Chicago-based artist and member of Union Street Gallery, Eve Jensen presents a series of drawings and



paintings exploring the mythological and metaphorical meaning of trees. Her personal connection to the subject matter is reflected in her delicate handling of pastel, graphite and oil paint.

THROUGH MAY 11 ‌ What is Left Unspoken‌ Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900.‌ This exhibit feature 2-D and 3-D conceptual pieces by artists Barbara Hashimoto—displaying installation pieces create



5830—Memories of Home, Paintings by Robert Johnson‌ Substation No. 9, 435 Fayette St, Hammond. 219.836.1839.‌ Artist Robert Johnson’s roots run deep in Chicago and memories of his childhood home are the subject of his new series of paintings. Each acrylic painting on panel offers a nostalgic glimpse back to a time when newspapers covered the freshly mopped floors in anticipation of Sunday morning and bedrooms were made in attics as families grew.

THROUGH MAY 31 ‌ Diners & Drive-ins— Hometown Memories‌ 10am-4:30pm, La Porte County Historical Society, 2405 Indiana Ave, La Porte. 219.324.6767.‌ This photo exhibit takes a trip back to the days of poodle skirts and malts with memorabilia such as senior cords, menus from favorite haunts, cheerleader sweaters and more.

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by turning everyday junk mail into art—and Doug Fogleson—displaying “overlapped” imagery. Also, through MAY 11: Embroidered Archetypes‌

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• Rice Pilaf • Corn w/Red Pimiento • Green Beans • Tossed Salad • Fresh Baked Bread • Fresh Fruit • Bread Pudding • Variety of Cakes & Desserts

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‌ From ➼ Murder Mystery Dinner The Bennett-Curtis House will have its “Murder in the BC Mansion” on April 27 at the restaurant, 302 W. Taylor St., Grant Park, Ill. For information on prices and more details, call (815) 465-2288 or visit ➼ Original Sanfratello’s closed Sanfratello’s Pizza in Glenwood,Ill. closed last week. Owner Joe Sanfratello said he hopes the closure is temporary. Watch The Times for more information on a possible reopening. Other Sanfratello’s locations are in Dyer, Tinley Park, Ill. and Highland. ➼ Bistro 157 closing Nicole Bissonnette announced last week that her Valparaiso restaurant Bistro 157 will be closing at the end of April. Bistro 157 is slated to close April 26. Make plans to visit at least one last time. For more information on the restaurant, call (219) 462-0992 or visit ➼ Lamb Roast in Spotlight Chuck & Irene’s, 6110 Kennedy Ave., Hammond, will have a special Lamb Roast on April 26 beginning at 11 a.m. Cost is $15 an order. Call (219) 844-9812.

H. Dog serves up menu of favorites ‌Eloise Marie Valadez /, (219) 933-3365‌


ood fans looking for a quick bite to eat in a pleasant setting won’t go wrong by popping into H. Dog for a meal. The fast food eatery, located in Schererville’s Town Square Shopping Center, features a menu of traditional favorites such as burgers, hot dogs, specialty sandwiches and more. H. Dog, owned by Mike Khalil, was established 8 years ago by another owner, who later brought his concept to Chicago. “We want to make everyone feel like they’re getting the best quality


food here and want to make them feel welcome,” said Raven Saavedra, one of H. Dog’s crew members. “We like to say this is more of a neighborhood restaurant.” At H.Dog, Saavedra said, fresh ingredients are of utmost importance. The cooks make their own Italian beef recipe with special seasonings and also hand cut the beef. In keeping with the pleasant, welcoming atmosphere, which is evident when you walk through the door, owner Khalil recently introduced a special deal to customers. Every Wednesday is known as Weenie Wednesday at the restaurant and diners can purchase a hot dog for

BenneTT-CurTis house

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Schererville’s H.Dog hosts 99 cents Chicago Red Hots on Weenie Wednesdays and daily from 3 to 4 p.m.

99 cents. That special is also offered from 3 to 4 p.m. every day. Saavedra said the hot dog special as well as value meals featured on the menu specifically target a family audience. On a recent Wednesday, we visited H. Dog for lunch and found a packed restaurant with diners of all ages, including toddlers enjoying lunch with their parents. The restaurant’s decor is casual as expected and also includes a

Chicago-theme with posters of the Windy City and other cityscape pictures on the walls. We ordered a hot dog, in celebration of Weenie Wednesday, and also tried the Philly Cheese Steak with Provolone (5.99). For $6.99, diners also get regular fries and a regular drink with the sandwich. The meat in the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich had flavorful seasonings and the sandwich proved to be a good size, nothing overly huge and not too small.

Sunday, April 20th • Reservations for Brunch 9AM-2PM Dinner Reservations 2-8PM Brunch Buffet

Featuring over 50 items Fresh Pastries, Fruits, Breakfast Station, Omelets Made-to-Order, Salad Bar, Lunch Station, Craving Station, Juice Bar, Sweet Station featuring our Chocolate Fountain!

Adults $21.95 Children $10.95

Mystery Dinners April 27 May 17, 18, 31

Paint by Wine

We supply everything you need to create your very own work of art.

April 29 May 20 June 24

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Hot dogs are the specialty at H. Dog in Schererville.

full service Bar & restaurant Among items on the menu at H. Dog are a Triple Decker Burger ($5.99); Whisky River Burger, with honey-chipotle BBQ sauce ($4.29); Jumbo Chili Cheese Dog ($3.79); Italian Sausage with Peppers ($3.99); Gyros ($7.99 as an entree with fries); Fried Alaskan Cod sandwich ($7.99 as an entree with fries; Caribbean Jerk Chicken Pita ($4.99) and a Jack Daniel’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich ($4.99). Salads include Chopped, Greek and Caesar (all $4.99). Other items served are Three-layer fries ($3.49); Sweet Potato Fries ($2.49); Chili Nachos ($3.99) and more. Saavedra said the cooks occasionally prepare specials and test them on the menu. For Lent, an egg and pepper sandwich has been featured. In the past, the crew has even tested tacos on the menu. “We like to keep as diverse as possible,” she said.

No One Under 21 Admitted


Fridays only - All you can eat

Bring in This Coupon on Fridays

BONELESS OCEAN PERCH - $10.00 $3.00off No coupons or any discounts will apply. Dine in only. All food consumed on premise only!

a ticket of $800 or more

• We have a wide variety of Seafood on Fridays • • Lamb Roast April 26 $15/order starting at 11am • monDay Special SaturDay & SunDay SpecialS

Tax & Tip Not Included. Limited to one coupon per table, per visit. No carry outs. Dine-in only. Valid Fridays only.


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Philly Cheese Steak with Provolone is one of the sandwiches on the menu at H.Dog. FYI: H. Dog is located at U.S. 41, Suite 36B in Town Square Shopping Center, Schererville. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call (219) 322-6382.

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23 oz. Footballs

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



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


Sandwiches, Steaks & Fried Chicken

Blackhawks Game Day Special When the Blackhawks are playing, we will have Labatt Blue Import Draft on Special Pints for $1.50 on Game Day

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Adriana Vizcarra, 10, picks up her family’s tray of hot dogs and fries. Adriana’s favorite is only ketchup.

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TASTE+SIP+DINE Experience the best in year-round ear-round dining and lodging on beautiful Pine Lake at the BlackStone Woodfire Grill will be open Easter Sunday from 11am-7pm. Full menu available plus Easter Specials! Call 219-769-0000 to make reservations.

7311 Mallard Lane | Schererville, IN 219.769.0000

Thursdays and Sundays Only 30% off your entire bill on lunch or dinner. Not valid with AYCE or any other offer or coupons. Expires 5/18/14. • Full Salad Bar • Smoke Free Dining Room • Smoking in Bar Only

SPIkeS lakeSIde 2 21 E Joliet St | Schererville, IN 219.322.4444

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T-bones Pier 11 features the best Steaks, Chops and Seafood prepared on our cherry wood-burning grill!

EASTER SUNDAY BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY Breakfast 7am to 2pm | Easter Bunny 9am to 2pm call for reservations, limited seating 10% OFF FOOD, not valid with other discounts. Exp. 4/27/14

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1204 W. Lincoln Hwy. | Schererville, IN 219.322.4812 | Text “Quest” to the number 40518 to join our discount program

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