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SECOND CITY PERFORMS AT THEATRE AT THE CENTER

FARMERS MARKETS SERVE UP FRESH TREATS

ON THE COVER: Formed in Los Angeles in 1965 for the American television series “The Monkees”, which aired from 1966–1968, the musical quartet was composed of Americans Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, and Englishman Davy Jones.

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8 | PHIL POTEMPA

8 | THE MONKEES

THIS SATURDAY~ 8 pm

60s pop group coming to town at Star Plaza.

6 | LIVE MUSIC Classic band The Shoes plays live at Memorial Opera House. SEE+DO

7 | THEATER The latest local theater productions and shows.

Chicago’s Second Street troupe on stage at Theatre at the Center.

FUN+GAMES

9 | CASINO SCENE

World-famous poker player comes out on top at Horseshoe tournament.

THE BIG SCREEN

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.

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The Lounge Devils host “Variety-Ville,” back by popular demand.

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Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet will play in Gary Shakespeare’s intimate 50-seat performance space.

14 | FUEL Fresh veggies and handmade specialties abound at local farmers markets.

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to most? AMANDA L. DUNAHOO VIA FACEBOOK: “Lake County Fair and the Blueberry Festival.” ALI RANDHAN VIA FACEBOOK: “Lake County Fair.” KARI NOVAKOVICH VIA FACEBOOK: “Pierogi Fest!” MARIA ROMAN VIA FACEBOOK: “Lakefront Fest in Hobart and St. Thomas Moore Fest in Munster.” MJ PORACKY VIA FACEBOOK: “Hunt and Gather, not a fest, but something you don’t want to miss.” JEFF WARD VIA FACEBOOK: “Rib Fest in Naperville.” Follow us on social media to join the conversation. For next week, WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO GET OUTSIDE FOR A WALK OR A HIKE AROUND THE REGION? LET US KNOW! facebook.com/gonwitimes

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Top songs on iTunes • Tuesday ➙ 1. Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea), Ariana Grande 2. Fancy (feat. Charli XCX), Iggy Azalea 3. Am I Wrong, Nico & Vinz 4. Love Runs Out, One Republic 5. Somebody That I Used To Know, Christina Grimmie and Adam Levine 6. A Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay 7. Sing, Ed Sheeran 8. Somethin’ Bad, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood 9. All of Me, John Legend 10. Can’t Help Falling in Love, Christina Grimmie

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ired of trudging out to local watering holes and seeing bands or singing karaoke on the weekends? Looking for something different? May I suggest making plans to catch the return of “Variety-Ville” on June 7 to Valparaiso’s historic Memorial Opera House? Having once hosted the likes of The Marx Brothers during the glory days of Vaudeville, the venerable century old Opera House seems the ideal venue to host “Variety-Ville,” which according to co-creators Frank and Buddy Devil is – “equal parts vaudeville, burlesque,

cabaret, ‘Rat Pack’ and The Ed Sullivan Show.” Frank and Buddy Devil aka The Lounge Devils arehosts-producersperformers who believe the old ways are sometimes the best ways. In this high tech entertainment era of gaming, digital music, on demand streaming movies, etc. sometimes we need to put away the electronics to “reboot” and “reconnect” with some old-school slapstick comedy, plate-spinning masters, acrobats, magicians, tap dancers, strongmen doing feats of strength, torch singers, and well… as the name suggests…a “variety” of things from an era too soon forgotten. “People who experience

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The Lake County Animal Shelter will be hosting their “Third Annual Bicycle Ride for Animals” June 7th at Oak Ridge Prairie Park in Griffith. The event runs from 11am to 3pm and includes two sets of live covers and original music in the park donated by The Darren Enloe Band.

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Variety-Ville find it’s a hip place where cool cats in fedoras like Sinatra still croon, girls in pillbox hats with trays still hawk fine cigars, dames still dress like Betty Grable with bright red lipstick and a line running up the back of their nylons, fine cigars are still enjoyed, and martinis are still the drink de jour,” said Buddy. For young folks not familiar with the “lounge lifestyle,” the Devil brothers have a website — theloungedevils. com — they think is “pretty swell” that details the “lounge” lifestyle and includes recipes for swingin’ cocktails and mood setting “lounge” music suggestions. “There’s more than one generation that has now missed out on what entertainment was and can

be,” concluded Buddy. “We don’t do ‘blue’ we don’t do politics, we just do fun!” Tickets: mohlive.com or (219) 292-2013.

ROCKIN’, WALKIN’ & RIDIN’ FOR ANIMALS: Two local animal rescue groups – Lakeshore PAWS of Porter County and The Lake County Animal Shelter — have tapped popular local music talents to aid in their shared mission to of helping care for homeless animals as they await adoption from loving families. Both events are on June 7. Covers band NAWTY will take the stage at Lakeshore PAWS annual “Pup Crawl” event scheduled for 5-10 p.m. June 7 at the Central Park Plaza home to the Porter Health Amphitheater in

downtown Valparaiso. Along with the live music, the event will feature food, drink, pet costume contest and a chance to show off your dogs and meet some of the adoptable pups currently being fostered by PAWS. The rockin’ afternoon party follows PAWS’ annual Healthy Hustle 5K run/ walk at 8 a.m. on June 7 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park at U.S. 6 and Meridian Road in Liberty Township. Proceeds from both events benefit Lakeshore PAWS. Early Walk/Run registration is $25 up to May 30 then increasing to $30. More: lakeshorepaws. org. At the same time on the other side of the county line, the Lake County Animal Shelter will be hosting their “Third Annual Bicycle

Ride for Animals” June 7 at Oak Ridge Prairie Park in Griffith. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes two sets of live covers and original music in the park donated by The Darren Enloe Band. More info: Call Donna at (219) 769-7016.

WILCO SALUTE BENEFITS KIDS ED. PROGRAM: • ‌Chicago’s Uncommon Ground at 3800 North Clark Street presents salute to one of Chicago’s famous rock exports with their “A Tribute to Wilco,” a 20 artist concert that runs over the course of two days and benefits “Rock For Kids,” a program that provides music education to underserved children

in Chicago. Their mission goal is sparking creativity and passion and enriching young lives. Rock For Kids serves over 5,000 students annually. On May 28 among 11 featured artists are: The Shams Band, Carbon Tigers, Midwest, Mooner, Cousin Dud, and Adam Fitz. On May 29 10 more artists perform including: Paper Thick Walls, Clip Art, Paper Arrows, The Oarsman and Rebecca Rego. Wilco has even donated some collectible items for a special silent auction to help the education program. Two day ticket: $20 / 21 and older only. More: (773) 929-3680. Email Tom Lounges at beatboss@aol.com.

Il Songo Del Marinaio, 8 pm Sept. 30 (21 and older). $18 Richie Ramone, 9 pm July 4 (21 and older). $10 Ticket Tracker

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All concerts listed below are all ages unless otherwise noted. Some of the ticket prices below do not include taxes and fees. CITY WINERY citywinery.com Leo Kottke, 8 pm Aug. 17-18. $30-$40

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Matt Schofield, 8 pm Sept. 11. $18-$22 Nick Bluhm and the Gramblers, 10:30 pm June 14. $16 Dirty Bourbon River Show, Fishtank Ensemble, 8 pm July 15. $12 Carbon Leaf, 8 pm Oct. 17. $22-$30 SCHUBAS Schubas.com

Young and Sick, 9 pm June 10 (18 and older). $12 Dana Buoy, Aero Flynn, 9 pm Aug. 6 (21 and older). $10 METRO Metrochicago.com Hozier, 9 pm Oct. 26 (18 and older). $19 Owen Pallett, 9 pm Sept. 4 (18 and older). $17 Bonobo, 9 pm Sept. 19 (18 and older). $20

8 pm July 5 (21 and older). $25-$80 Unearth, 6 pm July 3. $14-$16 LINCOLN HALL Lincolnhallchicago. com Plaid, 9 pm July 3 (21 and older). $12 OOIOO, 8 pm July 15 (21 and older). $15 Com Truise, 10 pm Sept. 20 (18 and older). $18 SUBTERRANEAN Subt.net Miniature Tigers, 7 pm July 20. $15 THALIA HALL Thaliahall.com Johnnyswim, 8 pm June 28. $15-$25

HOUSE OF BLUES Hob.com

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Lila Downs, 9 pm Aug. 11 (17 and older). $47.60

Revivalists. 9 pm June 14 (17 and older). $16

REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB Reggieslive.com D’Wayne Wiggins,

Mike Stud, 7 pm July 17. $18 Dumpstaphunk, 9 pm June 13 (17 and older). $20

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Hey, hey, they’re still the Monkees and still comin’ to your town ‌TOM LOUNGES / TIMES CORRESPONDENT‌

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t’s been a long time since they came (as the theme song goes) — “walkin’ down the street getting’ the funniest looks from everyone they’d meet…” — but The Monkees are still “comin’ to your town.” If that town is Merrillville, they are comin’ for an 8 p.m. Star Plaza Theatre performance on Saturday that’s sure to be filled with Monkees hits like “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train To Clarksville,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” “I’m A Believer,” and others. The Monkees’ — Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith — continued success is fueled by nostalgia, but also because they were and remain amazing ensemble performers both on screen and on stage and are armed with top shelf material. “When something is good it stands the test of time,” said Dolenz. “While I like to think the four of us were a big part of that, there were many talented people behind the Monkees, the writers, the producers, the songwriters. We were blessed to have such a talented team and much of our success is owed to them and of course to the amazing songs written for us by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Neil Diamond and others.” The Monkees were truly the first ever “corporate rock band”, designed by budding filmmakers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider to fill a void left in pop culture when the Beatles tired of being adorable mop tops. With the help of Screen Gems and Columbia Pictures and with musical guidance from Don Kirshner, The Monkees brought the same kind of zany adventures to a weekly TV series that the Beatles pioneered with films like “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” “This year just seems to be a better show all around,” said Tork of the current tour. “The music just seems smoother and sounds better than ever and we’re having a great time. Monkee songs resonate with an awful lot of

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people. Even kids as young as 6 or 7 whose grandparents gave them DVDs of the TV show go nuts at the concerts. The audiences may not be screaming anymore, but they do applaud vigorously and seem to enjoy themselves.” After a long absence from the group, Mike Nesmith is back in the line-up to Monkee-around with old pals Tork and Dolenz. Fourth Monkee Davy Jones died in 2012 and is missed by his mates who dedicated the first leg of the current tour as a tribute to Jones. “We really tried over and over and our schedules were always out of line,” said Nesmith of his attempts to rejoin his ‘60s cohorts on past tours. “Two things pushed the decision (to finally do a Monkees tour) – one was Davy’s passing. The other was a significant change in my overall activities that allowed me the time to pursue this. It seemed like a good time, so I said ‘yes,’ whereas I never could in the past because of so many schedule conflicts.” “I kind of was,” said Tork of being surprised when Nesmith agreed to hit the road as a Monkee again. “(Mike) has been the most reclusive of us all, but Micky and I had begun overtures to do this particular tour with Michael before Davy died.” “Michael has been a trouper on these shows and it’s been a real pleasure to work with him. His singing is still great and he’s a funny man on stage. He’ll take you places with his sense of humor because he can be wicked funny, so it’s a gas to be with him and I’m glad we’re back out on the road.” This Monkees tour was launched to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the release of “Headquarters,” a milestone album of the group’s career. “As you know ‘Headquarters’ is the album we just sat down in the studio and made on our own as a group. We had a great time making that album and there were a lot of the songs from it we haven’t played live in years or

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The Monkees starred in one of the most popular 1960’s TV series.

never played live at all. So we are playing a good portion of those songs on this tour.” “The music from ‘Headquarters’ was largely left alone for a very long time and now we’re playing four or five songs from it,” added Nesmith. For years The Monkees – who had been created on a Hollywood back lot as characters for a television show – felt they had morphed into a real musical entity and wanted to write their own songs, play their own instruments on recording sessions and do concerts. With the release of “Headquarters” the guys had accomplished those goals and proven themselves while still selling a respectable amount of albums. So, why did it all end? “That is the question of the century,” laughed Tork. “It was a combination of things and I don’t think I even know what they all were. Every phenomenon has its arc, it starts, goes up and falls back. It seems like the Monkees playing their own music as a quartet team was just one album long. The album after that (“Pisces, Aquarious, Capricorn and Jones”) we were much more intimately involved but the energy by then was dissipating.”

As Bob Dylan so aptly summed up, the times they were a changin’. The mid-‘60s cuteness and pop sound The Monkees embodied were evolving into the psychedelic era of social revolution. After just two years (1966-1968) the slapstick and nonsensical humor of “The Monkees” TV show fell out of fashion. With Nesmith, Tork and Dolenz each strong songwriters, might there ever be a new album by The Monkees? “Never say never; there’s always a chance,” Tork said optimistically. “We have no concrete plans right now but there’s no telling.” “We talk about it regularly,” added Nesmith. “When we are together we talk at length sometimes about Monkees projects we could do, including making (new) music.” While Nesmith’s thoughts and views on his Monkee past were always hard to decipher, he summed it up nicely — “The whole Monkees thing was a great and happy experience for a kid my age. It was a great way to spend your twenties. It’s a pretty good way to spend your seventies too!” FYI: The Monkees, with Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork & Micky Dolenz, perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Star Plaza Theatre, Interstate 65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville. Tickets are $52 and $72. Visit starplazatheatre.com or call (800) 745-3000.

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THE SHOES

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n the late 1970s the Midwest and in particular Chicago was buzzing with major record labels looking for the next corn-fed rock ‘n’ roll band to follow the likes of Chicago, REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick into glory. While Survivor wound up being the only group to really land that kind of global success after being signed in 1979, there were many contenders and hopefuls sporting band names like The Hounds, Off Broadway, The Boyzz, Wild Blue, The Kind, Gambler, Tantrum and others. While their rockin’ contemporaries were doing the “sign me, sign me” dance with various major labels, a combo from Zion, Ill. calling themselves Shoes decided to blaze a new trail and go the “indie label” route. Mind you, this was in early 1974, years before the “indie rock” scene would become a common way to break a band. “We didn’t feel we were part of any scene at that time, because we really didn’t consider ourselves musicians,” said Shoes bassist John Murphy of those early “do it yourself” days. “We were just in the basement of our parents’ house messing around. We didn’t even have drums or monitors when we first started doing things. We would listen back through headphones. And sometimes we’d go to a guy’s house that had drums that we knew and record him playing and bring it back to our house.” “We all went to the same high school,” said guitarist Gary Klebe of how he first met the Murphy brothers. “John and I were in the same class and his brother Jeff (Murphy) was a few years behind us. We just talked about music a lot and realized we had a lot of common tastes.” While at different colleges, Gary and John would correspond and often talked about how cool it would be to have a band. “At the time we weren’t even musicians, but we had already decided on a band name – Shoes,” continued Klebe. After college the

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friends bought instruments and gave birth to their dream. “Then we started writing songs and laying down things on a stereo tape recorder. That’s how Jeff got started as our engineer and eventually as a songwriter and full member,” adds Klebe of the younger Murphy who plays guitar in the band. The fruits of those basement sessions evolved into a nice collection of songs. “We figured if the high school marching band could make a record, so could we,” recalled John. “After all, everyone had a record player.” That first LP, “Black Vinyl Shoes” was an unpolished gem but it garnered attention from Chicagao radio station WXRT and key Chicago music journalists Cary Baker and Moira McCormick. With glowing reviews and radio play in a major music market, Shoes’ hook-driven melodic pop songs caught the attention of Elektra Records, who inked the band and immediately whisked them off to London, England to record their next album “Present Tense” with veteran producer Mike Stone. “Mike had just finished working with Queen and here we were in this great studio out in the country. We didn’t know what to make of it all,” said John. “It all happened pretty fast. I can remember saying, if nothing else comes of all this at least we got a trip to England.” “Present Tense” was not an immediate hit, but eventually music videos for four of its songs became early staples for a new marketing tool called MTV. Of those four, two — “Too Late” and “Tomorrow Night” – became nationally charted hits. The albums “Tongue Twister” and “Boomerang” followed on Elektra before the label was shuttered by its parent company Warner Brothers. Shoes returned to indie rock status and released “Silhouette,” “Stolen Wishes” and “Propeller,” along with a live CD and a double-disc of early demos (“Double Exposure”) – via their own imprint, Black Vinyl Records. Their

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Jeff Murphy, Gary Klebe and John Murphy circa 1980. Catch SHOES at Memorial Opera House on Saturday, May 31st.

self-financed recording studio dubbed “Short Order Recorders,” soon had other regional artists stopping by to record, including Material Issue and Local H. With changing trends in music and life getting in the way, Shoes fell off the radar for several years before returning in 2012 with “Ignition,” a 15-song set of newly written songs with guest drummer John Richardson (formerly of the Gin Blossoms). “We still did some shows from time to time, but we weren’t very active as a band,” said John of those “lost years” before “Ignition” signaled the old Shoes had been re-soled. “A lot of time went into making this new record and we didn’t know if anybody was going to notice or care,” said Klebe. Old fans have come out in droves to the handful of Shoes concerts around the country since the band’s re-birth. “It’s great seeing the old fans are still out there but its even cooler seeing so many young people in the audience just now discovering the

band because of the new album,” added Murphy. The release of “Ignition” was coupled with a book about the band – “Boys Don’t Lie: A History of Shoes” co-written by Mary E. Donnelly (of PurePopPress.com) and veteran Chicago music scribe and early Shoes’ fan Moira. For their 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday at Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Shoes fans can expect to hear a few new songs but Murphy noted the current live set includes material from each of the band’s many albums. More at: SHOESWIRE.COM. Email Tom Lounges at beatboss@ aol.com WHO: Imagine Music presents “An evening of SHOES” WHEN: Saturday, May 31 at 7pm WHERE: Memorial Opera House, 104 East Indiana Avenue HOW MUCH: $25 / $35 MORE: memorialoperahouse.com or (219) 548-9137


CELEB BIRTHDAYS May 29: Composer Danny Elfman is 61. Singer LaToya Jackson is 58. Actor Ted Levine (“Monk,” ‘’The Silence of the Lambs”) is 57. Actor Rupert Everett is 55. 47. Guitarist Noel Gallagher (Oasis) is 47. Guitarist Chan Kinchla of Blues Traveler is 45. Guitarist Mark Lee of Third Day is 41. Singer Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”) of the Spice Girls is 39. Rapper Playa Poncho is 39. Actor Brandon Mychal Smith (“Sonny With a Chance”) is 25. May 30: Country singer Wynonna Judd is 50. Guitarist Tom Morello of Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine is 50. Guitarist Patrick Dahlheimer of Live is 43. Singer-actress Idina Menzel is 43. Singer Cee Lo Green is 39. Rapper Remy Ma is 34. Guitarist James Smith of Underoath is 32. Actor Jared Gilmore (“Once Upon a Time,” ‘’Mad Men”) is 14.

MAY 30-JUNE 8 ROMEO AND JULIET 7:30pmThurs, Fri, Sat, 2pm Sun, 500 S Lake Street, Gary. 219.938.4565. Cost: $10. Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet will play in Gary Shakespeare’s intimate 50 seat performance space. This is a haunting and tragic tale of young people torn from life because of a senseless feud. The cast of Romeo and Juliet features IUN student Maegan Glass as Juliet, PUC student Curtis Lewis as Romeo. The play will be directed by Morgan McCabe.

THROUGH JUNE 1 SORDID LIVES 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Rd, Crown Point. 219.805.4255. cpct.biz. In this fun and scandalous dark comedy, chaos erupts in a small town in Texas, as a family of colorful characters comes to terms with the recent passing of their matriarch.

THROUGH JUNE 1 MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster.

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219.836.3255. By the author of Over the Tavern, this warm and funny comedy introduces the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown children have kept a shrine since the day in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! As Clara waits for the Pope to give “the miracle” his seal of approval, daughter Ruth unveils her plan to star in a one-woman show so the “whole world will know!” Expect the unexpected as long buried family secrets are revealed.

THROUGH JUNE 7 RABBIT HOLE Chicago Street Theater 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. This gripping drama follows the struggle of a couple trying to deal with the loss of their son and explores a difficult subject with hope, honesty and humor.

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

ROSS MUSIC THEATER 227 Center Street, Hobart. m-mproductions.com. Ross Music Theatre is a community theater group whose goal is to involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as theater. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical.

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Romeo and Juliet 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. 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, 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. 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.

STAR PLAZA THEATRE I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. tarplazatheatre.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. 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. CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. chicagoshakes.com. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. The theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. The architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater.

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‘Second’ is first for laughter Chicago’s famed improv comedy artists performing June shows in Munster ‌PHILIP POTEMPA / PHILIP.POTEMPA@NWI.COM

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iz Reuss admits she realized as soon as she decided to make comedy her career, Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theater The Second City was her first and most important destination. “I’ve lived in Chicago for 10 years now, with six of those years being my time spent as part of Second City,” said Reuss, who originally hails from Louisville, Ky. “Touring to bring comedy to stages outside of Chicago is just one of the many aspects of the learning process.” Reuss and this iconic “comedy classroom” are coming to Northwest Indiana next month for a fun, smart, cutting edge revue called “Happily Ever Laughter” for two 8 p.m. performances June 13 and 14 at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road in Munster. Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives and scenes pulled from the morning headlines, “Happily Ever Laughter” features some of the best sketches, songs and improvisation from The Second City’s 53-year history as The Second City continues to deliver hilarious, satirical revues as the leading voices in comedy while touring the globe. With scripted and improvisational elements, Reuss reminds audiences always enjoy being part of the show and playing along with the next generation of comic legends. It’s this same Second City Touring Company which has launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Keegan Michael Key, and most recently, current “Saturday Night Live” stars Cecily Strong, Tim Robinson and Jason Sudeikis. Prior to the performance, Theatre at the Center is hosting a dinner buffet at 5:30 p.m. featuring a garden salad opener, cheesy veggie tray, tomato bread bit, baked chicken shtick, rib ticklers, duchess potatoes topper, green beans routine, brownie sundaes

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and a cash bar. Dinner is being offered both nights. “Our touring is definitely part of the learning process,” Reuss said. “But with this particular show, we are showcasing material that ranks as some of the classic moments of The Second City during the past 50-plus years on stage.” Reuss said she, along with the other members of the six-member cast, perform favorite sketches, some longer and some as quick 30-second “blackouts,” highlighting favorite satirical moments.” “Because there are a few moments of some adult language here and there, this is a performance best appreciated by teens and high school students and older, since we cover material that ranges from everything spanning politics to social themes,” she said. “The shows run about two hours with a 15-minute intermission, along with also the addition of a third act to give the audience a chance to help us with some fun improv moments by using suggested topics and situations. Reuss, who studied writing and English in college, said Tina Fey remains one of her favorite Second City inspirations, because of her wellrounded abilities, including a heavy writing emphasis. “Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert are also big influences for me, since they spent their time at Second City sharing the stage with Amy Sedaris and all three of these names are also known for their writing talents,” she said. Some of the best advice Reuss recalls from her earliest moments at Second City concern directions from her instructors who advised: “Don’t try to be funny.” “Audiences are very smart, and easily catch up when comedy is forced and not developed from something which needs to feel natural and unrehearsed,” she said.

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The Second City cast of touring talent is bringing a weekend of performances to Theatre at the Center in Munster June 13 and 14.

“I was also advised to read as much as possible and see all types of theater, not just comedy performances. To be truly funny, you have to have perspective and a point-of-view. And I can honestly say, from my own experience of first enrolling in classes at Second City, everyone starts out as being pretty bad. True, there is always some natural talent. But still, you have to listen to others who know and commit to the process.” Reuss said her family never anticipated she would one day pursue a comedy career. “I wasn’t even in theater plays or any performance role while in high

school and college,” she said. “I was the one who was always involved in sports. But after college, I happened to catch a friend’s sketch comedy show and I just knew it was something I wanted to try. I think my dad originally thought this was something that was just intended to be a fun hobby. But now, he’s always excited to hear what I’m up to and where I’m performing next.” WHAT: “The Second City Presents: Happy Ever Laughter” • WHERE: Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster • WHEN: 8 pm June 13 and 14 • HOW MUCH: Individual tickets are $40. Dinner and performance tickets are $61. • FYI: (219) 836-3255 or TheatreAtTheCenter.com.


Your Home Team Schedules ➙May 29: Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego Padres, 7:10pm May 30: Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers, 7:10pm; Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego Padres, 7:10pm; Gary SouthShore RailCats @ Wichita Wingnuts, 7:05pm May 31: Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers, 3:10pm; Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego Padres, 1:10pm; Gary SouthShore RailCats @ Wichita Wingnuts, 7:05pm June 1: Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10pm; Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego Padres, 1:10pm; Gary SouthShore RailCats @ Wichita Wingnuts, 2:05pm

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Classic win propels ‘Fast Eddie’ to Poker World Series ‌JOHN G. BROKOPP / JBROKOPP1@GMAIL.COM‌

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dward “Fast Eddie” Ochana, who proved early on that he has what it takes to be a star in the competitive world of professional poker, won’t have to worry about coming up with the $10,000 entry fee for a seat in the Main Event at this year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He was awarded a seat plus a prize of $217,810 for winning the Main Event at the sixth annual Chicago Poker Classic which was held earlier this month at Horseshoe Casino. Ochana’s impressive victory, his second in a major tournament in Northwest Indiana in less than six months, gives him the momentum he needs to compete in the world’s most high-profile poker tournament which began on Tuesday, May 27 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The 65-event competition will continue through July 14. The 39-year-old Ochana, who calls Elgin, Illinois home, has his sights set on the $10-million first-place prize in the coveted World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event which includes three starting flights beginning on July 5. Ochana has competed in the last seven WSOP Main Events, boasting one finish that brought him enticingly close to the Final Table: 34th-place in 2010 that was worth $255,242 in prize money. He earned $50,752 last year for a 160th-place finish. The competition draws thousands of poker players from around the globe. Prior to winning the Chicago Poker Classic, Ochana captured the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event

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Championship at Majestic Star Casino Hotel in December of last year. He earned $152,477 for the victory. There is no doubt Fast Eddie has a particular affinity for Horseshoe. Well known among regulars in the property’s plush poker room, Ochana made the Chicago Poker Classic his seventh “cash” at the Shoe, accounting for $379,853 of his more than $1.2 million in reported tournament winnings. Although he finished third ($108,268) in the 2012 edition of the Chicago Poker Classic, it was the Chicago native’s victory in a World Series of Poker Circuit Event at Horseshoe three years earlier that stamped him a bona fide star. He won $44,281 but more importantly took home a coveted WSOP Circuit Event championship gold ring. Ochana’s 2014 Chicago Poker Classic main event championship was impressive. The $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament attracted 745 entries which generated a whopping $990,031 prize pool. In just six years the tournament, which was held in The Venue, has become widely recognized as the largest non-branded series in the United States. Fast Eddie’s victory was sealed late in final table action when he found himself with more than 14 million of the 18.6 million chips in play. He defeated Richard Bai in heads-up play. Bai, a Horseshoe regular who plays in $1/2 pot-limit Omaha games, earned his way into the Chicago Poker Classic’s main event during one of the property’s $500 Satellite Saturday promotions. It translated into a $135,040 pay day.

BONUS ROUND-UP: FOUR WINDS: The property is giving away yet another sleek set of wheels on Saturday, July 5, in the $125,000 Hot Summer Ride event. This time the grand prize is a 2014 Maserati Ghibli or a share of $55,000 in cash prizes.

The opinions expressed are solely the writer’s. Reach him at jgbrokopp1@gmail.com

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American English Concert Kid-friendly gardening Eco-friendly home care Night hikes Workshops free with gate admission. Night hike and concert fees include admission. All activities free to ArcelorMittal employees with valid ID. For information and to purchase tickets, visit Taltree.org or call 219.462.0025.

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Fandango’s top ten ticket best sellers 1 Godzilla (2014) 2 Neighbors 3 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 4 Million Dollar Arm 5 The Other Woman (2014) 6 Heaven Is For Real 7 Rio 2 8 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 9 Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return 10 Moms’ Night Out

IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND

COURTESY THE STUDIOS

‌MALEFICENT

1 hr 38 min | PG | Released May 30 “Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain, who, in the original version is miffed by the lack of an invitation to a child’s birth celebration. The classic villain famously puts a hex on the princess to sleep until she is kissed by a handsome prince. But told from the point of view of Maleficent, the new Disney of “Sleeping Beauty,” becomes a more complex story that explores the root causes of her feelings of betrayal and her motive for exacting revenge in this way. Ultimately we learn that Maleficent’s heart turns to stone for a reason and that in turn drives her fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides. Maleficent, portrayed by Angelina Jolie, cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions and make uncharacteristic reversals that will change both the forest and human worlds forever. Others starring in the movie by Robert Stromberg include Elle Fanning and Sharito Copley.

A MILLION DAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST 2 hr | R | Released May 30

Seth MacFarlane directs, produces, co-writes and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test. Starring alongside MacFarlane are Oscar® winner Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, among others. ,

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‌X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURES PAST

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The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight an epic battle that could save our future.

After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.

2 hr 10 min | PG-13 | Released May 23

1 hr 57 min | PG-13 | Released May 23


GO! TO THE MOVIES ‌ MC SHOWPLACE 16 A 875 Deer Creek Drive Schererville, IN 219.322.9762 amctheatres.com

‌MILLION DOLLAR ARM

GODZILLA

‌MOMS’ NIGHT OUT

JB Bernstein is a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash will have to close their business down for good if JB doesn’t come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, JB comes up with an idea so radical it just might work.

The world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure “Godzilla.” From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours— what could go wrong? Starring Patricia Heaton and Sarah Drew, along with Sean Astin and Trace Adkins, this movie is a comedic look at real life problems.

2 hr 4 min | PG | Released May 16

1 hr 3 min | PG-13 | Released May 16

1 hr 38 min | PG-13 Released May 9

AMC SHOWPLACE 12 1400 Eagleridge Schererville, IN 219.322.9264 amctheatres.com AMC SHOWPLACE HOBART 12 2590 Southlake Mall Merrillville, IN 219.755.0377 amctheatres.com

KENNEDY THEATRE 6735 Kennedy Ave. Hammond, IN 219.845.5336 CROWN THEATRE 19 N Court St. Crown Point, IN 219.663.1616 HOOSIER THEATRE 1335 119th St Whiting, IN 219.659.0567 CINEMARK THEATER 700 Porter’s Vale Blvd Valparaiso, IN 800.326.3264 LANSING CINEMA 8 16621 Torrence Ave Lansing, IL 708.418.0300

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

NEIGHBORS

‌THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

BRICK MANSIONS

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby.

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.

In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned homes from better times house the city’s most dangerous criminals. These are the grim, apocalyptic housing projects known as Brick Mansions. In Brick Mansions, only the strong survive. In this dog-eat-dog society, the ruthless, urbane, and deadly drug kingpin Tremaine, played by RZA, is at the top of the foodchain. Undercover cop Damien Collier, played by Paul Walker, is determined to bring Tremaine to justice for killing his father years prior.

THE OTHER WOMAN

THE QUIET ONES

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After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an “experiment” on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected.

Director: Wally Pfister

1 hr 37 min | PG-13 Released May 9

1 hr 49 min PG-13 | Released April 25

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2hr 21min | PG-13 | Released May 2

1 hr 38 min | PG-13 | Released April 25

1hr 29min | PG-13 | Released April 25

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

MALEFICENT [PG] 700 930 1205AM [REALD 3D] 700 930 1210AM X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST [PG-13] 1105AM 220 535 640 850 1050 [REALD 3D] 1000AM 1210 115 325 430 745 955 A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN ThE WEST [R] 800 1050 1215AM GODzILLA [PG-13] 1130AM 230 530 830 [REALD 3D] 1000AM 100 400 700 1000 BLENDED [PG-13] 1040AM 130 420 710 1000

MILLION DOLLAR ARM [PG] 1015 115 415 715 1015 LEGENDS OF Oz: DOROThY’S RETURN [PG] 1000AM 1230 250 510 MOMS’ NIGhT OUT [PG] 1115AM NEIGhBORS [R] 1005AM 1235 305 535 805 1035 ThE AMAzING SPIDER-MAN 2 [PG-13] 1220 [REALD 3D] 335 ThE OThER WOMAN [PG-13] 155 435 hEAvEN IS FOR REAL [NR] 1130AM 205 RIO 2 [G] 1000AM CAPTAIN AMERICA: ThE WINTER SOLDIER [PG-13] 730 1040

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HAPPENINGS THROUGH JUL 5 ‌ POP-UP SHOPS‌ 10am-7pm Sat, 18065 Harwood Ave, Homewood, Ill. 773.490.6046. homesweethomewood. com. Back by popular demand, the pop-up shops will feature dozens of new vendors from handmade jewelry and accessories to home décor and garden art.

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Local Author Fair noon-3pm, Hammond Public Library, 564 State St, Hammond. hammond.lib.in.us. Local published authors will perform short readings from, sign copies of and sell their works. JUN 4

THROUGH SEPT 27 ‌ SCHOOLHOUSE SHOP FARMERS’ MARKET‌ 10am-2pm Sat, Schoolhouse Farmers’ Market, 278 E 1500 N Chesterton. 219.926.7117. schoolhouseshop.com. Shoppers browse a wide variety of market items at this weekly event.

MAY 29 ‌

Art in the Park 6:30-8pm Wed-Thu, Fox Park’s Dennis Smith A. mphitheater, Truesdell Ave, LaPorte. 219.363.9317. artsintheparklaporte.com. Music, art and poetry are featured every Wednesday and Thursday night on the hillside overlooking Clear Lake. June 4: LaPorte City Band, Mary Miller and Dr. Scott Simerlein June 5: Elwood Splinters, Mary Miller and Dr. Scott Simerlein.

COLDWELL BANKER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION EVENT‌ 5-8pm, Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery, 1035 Sterling Ave, Flossmoor, Ill. 630.315.2970. Appetizers, beer tastings, live music, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction promise to make this charitable a fun night.

JUN 4

MAPLE CITY GRAND PRIX‌ 9am-11pm Fri, 8am-11pm Sat, 9am-6pm Sun, Stone Lake, Lakeshore Dr & Oakwood St, LaPorte. maplecitygrandprix. com.

Kate Collins Author Visit 6-7:30pm, Lowell Public Library, 1505 E Commercial Ave, Lowell. 219.696.7704. lowellpl.lib.in.us. New York Times best-selling author visits the library for a talk and book signing. Registration required.

MAY 30-31 ‌

The world’s fastest tunnel boats return to LaPorte for this second annual event, which kicks off the US F1 series, serving as the season opening race. New this year are fireworks and flyovers, in addition to “Meet the Racers” events, a downtown boat parade, a family friendly kids play zone, and live music at the Stone Lake event site.

MAY 31 ‌ DREAMZ & THE MOB‌ MarkO’s Munster, 435 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.810.2987. Party rock band DreamZ, with special guest The Mob, perform at this celebration of May birthdays. AP PHOTO

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THE MONKEES LIVE IN CONCERT‌ 8pm, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. Michael, Micky and Peter of The Monkees perform live.

STAIND WITH THEORY OF A DEADMAN

PROVIDED

Zodiac

MAY 31 ‌ ZODIAC‌ 9pm-1am, The Quest, 1204 W US 30, Schererville. 219.241.4203. zodiac69.com. A female-fronted party rock band, ZODIAC ignites the dance floor with covers from favorite artists from the 80s to now.

MAY 31 ‌ CASINO NIGHT‌ 6:30-10pm, Charter School of the Dunes, 7300 E Melton Rd,

PROVIDED

Leon’s Triathlon

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8pm, Horseshoe Casino Hammond, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 800.745.3000. horseshoehammond.com. Multi-platinum Massachusetts hard-rock band performs new music from their self-titled seventh studio

✔ album, plus old favorites. Gary. 219.939.9690. Guests to this charity event can play blackjack and roulette, participate in raffles, and enjoy unlimited food and spirits, all while benefiting Charter School of the Dunes.

MAY 31 ‌ ST. IAKOVOS GREEK CAFE‌ 11am-2pm, St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church, 36 W 700 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.4052. St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church offers authentic Greek food for eat-in or carryout. All meals includes a meat— Greek chicken, shish kabob and lamb—rice pilaf, Greek salad and bread. Greek pastries also will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the ministries of St. Iakovos.

MAY 31 ‌ RE-GRAND OPENING EVENT‌ 3pm-close, Bullpen Luxury Bar, 10685 Randolph St, Crown

Point. 219.661.0088. Bullpen Luxury Bar is now smoke-free and opens with a new name and new indoor décor. The event features music by Nicole Jamrose, The Difference, Highway Band, Allen Wronko and Overdue, plus food by True BBQ.

JUN 1 ‌ ART IN NATURE— OIL PAINTING‌ 1-4pm, Taltree Arboretum, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. Students at this oil painting class will learn how to use oil paints with the natural landscape of Heron Pond and Heron Trail as inspiration. This beginner’s course is appropriate for ages 10 years and older. All supplies are included in the cost.

JUN 1 ‌ LEON’S TRIATHLON‌ 8am, Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2405 Calumet Ave, Hammond.

leonstriathlon.com. Known as the “world’s fastest triathlon,” this nationally broadcast Olympic-distance race will draw more than 500 triathletes. Athletes will swim .09 miles, bike 24.8 miles and run 6.2 miles. New in 2014, athletes have the option to participate in a sprint distance race. Also, MAY 31: Demo Day.

JUN 1 ‌ SLOW FOOD SOUTH SHORE—SUNDAY SUPPER‌ 3pm, Spire Farm to Fork Cuisine, 299 W Johnson Rd, LaPorte. Slow Food South Shore is a newly developed chapter of the Slow Food international network, which links the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible. This inaugural event will introduce some local farmers, chefs and artisans to neighbors in the region.

JUN 2 ‌ CHARITY GOLF OUTING‌ Innsbrook Country Club, 6701 Taft St, Merrillville. 219.465.5797 or 219.242.4905. Hunkee Hollow Athletic Club’s third annual golf outing benefits Cerebral Palsy of NW Indiana. This charity event features a holein-one car give away and $10,000 hole-in-one prizes, as well as many other prizes. Ticket price includes a day of golf with cart, breakfast, drink tickets, beverages during the day and a sit-down luncheon following the event.

JUN 3-SEPT 30 ‌ CENTRAL PARK PLAZA MARKET‌ 11am-6pm Tue, Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events’ weekly market now features extended hours. Market-goers can enjoy fresh produce, handmade items, locally


U-505 EVENTS

Museum of Science and Industry: 70th Anniversary U-505 Special Events

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n June 4, 1944, the German sub known as U-505 was captured off the coast of West Africa. Tracking and disabling this elusive U-boat not only protected vital supply lines, but the swift and courageous action taken to save and secure the sub yielded vital secrets that would change the course of World War II. To mark the 70th anniversary of this remarkable chapter in naval history, MSI is proud to present special events to provide even more insight into the U-505 capture and legacy.

JUNE 4 (70TH ANNIVERSARY), JUNE 7-8 Interactive Dive Trainer U-505 Exhibit, Museum of Science and Industry. The U-505 Submarine exhibit’s interactive Dive Trainer will be open for a hands-on lesson in U-boat buoyancy, and submarine-themed make-and-take activities will be featured throughout the exhibit. MSI submariner volunteers will be on hand to share their expertise and EXHIBITS THROUGH JUN 7‌

grown ingredients, live lunch-hour music and more.

THE FEEL OF COLOR‌ White Ripple Gallery & Co., 6725 Kennedy Ave, Hammond. 219.433.4072 or 773.885.1919.

JUNE 7 Searching and Exploring the U-505 2:30-3:30pm, Little Theater. For nearly two decades, Joe Mazraani was a part of a team that feverishly researched and dreamed of exploring the elusive U-550. On July 23, 2012, near the end of a grueling round-theclock side scan operation, the final resting place of the Grey Wolf was located in approximately 100 meters of North Atlantic water off the coast of Massachusetts. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

M U S E U M O F S C I E N C E A N D I N D U S T R Y, C H I C A G O

The U-505 has been faithfully restored to look as it did when it was captured on June 4, 1944.

adventures, and Chief Petty Officers from the Great Lakes Naval Base who participated in the USO U-505 Naval whiteripple.com. Collages paintings, ceramics, ceramic-glass murals and found objects create an exciting investigation of colorful energy at this exhibit, which explores the use of color as contemporary markmaking.

THROUGH JUL 26 ‌ MATERIAL POSSESSIONS‌ Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900.

History Program will return to MSI to serve as exhibit facilitators.

lubeznikcenter.org. This intimate group showing features the work of five esteemed artists of the highest artistic practice in the field of contemporary fiber arts. These established and emerging artists incorporate a redemptive sensibility

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in the use of methods and materials in this innovated 2-D and 3-D exhibit.

THROUGH AUG 10 ‌ PARALLEL PURSUITS—TOM BRAND’S FINDING FORM AND CAROLE

JUNE 8 The History and Legacy of the U-505 1:30-3pm, Auditorium. A special panel presentation will be held in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the U-505’s capture. Moderated by Kurt Haunfelner, Vice President of Exhibits and Collections at MSI, the panel will discuss the U-505’s fascinating history, from the Battle for the Atlantic and the submarine’s capture to its legacy today as an exhibition at MSI. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served.

STODDER’S SHAPING SPACE‌ Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu/artmuseum. This exhibit offers an opportunity to compare and contrast

the abstract works of two Michigan City, Ind. artists. Brand’s art features carefully composed shapes with an expressive or painterly surface, while Stodder’s paintings feature geometrical patterns with hard edges.

Taltree arboretum gardens &

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‌ From nwi.com/go ➼The Quest for Breakfast: The Quest, 1204 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville, is now serving breakfast on Sunday. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (219) 322-4812 or visit thequesteatery. com. ➼ Sage Cooking Class: Chef Joe Gaal of Sage Restaurant, 425 Sand Creek Drive, Chesterton, will feature a Summer Grilling class at 6 p.m. June 9. Cost is $50 per person. Call (219) 926-6500.

No One Under 21 Admitted

6110 Kennedy Ave. • HAmmond, In • 219-844-9812 • open 7 dAyS A WeeK • WWW.cHucKAndIreneS.com

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

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

• We have a wide variety of Seafood on Fridays • monDay special saturDay & sunDay specials

1.75

$

Domestic Bottles

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2.00

Daily lunch specials

23 oz. Footballs

MON tHRu tHuRS. 10 AM tO 6 PM FOR $5.75 Fish specials EvERy FRIDAy, 10AM tO 9 PM

AppETIzERs ARE HAlf pRICE fROm 3 pm TO 8 pm. mONDAy TO THuRs. 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

Allowed

FISH Fry every FrIdAy • AduLT dInInG • FuLL menu cArry ouT

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

• Homemade Soups • Tacos • daily Specials • Great variety of Seafood

full mENu Of

Sandwiches, Steaks & Fried chicken

Open Air Shopping: Farmers markets in full swing

Every Friday! All You Care To Eat Yellow Lake Perch or Snow Crab Legs!

Kids Eat Free Wed Nights

Wine Down Wednesday

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

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$50.00 food purchase Tue-Thu 4-9pm Fri-Sat 4-10pm Sunday 12-9pm BlackStoneWoodfireGrill.com

Dine-in only. Limit one per table on food only. Not applicable to Friday AYCE or Surf & Turf for two. Expires 6/30/14.

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P h o t o b y E l o i s e M a r i e Va l a d e z

Flowers are among offerings at many markets.

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ow that warmer temperatures have hit the Region, it’s the perfect time to enjoy shopping outdoors. Local farmers markets are in full swing and produce fans are traveling to their favorite towns and locales to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, gourmet foodstuffs and other products. Everything from tomatoes and blueberries to corn, strawberries, honey, cheese, wine and many items can be found in area markets. The following list is just a sampling of markets open for business in the

Region. (Let us know if you don’t see your favorite market and we’ll highlight it in a future edition). • Chesterton’s European Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through the end of October, on the corner of Broadway and Third Streets, in downtown Chesterton. The market features a variety of items including fruits and vegetables, French pastries, artisan breads, flowers and more. Other items such as jewelry and woodcarvings to art work are also highlighted. Musical entertainment is featured. FYI: (219) 926-5513 or chestertonseuropeanmarket.com


Thursdays & Sundays %

30 OFF

Your entire bill on lunch or dinner • Full Salad Bar • Smoke Free Dining Room • Smoking in Bar Only

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219.322.4444

P H O T O B Y E L O I S E M A R I E VA L A D E Z

Customers look through bins of fresh produce at a past Chesterton European Market.

• Crete’s European Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 11, at the corner of Exchange and Main Streets, downtown Crete. Produce, food, herbs and more are featured. FYI: cretechamber.com • Crown Point Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June through September, on South Main Street, Crown Point. On sale: Produce, flowers, hanging baskets, cheese, gourmet foods, crafts, jewelry and more. FYI: (219) 662-3290 orcrownpoint.in.gov • Lan-Oak Park District Farmers Market, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, early June through August at Park Plaza, Ridge Road and Grant Street, Lansing. The market, presented by Lan-Oak Park District, features fresh produce, seasonings, honey, olive oils, sauces, eggs, cheese, bread, food booth and more. FYI: (708) 474-8552 • Green City Market, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, through October, at the south end of Lincoln Park, 1750 N. Clark St., Chicago. The year-round farmers market, which moves indoors in the fall and winter, features a variety of foods as well as special activities and entertainment. Chef demos are also highlighted. FYI: (773) 880-1266 orchicagogreencitymarket.org • Hobart Summer Market on the Lake, 3 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays June 5 to Sept. 4,through Sept. 29, in Festival Park.. Produce, ethnic food, gourmet items, organic produce, pastries, and spices are among items for sale. Weekly bean bag tournaments are also featured. FYI: (219) 942-6112 orcity. hobart.in.us • Miller Beach Farmers Market, 10

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a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 667 S. Lake St., Gary. The marke features a variety of items including fresh produce, local food vendors, plants, seedlings and more. FYI: (219) 938-7720 • Munster Farmers Market, 8 to 1 p.m. Sundays at Centennial Park, 1005 S. Centennial Drive. Among items will be fresh produce, jams, jellies, flowers, baked goods and arts and crafts. FYI: (219) 836-7275 or munster.org • Schererville Farmers Market, 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 25 at Redar Park, near Austin Avenue and Park Street, Schererville. Among features are fresh produce, artisan cheese, bread, olive oil and more. FYI: (219) 322-2211 • St. John Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 26 in the parking lot of The Community Hospital Outpatient Centre, 9660 Wicker Avenue, St. John. Market is held rain or shine. Consumers will find everything from fruits and veggies to flowers, baked goods, spices and other items. FYI: (219) 365-6043 orstjohnin.com • Central Park Plaza Farmers Market, Valparaiso, takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Shop for fresh produce, plants, herbs, baked goods and more. FYI: (219) 464-8332 • Whiting Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through October, in front of City Hall, 1443 119th Street, Whiting. Featured are fruits, vegetables, organic produce, flowers, corn, cheese and more. The market will be closed during Pierogi Fest on July 26. FYI: whitingindiana.com

Not valid with AYCE or any other offer or coupons. Expires 6/26/14.

Valid Thru 6/5/14

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YOU know what you “Like” Sure, you can communicate with Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, but HOW can YOU participate with your specific community and show them all the cool stuff going on in YOUR life? Share what you’ve got going on with (Your)Community page, and LIKE what you or other’s share by clicking the Facebook “Like” button. YOU have lots of options! You still have multiple ways to share at your fingertips. Try our “Share Bar.” Simply drag what you use to the Share Bar and use it at your leisure.

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Do YOU have a story to tell? Click on “Email a story” to tell us what you’ve got going on, and don’t forget to attach a picture if you’ve got one! YOU can add your event to the Community Calendar! By clicking on “Submit an event,” you can let everyone know what’s hot and HOW TO check it out! If you’ve got pictures or a video to share, click here! “Submit a photo” and “Submit a video” are your one-click way to post YOUR points of interest. Don’t forget. A picture is worth a thousand words. If you’re a business in the community, promote it here! Click on “Promote your business” to have one of our advertising consultants contact you directly with the coolest options and info on the latest marketing trends.

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