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From Offices to Galleries: Making the Lubeznik Center for the Arts


Before the Lubeznik Center for the Arts building housed collections of contemporary art, it housed a whole lot of office space.

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26th Annual Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation Gala Honors Excellence in Theatre Art in the Region


The 26th annual Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (NIETF) Gala brought talent from all over the Region together to recognize excellence in theater arts. NIETF, a collection of theatre organizations across Northwest Indiana, focuses on creating a strong community, promoting excellence, and providing entertainment to the Region. The annual gala provides NIETF an opportunity to recognize distinction among the local play and musical performances, direction, and design. 

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Free Movie at Memorial Opera House!

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"The Soloist," a moving story of music, friendship and confronting homelessness and mental illness, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso.

Starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr, "The Soloist" tells the true story of a disenchanted journalist’s transformative odyssey through the hidden streets of Los Angeles, where he discovers and builds a most unlikely friendship with a man from those same streets, bonding through the redemptive power of music.

The free showing is sponsored by Valparaiso Reads a Book and includes an invitation to coffee and discussion afterwards!


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First Man Gives Viewers a Journey Through History


The true story about Astronaut Neil Armstrong. The man who overcame odds and the tragedies of his life to become the first man to ever step foot on the Moon.

First Man is rated PG-13 for some thematic content involving peril and brief strong language.

Rating: 8/10

What Worked:

Director Damien Chazelle practically hit on all cylinders with the release of the early fall hit, First Man. One thing apparent early on in the movie is the interesting cinematography Chazelle chose to depict not only intense space flight, but also the 60’s era. The film is primarily filmed by hand with a lot of shaky cam scenes. This fit the rugged nature of the movie. I also enjoyed the first-person camera angles throughout. When dealing with something as intense as flying in a rocket ship to the moon, this...

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Drool-Worthy Options are Available at Blackbird Cafe

2018blackbirdtopimage 1200x800Throughout the year, Blackbird Café offers unique variations of homemade sweets and meal creations, the perfect complements to their themed specialty drinks. This Fall season they are featuring pumpkin and pecan pie.The bakers will soon be decorating cookies and cupcakes for the Halloween season and offer Punkaboo Marshmallow, the October drink special of the month.

Blackbird receives their tea and coffee from the Coffee and Tea Exchange in Chicago, where they ship a plethora of new items for customers every two weeks.

Almost all of the treats at Blackbird are homemade; bakers prepare goods in shop from 4am onward.

“All of our pastries are homemade, everything you see in the bakers case. No mixes,” Christina Reyes, employee at Blackbird said.

Let’s take a look some of the array of...

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New Exhibition Falls into Lubeznik Center for the Arts

New-Exhibition-Falls-into-Lubeznik-Center-for-the-Arts-2018From October 20, 2018 through January 12, 2019 Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) will present its latest exhibition "Waiting for a Sign" featuring artwork from Willie Baronet (Dallas, TX), Diana Guerrero-Macia (Chicago, IL), Corey Hagelberg (Miller Beach, IN), Cheryl Pope (Chicago, IL), Kay Rosen (Miller Beach, IN), Joel Ross (Champaign, IL), Deb Sokolow (Chicago, IL), and Bernard Williams (Chicago, IL).

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Svengoolie Entertains All at Chicago Street Theatre's Annual Halloween Party


A Chicagoland icon rolled into town on Saturday when Chicago Street Theatre hosted Svengoolie, host of the eponymous horror and comedy program, during their annual Halloween Party. Featuring a meet and greet photo session with the ghoul, plenty of food and drinks, and a production of Chicago Street Theatre’s Evil Dead the Musical. It is safe to say that horror fans around the region had a night to remember.

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Hungry? Fiddlehead Restaurant and Bar Offers Unique Ingredients and Fabulous Specials All Year Long

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Since opening its doors in 2015, Fiddlehead Restaurant and Bar has grown, ranking its scores among the highest in fine dining throughout Northwest Indiana. By incorporating interesting local ingredients, homegrown spices, and fun flavor combinations, sharing a meal at Fiddlehead makes you a part of the Fiddlehead family table.

Aaron O’Reilly, founder, proprietor and host at Fiddlehead, makes it his duty to provide quality service to customers. From maintaining a squeaky-clean facility and using the highest quality of ingredients, to keeping a positive, friendly energy among coworkers, the Fiddlehead team is dedicated in serving an “11 out of 10” experience for its customers. The inviting atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and top notch food creates a Fiddlehead vision that is clear to see,...

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Customers Love New Upgrades at Kelsey’s Steak House of Valparaiso


Kelsey’s Steak House of Valparaiso received a major makeover, transforming the beloved restaurant into something even more spectacular.

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Gaming Excitement this October at Blue Chip Casino

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Win up to $120,000 in cash with Progressive Payout, with a guaranteed $120,000 cash winner in its final month. Drawings will be held at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm on Friday, October 26.

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Porter Regional Hospital Hosts Annual Blow Away Breast Cancer to Honor Survivors and Fighters


On Wednesday, dozens of community members and healthcare professionals gathered at Porter Regional Hospital. Together, they watched from the warmth and safety of the hospital’s lobby as a pink flag emblazoned with the words “Raise Awareness, Fight for a Cure” was hoisted in front of the hospital. Every year in October, Porter Regional Hospital hosts Blow Away Breast Cancer, a ceremony that pays tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

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