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MICHIGAN CITY — The public is invited to an afternoon of romance and jazz at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion with local musicians Steve Champagne, Mary E. Rapier and David Lahm on Saturday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. A Victorian Romance will celebrate love in a very unique way, as this year marks the…

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MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Senior Center, 2 On the Lake, will host an Open Mic Jam Session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 27.

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MICHIGAN CITY — For two days only, the Footlight Players will be producing the world premiere of the thriller, “Fan Mail,” written and directed by Michigan City’s own Robert W. Komendera.

  • By JEREMY D. BONFIGLIO - For The News-Dispatch
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Spoken word poet Kibra VanHorn hadn’t read Ntozake Shange’s 1975 choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf,” when fellow poet Naki Yates suggested she join her at auditions for a local production directed by August Garritano.

  • By JEREMY D. BONFIGLIO - For The News-Dispatch
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Spoken word poet Kibra VanHorn hadn’t read Ntozake Shange’s 1975 choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf,” when fellow poet Naki Yates suggested she join her at auditions for a local production directed by August Garritano.

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MICHIGAN CITY — On Friday at 5:30 p.m., Heritage Interpreter Jackie Perkins will present "Beyond the War Years," which touches on the post-war history of the Barker Mansion.

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La PORTE – The award-winning La Porte High School Mixed Chorale, directed by Thomas Coe, will be the featured performers at the Feb. 2 First Friday in the Chapel event at La Porte Hospital. The program begins at Noon in the La Porte Hospital Family Chapel, 1007 Lincoln Way. It is free and op…

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MICHIGAN CITY — Art, artifacts and objects created or collected by Matthew Kubik during 40 years of travel to Italy will be on display at studioROMA gallery in the exhibition opening Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 617 Franklin Street, Michigan City.

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — The Coastline Children’s Film Festival, whose annual 10-day flagship event geared toward children, teens and families is held each March throughout Southwest Michigan and northern Indiana, has always tried to expose young people to the magic of silent films.

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La PORTE COUNTY — On Nov. 4, 2017, at "Harbor Arts Presents: Bang the Drum Slowly," John Hancock, the film’s director honored at the gala fundraiser at the Vickers Theatre in Three Oaks, Michigan, announced his plans for his upcoming film which is to be shot over the summer of 2018 in Harbor…

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MICHIGAN CITY — As part of an ongoing series, on Friday at 5:30 p.m., Heritage Interpreter Bailey Roberts will present "God on the Home Front," which delves into the YMCA’s ties to the Great War. During this time, the YMCA was a spiritual force for the soldiers on the front lines, providing …

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MICHIGAN CITY — Local artist Jay Zerbe will be bringing his latest show,"eCollage," to Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA). Zerbe's digital collages are constructed in photoshop using elements from his paintings and drawings ordered in many layers. He then prints the image with archival ink o…

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MICHIGAN CITY — On Friday at 5:30 p.m., as part of an ongoing series, Heritage Interpreter TJ Kalin will present a lecture, followed by group discussion, titled "The Red Cross meets the Mansion" which covers the Great War conflict at home and abroad, as well as Catherine Barker's willingness…

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MICHIGAN CITY — The public is invited to explore Indiana’s Great War history through a series of free events hosted by Michigan City’s Barker Mansion in January and February.

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THREE OAKS, Mich. — When the clock reaches midnight Sunday, saxophone player Steve Toepp will be standing on stage blowing his rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” and resenting every minute of it.

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HARBERT, Mich. — The Empire Diner, the classic art deco eatery on 10th Avenue near the corner of 22nd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, N.Y., is known, in part, for its long list of pop culture connections.

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BUCHANAN, Mich. — It’s been nearly two years since The Bucktown Ramblers played their last gig.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Children are invited to a Christmas story time at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion on Saturday at 10 a.m. Cocoa and cookies will be served during the event, which takes place by the intricately-carved marble fireplace in the Drawing Room.

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THREE OAKS, Mich. — Kim Richey laughs when she begins to talk about her seemingly endless list of musical collaborations and co-writing credits.

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THREE OAKS, Mich. — Mark down Dec. 23 as the real start of your 2017 Christmas, when Harbor Country Opera out-does itself again in its 13th annual Christmas at the Acorn.

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MICHIGAN CITY — Michigan City native Janet Beutner was never a particular fan of zebras.

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La PORTE — The La Porte Little Theatre is looking to warm hearts as the December cold creeps in by offering not one, but two one-act plays which highlight the true meaning of Christmas as they help shepherd in the holiday spirit.

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