Friday September 22 2:23 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Barnes and Noble and Theatre at the Center are Teaming up to Celebrate the Great American Author Mark Twain

09/16/2017 - 14:00
09/16/2017 - 16:00

Hear one author's perspective about the man behind so many of literature's most treasured works as now brought to the stage, as Phil shares the enticing story behind the stories. After hearing about this exciting stage production that features the music of Roger Miller, Phil Potempa will do a special drawing for two free tickets to see Big River. Following the discussion, Phil will also be on hand to sign his fun and folksy cookbook Further From the Farm. Books can be purchased right there at the store. Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is on stage at Theatre at the Center in Munster from September 14 through October 15.

As part of this event, Barnes and Noble has generously offered to donate a portion of sales to Theatre at the Center. This is not limited to just the cookbooks, it applies to just about anything in the store. In order to have your purchase counted, please present the attached voucher at the beginning of your purchase. The voucher is good all day long, in case you can't make it within the window of time below. If you were thinking of getting any new books, please consider doing so on Saturday and supporting NWI's only professional theatre.

Discussion and Book Signing with Author Phil Potempa

Author Phil Potempa Discusses Theatre at the Center's new production Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn based on the book by Mark Twain. Following the brief discussion will be a live drawing for a pair of tickets to see the musical that opens this week at the Performing Arts Center in Munster. Phil Potempa will also be available to sign copies of his popular cookbook Further From the Farm.

Discussion and Book Signing with Phil Potempa
Saturday, September 16 from 2 - 4 p.m. -Barnes and Noble Booksellers
150 Silhavy Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Barnes and Noble Bookfair Day Supporting Theatre at the Center

All Day September 16 - Please present attached voucher
A portion of In-Store and Online Bookfair sales on Saturday will support Theatre at the Center. For more information about the Bookfair, call 219-531-6551.

Voucher is shown below. Please print and present to cashier. If purchasing online at, at the bottom left hand side of the checkout page, please click on "Apply Bookfair ID" and enter: 12221099

About Phil Potempa
Following his graduation from Valparaiso University, his journalism career began in 1992 and he has written for magazines and newspapers, including The South Bend Tribune and The Times of Northwest Indiana, for a quarter of a century as a noted feature writer and daily entertainment newspaper columnist. In 2016, his From the Farm recipe column and other feature stories and entertainment columns launched in The Post Tribune and the Chicago Tribune's newspaper chain as well as at

As the author of three published books, each page chronicles interviews, recipes and memories from his personal and professional experiences, which he will share from the stage during his cooking show. Throughout the years, he's interviewed and swapped recipes and stories with Julia Child, Martha Stewart, President Jimmy Carter, Oprah Winfrey and other favorite luminaries. He is also an adjunct instructor in communications at both Valparaiso University and Purdue University Northwest. He divides his time between his family's peppermint farm in Northwest Indiana and his home in Chicago. Phil Potempa is currently the Director of Marketing at Theatre at the Center, NWI's only professional theatre which presents downtown caliber theatrical productions, free from the hassle of driving into Chicago.

About Theatre at the Center
Founded in 1991, the 410-seat Theatre at the Center is a year round professional theater at its home: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is the only professional theater company in Northwest Indiana, offering downtown caliber performances in an accessible venue with plenty of free parking. Theater at the Center is located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago. For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit