Thursday February 22 11:50 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Nine Indiana arts programming providers to receive NEA grants

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the awarding of nine grants totaling $205,000 to Indiana nonprofit arts organizations and cultural programming providers during the first round of grants for fiscal year 2018.

LUBEZNIK CENTER PARTNERS WITH LIBRARY FOR STORY TIME

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Lubeznik Center For the Arts (LCA), an arts hub integrating contemporary art exhibitions with educational programming for kids and adults in Michigan City and the Michiana region, has teamed up with the Michigan City Public Library to provide Story Time, an interactive event geared towards infants and children up to 5 years old and their parents or guardians. The fabulous and talented Story Time Crew of the Michigan City Public Library will entertain with stories and songs and will guide a craft project.

Photo: Miss Trish (left) and Miss Pat (right) from Michigan City Public Library read to children and their grown-ups in the Hyndman Gallery at Lubeznik Center for the Arts

"Elizabeth Cree" - Review by Jeffrey Leibham

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***RECOMMENDED*** It certainly is an exciting time for the creation of original operas in the United States. While many people would think that this particular art form is on the decline, the exact opposite is actually taking place. Not only have numerous opera companies, mostly located in the Midwest and on the East Coast, commissioned artists from disparate backgrounds to contribute their prodigious talents to assist in the production of fascinating new works but even smaller, emerging companies have gotten in on all of the action as well. The result is that original operas are thriving in America and local audiences are fortunate to be able to experience many of them. A highly anticipated new piece will receive its Chicago premiere next month. Currently we have the world premiere of "Elizabeth Cree" to enjoy at the very intimate Studebaker Theater. Presented by Chicago Opera Theater, this is a co-production with Opera Philadelphia, where it made its debut in September 2017. 3 SPOTLIGHTS

Lyric Opera Announces 2018/19 Season

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Thrilling music, powerhouse international casts, company premieres, and stirring new productions to experience in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2018/19 Season, "La bohème", "Idomeneo", "Siegfried", "Il trovatore", "Cendrillon", "Elektra", "La traviata", "Ariodante", and "An American Dream". Next season also includes a new coproduction and Lyric premiere of "West Side Story", plus special performances: Anna Netrebko in Recital and The Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert and Gala.

John Cain's Rescheduled Holiday Reading

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John Cain's 24th Annual Holiday Reading has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 7th, at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster.

Prismatica a free, temporary public art installation in Polk Bros Park

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Navy Pier, Chicago’s mission-driven cultural district, is bringing a splash of color and beam of light in the form of art to the Pier’s Polk Bros Park this winter. From Friday, February 16 through Sunday, April 15, guests will have the opportunity to interact with Prismatica, a free, temporary public art installation presented in partnership with Quartier des Spectacles and RAW Design and supported by Hilton.

HYDE PARK ART CENTER PRESENTS “ANNA KUNZ: COLOR CAST,” AN IMMERSIVE INSTALLATION OF PAINTINGS BY ANNA KUNZ

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Artist Anna Kunz expands the boundaries of painting in relation to the body in “Anna Kunz: Color Cast,” a new site-specific installation at Hyde Park Art Center on view in Gallery 1 from March 11 – June 24, 2018. Experience the somatic qualities of pigment by entering canyons of painted canvas, walking on top of a raised platform-as-painting and moving along boldly printed and projected walls of color. The artist will be present for the public reception held on Sunday, May 6 from 3 - 5pm. “Anna Kunz: Color Cast” will also include a series of free programs including live concerts, dance performances and hands-on color workshops in conjunction with the exhibition.

Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest

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Love an old building? Submit a photo (or two or three) to the DNR’s Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology’s annual Historic Preservation Month photo contest. For this photo contest we’re looking for pictures of buildings or other designed features (landscapes, bridges, cemeteries, etc).

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