Entertainment News Feed - ValpoLife https://valpo.life Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:25:22 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Memorial Opera House presents Hometown Heroes: A Salute to Veterans lunchtime cabaret https://valpo.life/article/memorial-opera-house-presents-hometown-heroes-a-salute-to-veterans-lunchtime-cabaret/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:58:39 +0000 Kali Beatty https://valpo.life/article/memorial-opera-house-presents-hometown-heroes-a-salute-to-veterans-lunchtime-cabaret/ It’s no secret that Valparaiso welcomes its veteran community with open arms. The Memorial Opera House, one of the city’s most prominent historical sites, was built on the traditions and values of our troops, so it would only make sense that they put on a show free to veterans to thank them for their service. Many supporters and veterans alike came out to enjoy live performances of classic hits like “Beyond the Sea” and “I’ll Be Seeing You,” along with several odes to America. 

The Memorial Opera House staff wanted to create a nostalgic event for all veterans. From World War II to Vietnam to Iraq, the live performances brought back feels for everyone. The Cabaret Coordinator for Memorial Opera House, Bobbie Sue Kvachkoff, knows that we wouldn’t be where we are today without our veterans, so being able to thank them for their service during an afternoon performance is beyond important. 

“[John Peluso’s] goal was to create a cabaret full of music that either influenced them, made them think of home, or got them through the day while they were overseas fighting for our freedom,” Kavachkoff said. “Everything we have today is because of the veterans and watching all of the veterans come in, in their hats or jackets is emotional, it’s nice to see everyone be supportive.”

Last year, Director of the Hometown Heroes: A Salute to Veterans Cabaret, John Peluso, had the idea to do something a little different with the veteran’s cabaret. He wanted to include music that spoke to their personal experiences instead of the typical uniform respect of patriotism. He even went to the length of asking some veterans personally what songs stuck with them most. 

Hometown Heroes: A Salute To Veterans 2019

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“We dedicate one day a year to celebrating veterans, but the Memorial Opera House was founded for the purpose of furthering the mission that veterans had fought for and in this community we have a lot of veterans,” Peluso said. “We can’t do what we do without the service of others, so being able to take the timely opportunity to give back to that and recognize all of the sacrifices they made, I think is an important part of recognizing the entire history and purpose of this facility.”

The Memorial Opera House hosts six lunchtime cabarets every year and have done so for the last ten years with the veterans cabaret starting almost six years ago. 

“The building is of course a monument to veterans of the Civil War and all wars and we wanted to make sure we were honoring our vets today and we’re doing so through some really great songs and we’re really excited for it,” said Scot MacDonald, executive director of Memorial Opera House. “[The veterans] really appreciate it. They love being able to hear the songs that remind them of their time serving and also just really appreciate that we’re saying thank you, and that’s what’s most important.”

Marine Corps, Navy Reserves, and Army National Guard veteran, Walter White (not to be confused with Heisenberg as he points out) is a retired Staff Sergeant who is also a regular at the Memorial Opera House. As a veteran of both the Vietnam and Gulf wars, something drastically different happened when he came home from the latter, he was welcomed. He couldn’t be happier to be a part of a community that is so appreciative of veterans. 

“Thanks are appreciated. I was at the very beginning of Vietnam and when I came home I met total indifference. It wasn’t until later on when Vietnam vets started thanking ourselves because it seemed like no one else cared one way or the other,” White said. “When I came home from the Gulf War, we had a tremendous amount of welcome home because everyone decided that never again will we abandon our brothers, so being thanked is a welcomed change.”

For more information on Memorial Opera House, go to www.memorialoperahouse.com

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Memorial Opera House presents Hometown Heroes: A Salute to Veterans lunchtime cabaret
Festive Christmas Vespers https://valpo.life/event/festive-christmas-vespers-2/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:49:43 +0000 Valparaiso University https://valpo.life/event/festive-christmas-vespers-2/ WHO: Valparaiso University presents the annual Advent Christmas Vespers service, this year combined with the annual Christmas Concert. The service will feature the Kantorei Choir of the Chapel of the Resurrection, the Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s Ensemble, the Resurrection Ringers handbell Choir, Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Concert Band.

WHAT: The annual service of lessons and carols is a traditional part of Advent celebrations on campus. This year’s theme is “A Festive Christmas Vespers: Promise Praise Pilgrim” and will feature the artwork of He Qe.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University

CONTACT: Tickets may be purchased through the University Box Office. Free tickets are available for students, faculty and staff. Please contact the Box Office at 219.464.5162 to check seat availability and purchase tickets.

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Festive Christmas Vespers
Festive Christmas Vespers https://valpo.life/event/festive-christmas-vespers/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:48:31 +0000 Valparaiso University https://valpo.life/event/festive-christmas-vespers/ WHO: Valparaiso University presents the annual Advent Christmas Vespers service, this year combined with the annual Christmas Concert. The service will feature the Kantorei Choir of the Chapel of the Resurrection, the Chorale, Women’s Choir, Men’s Ensemble, the Resurrection Ringers handbell Choir, Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Concert Band.

WHAT: The annual service of lessons and carols is a traditional part of Advent celebrations on campus. This year’s theme is “A Festive Christmas Vespers: Promise Praise Pilgrim” and will feature the artwork of He Qe.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University

CONTACT: Tickets may be purchased through the University Box Office. Free tickets are available for students, faculty and staff. Please contact the Box Office at 219.464.5162 to check seat availability and purchase tickets.

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Festive Christmas Vespers
Hometown Heroes: A Salute To Veterans 2019 https://valpo.life/photo/hometown-heroes-a-salute-to-veterans-2019/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:44:04 +0000 Kali Beatty https://valpo.life/photo/hometown-heroes-a-salute-to-veterans-2019/ Hometown Heroes: A Salute To Veterans 2019 Santa Canvas Paint https://valpo.life/event/santa-canvas-paint/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:23:31 +0000 City of Hammond https://valpo.life/event/santa-canvas-paint/ December 14, 2019
11:00 to 2:00 pm
Hammond Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Avenue

$35 per person, includes all materials.  Spaces are limited to 20 guests. Cash, Cards or Checks Payable to Hammond Parks Department will be accepted.

Register at the Hammond Civic Center before December 1st or until spots are full. Call us at 219-853-6378.

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Chicago the Musical at Chesterton High School https://valpo.life/event/chicago-the-musical-at-chesterton-high-school-2/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:38:47 +0000 Chesterton High School https://valpo.life/event/chicago-the-musical-at-chesterton-high-school-2/ The Chesterton High School Music and Drama Departments will present the musical, “CHICAGO (High School Edition)” by Fred Ebb, Bob Foss and John Kander on Friday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium, 2125 S 11th Street in Chesterton.

The high school edition has been edited slightly to remove adult and overtly sexual language, and two songs (“Class” and “A Bit of Good”) have been eliminated from the production.

“In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart (Paige Fowler) murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos (Dylan Leavitt), to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly (Rebecca Lane), vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream: fame, fortune, and acquittal.”

Ticket prices are as follows: $10 for Adults, $8 for Students and Seniors.

Tickets can be purchased at the CHS Bookstore from 8 a.m.-Noon weekdays or at www.showtix4u.com

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Chicago the Musical at Chesterton High School
Matilda the Musical https://valpo.life/event/matilda-the-musical/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:28:05 +0000 Valparaiso High School https://valpo.life/event/matilda-the-musical/ Valparaiso High School Drama Club and Memorial Opera House’s LimeLights Children’s Theatre Present: Matilda The Musical Performances: November 22-23 @ 7:00PM; November 24th @ 2:00PM

Matilda the Musical is the classic Roald Dahl story of a bright young child, her neglectful parents, and angry principal, and the teacher who loved her. With a book adapted by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, Matilda includes songs like “Naughty,” “When I Grow Up,” “Smell of Rebellion,” and “Revolting Children.”

Come see our talented high school cast and LimeLights children’s ensemble perform this classic story. Tickets are $10 and available at the door at the Valparaiso High School auditorium.

This energetic, warm-hearted musical shows that sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty! Directed by Colleen Peluso and Molly Vass. For additional information contact Colleen Peluso at cpeluso@valpo.k12.in.us or Molly Vass at mvass@valpo.k12.in.us.

Over 2,000 elementary students are attending a short preview performance on Wednesday, November 20th at the high school. Students have also had the opportunity to check out the book of Matilda as part of VHS Drama Club’s literacy outreach to elementary media centers. Preview showings are at 10:00AM, 11:30AM, and 1:00PM. Press is welcome to attend a preview. Please RSVP to cpeluso@valpo.k12.in.us to confirm your attendance.

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Matilda the Musical
Matilda the Musical https://valpo.life/event/73414/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:25:16 +0000 Valparaiso High School https://valpo.life/event/73414/ Valparaiso High School Drama Club and Memorial Opera House’s LimeLights Children’s Theatre Present: Matilda The Musical
Performances: November 22-23 @ 7:00PM; November 24th @ 2:00PM

Matilda the Musical is the classic Roald Dahl story of a bright young child, her neglectful parents, and angry principal, and the teacher who loved her. With a book adapted by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, Matilda includes songs like “Naughty,” “When I Grow Up,” “Smell of Rebellion,” and “Revolting Children.” Come see our talented high school
cast and LimeLights children’s ensemble perform this classic story. Tickets are $10 and available at the door at the Valparaiso High School auditorium.

This energetic, warm-hearted musical shows that sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty! Directed by Colleen Peluso and Molly Vass. For additional information contact Colleen Peluso at cpeluso@valpo.k12.in.us or Molly Vass at mvass@valpo.k12.in.us.

Over 2,000 elementary students are attending a short preview performance on Wednesday, November 20th at the high school. Students have also had the opportunity to check out the book of Matilda as part of VHS Drama Club’s literacy outreach to elementary media centers. Preview showings are at 10:00AM, 11:30AM, and 1:00PM. Press is welcome to attend a preview. Please RSVP to cpeluso@valpo.k12.in.us to confirm your attendance.

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Matilda the Musical
Chicago the Musical at Chesterton High School https://valpo.life/event/chicago-the-musical-at-chesterton-high-school/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 19:49:28 +0000 Chesterton High School https://valpo.life/event/chicago-the-musical-at-chesterton-high-school/ The Chesterton High School Music and Drama Departments will present the musical, “CHICAGO (High School Edition)” by Fred Ebb, Bob Foss and John Kander on Friday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium, 2125 S 11th Street in Chesterton.

The high school edition has been edited slightly to remove adult and overtly sexual language, and two songs (“Class” and “A Bit of Good”) have been eliminated from the production.

“In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart (Paige Fowler) murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos (Dylan Leavitt), to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly (Rebecca Lane), vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream: fame, fortune, and acquittal.”

Ticket prices are as follows: $10 for Adults, $8 for Students and Seniors.

Tickets can be purchased at the CHS Bookstore from 8 a.m.-Noon weekdays or at www.showtix4u.com

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Chicago the Musical at Chesterton High School
Felix the Cat’s 100th Birthday Catillian https://valpo.life/event/felix-the-cats-100th-birthday-catillian/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 19:46:25 +0000 City of Whiting https://valpo.life/event/felix-the-cats-100th-birthday-catillian/ Join the City of Logansport, Indiana in celebration of Felix the Cat’s 100th Birthday on November 17th from 10am-5pm! The MHOF is excited to host this milestone, birthday celebration for the OLDEST MASCOT in the State of Indiana • Felix the Cat • of Logansport Community High School!

Felix the Cat’s Birthday Catillian at the MHOF will be a fun-filled day of purrr-thday activities for all who attend! This event is open to the public with the purchase of museum admission.

Mayor Kitchell, City of Logansport Staff, Logansport High School Students, and members of the Logansport Community will be traveling to Whiting to lead the celebration for Felix!

Guests will enjoy complimentary face painting and a balloon artist, and a meet and greet with Lafayette Aviators mascot, the Aviator, as well as Boomer from the Indiana Pacers!

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Felix the Cat’s 100th Birthday Catillian