Today-Feb. 4 — “DEBBIE DOES DALLAS,” musical at Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis. Call (317) 685-8687.
Today-Feb. 12 — “DIXIE SWIM CLUB,” at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis. Tickets: $49. Call (317) 872-9664.
Friday-Sunday — “SOUVENIR,” at Hedback Community Theatre, 1847 N. Alabama St., Indianapolis. Other Shows: Jan. 20-22. Call (317) 926-6630.
Sunday — “THE MEETING,” at Whittenberger Auditorium, 900 E. Seventh St., Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University, Bloomington, free event.
Jan. 21 — “GILLIGAN’S ISLAND OF DEATH,” murder mystery dinner theater and wine tasting, at Castle Finn Winery, hors d’oeuvres begin 5:30 p.m. with show at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $40. Call (217) 463-2600.
Jan. 21 — “WINTER FOLLIES,” at Ritz Theater, Rockville, 7 p.m. Tickets: $7. For more information visit www.parkeplayers.com.
Jan. 22 — “CINEMA VIVANT,” featuring live Gypsy swing band, The Hot Club, at Tilson Auditorium, Indiana State University, 7:30 p.m. Call 1-877-ISU-TIXS.
Jan. 27-28 — “STOMP,” at Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington, Ind. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38-$60 general public and $20 to $41 students. Call (812) 855-1103.
Feb. 3 — “BACHELOR OF DEATH,” murder mystery and dinner, at Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I, 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 and $15, $21.40. Call (812) 237-8859.
Feb. 3-4 — “LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES,” at Wells-Metz Theatre, Indiana University Bloomington. Other Shows: Feb. 7-11. For tickets and times call (812) 855-1103.
Feb. 10 — “SISTER ROBERT ANNE’S CABARET CLASS!” at Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 adults and $20 students, seniors and active military personnel. (*)
Feb. 17-April 6 — “LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL,” at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis. Tickets: $37-$60. Call (317) 872-9664.
Feb. 17-19 — “TARUFFE,” at Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168, Butler Theatre, Butler University, Indianapolis, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays. Other Shows: Feb. 23-26.
Feb. 17-19 — “PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM” at Old Town Players Theatre and Arts Center, Vincennes, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Other Shows: Feb. 24-26. For tickets visit www.oldtownplayers.org.
Feb. 23-26 — “THE NATURE AND PURPOSE OF THE UNIVERSE,” at Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston, Ill. Call (217) 345-2287.
Feb. 24-25 — “A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM,” at Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Indiana University, Bloomington. Other Shows: Feb. 28-March 3. For tickets and times call 812) 855-1103.
Feb. 28-29 — “IN THE HEIGHTS,” at Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington, 8 p.m. Tickets: $38 to $60 general public and $20 to $41 students. Call (812) 855-1103.
March 2-11 — “MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS,” at Community Theatre of Terre Haute, 1431 S. 25th St. Call (812) 232-7172.
March 2-5 — “DEATH COMES TO US ALL,” at Charleston Alley Theatre, 718 Monroe Ave., Charleston, Ill. Call (217) 345-2287.
March 15-18 — “BLAME IT ON THE MOVIES,” musical at Brubeck Theatre, Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, Ill. Call (618) 262-8641.
March 27-28 — “SOUTH PACIFIC,” at Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington, 8 p.m. Tickets: $38 to $60 general admission and $20 to $41 students.
March 28 — GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA, at Tilson Auditorium, Indiana State University. For tickets and times visit www.indstate.edu/hctaf.
March 30 — “BETWEEN FRIENDS,” at Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis. Tickets: $25 adults and $20 students. Call (317) 685-8687.
Today-Feb. 4 — “DEBBIE DOES DALLAS,” musical at Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis. Call (317) 685-8687.
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Earth Day receives its share of under-your-breath criticism.
Princes, princesses, pirates invited to Fairy Tale Ball
Come one, come all to the third annual Fairy Tale Ball from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 26 in the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.
Author weaves music, storytelling, sign language in presentation
Debbie Clement brings a wealth of diverse experiences to all of her performances — from concert and stage to staff development.
With more than 30 years of experience working with children, Clement has been a classroom teacher and administrator, and now serves as a consultant for her company “Rainbows Within Reach.”
‘Passion in the Park’ re-enacts birth, trial, crucifixion, resurrection of Jesus
Many say it is a life-changing experience that brings the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus to life. It is certainly a community effort driven by a desire of many volunteer Christians who come together to express their passion for the passion of Jesus Christ.
Providence Food Pantry going strong after year at new location
The setup inside the building makes it feel like you’re walking into a “mom-and-pop” grocery store, with a check-in area, and aisles for patrons to walk through and eye all the food set up perfectly on tables.
Shape of an Idea: Inspiration flows from 19th-century songwriter to modern-day sculpture in his honor
As a child, Teresa Clark played near a river. A century earlier, young Paul Dresser did the same.
Their memories inspired artwork. A song Dresser wrote in 1897 flows through a sculpture Clark is now creating.
Exhibit showcases history of churches in Terre Haute
This summer everyone is invited to an old fashioned, interdenominational church summer picnic celebrating that “Old Time Religion,” as part of the Vigo County Historical Society Museum’s opening exhibit for 2014. The exhibit and associated events will take a look back at how religion has shaped the development of the Wabash Valley.
Author visits birthplace of Calvin Coolidge
Editor’s Note: Today, in this seventh and final installment of Mike Lunsford’s “New England Journal,” the writer visits a small town in south central Vermont, birthplace of the nation’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge. Be sure to look for Mike’s regular column in Monday’s edition of the Tribune-Star.
Guiding Star: Inspired by family, Terre Haute native rallies famous names to fund cancer research
Famous people filled the Riviera Country Club, a scenic golf resort in affluent Pacific Palisades, Calif.
A city block away, Sunset Boulevard runs toward the Pacific Ocean. The Santa Monica Mountains overlook it all. Inside the Riviera, during a 2009 fundraising dinner, Terre Haute attorney Tony Tanoos found himself surrounded by a who’s who of celebrities — actors such as Ray Romano, Mark Wahlberg, Don Cheadle and others, and golfing greats like Gary Player, Johnny Miller and Rocco Mediate. Soon, the crowd of notables heard the words of main speaker Lisa Paulsen, the president of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
MIKE LUNSFORD: The long goodbye to winter
I have no idea what the weather is to bring to us on the morning this story runs, but on the day I write most of it, the sun is shining, and we have just come off a weekend of pleasant warmth and cloudless skies.
Making Waves: Woman devotes part of rural Vigo County home to museum on hairstyling
Some studies show that women spend more than $50,000 in a lifetime and more than one month of their entire life at a beauty salon, trying to get and keep their hair just the right style. How they have accomplished this through the ages has been a fascination for local hairstylist Brenda Ellis for more than 50 years.
Heaven on Earth: Writer gets lost — both figuratively and literally — at Acadia National Park
Editor’s Note: Today, we continue the New England Journal as Mike Lunsford writes of a day hiking the Atlantic shoreline and the trails of Maine’s Acadia National Park.
Rock of Ages: Hulman Center stage has been entertaining crowds since 1974
As the stage lights came on, Sam Wellington and his cohorts gazed out at an audience of 8,060 Midwesterners.
The scene was familiar for him. Wellington and his country music quartet, The Four Guys, opened shows night after night for fellow RCA Records artists Ronnie Millsap and headliner Charley Pride on tours across North America.
Wearing a Legacy: Inspired by Debs, a variety of places and things beyond Terre Haute — from a town to beers — bear his name
A town and a school. Two styles of beer. A radio station, a street, a township, and a house for college students. Even a parade.
Any of those places or things named in honor of legendary labor and social activist Eugene V. Debs could theoretically exist in Terre Haute. Alas, none do.
Flowing forward: As Riverscape leader retires, he sees great things ahead for the Wabash River
An iconic photo of Harry Truman hangs in John Mutchner’s office.
The walls of that room and others inside Mutchner’s scenic eastside home offer glimpses of his interests, from auto racing to basketball to political history. The famous picture of a triumphant Truman, hoisting an erroneous “Dewey Defeats Truman” Chicago Tribune headline, rests neatly framed alongside a 1952 campaign button and an autographed notecard from the former president.
Hope Awakened: On a floating hospital, Terre Haute nurse sees lives of needy transformed
The woman was 24 years old. She weighed 70 pounds.
She had young children and, for a long time, a heavy burden. A tumor, large as her head, engulfed her jaw. Eating and breathing became all but impossible for her. Undoubtedly, she’d been ostracized because of it, too. Such cases are rare in the Western world, but they occur frequently in the Republic of Congo. The coastal African nation has just one doctor for every 20,000 people.
Rock Collector: Indiana Coal Council president loves rocks, fossils and 4-H
You might say Bruce Stevens grew up with lots of pet rocks.
Scavenging for rocks and fossils as a boy near his home at Coalmont launched Stevens’ fascination with geology. His love of all things sedimentary led him to a successful career in hydrology, reclamation and the coal industry.
‘Afternoon on a Hill’: The formal poet who led an informal life — Edna St. Vincent Millay
EDITOR’S NOTE: Today, we continue the New England Journal as Mike Lunsford writes of an afternoon exploring the rural gardens and home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay near Austerlitz, N.Y. Join Lunsford in February for the sixth installment of this series as he wanders along the wooded shorelines of Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park.
No Intermission: Character meets demise on ‘Walking Dead,’ but lively acting career continues for Terre Haute’s Jose Pablo Cantillo
Characters often make dramatic exits from television shows.
Few could top Terre Haute-raised actor Jose Pablo Cantillo’s departure last month from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”
The scene occurred in the fourth season of cable TV’s most popular drama series ever.
Telling stories in song
Pieces of Terre Haute’s infamous past gather dust in the town’s metaphorical attic. Closed-up, old baggage — forever linked, like it or not, to the historical record.
Real people lived through those times, but as generations pass, memories of those characters fade and disappear.
Woods alum writes children’s book
Telling the story of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College’s foundress, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, in a way that children can enjoy is what one alumna recently did in the form of a children’s book.
GRAPE SENSE: Down South America way, Andes ripe for fine wines
South American wines played a key role in revolutionizing the concept of value wines in recent years. Argentina has had great success with its seductive Malbec, earthy Bonarda and even the white difference of Torrontos.
TRIED ’N’ TRUE: Try your hand at a cup of scrambled eggs
I’m always asking for a recipe for one or two people.
But this recipe is for one. Easy to make for two. For mine I like ham, bacon or sausage, browned and drained.
‘Worshipful, reverent’ music goal of organist who plays Friday night at Terre Haute church
To an untrained observer, a concert organ looks as complex as the controls of a jumbo jetliner.
Four tiers of keyboards, dozens of knobs (known as pistons) and two rows of foot pedals fuel the instrument’s lush sound. An organist would seem to need 10 limbs to play it.
White Violet Center to offer day of fun with nature on April 26
Live performances, demonstrations, animal programs, relaxation and other events —all specifically geared toward honoring the planet — are planned April 26, as the longest-running and largest Earth Day celebration in west-central Indiana continues at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
‘Nomadic aural tinkerer’ Saturday Giant scheduled for Verve’s stage on May 3
The Saturday Giant, a one-man art-rock band from Columbus, Ohio, will perform at 9:30 p.m. May 3 at The Verve in downtown Terre Haute.
Swope to present work by young artists in spring exhibit
Spring brings one of the most popular yearly exhibitions at the Swope Art Museum, its annual showcase of work by student artists.
Sign up to Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vigo County is appealing to the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, which raises money needed to carefully pair volunteer mentors with children who face adversity in staff-supported, long-term mentoring friendships.
‘90 Minutes in Heaven’ author to speak
Don Piper, author of “90 Minutes in Heaven — a True Story of Death and Life,” will speak at 7 p.m. CDT April 10 in First Baptist Church of Casey, Ill.
‘Scattered’ explores one of nature’s most powerful forces
An innovative mix of dance, theater and film explores one of nature’s most powerful forces when Motionhouse brings its show “Scattered” to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Hatfield Hall on Saturday, March 29.
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