IF0: Intro To Improv + Jam

Have you ever watched improv on Whose Line Is It Anyway or gone to the Second City in Chicago and thought, “Hey! I want to do that!” but didn’t think you could? Guess what? YOU CAN!!!

Join us at for a FREE improv workshop where you’ll get some easy-to-learn, low pressure instruction on improvisation with people at the same level. Intro students are invited to stick around for the Improv Jam afterwards where they get to play in a safe, fun environment with veterans of the improv community. The workshop is a great way to meet people, have fun and discover that you have what it takes to be an improviser. Best of all, it’s free!

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  • 10/17/2018 8:00 pm - 10/17/2018 8:00 pm

    We're bringing a night of stand-up sketch, & a bit of improv from two of the best comics in the midwest! Steven Lyons & Jamie Campbell are reuniting for a limited-run comedy tour that will hit a handful of lucky cities this October. The duo met when they were both stand-out performers in Chicago’s world-famous comedy scene. Two twelve year-olds trapped inside the bodies of 30-something men, their act combines sketch comedy, stand-up, improvisation, and any other mix of dumb fun they can think of!

    Opening act TBA.

    Before disbanding when both left Chicago, they collaborated on the sketch comedy/talk show Talk Hard, which was named Chicago’s “Best Sketch/Improv Troupe” by The Chicago Reader. The duo has performed on numerous stages, including The CSz Theater, Laugh Out Loud Comedy, Chicago Underground Comedy, Under The Gun Theater, and as headliners at the Columbus Improv Festival. They appeared on television sets across the nation as guests on Steve Gadlin’s Star Makers. Steven now resides back in his home country of New Zealand, but is returning to the U.S. for a brief stint, making this very limited reunion tour possible. Don’t miss this rare chance to see Lyons & Campbell return to the stage!

    About Steven:
    Steven Lyons has performed comedy around the globe including Chicago, London, Boston, Bermuda, Vancouver, New York, Calgary, Indiana, across the Caribbean and even Auckland, New Zealand (where he lives)! Steven makes comedy hugs for your ears with his absurd yet empathetic views on life and language. Steven is a member of New Zealand’s renowned Improv Bandits, has performed with Second City Theatricals aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, and was a professional ensemble member at ComedySportz Chicago and Laugh Out Loud Theater. Having moved back to Nz from America in late 2016 his stand up performances made him a National Raw Quest Grand Finalist in 2017, he also co-hosts the I’ll Be Back Catalogue (Nz Comedy Guild nominated best podcast) and performs stand up regularly around Auckland.

    “He hit us with quick-fire puns, well-written material and ended with some impressive impressions used to brilliant comedic effect.”
    - Keeping Up With Nz

    About Jamie:
    Jamie Campbell is a nationally touring stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and improviser. He is wrapping up a national tour of his critically-acclaimed one-man show, The Devil on the Wall or, That Time I Got Kidnapped. His debut album, Tell Me You’re Proud of Me, debuted at #1 on Amazon’s comedy charts. In Chicago, where he began his career, he was named the city’s “Best Stand-Up Comedian” by The Chicago Reader. He is a staff writer, and one of the stars of the cult web series Lunch and Learn, which has garnered millions of online views. You may recognize him from numerous television commercials, or his appearances on NBC's Chicago Fire and Pop TV's Hollywood Darlings. He has shared the stage or worked on projects with countless legendary names in comedy and entertainment, including Hannibal Buress, Cameron Esposito, Oscar Isaac, Chris Redd, Scott Adsit, Ty Burrell, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Alicia Keys, and Dana Carvey.

    “Quick wit & inventive riffing . . . uplifting humor & big laughs!”
    - ChicagoNow

  • 10/20/2018 5:00 pm - 10/20/2018 5:00 pm

    Join us October 20, 2018 at the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Michigan City as we set sail aboard the S.S. NIETF for the 26th Annual NIETF Gala, Northwest Indiana's own version of The Tony Awards, recognizing excellence in theatre arts across the region.


    5:00 pm Doors Open for Dinner Guests, Cash Bar, Photo Booth open
    5:30 pm Dinner served promptly at 5:30 pm, must be seated to be served. Volunteer recognition ceremony will be held during dinner.
    6:30 pm Doors Open for Ceremony Only Guests, Cash Bar, Photo Booth open
    7:00 pm Gala Awards Ceremony Begins
    8:15 pm Intermission, Desserts Available for All Guests, Cash Bar
    8:45 pm Gala Awards Ceremony Act 2 Begins
    10:00 pm Gala Awards Ceremony Concludes, Dancing and Photo Booth
    11:30 pm Event concludes

    NIETF Member Pricing:
    $40 Dinner and Ceremony, purchase before 9/15/18.
    $50 Dinner and Ceremony, purchase between 9/15/18-10/7/18.

    $25 Ceremony Only, puchase before 9/15/18.
    $30 Ceremony Only, purchase between 9/15/18-10/7/18.

    Non-NIETF Member Pricing:
    $50 Dinner and Ceremony, purchase before 9/15/18.
    $60 Dinner and Ceremony, purchase between 9/15/18-10/7/18.

    $30 Ceremony Only, purchase before 9/15/18.
    $35 Ceremony Only, purchase between 9/15/18-10/7/18.


    Additionally, special rates available at Blue Chip Hotel for Saturday night, October 20, while they last. To make reservations, contact the hotel directly at 888-879-7711 and use group code GNI1020 (NIETF Gala). You will be asked to provide a credit card number for the first night's cost, then upon checkin (after 4 pm), you will pay the balance. NIETF is not handling these reservations.

    Blue Chip Standard Room: $189 + tax
    Spa Blue Standard Room: $219 + tax

  • 10/20/2018 7:30 pm - 10/20/2018 7:30 pm

    Brightside Music Presents Shemekia Copeland With The Cash Box Kings

    Concert At 7:30 PM On Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Brightside Music is happy to welcome Shemekia Copeland to Valparaiso to headline our Blues Fest. Experience one of the greatest voices in blues at a venue that was practically made for it. You won't want to miss her.
    Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soulshouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down to a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia's wide open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.
    Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world during her decades long career. She's sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others. She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait.
    With her latest album Outskirts of Love and a packed tour schedule, Copeland has her eyes fixed firmly on the future as she continues to break new musical ground. "I want to be growing, to be innovative," she says. "I'm a lifert, singing about things that bother me, using my music to help people. My dad always said that 'we're all connected.' I'm an old soul marching to the beat of my own drum," she continues, "And right now I'm making the most exciting music of my career.
  • 11/14/2018 1:00 pm - 11/14/2018 1:00 pm

    Star Spangled Cabaret - A Veteran's Day Salute

    Performance at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 14

    The Memorial Opera House wouldn't be where she is without the brave men and women who have fought for freedom! Join us as we enjoy the 125th anniversary of our great memorial by saluting those who made it possible. Featuring songs from the eras of World War I through Desert Storm, we proudly thank the brave souls that have made America truly great with this patriotic afternoon
  • 12/07/2018 5:00 pm - 12/07/2018 5:00 pm

    The Regional Performing Arts is hosting their second annual fundraiser at the Barnes & Noble Valparaiso store, featuring activities, a reading of "The Polar Express" and even a visit from Santa himself! A percentage of the purchases made anywhere in the store will go towards the fundraiser.

  • 12/07/2018 7:30 pm - 12/07/2018 7:30 pm
    • Performance Date - Friday, December 7th at 7:30pm
    • Theatre Northwest Black Box Theatre - located in the new Arts & Sciences Building


  • 12/08/2018 7:30 pm - 12/08/2018 7:30 pm
    No additional details for this event.
  • 12/09/2018 7:30 pm - 12/09/2018 7:30 pm

    CLASSICAL BLAST! - THE DARK SIDE OF THE YULE - Christmas meets Classic Rock in Classical Blast's Dark Side of the Yule holiday concert. It's one of the most unique Christmas musical experiences you'll hear, with a mix of new, classic, and surprising. Classical Blast provides a new take on traditional carols, rocking them and mashing with rock music from the 60's to current, all performed on a mix of classical & rock instruments. Dark Side of the Yule includes music by Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Moody Blues, Metallica, Evanescence and so much more, all mashed with Christmas classics, medieval carols, and original holiday songs. Some examples, "Carol of the Bells/Game of Thrones," "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy/Enter Sandman," or "Silent Night/Sound of Silence", come and experience the magic! This year's show features new vocalist Sophie Monroy and more surprises. Front row couch seating, which includes photo with the band, is available by calling the box office Tue-Sat 12N-4PM, 219-464-1636 ext 1

  • 12/19/2018 1:00 pm - 12/19/2018 1:00 pm

    Celebrate The Season: A Christmas Cabaret

    Performance At 1:00 PM On Wednesday, December 19

    The Memorial Opera House will sing and dance our way into the Christmas Season with this spectacular cabaret. Following our production of It's A Wonderful Life, we will be sure to open our arms to event the sourest of Scrooges to ring in the festivities of the holidays. Be sure to join us for an afternoon featuring some of our favorite memories of the year and a special visit from the North Pole!
  • 12/21/2018 7:30 pm - 12/21/2018 7:30 pm

    South Shore Orchestra: Holiday Pops!

    Concert At 7:30 PM On Friday, December 21, 2018

    Join Maestro Troy Webdell and the South Shore Orchestra for our traditional holiday celebration the entire family can enjoy! Featuring classic and comtemporary music of the holiday season including music from Ottorino Respighi's magical children's ballet THE FANTASTIC TOYSHOP!

  • 02/10/2019 7:30 pm - 02/10/2019 7:30 pm
    No additional details for this event.