TV, Music, and Movies News Feed - NWILife Sat, 22 Feb 2020 11:30:05 +0000 en hourly 1 Calumet College of St. Joseph opens up the conversation about sustainability with the One Earth Film Festival Fri, 21 Feb 2020 05:21:33 +0000 Kali Beatty The environment and sustainability are some of the most talked-about subjects today, but it’s not always easy to start the conversation. Calumet College of St. Joseph took a step forward in beginning those conversations by inviting One Earth Film Festival in for a night of learning, questioning, and forward-thinking. The festival staff visits schools around the Chicagoland area as a kickoff for the actual festival that takes place on March 6 – 15.

Green Community Connections are the brains behind the One Earth Film Festival events, and simply want students and children to start thinking about how their choices impact the environment they live in.  

We’re looking for ways for people to feel hopeful about the challenges we’re facing in our climate,” Al Walker, Volunteer Coordinator for One Earth Film Festival said. “We want to help people refresh their minds on how they can positively impact a constructive end to climate change.”

Calumet College of St. Joseph One Earth Film Festival 2020

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Several students, alongside faculty and community members, piled in for the showing of 2040: The Regeneration, a story about how we can effectively reverse global warming and improve the lives of everything living in the process. Two student volunteers, Fiona Culbertson and Paul Bylen were glad to see the community want to be involved in environmental sustainability.

“As science majors, we care deeply about the environment, because without the earth we can’t practice science,” Culbertson said. “I love movies, so being able to present something so important as something everyone can relate to in the form of a movie is amazing.”

“Awareness is what you need to try and fix an issue, so it’s good that the community is coming together to think about things like this,” Bylen said. “We just need to get the conversation started.”

The film was followed by a panel of local environmentalists who shared what Northwest Indiana is doing to be sustainable. Ty Warner, Executive Director of the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), Doug Dixon, the One Earth Film Festival facilitator, and Milan Kruszynski, Director of the Hammond Port Authority, were all happy to be in a room full of likeminded people with an opportunity to show them how they too can help the environment.

“By law (NIRPC) has to think 20 years ahead and I think it will be a success if we can get people to think about where we’re headed,” Warner said. “We had 13 miles of paved trails in 1990, today we have over 160 miles of paved trails so we’re giving people other options so they can contribute to sustainability as well.”

“For the Hammond Port Authority, it’s our job to take some of the dollars available to make things happen toward sustainability,” Krusynski said. “We took Barstow Mountain, which was a slag dump, and transformed it into a golf course, something sustainable.”

“There are so many things that an individual can do that can make a significant impact,” Dixon said. “What I want to encourage people to do is to think of just one more thing we can do to advance the envelope because we can always do something more.”

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Calumet College of St. Joseph opens up the conversation about sustainability with the One Earth Film Festival
Calumet College of St. Joseph One Earth Film Festival 2020 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 05:00:52 +0000 Kali Beatty Calumet College of St. Joseph One Earth Film Festival 2020 Chesterton High School students perform in All-State Ensembles Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:41:34 +0000 Chesterton High School Chesterton High School music students are again among the finest in the state of Indiana! This year CHS had 4 students selected for Indiana All-State Ensembles (Choir and Orchestra) and one CHS student selected for Junior All-State Band. The All-State Ensembles are selected from high school music students all over the state.

The 2020 All-State Choir members are Lauren Bolla (grade 10) and Caroline Ausema (12). The 2020 Junior All-State Band members is Bridget Wisdom (9) The 2020 All State Orchestra members are Gavin Dooley (9) and Libby Gibson (9).

“Getting into the All-State Ensembles is a huge honor for these students,” said CHS Music Department Chair Kristin Morris. 

The Indiana Junior All-State and All-State Ensembles performed as part of the Indiana Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in Ft. Wayne on Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18. The directors of the All-State ensembles are some of the finest educators and college professors in the country. Working with conductors of this caliber is one of the benefits of being selected for the All State Ensembles. 

“We are extremely proud of our student all-state musicians for performing with the best student musicians in the state of Indiana, under the direction of some amazing educators,” Morris added.

Chesterton High School students perform in All-State Ensembles
Music Heritage Series Concert Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:30:35 +0000 Dunes National Park Association Come out for a night of festive music and singing. The Save the Tunes Council is a group of local musicians devoted to preserving and passing on folk songs in the traditional way, using a variety of musical instruments including guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, harmonica, bagpipe, penny whistle, and other obscure instruments.

Additionally, you can tune up your vocal chords and join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform!

Meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center located at 1215 N. State Road 49 just south of the intersection of 49 and U.S. 20 in Porter, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at

Music Heritage Series Concert
Munster’s Got Talent Fri, 14 Feb 2020 23:49:48 +0000 Munster High School ‘Munster’s Got Talent’ to light up the stage

2nd annual event major fundraiser for MHS Band

Talented middle and high schoolers from Munster are set to perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Theatre at the Center to compete for the title of “Munster’s Most Talented” and a grand prize of $250.

It is the second annual show, which serves as one of the biggest fundraisers for the Munster High School Marching Mustangs. The band placed fourth at the state finals in November at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and the Winter Percussion ensemble has won the state finals for two consecutive years. The band program also includes Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Color Guard.

A total of 12 students will perform in February:

Mia Buono – Dance

Gabriella Kajmakoski – Dance

Eliana Candelaria – Vocal Solo

Patience Thorbs – Vocal Solo

Delaney Craig – Guitar/Vocal solo

DeAnthony Bowden – Vocal solo

Ariyah Jamerson – Vocal solo

Jack Sklar – Drum solo

Joe Hladek, Sam Thompson, Keane Haesle – Band

Tatum Hernandez – Vocal solo

Tickets are $20 and $10 for students age 3 to 18. They can be purchased at, at the Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, or go online at

Munster’s Got Talent
Rick Springfield performs at Four Winds Casinos Tue, 11 Feb 2020 22:09:04 +0000 Four Winds Casino Resort The concert will start at 9 pm at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan. Ticket prices range between $59-$79.

Rick Springfield performs at Four Winds Casinos
Summer concert series Thu, 06 Feb 2020 03:16:00 +0000 Contributor Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Summer concert series
Epic Movie Concert with Chamber Concert Band Tue, 04 Feb 2020 17:05:21 +0000 Valparaiso University Epic Movie Concert with Chamber Concert Band
Saturday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
Chapel of the Resurrection
Free admission and open to the public

Epic Movie Concert with Chamber Concert Band
Calumet College of St. Joseph hosts One Earth film festival Tue, 04 Feb 2020 01:13:31 +0000 Calumet College of St. Joseph For the third year, Calumet College of St. Joseph is proud to be the only Indiana host of the One Earth Film Festival. It will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20th at 6:30 pm in Room 200 here on campus. Our film will be “2040 The Regeneration.” The description of the film is below.

Damon Gameau/2019/92 min/Environmental & Social Justice, People & Culture, Climate Change

Film description: Motivated by concerns about the planet that his 4-year-old daughter would inherit, award-winning director Damon Gameau embarked on a global journey to meet innovators and change-makers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education and sustainability. This journey is the central premise for the documentary “2040,” a story of hope that looks at the very real possibility that humanity could reverse global warming and improve the lives of every living thing in the process. It is a positive vision of what ‘could be’, instead of the dystopian future we are so often warned about.

There will be discussion about the film immediately after.  All are welcome.  The event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. 

Calumet College of St. Joseph hosts One Earth film festival
City of La Porte represents in bid for HGTV Home Town Takeover Wed, 29 Jan 2020 22:55:50 +0000 Stacey Kellogg The Maple City is making a bid for some HGTV love, and probably the best question about the whole project would be, “Why not?”

More than 100 people convened on La Porte City Hall steps Tuesday afternoon to show their hometown pride and prepare for the City of La Porte’s bid to be considered for a new HGTV limited series called Home Town Takeover – the birth child of famed renovation personalities Erin and Ben Napier, who plan to lead a team of renovation pros as they take over an entire small town.

The Tuesday meetup was just one small part of the city’s application to be considered for the show, which put out a public call for submissions to towns under 40,000 population. Citizens, babies, city and county officials, and even a fluffy puppy gathered for this portion of their video application, made possible thanks to time donated by Duneland Media.

City of La Porte Home Town Takeover 2020

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“This is just a fantastic turnout and we can’t thank everyone enough for coming out to spend a few minutes with us today to celebrate how we are La Porte Proud,” La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody said. “I’ve said from day one – we can compete with anybody, and this turnout just goes to show you that. We would be honored to have an opportunity to work with HGTV.”

If chosen for the series, the City of La Porte can expect to witness the rehab of multiple individual family homes, as well as the revitalization of public spaces such as parks, local diners and restaurants, and outdoor recreation areas.

Just a short week and a half ago, a La Porte citizen saw the national callout and mentioned the opportunity to Dermody.

La Porte First Lady Jackie Dermody sprang into action.

“This is a wonderful idea on the part of HGTV, and I have real hope that we would be considered for it. The Dermodys are all about packing places with people, so regardless of the outcome, we want to thank HGTV for the opportunity to bring our community together for this.”

With the help of Duneland Media, Jackie Dermody and others began planning the project that will serve as their application, and while they aren’t revealing too much about the final product (due Feb. 4 to HGTV), they’re excited to reveal it to the community when it’s ready.

“I think this is a great opportunity for the City, and it will also bring awareness about La Porte, which is always a good thing,” said Tim Franke, a La Porte city council person and co-owner with Adam Konieczny of Duneland Media.

Others stepped away from their desks or the warmth of their homes to gather with fellow citizens just because they’re proud of their hometown.

“It’s great to be here, and I’m all about trying to improve our town. I was raised here and have lived here all my life, and want to see life continue to get better for everyone,” said Chad Querry, a professional painter and drywaller who has also worked on downtown beautification projects for the city over the last four of years.

“We’ve been able to paint the facades of more than 20 buildings so far,” he said. “I’m La Porte Proud for sure.”

Tom Giglio, who is retired, moved to La Porte four years ago from the Chicago area but grew up visiting his grandparents’ La Porte lake house, which had been in the family for 70 some years.

“La Porte is going in the right direction. We have the best leadership in a five-county radius. There is a lot of history here in La Porte, and with our seven lakes and other natural resources, it’s just a really fun place to be,” he said.

Sharon Miles, a 26-year La Porte resident, and Tammy Glauser, a 13-year resident, both were excited to participate in the video project, despite the chilly temps.

“Being a part of the downtown community, and just getting involved – I think it’s an exciting thing to do and I think we have a shot,” Miles said.

“I would love an opportunity to have HGTV work on my home, but either way, it’s nice to see so many people out here,” Glauser said.

To stay connected with the project, follow the City of La Porte on Facebook, and look for the final HGTV Home Town Takeover project submission there.

City of La Porte represents in bid for HGTV Home Town Takeover