TV, Music, and Movies News Feed - NWILife Wed, 18 Sep 2019 20:29:15 +0000 en hourly 1 MAESTRO DEJONGE RETURNS TO LEAD CHILDREN’S CONCERTS Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:29:06 +0000 La Porte County Symphony Orchestra La Porte, IN –The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra is proud to present their 31st Annual Children’s Concerts entitled “THE POWER AND EMOTION OF MUSIC” to be held on Wednesday, October 9 at the Civic Auditorium in La Porte. Three concerts will be presented at 9:30 AM, 11:10 AM and 12:45 PM. 

Maestro Rick DeJonge returns to the podium as Guest Conductor where he led the LCSO for the 2018 Children’s Concerts. DeJonge was asked to return to present this year’s concerts after receiving rave reviews from both teachers and students the prior year. DeJonge, now living in Nashville, is a former music instructor in the La Porte Community School Corporation. In demand nationally as a conductor, composer and arranger, DeJonge counts among his credits music for the TV shows Lost, The West Wing and CSI: Miami. DeJonge has worked with both Paramount and Fox Studios and has been the arranger for the Walt Disney World’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2011.  DeJonge will conduct the Denver Pops Orchestra on October 12.

DeJonge’s program with individual instrument demonstrations will include Tribute to Silent Films, demonstrating the power that music has while filming for television and the big screen; the iconic composition, The Typewriter; and ending with Star Wars Medley. The LCSO will perform all original arrangements by DeJonge. The LCSO Children’s Concert Education Guide and musical examples from this concert can be found at

All students are admitted for only $1.00, the same price for the last 31 years, and is made possible by the following generous sponsors:  

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Lakeshore Community Concerts presents 3 Redneck Tenors: Broadway Bound Tue, 17 Sep 2019 03:31:42 +0000 Lakeshore Community Concerts A mixture of down home laughs and big city music! For more information go to where you can also purchase tickets.

Lakeshore Community Concerts presents 3 Redneck Tenors: Broadway Bound
Brew & View 2019 Sun, 15 Sep 2019 01:19:43 +0000 Andrea Marvel Brew & View 2019 Movies in Bulldog Park – “Dumbo” Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:44:02 +0000 City of Crown Point Partnering with the Crown Point Parks & Recreation Dept, Hometown Happenings invites you to join us for a fun family night out at the movies… in Bulldog Park!

“A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer..” ~ IMDB

FREE admission. Everyone is invited to bring a blanket or chair. Concessions are available for purchase. No outside food is permitted.

Join us for games & contests before the movie! And while the movie is free, Hometown Happenings will be collecting donations for CP charities

Movies in Bulldog Park – “Dumbo”
Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana will host LUNAFEST Mon, 09 Sep 2019 17:06:42 +0000 Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana will host LUNAFEST on September 19 at Portage 16 IMAX theater. LUNAFEST is a national traveling film festival that simultaneously promotes women filmmakers, raises awareness for women’s issues, and supports worthy women’s nonprofit organizations like Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana. 

At the opening of LUNAFEST guests will enjoy a champagne toast, catered appetizers from Meditrina Market Cafe of Valparaiso and delicious cupcakes created by Chef Nick at Restaurant Tricks both out of Valparaiso, Indiana. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on incredible silent auction baskets and purchase 50/50 raffle tickets. For the film viewing each guest will receive a token for a pop and popcorn combo, LUNA bars, as well as a theater seat to watch these amazing films on the big screen! 

Tickets are $35 per person. A limited number of reserved reception tables that seat eight for $280 are also available. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and film viewing begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at:

All proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana. This non-profit inspires girls in the NWI to be healthy, joyful, and confident through its activity-based after school program. They envision a world where every girls knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. This council has inspired over 13,000 girls since 2007.

About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a national physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The ten-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5K event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls on the Run has served over 1.2 million girls since its inception in 1996. 

Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana will host LUNAFEST
10 Fun Things to do this weekend in NWI September 6-8, 2019 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 21:12:24 +0000 Kole Rushmore 10 Fun Things to do this weekend in NWI September 6-8, 2019 UFC 242 Public Viewing Tue, 03 Sep 2019 20:43:03 +0000 Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa UFC 242
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K-Pop culture encourages self-care and healthy living in teens across the world Fri, 30 Aug 2019 05:01:20 +0000 Beth Ireland It’s hard to believe Beatlemania and the British Invasion was over 50 years ago. Thousands of teens flooded stadiums, screaming at the top of their lungs, enraptured with new sound. And today, we have a new musical invasion– K-Pop (Korean Pop). Bands from all over South Korea are creating a new wave of pop and people of all ages around the world are fascinated with the genre as a whole. One of the biggest K-Pop bands, BTS, has become a worldwide sensation and oddly enough, two local teens forged a new connection over their love for them. 

Hannah Affeld and Natalie White had never met before sitting down for this interview, but we gave both superfans the opportunity to get to know each other. Each girl had discovered BTS last year by watching videos on YouTube. This led to a new love for all things BTS and K-Pop. Immersing themselves in the fandom, they watched so many K-Pop videos that they soon began picking up the language. Many songs include English lyrics and are enjoyable even if you don’t understand all of the words. 

“There’s English in the song. You can listen to a song without subtitles and enjoy it just as much, just hearing their voices,” said Natalie. 

This past May, both Hannah and Natalie had their dreams come true when they were given the opportunity to see BTS live at Soldier Field. In fact, they were both at the same concert. The experience was one they will never forget. Nor will their devoted parents who took them. 

“For six or seven minutes you see a small girl going through every single emotion you can possibly have,” said Drew White, Natalie’s Father.  

Both Natalie and Hannah found the concert to be a unique experience and shed many tears of joy throughout the day. The biggest impression for everyone was the joy and happiness that they saw and felt from the entire crowd there. 

“There was nothing like it. We stood in the rain for hours, and nobody was mad! Nobody was upset. Everybody was talking to each other, it was like a giant meet-up,” said Elissa Affeld, Hannah’s mom.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been to a situation where there have been kinder people. You just knew that everybody was excited to be able to be around other people that share the same enthusiasm. It was kind of surreal,” said Drew.

The K-Pop genre and BTS is more than just a music movement. The music teaches lessons to fans proving they are more than pretty faces who can dance and sing. Through their lyrics, they promote and emphasize mental health, taking care of other people, and simply being kind. 

“Some of their songs are about mental health and they really work on improving people’s mental health,” said Natalie. “Taking care of yourself is important. That’s big in the Korean culture and making sure people take care of themselves is very important to them. At the concerts or in their videos, they’ll tell people to do that.”

“I appreciate people more than I would have before,” said Hannah.

Hannah and Natalie have taken their love of K-Pop to their friends and schools. They want to teach people about what K-Pop really is, and how diversifying it can be. Many people don’t understand it and don’t try to. 

“There are a lot of different groups and they’re not all the same. There’s a lot of different genres, K-Pop isn’t just a category,” said Hannah.

It’s even made an impression on parents.

“There’s a self-esteem component. They want people to appreciate themselves for who they are,” said Drew.

As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” It is something that unites us and bonds us together with those we may have thought we had nothing in common with. With the rise of the internet, the world has gotten smaller and can bring us together much easier. K-Pop is just one of the ways people bond. For two girls in Northwest Indiana who had never even met, their fandom gave them an instant connection.

“We’re all united. We’re all so different, but we have that one thing (BTS) that brings us together,” said Hannah.

K-Pop culture encourages self-care and healthy living in teens across the world
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents The Music of John Williams Wed, 28 Aug 2019 17:42:01 +0000 Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra Merrillville, IN – Join the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director/Conductor Kirk Muspratt as they start their 78th season with “The Music of John Williams,” with two performances, Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20, both at 7:30 pm at the Auditorium at Living Hope Church.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest American composers, John Williams has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history in a career spanning 65 years. Williams has won 24 Grammy Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’s score to 1977’s Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. Hear selections from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Superman, Harry Potter, and more in this tribute to an American icon.

After a season of following the music to a number of local venues, the Symphony is happy to announce they have a new home, the Auditorium at Living Hope Church, 9000 Taft Street, on the Merrillville/Crown Point border.

“We received so many rave reviews of this venue last year, from its intimate setting to it superb acoustics, we are so excited for everyone to experience it,” Maestro Muspratt said.  “One Symphony. One Home.”

Tickets for the concert range from $35 -$75 each, concert season subscriptions are still available, and GROUP SALES ARE AVAILABLE AT A DISCOUNT.Call the Symphony office at (219) 836-0525 or visit the website at to order tickets for The Music of John Williams! This concert is generously sponsored by The Times Media Company, Indiana University Northwest, Vidimos, Inc., MonoSol, and John Cicco’s Menswear. 

Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents The Music of John Williams