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Enriching (And Fun!) Opportunities in Michigan City

A look behind the scenes of upcoming events in Michigan City reveals the passion both local and regional organizations have for enriching the lives of the people who live in the area as well as visitors who enjoy the many pleasures here. The groups are defined by their mission statements, which meld with the activities that lie ahead.

For the Washington Park Zoo, which will be hosting Brew at the Zoo June 9, the mission is “to promote the appreciation of animals in fun ways…. while meeting the biological and psychological needs of the animals.” For the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, opening an important Andy Warhol exhibit that will run for several months, the goal, in part, is “to enrich the arts experience within the region.” Drum Corps International, which brings the annual Pageant of Drums to town June 24, strives “to bring…. enjoyment of marching music performing arts to more people worldwide.”

Here are details of the upcoming events:

Brew at the Zoo
The Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City invites you to a relaxing evening featuring great beer, wine, food and a chance to meet the amazing animals who live there at this annual fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. June 9. Visitors will have the chance to wander around the zoo and stop at the food and drink stations along the way that will be offering beers from breweries such as Burn ’Em, Zorn and 10-56 and restaurants that include Patrick’s Grille, Auturo’s, Matey’s and Quality Beet. The ticket price includes entry, food, drinks, and a commemorative glass. A limited number of tickets will be sold, so buy yours early. This is an event for persons 21 and older. facebook.com/brewatthewpzoo/

Warhol: Icon & Influence
Here’s an extraordinary opportunity to view the works of iconic artist Andy Warhol during an exhibition June 9-October 13 at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City. Original Warhol works on loan from the Drew and Wendy Levenfeld collection plus the Brauer Museum permanent collection at Valparaiso University include Campbell’s Soup Can #1, Annie Oakley, and two versions of Moonwalk, 1987. They are part of more than 50 works that will be on display, including black and white photographs, Polaroids and large color screen prints. Warhol (1928-1987) was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art and is widely recognized as one of the most important artists of the 20th Century.
Also, on display will be intriguing works of modern-day Chicago area artists influenced by Warhol. They include a photography exhibit, WO/MEN by Robyn Day, realistic paintings of everyday objects by CJ Hungerman, sculpture of production line products such as machinery, food and unique guns by Dominic Sansone, and an installation based on the game Candyland where even the walls are covered in pink frosting by Mexican-American artist Yvette Mayorga.
Also, mark your calendar for a special opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. July 6.
lubeznikcenter.org/Exhibits_Galleries/upcoming.html

Drum Corps International – Pageant of Drums
Drum and bugle corps from across the country will fill Ames Field in Michigan City from 7 to 10 p.m. June 24 with heart-pounding performances at the 58th annual Pageant of Drums. The show is a stop on Drum Corps International’s (DCI) national tour, and will feature teams this year from Iowa, Texas, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps of Rosemont, Illinois, play a part in hosting the event along with DCI and many local volunteers. The Rosemont group has developed a local following through the years. DCI was started as a nonprofit global youth activity and now provides entertainment to millions through live performances and national broadcasts.
dci.org/events/pageant-of-drums

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