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X-Men: Dark Phoenix flies into theaters as a curtain call to this story arc

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Rating 6/10

Overview

The X-Men find themselves on a mission to space in order to save a collection of Earth’s astronauts. However, During the expedition, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) becomes merged with an intergalactic entity known as Phoenix. This results in Jean experiencing a new height in abilities. Unfortunately, these new powers have also caused negative effects on Jean’s mental state. The X-Men must now decide if the villain they must protect Earth from is one of their own.

What Worked

To begin, Dark Phoenix starts off on a good note. The opening act is taken directly from the source material and looks spectacular on screen. Every individual X-Man gets an opportunity to showcase his powers in order to save the astronaut crew. In fact, the visual effects...

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Crown Point adds an additional day to the Farmer’s Market

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Mayor David Uran’s Office of Special Events welcomes the 2019 Farmer’s Market season.

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Bright Colors and Brighter Smiles Fill Blooms Greenhouse on Customer Appreciation Day


The normally heady perfume of perennials filling the air at Blooms Greenhouse Grower Outlet had a special hint of hot dogs and popcorn on the first Saturday of June this afternoon.

Gardeners from all over the region were treated to a free lunch and snacks as they shopped during Blooms’ Customer Appreciation Day celebration. The greenhouse itself greeted them with an explosion of bright colors, aromatic herbs, and vegetable starts full of summer promise.

Customer-Appreciation-Day-at-Blooms-Greenhouse-2019-16“I love the excitement of spring,” said Sandi Hux, Manager and Office Administrator at Blooms’...

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Cancer Survivors Celebrate their Journeys at Community Healthcare System, Cancer Resource Centre Breakfast

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Laughter reverberated through the Professional Building Conference Room at St. Catherine Hospital Sunday morning, as local cancer survivors and their loves ones gathered for the 32nd annual National Cancer Survivors Day Breakfast. They shared pancakes, swapped stories, and celebrated life. 

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Festival of the Lakes hosts Polka Party at Hammond Marina

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The 16th Annual Festival of the Lakes invites all polka enthusiasts to stop by when it hosts its popular Polka Party on Sunday, July 21. Musical guest Tri-City Drive will bring a traditional Polish sound to accompany an afternoon of great food and dancing.

Tri-City Drive is Chicago’s newest polka band led by Tim Okrzesik (drums). The band members include Ted Okrzesik, Jr. (trumpet), Craig Marsolek (concertina), Steven Futa (bass), A.J. Okrzesik (trumpet and Andrew Okrzesik (accordion). Tri-City Drive formed in 2015 and has performed at multiple Blazonczyk/Bel-Aire Enterprises functions as well as dances sponsored by other polka promoters and polka organizations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. The music of Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones, Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push, The Brass Connection, Windy City Brass and the Dynatones are some of the...

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IU Northwest gallery features ‘These 2 Painters’ exhibit though August 9

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The Indiana University Northwest campus and the greater Northwest Indiana community are invited to view an exhibit by “These 2 Painters: James Jankowiak and Cole Piece,” in the Gallery for Contemporary Art, located in the Savannah Center. The exhibit runs through August 9.

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Festival of the Lakes hosts Senior Day

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Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the 16th annual Festival of the Lakes ensures everyone is included in the event’s fun and excitement by offering Senior Day to the community. Senior Day, held on Friday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the patio at the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive, invites seniors aged 55 and older to come enjoy an afternoon of dancing, a free lunch provided by California Donuts, and music by Pete Carlo Three. This event is free and offers goody bags to everyone in attendance while supplies last.. Vendors will also be up in the Clipper Room with information pertaining to various senior services. Visit www.festivalofthelakes.com or call 219.853.6378 for more information.

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Jason Mraz's tour will make a stop at Four Winds New Buffalo

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Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Jason Mraz has announced plans for a very special North American tour set to kick off this fall. The multiple Grammy award-winner will be joined by longtime collaborators Raining Jane for the run, dubbed “Ladies & Gentleman, An Evening with Jason Mraz & Raining Jane.” Set to kick off on October 23 in Modesto, California, the tour finds Mraz bringing his exuberant live show to theaters and performing arts centers, wrapping with a two-night stand at the Chicago Theatre on November 23 and 24 (see itinerary below).

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Jazzin' at the Shedd Kicks off

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The long-standing, adult-oriented event series happens every Wednesday throughout the summer from 5–10 p.m., with opportunities for guests to unwind mid-week while enjoying brilliant sounds from local jazz talent in a relaxed aquarium setting, with food and drink to purchase and a front row seat to Chicago’s dynamic skyline and Navy Pier’s weekly fireworks display.

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Zao Island kicks off concert series with "Planetary Blues"

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Zao Island kicked-off the summer with their first concert Saturday evening. The popular family entertainment center features local bands Friday and Saturday during the summer months for the entire family to enjoy. Best of all, the concerts are free! The Planetary Blues Band was first in the line-up of a summer filled with rockin’ and rollin’!

Erich MacDougall, Manager at Zao Island, said even though the concerts are outdoors, the show goes on no matter what kind of weather. An inside area serves as a backup stage, and is conveniently next to Zao Island’s famous pizza shack, Coladas Pizza. The renowned restaurant has some of the best pizzas in Valparaiso and 35 choices of craft beer. Saturday, the rain prevented an outdoor event, but people of all ages tapped their feet inside. Many ordered pizzas and...

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Speakers celebrate Courage Over Comfort at All About the Girls Part 5

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Look up! It’s one of the most important secrets to successful public speaking, and one of the hardest to remember in the moment. Yet the ladies of honor had no trouble looking up Thursday night at Ideas in Motion Media’s (IIMM) All About the Girls Part 5. The sold-out event at Sand Creek Country Club was packed with table after table of supportive, encouraging, friendly and familiar faces.

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