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‘Love, Lust and Long Goodbyes’ art exhibit at CISA in Hammond

Updated: March 11, 2012 8:11AM



Felix Maldonado Jr., an East Chicago native, is billed as a self-taught artist in the fields of fine art and graffiti.

With a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a minor in graphic design, Maldonado has directed and produced commercials for various companies, including Roto-Rooter, ATA Airlines and Culligan water.

An opening reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 11 at Hammond’s CISA Gallery for “Love, Lust and Long Goodbyes,” an exhibition of new works by Maldonado, who has more than two decades of experience in drawing, painting and sculpture. The exhibit at 938 Hoffman St. runs through March 2.

According to a news release, the artist is showcasing a collection on canvas with an eye toward “vividly translating the human emotional process of relationship through ideals, color, shape and mementos.”

Saturday’s reception will include refreshments, music and desserts.

For more details, email cisastudio@yahoo.com or call 314-4312.

Great Plains rock 

Kansas is well-entrenched as a classic rock band, even though it scored only a handful of Top 40 hits.

The band is really defined by three tunes: “Carry On Wayward Son,” “Point of Know Return” and “Dust In the Wind.”

Kansas rolls into the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa for a March 10 show.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert at the Michigan City casino’s Stardust Event Center are $30, $40 and $50. More details: www.bluechipcasino.com.

Here’s something else going on at Blue Chip Casino. We’re talking those special vows. If you have nuptials on the horizon, a wedding-planning showcase called “bride blu” is set for noon-4 p.m. Feb. 19, in the Stardust Event Center.

The event offers hair and makeup demonstrations, photography help, a wedding fashion show, wedding menu sampling, and more.

I love the “guy” aspect that affords prospective grooms the chance to “watch sports on big-screen televisions” during the wedding-planning goings-on, according to a news release.

The “bride blu” event is free only with advance registration at www.brideblu.com. Registration in advance also is required for scheduling such things as face-to-face meetings with vendors.

Tickets are $5 at the door on the day of the event.

More details: 879-7711.

Indiana pride

Congratulations to Indianapolis for a stellar job of hosting Super Bowl XLVI. The reviews have been really good.

Pulling off such a monumental event with flying colors is good not only for Indy, but helps spruce up the image of the entire Hoosier state.

Jimmy Fallon’s late-night TV shows from Indy during Super Bowl time were especially energetic and filled with manic fun. The NBC talk-show host seemed genuinely excited about his stay in Indianapolis.



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