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Post-Tribune features writer Bob Kostanczuk.

Jeffrey D. Nicholls/Post-Tribune Post-Tribune features writer Bob Kostanczuk.

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Updated: October 3, 2011 11:25AM



How did gorging yourself on food become a sport?
Yep, competitive eating has essentially become a sport. It’s even garnered television coverage on ESPN.

Takeru Kobayashi is known for his prowess at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest — a quirky summertime attraction in this country.

Kobayashi is coming to U.S. Steel Yard in Gary for Wednesday’s Gary SouthShore RailCats game, which starts at 7:10 p.m.

According to a press release from the RailCats, Kobayashi once challenged a Kodiak bear in a televised eating contest.

Did the two chow down salmon?

Fans who attend the Aug. 17 baseball game will have the opportunity to have pictures taken with Kobayashi and get his autograph.

Several fans will take on the mighty mouth in an eating contest at the game.

For more details, visit www.railcatsbaseball.com or call 882-2255.

Boogie woogie night

The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 2011-12 season with an opening concert gala on Friday, Sept. 16.

The gala dinner will be in Merrillville’s Radisson Hotel, while the concert is at the adjacent Star Plaza Theatre, U.S. 30 and Interstate 65, Merrillville.

The concert is titled “Swing Time!” It will feature the vocal group Five By Design, known for music of the big band era.

Expect vintage pop songs such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”

The gala is going to pay homage to the 70th anniversary of the orchestra’s first concert.

A highlight of the new season will be the popular “Holiday Pops” show on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Star Plaza Theatre.

“We have created our concerts with the talent, youth and spirit of our community at the forefront, and we are proud to be celebrating 70 with you,” conductor and music director Kirk Muspratt said in a press release from the orchestra.

For more details on the season of pops and classical concerts, visit www. nisorchestra.org or call 836-0525, Ext. 200.

Jazz in the park

The Greater Gary American Jazz Association will have its annual “Jazz in the Park” concert at Gateway Park from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, with performances set for 2 to 6 p.m. Music will be provided by flutist Steve Flowers and Side One, and vocalist Zemrah, with backing musicians.

Those attending can bring lawn chairs, sun umbrellas and blankets. Tents are not allowed. Admission is free.

Gateway Park is at 4th Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

More details: 944-8875 or 985-1510.

Bob Kostanczuk talks entertainment with Steve “The Preacher” Glover” from 4:15 to 5 p.m. each Friday on WJOB-AM (1230) and online at WJOB1230.com.



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