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Anne Hathaway as SelinKyle a.k.a. Catwoman 'The Dark Knight Rises.'

Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises."

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Updated: February 7, 2012 8:08AM



It’s a new year.

Here are five things that I find notable about 2012.

1. There’ll be another Batman movie. The summertime release — titled “The Dark Knight Rises” — is set to feature the villainous terrorist Bane, and is being directed by Christopher Nolan, who also guided 2008’s “The Dark Knight.” Heath Ledger as the Joker stole the show in that one.  

2. There won’t be another Harry Potter movie. That franchise was squeezed for every possible ounce of value.

3. The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra closes out its 2011-12 season with “South Shore Glee!” — inspired by “Glee,” the Fox television show. The May 17 concert at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville will highlight youthful performers from local high schools. It sounds like the type of fresh-generation infusion the orchestra needs. Broadway show tunes and American pop hits are promised.

4. How about an awesome apocalypse? Dec. 21 is supposed to be doomsday for our planet, according to an interpretation of the Mayan calendar. But NASA says don’t worry. That scientific body states the winter solstice merely occurs on that date. Get ready for plenty of media attention, though, on the “doomsday” scenario.  

5. This year marks the 40th anniversary of two timeless pop songs with rhythm-and-blues soul: “Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” by the Temptations.

‘Star’ memories

For some website fun, check out the Star Gallery at www.starplazatheatre.com, which is the home of the Star Plaza Theatre.

The gallery has an extensive collection of live-performance photos showing celebrity appearances at the 3,400-seat venue.

Highlights include Ringo Starr from February 1999, Anita Baker from December 2002 and an upstart Christina Aguilera from the summer of 2000.

As expected, plenty of acts are represented from country music, which has been a strong genre for the theater over the years.

And if you’re achin’ for Clay Aiken, the singer from TV’s “American Idol” is shown during an August 2005 performance.

Casino action

For something a little different in the way of live music, it’s Visions of Santana at 6 p.m. Saturday at Rocks lounge at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Michigan City. The band salutes Santana, a Latin-rock legend known for “Evil Ways” and “Black Magic Woman.”

Also at the casino, the It’s Vegas Baby! nightspot welcomes the Breakfast Club, which, as the name implies, will dish rock from the 1980s at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The group serves up fare from Journey, Van Halen and other artists of the headband and big-puffy-hair decade, when MTV was a new and unique pop-culture force.

More details: www.bluechipcasino.com.



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