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Events during Michael Jackson Tribute Week, also known as “Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It?” are bringing a huge response in Northwest Indiana.

First, the reception dinner Friday, Aug. 31, at Marquette Park Pavilion for Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson, presented by the Gary Chamber of Commerce, is sold out.

Janice Bowden of the chamber told me Monday that only two tables remained for Friday night, and those likely would be gone by the time this goes to press.

“Absolutely no tickets will be sold at the door,” Bowden said.

There are a couple events you can make, including the one at 7:10 tonight at U.S. Steel Yard before the Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball game against the St. Paul Saints.

Michael’s three children — Prince, Paris and Blanket — will be the guests of honor at the game and will throw the ceremonial first pitch, plus receive honorary team uniforms. The RailCats will recognize their father with a musical performance by The Gratitude Project. A moment of silence also will be observed.

This event is open to the public, and general admission prices apply. Visit www.railcatsbaseball.com for ticket information.

An after-event at Lakeshore Lounge at Majestic Star Casino and Hotel for guests 21 and older will run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday at 4 and 7:30 p.m., the West Side Theatre Guild will present a musical tribute to Michael Jackson.

The Gratitude Project, along with other tribute performers and special guests, will participate. The program will be in the guild auditorium inside West Side Leadership Academy, 900 Gerry St.

Tickets are $25 for the 4 matinee, $35 for the 7:30 performance, and $50 for VIP Gold Circle seating that includes a cast meet-and-greet.

For tickets or more information, call the box office at 977-2198, Ext. 14.

Tickets are on sale for the City of Gary Blues Festival Tribute from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Majestic Star Casino Festival Park, One Buffington Harbor Drive, Gary.

Featured performances include Shuddup and Drive, Jamiah on Fire, Bobby Rush and The Kinsey Report.

There will be vendors, food and activities for kids, and you can bring lawn chairs.

Tickets, at $20, are available at Gary City Hall, the Genesis Convention Center box office and South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority. Tickets also will be sold at the door.

For more information, call 881-1314 or visit www.gary.in.us.

The Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church and Sojourner Truth House present the stage play “Goode for Something” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at STH, 410 W. 13th Ave. Admission is $2 or a donation of nonperishable food or women’s toiletry items.

For more information, call Lillian at 885-2282 or visit www.goodeforsomething.com.



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