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Photo provided / Krasl Art Center

Weekend Worthy is a weekly roundup of visual & performing arts highlights in Southwest Michigan written by Jeremy D. Bonfiglio in conjunction with the weekly entertainment podcast, Breaking Character, which he co-hosts with Paul Mow. Read on for details about events happening the weekend of Aug. 8-11, 2019.

“Inhaling the Universe” at Krasl Art Center

The exploration of the natural environment is a central theme in the works of LaPorte, Ind.-based artists Jon Hook and Andrea Peterson. Their new immersive exhibition, “Inhaling the Universe,” inspired by and made in tandem with nature, opens with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. Friday followed by an opening party from 6-8 p.m. at the Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd., in downtown St. Joseph.

Hook’s wood-fired ceramics use an intense and industrious process that emphasizes the use of local materials for firing as well as glaze making. He reduces local plants such as hay, cattails, and thistle, as well as clay to their essence, which is then used to create unique glazes. He is an expert in sustainable and regenerative firing and ceramic studio processes. His work creates a sense of place through the use of natural materials.

Peterson’s work explores all types of paper fibers and processes, including paper works, prints, artist books, and environmental installation pieces. She combines paper arts, printmaking, and book arts to make works that address human relationship to the environment. She has lectured and taught extensively, including at Ox-Bow; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Sciola de Graphica, Venice, Italy; Paper Museum Steyermeuhl, Austria; Syracuse University and Indiana University. She currently teaches in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Friday’s opening includes a cash bar and small bites provided by Bistro on the Boulevard. The work will be on view in the Krasl galleries through Sept. 29. Admission is free.

For more information, call 269-983-0271 or visit krasl.org.

SMSO’s “Shaken Not Stirred” at Shadowland Pavilion

Sean Connery or Roger Moore? Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig? No matter who your favorite James Bond actor might be, there is no debating the staying power of the film franchise’s music.

The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, along with the Canadian ensemble Jeans ’n Classics, will perform everything from Monty Norman’s classic James Bond Theme to Duran Duran’s “A View To a Kill” during “Shaken Not Stirred” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Shadowland Pavilion on Silver Beach in St. Joseph.

The film franchise has scored several Top 40 hits, including songs such as Tom Jones’ “Thunderball,” Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Line and Let Die,” and Adele’s “Skyfall,” all of which appear on the program.

Jeans ’n Classics, the London, Ontario-based rock band led by founder and guitarist Peter Brennan, has combined classic rock and symphonies for almost 20 years. The Bond concert is one of about 45 themed programs the group has arranged and regularly performs.

Tickets are $30 reserved, $20 lawn and $10 for children age 12 and younger. For more details, call 269-982-4030 or visit smso.org.

“Mark Twain in Person” at The Acorn Theater

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Richard Henzel as Mark Twain.

Robert Swan and Harbor Country Opera present their old friend Richard Henzel as Mark Twain in his legendary one-man show “Mark Twain in Person” at 8 p.m. Friday at The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks.

Henzel, who performs in the familiar cream-colored suit, curly white hair, and mustache that Samuel Clemens affected late in life, draws on a mix of reminiscences, readings and gentle from the author’s writings and biographies.

The Chicago-based actor started performing his routine in college in 1968, initially inspired by Hal Holbrook’s performance as Mark Twain during a television broadcast in 1967.

The show is billed as an evening laced with portions of Twain’s wisdom mixed with a generous helping of wit.

Tickets are $30. For details, call 269-756-3879 or visit acornlive.org

“Clybourne Park” at The GhostLight

The GhostLight Theatre stages the second weekend of Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Clybourne Park” at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the black box space at 101 Hinkley St., in the Benton Harbor Arts District.

This razor-sharp satire explores race and real estate in the fictional Chicago neighborhood of Clybourne Park. The play opens in 1959 as a black family moves into a white enclave, while the second act takes us back to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed.

The cast includes William Klein, Carol L. Sizer, Timothy Aranyos Jr., Steve Prouty, Martel Burton, Kendra Ann, and Beth Taylor. Paige Smillie directs with Lauren Mow as assistant director, set design by Larry Underwood, and costume design by Julie Smiy and Barbara Klein.

Tickets are $28, $22 for seniors and $12 for students. For more details, call 269-252-5222 or visit ghostlightbh.com.

To hear an interview with artists Jon Hook and Andrea Peterson on the Breaking Character podcast, click the “play” button above. You can find previous episodes or subscribe to Breaking Character at www.BreakingCharacterPodcast.com You can also listen to Breaking Character on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, or your favorite podcast app and find current news and updates on our Facebook page.

Jeremy D. Bonfiglio