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Melanie Marnich’s play These Shining Lives depicts the true story of the battle fought by four female factory workers against an employer whose work is making them sick.

In the 1920s, the Radium Dial Company hired thousands of female workers at three plants around the country. Their job was to paint a radium-laced, glow-in-the-dark substance onto the dials of clocks and watches. The women were never warned about the harmful effects of the radioactive element, and many later died from radium poisoning.

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A rebirth of the late Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival will make its debut this weekend in downtown Lafayette. Friends of Downtown’s development of the Star City Blues and Jazz Festival could fill a void in the Lafayette festival scene.

Two years have passed since Greater Lafayette Commerce’s decision to retire two summer staples -- Dancing and Cruising in the Streets and the Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival.

The decision, still confusing to many, was not forgotten by members of the community.

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As Purdue University celebrates its 150th anniversary, Purdue Musical Organizations’ annual Christmas Show celebrates its 85th year this weekend. This year, the popular holiday event will be straying from a traditional Christmas theme, and will instead focus on paying homage to a few notable Purdue alumni.

Dozens of verdant holiday wreaths neatly adorn the walls inside Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music—only one of numerous preparations that have been made for Purdue Musical Organizations’ 85th Annual Christmas Show.

Each holiday season, the PMO Christmas Show has a theme. This year, like many activities at the school, it’s being aligned with Purdue University’s 150th anniversary.

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Above the slick vinyl booths and vintage arcade games at Pete’s Diner now hang works of art by many lesser-known artists of the area—current and former homeless men and women of Greater Lafayette.

This past year, individuals familiar with homelessness documented their daily lives by snapping pictures with disposable cameras that were provided to them by a Purdue multimedia writing class.

Students wrote a variety of prompts to generate inspiration and met with the artists regularly to discuss the stories behind the photos.

The only musical on the Purdue Theatre Department’s slate this year lives up to its suggestive name by shedding light on a societal subject that is often left in the dark.

In Next to Normal, audiences are introduced to The Goodman family. Though the suburban family may be seemingly average on the surface, mother and wife Diana has been battling her worsening bipolar disorder for nearly two decades. The family struggles to cope with her mental illness, as it is taking a toll on her relationships with her husband and children.

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The folk trio, I’m With Her, plays one of just two Indiana performances this evening at Purdue. The all-female group is still something of a rarity within the largely male-dominated genres of folk and bluegrass music. And the name I’m With Her is still much more associated with another woman.

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Tippecanoe County’s Exploration Acres has experienced a sharp increase in ticket sales following the opening of this season’s corn maze, based on the hit Netflix television series Stranger Things

Exploration Acres President Tim Fitzgerald is an avid fan of Stranger Things. He says the maze has significantly influenced the farm’s revenue this fall.

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A weekend music festival in Greater Lafayette aims to raise money for children hoping to learn music.

“We want to be able to raise enough money to give back to kids who want to learn more about music, but don’t have the resources to do so,” says Ouibache Music Festival organizer Scott Freeman.

Freeman says cuts to funding for art and music programs across the country are minimizing youth exposure to such subjects.