Nelson Algren Festival

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Miller Beach Arts & Creative District (MBACD)

Miller Beach Arts & Creative District is a volunteer-based organization in Miller Beach, Gary, Indiana. MBACD created Made In Miller to bring awareness to all the wonderful projects the great people of Gary are doing here. MBACD manages two projects: The Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts and the Miller Beach Farmers Market.

Nelson Algren Festival

Nelson Algren Festival


12:00 pm - 9:00 pm, June 25, 2016

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First Annual Nelson Algren Festival in collaboration with the Nelson Algren Society of Miller Beach

Friday and Saturday June 24-25, 2016

Friday June 24th 7pm Film, Discussion, Popcorn and cash bar

“The End is Nothing, The Road is All” film co-directed by Mark Blottner and Denis Mueller who will answer questions after the film

Tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase at the door on the night.  Free popcorn, Cash Bar

Saturday June 25th

Noon  Opening of Art Shay photography exhibit

1:00 speeches by Bettina Drew, Algren biographer; Peter Alter of Chicago History Museum; and Hugh Iglarsh of the Nelson Algren                  Committee of Chicago.  Algren readings will occur between speeches

3:30 Panel discussion with questions from the audience

4:00 Dedication of Nelson Algren pocket park followed by Treasure Hunt on Lake Street chance to win Nelson Algren reading kit

6:00 Music by Frankie Machine Blues Band

Tickets for Saturday’s are $20 which includes entrance to all Saturday events.

Cash bar will be open inside the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts


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