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What’s on Indy stages this holiday season

We’re checking on the stage scene in Indy again! Performing Arts Critic Tom Alvarez shares the latest:Lucas DeBard

IndyFringe Basile Theatre

Nov. 24 &“World of Christmas”

Dance Kaleidoscope

Nov. 24 – Dec.“A Very Phoenix Xmas 12”

Phoenix Theatre

Nov. 24 – Dec.“A Christmas Carol”

Indiana Repertory Theatre

Nov. 24 – Dec.“A Beef and Boards Christmas”

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Nov. 24 – Dec. 23beefandboards.comJim Brickman Joyful Christmas

The Palladium

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.