Vegas Night benefit
A Speak Easy Vegas Night Benefit will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at St. Joseph Church, 440 Joliet St., Dyer. Among games featured will be blackjack, roulette, 3-card poker, Pokereno, Let-It-Ride, Money Wheel and live poker. Admission is $10 and includes food, dessert, beverages and $5 chip coupon. Attendees must be 21 or older to participate. Proceeds will help the church's food pantry. For more information, call (219) 718-3787.
River North Dance show
River North Dance Chicago will present its "Autumn Passion" show Friday through Sunday at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Among works on the program will be two world premieres by Kevin Iega Jeff and Ashley Roland as well as a company premiere by Adam Barruch. Tickets are $30 to $75. For more information, call (312) 334-7777.
Chefs to meet in Merrillville
The ACF Chefs of NW Indiana will present its second annual ACF Indiana State Conference: Culinary Crossroads on Friday and Saturday at the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville. Presenters for the conference include Maple Leaf Farms Duck, Crown Brewery, Nestle/Minor, Bell Aqua Culture, chef Barb Henning from Purdue Calumet and others. A luncheon on Saturday will honor women chefs of Indiana. Cost is $89 for full registration, which includes a reception Friday and breakfast and lunch Saturday. Cost for lunch only is $35. For more information, call (219) 308-5164.
Don't miss India.Arie
Soulbird presents A Songversation with India.Arie on Saturday at The Venue at Hammond's Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive. For tickets and more information, call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.