MAY 2-3 Your Villian My Hero 10pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Far from the average bar band, Your Villian My Hero combines top 40 pop, club and dance music with a high-energy stage show.
MAY 3 First Friday Poetry Slam 5-8pm, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W 2nd St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Poets are invited to showcase their works during this raucous audience-juried event. Each entrant should prepare three original pieces, each under three minutes in length. Poets will be eliminated each round, tournament style, until one is left standing as the Poetry Slam Champion.
MAY 3 7th Annual Lake County Pet Expo 9am-4pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. lcpetexpo.org. Tails will be wagging during this annual event supporting local area rescues. The event features family and dog-friendly activities, vendors and services, plus information on adoption and pet care. All friendly leashed animals are welcome. Profits benefit local area rescue organizations.
MAY 3 16th Annual Munster Car Show 9am-4pm, Munster Community Pool Parking Lot, 8837 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.836.7275. munster.org. Car enthusiasts can show of their ride at this annual car show for a chance at “Best in Show,” “People's Choice “or a top-three finisher in each class. Entry forms are available in the park office. The event also features a vendor/arts and crafts fair, music, food and a chance to vote for the best entry at the car show.
MAY 3 Downtown Pub Crawl 1-5pm, Pikk's Tavern, 62 W Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.476.7455. pikkstavern.com. Pikk's Tavern celebrates Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby with a pub crawl featuring appetizers, logo glassware, giveaways and drink specials at each participating location. A prize will be awarded to the most creative costume celebrating Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby or both.
MAY 3-4 Indian Camp at Buckley Homestead 10am-4pm, Buckley Homestead County Park, 3606 Belshaw Rd, Lowell. 219.769.7275. lakecountyparks.com. The public can see how the Woodland Indians in Lake County lived in 1750—including their wigwam homes, clothing with decorations and wild and cultivated foods. Volunteer re-enactors will tell
MAY 8 Vince Gill, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. Vince Gill has earned 18 CMA Awards and 19 Grammy awards to date. He performs some of his greatest hits during one incredible evening of country music.
MAY 13-OCT 19 Riverside Market 10am-3pm, 234 E Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.5864. Local farmers, merchants and artistic talents offer residents and tourist the opportunity to buy regionally grown fresh produce, healthy organic foods and local creative arts and crafts during this weekly market.
MAY 3-OCT 25 Chesterton's European Market Broadway & 3rd St, Chesterton. 219.926.5513. chestertonseuropeanmarket.com. This European Market offers a quality shopping experience, live entertainment and a festive community environment. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers come from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services.
MAY 4-SEPT 28 Miller Beach Farmers' Market 10am-3pm Sun, 667 S Lake St, Gary. 219.983.7720. millerbeacharts.org. This weekly market features fresh produce, local honey, prepared foods from local vendors and a variety of handcrafted items.
MAY 4-SEPT 28 Town of Munster's Farmers' Market 8am-1pm, Centennial Park, 1005 S Centennial Dr, Munster. 219.836.7275. munster.org. This weekly market features fresh produce and fun every Sunday.
MAY 7 Challenger Learning Center Bowling Challenge Olympia Lanes, Hammond. 219.989.2007. clcnwi.com. This corporate bowling charity challenge to benefit Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana. Participating organizations can create a team of four bowlers to compete.
MAY 7-AUG 27 Demotte's Market in the Park 2-7pm, Spencer Park, east side of Halleck St, Demotte. 219.964.8626. Visitors to this weekly market can enjoy crafters, food, produce and live entertainment.
MAY 1-31 Fairy House Garden Exhibit 8am-7pm, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. Fairy houses made from natural and recycled materials are positioned along the trail of whimsical miniature gardens surrounding Heron Pond in a natural setting to match each house's unique personality.
MAY 2-JUN 1 Art in Good Taste—An Exhibition with Food as Subject Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation.com. This lively and delicious exhibition features food as the subject in a variety of media—fine art, photography, sculpture, ceramic, fabric, glass and more.
THROUGH MAY 10 Sentinels South Shore Arts, 123 N Main St, Crown Point. southshoreartsonline.org. Chicago-based artist and member of Union Street Gallery, Eve Jensen presents a series of drawings and paintings exploring the mythological and metaphorical meaning of trees. Her personal connection to the subject matter is reflected in her delicate handling of pastel, graphite and oil paint.
THROUGH MAY 11 What is Left Unspoken Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. This exhibit feature 2-D and 3-D conceptual pieces by artists Barbara Hashimoto—displaying installation pieces create by turning everyday junk mail into art—and Doug Fogleson—displaying “overlapped” imagery. Also, through MAY 11: Embroidered Archetypes.
THROUGH MAY 25 40th Annual Tri-County Junior/Senior High School Art Show Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Student artwork submitted by their teachers is on display for a chance to win monetary prizes. Students attend schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in Indiana and south suburban Cook County, Illinois.
THROUGH MAY 31 5830—Memories of Home, Paintings by Robert Johnson Substation No. 9, 435 Fayette St, Hammond. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Artist Robert Johnson's roots run deep in Chicago and memories of his childhood home are the subject of his new series of paintings. Each acrylic painting on panel offers a nostalgic glimpse back to a time when newspapers covered the freshly mopped floors in anticipation of Sunday morning and bedrooms were made in attics as families grew.
THROUGH MAY 31 Diners & Drive-ins—Hometown Memories 10am-4:30pm, La Porte County Historical Society, 2405 Indiana Ave, La Porte. 219.324.6767. laportecountyhistory.org. This photo exhibit takes a trip back to the days of poodle skirts and malts with memorabilia such as senior cords, menus from favorite haunts, cheerleader sweaters and more.
Through Jun 15 MCA DNA—Warhol and Marisol Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. mcachicago.org. Inspired by the multi-faceted relationship of Andy Warhol and Marisol, this exhibit compares and contrasts Warhol’s silk screen printings and Marisol’s wood sculptures side-by-side. Also, through Mar 9: The Way of the Shovel—Art as Archaeology; Nov 29-Apr 13: CITY SELF.