MAR 21-22 Tea & Highlights from 9 Ballets 6pm Fri, 4pm Sat, Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana St, Valparaiso. 219.755.4444. ibtnw.org. Indiana Ballet Theatre presents highlights from 9 ballets. Audiences members can also enjoy tea during the performance.
MAR 22 Killer Flamingos 10pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Killer Flamingos perform their infectious blend of pop, rock and electronica.
MAR 23 100th Anniversary of State Parks 2pm, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton. 219.926.1390. If you haven't seen this PBS special, come check it out! Explore 100 years of state park history, from the first state park to what's being done now in this 45-minute documentary in the Nature Center Auditorium.
MAR 23 Amadeus—Mozart Un-Caged 3pm, Elston Performing Arts Center, 317 Detriot St, Michigan City. 219.362.9020. lcso.net. Winner of 8 Academy Awards, Amadeus highlights the triumphs and tragedies of a great musical genius performed by International Contemporary Ensemble and features Mozart’s chart-topping soundtracks alongside 21st century icon John Cage’s works.
APR 5 Met Opera Live 2014—Werther, 11:55am Sat, 5:30pm Wed, Portage 16 IMAX, 6550 American Way, Portage. 219.764.7469. gqti.com. Theatergoers can experience The Metropolitan Opera’s performance of Werther on the big screen. Two of opera’s greatest artists—Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča—appear together for the first time in Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance.
MAR 22 Shelf Ice Exploration, 2pm, Indiana Dunes State Park Beach Pavilion, 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton. 219.926.1390. in.gov. Attendees can view the breaking and calving shelf ice on Lake Michigan as spring begins.
MAR 22 Phoebe Time 10am, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton. 219.926.1390. Join a naturalist on a 45 minute discovery hike looking for the first Phoebes of the year. They traditionally arrive now and begin setting up their territories. The group will meet at the Nature Center for this easy stroll to the Dunes Creek bridge.
MAR 29 Fire on the Prairie 2pm, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton. 219.926.1390. Bring out your inner pyro-maniac in this exciting hour at the Nature Center. Learn how prescribed fires are used to help our habitats, and then help the naturalist start a fire if conditions are right! It's an annual spring break tradition that's always hot! Kids under 12 must have a parent or responsible adult.
MAR 21-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 MAR 31 High School Art Show Calumet College of St. Joseph’s Bernard Gallery, 2400 New York Ave, Whiting. 219.473.4384. ccsj.edu. Artwork of more than 125 talented students from local high schools is showcased at this event. Mediums include painting, drawing, sculpture, three-dimensional art, mixed medium and photography.
THROUGH APR 6 Trucks—Recent Works by John Himmelfarb Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu/artmuseum. Chicago-based artist John Himmelfarb showcase his whimsical representations of trucks at this exhibit. His works are executed in a wide variety of media—including sculpture, painting and printmaking—and an outdoor sculpture made out of an actual truck accompanies the exhibit.
THROUGH APR 6 Modern Vision—Japanese Prints from the Ruth A. Ruege Collection Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu/artmuseum. Donated and loaned by long-time collector Ruth A. Ruege, this collection features Japanese prints from all periods.
THROUGH APR 20 South Shore Arts presents William Dawson Monday-Friday 10am-5pm Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. Cost: $2. 219.836.1839. Several dozen carved wood sculptures, totems and works on paper will be included in this extraordinary show of works created by a man raised on his grandfather's farm in Huntsville, Alabama, who made his way north to Chicago and didn't begin creating art until he was in his sixties. Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, Alabama, with additional selections from Chicago-area collections.
THROUGH APR 27 Beyond the Obvious—Photography by Kathleen Hocker Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. As a former teacher of chemistry and physics, artist Kathleen Hocker is drawn to the natural world and her work explores botanicals using a telephoto lens. She concentrates on the intricate detail found in nature and transforms everyday plant life into beautiful compositions of abstract color.
THROUGH APR 30 Region United, Nation Divided—Following Lincoln 8am-5pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7770. southshorecva.com. Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil war regimental battle flags tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men who fought to preserve the Union and end slavery.
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 APR 14 Ugo Rondinone The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. These works, completed in 2013, are part of a series that the artist began in 2007 known as Scholar Rocks, a reference to stones found in China’s Tai Lake region that were traditionally collected by scholars and used as ornaments for reflection. The stones, most standing at less than a foot in height and riddled with holes from natural erosion, have long been admired for their shapes and were evaluated on the aesthetic bases of form, texture, and the ways in which they were molded by nature. Through Jul 27: When the Greeks Ruled—Egypt after Alexander Great.
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.