APR 11-12 Easter Photos & Bake Sale 10am-4pm, PAWS Resale Shoppe, 8149 Kennedy Ave, Highland. 219.513.8911. hscalumet.org. Humane Society Calumet Areahosts its annual event featuring photos with the Easter Bunny for pets and/or children, as well as a bake sale. Proceeds benefit the animals of Humane Society Calumet Area.
APR 12 Bring Out the Bonnets 2-3pm, downtown Whiting. 219.659.0292. Participants at this annual event will walk in the parade and have their bonnets judged in the following categories—preschool to kindergarten, grade school, high school and 18 years old and older—for a chance at cash prizes.
APR 12 Craft Show & Vendor Fair 9am-4pm, Lincoln Community Center, 2450 Lincoln St, Highland. 219.838.0114. highlandparks.org. A variety of vendors offer a multitude of shopping opportunities—including candles, jewelry, handbags, home décor, handmade items and more—at this fair.
APR 12 Easter Bazzar 11am-3pm, St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church, 8624 White Oak Ave, Munster. 219.937.8167. This Ukrainian-style Easter bazaar features lunch with baked goods, Easter bread, sausage, Easter eggs and ethnic and craft items, plus raffles, displays, a video presentation and a tour.
APR 12 Beatles at the Barn 6:30pm doors open, County Line Orchard, 200 County Line Rd, Hobart. 219.947.447, ext. 304. countylineorchard.com. With music by Chris & Lou, The Crawpuppies and The Megabeatles, this concert pays tribute to the music of the Beatles.
APR 12 Vince Neil Hammond Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Ave, Hammond. 219.853.6378. gohammond.com. The legendary voice of Motley Crue performs.
APR 12 Wanda Sykes 9pm, Four Winds New Buffalo, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. fourwindscasino.com. Smart-witted stand-up comedian Wanda Sykes has been called one of the funniest stand-up comics by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America.
APR 12 Ladies Exhale Party 4-pm, Hobart Elks Lodge, 3580 W 61st Ave, Hobart. 219.455.9725. vendacause.com. Ladies are invited to an evening of relaxation with 20 vendors all for women, concessions, a cash bar, shopping, a 50/50 raffle and more.
APR 12 Ladies' Night Out 5-11pm, St. Ann Parish Hall, 3014 Ridge Rd, Lansing. 708.895.9972. saintanncatholicparish.com. This evening for the ladies features vendors and crafters, services from local salons and bunco. The cost of admission includes heavy appetizers and a first beer, wine or soda.
APR 13 LaPorte County Antique Show 8am-4pm, LaPorte County Fairgrounds, 2581 W State Rd 2, LaPorte. 219.241.3328. laportecountyantiqueshow.com. This quarterly antique show attracts vendors from throughout the Midwest and features more than 100 booths showcasing antiques, collectibles, pottery, coins, jewelry, furniture, clocks and watches, cameras, hunting and fishing equipment, and more. A free appraisal comes with each paid admission and live crystal repair is offered.
APR 13 Save the Dunes First Annual Fundraiser 4-8pm, Miller Bakery Café, 555 S Lake St, Gary. 219.427.1446. millerbakerycafe.com. Miller Bakery Café and Save the Dunes partner to raise funds and increase membership for Save the Dunes during this first annual fundraiser. The evening features more than 20 boutique wines, an all-you-can-eat buffet, a silent auction, a wine raffle and live music. Proceeds benefit Save the Dunes.
APR 14 Illiana Artists Meeting 6:30pm, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.864.0593. Lecturer/demonstrator Sandi Bacon of Golden Paints presents during this meeting of the Illiana Artists. The fun, fast paced hands-on lecture demo of the Golden product shows how to do transfers using paints, gels and pastes as well as working with paint skins and a variety of materials to take photos into the painting realm. Refreshments will be provided.
APR 10 NWI Butterfly Club 10-11am, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.3541, ext. 317. lcplin.org. Everyone is welcome at this monthly club where members can observe and learn about gardening for butterflies, rearing, conservation and photography. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month.
APR 12 Planetarium Showing 2-6:15pm, Challenger Learning Center, Purdue University Campus, 2300 173rd St, Hammond. 219.989.3250. clcnwi.com. The Challenger Learning Center presents two showings of South Shore Skies and Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens, followed Laser Magic, a laser light show set to an eclectic set of music—Yanni, Elton John, Will Smith, Third Eye Blind and Chumbawumba.
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 The Banquet Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation. During the month of April, long custom tables will feature “tableware” from a multitude of artists in a variety of media. Table arrangements will include plates, bowls and goblets created from wood, ceramics, alabaster, textile and glass, by gallery and regional artists, with small paintings and photographs as placemats.
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 APR 30 Spring Chimes Exhibit 8am-7pm, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. Artistic wind chimes decorate the arboretum.
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 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 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.