APR 17 Johnny V 6-9pm, Bartlett's Gourmet Grill & Tavern, 131 E Dunes Hwy, Beverly Shores. 219.879.3081. eatatbartletts.com. Johnny V plays an acoustic set in the dining room of Bartlett's Grill & Tavern. The evening also features $5 small plates and drink specials.
APR 19 68th Annual Birthday Open House 5-10pm, Dyer Memorial VFW Post #6448, 2125 Gettler St, Dyer. 219.865.9730. The Dyer VFW celebrates its 68th birthday with an open house featuring food, fun and entertainment—including an Elvis impersonator.
APR 19 Libido Funk Circus 10pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Covering everything from the good ol’ Motown days to the bass-thumping beats of today’s music, Libido Funk Circus is a human juke box playing music that appeals to a wide range of audiences.
APR 19 Shanetta Sarcoidosis 2nd Annual Walk 2-4pm, Michigan City Washington Park Beach, Michigan City. 219.5854. This walk raises awareness and educates others about sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease that spreads to many vital organs.
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 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 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.