Join columnist and cookbook author Phil Potempa on April 2 for a culinary and literary feast full of fun and surprises, when he brings to the stage many of the traditions of the family farm kitchen that he writes about weekly in his popular “From the Farm” newspaper column. Together with family members and other special guests that his readers have come to know, Phil will prepare seven courses of favorite recipes with time to spare for prizes and give-aways, all in a two-hour whirlwind of appetizing down-home hospitality. 219/836-3255 or www.theatreatthecenter.com
Returning home from the Trojan Wars during a storm, Idomeneo, King of Crete, vows to sacrifice to Neptune the first living creature he meets ashore in return for his own safety. That person turns out to be his own son, Idamante, and Idomeneo attempts to escape from fulfilling his vow. Idamante, meanwhile, is loved by orphaned prisoner Ilia and by the jealous Electra. Who will be sacrificed, and who will stay with Idamante? You can catch "The Met: Live in HD" at Schererville 16 on March 25 and 29. www.fathomevents.com
George Bugatti’s 'Portraits of America'
Travel on a musical journey of America through sound and imagery on March 21. It is said there is a song for every city in the U.S. You may have heard one of those songs while you were “Walking in Memphis” or driving along “Route 66.” Or you may have heard Leonard Bernstein's “New York, New York” while lunching on lobster stew in “Old Cape Cod” or “Galveston.” (Well, maybe not Galveston.) Vegas singer/pianist George Bugatti and his trio will be your guides through this musical retrospective of songs about places forever locked in music and lyrics. Join them for this official launch of their 23-city tour across America. Who knows where they'll take you! 219/923-7879 or www.lakeshoreconcerts.org.
Art in the Dunes
The Duneland Woodcarvers will present their 41st annual woodcarving show on April 1 and 2 at, appropriately enough, Woodland Park in Portage. There will be carving exhibitors, demonstrations, supplies for sale, prizes and food. The Duneland Woodcarvers Club provides a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and techniques concerning wood-carving to its members and other interested people. 219/762-1826 or www.dunelandwoodcarvers.wordpress.com. The Duneland Weaver’s Guild will host its annual Fashion Show at the Chesterton Art Center at 2 p.m. April 2. This 69-year-old fiber group consists of approximately 60 members who are interested in weaving, spinning, crocheting, knitting and felting. During the fashion show, guests will see a wide array of handmade, wearable art, much of it for sale. The exhibit will continue through April 30. 219/926-4711 or www.dunelandweaversguild.org.