South Shore Arts at the Artful Garden presents encaustic paintings by Jane Michalski. In her current body of work, the artist continues to explore this versatile medium, incorporating wax-based paint with ink jet prints of personal photographs as sources for abstraction. This Wisconsin native and longtime Chicago resident says that her creative energy is fueled by the presence of Lake Michigan and her love for the natural world. The exhibition features several large-scale works from her “Water’s Edge” series, based on photographs from North Point, an outcropping of bedrock along the shores of Lake Michigan. Michalski has received grants from the city of Chicago and Illinois Arts Council. Opening from 1 to 3 p.m. today through Jan. 6. 219/836-1839 or www.southshoreartsonline.org.
Bask in 'Moonglow'
Maxine, a feisty, bitter Alzheimer’s victim, doesn’t want to move into a nursing facility. But when she meets Joe, a widower who shares her love for dance, her outlook begins to change. Although the two clash when lucid, their hazy memories overlap, and they begin an affair that rejuvenates and fulfills them. Production runs through Oct. 15 at Footlight Theatre in Michigan City. 219/874-4035 or www.footlightplayers.org
La Nouvelle Femme
Be it abstract, traditional, sculpted or expressed in any other form of painting, photography, drawing or artistic rendering, this fifth annual exhibition celebrating women honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Southern Shore Art Gallery in Michigan City’s Uptown Arts District through Oct. 29. 219/879-4980 or www.southernshoreartassociation.com
Tribal Love-Rock Musical Turns 50
Return to the '60s in all of its long-haired, bell-bottomed, bare-footed, beaded, fringed and psychedelic glory as Chicago Street Theatre proudly presents the musical “Hair.” Celebrating the landmark musical’s 50th anniversary, “Hair” tells the story of the “tribe,” a group of politically active hippies living a Bohemian life in New York City in the Age of Aquarius. Fighting against conscription into the war, the characters struggle to balance their young lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war, conservative parents and society. Rock out from Oct. 13 through 24. 219/464-1636 or www.chicagostreet.org
Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song
America’s most beloved jazz singer is showcased in an electrifying evening of song at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts on Sunday, October 22. Award-winning Chicago actress Alexis J Roston effortlessly emits the sweet and sultry swing of legendary jazz great Ella Fitzgerald in a nuanced and spellbinding performance. Signature tunes include “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Summertime” and “Cry Me a River.” Shows are at 2:30 and 6pm. 219/836-3255 or www.theatreatthecenter.com