NOV 14 Highland Community Band Benefit Concert 7-8:30pm, Highland High School Monbeck Auditorium, 9135 Erie St, Highland. highlandparks.org. The Highland Community Band will host a benefit concert for the Highland Emergency Fund. Items needed include cleaning supplies or paper products (no food).
NOV 15 Tree and Tank Lighting, 5:15pm tree lighting; 6pm tank lighting, downtown Crown Point. 219.662.3290. crownpoint.in.gov. Crown Point marks the start of the holiday season with an annual tree and tank lighting ceremonies the entire family will love.
Nov 15 Comedy Night. 9:00 pm - 10:45 pm, Lakes of Four Seasons Clubhouse, 1048 North Lakeshore Drive, Crown Point. 219.988.2703. Comedians Scott Long and Jeffrey D Oskay will appear at the Lakes of Four Seasons Clubhouse. The public is welcome at this a non-smoking event. Reservations are recommended as limited seating is available. Leave name, contact information, and number in party.
THROUGH NOV 15 Annual Coat Drive Wicker Park Pavillion, 2215 Ridge Road, Highland. The sixth annual coat drive hosted by North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan and Kusiak Construction will accept donations of new or gently used coats for adults and especially children. Coats can be dropped off through Nov 15 at Wicker Park, Wicker Park Pro Shop, Wicker Park Social Center, Kusiak Construction or Ridge United Methodist Church. Coats will be distributed to North Township residents from 9-11am Nov 16 at Wicker Park Pavilion.
NOV 16 An Evening Under the Stars, 6-11:30pm, Radisson at Star Plaza, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.763.6223. crossroadschamber.org. More than 500 guests are expected to join together to celebrate community leaders at this annual event, which benefits the Education Foundations in Crown Point and Merrillville. Sure to be the social event of the season, the evening features a cocktail hour, followed by dinner, the awards presentation, an open bar and dancing.
NOV 16 Poinsettia Watercolor Workshop, 1-4pm, Chesterton Art Center, 115 S 4th St, Chesterton. 219.926.4711. cherstonart.com. Led by instructor Kathy Los-Rathburn, students will learn a technique for working with watercolors paints on canvas while creating a holiday classic. Participants must bring their own watercolor paints.
NOV 16 Winter Jam Vendor & Craft Show, 9am-2pm, Avalon Manor, 3550 E Rt 30, Merrillville. 219.455.9725. eventsbytiffaney.com. Shoppers can get a head start on holiday shopping and support a cause during this vendor and craft show. The event also features live music, raffles, concessions, music, a photo booth, face painting and photos with Santa. Admission and raffle proceeds benefit the Multicultural Wellness Network.
NOV 16 Winter Lights Night, 3-8pm, Sunset Hill Park, 775 Meridian Rd, Valparaiso. Sunset Hill Park comes alive with holiday magic for the whole family. The park’s breathtaking holiday lights are sure to amaze and families can enjoy visiting with Santa and the elves, decorating cookies, face painting, wagon rides, an art show and fireworks.
NOV 16 5th Annual Colonel Wheeler Middle School Craft and Vendor Fair 9am-3pm, Colonel Wheeler Middle School, 401 West Joliet Street (Rt. 231) Crown Point. More than 45 crafters and vendors with unique, one-of-a-kind items such as: hand sewn stuffed animals, afghans, tree skirts, soaps and lotions, jewelry, purses, wool rugs, furniture, candles, tamales, art, dog treats, beanbag games, American Girl clothes, mommy wraps, car seat covers, picture frames, and popular vendors like Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Avon, Gold Canyon, and others.
NOV 16 Lights, Camera…OSCARS, 6pm dinner; 7:30pm concert, LaPorte Little Theatre, 218 ‘A’ St, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. lcso.net. A magical night of powerful and beautiful music promises to take guests on an emotional journey in a cinematic salute of Hollywood’s greatest film scores with music from classic movies as well as today’s popular flicks. Featured composers include John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, Eric Korngold and more.
NOV 17 2nd Annual Holiday Affair Vendor & Craft Show, 10am-4pm, Patrician Banquet Center, 410 E US 30, Schererville. 219.741.0435. anne-marieprince.com. Featuring more than 84 upscale vendors, crafters and direct sellers, this vendor and craft show offers something for everyone. The first 100 shoppers receive a free gift bag and all shoppers 18 and older will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate. The afternoon features entertainment, a cash bar, concessions and raffle baskets. Admissions, raffles and donations benefit the Lake Central High School Athletic Boosters.
NOV 21 Holiday for Heroes 5pm-8pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond. 800.255.5253. November 21st is a special evening of appreciation for our region's police, firefighters, EMS, military forces, and Hoosier Helpers. This event is open exclusively to all of these individuals and their families. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served, and attendees may take a free photo with Santa.
NOV 22 Chris Tucker 8pm, Horseshoe Casino Hammond, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. 800.745.3000. Actor and comedian Chris Tucker will be performing at The Venue. Tucker is well-known for his role in the "Rush Hour Film" Series and appearances on "Def Comedy Jam" in the 90's. He most recently appeared in the Oscar nominated film “Silver Lining Playbook” with Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. He is on a stand-up comedy tour the has received rave reviews all over the world.
NOV 22 Duneland's Hometown Holiday Celebration 3pm-8:30pm, Historic Downtown Chesterton. 219.926.5513. dunelandchamber.org. The Duneland Christmas Celebration begins the Friday after Thanksgiving. Festivities start Friday evening at 5:30pm, with the Twilight Christmas Parade. The Parade starts from Chesterton Middle School and continues through downtown from Broadway to Calumet Road and along Porter Avenue before returning back to the middle school parking lot. Before the Twilight Parade, visitors and guests are treated to free horse drawn carriage rides provided by Buggies and Things and sponsored by Chesterton’s Mistletoe Market. After the Twilight Parade, Santa will be in his house in Thomas Centennial Park to greet all the boys and girls from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.
NOV 23 Feeding Hope Vendor & Craft Fundraiser 9am-3pm, Avalon Manor, 3550 E US Hwy 30, Merrillville. 219.741.0435. Admission: $2 donation. This craft fair for a cause features 80-upscale vendors, crafters and direct-sellers, free gift bags to the first 100 shoppers, entertainment, cash bar and concessions and raffles. Brought to You by Anne-Marie is teaming up with Albert's Jewelers for the wonderful event supporting the communities of Northwest Indiana. Please bring in your unwanted gold/silver jewelry and coins and Albert's will pay you top dollar for it! 10% of all purchases made by Albert's Jewelers will be donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Looking Glass Friends Entertainment will be onsite with their fantasy characters.
NOV 23-24 Holidaze Art and Craft Show, 10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 219.464.9918. The holiday shopping seasons begins early with this art and craft show set to feature 150 art and craft vendors from 5 states selling thousands of beautiful items.
NOV 24 AIDS Awareness Gospel Fest 3-6pm, Trinity United Church of Christ, 1276 W 20th Ave, Gary. Lifting Our Voices for AIDS Awareness Gospel Fest is sponsored by the Gary Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Please show your support and join the event presenters as they kick off World AIDS Day. There will be great music, praise dancers, free HIV testing, information and refreshments. The event is held to get the public talking about HIV/AIDS, raise awareness and show support by wearing a red ribbon. The event is free and open to the public.
Ongoing Randolph Street Market, 10am-5pm, last full weekend of every month except Dec, Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington St, Chicago. 312.666.1200. chicagoantiquemarket.com. This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”—including furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more.
Nov 14-17 River North Dance Chicago Fall Engagement, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E Randolph Dr, Chicago. 312.334.7777, harristheaterchicago.org. Tickets $30-$75. Treating audiences to three premieres, RNDC welcomes back Adam Barruch, Kevin Iega Jeff and Ashley Roland all of whom have previously choreographed pieces for the company. Barruch will introduce the company to his critically acclaimed “The Worst Pies in London”. Iega Jeff’s “Dawn” will receive its world premiere danced by the full company, as will Ashley Roland’s “Get Out the Ghost,” choreographed for six dancers. Other pieces will include Nejla Yatkin’s stunning solo piece “Renatus,” Daniel Ezralow’s revival of fiercely physical urban meltdown “SUPER STRAIGHT is coming down…” (1989) and Frank Chaves’s own “Eva,” set to the haunting songs of the late songbird Eva Cassidy.
NOV 16 Trivia Nite Out 7:30-10pm, St. Victor Church Hall, 553 Hirsch Ave, Calumet City. Teams of 3 to 6 compete for the famed Stoney Monestere/Beanie Boyz traveling trophy and a little cash. Bring you own snacks; one food item and beverage (beer, wine, pop, water) will be available for purchase. Individual players will be added to a team.
NOV 16 Compassion in Action Dinner 6pm, Olympia Fields Country Club, 2800 Country Club Drive, Olympia Fields. Tickets $70 per person. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago South Region hosts its 10th annual Compassion in Action dinner benefiting emergency assistance programs. The Compassion in Action Award will be presented to Bishop Jerry N. Perry, auxiliary bishop, Archdiocese of Chicago, Episcopal Vicar-Vicariate VI. The Bertrand W. Ellis Award will be awarded posthumously to board member Cherise Mayberry-Miles and Frederick S. Shannon, director of Catholic Charities South Regional Services. Cash bar reception and silent auction starts at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 7.
NOV 22 Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, 7:30-11:30pm, The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy, Chicago. AuditoriumTheatre.org. The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble returns to Chicago with folk music that inspired Liszt, Bartók and Kodály is put on stage by both the Hungarian Folk Orchestra and the world-famous Gipsy Orchestra.
Nov 22-25 Medieval Craft Brew Fest, Medieval Times, 2001 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg. alequest.com. Ale Quest is the first and only fusion of a craft beer festival and Medieval Times tournament entertainment featuring jousting, swordsmanship, knight competitions, and renaissance-style dinner that is fit for a king. A three-hour craft beer sampling session, divided into five sessions during the three-day festival, includes local, national and international craft beers.
Nov 28 McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade, 8-11am, State St from Congress to Randolph, Chicago. 312.235.2862. chicagofestivals.org. Every year this televised parade draws more than 400,000 people. The parade features giant balloons, marching bands, horses, floats, performances and more.
ONGOING Chi Balance, 10:15-11am Mon, Wed, Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness Chesterton Campus, 801 Michael Dr, Chesterton. 219.983.9832. franciscanalliance.org/omni. Appropriate for all ages, this beginner class focuses on balance, breath work and relaxation for maximum energy (Chi) and health.
ONGOING Core Strength, 8am Wed, call for times and days, Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness Schererville Campus, 221 US Hwy 41, Ste A, Schererville. 219.865.6969. franciscanalliance.org/omni. Utilizing simple functional movements of the upper and lower body, this total body strengthening class incorporates internal body resistance, gravity and balance to improve core strength.
ONGOING Cycling, 10-11am Mon, Wed, 10:15-11am Tue, Thu, Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.9622. ymcaofportage.org. Participants can pedal their way to fitness during this group cycling class, which features climbing, racing and varying riding positions for a cardiovascular and lower body workout.
THROUGH DEC 5 Move It To Lose It, 6:30-7:30pm Mon, Wed, Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr, Valparaiso. 219.462.4185. valpoymca.org. This program is designed for those serious about making a positive change to their health and wellbeing. Each session includes 30 minutes of lecture and 60 minutes of circuit training. The program includes weekly weigh-ins, three fitness assessments, food journaling, exercise, nutrition lecturing and the support of a group of people working toward the same goals.
THROUGH NOV 24 Turkey Shoot, 10:00am. American Legion Post 502, 429 W 750 North, Valparaiso. southhavenpost502.org. Shoot at paper targets from 35 yards at a Turkey Shoot. Shotgun only, American Legion supply all shells, 12-16-20 and .410 gauge. Guns also furnished if needed. Cost is $3 per line for choice of bacon, sausage or turkey (other choices also available), $4 per line for whole hams. Those who don't want to shoot, can try tip boards for same items. Meat furnished by BEEF Mart of Portage. Heated shelters complete with color TV to screen sporting events. Free coffee and hot lunch.
Nov 16 Family Turkey Shoot, noon. Sandridge Community Center, 600 Oglesby Ave, Calumet City. At the Calumet Memorial Park District's Family Turkey Shoot, kids ages 8 to 15 and a parent 21 or older can compete in basketball drills for prizes, including frozen turkeys. Registration begins at noon, with competition to follow immediately after.
THROUGH NOV 30 Off the Wall—An Art Exhibit, LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave, Suite 1, LaPorte. 219.324.6767. laportecountyhistory.org. Both old and newer pieces from the historical society’s collection are on display at this exhibit. Works include a pen-and-ink drawing by former LaPorte County Schools art teacher, Goldie Taylor; a large painting of the ship the USS LaPorte; a small watercolor by Isamu Noguchi and more.
THROUGH NOV 30 Photographic Exploration, Chesterton Art Center, 115 S St, Chesterton. 219.926.4711. chestertonart.com. A 40-year photography veteran, Martha McGuckin has moved from black and white enlargements to expressive digital creations displayed in this exhibit. Her digital images are carefully duplicated and arranged to create new, interesting, abstract images.
Through Dec 1 South Shore Arts Presents Abstraction...A Second Look: Paintings by Tom Brand Center for Visual and Performing arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. Abstraction…A Second Look is on display in the Atrium Gallery at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts. The surface glow and luster of his paintings is achieved through the use of under painting and glazes, a studio technique developed during the Renaissance that is rarely found in modern abstract work.
Through Dec 15 E. John Walford Exhibit, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso. valpo.edu/artmuseum. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Monday. The permanent collection and E. John Walford exhibitions at the Brauer Museum of Art are on display through Dec. 15. The permanent collection exhibition highlights the many first rate works that belong to the Brauer. Visitors can see in seven galleries fine examples of major movements in American art from the early 19th century to the present. E. John Walford's exhibition of digital collages are the artist's interpretation of biblical stories.
THROUGH JAN 3 "A Christmas Story" Comes Home Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond. 800.255.5253. The "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit centers around 6 animatronic window displays from Macy's Department Store in New York featuring different scenes from "A Christmas Story". There are also a variety of events and activities going on - visit the website for more information. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, stop in Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm to get your photo taken with Santa for only $5.
Through Feb 8 We are Porter County, Porter County Museum of History, 153 Franklin St, Valparaiso. 219.465.3595. This interactive and engaging exhibit highlights the formation of the county from its founding in 1836 to present day and visitors can learn about the transformation of the county from frontier to modern landscape.
Nov 1-Feb 9 Citizen ★ Soldier ★ Citizen, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Contemporary works by military combat veterans will be on display at this exhibition honors those who have fought for freedom and those fighting to reintegrate into society after their war experiences. Also, Through Feb 24: Theater of Conflict.
Through Nov 18 What Vincent Saw, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. Photographs of the sites made famous in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh offer insight into the beloved artist’s work. Also, through Dec 1: Play, Pretend and Dream—Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 2010-2013; through Jan 5: New Views—The Rendered Image in Architecture; through Jan 12: Isaac Julien—The Long Road to Mazatlán; through Jan 12: Japanese Art of the 1960s—The Challenge of Tradition; Through Jan 5: Shomei Tomatsu—Island Life; Through Jan 5: 3 in 1—Contemporary Explorations in Architecture and Design; Through Jan 5: Max Kozloff—Critic and Photographer; Through Jan 12: Amar Kanwar—The Lightning Testimonies; Through Jan 9: Violence and Virtue—Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes; Through Feb 16: Dreams and Echoes—Drawings and Sculpture in the David and Celia Hilliard Collection; Through Jan 26: focus—Monika Baer; Through Jul 27: When the Greeks Ruled—Egypt after Alexander Great; Through Apr 14: Ugo Rondinone—we run through the desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted; Through Jan 27: Art and Appetite—American Painting, Culture and Cuisine.
Through Jan 5 Creatures of Light—Nature’s Bioluminescence, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum.org. From glowworms to deep-sea fishes, this exhibit features the mysterious and magical world of bioluminescence. Visitors can discover the thousands of living organisms that blink, glow, flash and flicker. Also, through Jan 20: Fractured—North Dakota’s Oil Boom.
Through Feb 2 80 at 80, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.947.3133. msichicago.org. Commemorating the museum’s 800th anniversary, this exhibit features 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum’s extensive collection. Many of these items will ignite visitors’ memories from past exhibits—such as a gigantic Paul Bunyan statue and TAM, the Transparent Anatomical Manikin—while some are cutting-edge innovations. Ongoing: The Art of the Bicycle.
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 Nov: Amanda Ross-Ho; through Dec 3: José Lerma; through Jan 5: Paul Sietsema; Through Mar 9: The Way of the Shovel—Art as Archaeology; Nov 29-Apr 13: CITY SELF.