THROUGH JAN 3 Winter Light Show, 5:05-9:05pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7770. southshorecva.com. Throughout the holiday season, the Indiana Welcome Center dazzles visitors with a light show every five minutes after the hour. Each show lasts 15 minutes and coordinates with music broadcast on 89.9 FM.
THROUGH JAN 5 The Gallery Shop Holiday Artisan Market 10am-5pm, weekends 11am-4pm, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W 2nd St, Ste 100, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. The 4th annual Gallery Shop Holiday Artisan Market is in full swing in Lubeznik's main lobby. Esther, the Gallery Shop manager, has beautiful things in stock for every aesthetic and budget. Pick up a new piece of jewelry by Elaina Aquino to compliment your holiday party attire and trim your tree with one of a kind, handmade ornaments. All items in the Gallery Shop Holiday Artisan Market are handmade in the USA.
THROUGH JAN 5 His Way Staring Ron Hawking, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. “America’s Balladeer,” Frank Sinatra, comes to life in this performance by Ron Hawking.
JAN 2 Eat Up Wine Down, 5-10pm, Lincolnway, downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. The first Thursday of every month, Valpodining.com restaurants—Bistro 157, Bon Femme Café, Don Quijote, Margarita’s, Tommy B’s, Pikk’s Tavern, The Silver Spoon and Valley—offer five of their most popular drinks and/or dishes for $5 apiece.
JAN 2-12 Recycle Your Living Christmas Tree, Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 450 W 100 North, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. Families who wish to recycle their live Christmas trees after the holiday season can drop them off at Taltree Arboretum for use as a renewable path material. Donated trees must be free of all decorative materials, including ornaments, hooks, tinsel, nails, lights and stands. For the safety of the wildlife, removal of these non-organic items, especially tinsel, is extremely important.
JAN 3 First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, 1st Fri of each month, Uptown Arts District, Michigan City. 219.331.5517. uptownartsdistrict.org. The Uptown Arts District stores, galleries and venues come alive the first Friday of every month for an evening of culture, art and networking. Various locations throughout the district feature works of arts by local artists, refreshments, entertainment and more.
JAN 3 Music Jam, 5-9pm, American Legion Post 238, Roselawn. Enjoy a Friday night music jam with Betty Tetzlaff, Donnie Anderson and many other musicians along with lead guitarist Jerry Vernon. Get your groove on with friends and neighbors on the large dance floor. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available. Doors open 5 p.m., food service starts at 5:30 and music starts at 6.
JAN 4 Killer Flamingos, 10pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Killer Flamingos bring their infectious blend of pop, rock, and electronica to Blue Chip Casino’s all-night hotspot, It’s Vegas Baby!
JAN 5 Bridal Expo, noon-3pm, Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Dr, Schererville. 219.662.9245. nwibridalshows.com. Sponsored by Bride Guide Magazine, this expo features 65 wedding professionals showcasing the latest in bridal trends.
JAN 6 Twelfth Night Returns, 6-7pm, Wihala Beach Picnic Area, Whiting Park, Whiting. visitwhiting.com. This holiday tradition of burning Christmas trees returns to Whiting with a bonfire, caroling, hot chocolate and the traditional ceremony.
JAN 6 12th Night Tree Burning, 6pm, Main Square Park, 3001 Ridge Rd, Highland. 219.838.0114. The Festival of Lights officially closes with this annual event. Guests are encouraged to bring their Christmas trees for a bonfire and enjoy hot chocolate.
JAN 7 The Vikings Series Screening 6:30-8pm, Munster Branch of the Lake County Public Library, 8701 Calumet Ave, Munster. lcplin.org.branches.mu.htm. In conjunction with Nordikfolk Lodge #761 of the Vasa Order of America, the library is offering The Vikings, a Great Courses DVD lecture series. Each lecture is 1/2 hour long and covers a multitude of topics relating to the Vikings and Scandinavia. Register by phone or online.
JAN 8 Gardening Heirloom Vegetables, 3-4pm, Lake County Public Library Merrillville Branch, 1919 W 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.3541 ext. 317. lcplin.org. Master Gardener Becky Crabb presents information on heirloom vegetables as part of a monthly gardening series.
JAN 8 The Downton Abbey Kitchen, 7pm, Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Dr, Tinley Park. 708.532.0160. tplibrary.org. Chef Kate Bradley presents recipes and tastings of classic English food fit for a Downton Abbey party or family get-together.
JAN 8 Abstract Painting with Patricia Moore, 7pm, Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Blvd, Chicago Heights. 708.754.2601. unionstreetgallery.org. Well-known painter Patricia Moore leads this fun, hands-on class. Students can explore composition, depth, color and how to mix pigments while using various mediums and materials to create an abstract work of art. Students must bring their own surfaces to paint on.
JAN 10 Trivia Night Fundraiser, 6pm. lcgridironclub.com. The Lake Central Gridiron Club will host a trivia night fundraiser to raise funds for pasta dinners for the football team. Each team is eight people at $25 per person. Arrange a table with family and friends or purchase one or two tickets and you'll be placed with others. Entry fee includes beer, wine, food, raffles, silent auctions and lot of fun. For more information, contact Linda Scott at (219) 682-6548. Fundraiser will be held in Griffith, location will be given upon personal request. Tickets are sold in advance, door sales will be determined by advance ticket sales.
JAN 11 Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular, 8pm, Star Plaza Theater, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. Admission $19. The Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular is the best tribute show in the country, taking audience members through each era of Elvis' career. The concert features Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter, Donny Edwards, with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer DJ Fontana, the award winning vocal group The Sweet Inspirations and the gospel group The Blackwood Quartet, all backed by the Fabulous Ambassadors Band.
JAN 11 Planetarium Showings, Challenger Learning Center, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond. 219.989.3250. Admission: Adults $5, Children $3. The Challenger Center Planetarium presents fun and educational showings of "Watch the Winter Sky Show" and "The Little Star that Could." The evening will wrap up with the Perseus & Andromeda Story Laser Show. Schedule as follows: 2pm—Family Science, 3pm—South Shore Skies, followed by The Little Star that Could, 3:45pm—Perseus and Andromeda, 4:20pm—South Shore Skies, followed by The Little Star that Could, 5:10pm—Perseus and Andromeda.
JAN 11 Dunes Learning Center Winter Open House, 11am-3pm, Dunes Learning Center, 700 Howe Rd, Chesterton. 219.395.9555. Don't miss the Dunes Learning Center's second annual winter open house featuring music, crafts, demonstrations, guided hikes, outdoor activities and a popcorn bar! Last year, more than 125 people enjoyed a day of fun in nature.
JAN 2 South Suburban Earth Science Club, 7-8:30pm,Park Forest Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd, Crete. South Suburban Earth Science Club will meet to share members' fossils and minerals. The SSESC is dedicated to promoting and education ones on the study of earth sciences which includes: minerals, archaeology, lapidary arts and processes, fossil collecting, identification and display. Everyone is welcome to attend including children who are accompanied by an adult and over the age of 6.
JAN 18 Benefit to Fight Domestic Violence, 6pm-12am, Lansing Knights of Columbus, 17800 Lorenz Ave, Lansing. Tickets are on sale now for the second annual benefit in memory of Gena Chiodo, of Calumet City. Ticket price includes food, draft beer, pop, music by The Relics and prizes. Cash bar available. Raffles, 50/50s and more. Tickets available at the Lansing Knights of Columbus. All proceeds will be donated to local organizations dealing with domestic violence.
THROUGH FEB 23 Ice Plaza at Deep River Waterpark Thursdays 2-9pm, Fridays 2-10pm, Saturdays 12-10pm and Sundays 12-9pm, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E US 30, Crown Point. 219.947.7850. Deep River Waterpark will be open for Ice Skating on the Friday after Thanksgiving day through the last Sunday in February.
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.
JAN 3-5, 10-12 Perspectives from Extraordinary Students, 5-8pm, Southern Shore Art Gallery, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.879.4980. southernshoreartassociation.com. This exceptional exhibit showcases the unique talents of extraordinary young adult art students with special needs. An eight-week art program, made possible by a generous grant from Horizon Bank and contributions from local groups and individuals, allowed these budding artists to create landscapes, drawing, abstract art, papermaking, clay modeling, collage and more under the instruction of artist members of the SSAA.
JAN 7-APR 6 Trucks—Recent Works by John Himmelfarb, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu/artmuseum. Chicago-based artist John Himmelfarb showcase his whimsical representations of trucks at this exhibit. His works are executed in a wide variety of media—including sculpture, painting and printmaking—and an outdoor sculpture made out of an actual truck accompanies the exhibit.
THROUGH FEB 2 Mid-Century Modern—Style in the Age of Mad Men, South Shore Arts Gallery, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. This swanky exhibit travels back in time to a more glamorous age, the time of the 1950s ad men made popular in recent years by AMC’s Mad Men. A tribute to the Mid-Century Modern movement in architecture and design, the exhibit features furniture, objects, art and advertising as seen on the popular TV series from this memorable era.
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.
THROUGH 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 JAN 5 New Views—The Rendered Image in Architecture, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. This exhibition focuses on the digitally rendered images that have recently become ubiquitous in the world of architecture and design. Also, 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. 773.684.1414. 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 Jan 5: Paul Sietsema; Through Mar 9: The Way of the Shovel—Art as Archaeology; Nov 29-Apr 13: CITY SELF.