THROUGH MAR 10 Be A Clown Class 7-9pm, Life Point Church, 7350 Kennedy Ave, Hammond. Comedy lovers can learn to take their craft to the next level with clown training. The class' focus will be on makeup, costume creation and clown character. Attendees can also learn how to make animal balloons.
FEB 20 Musicals and More 6-7:30pm, Hobart High School Theatre, Entrance #20, 2211 E 10th St, Hobart. Cost: $5. Hobart High School Band presents its “Musicals and More” concert. Hobart Bands will perform medleys from “Oklahoma” and “West Side Story” along with programmatic works “Moscow 1941” and “Comets in a Winter Sky.” The concert will open with the lively swing music of the Hobart Jazz Band. This concert is sponsored by the Legacy Foundation.
FEB 20 Film Festival 5-7:30pm, East Chicago Public Library, 2401 E Columbus Drive, East Chicago. ecpl.org. The East Chicago Public Library, in collaboration with Indiana University Northwest, presents a Black History Month Film Festival on Thursdays in February celebrating African American Heritage.
FEB 21 Leap Into the Arts 6:30-10pm, Halls of St. George, 905 E Joliet St, Schererville. 219.395.6226. leapintothearts2014.org. The Southlake Children's Choir, South Shore Dance Alliance and Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra perform at this fundraising event benefiting youth vocal, dance and orchestra organizations in Northwest Indiana. The night opens with a complimentary cocktail hour, followed by dinner, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. No tickets sold at the door.
FEB 21 Masquerade Mardi Gras East Chicago Style 6pm-midnight, Ameristar Casino and Hotel Discovery Ballroom, 777 Ameristar Boulevard, East Chicago. Cost: $40. I Too Sing America Organization of NWI, Inc. presents its fourth annual Scholarship Benefit Fundraiser. Attendees can enjoy a evening full of fun with live entertainment, dancing, DJ Donald Jammin-D Hall, vendors, a mask contest and many other exciting acts.
FEB 21-22 Black Film Festival at The Glen 6:30-10pm, The Glen Theater, 20 West Ridge Rd, Gary. 219.949.5565. Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door for Saturday, $15 in advance, $20 at the door for Sunday. Both nights $35. The Glen Theatre owned and operated by the African American Achievers Youth Corps, Inc., will have its third annual Black Film Festival. The festival will feature Gary native and Hollywood actor, William L. Johnson. Four film producers and or actors will answer questions following the movies each night. The Gary Branch of the NAACP will host Friday night with an opening night reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. The featured movie is "Note to Self", preceeded by two movie shorts, "Speaker of the House" and "Solstice". Clark Road Church Foundation, the Froebel Park Committee, Brothers2Brothers, and Brothers’ Keeper will join the Achievers to host Saturday night. Featured movies will be "The Divorce" and "The American Promise".
FEB 22 Aaron Lewis 8pm, Horseshoe Casino Hammond, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. 800.745.3000. Country music artist Aaron Lewis performs in concert at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond. If you want to get to know singer, songwriter, and guitarist Aaron Lewis, just listen to The Road. On his first full-length album, the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum musician tells one story after another. Echoing traditional country music, some of those tales are hilarious and heartwarming, while others are pensive and personal. Nevertheless, they're all equally powerful, vibrant, and unforgettable. For him, The Road continues to wind and surprise like it always has.
FEB 22 Winter Extravaganza 5:30-10:30pm, St. John Bosco School, 1231 171st Place, Hammond. sjb.nwiweb.com. Cost: $30. St. John Bosco School will hold a winter extravaganza featuring the interactive comedy "Late Nite Catechism". There will be a silent auction, gaming tables and cash bar. There also will be a winter raffle drawing after the show.
FEB 22 Masquerade Ball 6pm-midnight, The Patrician, 310 US 30, Schererville. 219.689.2162. Cost: $75. This 21+ Masquerade Ball will benefit the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation. Ticket price includes a 5 hour open bar, a family style meal and a donation to the NICK Foundation. Raffles will be held.
FEB 22 Seed Saving Class 10:30am-noon, Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. Learn how to properly collect and store seeds indoors to prepare for spring gardening. Indiana Accredited Horticulturist CEUs available.
FEB 22 Mardi Gras Gala 6-11pm, Trinity Hall at St. Patrick Catholic School, 640 N Calumet Road, Chesterton. 219.314.8120. Cost: $50. The Mardi Gras Gala is hosted by St. Patrick Catholic School. Guests will enjoy a Mardi Gras themed evening complete with cocktails (open bar) and delicious hors d’oeurves, dinner & dessert. Live entertainment will be provided by The Crawpuppies. The silent and live auctions will have a variety of items with something for everyone at every price level.
FEB 22 Bird Banding Winter Session 1-3pm, Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 71 N County Road 500 West, Valparaiso. taltree.org. 219.462.0025. Cost: $8 for memebers, $10 for non-members. Bird banding, or bird ringing, is an universal, indispensable technique for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds. Bird banding is the process of attaching a small metal or plastic band around a bird's leg in order to identify individual birds from the band's unique number. This technique has been used for centuries to identify captive birds, such as falcons.
FEB 22 Hey Jimmy 10pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Chicago’s premier party band plays music from the 50s to today’s dance, pop, rock and R&B.
FEB 22 Thompson Square 8pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Country music’s most intimate duo, husband-and-wife team Thompson Square perform their hits—such as “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?;” “I Got You” and “Glass.”
FEB 22 Disposable Theatre's Improv Comedy 8pm, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. 219.805.4255. Cost: $10. Bob Craig and the cast of Disposable Theatre Improv Comedy are back to grace the stage. Founded in 2011, Disposable Theatre has quickly been making a name for themselves as Northwest Indiana's only improv comedy group, performing in places all over The Region.
FEB 22-23 Spring Antique & Collectibles Show 10am-4pm Sat, 10am-3pm Sun, Lake County Fairgrounds Industrial Art Building, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.769.8180. crossroadschamber.org. Shoppers can browse antiques and collectibles at this yearly show.
FEB 23 NWI Comic-Con 10am-6pm, Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Drive, Schererville. nwi-comic-con.com. Cost: $6. The 2014 NWI Comic-Con will feature VIP guests, artists, publishers, dealers, cosplay contests, live panels, a silent charity auction and more.
FEB 23 Animal Wellness Fair 10am-4pm, Positive Experience Training School, 750 Rigg Road, Valparaiso. giantpawprints.com. A day of fun, education and pet wellness presented by Giant Paw Prints Rescue. We will have vendors, lectures and demonstrations for keeping your pets healthy and safe. Demonstrations include: Agility, Pet CPR/First Aid, Positive Reinforcement Training. Pet services include: nail trims, ear cleaning, micro-chipping, and teeth brushing.
FEB 23 bride blu noon-3pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Brides- and grooms-to-be are invited to the ultimate wedding planning experience, which features exhibits by floral designers, planners, DJs, bridal boutiques, a fashion show, a Las Vegas trip giveaway and more.
FEB 23 Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics 6pm, Horseshoe Casino Hammond, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. 800.745.3000. In honor of Black History Month, Horseshoe Casino Presents Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics. Additional acts will be performed by Enchantment, Blue Magic and The Main Ingredient.
FEB 23 Concert at Augustana 1:30-3pm, Augustana Lutheran Church, 207 N Kelly Street, Hobart. 219.947.4001. Musicians from Augustana Lutheran Church will present a wide variety of music, from medieval to modern eras, at the church’s annual concert. The church choir, handbell choir and Sunday school singers will perform, along with the Duneland Early Music Consort and a number of individuals and small groups. A free-will offering will benefit Jacob’s Ladder pediatric rehab center in Portage Township and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s anti-malaria campaign.
FEB 23 Lithuanian Independence Day 12:30-4:45pm, American Legion Griffith Post 66, 132 N Wiggs Ave, Griffith. 219.884.2220. Cost: $15. Make reservations by Feb. 22 for the annual Lithuanian Independence Day, hosted by Northwest Indiana Lithuanian Organizations. Lunch with Kugelis, coffee and dessert included.
FEB 28 Comedy Night at the CVPA - Comedian Pat McGann 6:30pm, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.1930. Cost: $35. Pat McGann is a stand-up comedian and television host living in Chicago. Born and raised on the city's south side, he now resides on the north side of the city near the legendary Zanies Comedy Club where he has been House MC since 2008. McGann is the creator and host of the television show The Chicago Stand-Up Project that airs on Chicago's PBS station, WTTW. As a stand-up comic, McGann travels the country working comedy clubs, colleges, corporate events, and casinos. In 2010, he was among the country's top comedians invited to perform at The Great American Comedy Festival. Ticket price includes dinner.
FEB 28 Fight Night 6pm, Horseshoe Casino Hammond, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. 800.745.3000. Presented by Hitz Boxing, Northwest Indiana's most elite boxers will display their skills in "the best boxing venue outside of Vegas." The event will be televised on ESPN2.
FEB 20 Chicago: Emancipation to Inauguration 6:30-7:30pm, Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave, Lansing. lansingpl.org. Join Chicago tour guide Clarence Goodman as he tells the story of the African American experience in Chicago through the last 400 years.
FEB 22 Health & Fitness Expo 10am-1pm, Sandridge Community Center, 600 Oglesby Ave, Calumet City. Presented by the Calumet Memorial Park District, this annual Health & Fitness Expo will feature products and info from such vendors as Ingalls, JenCare, ChiroOne, Mary Kay, MB Financial Bank and others. Also available will be free blood pressure checks, posture and spinal evaluations, and free trial classes for Zumba, Step Aerobics and more.
THROUGH MAR 2 Snowman Competition Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 West 100 North, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. Families can build a snowman at Taltree for a chance to win a free 1-year family membership to the arboretum and gardens.
FEB 28-APR 30 Civil War Memorial Exhibit 8am-5pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond. Learn about the state and region's contribution to our nation's bloodiest war through a series of special events and exhibits. Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil War regimental battle flags will tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men in blue who fought to preserve the Union - and ultimately to end slavery.
THROUGH MAR 2 Postcards from Home, Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation. Local artist Claire Anderson Merrill combines original oils, watercolors, photographs, history records and family memorabilia in hopes of sharing her experience of searching of her elusive Norwegian ancestors after a century-old postcard unlocked the mystery of her family’s origins. Merill’s inspiration for this exhibit comes in part from a recent trip to her family’s homeland in Norway.
THROUGH MAR 2 Fenders & Figures—Works by Sandi Kozlowski The Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Combining her passions for both art making and motorcycle riding, local artist Sandi Kozlowski pushes the boundaries of her multimedia pieces with the addition of a third dimension, plastic motorcycle parts incorporated on flat acrylic paintings.
THROUGH MAR 15 Discovering the Forest—Paintings by Robert Johnson South Shore Arts Crown Point Branch, 123 N Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.0200. southshoreartsonline.org. Robert Johnson’s paintings explore the nature of the forest in this exhibit.
THROUGH 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 APR 6 Modern Vision—Japanese Prints from the Ruth A. Ruege Collection Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu/artmuseum. Donated and loaned by long-time collector Ruth A. Ruege, this collection features Japanese prints from all periods.
THROUGH APR 14 Ugo Rondinone The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. These works, completed in 2013, are part of a series that the artist began in 2007 known as Scholar Rocks, a reference to stones found in China’s Tai Lake region that were traditionally collected by scholars and used as ornaments for reflection. The stones, most standing at less than a foot in height and riddled with holes from natural erosion, have long been admired for their shapes and were evaluated on the aesthetic bases of form, texture, and the ways in which they were molded by nature. Through Jul 27: When the Greeks Ruled—Egypt after Alexander Great.
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.