THROUGH JAN 18 Winter…Wine…Wonderland 2014 Serenity Springs, 5888 US 35, LaPorte. 219.861.000. serenity-springs.com. This magical evening of wine, dining and fun features tastings of a variety of wines in front of a roaring fire, Southern Italian cuisine and live entertainment.
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.
THROUGH MAY 10 Indoor Street Market 8am-1pm, 2nd Sat of each month, Lincoln Community Center Banquet Hall, 2450 Lincoln St, Highland. 219.838.0114. highland.in.gov. This street market moves indoors for the winter. Shoppers can browse breads, honey, spices, dog treats and more.
JAN 16 Pocket Vinyl 8pm, Bartlett's Gourmet Grill & Tavern, 131 E Dunes Highway, Beverly Shores. 219.879.3081. Pocket Vinyl will be coming all the way from Connecticut and will be playing in the area for one night only. If you haven’t heard of Pocket Vinyl, they are a one-man piano band and painter! Eric slams on piano and sings while Elizabeth paints on stage. Her finished painting is auctioned off at the end of the show. Eric puts on a lively show, connects with his audience and everyone has a great time. Tickets will be available at the restaurant soon. $10 reserves you a seat and gets you one free draft beer or glass of wine. Dinner will be served from their full menu.
JAN 18 A Buddy, A Brush, A Bottle at Wiley’s Grill 7pm, Coyote Run, 800 Kedzie Ave, Flossmoor. 708.957.8774. hfparks.com. Participants can learn how to paint portraits, while enjoying appetizers and a bottle of house wine. Fee includes art supplies.
JAN 18 Libido Funk Circus 10pm, Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Covering everything from the good ol’ Motown days to the bass-thumping beats of today’s music, Libido Funk Circus is a human juke box playing music that appeals to a wide range of audiences.
JAN 19 Anthony Kearns 2pm, Munster High School Auditorium, 8808 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.923.2078. munsterconcerts.org. With a heart-melting rendition of “Danny Boy,” Irish lyric tenor Anthony Kearns has the ability to color each note with beauty and grace.
JAN 23 An Evening with Jillian Flathers 6pm, Freddy's Steak House, 6442 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond. 219.844.1500. This special reception introduces Freddy's Steakhouse new chef Jillian Flathers, a contestant on Gordon Ramsey's Hell's Kitchen Season 8.
JAN 23 Asparagus Restaurant & Journeyman Distillery Pairing Dinner 6:30-9pm, Asparagus, 7876 Broadway, Merrillville. Admission: $60.00 per person, not including tax or gratuity. 219.794.0000. Asparagus, the legendary local favorite restaurant featuring Asian Fusion and Nouvelle cuisine is partnering with Journeyman, the locally owned and operated distiller of organic, hand crafted spirits to offer a five course dinner, each course thoughtfully paired with a different taster cocktail fashioned from a Journeyman's unique array of spirits. Simon Barrios, the authorized representative of Journeyman will be on hand to educate the diners on the craftsmanship and unique flavor sensation of each spirit.
JAN 23 Harlem Globetrotters 7pm, Michigan City High School, 8466 Pahs Rd, Michigan City. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling millions of fans for 88 years, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways. Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment, letting fans vote on new rules to be used in actual games.
JAN 23 Winemaker Dinner with Ken Foster from Mahoney Vineyards 6:30pm, Bistro 157, 157 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. Admission: $75. 219.462.0992. Enjoy a uniquely paired dinner from Chef Nicole Bissonnette and wine from Mahoney Vineyards.
JAN 25 Brews in the Barn 5:30pm VIP Early Entry, regular hours 6:30pm-midnight. County Line Orchard, 200 County Line Road, Hobart. 219.947.4477. Brews in the Barn at the historic County Line Orchard is your chance to sample some of the best craft beer from all over the region. Some of the finest brewers in the country will be pouring unlimited samples of their meticulously hand-crafted beer. There will also be live performances from the Crawpuppies and the legendary Chicago band Mr. Blotto. Also included in the ticket price will be an eclectic food buffet.
JAN 25 Snowshoe Expedition and Lunch 10am, Bartlett's Gourmet Grill & Tavern, 131 E Dunes Highway, Beverly Shores. 219.879.3081. Meet at the Indiana State Park Nature Center at 10 a.m. where snowshoes will be supplied, have a quick introductory talk and then head out for about an hour hike. Afterwards, meet at Bartlett’s for a delicious lunch.
JAN 16-20 Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show noon-9pm Thu, 11am-9pm Fri, 10am-9pm Sat, 10am-7pm Sun, 10am-5pm Mon, McCormick Place, North Building, 2301 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Ill. chicagoboatshow.com. This annual event brings the great outdoors indoors with hundreds of boats and the latest model RVs. The show also features gear for fishing and boating, as well as fun attracts for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.
JAN 17-19 Too Hot To Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah 11am-1pm, The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Congress Parkway, Chicago. auditoriumtheatre.org. Cost: $25-$68. Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, presents the 9th annual “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah.”
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 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 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 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.
JAN 20 Lake Michigan’s Southern Shore—A Photographic Journey 7pm, Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Dr, Tinley Park. 708.532.0160. tplibrary.org. Environmental photographer Tom Gill leads a photography journey from historic lighthouses to sand dunes and quaking bogs, while sharing the history and unusual characteristics of the region and helpful photography tips.
THROUGH JAN 26 focus—Monika Baer The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. The first museum exhibition in the United States devoted to the work of Berlin-based artist Monika Baer, this presentation includes nearly 30 paintings created between 1990 and 2013. The selection of canvases and their non-chronological groupings reflect the emphatic diversity of subject matter and the stylistic and material explorations of Baer’s idiosyncratic practice. Also, 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 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 80th 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.