THROUGH APR 3 Michael Miller, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu. An acrylic on wood collection from the artist.
THROUGH APR 9 Abstruse Daydreaming, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W 2nd St, Ste 100, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. Fiberscape artist Meredith Setser's mixed media installations are on display, plus abstract paintings by Jay Zerbe.
THROUGH APR 10 Dwellings, Cathedrals, Shanties and the Like—The Art of Tim Bruce and Jacqueline Moses, South Shore Arts Gallery, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Bruce’s sculptures of cathedrals, boats and barns in folk art-type style are showcased alongside Moses’s photo transfers and oil paintings in a surrealist style.
THROUGH APR 24 Factory Made by Michael Hambouz, Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph, Mich. 269.983.0271. krasl.org. Hand-cut paper stock from the French Paper Company is used to create vibrant, abstracted scenes of the very factory where the paper is produced.
THROUGH JUNE 1 An Outsider Looks In, Purdue North Central Library-Student-Faculty Bldg 062, 1401 S US Hwy 421, Westville. 219.785.5719. A selection of mixed-media paintings and sculptures by Thomas Olesker inspired by both the ancient and contemporary life of Mexico.
MAR 25-APR 23 Linette Bledsoe, White Key Gallery, 404 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.221.8461. whitekeygallery.com. A collection of mixed media animal portraits of some of the artist’s favorite animals.
MAR 28-APR 2 Valparaiso University Jazz Festival, Valparaiso University, 1509 Union Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5417. valpo.edu. Annual festival with diverse workshops and performances—including the Benny Green Trio and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra.
BEGINS APR 1 Retro-Perspective—Plein Air and Figurative Works by Jeffrey Baumgartner, Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.369.9028. southernshoreartassociation.com. An exhibit of the Chicago artist’s representational works—including plein air landscapes, marine, and urban cityscapes.
APR 1-17 Little Women, 7:30pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, this beloved tale follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March.
APR 2 Mother Daughter Spa, 1:30-3pm or 3:15-4:45pm, Mario Tricoci University, 2549 Hwy Ave, Highland. 219.836.7275. munster.org. Mothers and daughters can bond as they enjoy salon services—including a polish change, makeup and hair style. Pre-registration required.
APR 2-3 Master Magician Dennis Watkins, 3pm, 7pm Sat, 2:30pm Sun, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. An all-ages unique magic experience with classic sleight of hand, traditional magic and mind-reading.
APR 4-16 A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4269. festivalplayersguild.org. Star-crossed lovers, magical potions, mystical beings and mass confusion characterize this comedic Shakespearean comedy.
APR 8 Foreigner Concert, 9pm, Four Winds Silver Creek Event Center, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, Mich. 800.745.3000. ticketmaster.com. With ten multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world.
APR 8 Vendor Reception and Free Health Screenings, 9-10am, Franciscan St. Anthony Health, 301 W Homer St, Michigan City. 219.588.9641. nwindianagoredforwomen.org. A vendor reception held open house-style with free health screenings, a special presentation and more.
APR 8-10 The Heidi Chronicles, 7pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E Napier Ave, Benton Harbor, Mich. 269.927.1221. themendelcenter.com. This coming-of-age comedy spans three decades as Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world.
APR 8-23 Orson’s Shadow, Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Based on actual events, this play crackles with absurdity as titanic personalities collide in this witty depiction of life, genius and the drama of theatre.
APR 9 Sleeping Beauty, 7pm, Merrillville High School Auditorium, 276 E 68th Pl, Merrillville. 219.755.4444. ibtnw.org. The classic tale set to Tchaikovsky's gorgeous score, fully staged and costumed.
APR 12 John Waite & The Axemen, 8:30pm, Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr, Three Oaks, Mich. 269.756.3879. acorntheater.com. One of the most legendary rock singers of all time performs his hits in a very intimate setting.
APR 15 The Band Perry, 9pm, Four Winds Silver Creek Event Center, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, Mich. 800.745.3000. ticketmaster.com. The Grammy Award-winning sibling trio performs.
APR 15-MAY 1 Happily Ever Once Upon, 8pm Fri-Sat, 3pm Sun, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Rd, Crown Point. 219.805.4255. cpct.biz. After twenty years of marriage, Cinderella and Prince Charming run into some problems in this production, and bankruptcy and blackmail are just the beginning.
APR 16 CeleBRATION!—An Evening with Cole Porter, 7:30pm, LaPorte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. lcso.net. LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra presents a celebration of Cole Porter as part of Indiana’s Bicentennial, with a performance by mezzo soprano Kyrie Anderson.
APR 16 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration, 9am-4pm, Porter County Fairgrounds, 217 E Division Road, Valparaiso. 219.465.3694. itmeanstheworld.org. More than 80 exhibitors join together to celebrate, educate and inspire. The day also includes entertainment, activities, food and more.
APR 21 Matt Dusk, 7pm, Munster High School Auditorium, 8808 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.923.7879 or 219.924.2890. munsterconcerts.org. This big band-styled crooner reintroduces and reinterprets songs from greats like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Chet Baker.
APR 22-22, 29-30, MAY 1, 5-8 First Date, Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner.
APR 23-24 Garden and Pond Expo, 9am-4pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. illianagardenpond.org. An indoor show with pond, garden and patio displays. Vendors will offer garden and pond plants and supplies, outdoor lighting, garden décor and more.
APR 23-24 Valpo Girls Weekend, downtown Valparaiso. 219.462.5144. valpogirlsweekend.com. An activity-filled weekend including wine and beer tasting, food, a Saturday night dinner party with entertainment and a fashion show, Sunday brunch and more.
APR 29-MAY 1 Art Attack, Harbor Country, Mich. 269.469.5409. harborcountry.org. A weekend dedicated to art with a full palette of activities—gallery receptions, artists' demonstrations, exhibits, theater, music, wine tasting and more—held throughout the area.
APR 29-MAY 15 The Odd Couple, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. memorialoperahouse.com. The clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results in this classic comedy.
APR 30 Blue Chip Brewfest, 4-8pm, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. Top microbreweries from around the nation gather to showcase their brews at this fest designed for beer lovers of all palates.
APR 30 Scotty McCreery, 8pm, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Pl, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. The American Idol winner makes a stop on his “See You Tonight Tour.”