What's New This Week
Feb 21 Dunes History Series—Focus on Maple Sugaring, 5pm Fri-4pm Sat, Dunes Learning Center, 700 Howe Rd, Chesterton. 219.395.9555. duneslearningcenter.org. Participants at this sweet retreat-style workshop can immerse themselves in the local traditions of maple sugaring—from the Native American origins to modern day techniques. Appropriate for all ages, this overnight workshop covers the history and science of maple sugaring and participants have the chance to assist in tapping male trees and enjoy a variety of foods prepared from the sap.
Mar 1 Micro Beer Brew Night, 7-10:30pm, Centennial Park Banquet Facilities, 1005 S Centennial Dr, Munster. 219.836.6937. munster.org. Tantalizing seasonal brews, some brand new to the market, and an appetizer buffet paired with the beers will be served at this tasty annual event.
Mar 1-2 MHA Antiques Show, call for times, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 219.464.0133. mentalhealthpc.org. This annual exhibition brings antiques and treasures to Porter County. Funds benefit Mental Health America of Porter County’s annual giftLIFT program, which connects people whose lives are impacted by mental health with the opportunity to receive gifts for the holiday season.
Mar 8 Brews at the Shoe, 3pm early entry; 4pm general admission, The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 855.234.7569 or 702.777.2782. horseshoehammond.com. Craft beer lovers and connoisseurs can sample more than 150 beers from more than 30 breweries and enjoy live music at Chicagoland's boldest beer festival.
Mar 8-9, 15-16 Maple Syrup Time, 10am-4pm, Deep River County Park, 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart. 219.769.PARK. lakecountyparks.com. Visitors can learn the sticky business of producing syrup from tree sap, plus see how corn is stone ground into cornmeal and more, at this yearly event. There’s fun for the whole family with games and puzzles for kids, quilting and checkers. Visitors can warm up with hot maple tea, coffee or hot chocolate, and take home some handmade maple syrup and cornmeal available for sale.
Mar 15-16 Shipshewana on the Road, 9am-6pm, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 269.979.8888. shipshewanaontheroad.com. For two days only, this popular outdoor market stops in Valparaiso with products and merchandise from artisans, crafters, flea market dealers and retail business owners—including finished and unfinished pine furniture, handmade crafts, toys, home décor, handmade jewelry, clothing and more.
Apr 11 Mini Taste of Munster, noon-3pm, Community Park Social Center, 8710 Lions Club Dr, Munster. 219.836.7275. munster.org. The best restaurants in Munster come together for this delicious event where attendees will be treated to samples of some of the best dishes Munster has to offer.
Apr 12 The Times Ultimate Garage Sale, call for times, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. 219.464.0133. porterco.org. Open to the public, this large annual garage-type sale features collectibles and deals. Last year’s event drew thousands and featured more than 200 booths.
Apr 15-20 Harre Union Jazz Fest, call for times, Valparaiso University Harre Union Ballroom, 1509 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5415. valpo.edu. The Midwest's largest non-competitive jazz event spans six days and features a variety of jazz performers, including John Fedchock on the trombone on Thursday and Friday and Grammy award-winning New York Voices performing on Saturday.
Apr 26 Jewelry, Gem & More Show, 10am-4pm, Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.762.1675. portage-in.com. Just in time for Mother’s Day, this attendees can pamper themselves with jewelry, health and beauty products, candy, chair massages, makeovers and more.
Apr 26-27 Waterscape Weekend Garden and Pond Expo, 9am-5pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. illianagardenpond.org. April may be known for its rain showers, but this expo looks ahead to sunnier days with wind twirlers, stone bird houses, yard art, patio benches, koi and goldfish, aquatic plants, landscape lighting, irrigation, hot tubs, flowers and veggies, water features, recycled art, gourd décor, ironworks and more.
Through Apr 26 Indoor Farm Market, 11am-3pm Sat, Foundry Hall, 422 Eagle St, South Haven. 269.543.4658. southhaven.org. The South Haven Farmers’ Market moves indoors for the winter with freshly picked produce, baked goods and handmade items.
Mar 28-30 Southwest Michigan Golf Show, 2-7pm Fri, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Kalamazaoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo. michigangolfshow.com. The Kalamazoo County Expo Center welcomes more than 100 exhibitors each year to this event, a favorite of golf enthusiasts. Attendees can learn about all things golf, prepare for the upcoming season with a variety of hands-on activities, participate in Long-Drive and Guess-Your-Distance contests and more.
Mar 28-30 Cottage & Lakefront Living Show, 3-9pm Fri, 10am-9pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun, DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616.742.6500. showspan.com. Every year cottage enthusiasts flock to this popular show. This show promises not to disappoint with a marketplace selling unique items from Michigan and beyond, a fine art show, a wooden boat-building demonstration, a giant sand castle build and more.
Apr 24-May 10 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, throughout West Michigan. 269.342.1166. thegilmore.org. Internationally recognized as America’s most prestigious piano music festival, this biennial festival celebrates its 25th year with performances from some of the most notable and accomplished pianists and keyboard musicians—including John Legend, Ben Folds and Rafal Blechacz—and artists just emerging on the international stage.
Apr 25-27 Art Attack, Harbor Country. 219.469.5332. 269.469.5409. harborcountry.org/artattack. Spanning the eight towns of Harbor Country, this art-filled weekend includes a full palette of colorful activities—gallery receptions, artist’s demonstrations, exhibitions, theatre, music, wine tasting, open houses and more—at variety of establishments throughout the area.
Apr 26 Sounds of Saugatuck, throughout Douglas & Saugatuck. 616.886.1162. saugatuck.com. Live music can be heard at various venues during this fun evening. A free shuttle is offered between venues.
Through Jun 15 Envisioning China—A Festival of Arts and Culture, various locations around the University of Chicago Campus, Chicago. 773.702.2366. arts.uchicago.edu. This five-month festival features more than 40 events and exhibitions related to Chinese cultural history. The diverse selection of art, film, music and performance events are free and open to the public, supporting the festival’s mission of creating a dialogue around Chinese art and heritage.
Mar 6-9 2014 Peace on Earth Film Festival, Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E Washington, Chicago. peaceonearthfilmfestival.org. This free festival showcases a captivating exploration of film in the areas of nonviolence, tolerance and social justice. This year's compelling lineup features three Fukushima pieces (two features and a short), the controversial beef exposé Cowspiracy and the 2014 Oscar nominee Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.
Mar 15-23 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, 10am-8pm Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. chicagoflower.com. In line with this year’s theme “Do Green. Do Good.”, this year's show spotlights cutting-edge garden designs, products, practices and techniques. More than two-dozen fragrant, eye-candy garden displays serve as inspiration for gardeners. Activities include educational workshops, cooking demos, kids' activities and more.
Mar 19-22 Chicago Nerd Festival, Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont, Chicago. 773.327.5252. stage773.com. For the second year in a row, nerds unite for one glorious weekend in Chicago to laugh, pay homage and celebrate their favorite genres of nerdiness with stand up, improv, one-woman puppet shows and more.
Apr 11 UNICEF's Message of Hope Gala, 6:30-midnight, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago’s Grand Ballroom, 120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago. 312.222.9121. unicefusa.org. This annual gala features entertainment, exciting live and silent auctions, a raffle and dancing at the After Party. Funds raised benefit The Eliminate Project—a partnership between the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Kiwanis International to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth by 2015.
Through Apr 6 American Ruins—Challenging Ideas of Progress, The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame. 574.631.5466. sniteartmuseum.nd.edu. The 20 photographs included in this exhibition explore American ruins in relation to the nation’s industrial history, domestic spaces, the American West and the personal fascination of one artist—Camilo José Vergara—with ruined landscapes. Also, through Mar 16: The Artist’s View—Landscape Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum, No Little Art—Dürer’s Apocalypse and Northern Renaissance Prints,and Ornament Doesn’t Need Little Flowers—Anton Würth and Engraving in the 21st Century; Apr 6-May 18: 2014 Thesis Exhibition by BFA and MFA Candidates.
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. Also, through Apr 6: Mr. Imagination—Chicago Self-Taught Artist and Modern Vision—Japanese Prints from the Ruth A. Ruege Collection; Apr 16-May 11: Valparaiso University Art Student Exhibition, Valparaiso University Art Faculty Exhibition, and Classical and Popular School Japanese Paintings from the Walter and Dörte Simmons Collection.
Mar 7-May 11 What is Left Unspoken, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. This exhibit feature 2-D and 3-D conceptual pieces by artists Barbara Hashimoto—displaying installation pieces create by turning everyday junk mail into art—and Doug Fogleson—displaying “overlapped” imagery. Also, Mar 7-May 11: Embroidered Archetypes.
Through Mar 1 Shoot, Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts.org. More than 99 photographers entered 189 photographs in five categories for a chance to win prize money in each category. All submissions are on display in all three galleries.
Through Apr 20 The Harmon and Harriet Kelly Collection of African American Art—Work on Paper, Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. krasl.org. This stunning exhibition of seventy historical and contemporary artworks offers a rare chance to view a collection of African-American art dating from 1899-1902. Also, through Apr 20: Heather Parrish; Apr 25-Jun 22: Krasl Art Center Biennal Sculpture Invitational and Ken Thompson.
Through Apr 27 Renior's True Colors—Science Solves a Mystery, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. This exhibition takes an in-depth look at the detective work done by the museum's conservators and scientists and the secrets they uncovered about Renior's painting process. Also, through Mar 9: Ed Clark; through Mar 20: Hroshige's Winter Scenes; through Mar 30: Isaac Julien—The Long Road to Mazatlán and Iterations—John Ronan's Poetry Foundation; through Apr 6: The Year of the Horse; through Apr 7: The Czech Avant-Garde Book; through Apr 20: Amar Kanwar—The Lightning Testimonies and Ugo Rondinone—we run through the desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted.
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 219.836.0525. nwisymphony.org. Conducted by the charismatic Kirk Muspratt, this professional orchestra performs concerts that range in atmosphere from the whimsical pops series to the edifying and inspirational maestro series, many of which offer pre-concert discussions with the conductor an hour before the concert. Mar 14: Dueling Pianos (The Auditorium at Bethel Church, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point); Apr 4: Chorus Concert (The Auditorium at Bethel Church, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point).
The Acorn Theater, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3879. acorntheater.com. The 250-seat Acorn is home to a carefully reconstructed, rare Barton Theater Pipe Organ and boasts bistro tables and occasionally offbeat entertainment options. Feb 21: Open Mic.
Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts.org. The Berrien Artist Guild has converted an old box factory into a multidisciplinary arts resource, housing galleries, studios, an art shop and a café. Visitors also can take advantage of the Box Factory as an entertainment venue, attending stage performances by singers, musicians, poets and actors. Feb 22: Neil Jacobs.
Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 269.982.4030. smso.org. This versatile orchestra offers a traditional Mendel Mainstage Series, small ensemble works in the Around Town Series, and the Performing Artists series, which showcases a wide range of styles with guest artists. Mar 23: Young by Design (LMC Mendel Center Mainstage, 2755 E Napier Ave, Benton Harbor); Apr 26: Beloved Classics (LMC Mendel Center Mainstage, 2755 E Napier Ave, Benton Harbor).
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. auditoriumtheatre.org. A National Historic Landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances and a variety of artistic productions. Through Feb 23: The Joffrey Ballet—Contemporary Choregraphers; Feb 28-Mar 9: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Mar 14, 16: Cloud Gate Dane Theatre of Taiwan—Songs of the Wanderers; Mar 22-23: Houston Ballet—Aladdin; Mar 24: Mayday; Mar 28: Inside Amy Schumer's Back Door Tour; Apr 5: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck; Apr 8: VIVID 2014—CCPA Annual Showcase; Apr 11: Carnival of Animals and a ChiArts Showcase of Music & Dance Student Matinee Series; Apr 12: River North Dance Chicago; Apr 30-May 11: The Joffrey Ballet—Romeo and Juliet.