Bark in the Park
JULY 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Thomas Centennial Park, 2nd & Broadway, Chesterton. dunebig.com. Dogs are welcome to this annual pet festival, featuring local shelters and rescue groups, pet services, merchandise and more, plus games and contests for dogs and humans.
Sand Sculpture Contest
JULY 14, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25 E., Chesterton. 219.926.1952. in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm. At this 21st annual event, the sand comes alive with sculptures designed to fit this year's theme: movies. Attendees can enter to win or watch for fun and vote for the People's Choice Award.
Urban Farming Fun
JULY 14, 28, AUG. 11, 1-3 p.m., Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N. Lake St., Gary. 219.395.1821. nps.gov/indu. Attendees can learn some tips and tricks of starting a vegetable garden from rangers and volunteers while observing the native plant and vegetable garden. No experience required.
Valparaiso Wine Festival
JULY 14, 4-6:30 p.m., Central Park Plaza, 63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. Wine lovers can sample 100 wines from around the world with unlimited sips and samples, plus enjoy live entertainment, food for purchase and wine-based cocktails.
Hollywood Cruise Night
JULY 18, 5-9 p.m., 119th St., downtown Whiting. whitingevents.com. Classic cars—including the iconic Blues Brothers Bluesmobile—will line the streets of historic downtown Whiting.
Festival of the Lakes
JULY 18-22, Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2938 S. Calumet Ave., Hammond. festivalofthelakes.com. With five nights of free concerts and family fun, this festival returns with performances by Grandmaster Flash, Chevelle, Sublime with Rome, Nas and more, plus rides, live entertainment, a Polka Party, a fishing derby, vendors and games.
THROUGH JULY 22, 6-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake St., Gary. 773.822.8086. millerbeacharts.org. This group show will showcase the work of 15 artists who are members of the Area Arts Association, featuring artists from Northwest Indiana, Southwest Michigan and Chicago. Works will include figurative and abstract art in a variety of mediums.
THROUGH JULY 29, The Rising Phoenix Gallery, 2803 Franklin St., Michigan City. 480.206.0964. Originating from artist Edwin Shelton's four-week teaching experience in Zibo, China, this exhibition of mixed material artworks is a visual outcome from the positive life changing experience of the trip. Shelton investigates creating layers while combining new and recycled materials.
THROUGH JULY 29, Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin St., Michigan City. 219.879.4980. southernshoreartassociation.com. A celebration of summer in Michiana, this exhibit will feature art showcasing the season.
The Works of Jean Bargeron
THROUGH JULY 30, Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton. 219.926.4711. chestertonart.com. The work of Ogden Dunes artist Jean Bargeron encompasses everything from landscapes to portraits. Her technique depends on the subject matter, but most recently she has focused on oil painting as her primary medium.
THROUGH AUG. 5, Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art, 1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo.edu/brauer-museum-of-art. This exhibition will showcase the gallery's new acquisitions.
Pumped Up—The Art of Wheels, Rigs & Hogs
THROUGH AUG. 26, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. A celebration of the love of automobiles, motorbikes and body art, this summer-long exhibit will feature the work of several artists through a mixture of media from pencil, paint and photography to actual detailed work on motorcycles and the art of tattoos.
Warhol—Icon & Influence
THROUGH OCT. 13, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second St., Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. More than 50 original works by one of the most important artists of the 20th century will be on display—including a substantial collection of black and white photographs, Polaroids and large color screen prints that include the famous Campbell Soup Can and other iconic images like The Moon Walk and Annie Oakley. Additionally, an invited group of emerging and mid-career artists whose work has been guided by Warhol's legacy will be on exhibition.
Wicker Park Summer Concert Series—Infinity
JULY 12, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Wicker Park Social Center Gazebo, 2215 Ridge Road, Highland. 219.932.2530, ext. 324. wickermemorialpark.com. Infinity will perform the hits from Boston, Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin, Styx and, of course, Journey as part of the Wicker Park Summer Concert Series for 21 and older only. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
The Lady With All the Answers
JULY 12-AUG. 12, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. With more than 90 million readers each day, popular advice columnist Ann Landers had a life that seemed letter-perfect. Set in Lander's Lakeshore Drive apartment in Chicago in 1975, she shares some of her most fascinating stories as she prepares to write the most difficult column of her career.
JULY 13, 8 p.m., Horseshoe Casino Hammond, 777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond. 866.711.7463. caesars.com/horseshoe-hammond. The beloved comedian returns to the stage with his "One Show Fits All" tour. His stand-up comedy styling is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life.
Man of La Mancha
JULY 13, 15, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dunes Summer Theatre, 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michigan City. 219.879.7509. dunesartsfoundation.org. This concert version of the multiple Tony Award-winning play will feature classical Spanish guitarist, Peter Aglinskas.
JULY 14-15, 19-22, 26-29, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave., Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life in this honest musical about seeing parents through grown-up eyes.
Legally Blonde, The Musical
JULY 13-29, Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana St., Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. memorialoperahouse.com. An international award-winning musical based on the movie "Legally Blonde," this musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, with a peppy score and playful book.
Portage Summer Music in the Park—Summer Symphony
JULY 17, 6-7:30 p.m., Woodland Park Oakwood Grand Hall, 2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage. 219.762.1675. portagemusic.com. Local student orchestras will perform as part of the Portage Summer Music in the Park Series. Food and drink are available for purchase and seating is provided.
Midweek Music & the Market—Manny & The Crescent City Po’ Boys
JULY 18, 5-8 p.m., Main Square Park, 3001 Ridge Road, Highland. 219.838.0114. highlandparks.org. Manny & The Crescent City Po’ Boys will perform in conjunction with the Midweek Music & the Market. Leann Stutler will open.