EVENTS GUIDE: March :: April :: May

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

March 4
First Fridays @ 5: Chicago Style
Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Michigan City, IN
Admission: Free
Tour the “100 Views of Chicago” exhibition
while enjoying the flavors of Chicago at
the monthly after-hours open house.
Refreshments will be available
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March 4
Goshen First Fridays: Downtown Youth Art Hop
Goshen, IN
9 am – 5 pm
www.CityontheGo.org
Follow the Youth Art Hop map to find creative student works in downtown stores. Extended store hours and family-friendly fun are always part of the mix.
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March 4 
First Fridays Downtown South Bend 
South Bend, IN
5 – 9 pm
www.DtsbFirstFridays.com
It’s a night of fun and celebration throughout downtown! Over 30 downtown businesses participate in First Fridays year round including art galleries, restaurants, museums, shops, boutiques, salons and more. Special themes and events are highlighted each month with individual businesses featuring musical entertainment, artist receptions, demonstrations, hands-on activities along with special savings and offerings.
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March 13
Antiques BELOW the Bluff  
Shadowland on Silver Beach
St. Joseph, MI
11 am – 4 pm
www.sjtoday.org
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April 1
Goshen First Fridays: Green Day
Goshen, IN
9 am – 5 pm
www.CityontheGo.org
Celebrate Earth Day in downtown Goshen. A 5K Run and 2K Fun Walk will start at 6 pm. Register online at gofridays.com. ___________________________

April 1
First Fridays Downtown South Bend 
South Bend, IN
5 – 9 pm
www.DtsbFirstFridays.com
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April 10
Antiques BELOW the Bluff  
Shadowland on Silver Beach
St. Joseph, MI
11 am – 4 pm
www.sjtoday.org
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April 15-16
Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival
Wakarusa, IN
Admission: Free
www.wakarusachamber.com
Hot from the griddle pancakes smothered in pure maple syrup are a highlight at this event that’s been a town tradition for 42 years. Tour maple sugar camps, take a ride in an Amish buggy, munch free kettle popped corn as the parade goes by and enjoy lively entertainment.  
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April 16
Egg Stravaganza
Downtown South Bend, IN
9 am – 4 pm
www.dtsbEggFun.com
A day of celebration and fun for children and their families in downtown South Bend.  Merchants, museums and restaurants team-up to present hands-on children’s activities, games and treats for everyone young and old.
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April 23
Easter Egg Hunt
Lake Bluff Park
St. Joseph, MI
11:30 am
For more information: (269) 985-1111
Over 8,000 eggs hidden in Lake Bluff Park for children ages 2-10
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May 6
Goshen First Fridays: I Heart Goshen
Goshen, IN
9 am – 5 pm
www.CityontheGo.org
Come help us celebrate all things local: food, music, businesses and YOU!
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May 6
First Fridays Downtown South Bend:
Kid’s Night Out! 
South Bend, IN
5 am – 9 pm
www.DtsbFirstFridays.com
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May 7
Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade
Downtown St. Joseph, MI and
Benton Harbor, MI
Parade starts at 1 pm
www.blossomtimefestival.org
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May 8 – October 2 
Antiques on the Bluff   
Lake Bluff Park
St. Joseph, MI
10 am – 3 pm
www.sjtoday.org
First Sunday of each month May through October. Dealers and private parties sell antiques and collectibles, rain or shine.
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May 27 
Memorial Day Parade
Lake Boulevard
St. Joseph, MI
Noon, parade start
Call for more information: (269) 985-1111
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May 30 - October 1
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail
www.QuiltGardensTour.com
This “growing” event boasts 18 elaborate quilt patterned gardens packed with more than 100,000 annuals and 18 artist-painted outdoor quilt murals to create a tapestry of color in 7 communities along Amish Country’s Heritage Trail. Maps show the way to all sites that are easily accessible and viewable free
of charge.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

March – April 10
Stars and the Cars: TV, Movie and Celebrity Cars
Studebaker National Museum
South Bend, IN
Admission: varies
www.studebakermuseum.org
See some of the cars that starred on the big and small screens, including the Studebaker National Museum’s own 1951 Commander that was used in “The Muppet Movie”. Visitors can enjoy videos of Studebaker commercials from the 1930s-1960s.
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March 5
9th Annual Cooking Show
Middlebury, IN
9 am – 2 pm
Admission: Free
www.Essenhaus.com
A unique event that combines instruction, demonstration, and interaction centered around cooking will be held at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana, Northern Indiana Amish Country ___________________________

March 6
Winter Screening and Staged Readings
Mid America Filmmakers
Century Center
South Bend, IN
www.centurycenter.org
The afternoon will consist of a series of locally produced short films from M.A.F. members and filmmakers in the Michiana area, followed by a Q&A session with attending filmmakers. ___________________________

March 31 - April 2
River Bend Film Festival
Century Center
South Bend, IN
www.RiverBendFilmFest.org
The River Bend Film Festival is a 3-day event screening films from the Midwest and beyond, including international films. ___________________________

May 6
The Toast of Dogwood
Dogwood Fine Arts Festival Headquarters
Dowagiac, MI
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Admission: $25
Must be 21 years of, picture ID required
For more information: (269) 782-1115
Join us in celebrating the Festival’s 20th year with a new wine tasting event featuring selections from Southwest Michigan wineries. Owners or representatives from the featured wineries will be present to share wine notes. Ticket includes tastes, heavy appetizers and commemorative glass. Come taste what many consider yet another fine art in Southwest Michigan!
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May 14
The Dogwood Tea
Southwestern Michigan College
Dowagiac, MI
1 – 3 pm
Admission: $18
For more information: (269) 782-1115
A tradition of tea, treats and entertainment. ___________________________

May 28 – 29
Wine & Art Weekend
Lemon Creek Winery
Berrien Springs, MI
10 am – 6 pm, May 28
Noon – 6 pm, May 29
Admission: Free
For more information: (269) 471-1321
This annual outdoor event will feature local artists of various mediums from metal sculptures to oils, photography to stained glass and more.
The great Outdoor Kitchen will be grilling favorite summer foods to go with tastings or a glass of estate bottled-award winning wines from Lemon Creek Winery!
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May 28 – 30

DiVine Vodka Open House
Round Barn Winery
Baroda, MI
Noon – 6 pm
Admission: Free
Toll Free: 800-716-9463      
Help us celebrate the 5th Anniversary of our very own DiVine Vodka. We’ll be featuring martini samples, new wine releases, discounts on purchases, and our fresh, new summer wheat beer.  Stop by all weekend!

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MUSIC

March 1
Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith “2 Friends Tour”
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
7:30 PM
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
$35 – $65
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
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March 5
James Taylor
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
8 pm
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
$67.75 – $ 87.75
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
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March 12
The 5 Browns
1700 South Main Street
Goshen, IN
7:30 – 9 pm
Admission: $20, $35, $40
www.gcmusiccenter.org
“One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years,” the New York Post wrote of The 5 Browns. With their five Steinway grands in tow, this youthful quintet of brothers and sisters spectacularly delivers on their dream of “waking up classical music” for their audiences of all ages.
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March 12
Kennedy’s Kitchen
1100 Chicago Avenue
Goshen, IN
7 – 9 pm
Admission: $15
www.lvds.info
Kennedy’s Kitchen performs tear-up-the-floor, beautiful break-your-heart Irish music: traditional dance tunes, pub songs, and their own original pieces. Add in some stories, jokes, and well-embellished tall tales, and you’ve got one of the top Irish bands in the Midwest.
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March 20
Willie Nelson
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
7:30 PM
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
$ 39.75 – $69.75
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
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March 27
Get the Led Out
Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College
Benton Harbor, MI
7 pm
www.lmcmainstage.org
TICKET PRICES:
$25, $29
Please visit the website or call (269) 927-1221 for ticket information.
Get The Led Out is a group of professional musicians who are passionate about their love of the music of Led Zeppelin.
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April 1
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
1700 South Main Street
Goshen, IN
7:30 – 9 pm
Admission: $40, $45, $50
www.gcmusiccenter.org
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April 2
R&B Comedy Explosion with The Whispers
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
8 pm
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
$27 – $85
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
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April 8
STYX with Blue Oyster Cult and Mark Farner
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
7 pm
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
$39.75 – $69.75
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
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April 11
Grease
Mendel Center, Lake Michigan Collage
Benton Harbor, MI
7:30 pm
www.lmcmainstage.org
TICKET PRICES:
$46.50, $51.50
Please visit the website or call (269) 927-1221 for ticket information.
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April 15
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College
Benton Harbor, MI
7 pm
www.lmcmainstage.org
TICKET PRICES
$20, $24
Please visit the website or call (269) 927-1221 for ticket information.
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April 15
Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
8 pm
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
$45.25, $ 68.25
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
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April 28
Four Bitchin’ Babes – Diva Nation
Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College
Benton Harbor, MI
7 pm
www.lmcmainstage.org
TICKET PRICES:
$20, $24
Girls Night Out Pre-Show Party at 5:30 pm. Must be 21 to attend, $12 per person
With their whimsical, hip and sophisticated girl-group harmonies, these hysterically funny and multi-talented musicians let loose on how the new millennium has, in some cases literally, changed the face of The Diva!
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May 7
Carrie Newcomer
1100 Chicago Ave
Goshen, IN
7 – 9 pm
Admission: $20
www.lvds.info
Indiana native Carrie Newcomer is that rare breed of singer/songwriter— the kind who illuminates life with startling depth, humor, and clarity.

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THEATRE

March 5
The Swansong
Murder Mystery Fundraiser
The Riverside Terrace
Mishawaka, IN
6 – 7 pm: Cocktails (cash bar) Silent Auction
7 pm: Dinner
9 pm: Murder Mystery “Who done it” solving
Tickets: $50/per person or $400/Table of 8
For more information: (574) 273-8888
Join The Conservatory of Dance and the Four Flags Players of Niles for a fundraiser to support the arts and enjoy an evening of intrigue! Help solve the mystery and be part of the action!
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March 11 – 20
Rumors
Bristol Opera House
Elkhart, MI
8 pm – Midnight
www.elkhartcivictheatre.org
TICKET PRICES:
$13 adult
$11 senior
In an upscale suburban home several couples gather to celebrate the host’s 10th anniversary. They find, however, that there are no servants, the hostess is missing and the host has shot himself through the earlobe. To protect their social status, the guests do everything possible
to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media. When the lies begin to unravel, it is Neal Simon at his frantic best.
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March 11
Zeitgeist!
Bethel College
Mishawaka, IN
7:30 pm
www.bethelcollege.edu
TICKET PRICES:
$7 for adults
$5 for students
For more information: (574) 807-7080
“Zeitgeist!” is an evening of fun combining music, dance and theater in a slapstick, “whodunit?” murder mystery.
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March 11 - 27
Ragtime
South Bend Civic Theatre
South Bend, IN
SHOWTIMES AND TICKET PRICES:
Call 574-234-1112 for ticket prices and show times, or visit our website, www.sbct.org
This stunning musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, in a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America.
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March 12
Larry The Cable Guy
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
8 pm
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
$43.75, all seats
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
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March 18 - 19
The Color Purple
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
8 pm, March 18
2 pm and 8 pm,  March 19
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
Broadway’s soaring musical recounts the inspiring tale of Celie’s struggle to overcome the oppression of the segregated South to find her beloved sister and reunite with her children.
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April 5 - 10
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
by William Shakespeare
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Notre Dame, IN
SHOWTIMES AND TICKET PRICES:
Visit www.performingarts.nd.edu for ticket information and showtimes.
Two young men travel to Milan, fall in love with the same woman, and so begins a tale of friendship and romance in one of the Bard’s earliest and most lyrical comedies. Our story continues with witty servants, outlaw kings, disguised maidens, and one very ill-behaved dog as the two gentlemen seek to the win the hand of the fairest woman in the land.
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April  17
Bill Maher
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
7:30 PM
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
$35 – $ 65.00
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
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April 29  – 30
Legally Blonde
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
8 pm, April 29
2 pm and 8 pm, April 30
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
Elle Wood conquers love, style and Harvard Law School in this terrific musical version of the hit comedy. Sparkling dance numbers, an inventive score and some of the cutest dogs you’ve ever seen on stage, keep the laughs coming and the romance percolating in this brand new Broadway hit.
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May 5
An Evening with Garrison Keillor
Morris Performing Arts Center
South Bend, IN
7: 30 pm
www.morriscenter.org
TICKET PRICES:
$32.75 – $77.75
Please visit the website or call the Box Office at (574) 235–9190 or (800) 537-6415 for ticket information.
The charming, witty, and always-entertaining writer and humorist Garrison Keillor, is best known for his widely popular radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.”
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May 6 – 22
Auntie Mame
South Bend Civic Theatre
South Bend, IN
SHOWTIMES AND TICKET PRICES:
Call 574-234-1112 for ticket prices and show times, or visit our website, www.sbct.org
Before the musical “Mame” came along, the play had already won a huge following. This contemporary American classic was more than a Broadway hit and the basis for the popular musical—it set a standard for comic excellence we still strive to achieve on the stage.
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May 28 – June 4
Plain and Fancy
Round Barn Theatre
Nappanee, IN
SHOWTIMES AND TICKET PRICES:
Call 800-800-4942 ext 2 or visit our website, www.amishacres.com, for ticket prices and showtimes
A New Yorker and his sophisticated girlfriend drive down around Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to sell a piece of property. Here they meet the Amish folk, whose convoluted English speech, clothes and habits haven’t changed for centuries. The clash of cultures educates and entertains at the same time in this quaint musical comedy.

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VISUAL ARTS

April 16 – June 26
Vintage Vogue: Cover Art from the LCA Permanent Collection
Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Michigan City, IN
www.lubeznikcenter.org
From the permanent collection of the LCA, these Vogue magazine covers from 1916–1933 feature fashion illustration by masters of the Art Deco style, including Helen Dryden and Eduardo Benito.
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May 6 – 22
Up Front Art Walk
Downtown Dowagiac merchant windows
Dowagiac, MI
For more information: (269) 782-1115
“Up Front Art Walk” features works from area artists on display 24/7 in downtown Dowagiac merchant windows. All works are available for purchase from this juried show. Walk “Up Front” where window shopping has a whole new meaning.
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