Find Your Fun! Project Finished

My yearlong project of capturing fun in our area is complete! I’ve noted some of the resources I used below – there are some real gems in there! A few final events for July (but last year’s list will show, too!): A highlight of last summer was a trip to Traverse City’s Cherry Festival; in a…

June Highlights

June 1-8: This week is all about DTSB! Riverlights Music Festival is a fantastic way to launch June, as local musicians take stages across the city, and in Chicago, the Grant Park Music Festival season begins for your more classical moments. Best.Week.Ever. is still the best. The Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series also starts with daily music…

May Highlights

May 1-4: Energize your May with Goshen College, who hosts Argentinian drumming group Che Malambo. The Shipshewana Flea Market opens this week (get all your “as seen on TV” items and bamboo sheets early!) Pop into Elkhart’s Midwest Museum to see their exhibition, The Northern Indiana Artists Envisioning a Future, Remembering a Past. May 5-11: If First Fridays…

April Highlights

I continue to look for a winning combination of sharing local venues (Merriman’s! Midway! Journeyman’s!) and events (Chicago’s Baconfest anyone? First Fridays in South Bend and Goshen) that provide a glimpse of all there is to experience without being quite as list-y or overwhelmingly (in both creation and access). So, I’ll share a few things that…

March 3-9

In this first week of March, we’re starting to wake up from our non-winter winter, which means First Fridays (South Bend! Goshen!) and film festivals (feminists and earth lovers!) and music (Midway! Veggie Buddies! LangLab! Ignition Music Garage!). We’ve got an art fair (South Bend)  and a gallery opening (Make South Bend and Jonathan Randall…

February 24-March 2

Though the treetops are not covered in snow (yet), we expect it to feel a little more like winter in the next week. Hopefully the weather for Saturday’s dog hike remains pleasant! Catch the end of Chicago’s Iranian film festival this weekend or Monday’s lineup, which includes music at Merriman’s and Sorin’s Wine Academy at…

February 17-23

The weather could not be more bizarre this week, so I’ve abandoned my February snow series until there is some possibility of snow. Saturday, February 18 South Bend Farmer’s Market in DTSB, 7am-3pm Brunch in Harbert (MI) @ Luisa’s, 8am-3pm Goshen Farmer’s Market in Goshen, 8am-1pm St. Joseph Farmers Market in St. Joseph, MI @ Lake Bluff Park, 9am-2pm *Restore…

February 10-16

There are eight different kinds of music playing town this week and a wonderful challenge in the arrival of Leonard Pitts, who is certain to give us richer questions for one another. My shortlist includes 13th at Civil Rights Heritage and American Invertida at Notre Dame. Friday, February 10 *Music in DSTB @ Lasalle Kitchen & Tavern, 5-9pm…

February 3-9

It’s cold, but not so cold you can’t enjoy Restaurant Week or First Fridays or a little creation at Make South Bend! Or curl up with a good movie at World Cinema Fest or Screenpeace. Remember to wear layers! Friday, February 3 *CREATE: Silver Metal Clay @ Make South Bend, 6-8pm *ScreenPeace Film Festival in Notre Dame @…

January 27-February 2

We’re back! I hope you’ve found some of the extraordinary fun (and activism!) that’s been popping up around town and region in the last few weeks. From house concerts to public markets (and marches!) to poetry readings, January has had so many opportunities to engage and create and listen. This Thursday, Jan 26, Claudia Rankine is…

December 16-22

Oh, the lights are brighter and the smiles wider. There are some wonderful options in movies and music and festivities as we creep into the holiday weekend. I’ll be taking a few weeks off but look for more fun posted in late January! Friday, December 16 *Christkindlmarket in Chicago @ Daley Plaza, 11-9 *Mishawaka Winterfest in Mishawaka…

December 9-15

It’s a bit quieter this weekend. Plenty of snow, though, so get ready to visit St. Patrick’s Park or curl up in front of the fire with a few good books. What fun will you find? Friday, December 9 *Winter Art Tour in Ann Arbor @ Ann Arbor Center, 9am-6pm *Christkindlmarket in Chicago @ Daley Plaza, 11-9…