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 I’m excited for this April, and in the menu, I’ll work on a list of places / food / festivals that you should check out if you’re looking for something to do.
April 1-6: Baconfest here, though I’ll probably stay home with my own brussel sprouts and bacon recipe. IUSB hosted their annual International Food Festival, that provides treats and performance.
April 7-13: In addition to First Fridays and the South Bend Cubs‘ opening weekend, this second weekend of April is host to Journeyman’s Artisan Market and the grassroots organized ACA Town Hall. Later this week, I recommend a walk through Elkhart with their Artwalk Wednesday. I’ll miss Sunday’s Paint your Pet event, but I’ve got pets up to my elbows who desperately need their portrait done (by me!). And lastly, Anne Lamott just released her next book, and you can still get tickets to her talk at Women and Children First Bookstore (a personal favorite!) in Chicago’s Andersonville.
April 14-20: The Wailin’ Jennys are in Chicago at Thalia Hall, and they are just one of three acts that I’m pleased to have in the area (Great Lake Swimmers at the Hideout still has tickets; Aimee Mann in Ann Arbor is sold out). LangLab and Lit Literary Collective are hosting a Poetry Bonanza (poems!) this week. Dyngus Day is kind of a big deal in South Bend (even if you’re not Polish), so find someplace to celebrate, like The Indiana Whiskey Company.
April 21-27: This weekend, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra introduces the final Music Director candidate with Beethoven’s 5th. The two I’ve seen have been a treat. Taste of Michiana promises to be a treat, too, especially for those of us who prefer to walk to dinner and never make it out of downtown South Bend’s rich assortment of restaurants. Make South Bend has seven different classes this week; find a friend and take one together! Lastly, the Chicago Latino Film Festival is one of three that begins this weekend. Earth Day is a great day to check out Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart or Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve in Niles.
April 28-30: I love the energy and activity that The General Deli and Cafe is generating; this weekend is no exception, as they host Sundae Service with Chuck Fry and After Ours. A Saturday morning stroll often finds me at their front door for coffee and chocolate banana bread. Ignition Music Garage has music with Sam Outlaw, and Vegetable Buddies has three straight nights of blues music. I hope to head to Chicago for both their Show of Hands show and One of a Kind show.
A few late additions:
The Milwaukee Art Museum currently has two fantastic exhibits – the “Milwaukee Collects” exhibit highlights local art collections and the “How Posters Work” highlights posters rarely seen from Cooper Hewitt and the Smithsonian Design Museum.