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…

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 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 2-8

Because the winter is a bit slower, especially for weekly events, I’m switching up the format a bit so each weekly post begins with Friday and ends on a Thursday. The beginning of this month is full of markets and music.  Though we aren’t doing gifts this year, I still hope to hit up one of my favorites—Renegade…

November 28-December 1

It’s the quiet before the holiday storm. Or, I’m just ignoring it all for a good book. What fun will you find? Monday, November 28 *Christkindlmarket in Chicago @ Daley Plaza, 11-8 Monday Night Jam in South Bend @ The Brick, 6pm Geeks Who Drink in Mishawaka @ Evil Czech, 7pm Jazz Open Session in DTSB @ Merriman’s Playhouse, 7:30-10:30pm Open…

November 25-27: It’s the Weekend

I choose to spend Black Friday sleeping in, eating leftovers and wandering outdoors, but Shop Local Saturday / Small Business Saturday / Shop Small Saturday is always appealing! I’ve included a few of my favorite Shop Local! spots below, after a few fun events that are shop-local related. Saturday, November 26 Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace…

November 18-20: It’s the Weekend!

Dance! Dance! Dance! Get yourself to Chicago for a few nights of dance with Hubbard Street and Dance Theater of Harlem. Journeyman’s Artisan Market is a treat, too, so check it out. What fun will you find? Friday, November 18 *Lucid Lions, SMPL MATH, The Andrew Warner Band in South Bend @ The Well, 6:30pm *Dance…