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…

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 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…

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 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…

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 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…

November 4-6: It’s the Weekend!

Though I love First Fridays in DTSB—it’s been fun to see the energy grow in the six years I’ve lived here—this Friday I’ll have to miss it, as I have tickets to Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home in Chicago. I’m so excited, as I loved her graphic novels and the clips of the show I’ve seen….

October 31-November 3

It’s hard to think about anything but the Cubs this week, but there are still some fantastic community events to be enjoyed throughout the region. What fun will you find? Monday, October 31 Trick or Treat, 5-7pm Monday Night Jam in South Bend @ The Brick, 6pm Geeks Who Drink in Mishawaka @ Evil Czech, 7pm Jazz Open…

October 24-27

It’s a quiet week, unless you love foreign films and Frankenstein. Notre Dame has a few great series that continue this week. And IUSB’s Entrepreneur Series continues with Unity Gardens founder Sara Stewart, which promises to be inspiring (and hopefully she brings some Honey from the Hood!) What fun will you find? Monday, October 24 Monday…