Things to do in South Bend include ArtWalk, “Baby Shark”, film music

There’s a baby shark at the Lerner in Elkhart, while an alien and a swaggering archaeologist surface at the Morris in South Bend this weekend. Other highlights include a comedy about social issues, a thriller, and a walk through the arts. For more things to do this weekend, visit or check out Joseph Dits’ Outdoor Extras column here for more information on wildflowers, hiking and fishing.

ArtWalk returns April 28 to downtown Elkhart

ELKHART – The monthly ArtWalk returns from 5-8 p.m. on April 28 in downtown Elkhart.

Several changes are in effect for this year, including moving the date from Wednesday to the last Thursday of the month from April to October and Premier Arts becoming the event manager.

New highlights include the following:

• Dance the night away with That’s Dancing with live lessons and demos every month.

• Friends of the Lerner Theater will unveil a new concert series titled “Lerner on the Lawn” to be held on the newly renovated Civic Plaza Green Center Stage, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

• Enter the Elkhart Public Library to view student artwork on display and participate in a monthly craft.

• Family art projects, organized by Art Depot, will take place monthly in Central Park.

Artists and smaller musical acts for participating merchants are needed; visit to apply.

April’s theme is “Art is my superpower”.

The other dates of the year are May 26, “Play your part! » ; June 30, “Proud Elkhart”; July 28, “Around the world”; August 25, “Dog Days of Summer”; September 29, “Field Day”; and October 27, Oktoberfest.

Free entry.

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‘Big Scary Animals’ opens at The Acting Ensemble

MISHAWAKA – “Big Scary Animals” opens April 29 and runs through May 8 at The Acting Ensemble, 602 E. Mishawaka Ave.

A comedy by Matt Lyle and set in 2015, “Big, Scary Animals” follows an older white couple who move to town to be closer to their granddaughter and unknowingly settle in a gay neighborhood.

Rodney Sciba, left, Rachel Berryman, Michael Stamet and Paul Bertha rehearse a scene for The Acting Ensemble production of Matt Lyle "Big scary monsters" which will open April 29 and run through May 8 at the Mishawaka Theatre.

What begins as a polite dinner conversation with their gay and multi-ethnic neighbors spins out of control to become a collision of race, gender, weapons and sports as the play examines changing generational beliefs and how deep it is difficult to raise a child, no matter who you are or where you live.

A full house:Acting Ensemble is finally opening its own theater in Mishawaka, with a show opening November 11

Co-directed by Sarah Myers and Brittany Gardner-Kennel, with Mimi Bell, Rachel Berryman, Paul Bertha, Rodney Sciba, Michael Stamets and Archer Young.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 29-30 and May 5-7 and at 2 p.m. on May 1 and 8.

Each performance includes a “response” session after the show.

Tickets cost between $17 and $14.

For more information, call 574-232-2559 or visit

‘Angel Street’/’Gaslight’ opens at Twin City Players

ST. JOSEPH – “Angel Street” / “Gaslight” continues through May 8 at Twin City Players, 600 W. Glenlord Road.

A Broadway hit first produced in the West End under the title “Gaslight” and filmed in 1944 and 1946, “Angel Street” tells the story of the Manninghams, who lived on Angel Street in London in the 19th century, a time where few women had the ability to free themselves from the Mr. Manninghams of the world.

Allen Pille, left, and Megan Hamel appear in a scene from the production of Twin City Players "street of angels"/"gas lamp" which opens on April 22 and continues until May 8, 2022 at the Théâtre de Saint-Joseph.

As the curtain rises, all seems to be the very essence of Victorian tranquility. It soon emerges, however, that Mr. Manningham is slowly driving his sweet, devoted wife, Bella, to the brink of madness with an insinuating kindness that masks more sinister motives.

Written by Patrick Hamilton.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are $15 to $10.

For more information, call 269-429-0400 or visit

“Baby Shark Live!” comes to The Lerner in Elkhart

ELKHART — A performance of “Baby Shark Live!: 2022 Splash Tour” will take place at 6 p.m. on April 29 at the Lerner Theater, 410 S. Main St.

The live show is based on Pinkfong’s viral sensation, “Baby Shark.”

Baby Shark joins his friend Pinkfong on an adventure in the sea, singing and dancing through new and classic songs including “Five Little Monkeys”, “Wheels on the Bus”, “Jungle Boogie”, “Monkey Banana” and “Baby Shark.

“Baby Shark”, Pinkfong’s worldwide hit song about a family of sharks, spent 17 weeks in Billboard’s Top 50 and became the only RIAA Diamond-certified children’s single.

Tickets cost between $70.50 and $30.50.

For more information, call 574-293-4469 or visit

The South Bend Symphony Orchestra performs “The Music of John Williams”

SOUTH BEND — The South Bend Symphony Orchestra performs “The Music of John Williams” at 7:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N. Michigan St.

Elliott (Henry Thomas) and ET have a memorable Halloween together.

In a career that dates back to the 1950s, Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He was the award-winning musical director and conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra and won five Academy Awards, 25 Grammy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards.

The concert program includes music from ‘ET: The Extra-Terrestrial’, ‘Hook’, ‘Jurassic Park’, the ‘Star Wars’, ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Harry Potter’ film series, and more.

‘Out of this world’:The South Bend Symphony Orchestra explores ‘the final frontier’ with a pop concert dedicated to sci-fi films

Masks are now optional at the Morris. Physically distanced seating is available on the second and third balconies.

Tickets cost between $86 and $10.

For more information, call 574-235-9190 or visit

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