Dave Carlock’s Best Bets May 17-22

Published 8:59 pm Thursday, May 16, 2013

Friday, May 17
Steel Panther
7 p.m.
Club Fever
222 S. Michigan St., South Bend, Ind.
(574) 234-5200

For a band that started as a satirical joke imitating a metal band that missed its big break, Steel Panther has done extremely well and have even become legends in Europe — it’s musicianship that pulls it off. And yes, they can get away with their lame website name because it’s satire.
Check it out: steelpantherrocks.com

or if that doesn’t blow yer skirt up …

NETworks presents:
‘Disney’s Beauty & the Beast’
8 p.m.
Lake Michigan College Mendel Center
2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor
(269) 927-1221

For the kids or Disney lovers out there, get ready for the Alan Menken/Howard Ashman/Tim Rice story of a Beast (who’s really a handsome prince under the spell of an enchantress — isn’t that what always happens?) who falls in love with a beauty from a small town.
Check it out: bit.ly/16vftNw
Saturday, May 18
Dogwood Fine Arts Festival
presents Arlo Guthrie
7:30 p.m.
Dowagiac Middle School Performing
Arts Center
57028 Riverside Drive
(866) 490-2847

Performing the very last show in his current tour of “Here Comes The Kid,” folk music icon Arlo Guthrie performs his father Woody Guthrie’s music to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Woody’s birth.
Check it out:  dogwoodfinearts.org

Tuesday, May 21
Reaganomics — Retro 80s Dance Party
8 p.m.
Czar’s 505
505 Pleasant St., St. Joseph
(269) 983-1166

Any event ironically named “Reaganomics” demands attendance. Wouldn’t it be awesome if they had drink specials like: “The Perestroika,” “The Bonzo,” “Mr. T loves Nancy,” “The Iron Lady,” “The Jim Brady Flak Jacket” and “The Ollie North.”
You’re welcome.
Check it out: czars.com

Wednesday, May 22
Wine & Weed Wednesday
5 to 6 p.m.
Fernwood Botanical Garden
& Nature Preserve
13988 Range Line Rd., Niles
(269) 695-6491

This is not what you’re thinking. What it is is an opportunity to volunteer to do some light gardening while drinking wine.
Summary: Ultra classy but not at all grassy
Check it out:    fernwoodbotanical.org

Send info on events you think Dave should know about to DaveCarlocksBestBets@27sounds.com.