HEALING DRAMA: On Dec. 21, 1988, Pan American World Airways' Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all aboard. Searching for a way to cope and help, women of the town began trying to collect the clothing of crash victims, which they would wash and return to the victims' families. Their story comes to life when the IPFW Department of Theatre presents the drama “The Women of Lockerbie” at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in Kettler Hall at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.
Additional performances will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14, adults; $12, seniors, faculty, staff and alumni; $10 each, groups of 10 or more and non-IPFW students with ID; $5, students ages 18 and under; free, IPFW students. No children under age 6 will be admitted. For information or tickets, call 481-6555 or go to www.ipfw.edu/theatre.
BETTER IN BLACK: Rising country musician Katie Armiger, whose most recent single is “Better in a Black Dress,” performs at 9 p.m. at Neon Armadillo, 6040 Lima Road. Gunslinger also will perform.
“Better in a Black Dress” is one of the songs on Armiger's upcoming album, a news release said. The song was inspired by Armiger being voted by fans the past two years as Hottest Bachelorette in Country Weekly magazine. She is performing on her “Get Smart Tour” through this month.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5.
ART FOR A CAUSE: Festive creations turn the Sonoran Desert Garden into an art exhibition during the Pinata Paradise 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
Pinatas traditionally are filled with treats and broken open at Mexican birthdays and Christmas parties, the conservatory says on its website, www.botanicalconservatory.org. Each Christmas season, the conservatory invites schools, community groups and individuals to create and build a pinata, which artists are asked to fill with goodies, the website says.
The pinatas will decorate the conservatory's desert garden through Dec. 2. They then will be donated to local children's groups for their holiday parties, the website says.
Conservatory hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; and closed Mondays. Cost is $5, adults; $3, ages 3-17; and free, ages 2 and under.
PASSIONATE PERFORMANCE: Guest conductor James Judd and Grammy-nominated guest cellist Sharon Robinson join the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for the Masterworks Series concert “Passion and Paradise” at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
The musical lineup includes Edouard Lalo's Cello Concerto in D minor, which has many sequences of fast, technical playing that showcase Robinson's skills, a Phil news release said. The audience also will hear New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn's “A Song of Islands,” in which he offers a tranquil tribute to his homeland, and Finnish composer Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 2, a rousing work many believe was intended to spark Finns to seek independence from early 20th-century Russian rule.
Tickets are $16-$63 and are available at 481-0777, www.fwphil.org and the Embassy box office.
COOL FUN: The ice rink opens for the winter season noon-8 p.m. at Headwaters Park, Clinton and Superior streets. Skate free noon-4 p.m.
Regular rink hours are 1-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-8 p.m. Sunday; and closed Christmas Day. Hours will be extended Dec. 21-Jan. 5 while schools are out for the holidays.
Admission: $5, ages 14 and older; $3, under age 14; and $2, skate rental.
FASHION REVIEW: Civil War-era fashion expert Susan Pfeiffer will present a program on “The Many Layers of Fashion: Clothing of the 19th Century and the American Civil War” at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the downtown Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza
Pfeiffer has been involved in Civil War re-enacting since 1991 and has done extensive research on and collected many articles of clothing from that time period, a library news release said. She will put clothes on a few dress forms and will discuss fashion trends and clothing of the Civil War era. People also will be able to see some 1800s fashion items.
Admission is free to this Lincoln at the Library program, which is sponsored by Friends of the Allen County Public Library.
HOLIDAY KICKOFF: Get your holiday season started with Night of Lights festivities downtown.
Here is the schedule of the major lighting events, but other activities will be going on as well. See our Holiday Events Guide beginning on Page 8T for other activities.
•Northern Lights: 5:45 p.m. at Aunt Millie's bakeries, 350 Pearl St.
•Santa and his Reindeer: 6:15 p.m. at PNC bank, Main and Calhoun streets.
•Holiday displays: 6:45 p.m., Wells Fargo and Indiana Michigan Power, Wayne and Calhoun streets.
•Holiday window lighting: 7:15 p.m., Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd., and Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
•Fireworks: 7:45 p.m., Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St.