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Last updated: Thu. Jan. 24, 2013 - 09:42 am EDT


Briefs: Kris Brownlee opens for The Rippingtons; WBCL plans fund drive next week

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Fort Wayne native opens for Rippingtons

Smooth jazz saxophonist Kris Brownlee, formerly of Fort Wayne, will open the show for The Rippingtons' concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert, Ohio.

Tickets for the concert range from $17-$32. For more on the show, go to

Brownlee, who now lives in Bristol in north-central Indiana, plans to release his third album, “Sincerely Yours,” next month. For more about him, go to

Songs of freedom

Local people interested in the civil rights movement will gather at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St., to sing “freedom songs” sung by Freedom Riders trying to end discrimination in the South.

Song sheets will be available, and voices of all ability are welcome. Museum admission is free on Sundays.

The event coincides with the final day of one of the museum's current exhibits “Freedom Riders and Bus Boycotters: Threads of a Story.”

Bullet for My Valentine headlines May 8 concert

The Harddrive Live music tour will stop May 8 for a concert at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Headliner Bullet for My Valentine will be joined by Halestorm, Young Guns and Stars in Stereo.

Tickets go on sale Friday. Cost is $29.50 advance or $35 at the door, plus fees.

Tickets are available at the coliseum box office,,, select Walmart stores and charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

WBCL fund drive going paperless

For the first time in its 37-year history, the WBCL Radio Network will go paperless during its fundraising pledge drive.

The locally based, Christian radio network will use new record-keeping software to take listener's pledges during the Share 2013 drive 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Feb. 1, a WBCL news release said. The network hopes to raise $1,540,000 during Share 2013, which provides the operating budget for the listener-supported station.

“The system streamlines the entire pledging process making it quicker, easier and more exact, along with providing the highest level of security and privacy,” Executive Director Ross McCampbell said in the news release.

WBCL also will hold its own Cyber Monday, with pledges this Monday being accepted only at Supporters can call 1-877-745-9090 to pledge Tuesday-Feb. 1. Listeners also can make pledges 24 hours daily at the website.

WBCL broadcasts at 90.3-FM in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana; 89.5-FM in northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan; 88.1-FM in west-central Ohio; 94.7-FM in south-central Michigan and northern Indiana; 106.1-FM in Muncie; 89.7-FM in Upland; 97.7-FM in Adrian, Mich.; and at

Auditions held

Local theater group all for One productions will hold auditions for “The Beams are Creaking,” by Douglas Anderson, at 7 p.m. March 5 at First Missionary Church, 701 W. Rudisill Blvd. Roles will be available for men and women all ages.

For more information, call 246-1989.

Art workshop offered

The Art Farm's two-day Mosaic Workshop will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3 at 17612 N. County Line Road E., near Spencerville. Cost is $110 and includes materials. The minimum number of participants needed is six, and the maximum number of participants is 10. Prepayment reserves a seat.

For more information, call 238-4755 or email

Van Wert creating art center

Renovation is scheduled to begin soon to convert the historic Van Wert Armory into the new home of the Wassenberg Art Center in downtown Van Wert, the Van Wert County Foundation said in a news release.

The 11,000-square-foot armory was saved from demolition last year by the Wassenberg Art Center Association and the Van Wert County Foundation, the news release said. The art center, 214 S. Washington St. (U.S. 127), tentatively is scheduled to open in the building in early June.

Planned improvements include a new roof and updates to heating, electrical, plumbing and interior decor. In addition to expanded space for exhibits, the armory location will allow for additional space for classrooms, studios, artist-in-residence space, receptions, band and theater performances, and meeting rooms.

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