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Going out guide: The best things to do in the coming week

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ON THE AIR: Join the fun as Julia Meek, host of the local “Meet The Music” program on public radio station WBOI, 89.1-FM, welcomes local talent for a show broadcast live at 7 p.m. from C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St.

Performers scheduled include Fred Rothert, Jill Mozena, Fair Fjola and the Mark Maxwell Duo.

Admission is free.

GOING FAST: Only a limited number of seats remain for country music star Luke Bryan's concert at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

One of the hottest acts right now in country music, Bryan is rolling through on his “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.” Joining him are two other great country bands, Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line.

Bryan has gone from opening act to tour headliner on the strength of his album “tailgates & tanlines,” which contains the platinum-selling singles “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “I Don't Want This Night To End” and “Drunk On You.”

Tickets are $27.75 and $52; they are available at the coliseum box office, Ticketmaster outlets, select Walmart stores, www.ticketmaster.com and at 1-800-745-3000.

SPEAKING OUT: Naomi Tutu, the daughter of late South African leader and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will speak on “Hard Conversations: Talking about Race and Racism” at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

Naomi Tutu, who was born during the apartheid era in South Africa, has gone on to become an advocate for human rights. Tutu currently is a consultant to human rights organizations Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SASIV) and Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (PHSSA). She also has led workshops on conflict resolution and race and racism, and has conducted women's retreats through her organization, Sister Sojourner.

Admission is free. Tickets are available at www.ipfw.edu/ box-office or at Larson Ticket Office in Gates Athletic Center and beginning one hour before the lecture at Rhinehart Music Center.

FRIDAY

NEW ADAPTATION: Local faith-based theater group all for One productions presents the drama “A Little Princess” at 8 p.m. in the auditorium at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza.

Lauren Nichols, all for One's artistic director, adapted this version of the play from author Frances Hodgson Burnett's book. The performance is rated G for all audiences.

Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and March 1-2, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and March 3.

Tickets are $15, adults; $12, seniors; and $10 students. For tickets or information, call 622-4610 or go to www.allforonefw.org.

SATURDAY

FANTASY TRIP: Plunge into adventure as the Fort Wayne Ballet's Youth Academy presents the Family Series performance “Once Upon a Time” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the ballet's studios in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St.

The approximately 35-minute performance will include short dances involving a cast of enchanted storybook characters. Audience members are invited to bring a blanket to sit on and to stay for a party with the performers, which will include time for photos and conversation.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 per person; they are available through Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne's ArtsTix Community Box Office by calling 422-4226 or stopping by the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.

If any seats are left, they will be sold Saturday morning in the Auer Center lobby.

For information, call 484-9646 or go to www.fortwayneballet.org.

OUT AND ABOUT: The popular Possum Trot Orchestra will entertain diners 1-4 p.m. at J.K. O'Donnell's, 121 W. Wayne St. The band describes itself as having “a balmy, roots vibe,” according to its Facebook page.

Admission is free.

The performance is one of many taking place downtown as part of the Last Saturday activities in the downtown cultural district. More information on other performances and events, go to www.downtownfortwayne.com.

ROCK TRIBUTE: Local bands perform hits from rock legends during the “Down the Line: 7 Year Itch” concert at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The concert, a benefit for the Embassy, will feature bands that performed in the six past Down the Line benefit concerts, but the bands will play the music from different artists than in the previous shows.

Scheduled to play are Fawn Liebowitz performing hits of Talking Heads; The Orange Opera playing Billy Joel; Lee Miles and the Illegitimate Sons doing Paul Simon; Ty Causey singing the hits of Stevie Wonder; and Brother performing the music of Journey. Two surprise Down the Line alumni bands also will perform.

Tickets are $15; they are available at the Embassy box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.Ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.

SUNDAY

CATCH THE SPIRIT: Enjoy great music at the ninth annual Gospel Fest from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Walb Student Union ballroom at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

The event, which is free and open to the public, also will feature dance and a community resource fair.

Groups scheduled to perform include Angels on Assignment, Anointing Gospel Choir of Indiana Tech, Armour Sisters, The Blevins Sisters and Company, Chosen, Crazy for Christ, Dancin' Dons, Fort Wayne Community Choir, Greater Progressive Baptist Church Mass Choir, Goldenaires Choir of Dupree Temple Church of God in Christ, and the Renaissance Baptist Church Dance Team.

The event is sponsored by IPFW and its Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, call 481-6847.


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