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Posted on Thu. Mar. 07, 2013 - 12:01 am EDT

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

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COOL IS BACK: Step back to the 1960s with “The Rat Pack Is Back!,” a Las Vegas-style tribute show paying homage to the original Rat Pack — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop.

The music and vocal talents of the great entertainers come alive at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Tickets range from $28-$47.50, plus Ticketmaster fees. They are available at the Embassy box office; 424-5665 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, Ticketmaster locations, 1-800-745-3000 or at


SMOOTH SOUND: Another Round, formerly known as IU's Straight No Chaser, blends humor and amazing a cappella vocals for a show at 8 p.m. at Come2Go Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For $100 per person, you can enjoy a wine tasting beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the concert. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets at; Wooden Nickel Music stores, 3627 N. Clinton St., 3422 N. Anthony Blvd., and 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd.; and Neat, Neat, Neat Records and Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St.

FUN FARCE: Technological improvement throws a wrench in man's love life in “Boeing-Boeing,” a romantic farce opening at 8 p.m. Friday at Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St.

Set in Paris in the 1960s, an architect successfully juggles three financees — all stewardesses — until Boeing invents a faster plane and the women all end up in Paris at the same time.

Doors and cash bar open at 6:15 p.m., and dinner is served at 7 p.m. Additional performances are Saturday and March 15-16 and 22-23.

Cost is $35 for dinner and the show. For tickets, call the box office at 424-5622 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and on performance dates, or order at


STAGE SATIRE: Theater and orchestra music sometimes can be a little stuffy. But the Fort Wayne Philharmonic lets its hair down and pokes some fun at Broadway during a “Forbidden Broadway” Pops series concert at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The show features musical satires of “Rent,” “Guys & Dolls,” “Chicago,” “West Side Story” and other Broadway hits.

Tickets are $28, $41, $55 and $68, but are subject to change. They are available at 481-0777;; the Phil box office at 4901 Fuller Drive, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and 45 minutes before the concert at performance sites; and at the Embassy box office, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.

BROADWAY BOUND: The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” continues its run at 8 p.m. at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

The main character, The Man in Chair, tries to overcome an unspecified sadness by listening to a fictional 1928 musical comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” As he shares the recording with the audience, the show's characters and set appear in his apartment.

Additional shows are 8 p.m. Friday and March 15-16, and 2 p.m. Sunday and March 17.

Tickets are $26, adults; $18, ages 23 and younger; and $22 for seniors only at Sunday matinees. They are available at, 424-5220, or at the Arts United Center box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, and before performances.

CELEBRITY APPRAISAL: Actors explore Americans' obsession with celebrity in the play “The House of Blue Leaves,” which continues at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St.

The plot centers around a New York zookeeper who dreams of being a songwriter. His life, which includes a wife, mistress and son who wants to blow up the Pope, gets crazy when Pope Paul comes to New York City and plans to say Mass in Yankee Stadium.

Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and March 15 and 16; and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Cost is general admission, $20 in advance, $24 at the door; 60 and older, $18 in advance, $22 at the door; and full-time students, first 30 tickets are free with a reservation, $10 at the door.

To reserve a ticket, call 422-6329; go to 300 W. Wayne St. noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday during performance week; or go to the_arts/theater/tickets/.


SWINGING TIME: Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department just announced its golf courses at Foster Park, McMillen Park and Shoaff Park will open Monday. You can find everything you need to start and enjoy the golf season at the Northern Indiana Golf Show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

The show, which is co-sponsored by Fort Wayne Newspapers, also is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday, reps from top golf equipment makers will demonstrate new products. You can try out new drivers and irons on the indoor demo golf range.

Some of the area's top golf professionals will offer presentations, including Rick Hemsoth, director of golf for Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, and ladies instructor Suzanne Noblett.

Show visitors also can compete in three skills contests: Longest and Straightest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Putt.

The first 100 people attending each day will receive a one-day ticket to watch a practice round at the 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship golf tournament taking place Aug. 26-Sept. 1 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

Cost is $6 at Memorial Coliseum the days of the show. Coupons for a $2 discount are available at all northern Indiana and Ohio Chevrolet dealers.

Parking is $4, main lot, and $8, preferred lot.


MAIN EVENT: Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, Jack Swagger, Big Show, Randy Orton and other WWE stars are scheduled to take part in the WWE Smackdown event at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

If you don't have time to get there, a portion of the evening is being recorded for broadcast as the “WWE Smackdown” television show at 8 p.m. March 15 on the SyFy Channel.

Tickets are $17, $27, $37, $52 and $97. They are are available at the coliseum box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and 1-800-745-3000. Parking is $4, main lot, and $8, preferred lot.

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