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

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TODAY

BIGTIME COUNTRY: Popular country music artist Darius Rucker brings his “True Believers Tour” to town for a concert at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Guests the Eli Young Band and David Nail will open the show.

Rucker first gained fame as lead singer and guitarist with rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. He switched to performing country music in about 2008 and quickly had a No. 1 country song with “Don't Think I Don't Think About It” from the album “Learn to Live.”

Tickets are $45 and $35. They are available at www.ticketmaster.com; charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000; local Ticketmaster outlets; or at the Memorial Coliseum box office, which is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Parking is $5 for main lot, $8 for preferred lot.

FRIDAY

DINE AND LAUGH: Just about everything that can go wrong will, but the show must go on as Arena Dinner Theatre presents the comedy plays-within-a-play “Laughing Stock” at 8 p.m. at the theater, 719 Rockhill St.

The plot revolves around the antics of and challenges that befall characters from a New England summer stock theater company as they try to present the plays “Dracula,” “Hamlet” and “Charley's Aunt.”

Performances will take place Friday, Saturday and Feb. 7-8. Doors and cash bar open at 6:15 p.m., dinner is served at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Cost is $35 per person, which includes dinner. For tickets, call 424-5622 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays and on show dates, or go to www.arenadinnertheatre.org.

SATURDAY

DIFFERENT VIEW: Get a new perspective on modern art by perusing works in the exhibit “Soft Focus: Atmospheric Abstraction in Modern Painting” on display now through March 2 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.

The art showcases free form and ethereal mood rather than hard lines and logical thought, the museum says on its website, www.fwmoa.org.

Many of the pieces come from the museum's Vincent Melzac Collection. Melzac lived in Fort Wayne during the 1940s and worked as director of merchandise planning and control at the Wolf & Dessauer department store, the museum's website says.

Melzac, who died in 1989, developed a large personal collection of American art during the 1950s and 1960s, the museum's website says. In 1977, he also conducted the planning study that later led to the construction of the current Museum of Art.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (but open until 8 p.m. Thursdays) and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Galleries are closed Mondays and major holidays.

Admission is $7, adults; $5, students in kindergarten through college; $5, ages 65 and older; and $20, families. Admission is free every day for members and for military personnel, veterans and their families. The public also can enter free 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

SUNDAY

EARLY PIONEERS: Roberta Ridley will discuss “African-American Pioneers of Fort Wayne: Paving the Way for Change” during the George R. Mather Lecture at 2 p.m. at the History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Free admission.

Ridley, whose family's roots here date to 1869, became interested in genealogy through a class assignment during her freshman year at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne. She now is chair of the African-American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne.


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