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Posted on Thu. Feb. 20, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

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

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LOCAL TALENT: Enjoy live local music as local public radio station WBOI, 89.1-FM, takes its “Meet the Music” program to C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Program host Julia Meek will welcome Rick Barton, acoustic originals; O' Sister, Brother, grassroots harmony; and InFLUX, golden music for the soul.


LEARN TO 'THRIVE': Contemporary Christian music group Casting Crowns, with guest artists Laura Story and King & Country, present their “Thrive” tour concert at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

The Grammy Award- and Dove Award-winning Casting Crowns is touring to promote their newest album, “Thrive,” which was released Jan. 28.

Tickets are $25 advance, $30 day of show, $45 artist circle and $20 per person for groups of 10 or more. For an additional $27 per person, you can add the VIP Experience, which includes arena entry at 5 p.m., a Q-&-A session with the band from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. and an autographed copy their “Thrive” CD.

Tickets are available at the coliseum box office, Ticketmaster locations, and 1-800-745-3000. Group tickets are available by calling 484-1029.

LIFE LESSONS: Pete Gint leaves his Appalachian Mountains home to become someone grand, but setbacks ultimately force him to return to his roots in the stage drama “Gint,” which opens at 8 p.m. in Williams Theatre at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

The play is adapted from author Henrik Ibsen's drama “Peer Gynt.”

Tickets are $15, adults; $13, seniors, faculty, staff and alumni; $11 per person, groups of 10 or more; $10 non-IPFW college students with ID; and $5, IPFW students, high school students and children under age 18.

Children ages 6 and younger will not be admitted.

For seats, call 481-6555, order at special-events/boxoffice or buy at the box office, 12:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays at Gates Athletic Center.


'BULLISH' BALLET: The Fort Wayne Ballet's youth company will present performances of the children's story “Ferdinand the Bull” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the ballet's studios in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St. Each performance lasts about 35 minutes and is followed by a party where the audience can interact with the characters. People in the audience are encouraged to bring blankets for seating. Tickets are $10 per person and are available by calling the ArtsTix Community Box Office at 422-4226.

SHARING HISTORY: Several speakers will present a variety of information during “Underground No More: A Symposium on the Underground Railroad,” which will take place 1-5 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.

Session topics are:

• “Following the Drinking Gourd: The New Freedom Project Reflects on the Underground Railroad,” 1 p.m.

•“Black Newspapers and the Underground Railroad,” 1 p.m.

•“The Underground Railroad and Abolition in the Maumee River Valley,” 1:45 p.m.

•“Labor Systems of The Atlantic Worlds, 1500-1865,” 1:45 p.m.

•Chief Condra Ridley and Ketu Oladuwa perform a story, 2:30 p.m.

•Artist Johnny Coleman, creator of the “Variations Upon a Theme: Songs of the Underground Railroad” art exhibit, 3 p.m.

•Reception, 4 p.m.

The symposium is free with museum admission, which is $1 per person on the last Saturday of the month.

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'BRIGHT SIDE': You'll leave looking on the “bright side of life” after enjoying the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's production of “Monty Python's Spamalot,” which opens at 8 p.m. at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. The musical comedy, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005, is based on the classic comedy film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Additional performances will be at 8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1 and March 7-8; and at 2 p.m. Sunday and March 2 and 9. Tickets are $29, adults; $24, seniors at Sunday matinees only; and $17, ages 23 and younger. They are available at, by calling 424-5220, or at the ArtsTix Community Box Office in the Arts United Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays.

LEGENDARY ROCK: Local bands will perform the music of rock legends during the Down the Line 8: Legends from Locals concert at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The schedule includes David Bowie by the Hope Arthur Orchestra, Van Halen by Little Green Men, Allman Brothers by Phil's Family Lizard, Lou Reed by Heaven's Gateway Drugs and AC/DC by River Bottom Nitemare Band.

Admission is $15 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Embassy Theatre box office, Ticketmaster locations, and 1-800-745-3000. Seats are selling quickly, so Embassy staff advise buying in advance or showing up when the box office opens at 5 p.m. Saturday.


CRY 'WOLF': The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Ballet present the musical story of “Peter and the Wolf” during a Family Series concert at 2 p.m. in Auer Performance Hall in Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

An instrument playground opens at 1 p.m. so children can try playing musical instruments.

Tickets are $14 adults and $7 ages 18 and under. To order, call 481-0777, go to, or visit the Phil box office, 4901 Fuller Drive, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and about 45 minutes before the concert at the performance venue.


MUSICAL ADVENTURE: The Fort Wayne Area Community Band will present its “Fantasies of Sound” concert at 7:30 p.m. at Auer Performance Hall in Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Admission is $7, adults; $6, seniors; $3, students ages 6-18; and free, ages 5 and younger. Tickets will be sold at the venue before the concert.

— News-Sentinel staff reports

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