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Posted on Thu. Feb. 27, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

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

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THINK SPRING!: It may be indoors, but it sure will look like spring at the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

Stroll through green landscapes, gardens and home displays, and kids can check out the jungle theme in the Family Fun and Activity Place. Joey Green, who bills himself as “The Guru of Wacky Uses of Brand-Name Products,” will entertain at 2 and 7 p.m. Master Gardener volunteers will offer workshops at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 6:30 p.m.

The show continues 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For a complete schedule of presentations and events, go to

Admission is $10, adults; $6, ages 62 and older; and free, ages 14 and under. Receive $1 discount per ticket with donation of one canned food item today and Friday. Parking is $5, main lot, and $8, preferred lot.

STATE POET: New Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras, an English professor at IPFW, will celebrate his state appointment by reading his poetry, “Gray Barn Rising,” at 7 p.m. in the Walb International Ballroom at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Free admission. The reading is followed by cash bar reception.

HEATIN' IT UP: Country music star Brad Paisley will chase away winter — at least for a few hours — during his “Beat This Winter” tour concert at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Guest performers are Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery.

Paisley has won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and plenty of other honors.

Tickets are $41 and $61. They are available at; 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. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Parking is $5, main lot, and $8, preferred lot.

COMING HOME: 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” 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.”

Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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 or buy at the box office, 12:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays at Gates Athletic Center.


WACKY COMEDY: The royals and knights will leave you laughing during the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's production of “Monty Python's Spamalot” 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. Saturday and March 7-8; and at 2 p.m. Sunday and March 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.


BLUES-ROCK SHOW: The band Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown will perform their special brand of blues-rock at 8 p.m. at C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St.

Simmonds started the group in 1965 in London. They have gone through many personnel changes over the years, but Simmonds has always been at the core, a C2G news release said.

The band's new CD, “Goin' to the Delta,” was released Feb. 11.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Gold Circle seats for $40 each include a pre-show meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance via the C2G website,, and at the door the night of the show.


LOCAL TALENT: The popular Ty Causey Band will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza.

Causey is well-known for his soul, jazz and R&B vocals. Along with frequent appearances in the Fort Wayne area, he also has performed at the legendary Bluenote Jazz Club in New York and has opened concerts or performed with famous R&B and smooth jazz artists such as Kenny (Babyface) Edmonds, Boney James and Najee.


CABARET BALLET: Love drives the plot in “Moulin Rouge, The Ballet” at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Set in the early 1900s at the famed Moulin Rouge cabaret in France, the touring performance created by Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet tells a “passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak,” a show news release said. It features an upbeat French soundtrack and lots of high-kicking choreography.

Tickets are $35, $45, $55 and $65. They are available at the Embassy box office, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and before the show, at Ticketmaster outlets, and 1-800-745-3000.

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