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Posted on Thu. May. 08, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

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

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IN VIEW: Enjoy the works in the 34th annual National Print Exhibition on display now at Artlink gallery in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St. The show continues through May 28.

Artlink has two other exhibits on display: “Come Hell or High Water,” which features works by tattoo artists from Fort Wayne and Portland, Ore.; and “Artlink Figure Drawing Sessions,” which includes art made by local artists during figure-drawing sessions at Artlink.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free for Artlink members and a suggested donation of $2 for the general public.

FRIDAY

COMEDY COMBO: You can enjoy a choice of comedies this weekend at local theaters:

•Float in for the hauntingly humorous “Blithe Spirit” at 8 p.m. at Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St.

Noel Coward's play focuses on a gruff and picky novelist who remarried but is haunted by the ghost of his first wife. As she and he go at each other, his second wife dies accidentally and joins the first wife in haunting him.

Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and May 16-17. Doors and cash bar open at 6:15 p.m., and dinner is served at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $35 per person. They are available at 424-5622, http://arenadinnertheatre.org and at the box office 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays and on show dates and when the theater opens on show nights.

•First Presbyterian Theatre presents the George Bernard Shaw comedy “Misalliance,” which centers around a bored heiress whose outlook changes when a plane crash deposits a dashing man, daredevil woman and new ideas on her country estate.

Performances at the theater, 300 W. Wayne St., are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 16-17, and at 2 p.m. May 18.

Tickets are general admission, $20 in advance and $24 at the door; ages 61 and older, $18 in advance and $22 at the door; and free, first 30 full-time students to make a reservation and $10 per full-time student at the door. Tickets are available at the box office noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and before shows, at 422-6329, and at www.firstpresbyteriantheater.com.

BOOGIE BY: Fort Wayne Civic Theatre presents the musical “Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters” at 8 p.m. at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

The legendary sister trio soared to popularity during the swing and boogie-woogie music era s.

Additional performances will be at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are adults, $26; ages 23 and younger, $15; and seniors at Sunday matinees only, $22. Purchase tickets at www.fwcivic.org; call 424-5220; or buy them at the box office at the main entrance of the Arts United Center, open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and before shows.

SATURDAY

SEASON FINALE: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents its final Masterworks Series concert of the season when it performs “Beethoven's Ninth Symphony” at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Along with performing Beethoven's renowned Symphony No. 9, which will include guest vocalists, the orchestra also will present the world premiere of “Dark Bells.” The piece based on poems by Edgar Allan Poe was commissioned by The Phil and viola virtuoso Peter Minkler, who will join the orchestra for the performance.

“Dark Bells,” which was written by internationally known composer Jonathan Leshnoff, is based on Poe's poems “The Bells,” “Eldorado” and “Alone,” a philharmonic news release said.

In explaining the piece, Minkler, violist for the Baltimore Symphony, said his solo viola acts as the soul of the poet, the chorus sings the text and the orchestra creates the musical backdrop, the news release said. As with Poe's work, the composition gradually grows darker in tone.

Tickets are $17, $28, $49, $64.50. They are available at the Embassy box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 481-0777; www.fwphil.org; or at The Phil box office, 4901 Fuller Drive, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday on concert days and 45 minutes or more prior to a show at the venue.

SUNDAY

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

FLOWERS FOR MOM: Enjoy what is predicted to be wonderful weather with a Mother's Day Wildflower Hike at 2 p.m. at Metea County Park, 8401 Union Chapel Road.

Bob Dispenza, Metea's park and education manager, is scheduled to lead the look at wildflowers blooming in around the nature area near Leo-Cedarville.

Cost is $2 per person. Pre-registration is requested; call 449-8619.


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