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Posted on Thu. May. 15, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

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

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DANCE CHANCE: Enjoy the music of the World War II swing era at the Spring Swing Concert presented by the Mizpah Shrine Band at 7 p.m. in the Imperial Room at the new Shrine Center, 1015 Memorial Way. Free admission.

The center is located next to the Scott's Food & Pharmacy store on North Clinton Street, south of Coliseum Boulevard.


THREAD FAIR: Learn how natural fibers, such as wool, go from animal to finished clothing at the Fiber Arts Celebration 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road. The event continues the same hours Saturday.

Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.

You can see sheering, dyeing, spinning, weaving and knitting. Vendors also will sell fiber arts supplies, ranging from spinning wheels and knitting needles to looms and felting materials. Wool, alpaca, silk and cotton fiber will be for sale, as will hand-made fiber clothing, such as sweaters, mittens, shawls and more.

Food vendors also will be available.

MODERN MOVEMENTS: The Mikautadze Dance Theatre will present an evening of modern dance during “Dancescapes” at 8 p.m. in Williams Theatre at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. An additional performance will be offered at 8 p.m. Saturday at the theater.

Works premiered during the performance include “Spirals,” which was composed by IPFW clinical assistant professor Christopher Rutkowski. This work was inspired by a Brahms string quartet and features nonstop movement, an IPFW news release said.

“Lamentations” was commissioned by the Manchester University A Cappella Choir in November. It is based on the Old Testament book of Lamentations and shows hope and faith chasing away despair.

Admission is $15 per person. To buy tickets in advance, call 481-6555 or go to


FESTIVAL FUN: Downtown will be filled with fun as the Kickstart Festival takes over the 300 block of East Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., between Clinton and Lafayette streets.

The new event will feature performances by music and arts groups, local food trucks and the dedication of IPFW's Sculpture with Purpose bicycle racks, which are sculptures that also serve as places to chain up a bike. The bike rack sculptures help begin the celebration of IPFW's 50th anniversary in Fort Wayne.

Most events are free. For more information, go to

Kickstart also is collaborating with other organizations on events taking place downtown about the same time Saturday. Those include the Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle, Fairy Tale Fest (see next item) and the opening of the Barr Street Market (9 a.m.-1 p.m.).

ONCE UPON A TIME: Enjoy some childhood fun during the Fairy Tale Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arts United Center, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Auer Center for Arts and Culture, all in the 300 block of East Main Street.

Fort Wayne Youtheatre will perform “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at 11:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Arts United Center. The cast also will present the story at 7 p.m. Friday at the same location. A “Queen's Ball” pre-show party at 6 p.m. will precede the Friday performance.

Youtheatre also will present “Who Am I? A Grimm Game Show” at 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday in the art museum. People can win tickets to next season's Youtheatre shows by answering questions about Brothers Grimm fairy tales, said Leslie Hormann, Youtheatre executive director.

The ballet's youth dancers will present “Ferdinand the Bull” at 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday in the ballet's studio in the Auer Center. The ballet's professional dancers will perform “Peter and the Wolf” at 3 p.m. in the studio. People are encouraged to bring blankets for seating.

The Dance Collective will present “The Elves and the Shoemaker” at 1:45 and 2:45 p.m. Saturday in the ArtsLab theater in the Auer Center. The interactive show will include inviting some audience members to take part in the show.

Fairy Tale Fest admission is $20 per person, which includes admission to all shows and the art museum. Admission to “Snow White” only is $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Tickets are available in advance at 422-4226 or at At the festival, get them at the Arts United Center lobby or at the ArtsLab theater.

COUNTRY FAVES: Local bands selected by listeners of local radio station WQHK, K105.1-FM, will perform the music of country stars during the Down the Country Line 3 concert at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The event, a fundraiser for the theater, will feature Gunslinger playing the music of Luke Bryan, Reckon performing songs of Jason Aldean, and Blue Bird Revival doing hits by Miranda Lambert.

For a taste of traditional country music, the Marshall Law Band will play the music of Waylon Jennings and Cheyenne will perform tunes by Brooks and Dunn.

Tickets are $12. 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.


CULTURAL CELEBRATION: Enjoy the culture of Japan during the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival noon-5 p.m. in the outdoor plaza and also inside at the Allen County Public Library's downtown location, 900 Library Plaza.

The goal is to share the culture and traditions of Japan with Fort Wayne and to celebrate the connection with Takaoka, Japan, which has been Fort Wayne's Sister City for 27 years, event organizers said in a news release.

Activities include performances of Japanese music, Kabuki and folk dancing; a tea ceremony; karaoke; martial arts demonstrations; anime costume and drawing competitions; Japanese food; and vendors selling Japanese goods.

Most events and activities are free, but donations are welcomed.

AMAZING ACOUSTICS: Heartland Chamber Chorale will showcase the great audio qualities of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception during its “Cathedral Classics” concert at 2:30 p.m. at the church, 1122 S. Clinton St.

The chorale will perform the music of faith, both a cappella and accompanied by organ, a news release said. The performance will be the chorale's last of this season.

Admission is $10 per person for adults, $5 for students ages 13 and older, and free, ages 12 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available in advance at 436-8080 or They also will be available at the door for a donation, but advance ticket holders will be admitted more quickly, giving them the opportunity for better seating.

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