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Posted on Thu. May. 29, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

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

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DANCING IN THE STREETS: Fort Wayne Ballet professional dancer David Ingram and friends present an outdoor dance performance, “Fort Wayne Ballet Too,” at 8:30 p.m. in One Summit Square, at Wayne and Calhoun streets.

The ballet will be joined by the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Admission is free.

Ingram is the ballet's artistic associate/men's division coordinator and choreographer.

Food and drinks will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. from the Bravas and Ragin' Cajun food trucks.


BUDDY NIGHT: Celebrate your sense of humor at Dudefest beginning at 5 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The evening includes costume and trivia contests, the Bravas food truck, activities from Crazy Pinz and the showing at 7:30 p.m. of the cult film “The Big Lebowski.”

Proceeds from the event benefit the Embassy and Fort Wayne Cinema Center.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event. They are available at the Embassy box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, Ticketmaster outlets, and 1-800-745-3000.

WINNING THEATER: “Whispers to the Moon,” the winning entry in the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival, will be presented at 8 p.m. in the ArtsLab theater in Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St. A dessert reception will follow the performance.

The drama by Kris Bauske focuses on lovers who have met at the same hotel on the Riviera for two weeks each August for 42 years, despite both being married to others. This year, however, the woman's adult daughter shows up unexpectedly, complicating the situation.

Additional performances will be presented at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. June 5; 8 p.m. June 6-7 and 13-14; and 2 p.m. June 8 and 15.

Runner-up plays presented as stage readings include “Tinfoil Memories” at 10 a.m. Saturday and “The Teapot Collector” at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Tickets for the entire festival are $80, ages 24 to 59; $75, ages 23 and younger and ages 60 and older. For pricing on single event tickets, go to or call 424-5220.


OUTDOOR LEARNING: Check out exhibits and displays and chat with scientists as they work to identify all of the various species of plants, birds and other wildlife during the “What's Happening at Eagle Marsh BioBlitz?” event 2-5 p.m. at the marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road.

About 100 scientists from the Indiana Academy of Science will spend 24 hours Saturday and Sunday working to identify all of the species that live in Eagle Marsh.

To learn what they found, come to their presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday. You can meet them beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Free admission. For more information, call 478-2515 or go to


BANK ON IT: Financial planner Brad Skiles will discuss “Hugh McCulloch: From Cashier to Treasury Secretary” as part of the George R. Mather Lecture series at the History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Admission is free.

McCulloch, a Fort Wayne resident, started in banking here and rose to be a prominent local banker. He later was tapped to serve as U.S. Treasury Secretary 37 days before President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, a news release said. McCulloch was the first person to arrive after an assassination attempt on Secretary of State William Seward the same night. He also joined leaders in praying for Lincoln at the house across from Ford's Theater where the president had been taken after being shot.

McCulloch, who served under three presidents, is credited with leading the United States to the gold standard for our monetary system, the news release said.

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