A REAL KICK: Watch great soccer action and try the family-friendly midway activities tonight through Saturday during the Shindigz National Soccer Festival at the Fort Wayne Sport Club, 3102 Ardmore Ave. The event opens at 5 p.m. today.
The highlight tonight will be the men's game at 6 p.m. between Michigan State University and University of Washington. Midway activities will include dodge ball and sumo soccer; the latter involves players pulling on large, ball-shaped bubbles and bouncing each other away as they try to control a soccer ball.
High school games will take place throughout the festival. The action starts at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.
Top college games include the men's teams of Ohio State and Marquette University at 6 p.m. Friday and the men's teams of Indiana University and University of Washington at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets each night are $10, adults, and $7, high school students and younger. For a full schedule of games and other information, go to www.nationalsoccerfestival.com.
SWINGIN' TIME: Enjoy the big band-style music of the New Millennium Jazz Orchestra during the Friday Nites Live concert 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the courtyard fountain at Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center, West Jefferson Boulevard and Illinois Road. Admission is free.
The band will play the music of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra.
ROCK STARS: Rock band the Moody Blues will perform its hits and more during a concert at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
The band — Justin Hayward on lead guitar, John Lodge on bass guitar and Graeme Edge on drums — has cranked out an amazing number of hits over the years and still regularly sells sell out concerts. Some of its most popular tunes include “Nights In White Satin,” “The Story In Your Eyes,” “Question,” “I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)” and “Your Wildest Dreams.”
Tickets are $36.50, $62 and $87, plus Ticketmaster fees. Seating choices are limited, the Ticketmaster website says. To order, go to the Embassy box office, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; local Ticketmaster outlets; www.ticketmaster.com; or 1-800-745-3000.
BACK IN TIME: Re-enactors take you back to the mid-1700s during the Post Miamies: 1754-1763 event 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.
French and British forces will clash, and visitors also can see people portraying fur traders, Native Americans and civilians demonstrating the work and chores of daily life at that time.
The event continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Parking is available at Headwaters and Lawton Parks. For more information, call 437-2836 or go to www.oldfortwayne.org.
CELEBRATE DOWNTOWN: Enjoy the arts, fun and food during the family-friendly Taste of the Arts festival 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on the Downtown Arts Campus, which is centered around Main Street between Clinton and Lafayette streets. Admission is free.
Local musicians, artists and performers will present fine arts, crafts, theater, dance, music, film, culture and history at 10 performance areas and other locations. For more details, read our story on Pages 6-7T or go to www.tasteoftheartsfortwayne.org.
MUSIC LEGEND: Rhythm and blues and gospel music great Mavis Staples will perform at 8 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd.
A member of the famous Staple Singers family group, she and her father and siblings used their music to inspire freedom and hope, especially during the civil rights era in the 1960s. After her father died in 2000, Mavis Staples built a stellar solo career.
Tickets are $20, $25, $30 and $35. To order in advance, call 427-6000 today or Friday, 427-6715 after 6 p.m. Saturday, or buy in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, 705 E. State Blvd. Tickets will be sold night of show at the venue.
ALL JAZZED UP: Join the Heartland Chamber Chorale and Heartland Jazz Orchestra for an afternoon of musical enjoyment at 4 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park. Tickets are $5 general admission. Tickets available in advance by calling 427-6000 by Friday; they also will be sold at the door.
FUN WITH FRIENDS: Children's favorite “Sesame Street” characters return with an all-new live show, “Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend” at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. The performance will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 28.
The show's story focuses around Chamki, Grover's friend from India, who gets to spend one day on Sesame Street. The characters “explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing to sharing cookies!” an event news release said.
Tickets are $15.50, $20.50 and $25.50. They are available at the coliseum ticket office, www.ticketmaster.com/acwmc, all Ticketmaster outlets and 1-800-745-3000.