VIVID VISUALS: Enjoy seeing contrasting styles in the pastel painting medium as the works of abstract artist Michael Poorman and landscape artist Douglas Runyan are featured in the exhibit “Different Strokes,” which opens with an artist reception 5-8 p.m. at Castle Gallery, 1202 W. Wayne St.
Poorman, from Fort Wayne, and Runyan, from New Haven, have works in collections across the country. For more about them, see our story on Page 6T.
The exhibit continues through September. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment at 426-6568. Free admission.
DOWN-HOME FUN: Enjoy bluegrass and other Americana music at the Tri-State Bluegrass Festival today through Sunday at the Noble County 4-H Fairgrounds, 580 N. Fair St. in Kendallville.
Festival hours are 4:30-9:50 p.m. today, with a 4-H dinner 4:30-7:30 p.m. for a donation, and music 6:30-9:50 p.m.; 6:15-10:25 p.m. Friday; and noon-10:15 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free today, $10 per person Friday, $20 Saturday and $15 Sunday. Weekend tickets are $30 for the public and $25 for Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association members; weekend tickets include camping. Children ages 15 and younger enter free with a parent.
For a list of bands, performance times and more, go to www.bluegrassusa.net/nibgas.htm.
MUSIC AT THE MALL: Start your night rockin’ with a performance by popular local band Rosemary Gates during a 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. Free admission.
GREAT BLUES: Musician Nikki Hill performs at 8:30 p.m. for the Botanical Roots Concert Series show in the Terrace Garden behind Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Hill grew up in Durham, N.C., and her musical roots reach back to singing in the gospel choir at her church.
Local band Swick & Jones will open the show. The event will take place rain or shine. Admission is $6 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. Seating is limited, so bring your own chair. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing; no outside food or beverage allowed. For information, call 427-6440.
ROLLING HISTORY: See the amazing detail and ornamentation that adorned cars of yesterday during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival’s Parade of Classics at 1 p.m. through downtown Auburn. The festival began earlier this week and continues through Sunday. For more details and a full schedule, go to www.acdfestival.org.
LOCAL AND LEGEND: Local blues musician Bill Lupkin and his band will accompany legendary blue artist Sam Lay during a concert at 8 p.m. at the Phoenix, 1122 Broadway. Doors open at 5 p.m. There is a $10 per person cover charge.
HAPPY LABOR DAY!
GOIN’ SURFIN’: The Beach Boys, featuring original member Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who joined the group in 1965, will perform the group’s summer-fun hits during a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park.
Tickets are $39, $49, $59, $69, $99. To buy them, call the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department at 427-6000 or the Foellinger theater box office at 427-6715 the day of show. You also can buy tickets by Friday at www.fortwayneparks.org or at the parks department office, 705 E. State Blvd., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.