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LFW’s Instagram is Rockin’

Posted by on December 1, 2017 | 0 comments

LFW’s Instagram is Rockin’

If you’re big into Instagram, check out Living Fort Wayne’s Instagram content today! Our team gives you a look at all the things you can discover in Fort Wayne! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the content that went up in November. @banhmiphoshop at 1925 Fairfield Avenue continues to serve up deliciousness. Plan a trip today. #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 28, 2017 at 12:09pm PST Night of Lights 2017! #HolidayFestFW A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 23, 2017 at 6:17pm PST The “Snow Days” exhibit is now open at The Conservatory! #DTFW #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 21, 2017 at 9:43am PST @riverfrontfortwayne partnered with City Utilities to give a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s water filtration plant today. A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 11, 2017 at 8:34am PST A big shout out to Drew, Devin, Aleiyaa, and Keaira and many others from The Crossing for their help with the #columbiaavenuebetterblock project! #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 4, 2017 at 3:50pm PDT Discover a new view in #FortWayne! Check out the Hanson Quarry Observation Deck! #quarry #NEIpride A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 1, 2017 at 5:38pm...

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Anything can happen at Guerrilla Theatre

Posted by on November 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Anything can happen at Guerrilla Theatre

Anything can happen at Guerrilla Theatre

Anything Can Happen at Guerrilla Theatre from Living Fort Wayne on Vimeo. Anyone can perform! Anything can happen! The comedy and variety performance scene in Fort Wayne has been changing for the better over the past few years. One of these new creative outlets in our community is Guerrilla Theatre presented by Let’s Comedy. This variety open mic is finding its groove after settling into new digs at Wunderkammer Company earlier this year. It’s hard to believe it, but they recently celebrated their first anniversary of chaos with some “super spoopy” fun last Sunday. I caught up with organizer Hayley Johnson and performer Alex Jonathan Brown before the event to get their thoughts on what Guerrilla Theatre is all about in our very first “Living Fort Wayne Original Video.” I also stuck around for the show to give you a peak of some of the action at the event. Congratulations to the team and performers at Guerrilla Theatre on a successful first year. We wish you nothing but the best for the upcoming year. You can catch up with Guerrilla Theatre on the last Sunday night of every month at Wunderkammer. For more information on Guerrilla Theatre, please visit their Facebook page. The next event, “Great Grateful Guerrilla Theatre,” is on Sunday, November 26 at Wunderkammer Company. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Details can be found on Facebook...

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Posted by on October 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

This is not a Halloween event – it’s a celebration of life that is important to many people in Mexico, other areas of Latin America and the United States. Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is being celebrated in many places, including right here in northeast Indiana at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. “Día de los Muertos is the biggest festival we have in Mexico,” said Fernando Zapari, editor and publisher of Fort Wayne’s locally-owned El Mexicano Newspaper. During Día de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico, the lives of loved ones are celebrated by families and friends who decorate their grave sites with cempasúchil (marigold-like flowers), food, mementos and other favorite things from their lives. “I love celebrating Día de los Muertos and remembering my loved ones,” said Zapari, who is remembering his own brother this year at this year’s celebration. “It’s important to keep the tradition alive in our own community.” The festival is a national holiday in Mexico and traces its roots to the pre-Colombian era before Spanish colonization. It has been misunderstood at times outside of Mexican culture and is not Mexico’s version of Halloween but a day a remembrance of loved ones. “When I grew up in Mexico, I used to go to the cemetery, clean the graves and just have a day there,” said Palermo Galindo, community liaison for the mayor’s office of the City of Fort Wayne. “There were so many colors of flowers and smells of incense.” Here in Fort Wayne the gallery of the art museum is filled with alter displays remembering deceased loved ones or groups of people who have died for a cause or due to persecution or injustice. Many of these displays feature traditional symbols like sugar skulls, dancing skeletons and other remembrances created by artists, families and community groups in northeast Indiana. “I’m really happy that the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has provided this opportunity to celebrate this important holiday,” Galindo said. Not only does the celebration provide learning opportunities for people unfamiliar with Mexican culture, it also provides a chance for younger Mexican-Americans to reconnect with the culture of their ancestors. “What I’ve personally seen are grandparents or parents bring the young generations and really explain, ‘oh, we used to do this back home,'” Galindo said. “It’s a connection that maybe was missing.” The Fort Wayne celebration is getting bigger and better every year according to Zapari. This year’s family celebration features traditional music, dancing, costumed characters, food and children’s activities. The celebration is from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2017. In addition to the one-day celebration, “The Days of the Dead Altar Exhibit” is now on display at the museum gallery before and after the celebration until November 12, 2017. Also on display at the museum is “Los Vivos y Los Muertos” featuring artwork from the collection of Dr. Gilberto Cardeñas, which the museum describes as “the finest work from the history of Latino art.” This exhibit is on display in the gallery until December 3, 2017. On Thursday, October 26, Dr. Karla Zepeda will present a public presentation, “Day of the Dead in its Cultural Context” at the museum. The presentation begins at noon and is free with museum admission. For more information on Día de los Muertos at the Fort...

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Coming to Fright Night – DIA Fort Wayne – A Celebration of Life!

Posted by on October 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Coming to Fright Night – DIA Fort Wayne – A Celebration of Life!

Coming to Fright Night – DIA Fort Wayne – A Celebration of Life!

From DIA Fort Wayne To conclude the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate the upcoming Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos holiday, Parkview Health, University of Saint Francis and Sweetwater are excited introduce DIA Fort Wayne- A Celebration of Life! This event will be a part of this year’s Fright Night event on October 21, 2017, hosted by the Downtown Improvement District. The event will take place at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center in downtown Fort Wayne. Festivities Include: Live Music Local Taco Vendors Beer Garden Face Painting Games Lucha libre wrestlers and altars with ofrendas (elaborate offerings dedicated to the spirit of the departed) Contests including “Best Calaca/Skeleton” Costume Additional sponsors include University of Saint Francis Culturas Unidas, Sud-n-Impact Gym, Fort Wayne’s CW, Sol Kitchen, Salsa Grille, Monterrico To Go, Flora & Lily’s, Mitchell’s Sports Bar & Grill, 5 Star and Cruz Studios. Admission is free from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm on October 21, 2017. At 5:30 p.m., calacas will meet up with participants of Fright Nights 10th Annual Zombie Walk. For more information, please visit...

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Broken Pencil Improv Comedy

Posted by on October 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Broken Pencil Improv Comedy

Broken Pencil Improv Comedy

  Was Broken Pencil’s performance at Broadway Street Stroll in July its first? We officially formed in May out of the Fort Wayne Improv Comedy Practices. Our first performance as the Broken Pencil group was in May at a Guerrilla Theater show.   Where are each of you from and when did improv comedy start for you? Jeanne: Nashville! I fell in love with comedy. I’ve always been a fan of Second City. William really taught me about the layers to improv. This was his dream; I was just following along! Will: I’ve been a fan of all forms of comedy for a long time, but improv struck me as one that was particularly magical. Since Fort Wayne was building its own homegrown comedy scene, I thought we should add improv to that mix. The first time we got a large group for a practice and played games like Buckets and Freeze, I saw the sheer joy on someone’s face when they had to shout out “fuzzy nerfherders” or start a scene standing in the Karate Kid flamingo stance, and I knew this was something people needed. Phil: Fort Wayne. After college, I moved to Chicago, and then to Indianapolis. Beyond seeing TV shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyways?”, “Wild-N-Out” and such, my involvement in improv started over a decade ago when I was living in Indianapolis and started taking the adult improv classes at ComedySportz. I took those classes for fun without knowing what to expect, because I was getting to the age where the recreational sports I was playing was requiring too many ice packs. After taking the classes for a while, I was invited to join ComedySportz’s performing group where the fun continued, but entertaining an audience was added to the experience.   Is comedy perspective or commentary? Everyone has their own style. Will: Given that question I’d have to say it’s both. Showing people different, and sometimes imaginary, perspectives on life is a great source of comedy. One’s perspective contains a great deal of intrinsic social commentary.  I’m still finding my voice, but it’s usually about pointing out how absurd life’s twists are and to not take anything for granted or normal.   Is anything in humor sacred or off limits? I know there is always a time and place, but classic moments aren’t always classy. We keep it PG13.   What does improv comedy do for an individual? Jeanne: My background is public speaking, never funny, never quick. Comedy gets you out of your head and helps you play loose, pay attention and be spontaneous. It helps your reactions to new situations and it’s good for confidence.   How do you feel it can help Fort Wayne communities? I believe it’s a good thing by helping people forget their problems and not be isolated. It gives an opportunity to, in a “safe” environment, do something they haven’t done before.   “Fort Wayne.” What does it make you feel? Jeanne: Diamond in the rough – of all of the cities I have lived and worked in, I am so grateful to have landed here. The people are phenomenal, there is optimism and room for growth, and the city isn’t tired. At this point, I feel that it’s on a good trajectory and unspoiled.   What are some of your favorite places, or...

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Live Storytelling Thrives at The Trap Door

Posted by on October 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Live Storytelling Thrives at The Trap Door

Live Storytelling Thrives at The Trap Door

LoadingCenter mapTrafficBicyclingTransitGoogle MapsGet Directions When you hear someone tell a live story, you form a personal connection with them. Fort Wayne’s Ben Larson says, “you get an understanding of people that is rare these days, with everybody being so attached to social media. You just get a small glimpse of a person [on social media] and we’re so quick to make snap judgments without getting to know someone, where they’ve been, what’s in their mind. Storytelling helps alleviate that; people are now craving that instead of micro-doses of humanity. We’re 3D people with our own lives, our own back-stories.” Background Larson was an English major in college, and he’s always loved a good story. He became interested in storytelling as theatre after discovering podcasts like “The Moth,” “Risk” and “Snap Judgment.” In 2015, he decided to bring the idea to life in Fort Wayne with The Trap Door. It began with a one-off show, but then the concept was shelved for about a year. In the late summer/early fall of 2016, Larson decided to revive the project. When John Cheesebrew and Becca Bell came on board, the project really began to take off. These three have known each other for years. Larson had worked creatively with Cheesebrew before – they used to play together in the black metal band Fodalla. “John is a good sounding board, he’s brutally honest and he has great ideas,” said Larson. “Becca has been a writer forever and she has a stronger organizational aspect than John or [me]. Also, I knew she could contribute to the creative side. So we all had different sets of skills and they combined well.” Format The Trap Door does two different types of shows, alternating each month. There are story slams and showcase shows. The story slam is a contest. Anyone interested in sharing a story will put their name into a hat. Names are draw and each storyteller tells a five to ten minute story. There are two winners: one chosen by the audience, one by the judges. “We’ve been fortunate in that we haven’t had to worry about filling up time. Sometimes ten minutes before the show we’ll only have two names, but by the time the show starts we’ve gotten 15,” said Larson. In contrast, showcase shows are planned out ahead of time. The team will accept pitches in the form of a 100-word synopsis, and then they’ll choose the storytellers. They occasionally reach out to specific people, but that varies depending on the month. Storytellers will prep their stories ahead of time, working with Larson, Bell and Cheesebrew before the show. Then they decide on an order for the show that flows, makes sense, and is engaging. Larson compared the process to making a mix tape. “You don’t want to start off a show with some sort of emotional bummer of a story because then the audience will be sad. You want to save that kind of thing for last or right before intermission. The best first stories are usually funnier,” said Larson. “You don’t want to start with a trigger. It’s better to use something more entertaining. For example, we had one story about little girl’s grandma intentionally putting her in harms way because they were at a convention with MacGyver and she...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on October 12, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Wild Zoo Halloween Weekends through the end of October The zoo is closed for the season, but we still have a chance at some animal-surrounded fun! Dress up the kiddos and head to the zoo for one of these Halloweekends! Brightpoint Tiny House Showcase Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15 Check out some neat tiny houses the weekend at this Brightpoint Event. For more information, take a look at this LFW article. Feline Fall Festival Saturday, October 14 at 10 a.m. Help build outdoor community cat shelters for your friendly neighborhood pal! Foodstock Saturday, October 14 at 11 a.m. Foodstock is HERE! Find all your favorite trucks in one place! Pitbull of Chili Saturday, October 14 at 12 p.m. It’s a chili cookoff to benefit pit bulls. What more could you want? Oktoberfest Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m. This Oktoberfest event is family-friendly! Stop out for some Saturday afternoon fun! The Mersey Beatles with special guest, author Julia Baird Saturday, October 14 at 7 p.m.   The Mersey Beatles are one of the BEST Beatles cover bands. Hands down. Don’t miss the show! Handmade Homemade Sale Sunday, October 15 at 12 p.m. One-of-a-kind, locally made items for sale! Trees, Bushes, Plants and Leaves Sunday, October 15 at 1 p.m.   Hike the trails and learn something, too, this weekend at Fox Island! HOTC: POW WOW: Brittany Nicole Howard Sunday, October 15 at 4 p.m.   This is a free special effects makeup demo by a very talented artist. Bring your own makeup and a friend to practice on! They’ll be collecting donations for hurricane relief, as well. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on October 5, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Tickled Pink – Vera Bradley Friday, October 6, 2017 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Join Vera Bradley for an evening of fun and friendship as they raise funds for breast cancer research. Enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of new Vera Bradley colors, styles and trends and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly expanded Distribution Center. Have your picture taken in the photo studio, bid on a selection of unique silent auction items. Savor creative culinary selections and fine cocktails featuring the best of Fort Wayne’s caterers and restaurants. Each guest will receive a special Vera Bradley gift. Space is limited; guests must be 21 years and over. Youtheatre: The Canterville Ghost Friday, October 6, 2017 – Sunday, October 8, 2017 Come to Canterville Chase, an ancient home haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman. You’re invited to a tour and a party in this audience immersive theatrical experience with all the creaking floorboards, clanking chains, and ancient prophecies that mix spooky and funny. An engaging alternative to the traditional audience/actor experience! Please be advised – the audience will be doing some standing/walking during this show. Please notify the box office if special accommodations are needed. Sci-Fi Central Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Join Science Central as they put the science in science fiction. The third annual Sci-Fi Central Mini-convention celebrates science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comic books and more. Are you an enormous pop culture fan but don’t want to drive to Chicago or Indy to attend one of those big conventions? Well, come join us for the day at Science Central, where we will provide all the elements you might enjoy at one of the large conventions, but in a more inviting, family-friendly environment. Allen County Trailblazer Nature Hike at Heatherwood Park Saturday, October 7, 2017 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Join a naturalist and hike the trails at Heatherwood Park for a Trailblazers guided hike. Free Outdoor Showing of Beetlejuice Saturday, October 7, 2017 – ***6:00 PM to 10:00 PM ***Movie is estimated to start about 30 minutes AFTER sundown – about 7:30-7:45 Our Free Outdoor Movie Series wraps up the 2017 season with the help of Ivy Tech Community College! Say it once, to hear how it sounds. Say it twice and you grab his attention. Say it three times and buckle your seatbelt…you’re in for a wild ride! BEETLEJUICE!!! There will be a trivia contest sponsored again by the local ThinkGeek!, Bravas Taco Bus will be out slinging the awesome and the return of Joel and the gang from Licensed Bar Services with their world famous beer tent! The movie is estimated to start about 30 minutes AFTER sundown – about 7:30-7:45. Make sure to bring your own chairs, blankets,...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on September 28, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Food Truck Thursday – Season FINALE! Thursday, September 28 at 5 p.m. It’s the last food truck Thursday of the season! The weather should be great, don’t miss it! Heartland Sings: Karaoke Classics Live Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Sing along to your favorite karaoke this Friday! Lucky Duck Children’s Consignment Sale Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1 It’s one of the biggest consignment sales in the area, check it out! Fort4Fitness Fall Festival: 4M, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon Saturday, September 30 at 7 a.m. Fort4Fitness is finally here! Head out and finish that race! Suicide Prevention QPR Training at St. Jude Sunday, October 1 at 7 p.m. After this training in prevention, you’ll be prepared to assist someone who is contemplating suicide. Oktoberfest Dinner Monday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. A four-course dinner and plenty of giveaways, it should be a fun night! Tiny Musicians Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4 Music is a great way to help your kiddos grow. Help them experience the emotional, physical, and mental benefits of playing with music this week! Bridging the Gap of Homelessness presented by the CMSA of FW Wednesday, October 4 at 8:20 p.m. Learn how you can make a difference in our community and how we can all work together to tackle homelessness. Drawn Together Wednesday, October 4 at 7 a.m. Grab your imagination and join together for a fun time of creating! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on September 21, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. International Day of Peace Rally Thursday, September 21 at 12:15 p.m. In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution declaring September 21 the International Day of Peace. Join us downtown (or wherever you are) for a moment of silence where you meditate on bringing peace to your heart and the world! September Hot Spot Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. Hot spot time! Check out CityScape flats and do some networking! Women’s Creative Entrepreneur Night Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. Shop and support local women and all they bring to our community! Whose Live Anyway Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Should be a great show! Get your tickets ASAP! Triad Fall Medication Disposal Day Friday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doing some fall cleaning? Don’t forget your medicine cabinet! Fall Harvest Festival Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23 There’s going to be so many fun things to do on the farm! Kick off the fall season with great activities on this beautiful weekend! Return of the SOUP Friday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. SOUP is back! Watch four presentations and vote on which project you think will most benefit our community. Safety Fair at Jefferson Pointe Saturday, September 23 at 10 a.m. The kiddos will love this safety fair, you grown-ups can get some useful information as well! Stop by! Hop On Brew Tour Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. This benefit for CTN will take you to our local breweries while you get to meet new friends. It should be a super fun time! It’s hop on, hop off style — so grab a ticket and come anytime! Lakeside Fall Concert Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m. The rose gardens are still beautiful this time of year, there will be music, fun activities, and small business shopping. Don’t miss it! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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