Soul35 Presents: Art and Soul
Dec16

Soul35 Presents: Art and Soul

Information provided by Soul 35 A Better Fort and Soul35 are excited to announce “Art and Soul” Friday December 18th. A soulful blend of live music and art will be fused together at the Philmore on Broadway. (2441 Broadway Street Fort Wayne, IN 46807) Two bands will be performing throughout the night, as well as Local Artist, Jared Applegate creating art inspired by the evening’s music. The two local bands are the Alicia Pyle Quartet and Soul35. This event will also dual as an art exhibition for Applegate, as he will have art of soulful music icons on display and for purchase throughout the venue. Art and Soul will begin at 8 PM and continue till midnight. Tickets are $25 and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, by Club Soda. A Better Fort (ABF) will be in powering the volunteer efforts of Art and Soul. ABF puts Art and Soul in great hands with dedicated volunteers that show their love for events coming to the downtown Fort Wayne area. This year we are “adopting a family” for Christmas and will be providing them with gifts for the Holiday season. This event is a great way to raise the funds for these gifts. To find out more info, you can visit Soul35 on Facebook at:...

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LFW tells you what’s happening in our weekly Fun File
Jul23

LFW tells you what’s happening in our weekly Fun File

Introducing The Living Fort Wayne Fun File! We’ll fill you in on our picks for the top ten events every week in Fort Wayne. Look for the Fun File every Thursday from here on out!   Here are our picks for this week’s top ten to-do’s! 1. Disney’s Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical Fort Wayne Civic Theatre 303 E Main Street Saturday, July 25th, at 8:00 pm. Sunday, July 26th, at 2:00 pm. This family friendly show is directed and choreographed by Tony Award Nominee Jane Lanier.   Tickets can be bought here! Show runs until August 9th. 2. YLNI Barr Street Market 302 E Berry St. Saturday, July 25th, open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Yes, we mention this event a lot but can you blame us?! Look for our Barr Street Market Series coming up! It is a market that offers fresh and unique local produce, plants, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts in a cultural outdoor setting. There’s FREE parking available in the History Center lot along Berry Street and on the streets in the surrounding blocks. Admission to the History Center is FREE during market hours as well. 3. LFW Film Series – The Goonies IPFW Alumni Center 1528 E California Rd. Saturday, July 25th Once again, I am being biased, but who can resist this Spielberg classic? The Goonies is the third film in our film series. At 8:00 pm there will be family-friendly activities, local food trucks and DJ Josh Elias bringing the noise! The Goonies will start at 9:00 pm. 4. Free Outdoor Movie Series 3410 North Anthony Boulevard Saturday, July 25th Films will start at dusk, around 8:45 pm. Adventure time with another great film series, movies showing will be Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure! This series is hosted by Sweets So Geek, Cinema Center, Ivy Tech Community College, and the North Anthony Corridor! 5. Pride 2015 Headwaters Park 330 S Clinton St. Friday, July 24th from 7:00 pm to 11:59 pm. Saturday, July 25th from 12:00pm to 11:59 pm. Celebrate the 19th Fort Wayne Pride Festival. Voted Fort Wayne’s 3rd favorite festival, Pride includes a full entertainment stage, beer tent, vendor market, food, KidSpace, and a corn hole tournament. All ages and sexualities are welcome. The Pride March will start on Saturday at 11:15 am beginning and ending in front of Headwaters Park. 6. The Sounds of Touch Foellinger Theatre 3411 Sherman Blvd. Saturday, July 25th at 8:00 pm. Enjoy the best in “old school” and the Motown sound as TOUCH sings smash hits from artists such as The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The O’Jays, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5...

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A Better Fort presents BAALS Music Festival
Jul21

A Better Fort presents BAALS Music Festival

Do you have a love for electronic dance music (EDM) and other great genres of music? Head down to the BAALS Music Festival for a full day of music and activities at Headwaters Park, 330 S. Clinton St., in downtown Fort Wayne on Saturday, August 1 from 8 am to 1 am. Founded in 2012 by Alex Smith and Shane Araujo as #House4aHouse, the event originally started as a downtown block party hosted by the downtown advocacy group A Better Fort with proceeds going to the Mad Anthony Children’s Hope House. Playing off the national notoriety of a recent campaign to name Fort Wayne’s new government center after Fort Wayne’s longest serving mayor (Harry W. Baals), the event has changed its name to the BAALS Music Festival to take “recently publicized stereotypes and rhetoric, [poke] fun at them and [embrace] them as something of the past.” If you stop by and take a look this year, you will be amazed by just how large the festival has gotten. With continued support from A Better Fort and Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) as a title sponsor, BAALS is continuing to expand into one of largest EDM festivals in the Midwest. “We are transitioning to a multi-genre sort of festival,” said executive director Daniel Butler. “We have rock bands. We have jam bands. We have hip hop. We have EDM, obviously – that’s our main focus.” BAALS is getting the word out with close to one hundred volunteers on its street team from across the region promoting the festival on social media, with fliers, and by word of mouth. Last year’s event had attendees from around the Midwest. “Our goal is to hit 10,000 [attendees] in one day,” said Butler. “This year is an all day festival [with] multiple stages and a lot more space.” Just how crazy will the event be? Don’t worry! At the event you will find a full slate of opportunities for people of all ages. There will be a zip line, multiple food vendors, a food truck alley, a beer garden, an oxygen bar, opportunities to participate in a lip syncing video, and more family-oriented music earlier in the day. Children are welcome all day. And best of all, $5,000 in proceeds will be donated again to charity this year. With plans for future expansion of the event, it will be exciting to see what BAALS can do for economic growth in Fort Wayne. For more information on the BAALS Music Festival, please visit itsbaals.com and follow BAALS on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $50 for Baalin’...

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A Better Fort Presents: #BAALS
Jul08

A Better Fort Presents: #BAALS

In July of 2012, A Better Fort presented their inaugural block party  #House4aHouse and shut down the 800th block of South Calhoun St. (SoCal) for over 2,000 attendees. Last summer, the event boasted over 3,000 party-goers. Through this event A Better Fort has been able to donate over $10,000 to  Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House. But this summer, they plan to take the event to the next level with a two-part concert series in Downtown Fort Wayne, humorously entitled #BAALS, honoring late longtime Fort Wayne Mayor Harry Baals. The first block party is #House4aHouse which will take place this Friday, July 11th, at the 800 block of SoCal.  The second block party is Friday, August 1st at the 100 Block of W Columbia Street on The Landing. This Friday, the first in the #BAALS series, electronic music fest #House4aHouse, will take place from 6pm-12am with only a $5 cover. There will be several local DJs, as well as $1 312 by Goose Island beers! You can even purchase a fast pass to cut the entry line and the beer lines. Living Fort Wayne will be part of the fun this Friday night and we’ll be live-tweeting the event! Hope to see you out there. Let’s show everyone that this city has #BAALS. A Better Fort abetterfort.org twitter.com/aBetterFort facebook.com/abetterfort...

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