LFW Weekly Fun File
Sep28

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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Fort Wayne HeART of the City Hosts First Event at Three Rivers Festival
Jul06

Fort Wayne HeART of the City Hosts First Event at Three Rivers Festival

The local art scene is alive, and it has a pulse. Fort Wayne HeART of the City is an artist-run initiative that collectively supports artists of all types, mediums, and skill levels in the greater Northeast Indiana area. The group hosts its first event at the Three Rivers Festival on July 8th and 9th in the Freimann Square parking lot, where festival-goers can check out an assortment local art, music, and food. To learn more about Fort Wayne HeART of the City and their upcoming event, I spoke with Daniel Church and Tricia Cavender, two of the founding artists who are involved with coordinating events and operations.     It all started when group of artist friends wanted to bring attention to other local artists. However, they noticed a divide in the community. “From what I’ve experienced in the local art scene here in Fort Wayne, there is a great disconnect. The established artists and galleries are on one end of the spectrum and the newer unestablished artists are on the other. I would love to see those two worlds come together and learn from each other,” said Tricia. To bridge that gap, Fort Wayne HeART of the City was born. Local artists are supporting other local artists through new events and an online database.     Emerging into the art scene can be daunting. Often, newer artists don’t know where to start, and there aren’t many opportunities to showcase their work. To resolve this issue, HeART of the City is connecting established artists with new artists. “We want to help them learn how to better promote their work and give them events that will provide opportunities for them to show their work,” Tricia said. “We want to make some super fun events without the pressure of meeting juried requirements and booth approval. We want artists to be able to be themselves and show the art the way they choose to in a creative and free way. I think that is what makes HeART of the City special.” The group also offers ways for artists to promote themselves online. Their website hosts a calendar of art events and maintains a local artist directory, where anyone can submit examples of their work and links to their social media and websites. “It’s a hub for local artists to support local artists and a way to connect with each other and our community,” said Daniel. “Due to information overload, things can get lost in the mix, and you don’t even know what’s in your own backyard.”     Though this weekend is their first event, HeART of the City is already seeing their efforts pay off. Tricia...

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Make Music Day in Fort Wayne
Jun19

Make Music Day in Fort Wayne

Festival season has hit Fort Wayne! There’s plenty to look forward to: food and drinks, friends and family, (mostly) good weather and of course, live music. The city’s music scene buzzes during the summertime, from Three Rivers Festival to Middle Waves to the Living Fort Wayne Concert Series. Both local bands and national acts grace the stages of the Fort. Now, you have a chance to play. On June 21st, Fort Wayne joins over 750 cities all over the world on Make Music Day, an international celebration of music held every year on the summer solstice. This day-long free event is open to all ages, whether you like to make music or listen to it.     This festival isn’t like anything you’ll see at Lollapalooza or Coachella. Make Music Day Fort Wayne features a variety of free musical activities all day long. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can drop by Freimann Square for live performances, food trucks, and hands-on events. Make some music in one of the many participatory activities like ukelele strums, drum circles, hands-on DJing, happy keys for babies and toddlers, the FAME musical craft area for kids, and jam zones. Anyone is welcome to come play some tunes – no matter your music skill level or musical persuasion. From 6 p.m. to midnight, you can catch free concerts all over Downtown Fort Wayne.     Here’s the official 2017 lineup: Freimann Square 11 a.m. – Jessica Brita-Segyde 11:45 a.m. – DJ Benny Bergle 12:30 p.m. – Keepin’ It Standard 1:15 p.m. – Flying Colors 2:00 p.m. – Kenny Bergle 2:45 p.m. – Teresa Long 3:30 p.m. – Walls You Know 4:15 p.m. – Puzzle Pieces     Headwaters Park  Living Fort Wayne Concert 6 p.m. – The Freak Brothers     The Deck 6 p.m. – Holly Lentine & Christian Delzoppo 7 p.m. – Adam Baker & The Heartache 8 p.m. – Blue Wave     Neat Neat Neat 6 p.m. – Fierce Invalids 7 p.m. – The Sweethearts 8 p.m. – Horizon Arcs     The B-Side at One Lucky Guitar 7 p.m. – Jess Thrower 8 p.m. – Kevin Hambrick     The Golden 6 p.m. – Rosalind & The Way 7 p.m. – Jon Swain     DeBrand Fine Chocolates 6 p.m. – Katy Christenson 6:50 p.m. – Sophia Slates 7:40 p.m. – Forte     The Phoenix 6 p.m. – Neso 7 p.m. – JJ Fabini & Chilly Addams 8 p.m. – APQ Harmonic     Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits Patio 6 p.m. – Imaginary Friends 7 p.m. – Secret Mezzanine 8 p.m. – Overlook Tiger Room 8 p.m. – Lux Drive 9 p.m. – My Apollo 10 p.m. – Omaha Alaska     SideCar Ages 21+ 6 p.m. – Brittney Bressler 7 p.m. –...

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Get Real: The Real Group in Concert
Mar14

Get Real: The Real Group in Concert

  “A ca-what-a?” Several years ago, you might have been met with this question when talking about a cappella music. But with the recent mainstream phenomena like Pentatonix and Pitch Perfect, a cappella has surged in popularity. While the art of a cappella is nothing new, it’s exciting for me to see others begin their love affair with it. If you haven’t, you need to get real. Well, with The Real Group that is.   Based in Sweden, the five member group has been touring the world and transforming a cappella for over 30 years. Their combination of vocal perfection, personality, and wide repertoire from jazz, pop, and folk has made them a mainstay in the vocal music world. They’ve produced over 20 albums, opened for the FIFA World Cup, and sang for state officials all over the world – including the Emperor of Japan. The Real Group is kicking off another North American tour. Their next stop? Right here in Fort Wayne! A ca-scuse me? Well, a ca-believe it!     On Friday, March 24th at 7:30pm, The Real Group performs at the IPFW Auer Performance Hall. The concert will feature their original arrangements, plus special musical guest features with Heartland Sings, a nonprofit company of Vocal Artists and ensembles based in Fort Wayne.     This isn’t your typical concert. There’s something to be said about the human connection with vocal music. With the voice as the sole instrument, a cappella music creates an entirely different experience from other types of music. The Real Group steps it up another level. Heartland Sings’ Director of Development Stephanie Carlson and General Manager Eric Miller are both vocalists themselves and self-proclaimed The Real Group superfans. They’ve both followed their music for years. Carlson said, “The thing that is incredible about The Real Group is that they have the ability to tell stories and paint pictures with just their voices.” How they do this is through their unique style of a cappella. The Real Group sound. “I’ve been a fan for over 20 years. The Real Group is able to take any song, no matter the genre, and still make it sound like their own.” Both Carlson and Miller have seen them in concert before and agree that it’s a must-see and must-hear musical experience that’s sure to leave an impact on audiences as it has on them.     So, what brings The Real Group to Fort Wayne? It started with Heartland Sings. President & Executive Director, Maestro Robert Nance and Eric Miller had the opportunity to have dinner with The Real Group after a performance last year. In that conversation, Miller said that it was a chance...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Mar02

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? We compile a list of events and activities 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 go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Youtheatre’s Dr. Seuss on the Loose at ACPL! Thursday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m. The kids will love this performance, and I think you will, too! 2. Thomas Rhett: Home Team Tour Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Thomas Rhett will be in town tonight. Have a little fun on a Thursday. 3. Fort Wayne Museum of Art Gala and Auction Friday, March 3 at 6 p.m. This gala and auction is so fun. All proceeds go to a great cause. 4. Mad Ants vs. Westchester Knicks Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. Kick off March with a little hometown basketball. 5. Doctors Day Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m. Science Central is celebrating Docs! I heard the Parkview Samaritan helicopter will be there … should be a fun time! 6. Fort Wayne Home And Garden Show Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m. It’s time to start thinking spring.komets 7. Fort Wayne Komets vs. Wheeling Nailers Saturday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Break out your orange and show some Komets pride. This event is in conjunction with Hockey and Heels (see below). 8. Hockey & Heels Saturday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. Follow the colorful path to the Century Club room to shop throughout the game. You will also have a chance to win door prizes from Mary Kay, Simply Yoga, Cottage Flowers, DeBrand, Spiece Fitness, Summit City Brewerks, The Salon, and Cala Deia Spa! 9. Let’s Comedy! Presents: Tim Northern Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. “That do-it-yourself approach is paying off for the Nashville native, whose influences are a veritable Who’s Who of comic genius. ‘George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Steven Wright – I like all of ‘em.’ Once Tim takes control of the mike, he relies on much the same type of material that those classic comedians used to land in the national spotlight – plain and simple, Tim Northern is a word man.” 10. March Madness: Genealogy Style Begins Sunday, March 5 March Madness: Genealogy Style on the theme of “Out of the Box Genealogy,” a week of programs from March 5 through March 11, 2017. Check them out! 11. Mamma Mia! in Fort Wayne Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30...

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