LFW — Weekly Fun File
May04

LFW — Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? 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 go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Food truck Thursdays Thursday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Yay! Stop by teds for some delicious dinner! BikeFusion Friday, May 5 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food, beer and bikes. Kick off the season with some fun! The Mersey Beatles at C2G Music Hall, Fort Wayne, Indiana Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. We love the Mersey Beatles. It’s a show you definitely don’t want to miss! For details on last years performance, check out this post. NAMI Fort Wayne 5K Run & Walk Saturday, May 6 at 8:30 a.m. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting a 5K run/walk to support mental health services. There’s something for all ages, join them in breaking the stigma and making sure people get the support they need. It’s Been A Magical Year! Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. The Narwhal and the Manatee has been in business for an entire YEAR! Celebrate with them and leave with some goodies, too. Grand Opening Party — Masters Hand BBQ Saturday, May 6 at 11 a.m. Do you like BBQ sauce? Stop by their grand opening and give them a try! Melinda Howe’s Snow White Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Enjoy the New American Youth Ballet’s rendition of Snow White this weekend, and bring your kiddos! Cinderella’s Ball Sunday, May 7 from 3 p.m. to 6 p..m. The annual princess tea party is here! This fundraiser supports Destiny Rescue, a non-profit dedicated to protecting children from human trafficking and exploitation. It’s a great event for a great cause, and your kids will have SO MUCH fun. Cherry Blossom Festival Fort Wayne, Indiana Sunday, May 7 at 12 p.m. It’s the 11th year for this fun festival. Learn all about Japanese culture this weekend. Fort Wayne Music Festival Wednesday, May 10 through May 14 Sweetwater’s hosting another music festival this year! You can check out the lineup on the event page. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy
Feb12

Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy

To be a standout performer, you have to be a triple threat – a singer, dancer, and actor. If you’ve dreamt of making your stage debut, you can make it a reality at Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy. Located in Downtown Fort Wayne, Triple Threat is unlike any performance academy in the area. The brand new facility offers a wide array of dance classes and private acting and voice so students can become just that – a triple threat. Executive Director Andy Planck originally hatched the idea of an all-encompassing performing arts academy in 2005 after touring nationally as a musical theatre actor. He returned to his Fort Wayne roots in 2009, but it just didn’t feel like the right time to start a studio. So, he pursued performing opportunities at top theatres in Chicago for a few years. Planck started taking note of the news of Fort Wayne’s emerging cultural vibrancy and downtown revitalization, and he said; “Now it’s time.” He acquired the first floor of the Randall Lofts Apartments on Pearl Street and began working on the rehearsal spaces immediately. His long-standing connections to the arts scene in Fort Wayne, including the collaboration with the newly formed Three Rivers Music Theatre, helped him to acquire professional performing arts instructors to begin the company. If you are looking to perform, opportunities are abundant for singers, dancers, and actors. Try a musical theatre class! The Three Rivers Music Theatre, with Resident Music Director Tommy Saul, debuts their first production, The Last Five Years, April 1-10 at the Parkview Physicians Group Arts Lab. “We’re very excited about this premier, and we’re looking forward to future performances in collaboration with other local performing arts groups!” Perhaps you think you have two left feet and just want to have some fun at a dance class. Drop-ins are always a welcome addition to the Triple Threat community. Join in on ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and even heels! If you’re looking for a way to get your sweat on, there’s Zumba offered on Saturday mornings. Whether you’re a long-time lover of the spotlight or you’ve never set foot onstage, you too can become a triple threat! Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy offers classes on a semester basis for those age three to adult. Registration for this semester closes on February 21, but you can drop in on an adult dance class whenever you feel like busting a move. Check out triplethreatfw.com to see their full class roster and pricing.   Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy 212 Pearl Street Fort Wayne, IN...

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LFW Fun File
Sep10

LFW Fun File

Enjoy outside while the Fort Wayne weather is nice. There are plenty of outdoor events in this Fun File edition! If you wish to see your event on our Fun File, please email info@livingfortwayne.com. All these events and more are on our calendar. 1. Grabill Country Fair 2. Lovestruck: A Fundraising Event 3. Free Showing of Fellowship of the Rings!! 4. RideGreen 2015 Bicycle Pub Tour 5. Mad Anthony Brewing Company’s 17th Annual OktoBEERfest 6. Pinestock 2015  7. West Central Home & Garden Tour  8. Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown 9. Second Annual North Anthony Corridor Block Party 10. ACRES Grand Opening of Spring Lake Woods and...

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A visual conversation “At the Edge”
Sep23

A visual conversation “At the Edge”

Over the past few weeks, Living Fort Wayne has been profiling the people of Fort Wayne Ballet in the lead-up to the company’s fall performance At the Edge. Just what is At the Edge all about? We caught up with four people working hard to make it all come together. “A potpourri of dance.” That is how some people have described the upcoming At the Edge performances to Fort Wayne Ballet Executive/Artistic Director Karen Gibbons-Brown. “It’s small vignettes of different pieces, which is really quite wonderful,” said Gibbons-Brown. There will be three main pieces in the performances at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 26 and 2:30 pm on Sunday, September 28: “Mazurkas,” a classical modern dance piece, is set to music by Frédéric Chopin “Se Kommatia,” a contemporary dance piece by Fort Wayne Ballet’s David Ingram, and “Confetti,” a higher energy ballet piece. “It’s exciting to be able to put on shows that have a variety of different styles and choreography and music, because it’s a little more exciting for the audience in a way, said HannahLeah Oedding, who is performing in her third fall performance for Fort Wayne Ballet. There will be about 30 dancers performing in the pieces from the professional company, which also includes trainees and apprentices. Students from upper-level classes, called performing levels, are also being incorporated into the performances in some way. As a repertory performance, there is no story line, but that does not mean there is not a conversation between the dancers on stage and the audience in their seats. “That is the main focus of the relationship from the person giving information and the person receiving information, and when you have a medium like dance, there is no vocal communication most of the time,” said David Ingram, who is incorporating many contrasting elements into the free movement piece he is choreographing. “I’m searching for bits of humanity. I think that’s my goal, as I guess all artists are,” said Ingram. Ingram is influenced by the work of American music composer John Cage and his theories on how perceiving sound influences how humans can perceive each other. “In a sense, music is subject to just vibration and our response to that – in a neurological and a sensory awareness way, said Ingram. “I feel like that is something I really try to tap into as far as movement – what moves a human.” Fort Wayne Ballet has to meet high standards to perform “Mazurkas” and “Confetti,” which are protected by trusts. “The people who run the trusts have to approve the organization to make sure that it has the quality and the integrity,...

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Fort Wayne Ballet Spotlight – Meet David!
Sep16

Fort Wayne Ballet Spotlight – Meet David!

Since July, we have been profiling various dancers with Fort Wayne Ballet. In this week’s spotlight, we meet the husband of dancer Alexis Ingram, who we profiled a few weeks ago. David Ingram is a professional dancer with Fort Wayne Ballet and currently serves as Artistic Associate and Men’s Program Coordinator. Living Fort Wayne contacted David recently to get a feel for what moves him. Selected responses are below. How long have you lived in Fort Wayne, and where are you from originally? I am originally from Kingsport, Tennessee and have lived in Fort Wayne for the past three years. Can you tell us how you became involved with Fort Wayne Ballet? I have been a fan and student of [Fort Wayne Ballet Executive/Artistic Director] Karen Gibbons-Brown’s artistic leadership for quite some time. What is the most challenging aspect of performing ballet professionally? Representing the current framework of our present status as a community, culture, and our habitual ways of seeing and representing that ethically and carefully. What are some other things you are doing with your life outside of ballet? Currently, I am enrolled at Hollins University/the Forsythe Company (Frankfurt, Germany) working on my [Master of Fine Arts] in composition. When not working on my MFA, I am very busy chasing around Pethula and Clementine, my two girls. What are some of your hopes for the future? I hope that one day dancing will not be viewed as an alien or imperialistic art form. I find it [to be] a way of communication and hope others can feel comfortable enough to dance themselves without the fear of judgement. What artistic performance have you been the most proud of in your career as a dancer?  I have had many recently – I am very proud of the artists I train and their accomplishments. What is one humorous or light-hearted anecdote about your time as a dancer? I do not have one specific thing, but I would ask that anyone who reads this would come and tell me not to use water anymore. Next week – David Ingram and others At the Edge We will catch up with David, along with a few other interesting people with Fort Wayne Ballet, next week in our final part of this series, which will focus on the organization’s preparation and inspiration for the At the Edge fall performance. David is choreographing a contemporary piece for the performance, so be sure to check back next week for his thoughts on what he wants to communicate to the audience through dance. For more information about Fort Wayne Ballet and the At the Edge fall performances on September 26...

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