LFW Weekly Fun File
Dec22

LFW Weekly Fun File

Happy Holidays! Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of fun ongoings and events that we’re excited about 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. Holiday Wine Glasses! Paint 2 Beautiful Wine Glasses Thursday, December 22 at 6 pm Relieve some holiday shopping stress by taking an evening to paint some festive wine glasses. 2. Last Minute Pop-Up Market Friday, December 23 from 10 am to 7 pm You guys. I haven’t done any shopping, true story. You can bet I will be visiting this last minute pop-up. It supports local small businesses. Stop by and check it out! 3. It’s a Wonderful Life Celebration Friday, December 23 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm My dad’s all-time favorite movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life” and we watch it every Christmas. It will be so fun to pay homage to the 70th anniversary of this special film at the Cinema Center! There will be free hot cocoa and a cash bar, and you can bring winter gear to donate … what could be better? 4. 2nd Annual Festivus Celebration Friday December 23 beginning at 4 pm Air your grievances. Wear festive outfits. Stein-Hoisting competition. It’s a fun way to begin the weekend! 5. Smoke and Mirrors LAST SHOW, Pink Balloon Band, and Dear Darla Friday, December 23 at 8 pm It’s Smoke and Mirror’s last show, and they’re playing with Pink Balloon Band and Dear Darla. It should be a great time. 6. Luau Week December 26 through December 30 So much fun is happening at Crazy Pinz this week! The kiddos are on Christmas break, take them for some fun, and have some fun yourself! Check out the link for a full list of activities. 7. Soirée Pres: Coria (Fair Fjola), Otitis Media, My Dog Junior Monday, December 26 at 8 pm It’s a $5 cover at the Brass Rail if you’re looking for something to fill your Monday night. 8. Bath Fizzy Workshop Tuesday, December 27 from 2 pm to 4 pm Our friends over at The Narwhal and the Manatee (you can check out their entrepreneurship spotlight here) are hosting a bath fizzy workshop! All ages are welcome, come make bath products that look like dessert! (Full disclosure: my 3-year-old totally tried to...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Nov10

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of fun ongoings and events that we’re excited about 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. YLNI Financial Hour Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m. Head over to Pint and Slice for a little money management talk … pizza and the first round of drinks are free! 2. Goo Goo Dolls – Fort Wayne, Indiana Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. C’mon … who doesn’t want to see the Goo Goo Dolls? Teenage me for sure wants present me to see the Goo Goo Dolls. 3. Dinner and a Movie: The Last Crop Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. November’s dinner and a movie! The film’s director will be there as a special guest. 4. Man with a Movie Camera w/ A Live Score by Hope Arthur Orchestra Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. The Cinema Center’s Sound and Shadow event, hang out and grab a drink with Hope Arthur after the show. 5. Let’s Comedy Presents: A Good Trip with Shane Mauss Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m. This stand-up act is one of a kind. Don’t miss it! 6. Love Trumps Hate: A Cabaret Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m. Well. This election happened. Spread some love and some hope this Friday night. I’ll be there. 7. Children’s Cupcake Decorating Class Saturday, November 12 and Sunday November 13 After I spread love and hope Friday night, I’m taking my daughter to decorate cupcakes on Saturday. 8. Jefferson Pointe Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration Saturday, November 12 at 5 p.m. The lighting is here! 9. I Spy Creations for Grade School Kids Monday, November 14 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. What?! Kids get to make their own I Spy creations?! And it’s free. Even better. 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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LFW Weekly Fun File
Aug25

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of ongoings and events that we’re excited about 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. Women’s Equality Day 2016 Thursday, August 25 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. It’s Women’s Equality Day! Celebrate women’s right to vote with the YWCA Northeast Indiana this year! They’re going to teach you everything you need to know about hitting those polls! 2. Equal Means Equal Screening Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m. Equal Means Equal looks at how women are treated in the U.S. today. My guess (spoiler alert): It’s not actually equal. 3. LFW Film Series — It Happened One Night Friday, August 26 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free movie, fun activities, and food available for purchase! 4. 2016 Botanical Roots Concert Series: John Primer (Blues) Friday, August 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Stop by and enjoy the live music, and purchase a drink or two from Mad Anthony Brewing while you’re there. Don’t miss a more in-depth summary of the event here. 5. 1st Annual Fort Wayne Fitness Fest at Headwaters Park With Celebrity Tony Little! Saturday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This festival has anything you could want or think of. Food, drinks, raffles, experts, education … literally, anything you could want. 6. 2016 Taste of the Arts Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. I love Taste of the Arts! There will be live performances, food and art available for purchase (or to just sit back, and enjoy). Check out a closer look here. 7. Cocktails & Sweet Deals Garden Party Saturday, August 27 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mercantile on Main is celebrating. There will be food trucks, wine from Wine Down and live music. Oh, and did I mention 15% off the entire store?! 8. Brickworld Fort Wayne LEGO Exposition Saturday, August 27  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Legos! See what amazing things people have made, and participate in some fun activities of your own. 9. Fort Wayne Outfitters River Rally Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 Whatever outdoor activity you can think of, Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot is making it...

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Hobnobben Film Festival Review
Jun21

Hobnobben Film Festival Review

After 13 movies and a handful of other events, my time at the inaugural Hobnobben Film Festival came to a close Sunday evening. It was a long, full weekend made enjoyable by a bustling and energetic community of film lovers coming together to champion a shared passion for the movies. Cinema Center Executive Director Jonah Crismore noted “how far along we’ve come” on opening night. I couldn’t agree more. Independent theaters across the country are on a steep decline, but if you managed to make it out to Hobnobben this past weekend, you’d see that’s not the case in Fort Wayne. Before Thursday night’s showing, Bill Brown, President of the Downtown Improvement District, addressed the sold-out crowd. Brown talked about Cinema Center’s role in the resurgence of the area, as well as the importance of continued support for the city’s only locally run movie house. On his involvement with Hobnobben Brown said, “[Crismore] had me with Film Festival,” followed by the applause of everyone in the theater. You could hear and feel the outpouring of support. As is the case for any inaugural event, Hobnobben had a few minor hiccups that were swiftly and carefully fixed along the way. The voting process was incredibly awkward for passholders like myself during the first two days. Rather than cast a silent ballot, I was asked if I’d like to vote for each film upon exiting. Saying “no thanks” or “yes please” felt out-of-place. My biggest issue came down to the steep $200 price tag for festival passes (which granted access to any and all events). General admission tickets were $10 and the awards ceremony was $15. I saw as many films as time afforded me, but when you do the math, I basically paid an extra $55 to get into movies 20 minutes early even though that never mattered. Had I attended the most events possible over the course of the four days, the numbers still don’t add up. I was happy to pay though, especially considering the surprising quality of movies the Cinema Center was able to schedule through partnerships and outside sponsors. Crismore mentioned that he and his staff had traveled to other established festivals across the country to help build Hobnobben, particularly drawing inspiration from Michigan’s Traverse City Film Festival. What I think worked best about Fort Wayne’s first film festival is that it urged moviegoers to stay downtown and walk around. You could swing by the block party and try Mad Anthony Brewing’s very own Hobnobben Shandy (a welcome cool down in the weekend’s blistering heat). Friday night found moviegoers pulling up chairs at the Arts United Plaza for a free outdoor screening...

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Hobnobben Film Festival
Jun13

Hobnobben Film Festival

With a revitalized downtown movement and an emerging art culture, Fort Wayne’s first official film festival could not be arriving at a better time. Named Hobnobben after the word for mixing together socially, the festival sets out to represent the eclectic and diverse tastes that the Midwest has to offer. Award-winning independents, low-budget features, documentaries, shorts, locally produced work — there’s a little bit of something for everyone! Taking place from June 16th through the evening of the 19th, Hobnobben includes 29 different showings. The majority of the films will be shown at the Cinema Center, while others will be shown at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab, the University of Saint Francis Arts Center, and the Arts United Center. Two separate showcases will highlight student work and productions from Indiana natives. There will be panels, discussions, and workshops for filmmakers, and that’s what makes the inaugural year so encouraging. The festival concludes in an awards ceremony on Saturday night in the ballroom of the USF Performing Arts Center. This is a festival that allows itself to be shaped and molded into whatever suits you best. Want to see 2015’s Palm d’Or winner from the lauded Cannes Film Festival? You’re in luck. Interested in seeing some television pilots? The hour-long Philo Fest at the ArtsLab is just for you. You can plan your night around seeing a different film each day. For Thursday, I’d suggest Other People, a story starring SNL alum Molly Shannon in a role that’s been getting rave reviews. Pencil in your Friday night to attend Lo and Behold, Reveries of a Connected World by acclaimed documentarian Werner Herzog. Saturday has the weekend’s biggest crop to choose from, but I’d steer attendees towards Little Men. And as for Sunday, your best bet to cap off the festival is Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The impressive schedule can be found in full on Hobnobben’s website. By keeping the festival centralized to the downtown area, Hobnobben hopes to draw in crowds from near and far not just to enjoy movies, but to really get out and explore the city. Fort Wayne has a lot to offer and the festival serves as a meeting point for residents to come together in an appreciation of the arts. So whether or not you’re a big movie buff doesn’t matter. Go see that foreign film that’s out of your comfort zone. Check out some of the fine work done by local students and filmmakers. Then afterwards, grab a bite to eat or stop in somewhere for a drink. True to its name, Hobnobben wants people to try new things and to go new places. It certainly seems to be off to a promising start. Hobnobben Film Festival June 16th-19th. Showtimes vary. Cinema...

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