LFW Weekend Fun File
Jan28

LFW Weekend Fun File

I thought there was a lot to do last weekend, but this weekend it looks like I’m going to be even busier! Great shows, Winterval, and fun celebrations are on our weekend to-do list! Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com 1. Celebrate Downtown Thursday, January 28 5pm – 7pm Tweet your photos using #CelebrateDTFW Join us for a celebration of the people, places, and partnerships that make Downtown Fort Wayne such a great place to live, work, and play. This will be a night to honor the hard work and dedication that made 2015 a success while turning our focus to the future! 2. C2G Music Hall: The Accidentals Thursday, January 28, 8pm These young musicians have quite the impressive resume so far … and they’re just getting started. I think it’s going to be a great show, but also some pretty great inspiration for young people to follow their dreams. 3. Anomalisa Opening and Discussion Friday, January 29 at 6:30pm After the screening, there will be a short discussion led by Matt White, Animation Instructor at University of Saint Francis, and local animator Lyndy Bazile. 4. Together Alone Friday, January 29 at 8pm Saturday, January 30 at 7pm AND 9pm Together Alone is, on the surface, a representation of the decay throughout the city of Detroit. Performed by d.Ance.Kontemporary. Should be great! 5. Winterval Saturday, January 30 I hate winter, but I LOVE Winterval! There are so many fun things to do! Check out the program! 6. Juice Jar Quarterly Cleanse Event Join Juice Jar at the Cinema Center for a showing of the award winning documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. This event is the first in a series of quarterly events that will be hosted by Juice Jar to kick off a 3 or 7-day detox. 7. Creative Cocktails Saturday, January 30 at 5:30pm Arts United and YLNI invite you to join us for cocktails at Wine Down beginning at 5:30 pm followed by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic‘s latest Pops concert: Jake Shimabukuro: Ukulele Wizard. 8. POPS: Jake Shimabukuro: Ukulele Wizard Saturday, January 30 at 7:30pm After your Creative Cocktails experience, head over to Jake Shimabukro! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this world-renowned musician demonstrate his mastery, as he performs with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. 9. Chase the Chill Scarf...

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So This is Your First Time at… the Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Jan19

So This is Your First Time at… the Fort Wayne Philharmonic

With well over 70 arts and culture organizations in Northeast Indiana, it’s probably safe to say that there are PLENTY you haven’t experienced yet. Galleries, theatre, dance, music, festivals… the list goes on. And not only are there so many things to do, but some of them you may not know what to expect. Sometimes, there are preconceived stereotypes around some of these events that are barriers to one considering even trying them. What do I wear? Is there a certain way I’m supposed to act? I’m definitely not going alone!  Well, my friends, here at Living Fort Wayne, we’re going to break down some barriers in our newest series: “So This is Your First Time at…” That’s right. We’re tackling any reservation you may have about going out and experiencing any one of the amazing arts and cultural amenities that our community uniquely offers. And to start, we’re issuing you your first challenge: So this is your first time at the Fort Wayne Philharmonic? The Fort Wayne Philharmonic (more endearingly known as the Phil) is a symphony orchestra that has been around for a long time… like, founded in 1924 long time. But a long history of classical music doesn’t mean that the orchestra is something for an older generation. An orchestra builds on the classics of course, but they’re not limited. In fact, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic enjoys marrying modern and classic, especially with their Pops series. My first experience at the Fort Wayne Philharmonic was on Halloween of last year. I received tickets as a gift from some great friends who knew me very well, and although I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a symphony, they knew something I did enjoy: The Nightmare Before Christmas. And this special Halloween presented by the Philharmonic was them playing the score live alongside the film in the historic Embassy Theatre. And I have to admit… it was magical. The combination of live music (which is something I generally enjoy, but had no exposure to orchestra-wise) and my favorite movie was an AWESOME experience. That being said, let’s get to debunking the myths: Symphony orchestras are for older generations. MYTH (An orchestra is an enchanting experience no matter how old you are, I’m proof) Symphony orchestras only play classical music. MYTH (Hello, Nightmare Before Christmas and many other performances, especially in the pops series, they’ve done) I have to get all dressed up in a tuxedo to attend a performance. MYTH (Or half myth. If you want to wear a tuxedo, by all means, go for it! There’s no standard of dress here. You won’t be scoffed at if you’re...

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