Lazer X Is Back!
Sep14

Lazer X Is Back!

Have you heard? Lazer X is back. Yes, that’s right! For those of you who aren’t familiar, Lazer X was, until recently, closed because of a fire. However, the business has since reopened in the same location, and several improvements have been made. So, since Lazer X is back, let me suggest a few ways you can plan a day around your next intergalactic adventure.   First off, the day my friends and I went we planned on playing around 7PM. Though, keep in mind, depending on the day you go, you’ll want to check what hours are most busy, and go then because the larger the group the more fun you’re going to have! Additionally, Lazer X has daily specials posted on their website for you to check out, and—last side-note—here is a coupon: two games for $10. Moving on, if you’re going to spend an afternoon or evening running around, you’ll need to fuel up prior. Where should you go for a late lunch? We ate at the food court in Glenbrook Square Mall, and then window-shopped and sipped Starbucks. Cebolla’s, which is within walking distance of Lazer X, is another convenient option. Overall, just pick something everyone can agree on! Next, we spent some time playing games in the upgraded arcade at Lazer X while waiting for some stragglers of our group to show. Once everyone was present, we each bought two games. A single game is about 15 minutes long, and SO much fun! Finally, after we finished our second game, my friends and I went to 816 Pint & Slice for dinner and drinks. Although, if you’re not yet hungry you could also go to the discount movie theater in Coventry, Apollo Coventry 13. It’s nice to relax and put your feet up after two games of running around. All in all, with the weather getting colder, this is a great indoor activity most people can enjoy and participate in. So I encourage you to get a group of friends together and...

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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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