LFW Weekend Fun File
Feb11

LFW Weekend Fun File

This weekend is Valentine’s weekend, and I have PLENTY of date ideas for you. You can add these to your typical dinner and flowers and a box of chocolate, or you can make it a totally off-beat date weekend and try all the quirky (but fun) things going on in our city! This isn’t all there is (believe me – I had a terrible time trying to narrow things down) so make sure you check out our calendar for a more comprehensive list! 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. How Sweet it is Wine Tasting Thursday, Jan 11 from 5p – 8p     A delicious evening of wine & chocolate samplings from around the world! 2. Tumbledown at Cinema Center Thursday, February 11, Pre-Show at 7:00 Feature at 7:30             As part of the NY Film Critic Series, there will be an interview with Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Hall, & Blythe Danner after the showing. Don’t miss! 3. My Cold Hearted Valentine Friday, January 12 at 7p                 Kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend with a night of mystery and mingling. Explore the museum, drink in hand. Interview suspects, and in true Science Central fashion, get “hands-on” while examining the evidence. Drinks and food provided by Hoppy Gnome and JK’s, and dessert is provided by Sweets So Geek. Ah! What a fun, off-beat Valentine’s date night! 4. George Gardner (Void Reunion) Friday, February 12 at 8:30p to 11p         Join a Soirée favorite, George Gardner from Void Reunion, for a night of friendly hangs at the offices of One Lucky Guitar. BYO and support local musicians! 5. YLNI Farmer’s Market Saturday, February 13 at 9a – 1p           The usual: good eats, great buys, support your local businesses. Not only do I look forward to these Saturdays, but the kids love going as well! 6. Cupid’s Chocolate Chase Saturday, February 13 at 8:45 am           You can run (or walk if you’re me) in support of the ALS association. At the end of the run, you get chocolate. I might get into running if someone gave me chocolate every time. Our resident runner wrote a piece about the event, check it out! 7. Fun at the City Exchange Shops                 There’s a Matilda Jane pop-up in collaboration with The Good Ones (dying — my daughter has so many Matilda Jane clothes it’s...

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Faces of the Fort:  Matt Kelley
Nov07

Faces of the Fort: Matt Kelley

Matt Kelley of One Lucky Guitar continues to turn up in lots of discussions about live music and creativity in Fort Wayne.  Owner of One Lucky Guitar, Matt and his small performance venue The B-side have turned up in two separate posts in our recent featured articles. Tom Boyer’s article about the Bomb Shelter and our recent feature on the Damien Jurado performance led us to Matt’s front door.  So we thought it was time to catch up with an influential member of the creative community in Fort Wayne. What message would you like to send to artists, musicians, and other creative people who may be reluctant to move to Fort Wayne? I say, come on over. I think you can get lost in the sea in some bustling metropolis or arts hotbed, and just try to stand out, or more likely, fit in. In Fort Wayne, there are plenty of opportunities to be a non-conformist—and to be supported for being one! You can very quickly become networked artistically and professionally, and find collaborators who are interested in building things up, doing great work and defying expectations, instead of just tearing things down. If you put in the work and put in the hustle, you can be part of a mo vement that’s going to be in The History Center someday. That’s pretty great.   What is the most exciting or interesting thing happening in Fort Wayne? I think more and more silos are crumbling. It’s a battle every day, of course, but I think you can feel a “stronger together” and  “all boats rise” mindset becoming more and more the norm, and so you see some non-traditional pairings of organizations or entities that are really pretty incredible and powerful. This ranges from arts and culture groups to musicians and performers to business development entities. I love it when we can get beyond the ego (or business model) that demands we get credit at all expense, to the point where one would rather something fail than not get credit for it. That’s thinking with a ’90s, Okay, maybe ’80s, brain. I went on that Regional Exchange: Cincinnati trip and one of the biggest takeaways for me was the way many of their organizations had adopted a “We want credibility, not credit” mindset. It was an eye-opener…like getting a bucket of cold water dumped on you. And it made me smile when I reflected on similar things starting to happen here in Northeast Indiana.   How long have you been hosting shows at the B-side? Tell me a little bit about the process of booking an artist. I used to go for...

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