Alex Modarressi – Why Did You Stay Here?
May18

Alex Modarressi – Why Did You Stay Here?

Alex Modarressi, Vice Chair of Community Engagement, Living Fort Wayne A few years back I was debating with myself “Why would I choose to live here” and “Why would I choose to move”.  What reasons should I move for…. my career, better income, personal growth, or maybe a greater sense of belonging…?  I felt if I could answer why I would chose not to live here that it might help answer what I should be looking for somewhere else. During this time of reflection, I found community experiences such as local art and culture had not been explored and that my lack of involvement would not be a reasonable enough excuse for me to leave the region or state. So I started looking for ways to become involved and opening myself to opportunities to help our communities.  This is when Living Fort Wayne and Wunderkammer started posting their need for volunteers.  I started to attend local events and seeing needs that I could fulfill and had conversations about how to become more involved.  One thing led to another and to me being a part of local organizations I believe in such as YLNI, Rotaract, Pine Hills City Church, and others like Clyde Theatre and Fort Wayne SOUP. YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne Committee wants to know your answers to one or both of these questions. “Why Did You Move Here?” or “Why Did You Stay Here?” Email your one-two paragraph answer to one of these questions to Tim Zink at timz@ylni.org. There are two photo options – you may include a professional headshot with your answers (quickest) or you can set up an appointment to have your photo taken later this summer. Please include your preferred name and title. Your photo and response may be used on YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne website, Facebook, Twitter, and/or...

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Anything can happen at Guerrilla Theatre
Nov03

Anything can happen at Guerrilla Theatre

Anything Can Happen at Guerrilla Theatre from Living Fort Wayne on Vimeo. Anyone can perform! Anything can happen! The comedy and variety performance scene in Fort Wayne has been changing for the better over the past few years. One of these new creative outlets in our community is Guerrilla Theatre presented by Let’s Comedy. This variety open mic is finding its groove after settling into new digs at Wunderkammer Company earlier this year. It’s hard to believe it, but they recently celebrated their first anniversary of chaos with some “super spoopy” fun last Sunday. I caught up with organizer Hayley Johnson and performer Alex Jonathan Brown before the event to get their thoughts on what Guerrilla Theatre is all about in our very first “Living Fort Wayne Original Video.” I also stuck around for the show to give you a peak of some of the action at the event. Congratulations to the team and performers at Guerrilla Theatre on a successful first year. We wish you nothing but the best for the upcoming year. You can catch up with Guerrilla Theatre on the last Sunday night of every month at Wunderkammer. For more information on Guerrilla Theatre, please visit their Facebook page. The next event, “Great Grateful Guerrilla Theatre,” is on Sunday, November 26 at Wunderkammer Company. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Details can be found on Facebook...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Aug31

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 submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Designers & Developers Thursday, August 31 at 11:30 a.m. Javon Bell, UX Designer at Reusser Design is the guest speaker for this month’s luncheon. Project Day! Thursday, August 31 at 3:30 p.m. It’s that time again! Force Friday II at Glenbrook Square Friday, September 1 It’s all about Star Wars this Friday at ThinkGeek! Free Short Form Improv Workshop – Session 2 Saturday, September 2 at 2 p.m. Workshops are open to all skill and experience levels, this is the second in the series and will build on foundations discussed in the first event. Middle Waves Vibe Workshop Sunday, September 3 at 9 a.m. Here we go again — help make Middle Waves happen! Raising and Tagging Monarch Butterflies Sunday, September 3 at 1 p.m. What kid doesn’t want to raise a caterpillar and watch it transform into a beautiful butterfly? Find out what you need to know this Sunday. Drawn Together Wednesday, September 6 at 7 p.m. Have a blast connecting with your fellow artists and creating together. Free House flipping workshop Wednesday, September 6 at 6 p.m. Do you live in Fort Wayne and want to start flipping houses? This is a free workshop, space is limited, so register ASAP! Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival August 29 – September 3 Cars, cars, cars! It’s a weekend full of fun festivities, so if you’re in town and not at the lake — check it out! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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At ART MOVES, FWDC Puts Masterpieces in Motion
Sep07

At ART MOVES, FWDC Puts Masterpieces in Motion

When it comes to annual fundraisers, the Fort Wayne Dance Collective is known for creating over-the-top experiences that guests anticipate all year long. In years past, that meant choose-your-own-adventure theatrical performances in various Fort Wayne landmarks. But this year, under the leadership of Creative Director John Byrne, the organization is trying something new. As in years past, tomorrow’s ART MOVES event will raise funds for FWDC’s community outreach programs, high school dance programs and dance scholarships. But this year, FWDC eschewed the theatrical theme to celebrate creative expression in all its forms. At 6 pm tomorrow night, September 8th, Wunderkammer Company will serve as the backdrop for various choreographed pop-up performances, each inspired by a different iconic fine art works. The ART MOVES event will also include a silent auction, heavy appetizers and a cash bar provided by Club Soda. Tickets are $25 in advance, available through the FWDC website, or $30 at the door. With the event approaching, I talked to John Byrne to learn more about his artistic vision and inspiration for ART MOVES. B: What sparked the idea ART MOVES? J: Fort Wayne is a city just exploding with art and dance, and FWDC is proud to be in the forefront of this cultural movement. We serve such a diverse range of communities, ages, abilities and interests through dance education, healing and performances – more than 43,000 people annually to be specific! The idea for ART MOVES was simply inspired by the desire to bring awareness to what we do, in a fun, laid-back, party environment. For the artistic concept, I wanted to show who we are at the core by deconstructing dance down to its most pure form – movement. Dancers from 10 years old to 60 years old will take over the space in elegant and simple costumes, with beautiful lighting and sets by artist Diane Gaby. The dancers will represent recognizable iconic art works by emulating the essence of the  art works through dance. The performance will be presented in a simply, allowing the movement and personalities of our diverse performers to shine through. B: What kind of art and artists inspired the choreography?  J: There are eight choreographers contributing original dance works to ART MOVES.  This includes Vicki Gallagher, Mandie Kolkman, Sydney Pacula, Corinne Hobbs, Liz Monnier, Ashley Benninghoff and Allison Brandgard. Choreographers chose iconic art work that inspired them and designed their dance works based on these pieces. At the event, you’ll see artists such as O’Keeffe, Magritte, Kandinsky, Van Gogh and Koons represented. Dancers from all branches of Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s programs will be performing the new dance works. Singer/songwriter Kelsie Murray will also be making a special appearance. What can guests expect at the event?  J: Partygoers can expect...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Apr28

LFW Weekend Fun File

Spring is such a fun time! Here’s a quick peek at some of the things we are looking forward to this weekend in Fort Wayne! 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 Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com.   1. Purple Rain — Free Screening Thursday, April 27 at 8:30 pm           Cinema Center is hosting a free screening of “Purple Rain” to honor Prince. Come out and see the show and remember a musical legend! 2. YLNI Financial Happy Hour Thursday, April 28 at 6 pm             Meet at 816 Pint & Slice to learn how you can gain financial freedom. Pizza and first round of drinks are free! Check it out! 3. Stand Against Racism Thursday, April 28 at 5:30 pm         The YWCA and Wunderkammer Company are teaming up to bring community members together to express how they feel about racism through art. Should be a beautiful time. 4. Mom’s Night Out Thursday, April 28 at 5:30 pm         Fun and shopping at Cerutis! Appetizers and entertainment (along with a tote) are included in the ticket price. 5. Early Art Exploration Saturday, April 30 at 10 am           I love these! Bring your little ones for a fun morning of creating art. 6. Avenue Q Friday, April 29 and May 6 at 8 pm Saturday, April 30 and May 7 at 8 pm Sunday, May 1 at 2 pm                 Twenty-somethings trying to make it through life, as told by puppets. This show is hilarious. Don’t let the puppets throw you off, though. It’s not for kids. 7. Jane Eyre Friday, April 29 and May 6 at 7:30 Saturday, April 30 and May 7 at 7:30 Sunday, May 1 and May 8 at 2:30         All for One is putting on an original adaptation of the classic, Jane Eyre. Celebrate Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday year by seeing this wonderful production! 8. Last Saturday Saturday, April 30           $1 admission to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art! It’s a fun, low-cost way to spend a Saturday! 9. Families4Nature Day Saturday, April 30, all day               Kids (and grown-ups too) are spending significantly less time outdoors. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is participating in Families4Nature to...

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