Basketball is Back in Fort Wayne!

Basketball season is officially back at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for 2014-2015 with tickets now available for a myriad of upcoming hoops events.

Tickets are now available for the following basketball events at the Memorial Coliseum: single games of the 2014-2015 Fort Wayne Mad Ants season, the IPFW Men’s Basketball game vs. Jacksonville University on November 24, the ACC-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge featuring the University of Notre Dame vs. Maryland on December 3, and the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters’ return to Fort Wayne on January 3.

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Tickets for all the events are available at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office, online at, or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.

The 2014-2015 Fort Wayne Mad Ants will tip off their home schedule on November 15 at 7:30 p.m., hosting the Sioux Falls Skyforce, which they beat in a playoffs series last season on a quest to the NBA D-League Championship. Last year’s NBADL Coach of the Year, Conner Henry, returns at the helm. Tickets for Mad Ants’ games at the Memorial Coliseum start at just $6.00 each. For Mad Ants’ group ticket discounts and packages, call their office at 260-469-4667.

The IPFW Men’s Basketball team will host the Jacksonville University Dolphins, led by former Mastodons coach Tony Jasick, on Monday, November 24 at 7:00pm. The Mastodons have been picked as the preseason favorite to claim the 2014-15 Summit League basketball crown, while two players, Steve Forbes and Mo Evans, were named to preseason all-league squads. Tickets start at $10.50 and IPFW students are free with an ID on the night of the game.

The Notre Dame and Maryland women’s basketball teams will meet on Wednesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m., in a rematch of their 2014 NCAA tournament semifinal, which the Irish claimed to advance to the national championship game. The contest, part of the ACC-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge, will feature programs both picked to win their respective conferences in preseason voting. For the Irish, junior guard Jewell Lloyd was chosen as the Preseason ACC Player of the Year. Tickets are just $15.00 each for all seats, general admission, and are $9.00 for youth and seniors.

The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters will make their latest stop in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, January 3 at 12:00 p.m. during the 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour. Tickets start at $21.00 each. For information on group and scout tickets can be found at



Nathan Dennison is the Vice President of Sales at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, where he has worked since 2006. He enjoys attending live music and sports events, of all kinds. A favorite part of his job is working with a diverse set of events and helping to inform the greater Fort Wayne region about the variety of options for sports, entertainment and activities, available in the city.

Shrek the Musical Will Be Quality Fun for Your Family!

Everyone’s favorite green ogre is coming to life in Shrek the Musical at Fort Wayne’s Civic Theatre in just a few weeks, and this is a family-friendly event you won’t want to miss!

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Shrek the Musical is a comical story about an ogre named Shrek who sets out to rescue Princess Fiona.  However, Fiona’s parents and loyal attendants expect a prince – not an ogre – to rescue her, and hilarious chaos ensues.  Other character favorites from the Dreamworks movies, like Donkey and The Gingerbread Man, are sure to make Shrek the Musical an entertaining and memorable experience.

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The actors and stage crew have been working hard but having fun at rehearsals.  Says director Doug King, “Every time we work through sections of the show, it seems like the scene we are working on is my new favorite part.  Until we get to the next scene and that one becomes my favorite!  I hope are audiences are challenged with my same burdensome problem.”

I’m a personal fan of both the Shrek movies and the Civic Theatre, so I can guarantee quality performances that will be engaging and fun!


Saturday, Nov 8  2:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 8  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 9  2:00 PM

Friday, Nov 14  8:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 15  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 16  2:00 PM

Friday, Nov 21  8:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 22  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 23  2:00 PM

The Civic Theatre is located in the Arts United building at 303 E. Main St. in downtown Fort Wayne.  Click here for the Civic Theatre’s homepage and here for ticket information.  You can also visit the ArtsTix Community Box Office at 300 E. Main St. for tickets.



Monday – Friday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Amanda Reusser


Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.

WIN TICKETS: Blue Man Group Returns to Fort Wayne

You will be humming the blues when a certain group hits Fort Wayne – or at least, a much more exciting type of blues than you’re probably thinking of.

How does one categorize an entertainment act that defies description? This one has experimental music (but it’s not a musical), dance (but it isn’t a ballet), visual arts, percussive highlights, technology, ghostly things floating about, and much more – and the trio of blue humanoids onstage say nary a word throughout the whole performance.

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Meet the internationally-acclaimed Blue Man Group when they bring their passionate theatrical experience for the whole family to Fort Wayne November 13, 2014. They’ll keep you engaged and laughing – with bathroom words like “butt,” “tush,” “shake your booty,” and “buns” flashing in the background during one song.

Blue Man Group was founded in 1987 by Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton and has received kudos worldwide for its creativity, not only on stage but also with various television appearances and their children’s museum exhibit.

The humanoid creatures with blue makeup and bald caps keep the laughs (and gasps) going in their variety show. They have delighted audiences on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic, and in numerous theaters worldwide. The performance artists have been on many tours, produced soundtracks and have won awards and nominations.

The Baltimore Sun raves, “Blue Man Group packs a wallop. It’s a big, loud, funny, silly, visually arresting production!”

According to other reviews, “This is a show that you wonder if the creators were smoking something when they came up with the idea. . . . It really is very entertaining and mind-blowing. I’ve seen it 4 times now and it still hasn’t let me down. It is a pretty relaxed show so you don’t really need to dress like you are going to the opera. Just go, expecting to have fun. . . . It is non-stop with constant mixed audience participation. The kids loved it!”

The show begins at 7:30 pm Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Embassy Theatre is located at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Tickets ($62.50, $50, $30) can be purchased through the Embassy Theatre box office (260) 424-5665, all Ticketmaster locations,, or charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000. Visit for more information.

A caveat: The Embassy Theatre is a historic venue. There are no elevators to the Loge and Balcony sections.




Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .

WIN TICKETS: The Second City comes to the Summit City November 7th

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You’ll laugh like you’ve never thought possible at this show!

If you’re a fan of Saturday Night Live, you’ll go crazy over The Second City’s 55th Anniversary Tour, Nov. 7 at the Embassy Theatre. Why? Many of comedy’s
biggest names got their start with The Second City Touring Company, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Bill Murray, Jason Sudeikis, Key & Peele’s Keegan ­Michael Key and Saturday Night Live’s current “Weekend Update” co­-anchor, Cecily Strong.  In other words, Second City is the motherload when it comes to comedy.

So what exactly is Second City, besides a group of people who will make you laugh?  According to their website, “The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theatres in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centers in those cites as well as Hollywood, 11 full time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called “A Comedy Empire” by the New York Times.” This legendary comedy theatre troupe has resident stages in Chicago, Toronto, and Touring Ensembles entertaining over 1,000,000 guests each year! That’s a lot of people!

And this “empire” will have you rolling on the floor in laughter, I hear. The Second City format is a two-act revue – primarily scripted – followed by a third act of improvisation. The improv is when it gets the most interesting!

So come see the superstars of tomorrow entertain you in a way you never thought possible. Fair warning: You might laugh ’til your face hurts!

Tickets for The Second City’s 55th Anniversary Tour are between $42 and $47 and can be purchased online.  I can tell you from personal experience, there really is no bad seat in the house. Plus, if you’re in to nostalgia, this theatre takes the cake.

And, you can register to WIN TICKETS here!


Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website:

WIN TICKETS: Cirque du Soleil, Dralion – The Farewell Tour – Coming to Fort Wayne!

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to Las Vegas. Keep them raised if you’ve been to Vegas AND been lucky enough to catch a show from Cirque du Soleil. Color me jealous! While I’ve been to Sin City a handful of times, sadly a live Cirque show is still on my bucket list. But not for long! The Farewell Tour of the long-running Cirque du Soleil,  Dralion will be flying into the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in November! Forgive the excessive exclamations, but I am excited!

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November 5-9 at the Coliseum

Let’s get right to the details. There are six shows, running from November 5-9.

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Here’s how Cirque describes the show:

Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative colour: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, Man and Nature are one, and balance is achieved.

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Man and Nature are one.

Click here for a preview!

Dralion will make its final appearance in January 2015. It has been performed in over 150 cities and has been in production since 1999Since May 2009, Dralion has been performed in arenas around the world, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town. This November, it’s Fort Wayne’s turn!
To order tickets, click here. Reserved tickets: $37.00; $57.00; $77.00; $97.00; $127.00
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The Coliseum is located at 4000 Parnell Avenue in Fort Wayne.  Don’t forget parking! $5 for the main lot and $8 for the preferred lot.

See you at the show!

And, you can register to WIN TICKETS!

Wendy Sack


Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.