As Summertime Approaches, Enjoy the “Days of Gold” with Country Star Jake Owen

Summertime and country music always seem to go together don’t they? Well, it’s not quite summer yet but you can get a taste of the country music on Thursday, May 1 when country music star Jake Owen comes to the Fort!

Owen, who first hit the country music scene in 2006, will be live in concert for the 7 p.m. show at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, conveniently located near retail shopping and dining options on the city’s north side.
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Owen’s tour will feature many of the hit songs from his fourth studio album, aptly titled “Days of Gold.” Some of Owen’s most popular singles include “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “The One That Got Away.” Owen is known for his personal drive for self-improvement, his desire to experiment with music and the refreshment he brings to the country music scene.

Tickets for the show start at $20 each and are available at Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com. The Coliseum is located at 4000 Parnell Ave.

Insider Tip: With this concert being on a Thursday night, why not make a weekend trip of it? There’s still time to plan a getaway to Fort Wayne. All the resources you need are available at VisitFortWayne.com!

About

Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.

Auer Performance Auditorium

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Outside view of the Rhinehart Music Center, which houses the Auer Performance Auditorium

Welcome to Auer Performance Auditorium, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne’s biggest stage venue and one of the newest performance halls in Fort Wayne.

If you are planning to attend a show at Auer Auditorium, be prepared for great acoustics and good lighting. The audience area is set up in different levels. The wide, sloped floor space has a number of wheel-chair accessible seats in the front, center and back rows. The raised seats towards the center back of the auditorium are reachable by either the elevator or from twin sets of stairs that spread up from the first floor seating area. And the upper balcony, which is best reached by stairs from either the auditorium or the stairwell behind the auditorium, offers the best view overall.

Whichever seat you choose, you will have a great line of sight for the entire stage. The stage is very open, with no curtains or wings to block your view. Spread out in a graceful clam shell shape, the stage dips into the front seating area, and includes an orchestra pit which is usually covered over and used as more stage space. A double tier of balconies encircles the back of the stage. Depending on the event, sometimes the balconies are used for banner displays but they are also used by the choir, which is able to spread out so that each singer is clearly visible.

For the performer, the stage is a comfortable place to be. The gentle curve of the stage into the seats, and the gradual elevation of chairs make you feel like you’re not that far away from the audience. While the stage lights are bright, having the audience right there and not too far down below gives a more relaxed feeling to the performance.

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From the stage of the Auer Performance Auditorium, looking out towards the three seating areas. Large shades cover the north-facing windows during performances.

Backstage, there is plenty of room for performers to warm up, change, and get ready for their time to shine in the spotlight. A green room is immediately off the stage left, complete with a flat screen television mounted on the wall, so you can see what is happening on the stage. Separate dressing rooms and restrooms are also available, for special events. Two sets of double doors swing out from the stage on either side, so it’s easy to wheel in a load of music stands or chairs, if a large group will be onstage. Or, if props or scenery are needed, those big, double doors provide plenty of room to haul materials in and out. A ramp leads up to the stage on the right, while stairs climb up on the left.

Auer Auditorium has hosted many different events, from the IPFW Omnibus Lecture series to Honors Convocations to Fort Wayne Philharmonic and IPFW Community Orchestra concerts, and even nationally touring artists. Receptions can be held in the hall on the east side of the building and space is available for caterers who need to stash supplies for events. A new parking garage is also on the east side of the building, reachable by a covered sidewalk. The parking garage is equipped with electronic sign boards that tell potential parkers how many spaces are available on each floor – definitely a handy thing to know when it’s crowded!

If you haven’t had a chance to experience the Auer Performance Hall on the IPFW campus, why not stop by and take a look? It’s a great way to experience the finest facility one of Fort Wayne’s best universities has to offer.

Louisa

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Louisa is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident. A long-time musician and literature aficionado, Louisa likes to explore the classical music offerings that Fort Wayne has to offer. (She also likes to browse the Allen County Public Library's stacks for just the right book!)

Sweetwater Sound: A musician’s one stop-shop for gear

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There’s no way else to describe it: Sweetwater Sound is a musician’s dream come true. As one of the largest purveyors of and resources for music and audio gear, Sweetwater means business.

Here’s what you can expect when you visit their campus, just off U.S. 30:

Workshops: Sweetwater regularly hosts workshops put on by legendary producers such as Alan Parsons and Chris Lord-Alge, as well as musicians like Joe Satriani, Adrian Belew, Chick Corea, and Victor Wooten. These sessions are open to the public. Just register on their website.

Open Jams: Join other musicians or aficionados the second and fourth Tuesday of the month for a family-friendly Open Acoustic Jam. Held in Sweetwater’s Conference Hall from 5-8pm, these jams are open to players of all skill levels, and guitarists of all ages are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity to connect with other people with similar interests.

Gear Fest: If you’re toying with the idea of buying your own gear, the annual Gear Fest is a great time to see what you’re missing. Scheduled this year for June 6-7, experience exciting giveaways featuring thousands of dollars’ worth of gear, as well as hundreds of manufacturer exhibits and dozens of workshops. And for the best part: it’s free!

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The Academy offers a chance to learn from the best Fort Wayne has to offer.

Academy of Music: Itching to dive into the music world? Here you can take advantage of lessons and classes for guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, voice, and recording. Whether you’re just starting out or taking your skills to the next level, staff can match you with the right instructor for your playing style, personality, and creative goals.

Insider’s Note: The family-friendly environment is ideal for parents waiting or for the time before lessons. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a free arcade, and a wide selection of refreshments.

Although not directly related to their products, their gourmet style cafe is not to be missed. I have eaten here a few times, and I assure you there is something for everyone. Also, it’s worth noting that the LEED-certified building conserves water, energy, and resources. Sweetwater is just plain cool all around!

About

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: www.lcagg.com.

Everyone Can Find Something to Enjoy at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art!

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has always been one of the city’s main attractions, and with a diverse array of fun for everyone, it’s no wonder!

I visited on a Thursday evening, which happened to be a special time for the Museum.  Once a month, the Museum hosts an event called 2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery – a time for local and regional artisans to demonstrate their artistic skills and sell some of their wares.  There were some beautifully knitted slippers, crocheted floral pins and buttoned cowls for sale.

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Fashionable cowls for sale

 

This particular Thursday night was the Fiber Showcase.  I learned how wool can be spun and dyed and observed another artist demonstrating her nuno felting process.

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Paradigm artist Ronia Krieg demonstrates how to weave her wool…

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…after it’s been spun on the spinning wheel.

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Paradigm artist Amy Gunderson explains her fascinating nuno felting process.

If you’re looking for something artistic with a touch of whimsy or class, I highly recommend checking out the Paradigm Gallery gift shop for some unique gifts.  I loved the origami paper crane and kimono earrings, and I have some wedding gift ideas for friends since my visit.

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This beautiful pillow – a patchwork of recycled ties – is for sale in the Paradigm Gallery gift shop.

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Some funky, tie dyed wraps are for sale in the Paradigm Gallery, in honor of the Fiber Showcase.   

There are even child-friendly art games and souvenirs, like the Buddha Board.  You can take a quick look at the gift shop here.

Next to the Paradigm Gallery is the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibition, featuring artwork from students in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.  It honestly had me in awe; it always astounds me how talented teenagers are!

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The 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibition of student artwork

For a list of current and upcoming exhibitions, click here.

Fort Wayne’s Museum of Art is a great asset to the community in many ways, so come pay the Museum a visit and see why!

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is located at 311 E. Main St., online here or on Facebook here, and you can call them at 260-422-6467. For more information on the museum, and upcoming exhibits, check out Visit Fort Wayne.

General Admission:
Free to members 

$7 – adults 
$5 – students (K-college) 
$5 – seniors 65+
$20 – families
Free general admission every Thursday 5-8 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m.

Gallery hours:

Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Monday

Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Amanda Reusser

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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.

Green Day’s Groundbreaking Rock Opera Musical Comes to Fort Wayne – and You Can WIN TICKETS!

Calling all Green Day fans – this is an event you will not want to miss. Not local to Fort Wayne, Indiana? Begin planning your trip and an overnight stay today for this April event!

On April 22, Fort Wayne’s own Embassy Theatre will host a production of American Idiot, a rock opera based on Green Day’s rock opera album of the same name. This musical includes famous Green Day hits including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday” and “21 Guns.” The musical tells the story of three friends who must pick between the safety of suburban life and pursuing their dreams.

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The Embassy Theatre is conveniently located in downtown Fort Wayne and within walking distance of both the Courtyard by Marriott and the Fort Wayne Hilton, two local hotels. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are available via Ticketmaster.com, in person at the theatre box office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone at 800.745.3000.

A review in The New York Times described American Idiot as “thrilling and emotionally charged, as moving as anything on Broadway!” Don’t miss it!

Insider Tip: This show contains adult content and strong language. Make this event a night out for adults, not children.

YOU CAN WIN TICKETS TOO! Simply visit the American Idiot contest page on Visit Fort Wayne, and enter for your chance to win an overnight hotel stay, 2 tickets to the show – plus much more!

About

Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.