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.

Stoner’s Funstore Offers Fun for Any Occasion!

With Halloween just around the corner, come check out Stoner’s Funstore for your last-minute costume, accessories, and any other dress-up needs!

Named after the owner Dick Stoner, a nationally-renowned magician, Stoner’s has been in downtown Fort Wayne since 1949, but I visited this store for the first time just a few weeks ago with a friend.  We had a blast browsing the wide array of elaborate, creepy and comical costumes!

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Who WOULDN’T want to dress up as the King of Pop?

My favorites were the Medieval costumes, because I have a fetish for Medieval culture.  I appreciated the costumes because they looked more authentic than cheesy.  I liked the Michael Jackson outfit, too, complete with a white, sequined glove.

Customers can purchase costumes or rent them online.  The website is comprehensive and well-organized, but I recommend popping into the store and meeting the owners, who are very personable and passionate about helping people have fun with dressing up.

Need a mask or wig?  You’ll definitely find what you’re looking for at Stoner’s, whether it’s something flirty or scary, ghoulish or animal, childish or adult-themed.  The store also sells a lot of face paint and makeup in the fall in preparation for Fort Wayne’s annual Fright Night Zombie Walk.

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Masks for the not-so-faint-of-heart!

There’s more to Stoner’s than just dress-up items, though.

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There are kid-friendly toys, like rod puppets, and quirky gifts for superhero aficionados. And who can forget Mr. Stoner’s magic store?

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Not into dressing up for Halloween? That’s ok. Grab a superhero bowl for your favorite Halloween candy!

This really is a fun place for all ages, so make Stoner’s a stop in your Halloween shopping, and be sure to come back for more at Christmas time!

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Come visit Stoner’s Funstore online here or downtown at 712 Harrison St.


Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 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.

Cinema Center has your Halloween Horrorshows

Throughout John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” a babysitter and her ward shift their attention from a late night movie marathon on television to the real horror show lurking outside. This deliberate collapse of what scares us safely and what actually terrifies us is a well documented attribute of American Horror fiction. It’s quite possible that Halloween as we know it today wouldn’t be the same without the heavy influence of horror film and television. Taking on this gallantly ghoulish tradition, the Cinema Center will be hosting a few horrific films to keep your blood churning all Halloween season long.

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Despite the misnomer early film was never purely silent. Whether accompanied by music, a narrator (more of a carnival barker really), or a noisy crowd, sound and moving image have had a close kinship. The filmgoing experience finds more of its tradition in vaudeville and carnivals. Now the Cinema Center will be bringing a piece of this experience to the Fort with a screening of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 vampire film “Nosferatu” accompanied by live music from “The End Times Spasm Band“.

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Speaking with Jonah Crismore, the Cinema Center’s Executive Director, two previously successful screenings with live music performed had been accompanied by the “Andrew Alden Ensemble.” Showings of “Night of the Living Dead” and “The Phantom of the Opera” both proved successful ventures. But what excites Crismore even more about this “Nosferatu” screening is the participation of an entirely local band.

“I think there has been more of an effort to incorporate local music into artistic programming, but with the amount of local music in Ft. Wayne, I really believe there is an opportunity to do so regularly.”

Having previously worked in a nonprofit music venue, I asked if Crismore was looking forward to bringing some of at his past experience with live music into a now nontraditional setting.

“I am not really looking at any of my past experiences…With Nosferatu and the rest of the silent film series, I really want the live music to help connect the dots between sound and image during a theatrical experience.”

With an expanded lineup including a horn section you can expect “The End Times Spasm” to deliver a rich musical environment. Check out their blog for more updates on their process.

“Nosferatu” accompanied by “The End Times Spasm Band” will be held on Friday, October 24th at 7:30pm.

In case you’re craving some contemporary flavor the Cinema Center will also be holding two Midnight screenings of Kevin Smith’s latest horror comedy feature “Tusk”. Both loved and maligned by critics and horror movie fanatics the film stars Justin Long as a podcast host and Michael Parks as a sequestered dilettante explorer whom Long interviews. However, the explorer’s affinity for walruses takes some rather unexpected and gruesome turns.

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“Tusk” will screen at Midnight on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st.

You can find ticketing information and keep up with all of the upcoming events at the Cinema Center website.

As Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel kind of said “We’ll see ghoul at the movies!” (I couldn’t help myself).

Andy Helmkamp


Andy is a recent arrival from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he studied film theory and cultural criticism and spent time working with the Milwaukee Film Festival. There was also a lot of roasting and buying coffee thrown in there for good measure. Currently working for the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art and the Allen County Public Library, he's looking forward to exploring all the Fort has to offer. Chances are you'll find him at the Cinema Center, biking, writing, and running (from nothing in particular...weird right?), and pretending to know way more about craft beer than what he actually does.

Winterize, Remodel and Learn to Cook at Fall Home Design Expo

Looking to add value to your home? Prep it for the cold winter ahead? Or fine-tune your cooking skills? Head to the Fall Home Design Expo Oct. 24-26 at Memorial Coliseum!

The one-stop-shop remains a central hub for homeowners to connect with scores of high-quality exhibitors as it relates to kitchens, baths, carpet, doors, windows, insulation, room additions, home building, mortgages, roofing, decks, cabinets, refinishing, basements and more.

Show features include:

  • The Indiana Wine Experience. Enjoy a “grape” evening from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 with wine tastings, food pairings, live music, Wine & Canvas painting lessons, silent auction, giveaways and more!

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  • Fun Fall Kids Zone. Kids will love the safe indoor trick-or-treat and spooktacular costume contest from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, along with face painting and balloon art.
  • Taste of Home Cooking School. Culinary Specialist Karen Davis will share home cooking tips, offer up door prizes and break down fabulous fall recipes at 11a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

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  •  Giveaways. Homeowners can enter-to-win a Cambria vanity countertop valued at $2,300, along with many others!

On Sunday, the Fort Wayne Winter Farmers Market will relocate to the Coliseum to offer up an array of home-based food, fresh produce, crafts and natural products.


Fall Home Design Expo
October 24-26
Memorial Coliseum
Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Expo Admission: Adults $10 (includes Taste of Home Cooking School Saturday); children 12 & under free; $3 coupons online; re-admittance valid all weekend.

Taste of Home Cooking School: Limited advance ticket sales available through (includes preferred seating, a meet greet, autographed Taste of Home cookbook and gift bag).

The Indiana Wine Experience: $19/per adult (age 21+), or $30/per couple.



Kristen Guthrie is the Marketing Manager at Visit Fort Wayne, where she has the pleasure of sharing Fort Wayne with our potential visitors! She loves exploring downtown and taking her 5-year old son to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, where he knows more about the animals than she ever will!

Mamma Mia! and SHREK the Musical Are Coming to Fort Wayne!

Fort Wayne has the best in Broadway whether it is a singing ogre or Swedish pop from the 70′s.

Believe it or not, Fort Wayne is bringing some of the best Broadway shows to you and your family (without the need of plane tickets or booking a hotel room.) That’s right, the world’s favorite ogre named Shrek and some of the soothing sounds of Sweden via Mamma Mia! are taking the stage here in Fort Wayne. Beautiful venues like the Embassy Theater and the Arts United Center are giving us a chance to see some of the best of what New York City stage entertainment has to offer at some of Indiana’s largest and historical theaters.

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Embassy Theatre
Monday, October 20, 2014

Mama Mia Mamma Mia! and SHREK the Musical Are Coming to Fort Wayne!

Mamma Mia! is a legendary and timeless musical that offers fun for all ages. Mamma Mia! is a show that covers romance, friendship, and laughter with music that includes many ABBA hits (especially if it happens to be on a Friday night and the lights are low… or if you’re just looking for a place to go.)

Mamma Mia! has it all as it has successfully conveyed its message through many different adaptations whether onstage or in film. Make sure you check out Mamma Mia! once it airs to see how well they took advantage of the fact that they weren’t allowed only one set piece or location to tell the story. Also throw in the fact that you’ve got Pierce Brosnan and one of the best actresses of our time Meryl Streep to help tell this story that takes place on a Greek island. Come for the ABBA hits and stay for the wedding climax that you were hoping for.


SHREK the Musical
Arts United Center
November 8-23, 2014

Shrek Musical Mamma Mia! and SHREK the Musical Are Coming to Fort Wayne!SHREK the Musical has just about everything that you’d expect and more when it comes to an ogre and his delightful group of pals (ranging from talking animals to humans.) Based on the Academy Award winning DreamWorks film, SHREK the Musical brings the characters you’ve seen on the silver screen to the stage in this spectacle that must be seen for all ages.

The stage production of Shrek follows the story of a princess, a talking donkey with serious attitude, a string of familiar fairy tale faces/characters, a short tempered bad guy, and of course our unlikely hero of this story… an ogre named Shrek. Watch your favorite animated film in live action with brand new songs, an amazing set, and nothing but fun for anyone interested in what this irreverent comedy has in store for them or loved ones. With a long list of new songs added to the musical that may be hummed to oneself after the show is over, come see the princess be shocked when witnessing her prince charming/ogre for the first time, and then eventually turn into an ogre herself.  Stay for the heartwarming ending once the musical is ogre (or when the fairy tale puns cease.)

An excellent activity to do with the family would be to watch it again on TV or internet for home before you go to make comparisons between the film and the play. Aside from the fact that they brought computer animation to life, check out how they used their imaginations to successfully tell a story with live action (and somehow keep the idea of talking animals believable on the stage.)


When it comes to bringing the experience of Broadway to Fort Wayne, the world is a stage and the plays could possibly inspire some unconventional song or dance breaks for some of your casual conversations in your immediate future (after witnessing these theatrical works of genius.)

Kaila Strong


Kaila is a technology blogger and active online as a writer for over ten years. Her passions include technology, business, travel and much more. She has fond memories of Fort Wayne, spending summers with her grandmother as a child and is also a continued supporter of local businesses in the area.