Wine and Canvas: Paint the Town!

Wine and Canvas is a great way to spend time with friends and family and you can find them throughout the area in the coming months!

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All Wine and Canvas events are $35 per person except for the Open Studio events. Artists can come to paint anything they wish for $25 on selected dates. They also host Wine and Canvas events at their studio at 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd in southwest Fort Wayne.

Wine and Canvas is a great way to spend time with friends and family! The artists are friendly and provide simple instruction at a brisk, but easy to follow pace. Their facility off Jefferson Boulevard has ample space for a party. I know painting can be intimidating for people who don’t think they are artistic, but Wine and Canvas creates a fun experience for all. Everyone at the event paints the same basic picture, but it could come out so many different ways. Every painting is wonderfully unique.

For those who want specific guidance, the artist stands on a stage and walks everyone through the steps to creating the painting. Essentially, the process was like a color-by-number puzzle from my youth. This time you have the advantage of a live person leading you through the steps.  If you feel like branching out, you can change the colors in your painting. Or you could add background, even characters to your painting! Enjoy wine, snacks, and conversation throughout the evening. Because the instruction is so easy to follow, it creates a relaxing atmosphere. You can chat and laugh and make jokes with those around you, without losing your place in the process.

Specifics: The easiest way to find out when events are scheduled and what days are open for private parties would be to check out the website: http://www.wineandcanvas.com/fort-wayne-in.html.

Holly Perry

About

Holly moved to the Fort Wayne area in 2012 and have enjoyed exploring all of the nifty "things-to-do" around the city! She is an aspiring writer and is currently working on her first novel. Holly lives with her husband, two crazy cats, a bearded dragon, and a ball python. She enjoys exercise in all forms and setting out on adventures during the day, then reads anything and everything she can get her hands on all night!

Los Lobos Howls into Fort Wayne

The wolves are coming!

Or, if you prefer, in Spanish, Los Lobos will be on the prowl at the Foellinger Theatre Summer Concert / Movie Series at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014.

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The Chicano band, begun in 1973 in East Los Angeles, CA, has won multiple Grammy Awards and has produced several albums, compilations, DVDs, singles, and featured singles. Their music is a fusion of rock, country, R & B, cowpunk and time-honored Latin and Mexican boleros, norteños and cumbia, with some music being performed bi-lingually.

Their band lineup consists of David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar, accordion, fiddle), Louie P Pérez (vocals, guitar, drums, chordophone), Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar, baja sexto), Conrad Lozano (vocals, bass, guitarrón mexicano), Steve Berlin (keyboards, horns), and Enrique Gonzalez (drums, percussion).

One of the group’s most famous albums was “La Bamba,” which in 1987 garnered 2 Platinums in the United States. Their fans may also remember their music from “Desperado” (1995), “The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series” (1999), and a featured single, “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights,” performed in 2010 with Rick Trevino.

In 2007, they performed “Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino” and in 2011 they collaborated with other artists for “Use Me” in “The Long Goodbye” with David Bromberg.

Prior to playing at the White House in 2009 Los Lobos toured all over globally, opening for Bob Dylan, U2 and Grateful Dead. Some of their record labels include Mammoth, Warner Brothers and 429 Records.

Tickets are $23 and $30 at the box office at 260-427-6715. The Foellinger Theatre is located at 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park near the Children’s Zoo.

Barb

About

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 . . .

2014-2015 all for One productions Theatre Season Preview

Local theatre group, all for One productions, produces family-friendly and thought-provoking plays seldom seen on other Fort Wayne stages.  This year’s lineup of classic works and area premieres proves to be another great season of moving tales, family drama, exciting adventures and more. Unlike other theatre groups, all for One productions is unique for the area because they are a faith-based theatre organization.  A typical season includes a family show, a classic adaption and a modern piece.  Previous seasons have included Jane Austin’s Emma, An O. Henry Christmas, The Little Princess, The Beams are Creaking, 1984, and The Princess and the Goblin.INT GRAPHIC 231x300 2014 2015 all for One productions Theatre Season Preview

The first show this season is Jeanette Clift George’s Interval.  Originally written and performed for the Houston-based Christian theatre, A.D. Players, this play for two actors is a quirky show that quickly moves from romantic comedy into murder mystery, with the actors playing a dozen different characters.  The story centers on a couple whose chance encounter in a park sparks an unusual friendship.  Lenore, a small town girl from Wisconsin, has just arrived in New York City and meets Alan, a straight-laced businessman waiting in Riverside Park.  At first their friendship is nothing more than a friendly rendezvous, but as their relationship grows, they delve into questions of faith and doubt. After a murder in Lenore’s office, the pair is determined to find out who the murderer is.  As they solve mysteries and expose hidden information, the couple reveals secrets about their own pasts.  This show is one weekend only: Sep. 19-21, 2014 at the Allen County Public Library.

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The second show of the season is the family-friendly A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas.  Fans of the popular series will be pleased to learn that this adaptation, written by Laurie Brooks, focuses on the two years missing from the Little House books, a difficult time when Laura’s brother died and the Ingalls family ran a hotel in Burr Oak, Iowa, a job for which Charles Ingalls was not well suited.  The play will open around the same time Laura Ingalls Wilder’s memoir, Pioneer Girl, will be published.  Director Lauren Nichols describes it as a “charming, sweet, heartwarming play with many roles for juveniles in it.”  Even though the play reveals the complexities of the Ingalls’ lives, Laura’s presence on the stage the entire show softens the view of pioneer life.  This show also includes a lovely musical ensemble that will entertain the whole family.  November 7-9 and 14-16, 2014.

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The third show of the season, Tammy Ryan’s The Music Lesson, focuses on a Bosnian family that has moved to Pittsburgh after the war to rebuild their lives. “This has been on my radar for three or four years,” director Lauren Nichols says of the award-winning play.  Irena and Ivan are musicians who must take on new students in order to make ends meet, but painful memories of their past prevent Irena from taking on new student Kat, whose stubbornness is a strong contrast to the music prodigy Irena left in Sarajevo.  Kat is going through her own civil war as she struggles with her parent’s divorce.  Flashbacks between past and present show how cultures, music, and our relationships can teach and heal us.  February 20-27, Feb. 29-March 1, 2015.

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The final show of the season is the classic tale, Around the World in 80 Days, adapted by Mark Brown. Described by Lauren Nichols as “a big crowd pleaser,” she goes on to say, “Think [of the play] The 39 Steps with a better script.”  Jules Verne’s classic tale involves Phileas Fogg and a wager that he can circumnavigate the world in 80 days, putting his life at risk in this grand adventure.  Although the stage adaptation can’t attempt to show a “real” journey across four continents, creativity can, as trains, elephants, typhoons, and more will delight audiences in this slapstick comedy.  Even more impressive, five actors play 39 characters.  Jeff Salisbury will be directing this whirlwind tale that the whole family will love.  April 24-26, May 1-3 2015.  Check the website for performance location.

Curtain call for Friday and Saturday shows is 7:30 PM.  Sunday curtain time is 2:30 PM.  Performances are currently held at the Allen County Public Library Auditorium.  For ticket information, theatre locations, and times, please visit all for One’s website or call 260-622-4610.

 

Sara Ward

About

Sara Ward is a writer, actress, speaker, teacher, and author of the award-winning play, Skid. She has also written nonfiction articles featured in several publications and short scripts that have been performed around the United States and Canada. She lives in Fort Wayne with her husband and daughter. You can read more of her writings on her blog, Poets and Saints.

A Unique Dining Experience Awaits You at The Bean Café and Teahouse!

What do hula hoops, yoga lessons and a unique plethora of tea and coffee flavors have in common?  They can all be found at The Bean Café and Teahouse on Wells Street.

This is one of my new favorite places in Fort Wayne, and it’s definitely one of the most unique and fun coffee shops I’ve ever discovered!

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Choose a seat anywhere!

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Enjoy a cozy corner

I was immediately intrigued by the retro, funky décor; a Bob Marley painting and toy action figure hanging by the drink menus, and an assortment of vintage furniture creates seating nooks for customers.  I also enjoyed the friendly barista’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles t-shirt – a throwback to my own childhood.

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Unfortunately, I had to order a drink to go and couldn’t stay to enjoy the funky ambiance.  I ordered a hot, Raspberry White Mocha to go, and it was delicious to the last drop!  I’ll have to return soon to sample other delicious coffee flavors on the menu, like Cupcake, Toasted Marshmallow, and Italian Eggnog.  (Bacon is even on the menu for adventurous coffee lovers!)

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Besides the welcoming, laid-back atmosphere and delicious tea and coffee drinks, guests can also engage in yoga lessons on Mondays (donations accepted) and hula hoop workshops on Tuesdays.  Open Mic nights are also on Tuesday evenings, from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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There is something for everyone to enjoy here, and I can’t wait to return!  For a savory drink in a memorable, bohemian atmosphere, The Bean Café and Teahouse is the place to be!

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Check out the Café’s Facebook page for current events.  Visit the Café in-person at 1008 N. Wells St.  (Beside the Wells Street Bridge)

Hours: 

Mon: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Tue: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

Wed – Thu: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Fri: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

Sat: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Sun: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

 

260-420-5000

Amanda Reusser

About

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.

B.B. King and Lucille Come to the Fort!

 Blues guitar great B.B. King will bring his music to the Embassy Theatre on October 4, 2014.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician was ranked # 6 on the 2011 Rolling Stone magazine list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time and # 16 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.”

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He was also inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and won at least 15 Grammy Awards, including one for what is arguably still his most recognized song, “The Thrill is Gone.”

The King of Blues, now in his late 80s, continues to perform several hundred concerts a year with his beloved Gibson ES-355 B.B. King Signature guitar “Lucille.”  Speaking of which, the Gibson Guitar Corporation is offering Lucille instruments to the public for $3,799, on its website and in certain stores.  King’s own custom Lucille is far more tricked out and likely cost near $10,000.  (As a longtime ES-335 guitar owner and instructor myself, I was intrigued to learn that King’s ebony with-gold -hardware guitar was customized to omit the f-holes.  I’m not sure why but I’ve yet to play an ES-355, so don’t know if it makes a difference in the sound or not)

The talented guitar improviser has guest-appeared in several TV shows and also recorded several dozen studio albums over the years.  He has performed worldwide with artists Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Gladys Knight, Bo Diddley and many more. Literally, hundreds of awards have graced King’s performances such as the Kennedy Center Honors, Polar Music Prize (from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush, and been named one of the 10 best electric guitarist of all time by TIME Magazine, to list only a few.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Embassy Theatre box office (260.424.5665; 125 West Jefferson Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46802) or Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000; www.ticketmaster.com).  Tickets range from $46.65-86.05 with orchestra pit, main floor seat and balcony seating.

Come to the Embassy on October 4, and be prepared to touch greatness.

Barb

About

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 . . .