Travel Back to the 60s with Hair

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Broadway at the Embassy presents Hair on March 11.

Ah, the good old days of, “Let the Sunshine In” and “Aquarius” are making a rousing comeback to the Fort on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 when Broadway at the Embassy brings Hair to the Embassy stage.

The rock musical tour is giving only one performance at the Embassy Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  Baby boomers, if you recall the days of tie-dyed shirts, sandals, and the 2-fingered “Peace!” sign, you’ll be ready for a nostalgic trip back down the years of your youth.

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Celebrate the Age of Aquarius with the cast of Hair!

The exuberant 1960s program highlights a group of young folks searching for peace and love during the anti-Vietnam War days.  Probably the one thing the earlier, first audiences remember most back then was the dimly-lit 20-sceond scene of total frontal nudity of the cast, and indeed, the Embassy website cautions that the controversial performance is for “mature audiences,” and that parental discretion is advised, especially for the 12-and-under crowd.  There are, “profanity, nudity and simulated drug use” throughout the show.

The run time is two hours and 25 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. Tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling the Embassy box office at 260 424 5665.  The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon – Friday, or visit  the Embassy Theatre website.You can also find more information at Visit Fort Wayne.

Hope to see you at the second dawning of the Age of Aquarius on March 11, at what has been termed as “the ultimate rock musical!”

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 . . .

Disney on Ice Brings Fun for Everyone! – Plus a Chance to WIN TICKETS

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Catch all of your favorite Disney princesses and princes at Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes!

When I was a preteen, my family and I received Disney on Ice tickets from a family friend.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I still talk highly about, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to people of all ages!

The show we saw was Beauty and the Beast on Ice.  We had floor seats and could still easily see all aspects of the performance.

I remember being the most fascinated by the costumes.  Belle’s dresses were lovely, and the Beast’s costume closely resembled the character in the Disney film.  I remember being enchanted with the adorable dish characters that glided gracefully on the ice, even though they didn’t have legs in the movie.  More importantly, I remember the feeling when the skaters looked me in the eye as they performed.  It made me realize this wasn’t your typical performance; it was an opportunity for the skaters to engage with the audience as they performed.

This year from March 6-9, Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes will entertain you at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  Past princesses (Snow White and Cinderella), modern princesses (Tiana and Rapunzel), and some in between (Jasmine and Belle) are just a few of the highlights of this show.  Aladdin and Prince Eric will make some memorable appearances, and Prince Philip will fight the evil queen, Maleficent, as she transforms into a dragon!

The skaters’ flawless acrobatic abilities are incredible, and adults will appreciate the combination of professional skating with timeless children’s stories.

The awe-inspiring experience has been one that I’ll always remember, and I guarantee you will, too!

Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes will be at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (4000 Parnell Ave.) on Thursday, March 6 and will have shows multiple times per day until Sunday, March 9. The show times are as follows:

Thursday, March 06 2014 7:00 PM
Friday, March 07 2014 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 08 2014, 11:00 AM
Saturday, March 08 2014 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 08 2014 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 09 2014 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 09 2014 5:00 PM

Tickets range from $15.50 to $45.50 with Opening Night tickets starting at $12.50. Tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum Box Office, or through ticketmaster.

For more information on Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes, check out Visit Fort Wayne, the Memorial Coliseum website, or Disney on Ice.

YOU CAN WIN TICKETS TOO! Simply visit the Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes contest page on Visit Fort Wayne, and enter for your chance to win 4 tickets to the show – plus much more!

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.

Moulin Rouge – The Ballet comes to Fort Wayne! – And You Can WIN Tickets!

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Experience Moulin Rouge as you have never seen it before at the Embassy Theatre.

Hey, all you flappers-at-heart, toss a colorful feathery boa around your neck, kick up your heels, and come to the most-famed cabaret (aka the Embassy Theatre) in history on March 5, 2014 for Moulin Rouge -  The Ballet!

You’ll thrill to the high-stepping choreography and incredible talent in one of the world’s most popular song-and-dance presentations, set in turn-of-the-century Paris with a French soundtrack.  (You’ll leave the theatre, whistling the catchy melodies!)

According to the internet, the event depicts the story of love, ambition and heartbreak between Matthew and Nathalie.  Young emotions will showcase themselves sensually through the ancient passions of music and footwork.  The entertainment is such that the audience will emotionally be on the streets of Paris along with the star-crossed lovers and dancers with their dizzying array of costumes, meant to spirit onlookers gloriously away from mundane cares and concerns.  (Prepare to be wowed!)

Tickets are on sale now and are priced at $65, $55, $45 and $35, available through ticketmaster or call the box office at 260 424 5665.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. The Embassy Theatre is located at 125 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

Come feel the joy!  See you in March – and don’t forget the boa!

 

AND YOU CAN WIN TICKETS! Visit the Moulin Rouge contest page and register to win two tickets to the show, along with other goodies!

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 . . .

Planning the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date

Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year and that means the pressure is on.  With the ultimate day for romance falling on a Friday night you can’t just let it slip by with a small box of chocolates or a simple bouquet of flowers like you might do if it were on a busy workday.  We have some ideas that will make celebrating Valentine’s Day in Fort Wayne special and easy to plan.

A romantic getaway

Why worry about all of the planning and preparation when you can leave it to the experts?  Consider planning a weekend getaway to the LaSalle Bed and Breakfast.  They’ll provide you with everything from roses in your room to massages and breakfast in bed.  Their beautiful rooms immediately invoke a sense of romance and classic sophistication.   Spend the day curled up by the fire with a great book or venture out into downtown for coffee, the Fort Wayne Farmers Market, and dinner out on the town.  Whether you spend your entire visit locked away in your room or taking in Downtown Fort Wayne, you’re sure to find romance.

 

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Satek made for a perfect date

Toast to romance

Northeast Indiana has some of the best wineries the state has to offer.  Valentine’s Day is a great day to try them out!  Area wineries include Two EE’s Winery, a winery born out of the love owners Eric and Emily share for one another and winemaking; Country Heritage Winery nestled on a family farm that’s more than 100 years old; Oak Hill Winery, focusing on naturally made wine in old fashioned methods; or Satek Winery, a local favorite.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

The Phil Pops Series: Behind the Mask will take place at the Embassy Theatre in downtown Fort Wayne on Saturday February 15.  The show features the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber including music from The Phantom of the Opera, CATS, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked, Chicago, A Chorus Line and Spamalot.  Tickets are on sale now through The Phil website.  Be sure to make reservations for dinner downtown at one of the great eateries like Club Soda, the Oyster Bar, or the Bourbon Street Hideaway.

Celebrate early with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir at The Philmore on Broadway

The Philmore on Broadway will be hosting the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir’s “Swingin’ Singin’ Soiree” on Saturday February 8.  This classic dinner theatre event will showcase talents of notable local voices along side the professionally trained voices of the Children’s Choir.  The Philmore is an exceptional venue, evoking that classic romantic feel of dinner theatre and the performances are sure to entertain you and your date.

For more romantic ideas for you and your Valentine, check out Visit Fort Wayne.

Michelle

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Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.

Fort Wayne Welcomes IMEA

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The Indiana Music Educators Association returns to the Summit City and Grand Wayne Convention Center this week for their annual professional development conference, as well as the IMEA Celebration of Music. This event will bring 3,000 attendees over 3 days to Fort Wayne! The goal of the IMEA Professional Development Conference is to focus on and improve the educational development for educators from elementary school through college.

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There will be many namd, and other ensemble, performances throughout the IMEA Celebration of Music

During the conference there will be a number of concerts and presentations from school’s across the state open to the public at the IMEA Celebration of Music. This mini-festival will showcase some of the best of the best in music from all around the state! These include choirs, bands, orchestras, and many other unique musical ensembles. The performances will take place on Friday and Saturday and will be spread out throughout downtown. There are three performance locations for the public to view these amazing performances: First Presbyterian Church, The Grand Wayne and Convention Center, and the Allen County Public Library Main Branch.

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Don’t miss the Dekalb Show Choir’s perform on Saturday.

The groups performing during the IMEA Celebration of Music come from Indiana middle school’s, high school’s and university’s – bringing a unique scope of song. One of the unique acts appearing will be the Charleston High School ScaliWags out of Charleston, Indiana, an acapella group that has competed in national acapella competitions. You can find their performance at 10:30am on Friday morning at First Presbyterian Church. Another great group coming to the IMEA Celebration of Music is the Ball State University Symphony Band. This collegiate group is comprised of approximately 65 undergraduate and graduate students who have attained an exceptional level of proficiency on their instruments, making them some of the best musicians in BSU’s music program. They will perform at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in conference room C on Saturday at 9:30am. Don’t miss the performance by the Dekald High School Showchoir’s – Classic Connection and Sound Sensation.  Both of these groups put on a full set of songs with singing, dancing, costumes and more. You can catch them at the Grand Wayne Convention Center Anthony Wayne Ballroom at 1pm Saturday.

Here is a full list of all of the wonderful performances you can attend during the IMEA Celebration of Music:

Friday, January 24, 2014

10:30 am
Charlestown High School ScaliWags – First Presbyterian Church
Riverside Jr High School Band – Grand Wayne Center Conference C

12:00 pm
Indiana All State Jazz Ensemble & Combo – Allen County Public Library Theatre

1:00 pm
Indiana State University Concert Choir – First Presbyterian Church
Zionsville High School Orchestra – Grand Wayne Convention Center Conference C

2:30 pm
Dekalb HS Jazz Band – Allen County Public Library Theatre
Time for Three – TBD

4:00 pm
Lafayette Jefferson HS Wind Symphony – Grand Wayne Convention Center Conference C

Saturday January 25, 2014

9:30 am

Ball State Symphony Band – Grand Wayne Convention Center Conference C
Discovery Middle School Orchestra – Anthony Wayne Ballroom
Composers Chamber Concert – Allen County Public Library Theatre

11:00 am
Depauw University Chamber Choir – First Presbyterian Church
Matt Pivec Trio – Allen County Public Library Theatre

1:00 pm
Hamilton Southeastern Jr High Orchestra – Grand Wayne Convention Center Conference C
Avon Saxophone Ensemble – Allen County Public Library Theatre
Indiana All State Percussion Ensemble – Grand Wayne Center Calhoun A-E
Dekalb HS Show Choir – Grand Wayne Center Anthony Wayne Ballroom

2:00 pm
Carmel HS Wind Symphony – Grand Wayne Center Conference C

4:00 pm
Butler University Jazz Band – Allen County Public Library Theatre
Indiana University Singing Hoosiers – Grand Wayne Center Anthony Wayne Ballroom

For more information on the IMEA Professional Development Conference, or the IMEA Celebration of Music performances, check out Visit Fort Wayne online. Or, give us a call at 800.767.7752.

Katie

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Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.