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Last Saturday features food, music in downtown Fort Wayne

Feb. 23 offers fun, music and food during the Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District's Last Saturday event. Music lovers will enjoy downtown Fort Wayne Saturday evening with a wide variety of live performances including Down the Line with classic rock at the Embassy Theatre, jazz at the Gas House or Club Soda, an electronic show at the Dash In and acoustic pop with The Bergamot at C2G Music Hall. If that’s not enough variety, there are more groups playing at J K O'Donnell's, Pembroke Bakery, Columbia Street West, Calhoun Street Soup Salad and Spirits and the Brass Rail.

There are a variety of activities for residents to “Experience Art. Discover Downtown.” Many Last Saturday activities are free or offered at a discounted rate. The Cultural District of Fort Wayne is a hub of activity every weekend but the Last Saturday is deliberately full of artistic experiences for a variety of interests.

During the day, families can enjoy one of the last weekends at the Headwaters Ice Rink or visit the Botanical Conservatory, History Center or Science Central with special discounts. Art lovers can see the Regional University Exhibition at Artlink or the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. FAME is offering a Fusion of Concert Colors, working with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and having children listen to a music selection and create their own artwork inspired by the music.

Options for dance enthusiasts include the Fort Wayne Ballet presenting "Folk Tales" in the morning and the Mikautadze Dance Theatre will take place in the evening. For history buffs, Dr. Melissa Rinehart will give a free lecture about her new book, sponsored by ARCH. Film lovers can see "Hitchcock" on the Cinema Center big screen or "The Dead Will Rise 2" at the Midnight Movie.

Along with Arts United, Visit Fort Wayne and the City of Fort Wayne, the Downtown Improvement District continues the Last Saturdays concept as an opportunity to promote community arts and cultural assets. Last Saturdays attracts visitors downtown to experience diverse social, arts and cultural opportunities every month.

The schedule of activities is posted online at, or

Last Saturday schedule
February 23, 2013
The Botanical Conservatory
Mighty Jungle Adventure
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
$1 off admission
1100 S. Calhoun St.

Science Central
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
1/2 off admission
1950 N. Clinton St.

Folktales at Fort Wayne Ballet
10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Auer Center for Arts & Culture
300 E. Main St.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards  (Feb 10 – April 7)
The exhibition includes hundreds of works of art and writing by talented young people in our region taught by educators committed to creative achievement in their classrooms. The high caliber of entries from this area has propelled Northeast Indiana – Northwest Ohio to one of the top regions for National awards given in the past few years.
Free to members; 
$7 for adults; $5 students (K-college); $12 for families
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
311 E. Main St.

Fun & Free Lectures
Dr. Melissa Rinehart, linguistic anthropologist and author, will give a talk about her new book.
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Auer Center for the Arts
300 E. Main St.

Regional University Exhibition – Visual Art Faculty from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Huntington University and the University of Saint Francis will each display one piece of their artwork. 
AVA Award Winners Exhibit – Winners in the nine categories will display their artwork.
Plastic Fantastic: A Toy Camera Show - The exhibit was curated by Cara Lee Wade and the Artist Panel. Photographs were created through the use of Holga Cameras and other toy cameras.
Paintings by artists Gwen Gutwein and Heather Houser will be on display in the Betty Fishman Gallery.
300 E. Main St.
Suggested $2 donation

Headwaters Park Ice Rink
11 a.m.–10 p.m. (end March 3rd!)
Regular Admission
Public Skating
333 South Clinton St.

History Center
noon – 5 p.m.
1/2 price admission
See Allen County Innovation, our new PERMANENT exhibition gallery
JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House
1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Possum Trot Orchestra
Free Admission. Possum Trot Orchestra brings a balmy roots vibe to those Hoosiers ready to receive. Children welcome.
Fusion Kick Off
Fusion of Concert Colors: Each year FAME partners with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic to select an orchestral work reflecting the year’s cultural focus. Children listen to this music and then create their own original artwork inspired by the music.
2 p.m.
Arts United Center
303 E. Main St.

Pembroke Bakery
Coffee and Jam
Music by Alicia Pyle and Fernando Tarango
6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Auer Center for the Arts
300 E. Main Street

Mikautadze Dance Theatre
6:30 p.m.
Arts United Center Gallery
303 E. Main St.

Don Hall’s Gashouse
Music by Joe Stabelli
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
No Cover
305 E. Superior St.

The Embassy Theatre
Down the Line: 7 Year Itch, presented by Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
A greatest-hits show featuring select bands from the first six Down the Line shows. Legendary classic-rock covers from rock-solid local bands.
Talking Heads as performed by Fawn Liebowitz.
Billy Joel by The Orange Opera.
Paul Simon from Lee Miles and the Illegitimate Sons.
Stevie Wonder from Ty Causey
Journey from Brother.
7 p.m.
Tickets for this all-ages show on Feb. 23 are $15. at the Embassy Theatre box office, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., all other Ticketmaster locations and

UNWIND/Fort Wayne Electronic Music Present:
An Evening of Electronic Music at the Dash-In
Join Fort Wayne artists Dry Valleys (Adam Meyer, Sacred Phrases label), Plural Pines (Kyle Steury from Metavari), Josh Elias and Adejai (Josh Helton) for an evening of experimental ambient, down tempo electronic, techno and house music.
No Cover, 21+
8 p.m.
814 South Calhoun St.

C2G Music Hall
The Bergamot
8 p.m.
$12 advance/$15 door
323 West Baker Street

Club Soda
Dave Latchaw Trio
9:30 p.m.
No Cover
235 E. Superior Street

Columbia Street West
One Eyed Wookie
10 p.m.
135 West Columbia Street

The Brass Rail
Vagabonds, Vertual Vertigo, Pseudo Slang
10 p.m.
1121 Broadway

Cinema Center
 $8 General Admission; 
$6.50 Students & Seniors; $5 Cinema Center Members; $4 Student & Senior Cinema Center Members
 $3; IPFW & Saint Francis Students w/ID

Midnight Movie: "The Dead Will Rise 2"
Cheap beer for $1 donation!
11:59 p.m.
437 East Berry Street;

Near downtown:

Calhoun Street Soups, Salad and Spirits
Mickey Factz, J Tubbs, Amfj, T Zank, Cosmo Louie
8 p.m.; $12 advance/$15 door; 1915 South Calhoun St.