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Experience Art. Discover Downtown.

Every month on the Last Saturday, downtown Fort Wayne offers a wide variety of activities. The goal for the Cultural District is to attract visitors downtown to experience diverse social, arts, and cultural opportunities. There are events for every age and interest. Last Saturdays is a great way for individual artists and organizations to share their message with a large, built-in audience, and create vibrancy in downtown Fort Wayne. Let us know about your downtown event on a Last Saturday by emailing Tanya at Tanya@DowntownFortWayne.com.

LAST-SAT-FEB

February 28, 2015, Last Saturdays Schedule:

Changing Tides
Botanical Conservatory
1100 S Calhoun St
Now – April 5

This winter, the Botanical Conservatory invites internationally-known artist Sayaka Ganz to create an imaginative seascape in the midst of our lush Showcase Garden using recycled materials. Discarded everyday items such as plastic forks, knives and bowls are reborn with new purpose and meaning as the artist transforms them into colorful and lifelike sculptures of jellyfish, kelp, dolphins and coral reef. You can practice seeing the possibilities for yourself as you try your hand with “one man’s trash” in our hands-on Discovery Gallery. Adults $5, Children (ages 3-17) $3, Age 2 and under FREE

Headwaters Park Ice Rink
Headwaters Park
Now – Mar 1

Outdoor ice skating rink Call the rink office at 422-7625 $3 ages 13 & under; $5 ages 14 & over; $2 skate rental Visitors Free, Free Parking

Science Central
1950 N Clinton St
Now – May 17

Expedition Earth greets visitors with the sights and sounds of the world’s biomes, including tundra, grasslands, deserts, forests, and aquatic. Dozens of hands-on activities engage visitors of all ages as they learn about habitats, systems, species diversity, adaptation, and more. The five research tents allow visitors to use scientists’ tools and equipment, learning how they record and utilize their data. Huge photos and videos from around the world draw the visitors into each scene where they are joined by colorful characters from the Adventures of Riley book series. Exploring the world by peeking, poking, prodding, and building, Expedition Earth is great learning fun for all!

Cabaret
Arts United Center
303 E Main St
Feb 28, 8:00 PM

Set in the early 1930’s, prior to the rise of the Third Reich, aspiring writer Cliff Bradshaw has traveled to Berlin in search of inspiration. He finds Sally Bowles performing at the Kit Kat Klub and they begin a friendship that eventually leads to an ill-fated romance. Cliff’s experiences in Germany during this tumultuous era are reflected in the show’s musical numbers, particularly through the wry commentary provided by the cabaret’s Master of Ceremonies. He is a part of a host of colorful characters including the boarding house proprietress Fräulein Schneider; her Jewish suitor, Herr Schultz; Ernst, a fellow traveler on the train, and the Kit Kat Klub Girls and Boys. To purchase visit www.fwcivic.org or call (260) 424-5220.

Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice
First Presbyterian Theater
300 W Wayne St
Feb 28, 7:30 PM

In one of Shakespeare’s most complex and controversial plays, a merchant secures a loan from Shylock, a Jewish money-lender, who will receive a pound of flesh if the loan defaults. Is Shylock simply a bloodthirsty villain or, rather, a victim of an anti-Semitic culture? Christianity and Judaism, vengeance and mercy, comedy and tragedy all collide in a fresh look at this powerful masterpiece. Thom Hofrichter is featured as Shylock. Adapted with new material by Jack Cantey; directed by Jack Cantey.

Down the Line 9
Embassy Theatre
125 W Jefferson Blvd
Feb 27 & 28, 7 pm

You can’t miss the original with its legendary classic-rock covers from rock-solid local bands! Get your party on! The unexpected is what to expect from Down the Line 9, featuring funk, classic rock, country, new age, alternative and more, Down the Line 9 will jump from music extreme to music extreme and back again. From U2 to Earth Wind and Fire, from Katy Perry to the White Stripes, Down the Line 9 is sure to electrify audiences both nights. Tickets: $12, $15 week of show; $25 for a two day pass. VIP/Early seating option will be available for $20. Here is the line-up for Down the Line 9: MusicFest, Legends from Locals:

Saturday, Feb. 28: Sum Morz/The White Stripes, APQ-harmonic /Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra/ Earth Wind & Fire, Kat Bowser/ Queen, Good Night Gracie / Michael Jackson

Open House

The Old Fort

1201 Spy Run Ave

The doors of the Old Fort will be open to the public for a tour the buildings of the Old Fort in winter. Hear stories of those who lived here at the confluence of the Three Rivers and learn the early history of our region, meet soldiers and the Fort cook Saturday, February 28, 2015 10:00a.m -5:00p.m. Parking is on the east side of Spy Run and on Fourth Street across from Lawton Park. Walk the Green Way to the Old Fort. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.

Sarah Drury

Rudy’s

409 W Brackenridge St.

Rudy’s is hosting an art event on Saturday February 28th, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. featuring Sarah Drury and her Paint & Clay studio.