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 us at info@DowntownFortWayne.com. Tweet using #LastSaturdays
April 30, 2016 Last Saturdays Schedule:
The Phil Pops Series: Chris Botti- Live in Concert
125 West Jefferson
Chris Botti has established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world. His uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination have earned him the coveted spot as the world’s largest selling jazz instrumentalist.
To purchase tickets, visit www.fwphil.org
14th Annual Butterfly Exhibit
1100 South Calhoun
Experience the magic of being immersed among hundreds of live, exotic butterflies. These winged jewels can be observed up close as they fly, feed or rest in the Nectar Garden. Interactive displays offer information about life cycle, anatomy and diversity. The adjacent Hatching Lab gives guests the opportunity to see the unique chrysalides from which the adult butterflies emerge in their amazing cycle of metamorphosis. In addition, you can examine our observation hive to find a colony of honey bees rearing brood through all stages of life, as well as foraging for nectar and pollen.
This exhibit is produced in partnership with Ball State University.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
431 W. Berry St.
• Alexander Lawrie: A Master Portraitist
• Elemental Attraction
• Expressions of the Heart of Man
• The Allen County Courthouse
Last Saturdays admission $1.
The Civic Theatre presents: Avenue Q
303 East Main Street
A musical comedy filled with puppets! Avenue Q follows a group of 20-somethings (both flesh and blood and felt) seeking to discover their purpose in the Big City. Filled with laugh-out-loud humor and a catchy score, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that addresses adult issues in a setting similar to a beloved children’s show – a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned. Winner of the TONY “Triple Crown” in 2004 for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.
For more information, including to purchase tickets, visit www.fwcivic.org
Roll, Drop, Bounce
1950 North Clinton
Physics roars to life as visitors roll, drop and bounce to investigate kinetic experience and understand the science of how things move. The exhibits inspire visitors to think up new experiments to try while they explore gravity, Newton’s Laws of Motion, kinetic energy, friction and momentum.
These activities are included with Science Central admission. Last Saturdays admission is half price.
36th Annual National Print Exhibition
Artlink at Auer Center for Arts & Culture
This exhibit features the results of a national call for entry of the best hand-pulled prints from around the nation.
302 E Berry St
Half Price Admission
200@200 is a celebration of Fort Wayne’s legacy of progress throughout Indiana’s 200 years of history. Using artifacts from the museum’s collection of 28,000 objects, the History Center will tell 200 unique stories of Fort Wayne’s role in the 200 years of Indiana’s statehood throughout the 2016 bicentennial year.
A Man of the Ages
302 E Berry St
Half Price Admission
Objects from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Abraham Lincoln artifacts, are featured at the History Center in this temporary exhibit from the Indiana State Museum.
ARCH Lecture Series: Fort Wayne Postcards: Under Utilized Research Tools
900 Library Plaza
ARCH is excited to announce 2016’s Fun and Free Lecture Series. These lectures are free to the public and will be held on the last Saturday of the month, running January through May. All lectures will be presented at 11am at the downtown Allen County Public Library.
Did you know that Fort Wayne was one of the Midwest’s leading beer producers in the late 19th century, until Prohibition struck in 1919? Have you ever thought of utilizing a postcard as a crucial research tool? Did you realize that Fort Wayne is filled with many 20th century industrial complexes, which are now listed or potential historic districts?
Come attend one or all 5 of our lectures this season to find out these answers and more! This year’s roster provides a broad range of topics that should appeal to a broad spectrum of the community. Whether you’re interested in history, architecture, industry or simply interested in Fort Wayne, these lectures are for everyone!
Arena Dinner Theatre: Always a Bridesmaid
719 Rockhill St
In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made in the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other’s weddings…no matter what. More than thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making “the long walk” for each other, determined to honor that vow.
Always a Bridesmaid is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitely answer the questions, “Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?” If you’ve ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “I Do” or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest dress, this deliriously funny comedy is for you…and your dearly beloved!
Tincaps vs Burlington Bees
More than just baseball, a Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball game is the perfect choice for fun family entertainment. The award-winning Parkview Field is a family destination in downtown Fort Wayne and is home to the 2009 Midwest League Champions. With tickets starting at just $5.00, TinCaps games are fun and affordable – and there are great food choices, from traditional ball park fare to light and healthy options. TinCaps games are a great experience for the true baseball fan or someone looking for a fun time.
Gallery Opening: Kissed by Sub-Atomic Angels, A Jerry Seabolt Retrospective
The Gallery at Pranayoga School
1301 Lafayette St
Where shapes become totems and spaces become objects. The visual music synergies to anything from a little sonata to a Beethovenian Overture. On they dance in the realm of color and line, dark and light, solid and empty. With each viewing the expression can change. Forms pull together or come apart, becoming something new to those who play along.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
First Presbyterian Theater
A brilliant novel, then a brilliant play, then a brilliant movie, is coming to FPT. The plot pits McMurphy-equal parts slacker and rebel-against Nurse Ratchet, the tyrannical dictator of an institution that is a perversion of its intended purpose. This story is still as powerful and moving as when it premiered in 1963.
Cinema Center Presents: City of Gold
437 E Berry St #1
City of Gold
In this richly penetrating documentary Odyssey, Pulitzer-prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an ungodly city and the soul of America. Combing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing out his new strip-mall discovery-whether Oaxacan grasshopper soup, hand-cut tonkotsu ramen, or a particularly unctuous pad see ew. As piping-hot platters are served up, so are stories of immigrants whose secret family recipes are like sacred offering pledged for the opportunity to build their American Dream. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before.
Cinema Center Presents: Embrace the Serpent
437 E Berry St #1
Embrace of the Serpent features the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life affirming friendship between and Amazonian shaman (the last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists.
Cinema Center Presents: Louder Than Bombs
437 E Berry St #1
An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house-forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has is years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.
Cinema Center Presents: Remember
437 E Berry St #1
Remember tells the story of Zev Guttman, a 90-year old struggling with memory loss who is living out his final years in a serene retirement home. A week following the death of his beloved wife Ruth, he suddenly gets a mysterious package from his close friend Max containing a stack of money and a letter detailing a shocking plan. Both Zev and Max were prisoners in Auschwitz, and the same sadistic guard was responsible for the death of both their families- a guard who, immediately after the war, escaped Germany and has been living in the U.S. ever since under an assumed identity. Max is a wheelchair-bound but in full command of his mental faculties; with his guidance, Zev will embark on a cross-continent road-trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives.