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Going out guide: The best things to do in the coming week

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 12:01 am

TODAY

MARRIAGE MAYHEM: The IPFW Department of Theatre presents the romantic comedy “The Miser” at 8 p.m. in Williams Theatre at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

The 17th-century Moliere play has been relocated to 1920s Paris for this telling of the tale. But the plot remains the same: A wealthy old widower tries to tries to marry off his two children for profit and against their wishes. He also decides he should marry the young woman loved by his son.

Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The matinee show is signed for people with hearing impairment. Children ages 5 and younger will not be admitted to any show.

Cost is $14, adults; $12, seniors/faculty/staff/alumni; $10 each, groups of 10 or more; $5, students age 18 and younger; free, IPFW students with ID; and $10, other college students with ID. The IPFW box office in the athletic center is open 12:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays. Reserve tickets in advance by calling 481-6555 or TTD: 481-4105. Information: 481-6555 or www.ipfw.edu/theatre.

FRIDAY

ARTFUL BENEFIT: Enjoy interesting art work and help a good cause at the Bust a Move art auction and fundraiser at 6 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.

The event sponsored by the Fort Wayne Derby Girls and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana features casts of the busts of local women — including breast cancer survivors — which then have been decorated by one of more than 15 local artists.

The artists' creations will be auctioned off. The evening also includes food, cocktails and entertainment.

This is the fifth Bust a Move event, and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls have raised more than $30,000 for Cancer Services during the four previous events.

Cost is $15 per person in advance, and $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6361 Mutual Drive, or online at http://bustamove5.eventbrite.com.

HE'S GOT TALENT: Tim Fort, the “Kinetic King,” will build a chain reaction gadget in the Macy's Court area from noon to 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Square, 4201 Coldwater Road. Fort, who gained national fame as a contestant on the television show “America's Got Talent,” is scheduled to start the gadget at 7 p.m.

The appearance is free and open to the public. Fort will be in town for a few events sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast's INSPIRE Academy.

CLASSIC FUN: Fort Wayne Youtheatre presents the Mark Twain classic “Adventures of Huck Finn” at 7 p.m. at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

The play follows a young Huck Finn as he runs away from home and floats down the Mississippi River on a raft. Additional shows will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $15, adults; $10, age 60 older and age 18 and under, and $7 each for groups of 10 or more. They are available at the door or in advance by calling 422-4226 or stopping by the ArtsTix Community Box office 10-6 p.m. weekdays in the Arts United Center.

COUNTRY GREATS: Hugely popular group Rascal Flatts headlines a country music concert at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. The “Changed Tour” show also features special guests Little Big Town, Eli Young Band and Eden's Edge.

Tickets are $25, $49.75 and $64.75. Live Nation also is offering a special with four tickets for $75, plus service fees. Parking is $4, main lot, and $8, preferred lot.

Tickets are available at the Memorial Coliseum ticket office, www.Ticketmaster.com/acwmc or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

For more about the Eli Young Band, see story pages 8-9T.

SATURDAY

HOT STUFF: They'll bring the heat at the seventh annual Chilifest “Fire in the Fort” Cook-Off and second annual North East Indiana Cornhole Championship will take place beginning at 10 a.m. in Headwaters Park, Clinton and Superior streets.

You can enter a team in the Chili Cook-Off in a variety of divisions, including CASI, White, Red, Salsa, Beans and Verde. The competition also includes divisions for Showmanship, Junior (ages 7-17, and must be accompanied by an adult) and Restaurants.

Public chili tasting is noon-4 p.m., with People's Choice voting noon-3:30 p.m.

Entry fee is $25, but teams can compete in more than one division.

Cornhole warm-ups start at 9 a.m. and the tournament begins at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $30 and also includes a Chilifest T-shirt for each player and entrance to the Chilifest. First- and second-place teams will both receive cash prizes.

Register for the tournament at www.chilifestfortwayne.com; click the Cornhole Championship logo on the left.

Admission to Chilifest is $5 for adults and free for ages 14 and younger accompanied by an adult. For more information, go to www.chilifestfortwayne.com.

FOLK TALE FUN: Fort Wayne Ballet's Youth Company presents “The Firebird” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St.

Set to the music of Stravinsky, this Russian folk tale revolves around a young prince who enters a magical kingdom with beautiful gardens, princesses and unusual creatures, such as the helpful Firebird.

The performance lasts about 35 minutes, after which the audience can visit with cast members, get autographs or photos, and receive a treat.

Tickets are $10 each for all ages. To get them in advance, call 422-4226.

SUNDAY

HISTORY REVISITED: Rich Ferguson will speak on “The War of 1812 Comes to Fort Wayne” during the George R. Mather Lecture at 2 p.m. at The History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Admission is free.

Ferguson will talk about the strategic importance of Fort Wayne from both the British and American perspective, military operations in the Northwest campaign, and “what ifs” about the war.

For more information, call 426-2882 or go to www.fwhistorycenter.com.