MEET THE MUSIC MAKER: Fort Wayne native Nathaniel Blume, who composed the music for the documentary film “Shakespeare High,” will present the film at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Wayne Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St. The film centers around a group of high school students getting ready for an annual Shakespeare festival in Southern California.
Blume will stick around afterward for a Q-and-A session. His visit is part of Cinema Center's Meet the Filmmakers series.
Cost is $8, general admission; $6.50, students and seniors; $5, Cinema Center members; $4, students and seniors who are Cinema Center members; and $3, IPFW and University of Saint Francis students with ID. For information, call 426-3456 or go to www.cinemacenter.org.
AMAZING RACING: Enjoy all the wheel-to-wheel action — including three-time NASCAR championship driver Tony Stewart — as midget car cars speed around a 1/6 -mile indoor track during the 15th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. at the Expo halls at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.
Stewart, who enjoys midget car racing, won both days of the two-day event last year, and he will return to try to add to his nine career Rumble victories, the coliseum says on its website, www.memorialcoliseum.com. The racing continues at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The event typically attracts more than 300 racers in midgets, winged outlaw modified midgets (600cc), karts and quarter midgets, the website says. Spectator gates open at 11 a.m. each day. Midget time trials start at 6 p.m., with the main portion of the racing beginning after 7:30 p.m.
Admission prices are reserved seats, $23, one day, and $41, both days, for adults; general admission seats, $20, one day, and $35, both days, adults; and reserved or general admission seats, $10, one day and $16, both days, ages 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the Memorial Coliseum ticket office, www.ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Parking is $4 per vehicle in the main lot and $8 per vehicle in the preferred lot. For more information, call 1-317-418-3216 or go to www.rumbleseries.com.
ROCK OUT: Local bands will play music of hard rock legends during the Down the Line: Hard Chord concert at 7 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd. The event is a fundraiser for the historic theater.
The lineup includes Autovator performing TOOL; KillNancy playing Def Leppard; I, Wombat doing Black Sabbath; Kill the Rabbit performing Alice in Chains; and Downstait playing the music of KISS.
Downstait has had some interesting success of late: The band has become a regular in providing music WWE professional wrestling superstars have played when they enter the arena for “Monday Night Raw” wrestling events, Ryan Feldman, a band publicist, said via email. So far, the band has created entry music for “The Miz,” Dolph Ziggler and Alex Riley, with more WWE work likely in the coming year.
Downstait also recorded the theme song for the MTV network show “Bully Beatdown,” and the band's music has been used during ESPN high school football broadcasts, Feldman said.
The band released one album on its own and has another due out in early 2013, Feldman said.
Tickets to Down the Line: Hard Chord start at $12. They are available at the Embassy box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.
POPULAR ROCKERS: Another popular local band, Goodnight Gracie, performs at 10 p.m. at Columbia Street West, 135 W. Columbia St. Admission is $5.
CUE THE WHISTLE: The Harlem Globetrotters will be at Memorial Coliseum for a game at 2 p.m. The hoopsters will dazzle and entertain with their basketball skills and funny antics. This is the “You Write the Rules” tour — fans are encouraged to go to www.harlemglobetrotters.com and vote for rules such as scoring double points for every basket, establishing a penalty box for fouls or the opponent getting to play six players instead of the usual five.
Tickets range from $21 to $79, and for an extra $20 fans can purchase a Magic Pass to spend time with the players on the court before the game. Tickets are available at the coliseum box office, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.
HOLIDAY TRADITION: Ring in the new year with the Fort Wayne Komets as they take on Toledo at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. The New Year's Eve game has a long tradition in Komets history, and you can bet the fans will be rowdy.
Tickets prices range from $7-$25. They are available at the coliseum ticket office, www.ticketmaster.com/komets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at select Walmart stores. Parking is $4 per vehicle, main lot, and $8 per vehicle, preferred lot.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!