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

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12:01 am

TODAY

HUMOR, WITH A TWIST: Actors explore Americans' obsession with celebrity in the play “The House of Blue Leaves,” which opens with a preview performance at 7:30 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St.

The plot centers around Artie Shaughnessy, a zookeeper who dreams of being a songwriter. But his life, which includes a wife, mistress and son who wants to blow up the Pope, really gets crazy when Pope Paul comes to New York City and plans to say Mass in Yankee Stadium.

Regular performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and March 8, 9, 15 and 16; and 2 p.m. March 10

Cost for the preview performance is $10 per person. Cost for regular shows is general admission, $20 in advance, $24 at the door; 60 and older, $18 in advance, $22 at the door; and full-time students, first 30 tickets are free with a reservation, $10 at the door.

To reserve a ticket with a credit card, call 422-6329. To purchase in person, go to 300 W. Wayne St. noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday during performance week. To purchase online, go to http://www.firstpres-fw.org/the_arts/theater/tickets/.

STEP INTO SPRING: Get all kinds of home, landscaping and garden ideas at the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show, which is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

The show, which continues through Sunday, includes seminars by local Master Gardeners and presentations by special guests, such as The Mole Hunter; Jyll Everman, a finalist the Food Network's “Next Food Network Star” program; Erica Glasener, host of HGTV's “A Gardener's Diary”; and Alex Babich, the “Mushroom Guy.”

Hours other days are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $10, adults; $6, ages 65 and older; and free, ages 15 and younger. For more information, go to www.home-gardenshow.com.

FRIDAY

ROAD SHOW: Enjoy the music of Mathis Grey, John Fellman and Patrick Woods when the Acoustic Nomad Tour makes a stop at 8 p.m. at C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St.

Cost is $5 per person for this all-ages show. Tickets are available in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com; local Wooden Nickel Music stores, 3627 N. Clinton St., 3422 N. Anthony Blvd., and 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd.; and Neat, Neat, Neat Records and Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St.

SATURDAY

SUPER SHOW: If you love music and dance, you'll enjoy the 39th annual Show Choir Invitational at Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road. The high school competition traditionally has featured some of the top show choirs in the area and Midwest.

The daytime competition takes place 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. The evening finals competition begins at 8 p.m. Tickets, which are sold at the door, are $10 each for the day show, $10 each for the evening show, and $15 for both sessions.

MUSICAL MUSCLE: Guest vocalist Leon Williams and The Phil Chorus join the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for the Masterworks series concert “A Night for Fighting” at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The concert features the music of “Bolero,” by Maurice Ravel; Symphonic Dances, from “West Side Story,” by Leonard Bernstein; and “Belshazzar's Feast,” by William Walton.

Tickets are $16, $28, $48 and $63. To buy them, call 481-0777; go to www.fwphil.org; visit the Phil box office, 4901 Fuller Drive, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, and 45 minutes to one hour before show times at concert sites; and at the Embassy Theatre box office, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and at least 45 minutes before the concert.

HOME THEATER: What's better than HD TV? Having a Broadway production appear in your home. That's the plot in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre presents at 8 p.m. at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

The main character, The Man in Chair, is a mousy, apartment-bound Broadway fanatic. He's trying to ease an unspecified sadness by listening to a fictional 1928 musical comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” As he shares the recording with the audience, the show's characters and set appear in his apartment.

Additional shows are 2 p.m. Sunday and March 10 and 17; and 8 p.m. March 8-9 and 15-16.

Tickets are $26, adults; $18, ages 23 and younger; and $22 for seniors only at Sunday matinees. They are available at www.fwcivic.org, 424-5220, or at the Arts United Center box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, and before performances.

MORE MUSIC: These shows also are worth a look:

•The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band plays Americana and blues music at 8 p.m. at Piere's, 5629 St. Joe Road. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free admission.

•Commander Cody fires up his “Hot Rod Lincoln” and other songs — from country and rock to Western swing and jump blues — for an all-ages show at 8 p.m. at C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Buy in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com; local Wooden Nickel Music stores; and Neat, Neat, Neat Records and Music.

SUNDAY

CLASSIC ADAPTED: Local faith-based theater group all for One productions presents “A Little Princess,” a drama adapted from the classic book, at 2:30 p.m. in the Allen County Public Library auditorium, 900 Library Plaza.

Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets are $15, adults; $12, seniors; and $10 students. For tickets or information, call 622-4610 or go to www.allforonefw.org.

WEDNESDAY

FOLKSY LADIES: The Whipstich Sallies serve up a menu of Americana and roots music 7-10 p.m. at J.K. O'Donnell's, 121 W. Wayne St.

Two members of the Indianapolis-based band, Allie Burbrink (guitar, banjo) and Sam Roberts (mandolin), met while working as guitar players at a summer camp in 2007, it says on the band's website, www.thewhipstitchsallies.com. They later were joined by friend Kat Erickson (bass), and Katie Burk (fiddle), the latter of whom they met at a music festival in Kentucky.