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

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 12:01 am

TODAY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA: Grab a good viewing spot for the annual Fort Wayne July 4th fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. at IPFW, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. The pyrotechnics that celebrate our nation's independence will launch from the top of Parking Garage 2.

Food vendors will open at 4 p.m. in Parking Lot 12 on the north side of campus.

Admission to campus and on-campus parking both are free. People are asked not to bring any personal fireworks to IPFW.

FRIDAY

SUMMER FUN: Get a good seat as the Fort Wayne TinCaps take on the South Bend Silver Hawks at 7:05 p.m. at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St.

Dress as a favorite superhero for Superhero Night. Music and entertainment also will have a superhero theme. Then stay around afterward for the fireworks display.

Tickets are $5-$12.50; buy them at the gate or at www.tincaps.com.

SATURDAY

TICKLING THE IVORIES: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic treats you to some of the best songs ever written for piano during its “I Love a Piano” summer concert at 7:30 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd.

Talented pianist Rich Ridenour and vocalist Kathy Gibson will join The Phil as they all perform music including classical by Rachmaninoff, selections from “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, and songs by Henry Mancini, Elton John, Billy Joel and more.

Admission is free, but a general admission ticket is required because the concert is expected to sell out. To get a ticket, call 481-0777 or go to www.fwphil.org.

ANOTHER OPTION: Enjoy the music of local bands Black Cat Mambo, Pop'N'Fresh and Small Town during the Rock the Plaza concert 6-10 p.m. outside in front of Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Admission is free.

INDIE INVASION: The Milwaukee-based indie-folk music band Trapper Schoepp & The Shades will open for rock band The Wallflowers at 8 p.m. at Piere's, 5629 St. Joe Road. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Trapper Schoepp & The Shades is anchored by Trapper Schoepp, guitar and lead singer, and his brother, Tanner, bass and vocals. They hail from Ellsworth, Wis., which they call the “Cheese Curd Capitol of the World.” Lead guitarist Graham Hunt and drummer Jon Philip Limbeck round out the foursome.

The group is touring in support of their debut album, “Run, Engine, Run,” which they released last September.

The Wallflowers currently are on a summer tour with the group Counting Crows, but will drop in at Piere's on their way from a show in Ramara, Ontario, Canada, to one Sunday night in Chicago.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 the day of the show. Order in advance at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.

SUNDAY

AMAZING ART: The works of renowned studio glass artist Dale Chihuly and other outstanding studio glass artists are on display in three exhibits at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.

The “Works from Dale Chihuly's Collection at Franklin Park Conservatory” exhibit features smaller pieces intended for display in a natural setting. The works of other artists get the spotlight in the exhibits “The Next Generation of Studio Glass” and “41st Annual International Studio Glass Invitational Award Winners.”

The exhibits continue through Sept. 29. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, except open until 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

Admission to the glass exhibits is $7, plus regular admission. Regular admission is free to all visitors 5-8 p.m. Thursdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

At other times, regular admission is $7, adults; $5, students; $20, families; and free, museum members and military personnel, veterans and their families. Museum members get free admission to both regular and the glass exhibits.

For more information, go to www.fwmoa.org.

TUESDAY

URBAN SOUNDS: The Fort Wayne Area Community Band presents a “Great U.S. Cities” concert at 8 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. Admission is free.

The concert will feature music including Irving Berlin's “Songs For America,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “12th Street Rag,” “Sinatra in Concert,” “Music Man” and the “Fort Wayne Bicentennial March.”

WEDNESDAY

LEGENDARY ROCK: Longtime rock star Alice Cooper performs “An Evening with Alice Cooper” show at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The event is one of the stops on his current Raise the Dead Tour.

Tickets are $29.50, $39.50, $49.50 and $62.50. They are available at the Embassy box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.