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

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 12:01 am

TODAY

IN THE MAIL: Get an interesting look at Fort Wayne history as local author and postcard collector Randy Harter talks about his new book, “Fort Wayne,” at 7 p.m. at the Tecumseh Branch Library, 1411 E. State Blvd. Admission is free.

The book (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99) recounts local history as seen through about 225 photos printed on postcards from about 1900 to 1950. Harter will have copies of the book for sale.

If you miss him tonight, he'll speak about his book and display some of his postcard collection at 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Admission there also is free.

FRIDAY

FOOD SCIENCE: Learning about healthy eating takes on a new, fun dimension when the exhibit “To MyPlate and Beyond” opens at Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St.

The exhibit, which will be served up through May 4, was developed by Purdue University in West Lafayette, a news release said. It focuses on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's “MyPlate” tool, which promotes eating items from the five food groups that make up a healthy — fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy.

The exhibit includes hands-on activities and tips on how to shop for, grow and eat healthy foods, the news release said.

Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $8 each, adults and ages 3-12; $7 each ages 65 and older; and free, members and ages 2 and younger. Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.

For information, call 424-2400 or go to www.sciencecentral.org.

COMMON GROUND: First Presbyterian Theater presents the warm-hearted drama “Driving Miss Daisy” at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 300 W. Wayne St.

The 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning play revolves around Daisy, a wealthy Jewish woman living in the South, and Hoke, the proud but soft-spoken African-American chauffeur hired by her son to drive her. Along the way, they discover they have more in common than they imagined.

Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 24-25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door for general admission; $18 in advance and $22 at the door for ages 65 and older; and free with reservation or $10 at the door for full-time students.

For tickets, stop by the box office at the church, call 422-6329 from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and one hour before each performance, or order at http://firstpres-fw.org/the_arts/theater/tickets.

SATURDAY

MAGICAL MUSIC: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will perform the music of renowned film score composer John Williams during a Sweetwater Pops Series concert at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Music featured includes that from films such as “Jaws,” the “Indiana Jones” series, “Jurassic Park,” “E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” and the “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars” series.

Tickets are $28, $46.50, $56, $61.50 and $70. They are available at the Embassy box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and at least 45 minutes before the concert, and from The Phil at 481-0777, www.fwphil.org and The Phil box office, 4901 Fuller Drive, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

REMEMBERING JANIS: Fort Wayne vocalist Kat Bowser left the audience in awe during her Janis Joplin tribute concert last year, and she'll strive to do the same during a “Buried Alive in the Blues: A Tribute to Janis Joplin” show at 8 p.m. at C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St.

Bowser has a powerhouse voice and passion for her work. She'll also be backed by a full band.

Tickets are $12 advance and $15 day of show. They are available in advance at Wooden Nickel Music locations, 3627 N. Clinton St., 3422 N. Anthony Blvd. and 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd.; Neat Neat Neat Records and Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St.; and www.c2gmusichall.com.

REAL BLUES: The Cedric Burnside Project plays Mississippi-style hill country blues music at 9 p.m. at The Phoenix, 1122 Broadway. Cost is $7 at the door.

Burnside grew up steeped in the blues played by his grandfather, legendary bluesman R.L. “Big Daddy” Burnside. Cedric Burnside now tours with guitarist Trenton Ayers, a childhood friend and talented blues musician.

SUNDAY

WINTER FUN: Lately, it seems like you never know whether it will be snowing or raining, but it looks like it will be cold enough to careen down the refrigerated toboggan run at Pokagon State Park near Angola. Go with family or friends because a full toboggan makes for a faster ride.

Regular hours through March 2 are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays; you also can go 5-10 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays. The run is open on some holidays, such as 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Park admission is $5 for in-state vehicles and $7 for out-of-state vehicles. Toboggans rent for $12.84 per hour; a driver's license is required as a deposit.

You can have a maximum of four people on a toboggan. The attraction will close if temperatures drop to zero or below. For more information, go to www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/ 4699.htm.

MONDAY

“DREAM” EVENT: The Heartland Chamber Chorale will honor the work and memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a “Heartland Sings: We are the Dream” concert at 7 p.m. in the University of Saint Francis' North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St. Heartland will be joined by USF's University Singers and by community leaders who will share some of King's words. The music provides “a call to action to help change the world, much as King's life positively impacted the nation,” a news release said. Admission is free, but tickets are required. They are available by calling 436-8080 or ordering at www.heartlandchorale.org.