WINTER TRADITION: It will seem like summer indoors when the Mizpah Shrine Circus presents three rings of entertainment at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.
This year's circus features a new video projection system, new lighting and new sound system.
Additional performances are 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $12, $14, $17 and $20 per person. They are available at http://mizpahshrinecircus.com and at the Shrine Circus office, 1015 Memorial Way next to the Scott's Food & Pharmacy Store on North Clinton Street. For information, call 422-7122 or go to http://mizpahshrinecircus.com.
ART UNVELIING: The exhibits “The Carnival,” “Artists' Sketchbooks” and “Annual Postcard Show” open at Artlink gallery in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St. There is an opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday.
The exhibits continue through Feb. 26.
“The Carnival” features works by more than 50 Midwest artists invited to interpret the theme “carnival” in any way they wanted, it says on the Artlink website, www.artlinkfw.com. “Artists' Sketchbooks” allows gallery visitors to peruse 10 local artists' sketchbooks to see the artist's thought process and development of an art work.
The 5th annual Postcard Show and Sale fundraiser features postcard-size art that local, regional and national artists donate to Artlink for sale and auction. The sale takes place at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 and is open to the public.
For more information, call 424-7195 or go to www.artlinkfw.com.
FIRST IN SPACE: Fort Wayne Youtheatre will stage the first public performance in Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne's new ArtsLab black box theater when it presents “The People Could Fly” at 1 and 4 p.m. ArtsLab is the newly completed addition to the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St.
“The People Could Fly,” a part of the downtown Winterval festival, presents a collection of inspirational folk tales from around the world.
Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 422-6900 or go to www.fortwayneyoutheatre.org.
EMBRACE THE COLD: Pull on the parka and get out of the den for a few hours at Winterval, a flurry of special events taking place about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Fort Wayne.
Activities include ice sculptures, figure skating exhibitions, games, crafts and reduced-price admissions at downtown attractions such as Science Central and The History Center.
Watch professional ice carvers create at 10 a.m. at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, Hilton and University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center; at 11 a.m. at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory; at noon at the Allen County Public Library plaza; and at 2 p.m. at the Community Center and the Auer Center for Arts and Culture.
Indoor activities include crafts in the downtown library, community center and botanical conservatory, and free concerts at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Grand Wayne Center.
For more information, go to www.downtownfortwayne.com and click on Winterval.
INVADE THE FORT: Get a look at what life was like in this area in the mid-1700s as re-enactors present “Nouvelle Annee: French Garrison of Fort Wayne in 1754” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave.
The event, which is part of the Winterval festival, re-creates life in the French Army's Fort Miamies with mail call, military drills, cooking and other demonstrations.
Admission is a donation. Parking is available at Headwaters and Lawton parks. For more information, go to www.oldfortwayne.org.
SCHUBERT SPECIAL: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will perform “Schubert Symphony No. 4” during a Masterworks Series concert at 8 p.m. in Auer Performance Hall in the Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.
Guest concertmaster for the evening will be Susie Park, a Sydney, Australia, native who has won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in France and earned top prizes at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poland.
The orchestra also will perform Sergey Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, op. 25, and Malcolm Arnold's Concerto for 2 Violins and String Orchestra, op. 77.
Tickets are $17, $28, $49 and $64.50 for adults; children in kindergarten-Grade 12 enter free with a paying adult and students with ID are $10 each. Tickets are available by calling 481-0777; at www.fwphil.org; at The Phil box office, 4901 Fuller Drive, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and at least 45 minutes before the performance at concert sites; and at the Embassy Theatre box office, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.
RENOWNED VOCALS: The acclaimed men's a capella group Cantus will perform at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. Donations will be accepted.
The Minneapolis group will present “A Place for Us,” a program exploring the concept of home from birth through final rest, a news release said.
Cantus has appeared on Garrison Keillor's public radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
LEGENDARY JAM SESSION: Budding music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins came together for an impromptu jam session in December 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn. The Broadway at the Embassy musical “Million Dollar Quartet Live” re-creates that magic evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Tickets are $37.45 and $68.75, including service fees. They are available at the Embassy box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.