HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
ROOTS ROCKERS: Surprise your Valentine with tickets to see popular roots-rock group the Avett Brothers at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
The band's roots are in bluegrass and folk music, but they have blended that background with rock to form a unique sound. The band's album “I And Love And You,” released in 2009, reached No. 16 on the Billboard magazine Top 200 Albums chart. Their latest album is “The Carpenter,” which was released in September.
Jill Andrews will open the show.
Tickets are $39.95; they are available at the Embassy box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at www.ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.
LIGHT SHOW: Check out laser light shows set to the music of classic rock hits during WinterFest activities at the Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium at the University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.
You have your choice of four shows Friday night: The music of The Beatles at 5 p.m.; Led Zeppelin at 7 p.m.; Laser Vinyl, a mix of music and artists, at 8 p.m.; and Pink Floyd's “The Wall” at 9 p.m.
Shows will be presented at the same times Saturday and will feature the music of a variety of pop, rock and country artists around these themes — 5 p.m., Laser Magic; 7 p.m., Fright Light; 8 p.m., Hypnotica; and 9 p.m., Laser X.
Admission to any show is $5 per person. Tickets go on sale 45 minutes prior to the first show of the day, and seating is limited. When a show sells out, tickets go on sale for the next available show that day.
The planetarium also will offer two Sunday family matinee screenings of the laser show “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda,” which explores ancient stories associated with constellations. Screenings are at 2 and 3 p.m.
Tickets for “Legends of the Night Sky” are $4 per person, with a maximum cost of $18 per family (two adults and children).
For more information, go to www.sf.edu/sf/planetarium/public.
HISTORIC EVENING: Treat yourself to dinner and unique music as The Bach Collegium presents a German dinner and early instruments concert at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 202 W Rudisill Blvd.
The fundraising dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the concert at 7:30 p.m. Dinner is $20 person; concert admission is $15, adults, and $5, students. Dinner proceeds benefit the Collegium.
The Collegium also will present a performance of J.S. Bach's “St. Matthew Passion” at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr St. The Collegium will be accompanied by the Fort Wayne Children's Choir and the children's choirs of St. Paul Lutheran and Concordia Theological Seminary. Admission is $15, adults, and $5, students.
For more information, call 485-2143, or go to http://bachcollegium.org.
ROCK SHOW: Hot rock acts Three Days Grace and Shinedown perform in concert at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. P.O.D. opens the show.
For more information, see Pages 6-7T.
Tickets are $25 and $40.50. They are available at the coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Parking is $4, main lot, and $8, preferred lot.
LIVING HISTORY: Get a sense of what life was like in this area in the late 1700s when Historic Fort Wayne presents a winter garrison re-enactment 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave. The event continues the same time on Sunday.
Re-enactors will spend the weekend at the fort, and during event hours they will demonstrate daily duties of officers, soldiers and their families at a wilderness fort in the late 1700s, an event news release said.
Artisans will sell period crafts and demonstrate activities, such as quilting, cooking and casting pewter spoons.
Admission is a freewill donation. Parking is available at nearby Headwaters and Lawton parks.
For more information, call 437-2836 or visit www.oldfortwayne.org.
SHOW TUNES: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and guest vocalists perform the music of popular Hollywood films during a “Lights, Camera … The Oscars” Pops series concert at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Tickets range from $28-$65; they are available at 481-0777; www.fwphil.org; at 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 (concert days only), and 45 minutes to one hour prior to performance at concert sites; and at the Embassy box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.
For more on the show, see Pages 6-7T.
MUSICAL MISCHIEF: The IPFW Department of Theatre and Fort Wayne Youtheatre bring “Oliver!,” one of the most popular musicals of all time, to the local stage at 8 p.m. at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.
The musical is based on Charles Dickens' classic tale about an orphan who learns to survive on the streets of London under the tutelage of pickpockets Fagin and the Artful Dodger.
Additional shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $16, adults; $14, seniors, faculty, staff, alumni; $12, non-IPFW students with ID; $10, ages 18 and under; $7, each groups of 10 or more; and $5, IPFW students with ID. They are available at 422-4226 or in the Arts United Center lobby 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and one hour before each performance, and at https://tickets.artstix.org.
HOT SEATS: Luke Bryan is one of the hottest acts in country music right now, and there are very few seats left for his concert at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.
This “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” show is the first headliner billing for Bryan. Also joining him on tour are Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line.
Bryan's album “tailgates & tanlines” has produced three platinum-selling singles, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “I Don't Want This Night To End” and “Drunk On You.”
Tickets are $27.75 and $52; they are available at the coliseum box office, Ticketmaster outlets, select Walmart stores, www.ticketmaster.com and at 1-800-745-3000.