‘Guitar Showcase’ marks a milestone
This month marks the 30-year anniversary of “Guitar Showcase,” one of Ft. Wayne’s oldest continuing radio programs. Created and hosted by local guitar professional Bob Ferguson, the program features the music of the world’s greatest guitarists and commentary from Ferguson. Selections chosen for broadcast include a wide range of musical styles, mostly focusing on classical and jazz, and a wide range of artists including a mix from Andrés Segovia and Wes Montgomery to Chet Atkins. The hour-long “Guitar Showcase” is broadcast at 10 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at 89.1-FM (WBOI).
Heartland sings karaoke
“Karaoke Classics Live” with Heartland Vocal Artists Elaina Robbins, Betsy Ley, Mark Phillips, Jerome Sibulo and Ian Williams will be 7 p.m. Friday at The Phoenix, 1122 Broadway. The audience is encouraged to sing along. Advance tickets are $15 available at heartlandssings.org/tickets or by calling 436-8080. and $20 at the door.
The Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival will be March 18 and 19 at Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab, Auer Center, 300 E. Main St. Tickets are $40 for all events and $10 each for stage readings, workshop and the festival reception. Flex Pass subscribers may use flex passes for any festival play or event. For a complete list of events, go to www.fwcivic.org/Page201516_Show_NEIPF.html.
Barry Manilow here
Tickets are currently on sale for Barry Manilow’s “One Last Time! Tour” which begins at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at the Memorial Coliseum. His career skyrocketed to superstardom when his mega hit song, “Mandy,” topped the charts in 1975. In the spirit of that special year, tickets will start at $19.75. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information about the tour, go to www.manilow.com.
Digital studio in Auburn
Midwest Film Factory will debut at 650 North St., Auburn, with a projected opening date of April. The fully equipped digital studio will offer the latest in video and audio technology. The owner is Julie Scher. The studio will serve as a production center for Scher Maihem Studios’ client videos and for professional videographers from the tri-state area, and will serve as a training ground for novice videographers, who will be able to rent the studio facilities. For more information on Midwest Film Factory, visit www.midwestfilmfactory.com or call 1-260-897-2697.
Record attendance at ballet auditions
Fort Wayne Ballet recently held a nationwide audition tour for its four-week long summer Intensive program scheduled for June. There was record attendance at the auditions, with more than 150 dancers who participated in the tour. Auditions were held in Michigan, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Arizona, Ohio and Florida. The students also auditioned to attend programs in addition to the local one. Auer Academy of Fort Wayne Ballet students auditioned and were accepted into the following nationally known programs: Alvin Ailey (New York), American Ballet Theatre, Austin Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Chautauqua, Houston Ballet, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Kattsbaan Extreme, Louisville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Royal Ballet (England) and San Francisco Ballet. More audition results are coming in daily. For more information, go to www.fortwayneballet.org or call 484-9646.
Oscar nominated filmmaker to be in Goshen
Goshen’s River Bend Film Fest will be March 31-April 1. There will be a free showing of the family friendly film, “The Looking Glass,” directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker John Hancock, who grew up in Goshen. He will be on site to talk about past and future projects and host a screen reading of his upcoming film, “The Hollars,” starring Anna Kendrick. Festival films will be shown at The historic Goshen Theater at 216 S. Main St. For tickets and more information, go to http://RiverBendFilmFest.com.
Heartland Theatre Company is seeking one-act plays with the theme “A Key” for its New Plays from the Heartland playwriting competition. Three winning one-act playwrights will receive staged readings in the annual New Plays from the Heartland play festival at Heartland Theatre company, Normal, Ill. The competition is only open to nine Midwest states. For details, go to www.heartlandtheatre.org/nphcall.
— Compiled by Natalia Bethea and Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel