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Friday, December 13

Things To Do

AWS Fantasy of Lights 1.5 mile display of animated Christmas lights and holiday decorations, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Dec.14-Dec. 18; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 19-20; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 21-Dec. 25; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 26-27; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday Dec. 28-31, Franke Park, Fort Wayne, $5 per car; $10 per 15-passanger van; $25 per bus/trolley, 456-2971, ext. 5874

Festival of Gingerbread — Over 100 creations made of edible ingredients by persons ranging from preschoolers to adults, including professional bakers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, History Center, Fort Wayne, $4-$6, 424-4419

Science of Sugary Structures — Explore sturdy and not so sturdy structures by making a sugary creation, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, History Center, Fort Wayne, $7-$9 (includes admission to the History Center and Festival of Gingerbread), 424-4419

National Shows

Mack Dryden w/Zach Martina — Comedy at Snickerz, Fort Wayne, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m., $9.50, 486-0216

Music & Comedy

80D — Rock at Dupont Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., $5, 483-1311

American Idol Karaoke w/Scott — Karaoke at Latch String, Fort Wayne, 10:30 p.m., no cover, 483-5526

Elements — Rock at Beamer's, Fort Wayne, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., no cover, 625-1002

Fort Wayne Philharmonic w/Phil Chorus, Fort Wayne Childrens Choir — Holiday Pops at Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., $32-$70, 481-0777

Head Case — Rock at Alley Sports Bar, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., no cover, 483-4421

Jim Webber — Variety at Mad Anthony Tap Room, Auburn, 8-11 p.m., no cover, 927-0500

Juke Joint Jive — Classic rock/funk at O'Reilly's, Fort Wayne, 9:30 p.m., no cover, 267-9679

Kat Bowser & Friends — Variety at Don Hall's Guesthouse, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., no cover, 489-2524

Mack Dryden w/Zach Martina — Comedy at Snickerz, Fort Wayne, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m., $9.50, 486-0216

Mike Conley — Variety at Acme, Fort Wayne, 9-11 p.m., no cover, 480-2264

Morning After — Rock at Checkerz, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., no cover, 489-0286

Possum Trot Orchestra — Americana at Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Fort Wayne, 8-11 p.m., no cover, 426-2537

Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae w/Amanda Dreher — CD release party at Wooden Nickel Music, North Anthony, Fort Wayne, 1:30 p.m., no cover, 484-2451

Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae — Variety at Green Frog, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-12 a.m., no cover, 426-1088

Sour Mash Kats w/The Elixirs, Drunken Therapy — Rock/punk at CS3, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 456-7005

Urban Legend — R&B/variety at 4D's, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $5, 490-6488

Karaoke & DJs

American Idol Karaoke w/Scott — Karaoke at Latch String, Fort Wayne, 10:30 p.m., no cover, 483-5526

Stage & Dance

Barefoot in the Park — Romantic comedy telling the story of newlyweds who have to learn to live as a couple, 8 p.m. (7 p.m. dinner) Saturday, Dec. 13; 2 p.m. (1 p.m. dinner) Sunday, Dec. 14; 8 p.m. (7 p.m. dinner) Friday-Saturday, Dec. 19-20, Arena Dinner Theatre, Fort Wayne, $35, includes dinner and show, 424-5622

Les Misérables — Hit musical based on the classic Victor Hugo novel that culminates in the 1832 uprising in Paris, France, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13; 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 16-19; 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20; 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, Different Stages at the New Huntington Theatre, Huntington, $44-$59 thru box office, 454-0603

The Nutcracker — Fort Wayne Ballet  presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic of magic, mystery and the Mouse King, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 13 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, Arts United Center, Fort Wayne, $17-$49, 424-6574 


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Art & Artifacts

10th Regional Exhibition — Mixed media pieces from local and regional artists, Tuesday-Sunday thru Jan. 14, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195

America’s Spirit: Evolution of a National Style — Collection drawn from FWMoA’s permanent collection chronicling American art from 1765-1900, Tuesday-Sunday thru Jan. 25, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467

Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism — 61 posters from 20 past and present economic campaigns and movements, Tuesday-Sunday thru Jan. 14 Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195

Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft — Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger Institute’s comprehensive collection of craft holdings and new international requisitions in wood, ceramic and fiber, Tuesday-Sunday thru Dec. 21, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467

Crossing Lines: Contemporary Art from Coast to Coast — Contemporary pieces from Austin, TX, Tuesday-Sunday thru Jan. 15, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467

Holiday Show — Visual interpretations of the season by national and regional artists including Terry Armstrong, Forrest Formsma, Fred Doloresco, Robert Eberle, Bill Inman, Diane Lyon, Jody Hemphill Smith, CW Mundy and more,, Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment  thru Jan. 6, Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568

USF Photo Club — Photography, Tuesday-Sunday thru Jan. 14, Betty Fishman Gallery, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195

Featured Events

Fort Wayne Dance Collective — Workshops and classes for movement, dance, yoga and more offered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-6574

IPFW Community Arts AcademyArt, dance, music and theatre classes for grades pre-K through 12 offered by IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, fees vary, 481-6977, www.ipfw.edu/caa

Sweetwater Academy of Music — Private lessons for a variety of instruments available from professional instructors, ongoing weekly lessons, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, $100 per month, 432-8176 ext. 1961, academy.sweetwater.com