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Collective seeks dancers for Halloween show

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Auditions for the Fort Wayne Dance Collective's Halloween show will be Aug. 21.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published August 17, 2022

Fort Wayne Dance Collective will hold open audition for dancers interested in participating in their 13th annual Halloween Show, which historically sells out every year. This year’s show emanates from Mexican culture that includes a beautiful celebration for Día de los Muertos. 

Auditions for the show will be Sunday, Aug. 21, from 4-6 p.m. at the Dance Collective, 437 E. Berry St. The show itself will include four performances from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 21-23, at PPG ArtsLab. 

Dancers must be available for all performances and must be 12 years or older to audition. 

Dancers are encouraged to bring their calendars with them to the audition to indicate their availability for rehearsals, and to dress in attire that they can move in: Tennis shoes, socks, dance shoes, and bare feet are all acceptable.

Check-in begins at 4 p.m. and the audition begins promptly at 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please email 

Science Central closing for maintenance

Science Central will conduct its annual shutdown from Monday, Aug. 29, to Friday, Sept. 9.

During the closure, the Calhoun Street venue will do maintenance to work on large-scale projects, reopening Saturday, Sept. 10.

Genealogy Center hosting online program

The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center will host “Death Heads and Clasped Hands: Cemetery Symbolism and Iconology for Genealogists,” a free virtual program, at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 23.

John Beatty will explore symbolism and hidden meanings behind gravestone symbols from colonial times to the present. 

To register, go to

Vintage motorcycle show downtown

On Sunday, Aug. 21, at noon, Ride or Rot FTW will present Fort Wayne’s only all-vintage motorcycle show on Calhoun Street from Wayne to Berry streets. 

All motorcycles and scooters from the 1990s and before will be on hand, and you can attend for free or enter your own cycle for $10.

Chris Kattan bringing laughs to Piere’s

Saturday Night Live alum Chris Kattan and Friends will perform some standup comedy at Piere’s on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. 

Seating will be on first come, first served basis, with a VIP section within the first 15 rows of the stage also available. 

A meet and greet will take place after the show. The show is open to all ages, but 17 and over is recommended.

Museum of Art celebrates Dorothy Gillespie

Fort Wayne Museum of Art will host an online event, FWMoA Live: Gary Israel, on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. 

Join Jenna Gilley, associate curator of exhibitions, and Gary Israel, president and CEO of the Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation and the artist’s son, will discuss the life and work of Dorothy Gillespie, who had exhibits at Walt Disney World, Rockefeller Center, and all over  Fort Wayne in 1979. 

Gillespie’s large outdoor sculptures are currently on display in the museum’s sculpture court. An exhibition of her wall art along with her personal private art collection, which holds notable names such as Helen Frankenthaler, Keith Haring, and James Rosenquist, will be opening Sept. 3. 

Viewers will learn more about Gillespie’s exciting time navigating the Modern Art scene in mid-century New York, her strides promoting female artists, and her development as a pioneer public art and site-specific sculptor.

Theater productions currently on stage

The Play That Goes Wrong at First Presbyterian Theater: This Olivier Award-winning comedy is a hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes. Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. Rated G for all audiences. Runs through Sunday, August 21.

Lucky Stiff at Arena Dinner Theatre: This offbeat, hilarious murder-mystery farce is complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, and a corpse in a wheelchair. Runs through Saturday, Aug. 30,  dessert theater only, with apple pie being served. Tickets are available through

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