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Deadline extended for Turnstone talent show

Repairs at Summit City Comedy, Neat Neat Neat; Coliseum opening to expos

The deadline to apply for the Center Stage talent show has been extended to March 1.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 22, 2023

Turnstone Center is seeking entertainers to participate in their second annual fundraiser Center Stage: Fort Wayne’s Premier Talent Show on May 9 at The Clyde Theatre. 

The inclusive talent show is for people of all abilities to perform on stage and compete to win the grand prize. The deadline for talent submissions has been extended to March 1. 

Those interested in submitting an audition should record a video of themselves performing their talent and submit it to before the deadline.

All talents are welcome and people of all abilities and ages are encouraged to audition, no matter the talent, be it comedy, magic, dance, music, juggling, or live painting.

Jazz fusion band Los Galaxy won last year’s $1,000 cash prize.

Once an audition is submitted, a committee will notify if the person is invited to participate by April 1. 

Turnstone Center believes in a people-first approach to empowerment and celebrating talent-first opportunities. Center Stage is an inclusive talent experience in our community, elevating talent and performing arts for all people with and without disabilities.

Summit City Comedy closed till March 3

A busted water pipe has led Summit City Comedy Club to close for maintenance.

The pipe burst on Friday, Feb. 17, leading to Rocky Dale Davis’ show being moved to March 16 and the Boozy Brunch to March 26. The Jess Hilarious shows have been moved to September with dates to follow.

The club was also forced to call off Che Durena’s shows from Feb. 23-25 and the Rudick Siblings on Feb. 26.

The next show on the schedule is Pauly Shore on March 3.

Neat Neat Neat Records remains closed

Following a fire in the upstairs apartment in early February, Neat Neat Neat Records, 1836 S. Calhoun St., sustained water damage that forced it to close.

Owner Bob Roets says about a quarter of the record store’s inventory was damaged. 

The shop will remain closed until details are sorted out, but Roets hopes for a reopening to celebrate Record Store Day on April 15.

Cinema Center screening French film

As Cinema Center continues to celebrate Black History Month, they will be screening the 1998 French film Kirikou and The Sorceress at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The animated, adult-appropriate film is drawn from elements of West African folk tales.

Get help to keep family healthy at expo

The 97.3 WMEE Baby Fair & Family Expo returns for its 36th year on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Memorial Coliseum. 

Taking place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the expo will have products and services to keep your family healthy, safe, and organized. 

Admission is free with chances to win prizes and gifts.

Artlink hosting bookbinding workshop

Artlink will host a Secret Belgian Bookbinding Workshop with Hannah Burnworth of Milk House Studio from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Those 18 years old and older will learn the basics of bookbinding and learn how to create a cover, fold signatures, and stitch a sketchbook together using a combination of two stitch types. Guests will leave with a black journal to write in, sketch in, or give as a gift. All materials will be provided. 

Tickets are $85 and are available at

Renegade Gardener at Home & Garden Show

Among the many attractions at the 50th annual Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show at Memorial Coliseum from March 2-5 will be guest speaker Don Engebretson, a.k.a. The Renegade Gardener. 

The retired landscape designer and author based in Minneapolis/St. Paul will be on the Garden Stage in the Appleseed Room. Topics he will cover include Top 10 Gardening Blunders and Gardening for the Birds, Bees, and Butterflies. 

Engebretson will be on stage at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2; 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, March 3; noon, 3 p.m., and, 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 4; and 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. 

Admission to the Home & Garden Show $8-$12 with those under 15 years old getting in free. You can download a $2 coupon at

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