Mayor Tom Henry will join the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission, members of Glick Property Management, and city officials for the dedication ceremony of a new Faces of the Fort mural by local artist Lyndy Bazile. The event will be held Thursday, July 20, at the Edsall House Apartments, 310 W. Berry St.

The mural depicts local advocates Harriet A. Miller and Monica Wehrle. They were selected because of their instrumental role in the formation of three social justice movements: the establishment of the Women’s Bureau in 1977, the creation of Run Jane Run (a multi-sport event for adult amateur female athletes), and their participation in the 2014 ACLU lawsuit advocating for marriage equality in Indiana. 

Faces of the Fort is a public art initiative launched in 2021 designed to share the faces and stories of the community through large-scale murals strategically located across Fort Wayne. The project seeks to elevate civil rights and social justice stories of community residents, past and present, showcasing their stories and ideas for a more equitable and inclusive future.

This will be the fifth Face of the Fort Mural, joining Michael Johnson’s Engage, Serve and Advocate for Fort Wayne’s Youth that honors Ephraim Scott Smiley III and Omowale-Ketu Oladuwa at 520 W. Jefferson Blvd.; Benjamin Duke’s Creating an Inclusive Community honoring Glynn Hines and Genevieve Meyer at 1514 St. Joseph Blvd.; Kacy Jackson’s Achieving the American Dream honoring Irene Paxia and William E. Warfield at 4335 S. Anthony Blvd.; and Mitchell Egley’s Breaking Down Barriers honoring Raquel Kline and Thomas Smith at 1818 Bluffton Road. 

A committee comprised of members from the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission, local arts organizations, neighborhood groups, the African/African-American Historical Society, the immigrant and refugee community, and the LGBTQ community selected artists to paint the murals. 

Four Faces of the Fort murals are installed in the southeast, southwest, and northeast quadrants and in downtown Fort Wayne.

Additional information on each mural, the mural subjects, and the artists can be found online at

Something Rotten! at the Civic

The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre welcomes you to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten! 

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” 

When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. 

But amid the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means remaining true to thine own self, and all that jazz. 

This stirring show continues at Arts United Center, July 21-30.

Sidecar hosting Barbie Night downtown

In conjunction with the release of the movie, things are about to turn pink on Saturday, July 22, for Barbie Night at the Sidecar, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The evening will feature a costume contest, raffle with prizes, and themed drinks. For more information, go to

Car crash puts Bootleggers on hiatus

A longtime Fort Wayne bar has announced it is temporarily closed.

Bootleggers Saloon and Galley at the corner of West Main Street and West Jefferson Boulevard is closed until further notice. The building and a gas line suffered damage from a vehicle crashing into it during the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 11. 

The gas leak was fixed that day, but the city condemned the building until repairs can be made. 

Singer-songwriter open mic at The Ruin

Grab your acoustic guitar as The Ruin, 1201 W. Main St., will hold a singer/songwriter open mic on Sunday, July 23, from 3-5 p.m. 

Teresa Chalaye hosts this all-ages open mic every second and fourth Sunday afternoon. 

Bring your guitars, ukuleles, keyboards, and voices for two hours of singer/songwriter fun. Each performer has three songs, or more if time allows.

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