Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Activist documentary at Cinema Center


Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 9, 2022

Fort Wayne Cinema Center is open again and will present The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson this weekend. 

The 2017 American documentary film was directed by David France and chronicles Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, prominent figures in gay liberation and transgender rights movement in New York City from the 1960s to the 1990s and co-founders of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries.

The film centers on activist Victoria Cruz’s investigation into Johnson’s death in 1992 using archival interviews with Johnson, and new interviews with Johnson’s family, friends, and fellow activists. 

The film runs 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12. Tickets are $12, $9 for seniors/students, $9 for Cinema Center members, and $6 for seniors/students who are also Cinema Center members.

Four-themed exhibit at Gallery K

Gallery K, 2445 Broadway, will host a four-themed art exhibit, including a selection of macro nature photography, a collection of antique cameras with photos, and a black-and-white set of downtown Fort Wayne landmarks noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. An artist reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10.

Prints will be available to purchase as well as a coffee and snack bar.

Femininity photo shoot at Local Archive

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, photographers Mariah James and Jada Carpenter will hold black-and-white photo sessions at The Local Archive, 1501 E. Berry St., for those 18 years old and over who identify as a woman or who want to embrace their femininity. 

The event is “for anyone who already loves or wants to learn to love the skin they’re in.” 

Sessions can be solo or group, and mimosas and snacks will be served. The event is open house, but there will be a full group photo during the last hour that any participant can take part in. The preferred attire is all black for aesthetic reasons, but can be anything participants feel comfortable in. 

Tickets are $40 for presale and $50 at the door. Digital black-and-white images will be sent within 48 hours. 

For more information, send an email to wildandfreephoto@icloud.com.

 Spiece hosting Zumbathon

Spiece Fitness, 5310 Merchandise Drive, will hold a “Love Yourself Zumbathon” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. 

All ages are welcome, but those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. The suggested attire is pink or red to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Cost is $5 per person.

Family Sweetheart Dance

Fort Wayne Dance Collective will hold a Family Sweetheart Dance at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. The event is open to families and friends, for all ages and abilities. 

Cost is $14 per child/adult pair and an additional $2 per child or adult. 

Register at fwdc.org or call (260) 424-6574.

Couples’ dessert class at Sweets So Geek

Sweets So Geek, 6722 E. State Blvd., will hold a couples’ dessert-baking class 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. 

Couples will learn to bake a flourless chocolate cake as well as a raspberry coulis. 

Tickets are $35 and are available at Eventbrite.com.

African American Genealogical virtual event

The African American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne will host a free virtual program, “Let’s Talk Genealogy: Out of the Box Ways to Find Surnames.” 

The program will explore slave narratives written from 1760 to the end of the Civil War. Learn firsthand how and why surnames changed in this research method with AAGSFW chairwoman Roberta F. Ridley. Find the group on Facebook for more information.

Seussical opens at The Civic Theatre

Seussical is running at Fort Wayne Civic Theatre through Feb. 27. 

Narrated by the Cat in the Hat (A.J. Lorenzini), the story follows Horton the Elephant (Jordan Gameon) on his quest to save the planet of Who while young Jojo (Tegan Dostal) is sent off to military school for thinking too many unusual “thinks.” 

Per Arts United policy, patrons will be required to wear masks as long as Allen County COVID rates remain in the red. Tickets are available at artstix.org.

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