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Family series revived by Fort Wayne Ballet

Michele DeVinney

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 24, 2021

Fort Wayne Ballet has worked hard in recent months to provide programming despite the challenges. One exciting example is the return of the Family Series, short and family-friendly performances which feature members of the Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company. They are perfect for young audiences who might not be ready for longer productions.This Saturday, Feb. 27, the ballet hosts two performances of Charlotte’s Web, the E.B. White classic about Charlotte and her friend Wilbur the Pig. Although the Family Series is typically hosted at the Fort Wayne Ballet studios in the Auer Center, the 10 a.m. and noon performances will instead take place at the University of Saint Francis North Campus Auditorium to allow for distanced seating. Tickets are $10 for the 35-minute performances. The shows provide young dance enthusiasts a fun introduction to ballet through the literature they love.Hop River Looks to SpringHop River Brewing is looking ahead to spring with its March 17 event Not-Yet-Spring Bingo, a chance to safely gather while anxiously awaiting spring. The brewery plans to offer “nearly spring” prizes, little items intended to carry us through the last weeks before spring is sprung. The evening features a family-friendly and socially distanced night of bingo, beer, and dinner from 6-7 p.m. Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.Call for entries for MLK ArtworkHere’s another exciting call for submissions in Fort Wayne’s effort to make public art a focus of our downtown area, this one to commemorate a visit by Martin Luther King Jr. in June 1963. King spoke at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, now the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center. The call for submissions said, “The City of Fort Wayne’s Public Art Commission is looking for artists to create a sculpture commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The public display will include quotes from King’s 1963 speech given in Fort Wayne.” The appearance was arranged by the African American Frontiers Club and brought the civil rights leader to the Summit City just two months before his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington.The press release says, “Submissions are due by March 21, 2021, and must include a statement of interest, and impact of Dr. King’s work. A resume, list of references, and work samples should also be included. The committee will meet in April to review submissions and select finalists who will be invited to submit proposals for the project. The Public Art Commission will be working with the community over the next year to raise funds to commission and install the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial.” Those interested in more information should visit

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