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Turnstone, Sweetwater to host talent show at Clyde

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published January 12, 2022

Turnstone Center and Sweetwater Sound are seeking talent for their upcoming “Center Stage: Fort Wayne’s Premier Talent Show.” 

The event will feature local performing artists of all ages, talents, and abilities. 

“Center Stage” is a first-of-its-kind talent experience in our community, spotlighting talent and performing arts for people with or without disabilities. Depending on the number of qualifying entries, artists may be asked to participate in preliminary talent show rounds with the final show scheduled for Thursday, May 12, at the Clyde Theatre.

Talents are not limited to singing, dancing, instrumental music, skits, magic, comedy, martial arts and juggling. However, lip-synching acts will not be considered. No profanity or insensitive subject material will be permitted, and all acts are subject to approval by Center Stage Committee and the Clyde Theatre.

An optional fundraising component will be shared with qualifying acts Tuesday, March 1, and although not required, the highest fundraising act will receive automatic entry to the final show.

For more information or to submit an act by the Feb. 15 deadline, go to

Public Art Commission Survey

The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission has received $50,000 from the Northeast Quadrant Investing in Neighborhoods Now Committee to fund an art project. 

The commission are seeking input on types and potential locations to place artwork in Fort Wayne’s northeast quadrant. 

People who live or work in the quadrant of are invited to take an online survey at through Monday, Jan. 31. 

If you have any questions regarding this survey or the initiative, email

Conservatory clowns around with exhibit

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory’s winter exhibit has a circus theme, featuring photo opportunities, exotic topiary animals, and plant oddities. 

Running through April 17, “Under the Big Top” will be open to visitors during the Conservatory’s regular business hours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Lewinsky lecture at PFW postponed

The University of Purdue Fort Wayne’s next Omnibus Speaker Series event has been postponed.

Monica Lewinsky’s lecture, “The Price of Shame” was set for Jan. 25, but due to increased cases of COVID-19 in the state, the university and her representatives opted to postpone and are working on a later date.

The next scheduled Omnibus speaker is former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Thursday, Feb. 17.

Memorial Coliseum names VP of Operations

Eric Lonsbury has joined the staff of Memorial Coliseum as the vice president of operations. 

Lonsbury will be responsible for leading the day-to-day conversion of the facility from event to event, procuring equipment and supplies for event services and projecting budgets for vendors and clients.

He most recently worked within the trade show industry as a project manager and engineering director, with a total of 14 years of experience in the field. Previously, he served as the Assistant Operations Manager at the Memorial Coliseum for 12 years. Lonsbury also has 10 years of experience working as a professional musician and in live production.

Lonsbury completed the International Association of Venue Managers’ Venue Management School in 2010. He is a Navy veteran.


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