Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Volunteers needed for Hobnobben Festival


Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published April 6, 2022

Volunteers are being sought out for the seventh annual Hobnobben Film Festival, slated for Oct. 13-16 at Cinema Center. 

Available roles that need filled are film screeners to watch and review submitted films, someone to handle  social media, as well as volunteers for filmmaker hospitality, marketing, event planning/organizing, sponsorship, photography and/or videography, and day-of help (usher, concessions, merch, guest/filmmaker services).

Local painter’s pastels, oils at Museum of Art

The Paradigm Gallery at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main Street, showcases works from over 65 local and regional Paradigm artists the second Thursday of every month. Mike Kelly’s pastels and oils will be the focus of this month’s event from 5-7:30 p.m. on April 14. 

Kelly, who graduated from the Herron School of Art and Design and worked in Chicago as an award-winning designer and brand identity firm partner for 30 years, describes his paintings as “border(ing) on the edge of abstraction and representation.” 

The free admission event has hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Always Sunny trivia night at Hoppy Gnome

The Hoppy Gnome, 203 E. Berry St., will host an It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia-themed trivia night Monday, April 11, from 6-9 p.m. 

Tickets are $30 for individuals or $100 for teams of 4, and include themed food and a specialty-themed brew with a chance to win prizes. 

Costumes are encouraged.

Piere’s Club Escape welcomes cosplayers

Club Escape at Piere’s Entertainment Center, 5629 St. Joe Road, will host a cosplay night Friday, April 8, from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 

Tickets are $10 for the over-21 event, and cash prizes will be given for best cosplay, most creative, and best couple costume. 

Live music will be provided by Gil Grimm & Brokage. 

ACPL hosting virtual genealogy seminar

With the new release of the 1950 Census, genealogists are excited about finding their family members within this new record set. 

Allison Singleton of the Allen County Public Library  Genealogy Center will present a virtual seminar at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, for family history researchers to get them started on how and where to search for records, what to do if you can’t find a name, what information can be found in this new document, and more. 

After delay, Hairspray  set in place at Embassy

Fort Wayne’s Billy Dawson will make a stop in Fort Wayne on the national tour of Hairspray on Monday, April 11, at Embassy Theatre. 

Originally scheduled for March 23, the performance was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Tickets for the March 23 show will be honored, and there are still a few seats available. If ticket holders for the March 23 performance can’t attend, they should contact the STAR Bank box office at (260) 424-5665 for a refund. 

Tickets are $40-7$5 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Arena Theater holding Bright Star auditions

On Sunday, April 10, from 6-9 p.m., Arena Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for Bright Star, a musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell which was inspired by a true story. 

Directed by Todd Frymier and Leslie Beauchamp with musical direction by Ben Wedler and choreography by Heather Closson, the show will run June 10-25 at Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St.

The cast will include three women, five men, and an ensemble.

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