Local certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator at the Veg Academy and founder of Fort Wayne Veg Heather Dahman has released the Fort Wayne Vegan Dining Guide, an online guide of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants. It can be found at veganfortwayne.com.

The Fort Wayne Vegan Dining Guide lists almost 30 (and counting) restaurants that have several on-menu plant-based options. The interactive map included on the guide will help users find what options are closest to them.

Ivy Tech opens dinner series in April

As part of its Classical Cuisine class, hospitality administration students at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, will create and serve French cuisine to the public.

Students write the menu and cook the meals, which follow the principles and techniques of renowned French chef Auguste Escoffier. There will be five dinners and featured regions this semester: April 4, Normandy; April 11, Pays de la Loire; April 18, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté; April 25, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes; and May 2, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Dinners start at 6, 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. each date in Hospitality Room 1640. Park in the north lot, which faces Coliseum Boulevard, and enter through Door 24.

Dinners are $20 a person, and wine is available for purchase for $5 per glass or $15 per bottle.

To make reservations, which are required at least 24 hours before the dinner, call (260) 480-2002.

Visit IvyTech.edu/fortwayne/dinners to learn more.

American Freedom Distillery launches in Indiana

American Freedom Distillery, the craft distillery of American-made, premium spirits, officially entered the Indiana market at Indianapolis’ Premier Bourbon Celebration in late February. Hosted by the Indiana Historical Society (IHS), the brand debuted its Horse Soldier Bourbon and auctioned off a bottle of its limited production Commander Select.

Horse Soldier Bourbon is now available in more than 200 locations throughout Indiana, including participating Big Red Liquors, Walmart and Payless Liquor store locations. It will also be available in Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, with more locations to come, according to a news release.

Botanical Conservatory seeks butterfly volunteers

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, needs volunteers for this year’s butterfly exhibit coming up in April. Two at a time, paid and volunteer staff provide customer service and exhibit oversight in the Botanical Conservatory’s temporary live butterfly exhibit during public hours.

Formal training is required and provided annually. USDA regulation requires that an exhibit containing insects from out of state be constantly staffed to ensure containment. The time commitment for this position involves a three-hour mandatory training or appropriate refresher training annually, along with as many two- to three-hour shifts as mutually agreeable during the 10- to 12-week run of the exhibit from mid-April through early July.

Interested candidates should fill out a volunteer application, contact Liz Firestine at (260) 427-6446 and plan to attend one three-hour training session. The last session is April 9, 1-4 p.m.

For full details on all events and programs happening at the Botanical Conservatory, go to botanicalconservatory.org.

Clyde announces 3 more shows

The Clyde Theatre, 1818 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne, has announced three more shows with a range of diverse rock acts.

Re-creating the “Thunder From Down Under” throughout the Southwest, Midwest, Southern and Northeastern United States, Thunderstruck is constantly adding new cities and aims to please every crowd, playing the songs fans know and love from all eras of AC/DC.

They will perform April 5. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Standing general admission tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of and $30 for a four-pack.

With steadfast determination, drive and dedication, HATEBREED cement themselves as one of heavy music’s strongest institutions. They will perform with Obituary, Madball, Prong and Skeletal Remains on May 7. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Tickets for standing general admission are $25 in advance, $30 the day of and $80 for a four-pack.

Los Angeles born guitarist Nita Strauss’ skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things guitar have earned her a stellar reputation and endorsements from many top companies.

She will perform May 25 in the Club Room. Doors open at 10 p.m. and the show starts at 11 p.m. All ages are welcome; tickets are $20.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased online at www.clydetheatre.com, over the phone at (800) 514-3849 or in person at the Clyde box office, all three Wooden Nickel Records locations, Neat Neat Neat Records and Sweetwater Sound.

Fort Wayne Food Tours’ 2019 season begins April 13

Fort Wayne’s first foodie tour, which also combines historic and architectural commentary, returns on April 13. The tours will run on weekends through September at 3 p.m. on both days and are limited to a maximum of 12 persons. Saturday tours are open to the public and Friday tours are typically reserved for private groups.

The tours will be a combination of tapas-sized tastings at four locally owned downtown establishments: Don Hall’s Gas House, 305 E. Superior St.; The Hoppy Gnome, 203 E. Berry St.; Proximo, 898 S. Harrison St.; and DeBrand Fine Chocolates, 878 Harrison St. Guests should expect to have had a full meal by the end of tour. In addition, the tours, which last about three hours, will include six commentary stops that will highlight the history and architecture of Fort Wayne during the slow and easy 1.25-mile central core loop.Buckcherry are back with their newest music in four years and to celebrate the rock band will be in Angola on April 24 at the Electric Room, 310 W. Wendell Jacob Ave., for their headline Warpaint tour.

The album was produced by the legendary Mike Plotnikoff, who previously produced the band’s platinum certified album “15.”

General admission tickets cost $30 and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2EItP2D or at Angola Bowl. VIP options are also available, according to the website.

Art This Way seeks muralists

The Art This Way Alleyway Activation Project is building an outdoor art gallery in the alleys and pedestrian corridors in downtown Fort Wayne and has announced its 2019 artist call for entry.

The selected mural design will be installed on the west and north wall of 840 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. The mural design is expected to account for the scale and scope of the passage. This project is meant to make use of the west wall and the design should wrap around to the north wall. Extra consideration will be given to designs that best use the space.

The design will be chosen through a blind jury process.

The selected artist will receive a stipend and will install the work this summer or fall. This is a worldwide artist call. Further eligibility information is available on the prospectus.

A complete artist application can be found at ArtThisWayFW.com. The artist application deadline is May 1.

Roseanne Barr coming to Fort Wayne’s Coliseum

Comedy superstar, award-winning actress, best-selling author, 2012 presidential candidate and the original domestic goddess Roseanne Barr will perform her stand-up comedy Alive and Kickin’ Tour at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Expo Center, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne, on May 16.

Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2J0Cu5V.

Arts festival seeks entrants

The Fort Wayne Arts Festival at Jefferson Pointe is seeking entries to its 10th annual event.

This popular and prestigious juried outdoor show features the best of local and regional fine artists offering an array of masterful works in clay, fiber, photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry and more.

To be considered for this event, artists must submit a completed application form, images of their work and a $25 non-refundable jury fee. Applications and guidelines are available at www.JeffersonShopping.com, the Jefferson Pointe mall office or by email request at Ten21Creatives@gmail.com.

Spaces are limited, and the application deadline is May 22.

I Prevail to perform at the Clyde

The Clyde Theatre, 1818 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne, and 98.9 the Bear welcome revolutionary metalcore band I Prevail with ISSUES and Justin Stone on May 23.

Nearing half a billion streams and 115 million YouTube views, I Prevail moved more than 500,000 albums worldwide, notched three No. 1 singles on SiriusXM Octane, and played 500-plus shows in just three years.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Tickets for standing general admission are $31 in advance and $36 the day of. VIP packages are available.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.clydetheatre.com, over the phone at (800) 514-3849 or in person at the Clyde box office, all three Wooden Nickel Records locations, Neat Neat Neat Records and Sweetwater Sound.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band to perform at Sweetwater

Sweetwater proudly presents the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, with special guest Samantha Fish, live in concert June 14 at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion, 5501 U.S. 30 W., Fort Wayne.

The five-time Grammy nominated guitarist brings high-energy blues and an electrifying performance.

Tickets can be purchased at the Sweetwater campus, Neat Neat Neat Records and all area Wooden Nickel record store locations and online via sweetwaterpavilion.com and http://bit.ly/2H50CCF. Tickets are $29-$65.

New shows announced at Honeywell Center

The Honeywell Foundation has six new shows coming for performances at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater, 275 W. Market St., Wabash.

Appearing June 28 will be the Wabash Institute with its annual concert at 7 p.m. Talented double bass players from across the country will perform a concert spanning all musical genres in the intimate setting of the Honeywell Room. Tickets are $25.

An Evening with Alice Cooper will take place July 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Honeywell Center. With a career spanning 50 years, 27 albums, and numerous hits, Alice Cooper is one of the most iconic and recognizable music legends in rock history. Tickets are $125, $69 and $54.

Kornfield Friends is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9. Lulu Roman, Misty Rowe, Jana Jae and Buck Trent – all four cast members of the hit country music variety show “Hee Haw” – bring a touch of “Kornfield Kounty” to fans nationwide. Tickets prices are $100, $75 and $15.

Coming to the Ford Theater on Aug. 10 will be the Singing Contractors with a 7:30 p.m. performance. In 2015, Indiana contractors Aaron Gray and Josh Arnett put the hammers down to take a coffee break on the job site and recorded themselves (from their iPhones) singing “How Great Thou Art.” Now, with more than 100 million YouTube and Facebook views, they have become an internet phenomenon and have made national television appearances on “Fox and Friends” and other programs. Tickets are $50, $24 and $32.

The rock band UFO will perform on the Ford Theater stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct 24. Over a career spanning 51 years, UFO has released 22 studio albums, 14 live recordings, 16 compilation albums and one album of cover songs. Tickets are $100, $45 and $35.

Coming to the Honeywell Center at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 will be Mark Nizer‘s 4D Theatre. Imagine a concert experience that blends light, sound and color to create a multi- dimensional 4D feast for the eyes. Tickets are $25 and $15.

Tickets for all shows may be purchased online at www.honeywellcenter.org or by calling the Honeywell Foundation Box Office at (260) 563-1102.Sweetwater presents Eli Young Band

Sweetwater proudly presents the modern country music stylings of the Eli Young Band, live in concert on July 13 at 7 p.m. at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion, 5501 U.S. 30 West, Fort Wayne. Although their sound has evolved over time, what they’re good at has always been the same – organic, live-show focused country dripping with authenticity and perfected in clubs, amphitheaters, and stadiums from coast to coast.

Paired alongside Eli & Co. is Mason Ramsey, the internet sensation who’s captured the hearts of million of fans thanks to his larger than life voice and goofy-yet-wholesome demeanor.

Tickets for the Eli Young Band concert can be purchased at the Sweetwater campus and online via http://bit.ly/2GT1o4r or sweetwaterpavilion.com.

Tickets are $27.50-$49.

Night Ranger live in Fort Wayne

Night Ranger will be live in concert on July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion, 5501 U.S. 30 West, Fort Wayne.

With more than 17 million albums sold worldwide, more than 3,500 live performances, and a radio audience that exceeds 1 billion, Night Ranger has both epitomized and transcended the arena rock sound and style well beyond that era.

Tickets can be purchased at the Sweetwater campus or online at http://bit.ly/2Snj76w or sweetwaterpavilion.com.

Tickets are $29-$65.

Zombie, Manson coming to Fort Wayne

Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson‘s “Twins of Evil: Hell Never Dies Tour 2019” will make a stop in Fort Wayne on Aug. 11 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne.

Tickets are now on sale at https://livemu.sc/2EqExff.

More information is available at http://marilynmanson.com/#tour or https://robzombie.com/tour-dates

Rob Zombie’s new album is due out later this year and he is currently putting the finishing touches on his new film “Three From Hell.” Marilyn Manson is working on the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2017 release “Heaven Upside Down.”

The Allman Betts Band live in concert at Sweetwater

Sweetwater proudly presents the combined efforts of Devon Allman, son of Gregg Allman, and Duane Betts, son of Dickey Betts, who have teamed up to create the Allman Betts Band. The group will be live in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion, 5501 U.S. 30 W., Fort Wayne, along with special guests The Why Store.

Tickets can be purchased at the Sweetwater campus, Neat Neat Neat Records, all area Wooden Nickel record store locations and online via sweetwaterpavilion.com and http://bit.ly/2W20M0V.

Local communities selected to host Smithsonian exhibit

Indiana Humanities has selected six Hoosier communities to host a Smithsonian-curated traveling exhibit called “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.”

The exhibit is part of the Museum on Main Street program, a division of the Smithsonian that brings high-quality exhibits and resources to rural communities. The exhibit’s purpose is to allow small towns a chance to look at the economic and social changes that have affected their fortunes over the past century, explore how they have adapted, identify what makes them uniquely appealing and spark discussions about the future.

Locally, the exhibit will be at the Elkhart County Historical Museum in Bristol from Feb. 1 to March 15, 2020, and the North Manchester Center for History in Wabash County from March 21 to May 2, 2020.

Each community will host the exhibit for six weeks and receive training, funding or other resources from the Smithsonian, Indiana Humanities and the Office of Community & Rural Affairs.

The hosts also will curate a unique section of the exhibit that tells the story of their communities. Host organizations will receive a $2,000 grant to cover costs associated with the development of the local component, including design, fabrication and more.

Another nine sites were chosen to receive grants to develop programs, mini-exhibits and other projects related to the themes of the “Crossroads” exhibit. Organizations that will receive $1,500 grants to develop related programming include Trine University in Angola and the Wabash County Historical Museum in Wabash.

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