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Going out guide: The best things to do for the coming week

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 12:01 am

TODAY

DOGGONE FUN: If you love dogs or just enjoy watching the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on TV, you'll enjoy the Old Fort Cluster Dog Show going on at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

The show attracts dog owners and their animals from this area as well as some of the best show dogs from around the country. Competition takes place all day, and a Best of Show title is awarded at the end of each day. Event organizers expect Saturday to have the greatest number of dogs in competition.

Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today-Sunday. Admission is free, but people are asked to bring a pet food item for donation to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana. Parking is $4 in the main lot and $8 in the preferred lot.

For more about the show and to view breed showing times, go to www.neikc.org.

FRIDAY

OPERA ENCORE: It will be almost like listening to a greatest hits album as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents the Chamber Choral Series concert “Another Night at the Opera” at 7 p.m. Friday at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St.

Opera selections for the performance include “The Barber of Seville” and “William Tell” by Rossini; “La Boheme” “Madame Butterfly” and “Girl of the Golden West” by Puccini; “La Traviata” by Verdi; and many more, a news release said.

Tickets are $22 each and are available by calling 481-0777, at www.fwphil.org, at First Wayne Street United Methodist and at the box office in the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

GIVING SPIRIT: The true spirit of giving gets the spotlight during all for One productions' performances of “An O. Henry Christmas” at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza.

The play, which was written by Howard Burman, centers around a famous writer who encounters a group of homeless people on Christmas Eve. In return for some food and warming by their fire, he agrees to tell them stories, which they act out. The tales include “The Gift of the Magi” and other stories of giving.

Additional performances by all for One, a local faith-based theater group, are at 8 p.m. Saturday, and Nov. 9 and 10; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 11.

Early bird discount tickets, available up to opening night, are $12, adults; $10, ages 60 and over; and $8, students and groups of 10 or more. At the door, tickets are $15, adults; $12, ages 60 and older; and $10, students. Reserve tickets by calling 622-4610.

SATURDAY

HOLIDAY CLASSIC: Will Ralphie get that Red Ryder BB gun? Find out as the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre presents the stage version of the holiday film classic “A Christmas Story” at 8 p.m. at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

The play has been adapted from the Jean Shepherd memoir that served as the basis for the popular film about Ralphie, his dysfunctional family and his hopes of receiving a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

Additional performances will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17; and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 10, 11, and 18.

Tickets are $24, adults; $16, ages 23 and younger; and $20, for Sunday matinees for ages 60 and older only. Buy tickets at www.fwcivic.org; call 424-5220; or visit the Arts United Center box office noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday or noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays before the show.

SUNDAY

HISTORY REVISITED: Enjoy two events this weekend sponsored by The History Center:

•Traders Days will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road. Vendors will sell Native American art and crafts, including fine art, gourd work, beading, wood carvings, corn husk dolls, Christmas ornaments, jewelry, clothing and more.

Admission is free.

•On Sunday, the George R. Mather Lecture will feature Michael Galbraith speaking about Chief Jean-Baptiste de Richardville and treaty making by the Miami Nation of Indians. Galbraith is executive director of ARCH, a local historic preservation organization. He also is the co-author of the nomination that resulted in the Richardville House being named a National Historic Landmark.

The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. at The History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Admission is free.

WEDNESDAY

GUITAR GREAT: Renowned blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa performs a concert at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Bonamassa is touring in support of his new solo album, “Driving Towards the Daylight.” The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Blues Chart and at No. 23 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart.

Bonamassa also has stayed busy with collaborative projects. He formed rock band Black Country Communion with Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Jason Bonham of Led Zeppelin and Foreigner, and Derek Sherinian of Dream Theater and Billy Idol. The group put out an album in 2010 and 2011.

Bonamassa first gained note at age 12 by opening concerts by blues legend B.B. King.

Tickets are $49, $59, $69 and $89. They are available at the Embassy box office, Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.