RARE OPPORTUNITY: Local Fort Wayne Museum of Art officials received a tip about a unique art collection at Peru High School in north-central Indiana. After visiting and seeing the treasures, the museum arranged to hold an exhibit of some of the works. Fort Wayne Museum of Art Executive Director Charles Shepard will lead a tour of that exhibit at 6 p.m. at the museum, 311 E. Main St.
Items in the John Whittenberger Collection of G. David Thompson at Peru High School include works by Picasso, William Merritt Chase, DuChamp, Dali and more, the museum says on its website, www.fwmoa.org.
The tour is free to museum members and $5 per person for nonmembers. Call 422-6467, Ext. 322, for more information.
COUNTRY STARS: The Zac Brown Band will play its country-based but varied music in concert at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Blackberry Smoke and Levi Lowrey will open the show.
The band's most recent album, fittingly titled “Uncaged,” was released in July and contains a mix of traditional country songs, reggae and R&B.
Reserved-seat tickets are $69.50, $59.50 and $45. General admission floor tickets are $69.50. Tickets are available at the Memorial Coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, some Walmart stores or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. Parking is $4, main lot, and $8, preferred lot.
Members of the Zamily fan club also can purchase a pass for the eat-and-greet when you buy concert tickets. Southern Ground Executive Chef Rusty Hamlin will serve Southern fare from “Cookie” — the band's custom mobile kitchen.
CORRUPT COMEDY: Aged and conniving King Henry II's plan to name his successor sets off all kinds of family treachery in “The Lion In Winter,” which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St.
Set in 1183, the play features real-life spouses Bob Haluska and Kate Black as the king and queen. Those who want the throne include the king's three sons, his young mistress and her brother, a French king.
Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 18-19 and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are in advance are $20, general admission; $18, ages 65 and older; and free to the first 30 full-time students with reservations. At the door, tickets are $24, general admission; $22, ages 65 and older; and $10, full-time students. To buy tickets, go to www.firstpres-fw.org/ the_arts/theater/tickets or call 422-6329.
LOCAL TALENT: Michael F. Patterson and Jordan Chaney will perform 7-10 p.m. at the Acoustic SpokenWord Cafe at the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art & Culture (TRIAAC), 501 E. Brackenridge St.
Patterson is well-known locally as a bass guitar player. He will entertain with his music and by reading from a short story and poetry he has written.
Chaney, a spoken-word artist, is a Fort Wayne native and a founding member of the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble, TRIAAC's traditional Afrikan drumming performance group. Currently an Indiana University student pursuing a degree in communications, she will read from her collection of poetry.
MULTIGENERATIONAL MUSIC: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Philharmonic Youth Symphony combine efforts to present the Masterworks concert “Beauty in the Breakdown” at 8 p.m. in the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Phil Music Director Andrew Constantine will conduct as the orchestras perform works by Rossini, Schubert and more, including Wagner's “Overture to The Flying Dutchman.”
Tickets are $16, $28, $48 and $63; call 481-0777 or buy at www.fwphil.org.
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE: A panel of experts from local universities will discuss and answer audience questions about the Emancipation Proclamation during the Lincoln in the Library program “Lincoln's Gamble: The Emancipation Proclamation: Panel discussion” at 2 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A, 900 Library Plaza.
The discussion helps commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863, which led to freedom for many slaves in the South during America's Civil War.
Admission is free.
TIMELY TALK: Civil rights activist and radio personality Joe Madison will speak on “The Relevancy of the Dream in 2013 and Beyond” at 7 p.m. in the Walb Union International Ballroom at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Admission is free; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Madison, who broadcasts on Sirius XM Satellite Radio Channel 128 6-10 a.m. weekdays, will speak during the second annual Chocolate Hour presented by IPFW's Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the MLK Club of Fort Wayne.
For more information or to RSVP, call 481-6608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.