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

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:01 am

TODAY

CHRISTIAN JAM: Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, NewSong and Colton Dixon join together for one of the biggest and most successful concert tours in Christian music history — Winter Jam.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. A pre-jam party takes place just before the main concert, and features Love & the Outcome, Everfound and Derek Minor.

Cost is $10 at the door.

FRIDAY

DANCE TO SHAKESPEARE: Fort Wayne Ballet joins with Fort Wayne Philharmonic to present Shakespeare's classic, yet tragic, love story, “Romeo & Juliet” at 8 p.m. at Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

The Philharmonic, under the direction of associate conductor Sameer Patel, accompanies with Sergei Prokofiev's original score, while Fort Wayne Ballet will feature guest dancers from Bloomington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Additional performances include 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday. “An Evening in Verona” pre-show party starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and a masquerade party follows Saturday evening's performance.

Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and youth and $15 for ages 13 and under. “An Evening in Verona” tickets cost $15 a person, and the masquerade party tickets are $8 a person. Tickets are available at https://tickets.artstix.org.

WHO HAS THE GOLDEN TICKET?: Who will inherit Willy Wonka's chocolate factory secrets? Well, come to the latest Youtheatre play, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” to find out. The play begins at 8 p.m. at USF Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St.

Youtheatre had so many actors try out that there will be two separate casts over the two weeks of performances, which include 8 p.m. Saturday and March 28-29 and 2 p.m. Sunday and March 30.

Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for ages 65 and older or 17 and under and $10 each for groups of 20 or more. Service fees apply. Tickets are available at 422-4226 or https://tickets.artstix.org/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent1699.html.

SATURDAY

HANDBELL FESTIVAL AND CONCERT: Those who love listening to their church's handbell choir are in for a special treat as 60 ringers from six Fort Wayne area churches gather for a concert at 4:30 p.m. at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St. An offering will be accepted.

Guest conductor is Lee Afdahl, the president of the board of the Handbell Musicians of America, and director of music and organist at First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, Minn.

The event is co-chaired by Tim Robison, organist and director of music at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, and Jane Snow, former handbell choir director at four Fort Wayne churches, former handbell ensemble director at IPFW, and local and national handbell clinician.

SAROD MASTERS: Indian music stars Amjad Ali Khan and his sons, Amaan and Ayaan, travel to IPFW to perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. in Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. The sarod is a lute-like instrument. Tickets are $10 general admission and free for university students with valid ID.

SUNDAY

A GOLD MINE OF MUSIC: The Goldmine Pickers will appear in concert at 2 p.m. at Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Their acoustic music has delighted audiences in the United States and Europe since 2003, and features a blend of Americana, bluegrass, folk, old-time and Irish music. Free.

TUESDAY

YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERT: Fort Wayne Children's Choir will present the Young Artists Concert at 7 p.m. at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St.

The concert will feature the Concert Choir, Youth Chorale, Chamber Singers and select individual musicians from the featured ensembles.

The Concert Choir is the most advanced choir. The Youth Chorale is comprised primarily of high school students. The Chamber Singers are a subset of the Youth Chorale, which spend extra time on music education.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students and are available at https://tkt.xosn.com//tickets/TicketHome.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=28300.

— News-Sentinel staff reports