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    ACOUSTIC TODAY – Jason Paul – 9 p.m.; Acme Bar and Grill, 1105 E. State Blvd.; no cover; 480-2264.
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    BOOKS SATURDAY Jeremiah Israel – Author of “March the Damned”; 5 to 7 p.m.; Hyde Brothers, Booksellers, 1428 Wells St.
    ARTWORK AVAILABLE: To buy artwork from Manchester Main Street’s “Discover North Manchester” storefront artwork exhibit, go to

Arts Update

DANCE WORKSHOP: Louis Van Amstel from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” will be hosting a workshop April 20 and 21 in Fort Wayne for his new dance fitness program, “LaBlast.” The workshop is $399 for two days, and registration is available at He will also conduct a master class for $25 at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the Jorgensen YMCA, 10313 Aboite Center Road. For master class tickets, call 348-5639 or email

PUBLISHED: Nicole Leigh Shaw of Fort Wayne recently appeared in the humor anthology on motherhood, “I Just Want to Pee Alone,” published by @throat_punch Books.

•B.J. Hollars of Fort Wayne has written a short-story collection of coming-of-age tales, “Sightings: Stories.” The book was published by Indiana University Press.

•B.J. Young, who lives in northwest Ohio, has published “A Portrait of Dawn,” a piece of Christian fiction about teenage pregnancy and adoption. The book was published by InspiringVoices.

•David Sowards of Fort Wayne recently published his inspirational book, “Going to Heaven,” at

CONTESTANT CALL: “Idol Variety Night,” which raises money for the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund, is looking for contestants. Entrants must live or work in Kosciusko County, be available for the May 10 rehearsal and the May 11 event, choose a performance that is shorter than five minutes and provide music via CD for the night of the event. Those interested can email their name, phone number and talent background to or call 574-269-5188.

AUDITIONS: The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre is having auditions to cast for plays in the fourth annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.

WORKSHOP: The Art Farm, 17612 N. County Line Road East, Spencerville, is having a 2-D mixed media workshop with Randall Scott Harden from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Bring your own canvas, found images and text. Cost is $75. To register, call 238-4755.


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