Just look at some of the superstars touring and performing concerts this year who are old enough to collect Social Security retirement payments. They’re still rocking, but not in chairs. Bob Dylan is on tour, as he usually is during summer months. Dylan is 71 years old. But with a recent album and new tour dates, you’d never know he was of retirement age.
It was his love of laughter that eventually led Kevin Ervins to pursue his dream of bringing comedians he’d enjoyed seeing on ground breaking comedy shows like BET’s Comic View, Russell Simmon’s Def Comedy Jam and Martin Lawrence’s 1st Amendment to Fort Wayne.
The new movie Dear White People has everybody talking and it’s not even in theaters. African American director, writer and producer Justin Simiens states that with this new film he hopes to “explore racial identity in ‘post racial’ America” and “bring back” the movie styles of movie directors such as Spike Lee. Dear White People stars Sam, an African American student who struggles with being “a black face in a very white place.” She and the other members of the Black Student Union are tired of the discrimination at their Ivy League university and demand change.
On June 29, Unity Performing Arts Foundation (UNITY) is scheduled to present what organizers say its biggest and most innovative summer production ever. Many have asked: “What makes this production so special?” This concert is a tribute to the late Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, entitled “Alive Again.”
Members of the black intelligentsia let out a collective victory cry when hip-hop artist Lil Wayne lost a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Mountain Dew as a result of lyrics comparing the beating of murdered teenager Emmett Till in 1955 to female genitalia.
Patriotic Pops kicks off The Phil’s free Summer Series on June 23. This Fort Wayne tradition begins the area’s Independence Day celebrations with a line-up of patriotic songs that celebrate everything that’s great about our country, including Yankee Doodle, the 1812 Overture, and a tribute to the veterans of our Armed Services.
Two show business legends who have passed away in the physical sense are set to live again, thanks the city’s own world renowned musical sensations. At 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., June 29 the World Champion Voices of Unity Choir is scheduled to present “Alive Again: A Tribute To Michael Jackson & Whitney Houston,” at Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.
FORT WAYNE—Cinema Center is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from The Waterfield Foundation, and a $20,000 grant from The Chapman Fund to be used toward the purchase and installation of the theater’s new digital projection equipment. These grants are matching grants, meaning funds raised by Cinema Center from other sources such as donations from its membership and gifts from other foundations, will be matched up to $25,000, until Sept. 1, 2013.