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From war to romance, Event City has great stories to tell

6:34 PM, Feb. 6, 2013  |  Comments
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The amazing story of an American B-24 bomber named "Lady Be Good" will be the focus of a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday inside the SkyScape Theater at the EAA AirVenture Museum.

It's been described as one of the most intriguing aeronautical mysteries of the 20th century as the aircraft disappeared during a bombing raid during World War II (1943). At the time, it was assumed the plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea and all crew were listed as Missing In Action. Fifteen years later the wreckage was found, almost entirely intact, 440 miles inland.

EAA's Dick Campbell will present the entire story of the "Lady Be Good" followed by a "beyond the ropes" tour of the museum. Admission is free.

If you prefer your stories laced with fiction, then you'll want to check out what's happening in downtown on Friday night.

"Never Say Die!" was the simple message behind one of the most influential movies of the 1980s, and Friday night children of all ages can relive the excitement of pirate maps, underground caverns, hidden treasures and bobby traps. It's "The Goonies" and it's being shown as part of Dive-In Movie Night at the downtown YMCA, 324 Washington Ave.

The second in a series of five films, guests are invited to float round the pool while enjoying a great movie on their big screen. The show starts at 6 p.m. and is free for YMCA members (just $5.25 per family for non-members). Other titles in the series include "Toy Story 3" on March 15, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" on April 12 and "The Aristocrats" on May 17.

Friday night also offers the opportunity to check out local talent as the Oshkosh Ice Hawks and Community for Hope present "Bright Stars Face Off." This amateur talent competition will take place at 5:30 p.m. inside the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N. Main St. Performers, grades 6 through 12, will show off their talents in support of suicide prevention and awareness. Tickets, $40 per person or $300 for a table for eight people, include food and entertainment. There will also be a cash bar, silent auction and more. For table reservations, call (920) 267-1663.

The Paine Art Center & Gardens is opening a new exhibition on Friday, "Calm before the Storm." The collection highlights artwork with interesting perspectives on weather and climate. These examples show landscapes and seascapes that convey the emotion, power and mood of weather events.

Primarily pieces from the Paine's own collection, the exhibit includes rarely seen landscapes by George Inness, watercolor by Winslow Homer, and paintings by Adolphe Schreyer, Georges Michel and Jules Dupre. "Calm before the Storm" will be on display from Feb. 8 through April 7. Normal admission rates apply.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner so don't miss out on a unique opportunity to surprise your loved one with a special message. As they do every year the Winnebagoland Barbershoppers are available to deliver a singing Valentine on Feb. 14. One of their fine quartets will hand deliver a rose and two love songs to your sweetheart at their office, school, home or restaurant. They'll go anywhere within about 25 miles of Oshkosh. For pricing and additional information, call (920) 426-0382 or visit them at www.barbershopsingers .org. Proceeds are used to award scholarships to area high school and undergraduate students studying music.

If a night on the town is more your style, pick up some tickets to "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" at the historic Grand Opera House, 100 High Ave. Presented by the all-local cast of the Oshkosh Community Players, this is a hilarious look at relationships - just in time for Valentine's Day.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14, 15 and 16. Admission starts at $20.

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Have fun, Oshkosh!

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