There's a lot to do this weekend and early next week in Evansville, including the nearly sold out Kevin Hart show, art exhibit wizard ball, and book fair! Get out and enjoy all the awesome events in our community! 

 1. Stepping Up workshop

Non-partisan organization Stepping UP is hosting a free training session Friday for women interested in public service, seeking public office, serving on boards and supporting other candidates.

The workshop, Stepping Up: How to run for public office, is from noon to 1 p.m. in the Blue & Gold Room in the first-floor atrium of Old National Bank. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 11:30 a.m. to purchase lunch at Fresh Harvest Deli or bring a brown bag.

Elected office holders and those who have worked in campaigns will talk about their experiences and give advice for succeeding in the political arena. Vanderburgh County Councilwoman Stephanie Terry and Denise Johnson, director of Mayor Lloyd Winnecke's re-election campaign, will moderate a panel which includes Indiana State Senator Vaneta Becker, former Vanderburgh County Coroner Annie Groves, City Clerk Laura Windhorst, recent City Councilwoman Anna Hargis and Lori Sherman, attorney with Kittlinger & Gray and 2016 candidate for Indiana Representative for District 77.

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2. 7th Annual Soul Writers' Guild Book Fair

6 p.m. Friday's book fair at the Evansville African American Museum will feature internationally known screenwriter Owen Keith Woodard who brought to life story of South African singer Miriam Makeba as well as retired Fortune 500 company executive Gordon Fykes, Sr. who has written a book about strategies for reaching an individual's career destiny.

The Book Fair primarily is an opportunity for exposure to area African American authors, who will have their books, CDs and DVDs for sale. The fair is admission free to Evansville African American Museum members and $5.00 for non-members.

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3. Steel Toe Art Show

The newest show at the University of Evansville's Melvin Peterson Gallery features diverse 2D and 3D work by two UE alums — Matt Gaddie and Brian Somerville.

The show is on display through Feb. 24 with a student lecture and workshop Feb. 22 and 23 and reception and public lecture Feb. 23.

Gaddie is a production potter and Somerville creates sculpture, drawings and mixed media paintings.

4. 2nd Annual Evansville Wizards Yule Ball

Muggles, wizards and squibs are all welcome to the 2nd Annual Evansville Wizards Yule Ball from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

The 18 and over event is at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum with tickets running at $25 each ahead, $32 at the door. The event is a formal dance for students of the famous wizarding school, and formalwear or themed costumes are highly encouraged.

5. 62nd Young Artist Competition

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra will present its 62nd annual Young Artist Competition at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Victory. Free and open to the public.

The competition is free and open to the public and will feature 15 musicians — from grades 6-12 — vying for cash prizes as high as $1,000, along with performance opportunities with the Philharmonic.

The musicians come from a diverse background and instrumental talents. The competition is designed to promote, encourage and nurture young talent and is funded in part by the Musicians Club of Evansville/Margaret B. & Leo E. Hem Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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6. Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour

Comedian Kevin Hart is returning to Evansville for his newest comedy tour, The Irresponsible Tour.

Doors open at the Ford Center at 6 p.m. for this 7 p.m. Sunday show but be warned, cell phones before during the show are not allowed. No talking, texting, photos, videos, social media or other use of a cell phone is allowed or you'll be ejected without refund.

There are just a handful of single seat tickets still available for the show.

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7. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 'The Sound of Music'

Aiken Theatre will be alive with music Tuesday when the Broadway show "The Sound of Music" comes to Evansville.

The Rogers and Hammerstein classic will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and include favorites "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss," "My Favorite Things" and the title song. The musical — later turned movie starring Julie Andrews — is based on the book "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp.