Arts & Culture http://wboi.org en From the Vault: Julia Meek's Never-Before-Released Interview with Johnny Winter http://wboi.org/post/vault-julia-meeks-never-released-interview-johnny-winter <p>Blues legend Johnny Winter <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332226923/blues-guitarist-johnny-winter-dies-at-70">died this week at the age of 70</a>. The Grammy-winning artist was known for his high-energy picking style and a fiery presence on stage, both of which helped make him one of the greatest guitarists of all time, according to&nbsp;Rolling Stone.</p><p>In 2013, Winter performed in Fort Wayne, and WBOI's Julia Meek was given the opportunity to interview him.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:37:05 +0000 Sean Bueter 33399 at http://wboi.org From the Vault: Julia Meek's Never-Before-Released Interview with Johnny Winter Interview: A Better Fort's Alex Smith on Channeling Fort Wayne's Energy http://wboi.org/post/interview-better-forts-alex-smith-channeling-fort-waynes-energy <p></p><p>"A Better Fort" is a local non-profit group geared to the area's millenial population.</p><p>The organization's co-founder, Alex Smith, describes its evolving role as both advocacy and entertainment, citing the recent attention the group has received for its upcoming downtown block party, which is laughingly and lovingly named after former Fort Wayne Mayor Harry Baals.</p><p>Earlier this week, Smith joined WBOI's Julia Meek in the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss A Better Fort’s community involvement.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:37:51 +0000 Julia Meek 33071 at http://wboi.org Interview: A Better Fort's Alex Smith on Channeling Fort Wayne's Energy Summer Sizzle: The Fort's Best Burgers http://wboi.org/post/summer-sizzle-forts-best-burgers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nothing says summer like a big, juicy burger. So in honor of this warm-weather staple, I set out to find the Fort’s best. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a heated debate on various social media networks and tallying over one hundred votes, the top six restaurants emerged. </span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:32:26 +0000 Amber Recker 32965 at http://wboi.org Summer Sizzle: The Fort's Best Burgers Interview: Sameer Patel on Collaboration and Optimism at the Fort Wayne Phil http://wboi.org/post/interview-sameer-patel-collaboration-and-optimism-fort-wayne-phil <p>On Thursday, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic concludes its&nbsp;70th season as they present their annual "Patriotic Pops" concert in a brand new venue, Parkview Field.</p><p>The annual tradition features star-spangled favorites from the likes of John Phillip Sousa, Morton Gould, and even John Williams.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Philharmonic's Associate Conductor, </span>Sameer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Patel, will be at the podium for the occasion.&nbsp;</span></p><p>WBOI's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Julia Meek invited Patel to the </span>Madge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Rothschild Studios to reflect on this milestone year and the Philharmonic's role in the community.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:27:20 +0000 Julia Meek 32644 at http://wboi.org Interview: Sameer Patel on Collaboration and Optimism at the Fort Wayne Phil Peter Bremers' Glass Art Comes to FWMoA http://wboi.org/post/peter-bremers-glass-art-comes-fwmoa <p>Artist Peter Bremers' exhibition, <em>Inward Journey</em>, ​opens on Friday, June 27th at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. &nbsp; It's Bremers' first solo exhibition in America and will be on display through Aug. 31st. &nbsp;The Museum of Art's Charles Shepard sat down with&nbsp;Bremers in our studios earlier this week to discuss his work and his inspiration. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:50:52 +0000 Charles A. Shepard III 32403 at http://wboi.org Interview: Author Bill Levy on Director John Ford's Acting Company http://wboi.org/post/interview-author-bill-levy-director-john-fords-acting-company <p>Historian, author, and entertainer Bill Levy&nbsp;will tell you that his driving force is "a need to share," especially when it comes to his deep knowledge of cinema's past.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that's what Levy does in his new book,&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company</em>, chronicling the career of the legendary director and his troupe of regular players.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:59:43 +0000 Julia Meek 31756 at http://wboi.org Interview: Author Bill Levy on Director John Ford's Acting Company Coney Island Celebrates 100 Years http://wboi.org/post/coney-island-celebrates-100-years <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">A legendary Fort Wayne eatery celebrated its 100th anniversary this weekend.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Coney Island opened up in 1914, and has occupied the same store front on Main&nbsp;&nbsp;Street in downtown Fort Wayne ever since.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:06:55 +0000 Virginia Alvino 31530 at http://wboi.org Coney Island Celebrates 100 Years A Change in Perspective Wins High School Photographer National Award http://wboi.org/post/change-perspective-wins-high-school-photographer-national-award <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A senior from Carroll high school in Fort Wayne is headed to Carnegie hall.</span></p><p>A photograph by Jessica Lineman won a national Scholastic Art and Writing Award – the longest running source of recognition and scholarships for teen arts in the country. &nbsp;The national awards will be given out Friday in New York.</p><p>Past winners include everyone from Sylvia Plath to Andy Warhol to Lena Dunham.</p><p>In Fort Wayne, the Scholastic program through The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, has grown and been recognized as one of the top in the country. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:40:00 +0000 Virginia Alvino 31428 at http://wboi.org A Change in Perspective Wins High School Photographer National Award Ranked: The Fort’s Tastiest Wings http://wboi.org/post/ranked-fort-s-tastiest-wings <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years, I’ve listened to people debate about which Fort Wayne restaurant serves the best wings, so I did some </span>crowdsourcing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to identify the top spots and set out to try them myself. Based on hundreds of responses on Twitter and Facebook, I narrowed the list to the most popular five.</span></p><p></p><p>So which place do I think has the best wings? Here are my reviews.<br /><br /> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:02:16 +0000 Amber Recker 31349 at http://wboi.org Ranked: The Fort’s Tastiest Wings Interview: Harvey Cocks on a "Life in Theater" http://wboi.org/post/interview-harvey-cocks-life-theater <p>Going on ninety years old, actor, director, writer and Fort Wayne&nbsp;Youtheatre's&nbsp;artist-in-residence Harvey Cocks is still going&nbsp;strong,&nbsp;as he's been explaining in his fascinating three-part lecture series, "My Life in Theater," at the&nbsp;Wunderkammer&nbsp;Company.</p><p></p><p>He'll deliver the final installment tonight, but earlier this week, he joined&nbsp;WBOI's&nbsp;Julia Meek at the&nbsp;Madge&nbsp;Rothschild Studios to share a few backstage insights into his long-term love affair with show business.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:22:12 +0000 Julia Meek 31344 at http://wboi.org Interview: Harvey Cocks on a "Life in Theater"