Julia Meek http://wboi.org en Chalk Wall Asks Residents Why They Love Fort Wayne http://wboi.org/post/chalk-wall-asks-residents-why-they-love-fort-wayne <p>What do you love about Fort Wayne?</p><p><a href="http://www.artlinkfw.com/">Artlink </a>Executive Director Deb Washler thinks there are a lot of reasons to admire the Summit City, and she's looking for even more.</p><p>Washler and a team from <a href="http://www.leadershipfortwayne.org/">Leadership Fort Wayne</a> team have come up with a new, interactive art installation encouraging residents to share why they appreciate the community, called "Love, Fort Wayne."</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Julia Meek 33675 at http://wboi.org Chalk Wall Asks Residents Why They Love Fort Wayne 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 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 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 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" Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Spring, Cultural Ties http://wboi.org/post/cherry-blossom-festival-celebrates-spring-cultural-ties <p>In Japan, the&nbsp;cherry&nbsp;blossom&nbsp;has been the symbol for the cycle of life, death and rebirth for centuries, revered and celebrated annually as the herald of spring.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>In Fort Wayne, this celebration is embodied in our own Japanese&nbsp;Cherry&nbsp;Blossom&nbsp;Festival, offering a taste of Japanese culture as well as a seasonal salute.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:44:18 +0000 Julia Meek 30520 at http://wboi.org Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Spring, Cultural Ties Fort Wayne Celebrates a Full Day of Shakespeare, One Line at a Time http://wboi.org/post/fort-wayne-celebrates-full-day-shakespeare-one-line-time <p>People around the world have been celebrating the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/23/305897405/as-shakespeare-turns-450-hamlet-tour-makes-the-world-a-stage">450th birthday of William Shakespeare</a>, the 'Bard of Avon' himself.</p><p>In Fort Wayne, fans of Shakespeare are marking the occasion with a "24-Hour Shakespeare-athon" at <a href="http://www.wunderkammercompany.com/">Wunderkammer Company</a> beginning Friday night as the clock strikes midnight.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:50:42 +0000 Julia Meek 29585 at http://wboi.org Fort Wayne Celebrates a Full Day of Shakespeare, One Line at a Time At Folkcraft, Traditional Instruments are a Passion and a Business http://wboi.org/post/folkcraft-traditional-instruments-are-passion-and-business <p>In Woodburn, Indiana, there’s a family-owned music business called <a href="http://www.folkcraft.com/">Folkcraft Instruments</a>.</p><p>The company manufactures traditional folk instruments you might not always be able to find in a typical instrument store: dulcimers, ukuleles, Finnish folk harps and more.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:54:32 +0000 Julia Meek 28926 at http://wboi.org At Folkcraft, Traditional Instruments are a Passion and a Business "Willy Wonka" is Youtheatre's Golden Ticket http://wboi.org/post/willy-wonka-youtheatres-golden-ticket <p></p><p>The Fort Wayne Youtheatre&nbsp;has been around since 1934, making it the third oldest children's theater in the nation.</p><p>In 2012, Executive Director Leslie Hormann broadened the group's horizons, adding collaborations with various local arts organizations to the Youtheatre's repertoire.</p><p>This month, along with the University of St Francis, they’re bringing their own interpretation of "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka” to the Fort Wayne stage.</p><p>WBOI’s Julia Meek recently spoke with Leslie Hormann&nbsp;at the Madge Rothschild Studios.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:36:22 +0000 Julia Meek 28022 at http://wboi.org "Willy Wonka" is Youtheatre's Golden Ticket