arts 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 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 Fort Wayne's Jesters Spin a "Horse Tale" on the USF Stage http://wboi.org/post/fort-waynes-jesters-spin-horse-tale-usf-stage <p>The Jesters performing group is itself a unique story in Fort Wayne's theater community.</p><p>Formed more than thirty years ago and sponsored by the University of Saint Francis, the Jesters is comprised of people with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">mild to severe disabilities with a wide variety of generations represented, with the goal of enhancing each member's quality of life.</span></p><p>Each spring, the group presents an original, multi-media performance.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:52:08 +0000 Julia Meek 27424 at http://wboi.org Fort Wayne's Jesters Spin a "Horse Tale" on the USF Stage When You Say It With Flowers, What Are You Saying? http://wboi.org/post/when-you-say-it-flowers-what-are-you-saying <p></p><p>This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance you (or your special someone) will express your feelings through flowers. They've become so important to the holiday--for retailers and lovers alike--that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/13/276494387/businesses-scramble-to-deliver-valentines-treats-in-snow">a mild media panic ensued</a> after some florists reported they might not get their Valentine bouquets out in time.</p><p>But when you express yourself with flowers, do you know what you're actually saying?</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:00:01 +0000 Julia Meek 26597 at http://wboi.org When You Say It With Flowers, What Are You Saying?