Julia Meek

Host, Folktales & Meet the Music

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for over thirty years. She is currently co-producer and host of Folktales, co-coordinator and host of Meet the Music.

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Holiday Home Tour Promises a Nostalgic Glimpse of Fort Wayne's Past

Fort Wayne's Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood maintains a yesteryear flavor to match its historic architecture with old fashioned street signs.

For nearly three decades, residents of Williams Woodland Park have proudly hosted Fort Wayne's only annual Holiday Home Tour.

Six turn of the 20th century homes will be open to the public this year, as well as two apartments in the neighboring Fairfield Manor, The Center for Nonviolence, and portions of the Rialto Theater.

Wondering what motivates such ambitious commitment at this busy time of year, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Association member, Paul McComas, to discuss the neighborhood's history -- and community spirit.

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Arts & Culture
10:15 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Musical Variety is the Spice of Life this Month for Fernando Tarango

Fernando Tarango feels that everyone is looking for music in this holiday season.
Credit Courtesy/Fernando Tarango

There's live holiday music of every variety being offered this month, and at least one Fort Wayne musician seems to be intent on cornering that market.

Fernando Tarango is slated for nine full-length performances around our area: everything from philharmonic concerts to jazz cabarets to a silent movie score he also composed.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Tarango earlier this week, to discuss what he calls his "Christmas crazies."

Find out where Fernando Tarango is performing this holiday season at his website.

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News
4:47 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Historic Hoosier Toboggan Run Opens for the Season

First day of the season for Pokagon State Park's Toboggan Run is Friday--with or without snow.

The upcoming Thanksgiving weekend will bring a lot of American traditions together: turkey, good cheer, football, shopping.

But a uniquely Hoosier tradition will also start up again this Friday at a northeastern Indiana park.

Pokagon State Park's Toboggan Run will open for the season this Friday -- with or without snow.

The original slide was built in 1935, but when it began to deteriorate in the 1970s, a new thirty foot tower and twin track took its place.

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Arts & Culture
4:24 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Last Waltz Comes Alive This Weekend at C2G Music Hall

Concert goers can expect to be transported back in time to The Band's last concert by a "who's who" lineup of Fort Wayne and Indy musicians.
Credit Courtesy/Bill Mallers

On Thanksgiving Day in 1976, iconic Canadian rock group, The Band, gave their final concert, a milestone event Martin Scorsese captured on film in The Last Waltz.

Nearly forty years later, former Fort Wayne musician Bill Mallers commemorates the concert -- and The Band's musical legacy -- with his own tribute performance. It's called "Such a Night -- Recreating The Music of The Last Waltz".

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Arts & Culture
1:53 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

In a New Exhibition, Creative Couple Combine Artistic Passions

Fort Wayne artists Christopher and Sayaka Ganz agree that they are each other's biggest fan, and strongest confidante.
Credit Courtsey/Sayaka Ganz

Christopher and Sayaka Ganz are making their mark on the national arts scene: Sayaka with her whimsical "reclaimed object" animal sculptures, and Chris for his skillfully rendered charcoal drawings and prints.

This month, for the first time ever, they have combined their artistic impact for a collaborative exhibition at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke.

Curious to learn how and where the lines are drawn in a two-artist household, WBOI's Julia Meek met with the Ganzes to discuss their craft.

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Arts & Culture
2:20 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

British Author Chris West Puts His Stamp on American History

Author, Chris West, considers postage stamps to be little paper time-travel machines to another era.
Credit Courtesy/Imogen West

Our nation's history has been written many times, in many ways.

But it's also been stuck -- quite literally -- to our letters and packages. That's the perspective shared by British author Chris West in his new book, A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps.

West is visiting Fort Wayne at the invitation of the Anthony Wayne Stamp Society, and WBOI's Julia Meek brought him to the Madge Rothschild Studios to talk about the beauty -- and history -- of the postage stamp.

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Sunny Taylor Celebrates Growth, Independence with "Map to the Fire"

Singer-songwriter, Sunny Taylor, regards her new album as a celebration of her musical development.
Credit Courtesy / Sunny Taylor

It's been seven years since Fort Wayne singer-songwriter, Sunny Taylor, released her first full-length album, Lock the Door and Leave.

This week, Taylor has unlocked that door and is letting everyone in on her latest burst of recorded creativity.

She has a new record label and a brand new album, Map to the Fire.

Burning to find out where the map leads, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Taylor to discuss the direction her musical passion has taken.

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

End Times Spasm Band Updates a Horror Classic with New Music

Lyndsy Rae and Bart Helms from the End Times Spasm Band will perform a live score to the horror film classic, Nosferatu, Friday at Cinema Center.
Credit Courtesy / End Times Spasm Band

This Friday evening, Fort Wayne Cinema Center is presenting the first of a three-part silent film series with a one-time showing of Nosferatu, F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

What makes these screenings special is that each boasts an original musical score composed and performed live by a local band, and Nosferatu will be hitting whole new heights of horror thanks to the efforts of the End Times Spasm Band.

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Fright Night
4:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers Bring New Paranormal Activity to Fright Night 2014

The Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are hosting two events this Saturday, in celebration of Fort Wayne's Fright Night.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers

You'd better beware! Fright Night is lurking on Fort Wayne’s horizon, and this year, the Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are conjuring up a spooktacular pair of events to add to the annual fun.

Tina Lano, Jackie Hicks and Cheryl Ferguson – the organization's founding “ParaSisters” – will start at the Grand Wayne Center with their monthly Paranormal Pow Wow.

Then, at sundown, they’ll conduct tours of the “Haunted Wells Street Corridor” just north of the historic Wells Street Bridge.

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Comedy
6:35 am
Wed October 1, 2014

JIRK Comedy Fosters the Funny in Fort Wayne

Ian Anderson performs at a JIRK open mic at Deer Park.
JIRK Comedy

There's an old showbiz saying: “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.”

And for a while, comedy was hard to do in Fort Wayne, at least according to Ian Anderson and Dirk Walker, two of the co-founders of the group, JIRK Comedy.

Before JIRK was founded in 2013, they say it was difficult to practice the craft because of a lack of opportunities for newer comics to perform material.

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