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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Greg W. Locke

The same vision for promoting all things roots music that led Jonny Commorato to turn the Brass Rail into a performance mecca for those musical styles with his business partner, Corey Rader, now has Commorato undertaking a brand new outlet for his passion, which he calls Country! Punx! Reggae! Creative Studios.

Jim Whitcraft

As IPFW continues its 50th anniversary celebrations, the university is holding a rare musical event this weekend with its first-ever "50 Hands Monster Piano Concert."

The brainchild of Director of Keyboard Studies Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo, the event features 24 pianists, a conductor, and eight concert Steinways -- all on one stage.

Simon May

This weekend, Fort Wayne's first-ever show featuring work by artists with disabilities opens at Wunderkammer Company.

It's called the BIG show, and is part of the AWS Foundation's year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Bonnie Tobey Manning

International Women's Day is held each year on March 8th to celebrate and encourage the achievements of women around the world.

It's a time for women of all ages to inspire--and be inspired--and here in Fort Wayne, festivities include a day of interactive artistic performances hosted by Creative Women of the World.

Courtesy/Frost Illustrated

Storytelling is a fine art, and some say a lost one. But right here in Fort Wayne, Condra Ridley has been plying that craft for nearly three decades, to the delight of young and old alike.

Getting her start while serving as assistant manager at the Pontiac Branch library, Ridley views sharing a story as an opportunity to pull people together for a journey, without even leaving the room.

Courtesy / Alex Smith

Back in 2012, Fort Wayne native DeAngelo Samuel took part in a collaborative music project called HipHop4theCity, writing and recording the chorus for the resulting song and music video.

Courtesy / Embassy Theatre

The Embassy Theatre's "Down the Line" concert series returns this Friday, and by popular demand, they're changing it up, doubling down, and making it a full two-night, ten-band music festival featuring "Locals Doing Legends."

Featuring covers of classic rock, country, funk, new age, alternative music and more, "Down the Line 9" promises something for everyone, and Marketing Director Barb Richards says the unexpected is just what to expect.

Courtesy/Crestwoods Gallery

Fort Wayne takes pride in its vibrant arts community, and this month, the works of two legendary artists, Betty Fishman and Sue McCullough are being celebrated at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke, in an exhibit appropriately titled "Ninety Years Young."

The show features paintings, drawings, prints, fiber arts and weavings from their personal collections.

Eager to learn what has fueled their artistic passions, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Fishman and McCullough into the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss their experiences.

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Courtesy / Steve Smeltzer

Cartooning is a tricky medium, and with fewer and fewer print outlets running daily strips, it’s a competitive one as well.

But for those with talent, drive, and a good sense of humor, cartooning can provide an outlet for comedy unlike any other.

Courtesy/Shannon Thorpe

With Valentine's Day directly ahead of us, it seems like love really does make the world go round, and surveys indicate that nearly 55 percent of Americans expect to be celebrating it this year.

But here's the burning question: With so many traditional options to choose from, what do we pick to best express our feelings...and why do we pick it?

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