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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Courtesy/Kristine Papillon

Thanks to Fort Wayne Philharmonic violinist, Kristine Papillon, there's a new children's audio book on the horizon, called "Crumpet the Trumpet."

Its purpose is to introduce young folks to the world of classical music, by way of a sweet and funny bedtime story.

The book features illustrations by the author, a soundtrack showcasing 32 musicians, and narration by Fort Wayne Philharmonic Maestro Andrew Constantine.

Courtesy/David Matthew Weese

"Clerical Errors" is an all new, faith-based action comedy from writer/director David Matthew Weese of Blended Planet Pictures.

This family-friendly indie film was created and produced right here in Fort Wayne, and its world premiere is set for Friday at Carmike Jefferson Pointe.

Don "Donny O" Offerle stars as Vinny, a bad guy with a good heart, who takes the wrong turn on the crooked path to easy street.

Courtesy/Alicia Pyle

The Alicia Pyle Quartet's unique fusion style of music has been claiming fans here in Northeast Indiana for nearly five years.

This weekend, they are celebrating their place in the music scene with their first album, called "Ground Level."

Adding to the diverse textures provided by core APQ members Brad Kuhns, Derek Reeves and Jose Morales, "Ground Level" features sit-in performances by Jane Heald, Rachel Mossburg, Kimball Glaspie and John Forbing.

Courtesy/Thom Hofrichter

First Presbyterian Theater is readying its first production of the new year: a dramatic comedy by Evan Smith from 2009 called The Savannah Disputation.

Director Thom Hofrichter feels certain that this production, starring Meg Brouwer, Christi Campbell, Nancy Kartholl and John Brouwer will make audiences think -- and laugh.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Hofrichter to learn how theology and humor go hand in hand.

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Many additions were made to Fort Wayne's visual landscape in 2014, and seemingly, sculptures have stolen the spotlight, and are springing up all over.

Everything from the restoration of the much-debated Helmholtz sculpture to the placement of the Anthony Wayne statue kept the role of public art in the news for much of the year.

Courtesy/Carl Jylland-Halverson

Since it's the holiday season and we're in a playful mood, we're just going to come out and say it: toys rule!

It seems everyone has a memory of a favorite childhood toy: a doll, a truck, a ball or a game that brings warm memories immediately to the surface.

But toys and the play they inspire have been around for thousands of years, dating back to prehistory. And while the types and packaging may have changed, the point -- having fun and learning -- has not.

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After many years of hiding in plain sight, Fort Wayne's riverfronts are enjoying a city-wide buzz.

If you've never been down to the rivers, there's a timely incentive being offered to get out there to take a look...and maybe a photograph.

The City of Fort Wayne began studying what might be done with riverfront development last winter, seeing an untapped resource for recreation and economic development.

As their research continues, the city is teaming with Artlink for an online photo contest and installation project called "We Love Our Rivers".

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If you're looking for an unexpected way to celebrate the holiday season, here's an idea: The Farmland Jazz Band is presenting two shows this week that combine New Orleans-style holiday standards with music from the classic Coen Brothers film, The Big Lebowski.

You can call him His Dudeness, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing. But whatever you call him, there's no doubt that the character of "The Dude" and The Big Lebowski are staples of the cult film canon.

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There's a brand new gallery on the Fort Wayne art scene, and the sign in the window reads "Ratliff".

The man behind that sign is Fort Wayne native, Terry Ratliff.

He's well known in the region for a bold painting style that's as unmistakable as it is popular.

For a closer look at the big picture, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Ratliff to discuss the secret of his success.

Ratliff Gallery is located at 1124 Broadway in Fort Wayne, near The Phoenix.

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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