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/Fort Wayne Museum of Art

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.

Kelly Lynch / Contest Entry

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".

Courtesy/Farmland Jazz Band

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.

Ellie Bogue

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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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.

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.

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".

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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