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9:47 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Pinestock Music Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

Pinestock founders Nate Norris and Nicholas Weaver
Credit Nicholas Weaver

The Pinestock Music Festival kicks off tomorrow on a 20-acre pine tree farm in Churubusco. 

According to Pinestock co-founder Nicholas Weaver, people have described it as "Woodstock meets Burning Man, with a flannel aesthetic."  Intrigued by that concept, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Weaver to learn more.

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Arts & Culture
3:08 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fort Wayne Civic's "Scoundrels" Updates the Old Confidence Game

Renee Gonzales takes center stage in Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," which runs through Aug. 10.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

The 2004 musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the popular 1988 movie of the same name, which itself is based on a 1964 movie, Bedtime Story.

The show won rave reviews on Broadway, and is now charming Northeast Indiana as the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's summer musical offering.

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Arts & Culture
6:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Chalk Wall Asks Residents Why They Love Fort Wayne

The first "Love, Fort Wayne" chalk wall recently went up at Wunderkammer Company on Fairfield Ave.
Credit Courtesy / Love, Fort Wayne

What do you love about Fort Wayne?

Artlink Executive Director Deb Washler thinks there are a lot of reasons to admire the Summit City, and she's looking for even more.

Washler and a team from Leadership Fort Wayne have come up with a new, interactive art installation encouraging residents to share why they appreciate the community, called "Love, Fort Wayne."

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Arts & Culture
4:27 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Interview: Sameer Patel on Collaboration and Optimism at the Fort Wayne Phil

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Associate Conductor Sameer Patel.
Credit Courtesy / Sameer Patel

On Thursday, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic concludes its 70th season as they present their annual "Patriotic Pops" concert in a brand new venue, Parkview Field.

The annual tradition features star-spangled favorites from the likes of John Phillip Sousa, Morton Gould, and even John Williams.

The Philharmonic's Associate Conductor, Sameer Patel, will be at the podium for the occasion. 

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Patel to the Madge Rothschild Studios to reflect on this milestone year and the Philharmonic's role in the community.

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Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Interview: Author Bill Levy on Director John Ford's Acting Company

Bill Levy says legendary film director John Ford had an extraordinary ability to make actors shine on screen.
Credit Courtesy / Bill Levy

Historian, author, and entertainer Bill Levy will tell you that his driving force is "a need to share," especially when it comes to his deep knowledge of cinema's past.  

And that's what Levy does in his new book, Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company, chronicling the career of the legendary director and his troupe of regular players.

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Levy to the Madge Rothschild Studios recently to share a bit of his passion for the silver screen.

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4:22 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Interview: Harvey Cocks on a "Life in Theater"

Harvey Cocks today (left) and in the 1940s (right).
Credit Courtesy / Harvey Cocks

Going on ninety years old, actor, director, writer and Fort Wayne Youtheatre's artist-in-residence Harvey Cocks is still going strong, as he's been explaining in his fascinating three-part lecture series, "My Life in Theater," at the Wunderkammer Company.

He'll deliver the final installment tonight, but earlier this week, he joined WBOI's Julia Meek at the Madge Rothschild Studios to share a few backstage insights into his long-term love affair with show business.

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Arts & Culture
5:44 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Spring, Cultural Ties

In Japan, the cherry blossom has been the symbol for the cycle of life, death and rebirth for centuries, revered and celebrated annually as the herald of spring. 

In Fort Wayne, this celebration is embodied in our own Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, offering a taste of Japanese culture as well as a seasonal salute.

WBOI's Julia Meek recently invited Dorothy Kittaka and Toyoharu Tamura (also known as "Mr. T") into the Madge Rothschild studios to talk tradition and dive into the Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival, which starts May 18th.

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Arts & Culture
4:50 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Fort Wayne Celebrates a Full Day of Shakespeare, One Line at a Time

Playwright and director Jack Cantey is hosting the Shakespeare-athon, a 24-hour celebration of the Bard's works.
Credit Courtesy / Jack Cantey

People around the world have been celebrating the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, the 'Bard of Avon' himself.

In Fort Wayne, fans of Shakespeare are marking the occasion with a "24-Hour Shakespeare-athon" at Wunderkammer Company beginning Friday night as the clock strikes midnight.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

At Folkcraft, Traditional Instruments are a Passion and a Business

Mountain dulcimers under construction at Folkcraft Instruments in Woodburn.
Courtesy Folkcraft

In Woodburn, Indiana, there’s a family-owned music business called Folkcraft Instruments.

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.

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Arts & Culture
2:36 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

"Willy Wonka" is Youtheatre's Golden Ticket

Fort Wayne Youtheatre's production of "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" steps onto the St. Francis stage starting Friday, March 21st.
Credit Courtesy / Leslie Hormann

The Fort Wayne Youtheatre has been around since 1934, making it the third oldest children's theater in the nation.

In 2012, Executive Director Leslie Hormann broadened the group's horizons, adding collaborations with various local arts organizations to the Youtheatre's repertoire.

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.

WBOI’s Julia Meek recently spoke with Leslie Hormann at the Madge Rothschild Studios.

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