arts and culture

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.

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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Courtesy/Fred Wooley

Sometimes it's good to leave serious news behind and step outside for a moment, but hopefully not step in the things that animals leave behind. 

This conversation is about animal scat, and the man who recently led a fascinating and entertaining tour on the subject for the conservation group, ACRES.

For more than three decades, Fred Wooley has served as park interpreter for Pokagon State Park, and he has more than a few accolades and fans among park visitors.

Courtesy/Sage Blackhart

If you've been busy carving pumpkins and crafting costumes this week, you're in good company. Halloween is one of the oldest holidays in the world, and one of America's favorites.

Curious to learn why we do what we do at this time of year, WBOI's Julia Meek was happy to learn that one local group, Sophia's Portico, celebrated the ancient roots of the holiday, originally known as Samhain.

This led Meek to invite Portico member, Sage Blackhart, into the Madge Rothschild Studios to discuss the history, lore and longevity of All Hallow's Eve

Courtesy / Guylenn

As a popular fixture on the Paris jazz scene, vocalist Guylenn has played concerts with Dizzie Gillespie, Dider Lockwood and Stephane Grappelli.

She also spent ten years touring with Claude Bolling and his Big Band, and loves teaching her craft at the National Paris Conservatory.

Now she's visiting Fort Wayne for a week to help her family launch their new cabaret at the LaSalle Bed and Breakfast. 

WBOI's Julia Meek couldn't wait to invite Guylenn to the Madge Rothschild Studios to learn more about her passion for jazz. 

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.

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.

Courtesy / Storyman

Kevin May and Mick Lynch hit the Dublin music scene as Guggenheim Grotto back in 2003, quickly building a following with their unique style of folk-influenced indie pop.

In 2006, they brought their act stateside for the first of many successful national tours.

They now reside in Brooklyn, with a new record label, a new touring schedule, and a new name: Storyman.

With a new tour, of course, comes another stop in Fort Wayne, which May says is "a highlight on any tour they do." The band's Fort Wayne show starts Friday night at C2G Music Hall.

Courtesy / University of Saint Francis

The University of St. Francis is kicking off its arts season with a unique exhibition called Cape Ann Connections.

The exhibit showcases that scenic portion of the New England coast in the en plein air style of painting for which the region is known, and features historic and contemporary Cape Ann painters, as well as Indiana artists who visit the cape seasonally to paint there.

Courtesy / Anton Babich

If you’re one of Fort Wayne’s fashion-forward men, your first thought may not be to shop local if you’re chasing something stylish.

But Anton Babich wants to change that.

In fact, he wants to put Fort Wayne on the global fashion map with his own Anton Alexander men’s clothing line. Babich has already shipped his designs to more than two dozen countries.

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