Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:45 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Jazz Vocalist Guylenn Brings a Taste of Paris to Fort Wayne

Parisian jazz singer Guylenn will perform at Fort Wayne's LaSalle Bed and Breakfast starting Oct. 24th.
Credit 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. 

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

End Times Spasm Band Updates a Horror Classic with New Music

Lyndsy Rae and Bart Helms from the End Times Spasm Band will perform a live score to the horror film classic, Nosferatu, Friday at Cinema Center.
Credit 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.

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Fright Night
4:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers Bring New Paranormal Activity to Fright Night 2014

The Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are hosting two events this Saturday, in celebration of Fort Wayne's Fright Night.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers

You'd better beware! Fright Night is lurking on Fort Wayne’s horizon, and this year, the Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are conjuring up a spooktacular pair of events to add to the annual fun.

Tina Lano, Jackie Hicks and Cheryl Ferguson – the organization's founding “ParaSisters” – will start at the Grand Wayne Center with their monthly Paranormal Pow Wow.

Then, at sundown, they’ll conduct tours of the “Haunted Wells Street Corridor” just north of the historic Wells Street Bridge.

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Comedy
6:35 am
Wed October 1, 2014

JIRK Comedy Fosters the Funny in Fort Wayne

Ian Anderson performs at a JIRK open mic at Deer Park.
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.

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Music
4:49 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Folk-Pop Band Storyman Takes Fort Wayne with New Name, Bigger Sound

Kevin May and Mick Lynch of Storyman, formerly Guggenheim Grotto, play live at C2G Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 26th.
Credit 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.

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Arts & Culture
5:41 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Calling Squares is a Family Tradition at the Alles Barn Dance

Matt Rupley from the Alles Family Barn Dance says square dancing can bring families and whole communities together.
Credit Courtesy / Matt Rupley

If you’ve been feeling the urge lately to swing your partner ’round and ’round, you're not alone. Dancers, callers and musicians around the country are celebrating International Square Dance Month throughout the month of September.

To some, it’s old-fashioned entertainment. But it’s hardly a thing of the past. In fact, it’s flourishing right here in Northeast Indiana, as the Alles Family Barn Dance in Roanoke keeps the tradition alive.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

As it Turns 40, Appleseed Festival Keeps the "Old Days" Exciting

Visitors can expect to be transported back to the 1800s at the 40th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival. The event starts Saturday in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / Johnny Appleseed Festival

Fort Wayne's Johnny Appleseed Festival is a staple in the area's fall activity lineup, and this weekend, it's turning forty years old.

It's a period-authentic festival that celebrates the season, as well as the life and times of John Chapman, better known as the beloved “Johnny Appleseed.”

WBOI's Julia Meek invited festival board member Bridget Kelly to the Madge Rothschild Studios to find out more about what sustains the appeal of this annual seasonal salute.

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Music
4:26 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Interview: Andy Bean of "The Two Man Gentlemen Band"

The Two Man Gentlemen Band (Andy Bean and Fuller Condon) will visit Fort Wayne Thursday, Sept. 18th.
Credit Courtesy / The Two Man Gentleman Band

For seven years, Andy Bean and Fuller Condon have been barnstorming the U.S. as the "Two Man Gentlemen Band," a musical duo slinging a mix of jazz, swing, and good humor.

They're touring behind a brand new album with an extra long title: Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favorites, and they'll bring that enthusiasm to The Brass Rail in Fort Wayne this Thursday, Sept. 18th.

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Arts & Culture
3:02 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

USF Goes "En Plein Air" With Cape Ann Connections

The "Cape Ann Connections" exhibition kicks off this year's arts season at the University of Saint Francis. The show features works from several artists, including Indiana painter Fred Doloresco.
Credit 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.

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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Wunderkammer Undertakes Arts Census of the Region

Credit Wunderkammer

A Fort Wayne arts organization is trying to map the impact of the region’s creative community on the economy. 

The non-profit Wunderkammer Company received $20,000 from the Knight Foundation to produce the Creative Census.

The organization wants to identify all creative sector employees - everyone from fine artists to computer programmers -- and better understand how they affect the broader economy. Organizers hope to use the census to bolster economic development.

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