Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
5:44 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Wunderkammer Readies a "Pop-Up Shop with Purpose"

This weekend's pop-up shop at Wunderkammer Company provides a casual space for artists and art lovers, says curator Dan Swartz.
Credit Dan Swartz / Wunderkammer Company

If you're among those suffering from cabin fever this winter, a Fort Wayne arts group may have the cure.

This weekend, Fort Wayne's Wunderkammer Company is running a unique pop-up shop, partnering with Three River Festival's Art in the Park to bring a little activity to the dead of winter.

Wunderkammer's "Art in the Park Preview" is a pop-up shop with purpose, according to curator, Dan Swartz. This year, the event is adopting a "summer art fair" format that allows attendees to see a wider variety of artists and mediums.

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Arts & Culture
4:31 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Greenleaf Project Cultivates Horticultural Opportunities for Veterans

Sheila Hudson and Holly Chaille believe that their Greenleaf Project will improve the sense of well-being among veterans, their peers and the community.
Credit Ellie Bogue

Most garden activity this time of year is limited to daydreaming over seed catalogs, but two Fort Wayne residents, Holly Chaille and Sheila Hudson, are busy cultivating a brand new urban gardening and Horticultural Healing Program, expressly for veterans.

Beginning in March, "Greenleaf" will provide a nine month, hands-on vocational training opportunity for fifteen vets to grow new skills for work in horticulture-related fields, and organic gardens to benefit the community.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

"Crumpet the Trumpet" Toots His Own Horn

Kristine Papillon's new audio book follow the musical tale of a baby trumpet unable to fall asleep.
Credit 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.

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Arts & Culture
5:31 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Fort Wayne Director's New Comedy a Good-Natured Leap of Faith

A bank heist gone wrong leads to "Clerical Errors" galore, in new indie comedy produced in Fort Wayne.
Credit 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.

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Arts & Culture
5:11 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

APQ Sounds Off at "Ground Level"

APQ members Brad Kuhns, Jose Morales, Alicia Pyle and Derek Reeves celebrate their band's beginnings with new album. "Ground Level."
Credit 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.

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Arts & Culture
1:59 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

"Disputation" Takes a Comic Look at Lines that Divide the Faithful

The cast of First Presbyterian Theater's "The Savannah Disputation" and director Thom Hofrichter (top center) explore the strange boundaries separating Christians from each other.
Credit 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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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Sculpting Fort Wayne's Visual Culture: A Look Back at 2014

Damage to Fort Wayne Museum of Art's iconic "Helmholtz" sculpture launched a wave of public awareness and debate on the city's visual landscape.
Credit 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.

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Arts & Culture
5:34 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

The Joy of the Toy: An Interview with Carl Jylland-Halverson

Dr. Carl Jylland-Halverson believes that toys and playtime help children find out how the world is interconnected.
Credit 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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Arts & Culture
1:28 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Photo Contest Puts the Spotlight on Fort Wayne's Rivers

One of the many photos already entered in Artlink's "We Love Our Rivers" contest.
Credit 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".

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Toasts 80 Years With "Tin Soldier"

Leslie Hormann and Harvey Cox look to a bright future as the Fort Wayne Youth Theatre celebrates its 80th anniversary.
Credit Credit Julia Meek / WBOI News

Eighty years ago this month, Fort Wayne Youtheatre took the stage for the first time, with a performance of "The Steadfast Tin Soldier".

This weekend, they're toasting the past with a brand new adaptation of this Hans Christian Andersen classic, written by their artist-in-residence, Harvey Cox.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Cox and Youtheatre Director, Leslie Hormann, to find out more about the show and celebration.

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Presents:

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