Arts & Culture

Opinion - Food
7:32 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Summer Sizzle: The Fort's Best Burgers

The Chicago Burger at Hall's Gas House is among the best burgers in Fort Wayne, according to Amber Recker.
Credit Amber Recker / for WBOI News

Nothing says summer like a big, juicy burger. So in honor of this warm-weather staple, I set out to find the Fort’s best.

After a heated debate on various social media networks and tallying over one hundred votes, the top six restaurants emerged.

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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
9:50 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Peter Bremers' Glass Art Comes to FWMoA

Artist Peter Bremers' exhibition, Inward Journey, ​opens on Friday, June 27th at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.   It's Bremers' first solo exhibition in America and will be on display through Aug. 31st.  The Museum of Art's Charles Shepard sat down with Bremers in our studios earlier this week to discuss his work and his inspiration.   

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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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Arts & Culture
2:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Coney Island Celebrates 100 Years

Jim Todoran, co-owner of Coney Island
Virginia Alvino WBOI News

A legendary Fort Wayne eatery celebrated its 100th anniversary this weekend. 

Coney Island opened up in 1914, and has occupied the same store front on Main  Street in downtown Fort Wayne ever since. 

The restaurant celebrated its century of serving up dogs with all-day festivities at  Deer Park Irish Pub, including a hot dog eating contest for those fans brave of  spirit and stomach.

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Arts & Culture
6:40 am
Fri June 6, 2014

A Change in Perspective Wins High School Photographer National Award

Jessica Lineman, Senior Carroll High School
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

A senior from Carroll High School in Fort Wayne is headed to Carnegie Hall.

A photograph by Jessica Lineman won a national Scholastic Art and Writing Award – the longest running source of recognition and scholarships for teen arts in the country.  The national awards will be given out Friday in New York.

Past winners include everyone from Sylvia Plath to Andy Warhol to Lena Dunham.

In Fort Wayne, the Scholastic program is run through the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and has grown to be recognized as one of the best in the country.  

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Opinion - Food
6:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ranked: The Fort’s Tastiest Wings

The wings at Tower Bar and Grill took a top spot on Amber Recker's list because of the special rubs available and the option to order them grilled.
Credit Amber Recker / for WBOI News

For years, I’ve listened to people debate about which Fort Wayne restaurant serves the best wings, so I did some crowdsourcing to identify the top spots and set out to try them myself. Based on hundreds of responses on Twitter and Facebook, I narrowed the list to the most popular five.

So which place do I think has the best wings? Here are my reviews.

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Arts & Culture
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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Opinion - Food
3:07 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Vietnamese Cuisine Shines In the Summit City

Banh Mi Barista's namesake dish, banh mi, is just one of Fort Wayne's fantastic array of Vietnamese food offerings, according to Amber Recker.
Amber Recker For WBOI News

I’ll never forget the first time I experienced Pho (pronounced “fuh,” like fun without the n), a traditional Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, spices, and meat. My husband and I had wandered into Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant located on South Calhoun, and asked the waitress for a recommendation. She directed us to the Pho section of the menu, and it changed our lives—I am not exaggerating.

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