Arts & Culture

Remembrance
1:37 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

From the Vault: Julia Meek's Never-Before-Released Interview with Johnny Winter

Blues legend Johnny Winter died this week at age 70.
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Blues legend Johnny Winter died this week at the age of 70. The Grammy-winning artist was known for his high-energy picking style and a fiery presence on stage, both of which helped make him one of the greatest guitarists of all time, according to Rolling Stone.

In 2013, Winter performed in Fort Wayne, and WBOI's Julia Meek was given the opportunity to interview him.

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Arts & Culture
2:37 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Interview: A Better Fort's Alex Smith on Channeling Fort Wayne's Energy

A Better Fort is hosting House 4 A House, the first in its #BAALS block party series, July 11th in Downtown Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / A Better Fort

"A Better Fort" is a local non-profit group geared to the area's millenial population.

The organization's co-founder, Alex Smith, describes its evolving role as both advocacy and entertainment, citing the recent attention the group has received for its upcoming downtown block party, which is laughingly and lovingly named after former Fort Wayne Mayor Harry Baals.

Earlier this week, Smith joined WBOI's Julia Meek in the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss A Better Fort’s community involvement.

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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 through The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, has grown and been recognized as one of the top 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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