Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
2:44 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Waterloo Rapper Kidd Dash Takes His Act on the Road

Rapper Caleb May--known to his fans as Kidd Dash--honed his craft growing up in Waterloo, Ind. May recently wrapped up his run on the Hype Nation Tour.
Credit Courtesy / Kidd Dash

Hip hop was born and grew up in denser urban areas: places like New York City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.

But Caleb May developed his passion for the genre, honed his writing and flow, and acquired his own fan base growing up here in Northeast Indiana, in the town of Waterloo. 

Known as Kidd Dash, he caught the attention of H.Y.P.E. Magazine, and he and his team recently wrapped up their run as part of the Hype Nation Tour.

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Opinion - Food
5:02 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Queen of Sheba Brings a Taste of Ethiopia to Fort Wayne

WBOI food columnist Amber Recker says the Ethiopian cuisine at Queen of Sheba in Fort Wayne is worth the trip.
Credit Amber Recker

Since moving to Fort Wayne in 2002, I’ve witnessed a revolution in dining options. I will never forget the first time I rolled into town. I was greeted by an onslaught of chain restaurants lining the city’s major corridors. At first glance, there weren’t a lot of choices for ethnic foods either.

To say I was underwhelmed is an understatement. But, after discovering some of the culinary gems hidden in out-of-the-way neighborhoods, I became hopeful that a movement towards locally established restaurants would take hold.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Interview: Arts United's New President Shares Her Long-Term Vision

Susan Mendenhall
Credit Courtesy / Arts United

After an intensive five-month search, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne found its new president.

Their choice: Susan Mendenhall, Arts United director of resource development, who succeeds former longtime leader, Jim Sparrow.

Earlier this week, WBOI's own Julia Meek invited Susan to the Madge Rothschild Studios to discuss the organization, her new position and the fifty-year vision she inherited.

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Arts & Culture
1:43 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Listen to Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras Read Selected Works

Indiana State Poet Laureate George Kalamaras.
Credit Courtesy / George Kalamaras

This week, the Indiana Arts Commission announced IPFW English professor George Kalamaras would become the new Indiana State Poet Laureate.

WBOI's Julia Meek recently spoke to Kalamaras about his work, the state of the poetry, and why the art of verse can be so intimidating. If you haven't heard it, it's a great conversation, and can be found here.

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Arts & Culture
1:39 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Interview: Indiana's New Poet Laureate On Expression and Connection Through Verse

IPFW professor and Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras.
Credit Courtesy / George Kalamaras

The Indiana State Poet Laureate has existed unofficially since 1929, when Emory Aaron Richardson became the first by motion of the Indiana General Assembly.

The position was finally made official in 2005, with poet laureates serving two-year terms as ambassadors for poetry education and outreach across the state.

On Monday, the Indiana Arts Commission announced IPFW English professor, George Kalamaras, would take over the position in 2014.

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Arts & Culture
12:35 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The Best Music of 2013: Popular, Underground, and Local

Morrison Agen of Neat Neat Neat Records (left) and Bob Roets of Wooden Nickel Records (right) talked to WBOI's Julia Meek about their favorite music of 2013.
Credit Courtesy / Morrison Agen / Bob Roets

For Bob Roetz of Wooden Nickel Records and Morrison Agen of Neat Neat Neat Records, both in Fort Wayne, music is a passion and a profession.

As we say goodbye to 2013, we wanted to take a quick look back at some of the year's music and get their opinions on some of the best.

WBOI’s Julia Meek recently invited Roetz and Agen to the Madge Rothschild Studios to talk about the best music of the year: some popular, some obscure, and a few local picks, as well. 

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Arts & Culture
8:18 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The President, The Comic, and The Man in the Santa Claus Hat

Comedian Vaughn Meader, in a publicity photo for his Kennedy-themed album, "The First Family."
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In the early 1960s, comedian Vaughn Meader recorded a satirical album in which he poked some gentle fun at President John F. Kennedy. He wasn't the first person to imitate a sitting president, but Meader was the first to add such a satirical bent to his work.

It was ground breaking at the time, and his first JFK recording, The First Family, became the fastest-selling album in U.S. history up to that point.

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Cinema Center's Jonah Crismore on Holiday Films

Jonah Crismore at Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Santa's not the only one making a list & checking it twice this holiday season! Cinema Center's executive director, Jonah Crismore was invited into the studio to share his insights on both well known and obscure Christmas movies by our own Julia Meek.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Wed November 27, 2013

JG's Dan Stockman On Cicadas, Love Stories, and "Brood X"

The cover for Dan Stockman's new book, "Brood X."
Credit Courtesy / Dan Stockman

Journalist Dan Stockman has been plying his trade for more than a decade here at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. And you’ve heard his voice regularly on WBOI, as well.

Now, he is entered the world of fiction, with his debut novel, "Brood X." He recently sat down with WBOI’s Julia Meek to talk about his writing. 

Dan Stockman will be signing copies and reading from 'Brood X', at its release party this Saturday, November 30th, 5-to-7 p.m., at Hyde Brothers, Booksellers on Wells Street in Fort Wayne.

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Arts & Culture
1:50 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Interview With American Impressionist C.W. Mundy

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