Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Fort Wayne Outfitters Boosts Love for Outdoor, Community Fun

A group from Manchester University poses outside Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot, located on Cass St. near the Wells St. Bridge.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Outfitters

Located in the Historic Cass Street Depot on the St. Mary's River, Fort Wayne Outfitters is "more than a cool bike shop,” according to its manager, Eden Lamb.

WBOI’s Julia Meek loves getting outside, so she decided to meet with Eden, to discuss the many ways Fort Wayne Outfitters promotes outdoor fun in Fort Wayne.

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Opinion - Food
5:50 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Handcrafted Cocktails Lift Spirits in Northeast Indiana

Sean Richardson and Aaron Butts of Fort Wayne's The Golden share a few minutes over a drink. The Golden is a pop-up business dedicated to creating craft cocktails.
Credit Adam Garland / for WBOI News

What defines a good night out for you? For me, it’s great friends, fantastic food, and more recently, a preciously crafted cocktail.

Historically, the last in this list has been difficult to find in our region. Fort Wayne was a city of banal concoctions—Jack ‘n Coke, Vodka n’ anything, and premixed martinis and margaritas dominate the bar scene. Enter the age of the craft cocktail.

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Arts & Culture
3:08 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fort Wayne Civic's "Scoundrels" Updates the Old Confidence Game

Renee Gonzales takes center stage in Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's production of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," which runs through Aug. 10.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

The 2004 musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is based on the popular 1988 movie of the same name, which itself is based on a 1964 movie, Bedtime Story.

The show won rave reviews on Broadway, and is now charming Northeast Indiana as the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's summer musical offering.

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

In The Ginger Kitchen, Ice Cream is Art

July was National Ice Cream Month, and even though we've now hopped into August, the tasty treat continues to be on our minds here at WBOI.

Turns out we're not the only ones.

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Arts & Culture
6:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Chalk Wall Asks Residents Why They Love Fort Wayne

The first "Love, Fort Wayne" chalk wall recently went up at Wunderkammer Company on Fairfield Ave.
Credit Courtesy / Love, Fort Wayne

What do you love about Fort Wayne?

Artlink Executive Director Deb Washler thinks there are a lot of reasons to admire the Summit City, and she's looking for even more.

Washler and a team from Leadership Fort Wayne have come up with a new, interactive art installation encouraging residents to share why they appreciate the community, called "Love, Fort Wayne."

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Outdoors
1:25 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Mile by Mile, Fort Wayne Trails Continue Expanding

City officials and trail advocates broke ground on the next section of the Pufferbelly Trail this month.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Trails

Last week, the City of Fort Wayne cut the ribbon on construction of a new segment of the Pufferbelly Trail on the city’s north side.

The expansion is the latest in what’s becoming an increasingly connected trail system across four counties in Northeast Indiana.

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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.
Credit Courtesy

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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