Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Fort Wayne Group Targets Global Poverty Through Handmade Art

Lorelei VerLee provides creative business and marketing solutions for women around the world seeking to rise up, and out of poverty.
Credit Courtesy/Lorelei VerLee

December 10th is Human Rights Day, a global celebration formally established by the United Nations in 1950.  

Poverty is among the most pressing human rights challenges in the world, and here in Fort Wayne, one organization is tackling the issue with what they call "global empowerment through handmade design."

The group is Creative Women of the World.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with the organization's founder, Lorelei VerLee, to find out more about its mission.

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Arts & Culture
3:13 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Holiday Home Tour Promises a Nostalgic Glimpse of Fort Wayne's Past

Fort Wayne's Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood maintains a yesteryear flavor to match its historic architecture with old fashioned street signs.

For nearly three decades, residents of Williams Woodland Park have proudly hosted Fort Wayne's only annual Holiday Home Tour.

Six turn of the 20th century homes will be open to the public this year, as well as two apartments in the neighboring Fairfield Manor, The Center for Nonviolence, and portions of the Rialto Theater.

Wondering what motivates such ambitious commitment at this busy time of year, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Association member, Paul McComas, to discuss the neighborhood's history -- and community spirit.

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Arts & Culture
10:15 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Musical Variety is the Spice of Life this Month for Fernando Tarango

Fernando Tarango feels that everyone is looking for music in this holiday season.
Credit Courtesy/Fernando Tarango

There's live holiday music of every variety being offered this month, and at least one Fort Wayne musician seems to be intent on cornering that market.

Fernando Tarango is slated for nine full-length performances around our area: everything from philharmonic concerts to jazz cabarets to a silent movie score he also composed.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Tarango earlier this week, to discuss what he calls his "Christmas crazies."

Find out where Fernando Tarango is performing this holiday season at his website.

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Arts & Culture
4:24 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

The Last Waltz Comes Alive This Weekend at C2G Music Hall

Concert goers can expect to be transported back in time to The Band's last concert by a "who's who" lineup of Fort Wayne and Indy musicians.
Credit Courtesy/Bill Mallers

On Thanksgiving Day in 1976, iconic Canadian rock group, The Band, gave their final concert, a milestone event Martin Scorsese captured on film in The Last Waltz.

Nearly forty years later, former Fort Wayne musician Bill Mallers commemorates the concert -- and The Band's musical legacy -- with his own tribute performance. It's called "Such a Night -- Recreating The Music of The Last Waltz".

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Arts & Culture
1:53 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

In a New Exhibition, Creative Couple Combine Artistic Passions

Fort Wayne artists Christopher and Sayaka Ganz agree that they are each other's biggest fan, and strongest confidante.
Credit Courtsey/Sayaka Ganz

Christopher and Sayaka Ganz are making their mark on the national arts scene: Sayaka with her whimsical "reclaimed object" animal sculptures, and Chris for his skillfully rendered charcoal drawings and prints.

This month, for the first time ever, they have combined their artistic impact for a collaborative exhibition at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke.

Curious to learn how and where the lines are drawn in a two-artist household, WBOI's Julia Meek met with the Ganzes to discuss their craft.

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

With "Street Reach," Fort Wayne Residents Lend a Hand to Those In Need

Felix Moxter and Sally Segerson discuss a recent fundraising event held by The Fort Wayne Beard and Mustache Society on behalf of Street Reach for the Homeless.
Credit Julia Meek / WBOI News

It's National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and here in Fort Wayne, Sally Segerson is dedicated to making a difference, with a personal ministry she calls Street Reach for the Homeless.  

This includes a twice-weekly distribution of food and clothing she began three years ago, simply known as "Dinners and Duds."

Segerson has found an ally in The Fort Wayne Beard and Mustache Society, which combines socializing with charity work, and has devoted much of its fund raising energy to helping with her mission.

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Arts & Culture
3:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

USF's School of Creative Arts Readies for Musical Battle

USF's Rachelle Reinking and Mark Everetts are reaching out to area high school and college-age musicians, with a brand new competition.
Credit Courtesy/Mark Everetts

The Battle of the Bands concept got its start in the 1960s, and remains a staple of vibrant music scenes around the world.

This month, the University of Saint Francis its own twist on the competition.

What makes the university's event unique is the age limit: competitors must be 21 years old or younger to enter.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with USF Studio Manager Mark Everetts and Music Technology Club President Rachelle Reinking to find out more about the event.

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Issues & Ales
6:30 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

WBOI Presents "Issues & Ales: Impact of the Arts"

WBOI's Issues & Ales arts panel included (from left) Virginia Alvino, Charles Shepard, Dan Swartz and Jennifer Ford.
Credit Peter Dominowski / for WBOI News

On Oct. 29th, WBOI held its third installment of our popular "Issues & Ales" series at The Phoenix in Downtown Fort Wayne.

While the first hour focused on Allen County's single county executive amendment, the second took a look at the economic and cultural impact of the region's arts community.

It was a lively conversation that took a shot at a lot of big questions facing the arts scene, and looked both inward at the community's own motivations and outward at where Fort Wayne fits in the national and global arts scene.

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Arts & Culture
2:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Issues & Ales: Tackling Your Unanswered Questions

At the end of October, WBOI held another edition of our popular Issues & Ales series at The Phoenix in Fort Wayne. 

At that event, we dedicated a full hour to discussing the arts community in the region.

But we had a problem: we received so many great audience questions, we couldn't possibly get to all of them. 

So, now we're taking time to address a few of those questions with help from arts insiders from around the community.  

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Arts & Culture
2:20 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

British Author Chris West Puts His Stamp on American History

Author, Chris West, considers postage stamps to be little paper time-travel machines to another era.
Credit Courtesy/Imogen West

Our nation's history has been written many times, in many ways.

But it's also been stuck -- quite literally -- to our letters and packages. That's the perspective shared by British author Chris West in his new book, A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps.

West is visiting Fort Wayne at the invitation of the Anthony Wayne Stamp Society, and WBOI's Julia Meek brought him to the Madge Rothschild Studios to talk about the beauty -- and history -- of the postage stamp.

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