Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

At Folkcraft, Traditional Instruments are a Passion and a Business

Mountain dulcimers under construction at Folkcraft Instruments in Woodburn.
Courtesy Folkcraft

In Woodburn, Indiana, there’s a family-owned music business called Folkcraft Instruments.

The company manufactures traditional folk instruments you might not always be able to find in a typical instrument store: dulcimers, ukuleles, Finnish folk harps and more.

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Arts & Culture
2:36 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

"Willy Wonka" is Youtheatre's Golden Ticket

Fort Wayne Youtheatre's production of "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka" steps onto the St. Francis stage starting Friday, March 21st.
Credit Courtesy / Leslie Hormann

The Fort Wayne Youtheatre has been around since 1934, making it the third oldest children's theater in the nation.

In 2012, Executive Director Leslie Hormann broadened the group's horizons, adding collaborations with various local arts organizations to the Youtheatre's repertoire.

This month, along with the University of St Francis, they’re bringing their own interpretation of "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka” to the Fort Wayne stage.

WBOI’s Julia Meek recently spoke with Leslie Hormann at the Madge Rothschild Studios.

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Arts & Culture
4:52 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Fort Wayne's Jesters Spin a "Horse Tale" on the USF Stage

Jesters Director Allison Ballard. The Jesters perform "Horse Tales" this weekend at the USF North Campus Auditorium.
Credit Courtesy / Allison Ballard

The Jesters performing group is itself a unique story in Fort Wayne's theater community.

Formed more than thirty years ago and sponsored by the University of Saint Francis, the Jesters is comprised of people with mild to severe disabilities with a wide variety of generations represented, with the goal of enhancing each member's quality of life.

Each spring, the group presents an original, multi-media performance.

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Opinion - Food
4:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Fort Wayne Farm Promotes Sustainable Food By Nixing the Soil

Get Fresh Farms in Fort Wayne grows a variety of vegetables through hydroponics, a process that uses no soil.
Amber Recker For WBOI News

The locavore movement is starting to take hold in Northeast Indiana, as is evident by the growing popularity of farmers markets. We want to know where our food is grown and raised. When you buy produce from the grocery store, you don’t know where or by whom it was grown.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

When You Say It With Flowers, What Are You Saying?

Beautiful bouquets are everywhere this time of year, and there's a hidden language in every stem.
Courtesy Laura Stine

This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance you (or your special someone) will express your feelings through flowers. They've become so important to the holiday--for retailers and lovers alike--that a mild media panic ensued after some florists reported they might not get their Valentine bouquets out in time.

But when you express yourself with flowers, do you know what you're actually saying?

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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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