Arts Interview

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With Valentine's Day directly ahead of us, it seems like love really does make the world go round, and surveys indicate that nearly 55 percent of Americans expect to be celebrating it this year.

But here's the burning question: With so many traditional options to choose from, what do we pick to best express our feelings...and why do we pick it?

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Thirty years ago, middle-school student and AIDS patient, Ryan White, was denied an education in Kokomo, Indiana, and what transpired became a saga heard around the world.

This weekend, that story and its message are honored through "The Kid from Kokomo: The Ryan White Story", an original Fort Wayne Youtheatre premiere, written and directed by Gregory Stieber.

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Stieber to share some of his motives and methods for preserving White's legacy.

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First Presbyterian Theater is readying its first production of the new year: a dramatic comedy by Evan Smith from 2009 called The Savannah Disputation.

Director Thom Hofrichter feels certain that this production, starring Meg Brouwer, Christi Campbell, Nancy Kartholl and John Brouwer will make audiences think -- and laugh.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Hofrichter to learn how theology and humor go hand in hand.

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Many additions were made to Fort Wayne's visual landscape in 2014, and seemingly, sculptures have stolen the spotlight, and are springing up all over.

Everything from the restoration of the much-debated Helmholtz sculpture to the placement of the Anthony Wayne statue kept the role of public art in the news for much of the year.

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Since it's the holiday season and we're in a playful mood, we're just going to come out and say it: toys rule!

It seems everyone has a memory of a favorite childhood toy: a doll, a truck, a ball or a game that brings warm memories immediately to the surface.

But toys and the play they inspire have been around for thousands of years, dating back to prehistory. And while the types and packaging may have changed, the point -- having fun and learning -- has not.

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Eighty years ago this month, Fort Wayne Youtheatre took the stage for the first time, with a performance of "The Steadfast Tin Soldier".

This weekend, they're toasting the past with a brand new adaptation of this Hans Christian Andersen classic, written by their artist-in-residence, Harvey Cox.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Cox and Youtheatre Director, Leslie Hormann, to find out more about the show and celebration.

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Presents:

Nicholas Weaver

The Pinestock Music Festival kicks off tomorrow on a 20-acre pine tree farm in Churubusco. 

According to Pinestock co-founder Nicholas Weaver, people have described it as "Woodstock meets Burning Man, with a flannel aesthetic."  Intrigued by that concept, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Weaver to learn more.

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People around the world have been celebrating the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, the 'Bard of Avon' himself.

In Fort Wayne, fans of Shakespeare are marking the occasion with a "24-Hour Shakespeare-athon" at Wunderkammer Company beginning Friday night as the clock strikes midnight.

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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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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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