Julia Meek

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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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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Arts & Culture
2:52 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Sunny Taylor Celebrates Growth, Independence with "Map to the Fire"

Singer-songwriter, Sunny Taylor, regards her new album as a celebration of her musical development.
Credit Courtesy / Sunny Taylor

It's been seven years since Fort Wayne singer-songwriter, Sunny Taylor, released her first full-length album, Lock the Door and Leave.

This week, Taylor has unlocked that door and is letting everyone in on her latest burst of recorded creativity.

She has a new record label and a brand new album, Map to the Fire.

Burning to find out where the map leads, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Taylor to discuss the direction her musical passion has taken.

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Arts & Culture
6:04 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Pokagon State Park's Fred Wooley Shares the Scoop on Poop

Fred Wooley, Park Interpeter for Pokagon State Park, believes in making the secrets of nature known in a fun, entertaining way.
Credit Courtesy/Fred Wooley

Sometimes it's good to leave serious news behind and step outside for a moment, but hopefully not step in the things that animals leave behind. 

This conversation is about animal scat, and the man who recently led a fascinating and entertaining tour on the subject for the conservation group, ACRES.

For more than three decades, Fred Wooley has served as park interpreter for Pokagon State Park, and he has more than a few accolades and fans among park visitors.

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Arts & Culture
5:57 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Tracing Halloween from the Pop Culture Present to Its Ancient Gaelic Roots

Sage Blackhart honors the end of the harvest season, and the coming of winter with the ancient Gaelic customs of Samhain.
Credit Courtesy/Sage Blackhart

If you've been busy carving pumpkins and crafting costumes this week, you're in good company. Halloween is one of the oldest holidays in the world, and one of America's favorites.

Curious to learn why we do what we do at this time of year, WBOI's Julia Meek was happy to learn that one local group, Sophia's Portico, celebrated the ancient roots of the holiday, originally known as Samhain.

This led Meek to invite Portico member, Sage Blackhart, into the Madge Rothschild Studios to discuss the history, lore and longevity of All Hallow's Eve

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Arts & Culture
3:45 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Jazz Vocalist Guylenn Brings a Taste of Paris to Fort Wayne

Parisian jazz singer Guylenn will perform at Fort Wayne's LaSalle Bed and Breakfast starting Oct. 24th.
Credit Courtesy / Guylenn

As a popular fixture on the Paris jazz scene, vocalist Guylenn has played concerts with Dizzie Gillespie, Dider Lockwood and Stephane Grappelli.

She also spent ten years touring with Claude Bolling and his Big Band, and loves teaching her craft at the National Paris Conservatory.

Now she's visiting Fort Wayne for a week to help her family launch their new cabaret at the LaSalle Bed and Breakfast. 

WBOI's Julia Meek couldn't wait to invite Guylenn to the Madge Rothschild Studios to learn more about her passion for jazz. 

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

End Times Spasm Band Updates a Horror Classic with New Music

Lyndsy Rae and Bart Helms from the End Times Spasm Band will perform a live score to the horror film classic, Nosferatu, Friday at Cinema Center.
Credit Courtesy / End Times Spasm Band

This Friday evening, Fort Wayne Cinema Center is presenting the first of a three-part silent film series with a one-time showing of Nosferatu, F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

What makes these screenings special is that each boasts an original musical score composed and performed live by a local band, and Nosferatu will be hitting whole new heights of horror thanks to the efforts of the End Times Spasm Band.

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Fright Night
4:07 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers Bring New Paranormal Activity to Fright Night 2014

The Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are hosting two events this Saturday, in celebration of Fort Wayne's Fright Night.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers

You'd better beware! Fright Night is lurking on Fort Wayne’s horizon, and this year, the Fort Wayne Shadow Chasers are conjuring up a spooktacular pair of events to add to the annual fun.

Tina Lano, Jackie Hicks and Cheryl Ferguson – the organization's founding “ParaSisters” – will start at the Grand Wayne Center with their monthly Paranormal Pow Wow.

Then, at sundown, they’ll conduct tours of the “Haunted Wells Street Corridor” just north of the historic Wells Street Bridge.

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Comedy
6:35 am
Wed October 1, 2014

JIRK Comedy Fosters the Funny in Fort Wayne

Ian Anderson performs at a JIRK open mic at Deer Park.
JIRK Comedy

There's an old showbiz saying: “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.”

And for a while, comedy was hard to do in Fort Wayne, at least according to Ian Anderson and Dirk Walker, two of the co-founders of the group, JIRK Comedy.

Before JIRK was founded in 2013, they say it was difficult to practice the craft because of a lack of opportunities for newer comics to perform material.

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