Julia Meek

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.
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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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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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Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Interview: Author Bill Levy on Director John Ford's Acting Company

Bill Levy says legendary film director John Ford had an extraordinary ability to make actors shine on screen.
Credit Courtesy / Bill Levy

Historian, author, and entertainer Bill Levy will tell you that his driving force is "a need to share," especially when it comes to his deep knowledge of cinema's past.  

And that's what Levy does in his new book, Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company, chronicling the career of the legendary director and his troupe of regular players.

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Levy to the Madge Rothschild Studios recently to share a bit of his passion for the silver screen.

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Arts & Culture
4:22 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Interview: Harvey Cocks on a "Life in Theater"

Harvey Cocks today (left) and in the 1940s (right).
Credit Courtesy / Harvey Cocks

Going on ninety years old, actor, director, writer and Fort Wayne Youtheatre's artist-in-residence Harvey Cocks is still going strong, as he's been explaining in his fascinating three-part lecture series, "My Life in Theater," at the Wunderkammer Company.

He'll deliver the final installment tonight, but earlier this week, he joined WBOI's Julia Meek at the Madge Rothschild Studios to share a few backstage insights into his long-term love affair with show business.

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Arts & Culture
5:44 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Cherry Blossom Festival Celebrates Spring, Cultural Ties

In Japan, the cherry blossom has been the symbol for the cycle of life, death and rebirth for centuries, revered and celebrated annually as the herald of spring. 

In Fort Wayne, this celebration is embodied in our own Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, offering a taste of Japanese culture as well as a seasonal salute.

WBOI's Julia Meek recently invited Dorothy Kittaka and Toyoharu Tamura (also known as "Mr. T") into the Madge Rothschild studios to talk tradition and dive into the Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival, which starts May 18th.

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Arts & Culture
4:50 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Fort Wayne Celebrates a Full Day of Shakespeare, One Line at a Time

Playwright and director Jack Cantey is hosting the Shakespeare-athon, a 24-hour celebration of the Bard's works.
Credit Courtesy / Jack Cantey

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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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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