Julia Meek

Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Toasts 80 Years With "Tin Soldier"

Leslie Hormann and Harvey Cox look to a bright future as the Fort Wayne Youth Theatre celebrates its 80th anniversary.
Credit Credit Julia Meek / WBOI News

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.

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Arts & Culture
2:33 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Farmland Jazz Band Celebrates the Holidays with "The Dude"

Farmland Jazz Band is performing a festive variety of music this week, all in their signature Dixieland style.
Credit Courtesy/Farmland Jazz Band

If you're looking for an unexpected way to celebrate the holiday season, here's an idea: The Farmland Jazz Band is presenting two shows this week that combine New Orleans-style holiday standards with music from the classic Coen Brothers film, The Big Lebowski.

You can call him His Dudeness, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing. But whatever you call him, there's no doubt that the character of "The Dude" and The Big Lebowski are staples of the cult film canon.

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Arts & Culture
5:08 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Gallery Gives Fort Wayne Artist New Chances to Connect

Terry Ratliff thrives on connecting people to art, and says he needs to paint every day to be happy.
Credit Ellie Bogue

There's a brand new gallery on the Fort Wayne art scene, and the sign in the window reads "Ratliff".

The man behind that sign is Fort Wayne native, Terry Ratliff.

He's well known in the region for a bold painting style that's as unmistakable as it is popular.

For a closer look at the big picture, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Ratliff to discuss the secret of his success.

Ratliff Gallery is located at 1124 Broadway in Fort Wayne, near The Phoenix.

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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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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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