Julia Meek

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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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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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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Arts & Culture
12:35 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The Best Music of 2013: Popular, Underground, and Local

Morrison Agen of Neat Neat Neat Records (left) and Bob Roets of Wooden Nickel Records (right) talked to WBOI's Julia Meek about their favorite music of 2013.
Credit Courtesy / Morrison Agen / Bob Roets

For Bob Roetz of Wooden Nickel Records and Morrison Agen of Neat Neat Neat Records, both in Fort Wayne, music is a passion and a profession.

As we say goodbye to 2013, we wanted to take a quick look back at some of the year's music and get their opinions on some of the best.

WBOI’s Julia Meek recently invited Roetz and Agen to the Madge Rothschild Studios to talk about the best music of the year: some popular, some obscure, and a few local picks, as well. 

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Wed November 27, 2013

JG's Dan Stockman On Cicadas, Love Stories, and "Brood X"

The cover for Dan Stockman's new book, "Brood X."
Credit Courtesy / Dan Stockman

Journalist Dan Stockman has been plying his trade for more than a decade here at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. And you’ve heard his voice regularly on WBOI, as well.

Now, he is entered the world of fiction, with his debut novel, "Brood X." He recently sat down with WBOI’s Julia Meek to talk about his writing. 

Dan Stockman will be signing copies and reading from 'Brood X', at its release party this Saturday, November 30th, 5-to-7 p.m., at Hyde Brothers, Booksellers on Wells Street in Fort Wayne.

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Arts & Culture
5:34 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Author Michael Martone Finds the Humor In Hoosier Life

The cover of Martone's 2005 memoir.

Though author and Fort Wayne native Michael Martone has been a professor at the University of Alabama's Creative Writing department since 1996, his Hoosier roots run deep.

He has more than a dozen books to his credit and is this year's recipient of the prestigious National Author's Award from the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Foundation.

While in town this month for some of the festivities, he joined WBOI's Julia Meek to talk about his Indiana ties, his process and how the Hoosier State informs his writing.

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Arts & Culture
3:28 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Covered Bridges Disappearing, But Still Community Centerpieces

In the 1800's, an estimated 400 to 500 wooden covered bridges dotted the Hoosier landscape.

As you might expect, time and progress have taken a toll, and now just 90 such structures remain.

To take a look at the history and significance of the covered bridge, WBOI Arts Producer Julia Meek sat down with Ron Branson, founder of the Indiana County History Preservation Society, and author of "Covered Bridges of Indiana.”

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