Julia Meek

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Music
4:49 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Folk-Pop Band Storyman Takes Fort Wayne with New Name, Bigger Sound

Kevin May and Mick Lynch of Storyman, formerly Guggenheim Grotto, play live at C2G Music Hall on Friday, Sept. 26th.
Credit Courtesy / Storyman

Kevin May and Mick Lynch hit the Dublin music scene as Guggenheim Grotto back in 2003, quickly building a following with their unique style of folk-influenced indie pop.

In 2006, they brought their act stateside for the first of many successful national tours.

They now reside in Brooklyn, with a new record label, a new touring schedule, and a new name: Storyman.

With a new tour, of course, comes another stop in Fort Wayne, which May says is "a highlight on any tour they do." The band's Fort Wayne show starts Friday night at C2G Music Hall.

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Arts & Culture
5:41 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Calling Squares is a Family Tradition at the Alles Barn Dance

Matt Rupley from the Alles Family Barn Dance says square dancing can bring families and whole communities together.
Credit Courtesy / Matt Rupley

If you’ve been feeling the urge lately to swing your partner ’round and ’round, you're not alone. Dancers, callers and musicians around the country are celebrating International Square Dance Month throughout the month of September.

To some, it’s old-fashioned entertainment. But it’s hardly a thing of the past. In fact, it’s flourishing right here in Northeast Indiana, as the Alles Family Barn Dance in Roanoke keeps the tradition alive.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

As it Turns 40, Appleseed Festival Keeps the "Old Days" Exciting

Visitors can expect to be transported back to the 1800s at the 40th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival. The event starts Saturday in Fort Wayne.
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Fort Wayne's Johnny Appleseed Festival is a staple in the area's fall activity lineup, and this weekend, it's turning forty years old.

It's a period-authentic festival that celebrates the season, as well as the life and times of John Chapman, better known as the beloved “Johnny Appleseed.”

WBOI's Julia Meek invited festival board member Bridget Kelly to the Madge Rothschild Studios to find out more about what sustains the appeal of this annual seasonal salute.

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