Arts & Culture

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
8:18 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The President, The Comic, and The Man in the Santa Claus Hat

Comedian Vaughn Meader, in a publicity photo for his Kennedy-themed album, "The First Family."
Credit Wikimedia Commons

In the early 1960s, comedian Vaughn Meader recorded a satirical album in which he poked some gentle fun at President John F. Kennedy. He wasn't the first person to imitate a sitting president, but Meader was the first to add such a satirical bent to his work. It was ground-breaking at the time, and his first JFK recording, The First Family, became the fastest-selling album in U.S. history up to that point.

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Cinema Center's Jonah Crismore on Holiday Films

Jonah Crismore at Cinema Center in Fort Wayne.

Santa's not the only one making a list & checking it twice this holiday season! Cinema Center's executive director, Jonah Crismore was invited into the studio to share his insights on both well known and obscure Christmas movies by our own Julia Meek.

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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
1:50 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Interview With American Impressionist C.W. Mundy

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Dia De Los Muertos Celebrated At The Fort Wayne Museum Of Art

Clay sculptures from Mexico as part of Palermo Galindo's exhibit.
Virginia Alvino

Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, is November 1st and 2nd. It's an ancient holiday that is still widely celebrated throughout Latin America. The celebration commemorates the souls of loved ones with food, music, and altars that pay homage. Now the holiday is becoming more main stream. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art holds an annual community exhibit and family celebration, where some locals are maintain their traditions, and others discover them for the first time.

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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
1:35 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Music Aboard the Historic Wabash Cannonball

Engine No. 765
Credit Virginia Alvino

For the first time since 1993, steam locomotive no. 765 departed Fort Wayne for a public trip. Thousands hopped aboard for two round-trip excursions to Lafayette, Indiana on October 26th and 27th. The route retraced that of the famous Wabash Cannonball passenger train. The trips were sponsored by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in cooperation with Norfolk Southern Corp. 

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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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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Interview: Julia Meek with Arts United's Dan Ross

Credit Courtesy / Arts United

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne is one of the oldest united arts funds in the United States. It functions  as an umbrella organization for more than 70 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the area, typically staying busy behind the scenes, while its partners take the spotlight.

In this interview, WBOI’s Julia Meek turns the tables on Arts United Development Director Dan Ross to find out more about the state of the organization.

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