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An Actor’s Notebook: ALS Belongs to Everyone

In the Civic’s production of 33 Variations, a professor faces a debilitating disease

33 Variations, a magnificent play by Moisés Kaufman and directed by Gregory Stieber, is about passion, research, investigation, inspiration and dedication to music, the love of music and the complex relationships in our lives. Read more...

Downtown with the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

There are seven core members of the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra — quite a large band, and a potential nightmare dynamics-wise. Fortunately, that’s not the case at all. Read more...

Unapologetic: A band called F****** Panthers

There seems to be two ways to go when you grow up in a small town. The first is you stay pretty comfortable with the idea of living your life in the middle of a cornfield… Read more...

Bret Pendleton: Fort Wayne Fecal Face

Fecal Face, a San Francisco based gallery, went online in 2000, and has had an expansive influence since. Its influence has reached as far as Fort Wayne’s art scene through Bret Pendleton, a 19 year old artist whose work lives somewhere between Raymond Pettibon’s drawings, Barry McGee (widely known among graffiti artists as “Twist”), inside jokes among his friends, and the graphic style of “The Simpsons.” Read more...

Celebrating the songwriter

Dwane Ferren's Songwriter's Night

Back in 2012 Dwane Ferren put out one of my favorite local releases, For Glare & Gun. It was a mix of rusty Americana, jangly alternative, and even touches of gothic pop that showed he was leading the pack in singer/songwriters in the area. Read more...

Fort Wayne’s First Father of Rock-n-Roll

The career of Gary "Meatball" McMeekin

If you’re a long time resident of Fort Wayne who frequents the local music venues, odds are that at one point, you’ve seen and heard Gary “Meatball” McMeekin do his thing on guitar. Meatball has been performing for over 40 years in countless bands, locally and otherwise. I’ll get to the details of his lengthy career in a moment, but first, a personal story… Read more...

Gary “Meatball” McMeekin: Fort Wayne’s First Father of Rock-n-Roll

If you’re a long time resident of Fort Wayne who frequents the local music venues, odds are that at one point, you’ve seen and heard Gary “Meatball” McMeekin do his thing on guitar. Meatball has been performing for over 40 years in countless bands, locally and otherwise. I’ll get to the details of his lengthy career in a moment, but first, a personal story… Read more...

Records Collecting Dust

A talk with Riot House Records' Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins started a record label as a teenager growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Not because he was wise beyond his years, but because he figured that's what he was supposed to do if he wanted to release his own music. Read more...

Around Town Archives

2015-03-19 — An Actor’s Notebook: ALS Belongs to Everyone

2015-03-19 — Downtown with the Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra

2015-03-19 — Unapologetic: A band called F****** Panthers

2015-03-05 — Bret Pendleton: Fort Wayne Fecal Face

2015-03-05 — Celebrating the songwriter

2015-03-05 — Fort Wayne’s First Father of Rock-n-Roll

2015-03-05 — Gary “Meatball” McMeekin: Fort Wayne’s First Father of Rock-n-Roll

2015-03-05 — Records Collecting Dust

2015-02-19 — The Vagina Monologues returns to the local stage

2015-02-19 — A buzz in the air

2015-02-19 — No nostalgia trip

2015-02-05 — "Well Managed Chaos"

2015-02-05 — The Formalists: Suzanne Galazka and Jay Bastian

2015-02-05 — Willkommen

2015-01-15 — Getting in deep with Lost Lakes

 
 
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