Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Book Review: Let's Make Ramen!

Mar 27, 2020

Rain or shine or pandemic, no matter, West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel is back with another book review recorded from his own home! Are you in need of some comfort food in these strange times? Let's Make Ramen! A Comic Book Cookbook gives a comedic take on a classic food that you may already have stocked in your pantry. Nick Schenkel has the review.

Suzanne Bona has launched a new short-term series on the Sunday Baroque blog: “Beautiful Music in Difficult Times”. She is posting a daily musical selection on the website and Facebook page as a means of social connection to counter the necessary social distancing we are all practicing. Click here for more:

https://sundaybaroque.org/category/blog/

What is love? What is masculinity? What is IKEA? These are the questions husbands face when raising a son, and these are the main topics of the non-fiction book Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman. The book offers life advice for Backman’s son, but the lessons shared are universal to anyone who is still growing up. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Elements of Family Style

Mar 6, 2020

Kids are messy. If you have a child you are probably quite familiar with the woes of mud stains, lego blocks, and spaghetti dinners. How can anyone have time for parenting while keeping a clean, stylish living space at the same time? Elements of Family Style by Erin Gates attempts to accomplish this goal. Through her experience as a family blogger/instagram-er, she has seen the gamut of messes. Does it hold up? West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Greg Kostraba

In Studio WBAA is an occasional series from our studios in Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music, featuring conversation and performance from tfine musicians in West Central Indiana and beyond. WBAA Content Director Greg Kostraba began the series with guest Baroque cellist Juliana Soltis, who introduces us to the Bach Cello Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, and performs selections from several of them.

We preview this afternoon's launch of In Studio WBAA, an occasional series from our studios in Purdue's Elliott Hall of Music. WBAA Content Director Greg Kostraba spoke with Baroque cellist Juliana Soltis, who also performs the Prelude from the Cello Suite No. 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Book Review: A Piece of the World

Feb 29, 2020

One of the most famous paintings in the world by Andrew Wyeth portrays a young, frail woman in a field looking towards a farmhouse. It's called "Christina's World", and if you've ever seen this painting and wondered "Who is this woman and what is she thinking," then the novel A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline will satiate your curiosity. It's a fictional historical memoir following the stubborn nature of Christina, the woman in the painting, and her romantic history with Wyeth. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

The Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra will be in concert Saturday, February 29th at 8pm at the Long Center in downtown Lafayette in a program that includes works by Sergei Prokofiev, Henry Purcell, and Paul Hindemith.  Greg Kostraba spoke with Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestras Adam Bodony about the program.

Carly Rosenberger / WBAA

When YWCA Greater Lafayette first began hosting healing art workshops for survivors of domestic violence, a lack of funding and supplies threatened the future of the program. But the homegrown effort has since expanded, and now the restorative power of art is being showcased in the YWCA’s inaugural gallery event.

 It’s opening night, and Sharifah Thomas is showing off an acrylic painting that imagines her future.

 

Book Review: One Good Deed

Feb 14, 2020

It's Valentine's Day and there is no better way to celebrate this day of love than by curling up and reading a "fast-paced historical thriller." One Good Deed by David Baldacci is one such book. A war vet named Archer is released from Prison into a 1949 Southwest American town. Suspicions and intrigue rise as a mystery murder unfolds which Archer must solve. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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