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The "Matriarch of the Blues" has died. Music legend Etta James died Friday morning at Riverside Community Hospital in California of complications from leukemia. She was 73.

She was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles in 1938. Her first manager and promoter cut up Jamesetta's name and reversed it: Etta James.

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is unveiling its newest exhibits Friday.

Four collections will go on display starting this weekend including Bob and Ellie Haan’s “Indiana Realities.”

Bob Haan says the 39 works come from some of Indiana’s greatest artists and aim to depict one of the most challenging times in U.S history, the Great Depression.

The Haan’s have donated nearly 50-works to the Art Museum’s permanent collection over the past 20-years. Some of these will be displayed in another exhibit.

The War of 1812

Jan 19, 2012

Two hundred years ago wide swaths of the now US upper Midwest and southern Canada were engaged in open warfare; from the burning of our young national capital, Washington DC to the climactic battle of old and new on the bluffs of the Wabash we now call Battle Ground, the War of 1812 ravaged our young nation. Yet 200 years hence we hardly acknowledge this war’s crucial changes to the United States of America.  Today’s book, The War of 1812, sets out to bring the War and its heroes, its victims, and its importance to our attention.

Purdue kicks off Jazz Festival Thursday

Jan 18, 2012

The 2012 Purdue Jazz Festival kicks off Thursday with three days of headliner concerts, jazz jams, competitions, workshops and more.

This year, Purdue Convocation’s contribution is 21st Century Dizzy: Danilo Perez and Friends.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Todd Wetzel, director of Convocations, about the concert and special pre-show event.

You can find more information about the festival HERE and about the Danilo Perez concert and discussion HERE.

Are you an extremely talented orchestral player? Looking for something to do summer after next? Are you a teenager? If the answer to all three is yes, here's a chance to meet other kids who love Bach and Brahms as much as you do and to learn from some of America's finest musicians. Many of your expenses will be paid, you'll have the honor of being associated with one of the world's foremost presenters, and — oh yeah, one last thing — you'll get to tour the world with Valery Gergiev.

Groundhog Loaf

Jan 17, 2012

Food and faith often go together, just ask Scott Hutcheson, who's had the good fortune of sharing many meals in different fellowship halls and church basements.

"One memorable annual event was the Groundhog Day Dinner featuring Groundhog Loaf! This wasn’t the frugal use of road kill, but rather a clever play-on-words," he says. "The church had several hog farmers in the congregation and someone came up with the idea of serving Ground-hog loaf, aka Ham Loaf."

Groundhog Loaf

2 lb. lean ground ham (grind in a food processor)

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon was a college student when she became involved in the Civil Rights movement in Georgia.

She spoke with WBAA's Mike Loizzo recently about her role and her message today.

Reagon's talk is Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in Purdue's Loeb Playhouse.

Magnetic North is magnetic in more ways than one! Author Sara Wheeler takes us into the far north of our planet, a region that has drawn explorers from all over the world in search of fame, fortune, or a place to call home.  Responding to her own curiosity about the arctic world, Wheeler – and her reader --  finds a world of frozen landscapes, daring adventure and sometimes, warm hearts. 

In case you were hoping to get a spot on the MS Balmoral when it sails from Southampton, England, on April 8 for its "Titanic Memorial Cruise" on the 100th anniversary of that earlier ship's fateful voyage, you're too late.

It's fully booked.

But, if you're interested in sailing from New York on April 10 aboard the Amazara Journey and meeting up with the Balmoral on April 15 at 41°43'57"N, 49°56'49"W in the Atlantic Ocean — where the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 — there are still some spots.

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