Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

The only musical on the Purdue Theatre Department’s slate this year lives up to its suggestive name by shedding light on a societal subject that is often left in the dark.

In Next to Normal, audiences are introduced to The Goodman family. Though the suburban family may be seemingly average on the surface, mother and wife Diana has been battling her worsening bipolar disorder for nearly two decades. The family struggles to cope with her mental illness, as it is taking a toll on her relationships with her husband and children.

The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Long Center.  The program, “Here & There”, features music around the world, including Lafayette & West Lafayette musicians.  WBAA’s John Clare talks with the Music Director and conductor of the LSO, Nick Palmer.

John Clare

John Clare talks to Felica Ahasteen-Bryant, Director of the Native American Educational and Cultural Center at Purdue about Native American Heritage Month.  November marks a month-long celebration to recognize, honor and celebrate Indigenous Peoples.

Complete with spies, submarines and even Walt Disney, The Tango War is a look at the lesser known, yet critically important, WW2 front of Latin America. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Shervin Lainez

The folk trio, I’m With Her, plays one of just two Indiana performances this evening at Purdue. The all-female group is still something of a rarity within the largely male-dominated genres of folk and bluegrass music. And the name I’m With Her is still much more associated with another woman.

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with the Lafayette Children's Choir's Director Leeann Starkey about the next LCC concert, Voices in the Night, Saturday afternoon at 4 at Christ United Methodist Church.

Book Review: Still Life

Oct 26, 2018

In Louise Penny's Still Life, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache attempts to solve the murder of Jane Neal, a resident of a small village south of Montreal. Penny's debut novel is this years One Great Read. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette continue their Main Stage series with Baskerville:  A Sherlock Holmes Mystery this weekend. WBAA's John Clare spoke with director Bill Knapp about the comedic take on Arthur Conan Doyle.

There's more about the play here. Performances are at the Monon Depot Theatre from Friday, October 26 through Saturday, November 10.

John and Mary Gribbin explain the history and innovation of science through the years using the fields most notable experiments. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review. 

Purdue University photo/Mark Simons

WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Dr. Mo Trout, Director of Jazz Bands, and Professor Scott Pazera about the next Purdue Jazz performance, Friday, October 19th at 8 pm at Loeb Playhouse in Stewart Center.

Learn more about the concert here. Performing are the Purdue Jazz Band, American Music Repertory Ensemble (AMRE), and Guitar & Saxophone Ensemble. Concert starts at 8pm but there will be combo performances beginning around 7:30pm.