Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Book Review: The Perfect Season

Jan 31, 2020

In 2018, the West Lafayette High School football team had a fifteen to nothing season wining the state championship. The Perfect Season by Thomas Speaker recounts this triumphant year for the Red Devils with interviews from the team and more. Get out your foam fingers 'cuz West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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The play “A Poison Squad of Whispering Women”, produced by the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, opened Thursday for a special three-evening run at the Fowler House in Lafayette. The more intimate viewing experience brings audiences close to a story from the past with modern relevance. 

Book Review: Occasional Magic

Jan 24, 2020

You may have listened to WBAA's weekend program entitled The Moth Radio Hour featuring some of the Moth's favorite oral storytellings. Well, there is also a collection of books that relay some of the most famous stories from The Moth. This one, called Occasional Magic, features Meg Wolitzer, Adam Gopnik, Krista Tippett, Andrew Solomon, Rosanne Cash, Ophira Eisenberg, Wang Ping, and more. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Purdue at 150

Jan 17, 2020

Think you know enough about Purdue student history? Well, with 150 years under Purdue's belt there is sure to be some stuff you probably missed out on. The new book Purdue at 150: A Visual History of Student Life gives a coffee-table/scrapbook type look at the rich traditions, pranks, and notable moments for students. To answer your question no, there aren't any photos of the nude Olympics in the book. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Purdue Bands & Orchestra will host the 30th annual Purdue Jazz Festival January 16-18. The weekend will feature concerts and clinics from Mark Buselli and other esteemed jazz musicians as well as adjudicated performances by more than 100 high school and middle school bands and combos. Greg Kostraba spoke with Purdue Jazz Bands Director Mo Trout about the 2020 Festival.

Book Review: The Siren and The Specter

Jan 10, 2020

School will be back in session starting next week for Purdue. The Siren and The Spectre might be the perfect horror book for students as the main character is - pause for dramatic effect - a Purdue professor! AHH! Written by West Lafayette High-School Teacher Jonathan Janz, this book is sure to scare you and not just with the presence/existence of the Purdue professor. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Spotted Dog

Jan 3, 2020

Are you a fan of detective mysteries, food recipes, and dogs? Believe it or not, there is a book for you. The Spotted Dog is the seventh book in a mystery/foodie series by Kerry Greenwood. The novel follows private eye and baker Corina Chapman uncovering mysteries and serving deliciously baked goods. Featuring recipes for all the foods mentioned in the story, this book will have your tummy rumbling and your mind puzzled. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Call Sign Chaos

Dec 29, 2019

Jim Mattis is a major proponent of reading to better yourself. Perhaps that is why he has co-written a memoir that is filled with leadership advice. Call Sign Chaos shares this former Secretary of State's unique story and the things he has learned. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review

Dec 20, 2019

It's the holiday season, which means it is time for family, fun, gift-giving, and more. However, in the darker portions of America's history, it wasn't the case that everyone got to celebrate the same way. Yuletide in Dixie by former Purdue Professor Robert E. May looks at how enslaved African Americans in the Old South celebrated Christmas. While many slave owners at the time claimed the holidays to be a time of rest for those enslaved, the reality may be more troubling. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Lafayette Master Chorale

The Lafayette Master Chorale, soloists, and orchestra perform Handel's Messiah Saturday, December 21 at 7:30pm at St. Boniface Church in downtown Lafayette. WBAA's Greg Kostraba spoke to Music Director and conductor Michael Bennett about the performance.

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