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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.

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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.

Love hip-hop, but despise English class and/or older literature? Rap-Notes: Shakespeare's Greatest Hits promises to bridge the gap between old english and funky rhymes. Does it hold up? West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

P.S. be prepared for some Schenkel beats in this review.

The Wabash Valley Youth Symphony presents its next concert Sunday, February 9th at 7 pm at the Long Center for the Arts in Lafayette. The program includes Three Dances from Bedřich Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride, Les Preludes by Franz Liszt, and the third movement of the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Henryk Wieniawski - featuring soloist Frank Shi. WBAA's Greg Kostraba spoke with Shi and the WVYS Director of Artistic Planning Regan Eckstein about the concert.

The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents the ATLYS String Quartet in concert Sunday, February 9 at 4:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Lafayette. Greg Kostraba spoke with violinist and Lafayette-native Jinty McTavish about the concert and the new single Perfect.

Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its annual Lollipop Concert Friday evening, February 7 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette. WBAA's Greg Kostraba spoke with LSO Music Director Nick Palmer about the evening, which includes an "Instrument Petting Zoo" at 6 and a concert at 7 that features music of John Williams and David Ott inspired by Peter Pan.

Wabash College

The Fine Arts Center at Wabash College in Crawfordsville presents activities throughout the academic year. WBAA's Greg Kostraba spoke to Julia Phipps about events and activities, including music and theater performances, and an art show taking place there over the next couple of months.

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.