Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

Book Review: Because Internet

Dec 13, 2019

Lol this book is str8 vibin. Havin trouble understandin internet lingo? Want 2 c an academic view of interweb terms? Look @ Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch. It might hav u roflol! West Laffayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review :)

Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its "Holidays Around the World" concert Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Lafayette. Greg Kostraba spoke with LSO Music Director Nick Palmer about the concert, which will feature the holiday selections from across the globe, including Japan, the Philippines, and Liberia. The LSO will be joined in Highland Cathedral by Lafayette's own 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music.

Book Review: The Odyssey (Emily Wilson)

Dec 6, 2019

Has your doctor been telling you to eat a more Mediterranean diet? Has it been difficult? Perhaps reading the classic Greek tale The Odyssey will get you in the right mood. The praised translation by Emily Wilson is this years "Big Read" in Greater Lafayette. So, not only could this book help inspire a new diet it could help foster your reading chops in the community! West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

P.S. As mentioned in this episode, Emily Wilson will visit Purdue today! Click here for details.

Lafayette Ballet Company

The Lafayette Ballet Company presents the 30th Anniversary performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker the first weekend in January. On this month's Arts Spotlight, Artistic Director Sandra Peticolas spoke to WBAA's Greg Kostraba about what makes each performance unique.

Carly Rosenberger / WBAA News

Joe Barry Carroll’s appreciation for art isn’t anything new—he began accumulating a collection of artworks after receiving his first NBA check in 1980. In an effort to understand an artist’s process, he picked up a paintbrush himself a little more than five years ago, and he’s been hooked ever since.

The Lafayette Chamber Singers present their first concert of the season, Moderns & Others Sunday, November 24 at 3 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette. WBAA's Greg Kostraba spoke to conductor and founder Clayton Lein about the music, which includes songs by three local composers.

Book Review: Five Windows

Nov 22, 2019

A work-at-home book publisher witnesses three nearby houses burn down in his suburban San Francisco neighborhood. A mystery unravels as this main character becomes more concerned with the events surrounding him. This is the Hitchcockian story of Five Windows by Jon Roemer. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Purdue Bands & Orchestras

Purdue Orchestras present two concerts this weekend at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Lafayette. Adam Bodony and Jay Gephart respectively direct the Purdue Symphony and String Orchestras Friday, November 22 at 8pm. Saturday, November 23 at 8pm, Maestro Bodony leads the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra in concert with guest violinist Chloe Trevor. Greg Kostraba spoke with Asistant Professor and Director of Orchestras Adam Bodony about the programs.