Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Book Review: Sea People

Apr 12, 2019

The great islands of Polynesia are dispersed far across the pacific ocean from Hawaii to New Zealand. How did the very early Polynesians get to these places without metal tools or writing? How could they have known about these islands at all? In her book, Sea Peoples: The Puzzle of Polynesia, author Christina Thompson delves deep into these questions that have puzzled anthropologists, geographers, and others since the eightenthenth century. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

The Lafayette Children's Choirs perform Lullaby of Bradway this Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church in Lafayette. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Leann Starkey about the show.

Learn more here. The concert starts at 4pm Saturday, April 13th.

She Kills Monsters is a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired high-octane dramatic comedy opening Friday, April 12th at Purdue Theatre. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Amy Lynn Budd about the new production.

Purdue Bands

Purdue Bands and Orchestras are performing four showcase concerts this weekend! Concerts begin Friday night and continue through Sunday at Elliott Hall of Music. WBAA's John Clare spoke with conductor Jonathan Sweet about the concerts.

Book Review: The Underground Railroad

Apr 9, 2019

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a Historical Fiction following two slaves in 19th century America. These two characters follow the “underground railroad” to attain their freedom. The underground railroad in this fictionalized past not only includes secret routes and safe houses but also has a real railroad with a train underneath the soil. The novel has received a number of awards, including the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Alisha Sims Photography

This Saturday is "Love Songs" with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, featuring romantic favorites including everything from Wagner to Whitney Houston. WBAA's John Clare spoke to maestro Nick Palmer about the program.

Several theater performances take place every year at Wabash College. The African Company Presents Richard III is the next play. It concerns "a true incident in 1821 in New York City: A troupe of free African-American actors mounted a Shakespeare production that attained minor critical and financial success until a larger white company, the Park Theatre, connived to shut it down to prevent competition." WBAA's John Clare spoke to director Ansley Valentine about the production.

Book Review: Follow This Thread

Mar 29, 2019

If you are tired of the monotonous book format, Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In offers a format like no other that also includes in-depth information on everything maze-related. From Labyrinths to Pac-Man, you will twist and turn this book around with its interesting curving illustrations by Quibe and text by Henry Eliot. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.  

Book Review: Pops

Mar 22, 2019

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces is a collection of short stories and essays by the writer Micheal Chabon. Famous for his complex language, Chabon's latest collection focuses on the rewards and challenges of fatherhood. Through various stories about Chabon's four children and other aspects of his life, the reader learns how the job of parenting is one of a kind. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Purdue Galleries

Purdue Galleries invited three artists to find inspiration in Purdue’s Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives.  Their challenge was to bring art, engineering, and science together to imagine new horizons informed by archival documents and artifacts contained in the Neil A. Armstrong Papers and the papers of other astronauts and engineers. This exhibition is a collaboration with Purdue University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Erika Kwam, Visitor Services & Program Coordinator about the exhibit that opens Monday, March 25th in the Ringel Gallery.