Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

"Indiana Voices in Song," which features the Lafayette Children's Choir (LCC) and voices from other Indiana children's choirs, takes place Saturday, November 9 at 3:00 pm at Faith Church on State Road 26 East in Lafayette. Greg Kostraba spoke with LCC director Colleen Green about the concert, as well as the upcoming Lafayette Children's Choir concert at Christ United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 23rd at 4.

The 20th season of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony began Saturday, November 17th. On this month's Arts Spotlight, Director of Artistic Planning Regan Eckstein, Artistic Director Adam Bodony, and board Vice President Grady Jones spoke to WBAA's Greg Kostraba about the group’s mission, vision, and history, and the current season.

Book Review: Movie Guides

Nov 1, 2019

We have all had the moment in our lives where we cannot decide on what movie to watch. If you are the type to be browsing the internet all night looking at movie reviews, perhaps consider one of these film books. Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide and New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi and K-Pop are two very different, but knowledgable, movie guides. So grab your popcorn as West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.


The Center began working with the Civic as community service. A group of men come to the theatre to help with sets and other work behind the scenes. Then a few of them auditioned and were cast in a production of A Few Good Men. 

The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents its "The Colors of Brazil" concert Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Lafayette. Greg Kostraba spoke with TCMS director Margot Marlatt, baritone Marcel Ramalho, and composer Allen McCullough about the concert, which includes works by José Siqueira, Jacques Ibert, and McCullough.

Book Review: Proof!

Oct 25, 2019

You may remember the days of taking geometry in high school. You may have even considered the discipline as "useless" while in fury at your hard homework. Proof! by Amir Alexander gives readers the historical proof that geometry matters more than we think. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Greg Kostraba

Cellist Camille Thomas joins pianist Julien Brocal for a performance Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 at Purdue's Loeb Playhouse. Greg Kostraba spoke with Camille about her career, her new cello, and the concert presented by Purdue Convocations that will include music by Brahms, Beethoven, Franck, and Messiaen.

Nick Palmer leads the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra in its "Beethoven's Greatest Hits" concert Saturday, October 19 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 PMO University Choir, Jeff Vallier, director, in the Ode to Joy and the Gloria from the Mass in C as well as WBAA's Greg Kostraba & Emilie Syberg narrating P.D.Q. Bach's uproarious "Symphony No. 5 Sportscast."

Book Review: A Beginner's Guide to Japan

Oct 18, 2019

You walk into a room and flip the light switch down to turn the lights on. Each member of your family has a different street address despite you all living in the same home. What kind of crazy place is this? A Beginner's Guide to Japan shows these are just a few of the peculiarities of this fascinating country. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: The Ultimate Tool Book

Oct 11, 2019

Are you the type to install your own cabinets, build furniture, and considered the "handyman?" If so, this book may be a necessary addition to the bookshelf you made. The Ultimate Tool Book: Every Tool You Need to Own, written by the Popular Mechanics magazine, is an in-depth analysis of tools you may have never thought to use. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Monday, October 14th marks the start of Ministry of Truth at Purdue Galleries in Stewart Center's Ringel Gallery. It's a collaboration with Purdue Galleries, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, and private collections. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Interim Director & Head Curator, Visitor Services & Program Coordinator of Purdue Galleries, Erika Kvam about the exhibit.

Book Review: Tapestry

Oct 4, 2019

A huntsmen stumbles upon a mute girl lost in the woods and unfamiliar with her past. After taking her in, they slowly put together the fragments of the former life she has forgotten. The first of an epic fantasy series, this is the story of  Tapestry: Strands of Yellow and Blue by Cady Elizabeth Arnold. West Lafayette Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

The 55th season of the Lafayette Master Chorale opens Saturday, October 12th. Artistic Director Michael Bennett speaks to WBAA's John Clare about the season that includes Cathedral Classics, Handel's Messiah, and music close to the group's history, Bach.

It all started with a mistake. The earliest known human, Lucy, fell from a tree and died. It doesn't get much better from there in Humans: A Brief History of How We F***ed It All Up by Tom Phillips. This comedically thought provoking book looks at the messy mistakes caused by our human nature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Anna Ridler 9/26 Preview

Sep 24, 2019

On Thursday, September 26th, Anna Ridler visits Purdue Galleries to speak about her art. The artist and researcher has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Impakt and the Barbican Centre, Ridler has earned degrees from the Royal College of Art, Oxford University and University of Arts London. She answered some questions for WBAA's John Clare recently about Dreaming, Automated at Ringel Gallery.