Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

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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.


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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.

https://indianapolisquartet.uindy.edu

Tuesday, March 26th on WBAA Classical 101.3FM at 1pm join us for the Indianapolis String Quartet live on air! Hear an exclusive preview of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society season finale with music by Haydn, Robert Paterson, and Grieg!

Book Review: Underground

Mar 15, 2019

Author Will Hunt has been an urban explorer since his early childhood. In his book Underground: The Worlds Beneath our Feet, Hunt gives readers an exclusive look at all things below us. The catacombs of Paris, ochre mines of Australia, underground cities of Turkey, and subway tunnels of New York City are a few of the places the reader will explore in this book. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Book Review: Sacred Spaces

Mar 8, 2019

No matter what religion, Christian Cathedrals continue to inspire and astonish all who have the privilege to walk in their chambers. Critically-acclaimed photographer Guillaume de Laubier takes readers on a journey to these churches in the visually pleasing coffee book Sacred Spaces: The Awe-Inspiring Architecture of Churches and Cathedrals. The book features unprecedented access to various religious landmarks around the European continent.

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