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This week sees the opening of the 28th annual Purdue Jazz Festival. Over 115 jazz bands from middle schools and high schools across the Midwest will compete on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

John Beasley’s MONK’estra headlines a concert on Friday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Loeb Playhouse. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Beasley about the event.

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West Lafayette officials believe the city has the money to build an indoor recreation center in Cumberland Park, but say they won’t sign off on the idea until it’s garnered enough community support.

A few dozen residents gave input at two Tuesday open houses. The goal was two-fold: ask whether residents want a rec center and gauge what amenities it’d need so people would buy memberships, says redevelopment commission chair Larry Oates.

“You’ve heard of Build-A-Bear, at the malls and stuff – this is our Build-A-Rec Center program,” Oates says.

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The Sixty Square Inches Small Print Exhibition continues today for the 19th time, a tradition that began in 1977!  This exhibit presents a current review of North American printmakers working within a format of 60 square inches in image area.  It was juried by printmaker and guest artist Monika Meler, associate professor at the Univeristy of the Pacific, along with Liz Erlewine, director and head curator for Purdue University Galleries.

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WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlatt, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, about the next performance, Woodwinds In Winter, Sunday, January 14th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.

Below is a list of school closures for Friday, January 12, due to inclement weather conditions. There are many additional school closures in the listening area, so make sure to check relevant websites and social media, or contact your local school or organization for updates. 

Lafayette First Baptist Church: no CCS

Lafayette School Corporation: closed 

North Montgomery School Corporation: closed 

Rossville Schools: closed, e-learning day 

This week's feature highlights a beautifully illustrated fairy tale. Authors Mark Twain and Phillip Stead tell the story of a young boy who is given a magical ability, and the quest he is sent on. Filled with lessons and interesting characters, readers can find this to be a new bedtime favorite. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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There’s a meeting scheduled for later this month in Lafayette to talk about the city’s drug addiction issues. Registration to speak was so popular the venue had to be changed to accommodate more people.

This week on WBAA’s “Ask The Mayor,” we chat with Lafayette’s Tony Roswarski about what that says for a city that’s struggled to even keep drug use from growing in recent years.

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Artist Jackie Head and Samantha Holmes are featured in the next Ringel Gallery exhibit, Tessellated. They'll speak at the opening, Thursday evening at 5:30pm at Purdue's Stewart Center. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Director Elizabeth Erlewine about the new installation, inspirations, and interacting with artists.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis has talked frequently about how what he calls “market forces” dictate which stores and shops locate in his city, more than any recruitment effort ever could.

So as the city council tries to grapple with the impending closure of the only full-service grocery store on the Purdue campus, we’ll ask Mayor Dennis what that says about an area whose economy is supposed to be booming.

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John Clare talks to Executive Director Leslie Martin Conwell, and Education/Event Coordinator Lauren Reed of the Farm at Prophetstown, a 1920’s farmstead highlighting sustainable agriculture, homesteading, heirloom gardening, and farm to table cooking. Activities go throughout the year, and Conwell and Reed discuss the most popular events, plus ways to volunteer.

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