Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

WBAA’s Greg Kostraba talks with Michael Bennett, who runs the Noontime Concert and Luncheon Series at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette. They’ll discuss the history of the series and preview this season’s concerts.

  While the power and legitimacy of religion has been questioned by atheists for ages, now comes a new perspective. Alain de Botton, a devout atheist, looks at religion from a different angle, acknowledging its role in people's life and how it helps answer the difficult questions of morality. While not a prescriptive account or one that is always easy to swallow, Religion for Atheists somehow bridges the gap between two extremes, outlining the best aspects of each for readers to take away. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

WBAA's Greg Kostraba talks with organist Michael Bennett, who will be featured on the next Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society concert Sunday afternoon at 4 at St. John's Episcopal Church.

  Travis is a troubled teen surrounded by bad influences, though far away from Earth on a planet called Manticore. After being in the wrong place at the wrong time, he enters into the planet's military scene hoping to become the hero his government desperately does not want. David Weber and Timothy Zahn collaborate on this first of the Manticore Ascendant series. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.  



  When parents are asked what they most want their kids not to be, a surprising number answer with the word "spoiled". Though many have written similar handbooks on how to raise money-smart children, Ron Lieber delves deeper as he answers the very questions about money that children ask their parents and peers. "The Opposite of Spoiled" is full of personal experiences, big questions, and, of course, a rough guideline on how to start a financial conversation with your child. The West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

  As one of the most devastating natural disasters to hit US soil, Hurricane Katrina still haunts New Orleans to this day. Don Brown gives an excruciating account of the immense damage in  his book, Drowned City. Politically neutral but full of truth, Drowned City uses graphic depictions to reveal the very real emotions and actions of those who weathered the storm. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

  Kathleen is an expert in her field - her ability to take on new characters and invent different personas makes her the perfect woman for an undercover job. As an ex-cop, she knows the dangers of the streets, but her new life undercover keeps her away from the worst of it. But what happens when a simple spying job goes awry? Author Erica Wright delves into the unsuspected mystery surrounding Kathleen in Red Chameleon. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Jan Simon talks with Steve Koehler, Managing Director of Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette, who previews the upcoming season and offers a look at the theater’s learning opportunities for children.

President Obama reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2014, and Americans can now travel to this once-forbidden Caribbean island. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review for the moon travel guide to Cuba for those who want to take advantage of the nation's re-opening.  

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Just how long has Doris Myers been painting? Here's how she put it to the crowd of former students and admirers at the opening of her “Retrospective: 1930 to Present”:

“My first oil painting I did in my freshman year in 1935," Myers says. "Oh, do your math! It was a long time ago.”

At 93, Myers is one of Indiana's oldest working artists. She was born in November of 1921, just a year after women got the right to vote. She knew at a young age that she wanted to be an artist.

  Rock as a music genre has been defying social norms for quite some time, but only now has a woman done the same in the world of rock criticism. Jessica Hopper examines artists like Miley Cyrus, Riot Grrrl, and Nirvana, giving her honest thoughts on their contributions to rock culture. Her book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, gathers her various published pieces and groups them into themes such as "Strictly Business", "Bad Reviews", and "Nostalgia", giving a holistic view of today's changing world of rock.

When a body washes up on the shore of the Thames river in 1930s London, Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands must split his time between investigating its murder and guarding a visiting American Senator.

Sandilands quickly discovers that the man he is assigned to protect is strangely connected to the young dead woman.

So goes the plot of A Spider In The Cup -- one of Barbara Cleverly's Detective Joe Sandilands novels. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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Keith Richards, legendary guitarist for the Rolling Stones, attributes his love of music  to his grandfather Gus. Gus is mentioned in Richards' autobiography, Life, and recently became the subject of Richards' children's book, Gus & Me. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has compared and reviewed both books to better analyze the famous rocker. 

 Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, and even Walt Disney have made careers of collecting and retelling fairy tales. But where do all the stories come from, and what distinguishes a fairy tale from any other folk tale? Author Marina Warner explores the history of the fairy tale in her book Once Upon A Time

Jan Simon talks with two guests from the West Lafayette Musicale about its 100-year history and ongoing mission to support young musicians.