Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

What's New: Colors

Jun 27, 2016
pilar timpane

A study in 2013 from UC Berkeley looked at how the human brain reacts to music. According to scientist Stephen Palmer, we associate anything music with a particular hue from the color spectrum. Whether it’s a classical work or pop, we automatically make music-color connections based on how the various melodies make us feel.

We'll hear works based on primary colors: Blue, Red, and Yellow; plus feature Rainbow Body, Synethésie, and a Nick Drake song, Pink Moon!

Composers include Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, and Joan Tower.

  Ebola may seem like a disease of the past, but the outbreak that struck much of Africa happened only a few years ago. Zika virus seems to be at the forefront today, but many parallels between the two diseases can be made in the way we treat, support, and remember those who are struck with them. Lafayette native Richard Mertens, a nurse, recalls his experiences in Ebola Safari when he traveled to Sierra Leone to care for Ebola-stricken patients. Accounts of patient interactions, compassion, and the hardship of the medical field are captured in his many anecdotal chapters.

Harper Collins

It’s recommended summer reading from WQXR, in this year's Summer Reads For Music Lovers, and the New York Times recently interviewed Lauren Belfer about And After The Fire along with her husband, who has a new book, Bach & God.

A Cross Country Parable

Jun 23, 2016

There once was a boy who played a lot of video games. He always got picked last in gym class and he had started to believe he wasn’t ever going to find something he was good at. 

There once was a girl who had lots of friends but lived in fear they would find out her secret shame.  She lived in a household with lots of pain.  She wondered if the scars would ever disappear. 

What's New 7/3 Preview

Jun 23, 2016
Andrew Gena

Starting Sunday, July 3, a new program debuts: What's New. Host John Clare will feature new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of What's New, and let us know what you think.

Joan Tower, on our first episode, Colors, also shares about her solo viola work, Wild Purple.

  Author and illustrator Ben Hatke has released yet another colorful children's book, filled with his characteristic watercolor pages of monsters and whimsy. Julia's House for Lost Creatures strays from the usual overly dramaticized tough girl heroine, instead creating a lovely character reviewers see as someone who "just happens to be a girl". Like the Zita the Space Girl trilogy, this book is for young and old readers alike. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Is A Compost Pile In Your Future?

Jun 16, 2016

    I’m holding in my hand the most delicate vessel.  It is exactingly made and of a lovely bulbous shape.  Its thin walls curve outward then back, suggesting a perfect pear.  The front side has a small aperture in it.  Could this be an elegant drinking cup?

John Clare

Lucio Bubacco is an artist from Venice, Italy who will be featured at Inspired Fire Studio and Gallery this weekend. There are two open houses on Thursday June 16, 4:00 - 6:00pm and Friday June 17, 6:00 - 8:00pm.

Sharon Owens joined Lucio in the WBAA studios to discuss his visit with Music Director John Clare.

  As a former president, FDR is well known for navigating through the Great Depression and World War II, and helping the nation's people get back on their feet with the New Deal. But one of his most underrated features is the way he valued nature and conservation. From a childhood surrounded by wilderness to a determination to bring conservation to the forefront of the United Nations agenda, FDR loved the natural world and the wonders it held. Historian Douglas Brinkley brings this side of him to life in Rightful Heritage, and shows readers how human he really was.

Think Before You Cover

Jun 9, 2016

  The cover song can be a loaded weapon for a live band.

Used correctly, it can incite a crowd, perk up their ears and get them moving. Used poorly, a bad cover song can raise questions of your chops, your taste and your overall role as a musician. Are you a weekend warrior? Do you have an artistic bone in your body?

Let’s talk about some good and bad with local bands’ use of the cover song bomb.

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