Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

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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.

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Visitors flock to the Louvre every day for a glimpse of her wry half-smile, but few people know the story of the real-life Mona Lisa. Author Dianna Hales tells the story of Lisa Gheradini, the likely subject of Leonardo DaVinci's famous portrait, in Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review for Hales' fascinating biography.

Detractors of modern-day Israel often compare it to apartheid South Africa, but how valid are those claims? Journalist Benjamin Pogrund, who has lived in both modern Israel and apartheid South Africa, examines the comparison in his book Drawing Fire: Investigating the Accusations of Apartheid in Israel. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

The play “Lincoln” will be presented Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at Thomas Duncan Community Hall in a benefit performance for the Linden Depot Museum. WBAA’s Jan Simon has this preview.

Ball State Artwork Now Party To Smuggling Investigation

Jul 20, 2015
David Owsley Museum of Art

A piece of art at a Ball State University museum is now involved in a controversial international theft investigation. The bronze sculpture is more than 1,000 years old and depicts the Hindu god Shiva and his bride, Parvati, the Hindu goddess of love.

But the U.S. Justice Department alleges the dealer, Subhash Kapoor, is one of the world‘s top art smugglers and temple raiders. He is currently targeted by a Justice Department investigation. Ball State Museum Director Robert La France says he’s already talked with federal authorities, but can't say much about the investigation.

Tomatoes are a summer staple,and Craig LeHoullier details absolutely everything about the fruit in his book Epic Tomatoes: How to Select & Grow the Best Varieties of All Time. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel shares his review of this beautifully illustrated guide to cultivating tomatoes.

When the musicians of Leningrad first performed Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony, their city was under siege by Nazi forces.  The players were unsure they could finish the piece without collapsing. All of Leningrad was famished and frozen. Author Brian Moynahan tells the compelling story of how Shostakovich's ode to Leningrad made it to the stage, despite all odds. Leningrad: Siege and Symphony highlights the need for beauty and art in difficult times. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Jan Simon talks with Larry Paarlberg, Executive Director of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum about the author of Ben Hur, upcoming events, and the restoration of the Study and Museum.

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