Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.

  The Midwest is known for using the potato as a meal staple. But did you know that there are many other tubers around the world that are staples for other exotic cultures? Buried Treasures: Tasty Tubers of the World dives into the many different kinds of root vegetables and plants and the roles they have played throughout human history. From potatoes to hicama, yams to lotus,  there is a new variety out there for you to try in your own home. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Art Clubs: Why Artists Create In Groups

Jun 2, 2016

      On the third Tuesday of every month, in the studio on the second floor of the Frankfort Community Public Library, something amazing happens. Wood carvers, painters, jewelry makers, and milliners all meet to make prints. Ideas are shared. Advice is given. And at the end of the evening each artist leaves the studio with a head full of new ideas and a portfolio full of new prints.

    These are the Tuesday Night Inkers. It’s a printmaking group, but artists of all kinds are encouraged to come and no previous printmaking experience is required.