Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

WBAA’s Jan Simon talks with Kim Murray of Greater Lafayette Commerce about two events this weekend that will kick off the holiday season.

  Poetry seems to be lost in today's culture, but two Hoosier poets, Matejka and Boruch, aim to bring the art back. Cadaver, Speak examines the intricacies of life and the body, stemming mainly from Boruch's interesting trip to a morgue. The Big Smoke delves into the incredible story of boxer Jack Johnson and his struggles with racial predjudice. While the subject matter could not be more different, both authors tell thought provoking tales through beautiful poetry, and remind us that it may be an art we must rediscover.

The Lafayette Symphony and Kentucky Opera will join forces to perform Mozart’s comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro” Saturday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center, 111 N. 6th Street in downtown Lafayette. LSO Music Director Nick Palmer previews the performance with WBAA's Greg Kostraba.

   Throughout time, punishment for crimes has been a part of our world, in almost every culture. The death penalty came in many forms: public hanging, stoning, burning at the stake. Because of the seemingly gruesome and unnecessary cruelty of past methods, enter the electric chair and its promise of eliminating "cruel and unusual punishment". In Old Sparky, Galvin explores the detailed history of how the chair became part of our legal system, and discusses both the positive and negative implications it has on society's views of capital punishment.

The Lafayette Chamber Singers will be in performance Sunday, November 15th at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Lafayette. Artistic Director Clayton Lein previews the concert, titled “Cold Winter’s Ice Is Fled,” with WBAA's Greg Kostraba.

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