Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Syrian Expat Uses Art To Process War

Jan 16, 2015
courtesy Soulaf Abas

Making sense of war is hard to do. When that wasn’t working for expatriate Syrian Soulaf Abas in Terre Haute, she started making art – and making compassionate connections between kids on different sides of the world.

The Arab Spring revolution kindled Soulaf Abas’ hopes for democratic reform in Syria. But with the rest of the world, she helplessly watched it deepen into a brutal sectarian conflict that has exacted a terrible human toll.

The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents four of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerts Sunday afternoon at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Lafayette. WBAA’s Greg Kostraba recently sat down with the group’s Executive Director Margot Marlatt to talk about the concert.

Did monkeys cross the wide Atlantic Ocean - long ago - traveling from Africa to South America? The Monkey's Voyage suggests that yes, monkeys and other creatures did make many such journeys.  Delve into the fascinating world of bio-geography – and read why we find so many creatures distributed so widely across the varied landscapes and biomes of the world.

WBAA’s Greg Kostraba talks to Marion "Mo" Trout, Director of Jazz Studies at Purdue University, about the jazz program at Purdue. They also preview the upcoming Purdue Jazz Festival.

A son of Indiana, Greenburg captures the look, the feel, the sounds of post Civil War Indiana with its characters taking up tumultuous lives right here in Lafayette.  A book that won a deserved place on Library Journal’s “Top Indie Fiction…Beyond the Best Sellers List” this Fall ,  Greenburg’s debut novel is one you’ll be glad you read!

The Lafayette Chamber Singers will present their Holiday Noel Concert Sunday, December 14th at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, West Lafayette.  Artistic Director Clayton Lein talks with Greg Kostraba about the program

Life and death struggles, bullies and leaders, passionate love and searing hate; it all takes place in a post apocalyptic Illinois where the sun has been hidden for the many, many months and a frozen world of snow and gloom has taken over the US Midwest.  Sunrise is the concluding chapter in Hoosier Mike Mullin’s trilogy of life after the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano. It's a concluding read you don’t want to miss!

courtesy Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

Jan Simon talks to several members of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, including the museum’s Executive Director Kendall Smith, about the history of the museum and upcoming exhibits.

Jock athletes, jock writers - athletes of Jewish birth and upbringing have a long, award winning history of engagement and success in the sporting world.  Be they pugilists, baseball players, swimmers or essayists surely there is a sportsman/sportswoman among these fifty short biographies for you to enjoy!

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently sat down with Nick Palmer, Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra to talk about the orchestra's "Shaken, Not Stirred" concert, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Lafayette.

Ben Wachs is a fellow whose roots are deeply local.  And a fellow who has traveled the world since growing up in Greater Lafayette. The fruits of his travels blossom forth in this wonder-filled, often fanciful collection of short stories set in often gritty urban environments around the world. This "guide" is a book worthy of frequent detours of reading pleasures.

On Veteran's Day, Tuesday, November 11th, WBAA-FM will air a special program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the anniversary of the death of English poet Wilfred Owen. The show, hosted by WFIU Music Director Joe Goetz, features a dazzling performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem presented by Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music on November 4th. The program will also include reflections on World War I and its impact from IU President Michael McRobbie and various European ambassadors, as well as music from other World War I era composers.

The Soldier's Friend. What a fitting title for this biography of Indiana’s home grown, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Ernie Pyle who ended his career covering the GI's in WW II. Pyle shaped the consciousness of WW II America in the 1940's - from the foot soldiers to the folks back at the home front. Give it a read and see if you don’t agree!

WBAA's Greg Kostraba recently talked to the new Artistic Director of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony, José Valencia, about Sunday's WVYS concert, which takes place Sunday at 7 at the Long Center for the Performing arts in downtown Lafayette.

WBAA's Mike Savage recently sat down with Margot Marlatt, Executive Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, violinist Regan Eckstein and hornist Laura Sommer to talk about Sunday's TCMS "Fall Back," concert, which takes place Sunday at 4 at St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Lafayette.