Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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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.

Greg Kostraba talks to Bill Griffel and Steve Schlenk of Purdue Musical Organizations about the history and mission of P-M-O, as well as next month’s Purdue Christmas Show.

Skin Game is the latest installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files.  It follows Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard who's about to have a very, bad day.

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Indiana First Lady Karen Pence visited Lafayette Tuesday to announce a program from the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette will be part of the state’s bicentennial celebration in two years.

Pence has kept a low profile on state issues during her husband’s two years as governor, but can her role as “Bicentennial Ambassador” dovetail with her role as first lady and give her a chance to highlight issues that are important to her?

One hundred years after his inauguration as the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.  He is considered the leader of the Progressive Movement and he led his democratic party to win control of both the White House and Congress in 1912.  Wilson induced a conservative Democratic Congress to pass a progressive legislative agenda, unparalleled until the 'New Deal' in 1933.

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The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and Kentucky Opera team up for a classic Verdi opera Saturday evening at the Long Center.

Department of Speculation puts a welcome spin on stream-of-thought fiction with quirky writing focused on the life of a young urban dweller that is diving into speculation about her life, discovering the excitement of romance and the confusing and ultimately rewarding world of marriage and family life.

Join NPR Music for a live audio performance of Gustavo Dudamel conducting Mahler's Fifth Symphony, and a new percussion concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang in this season opener at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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