Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

This week sees the opening of the 28th annual Purdue Jazz Festival. Over 115 jazz bands from middle schools and high schools across the Midwest will compete on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

John Beasley’s MONK’estra headlines a concert on Friday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Loeb Playhouse. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Beasley about the event.

The Sixty Square Inches Small Print Exhibition continues today for the 19th time, a tradition that began in 1977!  This exhibit presents a current review of North American printmakers working within a format of 60 square inches in image area.  It was juried by printmaker and guest artist Monika Meler, associate professor at the Univeristy of the Pacific, along with Liz Erlewine, director and head curator for Purdue University Galleries.


WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlatt, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, about the next performance, Woodwinds In Winter, Sunday, January 14th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.

This week's feature highlights a beautifully illustrated fairy tale. Authors Mark Twain and Phillip Stead tell the story of a young boy who is given a magical ability, and the quest he is sent on. Filled with lessons and interesting characters, readers can find this to be a new bedtime favorite. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

Dr. Michael Levi

A cultural icon can be an object, place, person or symbol which members of a group or country recognize as important to them in some way. Setting an icon to music might seem impossible or incredibly simple – but one composer has taken 20th and 21st century American icons and made them his own.

We’ll hear some major icons that have been depicted in music from award winning composer Michael Daugherty on today’s What’s New.

Tessellated 1/11 Preview

Jan 10, 2018

Artist Jackie Head and Samantha Holmes are featured in the next Ringel Gallery exhibit, Tessellated. They'll speak at the opening, Thursday evening at 5:30pm at Purdue's Stewart Center. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Director Elizabeth Erlewine about the new installation, inspirations, and interacting with artists.

John Clare

John Clare talks to Executive Director Leslie Martin Conwell, and Education/Event Coordinator Lauren Reed of the Farm at Prophetstown, a 1920’s farmstead highlighting sustainable agriculture, homesteading, heirloom gardening, and farm to table cooking. Activities go throughout the year, and Conwell and Reed discuss the most popular events, plus ways to volunteer.

West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

It's a new winter and Christmas-inspired album on Decca Classics that has music for choir, piano and strings, with performances by the Choir of Royal Holloway, 12 Ensemble and composer/pianist Ola Gjeilo. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Gjeilo about Winter Songs.

This week's feature explores children's literature through the more insightful eyes of adulthood. Nostalgically thumbing through old favorites and through new releases, author Bruce Handy presents his top ten picks with backstories on the authors and their lives at the time of publishing. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.