Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Trumpet player, arranger, and big-band leader Dan Terry passed away last month at the age of 87. The Lafayette resident was a throwback to a time before rock-and-roll.

Jonathan Franzen's in the news again, this time talking about how e-books are chiseling away at the foundations of civilization as we know it. Absurd, isn't it? That the author of two of the better regarded novels of the past decade (give or take) would be concerned about how you read his books. The problem, according to Franzen, is manifold.

This is a different kind of travel memoir; those hints of European debauchery we hear murmured in print and film are to be found in these pages…the Medieval Beatrice, the isle of Capri, Lord Byron, Casanova, chastity belts, the less savory aspects of the Inquisition…… THE SINNER’S GRAND TOUR is not for every reader!  But for those who are intrigued by  “a journey through the “underbelly of Europe”, the book’s subtitle, author Tony Perrottet’s book is worth reading.

Facebook's Timeline — the long-anticipated overhaul of the site — is rolling out across the world this week.

Timeline allows friends to surf through all your posts going back to the beginning of Facbeook time. Graphically it can be a beautiful thing. Mark Zuckerberg calls it a chance for users to tell the stories of their lives. And over the next few weeks, users across the world will get it on their profile.

Social Media Firms To Google: 'Don't Be Evil'

Jan 24, 2012

Engineers from Facebook, Twitter and other social media firms have launched an app that allows social searching on Google to become truly social. And they are calling it Don't Be Evil, a play on Google's fabled motto.

The "Matriarch of the Blues" has died. Music legend Etta James died Friday morning at Riverside Community Hospital in California of complications from leukemia. She was 73.

She was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles in 1938. Her first manager and promoter cut up Jamesetta's name and reversed it: Etta James.

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is unveiling its newest exhibits Friday.

Four collections will go on display starting this weekend including Bob and Ellie Haan’s “Indiana Realities.”

Bob Haan says the 39 works come from some of Indiana’s greatest artists and aim to depict one of the most challenging times in U.S history, the Great Depression.

The Haan’s have donated nearly 50-works to the Art Museum’s permanent collection over the past 20-years. Some of these will be displayed in another exhibit.

The War of 1812

Jan 19, 2012

Two hundred years ago wide swaths of the now US upper Midwest and southern Canada were engaged in open warfare; from the burning of our young national capital, Washington DC to the climactic battle of old and new on the bluffs of the Wabash we now call Battle Ground, the War of 1812 ravaged our young nation. Yet 200 years hence we hardly acknowledge this war’s crucial changes to the United States of America.  Today’s book, The War of 1812, sets out to bring the War and its heroes, its victims, and its importance to our attention.

Purdue kicks off Jazz Festival Thursday

Jan 18, 2012

The 2012 Purdue Jazz Festival kicks off Thursday with three days of headliner concerts, jazz jams, competitions, workshops and more.

This year, Purdue Convocation’s contribution is 21st Century Dizzy: Danilo Perez and Friends.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo talks with Todd Wetzel, director of Convocations, about the concert and special pre-show event.

You can find more information about the festival HERE and about the Danilo Perez concert and discussion HERE.

Attention, Teenage Orchestral Musicians: Here's Your Big Chance

Jan 17, 2012

Are you an extremely talented orchestral player? Looking for something to do summer after next? Are you a teenager? If the answer to all three is yes, here's a chance to meet other kids who love Bach and Brahms as much as you do and to learn from some of America's finest musicians. Many of your expenses will be paid, you'll have the honor of being associated with one of the world's foremost presenters, and — oh yeah, one last thing — you'll get to tour the world with Valery Gergiev.

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