Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Phillip Gulley's writing is simply presented, thoughtful and wise.  With Porch Talk Gulley engages his readers in a conversation about the unintended joys and sometime surprises of small town living - Gulley is a long time resident of Danville, Indiana.  You could say that reading Phillip Gulley is like conversing with an old friend - time well and honestly spent.

Genuine, passionate, powerful — that's as much of an introduction as Tori Amos needs. But for the past two decades, she's introduced her fans to plenty. She helped turn the piano into a rock instrument, showed that she can create big hits in different genres and challenged every critic who ever tried to put her in a box. And her 12th studio album, Night of Hunters, is no different.

They might be new to us, but many of our favorite discoveries of 2011 have one foot solidly planted in musical history. But the blues, grunge, 20th-century classical, string-laden jazz, industrial metal and shoegaze traditions in which these musicians play don't keep them from pushing their sounds forward. At some point in 2011, each of our picks gave us something new to fall in love with. At the end of the year, we're happy to offer a little gift from each of them to you.

Steve Eddy essay

Dec 22, 2011

With the NFL getting closer to the play-offs and the beginning of the college bowl games – it’s a good time to be a football fan.

But Lafayette resident Steve Eddy is still easing away from the high school football season – specifically, what was a crucial game for two local teams.

The Mexican muralist Diego Rivera painted in New York City, San Francisco, Detroit, Europe and the Soviet Union. But some of Rivera's most famous murals and most unusual projects are found in Mexico City.

In Mexico City, Rivera did far more than just paint. He collected pre-Hispanic pottery and indigenous folk art. And he experimented with sculpture and architecture.

And between 1950 and 1952, Rivera built a giant tiled fountain to the Aztec rain god Tlaloc as part of an overhaul of Mexico City's municipal water system.

2011 Replayed In Iconic Photos

Dec 21, 2011

The pace of news is getting faster and faster — especially when a story can be captured in a single image. We were flooded with photos from the Middle East uprisings this year. And floods dominated the news, too; in Japan, Thailand, Vicksburg, scenes of high waters made a lasting impression.

It was a year of destruction and disaster — the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the back-to-back tragedies in Japan. But there were also the lighthearted events: a royal wedding and a good year for Ryan Gosling, if you know your memes, but we won't go there.

The video game "Star Wars: The Old Republic" is estimated to have cost Electronic Arts somewhere between $100 and $300 million to make. To put it into perspective Avatar, released in 2009 and one of Hollywood's most expensive movies, cost $237 million to make. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, released in 1977, had a budget of $11 million.

Biscuits & Chocolate Gravy

Dec 20, 2011

Chocolate Gravy

2 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup good-quality cocoa

Warm milk in the microwave until it’s steaming, about two minutes on high. Heat butter in a skillet over low heat. Add sugar, flour and cocoa. Slowly pour 1/2 cup of milk into the skillet and whisk well. Add another 1/2 cup and continue whisking, removing any lumps. Whisk in remaining milk, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick. This can take 5 minutes or more.

Quelque Chose performance

Dec 16, 2011

The trio Quelque Chose will perform music for violin, horn and piano Sunday (Dec. 18) at 2:30 p.m. in Lafayette's Duncan Hall.

WBAA's Jan Simon spoke with the group's pianist, Greg Kostraba, for more information on their program.

You can find more information HERE.

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