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This and that: Murals, meteors, more
About that new mural across from the West Lafayette Public Library. An Earth Day honor for a WL student. A look at that meteor streaking across the Indiana sky Friday night
Support for Based in Lafayette comes today and Purdue Convocations, presenting French-Canadian chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy with pianist Inon Barnatan on the Steinway D. Led by conductor Jonathan Cohen, the evening’s performance marks a return to Purdue for the pianist and chamber orchestra and will feature works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, C.P.E. Bach and Shostakovich. Wednesday, April 26, at Loeb Playhouse. Buy tickets here.
A this and that Purdue Grand Prix/Record Store Day/meteor-streaking sort of Saturday morning. Be safe out there …
ABOUT THAT NEW MURAL NEAR THE WEST LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Next time you’re in the West Lafayette Village area, check the new storybook mural created by Hong Kong-based artist Bao Ho on a middle panel of the West Lafayette Public Library parking garage, facing West Columbia Street.
Bao was in West Lafayette through a grant administered by The Arts Federation to the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center at Purdue, Tetia Lee, TAF’s CEO, said. The artist had been on campus working with students, participating in Springfest and followed the community mural, which was done in two days finishing Thursday morning.
Here’s a look at the progress of the mural, via photos courtesy of Tetia Lee
“The library board and I are excited to have this addition to the library and downtown West Lafayette landscape,” Nick Schenkel, West Lafayette Public Library director, said. “We look forward to working with the West Lafayette Public Arts Team and with TAF to have more murals painted on the library's parking garage panels in the months to come.”
HOOSIER RESILIENCE HERO: On this Earth Day, congratulations go to Rahul Durai, a junior at West Lafayette High School, who was among 13 Indiana residents named Hoosier Resilience Heroes by the IU Environmental Resilience Institute. Durai is co-executive director of Confront the Climate Crisis, a youth-led group with roots at West Lafayette High School active in lobbying state lawmakers and helping fashion legislation aimed at curbing the state’s contributions to climate change. The IU institute named its heroes from professionals and volunteers it said have been “dedicated to climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development and other aspects of environmental protection and resilience.” (For the full list, here’s a link.)
“I would like to thank my mentors, educators and parents for supporting my journey in climate advocacy,” Durai said. “I must also thank my peers — in Indiana and around the world — who are joining me in stepping into spaces traditionally occupied by adults to lobby for our futures. Lastly, I am incredibly grateful to the people of Greater Lafayette for making climate action a priority and creating better futures for the generations to come.”
MAIN STREET REPAVING: Heads up for the next two weeks on Main Street, from 18th Street to Sagamore Parkway, where crews will be milling and paving from April 24 to May 4. Here’s the notice from the city:
OTHER READS …
Indiana Capital Chronicle reporter Casey Smith had this on what looks like a revival of a much-debated ban on materials deemed “harmful to minors” in school and public libraries: “Indiana lawmakers suggest a likely revival of ‘obscene and harmful’ library materials ban. GOP leaders said they’re still trying to figure out where to put the language. One bill already seems like a match.”
AP reporter Mark Sherman had this on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday afternoon that likely will leave access to mifepristone, a drug used in the most common method of abortion, unchanged at least into next year, as appeals of restrictions from a lower court continue: “Supreme Court preserves access to abortion pill for now.”
Reports across parts of Indiana Friday evening about a bright light in the sky and loud boom seem to be tied to a meteor spotted by radar in Carroll County, near Flora or Camden, about 25 miles northeast of Lafayette. Here’s a story from Indianapolis WISH TV’s Gregg Montgomery, rounding up the thoughts and data from the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from the event that happened at 8:46 p.m. Friday: “Weather service: Loud boom likely a meteor.” WTHR reporters in Indianapolis (“Did you hear that? Crews investigate ‘loud boom,’ light reported in Indiana”) also shared this security camera video from Greenwood.
Thanks, again, for support today from Purdue Convocations, presenting French-Canadian chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy with pianist Inon Barnatan on the Steinway D on Wednesday, April 26.
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