PULLMAN, Wash. — Art a la Carte, Washington State University’s brown-bag luncheon lecture series featuring scholars, artists, poets and others, begins Oct. 1 with “What to Play? What to Say? Programming Issues for Public Radio Today.” Northwest Public Radio’s Gillian Coldsnow and Robin Rilette will discuss strategies and controversies in public radio programming today: Why are programs like “Car Talk,” “Inland Folk” and “First Friday” hits? How are programming decisions made? Is it research and ratings or risk-taking and instinct?
The Oct. 8 program will feature Mike Owen’s “Tales, Trails and Bales.” Owen, a WSU architecture faculty member, will discuss projects his third-year students created last semester, including outdoor art installations for the theatrical experience, “Watching the Detectives,” extension ideas for the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail through Pullman and building a house of straw that would have frustrated the Big Bad Wolf.
In an Oct. 15 program, “Telling Tales with Tapestry,” artist Sarah Swett will discuss how her tapestries tell the stories of the lives around her.
During the Oct. 22 program, “The Chutneyfication of Literature,” English faculty member Paul Brians will share some of his favorite selections from four works: Chitra Bangergee Divarkaruni’s “The Mistress of Spices,” Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things” and Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children” and “The Moor’s Last Sigh.” Those who participate will taste from Art a la Carte’s second annual food offering.
Call Activities/Recreational Sports, 509/335-9666, for ticket prices and reservations.
“From Formalist Photography to Hot Rods” with photographer Peter Vincent is the topic of the Oct. 29 program.
Each of the weekly programs is planned for Compton Union Building Cascade Room 123. Reservations are needed for the Oct. 22 offering only.

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