Arts & Culture

Miami Valley Residents Bid Farewell, Share Memories of Hara Arena

Aug 26, 2016
Hara Arena hosted many events over the years including Hamvention
Rubbertoe / Flickr Creative Commons

If you have a ticket to go to Hara Arena Saturday August 27 for the Comic and Toy Show,  you have a ticket to the historic complex’s last event ever. For 60 years, Hara’s various buildings have hosted sporting events, concerts, gun shows and the annual Dayton Hamvention. People in the Dayton area are on a first name basis with Hara, and as Community Voices Producer Lauren Shows found out, they have a lot to say about it.

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Paschell's "Rhyming Poem."

Dayton librarian Matt Kish illustrated all 552 pages of Moby-Dick
courtesy of Tin House Books

The novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is a dense and complicated   beast of a book by any measure. Even serious readers never finish it.  Melville published it in 1851 and since then it’s been adapted and re-imagined by artists over and over.
 

Dayton Writers Movement

When Chris and Megan Burnside moved to Dayton about a year they immediately saw a thriving arts community and were drawn to a lot of the collaborative work that was taking place between various artists and organizations. 

Steve Broidy reads Robert Brimm's poem, "End of the Day."

Lori Gravley reads Kathy Austin's poem, "Vacation."

When Michelle Pretorius was growing up in South Africa she led a very insulated existence. That was just the way it was back in those days and she didn't realize until later that she had missed out on a lot. She also began to understand that her knowledge about the history of her country was not that good. As she researched South Africa's past she decided that some of that history could become the launching point for a wildly imaginative novel.
 

Vick Mickunas and Chris Tebbetts
Peter Hayes / WYSO

Chris Tebbetts grew up in Yellow Springs. When he was in high school he worked as a page for the Yellow Springs Library. Chris is a novelist who has written a number of books for middle grade readers. Chris has found a niche as an author who collaborates with other writers. His best known partnership is as the co-author on a series for middle school readers with the novelist James Patterson. In this interview Chris talks about what it was like to grow up in Yellow Springs and how he became a writer. Chris was back in the area to teach at the Antioch Writer's Workshop.

Original air date September 10, 2001.
 

Over the years that I have been hosting this program I have had numerous opportunities to interview legendary novelists. I have learned that when such an opportunity presents itself I must do whatever I can to make it happen because I might never get another chance to speak to a particular writer.

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poems, "Story From the Chemo Room" and "Track 7."

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