Arts & Culture

Mike Doughty
Jennifer Taylor

A mainstay of the WYSO airwaves, songwriter Mike Doughty visited the station for a live, acoustic performance on Excursions. The former front-man of Soul Coughing spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about growing up, music and addiction, and his new album.

Mike Doughty's new album, The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, is available now.

Getting Down and Dirty With the Classics at the Renaissance Festival

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Renee Wilde / WYSO

William Shakespeare famously said “ all the worlds a stage” and Jonathan Crocker has taken those words to heart. For the past 26 seasons, this Yellow Springs native has been performing in front of thousands of people from a pit of mud.  

Jonathan is the founder of the “Theatre in the Ground” troupe. Their original adaptation of Beowulf has been performed well over 2000 times at Renaissance Festivals across the country. Community Voices Producer Renee Wilde digs into the story.

Dayton Ballet Revamps Classic Story With Dracula: Bloodlines

Oct 20, 2016
Dracula: Bloodlines production and costume designer Ray Zupp
Lauren Shows / WYSO

The Dayton Ballet is readying their new production, Dracula: Bloodlines, about the world’s most famous vampire: Dracula.  The challenge is how the ballet will bring this centuries-old story to longtime fans and entice new ones.

Building Cars On A Smaller Scale

Oct 19, 2016
Terry Kahle

Dayton’s premier car show is the annual Concours d’Elegance, where every vehicle has earned an invitation to be on display.  Last month, more than six thousand people strolled the field at Dayton's Carillon Historical Park, which held over 200 restored and antique cars.  Community Voices producer Jim Kahle was one of them, and he found a display of miniatures vying for their own award.

As I entered the manicured lawn of the park, I was treated to automotive eye candy in every direction, Bentley, Bugatti, Pierce Arrow even a 1918 Willys Overland were on display.

Matthew Birdsall reads his poem, "Stitch, Stitch, Stitch, Boom."

Lori Gravley reads her poem, "To Poets Who Eat Only Words."

Over the past dozen years or so there has been a pronounced surge in the publication of memoirs. There's a memoir for every taste. The Rolling Stone Keith Richards published his memoir a few years back and it has been followed by the memoirs of just about any living music star you can name. A certain Scandinavian writer has been publishing a series of best selling memoirs that can dwell upon what might appear to be rather insignificant events.

Two books focused on the aftermath of 20th century wars are winners of awards from an Ohio group that celebrates the power of literature to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize nonfiction winner is "Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War," Susan Southard's examination of the enduring impact of the U.S. use of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city in World War II.

Viet Thanh Nguyen won for fiction with "The Sympathizer," featuring a double agent in the Vietnam War aftermath.

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Necessary Deceptions."

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Pure in Heart."