Arts & Culture

Horrorama, the Dayton area's charity movie marathon is celebrating its 19th year, along with a new location for event at the Danbarry Cinema Huber Heights.  Co-organizers Rick Martin, Matt Brassfield and Matt Joseph visited the WYSO studios to talk about this year's event and the charities it will benefit.

Horrorama 2015 is Friday, October 23rd at the Danbarry Cinema Huber Heights.

Members of the Miami Valley Music Men made a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of their 30th anniversary show, themed Halloween Party.  Singers from the group provided a musical preview and talked about barbershop style. the concert's history and more.

The Miami Valley Music Men's 30th Anniversary concert is at Fairborn High School Auditorium on Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th.

Mardi Jo Link returned to the program to talk about her latest memoir. Here's my review that ran in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Mardi Jo Link had always wanted to make some deep, long lasting friendships. In October of 1993 she began her journey to creating those relationships when she was invited to spend the weekend on an island in northern Michigan with three of her co-workers. She describes this transformative event in her memoir “The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance.”

Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

This year marks the fourth annual Dayton Dia de los Muertos celebration.  The day is a celebration of life and loved ones in the Mexican tradition with a parade, imagery of sugar skulls and more.  Three of the organizers, London Coe, Gabriela Pickett, and Tiffany Clark visited the WYSO studios to chat with Niki Dakota about the tradition and this year's event.

Dia de los Muertos Dayton will take place on Sunday, November 1st with a parade down Fifth Street and will culminate at the Missing Peace Art Space.


The 7th Annual Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival is fast approaching. The weekend-long series of films, including features and documentaries, and short films, and industry focused workshops begins Friday, October 23rd. To find out what films and other events organizers have put together this year, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with FilmDayton’s new executive director, Lisa Grigsby.

Jump to FilmDayton's website here for full details.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Scatterrug."

Merritt Tierce has published one novel, "Love Me Back," which was recently issued in paperback. On the strength of this one book she has become one of my favorite writers. 

This is the story of a waitress named Marie. Marie works hard and she's also very good at her job. Unfortunately her life is also a complete mess. I won't get into the details. Listen to the interview then treat yourself to an incredible read. This book was one of my favorite novels of 2014. You will be amazed.

Whitaker’s photograph for “After the Moment” that he describes in the story:  “Playing with the Edge, page 70  Elliot&Dominick, 1979”
courtesy of Joel Whitaker

In the late 1980’s, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s exhibition “The Perfect Moment” fueled the fire of the so-called “Culture Wars” that pitted politicians like Senator Jesse Helms and the religious right against artists and museums in a battle over federal arts funding and first amendment rights.  When Mapplethorpe’s exhibit opened at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the museum and its director were brought up on obscenity charges. Twenty-five years later, the museum, through a major exhibit and symposium, is considering the impact of those events on the arts in America.

Filmmakers Eryn Montgomery and Kel Lind join WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the films they're presenting in this weekend's Big Lens Film Festival, which showcases new work from Wright State University's film program.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Friday, October 16th at the Dayton Art Institute.

Here's another example of a double dip interview. If I'm really excited about a book I do have a hypothetical opportunity to interview the author for the original hardcover release and then once again for the paperback. Of course I do have to convince various people, publicists, my producer Peter Hayes, and then the author to go along with my diabolical schemes. Fortunately, I got lucky again and was able to manage a second interview with the author of "Young God."