Arts & Culture

The title of Keigo Hirakawa's new album, And Then There Were Three refers to a composition Hirakawa wrote about his sons.  Hirakawa and his trio visited the WYSO studios ahead of the CD release party for a live set on Excursions.

Keigo Hirakawa Trio will celebrate the release of And Then There Were Three on Sunday, April 12th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Last summer I spent several months reading an advance copy of this first volume of Stephen Kotkin's planned three book biography of the Soviet dictator Stalin. I would read a chapter then set the book aside for a while so I could mull over what I was learning. I also needed to rest my arms because this book weighs a lot! Stalin, who died in 1953, still casts a long shadow-he had an impact upon millions of souls. Those people that he ruled, that he terrorized, that he killed are nearly impossible to tabulate. My father's parents were among them.

Conrad Balliet reads David Garrison's poem, "Every River on Earth."

Sedona-based band, Decker made its way to Ohio in the midst of a 40 show tour for an acoustic set on Excursions ahead of a gig in Cincinnati.  The  band chatted with Niki Dakota about their newly self-released album, the tour, and more.

Decker will perform on Wednesday, April 8th at Cincinnati's MOTR Pub. 

The three organizations that make up the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance are collaborating on a presentation of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.  Singers from Dayton Opera will be accompanied by music from the Dayton Philharmonic and dance from the Dayton Ballet.  Members of the cast and crew visited the WYSO studios to talk about the upcoming performance and share some musical previews on Excursions.

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's presentation of The Pearl Fishers is onstage at the Schuster Center April 17th and 19th.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Kathy Ellis & William T. Ellis

Apr 8, 2015

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today we hear Kathy Ellis interview her father William T. Ellis about his memories of growing up and living in Dayton's West Side.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Pam Ferris-Olson.

Conrad Balliet reads David Lee Garrison's "Where To Find Poems."

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Brimm's poem, "Letting Them Crawl."

Almost every day somebody will ask me, "Gee, Vick, when are you going to post a podcast link for such and such an interview?" I know, I'm slow. But eventually I do get stuff done. It just takes a while. My 2nd grade teacher Mrs. McIlhon was quite perceptive. She began calling me "Molasses" because it often took me so long to finish an assignment. I always wanted to get it right. She's also the one who ratted me out for squinting at the blackboard: "I think Victor is having trouble seeing. Maybe he needs glasses?" Thanks to her my classmates called me "Four Eyes" after that.

Conrad Balliet reads Jane Kretschman's poem, "Writer and Dog."