Arts & Culture

George Hodgman's memoir "Bettyville" was my favorite work of non-fiction last year. The interview that I did with George last year was one of my favorite interviews of 2015. I had been eagerly anticipating the paperback release of "Bettyville" in hopes of obtaining another Book Nook double dip, a second interview with George. I love this book. George is an amazing writer.

Here it is:

David Garrison reads James Brooks' poem, "El Camino de Santiago"

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Salem Sonnet."

After releasing Heisman Trophy Winner in late 2015, the 1984 has been recharging and developing new material for several upcoming recording projects.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked about their plans for the future.

Jerome Casinger, Michael Giefer and Jon Rahilly met through Craigslist and quickly began performing under the name Winchester Gray.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked about finding their sound, upcoming recordings and more.

Winchester Gray will perform at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs on Saturday, February 27th.

Marietta Ball reads her poem, "Return Trip"

Dr. Cathy Roma returned to the WYSO studios to talk with Music Director Niki Dakota for an update on her various choir projects including her latest project, a collaborative recording of the song Black Lives Matter.

There will be a listening and viewing party for the song and music video of Black Lives Matter on February 24th at the Emporium in Yellow Springs and on Thursday, March 3rd at Third Perk in Dayton.

Considered by some as "the best musical of all time," Guys and Dolls will be presented by Central State University's theater department.  Director John Flemming and several cast members visited the WYSO studios for a preview live on Excursions.

Guys and Dolls in onstage Thursday - Sunday at Central State University's Robeson Auditorum.

courtesy of Dayton Opera

This weekend marks a first for Dayton Opera as the company prepares its first ever presentation of Verdi's Otello.  Dayton Opera artistic director Thomas Bankston joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the production, and Kasia Borowiec performed an aria from the opera live in the studio.

Dayton Opera will perform Otello on Friday, February 26th and Sunday, February 28th at the Schuster Center. More information at: http://daytonperformingarts.org/

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poem, "Letter to Dan no. 3"

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