Arts & Culture

Zombie High School Episode 1: Room 26

May 13, 2016

Introducing episode 1 of Zombie High School, a serial radio drama produced by Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse in partnership with WYSO which chronicles a ragtag group of teenagers who are thrown together by fate when their town (the world?) is overtaken by a fast-moving zombie apocalypse while they are in after-school detention.

On May 13th and 14th, the Dayton Circus Creative Collective will celebrate Side Show 11, a music and art festival at the Yellow Cab Building.  Over 40 musicians will perform on three stages and the Yellow Cab's galleries will feature works from over 50 artists in a variety of media.

Several artists, musicians and organizers visited the WYSO studios for a week of previews on Excursions:

Longtime songwriter Tim Tye set out to record a collection of material he had been working over several years, and after connecting with sound engineer Gary King, a series of collaborations began resulting in Midnight Sky's Dark Stretch of the Road.  The album features Tye joined by a host of local musicians including Tod Weidner (Shrug), Paige Beller (Jasper the Colossal) and many more.  Tye visited the WYSO studios to talk with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about the evolution of the project.

Celebrating year three of operation, the Third on Third outdoor eclectic market has returned for another season on East Third Street in downtown Dayton.  This year a partner event, Third Sundays on Front Street, launches pairing art with the market.  Peter Benkendorf and Krysten Smith visited the WYSO studios to chat about both events and the revitalization of East Third Street. 

Third on Third and Third Sundays at Front Street will be Sunday, May 15th, 11am-4pm on East Third Street.

With a newly revamped lineup, The Debtors are writing new materials and continuing to perform live.  The band made a return visit to the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope and talked to host Juliet Fromholt about developing their new material, upcoming recordings and more.

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Step On a Crack."

Can you name the original 13 British colonies that then became the United States? Okay, can you name what was once considered to be a potential 14th colony? Did you say Canada? You are well informed. Apparently the US has had designs upon Canada for years and according to Steve Berry those plans to annex Canada continued right up until World War Two.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

As the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance's Music Alive Composer-In-Residence, Stella Sung has been developing The Book Collector, a new one-act opera that combines the talents of Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic.  Sung returned to the WYSO studios, joined by director Gary Briggle, for a conversation with Niki Dakota about this world premiere event. 

The Book Collector with Carmina Burana will be presented on May 20th at 8pm and May 22nd at 3pm at the Schuster Center.  More information at daytonperformingarts.org

The "Prey" series by John Sandford is one of the most popular crime fiction series around. The books sell and sell and sell. There's a good reason for that- they are really good books.

Janeal Ravndal reads Carol Stoner's poem, "Sediment."

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