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Lawanda Stonerock and Tracy McElfresh work together on their sewing projects
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Dayton Indie Garment Makers Band Together

Dayton has an eclectic population of independent fashion designers and craftspeople. Today on Culture Couch, Renee Wilde introduces two local, independent business owners who are carving out a niche for themselves, with the support of each other, and their local community. It’s the start of the work week, and at local designer and indie business owner Tracy McElfresh’s house in Kettering that means one thing: Crafty Monday. Every Monday for the past four years, Tracy hosts an informal sewing...

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The Rubi Girls are Dayton's charity-driven drag troupe
courtesy of the Rubi Girls

Smoke & Mirrors & Couch Cushions: Creating the Illusion of Drag

Drag performances happen regularly all around Ohio, as they have for many years. Men dressed as women - with elaborate and sometimes outrageous hair, costumes and makeup - perform on stages and in clubs in Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, but also in smaller towns like Lima and Monroe.

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Conrad Balliet reads David Garrison's poem, "Folding Tables and Five Card Stud - for Judd."

When the National Endowment for the Arts informed Kenny Barron that he'd been named a Jazz Master — that's the highest honor in jazz that the nation bestows — "I was elated and surprised," Barron says. "And then I kept thinking, 'Damn, am I really this old?' "

Conrad Balliet reads Marietta Ball's poem, "The Sun Subordinate."

Conrad Balliet reads Terry Hermsen's poem, "The Yellow Spring - For the Glen and Tara."

Conrad Balliet reads David Petreman's poem, "Father David Goes to Ohio"

Conrad Balliet reads Barbara Astor's poem, "Woodlore."

Local Church Offers Blue Christmas

Dec 18, 2009

The holidays are a time for celebration, family and exchanging gifts. That's how the conventional wisdom goes. But for a lot of people, it can actually be harder than most other times of year. As Emily McCord reports, one local church is offering services to acknowledge that it's not always a Merry Christmas for everyone.

The Blue Christmas worship service at Corinth Presbyterian Church in Dayton isn't that different than other holiday services. There are still hymns, a sermon, and prayers, but it isn't exactly joyous.

If I Were You

Nov 27, 2009

“If I Were You” was written by pulp fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and tells the story of Little Tom Little, a circus dwarf who dreams of being full-sized and is forced to contend with the consequences when his dreams come true.

Conrad Balliet visits Excursions to share poetry and music with Niki Dakota.  They discuss the high quality and quantity of the poetry by writers in the Miami Valley and invite listeners to an upcoming poetry reading in Conrad's honor at Wittenberg University.  

Live on Excursions: Reece Lincoln

Nov 11, 2009

Dayton-area blues prodigy Reece Lincoln stops by Excursions for a special Veterans Day acoustic performance.

Lincoln, who began playing guitar at 8 years old, has developed into a must-see local live attraction. His band, the Reece Lincoln Band, is well known for its fiery gospel- and blues-soaked stage performances, and has been featured everywhere from Dayton stages to the CBS Early Show.

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