Arts & Culture

At 150, Victoria Theatre Looks Back At Its History

Feb 12, 2016
The Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton turns 150 this year.
Victoria Theatre Association

This year, Victoria Theatre celebrates 150 years in downtown Dayton. For WYSO’s Culture Couch, I took a tour with a longtime Victoria Theater employee who shared some memories from backstage.

David Hastings leads me into the Victoria Theatre’s auditorium. He moves with grace, which makes sense — he was a professional ice skater and dancer before he became the Victoria’s house manager in 1976.

TechFest is a hands-on exploration of STEM for Miami Valley families. Organizer Lyle Lockwood joins Niki Dakota in the WYSO studio to talk about TechFest 2016

TechFest 2016 is February 13th and 14th at Sinclair Community College.

The audience that obsesses over our media driven pop culture possesses an insatiable appetite. The celebrities who become the focus of all that attention are sometimes devoured in the process. The list of victims is long. The pressures of being a celebrity can be enormous. Say goodbye to your privacy. Guard your sanity. The paparazzi are lurking at every turn.

The Erin Coburn Band and the Joe Tellman Band are just two of the young, regional acts that will perform at the Dayton Blues Society's 2nd Annual Youth Showcase.  Both bands visited the WYSO studios for preview sets live on Kaleidoscope.  Dayton Blues Society Board member David Tellman and John Sillaman from the Pinetop Perkins Foundation also visited the studio to talk about their organizations. 

courtesy of Dayton Ballet

This weekend, the Dayton Ballet will present four short ballets as part of February Fantasy.  The perform will include the world premiere of two new works, Melissa Barack's Tonal Inceptions and Karen Russo Burke's No Strings Attached, which feature original guitar music from D. Adam Estner.  Estner and the Dayton Ballet's Kathy Reed visited the WYSO studios to discuss the upcoming performance with Niki Dakota and Estner shared a sampling of his music.

David Garrison reads his poem, "Terre Haute."

Francesca Blanchard's latest album, Deux Visions, features songs in French and English.  Blanchard visited the WYSO studios ahead of her UD ArtsLive performance for a preview set on Excursions.

Francesca Blanchard will perform at the University of Dayton's Sears Recital Hall on February 4th at 8pm.

Home brewing has been enjoying a surge in popularity recently. There are many ways to approach the production of home brew. Jereme Zimmerman takes the down home route in his new guide to home brewing, "Make Mead Like a Viking - Traditional Techniques for Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented Honey-Based Wines and Beers."

Riate Coleman reads her poem, "Light Year"

Paul Dickson returned to the program to discuss his nifty book about Prohibition and how the banning of liquor consumption in the United States ended up creating an alcoholic Renaissance of sorts as consumers of these illicit beverages were forced to go underground in a movement that created massive demand and the speakeasy culture of the Roaring Twenties.

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