Arts & Culture

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

photo by Andy Snow

Behind the Groove host Radio Basim and Funk Center exhibit coordinator Hadley Drodge join WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about Dayton's funk legacy and the new exhibit on-site at the Dayton Metro Library's newly opened Northwest Branch.

As we scan the world around us we can focus on many troubling things that are happening. Just to name a few that spring from the forefront of my perceptions at this moment: climate change, the horrifying situation in Syria, and the wanton destruction of precious cultural treasures by groups that justify their violence somehow through their warped concepts of what is unacceptable to them.

Buffalo Killers turned to WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope.  As the band prepare to celebrate their 10th anniversary, they spoke with host Juliet Fromholt about the past decade, plans for future recordings and more.

Buffalo Killers will perform at Victoria Theatre on Saturday, May 7th with Good English and Motel Beds.

Todd the Fox, Queen Victoria, and Alan Fraizer visited the WYSO studios ahead of their Side Show 11 appearance.  The trio performed live on Kaleidoscope and spoke with host Juliet Fromholt about revamping their instrumentation, their variety of audiences and more.

Side Show 11 is May 13 and 14th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Learn more at: www.daytonsideshow.org/ 

Dave Barber / WYSO

The kind of storytelling once only found in movie theatres is everywhere now —streamable at Amazon and Netflix, available at ITunes, and on television, too. Community Voices producer Dave Barber wondered how all this content is affecting the two art house cinemas in the region:The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs and the Neon in Dayton.

An Art House cinema is an independently run theatre that shows movies you don’t see everywhere - foreign films, documentaries, smaller films - often not produced by the big studios.

 

Amit Majmudar was recently named the Poet Laureate of Ohio. Many states have poets who occupy these honorary positions in their states. Ohio had never had one before. Amit Majmudar is our very first one. His term began in January and he'll hold the post for two years.

In this interview Amit reveals how all this came about and he reads a number poems from his enchanting new collection "Dothead." Amit Majmudar is a nuclear radiologist in Columbus. He writes some splendid poetry. Enjoy.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Love and Sacrifice."

Lori Gravley reads her Kathy Austin's poem, "Open Door."

Keigo Hirakawa, Eddie Brookshire and Fenton Sparks returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of their International Jazz Day performance at Gilly's.  They talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the legacy of jazz in the Dayton area, their upcoming album and more.

Keigo Hirakawa Trio will perform at Gilly's in downtown Dayton on Saturday, April 30th at 8pm. 

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