Arts & Culture

Happy Chichester returned to the WYSO studios for a live preview of his upcoming Dayton show on Excursions.  He talked with Niki Dakota about writing, recording and more.

Happy Chichester will perform at the Yellow Cab on Friday, March 23 with Darlene. 

Kyleen Downes returned to the WYSO studios with her band head of the release of their new EP, Friends. They performed live on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording the EP, the upcoming release celebration and more.

Kyleen Downes will celebrate the release of Friends on Friday, March 30 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. More information at:

Migiwa Orimo in her Yellow Springs studio, January 2018.
Tess Cortés

Migiwa Orimo is a visual artist in Yellow Springs. The work she creates in her studio, might end up in a traditional art gallery  – or carried through the streets during a political protest. Because alongside her formal studio work, Orimo makes protest banners. She’s been showing her art work in galleries for over 30, years but recently her banners were included in an exhibition of protest art called “Still They Persist.” 

Jane Kretschman reads her poem, "Chessy and the Masons"

It was around this time of year in 1996 that Thomas Cahill came through the area on a tour to publicize his book "How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe." It was right before St. Patrick's Day and since the man known as Patrick was the central figure in Cahill's history of early Ireland it seemed quite appropriate.

Wright State University's ArtsGala is a springtime tradition.  Now in it's nineteenth year, the event showcases the work of Wright State students in a variety of visual and performing arts including music, dance, theatre, and motion pictures. Assistant Dean in the College of Liberal Arts Jennie Buckwalter and several students participating in this year's event joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in studio on Excursions for a preview.

Mary Jo White reads her poem, "Learning To Open Doors"

Cathy Essinger reads her poem, "Common Grounds"

Ricky Terrell and Scott Loy of Starving in the Belly of the Whale returned to the WYSO studios ahead of the band's spring gigs.  They performed live on Kaleidoscope and talked to host Juliet Fromholt about the upcoming show, preparing to record their next album, and more.

Starving in the Belly of the Whale will perform at Springfield's Un Mundo Cafe on March 24 with Daniel Dye and Andy Ingram.  For more tour dates, visit:

Conrad Balliet reads Matthew Birdsall's poems, "Flash" and "Desire"