Arts & Culture

Janeal Ravndal reads Barbara Astor's poem, "Heading Home."

Julie Moore reads her poem, "Playing With Matches."

courtesy of YSKP

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse. It’s been called “children’s theater for adults” with topical themes, sophisticated humor, and clever songs. This year’s show, Superhuman Happiness, adapts the Greek myths of Ovid’s Metamorphosis to explore the role of change in kids’ lives today. The playhouse and artistic director John Fleming also face some major changes. Community Voices producer David Seitz has their story.

Craig Johnson's series of crime novels featuring the Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire just keeps rolling along. His character has also become the inspiration for the popular TV series  "Longmire." In this interview the author explains how he came up with the idea for the first book and what has transpired since then. 

Nate Berry and Michael Shine had been playing together since high school, and once they connected with Joe Hamp and Tim Clendenin via Craigslist, Negative Ghostrider was born.  Very quickly the band began collaborating on songwriting and performing live around the Miami Valley.  The members of Negative Ghostrider visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and spoke with host Juliet Fromholt about the formation of the band and its sound, writing and recording, and future plans.

Swimming With Sharks are a band made up of both newcomers and mainstays of the Dayton music scene.  Beginning as a vehicle for Brian Whitten's solo material and developing into a more collaborative effort, the band is preparing to bring it's danceable yet lyrically complex music to the local stage for the first time. 

Swimming With Sharks' debut Dayton performance is Saturday, July 5th at Canal Public House.

Sean Carney and his band  join Shakin' Dave in the studio for the June 2014 edition of Shake's Hall Pass performing a variety of classic and original blues in the WYSO studios.

Marietta Ball reads her poem, "Illustrations."

Roz Chast has experienced something that many Americans have experienced; caring for aging parents as they lived through their final days on earth. But Chast is different from the majority of Americans in that she is an incredibly gifted long-time staff cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine. So when Chast decided to write a memoir about the things she recalled about her parents and their final days she was able to depict those moments in graphic novel form.

Honoring the Ancestors: Bing’s Birthday Card

Jun 29, 2014
Jocelyn Robinson / WYSO

We see the work of Dayton artist Willis “Bing” Davis hanging in banks, boardrooms, libraries, and concert halls throughout the Miami Valley. His art is full of color and movement, and is based on themes he’s been exploring for decades.

Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson found a 1981 interview with Bing Davis in the archives here at WYSO. And to celebrate the artist’s 76th birthday she some of the original recording and brings us up to date with the artist’s signature series.

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