Arts & Culture

Conrad Balliet reads Lianne Spidel's poem, "What to Leave Anna."

Conrad Balliet reads Marian Schwilke-Thomas' poem, "The Boat of What I Know."

This Sunday marks the debut of the Yellow Springs Short Film Festival at the Little Art Theater.

 

"There's a range in films. There are 17 in total, and they're all from local or regional filmmakers. Mainly Greene county, Montgomery county and Clark at this point, but there's also one from Warren county. They range from 1 to 15 minutes, but most of them are between five and ten [minutes]. So 17 films, but it's not too long of a program," says Vanessa Query, an Antioch College grad and the guiding force behind the film festival.

 

 

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason stop by Excursions to chat with Niki Dakota and to demonstrate their wonderful brand of American Folk music.

Jay and Molly first met during the 1970s and were eventually wed in 1991 and have been playing together since. The duo (utilizing folk standard of fiddle, guitar and piano) play a wide variety of folk music ranging from Appalachian, Cajun, and Celtic. The duo even branches into golden age swing and country occasionally. The duo plays with an expertise and cohesiveness that is almost unparalleled in the folk music world.

Conrad Balliet reads Myrna Stone's poem, "Call Up the Dead and They Come to You."

Greg Howard, John Bayer, and Sean Fenton of the Dayton Sacred Harp Singers come to WYSO to demonstrate the classic branch of folk music known as Sacred Harp. Based in a rich Gospel and Hymn context, Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of singing religious music arranged for the rural Americans of 18th and 19th centuries.

The Dayton Sacred Harp Singers work to recapture this classic folk sound by creating a welcoming community that will accept any who wish to learn more about this incredible musical culture. Songs performed include “What Wondrous Love” and “Strepfield”.

Julie Moore reads her poem, "Royal Candles."

Conrad Balliet reads Herb Martin's poem, "Grand Central Station."

Conrad Balliet reads Jane Kretschman's poem, "Breath."

"It's always awkward for us because we feel like the spotlight should stay on the workers," says filmmaker Steven Bognar talking about his film's Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short Film.

 

Bognar and two-time Oscar nominee, Julia Reichert received word this morning that their film, The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant was nominated. The 40 minute film focuses on GM workers at the Moraine Assembly Plant. Reichert says the workers played a key role in making the film.

 

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