Arts & Culture

Elizabeth Berg's latest novel is a work of historical fiction based upon the life story of the 19th century French novelist George Sand. Sand was one of the best-selling authors of her time. She was a prolific writer and was also the subject of scandal, rumor, and innuendo. In this fictional biography Berg seems to have formed an almost psychic bond with her subject. Sand comes back to life upon these pages. She was driven to do some things that society condemned. She had many love affairs and some of them ended in tragedy.

Once or twice a week I attend a meeting. It takes place in my recliner, usually late a night. I feel compelled to attend. Let's call this meeting to order. Repressing my guilt I open the next book and smile as I say say to myself again: hello, I'm Vick, and I'm a crime fiction junkie.

Conrad Balliet reads Peter Caccaveri's poem, "Gift."

This past April we observed the 150th anniversary of our first presidential assassination. When John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln that evening at the theater he changed the course of history. Have you ever wondered what might have been different if Lincoln had not been killed that night and been allowed to serve out his second term? Perhaps he might have been re-elected to a third term? We'll never know, right? But TJ Turner has imagined it.

Local artists and musicians are gathering for a special concert and art show to honor Glen Helen.  Organizers of this collaborative community event visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions and talked about the upcoming festivities and what the Glen means to them.

Honoring Glen Helen is Saturday, June 27th at Antioch University Midwest. 

Seefari has a long tradition in the Dayton music community and join fellow musicians and community members in celebrating the legacy of Cityfolk with a concert at Courthouse Square.  Seefari and Melody visited the WYSO studio for an acoustic performance and chat with Niki Dakota.

Seefari will perform as part of the City Celebration on Saturday, June 17th at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

As The Blackbirds, Charlie Tipton and Alyssa Hanson perform sometimes as a duo and others with a full band.  As they prepared for their perform at the Cityfolk Celebration, Tipton and Hanson visited the WYSO for a live set on Excursions.

The Blackbirds will perform at the Cityfolk Celebration on June 27th at Courthouse Square.

Before I fell in love with books I had to fall in love with language. And what is language? Words, I fell in love with words. The sounds of words. Their meanings. Certain words have incredible potency. Many exquisite sounding words are names. Place names. The names of people and things. Years ago I was interviewing Professor Harold Bloom. This was our second interview and we had established a slight rapport. Bloom has be our most dignified and intellectual cultural critic.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "After Hearing of the Earthquake in China."

This new guy, Pope Francis, is really starting to shake things up. Unlike some previous popes who I won't mention by name Francis is addressing real issues, things like climate change, economic injustice, and the sexual abuse scandals that have been the long ignored elephants at the Vatican for centuries. Gary Wills is optimistic that Pope Francis will have a very positive impact. Wills is our leading scholar of things Catholic and his prose is direct, pithy, and clear.

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