Arts & Culture

Local Pilot Keeping Barnstorming Tradition Alive

Oct 26, 2016
Dewey Davenport is a pilot with a passion for history
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Out in the countryside east of Dayton, one local pilot is using his passion to keeping a part of aviation history alive. Community Voices reporter Renee Wilde chased him down and went on the ride of her life.

I’m speeding in my car down country roads, chasing after a small plane that’s been buzzing the tree tops of my farm. I follow it to a small, grassy strip tucked amid fields of ripening corn and soybeans, and watch the red bi-plane taxi down the runway and come to a stop.

Every week you can hear his dulcet tones on your radios. His name is Bill Felker and he's the man behind "Poor Will's Almanack" on WYSO. Bill returned to the Book Nook to talk about his latest edition of this print version of his work. In our interview Bill recalled how the idea for his original columns in the Yellow Springs News came about and he details the various features of his 2017 Almanack.

Conrad Balliet reads Peter Caccaveri's poem, "The Hate Farm."

Mike Doughty
Jennifer Taylor

A mainstay of the WYSO airwaves, songwriter Mike Doughty visited the station for a live, acoustic performance on Excursions. The former front-man of Soul Coughing spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about growing up, music and addiction, and his new album.

Mike Doughty's new album, The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, is available now.

Performing as the Russian Duo, Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky combine the sounds of the balalaika and the concert piano.  The duo connected through the Ohio Arts Council 9 years ago and performs works from the rich catalog of songs written for their instrumentation.  Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky visited the WYSO studios to speak with Niki Dakota ahead of their upcoming performance for the Bach Society of Dayton.

The Russian Duo will perform at the Kettering Adventist Church on Sunday, October 23rd as part of the Bach Society of Dayton's Russian Echoes series.

Members of the Miami Valley Music Men Barbershop Chorus returned to the WYSO studio ahead of their 31st anniversary show, Broadway Bound.  They were joined by the Miami Valley School's Ars Nova, directed by Ruth Mappes, who performed live on Excursions.

Broadway Bound is Saturday, October 22nd at 2 and 7pm at the Fairborn High School Auditorium.

Getting Down and Dirty With the Classics at the Renaissance Festival

Oct 21, 2016
Renee Wilde / WYSO

William Shakespeare famously said “ all the worlds a stage” and Jonathan Crocker has taken those words to heart. For the past 26 seasons, this Yellow Springs native has been performing in front of thousands of people from a pit of mud.  

Jonathan is the founder of the “Theatre in the Ground” troupe. Their original adaptation of Beowulf has been performed well over 2000 times at Renaissance Festivals across the country. Community Voices Producer Renee Wilde digs into the story.
 

Aimee Noel reads her poem, "To the Caregiver."

The 2016 Bootlegger's Ball will feature art, food, and Americana music at Oddbody's.  Ahead of the show Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Kaleidoscope.  They were joined in studio by event organizer Michael Porter, and the Way Down Wanderers joined the preview by phone.

The 2016 Bootlegger's Ball is November 12th at Oddbody's in Dayton.  Learn more here: http://www.thebootleggersball.com/

Dayton Ballet Revamps Classic Story With Dracula: Bloodlines

Oct 20, 2016
Dracula: Bloodlines production and costume designer Ray Zupp
Lauren Shows / WYSO

The Dayton Ballet is readying their new production, Dracula: Bloodlines, about the world’s most famous vampire: Dracula.  The challenge is how the ballet will bring this centuries-old story to longtime fans and entice new ones.

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