Arts & Culture

Lori Gravley reads Julie Moore's poem, "Ohio"

A holiday radio classic returns to the stage at the Loft Theater this year with the Human Race Theatre's presentation of David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries.  Actor Tim Lile once again stars at Crumpet in this one-man comedy that's for more mature audiences.  Lile joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in studio on Excursions to talk about the upcoming show.

Larry Kosson

Acclaimed Irish singer Cathie Ryan will return to the Miami Valley with her band for a holiday performance at the historic Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg.  Ahead of her visit, Ryan spoke with WYSO's Cindy Funk about Irish and American holiday traditions, songs of the season and more.

Cathie Ryan will perform The Winter's Heart on Wednesday, December 14th at the historic Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg.  More details and tickets available here: https://sunnyskies.ticketleap.com/cathie-ryan/

Mary Jo White reads her poem, "Two Notes From the Universe."

Jennifer Taylor

After a successful debut, the Surrealist Ball returns for a second year of revelry to benefit the Strong Dayton program from Grass Roots Enrichment Center for Children and Families.  Photographer Jennifer Taylor and Grass Roots' Lisa Patrick visited the WYSO studios to preview the event on Kaleidoscope.

The second annual Surrealist Ball is Saturday, December 10th at the Grass Roots Enrichment Center n Grand Ave in Dayton.  More information at http://www.daytonsurrealistball.com/

"Night School" is the latest Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. Child is one of the hottest authors on the planet. This book went straight to #1 in the United Kingdom and the USA. Child's many fans know what they will be getting in every book; non-stop, seat of our pants, relentless thrills and entertainment.

McGuff and the Dumpster Fires returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidsocope ahead of the release of their sophomore album, Wolves.  The band chatted with host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording the album, plans for 2017 and more.

McGuff and the Dumpster Fires will celebrate the release of Wolves on Saturday, December 3rd at Jimmie's Ladder 11 in Dayton.

Conrad Balliet reads Stella Ling's poem, "Breath"

Tiffany McDaniel has spent years honing her writing craft. She has had to focus with steely determination upon that most difficult of objectives; to see her work being published. Her novel "The Summer That Melted Everything" was recently issued by Saint Martin's Press.

This is a work of literary fiction. That is a term that is frequently abused but not in this case. What makes McDaniel's novel so striking is her originality-the language she employs is so vivid that it tumbles and spins across the pages. Here is a sample paragraph:
 

Wilmington’s Got Grit: How to Turn a City Inside Out and Rebuild

Nov 28, 2016
These are just a few of the large portraits that have been pasted on walls across Wilmington.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

If you visit downtown Wilmington, you’ll see large black and white photos of its residents plastered on the sides of buildings. Each person has dirt somewhere on them: on a shirt, or a bicep, or a cheek. In one portrait, an elderly woman has dirt smeared under each eye. She’s holding her fists up to the camera, and “G-R-I-T” is written in all caps across the knuckles of each hand. 

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