Arts & Culture

Ben H. Winters has written one of the most thought provoking and timely novels that has been published during this long, hot summer. One of the most polarizing presidential campaigns in many years is underway. Our first black president is preparing to leave office. One could have hoped that Barack Obama's terms in office might have allowed America to begin to address and to heal some of our racial issues. It hasn't happened.

Miami Valley Residents Bid Farewell, Share Memories of Hara Arena

Aug 26, 2016
Hara Arena hosted many events over the years including Hamvention
Rubbertoe / Flickr Creative Commons

If you have a ticket to go to Hara Arena Saturday August 27 for the Comic and Toy Show,  you have a ticket to the historic complex’s last event ever. For 60 years, Hara’s various buildings have hosted sporting events, concerts, gun shows and the annual Dayton Hamvention. People in the Dayton area are on a first name basis with Hara, and as Community Voices Producer Lauren Shows found out, they have a lot to say about it.

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Paschell's "Rhyming Poem."

Ladyfest Dayton combines art, film, music and activism surrounding women's issues and celebrating women creators.  Organizer Paige Beller and songwriter Kyleen Downes were joined live in the WYSO studios by two of Kyleen's music students, Alex Bohn and Chloe Robertson.  They performed live in the WYSO studios on Kaleidoscope and talked about the upcoming festival.

Ladyfest Dayton is September 2 and 3 at the Yellow Cab Building in downtown Dayton.

Dayton librarian Matt Kish illustrated all 552 pages of Moby-Dick
courtesy of Tin House Books

The novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is a dense and complicated   beast of a book by any measure. Even serious readers never finish it.  Melville published it in 1851 and since then it’s been adapted and re-imagined by artists over and over.

Dayton Writers Movement

When Chris and Megan Burnside moved to Dayton about a year they immediately saw a thriving arts community and were drawn to a lot of the collaborative work that was taking place between various artists and organizations. 

Nigerian painter Ben Ibebe has returned to the Miami Valley for a second art show, New Works, at Front Street.   Ibebe visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the upcoming opening.  He was joined by the Collaboratory's Peter Benkendorf.

Ben Ibebe's New Works exhibition opens on August 19th at Front Street in downtown Dayton.

Steve Broidy reads Robert Brimm's poem, "End of the Day."

Cincinnati's The Almighty Get Down are known for rocking stages near and far, and their performance live in the WYSO studios was no exception.  The band visited ahead of their performance at Hog Jam 11 and were joined by festival co-organizers Tony Herdman and Johnny Dreads. 

Hog Jam 11 is August 26 and 27th in Tipp City.  More details at:

Lori Gravley reads Kathy Austin's poem, "Vacation."