Arts & Culture

Jean Taylor is "the widow" of the title and she's also our unreliable narrator. As the story begins Jean is newly widowed-her husband has just been run over by a bus. Jean is in great demand, the tabloid press is camped out at her house hoping for an interview. Glen, Jean's late husband, had been acquitted in a trial after being accused of abducting a small child from her front yard. The child was never seen again and even though Glen was the leading suspect it could not be proved that he actually did it.

Latino Art Of The Midwest Shines A Light On Complex Identities

Mar 9, 2016
Work by artist Graciela Bustos from the Detroit area features fine lines overlaid on photographs.
Jonathan Platt / WYSO

“Latino Art of the Midwest: Into the 21st century” is a special exhibit presented by the Roesch Library Gallery on University of Dayton’s campus. It features 13 artists, all Latinos living in the midwest.

On a tour of the show on opening night, curator Judith Huacuja stresses light as the major theme.  

Janeal Ravndal reads Marian Schwilke Thomas' poem, "Journey."

Lori Gravley reads Heather Christle's poem, "If You Go Into The Woods You Will Find It Has Technology."

Currently on tour in support of their album album, Restless Ones, the Heartless Bastards will be performing in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio.  WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota chatted with the band's Erika Wennerstorm ahead of their visit to the Miami Valley.

Heartless Bastards will perform at Oddbody's on Saturday, March 5th.

Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer will headline the Antioch School's upcoming comedy gala.  She chatted with WYSO's Niki Dakota on her way to Yellow Springs about her career in comedy, living in the midwest and more.

Suzanne Westenhoefer will perform as part of the Antioch School's comedy gala on March 5th at Antioch College's Foundry Theater.

Darren McGarvey at Kettering Fairmont High School, with his cast of Romeo and Juliet
Luke Dennis / WYSO

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and today more than ever, high schools are grappling with how to teach him, since he is required reading in the Common Core standards.  

Some teachers say just because Shakespeare’s 400 years old, that doesn’t mean he can’t make you blush. Culture Couch took a look at how classrooms in greater Dayton and Cincinnati are giving students the freedom to make the Bard their own.

The members of Queen City Silver Stars were longtime friends who eventually found themselves forming a band that combines festive Caribbean and reggae sounds.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked to host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording their debut album, Green Flash, upcoming gigs and more.

The first annual Gem City Blues Fest will feature performances by the Eric Jerardi Band, Higgins-Madewell, Michael Locke and the Repeat Offenders and the First Heavy Metal Church of Christ House Band.  FHMCC is hosting this secular event featuring music food, and organizer and band leader Reece Lincoln visited the WYSO studios to talk about the upcoming festivities.

Gem City Blues Fest is Saturday, March 12, beginning at 5pm, at the First Heavy Metal Church of Christ in Dayton.

Ausma Zehanat Khan returned to the program to talk about her novel "The Language of Secrets," her second book in a crime series which features Detective Esa Khattak of Canada's Community Policing Section and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty. Their usual beat is metropolitan Toronto but as the story opens they have been asked to investigate a murder that has taken place in a remote wilderness area outside the city.

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