Arts & Culture

La Frae Sci with members of the Student Big Band
courtesy of La Frae Sci

With 11 time zones and over 200 nationalities, Russia is the largest country in the world. Jazz drummer LaFrae Sci, who received her early musical training in her hometown of Dayton, got to know a region of Russia few tourists see when she took her band there.

Beth Macy was scrolling through her Facebook feed when she saw the photo. It was a picture that had been taken nearly a century ago, a photograph of two brothers. Macy recognized them. They were the Muse Brothers, George and Willie. Over a century ago the brothers had been taken away from their home and family and then were made to perform as freaks in a circus sideshow.

Elizabeth Schmidt reads her poem, "Snowflakes."

Tecumseh Land Trust's Krista Magaw returned to the WYSO studios to chat with Niki Dakota about the organization's latest preservation efforts and upcoming winter events including the Winter Solstice Poetry Reading and Alternative Gift Fair. 

Learn more at: http://tecumsehlandtrust.org/

Local musicians and artists will gather for YS Stands with Standing Rock at the Spirited Goat Coffeehouse in Yellow Springs.  Gin-Soaked Angels' Ryan Stinson visited the WYSO studios for an acoustic preview of the event along with Aaron Saari, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs and founding director of the Beloved Community Project of Yellow Springs.  They talked with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt about the upcoming concert and the mission of the Beloved Community Project.

Conversation(s) is the sixth studio album from Starving In the Belly of the Whale and reflects the band's intimate yet complex live sound.  Ricky Terrell and Scott Loy visited the WYSO studios to debut songs from the release on Kaleidoscope and spoke with host Juliet Fromholt about the evolution of the band, recording the album and upcoming plans.

On occasion I like to ask authors for tips on books that they have enjoyed recently. The other day I asked Lee Child for some reading suggestions. He said he always can count on John Sandford and Michael Connelly to provide him with entertaining reads. Then he suggested that I should read "The Drifter," a debut novel by Nicholas Petrie. I just finished reading it and I enjoyed it. Petrie's protagonist is a bit like Lee Child's Jack Reacher.

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/