Arts & Culture

Zoot Theatre And The Magic Of Puppetry

Sep 24, 2014
Mojgan Samardar

Puppetry is an ancient art form and here in the Dayton region, a contemporary theater group, known as the Zoot Theatre Company, is keeping the art form alive. Community Voices producer Mojgan Samardar spent time with the company members this spring as they prepared their version of George Orwell’s classic story: Animal Farm. 

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Brimm's poems, "Ordinary Things" and "The Beauty Of It."

Janeal Ravndal reads Marian Schwilke-Thomas' poem, "I Am"

Family Reunions: A Tradition in Decline?

Sep 21, 2014
Ashley Appleman

Family reunions are a common summer tradition for many Americans. But what happens when a family tradition, spanning generations, starts to fade? WYSO Community Voices producer, Ashley Appleman, tells us the story of the 49th and final Over Family Reunion.

In July I traveled home to Woodbury, PA for the final Over Reunion. I must admit, I hadn’t gone for the past 10 years –school, moving out of state—it wasn’t a priority. However, attending this one was important to me– the end of a tradition I had known since childhood.

Conrad Balliet reads John Booth's poem, "Circle."

Herb Martin reads his poem, "Ballad."

Since 1994 Shrug has been an important part of the Dayton music community. Growing from a trio to a five-piece band and recording several albums over the years, the band is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary and visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope. 

Shrug's 20th anniversary show is Friday, September 19th at Canal Public House.

Judy Johnson reads her poem, "How We Touch Now."

After much deliberation I have decided to declare 2014 to be The Year of the Debut Novel. Every year I compile a list of my favorite fiction and non-fiction titles to share with readers of the Cox Ohio newspapers. I was going through my fiction stack and realized that half the books I'm considering to be my favorites from the past year are debuts. Now Smith Henderson's superb first novel "Fourth of July Creek" has landed upon that select stack. Wow, what a book!

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poem, "Jahrzeit."

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