Arts & Culture

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poem, "Letter to Dan no. 3"

After the recent release of Homemade Version, Columbus' Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons are visiting Dayton for a gig at the Trolley Stop.  They stopped by the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions on the way to the show and chatted with Music Director Niki Dakota about the album and more.

Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons will perform at the Trolley Stop in downtown Dayton on Friday, February 19th.

Dayton-based band Manray is back after the last release of the full length album last fall with a new offering, the Feelin' Alright EP, released on Gas Daddy Go.  The band visited the WYSO studios ahead of the release party for a live set on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota about writing and recording the EP.

Manray will celebrate the release of Feelin' Alright on February 19th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.

The Zygotes Release 82

Feb 19, 2016

The Zygotes performed a special acoustic set live on Excursions ahead of the release of their fully electric album 82.  The band chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the process of writing and recording the album as well as the upcoming release party.

The Zygotes will celebrate the release of 82 on February 19th at the Yellow Cab.

Itinerant Studio: A Big Gem in a Small City

Feb 19, 2016
Dan Gummel

Husband and wife team Tom Heaphey and Vicki Rulli own Itinerant Studio.  A production art company based out of a former dry goods warehouse in downtown Springfield Ohio just down the road from the Clark County Public Library on West Jefferson Street.  Itinerant Studio occupies a unique niche in the art world  creating large print photography on materials like wood, metal and plexiglass and selling to clients all around the world.   Community Voices producer Dan Gummel stopped by to hear the story.

Conrad Balliet reads Jane Kretschman's poem, "High School Poetry Class"

With their debut EP, Don't Fade Away, already out, Goodnight Goodnight is looking forward to a productive 2016 with touring and more on the horizon.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope  and spoke with host Juliet Fromholt about their plans.

Goodnight Goodnight will perform on Saturday, February 27th at the Oregon Express and Monday, February 29th at Taffy's of Eaton.

courtesy of Dayton History

Memorial Hall has a history of hosting boxing matches, and the upcoming Fight Night event will benefit Dayton History, the organization that manages the venue as well as many other historical sites in the Miami Valley. Dayton History's Samantha Redden and trainer Sensei Brown visited the WYSO studios to talk about the event live on Excursions with Niki Dakota.

Fight Night is Saturday, February 27th at Memorial Hall at

Ian Rankin's series of crime novels featuring his sleuth John Rebus is one of my all-time favorites. His latest Rebus novel is one of the best ones yet. Here's my review that ran recently in the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Ian Rankin’s latest John Rebus detective novel, “Even Dogs in the Wild,” is out now and it is sensational.

Mary Jo White reads her poem, "Struck"

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