Arts & Culture

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/

Mary Jo White reads her poem, "Two Notes From the Universe."

Jennifer Taylor

After a successful debut, the Surrealist Ball returns for a second year of revelry to benefit the Strong Dayton program from Grass Roots Enrichment Center for Children and Families.  Photographer Jennifer Taylor and Grass Roots' Lisa Patrick visited the WYSO studios to preview the event on Kaleidoscope.

The second annual Surrealist Ball is Saturday, December 10th at the Grass Roots Enrichment Center n Grand Ave in Dayton.  More information at http://www.daytonsurrealistball.com/

"Night School" is the latest Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. Child is one of the hottest authors on the planet. This book went straight to #1 in the United Kingdom and the USA. Child's many fans know what they will be getting in every book; non-stop, seat of our pants, relentless thrills and entertainment.

McGuff and the Dumpster Fires returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidsocope ahead of the release of their sophomore album, Wolves.  The band chatted with host Juliet Fromholt about writing and recording the album, plans for 2017 and more.

McGuff and the Dumpster Fires will celebrate the release of Wolves on Saturday, December 3rd at Jimmie's Ladder 11 in Dayton.

Conrad Balliet reads Stella Ling's poem, "Breath"