Commentary

An evening-length contemporary dance theater takes a sneak peek into the lives of various lovers, whose relationships collide and intersect throughout the span of one evening in a quaint but moody nightclub. Emotions are stirred. Hearts break. Hearts mend. This is Saturday, 7:30pm at the Victoria Theatre.

Gabrielle Civil in a previous performance entitled "And then..." at Antioch College.
Dennie Eagleson

WYSO is planning a series of commentaries in the coming weeks from local professors and leaders in the black community, in honor of Black History Month in February. To kick it off, Antioch College Associate Professor of Performance Gabrielle Civil is on air Friday morning, Jan. 30, to preview upcoming events at Antioch College.

Civil is holding a story circle in collaboration with Coretta Scott King Center director Mila Cooper. Details provided by Antioch College are below; information about other events will be added as they become available. 

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Late winter is the anteroom to early spring, growing the birdsong, rousing small mammals to courtship, drawing the first bulbs from under the snow.

Now comes the close of winter berryfall: the red honeysuckle berries have long ago fallen or been taken by birds. The orange fruit of the evergreen euonymous vines and the bittersweet vines has completed its planting. Overwintering robins eat and seed the crab apples.

An evening with Leslie Uggams is tonight at 8:00pm at The Victoria. It is a launch of Wright State's Musical Theatre Initiative and Ms. Uggams will sing classic and contemporary standards.

The Cincinnati Reds Caravan is arriving to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Saturday, from 11am to 2pm. You will meet members of the Cincinnati Reds including All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier, manager Bryan Price, broadcasters Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro, and mascot Mr. Red.

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By the end of January, deep winter moves to its close, and late winter is carried into the nation by the lengthening days and the relentless south winds that always follow each cold spell.

The sun approaches a declination of 19 degrees on the 25th, putting it at its mid-November noontime height, and marking more than 20 percent of the way to spring equinox.

The Muse Machine Theater is happening right now and they are doing Oliver! The most talented young performers across this area are performing. You will hear family favorites like  “As Long as He Loves Me” and “Consider Yourself.” This is this weekend at The Victoria Theater.

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Now when the nation lies exactly in the middle of its peak snow period and average temperatures are the lowest of the year, then the advance of spring quickens, and the night starts contracting by two to three minutes each day all the way into June. Crows know all about the expanding daylight. Their migration cycle typically starts at the early edge of the night’s retreat. Junco movement begins in mid-January, too, just as the sun comes into Aquarius.

A young man with his bicycle, fresh from cross-country travel, shows up at the Greenwich Village door of his 91-year-old grandmother. She takes him in. Soon we see the awkward, sometimes funny way they try to connect and help each other. 4,000 Miles is a new play at the Dayton Theater Guild and it opens tonight.

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In some ways, nothing seems to change within the center of Deep Winter. Still, what may appear to be the status quo is actually transformation – and its pieces measure the progress of Earth toward equinox.

Last year’s plants, are all giving way to the weather, leading the land back toward the sun. The hulls of last June’s sweet rockets and August’s wild cucumbers are empty, brittle and delicate like shed snakeskin. Asters and boneset seeds are gone. Milkweed pods are stained and empty.

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One of the easiest ways to get a little control over winter is to count the major cold fronts that reach your house between now and the middle of February (when earliest spring often arrives along the 40th Parallel). See how many of those cold fronts you can record on your calendar. If you have a barometer or thermometer, you can follow them by making graph of ups and downs! Or you can cheat by checking the Internet.

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