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Culture Couch

WYSO is exploring the arts scene in our community with a new occasional series. It’s called Culture Couch. Have a seat.

It’s stories about creativity – told through creative audio storytelling.

From Broadway musicals to youth theatre, and graphic novels to graffiti, you’ll meet artists from across the region. We hope you’ll join us for the journey.

Culture Couch is made possible by a generous grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

Stepping Into The Kitchen With Chef Elizabeth Wiley

Jan 4, 2018
Chef Elizabeth Wiley is the owner of Meadowlark Restaurant and Wheat Penny Oven and Bar.
George Drake Jr. / WYSO

Owner of the Meadowlark Restaurant in Kettering and Wheat Penny Oven and Bar in Dayton, Chef Elizabeth Wiley, has been a player in the area’s restaurant scene on-and-off for almost 40 years. Over that time, she’s made more of a name for herself nationally, and watched other local female chefs climb the ladder alongside her. 

The Toys Of Orville Wright

Dec 25, 2017
Flips and Flops, the toy invented by Orville Wright, on display at Carillon Historical Park
Leo DeLuca / WYSO

In late 1878, a father gave his two boys a toy that flew under its own power. It had a small propeller, and made a big impression. Twenty-five years later, one of the boys became the world's first pilot, and never lost his fascination with flight.

Supporting The Opera Through Education

Dec 18, 2017
The Opera Guild of Dayton brings opera experiences to local schools
Jonathan Platt / WYSO

The Opera Guild of Dayton was incorporated 54 years ago.  Their mission is to support Opera in the Dayton region.  They’ve given more than 2 million dollars to the Dayton Opera, but they do more than raise money – they get school children involved in opera performance.

Dayton's second Longest Table meal took place on the Third Street bridge
Renee Wilde / WYSO

This fall, people from all over the Dayton region came together to for the second annual Longest Table event. Organized by UpDayton, the Third Street Bridge downtown is blocked off to traffic and turned into a community dinner party open to the public, and Community Voices reporter Renee Wilde went to break bread with fellow Daytonians.

It’s a beautiful fall afternoon and the Third Street Bridge spanning the Miami River in Downtown Dayton is lined end to end with long, white, folding tables and chairs, ready for the crowd of people gathered at the far end of the bridge. 

Honoring The Dead At Dia De Los Muertos Dayton

Oct 26, 2017
Gabriela Pickett runs the Missing Peace Art Space, which hosts Dayton's Day of the Dead Celebration.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Dayton’s Dia de los Muertos celebration is this Sunday, October 29. The Day of the Dead is a Mexican Holiday that has its roots in Aztec rituals that honored the dead.  Today, it’s celebrated in countries around the globe. Here in Dayton, there’s a parade, Mexican songs and dancing, and lots of altars designed to lead the spirits of lost loved ones back home.

It promises to be a good time for both the dead and the living.

Local Tattoo Artist Embraces The Stories Behind The Ink

Jul 25, 2017
Chad Wells is the owner of Wells & Co. Custom Tattoos in Dayton’s Fire Blocks District
George Drake Jr. / WYSO

Tattoos have become a major part of our culture, and with over 20,000 tattoo parlors in the U.S. alone, tattooing has become a billion-dollar industry. But it’s the stories behind the ink that interested Community Voices Producer George Drake, Jr. and he went to Dayton to learn about some of them.

If someone gets a tattoo, chances are there’s a story.

Old Case Files: History on Trial

Jul 21, 2017
Members of the cast of Old Case Files
Dayton History

Dayton History’s “Old Case Files” opens this Friday at the Old Montgomery County Courthouse in Downtown Dayton.

The story is ripped from the headlines—but not today’s headlines. The cast will be reenacting a murder trial from 1935, when, on Christmas Eve, a former police officer shot a man five times at the postal telegram office on 3rd Street in Dayton. To at least one passer-by, it seemed pretty cold blooded.  

Jon Barlow Hudson On Creating Public Art

Jul 6, 2017
Sculptor Jon Barlow Hudson with a work-in-progress for the new Dayton Metro Library
Lauren Shows / WYSO

Today on Culture Couch we meet local sculptor Jon Barlow Hudson, who’s finishing a piece of public art for the downtown Dayton Public Library  building.

Creating a public sculpture puts an artist in the middle of a conversation  - the work is accessible, people can walk around it and touch it.  Hudson’s new work includes two seats – it’s actually a place to sit and talk.  Community Voices producer Lauren Shows visited the artist’s studio to learn more about his work:

Dave Williamson is a Xenia, Ohio native who's traveled around the world as a magician
courtesy of Dave Williamson

Tuesday night, the world of the circus, circa 1903 – with its awe-inspiring physical feats, goofy comedy and over-the-top showmanship – will descend upon Dayton for a handful of performances at the Schuster Center. And the actor playing the ringmaster, Willy Whipsnade?

It’s magician David Williamson from Xenia, Ohio. He’s world famous, but you’ve probably never heard of him. The story begins in Xenia over 40 years ago.  

Behind the Scenes at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

May 19, 2017
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is home to extensive collection of artifacts from around the world
Renee Wilde / WYSO

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, nestled in a beautiful stretch of public parks that mark the confluence of the Stillwater and Great Miami Rivers, is a popular destination for families to learn about science and the natural world. But many Miami Valley residents are unaware that behind the scenes, the museum has an extensive collection of artifacts from around the world. Community Voices producer Renee Wilde takes us there.

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