Dayton

Today Dayton's arts education organization, Muse Machine announced that Executive Director Luke Dennis is stepping down later this year to work at Harvard University.

Dennis will serve as the curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection. Founded 100 years ago, it was the first of its kind in the United States. It contains manuscripts, letters and diaries from actors, directors , choreographers and many others. Dennis will oversee promotion of the collection and the acquisition of new pieces from current members of the theatre community.

Officials have given unanimous approval to Dayton's "immigrant-friendly" plan aimed at bolstering a shrinking population.

Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell read a statement during Wednesday's city commission meeting saying the Welcome Dayton program is not about harboring illegal immigrants or drawing them into the city. He says the focus instead is on treating all people kindly, fairly and humanely.

Tonight Downtown Dayton celebrates First Friday, an art hop that showcases downtown galleries along with restaurants, businesses and more.  Now you can explore First Friday without missing a minute of Around the Fringe.  Many of the businesses participating in First Friday will playing your favorite danceable beats DJ'd by Rev Cool right from WYSO.

More on First Friday is available here.

Former Democratic Congressman Tony Hall was in Dayton today to promote awareness for the hungry. He's been fasting for 18 days, drinking water and some juice and he plans to continue the fast until the end of next week. Hall said he's fasting for three reasons. One is to remind Americans about the hunger issues in the country and to urge people to action, or what he calls a circle of protection. The third reason was political.

North Dixie Drive is the portrait of a neighborhood that's been a long time in the making.  Filmmaker Eric Mahoney was inspired by his in-laws, Israeli immigrants who own a body shop on the title street, and thought about documenting the place for several year before taking the plunge to make the film.  Here Mahoney discusses the process of making the film and the characters he found along the way.

North Dixie Drive premiering at the Neon Movies this weekend. The premier on March 26th is sold out, but addition showings have been added on April 1, 2 and 3 at the Neon Movies.

This week, WYSO is airing an interview in three parts with Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell. Emily McCord spoke with him on Friday, March 11, before Governor Kasich released his budget, but in today's final installment, she did ask him what his thoughts were regarding the collective bargaining legislation that's moving through the house and senate.

Interview With Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell, Part Two

Mar 16, 2011

This week, WYSO is airing an interview in three parts with Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell. Emily McCord spoke with him on Friday, March 11 and in today's second installment, she asks him what his plans are for creating jobs in the city.

Interview With Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell, Part One

Mar 15, 2011

This week, WYSO will air a three part interview with Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell. The interview took place Friday, March 11 with WYSO's Emily McCord. Today is the first installment and we begin as Emily asks Leitzell what he thinks his role as mayor means for Dayton.

Emily McCord: Can you describe for me how you see your role as the mayor of Dayton?

Dayton Pastor Goes Homeless for Thirty Days

Feb 24, 2011

Homelessness in Montgomery County is on the rise. The two biggest shelters reported a 12 percent increase in need last year. But some people aren't in the shelters at all. They're living on the streets. For a pastor in Dayton the homeless problem has become personal. Ryan Riddel spent the month of January living in a van in downtown Dayton. As Emily McCord reports, Riddell chose to live this way to understand the lives of the homeless better.

Emily McCord speaks to Dayton Business Journal editor, Don Baker, in the week's edition of PoliticsOhio. They discuss the impact of John Kasich's election on the Dayton business community, plans for Ohio's Third Frontier Program, and Kasich's commitment to privatizing the Ohio Department of Development and what that may mean for the region.

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