Victoria Theatre

When you hear “Russian ballet,” Dayton, Ohio probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But on February 8, 1917, the Ballets Russes, a radical Russian dance company based in Paris, performed at the Victoria Theater. That was twenty years before Dayton had its own ballet company. Listener Sandra Harewood learned about the performance and asked WYSO Curious to investigate.

What was the Ballets Russes?

At 150, Victoria Theatre Looks Back At Its History

Feb 12, 2016

This year, Victoria Theatre celebrates 150 years in downtown Dayton. For WYSO’s Culture Couch, I took a tour with a longtime Victoria Theater employee who shared some memories from backstage.

David Hastings leads me into the Victoria Theatre’s auditorium. He moves with grace, which makes sense — he was a professional ice skater and dancer before he became the Victoria’s house manager in 1976.

Sarah Caplan/WYSO

On Saturday, June 7th, 2014, The Dayton Gay Men's Chorus will present the Dayton premiere of an oratorio that reflects the life of Harvey Milk, the first elected openly gay man to hold public office in California. The work, composed by Tony nominated Andrew Lippa, weaves elements of Milk's life, from childhood to his assassination in November of 1978. 

The Peace Museum's new exhibit has twelve powerful portraits from artist Robert Shetterly's series, 'Americans Who Tell the Truth.' Each portrait includes a quote and short biography.  One of the portraits is of Paul K. Chappell, a West Point Graduate from California who has spoken three times in Dayton. Dayton International Peace Museum and always free admission.

Hi Niki……….some say it’s not the heat….it’s the humidity…..and we have both of them right here in Dayton!

Cityfolk Festival in downtown Dayton….starts this evening at 6 and all day Saturday and Sunday….A three day multi-cultural celebration, featuring the best in traditional and ethnic music, dance and arts from across the United States and around the world. Great children's activities. Admission to the festival is free but there is a $5 suggested donation.

This is the first time I have seen you in April and that means it is ….First Friday this month and in Downtown Dayton there is a free art hop from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight.

Tonight’s the time in downtown Dayton for their First Friday events. Galleries, restaurants and shops will host a variety of free events, including art exhibit openings and live music. And as you wander around you will be hearing Rev Cool from right here on WYSO because many of the places have tuned in 91.3.

Muse Machine introduces kids of all ages to various forms of art, creativity, artistic expression, and how those things can make a difference in their lives.  In their 30th year of bringing young talent to the Dayton stage, Muse Machine takes on a beloved musical fantasy – The Wizard of Oz!

Tonight is the Grand Illumination in downtown Dayton on Courthouse Square featuring live music entertainment, carnival rides, games, holiday crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides and a gingerbread house display.  The tree lighting will be at 7:45pm followed immediately by the Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights.  Go to downtowndayton.org and check it out.