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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.

Fiber Artists Prepare for 21st Annual Woolgathering

Sep 16, 2016
Yarn spun and died by Laura Krugh
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In the 16th century, if a person said you were woolgathering, it meant you were daydreaming. This came from the act of peasants ambling along sheep paths and gathering up the tufts of wool where it had snagged on fences and thorny bushes. This weekend woolgathering is being proudly used to describe one of the largest gatherings of fiber artists with over 100 vendors from across the country. They’ll converge on Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio for the 21st Annual Woolgathering.

Miami Valley Residents Bid Farewell, Share Memories of Hara Arena

Aug 26, 2016
Hara Arena hosted many events over the years including Hamvention
Rubbertoe / Flickr Creative Commons

If you have a ticket to go to Hara Arena Saturday August 27 for the Comic and Toy Show,  you have a ticket to the historic complex’s last event ever. For 60 years, Hara’s various buildings have hosted sporting events, concerts, gun shows and the annual Dayton Hamvention. People in the Dayton area are on a first name basis with Hara, and as Community Voices Producer Lauren Shows found out, they have a lot to say about it.

Dayton librarian Matt Kish illustrated all 552 pages of Moby-Dick
courtesy of Tin House Books

The novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville is a dense and complicated   beast of a book by any measure. Even serious readers never finish it.  Melville published it in 1851 and since then it’s been adapted and re-imagined by artists over and over.
 

Keeping Local Musicians' Gear In Working Order

Jul 29, 2016
Shelly Hulce / WYSO

Imagine life without mechanics, plumbers or IT help. For working musicians, a damaged instrument or piece of gear could lead to lost gigs, tours or recording sessions. So who do musicians of the Miami Valley call when things go wrong? Community Voices Producer Shelly Hulce introduces us to the world of Dayton musician, restoration and repair man, Chris Wright.
 

How Ohio Became An Epicenter for A Capella

Jun 27, 2016
Camp A Capella, Wright State University
courtesy of Brody McDonald

Many people here know the high school pop a capella group 11th Hour—their appearance on NBC’s The Sing Off and their success at competitions.  At their peak, choral director Brody McDonald chose a different road for this group that paved the way for the national Camp A Capella at Wright State this week.  Culture Couch producer David Seitz looks into how Brody McDonald helped make Ohio an epicenter for pop a capella.

Fighting Crime & Addiction with Art: Community Murals in the Miami Valley

Jun 16, 2016
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

James Pate designed the mural that's going up on the side of the Wesley Community Center in Westwood, and he's got a team of teenagers painting it.

The mural is part of a program called HAALO. It's a partnership between the K12 Gallery and the Montgomery County Juvenile Courts, and it gives kids who are caught up in the court system a chance to express themselves.

Vasio is one of these teenagers.

Katherine Kadish: The Process Behind the Painting

Jun 6, 2016
Daniel Gummel / WYSO

Katherine Kadish is a Yellow Springs painter who’s worked professionally for over 40 years. She known for her strikingly colorful paintings and monotypes, and her work is owned by the Library of Congress and the Dayton Art Institute. She also has a commission for the new Dayton Public Library.  But Kadish has been living with an eye disease called Macular Degeneration since she was a teenager and she has very limited eyesight.

Dave Barber / WYSO

The kind of storytelling once only found in movie theatres is everywhere now —streamable at Amazon and Netflix, available at ITunes, and on television, too. Community Voices producer Dave Barber wondered how all this content is affecting the two art house cinemas in the region:The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs and the Neon in Dayton.

An Art House cinema is an independently run theatre that shows movies you don’t see everywhere - foreign films, documentaries, smaller films - often not produced by the big studios.

 

Filling The Gaps Between Logs The Traditional Way

Apr 20, 2016
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Renee Wilde has been fascinated by a log cabin being rebuilt near her house. She did some research and discovered an old tradition of using some pretty creative materials to fill the gaps between the logs.

I’m at Indian Mound Reserve outside of Cedarville. I’m here because I wanted to get closer.  I’d been driving by this park watching the progress of an old log cabin being rebuilt. So, today I’m on my way down from the parking lot to visit the site. I run into Joe and Mike who’ve come up from Cincinnati

Larry C. Price

Dayton-based photojournalist Larry C. Price has won two Pulitzer Prizes and an Emmy, and some of his most powerful work is just being processed now. He’s been traveling the globe, capturing images of child laborers and toxic pollution.

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