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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.

Local Pilot Keeping Barnstorming Tradition Alive

Oct 26, 2016
Dewey Davenport is a pilot with a passion for history
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Out in the countryside east of Dayton, one local pilot is using his passion to keeping a part of aviation history alive. Community Voices reporter Renee Wilde chased him down and went on the ride of her life.

I’m speeding in my car down country roads, chasing after a small plane that’s been buzzing the tree tops of my farm. I follow it to a small, grassy strip tucked amid fields of ripening corn and soybeans, and watch the red bi-plane taxi down the runway and come to a stop.

Getting Down and Dirty With the Classics at the Renaissance Festival

Oct 21, 2016
Renee Wilde / WYSO

William Shakespeare famously said “ all the worlds a stage” and Jonathan Crocker has taken those words to heart. For the past 26 seasons, this Yellow Springs native has been performing in front of thousands of people from a pit of mud.  

Jonathan is the founder of the “Theatre in the Ground” troupe. Their original adaptation of Beowulf has been performed well over 2000 times at Renaissance Festivals across the country. Community Voices Producer Renee Wilde digs into the story.
 

Dayton Ballet Revamps Classic Story With Dracula: Bloodlines

Oct 20, 2016
Dracula: Bloodlines production and costume designer Ray Zupp
Lauren Shows / WYSO

The Dayton Ballet is readying their new production, Dracula: Bloodlines, about the world’s most famous vampire: Dracula.  The challenge is how the ballet will bring this centuries-old story to longtime fans and entice new ones.

Building Cars On A Smaller Scale

Oct 19, 2016
Terry Kahle

Dayton’s premier car show is the annual Concours d’Elegance, where every vehicle has earned an invitation to be on display.  Last month, more than six thousand people strolled the field at Dayton's Carillon Historical Park, which held over 200 restored and antique cars.  Community Voices producer Jim Kahle was one of them, and he found a display of miniatures vying for their own award.

As I entered the manicured lawn of the park, I was treated to automotive eye candy in every direction, Bentley, Bugatti, Pierce Arrow even a 1918 Willys Overland were on display.

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.

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