December 12, 2013
Dee Perry welcomes local music legend Michael Stanley to the Key Bank studio for an Idea Center performance. Plus The Plain Dealer television critic Mark Dawidziak spotlights the best holiday specials on TV this season and previews his Largely Literary Theater Company production - The Christmas Pudding: A Largely Literary Christmas. And Dee investigates the sound art of musician Camille Norment prior to her performance at The Transformer Station this weekend.
December 11, 2013
Dee Perry welcomes the young cast of The Beck Center for the Arts's acclaimed production of Annie into the Key Bank studio for a performance. Plus our resident tech guy Jared Bendis from Case Western Reserve University sounds off on Bitcoin and Amazon drones. And Dan Polletta remembers our late friend and former colleague Bobby Jackson who passed away earlier this week.
December 10, 2013
Dee Perry welcomes Cleveland vocalist, Mary Bridget Davies who's starring now on Broadway in A Night with Janis Joplin. Plus we welcome acclaimed classical guitarist Daniel Lippel for a performance in our Key Bank studio. And we share an interview with Joel Schroeder, director of the new film about the beloved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip - Dear Mr. Watterson.
December 9, 2013
Dee Perry shares the winning stories of The Great Lakes Theater Christmas Carol Writing Contest written by Cleveland Metropolitan School District middle school students. Inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol six original stories were chosen from more than 1,700 submissions for the annual competition to receive dramatic readings by cast members of Great Lakes Theater's company.
December 5, 2013
Dee Perry spotlights the new Talespinner Children's Theatre holiday production - Adventures in Slumberland - starring Winsor McCay's beloved character Little Nemo. Plus we meet the artist behind the new exhibit at The Canton Museum of Art - Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible. And Santa returns to Severance Hall for the annual Cleveland Orchestra holiday concerts.
December 4, 2013
Dee Perry welcomes back nine-time Tony-award-winner - Tommy Tune - who's onstage this week for two sold-out performances at Nighttown. Plus we spotlight the guitar fireworks of Michael Kelsey who returns to the Kent Stage for the annual Woodchopper's Ball this weekend. And we check in with the CAN Journal and a report on the new Zygote Press satellite coming to The Waterloo Arts District.
December 3, 2013
Dee Perry hosts a special tribute to the late author James Baldwin and his books Go Tell it on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time. Joining her are Dr. Rhonda Williams from the CWRU Social Justice Institute and local writer Rafeeq Washington of A Guide to Kulchur bookstore. Plus Dee opens the phones so you can share your thoughts on Baldwin's writings and legacy.
December 2, 2013
Dee Perry speaks with Irish literary star - Colum McCann - The National Book Award winning author of TransAtlantic who speaks later this week at the Akron-Summit County Public Main Library. Plus Dan Polletta introduces us to playwright Dan LeFranc whose acclaimed play The Big Meal opens this weekend at Dobama Theatre. And local author Cinda Williams Chima returns with a new fantasy set along the banks of the Cuyahoga River - The Enchanter Heir.
November 28, 2013
Dee Perry shares an encore presentation of her Music Monday Country and Americana program. Joining her are Dr. Lauren Onkey, VP of Education at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Canton-based singer-songwriter Ryan Humbert and Stephen Thompson from NPR Music.
November 27, 2013
Dan Polletta welcomes acclaimed Kent-based band The Speedbumps for an Idea Center performance, showcasing music from their brand new CD - The Harbors We Seek. Plus, Bistro 185 chef Ruth Levine shares her thoughts and recipes for the first "Thanksgivikkah", as Thanksgiving and Hannukkah converge this week. And we get you ready for this weekend's big Buckeyes/Wolverines' game with Steve Greenberg author of I Love Ohio State/I Hate Michigan.