Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thanks for the ride!

Since June 2008, I’ve been documenting and promoting Yellow Springs events through a variety of venues. For a town of only 3,500 people, there is an amazing (and often exhausting!) amount of art, creativity, and culture.

At this time, I need to refocus my energies. The blog will continue to serve as a resume of my work.

Thanks to all my readers for your support over the years and especially to all the individuals and businesses who have provided me with such a volume of work. It’s been a pleasure to serve the community in this way and to be able to answer the question, “What’s happening this weekend?”  It’s been a good run.

See you at the next wild and wooly event---


Friday, October 19, 2012

Sparkle to premiere at DAI

Local filmmakers and longtime supporters of the Little Art, Julia Reichert & Steve Bognar, are soon to premiere their new film, Sparkle. The evening will be quite unusual — a night of dance and movies.

Sparkle is the story of legendary dancer Sheri 'Sparkle' Williams, who at age 50 (!) is still dancing with the world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Their film is the story of how Sheri faces a devastating injury, which happened on stage.

November 2: A Premiere Evening! Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert's award-winning short Sparkle will be presented at the Dayton Art Institute as part of a fundraiser for the extraordinary Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

The evening includes the local premiere of the short film, then Ms. Sheri 'Sparkle' Williams will perform a world premiere solo dance piece choreographed by Rodney K. Brown. The evening will conclude with a special performance by the entire Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Tickets available now at

New brewery beer tastings this weekend

Blackberry Creme Ale tastings at Yellow Springs Brewery and Apple Pie Moonshine tastings at S&G Artisan Distillers, both at Millworks at 305 N. Walnut Street will be available during Saturday and Sunday Artist Studio Tour, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Elders Speak: Being Black in YS

The 365 Project Presents:
The Elders Speak: Being Black in Yellow Springs

Betty Ford
David Perry
Sharon Perry
Kingsley Perry, Jr.
Isabel Newman
Moderator: Bomani Moyenda

Monday, October 29, 2012, 7-9 p.m.
Antioch University Midwest
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs, OH

Open to all.
This is a 365 Project initiative to share the rich, local African-American legacy with our youth and not-yet-elders. Co-sponsored by the Human Relations Commission of Yellow Springs. For more information, contact John Gudgel,

Roadkill 5K

The Roadkill 5K is the creation of Devon Lewis and Samantha Kingsolver. They are organizing this Halloween race for their senior project. This 5K course is an easy course through the streets of Yellow Springs, starting and ending at Yellow Springs High School. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes if they want, but they are by no means required.

All of the proceeds from this event will be going to benefit those in Louisiana effected by Hurricane Isaac. In keeping with this spirit every participant will be given 'Mardi Gras' with the top finishers receiving special beads. There will be snacks and drinks for after the race as well. The Roadkill 5K takes place on October 28th at 6pm (registration and check in starts at 5pm) at the Yellow Springs High School. The cost is $20. For more info, contact

Peter Mayer at Mills Lawn

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Glen Helen Events for Saturday

Saturday, October 20, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The best time to get the best bird seed at the best prices. Glen Helen Nature Shop, 9:30am-4:30pm. No room to store your extra seed? We’ll bank your excess throughout the year.

LOCATION: Glen Helen Nature Shop
CONTACT: Glen Helen Building, 937-769-1902
1:00 p.m.
While you’re picking up your bird seed for the fall, join director Nick Boutis for tips and lore on how to create a backyard habitat for birds. Trailside Museum, 1pm.

LOCATION: Trailside Museum
CONTACT: Glen Helen Building, 937-769-1902

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Learn about ecological agriculture, and share what you know. Meet at the Antioch Farm, just west of the Amphitheater. All ages welcome. Questions: 937-477-8654. Inclement weather cancels. 1-3pm.

LOCATION: Antioch College Farm (Near Antioch Ampitheater)
CONTACT: Glen Helen Building, 937-769-1902

Thursday, October 18, 2012

This weekend's cheat sheet

Afterschool Chess with Mister Omar!

Afterschool Chess is coming back to the Elementary School! Last year’s Introduction of Chess in the Antioch School was a huge success! This year’s program will hopefully be expanding to include both Middle School and Elementary School in the Village for afterschool Chess Learning & Playing.

K-6 Grade Chess
Every Friday beginning November 2nd.

Founder of Mister Omar’s Chess Academy, I will bring my fun and accessible approach to seven after-school sessions of instructional chess designed for all students in Elementary School.  I will be selecting a team of bright minds to represent Us -- Yellow Springs -- in our yearly Chess Tournament -- The Queen City Classic. So come see if your child has what it takes to be a part of the YellowSprings Kings.

Chess will meet every Friday beginning November 2nd, 2012 from 3:35-5:30 pm for 7 weeks. Each two-hour session will include one hour of chess instruction and play, and one hour of snack, homework, board games and playground.  I need parent Volunteers -- 1 parent for 1 session -- so total help needed is 7 parent(s) for duration of class. The fee is $50. Scholarships are available.

I am still finalizing my location for the class.  After School Chess will either be @ the Presbyterian Church like last year or back @ the Library in Mills Lawn like 2 years ago.  I prefer the Library at Mills Lawn & am waiting for the green light to be back where I started - the good ol' library at Mills Lawn!

Contact Omar Durrani at for questions and to register.

The Noodle Factory at Emporium

The Noodle Factory is playing at the Underdog Cafe (the Emporium ) in downtown Yellow Springs this Friday the 19th from 7-10 p.m.

As always at the Underdog Cafe, it is free and there will be wine tasting.

We play energetic guitar centric rock.  You'll hear originals, old classics and some newer ones.

The Noodle Factory is: Brandon Semler, Rick Sanders, and Matt Denman. We hope you can make it.