Community Special Events

1jul1:00 pmLittle Art Theatre Hosts Two-Author Event1:00 pm est


(Saturday) 1:00 pm

Event Details


Saturday, July 1 at 1:00


This event is free and open to the public. Sam & Eddie’s Open Books will be selling The Going and Goodbye and Banish Your Inner Critic during this event. A book-signing will follow the program.


From Honorable Mentions to Authors: Shuly Cawood & Denise Jacobs, a Conversation about Life Choices

Both Cawood and Jacobs grew up in Yellow Springs. In this event, they will talk about how their childhood influenced their lives and careers, and the journey each of them took to become authors. Both Cawood and Jacobs have a book debuting in June, 2017. Cawood and Jacobs both received honorable mention for the Mary Jane Bachtell Memorial Creative Writing Award when they graduated from Yellow Springs High School. Despite not winning the award, they each continued to write throughout their adulthood.

Shuly Cawood


Cawood’s memoir, The Going and Goodbye, is an examination of loss and leaving and the search for meaning in the memories that remain. Tracing a path through rural Ohio, the American south and small towns of Mexico, her stories breathe life into a marriage and its dissolution; find a voice that fears mortality then faces it; explore faith in the face of these losses; and ultimately reveal the power of love and letting go.





Denise Jacobs

Jacobs’ latest book, Banish Your Inner Critic, is a self-help handbook for unblocking creativity. The impetus for the book came eight years ago, when Jacobs battled self-doubt almost every day while working on her first book, The CSS Detective Guide. From that point on, her work has been focused on the creative process—specifically how to remove the biggest block to creativity: the Inner Critic. Jacobs’ book combines neuroscience, psychology, mindfulness principles, and self-compassion research, all interwoven with personal storytelling and “you can do it!” cheerleading to present approachable and immediately applicable practices for putting the Inner Critic in its place.


This event is free and open to the public. Sam & Eddie’s Open Books will be selling The Going and Goodbye and Banish Your Inner Critic during this event. A book-signing will follow the program.

You can find out more about Cawood at, and about Jacobs at

20jul7:00 pmTHE CORNDRINKERS WITH POP WAGNER!7:00 pm est


(Thursday) 7:00 pm

Event Details



Thursday, July 20 • 7 PM • $15

One Show Only … Don’t miss it!

Family-Friendly Entertainment!


PLEASE NOTE: Little Art discount ticket cards, individual passes and complimentary Friends and Partner passes are not valid for this program.


Returning Yellow Springs native, Pop Wagner will team up with the Corndrinkers (of vast regional acclaim) for a lively performance at the Little Art Theatre. For over forty years, the Corndrinkers have been breathing new life into the fiddle tunes, heart songs and parlour music of the Southern mountain stringbands from the “Golden Age“ of country music, the 1920’s and 1930’s. Since 1970 Wagner has toured throughout 44 states and 11 foreign countries presenting his unique blend of country blues, oldtime, Cajun, and cowboy songs, stories and poetry. This rare collaboration will surely be a night to remember!


Pop has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet and downright funny guy. He appeared quite frequently on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion during the show’s formative years and for the last four decades he has worked his cowboy magic throughout 44 states and ten countries. His cowboy anthems crackle with the warmth of a prairie campfire and his old time fiddle tunes set toes a-tappin’ while he serves up spellbinding rope tricks and tall stories — all with a good dose of friendly humor.

“I grew up listening to Woody Guthrie, Spike Jones and Calypso. I got my first guitar when I was fourteen. I was given my Grandfather’s fiddle in my early 20’s. The shingo was a gift from Alan Scherger on my 21st birthday. I learned trick roping with Sean Blackburn from Glenn Orhlin. I learned horsemanship from Liz Lofgren, Buck Brannaman and my horse, Suzannah-Savanna. I studied mohair cinch making with Darin Alexander. I had a principal role in a Benjamin Britten Opera that won a British Gramophone award in 1990 (The opera was staged again in Minneapolis, MN in 2013). I joined the circus at the age of 62. I LOVE my job!”

Bill Hinkley, Inside Bluegrass: “Search as you might, you will never discover another individual with the unique talents and accomplishments of Pop Wagner. When you hear that smoothly-rolling John Hurt-inspired guitar and that cowboy drawl, or dance to that rowdy old-time Cajunblend hoedown fiddle and his often-hilarious calls, or marvel at the unlikely sight of a man standing on a horse’s back twirling a lasso around his torso, then you’re sharing in the spell that only Pop can cast. An all-around showman, you ask? Verily, the man’s communicative skills are so extraordinary that he can make even a council or board meeting a pleasant experience”


For 41 years, the Corndrinkers have been breathing new life into the fiddle tunes, heart songs and parlour music of the Southern mountain stringbands from the “ Golden Age “ of country music, the 1920’s and 1930’s. Inspired by the tunes of such country music pioneers as the Carter Family, the Skillet Lickers, Uncle Dave Macon, Charlie Poole, the Delmore Brothers and many others, the Corndrinkers have played festivals and dances throughout the Appalachian region of the U.S., including the Carter Fold, Cityfolk, the Appalachian Festival, Gambier Folk Festival, the High Mountain Hay Fever Festival and many more. They have been regular guests on WYSO Public Radio and have been a summertime tradition playing and calling the barn dances at Carriage Hill MetroPark in Dayton Ohio for four decades. The band is still made up of the five original members since 1976, fiddler Barb Kuhns who was awarded the first place old time fiddler championship at Galax Va. in 2002, fiddler and multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, Linda Scutt, Doug Smith playing guitar and dobro (and champion lariat artist), the driving clawhammer banjo of Tom Duffee, and Al Turnbull on the upright bass.

The Corndrinkers have recorded two CD’s, The Corndrinkers……..and……..Corndrinkers Still.


Online tickets: CLICK HERE 

***IMPORTANT: You must bring your receipt with you, either on paper or on your mobile device, to be scanned in order to gain entry to the theatre.



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