Archive | February, 2018

Dayton Ballet presents a compelling Swan Lake


Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Tchaikovsky’s iconic classic at Schuster A study in contrasts, Nathaly Prieto is the Black Swan, Margot Aknin is the White Swan. by Arnecia Patterson  |  Photos by Scott Robbins The Dayton Ballet’s founding in 1937 makes it one of the oldest ballet companies in the country, so it would be […]

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Magic of the mundane

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Christopher Burk’s “Illuminating the Everyday at Springfield Museum of Art Christopher Burk, Connected—Columbus, Harrison West I, 2016 Oil on panel 8″ x 10″ By Sarah Monroe When we look back at the great artists of our past, such as Claude Monet, Edward Hopper and even Bob Ross, we appreciate their eye for and their interpretation […]

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Film Culture and Everyday Nostalgia

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A refreshing look at memory and its meaning “Every Day” features Colin Ford as Xavier and Angourie Rice as Rhiannon By T.T. Stern-Enzi Disclaimer: This is not a review of either “Every Day” or “Nostalgia.” Instead, I’m responding to the need to explore what these two narratives made me think about and feel on some […]

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What’s in a name?


Hibachi, sushi, and other Asian delights at Englewood’s Ozu852 Chef’s inspiration sushi and sashimi combo By Paula Johnson Heavenly Sushi On a recent Thursday evening, PIP (Palate In Progress) and I found ourselves in the mood for sushi. In truth, PIP is in the mood for sushi every day, and his interest was piqued when […]

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The hardest workers in the beer business


A happy yeast is a productive yeast The fermentation process is where the yeast does the heavy lifting. By Jim Witmer If brewing yeast could talk, you might hear them saying, “We have to do all the work around here.” Yeast strains involved in the brewing process have the critical task of turning sugars into […]

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Back to Ohio

The Joe Policastro Trio Perform at Chicago's Fulton Street Collective. Band members include Joe Policastro on Bass, Dave Miller on Guitar, and Mikel Avery playing Drums.

Joe Policastro Trio at Spinoza’s The Joe Policastro Trio Perform at Chicago’s Fulton Street Collective. Band members include Joe Policastro on Bass, Dave Miller on Guitar, and Mikel Avery playing Drums. By Gary Spencer There seems to be some strange, magnetic pull on people from Ohio who relocate to other parts of the country—they always […]

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Sisterly love


Shelby Lynne with Allison Moorer at Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall Singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne By Dave Gil de Rubio Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet Alice Walker once asked if solace was any more comforting than that in the arms of a sister. If there is any doubt that this is the case, look no further than the […]

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Cricketbows distilled


Duo Wells & Watson’s psychedelic sounds at CVG’s Listing Loon Wells and Watson duo, Aarika Watson and Chad Wells, of Cricketbows to play at the Listing Loon in Cincinnati. By Tim Walker  |  Photos By Michael Morris According to ancient tradition, shamans are defined as people who are regarded as having access to, and influence […]

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On The Cutting EDGE

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DPAA Program Reaches Out To New Audiences EDGE performers Thomas Sobieski (violin), Kim Trout (viola), Christina Coletta (cello), and Leslie Stratton (harp—not pictured) perform in Yellow Springs By Tim Smith The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance continually strives to introduce their various organizations to a wider audience. One of their newest programs is called EDGE, and […]

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Shave and a haircut


Dayton Opera to present Rossini’s The Barber of Seville Rosina (Alyssa Martin) and Count Almaviva (Carlos Enrique Santelli) get an earful from Figaro (Jarrett Ott) during rehearsal By Eric Street  |  Rehearsal Photos By Scott Robbins “Figaro! Figaro! FI-GA-RO!” Mischief and matchmaking run wild when opera’s most famous barber returns to Dayton’s Schuster Center Mar. […]

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Stepping is believing


Traditions explored with Step Afrika! at Victoria Ndlamu is a traditional dance of the Zulu people at Step Afrika!. Photo: Sekou Luke By Arnecia Patterson For arts organizations in Dayton, one of the conundrums of audience building is the prominence and consistency of where performances are held. Theatres and auditoriums, like stadiums and arenas, have […]

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Theatrical temptations


On Stage March 2018 Kaleigh-Brook Dillingham as Regan and Darren Lee Brown as Jeff in The Playground Theatre’s “Bachelorette” with Dr. Jill Summerville “The Other Place” by Sharr White The Dayton Theatre Guild Mar. 16 through Apr. 1, 2018 If all the world is a stage, pharmaceutical company representative Juliana Smithton frequently finds herself at […]

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Conspiracy 2/27: Ban socialism not guns

Leftists don’t want safe schools By Mark Luedtke I’m sick of thoughts and prayers too. After every mass killing, whether the perpetrator uses knives, poison, bombs, or guns, rulers respond by saying something like “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.” Leftists politicize mass murders with calls for gun control before the bodies […]

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Debate 2/27: Just a number?


Should Ohio raise the legal tobacco purchasing age to 21? Q: Should Ohio raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21? By Sarah Sidlow How much difference can three years make? According to local proponents of the “Tobacco 21” initiative, enough to make noise about. The push to raise the minimum tobacco purchasing […]

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On Your Marc 2/27: Swan Lake and sports

Athletes take the spotlight By Marc Katz You might say I had three surprises recently when I was at the Schuster Center for some Dayton Arts Alliance event. Yeah, that was the first surprise, that I was there. Obviously, the other person in the house is the big arts fan and, you know, the arts […]

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The Cuban time warp


Discovering an old world in the present day Reminders of the Cuban Revolution still remain very visible. Story and Photos by Ben Tomkins Every travel site warned me that I was only to travel to Cuba if I was engaging in official business, journalism, the arts, or some nonsense about “support for the Cuban people.” […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]