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A Jet all the way

Muse Machine performs Tonight as 2011 summer concert By Caroline Shannon-Karasik The musical West Side Story is a complicated one — a challenge for any company to take on, let alone one whose youngest performer is a 6-year-old. But it’s a challenge to which the members of Dayton’s Muse Machine, a nationally recognized arts education […]

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A musicals summer

Local theatres go outdoors and stay in with lineup of summertime musicals By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When David Brush walks down Fifth Street in the Historic Oregon District, he takes note of a few things: One of his favorite restaurants for ethnic food: Thai 9. The Color of Energy Gallery that sits just around the corner […]

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Arts getting axed?

A look at the struggle for arts funding in Ohio By Caroline Shannon-Karasik In a nation where a nicely padded savings and retirement are an all-too-often distant memory, stealing time away to indulge a “life passion” is a far off dream for many. And it’s for that very reason that “logic” would tell he who […]

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Swinging myself to sleep

Suffering from the dreaded insomnia? Try these ‘swinging’ methods By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s 3:13 a.m. and I’m awake. I’ve already, unwillingly so, opened my eyes at 12:34 a.m. and 2:26 a.m. As it is, I had a hard time falling asleep because I couldn’t get my mind to stop racing, moving through to-do lists things […]

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Sit. Stay. Help us.

Tackling Ohio’s toughest animal-related issues By Caroline Shannon-Karasik For more than a decade, faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have spent millions of tax dollars on staging violent fights between animals in their laboratories for cruel aggression experiments, according to a recent news release by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Last month […]

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Sunshine on My Spandex

How to beat the heat (and the sweat) with the latest in workout gear technology By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Dress for success” is a phrase we liken to men in sharp business suits or women with perfectly coiffed hair and a refined ensemble as they step into a meeting. But it’s not exactly one that is […]

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Let’s hear it for the boys

The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus chimes in By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s a fact: The popular boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys have partnered up and are preparing to hit the stage once again much to the excitement of shrieking fans across the globe. But in Dayton, there’s a collaboration all […]

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Come to the Red Hot Cabaret

DCDC presents last local show of the season By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Whoever said, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” has apparently never made the acquaintance of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). Because unlike a mother who cuts off her child’s supply of lollipops at one, the company is similar to the silly, […]

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Mind the nuptials

Royal wedding fever takes over the Miami Valley By Caroline Shannon-Karasik In a land far, far away from Dayton, there is a royal wedding to be had. Sure, there will be all of the typical wedding fodder: music, cake, dancing, food, photographs and more. But for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on […]

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A Frugal Future

The habit of clipping (or clicking) coupons has no expiration date By Caroline Shannon-Karasik In an age where e-books are pushing bookstores into bankruptcy and communication has strayed from a good old-fashioned phone call to a text message, it would seem the tradition of clipping coupons from newspapers is long lost. Not so, says Stephanie […]

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Click n’ cook

Online grocery shopping gives new meaning to the term “shopping cart” By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Make no mistake: the Internet has generated technological advancements, business opportunities, successful (and not-so-successful) personal relationships and a social media storm. And those are just a few of its conquests. But for some people, the advantages of online accessibility has also […]

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Feast with your eyes

Navigating the ‘big business’ of your local grocery store By Caroline Shannon-Karasik A pretty girl in a curve-hugging dress or a shirtless man with sturdy biceps have eye appeal. So do photos of a sandy, sunny beach or a gorgeous sunset. But how about a basket of red, juicy apples? Or a just-made burger with […]

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New Music for New Dance

Dayton Ballet’s newest production at Victoria Theatre By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Great pairs have consistently withstood the tests of everyday life, performing stronger side-by-side and turning out better results because of a common kinship. These bonds are forever evident in some of entertainment’s most beloved couples: Thelma and Louise, Abbott and Costello, Cheech and Chong, heck, […]

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Broadway gets ‘Forbidden’

‘Forbidden Broadway: Dances with the Stars’ premieres By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Erase every single notion and understanding you have about the popular television show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The Pasodoble, Fox Trot, sequined costumes and scathing judges. Come on – do it. [Pause.] Alright, are you set? Then, here we go: The Victoria Theatre Association will […]

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Dance the month away

Upcoming shows from Dayton Ballet and DCDC By Caroline Shannon-Karasik What do the celebration of African-American heritage and Tennessee Williams have in common? At first glance, not much at all. But when it comes to two of Dayton’s most-loved performing arts companies, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the similarities are obvious in the […]

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Mated for Life

Four local dancers reveal their familiarity with “Black Swan” By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When someone claims to be a “perfectionist,” it’s quite easy to view such a statement as an endearing quality. Give them a pair of pointe shoes and a few delusional characteristics, however, and it’s easy to see where a quest for perfection can […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]