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Empowerment through art

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Art & Soul opens at Town & Country Fine Art Center By Sara Mastbaum Photo: Art & Soul 2013 award winning artist Alicia Jones Every April, a group of artists is selected for a unique, juried mixed media show displayed at the Fine Art Center at Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering. Artists from 22 […]

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Not your grandparents’ chamber music

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Sybarite5 string quintet at UD By Sara Mastbaum Photo: [l to r] Louis Levitt, Sarah Whitney, Laura Metcalf, Sami Merdinian and Angela Picket of Sybarite5; photo: Braun & Tomlinson With their torn jeans and pouty photos filtered à la Instagram, Sybarite5 isn’t your average chamber ensemble. They rock with Mozart, roll with Radiohead and aren’t afraid […]

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The science of art

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Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life on display at Dayton Art Institute By Sara Mastbaum Seventeenth-century Dutch painters, artists from the “Golden Age” of Dutch painting, often used the still life to display technical skill. Not only technique, but also symbolic elements were key to these paintings. The memento mori, Latin for “remember that you will die,” […]

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Passion and pathos

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra to perform two Tchaikovsky pieces By Sara Mastbaum Writing about Tchaikovsky from an office with views of snowy rooftops just seems right. After all, Russia isn’t known for its temperate climes. It’s fitting, then, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra should present their concert of Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D-Major” and Symphony No. 6, […]

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Spring is in the air

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Voices of Spring at UD features artists-in-residence By Sara Mastbaum Photo: Guitarist and UD artist-in-residence Jim McCutcheon performs at the Voices of Spring concert on Feb. 15; photo: curtesy of  jim.mccutcheon.biz   With polar vortices, record snowfall and a max on calamity days, thoughts of spring are more tantalizing than ever. Even though spring 2014 seems […]

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The beer fest with class

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Brew Ha Ha benefits Montessori School of Dayton By Sara Mastbaum There’s no question about it: Ohio versus Michigan is always a brouhaha. When the contenders are a certain pair of college football teams, only one will emerge victorious. When the contenders are 40 craft beers, it’s Brew Ha Ha, and we’re pretty sure everyone […]

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Can you Handel it?

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Judas Maccabeus  By Sara Mastbaum   Photo: The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s Judas Maccabeus at the Dayton Masonic Center on Nov. 24 When it comes to George Frederic Handel and the holidays, the “Messiah” is king (no pun intended), at least, in the 21st century. Back in Handel’s […]

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First stop Paris, next stop Dayton

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Modigliani String Quartet perform at Dayton Art Institute By Sara Mastbaum  Photo: The Modigliani String Quartet will perform on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Dayton Art Institute; [l to r] Philippe Bernhard, Loic Rio, Laurent Marfaing and François Kieffer In 2003, the members of the Paris-based Modigliani String Quartet were four close friends studying together at […]

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Loaded questions

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Bullet: Who Pulls the Trigger examines impact of gun violence on youth By Sara Mastbaum   Gun violence and its impact on youth have grabbed media attention in recent months, but the conversation on this issue has been unproductive at best. Bullet: Who Pulls the Trigger, currently on view at the Studio D Gallery at […]

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A beer for all seasons

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Dayton’s budding beer culture brews up big events Photo: Beer afficionados enjoying the the flavors and festivities of the Dayton Art Institute’s Oktoberfest, which returns Sept. 27 – 29 By Sara Mastbaum   While breweries are popping up at a rapid rate, Dayton’s calendar of beer events is more than keeping pace. From intro events to […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]