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Jazz aged Ballet

Dayton Ballet’s 80th season opens with “The Great Gatsby” Photo: Margot Aknin plays Daisy Buchanan (left) with Evan Pitts as Jay Gatsby (right). By Arnecia Patterson  When the curtain  goes up on the Dayton Ballet’s 80th season this month, there is a possibility that the majority of audience members will be younger than the company, […]

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Interpreting life

Art Werger’s masterful works at DVAC Photo: Art Weger’s “Tidal Shift”, 2016, displayed as six individual images at DVAC, is stiched together here to illustrate its impact. By Ehron Ostendorf The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) put out a call for proposals and Art Werger answered. Ohio University professor and printmaker, Werger, has been making […]

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Traditional and modern via Bollywood

Mystic India’s World Tour dances into Dayton Photo: Mysitc India shows captivating traditonal Bollywood colors and music By Gary Spencer In 2004, an IMAX film was released entitled “Mystic India” about India’s culture, people, and traditions as told through the 12,000 km barefoot journey throughout 18th century India. While it’s no feature film and no […]

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Good vibrations

Mike Love still loving Photo: The Beach Boys currently (l-r) John Cowsill, Brian Eichenberger, Scott Totten, Mike Love, Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, Bruce Johnson. Photo: Udo Spreitzenbarth By Alan Sculley Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love has released an autobiography that covers the long and, at times, tumultuous history of the group, not to mention more than […]

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Preserving progress

60 years of art and social change at YS Arts Council Photo: Antioch College’s 1960s production of Shakespeares Rape of Lucretia By Tara Pettit It’s no secret that Yellow Springs harbors a deeply rich cultural arts community. Creative collaboration is truly the lifeblood of this town and the foundation of a 60-year history that has […]

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Boos and brews 

Ohio Craft Brewers Association serves up scares at Ale O’Ween 2016 Ale O’Ween contestants for “Day of the Dead” costume contest. Photo: Jim Witmer By Lisa Bennett Like many traditions before it, Halloween has seen changes in how it is celebrated over the years. What used to be a night of bobbing for apples (or […]

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The White House crumbles in ‘Mark Felt’ biopic

 Peter Landesman assumes the role of chief historian again Photo: Liam Neeson plays FBI agent Mark Felt in his latest film “Mark Felt: The Man Who Took Down the White House” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Writer-director   Peter Landesman has an undeniable fascination with the stories behind the landmark headlines of our times. The filmmaker, who […]

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Street legal

Dayton’s golf cart grand tour Photo: Touring Carts are safe and legal. They meet all Highway Traffic Safety regualtions for low speed vehicles. By Lisa Bennett When my editor, Ashley, asked me to cover a story about a golf cart tour of Dayton, it sounded like fun; but I have to admit I was a […]

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Go funk yourself! 

Krunk Town Boogie blends DIY flavor and funk at Oregon Express Krunk Town Boogie blends DIY flavor and funk at Oregon Express Photo: By Scott Malan By Scott Malan Dayton, Ohio has bred some of the most valuable funk acts in the genre’s history. Groups like Ohio Players, Zapp (and its offspring, Zapp Band or Zapp & Roger), and Slave paved the […]

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Mexed-up

Las Peñas in Miamisburg is a tasty treasure Photo: Huevos rancheros By Paula Johnson TV personality, chef, and food writer Anthony Bourdain has claimed that Mexican food is one of the least understood cuisines in the world. I would tend to agree, adding that what the typical American experiences and expects from Mexican restaurants isn’t […]

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Down the duero

Spain’s best wine Photo: Vineyard after harvest in Winter in Spain’s Ribera del Duero. By Mike Rosenberg Let’s pop back over to Spain for a moment, Rioja is not the only game in town when it comes to the fruitful production of grapey goodness. Just a bit south of Rioja flows the Duero River, along […]

Cult of personality

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‘80s rockers Living Colour shake Oddbody’s Photo: Living Colour (l-r) Doug Wimbish, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Will Calhoun By Gary Spencer There are some guitar riffs that are so instantly recognizable that the second you hear them you know what song it is, whether that be “Smoke on the Water”, “Iron Man”, or “Smells Like […]

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A (pre)season variety show

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November theatre productions By Natalie McCollum November. It’s like the calm before the storm. Sure, there’s Thanksgiving and the loved/hated Black Friday, but it’s a kind of pre-season before the busy December holidays hit full force. Why not take the opportunity to catch one of the many area theatre performances this month? The storm is […]

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2 miles of terror

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Yellow Springs heritage comes out to scare The haunted WPA ampitheatre in Yellow Springs is home to some of the mysteries. Photo: Robin Heise By Lisa Bennett One warm summer day about a century ago, a young woman walked out along a trail in search of berries to pick. She meandered about the trail, blissfully […]

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Always Timeless

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Dayton Opera’s The Consul echos issues of the day Photo: Magda Sorel, played by Kara Shay-Thomson. By Eric Street Opera has a powerful  track record for expressing universal themes in memorable fashion, but the themes in Dayton Opera’s upcoming production feel as timely as today’s newspaper. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to reserve your […]

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The things that she is made of

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Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Dayton Mary Chapin Carpenter; photo: Aaron Farrington By Allyson Crawford Mary Chapin Carpenter is a different kind of songstress. She’s not so much straight country anymore but more so evolved in to her own lane. She’s a storyteller first and has a knack for creating melodies that highlight the ebb […]

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Here comes the (classical) BOOM!

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Black Violin live at Clark State’s Kuss Auditorium Wilner Baptiste and Kevin Sylvester of Black Violin; photo: Colin Brennan By Gary Spencer It’s rare when two seemingly disparate forms of music are mixed together for a singular musical expression, and even rarer when it’s done seamlessly. The latter is certainly the case for the duo […]

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Siss-er-what?

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Cicerones dispense sudsy knowledge Author David Nilsen prepares for the Cicerone exam; photo: Melinda Guerra By David Nilsen For most of the 20th century, beer had a bad (and, sadly, sometimes fair) reputation in the US as a low-quality drink that couldn’t compare to the quality of wine and spirits. With the emergence of the […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 10/10

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Grease lightning Within a few moments of entering her work vehicle, one woman knew she had to contact the authorities. A few days ago, the woman entered her City of Dayton worker’s pickup truck to find it had been broken into. The police quickly arrived at the scene to inspect this car and they found […]

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It’s color-hunting season

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It’s Autumn (in case you didn’t notice) Campers enjoying the fall leaves; photo: Five Rivers MetroParks By Lauren Lemons Many associate  stunning tree lines featuring warm fall colors with locations across New England, but Ohio has its fair share of fabulous fall foliage, much of which can be seen in your favorite park. According to […]

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Amar-velous!

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Amar India’s legacy continues to impress Photo: Tandoori Chicken By Paula Johnson Coriander, fenugreek, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, cilantro, ginger, garlic. I love saying the words, and I love what happens when the wonderful things they are marry together to create what may just be my favorite cuisine. If I consider the question “If you could only […]

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It was 500 years ago today…

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Dayton Philharmonic explores Mendelssohn & The Reformation’s religious overtones The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra; photo: DPAA By Gary Spencer European classical music has a storied history of being intertwined with God, the church, and religious faith in general. There were many reasons for this – many composers were well known for being devout men of faith, […]

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Disorder in the court

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Black Box Theatre’s lineup rotates for all audiences Jon Sauline and Sarah Ammar, photo: Emmalee Daniels By Don Hurst As alibis go, it wasn’t the worst I ever heard, but it stretched the limits of credibility. According to the defense attorney, the accused could not have committed the burglary because he was at the casino…playing […]

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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 […]

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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 […]