Tag Archives: performing arts

To the principal’s office!

From Vince Vaughn films to “Weeds,” Comedian Bret Ernst has been around the block  By Leo DeLuca Los Angeles-based comedian Bret Ernst performs at Dayton’s Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant on Jan. 24-27. Raised in New Jersey and South Florida, Ernst went on to play football at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island […]

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On Stage

New offerings from Dayton Theatre Guild, Wright State University and Human Race Theatre  By Zach Rogers “Ghosts” presented by the Dayton Theatre Guild The Dayton Theatre Guild proudly welcomes “Ghosts,” a powerful drama by Henrik Ibsen. With a new translation penned by Christopher Hampton, this classic tale is getting hit with the refresh button as […]

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Answering the call

Horns, heroes and home with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra  By Joe Aiello It will be a weekend that should make the late lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jimmy Van Heusen look down from heaven into the Schuster Center. And smile. No, they won’t hear the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra playing any of their songs. But DPO […]

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“The Angels and the audience know … ”

J. Todd Anderson’s “Nativity, the Pop Opera”  By Jacqui Theobald “Nativity, the Pop Opera” is the BEST Christmas show in town,” according to its creator, J. Todd Anderson.  He is a Miami Valley boy who went to Hollywood, became a storyboard artist, now travels all over the world and, between jobs, comes home to Dayton […]

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Game changer

Sensuous is the new “Nutcracker” by Dayton Ballet and Philharmonic  By Arnecia Patterson Dayton Ballet’s 75th anniversary season beckons like the cut of a diamond ballet company. Yet it adds another facet to this year’s production of “The Nutcracker,” co-choreographed, in 2003 by Karen Russo Burke, artistic director of the Dayton Ballet, and Dermot Burke, […]

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On Stage

New offerings from Dayton Playhouse, Zoot Theatre and Troy Civic Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dickens’ Classic interpreted by two local theatres “Scrooge” continues at The Dayton Playhouse You have one more weekend to take in the holiday favorite “Scrooge.” This time of year it is kind of nice to just sit back and be […]

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And the beat goes on … for over 80 years

University of Dayton Arts Series and Cityfolk present “Cuban Connections”  By Joe Aiello When I was in my teens, I had my first run-in with a set of bongo drums. You know, the kind that are in a pair, stave-constructed of wood, about eight inches high, joined together by a small slab of wood, with […]

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Fluid, polished, sleek, and oh yeah … smooth

Jazz at Gilly’s with Bob Baldwin and Toni Redd By Khalid Moss I’ll admit that I, as a voracious, jazz-hungry, sabre-toothed tiger of the music scene, have tracked all the great pianists, from Vladimir Horowitz to Allen Toussaint. I’ve tried to examine the entire spectrum of the art of manipulating the 88-toothed leviathan. But in […]

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The ancient world: A classical perspective

DPO presents “Divine Mother” By Joe Aiello I have often wondered how the program committees of various arts organizations come up with the repertoires for the performances they stage and present each season. Doubtless they refer to a list they must keep of past performance repertoires to avoid the possibility of duplication over short periods […]

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Blowing up traditional theater

Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater draws on many different styles and originality By Rusty Pate The world of theater might be viewed by the casual fan as a rather stuffy affair. Those not already in love with the stage might fret more about getting dressed up, dealing with parking and missing their favorite sports team or […]

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Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]

Miamisburg goes to the dogs

Canine Carnival returns By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Canine Carnival takes place Sept. 21 at Riverfront park; photo: Casey Harshman The […]

Advice goddess

 Beard-death experience This adorable, smart, funny guy I’m dating was clean-shaven when we first met, but for the past three […]

Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]