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Swing into summertime!

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The Ron Jones Quartet at the Dayton Art Institute By Benjamin Smith Photo: Saxophonist Ron Jones brings his quartet to Dayton Art Institute on Thursday, June 13 Live jazz performances are electric – even illuminating. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that energy giant Vectren has sponsored the Dayton Art Institute’s annual Jazz & Beyond concert series […]

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Where hilarity and satire meet

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Human Race Theatre Company presents ‘Avenue Q’ at Loft Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Annie Kalahurka with the girl Bad Idea Bear, Katie Pees with Kate Monster, James Oblak with Princeton and Andrew Ian Adams with the boy Bad Idea Bear; photo credit: Scott J. Kimmins Sit back and laugh your way through The Human Race Theatre’s […]

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City smooth

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents Urban Impulse By Arnecia Patterson Photo: [l to r] Rebecca Sparks Vargas and H.D. Horner III in DCDC’s Urban Impulse; photo credit: Scott Robbins Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s polish has acquired heirloom patina over the years. The dancers are ϋber-fit, and in performance they make artistic choices that are readily encouraged […]

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Dare to diva

‘Dreamgirls’ at Schuster Center By Kate E Lore Photo: [l to r] Mary Searcy, Jasmin Richardson and Charity Dawson star in ‘Dreamgirls’ National Tour at the Schuster Center June 4-9 Spotlight center stage, where a young woman is fighting for her right to the platform, her deserved moment in the warm heat of stage lighting. This […]

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Gay pride and the theater

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A 500-year history By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Scene from “The Normal Heart” which helped raise awareness regarding the ongoing struggles of the LGBT community From the end of the 16th century until today, gay plays have had a presence on the stage. From Edward Marlowe’s “Edward II” – with what has been referred to as “homosexual […]

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A few of my favorite things

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‘The Sound of Music’ at LaComedia  By Brian P. Sharp Photo: “The Sound of Music” runs at LaComedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro through June 30 “The Sound of Music” takes the stage at LaComedia. The last collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein is produced in robust style. This timeless classic never ceases to fill […]

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On Stage

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A giggle, a gasp and a chance to get in on the ground floor By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Cast of “The Pillowman” at Dayton Theatre Guild [l to r] Joe Risner, Michael Boyd, Patrick Hayes and David Hallowren; photo credit: Craig Roberts LAUGHS Putting out a special invitation to young people, the Dayton Playhouse presents “A […]

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History, asbestos and genitalia

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Christian Finnegan at Funny Bone By Benjamin Smith Photo: Comedian Christian Finnegan will perform at the Dayton Funny Bone May 23-26 If you are either (A) a pop culture enthusiast or (B) a blob that slumps on the couch all day eating Doritos and watching television while your self-respect shrivels up like an old man’s salami, […]

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Face the music

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‘Next to Normal’ at Victoria Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “Next to Normal” at Victoria Theatre; [clockwise from top left] Emily Price, Jon Hacker, Trisha Rapier and Jamie Cordes; photo credit: Scott J Kimmins “Next to Normal” – a rock opera with a plot and a social conscience – is now playing at the Victoria Theatre […]

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Out-of-this-world music

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Jupiter String Quartet at Dayton Art Institute By Joe Aiello Photo: The Jupiter String Quartet will perform at the Dayton Art Institue on Saturday, May 11 Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. Among other things, that means there is no place it can go to hide. Just like chamber musicians; especially those who […]

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Jazz blues in the city of funk

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Wade Baker at Jazz Central and Tumbleweed By Benjamin Smith photo: Wade Baker bridges the gap between jazz and blues on May 2 and 3; photo credit: jcaptures.com On April 28, 1960, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan recorded a seminal four-track album entitled Leeway. Not only did this record earn contemporary critical acclaim, but decades after its […]

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Northern exposure

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Toledo Symphony brings Classical Thunder to Greenville By Joe Aiello Photo: The Toledo Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Pollock will present their Classical Thunder program in Greenville on Saturday, April 27 On Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. in St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth St. in Greenville, Resident Conductor Jeffrey Pollock and the Toledo Symphony […]

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The DNA of contemporary dance

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DCDC2 presents ‘The Ways of Humanity’ By Arnecia Patterson Photo: DCDC2 presents “The Ways of Humanity” program on Sunday April, 28 at UD’s Boll Theatre; photo credit: William H. Crenshaw The word humanity conjures a variety of images and thoughts depending on the forum where the discussion takes place. On Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. […]

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On Stage

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Many choices – Plays that move By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Matt Lindsay and Chuck Larkowski in “Retreat from Moscow” at Dayton Playhouse Dayton. Photo credit:  Jennifer Taylor Clarke Dayton has so many theatrical openings in early April that we would have to divide into very small pieces to go to all the opening nights. The good news […]

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The odyssey of Chick Corea

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Iconic jazz pianist visits University of Miami-Middletown By Khalid Moss Photo: Legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea will perform solo at Miami Middletown on Sunday, April 21 When a young artist emerged on the New York jazz scene in the early ‘60s, you could listen to the vinyl records he recorded monthly, and in most cases even […]

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‘PSY’-fly theatre

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Frontier psychiatrists get it all out on the table By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Canadian troupe 7 Fingers presents “PSY” at the Victoria Theatre April 12 & 13; photo credit: Peggy Faye  Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers), the indie-circus company that brought you “Traces,” is back in Dayton with “PSY,” an airing out […]

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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 […]