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Truth, not spoof

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Green Day’s un-romanticized “American Idiot”  By Nick Schwab Photo: Alex Nee as Johnny in “American Idiot,” playing at the Victoria Theatre March 12-14; Photo credit: John Daughtry “Punk rock is about breaking out of the box,” stated Trent Saunders who plays St. Jimmy in the “American Idiot” musical. “So what is more punk rock than creating […]

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Get your groove on

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Beavercreek High School hosts 13th Weekend of Jazz By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Ramsey Lewis  Quintet will headline Saturday evening, March 2, at Beavercreek High School’s 13th Annual Weekend of Jazz In 2001, Doug McCullough, the Director of Bands at Beavercreek High School, had a goal. McCullough’s goal was two-fold. He wanted to increase awareness […]

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Song of South Africa

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Miami University’s Middletown Campus By Leo DeLuca Photo:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala [front] brings the group he founded over 45 years ago to Miami-Middletown campus on Feb. 13 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – the South African male choral group first widely recognized for their appearance on Paul Simon’s classic 1986 Graceland […]

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On Stage

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Two incredible ladies and a talking house plant By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Desmond Thomas and Zach King in thePlayhouse South production of “The Little Shop of Horrors”; photo credit: Rob Breving No matter what the weather may be when you decide to take in a stage play while anticipating spring (and this IS […]

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Viva Detroit!

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Hot Club of Detroit channel the spirit of Gypsy Jazz By Nick Schwab Photo credit: Anna Webber  If you place bets and are a football fan, then you probably bet on who would be the winner of the Super Bowl shortly ago. You either won or you lost, but you surely didn’t know the exact outcome. That […]

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Bright motion and forward-looking music

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Pianist Michael Mizrahi to perform at University of Dayton By Benjamin Smith Photo credit: Steven Taylor In these turbulent economic times, it might prove useful to pause and reflect on the relative value of, say, $15. In New York City, $15 can buy you a decent martini or Manhattan. In San Francisco, $15 can buy you […]

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“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

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Cedarville University Theatre finds fun and keeps the faith  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Kyle Mottinger [center] as the title role in Cedarville University’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”; photo credit: Scott Huck/Cedarville University It was a dark and windy night when we set off for the opening of Cedarville University’s “Joseph and the […]

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Pretty fantasies

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Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” dances in the details By Arnecia Patterson Photo: “When the fairy godmother works her magic, it will light up and the hands will spin”: the clock designed by Ray Zupp for Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” When Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” dons a universal fantasy – couture clad, she falls through a party thrown by the […]

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Universal appeal

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents North and South  By Joe Aiello Photo: 18-year-old violinist Chad Hoopes joins the DPO for North Meets South;photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Some years ago (quite a few, actually), I walked into a classroom at University Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University to take an exam in history. I would […]

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“The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”

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A live-action graphic novel  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Jason Phelps as Timmy in “The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”; Photo credit: Sarah Bork Hamilton Imagine it’s 1933 and your mission is to save humanity from an invading force of monsters from outer space. Sound exhilarating? Let’s supplement your imagination with more than a thousand two-story tall, […]

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To the principal’s office!

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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

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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

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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 … ”

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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

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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

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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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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 […]