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The thrill remains

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The 28th Annual Michelob Dayton Blues Festival  By Benjamin Smith Photo by: Longtime regional blues favorites Cincinnati Slim & the Headhunters return to headline the Dayton Blues Festival on July 21 Earl “Southside” Hayes’ love affair with the blues began with a single song. It then bloomed with a case of mistaken identity. “I went to […]

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What would Shakespeare say?

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Zoot presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald Photo:  Zoot Theatre Company presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Dayton Art Institute: [ l to r] Anita Hill, Andrew Quiett and Cameron Blankenship (foreground), Kelsey Andrea (background); photo credits: Zoot Theatre Company “Indeed, what fun!” Ol’ Will might say if he were to […]

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Certainly cool (but not necessarily ‘smooth’)

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Guitarist Peter White at the Schuster Center By Benjamin Smith Photo: Guitarist Peter White joins the Summer Breeze Jazz Tour at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 28 He has probably never set a Fender Stratocaster on fire à la Jimi Hendrix, or been called “God,” like Eric Clapton, but make no mistake: Peter White is a […]

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Sunday of swing

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31st Annual Michelob Women In Jazz Festival By Benjamin Smith Photo: The Petra Van Nuis Quartet headlines the Women in Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 23; [l to r] guitarist Andy Brown, vocalist Petra Van Nuis 1982 was an interesting year for music. Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat, The Who held a formal […]

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On Stage

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Regional theater east of downtown Dayton By Jacqui Theobald Photo: X*ACT Gallery Ribbon Cutting May 3, 2013 for community theatre and arts in Xenia The Dayton Community Theatre world is strong and enthusiastic. Several groups are long established and quite high profile, while others may need introductions. All have much in common, especially pride and support […]

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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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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]