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The Philharmonic presents young, modest Mozart and Mendelssohn By Pat Suarez Photo: Piano prodigy and Ohio native Gavin George performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 May 5 and 6 at the Schuster; photo: Randall Schieber Amadeus Mozart. Felix Mendelssohn. I know, the first thought that pops into your head is “dead before the age of […]

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Lady sings the blues

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Flash back to the ’60s with Motown: The Musical at the Schuster By Tim Walker Photo: Judith Frankiln (center) as Martha Reeves and the cast of Mowtown: The Musical perform April 11-16 at the Schuster; photo: Joan Marcus When you get right down to it, classic Motown songs encapsulate and define the 1960s: Marvin Gaye’s […]

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A celebrity mocking trial

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Kathy Griffin takes over Cincy’s Taft Theatre By Dana Walczak Photo: Kathy Griffin aims for a walkout or two at the Taft Theatre, March 24; photo: Mike Ruiz What are celebrities really like in person? If you’re wondering, I suggest going to Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. The tour began as […]

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Forbidden love sizzles

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Rendezvous with Dirty Dancing at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: (left) Christopher Tierney as Johnny and Bronwyn Reed as Baby and (above) Tierney with Jerome Harmann Hardeman as Tito Suarez in Dirty Dancing; photos: Matthew Murphy Forbidden love. It’s the unquenchable passion that dooms Romeo and Juliet, the glowing embers that ignite West Side […]

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Dance with a view

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Vantage Points at the Victoria By Arnecia Patterson Photo: DCDC’s Devin Baker surrounded in Stafford Berry’s Wawa Aba, to be in Vantage Points at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Robbins Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s annual performance foray to the historic Victoria Theatre Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, is old and new. […]

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Slapcheek humor

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Damon Williams returns to the Dayton Funny Bone By Joey Ferber Photo: Damon Williams brings his ‘hurt-your-face funny’ to the Dayton Funny Bone, Feb. 23-26 Damon Williams will make your cheeks hurt. Over his 20-plus years of doing stand-up, the Chicago native has crafted a unique brand of comedy that is sure to have audiences […]

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Turkey, from scratch

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Dayton Opera builds The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Theodore Chasseriau’s ‘Moorish Woman Leaving the Bath in Seraglio,’ the Turkish setting of Dayton Opera’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, coming Feb. 17 and 19 Mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 19 when Dayton Opera unveils […]

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Deux coeurs

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Dayton Ballet partners Valentine’s Day with Daring Duets By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Chase Bodamer and Lauren Stenroos perform ‘Bushido’ with the Dayton Ballet for Daring Duets, to run Feb. 9-12; photos: Scott J. Kimmins The act of taking the dance floor with a partner can be exhilarating and slightly trepidatious—such boldness and vulnerability given over […]

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Star staying power

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42nd Street dazzles again at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Blake Stadnik as Billy Lawlor (center) and the Company go for the gold in 42 Street’s ‘We’re in the Money,’ running Jan. 10-15; photos: Chris Bennion “You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” This is the gut-tightening challenge […]

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Visions of soldiers and sugar plum fairies

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The Nutcracker, recollected by the DPAA Photo: Kirk Henning (left) and Paul Gilliam as dueling soliders during the party scene in DPPA’s 2003 production of The Nutcracker; photo: Andy Snow Hallie Slack – Dancer with the Dayton Ballet I’ve been doing The Nutcracker now for a little over 30 years and I’ve performed just about […]

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Embrace your inner elf

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Elf: The Broadway Musical at the Schuster Center By Tim Smith Photo: Spenser Micetich as Buddy the Elf; photo: Joan Marcus The holiday season offers many reminders about the importance of giving, believing, and being young at heart. Elf: The Broadway Musical serves up a generous helping of this recipe set to music. Based on […]

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From boudoir to ball to jail

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UD goes to bat with operetta Die Fledermaus By Eric Street Photo: Johann Strauss II, ‘The Waltz King,’ in 1876 Revenge, deception, flirtation, and the irresistible lilting melodies of Johann Strauss II are in store when University of Dayton students and faculty unite to stage his best-known operetta, Die Fledermaus (The Bat). “Operetta is perfect […]

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Bespoke dance

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Gesturing to the griot in Body Talk By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Sheri ‘Sparkle’ Williams translates the words of playwrights to dance; photo: Mike Claire In the concert world, when dance represents current movement, ideas, music, and people, it is often called “contemporary”; onstage, it animates the reality of our immediate world—abstract or literal. Dance can […]

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1,001 stories and a jealous king

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Rimsky-Korsakov’s magical journey in Scheherazade By Pat Suarez Photo: Piano prodigy Anastasia Rizikov, 16, performs in Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s opening concert Sept. 30 at the Schuster Who doesn’t like a fascinating story? Who wouldn’t like 1,001 of them, especially if you had to make them up, one each night, just to save your life? Such […]

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The rocking Irish

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Rockin’ Road to Dublin at the Victoria Theatre By Tim Smith Photo: Dancers (l-r) Rachael Greico, Brea McGaffey, Ashley Smith, Maired Stillson, and Deirdre Robinett kick up the intensity of Irish dance Mention Irish dance to most people and Celtic visions usually come to mind. Thanks to two enterprising entertainers named Chris Smith and Scott Doherty, […]

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Undying values

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Beavercreek Community stages The Addams Family By Don Hurst Photo: Generations of Addams perform at Beavercreek Community Theatre June 24, 25 and 26; photo courtesy of Beavercreek Community Theatre This weekend the Beavercreek Community Theatre would like to introduce you to the Addams Family. They are a very nice, very typical, very normal family. Nothing […]

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Nobody Sleeps in Turandot

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Love thaws the ice queen with the Dayton Opera The scale and spectacle of Turandot is something not to be […]

Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more […]

Celebrating local artists

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DVAC auction returns to Sinclair’s Ponitz Center Attendees can appreciate local artists while socializing with their friends and family. By […]

Success by design

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Tracy McElfresh sews, up-cycles, and blogs her fashion forward McElfresh is fan of vivid colors and bold patterns in her […]

A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, […]