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Americans, on Paris

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Springfield Symphony presents Paris When it Sizzled By Pat Suarez Photo: Guest pianist Alexander Schimpf will perform with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for their Paris When It Sizzled program It was called “The Great War,” the war to end all wars. It lasted from 1914 to 1918. More than 16 million military and civilians died, […]

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A history of overcoming

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Local author keeps Dayton’s black history alive By Katie Fender Photo: The 1995 update was renamed “Dayton’s African American Heritage” and features dancers from the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company   It’s impossible to look at the history of Dayton, Ohio, without looking at the city’s black history. The black community of Dayton has shaped this city […]

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DIY Beer?

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Eudora lets you brew your own By Kevin J. Gray Photo: A colander holds the hops to steep while the wort boils at Eudora Brewing Company On a mid-winter afternoon, Neil Chabut welcomes me to Eudora Brewing Company, one of the nearly two dozen breweries that dot the Miami Valley. Like the others, Eudora sprang […]

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Another day in paradise

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Smug Brothers celebrate release of new album at Blind Bob’s By Gary Spencer Photo: Smug Brothers, Woodpecker Paradise; Gas Daddy Go! Records; cover image: rawers Lo-fi indie rock might seem like an outdated concept relegated to the 1990s heyday when bands such as Pavement, Beat Happening and Sebadoh were taking their home recorded four-track antics […]

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Collective vision

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Willis “Bing” Davis, the EboNia Gallery, and Shango By Joyell Nevins Photo: Artist Willis “Bing” Davis works on a project in his studio Reach high and reach back. That advice from Willis “Bing” Davis’s mother has kept him reaching for the stars and reaching back to help his Daytonian brothers for the last 55 years. […]

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On stage

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A premiere, a classic and a serious musical: Three contemporary issues by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Rachel Wilson (Annabell), Shawn Hooks (Dr. Feld) and director Brian Sharp (center) in early rehearsals for Dayton Playhouse’s “Fix Me, Jesus” “I am flat-out curious,” Texas-born Helen Sneed said, anticipating the regional premiere at the Dayton Playhouse of her first […]

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Funk soul brothers

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The Floozies funk up Oddbody’s By Josher Lumpkin Photo: The Floozies will perform on Feb. 25 at Oddbody’s The Floozies play a unique blend of old school funk combined with EDM stylings. Made up of producer Matt Hill on guitar and brother Mark Hill on drums, the band just released its most recent album, Do […]

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Here, kitty kitty…

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Kittyhawk Felines Cat Show in Dayton By John Hamilton Photo: Vendors will be available with beds, toys and grooming supplies among other things We all know about the classic dog shows, but I’m sure all the self-proclaimed “cat people” out there are wondering if there are similar such shows for cats. Good news – there […]

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Capturing beauty under the gun in ‘Timbuktu’

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A lyric narrative examines the impact of Jihadists in Mali By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Toulou Kiki as Satima, Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino as Kidane and Layla Walet Mohamed as Toya in “Timbuktu”; Rating: PG-13, Grade: A In the West, we cannot fathom what it is like to live life under the constant presence of oppression, […]

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Together again, for the first time.

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Composer-in-residence Stella Sung takes on collaborative challenge By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Ballet presents “Creative Convergence” Feb. 12-15 Across dance genres – concert, street, reality television – the pairing of music and dance is ubiquitous by now. Specifically, ballet, modern and contemporary choreographers perpetuate a centuries-old history of using composers whose music they fancy […]

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Anti-valentine’s day massacre

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Therapy Café hosts Blackheart’s Ball By Gary Spencer Photo: The Blackheart’s Ball is the brainchild of Curse of Cassandra, who will perform Friday at Therapy Café; photo: Alien Twilight Valentine’s Day is a “holiday” people either love or detest – there isn’t much room in between. And if you fall in the latter category, chances […]

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Don’t be fooled

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“Red Herring” at Sinclair By Joyell Nevins Photo: Jessica Zula and Kevin Manley in “Red Herring” Name three hysterical film noirs that you remember. Can’t do it? Then expand your exposure and come see the Sinclair Theatre Department perform “Red Herring.” The play by Michael Hollinger takes the film noir style of the 1940s (think […]

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Films trigger critical family discussions

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Movie talk on the home front is bigger than awards chatter By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: J. K. Simmons as Fletcher in “Whiplash” One of the many great blessings of my job, that I never take for granted, revolves around the power of film to inspire insightful and rigorous debate, which begins and ends close to […]

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When harp meets hip-hop

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Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate at UD By Rusty Pate Photo: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate’s debut album Faya was released in 2014 Sometimes, the most inspired collaborations arise from the most unlikely of pairings. Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate don’t really share many common experiences. Kouyate grew up in Conakry, Guinea. He plays the kora, […]

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No child left inside

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Independent play. Outside. Every day by Kristen Wicker Photo: Children play outside at Possum Creek MetroPark Seven hours. Every day. This is the average number of daily hours children ages 8 to 18 spend in front of a screen or an audio player, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The Children and Nature Network found only […]

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You say potato, I say performance

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Broadway’s Nice Work if You Can Get It at Schuster By Janell R. Ward Photo: Alex Enterline (Jimmy Winter) and the female ensemble of the Nice Work if You Can Get It national tour will perform Feb. 10-15 at the Schuster Center; photo: Jeremy Daniel Leap into the 1920s with the extraordinary musical Nice Work […]

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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, […]