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On stage 4/21/15

A look ahead to spring theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dayton Playhouse presents Grease May 1-17 Dayton Theatre Guild’s “Criminal Hearts,” April 24-May 3, 2015 Jane Martin’s comedy will run for two more weekends at the Dayton Theatre Guild. In the unlikely role of ego-centric, neurotic, clueless-about-life Ata is multi-talented Katrina Kittle, a local theatre […]

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Transmission. Alpha. Delta.

Punkers Strung Out in Newport By Alan Sculley Photo: Strung Out will perform on April 25 at Thompson House in Newport, Kentucky Jason Cruz of the punk band Strung Out is nothing if not driven. When he formed the original lineup of Strung Out with guitarist Rob Ramos in 1989 in Simi Valley, California, Cruz […]

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With riotous intent

High 5 Riot brings “Urban Chaos” to Gilly’s By Mike Ritchie Photo: High 5 Riot will perform on April 25 at Gilly’s A riot is thought of as a bad thing – images of violence and chaos, rampaging pillagers running through the streets and flamed Molotov bottles flying through the air are just a few of […]

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Bidding for treasure

DVAC’s 21st annual art auction By Janell R. Ward Photo: MB Hopkins’ “The Order of Things” is a featured piece of artwork at the 21st annual DVAC Art Auction Place your bid at the 21st annual Art Action for your favorite painting, photograph, print, sculpture, piece of jewelry or glass by a local artist. The […]

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Twenty-first century ‘wisdom’ 

A collaborative exhibition at University of Dayton’s ArtStreet By Erin Callahan Photo: University of Dayton junior Gillian Taylor discusses her installation piece for the WISDOM: Who Are You? exhibition at UD ArtStreet Who are you? What road will you take? What virtues do you embrace? What choices will you make? Are these questions interconnected? Are […]

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Making the grade

A review of “Taking Shakespeare” at Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Johanna Leister as Prof and Jon Kovach as Murph in Human Race Theatre Company’s “Taking Shakespeare”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins We may know grouchy teachers and alienated students in the real world, perhaps none so passionate as the pair in the current HRTC […]

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Time for spring cleaning

New releases for open windows By Alan Sculley and L. Kent Wolgamott   Courtney Barnett//Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit // Mom + Pop Music   Courtney Barnett sings about seeing Jesus in the watermarks on a ceiling, buying organic vegetables and staring at a lawn that needs to be mowed […]

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Moving on up the evolutionary ladder

“Ex Machina” dares to question the definitions of “gods” and “robots” By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Alicia Vikander as Ava in “Ex Machina”; Rating: R, Grade: A As the summer movie season approaches, I am heartened by the notion that 2015 will stand out as the year that the independent filmmaking model lives up to its […]

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Freedom and joy

Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra closes season with Lincoln tribute By Joyell Nevins Photo: Dr. Herbert Martin will narrate Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” during the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra Freedom & Joy concert “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the […]

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For the Record

Singles, shows and specials on Record Store Day By Gary Spencer Photo: Local dance/pop rock group Grenades?! will perform live at Omega Music on Record Store Day, April 18 Releases to look for Record stores – especially independently owned and operated ones – have become increasingly rare within the past decade. Dayton alone lost one locally […]

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Seed you there!

40 years of Troy’s Strawberry Festival (a berry good year!) By Emma Jarman Forty years ago, a small group of […]

On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m […]

Vitality Check: 5/24/16

WTF: Genetically modified mosquitoes By Rocco Castellano This week’s column is going to sound like it’s coming right out of […]

On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it […]

Sew what?

I Make Things Because I Must explores the value of homemade at YSAC By Jimaur Calhoun Sometimes in art, a […]

Vitality Check: 5/17/16

Estrogen: the enemy among us By Rocco Castellano About a year ago, I wrote a column called “Soy Meets World” […]