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Collective vision

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

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

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…

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’

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.

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

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

“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

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

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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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]