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The Pied Piper and his puppets

Zoot Theatre Company presents ‘And a Child Shall Lead’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: one of the puppets from Zoot Theatre company’s production of “And a Child Shall Lead” Under the most dire circumstances, children somehow find optimism and creativity, and most of all they find hope. Imagine what it took for 15,000 Jewish children under the […]

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Figaro!

Dayton Opera presents Mozart’s wedding day comedy of errors By Eric Street Photo: Bass-baritone Michael Sumuel takes the lead as Figaro The sparkling overture to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” hints at the excitement as Dayton Opera prepares for performances on Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. […]

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All in the family

Yellow Springs band Wheels hosts CD release party at Gilly’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Wheels returns with a CD release show at Gilly’s on April 6; photo credit: Steve Bognar Editor’s note: Although the Dayton City Paper requested an interview with members of Wheels, we were only granted an interview with their manager, Philip Bottelier, due […]

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The ninja master next door

How Stephen Hayes discovered the secret art of the ninja and brought it back to Dayton By Mark Luedtke Photo: Stephen K. Hayes of Quest Center for Martial Arts in Centerville To  Japan It all began with a book. When Stephen Hayes was a student at Kettering Fairmont High School, a friend gave him a […]

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‘Mmmm … Donuts …’ – and champagne!

A perfect pairing By Mike Rosenberg Photo: Lite-hearted donut from Busken Bakery in Cincinnati One cold February morning, I opened the ol’ inbox to find an unexpected message from Micah Paldino, public relations director for Busken, a local bakery in Cincinnati (busken.com). He had an interesting proposition for me. To wit: “We have a new 140-calorie […]

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The temptation of the Tyler Perry brand

Assessing the state of Tyler Perry’s filmmaking By T. T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to] Kim Kardashian, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Vanessa Williams and Robbie Jones in “Tyler Perry’s Temptation” Rating: PG-13 Grade: D Tyler Perry has become a brand, with his name affixed to the titles of his releases and a loyal following, but he has been constantly […]

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Home team

I Died Trying and Close the Hatch split record release at McGuffy’s By Gary Spencer Photo: I Died Trying [above] and Close the Hatch celebrate their split release at McGuffy’s on April 6 Being a local, independent, grassroots underground musical act can be a pricy endeavor. While most homegrown artists clawing their way to national recognition […]

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You’re invited … to the Emerald City

Wizard of Oz party at Dayton Art Institute By Stacey Ritz Photo: Dayton Art Institute’s Special Events Coordinator Julie Cannon will appear as Glinda the Good Witch for the Prime Time Party Rental Series “Wizard of Oz” Party on Friday, April 12 For one magical evening, the Shaw Gothic Cloister at the Dayton Art Institute will be […]

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Good fest, rad city

#Fest in Athens won’t kill your vibe  By Tim Anderl Photo: Scene at the 10th #Fest in Athens, Ohio from 2012; the 11th #Fest takes place April 13; photo credit: Mara Gruber/Prime Social Group Established in 2004 in the city of residence for Ohio’s most notorious party school – Ohio University – the annual #Fest (or […]

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‘Building communities, not audiences’

Culture Works presents Doug Borwick at Loft Theatre By Kate E Lore Photo: Culture Works brings Doug Borwick to lecture on his new book “Building Communities, Not Audiences” at the Loft Theatre on Thursday, March 28   The arts of Dayton demand your attention. Plays, performances, music and galleries, all these things are standing up demanding, […]

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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]