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A grand jeté!

Dayton Ballet 75th anniversary Celebration! By Eric Street Photo: The Dayton Civic Ballet production of Papillons in 1962 at the Dayton Art Institute Renaissance Theatre; photo courtesy Dayton Ballet Seventy-fifth anniversaries are rare enough among humans, and rarer by far among ballet companies in this country. Dayton Ballet is only the second American ballet company to […]

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Dervish does Dayton

Emerald Isle-style at Stivers By Benjamin Smith Photo: Irish folk outfit Dervish  returns to Dayton for a performance at Stivers School for the Arts on Friday, March 22 Although Dayton arguably contains more lepers than leprechauns, most Gem City citizens will leap at the chance for a little Irish entertainment, especially during the month of March. […]

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R n’ R with ADHD

Kristen Ford brings hyper, genre-hopping act to Dayton By Tim Anderl Photo: Kristen Ford [right] will visit Dublin Pub on Friday, March 22; photo credit: Alison Swiatocha Kristen Ford, a singer-songwriter from Boston, Mass. with a high energy live show, blends rock, reggae, indie and folk for her spontaneous, soulful songs. Although Ford’s style has been […]

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The art of Finesse

College football player, SNL alum, hit TV show: Finesse Mitchell at Funny Bone By Rusty Pate Photo: “All you’ve got to do is show up and make people happy … That’s a great job!” Finesse Mitchell will perform at the Dayton Funny Bone March 21-24 Rule number one when interviewing a standup comic: don’t try to […]

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The Hummingbird Effect

Local Natives’ second album is darker, more emotional  By Nick Schwab Photo: Local Natives visit Cincinnati March 25 and Columbus March 26 with their new album, Hummingbird; photo credit: Bryan Sheffield They say three times is a charm … but why not less? Local Natives is a band that had a fantastic first album in Gorilla […]

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Get stoked for “Stoker”

Director Chan-wook Park’s sinister English language debut translates well By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode star in “Stoker” Rating: R Grade: A In dreamy bit of voiceover narration at the start, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) tells us, “we are not responsible for what we have come to be,” and […]

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Needlewomen

Sew unique, sew chic – Sew Dayton By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: [l to r] Tracy McElfresh and Jesy Anderson at Sew Dayton. Photo credit: Mugshot Studios It’s just lying there. Draped casually, yet somehow dauntingly, over the back of a dining room chair. It’s The Mending Pile, and you’d just as soon chuck the whole […]

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On Stage

The future of the theatre, the “Bare” challenge and “Godspell” – nostalgia with a twist By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Heather Gorby and Tamra Francis (front) during Mayhem and Mystery’s production of  “Game Night Grudge”; photo credit: MediaMoments.com / Peter Wine Why Don’t You Go to the Theatre? This topic will be discussed and debated on Tuesday, March […]

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“West of Memphis” travels down a long, dark road

A masterful shortcut through a horrible travesty By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: [l to r] Henry Rollins and co-writer/director Amy Berg seek justice in “West of Memphis”; Rating: R Grade: A A monumental miscarriage of justice in the early 1990s leads to three young men – Damien Wayne Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. – being […]

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Don’t call it a comeback…

…although Native won’t mind if you do By Tim Anderl Photo: Native will perform at The Southgate House Revival on March 20; photo credit: David Summers Hailing from northwest Indiana, Native is comprised of four friends who came together after realizing they were each the most serious about music in their respective former high school bands. […]

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Looking through a new lens

Meet the artist: Leah Stahl By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Leah Stahl, “Bootstrap Paradox” 2014, Photogram/Pharmaceutical Chemigram What the hell am I […]

Law & Disorder: Shoot first

Ask questions later By A.J. Wagner Justice belongs to God; men only have the law. Justice is perfect, but the […]

News of the weird

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Frontiers of flight Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when […]

Book sm(Art)

Rare Books impact new art at UD’s ArtStreet By Susan Byrnes Photo: Artist: Misty Thomas-Trout Books have long served as […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon To leech according to her needs My roommate’s girlfriend is unemployed and just hangs around our place all […]

News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]