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Get your art on

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DVAC presents annual Holiday Gift Gallery By Tim Smith Photo: Amy Deal, Collage, 2014; The ARTtoBUY Holiday Gift Gallery runs through Dec. 24 at the Dayton Visual Arts Center Ask a dozen people to define art and you’ll probably get a dozen different responses. Whatever your definition or preference is, you’ll likely find an example […]

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An immigrant finds a new home in ‘Brooklyn’

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John Crowley’s film sings a lovely immigrant song By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis in “Brooklyn”; Rating: PG-13; Grade: A Cornel West, in the introduction to “The Cornel West Reader,” reminds us that what it means to be American—the heart of the American Dream—is an embrace of the right to “self-create,” to […]

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Grandma knows best

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Grandma Moses’ American grown paintings close season at DAI By Lisa Bennett Photo:Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, Untitled; American Sampler: Grandma Moses and the Handicraft Tradition runs through Feb. 21 at the DAI No one in the 1930s would have guessed that the grieving widow who created one of the largely ignored paintings sitting in […]

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Birthday beer

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Carillon Brewing Co. turns one By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Brewster Tanya Brock oversees all production at Carillon Brewing Co. Carillon Brewing Company, the nation’s old museum brewery, celebrated its first anniversary earlier this month. Dayton City Paper sat down with brewster Tanya Brock about what she’s learned, and what’s next for the brewery. What […]

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This ain’t no disco

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Death Before Disco to tear it up at South Park Tavern By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Death Before Disco plays Saturday, Nov. 28 at South Park Tavern; photo: Mindy Tellmann Death Before Disco is a quartet of enterprising young fellows who play a timeless blend of garage, surf and psychedelic rock one would be hard-pressed to […]

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Hearts a’ flutter

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Classic Italian opera Madame Butterfly comes to Dayton By Eric Street Photo: Yunah Lee makes her 31st appearance as Cio-Cio-San (Madame Butterfly) with this weekend’s performance at the Schuster Center The Opera Has heartbreak ever sounded so beautiful?  You can hear and decide for yourself when the Dayton Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s beloved Madame Butterfly. The […]

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Stayin’ classy, gettin’ sassy

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Old style tavern serves up new style flair at Oregon’s Trolley Stop By Paula Johnson Photo: Trolley Stop’s Double Dogs Take the Fifth The Oregon District’s Fifth Street has been recently designated as one of the Top 5 Greatest Streets in America. It’s chock full of unique, individually owned shops, businesses and restaurants. Not a […]

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All roads lead to home

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Hawthorne Heights performs hometown gig By Tim Anderl Photo: Dayton’s own Hawthorne Heights will play an all-ages show on Nov. 20 at Yellow Cab Over the last fifteen years, Dayton, Ohio’s Hawthorne Heights have done and seen more than most of their peers. They’ve had multiple Gold records, a couple peak positions on the Billboard […]

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Face it

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UD’s ArtStreet exhibition makes fear less scary By Gary Spencer Photo: Krista Franklin, FEAR collage Fear is a strong emotion, to be sure. It causes most humans to take drastic actions to avoid that thing that they fear, or to avoid that emotion to begin with. The University of Dayton’s ArtStreet has decided to take […]

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Double the pleasure

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Great White and Slaughter bring double the rock to Hobart By Allyson B. Crawford Photo: Great White will perform alongside Slaughter on Nov. 20 at Hobart Arena “Life is pretty darn good. Enjoy it while you can,” advises Mark Slaughter, front man for the band Slaughter. Slaughter and fellow ’80s glam metallers Great White will […]

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Eager to please

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The Black Lillies to play Oddbody’s Music Room By Justin Kreitzer Photo: The Black Lillies perform at Oddbody’s on Nov. 19; photo: Joseph Llanes The Black Lillies are a Knoxville-based Americana band led by singer-songwriter Cruz Contreras. Their hybrid sound effortlessly blends elements of classic country and western, and dusty folk-rock with punchy Motown-like horns […]

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Art & Soul

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Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 21 in Yellow Springs Sometimes we miss seeing the forest for its trees. Similarly with art, sometimes we miss seeing its expansive, communal nature when we make it into something hyper-personalized, […]

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Gobble, gobble go the bikes

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Gobbler Gives Bike Tour puts meals on wheels By Lisa Bennett Photo: The Gobbler Gives Bike Tour takes place on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Adventures on the Great Miami facility in Troy On Saturday, Nov. 21, a throng of intrepid volunteers will deliver donated food to Foodbank Dayton on their bicycles. Possibly dressed as […]

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A pause for bras and the cause

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Menopause: The Musical celebrates survivors By Marsha Bonhart Photo: Linda Boston, Megan Cavanagh, Teri Adams and Judy Blue star in Menopause: The Musical Nov. 21-22 at the Victoria Theatre What woman doesn’t love a clothing sale? Put lingerie in the mix—more specifically a black bra, complete with lace—and you have a great day at any […]

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Calm before the storm

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Dayton Theatre Guild performs All is Calm, The Christmas Truce of 1914 By Don Hurst Photo: The cast of All is Calm performs Nov. 20-Dec. 6 at The Dayton Theatre Guild; photo: Debra Kent   All is Calm, The Christmas Truce of 1914, written by Peter Rothstein with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy […]

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On Stage 11/17/15

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Just right to find real holiday mood By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Eric Thompson and Abby Kress star in Dare to Defy Productions’ Footloose, Nov. 27-28 at the Victoria Theatre Dayton Theatre Guild—All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914—Nov. 20-Dec. 6 One-hundred and one years ago, an extraordinary moment occurred when enemies came together and […]

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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, […]