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Dayton’s other orchestra

25 years of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra By Pat Suarez Photo: MVSO founding conductor Ron Kindell conducts a rehearsal of MVSO’s 25th season opening concert production of Le Mis   In 1976, a group of us caravanned to Missouri to hear the St. Louis Symphony perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand. After the concert, […]

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On stage

Halloween theatre frights and delights by Jacqui Theobald Photo: Dean Swann, as Sweeney Tood and Pamela Matheson Jones as Mrs. Lovett in Beavercreek Community Theatre’s production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Dark and Funny at Dayton Playhouse If gobs of candy and supplicating children are not first on your favorites list, mount […]

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Our rambunctious Earth

Environmental writer Emma Marris on saving the planet By Kristen Wicker Photo: Emma Marris, author of “Rambunctious Garden,” will be a keynote speaker at the Natural Areas Conference Emma Marris has traveled the world researching and writing about environmental issues and natural spaces, but she wants you to pay more attention to the nature right […]

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Going solo

Bruce Hornsby at the Victoria Theatre By Katie Christoff Photo: Bruce Hornsby will perform at the Victoria Theatre Oct. 18 Bruce Hornsby is no stranger to the Gem City. The Grammy Award-winning musician, whose repertoire spans classical, bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock and blues, will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 18, but this […]

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Mind. Blown.

Local glass artist Doug Frates By CC Hutten Photo: Pieces from the Sedona collection by glass artist Doug Frates There’s no question glass blowing is a craft to be mastered, always changing and improving. But when it comes to customization and client satisfaction, Doug Frates is a creative expert. Frates, artist and owner of Doug […]

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This orchestra kicks brass

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents music of Chicago By Pat Suarez Photo: DPO Associate Conductor Patrick Reynolds Creativity always has a parent. No matter how unique an artist might be, he or she always had an influence, some trigger that inspired the artist to find his own voice and style that evolved from its muse into […]

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Ain’t that America

Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s American Style By Sarah Sidlow Photo: Pianist Awadagin Pratt will perform with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 4 For centuries, musicians have taken on the task of answering the question; just what is “American” music? The challenge, both intellectual and creative, stems from a desire to represent an American ideal, and […]

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Hyper folk intoxication

Pakistan’s Khumariyaan brings hyper folk Music to UD By Gary Spencer Photo: Khumariyaan will perform at University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre on Oct. 2; photo: Ammar Shareef American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” And since Emerson uttered this mantra, many musical artists have taken this assertion to […]

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It’s about the journey

Reviews of the New York Spring 2015 collections by Christopher Aaron Blackmon Photo: Costello Tagliapietra presented ruching along the panels of tight dresses; photo courtesy of Costello Tagliapietra I was walking back to the office down Fifth Avenue on a particularly hot day here in New York, and was struck by the line that snaked […]

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Acoustic nouveau

The Signature brings acoustic soul to new show By Chelsea Davis Photo: Singer/songwriter Leon Timbo will perform in The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show’s Signature Acoustic on Sept. 26 The Signature is at it again! This time around, The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, is giving the audience an acoustic show unlike any they’ve seen before. […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]