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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s Dracula: Bloodlines reveals the human in the monster By Arnecia Patterson The month of October is known for Halloween celebrations that barely resemble the festivals of ghosts, goblins, and animal sacrifices considered a pagan practice in the first millennium. Today, we play dress-up, make merry, and eat candy (corn)—a decidedly human […]

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Repping the current

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Contemporary ballet’s new tradition potential By Arnecia Patterson A program of repertory ballets is a departure from tradition for a ballet company. However, the Dayton Ballet has history with experimental choreography and new dances. Unlike how story ballets are described in detail by their characters, scenes, costumes and anticipated moments of bravura, repertory programs, like […]

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Looking back, looking forward

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Dayton Ballet’s dance lineage unfolds in new directions By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Ballet will perform “Interactions” as part of New Directions, March 20 through March 23 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Kimmins As it concludes its 76th season, Dayton Ballet is old enough to revisit a past that was new at the time and […]

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A grand jeté!

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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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Pretty fantasies

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Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” dances in the details By Arnecia Patterson Photo: “When the fairy godmother works her magic, it will light up and the hands will spin”: the clock designed by Ray Zupp for Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” When Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” dons a universal fantasy – couture clad, she falls through a party thrown by the […]

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Game changer

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Sensuous is the new “Nutcracker” by Dayton Ballet and Philharmonic  By Arnecia Patterson Dayton Ballet’s 75th anniversary season beckons like the cut of a diamond ballet company. Yet it adds another facet to this year’s production of “The Nutcracker,” co-choreographed, in 2003 by Karen Russo Burke, artistic director of the Dayton Ballet, and Dermot Burke, […]

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On their toes for 75 years!

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Dayton Ballet celebrates “Past and Present” By Eric Street Dayton Ballet celebrates its 75th anniversary this year – a remarkable accomplishment for a dance company, and one that places Dayton Ballet in the front ranks as one of the nation’s oldest. “Past & Present” will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday Oct. 18-20 at 8 p.m., […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]