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Song of South Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Miami University’s Middletown Campus By Leo DeLuca Photo:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala [front] brings the group he founded over 45 years ago to Miami-Middletown campus on Feb. 13 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – the South African male choral group first widely recognized for their appearance on Paul Simon’s classic 1986 Graceland […]

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On Stage

Two incredible ladies and a talking house plant By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Desmond Thomas and Zach King in thePlayhouse South production of “The Little Shop of Horrors”; photo credit: Rob Breving No matter what the weather may be when you decide to take in a stage play while anticipating spring (and this IS […]

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Viva Detroit!

Hot Club of Detroit channel the spirit of Gypsy Jazz By Nick Schwab Photo credit: Anna Webber  If you place bets and are a football fan, then you probably bet on who would be the winner of the Super Bowl shortly ago. You either won or you lost, but you surely didn’t know the exact outcome. That […]

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Bright motion and forward-looking music

Pianist Michael Mizrahi to perform at University of Dayton By Benjamin Smith Photo credit: Steven Taylor In these turbulent economic times, it might prove useful to pause and reflect on the relative value of, say, $15. In New York City, $15 can buy you a decent martini or Manhattan. In San Francisco, $15 can buy you […]

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“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Cedarville University Theatre finds fun and keeps the faith  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Kyle Mottinger [center] as the title role in Cedarville University’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”; photo credit: Scott Huck/Cedarville University It was a dark and windy night when we set off for the opening of Cedarville University’s “Joseph and the […]

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Pretty fantasies

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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Universal appeal

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents North and South  By Joe Aiello Photo: 18-year-old violinist Chad Hoopes joins the DPO for North Meets South;photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Some years ago (quite a few, actually), I walked into a classroom at University Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University to take an exam in history. I would […]

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Didn’t it rain, children, didn’t it rain!

Wright State presents “1913: The Great Dayton Flood”  By Jacqui Theobald photo: Cyndii Johson and Donnella Barbour [center] bring the first act to a close in “1913: The Great Dayton Flood” By the time you’ve experienced Dayton’s own true story brought to new life at Wright State University, you’ll feel you are in 1913. WSU re-creates […]

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“The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”

A live-action graphic novel  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Jason Phelps as Timmy in “The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”; Photo credit: Sarah Bork Hamilton Imagine it’s 1933 and your mission is to save humanity from an invading force of monsters from outer space. Sound exhilarating? Let’s supplement your imagination with more than a thousand two-story tall, […]

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In the face of Disaster

Dayton Visual Arts Center presents Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show By Emma Jarman Photo: “Home of the Brave” by Guustie Alavado; cast glass on wood & acrylic The setting is ironic. Titled Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show, the exhibit sits peacefully on the second floor of the Dayton Convention Center. Softly lit and simply hung around the […]

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News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]

The Docket: 11/18

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove A new trend? A 36-year-old woman […]

Advice Goddess: 11/11

By Amy Alkon Scold rush  I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, […]

The Docket 11/11/14

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Hail seizure! Officers responded to a […]

news of the weird 11/11

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Baby beauty Amanda Collins, 28, took “beauty pageant mom” to the next level (down) […]