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Two farces and Hamlet in the ’70s

Just right for spring madness By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Chandler Hull as Annabella, Adam Silorey as Richard, David Widder-Varhegyi as Clown 2 and Eric Rasmussen as Clown 1 in “The 39 Steps” at Cedarville AT CEDARVILLE Think Alfred Hitchcock plot. Think fast-paced farce. Put them together in the same show. Oxymoron? “The 39 Steps,” opening Thursday, April […]

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Drama and dreams

Dare to Defy presents ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Bobby Mitchum and Jackie Darnell get some Legal Assistance from Mackensie Vonderbrink in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, there is a delightful “proposal friendly” musical opening soon in Dayton. A new theatre company, […]

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Class act

Springfield Symphony Orchestra rocks the ‘Classics’ By Gary Spencer Photo: Conductor Peter Wilson will direct the 72-piece Springfield Symphony Orchestra; photo: John Hazlett Some things stand the test of time. Some things become tried and true. Over time, such things tend to be referred to as “classics.” According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a “classic” can be […]

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Looking back, looking forward

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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Four-handed (keyboard) massage

Pianists Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee at Dayton Art Institute By CC Hutten Photo: Pianists Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank will present their first Vanguard Concerts performance as a married couple; photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco The Vanguard Concert series at the Dayton Art Institute is the only chamber music series in the United States to have […]

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Education meets improvisation

Beavercreek’s unique weekend of jazz returns By Benjamin Smith Photo: Spyro Gyra; Photo: Brian Friedman/B-Freed Photography Fact: the three toughest things on the planet are diamonds, silicon carbide and jazz. Obviously that’s an exaggeration, but even distortions reflect some truth. Jazz is challenging to learn, challenging to play and occasionally challenging to enjoy or even comprehend. […]

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A good time, period.

Stories and Dreams at the Schuster Center  By Pat Suarez Photo: Nancy Cartwright will narrate “The Dot and the Line” during all three performances, March 7-9 In his 1942 opera Capriccio, Richard Strauss explored whether music or words were more important within the context of opera. In its concert series, Stories and Dreams, which runs Friday, […]

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And that’s the truth!

‘An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin’ at Clark State By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Lily Tomlin performs on March 8 at Clark State’s Kuss Auditorium Lily Tomlin has been in touch with our funny bones since the 1960s. She has given us award-winning performances on stage, screen and audio recordings, leaving us with indelible characters such as […]

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The science of art

Isabella Kirkland: Stilled Life on display at Dayton Art Institute By Sara Mastbaum Seventeenth-century Dutch painters, artists from the “Golden Age” of Dutch painting, often used the still life to display technical skill. Not only technique, but also symbolic elements were key to these paintings. The memento mori, Latin for “remember that you will die,” […]

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Latin heat

Arturo Sandoval joins the Dayton Philharmonic for SuperPops By Rusty Pate Photo: Latin jazz legen Arturo Sandoval performs with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center In jazz circles, the trumpet holds a place of distinction. Just as the electric guitar defines rock music and the mandolin always […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]