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‘Tis the season to be nutty

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Dayton Ballet’s annual holiday treat Photo: The Nutcracker ensamble dances as snowflakes in the pine forrest By Arnecia Petterson Images by Scott Kimmins   When The Nutcracker ballet had its 1892 premier in St. Petersburg, Russia, critics viewed it unfavorably for its mass appeal and circus-like atmosphere. It was categorized “ballet-féerie,” a spectacle created to appeal […]

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Celebrating the Christmas season with song

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert Photo: The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra performs their annual Holiday Concert this Saturday. Pictured: Trumpeter Tom Jacobs By Timothy Walker   For many, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas unless they’re surrounded by the beautiful sounds of holiday music favorites. Whether you’re a fan of jazz, pop, rock, […]

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Of symphony and God

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Chior will perform Messiah this Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Photo: Andy Snow By Tim Smith   It wouldn’t be Christmas without seasonal music, and Handel’s Messiah is an indelible part of the celebration. When you mention Messiah to most people, they automatically […]

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Little Women, largely music

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Dare 2 Defy produces musical with little drama Little Women cast (l-r) Lindsay Sherman as Meg, Samantha Creech as Amy, Jessi Stark as Beth, and Melissa Hall as Jo. Photo: Mackensie King By Jerome Yorke Dare 2 Defy opened Little Women the Broadway Musical last weekend and on Saturday afternoon, performed for a full house in the […]

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Now you see it…

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The Illusionists live on stage at Clark State Jeff Hobson, The Trickster, interacts with an audience member on stage in The Illusionist’s act. Photo: Joan Marcus By Tim Smith  Audiences have long been fascinated by magic and the art of illusion. It’s been a popular form of stage entertainment from Harry Houdini to Siegfried and […]

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A wintery walk through history

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Wonderland Windows from Rike’s on display at Schuster The Toyland window display at the Schuster. Photo: Diane-Schoeffler-Warren. By Tim Smith If you lived in Dayton prior to 1999, it was a family tradition to venture downtown every December to ooh and aah over the animated window displays at Rike’s Department Store on the corner of […]

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Holiday in dance

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s The Littlest Angel Countess V. Winfrey and Matthew J. Talley in DCDC’s production of The Littlest Angel.  Photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson As children’s stories go, The Littlest Angel’s florid language can be read aloud as an undulating lullaby. Charles Tazewell, who wrote the story in 1946, crafts long, winding […]

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Costumes, Drama, and Fun in the Dark

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December shows have it all Photo: Illusionist Adam Trent takes the stage at Schuster Center By Dr. Jill Summerville The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent, The Schuster Center Magician Adam Trent made his Broadway debut in 2014, as part of The Illusionists: Live From Broadway. Amongst his co-performers, Trent was designated The Futurist due to his […]

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A smaller canvas

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Warped Wing’s new can designs Warped Wing’s stand-out can designs. Photo: Tara Michel By David Nilsen Most local drinkers can instantly recognize a Warped Wing Brewing Company can on a store shelf. The largest brewery in Dayton has sold its beers in tall 16 oz. cans since it opened in January 2014, and their Trotwood […]

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Schisms and Sparks

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Dayton Theatre Guild examines faith and family in “The Christians” Cast of “The Christians” rehearsing (l-r) Steve Strawser, Richard Young, Thor Sage. Photo: Rick Flynn By Lisa Bennett “The Christians” takes a raw look at what it means to be a community. When I was a kid, my family had a routine. Every Sunday morning […]

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Daylight sonata

Philharmonic chamber orchestra performs Prokofiev: The Art of the Sonata By Gary Spencer One of the great things about the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the many innovative and creative programs they present, whether it be the Dayton Ballet, Opera, or the Philharmonic. In the case of the latter, the Dayton Philharmonic 2017-18 season is […]

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The House hits home

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Human Race Theatre raises questions of attachment, morals, and humor Human Race Theatre’s cast of The House (l-r) Vince Gatton, Alex Sunderhaus, Caitlen Larsen and Scott Stoney. Photo: Scott J. Kimmins By Jerome Yorke One of the many gifts of live theatre is the revealing and unraveling of character through relationships and circumstance. As soon […]

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A DIY celebration

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Dayton Craft and Artisan Expo returns to Masonic Center for 2nd year Photo: Artists frequently demonstrate their craft at the expo, this year to be held Nov. 4 and 5 By Tim Walker Some might call it a compulsion. An artist works in his or her studio, usually alone and in obscurity. They spend thousands […]

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We’ll always have Paris

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“An American in Paris” tour arrives at Schuster Photo by Matthew Murphey: Nick Spangler, as Henri Baurel, tips his hat with the touring An American in Paris troupe By Tim Smith The music of George Gershwin is timeless, whether it’s the numerous songs he penned for Broadway musicals with his lyricist brother Ira, or his classical compositions. […]

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To Life!

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“Fiddler on the Roof” takes the stage at Wright State University Photo: Part of the Fiddler on the Roof cast (l-r) Megan Valle, Josh Beasley, Kayli Modell, Danielle Bessler, Emma Buchanan By Tim Smith Wright State University’s Department of Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures continues its tradition of bringing quality stage entertainment to the Miami […]

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Bat out of hell

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Bat Boy: The Musical swoops into Dare 2 Defy Productions this week Photo: Castmembers of Bat Boy rehearsing (l-r) Lindsay Sherman, Jessi Stark, Samantha Creech (front), Brett Norgaard (back), Bobby Mitchum By Jill Summerville In 1992, the satirical tabloid, US Weekly, ran its first story about Bat Boy, a half-man, half-bat found in a cave […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]