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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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Wind power’s bright future What is the latest prognosis for wind energy to command a larger piece of the renewable energy pie? – Peter M., Akron, Ohio Photo: Wind power is currently the second-most widely used form of renewable energy, behind hydroelectricity Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind power has […]

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Shows to see, auditions to try and classes to take By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The cast of “Expecting Isabel;” Front row [l to r]: Rachel Wilson and Angela Timpone; Back row [l to r]: Rick Flynn, Dorothy Michalski, Ellen Ballerene, Joshua Lisec and Amy Taint; photo: K. L. Storer “Hamlet” at Playhouse South Shakespeare’s so-called perfect […]

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A sense of discovery

20th Century Cincinnati vintage modern art, furnishings and fashion By Stacey Ritz Photo: Atomic Style Home from Hamilton, Ohio [display shown above] will be one of many returning vendors at 20th Century Cincinnati Feb. 22-23; photo: Queen City Shows “Come early and take your time checking things out,” said Mark Fisk, owner of Mainly Art and […]

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Step into another world

Zoot Theatre presents ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Eric Arntz, Austin Smith, Stephanie Jenkins and Julia Howard in rehearsals for Zoot Theatre’s “The Chronicles of Narnia” at Dayton Art Institute, which runs weekends Feb. 28 through March 9; photo credit: Jacqui Theobald In the original C. S. […]

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Passion and pathos

Springfield Symphony Orchestra to perform two Tchaikovsky pieces By Sara Mastbaum Writing about Tchaikovsky from an office with views of snowy rooftops just seems right. After all, Russia isn’t known for its temperate climes. It’s fitting, then, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra should present their concert of Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D-Major” and Symphony No. 6, […]

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Venting for the voiceless

Author Justin Curtis’s Troy-inspired novel By Katie Fender Photo: “Plight of the Downtrodden,” by Justin Curtis Troy native and author […]

Art & Soul

Yellow Springs’ art fair connects art to community By Tara Pettit Photo: The Art & Soul Fair takes place from […]

Be Well, Marsha 11/17/15

The slower seasons By Marsha Bonhart I have a friend whom I adore. I don’t always understand her, but she’s […]

Three artists. Three days. One lock.

‘Locked In’ on art at Yellow Springs Arts Council By Joyell Nevins Photo: [l-r] Artists Brandon Lowery, Nathaniel Foley and […]

Ask Rocco 11/17/15

Who the hell is Tony Zale anyway? By Rocco Castellano Photo: Boxer Tony Zale knocks Rocky Graziano to the ground […]

March of the Turkeys

The Turkey Trot tradition treks on By Don Hurst Photo: The Ohio River Road Runners Club 37th Annual Turkey Trot […]