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In the master’s eyes

The photographic alchemy of Annie Leibovitz By Jud Yalkut Annie Leibovitz is an enigma, homespun or urbane, insouciant or deftly penetrating, but an enigma with a camera, a camera so incisive that it seems to absorb its subject’s soul. Her images capture American life and culture in ways commensurate with the attributes of her heroes, […]

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Men are from Mars, women have hot flashes

“Menopause the Musical” at Victoria Theatre By Eric Street Turn on the fans! Hotter than an unexpected hot flash, “Menopause the Musical” is coming to the Victoria Theatre Oct. 12-14 for four steaming performances. Though the subject matter may sound like no laughing matter, Artistic Director Seth Greenleaf begs to differ. “Audiences should expect a […]

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Family portraits you can hear

UD Art Series presents ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Assad Brothers By Joe Aiello Most families have one – a photo of the clan assembled for a holiday gathering or the like. The hardest part is getting everyone to sit still. But an extremely gifted Brazilian composer has done one better; she has managed to […]

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On Stage

New productions from Dayton Playhouse, Sinclair Theatre and Dayton Theatre Guild By Brian Sharp Dayton Playhouse opens the season with “Dracula” The Dayton Playhouse will present “Dracula,” Oct. 12-21.  This version of the well-known play was adapted by William McNulty and was originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane from Bram Stoker’s novel.  […]

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Bigger than the big top!

Philharmonic dazzles with Cirque Musica By Eric Street And now for something completely different. On Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Cirque Musica. Cirque Musica, uniting the dual worlds of classical music […]

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Beyond sensation

“The Miracle Worker” opens Wright State season By Brian P. Sharp For many, the story of Helen Keller is a familiar one. As a blind, deaf and mute child, Keller’s parents failed to properly discipline her, allowing her to run wild by the age of six. Desperate to help their child, the Kellers hired Anne […]

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Excitement and fire

Branford Marsalis brings jazz passion to Schuster Center By Khalid Moss Harlem-born author, James Baldwin, once mused “…There is no music like that music, no drama like the drama of saints rejoicing, the sinners moaning, the tambourines racing, and all those voices coming together and crying holy unto the lord! I have never seen anything […]

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Good medicine

Fatoumata Diawara brings comforting compositions to Dayton By Tim Anderl Some artists are a jack of many trades, but clearly excel at one.  In comparison, charismatic and versatile talent like Fatoumata Diawara, who at 28-years-old has already had wildly successful careers as a dancer and actress, and who is a rising star in African music, […]

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Pianos, pictures and pines

DPO launches 2012-2013 Imagine Season By Joe Aiello Time: mid-1940s. Place: Patterson Elementary School on Wyoming Street in Dayton. A first-grader, a boy, walks home carrying a piano! Under his arm! I was that boy. And the piano in question was a hinged, poster-board replica of a keyboard that weighed little. Since we didn’t own […]

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Who is Maxine?

Human Race Theatre season opens with Managing Maxine By Brian P. Sharp The Human Race Theatre Company kicks off its 2012-2013 season with Janece Shaffer’s “Managing Maxine,” an unlikely love story with an unconventional heroine featuring Broadway actress Jana Robbins as Maxine and television veteran Steve Vinovich as Arthur. She’s bold, yet tender. She’s brash, […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]