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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra closes season with Beethoven’s great Ninth By Pat Suarez Photo: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Ninth on May 16 and 17 in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center Try this: Put a blank sheet of musical staves (those five horizontal, parallel lines separated by four spaces), enough for an orchestra’s woodwinds, […]

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To the nines!

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Sideshow Nine aims to inspire By Chelsea Davis Photo: Dayton Sideshow Nine is May 9 and 10 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Yellow Cab building; photo: Jennifer Clarke “I really believe in it,” Jennifer Clarke, co-director of Dayton Sideshow Nine, said when discussing this year’s event. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with […]

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Four legs good, two legs bad

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Zoot Theatre Company presents ‘Animal Farm’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Zoot Theatre Company presents Animal Farm the next two weekends at Dayton Art Institute; photo: Bill Franz “‘Animal Farm’ is a natural for puppets,” Darren Brown, one of Zoot Theatre Company’s core ensemble of actor/puppeteers said. As performed by Dayton’s own creative puppet company, you may […]

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On the block

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Dayton Visual Arts Center’s 20th Annual Art Auction By Benjamin Smith Photo: Amy Deal; His Type, 2014; mixed media on wood To some, auctions are stuffy affairs – all pretense and pallid interaction. Yet, this month at least one local sale will be defined by jarring color, uncanny fervor and maybe even creative chaos. The Dayton […]

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On stage

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Remembering a local legend and celebrating local premieres By Jacqui Theobald Photo: “An Inspector Calls” at Dayton Theatre Guild UD offers round of applause for longtime theatre educator Darrell Anderson is an outstanding theatre person – not so good at predicting where his friends’ hearts lie. “I don’t think there’ll be many people at this retirement party […]

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Preeminent pre-professionals

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company presents Change By Arnecia Patterson Photo: DCDC2 presents Change on April 27 at the University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre; photo: William H. Crenshaw As Dayton Contemporary Dance Company winds down its 45th anniversary season, it casts the klieg lights on one of its performance traditions: the annual concert highlighting its pre-professional […]

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The world on a string

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Cellist Cicely Parnas at the Dayton Art Institute By Gary Spencer Photo: Cellist Cicely Parnas will perform on April 11 at the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Christian Steiner It’s sometimes been said many young adults have wisdom beyond their years. In the case of cellist Cicely Parnas, this young musician seems to have had the skills […]

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There’s a whole new sound coming out of Memphis

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Tony Award-winner ‘Memphis’ comes to the Schuster By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Victoria Theatre Association presents “Memphis” April 8-11 at the Schuster Center; photo: Jeremy Daniel Memphis disc jockey, the late Dewey Phillips – also known as “Daddy-O-Dewey” – is thought by many musical historians to be the person most responsible for integrating American radio […]

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Sharp wit and dynamic tensions

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Human Race Theatre Company presents ‘Other Desert Cities’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Kate Young as Polly Wyeth, Scott Stoney as Lyman Wyeth and Jennifer Joplin as Brooke Wyeth in “Other Desert Cities”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins From fast-paced, clever family snipping to soul-shaking depths, Director Margarett Perry and her superb five-actor ensemble bring “Other […]

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Empowerment through art

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Art & Soul opens at Town & Country Fine Art Center By Sara Mastbaum Photo: Art & Soul 2013 award winning artist Alicia Jones Every April, a group of artists is selected for a unique, juried mixed media show displayed at the Fine Art Center at Town & Country Shopping Center in Kettering. Artists from 22 […]

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Creative bodies in motion

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Synchronicity By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents Synchronicity April 5 and 6 at the NCR Renaissance Auditorium in the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Andy Snow Creativity’s role in the artist’s narrative can be cast as either protagonist or antagonist; it can be engaging, yet elusive and prone to aloneness. […]

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Two farces and Hamlet in the ’70s

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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

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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

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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

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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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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 […]