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Education meets improvisation

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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.

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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!

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‘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

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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

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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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EarthTalk®

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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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Opportunities!

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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

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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

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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

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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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From Russia with love

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Miami Valley Symphony’s Russian Masters By Gary Spencer Photo: The Miami Valley Sympony Orchestra presents its Russian Masters concert Feb. 16-17 Russia is a country rich in cultural history. From architecture to literature to this year’s Olympic games, Russian culture continues to make a resounding impact all around the world. The same goes for the great […]

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Spring is in the air

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Voices of Spring at UD features artists-in-residence By Sara Mastbaum Photo: Guitarist and UD artist-in-residence Jim McCutcheon performs at the Voices of Spring concert on Feb. 15; photo: curtesy of  jim.mccutcheon.biz   With polar vortices, record snowfall and a max on calamity days, thoughts of spring are more tantalizing than ever. Even though spring 2014 seems […]

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A cultural colossus

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Reflections of France By Pat Suarez Photo: Classical pianist Pascal Rogé will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for their Reflections of France concert Feb. 6 and 8 Sometimes, size doesn’t matter. Consider France. In land mass, France is smaller than Texas. But in terms of historical influence in language, politics, exploration […]

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More than a milestone

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“Torch Song Trilogy” at Loft Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Photo: [l to r] Jamison Stern and Jamie Cordes in “Torch Song Trilogy” at the Loft Theatre through Feb. 16; photo: Scott J. Kimmins For some, this production could be life changing. For others, it pulls on emotional heartstrings and addresses issues so real it’s hard […]

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Saving Mr. Darcy

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“Pride and Prejudice” at Cedarville University By Jacqui TheobaldPhoto: “Pride and Prejudice” runs at Cedarville University Feb. 8, 9 and 10; photo: Scott Huck/Cedarville University “Pride and Prejudice” was Jane Austen’s proud accomplishment, the novel being published 201 years ago, Jan. 28, 1813. Jon Jory’s play “Pride and Prejudice,” one of the newest of many adaptations […]

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Curious and curiouser

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Zoot’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at Victoria Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r]The Chesire Cat and the Caterpillar on a musroom as depicted by Zoot Theatere Company in “Alice in Wonderland” at Victoria Theatre Feb. 1 They whirl and swirl and circle and turn. They stop with a jolt. Alice has fallen down a rabbit […]

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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 […]

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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 […]