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Truth, not spoof

Green Day’s un-romanticized “American Idiot”  By Nick Schwab Photo: Alex Nee as Johnny in “American Idiot,” playing at the Victoria Theatre March 12-14; Photo credit: John Daughtry “Punk rock is about breaking out of the box,” stated Trent Saunders who plays St. Jimmy in the “American Idiot” musical. “So what is more punk rock than creating […]

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Beyond the canvas

An imaginary world comes to life By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Amy Kollar Anderson’s painting “Madness,” served as an inspiration for her collaboration with Kettering Children’s Theatre for “Alice in Wonderland” A painter can depict a visual world in infinite new ways, translating their vision onto a canvas often bound for a gallery wall. What happens when […]

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Get your groove on

Beavercreek High School hosts 13th Weekend of Jazz By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Ramsey Lewis  Quintet will headline Saturday evening, March 2, at Beavercreek High School’s 13th Annual Weekend of Jazz In 2001, Doug McCullough, the Director of Bands at Beavercreek High School, had a goal. McCullough’s goal was two-fold. He wanted to increase awareness […]

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Song of South Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Miami University’s Middletown Campus By Leo DeLuca Photo:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala [front] brings the group he founded over 45 years ago to Miami-Middletown campus on Feb. 13 Ladysmith Black Mambazo – the South African male choral group first widely recognized for their appearance on Paul Simon’s classic 1986 Graceland […]

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On Stage

Two incredible ladies and a talking house plant By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Desmond Thomas and Zach King in thePlayhouse South production of “The Little Shop of Horrors”; photo credit: Rob Breving No matter what the weather may be when you decide to take in a stage play while anticipating spring (and this IS […]

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Viva Detroit!

Hot Club of Detroit channel the spirit of Gypsy Jazz By Nick Schwab Photo credit: Anna Webber  If you place bets and are a football fan, then you probably bet on who would be the winner of the Super Bowl shortly ago. You either won or you lost, but you surely didn’t know the exact outcome. That […]

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Bright motion and forward-looking music

Pianist Michael Mizrahi to perform at University of Dayton By Benjamin Smith Photo credit: Steven Taylor In these turbulent economic times, it might prove useful to pause and reflect on the relative value of, say, $15. In New York City, $15 can buy you a decent martini or Manhattan. In San Francisco, $15 can buy you […]

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“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Cedarville University Theatre finds fun and keeps the faith  By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Kyle Mottinger [center] as the title role in Cedarville University’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”; photo credit: Scott Huck/Cedarville University It was a dark and windy night when we set off for the opening of Cedarville University’s “Joseph and the […]

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Pretty fantasies

Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” dances in the details By Arnecia Patterson Photo: “When the fairy godmother works her magic, it will light up and the hands will spin”: the clock designed by Ray Zupp for Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” When Dayton Ballet’s “Cinderella” dons a universal fantasy – couture clad, she falls through a party thrown by the […]

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Universal appeal

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents North and South  By Joe Aiello Photo: 18-year-old violinist Chad Hoopes joins the DPO for North Meets South;photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Some years ago (quite a few, actually), I walked into a classroom at University Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University to take an exam in history. I would […]

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Advice Goddess: 4/21

By Amy Alkon Malice in Wonderland My boyfriend has a crazy ex-wife who can’t let go. She is the meanest, […]

News of the weird: 04/21

By Chuck Shepherd Government in action The predawn line in March actually started forming at midnight, snaking around the building […]

The Docket: 04/21

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Who? What? Me? Officers responded to a report […]

The man in the tall black hat

Troy-Hayner remembers Lincoln this month By Tim Walker Photo: Seward Johnson’s “Return Visit” sculpture will be unveiled on May 3; […]

Chew on this: 04/14

Banishing the blues with blueberries By Jayne Powers A change of seasons often signals a change in what we eat. Springtime […]

The Docket: 04/14

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim A mirror misunderstanding Officers responded to a theft report in a grocery store parking lot. […]