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“The Angels and the audience know … ”

J. Todd Anderson’s “Nativity, the Pop Opera”  By Jacqui Theobald “Nativity, the Pop Opera” is the BEST Christmas show in town,” according to its creator, J. Todd Anderson.  He is a Miami Valley boy who went to Hollywood, became a storyboard artist, now travels all over the world and, between jobs, comes home to Dayton […]

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Game changer

Sensuous is the new “Nutcracker” by Dayton Ballet and Philharmonic  By Arnecia Patterson Dayton Ballet’s 75th anniversary season beckons like the cut of a diamond ballet company. Yet it adds another facet to this year’s production of “The Nutcracker,” co-choreographed, in 2003 by Karen Russo Burke, artistic director of the Dayton Ballet, and Dermot Burke, […]

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On Stage

New offerings from Dayton Playhouse, Zoot Theatre and Troy Civic Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dickens’ Classic interpreted by two local theatres “Scrooge” continues at The Dayton Playhouse You have one more weekend to take in the holiday favorite “Scrooge.” This time of year it is kind of nice to just sit back and be […]

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Humbug! … on a string!

Zoot Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald From Albert Finney to Bill Murray and hundreds in between, “A Christmas Carol” has been interpreted in numerous forms ever since Charles Dickens’ stories were first serialized in the mid-nineteenth century. Few are more original and creative, however, than The Zoot Theatre Company […]

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A new twist on “Oliver!”

Human Race Theatre offers unique take on Dickens’ classic By Brian P. Sharp Human Race Theatre Company has a winner in “Oliver!” As someone who has directed “Oliver!” I went into this production a skeptic. “Ugh, another production of ‘Oliver’ full of kids.” We all know the story – based on the Charles Dickens’ novel […]

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Through the “global matrix”

Discovering world printmaking at Wright State University Galleries  By Jud Yalkut The third in an ongoing record-breaking series of surveys of forms of printmaking around the world is on display in “Global Matrix III” at the Wright State University Galleries through Dec. 9. Initiated in 2002, the “Global Matrix” concept has materialized every five years […]

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More than a month of sundaes

DPO presents the first concert of its 2012-2013 Graeter’s Symphony Sundaes Series By Joe Aiello Question: What significant historical event occurred on April 3, 1892? Let’s see. What was happening in 1892? Ellis Island became the U.S. reception center for new immigrants. Mrs. William Astor invited 400 guests to a grand ball at her mansion, […]

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And the beat goes on … for over 80 years

University of Dayton Arts Series and Cityfolk present “Cuban Connections”  By Joe Aiello When I was in my teens, I had my first run-in with a set of bongo drums. You know, the kind that are in a pair, stave-constructed of wood, about eight inches high, joined together by a small slab of wood, with […]

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Fluid, polished, sleek, and oh yeah … smooth

Jazz at Gilly’s with Bob Baldwin and Toni Redd By Khalid Moss I’ll admit that I, as a voracious, jazz-hungry, sabre-toothed tiger of the music scene, have tracked all the great pianists, from Vladimir Horowitz to Allen Toussaint. I’ve tried to examine the entire spectrum of the art of manipulating the 88-toothed leviathan. But in […]

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On Stage

New plays from Sinclair Theatre, Playhouse South and Beavercreek Children’s Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dayton Playhouse looking for 2013-2014 season directors The Dayton Playhouse is looking for potential directors for its 2013-2014 season. The potential Directors are asked to submit up to five plays or musicals for which they are passionate. The candidates can […]

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News of the weird: 03/03

By Chuck Shepherd The Unhoneymoon A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for […]

The Docket: 03/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Plausible deniability Officers responded to a nuisance call. […]

Advice Goddess: 3/3

By Amy Alkon The Wicked Witch of the Westin There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers […]

Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and […]

Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]