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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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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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