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It’s truly a Wonderful Life in Dayton!

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Step back in time this holiday at Victoria Theatre  By Brian P. Sharp   Photo: The Human Race Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life –A live radio play” at Victoria Theatre through Dec. 15; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Many of us have our favorite holiday movies this time of year – “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Christmas […]

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In the spirit of Christmas

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s seasonal offering  By Arnecia Patterson   In December, the streets of downtown Dayton are lined with decorations, and a perfectly shaped Christmas tree reigns over the branches of Courthouse Plaza’s fairy-lighted saplings. Most weekends, the marquees of surrounding theaters announce music and dance offerings staged by area arts organizations for families and […]

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Joy to the world!

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Nativity The Pop Opera spreads a message of hope for a good cause  By Deon Jefferson   Photo: [center] Renecia Joseph sings as an angel in the 2012 performance of Nativity The Pop Opera, which runs Dec. 12-15; photo: Scott Huck Throughout the years, the tale of Mary’s precious baby has become a worldwide art form […]

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Can you Handel it?

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Judas Maccabeus  By Sara Mastbaum   Photo: The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra will present Handel’s Judas Maccabeus at the Dayton Masonic Center on Nov. 24 When it comes to George Frederic Handel and the holidays, the “Messiah” is king (no pun intended), at least, in the 21st century. Back in Handel’s […]

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On Stage

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Holiday stages from Broadway to Dayton By Jacqui Theobald  Photo: Beavercreek Community Theatre, under the direction of Kaleigh-Brooke Dillingham, presents “A Neverland Christmas Carol” Dec. 6–15 Our turn to see a judge’s own play “I didn’t dumb it down,” Helen Sneed said on one of the last preview performance before her first play, “Fix Me Jesus,” […]

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Come and sing along!

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Mamma Mia! at the Schuster Center By Brian P. Sharp   Photo: The touring cast of Mamma Mia! will perform at the Schuster Center Nov. 29–Dec. 1; photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia Just when you thought “Black Friday” only meant shopping, the Victoria Theatre Association is giving you another reason to be excited. Plus, you don’t have […]

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Find some relief!

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Black & White & Color exhibit at Gallery Saint John By Benjamin Smith  Photo: “Wheat Field,” woodcut, B. Weinert-McBee; One of the relief prints in the Black & White & Color exhibit at Gallery Saint John through Dec. 1 While the next couple of months are synonymous with holiday color and cheer, they can also conjure […]

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Road ‘dawg’

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David Grisman’s FolkJazz Trio performs at Miami-Hamilton  By Rusty Pate  Photo: The David Grisman FolkJazz Trio will perform at Miami-Hamilton’s Parrish Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 16 David Grisman has been a lover and purveyor of acoustic music since the early 1960s. Perhaps best known as a founding member of Old and In the Way and his […]

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That high lonesome sound

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The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival returns to Wilmington  By Rusty Pate   Photo: Bluegrass hall of fame member J.D. Crowe will perform at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington on Saturday, Nov. 9 as part of the Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival Talk to anyone that knows and loves bluegrass music and Joe Mullins’s name […]

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Not the traditional ‘tradition’

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Human Race succeeds with pared down ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ By Brian P. Sharp  Photo: The cast of Fiddler on the Roof in “Tevye’s Dream” I’m not sure just how many times I have seen “Fiddler on the Roof.” I do know that I have never seen a version quite like what I saw Friday night […]

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First stop Paris, next stop Dayton

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Modigliani String Quartet perform at Dayton Art Institute By Sara Mastbaum  Photo: The Modigliani String Quartet will perform on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Dayton Art Institute; [l to r] Philippe Bernhard, Loic Rio, Laurent Marfaing and François Kieffer In 2003, the members of the Paris-based Modigliani String Quartet were four close friends studying together at […]

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Above the law

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“Antigone” at University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [Foreground center; l to r] Bev Dines and Mary Mykytka in The University of Dayton Theatre Program’s production of “Antigone”; photo: Lori D’Agostino-Gough It was significant in 414 B.C. It was daring in 1944. It is a real challenge in 2013. The play is “Antigone,” […]

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Mendelssohn’s deep cuts

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Far Excursions with DPO at Schuster Center By Pat Suarez Photo: Composer Michael Kevin Daugherty’s “Bay of Pigs” will be featured during the Far Excursions program by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra on Nov. 1 and 2 at the Schuster Center Consider what Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman has brought to his orchestra and […]

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Hope of a lifetime

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Neo-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids at Miami-Middletown By C.C. Hutten Photo: The Milk Carton Kids, [l to r] Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, will perorm at the Miami-Middletown campus on Saturday, Nov. 2; photo: Brendan Pattengale Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, the men behind the Los Angeles-based contemporary folk band The Milk Carton Kids, collaborate […]

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On Stage

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Imagine that: New, not-so-new and vintage classics By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: Passengers on adjacent ships during rehearsal for the Sinclair Community College original production of “jux*ta*posed,” which runs Nov. 13–16 What do you do when you have a new space available, a zillion ideas and an eager staff and students? Certainly, it is the perfect […]

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Experimental traditions

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Dayton Ballet opens season with Range of Motion  By Arnecia Patterson   Photo: Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke In the spring of 1937, Josephine and Hermene Schwarz set their new dance company, “The Experimental Group for Young Dancers,” on the stage of the Dayton Art Institute and the Dayton Ballet was born. Its name […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]