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Answering the call

Horns, heroes and home with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra  By Joe Aiello It will be a weekend that should make the late lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jimmy Van Heusen look down from heaven into the Schuster Center. And smile. No, they won’t hear the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra playing any of their songs. But DPO […]

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Fluid Dynamics

The Oregon District gets new public sculpture  By Kevin J. Gray In early spring of 2012, the city of Dayton began an upgrade project of Patterson Boulevard for the stretch that runs from Sixth Street to Second Street, a segment of a project that will eventually link the University of Dayton to Riverscape. Part of […]

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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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The Docket: 08/04

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee I said, ‘excuse me’ A man called in on […]

Art, it’s ALIVE!

A studio visit with Megan Smallwood By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Megan Smallwood, Griffin   My first and only physical encounter with […]

Sparks fly

Snapshot of community illuminated at DVAC open members’ show By Susan Byrnes Photo:Zach Steele, Wympee; photo: Patrick Mauk Everyone is […]

Chew on this: 08/04

Condiment conundrum By Jayne Powers   When buying food, we should focus on picking nutrient-rich foods that are low in […]

Advice Goddess: 08/04

By Amy Alkon   Requiem For A Scream I’m a 28-year-old woman in a relationship with a really great guy. […]

Advice Goddess: 7/28

By Amy Alkon   Emotion Sickness Last week, my girlfriend was all annoyed about something (something relatively unimportant). I’m normally […]