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A novel idea

The NaNoWriMo kickoff event for 2011

NaNoWriMo: Inspiring the aspiring novelists in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker It should come as no surprise that novelists, like other writers, can be a bit … well, eccentric. They sit, after all, for hour upon hour, struggling to fill empty notebooks and blank computer screens with the thousands of words necessary to advance […]

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The color of steel

Mike Elsass in his gallery, Color of Energy

One DCP writer’s account of painting with a master — Mike Elsass By Annie Bowers The scent of acrylic paint, polyurethane and incense lingered in the air at the old warehouse. Industrial fans hummed, and someone down the hall was using the freight elevator; I could hear the distinctive creak of the lift’s gate and […]

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Front Row: Urban Nutcracker

Urban Nutcracker

An urban twist on Christmas tradition From Europe to downtown Dayton, SMAG Dance Collective is reinventing a Christmas classic for a different generation. The group will be performing an urbanized version of the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker. Instead of the familiar Tchaikovsky music, expect to hear selections ranging from hip-hop to rock. Whereas Clara […]

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A veteran Nutcracker

The Dayton Ballet performing The Nutcracker.

Dayton Ballet’s new Executive Director, Kathy Reed, preps for The Nutcracker By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Author Paulo Coelho once said, “Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” It’s almost a sure thing that when Coelho wrote those words, he didn’t have Dayton Ballet’s Executive Director Kathy Reed […]

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OnStage December

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp It’s a Wonderful Life in Beavercreek There is still time to catch (one more weekend – the show runs through the December 11) the Beavercreek Community Theatre’s Youth Theatre production of It’s a Wonderful Life (a radio drama), which was inspired by the classic American film but […]

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Celebrating with the greatest generation

DPO presents Radio Holly Days By Joe Aiello Tom Brokaw coined it the Greatest Generation, those Americans who grew up during the Great Depression, fought in WWII and made a tide-turning material contribution to the war effort at home. Born 11 months before Pearl Harbor, I can barely recall the war. But I can remember […]

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It came from the shadows

Dayton writer publishes captivating horror novella By Tim Anderl In 2008 a challenge from a friend inspired K.W. (Kathleen) Taylor to put pen to paper and by October 2011, Taylor’s first horror novella, “We Shadows Have Offended,” was reaching Barnes and Noble store shelves and Amazon’s electronic book shop. “The prompt was supposed to be […]

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Punishment and perspective

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Promethean Exploits: Three different musical takes on a mind-bending myth By Joe Aiello In Greek mythology, Prometheus was a god who angered other gods by giving fire to man. As punishment, they chained him to a rock and put a huge bird on his shoulder. The bird gnawed at his internal […]

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Dreaming the dream

Les Misérables to take the Schuster stage By Brian P. Sharp When the newly conceived, newly orchestrated Les Misérables takes the stage in Dayton will it be everything its loyal followers remember? Les Misérables, a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the Victor Hugo novel, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by […]

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Playing by the numbers

DPO presents Three Dog Night: Live with Orchestra By Joe Aiello Back in ancient Rome, someone coined what is now a proverb: Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis (Times change, and we change with them). That someone was probably the founder, manager, or lead vocalist of a six-piece Roman band (aulos, buccina, cornu, lyre, […]

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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]