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Community theatre heads into autumn By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Mike Webb with an audience member during Mayhem & Mystery at the Spaghetti Warehouse, which starts a new production on Mondays in September; photo: MediaMoments.com In Xenia, a lion roars “The Lion in Winter” brings all that old intrigue of court to the stage of X*Act, the […]

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Beyond the concert hall

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Seraphim Chamber Artists to play Tipp City’s Concerts in the Park  By Sara Mastbaum   Photo: Seraphim Chamber Artists will perform at Tipp City Park on Sept. 14 While many associate classical music with dressing up, forking over big money and being afraid to cough, there are as many ways to enjoy it as there are […]

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Everyone’s a star

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‘45 Seconds from Broadway’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: [l to r] Debra A. Kent, Marcus Simmons II and Debra Strauss; photo: MediaMoments.com August and September are known for fine harvests of corn, and you can find a bumper crop at the Dayton Theatre Guild this weekend. Growing in a metropolitan field […]

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On Stage

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Beehives, genies and more at community theatres By: Jacqui Theobald Photo: The cast of “Hairspray” at The Dayton Playhouse, which runs weekends Sept. 6 through Sept. 22 The theatre scene in summertime Dayton has been a happening, full force, so the beginning of fall is a continuation, rather than a debut. Beginning with a pair of […]

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High art in Dayton

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Art on the Commons at Fraze Pavilion By Leo DeLuca Photo: Browse the selection of prints at Art on the Commons at Fraze Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 11; Photo: Thom Meyer  Art on the Commons Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The exceedingly popular event takes place at Kettering’s […]

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A reason to sing!

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Human Race Theatre presents Festival of New Musicals By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jim Poulos, Dana Mierlak, Maria Couch and Jamie Cordes in the 2011 Loft Series production of “right next to me”; photo credit: Gregg Coffin The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) hosts its Sixth Annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 2-4 at […]

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Blues power

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The Lebanon Blues Festival keeps on growing  By Rusty Pate Photo:Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers perform at the 2011 Lebanon Blues Festival; photo credit: PBamber  The blues have been described many ways by many different people. In the film “Crossroads” (the Ralph Macchio version, not the Britney Spears version) Willie Brown said, “Blues ain’t nothing […]

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What happens in Dayton does not stay in Dayton!

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Future Fest: Six new plays in 48 hours By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: Richard Young during rehearsal for “The One with Olives”; photo credit: Andrew Thompson  “New plays are hard,” longtime Future Fest adjudicator New Yorker Helen Sneed said, insightfully as usual, because now she has her own script hovering in the wings of an off-Broadway fall […]

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It’s not prop comedy

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Kristen Lundberg is ‘Super Serious’ about making us laugh  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin  Photo: Kristen Lundberg brings “The Super Serious Show” to Mayday in Cincinnati on Aug.1; photo credit: Lindsey Driscoll Kristen Lundberg and I have chosen to meet during happy hour at a bar with a patio. I’m jarred by the startlingly deep voice that […]

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On Stage

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A busy summer theater season By Jaqui Theobald Photo by: The cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Epiphany Lutheran Church which runs July 18-21 [l to r] Erin Ulman, Desmond Thomas, Megan Wean (Director), Jeffrey Mack and Kandis Wean TONIGHT ONLY! Great chance to return to the theater, retrieve that urge to be […]

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The thrill remains

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The 28th Annual Michelob Dayton Blues Festival  By Benjamin Smith Photo by: Longtime regional blues favorites Cincinnati Slim & the Headhunters return to headline the Dayton Blues Festival on July 21 Earl “Southside” Hayes’ love affair with the blues began with a single song. It then bloomed with a case of mistaken identity. “I went to […]

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What would Shakespeare say?

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Zoot presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Dayton Art Institute By Jacqui Theobald Photo:  Zoot Theatre Company presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Dayton Art Institute: [ l to r] Anita Hill, Andrew Quiett and Cameron Blankenship (foreground), Kelsey Andrea (background); photo credits: Zoot Theatre Company “Indeed, what fun!” Ol’ Will might say if he were to […]

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Citizen diplomacy

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New exhibit at the  Dayton International Peace Museum By Stacey Ritz Photo: Dayton International Peace Museum co-founder Ralph Dull (left, in hat) discusses a large piece of farm equipment in Ukraine How did Citizen Diplomacy play a role in the USSR during the Cold War? Four Dayton International Peace Museum (DIPM) volunteers were actively involved as […]

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Certainly cool (but not necessarily ‘smooth’)

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Guitarist Peter White at the Schuster Center By Benjamin Smith Photo: Guitarist Peter White joins the Summer Breeze Jazz Tour at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 28 He has probably never set a Fender Stratocaster on fire à la Jimi Hendrix, or been called “God,” like Eric Clapton, but make no mistake: Peter White is a […]

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Sunday of swing

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31st Annual Michelob Women In Jazz Festival By Benjamin Smith Photo: The Petra Van Nuis Quartet headlines the Women in Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 23; [l to r] guitarist Andy Brown, vocalist Petra Van Nuis 1982 was an interesting year for music. Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat, The Who held a formal […]

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On Stage

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Regional theater east of downtown Dayton By Jacqui Theobald Photo: X*ACT Gallery Ribbon Cutting May 3, 2013 for community theatre and arts in Xenia The Dayton Community Theatre world is strong and enthusiastic. Several groups are long established and quite high profile, while others may need introductions. All have much in common, especially pride and support […]

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