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A lady’s charm never fades

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Muse Machine’s “Hello, Dolly” at Victoria Theatre Muse Machine cast of “Hello, Dolly”  with Sarah LiBrandi (center) as Dolly. Photo: Daniel Rader By Dr. Jill Summerville Hello, Dolly is an American musical that epitomizes the best of America itself. It’s irreverent without being shallow, exuberant without being bombastic, and irresistible without being aloof. It’s startling, […]

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Thought-provoking

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The Cline Show at the Dayton Visual Arts Center Simeon Estes “Cut It Out”, chalk By Tim Smith The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) has always showcased and encouraged local artists in the pursuit of their artistic visions. Every year it holds numerous exhibits that give Dayton area artisans free expressionistic reign. One of its […]

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Cabaret Tour

“Cabaret” live at Kuss Auditorium Kyra Christopher (center) plays the saxaphone with the ensamble of Cabaret By Tim Smith In the musical theatre universe, there are many shows that are considered timeless. Some are legendary for their story, some for the songs that became standards, and some for their impact on pop culture. “Cabaret” seems […]

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Defending dreams

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Playground Theatre’s The Tutors at Schuster Playground Theatre’s cast for The Tutors (l-r) Ryan Grissett (Milo) Jenna Gomes  (Heidi) A.J. Breslin  (Joe) Boyang Zhang (Kwan) Skyler McNeely (Toby) By Dr. Jill Summerville You’re having that dream again. No, not the one you have in bed that you’re ashamed to tell your parents. This is the […]

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Shut up and dance

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Zoe Dell Nutter inspires Wright State dance students Mrs. Nutter (left) with scholarship recipient, sophomore, Jacob Shade (right) By Jim Hannah   As 102-year-old Zoe Dell Nutter watched the leotard-clad Wright State University dance majors go through their paces, Nutter’s days of dancing with the San Francisco Ballet bubbled to the surface of her memory. […]

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Living fantasies and losing dreams

December theatre offerings By Jill Summerville   Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (based on his novel), Sinclair Community College Taking its title from the temperature at which books supposedly burn, Ray Bradbury’s play, based on his 1953 novel, shows what our society will become if people accept easy answers instead of pondering difficult questions. In […]

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‘Tis the season to be nutty

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Dayton Ballet’s annual holiday treat Photo: The Nutcracker ensamble dances as snowflakes in the pine forrest By Arnecia Petterson Images by Scott Kimmins   When The Nutcracker ballet had its 1892 premier in St. Petersburg, Russia, critics viewed it unfavorably for its mass appeal and circus-like atmosphere. It was categorized “ballet-féerie,” a spectacle created to appeal […]

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Celebrating the Christmas season with song

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert Photo: The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra performs their annual Holiday Concert this Saturday. Pictured: Trumpeter Tom Jacobs By Timothy Walker   For many, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas unless they’re surrounded by the beautiful sounds of holiday music favorites. Whether you’re a fan of jazz, pop, rock, […]

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Of symphony and God

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Chior will perform Messiah this Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Photo: Andy Snow By Tim Smith   It wouldn’t be Christmas without seasonal music, and Handel’s Messiah is an indelible part of the celebration. When you mention Messiah to most people, they automatically […]

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Little Women, largely music

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Dare 2 Defy produces musical with little drama Little Women cast (l-r) Lindsay Sherman as Meg, Samantha Creech as Amy, Jessi Stark as Beth, and Melissa Hall as Jo. Photo: Mackensie King By Jerome Yorke Dare 2 Defy opened Little Women the Broadway Musical last weekend and on Saturday afternoon, performed for a full house in the […]

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Now you see it…

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The Illusionists live on stage at Clark State Jeff Hobson, The Trickster, interacts with an audience member on stage in The Illusionist’s act. Photo: Joan Marcus By Tim Smith  Audiences have long been fascinated by magic and the art of illusion. It’s been a popular form of stage entertainment from Harry Houdini to Siegfried and […]

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A wintery walk through history

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Wonderland Windows from Rike’s on display at Schuster The Toyland window display at the Schuster. Photo: Diane-Schoeffler-Warren. By Tim Smith If you lived in Dayton prior to 1999, it was a family tradition to venture downtown every December to ooh and aah over the animated window displays at Rike’s Department Store on the corner of […]

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Holiday in dance

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s The Littlest Angel Countess V. Winfrey and Matthew J. Talley in DCDC’s production of The Littlest Angel.  Photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson As children’s stories go, The Littlest Angel’s florid language can be read aloud as an undulating lullaby. Charles Tazewell, who wrote the story in 1946, crafts long, winding […]

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Costumes, Drama, and Fun in the Dark

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December shows have it all Photo: Illusionist Adam Trent takes the stage at Schuster Center By Dr. Jill Summerville The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent, The Schuster Center Magician Adam Trent made his Broadway debut in 2014, as part of The Illusionists: Live From Broadway. Amongst his co-performers, Trent was designated The Futurist due to his […]

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A smaller canvas

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Warped Wing’s new can designs Warped Wing’s stand-out can designs. Photo: Tara Michel By David Nilsen Most local drinkers can instantly recognize a Warped Wing Brewing Company can on a store shelf. The largest brewery in Dayton has sold its beers in tall 16 oz. cans since it opened in January 2014, and their Trotwood […]

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Schisms and Sparks

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Dayton Theatre Guild examines faith and family in “The Christians” Cast of “The Christians” rehearsing (l-r) Steve Strawser, Richard Young, Thor Sage. Photo: Rick Flynn By Lisa Bennett “The Christians” takes a raw look at what it means to be a community. When I was a kid, my family had a routine. Every Sunday morning […]

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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, […]