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“The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”

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A live-action graphic novel  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Jason Phelps as Timmy in “The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth”; Photo credit: Sarah Bork Hamilton Imagine it’s 1933 and your mission is to save humanity from an invading force of monsters from outer space. Sound exhilarating? Let’s supplement your imagination with more than a thousand two-story tall, […]

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In the face of Disaster

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Dayton Visual Arts Center presents Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show By Emma Jarman Photo: “Home of the Brave” by Guustie Alavado; cast glass on wood & acrylic The setting is ironic. Titled Disaster: A Juried Members’ Show, the exhibit sits peacefully on the second floor of the Dayton Convention Center. Softly lit and simply hung around the […]

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Art remembered

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Local artist Willis “Bing” Davis presents Dayton Skyscraper 5 By Emily Kaiser Photo: “Urban Griot” by Willis “Bing” Davis; Photo collage of Daniel Beaty    When my Editor asked me to cover the Dayton Skyscraper 5 African American Artist Exhibition, it was a no-brainer for me. I love art and I especially love and appreciate art […]

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On Stage

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New offerings from Dayton Theatre Guild, Wright State University and Human Race Theatre  By Zach Rogers “Ghosts” presented by the Dayton Theatre Guild The Dayton Theatre Guild proudly welcomes “Ghosts,” a powerful drama by Henrik Ibsen. With a new translation penned by Christopher Hampton, this classic tale is getting hit with the refresh button as […]

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Answering the call

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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

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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 … ”

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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

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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

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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!

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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!”

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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”

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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

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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

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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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Fluid, polished, sleek, and oh yeah … smooth

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Jazz at Gilly’s with Bob Baldwin and Toni Redd By Khalid Moss I’ll admit that I, as a voracious, jazz-hungry, sabre-toothed tiger of the music scene, have tracked all the great pianists, from Vladimir Horowitz to Allen Toussaint. I’ve tried to examine the entire spectrum of the art of manipulating the 88-toothed leviathan. But in […]

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On Stage

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New plays from Sinclair Theatre, Playhouse South and Beavercreek Children’s Theatre By Brian P. Sharp Dayton Playhouse looking for 2013-2014 season directors The Dayton Playhouse is looking for potential directors for its 2013-2014 season. The potential Directors are asked to submit up to five plays or musicals for which they are passionate. The candidates can […]

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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, […]