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Excitement and fire

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Branford Marsalis brings jazz passion to Schuster Center By Khalid Moss Harlem-born author, James Baldwin, once mused “…There is no music like that music, no drama like the drama of saints rejoicing, the sinners moaning, the tambourines racing, and all those voices coming together and crying holy unto the lord! I have never seen anything […]

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Good medicine

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Fatoumata Diawara brings comforting compositions to Dayton By Tim Anderl Some artists are a jack of many trades, but clearly excel at one.  In comparison, charismatic and versatile talent like Fatoumata Diawara, who at 28-years-old has already had wildly successful careers as a dancer and actress, and who is a rising star in African music, […]

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Pianos, pictures and pines

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DPO launches 2012-2013 Imagine Season By Joe Aiello Time: mid-1940s. Place: Patterson Elementary School on Wyoming Street in Dayton. A first-grader, a boy, walks home carrying a piano! Under his arm! I was that boy. And the piano in question was a hinged, poster-board replica of a keyboard that weighed little. Since we didn’t own […]

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Who is Maxine?

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Human Race Theatre season opens with Managing Maxine By Brian P. Sharp The Human Race Theatre Company kicks off its 2012-2013 season with Janece Shaffer’s “Managing Maxine,” an unlikely love story with an unconventional heroine featuring Broadway actress Jana Robbins as Maxine and television veteran Steve Vinovich as Arthur. She’s bold, yet tender. She’s brash, […]

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Take a bow

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DayTonys Awards for recent local theatre season By Brian P. Sharp The theatres from the Miami Valley area gathered together on Aug. 11, 2012 to celebrate the best of the best from the last theatre season. A night of celebration it was, as 157 awards were presented.  There were 11 participating theatres, 44 productions under […]

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Breezin’ to Pop Fame

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George Benson’s jazz guitar returns to Fraze By Khalid Moss Some artists, be they in the field of dance, visual arts, literary arts or music, are known for pushing the envelope. Jazz/pop guitarist George Benson, over the course of his 40-year career, has managed to rip the envelope wide open. Benson is a 10-time Grammy […]

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Festival of New Plays

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Dayton Playhouse’s Future Fest returns By Brian Sharp Dayton Playhouse, located within the Wegerzyn Garden Complex, plays home to a nationally recognized festival of new plays July 27, 28 and 29.  This festival, now in its 22nd year, has received attention from the playwriting community in this country and beyond.  The festival that takes place […]

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One Stop Shops

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Regional Farmer’s Markets: Convenient, Friendly, Local By Megan Garrison It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon. You’ve been given a chance to sleep in and enjoy the morning at your own pace. The kids, or your roommate, are still asleep. It’s one of those perfect summer days, and you get to thinking about errands. You need to […]

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Earth Talk®

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E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How do I learn about what pesticides may be on the food I eat? — Beatrice Olson, Cleveland, OH Along with the rise in the popularity of organic food has come an increased awareness about the dangers lurking on so-called “conventionally produced” (that is, with chemical pesticides and […]

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Kicking Off Summer on Stage

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Previewing Regional Theatre Offerings By Brian P. Sharp The Story of My Life at The Dayton Theatre Guild The Dayton Theatre Guild concludes its 2011-12 season with the Season Extra “The Story of My Life,” music and lyrics by Neil Bartram, book by Brian Hill, June 1 – 17. It is directed by Debra Kent […]

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Jazz Central

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Keeping Jazz Alive in Dayton By Khalid Moss Jazz Central, located at 2931 East Third Street, is living up to its name. It is truly the nucleus for jazz in the city of Dayton. That mantle used to belong to Gilly’s nightclub where, for many years, jazz was the centerpiece, the “piece de resistance.” But […]

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Band Geeks

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One of a kind Performance Shows Us a New Meaning of the Word “Geek”  By Brian Sharp“Is your self esteem one swirly away from annihilation?” If so, you might just be a band geek!  At least that is one of the points made in Band Geeks!, running currently at The Loft Theatre – a production […]

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Am I Seeing Green?

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Wicked Takes the Schuster Center by Storm By Brian Sharp Dayton gets the pleasure once again of experiencing Wicked – the untold story of the witches of Oz.  The Schuster Center will host this amazing piece of musical theatre for the next four weeks.   The popularity of this musical is nearly cult-like.  There are people […]

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The “Limitless Views” of Stefan Chinov and Craig Lloyd

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Local Landscapes and Antarctic Installations By Jud Yalkut Idealized Mid-Western rolling expanses and the untouched vastness of Antarctic environments are the dwelling places of the visions of Craig Lloyd and Stefan Chinov respectively in their joint exhibition at the Dayton Visual Arts Center running through June 16. Through their unique curatorial combination, new questions of […]

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Lighting Up The Night

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Local Artists Thank The Community With Fiery Performance By Lara Donnelly Flames rise up in the dusk, illuminating painted faces and elaborate costumes. The thump of dance music beats beneath the mesmerizing flicker of fire. The Yellow Springs performance group, Soul Fire Tribe, will illuminate downtown this Friday with another one of their incendiary shows. […]

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A Unique Twist on A Classic

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Carmen Comes to The Victoria Theatre By Eric Street The Dayton Opera season sweeps to a dramatic close with four performances of The Tragedy of Carmen, a streamlined, contemporary turn on Bizet’s perennial audience favorite.  Dayton’s Victoria Theatre provides an intimate setting for the May 17 thru 20 performances. This version, sung in English and […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]