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Family portraits you can hear

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UD Art Series presents ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Assad Brothers By Joe Aiello Most families have one – a photo of the clan assembled for a holiday gathering or the like. The hardest part is getting everyone to sit still. But an extremely gifted Brazilian composer has done one better; she has managed to […]

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On Stage

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New productions from Dayton Playhouse, Sinclair Theatre and Dayton Theatre Guild By Brian Sharp Dayton Playhouse opens the season with “Dracula” The Dayton Playhouse will present “Dracula,” Oct. 12-21.  This version of the well-known play was adapted by William McNulty and was originally dramatized by John L. Balderston and Hamilton Deane from Bram Stoker’s novel.  […]

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Bigger than the big top!

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Philharmonic dazzles with Cirque Musica By Eric Street And now for something completely different. On Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Cirque Musica. Cirque Musica, uniting the dual worlds of classical music […]

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Beyond sensation

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“The Miracle Worker” opens Wright State season By Brian P. Sharp For many, the story of Helen Keller is a familiar one. As a blind, deaf and mute child, Keller’s parents failed to properly discipline her, allowing her to run wild by the age of six. Desperate to help their child, the Kellers hired Anne […]

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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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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]