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OnStage December

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp It’s a Wonderful Life in Beavercreek There is still time to catch (one more weekend – the show runs through the December 11) the Beavercreek Community Theatre’s Youth Theatre production of It’s a Wonderful Life (a radio drama), which was inspired by the classic American film but […]

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Celebrating with the greatest generation

DPO presents Radio Holly Days By Joe Aiello Tom Brokaw coined it the Greatest Generation, those Americans who grew up during the Great Depression, fought in WWII and made a tide-turning material contribution to the war effort at home. Born 11 months before Pearl Harbor, I can barely recall the war. But I can remember […]

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It came from the shadows

Dayton writer publishes captivating horror novella By Tim Anderl In 2008 a challenge from a friend inspired K.W. (Kathleen) Taylor to put pen to paper and by October 2011, Taylor’s first horror novella, “We Shadows Have Offended,” was reaching Barnes and Noble store shelves and Amazon’s electronic book shop. “The prompt was supposed to be […]

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Punishment and perspective

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents Promethean Exploits: Three different musical takes on a mind-bending myth By Joe Aiello In Greek mythology, Prometheus was a god who angered other gods by giving fire to man. As punishment, they chained him to a rock and put a huge bird on his shoulder. The bird gnawed at his internal […]

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Dreaming the dream

Les Misérables to take the Schuster stage By Brian P. Sharp When the newly conceived, newly orchestrated Les Misérables takes the stage in Dayton will it be everything its loyal followers remember? Les Misérables, a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the Victor Hugo novel, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by […]

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Playing by the numbers

DPO presents Three Dog Night: Live with Orchestra By Joe Aiello Back in ancient Rome, someone coined what is now a proverb: Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis (Times change, and we change with them). That someone was probably the founder, manager, or lead vocalist of a six-piece Roman band (aulos, buccina, cornu, lyre, […]

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OnStage November

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp   Playhouse South brings Fame to the stage If you enjoyed the television series, you will love the musical. Don’t miss the energy of Fame–The Musical at Playhouse South, now until November 19 at the Clark Haines Theatre, 3700 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering. Join a group […]

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From the pavement to the gallery

Skate culture and art collide in the work of Don Pendleton By Tim Anderl Active in skate art for over a decade, Dayton-based artist Don Pendleton creates cubist folk art that incorporates insects, animals and ambiguous characters to create a tense narrative about how creatures cohabitate in the same space.  As a full-time, in-house artist […]

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Unholy wedlock

DPO to perform Franz Waxman’s musical score synched to film The Bride of Frankenstein By Joe Aiello From the movie industry’s beginning, filmmakers realized the critical necessity for music as a storytelling element of motion pictures. That’s why almost all movie theaters during the Silent Era had a resident pianist to provide mood music with […]

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Your mother was a hamster

Spamalot to make a one-night stop in Dayton By Brian P. Sharp For the Monty Python followers, this is like the Holy Grail. The opportunity to see Spamalot on the Dayton stage as the touring company brings this hysterical show to life Oct. 30 at the Schuster Center. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for […]

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Of skulls and dark visions

Stepping inside Erica Blackstock’s head By Gary Spencer The Halloween season is nearing its apex and visions of blood, monsters, skeletons and all things spooky are nearly everywhere you go. But to Daytonian visual artist Erica Blackstock, the appeal of such imagery and general darkness isn’t merely a once-a-year affair. For years Blackstock has been […]

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A ghost’s waltz

The Dayton Ballet gets spooked with their ‘Haunted Series’ By Caroline Shannon-Karasik For elementary and middle school-aged children, Halloween means dressing up as their favorite cartoon character or tween celebrity — hello, Hannah Montana! — and going door to door to trick-or-treat. Adults, on the other hand, celebrate October 31 in other ways, sneaking into […]

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Light my candle

The Dayton Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème By Eric Street Dayton Opera opens its 2011- 2012 season Oct. 21 and 23 with one of the most popular operas in the repertory, Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. Why is La Bohème so beloved? According to Director Kathleen Clawson, “It’s because people love romance. It’s perfect in […]

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Divergent destinations

New photography exhibit from Stivers School for the Arts By Jud Yalkut The Fifth Street Gallery at the Stivers School for the Arts is a professional exhibition space that services both its students as well as members of the community. The current exhibition, running through November 4, is a striking amalgam of two area photographers […]

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East meets Dayton

Kokeshi Clan ain’t nothin’ to fuck with By Gary Spencer The Western world (the U.S. in particular) has almost always had a fascination with Eastern culture (Asian culture in particular). Asian influence can often be found in numerous aspects of American life and culture, including visual arts, music, film, cartoons and toys. Dayton artist Craig […]

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Song without end, love without limit

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents three unique works by three diverse composers By Joe Aiello On Thursday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present this season’s second Classical series concert Romeo, Juliet and Prokofiev, providing musical “bookends” for Prokofiev Meets Shakespeare, the Friday, […]

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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 […]