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A Centennial of John Cage


A Celebration with Friends at the Solway Gallery By Jud Yalkut In 1952, pianist David Tudor performed John Cage’s “4’33” at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, New York by sitting at a closed piano with a stop watch for precisely that time, a length of time determined by Cage through chance operations (which could […]

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Theatre In The Miami Valley By Brian P. Sharp Bus Stop is at Dayton Playhouse A lot can happen in a single night — especially at a street corner restaurant in a small Midwestern town where a busload of stranded passengers waits out a snowstorm. Take yourself back to a diner about 30 miles west […]

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The Roots Of Irish Tradition

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Cathie Ryan Prepares for Dayton By Khalid Moss There is an abundance of awe-inspiring, Irish women singers/songwriters. Lucia Evans, who lives in Galway, Northern Ireland, ran away with the gold on the 2006 season of the talent show You’re A Star. Siobhan Fahey, born in Dublin, was a founding member of the Brit girl group […]

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Victoire Visits Dayton


Five Friends Blend Compositional, Musical and Performance Skills By Joe Aiello Victoire. It’s the French feminine of Victoria. And since the name doesn’t provide a clue to the group’s music, I listened. The female quintet’s latest CD is Cathedral City (New Amsterdam Records). The cut “A Door in the Dark” features a laconic keyboard line […]

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Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz


Celebrating and Promoting Music Education By Khalid Moss Beavercreek, Ohio is a medium-sized mid-western town, incorporated in 1980, that boasts a population of more than 37 thousand hardworking folks. Like most cities, times are tough. Voters routinely reject school levies and additional budget cuts have already been announced as a way of preparing for the […]

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The Trenchant Art of James Pate


Kin Killin’ Kin and Attack By Jud Yalkut The masterful African American artist James Pate was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but raised in Cincinnati where he earned a scholarship to attend the Art Academy there through a Corbett Award. After attending Central State University and continuing to self-educate himself, he has since been a recipient […]

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The Jury Process


Behind the Scenes of the 22cd Annual Works on Paper By Shayna McConville Beyond merely creating a piece of art, an artist has to navigate a situation in which to showcase his/her work to an audience.  Often, that situation is in a gallery or a museum, and often it is alongside many other artists.  A […]

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Dayton Opera Presents a Timeless Classic


Romeo and Juliette, with Veleta Tempranillo By Eric Street Looking for an unforgettable way to celebrate a special occasion? The Dayton Opera offers one of the hottest tickets in town with Charles Gounod’s lushly romantic Romeo and Juliet. Get your tickets now — performances are Friday, February 24 at 8p.m. and Sunday, February 26 at […]

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Community Gallery Reflects History

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Yellow Springs Arts Council Presents its Permanent Collection By Emma Jarman Yellow Springs is perhaps the closest thing the Miami Valley has to a utopian artists’ colony. Its thriving arts scene draws people from across the region to experience the folky vibe and organic nature of the eclectic collection of restaurants, bookstores and boutiques lining […]

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Everything Old is New Again


DPO presents Wizard of Oz with Orchestra By Joe Aiello   “Dreams can come true again, when ev’rything old is new again.” So goes the refrain from the song “Everything Old Is New Again,” as featured in the Broadway musical The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman. On Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 […]

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A Mightier Pen


World Renowned artist Derek Hess Visits Dayton By Tim Anderl When asked about the permanent inclusion of his art in the most visited art museum in the world, France’s the Louvre, and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess swells with pride. “When they approached me, I was floored and totally […]

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Around the Fringe with Rev. Cool

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Celebrating 30 Years with WYSO By Kyle Melton Cultural change doesn’t happen overnight. In many cases, individuals work quietly, slowly altering the fabric of their communities without notoriety. While often a thankless task, their efforts over extended periods of time result in significant progress toward a more enlightened population. In the case of Jim Carter, […]

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A Tempest in a Tea Set


DPO Presents The Music of Pink Floyd with Windborne By Joe Aiello Shakespeare’s Juliet posed the question “What’s in a name?” Apparently a lot. Consider the name Pink Floyd. It means music, of course.  Not merely music, however, but music described as conceptual, influential, innovative, philosophical, progressive, psychedelic, psychological — trippy. As most rock bands […]

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The Romance Series


The Dayton Ballet Gets Ready for Valentine’s Day By Jordan Pleasant Dayton Ballet’s 2011-2012 sequence of performances continues February 9 -12, 2012, with The Romance Series.  Filled with all things love, just in time for Cupid’s holiday, each of the three pieces on the bill displays a different dialect of dance — all based in […]

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Honoring the “Unpeople” in Issa Randal’s Dramatic Moment


Raw Power at the Dayton Visual Arts Center By Jud Yalkut The art of Dayton’s Issa Randall presents a Dramatic Moment as the raw power of street art that confronts the subtleties of the gallery space. Previous contemporary corollaries exist with the deconstructed and reassembled graffiti billboards referenced in the work of Mark Bradshaw, but […]

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Canvas The Neighborhood


A Glimpse of Street Art from Detroit to Dayton By Shayna McConville Artists have integrated site-specific artwork into architecture for centuries, commissioned by churches, cities, and patrons, to add a visual complement to their buildings.  In recent history, Diego Rivera’s fresco murals adorned municipal and educational sites, Gordon Matta-Clark cut into whole abandoned buildings and […]

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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]