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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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Still Leading After All These Years

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Vanguard’s Season Climaxes with Julliard String Quartet By Joe Aiello The American College Dictionary defines vanguard as “the leading position in any field.” When Dayton area native Vince Bolling and his transplanted New York wife Elana created Vanguard, a chamber music concert series held in an art gallery and museum, it certainly wasn’t a new […]

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Mahler’s Bipolar Resurrection

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An Exhilarating Symphonic Soundscape By Pat Suarez Climb into the mind of the bipolar individual and you enter a roller-coaster world of unpredictable emotion, rocketing into the stratosphere and then plummeting to immobilizing depths. For nearly a quarter of a century, the bipolar collided spectacularly with musical creativity in the 5’4”, bespectacled Gustav Mahler. Perhaps […]

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For the Kid in All of Us

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K12 Allows Us to Return to Our Roots By Annie Bowers I challenge each of you to put down your laptop, iPad or smart phone at least once this week … and make something with your hands. Think back to elementary school when, if you were lucky, you went to art class and made paintings, chalk […]

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“Going Once, Going Twice … Gone!”

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Dayton Visual Arts Center’s Annual Art Auction By Meghan Dillon On Friday, April 27, the Dayton art community will once again descend upon the Dayton Visual Arts Center’s (DVAC) Annual Art Auction. The event brings together Dayton artists, art advocates and art connoisseurs to celebrate the best visual arts the region has to offer. Like […]

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The Collective Effort of Theatre

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The Laramie Project Continues at Sinclair By Emma Jarman Theater is one of America’s oldest and most effective escapist pastimes. We watch movies and attend plays to put our own troubles behind and become absorbed in the fantastical yet fictional dilemmas and perfectly timed resolutions of the characters onscreen or stage. But what if there […]

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John Hibbits

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The Passing of an Ever-evolving Artist By Jud Yalkut John C. Hibbitts was an original in the Dayton area scene. His work and his behavior were mutually unpredictable and oscillated between personal mythic gestures and raw explosive energy that miraculously coalesced into potent eloquence. His work moved from the static into the kinetic, focused for […]

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Na Zdorov’ye!

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DPO Toasts to Three of Russia’s Most Talented Sons By Joe Aiello Say Russia, and many immediately think Soviet Union, Communism, Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin. Others think Russian Orthodox Church, Chekov, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. On Thursday, April 12 and Saturday, April 14 at 8p.m. in the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Sons […]

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Pure Imagination

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Michael Bashaw, Sō Percussion and DECA Students Collaborate for One-of-a-kind Performance By Tim Anderl Walking through the dusty hallways of the a former sewing machine factory, the more than a century old building where Michael Bashaw keeps his studio, it is difficult to imagine the wondrously inventive sculptures, installations, collaborations and music that have taken […]

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Under an Open Sky and Figures of Rhetoric

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A Duel Exhibition at the Rosewood Gallery By Jud Yalkut The airy but incisive vision of the delicacy of branches and bird forms in the snowy whiteness of space of Paula Willmot Kraus’ “Under an Ohio Sky” is in sharp contrast with the fragmented and rough aspects of post-Constructivist figural sculpture by Emily Trick in […]

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A Spring Renaissance for a Masterpiece:

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The Dayton Art Institute By Jud Yalkut Ever since benefactor Julia Shaw Carnell funded the 1930 building project for the magnificent museum structure on the hill overlooking the city across the Great Miami River, it has been a treasured landmark for the Miami Valley area as well as a timeless cultural icon. The building was […]

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It’s Alive … With Music

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Artist, Engineer Brings Musical Robots to Dayton By Tim Anderl In the 1950s, children armed themselves with the phrase “Klaatu barada nikto” and pulled covers over their heads each night with the fear that The Day The Earth Stood Still’s large robot Gort might appear with laser eyes threatening to disintegrate them. In 2012, and […]

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Perfectly Frank

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Experiencing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House By Chris Schutte Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House in Springfield is not your typical historic house museum. Unless your definition of “typical” includes concerts by Japanese rock bands, film festivals, Pecha Kucha and … a cash bar. Better stated, it is a “Living House.” As executive director Marta Wojcik […]

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