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Do you really know the JERSEY BOYS?

The Broadway Hit Comes to Dayton As the world we live in seems more interested in the Jersey shore…or the “real” housewives of New Jersey…Dayton gets to see the JERSEY BOYS roll into town.  There is more reality in this musical, which won a Tony Award, than in either of the aforementioned shows.  This musical […]

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There’s no place like Dayton for talented kids


Muse Machine presents The Wizard of Oz By Natasha Habib We all know the story of Dorothy’s adventures in Oz, and have probably seen the 1939 film classic or read the stories by L. Frank Baum. Some of us have seen Dorothy whisked away by a tornado or heard “there’s no place like home” more […]

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Big spaces and large planes

Bonita Williams Goldberg, “Infinite Presence,” painting.

A unique exhibit opens at Miami University Middletown By Jud Yalkut It is always a great pleasure to discover exciting new work in a previously unexplored venue within the perimeters of one’s area. A juried exhibition entitled “Big Spaces and Large Planes” opens the 2011-2012 season through February 9 with the ongoing collaboration between The […]

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OnStage January


Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp The Human Race sees “Red” The Tony Award-winning play Red that is, John Logan’s two-man drama which is a thrilling look at the artistic process and a biographical sketch of a methodical painter that defied the stereotype of the reckless artist. Artist Mark Rothko the Abstract Expressionist […]

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Local visual arts: A year in review

Winslow Homer, “On the Beach: Two Are Company, Three Are None,” woodcut

Lively flux and changes in 2011 visual arts scene By Jud Yalkut 2011 in the Dayton area visual arts scene was a traumatic series of changes of personnel, albeit comparatively smooth and malleable in the end. As representative of the support of both the visual and performing arts in the area, the personnel changes crossed […]

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Local theatre: A year in review

Alex Sunderhaus as Emma, Blaine Boyd as Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Darian Taschner as Lucy in Wright State’s production of Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical.

Highlights of collegiate and professional theatre in 2011 By Brian P. Sharp One of the highlights this year happens to have been a loss (resignation), when a vital part of theatre in Dayton – Tina McPhearson previously the VP of Programming at the Victoria Theatre Association – known for bringing the big shows to the […]

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A novel idea

The NaNoWriMo kickoff event for 2011

NaNoWriMo: Inspiring the aspiring novelists in the Miami Valley By Tim Walker It should come as no surprise that novelists, like other writers, can be a bit … well, eccentric. They sit, after all, for hour upon hour, struggling to fill empty notebooks and blank computer screens with the thousands of words necessary to advance […]

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The color of steel

Mike Elsass in his gallery, Color of Energy

One DCP writer’s account of painting with a master — Mike Elsass By Annie Bowers The scent of acrylic paint, polyurethane and incense lingered in the air at the old warehouse. Industrial fans hummed, and someone down the hall was using the freight elevator; I could hear the distinctive creak of the lift’s gate and […]

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Front Row: Urban Nutcracker

Urban Nutcracker

An urban twist on Christmas tradition From Europe to downtown Dayton, SMAG Dance Collective is reinventing a Christmas classic for a different generation. The group will be performing an urbanized version of the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker. Instead of the familiar Tchaikovsky music, expect to hear selections ranging from hip-hop to rock. Whereas Clara […]

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A veteran Nutcracker

The Dayton Ballet performing The Nutcracker.

Dayton Ballet’s new Executive Director, Kathy Reed, preps for The Nutcracker By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Author Paulo Coelho once said, “Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” It’s almost a sure thing that when Coelho wrote those words, he didn’t have Dayton Ballet’s Executive Director Kathy Reed […]

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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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A homestyle home run


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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


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Kansas resurrected


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