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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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OnStage, 10/4/11

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp “Lost in Yonkers” at the Guild Dayton Theatre Guild is preparing for the Neil Simon Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, Lost in Yonkers. This piece, full of laughs, tells the tale of two young boys left by their widowed father in a strange new world […]

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A flying experiment

The Flying Karamazov Brothers invade Victoria Theatre By Khalid Moss This is the story of a so-so, non-descript pair of street artists — whose sole objective was to make sure they could pay the next month’s rent — evolving into a world-class performing ensemble going head-to-head with the great symphony orchestras, TV stars and showbiz […]

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Tweet from your seat

How Dayton arts organizations are attracting the net generation By Jennifer Hanauer At one point while researching this story, I found myself texting, tweeting, Facebooking, emailing and Googling. I was doing so rather clumsily, but yes, I had all of my social media plates spinning precariously above my head at one time. I do know […]

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DCDC’s Director’s Cut

October 8 and 9 By Caroline Shannon-Karasik An anniversary is a thing of certain importance. For a couple, 50 years marks a milestone of memories and time spent together. When a teacher achieves academic tenure, he has earned permanence in his respective position. And when Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s (DCDC) Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs has […]

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Getting ready for a ‘roll, roll, roll in ze hay’

Young Frankenstein takes the stage at the Schuster Center By Brian P. Sharp Previewing the works of Mel Brooks during the Victoria Theatre film series this summer was the perfect introduction to the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein officially known as The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein. The musical comedy from the creative […]

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In a Musica! mood

“Legend & Lore” is the theme of Musica!’s 19th season in Dayton By Caroline Shannon-Karasik If you were a kid of the 1960s, then “music” meant an introduction to rockabilly sensation Elvis Presley and the absolute hysteria surrounding the invasion of British rock band, the Beatles. And what musical depiction of the ‘60s would be […]

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