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Muse Machine performs Tonight as 2011 summer concert By Caroline Shannon-Karasik The musical West Side Story is a complicated one — a challenge for any company to take on, let alone one whose youngest performer is a 6-year-old. But it’s a challenge to which the members of Dayton’s Muse Machine, a nationally recognized arts education […]

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Onstage, August 2011

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp As we close the “theater year” for most of our area theaters and we near the 2011 DayTony and Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame awards, we arrive at the look back on the year of theatre in Dayton. This was a year of great loss in our […]

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A musicals summer

Local theatres go outdoors and stay in with lineup of summertime musicals By Caroline Shannon-Karasik When David Brush walks down Fifth Street in the Historic Oregon District, he takes note of a few things: One of his favorite restaurants for ethnic food: Thai 9. The Color of Energy Gallery that sits just around the corner […]

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Color Logistiks Group

They want to paint your walls. By Katie Modras-Anible Wall art can say a lot for a city’s culture and creativity. Public art that occupies active space, contributing to the environment in which it is affixed, can alter the entire feel of any outdoor or enclosed area. Walls, borders, defined boundaries; for Josh Flohre and […]

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Shakespeare for the masses

Dayton’s Free Shakespeare! not exactly much ado about nothing By Brian P. Sharp Shakespeare for free is nothing new in the theatre community, but it is still fairly new to Dayton. The concept of free theatre, readings or even full performances, is many times an avenue in which actors and directors can perfect and enjoy […]

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Onstage July

The Lion King

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp The Lion continues to roar It is hard to go anywhere in Dayton without hearing about The Lion King and what it means to our community. I was able to see the show with my mother as we celebrated her 80th birthday. In her words, “This experience […]

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The “Metamorphosis”

… and the rebirth of the Visceral Gallery By Jud Yalkut The Visceral Gallery has been one of the mainstays of area contemporary art over the last five years since its founding on East Fifth Street in the Oregon District. Boasting a “family” of accomplished Dayton-area artists, the gallery has, in its various manifestations, also […]

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Putting sticks to work

Installation art puts a wiggle in your walk through Wegerzyn Gardens By Emma Jarman When I look at a development team preparing to rip down trees in order to replace them with McMansions and six-car garages, I think, “What a shame.” When Patrick Dougherty lays sight upon the same scene he thinks, “Supplies!” “It’s kind […]

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Onstage June

Theatre news and reviews By Brian P. Sharp Human Race delivers over Memorial Day The Human Race Theatre Company is presenting Right Next to Me, a musical by Gregg Coffin. This form of Right Next to Me is different from the workshop production that was shown in 2009. This show tells us the story of […]

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Let’s hear it for the boys

The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus chimes in By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s a fact: The popular boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys have partnered up and are preparing to hit the stage once again much to the excitement of shrieking fans across the globe. But in Dayton, there’s a collaboration all […]

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Ohio Chainsaw Masterpiece

Jerry Metcalf: Chainsaw sculptor, lifetime ink lover By Katie Modras-Anible Jerry Metcalf shares his philosophy on life as we sit with the evening sun streaming into his kitchen window. “Life goes by too fast not to keep busy,” he said. His tiny black Chihuahua, Black Jack, makes his presence known and then sits close enough […]

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MASS’ Dayton voice

A job well-done by DPO, WSU and Kettering Children’s Choir By Patrick Suarez For Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, it was a dream realized. For Dayton Philharmonic management, it was a financial and programming gamble that paid off beyond their wildest hopes. Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, performed on May 13 and 14, […]

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Getting it right on ‘42nd Street’

Broadway comes to Wright State By Brian P. Sharp It really felt like Broadway has stormed Wright State University while watching 42nd Street with music by Harry Warren (lyrics by Al Dubin; book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble; based on the novel by Bradford Ropes). As the curtain goes up about three feet, you […]

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Come to the Red Hot Cabaret

DCDC presents last local show of the season By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Whoever said, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” has apparently never made the acquaintance of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). Because unlike a mother who cuts off her child’s supply of lollipops at one, the company is similar to the silly, […]

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Sideshow VI

A two-day celebration of creativity By Katie Anible-Modras At a little juncture where the train bridge cuts through the city next to Fifth and Fourth Streets, off Wayne Avenue, where the trains noisily cross, you may discover our own little gem in the valley – the whimsical world that is the Garden Station. Look for […]

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Rising Sun Relief

Locals use fashion to raise funds/awareness for Japan By Katie Anible-Modras T-shirts talk. Ever since Che Guevara graced the front of an average cotton knit and ever since the Free Tibet movement’s t-shirts opened the world’s eyes to a tiny country’s silent plight, fashion, in a sense had spoken and the people heard. Does this […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]