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Mail call

Wright State’s Colleen Kelsey teaches students the skill of mail art By Jim Hannah Photo: An example of mail art sent to Colleen Kelsey by artist Amy Deal They paint it, they mail it, and they often never see it again. It’s called “mail art” or “postal art” and includes postcards, envelopes, paper or anything that […]

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Whole lotta shakin’

Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash at ‘Million Dollar’ Kuss event By Rusty Pate Photo: Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash: A Night To Remember takes place Saturday, Jan. 23 at Clark State’s Kuss Auditorium There was magic in the air in Memphis on Dec. 4, 1956. Elvis Presley, the city’s favorite son, had already taken the […]

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On Stage

Theatre season’s second half begins with variety By Jacqui Theobald Photo: J. Gary Thompson (center) plays Sir in Dayton Playhouse’s The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd Way, way down in the brick-walled basement—vintage 1866—the very first construction of the Victoria Theatre holds up a mighty history with stalwart strength and […]

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Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins flies

A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious love fest By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Brianna Russ, Megan Braun and Jamey Paul in Muse Machine’s Mary Poppins, Jan. 14-17 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Ben Morrison The Muse Machine presents Mary Poppins. Seems simple and delightful, right? You know the whimsical story of the almost-magic nanny, the chimney sweep and the […]

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You’ve got a friend

Philharmonic plays Pixar By Sarah Sidlow Photo: The DPO’s Pixar in Concert will include favorites from all three “Toy Story” films, “Finding Nemo,” “Ratatouille,” “A Bug’s Life” and more From corporations comprised of monsters to families forged in super-heroism, the playful creations of Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios have delighted audiences and crushed industry records for […]

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Lead me to Das Lied

DPO performs Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) By Pat Suarez Photo: DPO concertmaster Jessica Hung A pianist once told me if I really wanted to get to know Beethoven’s music, I should listen to his string quartets. Beethoven’s musical soul is on full display in those sixteen works, he […]

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Double dog dare you

Dare 2 Defy profile plus The Great American Trailer Park Musical By Joyell Nevins Photo: Eric Julian Walker and Hayley Penchoff rehearse for Dare 2 Defy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical;.Photo: Sydney Fleming. About a year ago, a group of theater lovers observed a pool of incredibly talented actors and actresses in the Dayton […]

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Supporting roles

Husband and wife resident artists make it work at Human Race By Don Hurst Photo: The workshop production of Tenderly directed by Marya Spring Cordes; photo: Steven Box Actors are not typically known for their stable marriages. The juicy shreds of celebrity matrimony meltdowns fill magazines and TV shows. Maybe it’s the hectic schedules that […]

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The art of peace

DAI commemorates the Dayton Peace Accords By Tim Smith Photo: A selection of commemorative art, like this famous photograph by Marc Riboud, is on display at the Dayton Art Institute now through Feb. 28 Dayton has long been recognized for its achievements and contributions, and in 1995, it added the Dayton Peace Accords to its […]

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The elf and the monologue

David Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries” at the Human Race By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile in “The SantaLand Diaries,” now through Dec. 19 at the Loft Theatre; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Many of us are right in the midst of the holiday season, where pressures mount, often unimaginably. Situations may put us on the edge of […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]