Archives | arts & culture RSS feed for this section

It was 500 years ago today…


Dayton Philharmonic explores Mendelssohn & The Reformation’s religious overtones The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra; photo: DPAA By Gary Spencer European classical music has a storied history of being intertwined with God, the church, and religious faith in general. There were many reasons for this – many composers were well known for being devout men of faith, […]

Read More 0 Comments

Disorder in the court


Black Box Theatre’s lineup rotates for all audiences Jon Sauline and Sarah Ammar, photo: Emmalee Daniels By Don Hurst As alibis go, it wasn’t the worst I ever heard, but it stretched the limits of credibility. According to the defense attorney, the accused could not have committed the burglary because he was at the casino…playing […]

Read More 0 Comments

Wright State begins 43rd season with a bang


“You Can’t Take It With You” is as colorful and joyous as a fireworks display (L-R) Jeremy Farley, MacKenzie Kasbaum, Logan Kitchens, Nick Wasserbauer, Danni Hepp, Isaac Ingle; photo: Wright State Theatre By Carlo Wagner Walking into the Festival Playhouse performance space, it was clear that this play was going to please. Director Joe Deer, […]

Read More 0 Comments

Charting social issues


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Wynton Works at Victoria DCDC dancer Nile Alicia Ruff; photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson When the performing arts season opens, it brings with it a degree of anticipation among those who attend events. What classics will be refreshed and reinterpreted? Will there be cutting edge presentations, never-seen-or-heard-before premiers, or those […]

Read More 0 Comments

In honor of purple


Dayton Philharmonic performs Prince Photo: The band from left to right: Kevin Randolph, Jairus Mozee, MacKenzie Green, Andrew Gouche, David Haddon By Tim Walker Long before his untimely death in 2016 at the age of 57, Prince had secured his place in the pantheon of our very greatest popular musicians. From the moment he signed […]

Read More 0 Comments

Costumes, and masks, and drama (oh my!)


Off to see a show this month? Take your pick ‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’ cast L-R: Erin McGee, Shaun Diggs, Bryana Bentley, Justin Lampkins, S. Francis Livisay (standing). Photo: Patti Celek By Natalie McCollum It’s the most wonderful time of the year—yes, I mean Halloween. For many, the month of October is synonymous with […]

Read More 0 Comments

Bluegrass brews in Miamisburg


Miami Valley Bluegrass Heritage Festival Photo: The Repeating Arms, with Max Nunery; photo: Max Nunery By Tim Smith The Dayton area boasts ardent fans of many types of music, but none has a following quite like bluegrass. Each year there are concerts and festivals devoted to bluegrass music across the region, but local musician and […]

Read More 0 Comments

An operatic journey through the cosmos


Verdi’s Requiem opens at the Schuster Center on September 17 Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet, and the Dayton Opera combine for Verdi’s Requiem By Eric Street Don’t be alarmed at the roar of tympani and bass drum downtown. That’s not an oncoming hurricane, it’s the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s percussion section warming up for two […]

Read More 0 Comments

Legendale, a different kind of musical.


Fantasy video game musical makes its U.S. premier at The Loft Theatre Photo: Actors for the show Travis Mitchell, Rachel Flynn, Max Crumm, and Abby Church By Josher Lumpkin So, I have to start off this review by stating for the public record that, while I have a fond appreciation of the theatre, I am […]

Read More 0 Comments

Whimsical live


Dare to Defy presents Seussical at the Victoria Theatre Photo: Chavin Medina as Jojo and A.J. Breslin as the Cat in the Hat; photo: Mackensie King By Erin Callahan What comes to mind when you think of Dr. Seuss? Maybe you think about Sam I Am’s whimsical rhyming in “Green Eggs and Ham,” every foot in […]

Read More 0 Comments

Busy fall season begins September


New productions and more on stage Photo: Josh Richardt and Judy Shaw in “Shakespeare” in South Park; photos: courtesy South Park By Jacqui Theobald A new season, filled with eager anticipation and enthusiasm by community theatres, actors, and audiences. Hold on to your calendars. Two delightful offerings run simultaneously for three dates, creating opportunities to attend […]

Read More 0 Comments

All My Sons dramatic opening weekend


The Dayton Theatre Guild’s newest production Left to right: Mike Beerbower, Jeff Sams, and Dave Williamson; photos: All My Sons By Jacqui Theobald “It’s a powerhouse,” an audience member said. “It’s SO touching,” said another. They were in the sold-out opening night audience that had just seen All My Sons, the Arthur Miller classic.  Superbly […]

Read More 0 Comments

When sexy dance takes hold


Dayton works its burlesque grind R.U.D.E.-ly   R.U.D.E. performers Taylor Daniels, Eric Chastain; photo: Lamar Pacley of Shutter Eye Photo By Arnecia Patterson Prevailing images of what conjures burlesque are given to scantily clad women who coax high levels of anticipation and egging on from male onlookers, anticipation that they will “take it off…take it […]

Read More 0 Comments

Theatre under the stars


Once Upon a Mattress comes alive in Springboro’s North Park Photo (l-r):Queen Aggravian, Prince Dauntless, and King Sextimus of Once Upon a Mattress presented by Playhouse South By Laura Jones There’s not much like sitting outside on a summer night beneath the stars watching theatre. In fact, when Minstrel (Xander Hildenbrandt), the first character appeared in Once […]

Read More 0 Comments

Forever Young


Sara Watkins gets back to her roots at Taft Theatre Photo: Sara Warkins, performing at Taft Theatre on Aug. 12 By L. Kent Wolgamott Sara Watkins is best known for her work in Nickel Creek, the bluegrass trio she co-founded as a teenager. But you won’t hear bluegrass or much of her fiddle on “Young […]

Read More 0 Comments

Color Dayton


Art on the Commons keeps inspiring creativity Photo: A masterpiece by Anastasia Mak By Megan Constable Back for its 29th year, the Art on the Commons Festival will bring music, art, crafts, food, and more to the Miami Valley. The event will host over 100 artists and crafters from across the nation. According to Shayna McConville, […]

Read More 0 Comments

Got an Opinion?


We are interested to hear what you think.  Please send us a message.  

The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

IMG_6577 v2

The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

shannon mcnally 1 - sebastian smith

Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]