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The Mid-Century American Art That Changed History

Dayton Art Institute Presents ‘Modern Masters’ By Jud Yalkut In the years after World War II, the contemporary art world was ruled by Europe and most particularly by France, to which many American artists were attracted for work and study. Within just a few years and the return of these artists to their homeland, it […]

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White Space

To Be Or Not To Be? By Jane A. Black I loathe writing about exhibitions I haven’t yet seen, and rarely do. How artwork is presented matters. The feel of the room, the lighting and spacing; and the relationships of color, form and content that occur as you walk from one piece and encounter the next; […]

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The Other Will Ferrell

A semi-serious look at the seriously funny star of ‘The Other Guys’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Longevity, besides being a respectful euphemism for old age, means you’ve got more stories to tell and there’s a greater chance that one or two of them might be good. Quite often I joke about being old because I’ve got […]

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Of Saints and Wonders

Of Saints and Wonders Unite Irish of Dayton Presents Dayton Celtic Festival. -By J.T. Ryder The mythopoetic imagery of the Emerald Isle causes a stirring in some, a sense of longing, a yearning to hear the strident fiddle match against the keening wail of the uilleann pipes calling over the misty mountains and across the […]

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Welcome Back, Mr. Koz

Saxophonist Dave Koz Returns to Fraze By Alan Sculley Perhaps more than ever, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz sees his concerts this year – and the entertainment they provide – as playing a vital role in the larger lives of his audience. Like most people in the music industry, he has watched some acts either cancel […]

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Parallel Visions

Visceral Gallery Showcases Fine works of art By: Susan Scherette, Don Williams, and Matthew Burgy.

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Francophonic Illumination

‘Canvases From The French Countryside’ At Visceral Gallery Through Thursday, June 17, the Visceral Gallery in Centerville has been transformed into a microcosm of Provence in France with the work of Richard Mantia. Radiating out from a central tableau of columns, vases and sunflowers, 30 recent acrylic paintings, some accompanied by pen and ink sketches, […]

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Colorful Appeal at Visceral Gallery

STOLZENBERGER AND DOVER ‘INTERTWINED’ IN NATURE AND BIRDS AT VISCERAL GALLERY The Visceral Gallery in Centerville is now well known for the manner in which it weaves together area artists in sensitively related joint exhibitions. In the gallery’s current exhibition entitled “Intertwined,” running through Thursday, May 20, the hierarchical birds and evocative miniature landscapes of […]

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CAREFREE SATIRE definitely

Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Mikado’ closes Dayton Opera season If you want to know who we are, we are gentlemen of Japan!” Thus begins the energetic opening chorus of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece, The Mikado. But please don’t take the chorus at their word. The Mikado (or The Town of Titipu) is a rollicking good […]

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Accomplished Musicians – WDPR concert showcases young talent

Seven of southwest Ohio’s finest young classical musicians will share their talents Sunday, May 16 at the University of Dayton. The teens, WDPR/Classical 88.1 FM Young Talent Search honorees, will present a “free classical concert … where everyone leaves inspired,” according to Shaun Yu, WDPR program director. Yu described this year’s field of competitors as […]

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Carefree Satire Definitely – Mikado

Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Mikado’ closes Dayton Opera season If you want to know who we are, we are gentlemen of Japan!” Thus begins the energetic opening chorus of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece, The Mikado. But please don’t take the chorus at their word. The Mikado (or The Town of Titipu) is a rollicking good […]

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The Fraze – Kettering’s Outdoor Oasis

Fraze Pavilion organizers have seemingly perfected the art of scheduling a lineup with a balanced mix of music and entertainment that cuts a swath across all demographics and musical genres. The 2010 season particularly sets the bar higher, including a variety of music we have come to expect from the venue such as jazz (Dave […]

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Masterly Prints – Bud Shark

Bud Shark’s amazing collaborations at Wright State Since 1976, a fabled but little known phenomenon in the art world is the work of master printer/director Bud Shark, particularly his “Shark’s Ink” workshop and collaboration with over 19 innovative contemporary American artists. Reminiscent of the great French print workshops of the 20th century, rendering editions of […]

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The Great Drum

The drummer stands, legs rigid and splayed, mimicking the wide lines of the prone wooden drum. His left arm points to the heavens as his right arm traces an ever increasingly insistent tattoo across the taut drum’s head with the straight wooden drum stick, or bachi. This technique, called oroshi, utilizes silences, or ma, to […]

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Bright and Beautiful

California shines in latest Dayton Art Institute exhibition California has always been a glorious dichotomy between the altruistic sharing of the earth and the unobtainable mega-lifestyle. Still smarting from the eternal battle between natural preservationists and ruthless developers, there is a dramatic monumentality about California that encapsulates the American Dream and struggle. So much a […]

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Devilishly Satisfying

Dayton Opera produces compelling ‘Faust’ Perhaps the spell of Dayton Opera’s impending 50th anniversary season is already working its magic because the organization’s current Faust, which opened Saturday, April 10 at the Schuster Center, seems to be a banner celebration production. Gounod’s masterwork has captivated and stirred audiences for over 150 years, and the Dayton […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]