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Plein Air Experience

DVAC 7TH ANNUAL “FRESH ART” AT GALLERY SAINT JOHN By Jud Yalkut On September 1, 2010, Mount Saint John at Bergamo was host to 15 active artists for the day. Gallery Saint John coordinator Brother Joe Barrish noted that “the Mount is celebrating its 100 years of existence and we wanted other artists besides our five […]

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At my Wit’s beginning

A preview of the Dayton Playhouse’s Wit By Caroline Shannon-Karasik There’s something to be said for feeling lost within yourself. That loneliness a person can feel when he or she has been faced with a verdict much larger than simple life drama … or, maybe, there’s nothing to be said at all. At least that’s […]

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Dayton Tripper

The Dayton Philharmonic and the Classical Mystery Tour By J.T. Ryder There is no real mystery about how classically magical the Beatles music is. It has become an ingrained part of our collective subconscious and a benchmark by which some rate all music and how others perform their own music. Taken in context, the affectation […]

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Shimmering Mobiles and Limpid Blossoms in DVAC “Reflections”

The Works of Terry Welker and Paula Willmot Kraus at DVAC By Jud Yalkut Running through December 29, the Dayton Visual Arts Center is full of gently kinetic presences in the forms of large sculptural mobiles by Terry Welker and their beautiful complement in the fluid palladium images of flowers by Paula Willmot Kraus. This […]

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The Emotion Within the Image

The works of Doug Fiely at Visceral Gallery By Jud Yalkut The Visceral Gallery in Centerville devotes most of its shows to the fine artists in this immediate area, but also allows for out-of-town artists in Ohio whose work achieves the gallery’s high standards. Such an artist is Douglas R. Fiely who hails from northwest […]

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The Madonna Between Hope & Havoc

Visuals By Jud Yalkut M.B. Hopkins is a graduate cum Laude of Wright State University in painting and drawing who has worked as a designer and illustrator at the Dayton Daily News since 1984. In 1983, she attended on scholarship the Yale University School of Music and Art, and is a past member of Dayton […]

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The Sugar Witch

Editor’s Choice By Russell Florence, Jr. Nathan Sanders’ eerily potent Southern comic drama The Sugar Witch, a dark, surprisingly engrossing story of a cursed Florida family that fluidly delves into matters of legacy, loss, sexuality and racial injustice, receives a solid local premiere at the Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Ave. Authentically directed by Doug […]

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Flash: The Musical

Performing Arts By Russell Florence, Jr. Clark State Community College will stage Flash: The Musical, an original work by Dan Hunt, through Sunday, November 7 in the Turner Studio Theatre at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave. The musical tells the story of Ed, whose life flashes before his eyes after […]

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Earth Talk

Double Concern Gulf Oil Lingering On The Sea Floor; Is Teeth Whitening Safe? From The Editors Of E/The Environmental Maganzine A friend of mine working on the Gulf Coast oil cleanup says that at least 50 percent of the loose oil is laying on the sea floor. What’s the long-term prognosis of this? — Chris […]

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On Stage

‘ANYTHING GOES’ SAILS SMOOTHLY AT WSU By Russell Florence, Jr. Lively dancing, colorful performances and Cole Porter’s sublime score keep Wright State University’s commendable production of Anything Goes pleasantly afloat. The revised 1987 libretto by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman remains jokey and silly with a tendency to drag in spots, but when the music […]

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Celebrating Chopin

Dayton Philharmonic Salutes Master Pianist/Composer Frederic Chopin By Patrick Suarez As you examine the works that the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in its concert pair Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, you’re probably thinking, “Chopin wrote a piano concerto? He wrote two of them? He wrote for the orchestra and not just for […]

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Triple Flair

Sculpture And Paintings At Cincinnati’s Weston Gallery By Jud Yalkut The multilevel spaces of the Weston Gallery in Cincinnati provide more than average capability for exploring in depth the work of artists showing there. This 16th season includes eight solo exhibitions of new and recent work in extended runs such as the current triple billing […]

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Porgy And Bess

Opera By Eric Street The Dayton Opera’s brilliant, collaborative Porgy and Bess is a worthy celebration of 50 years. Conducted with verve by Neal Gittleman, the swift-paced, visually striking production is awash in vocal talent. NaGuanda Nobles particularly casts a spell with her opening “Summertime.” Thomas Beard and Kearstin Piper Brown fully inhabit their title […]

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Spring Awakening At Victoria

The Defiant One By Russell Florence, Jr. Composer Duncan Sheik and lyricist/librettist Steven Sater’s 2007 Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening, a poignant, racy and riveting coming-of-age tale, will receive its highly anticipated local premiere next week at the Victoria Theatre. Based on the controversial, groundbreaking 1891 Frank Wedekind play of the same name, which […]

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PhilharMonster

Frightfully Fun for All Ages By Deborrah Adams PhilharMonster, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Halloween concert, offers all the seasonal elements that make for special memories, from costumes to sheer surprises. Every October, conductor Neal Gittleman and the DPO accept the challenge of bringing to a multi-generational audience a family-friendly concert that includes the spookiness […]

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Dayton Ballet Presents ‘Casanova’ And ‘Eve Of Frankenstein’

Seductive Double Pleasure By Caroline Shannon-Karasik It’s not often that people pair together a green monster and a romantic love story. But then again, how many ogre-like creatures do you know?  Let’s not short-change the possibilities, huh?  At least, that’s the thought behind Dayton Ballet’s season opening show, Casanova and Eve of Frankenstein, a debut […]

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