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Theatre News and Reviews By Brian P. Sharp Victoria Theatre Association announces the 2011-2012 season The Wintergarden at the Schuster Center was the setting for the announcement of the 2011-2012 season by the Victoria Theatre Association. There are world premieres, star attractions and repeat performances. The big news of course was the Broadway Series which […]

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Springfield’s Art Nouveau

Meeting SMOA’s new executive director By Nicole Wroten When you think of a place to see world-class art and sculpture, what might pop into your head? New York City. Chicago. Maybe even Austin, Texas. But Springfield, Ohio? Springfield holds a true gem, just 40 minutes east of the Gem City with the Springfield Museum of […]

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Broadway gets ‘Forbidden’

‘Forbidden Broadway: Dances with the Stars’ premieres By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Erase every single notion and understanding you have about the popular television show, “Dancing with the Stars.” The Pasodoble, Fox Trot, sequined costumes and scathing judges. Come on – do it. [Pause.] Alright, are you set? Then, here we go: The Victoria Theatre Association will […]

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Reconciliations in the ‘REACH’

Exhibitions at DVAC and Sinclair By Jud Yalkut An annual event in the City of Dayton is the collaborative “REACH Across Dayton” studies conference and exhibitions co-sponsored by the Dayton Visual Arts Center, Sinclair Community College and the EbonNia Gallery. REACH “seeks to promote learning in the arts and humanities by creating an atmosphere that […]

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A ‘fat’ chance

‘Fat Pig’ debuts at the Dayton Theatre Guild By Brian P. Sharp In these days of New Year’s resolutions, weight loss and gym membership advertisements, childhood obesity, no-carb diets and lap-band surgeries, is there weight discrimination? Does this discrimination speak to other biases? Have we become people that simply judge based on too fat, too […]

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Dance the month away

Upcoming shows from Dayton Ballet and DCDC By Caroline Shannon-Karasik What do the celebration of African-American heritage and Tennessee Williams have in common? At first glance, not much at all. But when it comes to two of Dayton’s most-loved performing arts companies, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the similarities are obvious in the […]

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What a way to make a livin’

Some days, it’s more than ‘9 to 5’ By Brian P. Sharp I had the opportunity to talk with Diana DeGarmo who plays Doralee Rhodes in the musical, “9 to 5,” coming to the Schuster Center February 1 through 6.  The role was made famous in the movie by Dolly Parton – one of Diana’s […]

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The beauty of ‘Fidelio’

When Beethoven’s health failed him, his genius did not By Pat Suarez In 1801, Beethoven was in despair over his increasing hearing loss. In his words, “Let me tell you that my most prized possession, my hearing, has greatly deteriorated. Needless to say, I am resolved to overcome all this, but how will it be […]

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Greatness thrust upon us

Human Race presents ‘Twelfth Night’ By Brian P. Sharp The Human Race Theatre Company is gearing up for “Twelfth Night.”  A play originally written by William Shakespeare is set, for this production, in the 1920s. Under the direction of Aaron Vega, a Wright State University graduate and the youngest director in the history of The […]

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PechaKucha Night in Dayton

The coolest thing you haven’t heard of and can’t pronounce By Nicole Wroten PechaKucha. (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [pet͡ɕa ku͍̥t͡ɕa][1], chit chat) Funny word, right? So, what does it mean? Sounds kind of like Pikachu. No, that’s not it. A new sushi place? The latest model from Toyota? The eternal partner of Hello Kitty? It draws […]

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One of these nights

DPO’s rockin’ orchestra series features ‘Music of the Eagles’ By Caroline Shannon-Karasik Conjure an image of the orchestra. Go ahead – do it. What do you see? A conductor madly waving his hands? A group of violinists pumping their bows back and forth across their strings? Audience members studiously listening to the classical rhythms of […]

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Here Comes Santa Claw

Real Art’s latest project for kids (and clients) at heart By Nicole Wroten So, what does Santa do with all of those left over presents that nobody included on their wish lists? Ask Dayton’s own Real Art Design Group. On January 3, Real Art unveiled a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime project with the Santa Claw. Yes, Claw. […]

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Prelude to a season

A preview of DPO’s 2011-2012 season By Pat Suarez The Greek mythological figure Prometheus was a gutsy guy. He double-crossed Zeus and returned fire to mankind that Zeus had taken from mankind. In retaliation, Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock and commanded that an eagle would eat Prometheus’s liver. There’s more to this story, but […]

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Living Vicariously

Beavercreek native helps establish ‘eco-contemporary’ fashion brand By Nicole Wroten As a kid growing up in Beavercreek, Eric Adams never really dreamt he’d one day have a career in fashion. In fact, for most of his childhood, he never really knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. After graduating from Beavercreek High […]

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Remembering a decade

Kevin Harris shows layers of experience in prints, drawings By Jane A. Black Kevin Harris’ new exhibition at Sinclair Community College is a 10-year survey of drawings, prints and collages. While on the surface, they appear to be quite varied – ranging from torn paper compositions in clear, bright color to moody, barely narrative, black-and-white […]

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The naked truth in Dayton Theatre

How audiences react to actors stripping down By Brian P. Sharp As we start the “nude” year, it’s interesting to think back on how the Dayton theatre audience has been pushed regarding the issue of nudity over the years. You would think this would only apply to the professional stage, but no – in Dayton, […]

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