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The Blessing Of The Animals

A Thoughtful New Work From Local Author Katrina Kittle By Lara Donnelly Oakwood author Katrina Kittle’s latest novel, The Blessings of the Animals ($14.99, 464 pages, Harper Peren-nial), is a thoughtful look at marriage in all its various forms. Inspired by two back-to-back radio stories on National Public Radio, one emphasizing whether marriage was necessary […]

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Dual Distinctions

Recomposed Objects And Layered Narrative At Rosewood Gallery By Jud Yalkut Two concurrent exhibitions at the Rosewood Gallery running through Friday, September 3 share the distinctions of transcending conventional formats and methodologies. Sculptural accretions by Jeff Bell of Durham, North Carolina fuse pre-found and readymade objects into new indefinable configurations. Sharon Harper of Springfield, Missouri […]

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Blondie Brings The Beat To The Fraze

Platinum Perfection By J.T. Ryder The two-toned hairstyle that became Deborah Harry’s signature in the 1970s and 1980s almost acts as a physical analogy to the dualistic nature and perception by the public of her and her band Blondie, which will perform Saturday, August 28 at the Fraze Pavilion. Born in 1945, Harry was adopted […]

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Elementary 1972 Color Of Energy By Jud Yalkut The Color of Energy Gallery at 16 Brown Street in the historic Oregon District is hosting an exhibition of works by artist Lesley Walton. A portrait artist, Walton uses both details and seeming effortless techniques to capture the moment and beauty of whatever she is drawing. There […]

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Cover Story: A Wonderland Of Art And Purpose

The Art And Articulation Contained Within Front Street By J.T. Ryder The red river brick monolithic structures sit straddling East Second Street with Front Street, intersecting through the middle of what has become known colloquially as the Front Street artists’ lofts. Simultaneously daunting and inviting, the buildings have housed some of the area’s most recognized […]

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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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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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  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

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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

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