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Jump, jive, and wail!

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Since 1982, Muse Machine has been a staple of many lives in the Miami Valley. Over 76,000 lives, each year, to be more precise. The nationally recognized arts education organization has spent the last 36 years striving to create a community of artists throughout 13 counties across central and southwestern Ohio and Kentucky, which has […]

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Your ticket to a vital community

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The newspaper you are holding right now is, at heart, one thing: a collaborative effort. Writers, artists, photographers, administrators, and many others come together under stressful deadlines to deliver this product every week at no cost to our citizens. It is also a civic asset because it helps weave social fabric by increasing awareness of […]

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Building character through building characters

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Dare to Defy, also known as D2D, is one of the most recent musical theatrical production companies to plant their roots in the Dayton area. They have just completed their third season and are already in full-swing preparations for their fourth that will start in the fall. Throughout this summer though, they are spearheading a […]

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Dayton’s historic innovations also include dance

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Ohio’s unique and powerful dance history will take center stage from June 18 to 24, 2018, as ballroom dancers and world-renowned dance instructors convene for the unveiling of Dayton Historic Dance Week. It is organizer Jeanette Watts’ way of showing off her hometown of the last 20 years to the vintage dance community as ballroom […]

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Shakespeare? Seriously?

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If you have avoided Shakespeare, remembering it as incredibly slow and hard to understand, this abridged and revised version will keep you awake and possibly breathless. It is 97 minutes of comedy and action, dipping lightly and irreverently into all 38 of the Bard’s plays. The actors run, they leap, they play football with a […]

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The return of Judy Blue Eyes

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“I have to tell jokes and keep people laughing… when you sing all those sad songs you have to!” singer Judy Collins tells the Dayton City Paper. Picking up where they left off, folk heroes Judy Collins and Stephen Stills are touring America together this summer. Last year they made an album together and played […]

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Let’s Hear it for the Boys

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For the past 16 years, the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus (DGMC) has been continually trying to bring joy to the Dayton community through song. Founded in 2003 by current treasurer Fred Poland, the chorus has been on a mission to increase awareness and community support for the LGBTQ community in the area—but especially, area youth […]

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Two Amigos and The Rangers at Rose

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Steep Canyon Rangers back Steve Martin with Martin Short Steve Martin (center) along with the Rangers (L-R) Graham Sharp, Barrett Smith, Woody Platt, Mike Guggino, Nicky Sanders, and Mike Ashworth. Photo: Anna Webber By Alan Sculley The Steep Canyon Rangers had been a band for some nine years and had released five albums when they […]

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Another person’s treasure

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Whether a thrift-store find is a genuine Jackson Pollock painting ultimately is not the central theme of this more-complex-than-it-seems two-character play written by Stephen Sachs and directed by Doug Lloyd. Maude Gutman (most convincingly played by Rachel Oprea) lives in a California trailer park and is a woman of average education. Maude contacts Lionel Percy […]

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Adventures under the sea

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Almost every girl at one point or another thought that they were the little mermaid. Except for me. I was the the little mermaid, and you couldn’t convince me otherwise. I do not know what it was about the red-haired adventurer that made me fall in love with her story, but I was hooked instantly. […]

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The Wit of Erma Bombeck

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Heartland humor from the Human Race Theatre By Jackie Theobald Jennifer Joplin “simulates” Erma Bombeck, here at her makeshift ironing board desk. Erma Bombeck has come home to Dayton and Dayton is welcoming her back with enthusiasm. “It’s about time,” her sons Matt and Andrew said, clearly proud of all their mother did and all […]

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The sound of the new Americans

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Dayton Philharmonic celebrates Bernstein Centennial at Schuster Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Jessica Hung By Pat Suarez Leonard Bernstein had to have been thinking, “Wow…” when, in 1947, Broadway choreographer Jerome Robbins approached Bernstein and writer Arthur Laurents about adapting Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for the stage. Hmmm… The most enduring play of all time in […]

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Jackie in Wonderland

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Dayton Philharmonic backs prodigy Jackie Evancho at Schuster Jackie Evancho will sing opera favorites as well as her new more “pop” songs, including her self-penned “Wonderland.” By Sarah Monroe There are many things that get better with age: delicious wine, smooth whiskey, tasty cheese and the ethereal voice of Jackie Evancho. She astounded audiences worldwide […]

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World-class bluegrass

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Songs from the Road Band at Peach’s (L-R) Mark Schimick, Ryan Cavanaugh, Charles R. Humphrey III, Sam Wharton, and James Schlender of the Songs from the Road Band. By Katie Fender The popular bluegrass ensemble, Songs from the Road Band, are making a stop at Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs, and anyone with a taste […]

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Irish Homecoming

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Celtic Woman at Clark State gala The four women of Celtic Woman (L-R) Tara McNeill, Mairead Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and Susan McFadden By Dave Gil de Rubio The Irish have always had a strong cultural base rooted in song and storytelling. And while the tradition is often steeped in images of cable-knit sweaters and caps, […]

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Humor and hard times

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Depression-era “Brighton Beach Memoirs” prevails with warmth and wit Brothers (L-R) Stanley (Richard Buchanan) and Eugene (Eric Deiboldt) By Jacqui Theobald Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical memoir is reflective of the human condition, touching both senior playgoers and those new to the theatre. In this highly energetic production directed by Marya Spring Cordes, Eugene is 15 years […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]