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‘Tis the season to be nutty

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Dayton Ballet’s annual holiday treat Photo: The Nutcracker ensamble dances as snowflakes in the pine forrest By Arnecia Petterson Images by Scott Kimmins   When The Nutcracker ballet had its 1892 premier in St. Petersburg, Russia, critics viewed it unfavorably for its mass appeal and circus-like atmosphere. It was categorized “ballet-féerie,” a spectacle created to appeal […]

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Celebrating the Christmas season with song

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Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday concert Photo: The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra performs their annual Holiday Concert this Saturday. Pictured: Trumpeter Tom Jacobs By Timothy Walker   For many, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas unless they’re surrounded by the beautiful sounds of holiday music favorites. Whether you’re a fan of jazz, pop, rock, […]

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Of symphony and God

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Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah Photo: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Chior will perform Messiah this Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Photo: Andy Snow By Tim Smith   It wouldn’t be Christmas without seasonal music, and Handel’s Messiah is an indelible part of the celebration. When you mention Messiah to most people, they automatically […]

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Now you see it…

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The Illusionists live on stage at Clark State Jeff Hobson, The Trickster, interacts with an audience member on stage in The Illusionist’s act. Photo: Joan Marcus By Tim Smith  Audiences have long been fascinated by magic and the art of illusion. It’s been a popular form of stage entertainment from Harry Houdini to Siegfried and […]

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Holiday in dance

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s The Littlest Angel Countess V. Winfrey and Matthew J. Talley in DCDC’s production of The Littlest Angel.  Photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson As children’s stories go, The Littlest Angel’s florid language can be read aloud as an undulating lullaby. Charles Tazewell, who wrote the story in 1946, crafts long, winding […]

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Daylight sonata

Philharmonic chamber orchestra performs Prokofiev: The Art of the Sonata By Gary Spencer One of the great things about the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the many innovative and creative programs they present, whether it be the Dayton Ballet, Opera, or the Philharmonic. In the case of the latter, the Dayton Philharmonic 2017-18 season is […]

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It was 500 years ago today…

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Dayton Philharmonic explores Mendelssohn & The Reformation’s religious overtones The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra; photo: DPAA By Gary Spencer European classical music has a storied history of being intertwined with God, the church, and religious faith in general. There were many reasons for this – many composers were well known for being devout men of faith, […]

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Charting social issues

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Wynton Works at Victoria DCDC dancer Nile Alicia Ruff; photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson When the performing arts season opens, it brings with it a degree of anticipation among those who attend events. What classics will be refreshed and reinterpreted? Will there be cutting edge presentations, never-seen-or-heard-before premiers, or those […]

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In honor of purple

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Dayton Philharmonic performs Prince Photo: The band from left to right: Kevin Randolph, Jairus Mozee, MacKenzie Green, Andrew Gouche, David Haddon By Tim Walker Long before his untimely death in 2016 at the age of 57, Prince had secured his place in the pantheon of our very greatest popular musicians. From the moment he signed […]

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Bluegrass brews in Miamisburg

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Miami Valley Bluegrass Heritage Festival Photo: The Repeating Arms, with Max Nunery; photo: Max Nunery By Tim Smith The Dayton area boasts ardent fans of many types of music, but none has a following quite like bluegrass. Each year there are concerts and festivals devoted to bluegrass music across the region, but local musician and […]

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Whimsical live

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Dare to Defy presents Seussical at the Victoria Theatre Photo: Chavin Medina as Jojo and A.J. Breslin as the Cat in the Hat; photo: Mackensie King By Erin Callahan What comes to mind when you think of Dr. Seuss? Maybe you think about Sam I Am’s whimsical rhyming in “Green Eggs and Ham,” every foot in […]

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When sexy dance takes hold

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Dayton works its burlesque grind R.U.D.E.-ly   R.U.D.E. performers Taylor Daniels, Eric Chastain; photo: Lamar Pacley of Shutter Eye Photo By Arnecia Patterson Prevailing images of what conjures burlesque are given to scantily clad women who coax high levels of anticipation and egging on from male onlookers, anticipation that they will “take it off…take it […]

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Forever Young

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Sara Watkins gets back to her roots at Taft Theatre Photo: Sara Warkins, performing at Taft Theatre on Aug. 12 By L. Kent Wolgamott Sara Watkins is best known for her work in Nickel Creek, the bluegrass trio she co-founded as a teenager. But you won’t hear bluegrass or much of her fiddle on “Young […]

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All aboard

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Mad River Railroad stops at RiverScape MetroPark Photo: Mad River Railroad’s (l-r) Dave Finster, Pat Carine, Gary Ridgeway, Nora Denning, Dave Younkin By Matt Clevenger Overlooking the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton, RiverScape MetroPark seems like an ideal venue for bluegrass act Mad River Railroad. The band played there once before, in 2015, and […]

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Now part of our world

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The Little Mermaid sings its way to the Schuster The Little Mermaid splashes onto the Schuster stage from Aug. 8-13; photo: Mark & Tracy Photography By Tim Smith Disney films seem to live forever, and not just on home video. When they release a new animated feature, chances are pretty high that it will be […]

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Gravity-defying ’grass

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The Infamous Stringdusters travel on to Cincy Infamous Stringdusters’ (l-r) Travis Book, Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, and Jeremy Garrett; photo: Scott McCormick By Alan Sculley Coming off of a 2016 album, Ladies & Gentlemen, that was a bit of a musical detour, The Infamous Stringdusters knew it was time to re-establish what the […]

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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 […]