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Fatoumata Diawara brings comforting compositions to Dayton By Tim Anderl Some artists are a jack of many trades, but clearly excel at one.  In comparison, charismatic and versatile talent like Fatoumata Diawara, who at 28-years-old has already had wildly successful careers as a dancer and actress, and who is a rising star in African music, […]

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Breezin’ to Pop Fame

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George Benson’s jazz guitar returns to Fraze By Khalid Moss Some artists, be they in the field of dance, visual arts, literary arts or music, are known for pushing the envelope. Jazz/pop guitarist George Benson, over the course of his 40-year career, has managed to rip the envelope wide open. Benson is a 10-time Grammy […]

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Jazz Central

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Keeping Jazz Alive in Dayton By Khalid Moss Jazz Central, located at 2931 East Third Street, is living up to its name. It is truly the nucleus for jazz in the city of Dayton. That mantle used to belong to Gilly’s nightclub where, for many years, jazz was the centerpiece, the “piece de resistance.” But […]

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Am I Seeing Green?

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Wicked Takes the Schuster Center by Storm By Brian Sharp Dayton gets the pleasure once again of experiencing Wicked – the untold story of the witches of Oz.  The Schuster Center will host this amazing piece of musical theatre for the next four weeks.   The popularity of this musical is nearly cult-like.  There are people […]

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A Unique Twist on A Classic

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Carmen Comes to The Victoria Theatre By Eric Street The Dayton Opera season sweeps to a dramatic close with four performances of The Tragedy of Carmen, a streamlined, contemporary turn on Bizet’s perennial audience favorite.  Dayton’s Victoria Theatre provides an intimate setting for the May 17 thru 20 performances. This version, sung in English and […]

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The Collective Effort of Theatre

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The Laramie Project Continues at Sinclair By Emma Jarman Theater is one of America’s oldest and most effective escapist pastimes. We watch movies and attend plays to put our own troubles behind and become absorbed in the fantastical yet fictional dilemmas and perfectly timed resolutions of the characters onscreen or stage. But what if there […]

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Pure Imagination

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Michael Bashaw, Sō Percussion and DECA Students Collaborate for One-of-a-kind Performance By Tim Anderl Walking through the dusty hallways of the a former sewing machine factory, the more than a century old building where Michael Bashaw keeps his studio, it is difficult to imagine the wondrously inventive sculptures, installations, collaborations and music that have taken […]

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Victoire Visits Dayton

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Five Friends Blend Compositional, Musical and Performance Skills By Joe Aiello Victoire. It’s the French feminine of Victoria. And since the name doesn’t provide a clue to the group’s music, I listened. The female quintet’s latest CD is Cathedral City (New Amsterdam Records). The cut “A Door in the Dark” features a laconic keyboard line […]

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Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz

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Celebrating and Promoting Music Education By Khalid Moss Beavercreek, Ohio is a medium-sized mid-western town, incorporated in 1980, that boasts a population of more than 37 thousand hardworking folks. Like most cities, times are tough. Voters routinely reject school levies and additional budget cuts have already been announced as a way of preparing for the […]

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Dayton Opera Presents a Timeless Classic

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Romeo and Juliette, with Veleta Tempranillo By Eric Street Looking for an unforgettable way to celebrate a special occasion? The Dayton Opera offers one of the hottest tickets in town with Charles Gounod’s lushly romantic Romeo and Juliet. Get your tickets now — performances are Friday, February 24 at 8p.m. and Sunday, February 26 at […]

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Everything Old is New Again

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DPO presents Wizard of Oz with Orchestra By Joe Aiello   “Dreams can come true again, when ev’rything old is new again.” So goes the refrain from the song “Everything Old Is New Again,” as featured in the Broadway musical The Boy from Oz starring Hugh Jackman. On Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 […]

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A Tempest in a Tea Set

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DPO Presents The Music of Pink Floyd with Windborne By Joe Aiello Shakespeare’s Juliet posed the question “What’s in a name?” Apparently a lot. Consider the name Pink Floyd. It means music, of course.  Not merely music, however, but music described as conceptual, influential, innovative, philosophical, progressive, psychedelic, psychological — trippy. As most rock bands […]

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The Romance Series

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The Dayton Ballet Gets Ready for Valentine’s Day By Jordan Pleasant Dayton Ballet’s 2011-2012 sequence of performances continues February 9 -12, 2012, with The Romance Series.  Filled with all things love, just in time for Cupid’s holiday, each of the three pieces on the bill displays a different dialect of dance — all based in […]

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Singing Nuns at Dayton Playhouse

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And Other Theater Events By Brian P. Sharp The Singing Nuns The Dayton Playhouse is rounding out the season with three great shows.  The first is Nunsense, the hilarious musical comedy that opens Friday, February 3 at the Dayton Playhouse and runs through February 19.  The play is published by Samuel French with book, music […]

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The Man Behind The Jersey Boys

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A Glimpse into Des McAnuff, The Director   By Brian P. Sharp The man behind the Jersey Boys …? That would be Des McAnuff, the Director of the show.  I had the opportunity to chat with this amazing man. Born in Illinois and raised in Canada by his Mother, after the loss of his Father, […]

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The Jersey Girls

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The Show Within The Show By Brian P. Sharp So, who are these three women — these three women behind the men we know as the Jersey Boys?  We’ve heard it before … it’s the woman behind the man.  Well in this case, it’s three women behind the men, and those three women play over […]

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No Jet Engines Here

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]