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Honest, smoking brass

bluegrass

Davina and the Vagabonds wander to Oddbody’s Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds travel on to Oddbody’s June 17; photo: Garrett Born By Joey Ferber Barring the laws of space and time, if Davina and the Vagabonds were to share a bill with any artist, this non-stop act would be playing alongside Fats Waller, Tom Waits, […]

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Come rain or shine

Jazz

Dayton Jazz Festival keeps grooving at RiverScape Photo: Tucki Bailey, a Yellow Springs native who recently returned to the area, headlines Dayton Jazz Festival; photo: Lamonte Hall By Tim Walker The summer sun is shining and the weather is beautiful in downtown Dayton. It’s warm and pleasant, local residents are out and about, and it’s time […]

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‘Modern Dance Modern Funk’

Dance

Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus and Dayton Contemporary unite at the Victoria Theatre Photo: Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus (above) and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company present Modern Dance Modern Funk June 3 at Victoria Theatrephoto: Knack Creative By Arnecia Patterson In 14 seasons, the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus (DGMC) concerts have steadily developed in quality and audience. […]

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Come as you are

musical

Kinky Boots fits everyone at the Schuster Center Photo: Kinky Boots struts into the Schuster Center May 23-28; photo: Matthew Murphy By Allyson B. Crawford When someone says “Broadway,” Cyndi Lauper isn’t necessarily a name you think of. But maybe it should be. Lauper, the ’80s hit-maker, along with Harvey Fierstein, created Kinky Boots, a […]

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American souls, music

musical

Ragtime plays back the turn of the 20th century at Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The Harlem Group in Ragtime, running May 12-21 at Dayton Playhouse; photos: Art Fabian Big, bold, brisk, and brave. The Dayton Playhouse continues its pattern of undertaking giant musicals, seldom done by community theatres—and doing them well. Audience comment […]

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Good times on the Bayou

dance

Ride to New Orleans at Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s ‘Soulstice’ gala; photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson  Photo: America’s Packard Museum on South Ludlow Street hosts the ‘Soulstice’ gala Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) continues to receive kudos for its deep bench of dancers who evoke lively responses from audiences. Last year, DCDC won a […]

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Less is more

Gavin George, Swasey Chapel, Granville Ohio

The Philharmonic presents young, modest Mozart and Mendelssohn By Pat Suarez Photo: Piano prodigy and Ohio native Gavin George performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 May 5 and 6 at the Schuster; photo: Randall Schieber Amadeus Mozart. Felix Mendelssohn. I know, the first thought that pops into your head is “dead before the age of […]

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‘Voices of angels’

world

Celtic Woman treads new, classic territory at the Schuster By Alan Sculley Photo: Celtic Woman’s (l-r) Tara McNeill, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, and Éabha McMahon perform Friday, April 21 at the Schuster; photo: Naomi Gaffey   Being a singer in Celtic Woman had been a long-held dream for Éabha McMahon. Now, after more than a […]

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Lady sings the blues

Motown

Flash back to the ’60s with Motown: The Musical at the Schuster By Tim Walker Photo: Judith Frankiln (center) as Martha Reeves and the cast of Mowtown: The Musical perform April 11-16 at the Schuster; photo: Joan Marcus When you get right down to it, classic Motown songs encapsulate and define the 1960s: Marvin Gaye’s […]

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A celebrity mocking trial

Griffen

Kathy Griffin takes over Cincy’s Taft Theatre By Dana Walczak Photo: Kathy Griffin aims for a walkout or two at the Taft Theatre, March 24; photo: Mike Ruiz What are celebrities really like in person? If you’re wondering, I suggest going to Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. The tour began as […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

L&D

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 […]