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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’

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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

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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

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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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Forbidden love sizzles

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Rendezvous with Dirty Dancing at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: (left) Christopher Tierney as Johnny and Bronwyn Reed as Baby and (above) Tierney with Jerome Harmann Hardeman as Tito Suarez in Dirty Dancing; photos: Matthew Murphy Forbidden love. It’s the unquenchable passion that dooms Romeo and Juliet, the glowing embers that ignite West Side […]

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Dance with a view

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Vantage Points at the Victoria By Arnecia Patterson Photo: DCDC’s Devin Baker surrounded in Stafford Berry’s Wawa Aba, to be in Vantage Points at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Robbins Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s annual performance foray to the historic Victoria Theatre Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, is old and new. […]

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All that jazz

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Ellis Marsalis and Sherrie Maricle headline Beavercreek’s Weekend of Jazz By Gary Spencer Photo:Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra co-headline the 17th annual Weekend of Jazz Festival March 2-4; photo: Shaun Mader Jazz is one of America’s biggest and most important contributions to modern culture. Born of southern African-American culture in the late 19th century, […]

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Slapcheek humor

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Damon Williams returns to the Dayton Funny Bone By Joey Ferber Photo: Damon Williams brings his ‘hurt-your-face funny’ to the Dayton Funny Bone, Feb. 23-26 Damon Williams will make your cheeks hurt. Over his 20-plus years of doing stand-up, the Chicago native has crafted a unique brand of comedy that is sure to have audiences […]

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Turkey, from scratch

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Dayton Opera builds The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Theodore Chasseriau’s ‘Moorish Woman Leaving the Bath in Seraglio,’ the Turkish setting of Dayton Opera’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, coming Feb. 17 and 19 Mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 19 when Dayton Opera unveils […]

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Deux coeurs

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Dayton Ballet partners Valentine’s Day with Daring Duets By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Chase Bodamer and Lauren Stenroos perform ‘Bushido’ with the Dayton Ballet for Daring Duets, to run Feb. 9-12; photos: Scott J. Kimmins The act of taking the dance floor with a partner can be exhilarating and slightly trepidatious—such boldness and vulnerability given over […]

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Playing back the greats

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MVP Jazz Quartet pays homage to legendary musicians, friends at UD By Tim Walker Photo: MVP Jazz Quartet celebrates the life of pianist/composer James Williams at UD Feb. 16 When people in Dayton hear the word “jazz,” they may imagine a couple of scenes: a small, smoky nightclub somewhere in the city with a three- or […]

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Star staying power

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42nd Street dazzles again at the Schuster By Eric Street Photo: Blake Stadnik as Billy Lawlor (center) and the Company go for the gold in 42 Street’s ‘We’re in the Money,’ running Jan. 10-15; photos: Chris Bennion “You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” This is the gut-tightening challenge […]

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Visions of soldiers and sugar plum fairies

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The Nutcracker, recollected by the DPAA Photo: Kirk Henning (left) and Paul Gilliam as dueling soliders during the party scene in DPPA’s 2003 production of The Nutcracker; photo: Andy Snow Hallie Slack – Dancer with the Dayton Ballet I’ve been doing The Nutcracker now for a little over 30 years and I’ve performed just about […]

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Embrace your inner elf

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Elf: The Broadway Musical at the Schuster Center By Tim Smith Photo: Spenser Micetich as Buddy the Elf; photo: Joan Marcus The holiday season offers many reminders about the importance of giving, believing, and being young at heart. Elf: The Broadway Musical serves up a generous helping of this recipe set to music. Based on […]

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From boudoir to ball to jail

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UD goes to bat with operetta Die Fledermaus By Eric Street Photo: Johann Strauss II, ‘The Waltz King,’ in 1876 Revenge, deception, flirtation, and the irresistible lilting melodies of Johann Strauss II are in store when University of Dayton students and faculty unite to stage his best-known operetta, Die Fledermaus (The Bat). “Operetta is perfect […]

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When you wish…

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Disney on Ice ‘Dares to Dream’ at Nutter Center By Tim Smith Photo: Talent recruiters choose from skaters all over the world to present the magic of Disney on Ice Disney on Ice has been entertaining audiences the world over since it debuted in 1981 as “Walt Disney’s World on Ice.” It grew out of […]

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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 […]

BOOM goes your twenties!

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Dare to deny the passage of time at the Mathile Theatre (L-R) Jonathan (Bobby Mitchum) seeks help through his first […]

The woes of legal weed

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Getting your “pot card” In addition to federal and state law, local ordinances may limit growers, dispensaries, and individuals. By […]

The graying of green

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Ambiguity and contradictions still plague marijuana laws Despite the new law going into effect, much remains to be done for […]

Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

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Evil Eye Gypsy brings psychedelic rock to South Park Tavern Evil Eye Gypsy (L-R) Cat Shift, Sherree Emmons, Aaron Snyder, […]