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The world on a string

Cellist Cicely Parnas at the Dayton Art Institute By Gary Spencer Photo: Cellist Cicely Parnas will perform on April 11 at the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Christian Steiner It’s sometimes been said many young adults have wisdom beyond their years. In the case of cellist Cicely Parnas, this young musician seems to have had the skills […]

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There’s a whole new sound coming out of Memphis

Tony Award-winner ‘Memphis’ comes to the Schuster By Brian P. Sharp Photo: The Victoria Theatre Association presents “Memphis” April 8-11 at the Schuster Center; photo: Jeremy Daniel Memphis disc jockey, the late Dewey Phillips – also known as “Daddy-O-Dewey” – is thought by many musical historians to be the person most responsible for integrating American radio […]

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Sharp wit and dynamic tensions

Human Race Theatre Company presents ‘Other Desert Cities’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l to r] Kate Young as Polly Wyeth, Scott Stoney as Lyman Wyeth and Jennifer Joplin as Brooke Wyeth in “Other Desert Cities”; photo: Scott J. Kimmins From fast-paced, clever family snipping to soul-shaking depths, Director Margarett Perry and her superb five-actor ensemble bring “Other […]

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Creative bodies in motion

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Synchronicity By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents Synchronicity April 5 and 6 at the NCR Renaissance Auditorium in the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Andy Snow Creativity’s role in the artist’s narrative can be cast as either protagonist or antagonist; it can be engaging, yet elusive and prone to aloneness. […]

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Drama and dreams

Dare to Defy presents ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Bobby Mitchum and Jackie Darnell get some Legal Assistance from Mackensie Vonderbrink in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, there is a delightful “proposal friendly” musical opening soon in Dayton. A new theatre company, […]

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Class act

Springfield Symphony Orchestra rocks the ‘Classics’ By Gary Spencer Photo: Conductor Peter Wilson will direct the 72-piece Springfield Symphony Orchestra; photo: John Hazlett Some things stand the test of time. Some things become tried and true. Over time, such things tend to be referred to as “classics.” According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a “classic” can be […]

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Looking back, looking forward

Dayton Ballet’s dance lineage unfolds in new directions By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Ballet will perform “Interactions” as part of New Directions, March 20 through March 23 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Kimmins As it concludes its 76th season, Dayton Ballet is old enough to revisit a past that was new at the time and […]

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Four-handed (keyboard) massage

Pianists Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee at Dayton Art Institute By CC Hutten Photo: Pianists Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank will present their first Vanguard Concerts performance as a married couple; photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco The Vanguard Concert series at the Dayton Art Institute is the only chamber music series in the United States to have […]

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Education meets improvisation

Beavercreek’s unique weekend of jazz returns By Benjamin Smith Photo: Spyro Gyra; Photo: Brian Friedman/B-Freed Photography Fact: the three toughest things on the planet are diamonds, silicon carbide and jazz. Obviously that’s an exaggeration, but even distortions reflect some truth. Jazz is challenging to learn, challenging to play and occasionally challenging to enjoy or even comprehend. […]

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A good time, period.

Stories and Dreams at the Schuster Center  By Pat Suarez Photo: Nancy Cartwright will narrate “The Dot and the Line” during all three performances, March 7-9 In his 1942 opera Capriccio, Richard Strauss explored whether music or words were more important within the context of opera. In its concert series, Stories and Dreams, which runs Friday, […]

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News of the weird 10/21

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Signs of the times “Selfie fever” has begun to sully the sacred Islamic pilgrimages to […]

The last word

Thanks for reading By A.J. Wagner This will be my last week writing the “Law and Disorder” column for the […]

The art of organization

Yellow Springs Artist Studio Tour & Sale returns By Alyssa Reck Photo: Elaine Lamb of Mud Mothers Pottery will showcase […]

Waste not

The Plastic World of Mary Ellen Croteau By Shayna V. McConville Photo: Mary Ellen Croteau, “Endless Columns,” plastic bottle caps […]

On not getting by in Dayton

The long-term effects of poverty By A.J. Wagner I have been penning “Law and Disorder” for the Dayton City Paper […]

News of the weird 10/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and […]