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It’s about time

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Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe and trio return to Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: The Bill Cunliffe Trio performs at Gilly’s Dec. 9 Bill Cunliffe is a respected artist in the world of jazz today—but jazz music, surprisingly, wasn’t his first love. “I didn’t originally start out as a jazz pianist,” the 59-year-old Grammy-winner said […]

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Portrait of a young painter

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Oldcastle Theatre Company presents ‘Grandma Moses: An American Primitive’ By Joyell Nevins Photo: Peter Langstaff and Christine Decker perform in “Grandma Moses: An American Primitive” Dec. 3-6 at Dayton Art Institute Anna Mary Robertson Moses, known as “Grandma Moses” to the world, didn’t begin painting until her late 70s. She was a self-taught painter who […]

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A new bloom

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Steel Magnolias returns to Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Carolyn Popp, Christine Brunner, Caitlin Larsen, Julia Geisler, Patricia Lindart and Maretta Zilic perform in Steel Magnolias through Nov. 29; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Sally Field is not one of the “Steel Magnolias” on stage at the Loft Theatre this month and she […]

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Can you hear me now?

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Sinclair’s Quid Pro Quo portrays Deaf and hearing cultures By Joyell Nevins Photo: [standing] Ashlee Ferrell and Maximilian Santucci; [seated] Katelyn Gross and TJ Fortson perform in Quid Pro Quo through Nov. 14 at Sinclair Community College The poster for Sinclair Community College Theatre’s upcoming play Quid Pro Quo portrays two hands with middle fingers down […]

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In their blood

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Evil Dead the Musical at the Victoria By Josher Lumpkin Photo: Evil Dead the Musical comes to the Victoria Theatre Nov. 6-8 Don’t expect Christopher Bond, co-creator of Evil Dead the Musical, to be a lifelong horror fan. “I’ll be really honest,” the 38-year-old Ontario native admits. “I was a big wuss. I was pretty […]

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The comedy man cometh

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Bert Kreischer at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Bert Kreischer will perform Nov. 6-8 at Dayton Funny Bone Remember at the end of “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978) how they do a little freeze-frame on each character to let you know where they ended up? And you see the one for John […]

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Around the world in 183 seats

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Legendary metal guitarist presents Planetary Coalition at UD By Gary Spencer Photo: Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick deviated from thrash metal to explore world music; photo: Tom Couture Photography Many musicians become famous for playing in a musical era or genre and pretty much stick to what brought them to the dance. Then, there are other […]

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Spooky in Springfield

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SSO’s first-ever Fright Lights concert By Tim Smith Photo: Peter Stafford Wilson conducts the Springfield Symphony Orchestra during their Halloween-themed Fright Lights prgoram on Saturday, Oct. 31; photo: Bob Bingenheimer Ghosts, goblins, thrills and chills will be served up during the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s first Nightlights 1—Fright Lights concert Oct. 31. The program of all […]

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A dream realized

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Dayton Ballet opens its season with the return of Cinderella By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Dayton Ballet’s Case Bodamer, Erica Cole and Paul Gilliam perform in Cinderella, which returns to the Victoria Theatre Oct. 22-24; photo: Scott J. Kimmins When Dayton Ballet opens its 2015-16 season with Cinderella, it will offer audiences a chance to see […]

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On Stage 10/20/15

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To Cali and back again By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The Dayton Playhouse cast rehearses for “The Diary Of Anne Frank,” which they will perform Nov. 6-15 Beavercreek on the edge You are invited to vacation in California when the Beavercreek Community Theatre presents Neil Simon’s “California Suite,” opening Oct. 30 and playing weekends through Nov. […]

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Pippin does Cirque

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Updated Broadway classic flips onto Schuster stage By Joyell Nevins Photo: Sasha Allen as Leading Player and the cast of the National Tour of Pippin. Pippin comes to the Schuster Center Oct. 6-11; photo: Terry Shapiro There’s magic to do, and a spectacle just for you when the revival of Pippin comes to town! Director […]

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Based on a true story

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Dayton Theatre Guild presents “The Columnist” now through Oct. 18 By Jacqui Theobald Photo: David Shough as Joseph Alsop and Rick Flynn as brother Stewart Alsop in the Dayton Theatre Guild’s performance of “The Columnist”, playing now through Oct. 18 Fair? No. Balanced? Never. Opinionated? Always. Joseph Alsop, the mid-twentieth century syndicated political writer was […]

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The rant king returns

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Lewis Black in Concert: A Benefit to The Human Race (Theatre Company) By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Lewis Black will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Oct. 11 as a benefit for the Human Race Theatre Company “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” I don’t know that Philip K. […]

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The Bee Gees are back

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DPO and Stayin’ Alive anchor dazzling Bee Gees tribute By Patrick Suarez Photo: The Dayton Philharmonic and Stayin’ Alive present One Night of the Bee Gees on Oct. 3 at the Schuster Center Some people have a knack for recognizing potential. Brian Epstein, the troubled manager of the Beatles, had that knack. In early 1967, […]

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Gnawing through the straps will be totally worth it

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Emo Philips at Wiley’s Comedy Club By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Emo Philips will perform at Wiley’s Comedy Club Sept. 24-26; photo: Guy Viau Emo Philips has performed more than 6,000 times since the beginning of his comedy career in 1976 in Chicago. During that time, he has produced award-winning comedy albums including E=MO2, […]

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Don Quixote’s chivalrous pairing

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Indian take on Spanish lit SOLD OUT at UD By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Sahrdaya Foundation will present a sold-out performance of Don Quixote on Sept. 24 at the University of Dayton Since 1961 when the University of Dayton’s ArtsLIVE was founded as the Arts Series, it has evolved from simply presenting music concerts to […]

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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 […]