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Take a bow!

DPAA kicks off its season with The Inaugural Gala By Leo DeLuca Photo: Dance on the stage of the Mead Theatre with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra during the DPAA Inaugural Gala on Oct. 5; Photo: Andy Snow The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) presents their inaugural gala Saturday, October 5. The event is titled “A Little […]

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Everyone’s a star

‘45 Seconds from Broadway’ at Dayton Theatre Guild By Jacqui Theobald   Photo: [l to r] Debra A. Kent, Marcus Simmons II and Debra Strauss; photo: MediaMoments.com August and September are known for fine harvests of corn, and you can find a bumper crop at the Dayton Theatre Guild this weekend. Growing in a metropolitan field […]

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A reason to sing!

Human Race Theatre presents Festival of New Musicals By Leo DeLuca  Photo: [l to r] Jim Poulos, Dana Mierlak, Maria Couch and Jamie Cordes in the 2011 Loft Series production of “right next to me”; photo credit: Gregg Coffin The Human Race Theatre Company (HRTC) hosts its Sixth Annual Festival of New Musicals, Aug. 2-4 at […]

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Blues power

The Lebanon Blues Festival keeps on growing  By Rusty Pate Photo:Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers perform at the 2011 Lebanon Blues Festival; photo credit: PBamber  The blues have been described many ways by many different people. In the film “Crossroads” (the Ralph Macchio version, not the Britney Spears version) Willie Brown said, “Blues ain’t nothing […]

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It’s not prop comedy

Kristen Lundberg is ‘Super Serious’ about making us laugh  By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin  Photo: Kristen Lundberg brings “The Super Serious Show” to Mayday in Cincinnati on Aug.1; photo credit: Lindsey Driscoll Kristen Lundberg and I have chosen to meet during happy hour at a bar with a patio. I’m jarred by the startlingly deep voice that […]

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The thrill remains

The 28th Annual Michelob Dayton Blues Festival  By Benjamin Smith Photo by: Longtime regional blues favorites Cincinnati Slim & the Headhunters return to headline the Dayton Blues Festival on July 21 Earl “Southside” Hayes’ love affair with the blues began with a single song. It then bloomed with a case of mistaken identity. “I went to […]

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Certainly cool (but not necessarily ‘smooth’)

Guitarist Peter White at the Schuster Center By Benjamin Smith Photo: Guitarist Peter White joins the Summer Breeze Jazz Tour at the Schuster Center on Friday, June 28 He has probably never set a Fender Stratocaster on fire à la Jimi Hendrix, or been called “God,” like Eric Clapton, but make no mistake: Peter White is a […]

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Sunday of swing

31st Annual Michelob Women In Jazz Festival By Benjamin Smith Photo: The Petra Van Nuis Quartet headlines the Women in Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 23; [l to r] guitarist Andy Brown, vocalist Petra Van Nuis 1982 was an interesting year for music. Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat, The Who held a formal […]

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Swing into summertime!

The Ron Jones Quartet at the Dayton Art Institute By Benjamin Smith Photo: Saxophonist Ron Jones brings his quartet to Dayton Art Institute on Thursday, June 13 Live jazz performances are electric – even illuminating. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that energy giant Vectren has sponsored the Dayton Art Institute’s annual Jazz & Beyond concert series […]

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Jazz blues in the city of funk

Wade Baker at Jazz Central and Tumbleweed By Benjamin Smith photo: Wade Baker bridges the gap between jazz and blues on May 2 and 3; photo credit: jcaptures.com On April 28, 1960, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan recorded a seminal four-track album entitled Leeway. Not only did this record earn contemporary critical acclaim, but decades after its […]

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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 […]