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Much ado about fracking

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“Marcellus Shale” explores both sides of fracking at Antioch College By Tim Smith Drilling for shale gas—also known as fracking—has become a hot button issue from Ohio to the northeastern United States. People on both sides have staked out their claims, with many landowners caught in the middle. The experimental theater troupe Talking Band has […]

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More alike than you think

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“Hijabi Monologues” present a snapshot of Muslim women’s experiences By Joyell Nevins The theatre can be a place to escape, a place to be entertained. It can also be a place to expand horizons and be educated—not necessarily a comfortable experience, but an important one. “Hijabi Monologues,” a set of stories by American Muslim women, […]

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The green-eyed monster

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Dayton Opera’s premier of Otello at the Schuster By Eric Street Love may be the most powerful force in the world, but jealousy exerts a dark power all its own. For drama and passion set to music, come to the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center when Dayton Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello. “What a […]

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Rat pack retro

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Dayton Philharmonic’s Music of Mad Men By Lauren Adams Photo: Conductor Steven Reineke and the DPO present the Music of the Mad Men Era Feb. 19-20 at the Schuster Center The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Music of Mad Men Era with guest conductor Steven Reineke at the Schuster Center on Feb. 19 and […]

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Reinventing the message

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Marion Meadows’ unique jazz stylings at Gilly’s By Tim Walker Photo: Marion Meadows will perform Saturday, Feb. 20 at Gilly’s; photo: Dave Love Jazz musician Marion Meadows is calling from Hawaii. I, on the other hand, am in Dayton, Ohio on a cold winter day, the temperature outside a balmy 21 degrees. “Hawaii? I have […]

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Walking on broken glass

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‘Glass Menagerie’ finally at the Human Race Theatre By Jacqui Theobald “You may have a vague memory of reading Tennessee Williams’ first play in school, but have you ever seen it?” queries Kevin Moore, artistic director and president of the Human Race Theatre Company. In fact, this is the first time in its 30 years […]

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Rock cappella

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Vocalosity interprets pop, rock and indie at Kuss By Lisa Bennett Since the Internet first became available to the general public in 1995, social media and digital communication have replaced the world of family-centric meals and homey game nights. Long gone are the days of singing to old records with friends or singing in the […]

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Can you ‘Handel’ this?

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ By Gary Spencer Photo: The DPAA presents Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, Dec. 20; photo: Andy Snow It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Frank Sinatra once sang, and there are so many traditions during this time—decorating trees, hanging stockings, leaving stale cookies and spoiled milk for Santa […]

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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]