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Staging the future

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FutureFest’s 25 year milestone at Dayton Playhouse By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Maggie Carroll, Debra Strauss, Matthew Lindsay and David Hallowren rehearse for “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart”; photo: Jacqui Theboald Twenty-five years! Hard to believe it? Volunteers at the Dayton Playhouse have been selecting and presenting six new scripts in one weekend, and […]

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Louisiana comes to Kettering

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Annual Swamp Romp Zydeco festival returns to Fraze By Tony Baker Photo: Lil’ Malcolm performs at Swamp Romp 2011 at Fraze Pavilion There’s not much going on at Fraze Pavilion on an overcast Friday afternoon. A few kids stream by on bicycles and rollerblades. The hum of landscaping machinery can be heard coming from a […]

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Steaming jazz in the summertime

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Jazz icon Wynton Marsalis at Rose Music Center By Tim Walker Photo: Wynton Marsalis will perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on July 12 at Rose Music Center; photo: Frank Stewart Though no one would doubt that Wynton Marsalis is a very busy man, there is also no mistaking the joy in the […]

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Sharp tongued

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“Girl Code” confidante Jessimae Peluso at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Jessimae Peluso will perform July 9-11 at Dayton Funny Bone Jessimae Peluso possesses the kind of unbridled honesty that makes you acutely aware of how ridiculous the world can be. The quick-witted Syracuse, New York, native made a name for herself […]

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Guitar heroes

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Local guitarists compete to perform with DPAA By Katie Christoff Photo: Guitarist Max Mobarry, 20, will perform as part of the Guitar Heroes concert on July 10 The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is all about community. Just ask Marketing and Communications Director Dave Bukvic, who compares the organization—comprised of ballet, opera and philharmonic art forms—to […]

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“CROWNS” WEB EXTRA

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An interview with Set Designer Tamara Honesty and Costume Designer David Covach photo: [l-r] Costume designer David Covach, music director Scot Woolley and scenic designer Tamara L. Honesty. Photo courtesy of The Human Race Theatre Company. Review: Human Race rocks “Crowns” I sat down with Tammy and David to talk about their designers’ process for “Crowns” […]

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Human Race rocks “Crowns”

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An amazing ensemble of singers and hats By Jacqui Theobald Photo: [l-r] Jasmine Easler as Velma, Torrie Wiggins as Mabel, David Jennings as Man and Joy Lynn Jacobs as Wanda in “Crowns,” which will be performed by The Human Race Theatre Company through June 28; photo: Scott J. Kimmins An interview with Set Designer Tamara […]

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On Stage

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Of children and theatre By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Vandalia Youth Theatre”s high school actors rehearse for this season’s production of “Mary Poppins”; photo: Matt Silver Some stories have an unexpected second chapter, impossible to foretell or even imagine. Last summer in the Dayton City Paper, I wrote about having taken 10 members of our family […]

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DPO gets ‘Closer to Fine’

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An Evening with Indigo Girls at Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra on June 20 Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are the harmonic, Grammy Award-winning duo known as Indigo Girls and have been playing music together since their high […]

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Going out?

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Your guide to Dayton Pride 2015’s nightlife By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Ginger Minj of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 7 makes her Masque appearance June 6 for the Pride Saturday Drag Revue The concentrated energy of Dayton Pride works like a shot of adrenaline to the heart of the community. There’s a rush of celebratory revelry […]

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How Peter became Pan

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Peter and the Starcatcher flies in to Dayton By Joyell Nevins Photo: “Peter and the Starcatcher” comes to the Schuster Center June 9-14 Do pirates and buried treasure capture your imagination? Do you want to know what it feels like to fly? Then get ready for your imagination to soar in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” […]

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Building bridges

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Sinclair theatre program performs collaborative, Dayton-focused show By Tammy Newsom Photo: Sinclair Theatre presents “Building Bridges in Our Town” May 29-30; photo: Patti Celek One never knows where the next really big idea comes from. Gary Minyard, vice president of education & engagement at The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) wanted to improve literacy in Dayton […]

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On Stage

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Your guide to Dayton’s rich theatrical offerings By Jacqui Theobald Photo: Tim Lile stars in The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello and performed by the Human Race Theatre Company December 10-19, 2015 So many choices! So many theater groups. Will you make commitments for a season of plays from several different theatres? […]

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Good as Goldstein

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World-renowned pianist Alon Goldstein returns for Vanguard Concert Series By Tara Pettit Photo: Alon Goldstein will perform May 23 at the Dayton Art Institute as part of the Vanguard Concert Series; photo: Meagan Cignoli As the Dayton Art Institute Vanguard Concert performances continue, Gem City concert-goers will once again be moved by musical melodies that […]

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The Rose is alive with the sound of music

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance christens new venue By Eric Street Photo: Dayton Ballet dancers Case Bodamer and Annalise Woller will perform as part of “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein” at the Rose Music Center at the Heights on May 16 Come prepared for an “Enchanted Evening” when the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and the […]

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Blood, sweat and success

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Dayton Sideshow celebrates a decade By Lisa Bennett Photo: Dayton Sideshow music coordinator Todd the Fox performs with assistant music coordinator “Queen” Victoria Harper at Sideshow 8; photo: Jennifer Taylor At first glance, Dayton is not a place where anyone would imagine one of the largest art communities in the U.S. to reside. But block […]

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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 […]