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Falling in love at Dayton Opera: Young artists sing ‘Barber of Seville’
 It’s easy to imagine an 8-year-old girl aspiring to become a ballerina or a 14-year-old musician dreaming of rock star fame. But what accounts for a decision to set your sights on an opera career? We posed that question to the four young opera singers participating in Dayton Opera’s Artist-in-Residence program this season. Selected...

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It’s easy to imagine an 8-year-old girl aspiring to become a ballerina or a 14-year-old musician dreaming of rock star fame. But what accounts for a decision to set your sights on an opera career? We posed that question to the four young opera singers participating in Dayton Opera’s Artist-in-Residence program this season. Selected...
Salvation Army donation center now open near downtown Dayton
 Did you know that the Salvation Army runs an Adult Rehabilitation Center? The 70-bed center offers a free, faith-based long-term residential program focused on character building and life skills for those who suffer from addiction and other social issues. “Our goal is to help those who struggle with destructive behaviors learn to live...

Posted: 4 days ago

Did you know that the Salvation Army runs an Adult Rehabilitation Center? The 70-bed center offers a free, faith-based long-term residential program focused on character building and life skills for those who suffer from addiction and other social issues. “Our goal is to help those who struggle with destructive behaviors learn to live...
Paper magic! Origami from around the world at DAI
 As you tour the exhibit that opens at the Dayton Art Institute this weekend, you’ll have to keep reminding yourself that the pieces on view were all created from simple pieces of paper. “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami” will be at the museum through May 13. The DAI’s new Asian Art specialist, Peter Doebler...

Posted: 8 days ago

As you tour the exhibit that opens at the Dayton Art Institute this weekend, you’ll have to keep reminding yourself that the pieces on view were all created from simple pieces of paper. “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami” will be at the museum through May 13. The DAI’s new Asian Art specialist, Peter Doebler...
A few of our favorite things about ‘The Sound of Music’
 When his family gathered around the television each holiday season to watch “The Sound of Music,” Randy Charleville could never have imagined that some day he’d be entertaining audiences across the country with the Broadway musical he’d grown to love. “Ever since I was a little kid I was always captivated by...

Posted: 10 days ago

When his family gathered around the television each holiday season to watch “The Sound of Music,” Randy Charleville could never have imagined that some day he’d be entertaining audiences across the country with the Broadway musical he’d grown to love. “Ever since I was a little kid I was always captivated by...
Meet the Wright State graduate who helped create ‘Black Panther’
 She’s survived some tough times, but at the moment Hannah Beachler is definitely “in the pink.” It’s not just because she’s been labeled the “production designer of the moment” by a weekly entertainment trade magazine or because the Wright State University grad has major responsibility for Marvel&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

She’s survived some tough times, but at the moment Hannah Beachler is definitely “in the pink.” It’s not just because she’s been labeled the “production designer of the moment” by a weekly entertainment trade magazine or because the Wright State University grad has major responsibility for Marvel&rsquo...
Boonshoft Museum’s exhibit honors 125 years of history
 A family outing at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery may include a planetarium show, a science program, a visit with the meerkats and imaginative play in the newly renovated pizza kitchen. But no matter how much time you spend in the galleries, you’re seeing only a tiny portion of the museum’s treasures. Stored behind-the-scenes...

Posted: 29 days ago

A family outing at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery may include a planetarium show, a science program, a visit with the meerkats and imaginative play in the newly renovated pizza kitchen. But no matter how much time you spend in the galleries, you’re seeing only a tiny portion of the museum’s treasures. Stored behind-the-scenes...
Dayton filmmakers brings ‘Chavela’ home to Neon with rave reviews
 Daresha Kyi considers herself a natural born storyteller. “I love telling stories — whether in a group, one-on-one, singing, writing or through film,” says the fourth-generation Daytonian who returns to her hometown on Saturday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 28, to share one of those stories with audiences in the Miami Valley...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Daresha Kyi considers herself a natural born storyteller. “I love telling stories — whether in a group, one-on-one, singing, writing or through film,” says the fourth-generation Daytonian who returns to her hometown on Saturday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 28, to share one of those stories with audiences in the Miami Valley...
You can help: Warm clothing needed for local homeless people
 Homeless shelters are always important, but never more necessary than at this time of year with the kind of bitter winter we’ve been having. At St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton, the numbers of clients served in 2017 are in: well over 100,000 individuals were helped across the entire organization. Here are the sobering statistics:
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5:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Homeless shelters are always important, but never more necessary than at this time of year with the kind of bitter winter we’ve been having. At St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton, the numbers of clients served in 2017 are in: well over 100,000 individuals were helped across the entire organization. Here are the sobering statistics: ...
New York Pops Conductor has local roots, returns with DPO
 It was deja vu for New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke. When he came to town last year for a concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, he also spent some time working with the youth orchestra, leading a rehearsal of Bernstein’s overture to “Candide.” “I was a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

It was deja vu for New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke. When he came to town last year for a concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, he also spent some time working with the youth orchestra, leading a rehearsal of Bernstein’s overture to “Candide.” “I was a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra...
How you can give the gift of vision
 If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get rid of items you no longer need, how about those old eyeglasses? You can give a gift of vision by donating used eyeglasses to Lions Clubs International. You’ve probably seen the collection boxes at various locations throughout the Miami Valley. In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get rid of items you no longer need, how about those old eyeglasses? You can give a gift of vision by donating used eyeglasses to Lions Clubs International. You’ve probably seen the collection boxes at various locations throughout the Miami Valley. In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the...
What’s a PechaKucha and why you will want to know more
 Ryan Schulte admits it was the free beer and pizza that attracted him to his first PechaKucha. A friend — scheduled to be one of the speakers at the evening event —had invited Schulte to come along to hear him talk about growing up as an artist. “I love free stuff and I love art, so I went,” remembers Schulte. &ldquo...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 06, 2018

Ryan Schulte admits it was the free beer and pizza that attracted him to his first PechaKucha. A friend — scheduled to be one of the speakers at the evening event —had invited Schulte to come along to hear him talk about growing up as an artist. “I love free stuff and I love art, so I went,” remembers Schulte. &ldquo...
How you can help those recovering from addiction

5:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 03, 2018

Good Shepherd Ministries is an interdenominational Christian agency that provides social services to those in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, and also aids in re-entry after incarceration. The non-profit opened on Dayton’s east side in January 2000. “Our recovery program is initially one to two months, where the men go to...
Sneak peek at what’s coming to Dayton stages starting this fall
 Creating a concert season is always difficult — but also very exciting, says Neal Gittleman. “There’s so much great music out there and a limited number of concert slots,” explains the conductor and music director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The results of that interesting challenge are traditionally announced...

11:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Creating a concert season is always difficult — but also very exciting, says Neal Gittleman. “There’s so much great music out there and a limited number of concert slots,” explains the conductor and music director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The results of that interesting challenge are traditionally announced...
Last chance to see this Art Nouveau exhibit in Dayton
 It’s the perfect weekend for indoor fun. It’s also your last chance to see this special exhibition at the Dayton Art Institute. The exhibit “Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau” will be on view through Dec. 31. This is the only Midwest stop for the exhibit. Drawn from one of the finest private collections of Mucha&rsquo...

11:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

It’s the perfect weekend for indoor fun. It’s also your last chance to see this special exhibition at the Dayton Art Institute. The exhibit “Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau” will be on view through Dec. 31. This is the only Midwest stop for the exhibit. Drawn from one of the finest private collections of Mucha&rsquo...
Dayton kitchen serves hot lunches for free

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

Have you heard of Njoy! Njoy! The non-profit organization, located in West Dayton, has a mission of serving a warm, healthy and inviting lunch each week to residents in the neighborhood as well as anyone else who is needy and would like to come. The meal is free and is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday. “Njoy! Njoy! has...
How you can help save historic Rike’s Christmas windows
 I couldn’t help wondering if today’s technologically advanced youngsters were still capable of being enthralled by the animated store windows many of us loved in our youth. In this case, I’m referring to the iconic Rike’s Department Store displays that were such a popular holiday tradition in downtown Dayton for decades...

5:00 AM Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

I couldn’t help wondering if today’s technologically advanced youngsters were still capable of being enthralled by the animated store windows many of us loved in our youth. In this case, I’m referring to the iconic Rike’s Department Store displays that were such a popular holiday tradition in downtown Dayton for decades...
Making a difference: Corner Cupboard Charities helps fund non-profits

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

If your New Year’s resolution is to clean out your closets and attic, now is the perfect time to help out the thrift shops in our area that benefit non-profit organizations. A good example is Corner Cupboard Thrift Shop which gives all of its proceeds to a number of worthy Miami Valley groups. “Corner Cupboard Charities is a diamond...
You can help fill Christmas Hope Boxes for kids
 After her mother passed away in 2013, Peggy Cottle of Dayton dreamed of doing something that would honor a parent who’d been faced with homelessness as a teenager. “She had to live on the streets for a while and was then taken in by friends and family,” explains Cottle. The group she founded in 2013 is Helping Hands for...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

After her mother passed away in 2013, Peggy Cottle of Dayton dreamed of doing something that would honor a parent who’d been faced with homelessness as a teenager. “She had to live on the streets for a while and was then taken in by friends and family,” explains Cottle. The group she founded in 2013 is Helping Hands for...
The live version of ‘A Christmas Story’ you can see right here in Dayton this week
 Eric David Pettit can definitely relate to Ralphie Parker’s 9-year-old dream of unwrapping a Red Ryder BB gun on Christmas morning. In Eric’s case, the coveted gift was a Playstation 3. This year, he confides, he’s hoping to find a ukulele under the tree. Eric, a seventh-grader at Miamisburg Middle School, will appear as...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Eric David Pettit can definitely relate to Ralphie Parker’s 9-year-old dream of unwrapping a Red Ryder BB gun on Christmas morning. In Eric’s case, the coveted gift was a Playstation 3. This year, he confides, he’s hoping to find a ukulele under the tree. Eric, a seventh-grader at Miamisburg Middle School, will appear as...
Why is ‘The Nutcracker’ a dancer’s ‘rite of passage’?
 It’s a good bet that a ballet dancer who is hoping for a dance career has appeared in “The Nutcracker.” Dayton Ballet artistic director Karen Russo Burke estimates the iconic holiday ballet is a traditional part of a season repertoire for 99.9 percent of ballet companies. “By the time you’re prepared to dance...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

It’s a good bet that a ballet dancer who is hoping for a dance career has appeared in “The Nutcracker.” Dayton Ballet artistic director Karen Russo Burke estimates the iconic holiday ballet is a traditional part of a season repertoire for 99.9 percent of ballet companies. “By the time you’re prepared to dance...
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