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On the Arts: Cincy’s Taft Museum reaches out to families
 It wouldn’t have occurred to me to take youngsters to the current exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. The impressive show, “Treasures of British Painting,” takes visitors on a chronological journey through six centuries of art. Organized by the Denver Art Museum, it showcases 50 works and is made possible by...

Posted: 3 days ago

It wouldn’t have occurred to me to take youngsters to the current exhibit at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. The impressive show, “Treasures of British Painting,” takes visitors on a chronological journey through six centuries of art. Organized by the Denver Art Museum, it showcases 50 works and is made possible by...
Who was Alphonse Mucha?
 How could she ever have guessed when she walked into a Phoenix consignment store as a middle school student and fell in love with an Art Nouveau poster that she’d someday be involved with an exhibit of the artist’s work? The Middle School student — who purchased and lived with that poster in her bedroom for years—...

Posted: 3 days ago

How could she ever have guessed when she walked into a Phoenix consignment store as a middle school student and fell in love with an Art Nouveau poster that she’d someday be involved with an exhibit of the artist’s work? The Middle School student — who purchased and lived with that poster in her bedroom for years—...
Big and small ways you can help Dayton Sewing Collaborative
 You may have spotted the colorful messenger bags, totes and wallets being sold by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Schuster Center on performance days or the sitting pillows in the children’s reading areas at all the new Dayton Metro libraries. The bags, made from the street pole banners for popular VTA productions, feature artwork...

Posted: 6 days ago

You may have spotted the colorful messenger bags, totes and wallets being sold by the Victoria Theatre Association at the Schuster Center on performance days or the sitting pillows in the children’s reading areas at all the new Dayton Metro libraries. The bags, made from the street pole banners for popular VTA productions, feature artwork...
Why this Verdi Requiem is must see!
 The folks at the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance are certain their upcoming take on Verdi’s “Requiem” will be the one of the first of its kind in the world. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, hundreds of performers will come together on the Schuster Center’s Mead Theatre stage to present...

Posted: 10 days ago

The folks at the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance are certain their upcoming take on Verdi’s “Requiem” will be the one of the first of its kind in the world. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, hundreds of performers will come together on the Schuster Center’s Mead Theatre stage to present...
New musical comedy spoofs on-line gamers
 Jeff Bienstock always heard that writers should write what they know. So he did. It paid off. You’ll see the results when the Human Race Theatre Company launches its 2017-2018 Eichelberger Loft Season with the American premiere of Bienstock’s musical comedy, “Legendale.” The play, billed as a blend of romance, adventure...

Posted: 17 days ago

Jeff Bienstock always heard that writers should write what they know. So he did. It paid off. You’ll see the results when the Human Race Theatre Company launches its 2017-2018 Eichelberger Loft Season with the American premiere of Bienstock’s musical comedy, “Legendale.” The play, billed as a blend of romance, adventure...
You can help choose the Big Read Book
 A selection committee composed of local librarians and volunteers has chosen three finalists for the next Big Read. Now it’s time for the rest of us to get involved and decide which of the three will be read and discussed throughout our community next spring. A public vote will determine the winner. Votes can be cast at public libraries...

Posted: 17 days ago

A selection committee composed of local librarians and volunteers has chosen three finalists for the next Big Read. Now it’s time for the rest of us to get involved and decide which of the three will be read and discussed throughout our community next spring. A public vote will determine the winner. Votes can be cast at public libraries...
How you can help these local students learning English
 Were you aware that dozens of students from across the globe, determined to improve their English, meet in downtown Dayton every weekday morning? We’ve written about the excellent St. John’s ESOL Program, located at St. John’s United Church of Christ, that has been offering ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)...

Posted: 20 days ago

Were you aware that dozens of students from across the globe, determined to improve their English, meet in downtown Dayton every weekday morning? We’ve written about the excellent St. John’s ESOL Program, located at St. John’s United Church of Christ, that has been offering ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)...
3 tried-and-true anytime adventures close to Dayton
 Sometimes we’re so busy running to the special events and programs in our area that we overlook the tried-and-true treasures that are always available. Here’s a look at three family-friendly adventures worth considering year-round. We’re fortunate to have a wonderful planetarium with programming geared both to children and...

Posted: 24 days ago

Sometimes we’re so busy running to the special events and programs in our area that we overlook the tried-and-true treasures that are always available. Here’s a look at three family-friendly adventures worth considering year-round. We’re fortunate to have a wonderful planetarium with programming geared both to children and...
It’s time for Shakespeare in South Park
 Have you heard of a play by Shakespeare entitled “Double Falsehood?” If you haven’t, you’re not alone. It’s this year’s Shakespeare in South Park attraction, slated to be performed Sept. 8-10 in Dayton’s South Park Green. According to the company’s co-producer, Galen Wilson, the show was first...

Posted: 24 days ago

Have you heard of a play by Shakespeare entitled “Double Falsehood?” If you haven’t, you’re not alone. It’s this year’s Shakespeare in South Park attraction, slated to be performed Sept. 8-10 in Dayton’s South Park Green. According to the company’s co-producer, Galen Wilson, the show was first...
Cindy’s Closet needs clothing for men and women
 Here’s a worthy project we haven’t written about previously —“Cindy’s Closet” at Miami Valley Hospital. The special closet was started in 2006 by a Miami Valley Hospital night nurse. After noticing that some patients were unprepared for cold weather or returning to the hospital with frostbite, Cindy Feltner...

Posted: 27 days ago

Here’s a worthy project we haven’t written about previously —“Cindy’s Closet” at Miami Valley Hospital. The special closet was started in 2006 by a Miami Valley Hospital night nurse. After noticing that some patients were unprepared for cold weather or returning to the hospital with frostbite, Cindy Feltner...
What’s in store for Dayton Art Institute visitors?
 In keeping with its goal of making the Dayton Art Institute more lively and accessible to a broad range of visitors, the museum has announced a 2018-19 series of exhibitions that are both lively and visitor-friendly. You don’t need to be an art maven to appreciate large-scale and intricate origami sculptures, portraits of famous folks...

10:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

In keeping with its goal of making the Dayton Art Institute more lively and accessible to a broad range of visitors, the museum has announced a 2018-19 series of exhibitions that are both lively and visitor-friendly. You don’t need to be an art maven to appreciate large-scale and intricate origami sculptures, portraits of famous folks...
Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners will be library focus
 If you’ve been wondering what kind of programs will be taking place in the new Dayton Metro Library’s Eichelberger Forum, here’s a great example of what folks in the Miami Valley have in store. The library is partnering with Wright State University and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize to offer a series of free Community Conversations...

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

If you’ve been wondering what kind of programs will be taking place in the new Dayton Metro Library’s Eichelberger Forum, here’s a great example of what folks in the Miami Valley have in store. The library is partnering with Wright State University and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize to offer a series of free Community Conversations...
How you can help foster children transitioning to independent living
 Did you realize that 27,000 youngsters age out of the foster care system each year in the United States? CHOICES, Inc. offers an Independent Living program to help foster youth ages 17-21 transition from foster care to CHOICES, Inc. offers an Independent Living program to help foster youth ages 17-21 transition from foster care to help them...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Did you realize that 27,000 youngsters age out of the foster care system each year in the United States? CHOICES, Inc. offers an Independent Living program to help foster youth ages 17-21 transition from foster care to CHOICES, Inc. offers an Independent Living program to help foster youth ages 17-21 transition from foster care to help them...
A few reasons to tour this famous presidential home before summer ends
 One of the best ways to absorb history is to visit a historic home. A few weeks ago my husband and I headed for Marion, Ohio, for what turned out to be a fascinating visit to The Harding Home Presidential Site, the residence of Warren G. and Florence Harding. Thanks to a terrific guide — the museum’s assistant director Shannon...

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

One of the best ways to absorb history is to visit a historic home. A few weeks ago my husband and I headed for Marion, Ohio, for what turned out to be a fascinating visit to The Harding Home Presidential Site, the residence of Warren G. and Florence Harding. Thanks to a terrific guide — the museum’s assistant director Shannon...
How Muse Machine honored its founder at the new main library
 On the night before the Dayton Metro Library hosted its community grand opening last Saturday, about 350 members of the Muse Machine family gathered to honor their founder, Suzy Bassani, and to christen the theater on the library’s third floor that bears her name. A highlight of the evening was the song-and-dance sampler by Muse students...

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017

On the night before the Dayton Metro Library hosted its community grand opening last Saturday, about 350 members of the Muse Machine family gathered to honor their founder, Suzy Bassani, and to christen the theater on the library’s third floor that bears her name. A highlight of the evening was the song-and-dance sampler by Muse students...
A few good reasons to ‘fly’ under the sea for ‘The Little Mermaid’
 Paul Rubin has a lot in common with the Wright brothers. He’s passionate about flight and has spent a lifetime dreaming up new flying contraptions. Yet you won’t find Rubin in hangars or at airports; he’s more likely to be found at a theater. Best known as The Fly Guy, Rubin has been choreographing flying sequences for stage...

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

Paul Rubin has a lot in common with the Wright brothers. He’s passionate about flight and has spent a lifetime dreaming up new flying contraptions. Yet you won’t find Rubin in hangars or at airports; he’s more likely to be found at a theater. Best known as The Fly Guy, Rubin has been choreographing flying sequences for stage...
Two offbeat museums highlight picture books
 On a recent road trip — with young grandchildren in tow — our family had the chance to check out two terrific museums that will be of particular interest to those who love children’s picture books. Both are located in the same area in Massachusetts and both are worth a visit if you’re planning to be anywhere in the...

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

On a recent road trip — with young grandchildren in tow — our family had the chance to check out two terrific museums that will be of particular interest to those who love children’s picture books. Both are located in the same area in Massachusetts and both are worth a visit if you’re planning to be anywhere in the...
How you can help the Artemis Center
 Since 1985, Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence has been providing services to victims of domestic violence and their children. The non-profit organization was founded by a small group of women, often working without pay. The idea was to provide services other than traditional housing. Those free and confidential services...

4:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017

Since 1985, Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence has been providing services to victims of domestic violence and their children. The non-profit organization was founded by a small group of women, often working without pay. The idea was to provide services other than traditional housing. Those free and confidential services...
Meet the 6 artists who’ve enhanced the new Dayton Metro Library
 Reading has always been important to Katherine Kadish. “When I was growing up, I spent quite a lot of time in the large Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh,” says the Yellow Springs woman, one of six artists whose work is featured prominently at the new $64 million downtown Dayton main library that opens to the public at a festive...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017

Reading has always been important to Katherine Kadish. “When I was growing up, I spent quite a lot of time in the large Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh,” says the Yellow Springs woman, one of six artists whose work is featured prominently at the new $64 million downtown Dayton main library that opens to the public at a festive...
FutureFest revisited: What’s not to love about aging lady wrestlers?
 Director Annie Pesch, who’s been involved in local theater since she was a kid, said she’d never read anything quite like “Magnificent Hubba Hubba,” the over-the-top comedy selected as one of six finalists for FutureFest 2017. The Dayton Playhouse’s annual new play festival, which took place July 21-23, is designed...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017

Director Annie Pesch, who’s been involved in local theater since she was a kid, said she’d never read anything quite like “Magnificent Hubba Hubba,” the over-the-top comedy selected as one of six finalists for FutureFest 2017. The Dayton Playhouse’s annual new play festival, which took place July 21-23, is designed...
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