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Charles Phoenix is also known as the Ambassador of Americana. CONTRIBUTED

Ambassador of Americana bringing a slide show

Anybody who frequents thrift stores knows you have to wade through mounds of trash to find true treasures. However, few shoppers enjoy the life-altering experience of Charles Phoenix, who made a career-changing find two decades ago when he stumbled upon an old box of Kodachrome slides marked, “Trip Across the ...

The Dayton Playhouse’s national premiere of “George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead - Live,” which runs through Nov. 9, features (from left) Noah Shane as Harry, Marcus L. Simmons II as Ben, Christina Lewis as Helen and Jared Mola as Tom. CONTRIBUTED

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1) ORCHESTRAL ROCKY HORRORPeter Brennan, the founder and lead guitarist of Jeans ‘N Classics, was familiar with the songs from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” However, he’d never considered attempting a symphonic take on the material until he was presented with the idea by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.Brennan jumped at ...

Former competition winners the Shanghai Quartet will perform Sunday as part of the Chamber Music in Yellow Springs’ Season of Winners Series as at First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs. CONTRIBUTED

Shanghai Quartet to play chamber series

The Shanghai Quartet has a lot to celebrate this year.The group is marking 30 years together, and 27 years since winning the Chamber Music in Yellow Springs Annual Competition for Emerging Professionals.The ensuing years have seen the quartet play internationally from Europe to Asia, from South America to Carnegie Hall ...

Members of the Victoria Theatre Association’s board, staff and volunteers announced that The Next Stage, a new campaign to support building upgrades, energy efficiency, technology improvements and new programs, has already raised $22,273,305 of a $30M goal. CONNIE POST/Staff

Victoria Theatre Association announces $30M campaign

The Victoria Theatre Association already has quietly raised nearly 75 percent of a just-announced $30 million campaign called The Next Stage — $22,273,305, to be exact.The endowment funds will support the facilities and programs at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the Victoria Theatre and the Metropolitan Arts ...

Boonshoft Museum welcomes robots

“Robots + Us,” a new exhibit at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, is a playful look at what machines and humans are learning from each other, and how biology and engineering are coming together to close the gap between reality and our robot dreams. The touring exhibit takes visitors on ...

Robert Jahns photo illustrations are done using only his iPhone5.

Instagram artist creates surreal photos using only his iPhone

Robert Jahns' Instagram account shows how technology and art can be combined to create breathtaking visuals. Mashable highlighted Jahns' work Tuesday morning and below is a look at some of his work. "I love rooftop views and urban exploration. I really dig dance/people photography and landscapes as well," Jahns told Mashable. ...

DCDC will present A Memorial Concert for William B. McClellan Jr.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) will present a free memorial concert for the late William B. McClellan Jr., a former dancer and choreographer with DCDC.McClellan was noted for his distinctive presence on stage and for the vitality and warmth of his dance creations.The concert, which will feature a number ...

The stars of truTV’s breakthrough hidden-camera series “Impractical Jokers,” (from left) Sal Vulcano, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and James Murray, will bring their cross-country bus tour to the Schuster Center on Monday, Sept. 22. CONTRIBUTED

‘Impractical Jokers’ to perform at Schuster

As classmates at an all-boys high school on Staten Island, N.Y., in the early 1990s, it wasn’t uncommon for buddies Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian “Q” Quinn to get reprimanded for cutting up in class. Two decades later, that shared need to joke around has opened up ...

Underwater photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes will appear in “Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice” on Monday, March 23, 2015. CONTRIBUTED

National Geographic Live programs announced

Internationally known explorers, photographers and filmmakers have been sharing their amazing real-life experiences with local audiences ever since The Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) and Five Rivers MetroParks began collaborating on the National Geographic Live series two years ago.According to VTA president and CEO Ken Neufeld, attendance for the series doubled ...

Middletown Lyric Theatre’s production of the musical revue “Side by Side by Sondheim” features, from left to right, Tonda Hoefler, Kevin Stout, Alicia Moore, Robin Baker, Beth Vestring, Melodie LaNicca, and Julia Bethune.

‘Side by Side’ in Middletown

Middletown Lyric Theatre salutes the incredibly distinctive music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim with the charming musical revue “Side by Side by Sondheim” beginning Friday.Nominated for five 1977 Tony Awards including Best Musical, “Side by Side” covers nearly 20 years (1957-1976) of Sondheim’s groundbreaking career, particularly highlighting his early collaborations ...

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