The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will mark the first anniversary of its historic merger July 1. The DPAA — comprised of the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic — held its first annual meeting June 20 at the Dayton Racquet Club.
According to president and CEO Paul Helfrich, season ticket sales increased by 1.4 percent and single ticket sales by 13 percent overall when compared with the prior year. “The Nutcracker” and “Cinderella” attracted 15,000 new attendees to the Ballet, and more than 59,000 children benefited from various educational programs.
Board treasurer Craig Brown reported an overall 3 percent growth in ticket sales and 14 percent increase in contributed income. The new season promises 76 series performances held at five different venues.
DAI and DVAC collaborate
Another aspect of Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s multifacteted Reinvention project is a new exhibit that opens today at the Dayton Art Institute.
It’s a collaboration between the DAI and the Dayton Visual Arts Center and features the Reinvention Portraits taken by the eight-member Reinvention Collaborative last summer. The exhibit, curated by by Eva Buttacavoli, DVAC’s executive director, is in Gallery 209, just off the museum’s Great Hall and will be on display through Sept. 1.
You’ve heard some of the interviews on WYSO and on the Reinvention web site — the group walked more than a dozen Dayton neighborhoods and chatted with folks in Belmont, Residence Park, South Park and Twin Towers about how they’ve dealt with adversity and reinvented themselves in creative ways.
The portraits on display at the DAI were taken by Steven Bognar, Liz Cambron, Emily Evans, Megan Hague, Shawndra Jones, Emily McCord, Julia Reichert and Kyle Wilkinson, along with colorist Chase Whiteside.
Sara Thomspon wins Congressional competition
Sara Thompson, a senior at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, has won the Eighth District grand prize in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. The annual competition invites high school students from congressional districts across the country to submit artwork for their district-wide competitions.
Sara described her winning artwork, entitled “The Man in Black,” as “a scratchboard of a man, beautifully rim lit.” Her artwork and others from this year’s competition has been mounted in the U.S. Capitol for thousands of visitors to enjoy.
“Dig” at the Fitton Center in Hamilton
Three Ohio artists are featured in a new exhibition at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton entitled “Dig.” The challenge was for the artists to “excavate” what lies at the core of all of us.
The exhibit, which opens this weekend, will be on view through Sept. 6. Artists represented include Eric Ehrnschwender of Hamilton who creates ceramic sculptures, Craig Matis of Cleveland who produces 3D drawings, and Joseph M. Van Kerkhove of Toledo who layers mixed media prints.
Also at The Fitton: “Colorful Talents: Works from InsideOut Studio” presented in the Student Gallery through July 31 and artwork from Summer Camp Creativity through Aug. 2. Located at 101 S. Monument Ave. in Hamilton, the galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Mayhem & Mystery will present new show
Mayhem & Mystery, the Dayton-based theater troupe formed in 1999 by a group of local actors, will kick off its summer season with “Country Club Craze” beginning Monday, July 8, and continuing through Aug. 23.
The troupe, run by founding member Tamra Francis and her husband, Jerry, presents its entertaining dinner shows at The Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St., Dayton. Together the pair has now written 65 interactive mystery scripts: Jerry writes the funny parts, and Tamra works on the mystery storyline and clues.
“Part script and part improvisation, each performance is different as the cast interacts with the audience,” explains Tamra. The upcoming production takes place at the Murder Rock Golf and Country Club where the annual meeting and membership drive dinner is being held. Tamra, who says the plots often come from real life experiences, says this one struck her after attending a country club board meeting.
Each script involves a crime — usually a murder — and the audience must try to solve the crime based on clues gleaned from the program , the show, and question-and-answer segments where actors come to each table. Three winners receive a free ticket to the next production.
In addition to Daytonians Jerry and Tamra Francis, the cast includes Columbus actor Mike Webb, and Kristin Nader of Springboro. Additional characters in the show are performed by randomly selected audience members.
Dayton performances are weekly on Mondays plus one Friday night each month. The troupe performs in Columbus on Tuesdays. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (937) 461-3913. Tickets are $25.95 for dinner and the show; tax and gratuity not included. Additional details are available at www.mayhemmystery.com.
Dayton Daily News columnist to speak at Thurber House
Sharon Short, Dayton Daily News columnist and the directer of the Antioch Writers Workshop, will be featured in the Thurber House Summer Literary Picnic series July 10.
For more than 10 years, Short wrote “Sanity Check”, a column on a variety of subjects for the Dayton Daily News and currently writes the “Literary Life” column each Sunday. Her first novel, “My One Square Inch of Alaska,” has recently been published.
Other upcoming speakers for the series include John Kachuba, author of “Ghosthunting Ohio: On the Road Again,” who will talk on July 24 and Charlene Fix, a professor of literature and creative writing and an award-winning, published poet, who will speak on Aug. 7. Her new book is entitled “Harpo Marx as Trickster.”
Thurber House opened its doors in 1984 as a nonprofit literary center and museum located in the former home of author, and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber. Its mission is “to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience, and to continue the legacy of James Thurber.”
It’s the 28th season of summer literary picnics which feature Ohio-connected authors and take place on the side lawn of the Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Ave. Catered boxed dinners are available for purchase ahead of time, or guests can bring their own. Picnicking starts at 5:30 and the readings begin at 7 p.m. The House is open for tours before and after the event as is the exhibit at the Center.
Tickets for the boxed dinner and reading are $30; and $15 for the reading only. For information and ticket purchase, call Thurber House at (614) 464-1032, go in person to Thurber House, or purchase online at: www.thurberhouse.org.
CELEBRATING LOCAL ARTS
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