PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES The audacious send-up of Jane Austen and the modern zombie phenomenon delivers a delectable bite of camp, comedy and cult classic entertainment "This will teach you disrespect the good name of the house of Bennett!" Jane Bennett (Bella Heathcote), right, and her sister Elizabeth (Lily James, center) lead their sisters through a battle in a scene from screenwriter/director Burr Steers take on the Seth Grahame-Smith's best-selling remix of Jane Austen's best-known novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES. Credit: Jay Maidment. © 2016 CTMG, Inc. All … [Read more...]

The Ballet invites you to Show the Love!

I love a good deal. I love downtown. I love our Dayton arts.  So, I was pretty excited when I saw that the Dayton Ballet is inviting you to SHOW THE LOVE for the February Fantasy performances. How's it work? You shop at any downtown business from now until February 14 and bring the receipt to the Ticket Center Stage box office (at the Schuster Center, unless you're going immediately before the performance). You can get the best possible tickets available (up to a $72 value!) for only $14. Buy your tickets now to get the best seats or go right before the show and get the best that's still … [Read more...]

‘Wholly Moses!’

If you want to get to the heart of how people feel about art, ask the kids. Three quarters of the way through the Grandma Moses exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute, you will find a slew on index cards left by students from around the Dayton Area giving their insight into the show. 'Naive,' 'Outsider,' 'Less Educated,' and ' a Totally Cool Old Lady.' Agreed. Within the first steps you take, you find that Moses made the best of her life. Stunning and intricate embroidered pieces, tight in their stitching and heavy in appearance, show her expertise. It's meticulous and rich in textures. … [Read more...]

Kettering’s Art on the Commons Festival: Call for Artists

Art on the Commons is now accepting artist submissions for its 28th annual festival. Organized by Rosewood Arts Centre, Art on the Commons takes place on Sunday, August 14, 2016, from 11 am until 5 pm at Kettering’s Lincoln Park Civic Commons. Free to the public,Art on the Commons is one of the region’s most popular summer fine arts festivals, drawing a regional audience of over 7,000 in one day. This festival’s three-person jury features some of the most talented artists and art appreciators in the region. The 2016 panel includes Thom Meyer, a photographer, Kettering Arts Council member … [Read more...]

McCoy on Movies: The Finest Hours

THE FINEST HOURS Disney’s latest is an adequate but not awe-inspiring telling of Coast Guard heroics "OK, so if I pull this hard enough, I get to be the next Batman after my brother?" Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) attempts to keep his ship, the SS Pendelton, from sinking in a scene from Disney's THE FINEST HOURS. Credit: Claire Folger. © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:        KEY CAST MEMBERS: Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Graham McTavish, John Ortiz, Abraham Benrubi, … [Read more...]

DVAC Launches Community Supported Art Program —CSA(rt)

The Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) has launched an inaugural program that will allow 50 lucky art lovers a special opportunity to connect with one-of-a-kind visual art and the talented artists behind the limited edition original artworks.   The Community Supported Art Program — CSA(rt) — is a spin on “Community Supported Agriculture” providing art lovers a share of fresh, handcrafted artwork. One art share will provide the shareholder with a crop of six unique, signed pieces of art created in editions of 50, as well as two tickets to a special Harvest Pick-Up Party to be held this … [Read more...]

McCoy on Movies: DIRTY GRANPDA

Robert De Niro and Zack Efron team up for raunchy, raucous buddy comedy "Sorry about your jaw ... But you gotta memorize your lines!" Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) shares – uncomfortably from the looks of things – a bed with his retired military officer grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro) in a scene from Dan Mazer's comedy DIRTY GRANDPA. Credit: Bob Mahoney © 2015 Lionsgate Pictures. All rights reserved.  WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:    KEY CAST MEMBERS: Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Mantzoukas, Danny Glover, Dermont Mulroney, Julianne Hough, … [Read more...]

Local Documentarian Receives $50,000 Breakthrough Award & Grant

Chicken & Egg Pictures was founded in 2005 by Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, and Judith Helfand. Their mission is create a space where women could learn from one another, test their limits, challenge the status quo, and break new ground both as artists and activists.  This year they launched the inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Awards. The award responds to the reality that only a few women non-fiction directors in the U.S. are able to work full-time as independent storytellers. The program recognizes and elevates five mid-career women directors with unique voices who are poised … [Read more...]

Moving Pictures: A History Of Cinema In Four Acts

In conjunction with Antioch College’s course on the History of Cinema, professors Charles Fairbanks and Kelly Gallagher have curated four programs to lead viewers through the medium’s history, and (re-)introduce you to essential artworks from across the spectrum. Each film will be introduced and contextualized historically, in order to give attendees an understanding of its historical and artistic significance in cinematic history at The Little Art Theater in Yellow Springs. Each showing runs $5. Charles Fairbanks is in the process of completing his first feature film, a hybrid … [Read more...]

McCoy on Movies: Ride Along 2

RIDE ALONG 2 Kevin Hart, Ice Cube team up again for another comedic tale of law and in-laws … But is it it worth it to ride along with them and watch? "Wanna know how come I got the Hangover role instead of Jackie Chan? Listen closely ..." Ben (Kevin Hart, left) and James (Ice Cube) react to the latest revelation of AJ (Ken Jeong) in a scene from director Tim Story's RIDE ALONG 2. Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert © 2015 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.  WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE:    KEY VOICE CAST MEMBERS: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Olivia Munn, Benjamin … [Read more...]