For the Love of Local Art

Did you miss the Dayton Visual Art Center (DVAC) Art Auction this year? If so, you missed out. Billed as "Dayton's biggest art party of the year," the number of artists, art pieces, and active art lovers filling the space at the Ponitz Center confirm the hype. While the silent auction allows more tentative bidders (yours truly) to explore fascinating pieces by local artists, and raise the price in $10 increments, the live auction (hosted by Doug Sorrell) is always a treat. This year - especially so - as a beautiful piece from John Emery raised a whopping $6,100 for the cause! Food, … [Read more...]



McCoy on Movies: Keanu

Visionary sketch duo offer up laughs (but in a less-than-purr-fect) big screen feature debut "Whaa ... Comedy Central was gonna give us the money Dave Chappelle didn't take if we stayed on the air longer? Son of a ..." Clarence (Keegan Michael-Key) and Rell (Jordan Peele), with the titular character, get some new information in a scene from director Peter Atencio's action-comedy KEANU. Credit: Steve Dietl. © 2016 Warner Bros. Pictures and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.  WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE: KEY CAST MEMBERS: Keegan Michael-Key, … [Read more...]



Big Lens Film Festival Sunday at Neon

The seniors from the award winning Motion Picture program at Wright State University are showcasing their thesis work at the annual Big Lens Film Festival. The film festival is returning on May 1st, 2016 at the Neon in downtown Dayton. There will be work from Joe Cook, Alan Lewin, Mitch Centers, Sydney Waltz, Brian Roll, C. B. Hovey, Jessica Barton, Michaela Scholl, and Eric Risher. SSome of the films you can expect to see: THE TOOTH MAN COMETHAn aging salesman believes that stealing a baby tooth will make him become visible to others. Director/Writer: Mitch Centers Produced by: … [Read more...]



McCoy on Movies: EVERYBODY WANTS SOME

The “Spiritual Sequel” to Dazed & Confused offers up plenty of funky outfits, music and fun despite a lack of emotional depth "Yeah, boy – let's rock these horrible 80s pastels & get busy, fellas!" Plummer (Temple Baker), Roper (Ryan Guzman) and Jake (Blake Jenner) get ready to rock the disco in a scene from writer/director Richard Linklater's "spiritual sequel" to Dazed & Confused, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME. Credit: Van Redin © 2015 Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved.  WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE: KEY CAST MEMBERS: Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan … [Read more...]



McCoy on Movies: THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR

Unexpected prequel/sequel to Snow White & The Huntsman turns in an entertaining, estrogen-filled experience   "I'm gonna hold your face real still ... Now work that celery out of your teeth!" Sara (Jessica Chastain) embraces her fellow huntsman – and husband – Eric (Chris Hemsworth) in a scene from THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR. Credit: Giles Keyte. © 2016 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE: KEY CAST MEMBERS: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach, Sheridan Smith … [Read more...]



Tom Hanks Fever + Cincinnati & Dayton’s MILES AHEAD at THE NEON!

Hello Everyone, We're cleaning house this week!  On Friday, we will start two brand new films. First is Don Cheadle's MILES AHEAD. This film was shot in Cincinnati and Dayton, and many filmmakers and actors from the region participated in the production (I even had the privilege of being an extra for a day back in 2014). In addition, we'll open A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING - starring Tom Hanks. Dayton is currently quite excited about Hanks and his attachment to Wright State University. Interestingly, Stuart McDowell of WSU visited Hanks on the set of HOLOGRAM FOR A KING in Berlin. It was during … [Read more...]



The Mural Machine -Daytonians Creating Large-Scale Art

Starting this spring a new company is coming out of the long-time partnership of local artists ETCH (Chris Weyrich) and Tiffany Allyn Clark. Putting new focus to their work, The Mural Machine channels the pair’s passion for creating large-scale public art while also bringing more attention to the art that already exist around the Dayton area. “This is something that we’ve both been passionate about for some time,” Weyrich said. “The Mural Machine is a way for us to let people know what’s out there and also what more can be done on the side of a warehouse or at a park or a retaining … [Read more...]



McCoy on Movies: The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling’s beloved collection of short stories gets brought to life in grand fashion in Disney’s latest offering "Please ... For the love of everything ... Don't make this a horror movie and eat me!" Mowgli (Neel Seethi) shares a moment with his adoptive wolf mother Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong'o) in a scene from director Jon Favreau's live-action adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic THE JUNGLE BOOK. Credit: © 2015 Disney Enterprises. All rights reserved.   WATCH THE TRAILER(S) HERE: KEY CAST MEMBERS: Neel Seethi, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, … [Read more...]



They’ll Keep the Light on for You

Into the Ether, the current exhibition featuring contemporary light artists at the Dayton Art Institute, invites you to interact with the art. While there are some actual hands-on opportunities, around every corner you'll engage in a very personal experience. Whether it's dual holograms that offer a different experience for each viewer based on their own height and distance from the piece or a work where the colors are plugged into a randomizer to guarantee a unique show for each viewer - this exhibit is always changing and created especially for you. When we visited, a few favorites of our … [Read more...]



Local Filmmakers Debut Short Film at Jewish Film Festival

Academy Award-nominated, Yellow Springs-based filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar debut their latest short film Sunday, April 17th at 5:15pm at The Neon, as part of the Dayton Jewish Film Festival.   Featuring interviews and footage of the composer Ricky Ian Gordon, librettist William M. Hoffman, and stage director Ron Daniels, Making Morning Star presents a behind-the-scenes look at the joys and challenges of developing a new opera. Much of the footage was shot in Cincinnati during a 10-day workshop hosted by Cincinnati Opera and CCM, part of the Opera Fusion: New Works … [Read more...]