‘Pippin’ Review – Victoria Theatre Association – All the Right Moves


  Exhilarating acrobatics and fantastic choreography catapults the outstanding national tour of “Pippin” to marvelously magical heights at the Schuster Center as the launch of the Victoria Theatre Association’s 2015-2016 Premier Health Broadway Series. Based on its 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway revival and originally staged and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse in 1972, “Pippin,” featuring a book by Roger O. Hirson and score by Stephen Schwartz, tells a humorous and fanciful tale of the titular son of Charlemagne. Following college graduation he boldly pursues a quest for … [Read more...]

DaytonGram hosts an InstaMeet at Liberty Tower


Tom Gilliam, founder of DaytonGram has arranged a special opportunity for you to tour and photograph Dayton's most elegant Art Deco office building, including roof access for magic hour sunset photos!

TIFF 2015 Day #9 – My Final Day!


Hello Everyone, Today was my last day of screenings, and even though I feel like I've been away for months, I'm actually a little sad to be packing my bags.  There are several films I didn't get a chance to see, and every year I think I'm going to take part more in the industry activities (indiewire talks, a variety of lectures, etc.) - but I don't.  I just end up cramming in movies. First off today, I saw STONEWALL, directed by Roland Emmerich.  This film was lambasted before anyone saw it.  Criticism soared across the web based only on the trailer, and I must admit that I went into … [Read more...]

Dayton Music Art & Film Festival!


The 11th Annual Dayton Music Art & Film Festival is back, and ready to rock your world! This 2-day, multi-site festival features the best of Dayton's music, art, and film communities, in an exciting across-town spectacle. Tickets are reasonably priced, and can be purchased at every participating venue, which includes: K12 Gallery and TEJAS, Blind Bob's, Gilly's Jazz, Dublin Pub, Yellow Cab Tavern, and Canal Public House. The festival officially kicks off Friday September 18th at 4 PM at K12 Gallery and TEJAS. The music portion of the program begins at Canal Public House at 7:30 PM with … [Read more...]

Corks & Crafts – Coming To A Bar Near You


Do you enjoy the new painting and drinking trend? Well why not add craft making to the mix? Corks and Crafts, a new local business, is traveling around town teaching you how to make the latest and greatest craft projects while socializing with friends and family. This small local business explains their concept further: "We began our Corks and Crafts adventure this year, connecting people with their inner artists and craftsmen. We are four teachers on a mission to get people in touch with their creativity and to help people make socializing a priority! Our events take place at various … [Read more...]

TIFF 2015 – Day #8


Hello Everyone. Today was the first day I didn't have to get up terribly early, and that extra 45 minutes of sleep was much appreciated. My day started off with a screening of a film that will be on the top of my list - SPOTLIGHT, directed by Tom McCarthy.  This is a newsroom procedural of the Boston Globe uncovering the Catholic Church scandal in 2001.  Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber, this film has a great script, tight editing and at times plays like a thriller.  The material is certainly chilling - especially when one character states that … [Read more...]

TIFF 2015 – Day #7


Hello Everyone. Today was a rough start.  One of the boys at IndieWire threw a little party last night, and I got in very, very late...so getting out of bed at 6:30 was a challenge.  But I made it...and managed to squeeze in a nice nap mid day. So everything worked out fine. First off, I saw THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY, directed by Matthew Brown.  This is a film about an Indian mathematician whose theories revolutionized his field...and the his hardships in having them heard due to racial tensions in England.  The movie stars Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, and this is certainly Patel's most … [Read more...]

TIFF 2015 – Day #6


Hi Again. Thanks for coming back.  Today, in addition to 4 films and one late night party, I managed to have a window of time that allowed me to have a nice dinner and small shopping spree - so I have now contributed nicely to the Canadian economy. First thing this morning, I saw THE DRESSMAKER, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse and starring Kate Winslet.  Moorhouse, known for her weepie HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, wasn't quite sure which tone to give to this most recent novel adaptation...so she went with several.  What starts out as a "Screwball Western" changes genres and mood so many … [Read more...]

TIFF 2015 – Day #5


Hello Again.  Thanks for coming back! Half way through today marked the half way point of the festival.  And by the end of the day, I had seen 20 films in all...but there's lots more to go. My first film of the day was the thriller COLONIA, directed by Florian Gallenberger.  Starring Daniel Bruhl and Emma Watson, this film started out like a conventional political thriller about civil unrest in Chile in 1973.  But then it became an over-the-top cult escape thriller.  This is the story of Colonia Dignidad - a hideous compound in Chile that housed a religious cult and also served as a … [Read more...]

TIFF 2015 – Day #4


Hi Again! My first film today was TRUMBO, directed by Jay Roach.  For the first few minutes, I had to get over its visual style.  It seemed a little cartoony, and the cinematography seemed more like television than film...but then it took its hold on me with a sharp screenplay and terrific performances.  This is the story of Dalton Trumbo, one of the "Hollywood 10" who was Blacklisted during America's fear of people affiliated with the Communist Party. The script is terrific, and the story is playful but serious - and Brian Cranston is wonderful in his Big performance (during the Q&A, … [Read more...]