After last year’s OscarsSoWhite controversy condemned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, diversity refreshingly steps into the spotlight as the 89th annual Academy Awards honors the best cinema of 2016 Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Seven actors and one director of color will compete in the major categories representing a banner year for filmmaking. In an attempt to clean up old voting habits, 683 new members were added to the over 6,000 total membership including production designer Hannah Beachler, a Wright State University alumna. In fact, 46 percent of … [Read more...] about And The Oscar Goes To…
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It’s hard to imagine what was going through author Eve Ensler’s mind on October 3, 1996. Standing front and center on the HERE Arts Center stage in New York City, Ensler performed an episodic play she wrote titled The Vagina Monologues. The show was supposed to be centered on interviews Ensler conducted with over two hundred women; questions were primarily on sex and relationships. As Ensler got deeper into her conversations with these women, she began hearing horrific stories on sexual abuse and violence. What was originally Ensler's vision- to “celebrate the vagina” - The Vagina … [Read more...] about Local Women Set To Bring Adaptation Of “The Vagina Monologues” To The Stage
And the Oscar goes to... Will the night belong to “Moonlight” or “La La Land”? With 14 nominations, "La La Land" has tied the Oscar nominations record with "All About Eve" and "Titanic." Will the movie musical sweep the ceremony, matching or surpassing the Oscar record of 11 wins (by "Ben-Hur," "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King")? While unlikely, it's possible. "La La Land" also breaks other records. It's the first musical with original music and story to receive a Best Picture nomination since 1979's "All That Jazz" and 1945's "Anchors Aweigh." Ai-Ling Lee and … [Read more...] about FilmDayton invites you to make your Oscar Predictions!
Last night in Hollywood the Art Directors Guild’s held the 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. The ADG and IATSE Local 800 announced winners in 11 categories of film, television, commercials and music videos during a black-tie ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. Hosted by Patton Oswaldm “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” and “Passengers” won the top feature film awards at Saturday’s Art Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. On a local note, Centerville native and Wright State University graduate Hannah Beachler topped the Awards or Event … [Read more...] about Centerville Native Wins Award for Beyonce’s Lemonade
Two schoolteachers accused of lesbianism at an all-girls boarding school cannot escape the onslaught of lies encircling them in Lillian Hellman’s provocative, rarely staged 1934 drama “The Children’s Hour,” excellently presented by Wright State University under the delicately firm direction of Marya Spring Cordes. Karen Wright (Katie Post) and Martha Dobie (Haley Knuth) are shocked to the core when troublesome 12-year-old student Mary Tilford (Dana Bixler) tells her stern yet doting grandmother Amelia (Megan Valle) what she thinks she heard about their behavior behind closed doors. As … [Read more...] about ‘The Children’s Hour’ Review – Wright State University – Alternative Facts Run Amok
On Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 pm; Friday, February 10 at 8 pm; Saturday, February 11 at 8 pm; and Sunday, February 12 at 3 pm in the Victoria Theatre, the Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present Daring Duets, the third ballet of the 2016–2017 Excite Season. The Thursday evening performance of Daring Duets includes a Pizza Prelude from Uno’s Pizzeria to be served in the Victoria lobby beginning at 7 pm. Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke and Dayton Ballet bring an exciting new ballet repertory program entitled Daring Duets to the Victoria Theatre stage, celebrating the complexities of the … [Read more...] about Love, Yearning, Passion, Romanticism: Dayton Ballet Presents Daring Duets
The tragic December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of 20 children and six adults, is examined with relatable earnestness and resilience in Eric Ulloa’s touching if uneven new play “26 Pebbles,” currently receiving its professional premiere from the Human Race Theatre Company. Six months after the incident, Ulloa, a New York actor and playwright recently featured in the entertaining new Gloria and Emilio Estefan bio- musical “On Your Feet!,” traveled to Newtown for answers. Angry and frustrated, he sought solace in … [Read more...] about ’26 Pebbles’ Review – Human Race Theatre Company – Healing in the Aftermath
Looking for that special gift for your sweetheart or just want to brighten the day of a friend? Gem City Chorus will be delivering Singing Valentines in Dayton and the surrounding areas. They can deliver to a work place, home, most restaurants, schools (with permission), and even hospitals, retirement centers and nursing homes. Your special someone is outside the Dayton area? Book a Ringing Valentines that can be delivered by phone. Your Singing Valentine includes a personalized card, a small floral arrangement (red rose, baby’s breath, and fern), and a song delivered in person by one of … [Read more...] about Send A Singing Valentine!
Let your love light shine with a special Valentines Day photo shoot! Knack Creative is illuminating your love with the help of Event Lites. From February 12 through February 14, you can make an appointment to stop by Knack Creative's newly-opened studio space for a mini shoot with your mini humans or your special someone. Event Lites are providing their brand new life sized marquee lights that spell out L-O-V-E for the perfect backdrop. All the details: - sessions available the 12th, 13th and 14th - $85 for a 20-minute portait session - at least 6 final, edited digital files … [Read more...] about Love In Lights
Hello Dayton Most Metro! We're moving along in a big way this weekend. If you still need to see LA LA LAND - now the highest grossing film in THE NEON's history - Thursday will be your last chance to catch it with us. If you still need to see 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, Sunday will be your last chance to catch this gem at THE NEON. On Friday, we will open two very different films that have something in common. JACKIE and ELLE both have lead performances that have been nominated for "Best Actress" at this year's Academy Awards. Natalie Portman gives an incredible performance as Jackie Kennedy - one … [Read more...] about 2 New Films, 2 “Best Actresses” at THE NEON