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Take your turn on the dance floor Learn ballroom dancing in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor TROY — Ballroom dance has had a resurgence in popularity thanks to television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Studios have popped up all over the place, and more and more people are signing up to learn to dance like the pros. I stopped by a local ballroom class last week to get an up-close look at who is taking these classes and why. What I learned is those tangos you see on TV aren’t nearly as easy as they look, but with friendly instructors who break down every step, offering tips and tricks along the way, anyone can learn to ballroom dance — and have fun doing it, too. Bob and Rosie McCrady, from Bob and Rosie’s Dance Studio, offer lessons in eight-week sessions at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. A new session is beginning May 1, and anyone interested may sign up through the end of April. Dances covered will include basic waltz, foxtrot and swing; intermediate swing and tango; and advanced Viennese waltz and quickstep. Learning the tango The class I got to peek in on was basic tango. The music is already playing as I show up before class, and as the students roll in — five couples and one brave man with a very sweet reason for being there — they start warming up with steps they’ve learned in previous classes. I meet Cathy and Craig

Armentrout, of Tipp City, who have taken two other sessions with Bob and Rosie in the past. Throughout all their classes, they’ve learned rumba, cha cha, swing, waltz, foxtrot and tango. “It’s something he’s always wanted to do,” Cathy said about why they signed up. “Plus, it’s good exercise.” The couple said Bob and Rosie are easy to learn from and very patient with students, especially taking extra time with those who need it. They’ve already recommended it to others, including one of Cathy’s coworkers who is dancing right next to them with his partner.


Rosie (above photo, far left) dances with student Ken Wallingford while the other couples follow suit. Bob and Rosie (left photo) show the class a move by dancing together.

“I said, ‘You’ve got to come, it’s so much fun,’” Cathy said. “And I think Bob and Rosie make it so it’s not intimidating.” “And they put on a dance every month,” Craig

said. The monthly dances give the students a chance to put what they’ve learned in class on the dance floor, but you don’t have to be a student to at-

tend. Dances are open to the public, and admission is $6. The next dance is April 19 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Troy Elks. It also is a good opportunity to see what you can learn if you’re on the fence about committing to a class. Cathy and Craig can’t wait for other opportunities to use their new skills in public, such as at weddings, but they haven’t had the chance yet. Ready for a wedding Ken Wallingford, of Troy, will get that chance very soon. He won’t be able to attend Bob and Rosie’s dance on April 19, because

he’ll be doing a very special dance of his own — his first one with his bride. Wallingford was a bit tentative to attend classes at first, especially since he comes without a partner, because his fiancee is in Anchorage. “I want to be able to dance presentably at the wedding, but I’m having a lot of fun, too,” he said. He quickly learned that being the only one in the class without a partner was a blessing in disguise. Rosie often dances with him, so he gets a little extra help. “I think Bob and Rosie

are really perceptive. They are very observant in what they see and very astute in correcting people,” he said. “It’s not been intimidating at all.” Breaking down the steps As class starts, Rosie separates the couples with men on one side of the ballroom and women on the other. She and Bob perform a new step a few times, and then Bob does it alone, so the guys can see exactly what to do. They try it a few times without their partner to get the hang of it while Rosie calls • See Dance on page 3


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Dance • CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 out, “Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow,” and Bob does the step with them. Now it’s the ladies’ turn. Rosie shows them what to do and does it with them a few times before she watches to give extra tips. Then the couples execute the move together. They do it several times to Rosie’s calls and a couple to music before moving on to another step to tack on to the first one. Ideal instructors Rosie tells me not all ballroom classes are taught by a couple, but having both a man and woman instructor is ideal. “When you see what you’re supposed to be doing together, it helps a lot,” she said. And the instruction isn’t just “put your right foot in, put your right foot out.” There’s way more to it than that. Throughout the class, I hear Bob and Rosie tell the students

“It’s romantic, it’s sexy, it’s elegant and the exercise is phenomenal. I can’t think of anything negative about dancing.”

— Rosie McCrady

which way they should turn their heads, where to put their knees, how far to bend at the middle and even to lead with their ribcage. One move involved a turn by the ladies, and Bob showed the men not only where to put their feet, but also told them why it’s important to get it right. If they step in the wrong spot, their partner can’t execute her move, they’ll bump knees or they won’t be able to take the next step in the right direction. Rosie explains to the ladies how they can help their men lead them by

looking in the right direction, and Bob tells the guys they must be definitive in their actions. For example, they must take a step to the side or to the front, but not somewhere in between because then she won’t know where to go or what’s coming next. The men also are told one of their most important jobs — to make their partners look good. Bob shows them just how to bend to give their lady a great body shape without under- or over-doing it. By the end of the class, the students have a sequence of new steps to


Bob and Rosie separate a couple to work with them individually on their tango moves.


Bob McCrady (left front) shows the men a tango move while telling them why it’s important to put each step in the right place. put together. Bob turns the music up, and everyone is on their own to practice, while Bob and Rosie walk around the floor to give even more helpful hints. Lots of laughter All I see on the students’ faces is careful concentration and lots of smiles and laughter. No one looks shy or embarassed, and there’s no reason to be. The couples aren’t watching or critiquing each other. They are so focused on working together as partners, they aren’t trying to see who might be doing better or worse than them. “It takes your relationship to the next level,” Rosie said. “It’s structured dancing and it’s interacting with each other. It’s romantic, it’s sexy, it’s elegant and the exercise is phenomenal. I can’t think of anything negative about dancing.” One of the best words I can use to describe the

style of dance they teach is classy. I notice Bob holds his hand out for Rosie’s each time he wants to demonstrate a move together. It’s so sweet and polite, and it makes me think of men in suits and ladies in graceful gowns out together for a night on the town. A night out looks quite different today, but Rosie said she’d love to get more young people interested in ballroom dancing. Her classes typically pull in empty nesters or parents of high schoolers who have a little more time on their hands, but anyone 15 and older is welcome to sign up, and no previous dance experience is required. Bob and Rosie, who live just north of Troy, have been dancing together since they took a ballroom class at the Hayner Center 20 years ago. They never stopped dancing, and they have been teaching for six

years. In addition to the Hayner Center, they also teach classes at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 456 Woodman Drive, Dayton. Altogether, they offer 19 different dances. They also are available for wedding choreography and private lessons. Sign up today To sign up for the classes starting May 1, call the Hayner Center at (937) 339-0457 or Rosie at (937) 409-1465. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings. Basic waltz, foxtrot and swing will be taught at 6:30 p.m. followed by intermediate swing and tango at 7:30 and advanced Viennese waltz and quickstep at 8:30. The cost is $60 per person for the eight-week session. Due to space, class size is limited to about 30 participants, so signing up early is encouraged. Students can pay ahead of time at the center or pay at the first class.


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Woman turns dream into DREAM Nonprofit helps rescue pets, working toward building an animal sanctuary BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor Everyone knows the famous movie line, “If you build it, they will come.” But one West Milton woman has discovered if you’re passionate enough about your dream, you don’t have to build anything, and people will still come. Cindy Hartnagel turned her dream of rescuing pets from something no one would help with into an organization of more than 50 volunteers, resulting in 100 spay/neuter surgeries, 25 dog adoptions and much more. Dedicated Rescue Efforts for Animals in Many Counties, known as DREAM, is ultimately working toward building an animal sanctuary in Miami County, and though it hasn’t physically built anything yet, plenty of pet owners and dogs in need of help have come to the nonprofit. DREAM, now in its third year, is hosting an open house April 11 at the

Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy, from 7 to 9 p.m. Anyone interested in learning more about the organization and ways to get involved is invited to come hear a presentation and meet with board members. DREAM hosted a lowcost spay/neuter clinic at the Monroe Grange Hall in Tipp City last week, and iN75 caught up with Hartnagel to get the scoop on how DREAM started, what it does and how you can get involved. Three years ago, Hartnagel took a trip to Utah and visited the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. It is the same place that took in Michael Vick’s dogs to rehabilitate them. “I went out there and fell in love with the place,” she said. Animal sanctuaries differ from shelters in that they provide long-term care for animals. Shelters provide only short-term care and often euthanize animals who don’t get

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shelters to no-kill rescue groups. “DREAM was started as a spark in my heart and has grown into a huge flame from the encouragement and support from friends, family, volunteers and folks in the community ready to step up and help our furry companions in need,” Hartnagel said. “With their continued support, we can build the animal sanctuary for the pets that are abandoned at shelters, or alongside a road, or in a field or empty house.” To offer its low-cost spay/neuter clinics, DREAM partners with Columbus Dog Connection, which brings a surgery unit on wheels right to the specified location. About 25 canines were fixed at last week’s clinic. Personal pets STAFF PHOTO/LINDY WAGNER and rescue dogs are welCindy Hartnagel of DREAM interacts with dogs during the organizations low- come at the clinics, and there are no income recost spay/neuter clinic last week in Tipp City. quirements or eligibility as helping with adopted. Animal sanctuar- were already doing. Both guidelines to meet. It is spay/neuter costs for pet groups encouraged Harties provide quality care truly open to everyone, and owners, fostering dogs to with socialization, exercise, nagel to build her dream, clinics are held about once and she was determined to be adopted, helping trans- a quarter. The cost for fetraining, grooming and port dogs between rescue follow through. anything else needed for male dogs is $65, while groups and more. She decided to hold a both the internal and exmales cost $55. The organization has ternal health of dogs. They meeting just to see if anyDREAM also offers to one else in the community been growing every year. are sometimes called nosubsidize spay/neuter surHartnagel said DREAM was interested in joining kill shelters. geries at any veterinarhas about 50 people who her cause. She advertised “I came back here and ian’s practice by giving the actively volunteer, and it in the local papers, and said we need an animal doctor $60 toward each has an email list about was pleasantly surprised sanctuary in Miami case, which can then be detwice as big of people who ducted from the amount when there was standing County,” she said. Hartnagel took her idea room only at the meeting. have attended events or owed by the pet owner. expressed interest. No “People had all these to the county commissionAnother big way questions, and I had no an- membership fees are reers, but while they liked DREAM helps is by fosterher plan, they weren’t able swers,” she said. “I just had quired, and as Hartnagel ing pets until they can be to find out how many peo- says, “If you attend a to do anything with it. It adopted, therefore keeping DREAM event, you’re a was “outside their box,” as ple wanted to help with them out of shelters that DREAM member.” this dream.” Hartnagel puts it. She euthanize. Currently, Since its inception, About a dozen volunthen met with representaDREAM has only a handDREAM has helped more teers started meeting tives from the county huful of fosters. than 100 dogs get spayed monthly with a goal of mane society, who also “We’re always looking stopping euthanasia. They or neutered, 25 dogs get were in favor of her idea, for fosters. That’s out adopted and several have focused on things they but said they couldn’t do could start doing now, such been transported from anything more than they • See DREAM on page 5


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DREAM • CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 biggest challenge,” Hartnagel said. The hardest thing about getting people to commit to fostering a dog is that you can’t give them a specific period of time they’ll have the dog before it’s adopted. It could be four days, four weeks or four months, for example. “People don’t want to say, ‘Yeah, I’ll foster,’ when there’s so much unknown, and that’s why we need fosters,” Hartnagel said. Dogs listed for adoption on DREAM’s website,, are currently being fostered, unless the listing is specified as a “courtesy posting.” By going online, potential owners can see pictures of the dogs available and read about their past and temperament to see what dogs might be a good fit for their home. People also can chose to foster to adopt. Those dogs listed as courtesy postings are pet owners looking to re-home their dog. DREAM will play middle man for owners who need to re-home, but don’t want to take their dog to a shelter. Owners fill out a form about their pet’s history and demeanor and send it to DREAM with vet records and photos. If DREAM doesn’t have a foster who can take the dog, it can use its resources to try to find a new home. DREAM will post the courtesy listing on its website, share it on Facebook, send it to its email contacts and give you a flier for you to promote. If you aren’t able to foster a dog, volunteering to transport a dog on its way from a shelter to a no-kill rescue group might be a better option for you.

“You have to have faith to do this. We hope to have an animal sanctuary in the next year.”

— Cindy Hartnagel

Hartnagel said many people hear transporting and think they will have to drive a dog to Canada, but that’s not the case. Transport coordinators with organizations all over the country set up routes to get a dog from one place to the next, no matter how far the distance, and volunteers are used to drive a leg of that trip. For example, you may drive a dog from Huber Heights to Sidney, or from Springfield to Richmond, Ind. Gas cards are sometimes available to the volunteers. If donating is the best way for you to help, DREAM needs plenty of that, too. The organization currently has a lot of supplies, but could use gas cards for transports and gift cards to Tractor Supply, where DREAM buys some of its dog food. Cash donations, which are tax deductible, are always welcome. You can even help by attending DREAM’s two major fundraisers each year. A spaghetti dinner and auction is held in February, and this year’s was a full house — its largest ever. DREAM also organizes Community Pet Fest, slated for September this year at WACO Field. Pet-related vendors, including rescue groups, trainers, groomers and more, are invited to set up booths during the festival. “DREAM’s success is due to two very important contributors — volunteers

who are passionate about rescue work, which includes fund raising and working clinics, and community supporters, both private individuals and pet-related businesses,” Hartnagel said. “We could not continue with our rescue efforts or clinics or fund raising or transporting without their support.” Hartnagel said much of the money DREAM receives through donations is used to get dogs to see a veterinarian, which has to be done with every dog before DREAM can help and typically costs around $100. Other funds raised go toward subsidizing spay/neuter surgeries, food, medications and renting locations for the spay/neuter clinics. With all of that on their plate, DREAM members haven’t forgotten about their original plan of building an animal sanctuary. Hartnagel said the search is on for property and out buildings for a sanctuary, and grant writing is on the horizon to get funding. If she reaches her dream, she knows she’ll need volunteers to clean pens, walk dogs and more. “You have to have faith to do this. We hope to have an animal sanctuary in the next year,” she said. “What I’ve found out is people will come whether you build it or not. Now we know the community needs us, and yes, I know the community will support us.”

Dayton Opera presents ‘The Marriage of Figaro,’ Mozart’s wedding-day comedy of errors DAYTON — Dayton Opera will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s delightful, engaging comedy “The Marriage of Figaro,” performed in Italian with English surtitles above the stage, April 5 at 8 p.m. and April 7 at 3 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center. His name is Figaro. A valet, he’s an unlikely hero. He’s just a man who’s in love with a woman he works with and all he wants is to marry her. He looks forward to it so much that in the opening scene, he is seen and heard measuring space on the floor for the nuptial bed. But there’s trouble in his particular paradise. His boss, Count Almaviva, is longing after his bride to be, the maid Susanna. In addition, the count owes his housekeeper Marcellina money, which she’ll gladly forego in exchange for a wedding ring from Figaro. There is just nothing simple about this wedding as the day’s capers unfold by this cast of characters. “The Marriage of Figaro” is a story rife with scheming, infatuation, flirting, gossip, rage, lament, plotting, disguise, false promises, conspiracy, revenge, misplaced offspring and misunderstanding. In short, a comedy, indeed a musical comedy, which, with a score composed by Mozart, is perhaps the most joyful and musically beautiful comedy ever. In this production of “The Marriage of Figaro,” under the guidance of

stage director Gary Briggle and conductor Neal Gittleman, three artists make their Dayton Opera debuts — bass-baritone Michael Sumuel as Figaro, soprano Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez as Susanna and soprano Rebecca Davis as Countess Almaviva. Returning to Dayton Opera, baritone Andrew Garland sings Count Almaviva, bass Thomas Hammons sings Don Bartolo, mezzo-soprano Maria Ventura sings Marcellina and tenor Phillipe Pearce sings Don Basilio. Members of Dayton Opera’s Artist in Residence Program, soprano Caitlin Cisler, mezzo-soprano Amy Helfer, tenor Ian Jose Ramirez and baritone Kenneth Stavert, perform the roles of Barbarina, Cherubino, Don Curzio and Antonio. The Dayton Philharmonic accompanies this production, which also features the Dayton Opera Chorus. “We are excited to welcome back stage director Gary Briggle,” said Thomas Bankston, Dayton Opera’s artistic director. “Gary is a master of comedy having directed our ‘The Barber of Seville,’ ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ and ‘H.M.S. Pinafore,’ in which he also starred as Major General Stanley. He also directed our acclaimed ‘Porgy and Bess’ for our 50th anniversary season as well as last season’s ‘The Tragedy of Carmen.’” Tickets range from $15 to $92 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformin- Friday Nite $15 Tweet Seats, which allows muted mobile devices in the upper balcony during the performance and is sponsored by DP&L, also are available. Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at box office. Attendees are invited to attend the cast party following Friday’s performance at the Dayton Racquet Club. Principal sponsor for “The Marriage of Figaro” is the Opera Guild of Dayton. Leadership sponsors are Drs. Ingrid Brown and Troy Tyner, the Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, the ELM Foundation and Premier Health Partners. Entrepreneurship circle sponsors are Bob Ross Auto Group, 10 Wilmington Place and One Lincoln Park. Learn more about Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at the free and informative Opera Overture presentation with opera aficionado and University of Dayton professor Dr. Sam Dorf April 2 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3211 Lakeview Ave. At the performance, enjoy entertainment and food-by-the-bite and beverages on sale in the Wintergarden beginning one hour prior to the performance. For ticket holders, a 20minute opera preview with Dorf also is offered one hour prior to both performances. Visit for more information on the cast and the music of “The Marriage of Figaro” in pop culture.


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Singer brings Sinatra songbook to Sidney BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor SIDNEY — Big band fans — and anyone who enjoys live music for that matter — will be delighted by Steve Lippia’s “Simply Sinatra” show when it comes to Sidney April 14. The show, presented by Gateway Arts Council, will be at 7 p.m. at Sidney High School. iN75 spoke with Lippia from his Las Vegas home about what audiences can expect and how he went from singing in his high school variety show to performing to sold-out audiences across the nation. Lippia brings Frank Sinatra’s essence back to the stage in “Simply Sinatra,” which includes the classics “Lady is a Tramp,” “Summer Wind,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and Lippia’s favorite “All the Way.” The show almost exclusively features songs by Sinatra or closely associated with him, though Lippia usually sneaks in a few other tunes as well. He has different shows celebrating the big band era, as well as a Christmas show, but “Simply Sinatra” is one of his most popular. “People really love this show because they can’t see (Sinatra) live anymore and they miss that,” Lippia said. A 10-piece band will join Lippia on the Sidney stage, including orchestra director Steve Sigmund, who spent 17 years of his own career with Ray Charles. “He brings a lot to the stage, as do the musicians,” Lippia said. Because Lippia travels around the country frequently, he is often backed by musicians who live near

his performances. The majority of the musicians for the Sidney performance are from central Ohio, with a few from Michigan. “These are some top flight guys,” he said. Having performed in Ohio many times, including with the Lima and Dayton orchestras, Lippia knows the quality of talent that comes from the Buckeye State. “My favorite musicians come from Miami, Philadelphia and central Ohio,” he said. “I’ve always had good experiences in Ohio. I’ve just found the people to be very nice.” Lippia grew up in Connecticut and said it’s funny how the reputation of a state develops. He credits the university system in Ohio for the kind of students it turns out. “Long before I ever performed in Ohio, I always knew there were good musicians coming from Ohio,” he said. Although he has performed with major symphonies, on cruises and on television, Lippia said performing in small towns like Sidney is close to his heart, as he’s from a small town himself. “I totally understand not everybody wants to drive two hours and fight with parking to see a show,” he said. “It’s a great thing to drive 10 or 15 minutes and see a show of professional musicians and still be home in time for the news. I find people in small towns to be very appreciative.” Lippia likes to meet his audiences after the show and plans on signing CDs and programs and thank people for coming after the Sidney performance. “I’m always aware of the fact that there’s a lot more

when he was young. He sang in choirs growing up and first performed solo in his high school variety show, but he had no idea how to step into the professional music world and make a career of it. After the variety show, he decided he wanted to sing with a band somewhere. “I didn’t know anybody, not one person, who was a musician or in a band. I grabbed the Hartford and New Haven phone books and looked under band, music, orchestras, entertainment. Today, we would Google it, but back then it was phone books. I called everybody from A to Z in both phone books,” Lippia said. Everyone who answered the phone wanted to know who his agent and manager were and what instrument he played. He didn’t have any of that, but he didn’t give up. He finally reached PROVIDED PHOTO Bobby Kay, of Hartford, Performer Steve Lippia, of Las Vegas, brings his who asked Lippia to meet “Simply Sinatra” show to the Sidney High School au- him in a coffee shop with a review from his high school ditorium April 14. show. He liked the review, behind people coming than Lippia always features the so he invited Lippia to perform with his band at a song “All the Way” during just buying a ticket,” he said. “You talk to your hus- his show because the song tavern. was one of his first introband or wife and decide if Thrown on stage with ductions to Sinatra. you want to go, you get the band, Lippia quickly re“When I was a kid, my tickets, you might look up alized he had a lot to learn. the singer’s website, hire a parents had gone to bed He didn’t know what key baby sitter, get dressed up, and I’d sneak back up and he sang in, when to come turn on the TV real low. put gas in the car … it’s a in, what the bridge of a big deal, so it’s important to This black and white chan- song was — nothing. nel was playing and it was me that people know I “That’s how green I was. know it means something. I some guy singing in this It was kind of rough,” he always want to thank peo- movie, and it was Frank,” said. “But Bobby’s wife, who he said. ple for doing all of that to sang in the band, saw The movie was “The see a show.” something in me.” Lippia also is so grateful Joker Is Wild,” in which Bobby also saw someSinatra portrays an aspirbecause he knows what it thing in Lippia — a young took to get to where he his ing singer whose career is kid with strong enough today. He’s gone from a kid cut short when he gets inarms to lift equipment and volved with the mob. sneaking out of his bed in instruments in and out of “It just knocked me out trucks. By being a roadie, the middle of the night to watch old movies on TV to as a little kid,” Lippia said. Lippia learned about all asHe always toyed with traveling all over the world pects of the business, into sing to live audiences. the idea of being a singer cluding all the music terms

he needed to know. He eventually started singing one song a night with the band after spending hours setting up the stage and having to disassemble it later. For that he earned $15 a gig, and thought it was incredible when that was raised to $25, but he didn’t really care about the money. “I would forget to ask for the checks, and Bobby would say to me, ‘You’re a knucklehead. You’ve done three gigs and never asked for your money,’” he said. Lippia was more interested in soaking up the knowledge and experience from Bobby Kay and his band. “Most people study music or go to a vocal instructor and then sing at a wedding or something until they get comfortable. Then hopefully sing with a big band,” he said. “I just jumped right in. You have no choice but to make a fool of yourself or learn quickly.” From the beginning, Lippia always knew his voice fit the big band era of music well, but if you took a look at his mp3 player, you’ll find more rock ‘n’ roll than you will Sinatra. “I’m no different than anyone else in being influenced by what I grew up with. The music you loved from ages 12 to 18 is usually what you’ll fixate on most of your life,” he said. He also enjoys today’s music, especially Maroon 5 and Ben Folds, and his 26year-old son exposed him to bands such as Green Day, No Doubt and Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he also likes. “There’s always good music, and every generation has their staple of re• See Sinatra on page 7


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• CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 ally talented artists,” he said. Lippia encourages young people to come see “Simply Sinatra” just the same as he would the generation that grew up hearing Frank on the radio. “If you’re alive and breathing, you have to be impressed by the great musicians. If (young people) would just go and listen, they may not buy an mp3 of it, but they’ll walk out of there and go, ‘Wow, that was really cool,’” he said. “It’s like going to see fireworks. You don’t have to understand how they use gunpowder to be amazed by it. “We bring a lot of energy and excitement, and the show is musically powerful,” Lippia continued. “Put down the remote, the laptop and the smartphone — I’m guilty of that — and actually come to see a live performance. It will have you leaving with a smile.” Tickets are still available for the April 14 show. Tickets are $19 per person or $18 per person for AAA members, and can be purchased at Ron and Nita’s in Sidney, at the Gateway Arts Council, 216 N. Miami Ave., or by calling the arts council at (937) 498-2787. Tickets also are available at the door the day of the performance.


Reel Stuff Film Festival ready for lift off Celebration features acclaimed filmmakers, renovated giant-screen theater DAYTON — The Air Force Museum Theatre’s inaugural Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation will take place in Dayton April 11 to 14. The cinematic celebration of flight also serves as the public grand re-opening of the museum’s 400-seat giantscreen theater, currently undergoing an $800,000 renovation. The inaugural Reel Stuff of Aviation offers a diverse lineup of flight-related feature films, documentaries and broadcast programming, each presented by a filmmaker or historian closely associated with its production. An audience question-and-answer session with the filmmaker will follow each showing, offering a unique interactive educational opportunity for fans of filmmaking and of aviation history alike. Among the 10 screenings confirmed thus far will be the Midwest premier of “First in Flight,” producer Tara Tucker, and director Brandon Hess’s Wright Brothers dramatization; the first film to win a Best Picture Oscar, the late William Wellman’s 1927 silent classic “Wings,” a digitally re-mastered version presented by his son, actor and historian William Wellman Jr.; and

Paramount Pictures’ “Top Gun 3D,” presented by the film’s aerial cinematographer, Clay Lacy, and Barry Sandrew, founder and CCO/CTO of Legend3D, which recently converted the 1986 blockbuster film into spectacular high-definition, giant-screen 3D format. Additionally, producer Catherine Wyler will present her 1990 Warner Brothers film, “The Memphis Belle,” as well as the acclaimed documentary of the same name by her late father, Oscar winning director William Wyler, which he produced during World War II. The original Memphis Belle B-17 Flying Fortress featured aircraft in Wyler’s 1944 film is currently at the National Museum of the United States Air Force undergoing a full restoration. These and other featured Reel Stuff Film Festival films and filmmakers are listed with screening schedules at reelstuff. Patrons of Reel Stuff Film Festival will be among the very first to enjoy a new state-of-theart theater experience featuring a digital image projection system, an amped up 7.1 surround sound system with 20

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speakers and a towering new six-story screen. One of only a handful of theaters nationwide with this new technology, other improvements festival-goers will notice include new seats, carpeting and a presentation stage ideal for Reel Stuff’s interactive screening format. “We’ve put together an unforgettable weekend, not only for aviation buffs and students of history, but also anyone who loves the art of the cinema or is fascinated by learning the technical, behind-the-scenes aspect of filmmaking,” said Mary Bruggeman, chief of Theatre Operations for the AFMF. “It’s a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with the talented filmmakers responsible for some of our favorite aviation movies, and get a sneakpeak at some new projects being shared for the first time.”

Tickets and passes are available by contacting or by calling (937) 253-4629. General admission tickets for individual daytime screenings are $8 per person, and $15 per person for evening shows. Full day discount passes, good for all screenings on that day, are also available and cost $35 for Friday, $45 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday. Full festival passes are available for $90, providing admission for one person to each screening on Friday through Sunday, a savings of more than $25 over general admission prices. Corporations and individuals interested in festival sponsorship

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GET UP & GO Rhythm Tutti Solisti TROY — Tutti Solisti, an international ensemble devoted to the performance of chamber music, will perform at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center Saturday evening. The group’s members are Miriam Kramer on violin, Deborah Kramer Netanel on cello and Steven Aldredge on piano. Miriam Kramer hails from London, England. In 1995, she won the United Kingdom’s Jewish Performer of the Year award. Recently The New York Times reviewed a Lincoln Center performance saying Kramer is, “a gifted young violinist who proved a soulful performer showing flair and temperament, fine sensitivity and warmth.” Netanel is a wellrespected cellist, composer and arranger. She holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Rubin Academy of Music (Jerusalem), Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Jeffrey Kurz of the Record Journal offered the following praise of her performance, “Expressionist and haunting, filled with passages of serene beauty … gave the work a kind of vibrant tension.” Aldredge is a member of the local Wright State University faculty. He has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborator both in the U.S. and abroad. As a fellowship winner of the Pacific Music Festival, he performed a series of collaborative concerts in Japan with the principle members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, which were broad-

cast throughout Asia. He is largely responsible for bringing the trio to the area and giving TroyHayner Cultural Center patrons this lovely experience. 301 W. Main St. ◆ Saturday 7:30 p.m. ◆ Free admission ◆ ◆ (937) 3390457 Cruizer’s RUSSIA — Cruizer’s Bar and Grill in Russia will feature the DJ Off the Record Saturday night. 115 North St. ◆ Saturday 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. ◆ ◆ (937) 526-4800 Bob Seger at Nutter Center DAYTON — Wright State University’s Nutter Center welcomes legendary rocker Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band to Dayton Tuesday evening. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will return to the road this spring for the first leg of their “Rock And Roll Never Forgets” 2013 tour. Seger has written and recorded many timeless classics through his career, including “Turn The Page,” “Night Moves,” “Mainstreet,” “Against The Wind,” “Hollywood Nights,” “Like A Rock,” “Rock And Roll Never Forgets,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Old Time Rock And Roll,” “Her Strut,” “You’ll Accomp’ny Me,” “Travelin’ Man/Beautiful Loser” and “Katmandu.” Seger, a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, has sold more than 52 million records in the U.S., including 11 platinum and seven multiplatinum RIAA-certified album awards. 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway ◆ Tuesday 7:30 p.m. ◆ Tick-

ets $78 ◆ ◆ (800) 7453000 CityFolk Contra dances KETTERING — CityFolk offers contra dance lessons and dances the first Friday of every month through June at the Michael Solomon Pavilion in Kettering. Contraband will provide the music for the April dance, with Susan Moffett making the calls. Let the rhythms lift your feet and your spirits. Join the crowd to dance, socialize or just sit and listen to some of the best bands and callers in the region. No experience is necessary, all ages are welcome and you don’t need to bring a partner. The caller teaches all dances before they start. 2917 Berkley Ave. ◆ Friday, instruction at 7:30 p.m., dancing at 8 p.m. ◆ $7 for adults, $5 for students with ID, children 12 and younger admitted free ◆ ◆ (937) 223-3655 Band of Flight concert DAYTON — Join the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight for its spring concert “Old, New and Forever Blue” featuring Wright Brass and Systems Go Saturday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The concert is free and open to the public, however tickets were distributed because seating is limited. Although all tickets have been distributed, overflow seating will be provided in the museum’s Carney Auditorium, where a live video feed of the concert will be shown. 1100 Spaatz St. ◆ Saturday 7:30 p.m. ◆ Free admission ◆ ◆ (937) 255-3286 Violinist CINCINNATI —

and singers travels seamlessly over decades of styles from Broadway and big band to world music and pop/rock. Each section brings to life iconic tap moments of the past and creates brand new moments that amaze audiences. Included in this extravaganza are recreations of some of your favorite Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly numbers, Broadway showstoppers, smooth and sultry soft shoe, flamenco, tribal, Irish step and more. 901 E. Monroe St. ◆ Sunday 4 p.m. ◆ Tickets for adults $20, students $15 ◆ ◆ (419) 629-2241 ‘And A Child Shall Lead’ DAYTON — The Zoot Theatre Company presents “And A Child Shall Lead” Friday through April 14 at the Dayton Art Institute. This is the true story of children coming of age in Terezin, the “Jewish city” established by the Nazis as a way station before the death camps. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity — playing, studying, making art and writing an under‘TAP: The Show’ NEW BREMEN — Lock ground newspaper — all at One Community Arts will the peril of being executed. Their actual poems and present “TAP: The Show” stories are woven into this Sunday at the James F. fast-paced drama. The Zoot Dicke Auditorium at New Bremen High School. Most Theatre Company brings people tap their feet when its beautiful and amazing they hear music, but some puppet artistry to life on people make music by tap- the stage of the NCR Renaissance Auditorium as a ping their feet. “TAP: The new resident company of Show” is a powerhouse production, celebrating the the DAI in 2012. 456 Belartistry of tap dance from monte Park North ◆ Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunaround the globe. “TAP: day 2 p.m. through April The Show” is fueled by a 14 ◆ Tickets $18 for adults, non-stop explosion of rhythmic energy. Wrapped $15 for seniors and students, $12 for children 12 in dazzling costumes and and younger ◆ www.daybacked by a soaring orchestral score, this cast of ◆ (937) award-winning dancers 223-5277

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will present “Sarah Chang: String Forever” Thursday and Saturday at Music Hall. The awe-inspiring Sarah Chang, recognized as one of the world’s great violinists, performs the Barber Violin Concerto, music saturated with warmth and joy — and a large dose of dazzling virtuosity. Jakub Hrusa, hailed as one of 10 young conductors “on the verge of greatness,” makes his CSO debut leading music of his countrymen. 1241 Elm St. ◆ Thursday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 8 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $10 ◆ ◆ (513) 381-3300 ‘Ode to Folk’ CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players will present “Ode to Folk” Friday evening at the Mayerson Theater in the School for Creative and Performing Arts. 108 W. Central Parkway ◆ Friday 7:30 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $12 ◆ ◆ (513) 381-3300


‘Race’ DAYTON — The Human Race Theatre Company presents “Race,” a play by David Mamet and directed by Richard E. Hess, Thursday through April 21 at the Loft Theatre. No stranger to divisive topics or candid conversation, Pulitzer Prize-winning Mamet takes on the explosive subject of race relations. When two cynical lawyers — one black and one white — prepare to defend a powerful white businessman accused of raping a young black woman, they must confront their own perceptions and prejudices. Legal and ethical lines are crossed as shocking revelations come to light. But when their client’s case takes a series of unexpected turns, they realize that not everyone is who they seem in this world of shame and guilt. 126 N. Main St. ◆ Several showtimes through April 21 ◆ Tickets $36 on weeknights, $40 on weekends ◆ ◆ (937) 228-3630 ‘Celebration of the Arts’ DAYTON — University of Dayton’s performing arts groups take the Schuster Center stage for an evening to inspire on Monday during the university’s “Celebration of the Arts: Opening Performance.” Two-time Grammy Award winner and composer of “The Secret Garden” Lucy Simon will speak and have some of her Broadway show tunes performed. In addition, student artwork will be on display before and after the show in the Wintergarden, with students performing pre-show musical selections. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Monday 8 p.m. ◆ Free ◆


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GET UP & GO m ◆ (937) 228-7591 ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ SPRINGBORO — La Comedia Dinner Theatre presents “9 to 5: The Musical” Thursday through April 28. From multiple Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dolly Parton, comes “9 to 5: The Musical,” a production based on the hit movie about three ladies who are just a step on the boss man’s ladder. When their plan to get even with their egotistical, lying, bigot of a boss spins widly out of control, the situation becomes hilarious and the laughter is non-stop. 765 W. Central Ave. ◆ Various showtimes through April 28 ◆ Tickets from $55 ◆ ◆ (937) 7464554

Eye candy Student aviation exhibit DAYTON — Nearly 200 pieces of art created by local students from schools across the Miami Valley will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S Air Force during the 30th annual Student Aviation Art Competition and Exhibition, on display now through May 11. Student artists from both private and public schools in Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties created artwork based on the theme “XPlanes.” 1100 Spaatz St. ◆ Now through May 11 ◆ Free ◆ ◆ (937) 2553286 BNC art exhibit TROY — Brukner Nature Center is featuring the work of “Three Women in the Woods: Words & Images” in its art gallery. Come explore

this wonderous exhibit of poetry by Jill Sell, photography by Jane Rogers and watercolors by Patricia Hanahan Signier, that illustrates the need to preserve and conserve the beauty of the woodlands. Proceeds from the sale of the art will support BNC’s mission to promote wildlife conservation. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Through June 16 ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493 Young Masters Exhibit TROY — The TroyHayner Cultural Center is hosting the Young Masters Art Exhibit now through April 28. This exhibit showcases selected works completed by Troy students from kindergarten through 12th grade. All art work being displayed was completed during this school year and includes examples of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpture, ceramics and mixed medium. Participating schools are all the Troy city elementary schools, Troy Junior High, Troy High School, Troy Christian Elementary, Troy Christian High School and St. Patrick Elementary School. 301 W. Main St. ◆ Now through April 28 ◆ ◆ (937) 339-0457 DAI commemorates 1913 flood DAYTON — This spring, the Dayton Art Institute is commemorating an event that changed the physicality and focus of cities along Ohio’s Great Miami River — the 1913 flood. In 1913, an unusually potent winter storm system caused a weather event that researcher Trudy Bell considers the United States’ most widespread natural disaster.

• CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 Disastrous flooding of the five rivers that converge in downtown Dayton occurred when the equivalent of three months worth of rain fell during four days in March 1913. Dayton Art Institute is helping the community commemorate the 100th anniversary of the flood by hosting three separate exhibits: “Storm: Paintings by April Gornik,” “Watershed: 100 Years of Photography along the Great Miami River” and “Riverbank: Exploring Our River-Centered Development.” 456 Belmonte Park North ◆ Now through May 5 ◆ Adults $12, seniors and students $9, youth 7-17 $6, children 6 and younger and museum members admitted free ◆ ◆ (937) 223-5277

Family fun Farmers market meeting PIQUA — The fifth season of the Piqua Community Farmers Market will get under way May 23 and in an effort to recruit additional vendors Mainstreet Piqua is hosting an open house for potential market vendors on Thursday at the Mainstreet Piqua office. During the open house, visitors and potential vendors will have a chance to ask questions about the Piqua Community Farmers Market and complete their applications. The Piqua Community Farmers Market will be held Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. in downtown Piqua. Items sold at the farmers market are required to be homemade, homegrown or home baked and all baked items must be labeled according to the Ohio De-

partment of Agriculture’s Cottage Food laws. During the open house, market vendors also will get information on market readiness, marketing and receive promotional information about the Piqua Community Farmers Market. The market will run for 16 weeks through Sept. 12. Rules and regulations, as well as an application form, can be found at the market website at and questions can be directed to Mainstreet Piqua. All vendors at the farmers market, including last year’s vendors, are required to complete an application form and be formally approved to set up at the Piqua Community Farmers Market. 326 N. Main St. ◆ Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ (937) 773-9355 Quarter auction TROY — The Pink Warriors Team will have a quarter auction for the Miami County Relay for Life Thursday evening at Riverside School. Items for auction will include pieces from Scenty, 31 gifts, Studio 45, Vera Bradley, Damsel in Distress and many area restaurants. A Girl Scout troop will handle food and drinks. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. 1625 Troy Sidney Road ◆ Thursday 6:30 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. Creature Feature TROY — Brukner Nature Center’s Creature Feature on Sunday will be on reptiles. With 47 species of reptiles found throughout Ohio the chance of encountering one during everyday activities is good. Increase those chances by joining BNC as it discusses, ob-

serves and even touches common reptiles found in the area, including the largest snake in the state, the black rat snake, which can grow to more than 100 inches in length. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Sunday 2 to 3 p.m. Free◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493 Wild Journeys TROY — Brukner Nature Center will present “Birding Through Brazil” for its Wild Journeys presentation Monday evening. Join Jim Beckman as he take you through four biomes in Brazil, from the world-famous Cristalino Lodge in Amazonia, to the Pantanal (the largest freshwater wetlands in the world and home to jaguars), to the Cerrado savanna, which covers 1.2 million square miles, and finally to the Atlantics Forests (home of more endemic bird species than anyplace on earth). Come enjoy this amazing country, exploring its truly breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife and abundant birdlife through photographs and stories. See jaguars, harpy eagles, hyacinth macaws and more. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Monday 7 p.m. ◆ Free for BNC members, non-member admission $2 ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493 Discovery walk DAYTON — Aullwood Audubon Center will host its Morning Discovery Walk for adults Thursday. A weekly walk along Aullwood’s beautiful trails reveals many new discoveries. Tom Hissong, Aullwood’s education coordinator, will help walkers to experience the wonderful seasonal

changes taking place at Aullwood. Binoculars are encouraged. 1000 Aullwood Road ◆ Thursday 8 to 9:30 a.m. ◆ $5 for adults, $3 for children ◆ (937) 890-7360 Hummingbird program DAYTON — Aullwood Audubon Center will host an Audubon Citizen Science Program on Saturday afternoon titled “Hummingbirds at Home.” Do you enjoy watching hummingbirds? Be among the first to become involved with this new citizen science program being launched at Aullwood. Kathy Dale, director of citizen science for the National Audubon Society, will share the goals for the program and describe the easy data collection process. There will be light refreshments and the NATURE film “Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air.” 1000 Aullwood Road ◆ Saturday 2:30 p.m. Free◆ (937) 890-7360 Nature photography DAYTON — Aullwood Audubon Center will host “A World Apart: Nature Photography” by Ray Mueller Sunday afternoon. Mueller will share many exciting stories and beautiful photographs of the avian friends that live nearby. “Poetry in Motion” chronicles birds in their natural habitats as they wing their way through daily life. “In Search of Prey” follows birds in their never ending quest for food from spotting a potential food source to a successful catch. “Profiles in Courage” looks at eaglets and juvenile redtailed hawks as they mature and begin to fledge and fly. 1000 Aullwood Road ◆ Sunday 2:30 p.m. ◆ $5 for adults, $3 for children ◆ (937) 890-7360


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Opening Friday ‘Jurassic Park: An IMAX 3D Experience’


Steven Spielberg’s phenomenally successful sci-fi adventure thriller is graced by state-of-the-art special effects from the team of Stan Winston, Phil Tippett and Michael Lantieri from George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic. The film follows dinosaur experts Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler as they are invited by eccentric millionaire John Hammond to preview his new amusement park on an island off Costa Rica. By cloning DNA harvested from pre-historic insects, Hammond has been able to create living dinosaurs for his new Jurassic Park, an immense animal preserve housing real brachiosaurs, dilophosaurs, triceratops, velociraptors and a Tyrannosaur Rex. Accompanied by cynical scientist Ian Malcolm, who is obsessed with chaos theory, and Hammond’s two grandchildren, they are sent on a tour through Hammond’s new resort in computer controlled touring cars. But as a tropical storm hits the island, knocking out the power supply, and an unscrupulous employee sabotages the system so that he can smuggle dinosaur embryos out of the park, the dinosaurs start to rage out of control. Grant then has to bring Hammond’s grandchildren back to safety as the group is pursued by the gigantic man-eating beasts. Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough Genre, rating: Adventure/sci-fi, PG-13

‘Evil Dead’ In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five 20-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a “Book of the Dead,” they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. Starring: Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci Genre, rating: Mystery/horror, R

‘Odd Thomas’ Stephen Sommers adapts Dean Koontz’s best-selling book “Odd Thomas” with this Fusion Films production concerning a clairvoyant 20-year-old who discovers a dark secret about a stranger in his hometown. Starring: Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt, 50 Cent, Addison Timlin Genre, rating: Mystery/suspense, unrated

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Still showing ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra, but they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki Genre, rating: Action/sci-fi, PG-13

‘The Host’

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis star in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”

When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about — Jared, Ian, her brother Jamie and her Uncle Jeb, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. Starring: Saoirse Ronan, William Hurt, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger Genre, rating: Drama/sci-fi, PG-13

‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

Motorcycle rider Luke’s makes a fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery, and the two men become locked on a tense collision course that will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following. Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta Genre, rating: Drama, R


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Home and Away with Dana Wolfe Dana experiments (successfully!) with avocados

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they are ready to eat. I use them cut up in salads and in soup. I also use them as the salad by cutting them into cubes with cubed cucumber, tomatoes, onions and cashews using a light dressing of fresh lemon juice and olive oil with a dash of garlic powder. I have recently found out that you can smash a avocado and use it in place of salad dressing for chicken salad. The most popular variety of avocado was discovered by a postman named Rudolph Hass. The original tree can still be found growing in La Habra, Calif. The seed from an avocado can be a great planting project for younger children. Cut both ends of the pit (seed) covering it two-thirds in damp soil (larger end down), watering well and placing a drinking glass over the pit to keep the moisture in. Once the plant reaches about 6 inches high, transplant it to another pot and watch how fast it grows and blooms. There are so many new and different fruit and vegetables to choose from now that we need bust out of our comfort zone and try them. My next quest is the star fruit, which I think may be more than just a pretty addition to the fruit platter. I’ll keep you posted! Happy cooking! Email me at

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Grilled Avocado with Salsa 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice 2 tablespoons Juliennecut and quartered orange

bell pepper slices 1 garlic clove, minced 2 small green onions, sliced 1 tablespoon chopped red onion 1 tablespoons drained, sliced black olives 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange or lemon zest, minced 1 teaspoon minced fresh dill 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to taste 1 teaspoon fresh orange or lemon juice, plus extra for drizzling 2 fresh avocados, halved and seeded Olive oil spray In a medium bowl, gently combine tomatoes, pepper, garlic and red onions, olives, zest, dill, salt and juice. Set aside for the flavors to blend while you grill the avocados. Drizzle the avocado halves with a little juice, then spray with olive oil spray. Gently place cutside down on the grill for two to three minutes. Remove to a platter. Stir the salsa, then fill the hollows of each grilled avocado half with the salsa. Serve immediately with remaining salsa on the side. Baked Stuffed Avocados 3/4 cup quick-cooking rice 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 ripe avocados 1/4 cup pine nuts 2 tablespoons raisins 2 tablespoons sour cream Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pour 3/4 cup water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice and salt. Cover and let stand for five minutes. While rice is cooking, cut the avocados in

half and remove the pits. Scoop out most of the flesh, leaving a thin shell of avocado in the peel. Mash the avocado. Stir in the pine nuts, raisins and sour cream. Then stir in the hot rice. Mound the rice filling in each of the avocado halves. Bake for five minutes. Serve the stuffed avocados warm or at room temperature. Chicken with Avocado Dressing 3 1/4 cups shredded cooked chicken 2 celery stalks finely chopped 1 large shallot finely chopped 1 avocado diced small 3/4 cups avocado dressing (see below) Salt and pepper to taste 4 slices large sourdough bread toasted Avocado Dressing 2 avocados 1 cup buttermilk 1 scallion (white part only), thinly sliced 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley leaves, chopped 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, minced 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 cup water Salt and pepper In a medium bowl, combine chicken, celery, shallot, avocado and dressing. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Dressing: In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients and pulse until smooth. To store, refrigerate in airtight container for up to three days. Serve chicken salad on lightly buttered sourdough toast.

Need a recipe for the weekend? Readers, Log onto Facebook and “like” IN75 Weekly Entertainment Source to get my Recipe to Try this Weekend. Each Friday, a new recipe will be posted on Facebook. This recipe will not be printed in my column so be sure to check your news feed on Facebook each Friday! Happy cooking, Dana Wolfe Avocado Corn Relish 3/4 cup olive oil 4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 5 ears) 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded 1 large red bell pepper, cored and seeded 4 poblano chilies, roasted, peeled and seeded 4 scallions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced on the diagonal 1/2 cup red wine Heat 1/2 cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute corn with salt and pepper, about five minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool. Cut avocados, bell peppers and roasted poblanos into 1/2-inch dices. Add to corn along with scallions, red wine and remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Mix well and let sit 20-30 minutes to blend the flavors. Creamy Avocado Pasta 6 ounces pasta (I use whole wheat spaghetti.) 1 large ripe avocado, pitted and peel removed 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup chopped fresh

cilantro 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Bring water to boil in a medium size pan. Salt the water and add pasta, reduce to medium and cook until al dente, about eight to 10 minutes. While pasta is cooking, make the sauce by placing the avocado, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy. When pasta is done cooking, drain and place pasta into a large bowl. Add the sauce to the pasta and toss until pasta is well coated. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve immediately. This pasta dish is best eaten the day that it is made.

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There are more to avocados than meets the eye! Only recently have I developed a great fondness for avocados, and I’m not sure why or even how this happened. I did eat a small portion of guacamole when going to Mexican restaurants, and that is about it. I picked up one at the grocery store one day and decided that there has to be more to this vegetable than guacamole and there is. They are a wonderful source of fiber and vitamin C. Most varieties of avocado are oval or round shaped with thick, rough green skin. You should buy them when they are firm to the touch, and if you leave them lay out for one day,

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Acrobats, ‘Mary Poppins’ coming to Dayton VTA presents acrobatic exploration of the mind with urban circus DAYTON — Victoria Theatre Association will present “PSY,” an urban acrobatic exploration of the mind, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 at 8 p.m. at the historic Victoria Theatre as part of Victoria Theatre Association’s 2012-2013 Projects Unlimited Variety Series. Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Center Stage Box Office by phone at (937) 228-3630 or online at From the brilliant company that brought Dayton “Traces,” 7 Fingers returns with “PSY,” an unbelievable merging of acrobatics of the body and acrobatics of the mind and soul. “PSY” delves into the rich and surreal under-

world of the human psyche, traveling through a shifting landscape of distorted visions, fading dreams and fractured memories. For video of the show, visit “PSY” reaches the infinite leaps and bounds of the human psyche by using the body as a moving piece of art and raises the bar on what cirque nouveau can do, physically and emotionally. The awe-inspiring and uplifting presentation of “PSY” evokes the feeling that the audience has “… the front-row seat to someone else’s fever dream,” according to The Boston Herald. “PSY” celebrates the power of the individual to surmount his or her ailments and self-imposed restric-

tions, finding moments of strength, courage and joy while flying through the air. Tickets start at $39 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets in person, visit the Ticket Center Stage Box Office located in the Wintergarden at the Schuster Center or call (937) 228-3630 or visit today. “PSY” features Creative Direction by 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts de la Main) and direction and choreography by Shana Carroll. “PSY” is performed by Guillaume Biron, Heloise Bourgeois, Mohamed Bouseta, Danica Gagnon-Plamondon, Gisle Henriet, Nael Jammal, Olga Kosova, Florent Lestage, Tom Proneur-Orsini,

Julien Silliau and William Underwood. Les 7 Doigts de la Main translates literally as “the seven fingers of the hand.” It is a twist on a French idiom (“the five fingers of the hand”) used to describe distinct parts united tightly, moving in coordination toward one common goal. Here it refers to the seven founding directors of the company who, by combining their distinct talents and experiences, work toward their common artistic goals with the beautifully awkward dexterity of a seven-fingered hand. For more information about Victoria Theatre Association’s 2012-2013 season and the upcoming 2013-2014 season, visit

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Poppins” North American Tour began performances March 25, 2009, and has played to more than 2.5 million delighted theatergoers in more than 60 cities to date. In Dayton, Madeline Trumble will star as Mary Poppins, while Con O’Shea Creal will assume the role of Bert. Trumble is making her return to the national tour of “Mary Poppins” after recently appearing in the Broadway company of Disney’s “Newsies: The Musical.” She also has been seen in stage productions at the MUNY in St. Louis and Berkley Repertory Theatre. Creal, who plays the af-


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fable chimney sweep, Bert, recently performed with the Broadway and national touring companies of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” Originally from Lincoln, Neb., “Creal” also has appeared in regional productions of “Singin’ in the Rain,” “42nd Street,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Urinetown.” Joining Trumble and Creal will be Chris Hoch as George Banks, Kerry Conte as Winifred Banks, Emily Cramer as Mrs. Brill, Blake Segal as Robertson Ay, Karen Murphy as Miss Andrew and The Bird Woman and Ryan Hilliard as Admiral Boom. Performances in


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With seven productions produced on three continents, “Mary Poppins” is one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London or New York in recent years. Worldwide to date, the show has grossed more than $812 million and welcomed more than 11 million guests. The musical is the winner of 44 major theater awards around the globe, including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and Evening Standard awards. The entire original creative team has reunited to bring this magical story of the world’s most famous nanny to audiences around North America. The “Mary


DAYTON — Producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh are pleased to announce full casting for the Dayton engagement of “Mary Poppins,” part of Victoria Theatre Association’s Premier Health Broadway Series. Dayton’s most eagerly anticipated stage production will begin performances at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center April 16 for a oneweek limited engagement through April 21. Tickets are on sale now at Ticket Center Stage by calling (937) 228-3630 or online at

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the role of Jane Banks will be alternated between Madison Ann Mullahey and Alexa Shae Niziak. Performances in the role of Michael Banks will be alternated between Eli Tokash and Lucas Shultz. Rounding out the cast are Danielle Benton, Elizabeth Ann Berg, Lindsey Bliven, Jonathan Burke, Ian Campayno, Arielle Campbell, Ben Cherry, Andrew Eckert, Jordan Grubb, Leeds Hill, Kenway Kua, Heather McGuigan, Matt Meigs, Joe Moeller, Sean Montgomery, Louise Stewart, Tonya Thompson, Minami Yusui, Elizabeth Earley, Annie Petersmeyer, Stephen Roberts and Curtis Schroeger. “Mary Poppins,” a co-production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on Nov. 16, 2006, recouping its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of its premiere.. Based on P.L. Travers’ cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, the stage play features the Academy Award-winning music and

lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics. Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne. “Mary Poppins” features set and costume design by Tony Award winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn and music supervision by David Caddick. The tour’s creative team includes tour director Anthony Lyn, associate choreographer Geoffrey Garrett and music director Daniel Bowling.


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