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Superman flies to Shuster Center

August 17, 2013


Aug. 17--The Schuster Center has never hosted a dog show, but you wouldn't know it by the August issue of the Superman comic book.

A structure labeled the "Shuster Center" looking a lot like our own Dayton venue plays a prominent role in this month's plot. The spelling is different, however. Could it be that's because one of the Superman creators was Cleveland's Joe Shuster?

The Victoria Theatre Association's CEO Ken Neufeld couldn't help himself: before beginning his official speech at the organization's annual meeting on Aug. 7, he held up a copy of the comic book and quoted Superman.

And speaking of the Schuster, here's an update on the "So You Think You Can Play the Schuster" event: auditions have been held and 25 semi-finalists have been selected. Fifteen of them will be offered spots in the final performance on Sept. 29.

Voting will start at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19 at of the 25 finalists' auditions can be found at the voting link.

First place receives a cash prize of $1,000; second place receives $500; and third place receives $250.

English theater group looking for actors, drummers

Along with The Gentlemen of the Road Tour -- slated for Aug. 30-31-- comes Reuben Feels, a British immersive theater company. The group is seeking actors and drummers willing to participate in "a roaming, theatrical engagement" during the weekend of the Troy festival.

The idea is to get the audience involved and make them part of the storytelling experience.

The group is looking for six actors and six actresses who can build a character, can improvise and react. Drummers who can join in a drum corps are also needed. If you're interested in auditioning, you're asked to improvise a scene based on "A Day in the Life of a Scout Leader" of one minute maximum length.

Upload your audition to YouTube and send the link to Include your bio. Those chosen will receive $230 as well as lunch, dinner and snacks for the days of performances. For more information, visit

Blues, jazz and gospel fest planned for Yellow Springs

The Patterson family is understandably proud of the event they created 16 years ago that continues to survive and grow. This year, the African American Cross-Cultural Works Blues, Jazz & Gospel Fest will be held from Thursday, Aug. 22, through Sunday, Aug. 25. The festival is the brainchild of Faith Patterson, mother of Karen and Nerak Roth Patterson. Some of the shows are free. For those held at the Antioch Amphitheater, you're asked to make a $10 donation.

Cellist Karen Patterson says the weekend is about building bridges and making connections between Yellow Springs and the world "through wonderful gifts from world and local musicians."

Activities range from a beer-and-wine garden and festival bazaar to a variety of musical performances. The weekend kicks off with a free opening event, Blooz 'n' Pomes, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, featuring spoken word and musical performers from the greater Miami Valley held on the stage at Peach's Grill, 104 Xenia Ave.

Featured groups on the Antioch College Amphitheater Festival Stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug 23, will include Virginia Martinez -- a Blues Singer from Uruguay -- accompanied by The Nerak Roth Patterson Band, The Carl Schumacher Band and Dean Sims performing his Satchmo Show. At 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Karen Patterson will serve as host for the "teaching and learning and a lot of jamming" on the Innovation Stage on the Antioch College Amphitheater grounds. She'll have kazzos for folks who don't own instruments.

Saturday night's 7 p.m. show will feature Village Fam, Gillia from Atlanta, Bluzion, The Nerak Roth Patterson Band. On Sunday, there's a free Gospel Fest with a "basket meeting" beginning at 5 p.m. Participants are invited to bring picnic baskets of dinner items to eat and share or bid on a basket from Yellow Springs businesses.

For more information,

Dayton Gay Men's Choir seeking new members

Auditions are now being held for the new season of the Dayton Gay Men's Chorus, a season that organizers say will be "groundbreaking."

The chorale group, that celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, is slated to perform a "new, never before seen oratorio" co-commissioned by the chorus and composed by Grammy and Tony Award winning composer Andrew Lippa.

Auditions are open to the public and performed on a first-come first-serve basis in a private session with the artistic director and accompanist. Singers are asked to prepare a simple song, either a cappella or with piano accompaniment, or may sing a standard selected by the Artistic Director.

The goal of the group is to "strive towards choral excellence, while maintaining a gay-affirming presence." For more information you're asked to visit or their Facebook Fan Page wall where a link can be found to automatically submit your information.

The Fosters wins Teen Choice award

"The Fosters," the television show starring Dayton native Sherri Saum and produced by Jennifer Lopez, won Choice TV Breakout Show at the Teen Choice awards this week.

The show has been a hit on ABC Family and the second half of the season will air in January of 2014.

Richard Weisman rescheduled for Friday, Aug 23.

We were all disappointed when Andy Warhol collector Richard Weisman was forced to cancel his Dayton appearance at the Dayton Art Institute because of health issues.

The good news is that the talk has been rescheduled and that Weisman will be in town next week in conjunction with the current exhibit at the museum.

He'll talk about his relationship with Warhol and the experiences he had when commissioning Warhol to create the athlete series that he's been gracious enough to loan to our museum. The presentation, which will also include the museum's curator of collections and exhibitions Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, will take place at 6-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

Before the moderated discussion, there will be a book signing and meet-and-greet from 5-6 p.m. A cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase.

The event is free for museum members, and included in admission to the special exhibit, which is on display through Sept. 1. For reservations or more information, call (937) 223-4ART (4278)

Centerville grad wins Kennedy Award

Nik Kerry, a recent graduate of Centerville High School, has been named one of nine recipients of the Kennedy Center's 2013 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition.

VSA, an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has invited nine high school playwrights from across the country to participate in a weekend of pre-professional activities at the Kennedy Center during the annual Page-to-Stage festival Aug. 31 to Sept. 1. The playwrights will work with seasoned professional playwrights, directors and actors to refine their work and developed their play-writing skills. Kerry's award-winning play is "Sons of Atlantis."

Born in Utah in 1994, Kerry grew up in Ohio where he spent most of his time writing or playing musical instruments. In the time since he was published in a poetry collection in the fifth grade, his work has been seen on, A Celebration of Young Poets magazine, Dark Gothic Resurrected. He is the self-published author of Nevermore, a book for Kindle.


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