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DCDC2, is doing About Being, which presents new work with the idea of the story circle where people come together and share stories. The dance artists tell their stories through memories, voices, and perspectives to reflect identity and revisit the question of self-definition and its relation to the world. This is tonight and Saturday, 8pm at UD's Boll Theatre Kennedy Union.

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Recent events have unnerved me and pulled me just a little out of my lazy spring fever. It seems very clear that the global environment will be challenged more than ever during the years ahead.

Well, I attempt to begin to respond: I return to Gary Snyder’s poem, “For the Children", and his admonition to stay together, to learn the flowers and to go light.

So I have learned a lot of flowers in the past decades of my life. I start there. I see that floral taxonomy is not so much a matter of botany as it is a result of noticing, of watching, of caring.

The loony, lovable Addams Family takes the stage when Stivers School for the Arts presents its spring musical. Featuring a live student orchestra, spooky special effects and an unforgettable cast of characters, the production showcases a talented cast of students from Dayton's public arts magnet school. Tonight & Saturday at 7:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm.

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The exact end of winter came well before the most recent thaws, arriving unseen in the coldest weeks of the year when flower bulbs and buds followed their own schedules and began to show beneath and above the snow.

Walking through town this morning, I found that some daffodils were budding, some even blooming, and a few tulips and hyacinths were up four or five inches.  Snowdrops, snow crocus and aconite were already past their prime. Lilac buds were swollen, fat green and gold. Pussy willow catkins were cracking.

Chrstine Fetterman

Magnolia Theatre returns with a powerful play  tonight, Saturday, & Sunday. A parent-teacher conference becomes a thought-provoking exploration of debate and blame in  “Gidion’s Knot,” which has its regional premiere.

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When a thaw comes up from the Gulf, it always shatters my cold-weather cabin fever. Thaws crack and dismantle the dark cataract of winter across my vision. Thaws call up childhood and value longings, whisper some ancient truth.

I remember one year after a great thaw. I must have been only six or seven years old. I pulled on my rubber boots and went wading in a flooded vacant lot near our house. I looked for fish that could not possibly have been there, and I felt happy in the clear spring-like wetland.   

The east face of the Main Library.
Andy Snow

Take a trip to "Toontown." Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center up in Troy will present the 1988 animated film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This has no cost and includes an introduction to the film, café style seating, popcorn, and soft drinks.

Sandhill Cranes
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Each event in nature always points to other events, one part linked to so many other parts and ultimately to the whole. So the robin chorus that begins this month along the 40th parallel, is a mine from which one might draw out numberless concurrent happenings, all of them together making spring.

In this month of the Robin Chorus Moon when robins start their singsong calls in the morning twilight, then pollen forms on pussy willow catkins, and the first mosquito bites. Moths appear at your porch light.

Imagine: People all around you choosing vocal parts for a popular lyric. A music director stands up and guides the gathering in song. Voices merge, time slides... "Beer Break!" rings out, and the camaraderie continues, all the way to the next round of songs. This is called Sing Dayton and newcomers, shower singers, and choral ninjas are all welcome! It’s tonight from 6 to 8pm at the Yellow Cab Tavern.

solar panels on roof
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Politicians in Ohio and around the country  are struggling to articulate new energy policies.  Renewables are booming and becoming cheaper, but shale oil and gas are on the rise as well. How will the energy system of the future look?  Sustainability commentator Bob Brecha has some ideas about pitfalls to avoid.

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