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The Makers

Boston Stoker brews scholarship here & abroad by Jim Hannah   The moment you step into the Boston Stoker warehouse, it hugs you like a warm blanket – the rich aroma of roasting coffee beans. “This is where the magic happens,” says J. Stanton, Boston Stoker Coffee Co.’s director of sales and marketing and a Wright State […]

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Dine in expectations, carry out surprise

New Carlisle’s 571 Grill and Draft House By Paula Johnson Photo: Loaded Potato Wedges at 571 Grill and Draft House; photo: Paula Johnson My cat, Cecil B. DeMeow (alright, ONE of my cats), doesn’t understand the element of surprise. Daily, he sits under the bird feeder wondering why there are no birds. I watched him, thinking […]

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A vacation on the vine

The gustatory glory of Grand Case By Dr. Mike Rosenberg Photo: Waking up in Grand Case, St. Martin; photo: Mike Rosenberg   Two days into 2014, the Sweet Partner in Crime and I stepped off a cruise ship in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Powered by a Fodor’s travel guide and the desire to avoid tour groups, we […]

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Woody Allen channels Fitzgerald in ‘Cafe Society’

The director grooves comfortably in this Jazz Age tale By T.T. Stern-Enzi Photo: Jesse Eisenberg as Bobby and Kristen Stewart as Vonnie in ‘Cafe Society’ Rating: PG-13; Grade: B+ While known for his signature neuroses, writer-director Woody Allen has been able to couch this fixation in a world (of his own creation) that, at its […]

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The French connection

Can-can across the world at Festival of Nations By Lisa Bennett Photo: Can-can dancer Madame Gigi teaches Gabrielle Dye, dressed in traditional French garb photo courtesy of Amorette Dye Imagine traveling from the far reaches of Bosnia on the Balkan Peninsula to the very southernmost part of Africaa to exotic India and beyond. What would […]

The Docket: 7/19

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Compiled by Ehron Ostendorf Pregnancy ploy A woman called in saying she was fighting over child support with her ex. She said she had one child with this man and was expecting their second. They appeared to have an on again off again relationship. The caller accused her ex of […]

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Dayton Historys Fixer Uppers

The ‘Gang’ of 60-90-somethings refurbishing history by Katrina Eresman Photo: The New Barn Gang; photo: Paul Noah In the wintertime, a person can trudge across the frozen grounds and the snow-covered sidewalks to pay a visit to an RTA building used for storage in downtown Dayton. Understatedly tucked between a string of commercial businesses, near the […]

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The raven

Black Crowes Rich Robinson returns By Rusty Pate Photo: Rich Robinson flies north to Ludlow Garage in Cinci July 23; photo: Alysse Gafkjen As a member of The Black Crowes, Rich Robinson co-wrote a long list of now classic songs, selling millions of albums and touring the world multiple times along the way. They played […]

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A look into the FutureFest

Theatre at its best—and lots of it By Jacqui Theobald Photo: The cast of ‘The Griots,’ (from left to right) David Brandt, Judi Earley, Annie Pesch, questions ‘true history’ July 24; photo courtesy of Fran Pesch Theatre, at its best, tells us universal truths about the human condition—about ourselves. Situations and people differ, but we […]

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A Dayton musicians watering hole

Rock This Block parties at Riff Raff By Matt Clevenger Photo: Johnny Fink and the Intrusion Rock this Block at Riff Raff July 24; photo: Mike Howard It started with a simple idea. “It’s built on just a conversation with musicians standing out in front of my bar,” Riff Raff Tavern owner Mike Schmidt says. […]

The Makers

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Boston Stoker brews scholarship here & abroad by Jim Hannah   The moment you step into the Boston Stoker warehouse, it hugs you like a warm blanket – the rich aroma of roasting coffee beans. “This is where the magic happens,” says J. Stanton, Boston Stoker Coffee Co.’s director of sales and marketing and a Wright State […]

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Four guys

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Eli Young Band in the Miami Valley Gaming Grandstand By Ashley Martin Photo: Eli Young Band hits the Miami Valley Gaming Grandstand Aug. 4; photo courtesy of Triple 8 Marketing Music is my entire world. I perform it for a living, I listen to it when I am not writing it, record it when I have […]

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Secret in Springfield

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The fairytale Hartman Rock Garden By Kevin Tucker Photo: Ben Hartman erected the ‘Tree of Life’ at the center of the Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield; photo: Rod Hatfield The Hartman Rock Garden (HRG) can be easily overlooked as it stands stoically behind one of the many nondescript dwellings comprising the southwest Springfield neighborhood it calls […]

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Rasta taking over

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Cliftones’ Cinci-style reggae at Trolley Stop By Matt Clevenger Photo: The Cliftones hail their reggae not too far from home to Trolley Stop; photo: Brian Glass With a grand total of nine band members, the Cliftones don’t just play a venue, they take it over. “It’s a lot of people when we have our whole crew,” […]

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Sketchers

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Drawing the big picture of Dayton By Shayna V. McConville Photo: ‘Studio Sunset’ by Terry Welker In 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” For centuries, artists have observed—and seen—their surroundings, capturing architecture, texture, color, and structure through quick, onsite sketches. Subjective and […]

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The French connection

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Can-can across the world at Festival of Nations By Lisa Bennett Photo: Can-can dancer Madame Gigi teaches Gabrielle Dye, dressed in traditional French garb photo courtesy of Amorette Dye Imagine traveling from the far reaches of Bosnia on the Balkan Peninsula to the very southernmost part of Africaa to exotic India and beyond. What would […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]