Archive | April, 2010

National Day of Prayer – Unconstitutional?

National Day of Prayer In 1952, in a unanimous act by both Houses of Congress, the “National Day of Prayer” (NDP) was enacted into law and signed by President Harry Truman. In 1988, a bill passed by Congress and signed into law by Ronald Reagan further established the first Thursday in May as the day […]

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Still Going Strong – Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls continue to evolve Johnny Rzeznik, singer/guitarist in the Goo Goo Dolls, is no songwriting neophyte. He’s been the band’s chief songwriter throughout its two-decade history and he’s written or co-written an enviable number of hit songs, with tunes like “Iris,” “Slide” and “Name” among his dozen top 10 adult top 40 hits. […]

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Grinding His Axe – Joe Bonamassa

Ace Guitarist Joe Bonamassa Rocks Victoria Theatre Joe Bonamassa’s new CD, Black Rock, arrives just 13 months after his previous release, The Ballad of John Henry. In an age when most acts go two or three years between albums, this qualifies as express delivery of new music. It turns out that Bonamassa didn’t really anticipate […]

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Obama Focuses On U.S. Nuclear Policy

Obama Focuses On U.S. Nuclear Policy It has been a busy period recently for the Obama administration regarding the issue of nuclear proliferation. The administration released the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), in which is set forth when U.S. policy authorizes the use of nuclear weapons in the event of attack. The review raised some […]

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Nowhere Left To Run

The Rebel Set Perform in Support of ‘Across the Relentless Sea’ With tales of extravagant lifestyles and platinum record sales luring so many young musicians, it’s refreshing that some musicians embrace a more humble stance. In the case of Dayton’s The Rebel Set, delusions of grandeur have long since been abandoned. The Rebel Set consider […]

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The Great Drum

The drummer stands, legs rigid and splayed, mimicking the wide lines of the prone wooden drum. His left arm points to the heavens as his right arm traces an ever increasingly insistent tattoo across the taut drum’s head with the straight wooden drum stick, or bachi. This technique, called oroshi, utilizes silences, or ma, to […]

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Bright and Beautiful

California shines in latest Dayton Art Institute exhibition California has always been a glorious dichotomy between the altruistic sharing of the earth and the unobtainable mega-lifestyle. Still smarting from the eternal battle between natural preservationists and ruthless developers, there is a dramatic monumentality about California that encapsulates the American Dream and struggle. So much a […]

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The Secret of Kells

An old school blend of myth and magic holds real key to future of animation Rating: PG Grade: A Today, animation is all about photo-realism and three-dimensional effects. It is a visual medium, of course, and its target audience is younger and more jaded in a way because they have seen all that the frame […]

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Kick-Ass

Matthew Vaughn creates heroic layers of graphic pulp Rating: R Grade: A When Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) asks why no one has ever tried to be a real life superhero, the question, at first, sounds like the fantasies of a comic book geek a few years away from accepting the realities of life, as we […]

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Men Fake Foreplay

The Heart and Humor of Mike Dugan “Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.” ~Lois Wyse A man’s approach to relationships is usually a centrist affair, not so much because males are egocentric creatures, but more to the point that our inborn GPS unit has been programmed with incredibly incorrect […]

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Devilishly Satisfying

Dayton Opera produces compelling ‘Faust’ Perhaps the spell of Dayton Opera’s impending 50th anniversary season is already working its magic because the organization’s current Faust, which opened Saturday, April 10 at the Schuster Center, seems to be a banner celebration production. Gounod’s masterwork has captivated and stirred audiences for over 150 years, and the Dayton […]

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Don’t Mess with Texas

Anchored Brings Dirty Southern Rock to McGuffy’s Straight from the saloons of the Lone Star State, Texas rockers Anchored will bring their unique mix of southern rock, pop and metal to Dayton next week as the opening act for Saliva at McGuffy’s House of Rock. Fans of Seether, Nickelback and Shinedown will appreciate Anchored’s grungy, […]

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The Point of Torture Porn

Examining the perverse fascination of sex and violence During the 2002 awards season, a screener tape of Gasper Noe’s Irreversible landed in my year-end review pile.  The film was set to play at The Esquire in Cincinnati at some undefined point, a decision I found highly unlikely given the critical buzz surfacing about a brutal […]

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Millrace – Illuminating the Food

When a place becomes so well known for one thing, it’s hard to recognize the other qualities that make it a winner. Such is the case with the historic Clifton Mill. Known for its wintertime light display of Disneyland proportions, the Mill is my family’s perennial yuletide stop. It’s amazing and delightful. It is Christmas. […]

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New Music From Rockers Silverstein Inspired By Current Events

Silverstein singer Shane Told says he probably surprised himself by being able to achieve the initial lyrical vision he had for the band’s latest CD, A Shipwreck in the Sand. The CD represented Told’s first attempt to write a full-blown theme album, and that meant a whole new challenge. “I really thought it was going […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]