Archive | June, 2010

Francophonic Illumination

‘Canvases From The French Countryside’ At Visceral Gallery Through Thursday, June 17, the Visceral Gallery in Centerville has been transformed into a microcosm of Provence in France with the work of Richard Mantia. Radiating out from a central tableau of columns, vases and sunflowers, 30 recent acrylic paintings, some accompanied by pen and ink sketches, […]

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The Naked Vine

The Flipside of Syrah – Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris I did a piece in the “wine school” series on the difference between syrah and shiraz. Which is to say, there isn’t one. Same grape. What matters is terroir, vinification and the whims of winemakers. You may remember the basic rule: “Syrah” is the grape’s name in […]

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Splice

Indie melds sci-fi horror and family dynamics to great effect Forget cloning; that’s what Splice, the new film from Vincenzo Natali, wants because cloning is so five years ago. The new genetic horizon is gene splicing. What happens when scientists merge various animal DNA strands and create new breeds, which is far more intriguing to […]

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The Secret In 
Their Eyes

Argentina’s Oscar winner no longer a secret in the U.S. At first glance, Juan Jose Campanella’s Academy Award winner (Best Foreign Language) looks like a television procedural, Law & Order: Buenos Aires. Writer-director Campanella certainly has the background for the procedural elements here. In fact, he has directed episodes of The Guardian and House as […]

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Critic’s Pick – Patrik, Age 1.5

Patrik, Age 1.5 screened at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and attracted attention for its smart, funny take on gay adoption and homophobia. Goran (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Sven (Torkel Petersson), a Swedish couple, anxiously await the arrival of their 15-month old adoptee, but are shocked to find Patrik (Thomas Ljungman), a 15-year old homophobic […]

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El Toro

South Of The Border Fiesta There are a lot of Mexican restaurants throughout the Miami Valley. How do you pick which one is right for you? If I can offer my opinion, El Toro, with nine locations, would be a great place to start. The newest addition to this El Toro family has recently opened […]

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Random Stabbings & Artless Critique (6/9/2010)

Taking stock of current releases Carrie Rodriguez Love and Circumstances (RED Distribution) Doomed to be unfairly overlooked by pundits beholden to bigger-label offal, this cover set of country and Americana tunes that have influenced Rodriguez has a tastiness and sweetness that’s rare for a Sheryl Crow chaser. Rodriguez’ tone is one bit Taylor Swift, one […]

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Notes from the Buddha Den… (6/9/2010)

…The Dayton music scene lost one of its most charismatic figures as Jason Dryden was found dead in his home on Thursday, May 13. Over the years, Dryden served as bassist for the bands Sleepybird, Fermata and Lazlo. He also taught at Stivers School for the Arts and helped organize the Fruit for the Egg […]

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Is Israel’s Naval Blockade Of Gaza Legal?

Israel’s Naval Blockade Of Gaza The Monday, May 31 predawn raid of a flotilla attempting to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza has drawn international criticism and calls for Israel to end the blockade. Israel says the blockade is meant to keep weapons out of the hands of Hamas fighters, not keep aid from the reaching […]

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Bubbly Breakthrough

Colbie Caillat headed to Fraze next week Though the title of Colbie Caillat’s sophomore album, Breakthrough, has nothing to 
do with how her career took off, the 
word literally defines her path to fame. Raised in L.A., the self-described beach girl and “lazy teenager” started writing and recording songs just for fun. A friend told […]

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Yellow Springs Street Fair

The sidewalk sale that grew up The Yellow Springs Street Fair returns once more on Saturday, June 12. What began about 30 years ago as the local merchants’ sidewalk sale has evolved into a blowout block party for the village of Yellow Springs according to Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce executive director Karen Wintrow. The […]

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The Pigmentation of Imagination

An Overview of the History and Psychology of Tattoos “Primitive tribes were certainly convinced that the spirit, having escaped from the body at death, retained a replica of its earthly tenement. They therefore used tattoo marks as a means of identification in the next world and a passport to future happiness.” ~ Ronald Scutt The […]

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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 […]